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In-Store Performance: Sat. August 5th - ARCADE FIRE signing at Wicker Park Reckless, 3:30pm   08/05/2017  
Beginning at 10:00 am, on Friday, July 28th – purchase your copy of ARCADE FIRE’s NEW ALBUM 'EVERYTHING NOW' (any format is acceptable for purchase to gain entry and have signed: Indie only LP/CD, regular LP/CD or TAPE), at the RECKLESS RECORDS N. Milwaukee Avenue location and receive a bracelet that guarantees you a spot for the ARCADE FIRE ‘EVERYTHING NOW’ signing at that store on Saturday, August 5th, from 3:30pm -5pm.
ONCE AGAIN: ONLY THE MILWAUKEE AVE LOCATION WILL HAVE THE WRIST BANDS.  
In-Store Performance: TODAY, August 1st - VIC MENSA signing at Wicker Park RECKLESS, 4pm   08/01/2017  
SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT! VIC MENSA will be signing copies of his new album "The Autobiography" at our Wicker Park shop tomorrow August 1st, at 4pm.

1379 N. Milwaukee Ave.
4pm
FREE! All ages!  
In-Store Performance: Thurs, Aug 17 - ROB NOYES / ALEXANDER acoustic in-stores at Wicker Park Reckless, 6pm   08/01/2017  
ROB NOYES has been on the Eastern Massachusetts scene for a while, but what we've heard him play is music from within the context of electric bands, most of whom are loud as hell and exist somewhere along the rim of the post-core continuum. More recently, Rob has taken to displaying his solo acoustic guitar chops and they are massive. The Feudal Spirit is the first vinyl evidence of their 'shoulders.' Like Western Mass's Tony Pasquarosa, who mines the same widely-variant style-pits, Rob's approach to acoustic playing resembles his electric work only through shared-belief-in-a-strong-downstroke. On the way to developing his own compositional/performance approach, Noyes sometimes seems to have absorbed an almost infinite reservoir of influences. Apart from some superb Basho-like 12-string tunneling, most momentary fragments tend to recall legendary Limeys like John Renbourn (and through him, Davey Graham), because Rob's overt melodic structures tend towards the non-bluesoid. But then you'll maybe hear a note-sequence spiced like something dropped from the hot strings of Michael Chapman or even a powerful throng that makes you think of Wizz Jones. When that happens, you realize there's more of a blues base to some of the songs than you'd been able to untangle. Mr. Noyes hits a vast array of sub-genres on this album, and he hits them all pretty damn hard. Rob's playing carries the weight of many possibly-imaginary forebears, but the way he smears them all together shows a holistic mastery of touch and imagination that defies a lot of today's players, who tend to shine in short bursts, then allow their dreams to outrun their technique. Rob Noyes has no such apparent limitations. Like Raymond Pettibon, whose artwork graces The Feudal Spirit's cover, Rob's able to create a true form-gobble, making some real beautiful noise in the process. Around the world, licensed Hodologists whisper, 'Make mine Noyes.' Why don't you join them?" --Byron Coley, October 23rd, 2016, South Deerfield, MA.

ALEXANDER is the solo guitar music made by New Haven, CT native David Shapiro. Drawing from a wide range of guitar traditions, Alexander live sets vary from fingerstyle acoustic guitar music to psychedelic feedback-oriented improvised electric guitar excursions. Equally influenced by the melodic stylings of Robbie Basho and John Fahey, the guitar-damage of Alvarius B, and the avant garde blues of hometown hero Loren Connors, Alexander offers a unique synthesis of guitar vocabulary imbued with a deep emotionality. Upcoming releases include a split 7” with twelve-string fingerpicker Rob Noyes on C/Site Recordings, as well as a debut full length LP.  
In-Store Performance: BONZIE live in-store at Wicker Park, Fri. July 14 at 6pm. FREE!   07/14/2017  
Celebrating the release of the 12" vinyl of new album "Zone on Nine"
be one of the first to buy it at the in-store

July 14, Friday
6:00P  
In-Store Performance: James Elkington in-store (Wicker Park)   07/01/2017  
The ridiculously talented Chicago musician James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy, Brokeback, Eleventh Dream Day) will celebrate the release of his debut solo album "Wintres Woma" on Paradise of Bachelors with a free in-store performance at the Wicker Park location on Saturday July 1st at 3PM.  
In-Store Performance: J.C. Brooks live in-store at Wicker Park, Sat. Jun 3 at 3pm. FREE!   06/03/2017  
Hello everyone!

We're honored to host a free live in-store performance by JC Brooks. It'll be at our Wicker Park store (1532 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 3pm. ALL AGES!  
In-Store Performance: TALsounds in-store at Wicker Park, Friday, June 2nd at 6pm   05/31/2017  
Reckless is honored to host a FREE in-store with TALsounds (aka Natalie Chami), whose new album 'Love Sick' is out Friday on Ba-Da-Bing. Catch her live at Reckless Records (1379 N. Milwuakee) at 6pm.  
remaining Record Store Day titles   04/24/2017  
Click here for a quick list of the remaining RSD titles in stock.

Note: we have already discovered some discrepancies with quantities and we are working to make sure the list is as accurate as possible but there may some titles that are not actually available and we may be adding more to the list in the coming days as well.  
Record Store Day 2017 list   04/20/2017  
Hey!

Follow this link to check out our still-being-updated list of available RSD titles!

http://bit.ly/2pSCkyQ  
In-Store Performance: MEAT WAVE in-store performance (Wicker Park) - 6:30 PM   02/24/2017  
The headline says it all!

Come see Chicago's MEAT WAVE at our Wicker Park location on Friday, February 24th at 6:30 PM to help celebrate the release of their new LP, "The Incessant!"

THEN - go check them out at the Empty Bottle the next night!  
February is ERASED TAPES month at the Loop!   02/07/2017  
Cozy up this month and discover some new music from one of our favorite labels!
Erased Tapes is celebrating their tenth anniversary this month, so the Loop store will be showcasing a carefully curated selection of our favorite releases from the London-based experimental electronic/ambient/20th century classical label. Buy any release and ask to enter our raffle to win a prize package including an Erased Tapes branded T-shirt, tote bag, stickers & record cleaning cloth. Warm up these chilly nights and get familiar with the beautiful music of Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Rival Consoles, Ben Lukas Boysen, Lubomyr Melnyk, & others!
Happy tenth anniversary Erased Tapes!  
In-Store Performance: WHITNEY free in-store performance Sat Dec 3RD 2PM Wicker Park   12/03/2016  
The ridiculously amazing Chicago band Whitney will perform for free at our Wicker Park store on Saturday December 3rd at 2PM. Both of their shows at Thalia Hall are sold out that weekend so if you missed out on tickets now's your chance to see them in a more intimate setting  
In-Store Performance: SLAUGHTER BEACH, DOG (MODERN BASEBALL) free in-store performance Mon Nov 28TH 5PM Wicker Park   11/28/2016  
Slaughter Beach, Dog is the side-project from Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. The project works as a counter to his ultra- personal work with MoBo, every song being written from the perspective of his fictional characters living in Slaughter Beach. Ewald self-released his first collection of songs on the Dawg 7” in 2015 on his label Family Dinner. He released his first ever full length under the Slaughter Beach, Dog name on Lame-O Records in September.

Slaughter Beach, Dog will play at our Milwaukee Ave location on Monday Nov. 28 at 5PM.  
In-Store Performance: Amy Rigby free in-store performance Sun Oct 30th 4PM Wicker Park   10/30/2016  
Amy Rigby established herself as a solo artist in 1996 with debut album Diary Of A Mod Housewife, but had already been writing and performing her honest, intelligent and instantly-memorable songs for years as a member of early NYC alt-country band Last Roundup and girl group the Shams. Over the last two decades she has toured the US, UK and Europe and released four more acclaimed solo albums, as well as three duo records with her husband Wreckless Eric. This fall, Diary Of A Mod Housewife will be released on vinyl for the first time and Amy is touring to revisit the classics and play new songs from her upcoming solo album due out next year  
In-Store Performance: Dee Snider signing Fri Oct 28th 5PM Broadway   10/28/2016  
Heavy metal icon Dee Snider will be stopping by our Broadway location for a meet & greet & signing on Friday October 28th at 5PM. Purchase of his new CD "We Are The Ones" will be required for the signing & Dee will also sign 3 additional items. Photography will be permitted.  
In-Store Performance: JOHN 'INZANE' OLSON reeds & reads LIFE IS A RIP OFF - Sun. 9/18 at Wicker Park   09/06/2016  
Sunday, September 18th, 2016
1:30pm

Third Man, Reckless Records & Wicker Park Lit Fest present:

Reeds & Reads
with
JOHN ‘INZANE’ OLSON
Author of
LIFE IS A RIP OFF: THE COMPLETE BOOK

LIFE IS A RIP OFF compiles 12 months of record reviews—one record a day, every day, for one year. Yes, John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny of the band WOLF EYES aka American Tapes did that. And he reviewed everything from death metal demo cassettes to the Staples Singers' gospel. Enter into the OLZONE and find out about music you've never known, bands from places that you've never heard, and then read his review of KANSAS. Reading LRIP will make you re-realize why blues is relevant, why every punk band in America matters, why jazz is good for the heart, and metal will always ride by your side.

IN PERSON!
at
Reckless Records
Wicker Park - 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave.

#TripMetalApproved #PsychoJazzApproved

Life Is a Rip Off
https://thirdmanrecords.com/news/life-is-a-rip-off/

Wicker Park Lit Fest
http://www.wwlitfest.com/

American Tapes
http://americantapes.us/  
In-Store Performance: Dosh & Ghostband free in-store performance (Saturday Aug 20 4PM, Wicker Park)   08/20/2016  
Anticon recording artists Dosh & Ghostband will bring their brand of brainy beats to the Milwaukee Ave location on Saturday August 20 at 4PM. It's free like always!

Minneapolitan music men Martin Dosh and Jon Davis unite as Dosh & Ghostband. Together, they wreck speakers and minds with techno-addled, IDM-damaged, bass ’n’ bliss groove music. They’ve accomplished all kinds of admirable feats apart, it’s true. Together, however, the pair have discovered a brotherhood that not only speaks to their shared history in a jazz-rich Twin Cities scene, but which holds these two in a mind-meld of melody and rhythm. -Anticon  
In-Store Performance: PRISM TATS in-store performance (Wednesday, July 13, 6:30, Wicker Park)   07/13/2016  
ANTI- recording artist PRISM TATS will be performing a set at our Wicker Park store (1379 N. Milwaukee Avenue) on July 13 at 6:30 PM!

For the newly acquainted, Prism Tats is the rock 'n roll creation of musician Garett van der Spek; a project that pulls from various visual and musical inspirations to create waking dream sub-realities that devastate and elate.

Prism Tats was written and recorded in its entirety by van der Spek, featuring his own extraordinary vocals, drum machine, guitar, and bass synth - the work of a true one-man rock 'n roll machine.

He grew up in Durban, South Africa listening to his father’s collection of rock records from the U.K. and U.S.: Beatles, Bowie, Hendrix, Kinks, Sabbath. The unique influence of his homeland burns deeply, too. “My earliest memory of being affected by music was when I was six years old, seeing a man busking by the side of the road,” van der Spek recalls. “His name was Elvis, a self-styled African ‘rock star’ who played a hybrid brand of rock and roll on a homemade guitar. I was hooked.”

The album displays van der Spek’s unusual blend of rock-and-roll chops (reminiscent at times of Spoon’s Britt Daniel), and combines real shades of steam and heat with comparatively-meditative reverb-laden tracks, recalling at times the ghostly throwback groove-stomp and fuzzy warmth of bands like The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Kills and The Raveonettes.

http://www.anti.com/artists/prism-tats/  
In-Store Performance: WAXAHATCHEE in-store performance & signing (6/19, Wicker Park, 3PM)   06/19/2016  
We're beyond excited to announce a free in-store performance by WAXAHATCHEE at our Milwaukee Ave store on Sunday June 19th at 3PM. They'll be hanging around afterwards to chat & sign stuff. A cassette of early recordings comes out on June 17th at we'll have copies for sale at the performance.  
In-Store Performance: FEA free in-store performance (6/19, Broadway, 3PM)   06/19/2016  
San Antonio punkers FEA (featuring members of GIRL IN A COMA) will play at our Lakeview location the day after their show with Against Me! at Metro  
In-Store Performance: John Pardi signing (6/18, Broadway, 11AM)   06/18/2016  
Jon Pardi is a country musician who currently has a song in the top 10 in the country charts and he'll be signing copies of his new record at the Broadway store on Saturday June 18th from 11AM-1PM.  
RADIOHEAD "Live From a Moon Shaped Pool" streaming event/contest   06/17/2016  
Reckless will be participating in this Radiohead​ event on June 17. The day will feature an exclusive audio stream, at noon and 8PM, of material specially curated by the band, as well as a unique broadcast of a Radiohead live performance. There will also be artwork created by Stanley Donwood for fans to take home, and additionally a free to enter prize draw for the chance to win:

1st Prize – One winner will receive a selection of unique figurines used in the making of the Radiohead video ‘Burn The Witch’ directed by Chris Hopewell

2nd Prize – Two winners will each receive a limited edition screenprint of Stanley Donwood artwork from his ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ series.

3rd Prize – Three winners will each receive a 35mm celluloid print of the Paul Thomas Anderson directed video ‘Daydreaming’ in a film canister.

All Three Reckless locations will be participating. Check back on Monday for more specific details about this.  
In-Store Performance: NOTHING acoustic in-store performance 5PM - 1379 N. Milwaukee Avenue   06/10/2016  
Relapse Records recording artistes NOTHING will be playing a cool, acoustic-only instore before their show at Subterranean later that night.

1379 N. Milwaukee Avenue
5PM
FREE  
In-Store Performance: ITASCA in-store performance (5PM)   06/05/2016  
The talented folk singer Kayla Cohen aka ITASCA will play a stripped-down set at our Milwaukee Ave location on Sunday June 5th at 5PM.

Fans of '60s & '70s Laurel Canyon & British folkies should check this out.

Cohen recently signed with the excellent Paradise of Bachelors label.

https://www.facebook.com/events/243770869325721/  
In-Store Performance: REAL FRIENDS in-store performance (5:30 PM)   06/02/2016  
Tinley Park pop-punkers REAL FRIENDS will celebrate the release of their new album "Home Inside My Head" by playing at our Wicker Park store on Thursday June 2nd at 5:30PM. There will be a signing after their performance.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1708889219394582/  
DUNGEN in-store (1PM)   05/15/2016  
Holy crap. Dungen is one of our favorite bands of the last decade and we are STOKED to host them for an early afternoon in-store performance at our Wicker Park location. If you've never seen these guys, YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT.  
TWIN PEAKS in-store (5PM), signing & limited "Reckless" LP!!   05/14/2016  
On Saturday May 14th, local favorites Twin Peaks will celebrate the release of their new album "Down in Heaven" by rocking out in the store & signing stuff afterwards. We will have an exclusive "Reckless Edition" of this LP that comes with a coloring book designed by Clay from the band. A purchase of the Reckless edition of "Down in Heaven" is required for entry. Please pre-order at the Milwaukee Ave location or purchase your copy there prior to the performance. When you pre-order the record or purchase the day of the in-store, you will also get a box of Twin Peaks crayons. These crayons will be your "ticket" to get into the in-store. If you pre-order in advance, please make sure to bring the crayons with you on the day of the performance. Please also bring your receipt for proof of purchase. You are welcome to come into the Milwaukee Ave location anytime before May 13 to pre-order your copy. You will be given your crayons with pre-order or when you purchase on release date (Friday May 13) or at the in-store on the 14th. Please note, the crayons only come with the Reckless edition of the LP, not the regular LP or CD. Our capactiy for this in-store is 200, so we will cap sales for the event if we reach 200. Purchase of more than one copy of the LP will be allowed. We should have more copies of the Reckless edition after the in-store that will available in our shops & on our website after Saturday. If you have any questions, feel free to call the store.  
Record Store Day titles now available on the website   04/18/2016  
Our remaining RSD titles are now available for sale on the following page:

http://www.reckless.com/post_rsd.php

Some titles are in very short supply while we have a reasonable supply of others. We will try to keep the list updated regularly. Orders will be filled first come, first served. We will do our best to fill your orders but we can guarantee we will have everything ordered. Thanks for your understanding.

Currently these are the only titles which may be purchased on the site but we are working on finally restoring full mail order functions very soon.  
RECORD STORE DAY 2016!!   04/16/2016  
Here we go again... All Reckless locations will be open normal hours on RecordStoreDay 2016. Like previous years, RSD product is first come, first served. We cannot hold items in advance and all items are one per customer. We do our best to stock as much RSD product but there are likely to be things we don't get at all or that there will be extrememly limited quantities of. We suggest getting to the stores early. We'll be posting our list of what we expect to have later in the week. Every location will have some cool freebies to give away as well. Happy hunting!

We're super excited about the bands that we have this year. Here's the line-up

MILWAUKEE AVE
2PM Wild Belle performance & signing
4PM Good Willsmith

BROADWAY
2PM Mako Sica
3PM New Candy Store Prophets (PLAYING THE MONKEES "HEADQUARTERS")
4PM Savage Beliefs (legendary Chicago punks!

Loop
no in-store events

Also...
the legendary Butch Vig & Steve Marker from Smart Studios will be across the street from the Broadway Reckless at Dryhop Brewers for a meet & greet from 11AM-1PM celebrating the release of the The Smart Studios Story, a documentary about the studio. The film is playing Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest) & it's also the official film of Record Store Day.

Film screening info:
CIMMfest Opening night premiere screening, April 13th
Music Box Theatre 730pm
After party immediately following:
Metro Chicago, 9pm doors
W/ Catherine and Negative Example (ex- Tar Babies)  
RECORD STORE DAY LIST A-Z   04/15/2016  
The Adverts - Cast of Thousands LP
The Adverts - Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts 2LP
African Head Charge - Super Mystic Brakes 10”
A-ha - Hits South America LP
Air - Casanova 70 12”
All-American Rejects - Move Along LP
Alt-J - Live at Red Rocks 2LP
The Animals - Animal Tracks 10”
The Animals - We Gotta Get Out of this Place (the Animals Radio & TV Sessions 1965) LP
Anthrax - Antisocial b/w In the End 7”
Anti-Flag - Live Acoustic At 11th Street Records 12”
Appleseed Cast - Peregrine 2LP (Graveface)
Jochen Arbeit/ Gunt Schickert - Tse Tse 12”
Attitude Adjustment - Terrorize LP
Autumn Defense - The Green Hour LP
Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock 12”
Bardo Pond - Acid Guru Pond 2LP
Joe Bataan - Chick-a-Boom 7”
The Belairs - Volcanic Action LP
Best Coast - Late 20s b/w Bigger Man 7”
Bevis Frond - Miasma LP
Bevis Frond - Inner Marshland LP
Justin Bieber - Purpose LP
Big Data & RAC - Fair Trade 7”
Big Star - Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 2LP
Bleachers - Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 LP
Blitzen Trapper - Field Rexx LP
Blonde Redhead - Peel Sessions 7”
BØRNS - Live On KCRW’S Morning Becomes Eclectic 12”
David Bowie - I Dig Everything: The Pye Years 1966 LP
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World LP
David Bowie - TVC15 40th Anniversary 7”
Bring me the Horizon - Live from Maida Vale 7”
Brokedowns/Direct Hit - Making a Midwesterner 7”
James Brown Revue - Live at the Apollo 1972 LP
Brujeria - Viva Presidente Trump! 7”
Burn - Last Great Sea 7”
Buzzcocks - More Product in a Different Compilation 2LP
Cachao - Cachao’s Gonna Make You Dance! 2LP
Cancerous Growth - Hmmlmmlum… LP
Brandi Carlile - Live From KEXP 12”
Gerald Casale - It’s All Devo 12”
Al Casey - Surfin’ Hootenanny! LP
Johnny Cash - The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show LP
Johnny Cash - All Aboard the Blue Train LP
Cavern of Anti-Matter - Void Versions LP
The Challengers - Hot Rod Album LP
Cheap Trick - Found New Parts 10”
Cheap Trick - At Budokan: the Complete Concert 2LP
Chicago Underground Duo - Boca Negra LP
Chills - Pyramids b/w When the Poor Can Reach the Moon 12”
Cho Cho & Dasheen - Cool Pool Reggae 7”
Chvrches - Remix EP 12”
Aldo Ciccolini - Eric Satie: Gymnopedies LP
Stelvio Cippriani - Deviation (soundtrack) 10”
Circa Survive/Mewithoutyou - Split 7”
Clutch - Mad Sidewinder b/w Outland Special Clearance 12”
Anne-Marie Coffinet - Le Vampire 7”
Shirley Collins - English Songs 2 7”
John Coltrane - The Roulette Sides 10” (Parlophone)
Colvin & Earle - Wake Up Little Suzy b/w Baby’s in Black 7”
Mike Cooper & Derek Hall - Out of the Shades 7”
Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969 Box Set 3xLP/3xCD/3x7"
Sheryl Crow & Brandy Clark - Girl Next Door 7”
J.D. Crowe & The New South - J.D. Crowe & The New South LP
The Crusties - Crustunes LP
Dandy Warhols - Live at the X-Ray Cafe, July 8, 1994 (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Dark Tranquillity - Fiction LP w/ bonus 7”
Miles Davis - Ghetto Walkin’ 12”
Andra Day - Andra Day Live LP
De Lux - Berlin Job b/w Stranger Love 8”
Dead Can Dance - Anastasis 2LP
Death - Vivus Dividum: Live in Eindhoven 1998 2LP
Death Cab for Cutie - Tractor Rape Chain b/w Black Sun 7”
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie LP
Deftones - B-Sides & Rarities 2LP
Mac Demarco - Another (Demo) One LP
Deviants - You’ve got to Hold On b/w Let’s Loot the Supermarket 7”
The DOC - No One Can Do It Better LP
James Doherty - Whole World is Our Playground 12”
The Doors - Live at the Aquarius: the First Performance 3LP (Elektra)
The Doors - Roadhouse Blues b/w Feast of Friends 7”
Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting 7”
Doctor Who - Genesis of the Daleks LP
Drone - Reversing Into the Future LP
Bob Dylan - Melancholy Mood 7”
Easybeats - Good Friday LP
Dee Edwards - (I Can) Deal With That 7” (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
808 State - Pacific LP
Electric Prunes - I’ve Got a Way b/w World of Darkness 7”
ESB/Die Wilde Jagd - Mos Eisley 12”
Al Escobar - Escobar’s Rhythmagic LP
Alejandro Escovedo - Thirteen Years LP
Alejandro Escovedo - Gravity LP
Eternal Tapestry - Beyond the 4th Door LP
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest 2LP
EZTV & Nic Hessler - Buy this Record b/w The Last Letter 7”
The Faction - Yesterday Is Gone 12”
The Faction - No Hidden Messages 12”
The Faction - Corpse in Disguise 12”
The Faction - Dark Room 12”
The Faction - Epitaph 12”
Faith No More/Bee Gees - Side By Side 7”
The Fall - The Real New Fall LP
The Fall - Bingo Masters at the Witch Trials LP
The Fall - Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! 7”
The Fall - It’s the New Thing b/w Various Times 7”
Jay Farrar - Sebastopol 2LP
Field Music - Field Music LP
Flamin’ Groovies - Crazy Macy 7”
Flaming Lips - Heady Nuggs II: Warner Bros Records 2008-2012 8LP BOX
Flaming Lips - Lightning Strikes the Postman CD
Fleetwood Mac - Alternate Tusk 2LP
Fleshtones - End of My Neighborhood 7”
Florence + The Machine - Delilah b/w Only Love Can Break Your Heart 12”
Foals - Rain b/w Daffodils 7”
Greg Foat Group - Cityscapes 10”
Greg Foat Group - Lanscapes 10”
Fog - For Good LP (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Blaze Foley - Dust Tape Messiah (soundtrack) LP w/ DVD
Fort Minor - Rising Tied 2LP
Sage Francis - Shit Brick House 7”
John Frusciante - Foregrow 12”
Ezra Furman - Songs By Others LP
Future Sound of London - Accelerator LP w/ bonus 7” (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Kevin Gates - Islah 2LP
Patrick Gauther - Bebe Godzilla LP
Dizzy Gillespie - The Champ LP
Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike LP
Goblin - La Via Della Droga (soundtrack) LP
Goblin - Suspiria b/w Blind Concert 7”
Lotti Golden - Sock it to me Baby b/w It’s Your Thing 7”
Grapefruit - Lullaby b/w Sweet Little Miss No Name 7”
Grateful Dead - Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77 4LP
Adam Green - Aladdin’ LP (Wicker Park only)
Green Dragon - Green Dragon 7”
Green River - 1984 Demos LP
Greyhouse - Dives to the Deep End 2LP
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - The Criteria Sessions LP
Gwar - Scumdogs of the Universe 2LP
Halestorm - Into the Wild Live: Chicago 10”
Half Japanese - Volume 4 1997-2001 3LP
Eramus Hall - Your Love is My Desire LP w/ bonus 7” (Broadway/ Wicker Park only)
Albert Hammond Jr. - Yours To Keep LP
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball 2LP
Ethan Hawke (Born to be Blue) - My Funny Valentine b/w Never Been in Love 7”
Hello Kitty on Ice - Man With a Hole in His Throat b/w The Answer 7”
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits LP
Higher Authorities - Neptune LP
Hot Hot Heat - Nature Of Things 7”
Marc Hurtado & Alan Vega - Sniper 2LP
Husker Du - In a Free Land 7”
Ida - Will You Find Me 2LP
Idle Race - Idle Race LP
Iggy & the Stooges - Metallic KO LP
Ignite - Vipers and Thieves 7”
Insted - Proud Youth 1986-1991 LP
Integrity - Humanity is the Devil LP
Iron Maiden - The Empire of the Clouds 12”
J Dilla - The Diary 2LP
Etta James - At Last LP
Bert Jansch - Colours are Fading Fast 3LP box
Bert Jansch - Black Birds of Brittany b/w Cuckoo 7”
Stephan Jenkins - Live at Amoeba LP
Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock n Roll: Too Young to Die LP
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Sinner LP
Kid Millions - Beyond The Confession: Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig LP
Kill Holiday - Somewhere Between the Wrong is Right LP
Killswitch Engage - Define Love 7”
Junior Kimbrough - I Gotta Try You Girl (Daft Punk remix) 12”
Kind of Like Spitting - You Secretly Want Me Dead LP
Albert King/Paul Butterfield - Side By Side 7”
The Kinks - Dave Davies Hits 7”
The Kinks - Mister Pleasant 7”
The Kinks - The Kinks in Koncert ‘65 LP
KMFDM - Salvation 12”
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika ‘70 - I Go Shout Plenty 10”
La Dispute - Tiny Dots LP
Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon - I Could Have Sworn LP
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter 2LP
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II 2LP
Limananas/Pascal Comelade - The Nothing Twist LP
Linkin Park - Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes 2LP
Malcolm Lockyer & Bill McGuffie - Dr. Who & the Daleks/1966 Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD 2LP
Locust - Morning Light 2LP
Logic - The Incredible True Story LP
Lovesliescrushing - Bloweyelashwish LP
Low/S. Carey - Not a Word b/w I Won’t Let You 10”
Lydia Lunch - My Lover the Killer LP
Lush - Origami 5LP box
Madonna - Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits 12”
Man Man - Six Demon Bag LP
Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life 12”
Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet - Requiem for a Dream 2LP
McCready, McKagan, Arm, Martin - KEXP Raw Power Tribute to Iggy LP
MDC - This Bloods for You/Millions of Damn Christians LP
MDC - Elvis in the Rheinland (Live in Berlin) LP
MDC - Metal Devil Cokes LP
MDC - Hey Cop!!! If I had a Face Like Yours LP
MDC - Shades of Brown LP
Metal Urbain - Panik 7”
Metallica - Live at le Bataclan, Paris France - 6/11/2003 CD
Metz & Swami John Reis - Let It Rust b/w Caught Up 7”
Metz & Mission of Burma - Good, Not Great 7”
Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites LP
Mewithoutyou - Ten Stories LP
The Mickey Finn - Garden of My Mind 7”
Mike Stuart Span - Children of Tomorrow 7”
Eleanor Mills - This is.. LP w/ bonus 7” (Broadway/ Wicker Park only)
Miracle Legion - Portrait of a Damaged Family LP
Mn’Ms - Melts in Your Ears LP
Modern Jazz Quartet - The Quartet LP
Jason Molina - The Townes Van Zandt Covers 7”
Thelonious Monk - London Collection, Volume 3 LP
Monkees - Saturday’s Child b/w You Just May Be the One guitar-shaped 7” (10” sleeve)
The Moody Blues - Moody Blues #1 LP
Alanis Morissette - The Demos 1994-1998 LP
Mark Mothersbaugh - Hello, My Good Friend 12”
Move - Something Else from the Move 7”
Mrs. Magician - Eyes All Over Town b/w I’m Glad You’re Dead 7”
Mudcrutch - Trailer b/w Beautiful 7”
Mueller/Roedelius - Vienna Remixes 12”
Mumford & Sons & Baaba Maal - There Will Be Time 7”
Muse - Reaper 7”
Dave Myers - Gear b/w Let the Good Times Roll 7”
Mystery Artists - Mystery Side By Side 7”
Graham Nash - This Path Tonight LP w/ 7”
Willie Nelson/Uncle Tupelo - Side By Side 7”
Nevermore - The Politics of Ecstasy 2LP
New Barbarians - New Barbarians 12”
NOFX - Sid & Nancy 7”
Nothing - ACD 12”
Notorious BIG - Mo Money Mo Problems 12”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo b/w Shimmy Shimmy Ya shaped 7”
Outkast - Elevators (Me & You) 10”
Pere Ubu - 30 Seconds Over Tokyo b/w Heart of Darkness 7” (Fire)
Oscar Peterson - Tenderly 2LP
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Kiss My Amps Vol. 2 LP
Phish - Hoist 2LP
Kate Pierson - Venus 7”
Pinback - Blue Screen Life 2LP
Richard Pinhas - Cyborg Sally 2LP
Iggy Pop - Fire Engine 7”
Sam Prekop - Sam Prekop LP
Elvis Presley - I’m Leavin’: Elvis Folk-Country LP
Mark Pritchard/Bibio/Clark - A Badman Sound/Health Town/Inf Inf Inf Inf 12”
Radical Face - Family Tree 4LP
Radio Birdman - Buried & Dead b/w Ballad of Dwight Fry 7”
Ramones - Judy Is a Punk 7”
Jay Reatard - Blood Visions LP
The Remains - The Remains LP
John Renbourn - The Attic Tapes LP
Residents - Please Do Not Steal It! LP
Reverend Horton Heat - Hardscrabble Woman b/w Lying to Myself 7”
Rich Robinson - Got to get Better in a Little While LP
Pete Rock - Give it to Y’all 7” (BBE)
Rockabye Baby - Lullaby Renditions of CCR LP
Rockin’ Vickers - Dandy 7”
Roots Radics - World Cup (Extra Time) LP
Run the Jewels - VRTJ virtual reality thing
The Runaways - Right Now b/w Black Leather 7”
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions - Isn't It True 7”
Scarface - Deeply Rooted LP
Armando Sciascia - Impressions in Rhythm & Sound LP
Armando Sciascia - Infini LP
Tiger Joanie Scott - Baby I Need Your Lovin' b/w Kansas City 7”
Self Defense Family - The Power Does Not Work in the Presence of Nonbelievers LP (Bad Paintings)
Sense Field - Living Outside LP
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols LP
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Oh, I Guess we were a Fucking Surf Band After All 4LP BOX
The Shaggs - Sweet Maria b/w the Missouri Waltz (Missouri State Song) 7”
Ravi Shankar - In Hollywood 1971 2LP
Billy Joe Shaver - Wacko from Waco b/w When Fallen Angels Fly 7”
The Skatalites - Skatalites 7” BOX
Skrillex & Diplo - Where Are U Now 12”
Patti Smith - Horses Live at Electric Lady Studios 2LP
Son Volt - Live at the Bottom Line 2/12/96 2LP
Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union 2LP
Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope 2LP
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch 2LP
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - That’s it Baby Right now we got to do it let’s Dance LP
SS Warhead - SS Warhead 7”
Joe Strummer - Gangsterville 12”
Sublime - Jah Won't Pay The Bills CASSETTE or 12”
Suicide - Cheree 7”
Suicide - Dream Baby Dream 7”
Summer Hits - Beaches & Canyons LP
Sun Ra - In Some Far Place: Roma ‘77 LP
Sun Ra - Spaceways LP
Superpitcher - So Far So Super 2LP
Matthew Sweet - Goodfriend 2LP
Syndicats - On the Horizon 7”
Talking Heads/Echosmith - Side By Side 7”
Them - The Broadcast EP 7”
The Thermals - Hey You 7”
Third Power - Believe LP
13th Floor Elevators - You’re Gonna Miss Me b/w Tried to Hide 10”
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers - Vive La Revolution (Live in Paris 1977) LP
The Tornadoes - Beyond the Surf: the Best of the Tornadoes LP
Allen Toussaint - Live in Philadelphia 1975 LP
Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People (Acoustic) 12”
The Turtles - Happy Together 7”
Twenty One Pilots - Double-Sided 7”
Twiztid - Twiztid Presents: The Dojo 7”
Piero Umiliani - La Legge dei Gangsters (soundtrack) 2LP
Valentines - The Sound Of LP
The Vandals - Sweatin' to the Oldies LP
Jean-Claude Vannier - L’Enfant Assassin des Mouches 7”
Violent Femmes - Memory b/w You Move Me 7”
Vitamin String Quartet - Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories LP
Walk the Moon - You are not Alone (Live at the Greek) 2LP
Ryley Walker & Charles Rumback - Cannots LP
Wassermann - Die Schallplatte 12”
Nick Waterhouse - I Got Lost (Old Place Pt. I & II) 7”
Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man: Live at the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club 2LP
Gerard Way - Pinkish b/w Don’t Try 7”
The Weeknd - The Hills Remixes 12”
The Weepies - Say I Am You LP
Jack White - You are the Sunshine of My Life 7”
Matthew E. White - Cool Out 7”
The White Stripes - The Complete John Peel Sessions 2LP
The Who - Ready Steady Who Two EP 7”
Lucinda Williams - Just a Little More Faith and Grace 12”
Wendy O. Williams - Fuck ‘n Roll (Live) LP
The Wizards - Purple Magic LP
Wolf Alice - White Leather b/w Leaving 7”
Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks 2LP
Young & in the Way/Gatecreeper - Split 7”
Lester Young - Blue Lester LP
Frank Zappa - My Guitar b/w Dog Breath 7”
Warren Zevon/Flamin’ Groovies - Side By Side 7”
Rob Zombie - Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O. 10”
V/A - Across The Universe (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Big Lizard Stomp Vol. 2 LP
V/A - Birth of the Beat LP
V/A - C86 2LP
V/A - Cambodian Cassette Archives 2LP
V/A - Dark Shadows (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Der Zeltweg: Italian Tapes in Industrial Music 1982-1984 Vol. 2 LP
V/A - Disney Favorite Songs 12”
V/A - Dogfish Head: Music to Drink Beer To Vol. 2 LP
V/A - Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll 2LP
V/A - Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach LP
V/A - First Class Rock Steady 7” BOX
V/A - Get Me Home for Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock from the UK LP
V/A - The Guest: Original Soundtrack 2LP
V/A - Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vault 2LP
V/A - Hardcore Matinee LP
V/A - Heartworn Highways 2LP BOX
V/A - How To Train Your Dragon (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Indecision Records Split Series 2LP
V/A - Instrumentals Soul-Style LP
V/A - John Wick (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Judgement Night (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Klangfarbe: German Democratic Republic LP
V/A - Los Alamos Grind! LP or CD
V/A - Monster a Go-Go Vol. 1 LP
V/A - Music From The Motion Picture JOY 2LP
V/A - New Orleans Funk 7” BOX
V/A - One Voice 12”
V/A - ONXRT: Live from the Archive Vol. 17 2LP
V/A - The Other Side of Sun: Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day, Volume 3 LP
V/A - Pop Your Funk: Loose Joints, The Complete Singles Collection 3LP (Broadway/
Wicker Park only)
V/A - Rough Guide to East Coast Blues LP
V/A - Rough Guide to Psychedelic Samba LP
V/A - Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues LP
V/A - Silly Symphony Collection: The Skeleton Dance b/w Three Little Pigs 10”
V/A - Sixties Japanese Garage LP
V/A - Slitherama 3 LP
V/A - Soho Scene 64 (Jazz Goes Mod) LP
V/A - Songs the Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us 2LP
V/A - Soul-In (Mods Out on the Floor) LP
V/A - Star Wars: The Force Awakens: March of the Resistance b/w Rey's Theme 10”
V/A - Sunday Nights: the Songs of Junior Kimbrough 2LP
V/A - Todo Muere Vol. 5 LP
V/A - Wake Up You! Vol. 1: the Rise & Fall of Nigerian Rock Music 1972-1977 2LP
V/A - West Coast Soul ‘65 LP  
RECORD STORE DAY LIST BY FORMAT   04/15/2016  
MISC
Run the Jewels - VRTJ virtual reality thing

CD
Flaming Lips - Lightning Strikes the Postman CD
Metallica - Live at le Bataclan, Paris France - 6/11/2003 CD
V/A - Los Alamos Grind! CD

7-INCHES
Anthrax - Antisocial b/w In the End 7”
Joe Bataan - Chick-a-Boom 7”
Best Coast - Late 20s b/w Bigger Man 7”
Big Data & RAC - Fair Trade 7”
Blonde Redhead - Peel Sessions 7”
David Bowie - TVC15 40th Anniversary 7”
Bring me the Horizon - Live from Maida Vale 7”
Brokedowns/Direct Hit - Making a Midwesterner 7”
Brujeria - Viva Presidente Trump! 7”
Burn - Last Great Sea 7”
Cho Cho & Dasheen - Cool Pool Reggae 7”
Circa Survive/Mewithoutyou - Split 7”
Anne-Marie Coffinet - Le Vampire 7”
Shirley Collins - English Songs 2 7”
Colvin & Earle - Wake Up Little Suzy b/w Baby’s in Black 7”
Mike Cooper & Derek Hall - Out of the Shades 7”
Sheryl Crow & Brandy Clark - Girl Next Door 7”
Death Cab for Cutie - Tractor Rape Chain b/w Black Sun 7”
Deviants - You’ve got to Hold On b/w Let’s Loot the Supermarket 7”
The Doors - Roadhouse Blues b/w Feast of Friends 7”
Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting 7”
Bob Dylan - Melancholy Mood 7”
Dee Edwards - (I Can) Deal With That 7” (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Electric Prunes - I’ve Got a Way b/w World of Darkness 7”
EZTV & Nic Hessler - Buy this Record b/w The Last Letter 7”
Faith No More/Bee Gees - Side By Side 7”
The Fall - Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! 7”
The Fall - It’s the New Thing b/w Various Times 7”
Flamin’ Groovies - Crazy Macy 7”
Fleshtones - End of My Neighborhood 7”
Foals - Rain b/w Daffodils 7”
Sage Francis - Shit Brick House 7”
Goblin - Suspiria b/w Blind Concert 7”
Lotti Golden - Sock it to me Baby b/w It’s Your Thing 7”
Grapefruit - Lullaby b/w Sweet Little Miss No Name 7”
Green Dragon - Green Dragon 7”
Ethan Hawke (Born to be Blue) - My Funny Valentine b/w Never Been in Love 7”
Hello Kitty on Ice - Man With a Hole in His Throat b/w The Answer 7”
Hot Hot Heat - Nature Of Things 7”
Husker Du - In a Free Land 7”
Ignite - Vipers and Thieves 7”
David J & the Gentleman Thieves/ Darwin split 7” (Wicker Park only)
Bert Jansch - Black Birds of Brittany b/w Cuckoo 7”
Killswitch Engage - Define Love 7”
Albert King/Paul Butterfield - Side By Side 7”
The Kinks - Dave Davies Hits 7”
The Kinks - Mister Pleasant 7”
Metal Urbain - Panik 7”
Metz & Swami John Reis - Let It Rust b/w Caught Up 7”
Metz & Mission of Burma - Good, Not Great 7”
The Mickey Finn - Garden of My Mind 7”
Mike Stuart Span - Children of Tomorrow 7”
Jason Molina - The Townes Van Zandt Covers 7”
Monkees - Saturday’s Child b/w You Just May Be the One guitar-shaped 7” (10” sleeve)
Move - Something Else from the Move 7”
Mrs. Magician - Eyes All Over Town b/w I’m Glad You’re Dead 7”
Mudcrutch - Trailer b/w Beautiful 7”
Mumford & Sons & Baaba Maal - There Will Be Time 7”
Muse - Reaper 7”
Dave Myers - Gear b/w Let the Good Times Roll 7”
Mystery Artists - Mystery Side By Side 7”
Graham Nash - This Path Tonight LP w/ 7”
Willie Nelson/Uncle Tupelo - Side By Side 7”
NOFX - Sid & Nancy 7”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo b/w Shimmy Shimmy Ya shaped 7”
Pere Ubu - 30 Seconds Over Tokyo b/w Heart of Darkness 7” (Fire)
Kate Pierson - Venus 7”
Iggy Pop - Fire Engine 7”
Radio Birdman - Buried & Dead b/w Ballad of Dwight Fry 7”
Ramones - Judy Is a Punk 7”
Reverend Horton Heat - Hardscrabble Woman b/w Lying to Myself 7”
Pete Rock - Give it to Y’all 7” (BBE)
Rockin’ Vickers - Dandy 7”
The Runaways - Right Now b/w Black Leather 7”
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions - Isn't It True 7”
Tiger Joanie Scott - Baby I Need Your Lovin' b/w Kansas City 7”
The Shaggs - Sweet Maria b/w the Missouri Waltz (Missouri State Song) 7”
Billy Joe Shaver - Wacko from Waco b/w When Fallen Angels Fly 7”
The Skatalites - Skatalites 7” BOX
SS Warhead - SS Warhead 7”
Suicide - Cheree 7”
Suicide - Dream Baby Dream 7”
Syndicats - On the Horizon 7”
Talking Heads/Echosmith - Side By Side 7”
Them - The Broadcast EP 7”
The Thermals - Hey You 7”
The Turtles - Happy Together 7”
Twenty One Pilots - Double-Sided 7”
Twiztid - Twiztid Presents: The Dojo 7”
Jean-Claude Vannier - L’Enfant Assassin des Mouches 7”
Violent Femmes - Memory b/w You Move Me 7”
Nick Waterhouse - I Got Lost (Old Place Pt. I & II) 7”
Gerard Way - Pinkish b/w Don’t Try 7”
Jack White - You are the Sunshine of My Life 7”
Matthew E. White - Cool Out 7”
The Who - Ready Steady Who Two EP 7”
Wolf Alice - White Leather b/w Leaving 7”
Young & in the Way/Gatecreeper - Split 7”
Frank Zappa - My Guitar b/w Dog Breath 7”
Warren Zevon/Flamin’ Groovies - Side By Side 7”
V/A - First Class Rock Steady 7” BOX
V/A - New Orleans Funk 7” BOX


8-INCH
De Lux - Berlin Job b/w Stranger Love 8”


10-INCHES
African Head Charge - Super Mystic Brakes 10”
The Animals - Animal Tracks 10”
Cheap Trick - Found New Parts 10”
Stelvio Cippriani - Deviation (soundtrack) 10”
John Coltrane - The Roulette Sides 10” (Parlophone)
Greg Foat Group - Cityscapes 10”
Greg Foat Group - Lanscapes 10”
Halestorm - Into the Wild Live: Chicago 10”
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika ‘70 - I Go Shout Plenty 10”
Low/S. Carey - Not a Word b/w I Won’t Let You 10”
Outkast - Elevators (Me & You) 10”
13th Floor Elevators - You’re Gonna Miss Me b/w Tried to Hide 10”
Rob Zombie - Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O. 10”
V/A - Silly Symphony Collection: The Skeleton Dance b/w Three Little Pigs 10”
V/A - Star Wars: The Force Awakens: March of the Resistance b/w Rey's Theme 10”

LP/12-INCHES
The Adverts - Cast of Thousands LP
The Adverts - Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts 2LP
A-ha - Hits South America LP
Air - Casanova 70 12”
All-American Rejects - Move Along LP
Alt-J - Live at Red Rocks 2LP
The Animals - We Gotta Get Out of this Place (the Animals Radio & TV Sessions 1965) LP
Anti-Flag - Live Acoustic At 11th Street Records 12”
Appleseed Cast - Peregrine 2LP (Graveface)
Jochen Arbeit/ Gunt Schickert - Tse Tse 12”
Attitude Adjustment - Terrorize LP
Autumn Defense - The Green Hour LP
Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock 12”
Bardo Pond - Acid Guru Pond 2LP
The Belairs - Volcanic Action LP
Bevis Frond - Miasma LP
Bevis Frond - Inner Marshland LP
Justin Bieber - Purpose LP
Big Star - Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 2LP
Bleachers - Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 LP
Blitzen Trapper - Field Rexx LP
BØRNS - Live On KCRW’S Morning Becomes Eclectic 12”
David Bowie - I Dig Everything: The Pye Years 1966 LP
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World LP
James Brown Revue - Live at the Apollo 1972 LP
Buzzcocks - More Product in a Different Compilation 2LP
Cachao - Cachao’s Gonna Make You Dance! 2LP
Cancerous Growth - Hmmlmmlum… LP
Brandi Carlile - Live From KEXP 12”
Gerald Casale - It’s All Devo 12”
Al Casey - Surfin’ Hootenanny! LP
Johnny Cash - The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show LP
Johnny Cash - All Aboard the Blue Train LP
Cavern of Anti-Matter - Void Versions LP
The Challengers - Hot Rod Album LP
Cheap Trick - At Budokan: the Complete Concert 2LP
Chicago Underground Duo - Boca Negra LP
Chills - Pyramids b/w When the Poor Can Reach the Moon 12”
Chvrches - Remix EP 12”
Aldo Ciccolini - Eric Satie: Gymnopedies LP
Clutch - Mad Sidewinder b/w Outland Special Clearance 12”
Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969 Box Set 3xLP/3xCD/3x7"
J.D. Crowe & The New South - J.D. Crowe & The New South LP
The Crusties - Crustunes LP
Dandy Warhols - Live at the X-Ray Cafe, July 8, 1994 (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Dark Tranquillity - Fiction LP w/ bonus 7”
Miles Davis - Ghetto Walkin’ 12”
Andra Day - Andra Day Live LP
Dead Can Dance - Anastasis 2LP
Death - Vivus Dividum: Live in Eindhoven 1998 2LP
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie LP
Deftones - B-Sides & Rarities 2LP
Mac Demarco - Another (Demo) One LP
The DOC - No One Can Do It Better LP
Doctor Who - Genesis of the Daleks LP
James Doherty - Whole World is Our Playground 12”
The Doors - Live at the Aquarius: the First Performance 3LP (Elektra)
Drone - Reversing Into the Future LP
Easybeats - Good Friday LP
808 State - Pacific LP
ESB/Die Wilde Jagd - Mos Eisley 12”
Al Escobar - Escobar’s Rhythmagic LP
Alejandro Escovedo - Thirteen Years LP
Alejandro Escovedo - Gravity LP
Eternal Tapestry - Beyond the 4th Door LP
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest 2LP
The Faction - Yesterday Is Gone 12”
The Faction - No Hidden Messages 12”
The Faction - Corpse in Disguise 12”
The Faction - Dark Room 12”
The Faction - Epitaph 12”
The Fall - The Real New Fall LP
The Fall - Bingo Masters at the Witch Trials LP
Jay Farrar - Sebastopol 2LP
Field Music - Field Music LP
Flaming Lips - Heady Nuggs II: Warner Bros Records 2008-2012 8LP BOX
Fleetwood Mac - Alternate Tusk 2LP
Florence + The Machine - Delilah b/w Only Love Can Break Your Heart 12”
Fog - For Good LP (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Blaze Foley - Dust Tape Messiah (soundtrack) LP w/ DVD
Fort Minor - Rising Tied 2LP
John Frusciante - Foregrow 12”
Ezra Furman - Songs By Others LP
Future Sound of London - Accelerator LP w/ bonus 7” (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Kevin Gates - Islah 2LP
Patrick Gauther - Bebe Godzilla LP
Dizzy Gillespie - The Champ LP
Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike LP
Goblin - La Via Della Droga (soundtrack) LP
Grateful Dead - Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77 4LP
Adam Green - Aladdin’ LP (Wicker Park only)
Green River - 1984 Demos LP
Greyhouse - Dives to the Deep End 2LP
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - The Criteria Sessions LP
Gwar - Scumdogs of the Universe 2LP
Half Japanese - Volume 4 1997-2001 3LP
Eramus Hall - Your Love is My Desire LP w/ bonus 7” (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Albert Hammond Jr. - Yours To Keep LP
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball 2LP
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits LP
Higher Authorities - Neptune LP
Marc Hurtado & Alan Vega - Sniper 2LP
Ida - Will You Find Me 2LP
Idle Race - Idle Race LP
Iggy & the Stooges - Metallic KO LP
Insted - Proud Youth 1986-1991 LP
Integrity - Humanity is the Devil LP
Iron Maiden - The Empire of the Clouds 12”
J Dilla - The Diary 2LP
Etta James - At Last LP
Bert Jansch - Colours are Fading Fast 3LP box
Stephan Jenkins - Live at Amoeba LP
Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock n Roll: Too Young to Die LP
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Sinner LP
Kid Millions - Beyond The Confession: Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig LP
Kill Holiday - Somewhere Between the Wrong is Right LP
Junior Kimbrough - I Gotta Try You Girl (Daft Punk remix) 12”
Kind of Like Spitting - You Secretly Want Me Dead LP
The Kinks - The Kinks in Koncert ‘65 LP
KMFDM - Salvation 12”
La Dispute - Tiny Dots LP
Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon - I Could Have Sworn LP
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter 2LP
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II 2LP
Limananas/Pascal Comelade - The Nothing Twist LP
Linkin Park - Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes 2LP
Malcolm Lockyer & Bill McGuffie - Dr. Who & the Daleks/1966 Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD 2LP
Locust - Morning Light 2LP
Logic - The Incredible True Story LP
Lovesliescrushing - Bloweyelashwish LP
Lydia Lunch - My Lover the Killer LP
Lush - Origami 5LP box
Madonna - Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits 12”
Man Man - Six Demon Bag LP
Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life 12”
Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet - Requiem for a Dream 2LP
McCready, McKagan, Arm, Martin - KEXP Raw Power Tribute to Iggy LP
MDC - This Bloods for You/Millions of Damn Christians LP
MDC - Elvis in the Rheinland (Live in Berlin) LP
MDC - Metal Devil Cokes LP
MDC - Hey Cop!!! If I had a Face Like Yours LP
MDC - Shades of Brown LP
Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites LP
Mewithoutyou - Ten Stories LP
Eleanor Mills - This is.. LP w/ bonus 7” (Broadway/Wicker Park only)
Miracle Legion - Portrait of a Damaged Family LP
Mn’Ms - Melts in Your Ears LP
Modern Jazz Quartet - The Quartet LP
Thelonious Monk - London Collection, Volume 3 LP
The Moody Blues - Moody Blues #1 LP
Alanis Morissette - The Demos 1994-1998 LP
Mark Mothersbaugh - Hello, My Good Friend 12”
Mueller/Roedelius - Vienna Remixes 12”
Nevermore - The Politics of Ecstasy 2LP
New Barbarians - New Barbarians 12”
Nothing - ACD 12”
Notorious BIG - Mo Money Mo Problems 12”
Oscar Peterson - Tenderly 2LP
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Kiss My Amps Vol. 2 LP
Phish - Hoist 2LP
Pinback - Blue Screen Life 2LP
Richard Pinhas - Cyborg Sally 2LP
Sam Prekop - Sam Prekop LP
Elvis Presley - I’m Leavin’: Elvis Folk-Country LP
Mark Pritchard/Bibio/Clark - A Badman Sound/Health Town/Inf Inf Inf Inf 12”
Radical Face - Family Tree 4LP
Jay Reatard - Blood Visions LP
The Remains - The Remains LP
John Renbourn - The Attic Tapes LP
Residents - Please Do Not Steal It! LP
Rich Robinson - Got to get Better in a Little While LP
Rockabye Baby - Lullaby Renditions of CCR LP
Roots Radics - World Cup (Extra Time) LP
Scarface - Deeply Rooted LP
Armando Sciascia - Impressions in Rhythm & Sound LP
Armando Sciascia - Infini LP
Self Defense Family - The Power Does Not Work in the Presence of Nonbelievers LP (Bad Paintings)
Sense Field - Living Outside LP
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols LP
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Oh, I Guess we were a Fucking Surf Band After All 4LP BOX
Ravi Shankar - In Hollywood 1971 2LP
Skrillex & Diplo - Where Are U Now 12”
Patti Smith - Horses Live at Electric Lady Studios 2LP
Son Volt - Live at the Bottom Line 2/12/96 2LP
Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union 2LP
Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope 2LP
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch 2LP
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - That’s it Baby Right now we got to do it let’s Dance LP
Joe Strummer - Gangsterville 12”
Sublime - Jah Won't Pay The Bills CASSETTE or 12”
Summer Hits - Beaches & Canyons LP
Sun Ra - In Some Far Place: Roma ‘77 LP
Sun Ra - Spaceways LP
Superchunk - Tossing Seeds: Singles 89-91 LP
Superpitcher - So Far So Super 2LP
Matthew Sweet - Goodfriend 2LP
Third Power - Believe LP
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers - Vive La Revolution (Live in Paris 1977) LP
The Tornadoes - Beyond the Surf: the Best of the Tornadoes LP
Allen Toussaint - Live in Philadelphia 1975 LP
Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People (Acoustic) 12”
Piero Umiliani - La Legge dei Gangsters (soundtrack) 2LP
Valentines - The Sound Of LP
The Vandals - Sweatin' to the Oldies LP
Vitamin String Quartet - Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories LP
Walk the Moon - You are not Alone (Live at the Greek) 2LP
Ryley Walker & Charles Rumback - Cannots LP
Wassermann - Die Schallplatte 12”
Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man: Live at the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club 2LP
The Weeknd - The Hills Remixes 12”
The Weepies - Say I Am You LP
The White Stripes - The Complete John Peel Sessions 2LP
Lucinda Williams - Just a Little More Faith and Grace 12”
Wendy O. Williams - Fuck ‘n Roll (Live) LP
The Wizards - Purple Magic LP
Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks 2LP
Lester Young - Blue Lester LP
V/A - Across The Universe (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Big Lizard Stomp Vol. 2 LP
V/A - Birth of the Beat LP
V/A - C86 2LP
V/A - Cambodian Cassette Archives 2LP
V/A - Dark Shadows (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Der Zeltweg: Italian Tapes in Industrial Music 1982-1984 Vol. 2 LP
V/A - Disney Favorite Songs 12”
V/A - Dogfish Head: Music to Drink Beer To Vol. 2 LP
V/A - Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll 2LP
V/A - Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach LP
V/A - Get Me Home for Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock from the UK LP
V/A - The Guest: Original Soundtrack 2LP
V/A - Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vault 2LP
V/A - Hardcore Matinee LP
V/A - Heartworn Highways 2LP BOX
V/A - How To Train Your Dragon (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Indecision Records Split Series 2LP
V/A - Instrumentals Soul-Style LP
V/A - John Wick (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Judgement Night (soundtrack) LP
V/A - Klangfarbe: German Democratic Republic LP
V/A - Los Alamos Grind! LP
V/A - Monster a Go-Go Vol. 1 LP
V/A - Music From The Motion Picture JOY 2LP
V/A - One Voice 12”
V/A - ONXRT: Live from the Archive Vol. 17 2LP
V/A - The Other Side of Sun: Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day, Volume 3 LP
V/A - Pop Your Funk: Loose Joints, The Complete Singles Collection 3LP
(Broadway/Wicker Park only)
V/A - Rough Guide to East Coast Blues LP
V/A - Rough Guide to Psychedelic Samba LP
V/A - Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues LP
V/A - Sixties Japanese Garage LP
V/A - Slitherama 3 LP
V/A - Soho Scene 64 (Jazz Goes Mod) LP
V/A - Songs the Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us 2LP
V/A - Soul-In (Mods Out on the Floor) LP
V/A - Sunday Nights: the Songs of Junior Kimbrough 2LP
V/A - Todo Muere Vol. 5 LP
V/A - Wake Up You! Vol. 1: the Rise & Fall of Nigerian Rock Music 1972-1977 2LP
V/A - West Coast Soul ‘65 LP  
In-Store Performance: CHEAP TRICK signing!! (not an April Fool's joke!!)   04/01/2016  
Cheap Trick will be autographing copies of new release BANG, seek ZOOM, CRAZY…HELLO at Noon, April 1st at the Milwaukee Ave (Wicker Park) – Come pick up the new CD and meet the band! (* must purchase cd to enter autograph line – no instruments, memorabilia, posters, etc. will be signed; due to time constraints the band will be unable to pose for photographs)

http://www.cheaptrick.com/reckless-records-chicago-in-store-autograph-session-040116  
In-Store Performance: Gaz Coombes (SUPERGRASS) acoustic in-store performance & signing   03/30/2016  
Gaz Coombes, singer of the legendary SUPERGRASS will help us celebrate the release of his new solo album "Matador" with a free acoustic performance. He will sign copies of his new album after the performance. Photos are acceptable and he will sign one other item that you bring with you.

Reckless Records
Milwaukee Ave location (Wicker Park)
1PM
Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/602110413279262/  
Reckless Records New Releases 3/18/2016   03/18/2016  
Fatima Al Gadiri - Brute LP (Hyperdub)
Angels Dust - Musings CD (Hit & Run)
B Boys - No Worry No Mind EP 12”/CDEP (Captured Tracks)
Baauer - Aa CD (Lucky Me)
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Love Like This b/w Dog Was a Doughnut 7” (Big Crown)
Joe Baer Magnant Group - Liminal Spaces LP (Old Tom Fool)
Big L - Ebonics b/w Size Em Up 12” (Fat Beats) legendary single back in print
Blu & 45 King - Pocket Full of Miracles 7” (Redefinition)
The Body - No One Deserves Happiness 2LP/CD (Thrill Jockey) arriving on Friday
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Bitchin’ Bajas - Epic Jammers & Fortunate Little Ditties LP/CD/CASS (Drag City)
Boris & Merzbow - Gensho 2LP/CD (Relapse) vinyl comes in parts 1 & 2!
Jagger Botchway - Odze Odze LP/CD (Cultures of Soul)
Brothers Comatose - City Painted Gold CD (Swamp Jam)
Clark - The Last Panthers CD (Warp)
Mary Clark - Take Me I’m Yours 12” (P&P)
Diba$e - Baker’s Dozen LP (Fat Beats)
Ned Doheny - Hard Candy LP (Be with) reissue
Ned Doheny - Prone LP (Be With) reissue
Doomstarks - Lively Hood 7” (Nature Sounds)
Essaie Pas - Demain est une Autre Nuit LP (DFA)
The Falcon - Gather Up the Chaps CD (Red Scare)
Flying Saucer Attack - Further LP (Drag City) reissue
Glitterbust - Glitterbust 2LP (Burger) kim gordon & alex knost
Goblin/Cipriani - Bloodstained Shadow soundtrack LP (Death Waltz)
Hypothetical Prophets - Around the World With LP/CD (Infine)
Impact All-Stars - Java Java Java Java CD (Get On Down)
Ital Tek - Hollowed 2LP (Planet Mu)
Jazz Butcher - Last of the Gentlemen Adventurers CD (Fire)
Glenn Jones - Fleeting LP/CD (Thrill Jockey) arriving on Friday
Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land 2LP, 3LP or CD (Secretly Canadian)
Kankick - Full Time Work Part Time Pay 2LP (Vinyl Digital)
David Kilgour - Sugar Mouth LP/CD (Flying Nun)
King - We are King CD (King Creative)
Le Butcherettes - House Hunder flexi 7” (Joyful Noise)
Sondre Lerche - Take a Bow flexi 7” (Joyful Noise)
Lifetones - For a Reason CD (Light in the Attic) reissue of This Heat dubby side project
Lust for Youth - Compassion LP/CD (Sacred Bones)
The Magnetic North - Prospect of Skelmersdale LP/CD (Full Time Hobby)
Malik B & Mr. Green - Unpredicable LP (Fat Beats)
Harry Manfredini - Friday the 13th Part 3 soundtrack LP (Death Waltz)
Joell Ortiz - That’s Hip Hop CD (That’s Hip Hop)
Augustus Pablo - This is Augustus Pablo LP/CD (Get On Down)
Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression LP/CD (Loma Vista)
Primal Scream - Chaosmosis LP/CD (Ignition)
Public Memory - Wuthering Drum LP/CD (Felte)
The Revolutionaries - Dub Out Her Blouse & Skirt Vol. 1 LP/CD (Bond Export)
Rexy - Running Out of Time LP (Lucky Number)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - All Souled Out 12” (Get On Down) reissue
Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans soundtrack 2LP (Intrada) audiophile reissue
Schoolboy Q & Alchemist - Hoover Street 7” (Fat Beats)
Sister Crayon - Devoted LP (Fat Beats)
Elliott Smith - Heaven Adores You Soundtrack 2LP (UMe) now on vinyl!
Starchild & the New Romantic - Crucial LP (Ghostly International)
Stepdad - Masterbeast Theatre 12” (Quite Scientific)
Steve Taylor & Danielson Foil - Wow to the Deadness LP (Sounds Familyre)
Tiga - No Fantasy Required CD (Counter)
Tiny Ruins & Hamish Kilgour - Hurtling Through (Flying Nun)
Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future LP/CD (Astralwerks)
Walker Family Singers - Panola Country Spirit LP/CD (Daptone)
White Hills - No Game to Play LP (300 Mics) arriving on Friday!
V/A - Aloha Got Soul: Soul, AOR & Disco in Hawai’i 1979-1985 2LP/CD (Strut)
V/A - The Best of Inner City Records (Kev Beadle Presents) 2LP (BBE)
V/A - Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils - Hollywood from X to Zero & Hardcore on the Beaches: Punk in Los Angeles 1977-81 2LP/CD (Soul Jazz)
V/A - Christophe Lemaire Presents: Can’t You Hear Me? 70s African Nuggets & Garage Rock from Nigeria, Zambia & Zimbabwe 2LP/CD (Now Again)
V/A - Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music 2LP/CD (Numero Group)
V/A - You’re Next soundtrack LP (Death Waltz)  
In-Store Performance: Into It. Over It. acoustic in-store Friday March 11 6PM   03/11/2016  
Chicago's Evan Weiss is releasing his third album as INTO IT. OVER IT. on March 11th & we're going to help him celebrate by hosting him for an acoustic in-store performance at our Wicker Park location. Copies of the new album "Standards" will be available that day.
Please welcome Orange Milk & Beer On The Rug! 03/01/2016  
Please welcome Orange Milk & Beer On The Rug!   03/01/2016  
We are very proud to be the only record store in AMERICA carrying tapes, CDs & LPs from two of our favorite independent labels, Beer on the Rug & Orange Milk.

These are two of the most well-loved tape-centric experimental/electronic/synth/weirdo labels in the american experimental underground. We are ordering direct from the labels and look forward to carrying all of their new releases!

If you have ears and like new sounds, we encourage you to stream some tunes and get acquainted!

https://beerontherug.bandcamp.com/

https://orangemilkrecords.bandcamp.com/

Most of their releases are very limited (some for under 100), so don't sleep!  
2014 RSD list!! (volume 1)   03/21/2014  
Here it is. Everything that we have on order for RSD 2014. We'll continue to update this as we learn of any cancellations, delays etc...

Similar to past years, there are a few important things to mention:

1. We cannot (in fact, we're not allowed) to take
special orders or hold items in advance. All
items will be available for sale when the
stores open on April 19th. Everything is first
come first served & limited to 1 per customer.
If anything is left after the 19th, it will be
sold like any other item in our store,
including our website.

2. This list includes everything that we actually
have on order. We can't guarantee that we'll
actually get any of this stuff until it
arrives. We often don't get as much as we
ordered and sometimes we don't get copies at
all of certain things.

3. Feel free to call the stores with any questions
that you might have about Record Store Day.

4. Finally, we have some cool events planned for
that day. We'll be announcing that shortly.

here it is!

*The Neil Young LP boxset has been delayed until later in 2014

A Minor Forest - Flemish Altruism/Inindependence 4LP (Thrill Jockey)
Aerosmith - Draw the Line LP (Legacy) Limited to 3,000
Aerosmith - Night in the Ruts LP (Legacy) Limited to 3,000
Aerosmith - Rock in a Hard Place LP (Legacy) Limited to 3,000
Aerosmith - Rocks LP (Legacy) Limited to 3,000
Agitation Free - Shibuya Nights 2LP (MVD) Limited to 1,000
Allman Brothers - Selections from Play All Night 2LP (Legacy) Limited to 4,000
Alvarius B & Sir Richard Bishop - If You Don’t Like It . . . DON’T! (Three Lobed) Limited to 850
Dave & Phil Alvin - Songs From the Common Ground 2x10” (Yep Roc) Limited to 1,900
American Authors/The Mowgli's - In a Big Country b/w You Make My Dreams Come True 7” (Island) Limited to 2,300
Albert Ammons - Boogie Woogie Stomp 12” (Blue Note) Limited to 3,000
The Animals - The Animals EP 12” (ABKCO) Limited to 1,800
Atmosphere - The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single LP (Rhymesayers) Picture disc, limited to 5,000
Autumn Defense - Thrill Seeker LP (Solid State)
Autumn Defense/Josh Rouse - Split 7” (Yep Roc) Limited to 2,000
Joan Baez - Blessed Are 2LP (Welk) Limited to 1,500
Banks - Banks: the Remixes 12” (Harvest) Limited to 350
Bastille - Of the Night EP 12” (Virgin) Limited to 2,000
Battery - Whatever It Takes LP (Revelation) Limited to 700, orange vinyl
Bayside - Time Has Come 7” (Hopeless) Limited to 450
Beauregarde - Testify 7” (Jackpot) Limited to 1,000
Beltones - On Deaf Ears LP (TKO) Limited to 2,000
Between the Buried & Me - Colors Live 2LP (Victory) Red vinyl, limited to 1,400
Bis - Data Panik Etcetera LP (Do Yourself In) Limited to 300
Bis/Ghosts of Dead Airplanes - Split 7” (Do Yourself In)
Black Lips - Funny 7” (Vice) Limited to 2,000
Black Milk - Glitches in the Break LP (Computer Ugly) White vinyl
Black Prairie - Fortune LP (Welk) Limited to 1,000
Blitzen Trapper - Hold On b/w On a Dime Woman 7” (Vagrant) Limited to 970
Bloodlet - Live on WMFU-FM LP (A389) Colored vinyl, limited to 1,000
Bok Bok - Come Back to Me 7” (Captured Tracks)
Bonobo - Late Night Tales 10” (Late Night Tales) Clear vinyl
Bored Games - Who Killed Colonel Mustard LP (Flying Nun/Captured Tracks)
Botch - Unifying Themes Redux LP (Hydra Head) Limited to 890
David Bowie - 1984 7” (Parlophone) Picture disc
Bozzio/Levin/Stevens - Black Light Syndrome 2LP (Magna Carta) Limited to 1,000
Charles Bradley - I Hope You Find the Good Life LP (Daptone)
Breadwinner - Burner 12” (Merge)
Brian Jonestown Massacre/Magic Castles - Split 12” (A) Limited to 1,500
Broken Bells - Holding on for Life (remixes) 12” (Columbia) Limited to 4,000
Jake Bugg - Live at Silver Platters, Seattle, WA, January 20, 2014 CD/12” (Island) CD limited to 4,200 & vinyl limited to 4,290
Built to Spill - Ultimate Alternative Wavers 2LP (Modern Classics) Limited to 4,500, gold vinyl
Buried Alive - The Death of Your Perfect World LP (Victory) Grey vinyl, limited to 900
Cage the Elephant - Take it or Leave It 7” (RCA) Limited to 1,500
Cake - Cake Vinyl Box 8LP (Upbeat) Limited to 900
Camera Obscura - 4AD Session EP 12” (4AD) Limited to 1,500.
Camera Shy - Jack-O-Lantern 10” (Run for Cover)
Cardinal - Cardinal LP (Fire) Yellow vinyl, limited to 300
Clarence Carter - Slip Away: the Ultimate Clarence Carter 1966-1971 2LP (Kent) Limited to 1,500, green vinyl
Neko Case & Jason Lytle - Satellite of Love 7” (MVD) Limited to 1,500, red vinyl
Johnny Cash - With His Hot & Blue Guitar LP (ORG) Blue vinyl, limited to 3,000
Casket Lottery/Small Brown Bike - Split LP (Run for Cover)
Cave In - Jupiter LP w/ bonus 12” (Hydra Head) Limited to 940
Centro-Matic - Redo the Stacks 2LP (Navigational Transmissions)
Dillard Chandler - The End of an Old Song LP (Tompkins Square) Limited to 880
Michael Chapman - LITA CD/LP (Light in the Attic) LP limited to 1,500, blue vinyl
Childish Gambino - Because the Internet 2LP (Glassnote) Limited to 5,000
Christian Death - The Edward Cover Edition 7” (Frontier)
Eric Church - The Outsiders LP (EMI Nashville) Limited to 3,000
Chvrches - Recover EP 12” (Glassnote) Limited to 2,300, orange vinyl
Civil Wars - Live at Eddie’s Attic 12” (Columbia) Limited to 4,000
Clutch/Lionize - Split 7” (Weathermaker)
College - Northern Council LP (Invada) Frosted clear vinyl, limited to 300
Sam Cooke - Ain’t That Good News LP (ABKCO) Limited to 1,800
Cosmetics - Olympia . . . Plus LP (Captured Tracks)
Court Yard Hounds - Amelita LP w/ 7” (New West) Limited to 500
Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969 Singles 10” (Fantasy) Limited to 5,000
Crosses - One 10” (Sumerian) Pink/red vinyl
Crosses - Two 10” (Sumerian) Blue vinyl
Crosses - Three 10” (Sumerian) Yellow vinyl
Crystal Antlers - We All Gotta Die (Scientist Remix) 7” (Innovative Leisure)
Cults - Upstairs at United LP (453)
The Cure/Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven 7” (Rhino) White vinyl
Cut Copy - In These Arms of Love b/w Like Any Other Day 10” (Republic) Limited to 2,000
Darq E Freaker - Ironside 12” (Tru Thoughts) Limited to 50
De Lux - Life in Time Gets Narrow b/w Marquee Moon 7” (Innovative Leisure)
Death Cab For Cutie w/ Magik*Magik Orchestra - Live 2012 2LP (Barsuk) Limited to 3,500
Deer Tick - Eel Bowel 7” (Partisan) Limited to 2,000
Deerhoof/Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog - Split 7” (Northern Spy) Limited to 900
Dessa - Castor, the Twin LP (Doomtree) Limited to 500
Devo - Live at Max’s Kansas City November 15, 1977 LP (Jackpot) Limited to 2,000
Devo - Butch Devo & the Sundance Gig LP w/ DVD (MVD) Limited to 2,500, picture disc
Die Kreuzen - Cows & Beer 7” (Beer City)
Die Kreuzen - Cows & Beer 12” (Beer City)
Dinosaur Jr. - Visitors 5x7” (Numero Group) Limited to 5,000
Disclosure - Apollo 12” (Interscope) Limited to 2,500
Django Django - The Porpoise Song 7” (Late Night Tales) Splatter vinyl
The Dodos - Substance b/w The Ocean 7” (Polyvinyl) Limited to 1,000
The Doors - Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine 2LP (Elektra) Amber vinyl
Dot Hacker - Whatever You Want b/w Memory 7” (ORG) Limited to 1,000
Dream Theater - Illumination Theory 12” (Roadrunner) Picture disc
The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls 2LP (Roadrunner) Red/black vinyl
Drive-By Truckers - Dragon Pants EP 12” (ATO) Limited to 2,000
Steve Earle - Townes: the Basics LP (New West) Limited to 2,000
Earth Crisis - Gomorrah’s Season Ends LP (Victory) Yellow vinyl, limited to 900
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott - Jack Elliott LP (Welk) Limited to 1,500
Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (Coldcut remix) b/w Eric B. on the Cut 7” (Get on Down)
ESG - Dance to the Best of ESG 3LP (Fire)
The Everly Brothers - Roots LP (Warner Bros)
The Everly Brothers - Songs Our Daddy Taught Us LP (Varese) Limited to 1,500
Ex-Cult - Ties You Up 7”
Fairhorns - Doki Doki Run LP (Invada) Green vinyl
The Fall - 13 Killers 2LP (MVD)
Farside - Keep My Soul Awake 7” (Crisis) Limited to 700, blue vinyl
Fear of Men - Loom LP (Kanine) Limited to 500
Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time LP (Capitol) Limited to 800, picture disc
Fishbone - Fishbone LP (Asbestos) Limited to 1,000, red vinyl
Five Finger Death Punch - Purgatory: Tales From the Pit 2LP (Prospect Park) Limited to 900
Flaming Lips - 7 Skies H3 CD/LP (Warner Bros) Clear vinyl
Flaming Lips/Devo - Gates of Steel 7” (Rhino/Warner Bros) Silver vinyl
Fleetwood Mac - Dragonfly b/w Purple Dancer 7” (Reprise) Purple vinyl
Foals - Live at Royal Albert Hall LP (Warner Bros)
45 King - 900 Number 7” (Tuff City) Limited to 900
Frightened Rabbit - Live From Criminal Records LP (Atlantic)
Full of Hell/Psywarfare - Split LP (A389) Colored vinyl, limited to 1,000
Fun - Point & Light 10” (Nettwerk) Splatter vinyl
Garbage - Girls Talk Shit 10” (Stun Volume) Limited to 4,000
Jerry Garcia - Garcia LP (ATO) Limited to 1,150
Genesis - From Genesis to Reve LP (Varese Sarabanda) Limited to 1,500
Ghoul - Hang Ten 10” (Tankcrimes)
Gojira - The Way of All Flesh 2LP (Prosthetic) Blue/white vinyl, limited to 350
Gonga - Black Sabbeth 12”
Grateful Dead - Live at Hampton Colliseum 2LP (Rhino)
Green Day - Demolicious CD/CASSETTE/2LP (Reprise)
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky LP (Varese Sarabanda) Limited to 1,500
Half Japanese - Volume #1: 1981-1987 3LP (Fire) Limited to 500
Grant Hart - Every Everything LP w/ DVD (MVD) Limited to 2,500
Oliver Hart (Eyedea) - The Many Faces of Oliver Hart 3LP (Rhymesayers) Red vinyl, limited to 3,000
Donny Hathaway - Live at the Bitter End 2LP (ATCO)
Hawklords - 25 Years on EP LP (MVD) Limited to 750, grey vinyl
Mayer Hawthorne - Jaded Incorporated 7” (Republic) Limited to 1,000
Mayer Hawthorne - Wine Glass Woman b/w In a Phantom Mood 7” (Republic) Limited to 5,000
Heatmiser - Dead Air CASSETTE (Burger) Limited to 500
Heatmiser - Cop & Speeder CASSETTE (Burger) Limited to 500
Heatmiser - Yellow No. 5 CASSETTE (Burger) Limited to 500
Heavens to Betsey - Calculated LP (Kill Rock Stars) Limited to 1,000
Jimi Hendrix - Live at Monterey LP (Legacy) Limited to 6,000
Hillsong - Hillsong United 2LP (Hillsong) Limited to 1,000
Hollis Brown - Hollis Brown Gets Loaded LP (Alive) Colored vinyl, limited to 500
Julia Holter - Don’t Make Me Over b/w Hello Stranger 7” (Domino)
Howlin’ Rain/The Donkeys - Easy Sound #3 7” (Welk) Limited to 1,000
Husker Du - Candy Apple Grey LP (Warner Bros) Grey vinyl
Ice-T - Greatest Hits 2LP (Sire)
The Idle Race - The Birthday Party LP (Parlophone) Gold vinyl
Chuck Inglish - Easily 7” w/ CD (Federal Prism) Featuring Mac Miller & Ab Soul
Chuck Inglish - Legs 7” w/ CD (Federal Prism) Featuring Chromeo
Chuck Inglish - Gametime 7” w/ CD (Federal Prism) Featuring Action Bronson
Chuck Inglish - Glam 7” w/ CD (Federal Prism) Featuring Chance the Rapper
Inspiral Carpets - Dung 4 + The Cow EP 2LP (MVD)
Integrity - Den of Iniquity 2LP (Organized Crime) Limited to 800, green vinyl
Integrity/Vegas - Split 7” (A389) Red vinyl, limited to 1,000
Wanda Jackson - Windy City Redux 7” (Black Country Rock)
Rick James - You and I b/w Fire & Desire 12” (Universal Motown) Limited to 2,000
Jay-Z & Linkin Park - Collision Course LP (Warner Bros) Blue vinyl
JB’s - Food For Thought LP w/ 7” & poster (Get On Down)
Waylon Jennings & Sanford Clark - Zia Records Presents: Audio Recorders Archive Vol. 1 7” (Zia) Limited to 500, gold vinyl
Waylon Jennings & Shooter Jennings - Fenixion LP (Black Country Rock)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth LP (Blackheart) Limited to 4,000
Glenn Jones - Welcomed Wherever I Go 12” (Thrill Jockey) Limited to 1,000
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Dap-Dippin’ With Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings LP (Daptone) Limited to 1,200
Joy Division - An Ideal for Living (1978) 12” (Rhino)
July - July LP (Parlophone) Splatter vinyl
Jungle Rot - Kill On Command LP (Victory) Red vinyl, limited to 900
Stephen John Kalinich - A World of Peace Must Come LP (Light in the Attic) Limited to 1,500, orange vinyl
Karma To Burn - Karma To Burn 2LP (Metal Blade)
Katastrophy Wife - All Kneel LP (Do Yourself In) Colored vinyl
Katatonia - Kocytean LP (Peaceville)
Jorma Kaukonen - Quah LP (Brookvale) Yellow vinyl, limited to 2,500
Al Kent - When Did You Stop? b/w I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping on My Own 12” (BBE) Limited to 300
Khlyst - Chaos is My Name LP (Hydra Head) Limited to 375
Kings of Leon - Wait for Me 7” (RCA) Limited to 2,500
Kode 9 & the Spaceape - Memories of the Future 2LP (Hyperdub)
Korn - The Paradigm Shift 2LP (Prospect Park) Limited to 900, picture disc
Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts - Lexington LP (Industrial Amusement) Limited to 500
Krieg - Isolation b/w Transmission 7” (Init) Limited to 500, orange vinyl
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos - Se E Tun De b/w Waka Waka 7” (Knitting Factory) Limited to 1,000
Lake Street Dive - What I’m Doing Here b/w Wedding Band 7” (Signature Sounds)
Ray Lamontagne - Supernova 7” (RCA) Limited to 2,500
Jon Langford - Days & Nights b/w Here’s What We Have 7” (In De Goot)
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden 5LP (Warner Bros/Parlophone)
Lemonheads - If Only You Were Dead 2LP (Fire) White vinyl
Meade Lux Lewis - Melancholy LP (Blue Note) Limited to 3,000
Liars - Mess on a Mission 12” (Mute)
Little Dragon - Klapp Klapp b/w Let Go 12” (Republic) Limited to 1,000
Charles Lloyd - Live at Slug’s in the Far East LP (Resonance) Limited to 1,200
The Loud Ones - Time to Skate LP (Beer City)
Lydia Loveless - Mile High b/w Blind 7” (Bloodshot) Limited to 1,000, green vinyl
David Lynch - The Air is on Fire LP (Sacred Bones)
Machine Head - Killers & Kings 10” (Nuclear Blast)
Man Man - The Man in Turban with Blue Face LP (Ace Fu) Limited to 1,500
Dean Martin - Dream With Dean LP (Legacy) Limited to 2,000
Mastodon - Live at Brixton 2LP w/ DVD (Reprise)
Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Vol. 4 4LP (Bama Rags)
Mazzy Star - I’m Less Here 7” (Rhymes of an Hour) Limited to 3,000
Medicine - Part Time Punks Live LP (Captured Tracks)
Mel (produced by Black Milk) - Burning Stones LP (Computer Ugly)
Melt Yourself Down - Live at the New empowering Church LP
Memphis May Fire - The Hollow LP (Rise) Limited to 1,300
MGMT - Congratulations 2LP (Legacy) Limited to 4,000
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular LP (Legacy) Limited to 5,000
Milk N Cookies - Not Enough Girls b/w Nots 7” (Captured Tracks)
Jenks Miller & James Toth - Roads to Ruin LP (Three Lobed) Limited to 700
The Minus Five - Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror 5LP (Yep Roc) Limited to 500
Moles - Flashbacks & Dream Sequences: Story of the Moles LP (Fire) limited to 300
Wes Montgomery & the Montgomery-Johnson Quartet - Live at the Turf Club LP (Resonance) Limited to 1,200
Wes Montgomery & the Montgomery-Johnson Quartet - Wes Montgomery & the Montgomery-Johnson Quartet LP (Resonance) Limited to 1,200
John Morales - M&M Mixes Inner Life 12” (BBE) Limited to 300
Motorhead - Aftershock LP (UDR) Picture disc
Mudhoney - On Top LP (Sub Pop) Limited to 2,700
Mark Mulcahy - Fathering LP (Mezzotint) Limited to 750
Peter Murphy - Hang Up 7” (Nettwerk) Silver vinyl
NAWA - Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs of Aleppo LP (Electric Cowbell)
Neon Neon - Years of Lead EP (Lex) Orange vinyl, limited to 500
Neon Trees - Sleeping With a Friend 7” (Mercury) Limited to 2,000
Randy Newman - Randy Newman MONO LP (Reprise)
Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea 7” (Geffen) Limited to 6,000
Noisem/Occultist - Split 7” (A389) Red vinyl, limited to 1,000
Notorious BIG - Life After Death 3LP (Bad Boy) Clear vinyl
Notwist - Run Run Run +3 12” (Sub Pop) Limited to 1,900
Oasis - Supersonic LP (Big Brother) Limited to 3,500
John Oates - Stone Cold Love b/w Close 7” (Elektra) Lemon-lime vinyl
Conor Oberst - Hundreds of Ways b/w Fast Friends 7” (Nonesuch)
Conor Oberst/Dawes - Split 7” (Hub)
Of Montreal - Jigsaw Puzzle 7” (Polyvinyl) Green vinyl, limited to 1,500
Of Montreal - Satanic Panic in the Attic 2LP (Polyvinyl) Yellow/blue vinyl, limited to 2,000
Off - Learn to Obey 7” (Vice) Limited to 5,500
One Direction - Midnight Memories 7” (Columbia)
One Man Army - Dead End Stories LP (Adeline) Red vinyl
Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions I LP (Warp) Limited to 1,000
Opeth - Watershed 2LP (Roadrunner) Green vinyl
The Orwells - The Righteous One 12” (Atlantic)
Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik LP (Legacy) Limited 4,000
Ozric Tentacles - Sploosh 12” (Snapper)
Pagans - What’s This Shit 1977/1979 LP (Thermionic) Limited to 1,000
Doug Paisley - Growing Souls b/w Lies Lead to Lies 7” (No Quarter)
Pantera/Poison Idea - The Badge 7” (Rhino) Purple/bronze vinyl
Papercuts/Rodrigo Amarante - Easy Sound #1 7” (Welk) Limited to 1,000
Paramore - Ain’t it Fun 12” (Fueled By Ramen) Shaped vinyl
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal 7” (What’s Your Rupture) Limited to 1,000
Graham Parsons - 180 Gram: Alternate Takes From GP & Grievous Angel 2LP (Reprise)
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke 7” (Masterworks) Limited to 3,000, blue vinyl
Jaco Pastorius - Modern American Music . . . Period! The Criteria Sessions CD/LP (Omnivore) Both limited to 3,000
Katy Perry - Prism 2LP (Capitol) Limited to 5,000, picture disc
Pharoahe Monch - Get Down 7” (Coalmine)
Phosphorescent - Song for Zula 12” (Dead Oceans)
Pinback - Pinback LP (Ace Fu) Limited to 2,000
Pine Hill Haints - Pine Hill Haints 7” (Arkam)
Pissed Jeans - The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013 Live at the BBC 12” (Sub Pop) Limited to 3,000
The Pogues - Live With Joe Strummer LP (Rhino) Red vinyl
Poison Idea - Getting the Fear 7” (TKO) Colored vinyl, limited to 2,000
Nina Presson - Sometimes b/w This Is Heavy Metal (demo) 7” (The End) White vinyl
Pretty Lights - Hidden Shades LP (8 Minute 20 Seconds) Limited to 2,750
Prong - Turnover 7” (Steamhammer) Limited to 2,000
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back 2LP (Def Jam) Limited to 2,000
Pussy Galore - Pussy Gold 5000 LP (Shove)
Quantic - You Will Return (feat. Alice Russell) 7” (Tru Thoughts) Limited to 250
The Ramones - Meltdown With the Ramones 10” (Sire) Navy vinyl
Otis Redding - Pain in My Heart MONO LP (ATCO)
REM - Unplugged 4LP (Warner Bros)
Alexander Robotnick - Vintage Robotnicks LP (Medical) Limited to 2,000, blue/purple vinyl
Rockabye Baby - Lullaby Renditions of David Bowie LP (Rockabye)
Rodion GA - Delta Space Mission LP (Strut) Limited to 800
Roots Radics - Scientist Meets Roots Radics LP (Sound System) Limited to 1,000, picture disc
Rot In Hell - Ruined Empire LP (Organized Crime) Limited to 400, grey/black vinyl
Bobby Rush - Upstairs at United LP (453)
The Ruts - Highest Energy: Ruts Live LP (Ozit) Purple vinyl
Saturday Looks Good to Me - Love Will Find You LP (Polyvinyl) Limited to 500, red vinyl
Saturday Looks Good to Me - Saturday Looks Good to Me LP (Polyvinyl) Limited to 500, blue vinyl
School of Seven Bells - Put Your Sad Down LP (Vagrant) Limited to 300
Semi Precious Weapons - Aviation LP (Redzone) Limited to 900
Sensefield - Building LP (Revelation) Limited to 700, red vinyl
Set Your Goals - Reset Demo (10 Year Anniversary Edition) LP (Calaveras) Limited to 700, clear vinyl
Sharpling & Wurster - Rock, Rot & Rule LP (Flannelgraph) Limited to 1,000, red vinyl
Sick of It All - Death to Tyrants LP (Think Fast) Limited to 500, tri-color vinyl
Sick of It All - Based on a True Story LP (Think Fast) Limited to 500, tri-color vinyl
Silkworm - Libertine LP (Comedy Minus One) 2LP
reissue available 2 weeks prior to release date
Skylon - Skylon 7” (Captured Tracks)
Slipknot - Vol. 3: the Subliminal Verses 2LP (Roadrunner) Clear vinyl
Jill Sobule - Dottie’s Charms LP (Pink)
Songs: Ohia - Journey On: Collected Singles 7” box (Secretly Canadian)
Sonic’s Rendezvous Band - City Slang b/w Electrophonic Tonic 7” (Easy Action)
Sonics/Mudhoney - Split 7” (Muddy Roots)
Soundgarden - Superunknown 5x10” (A&M) Limited to 3,500
Southern Culture on the Skids & Fred Schneider - Party at my Trouse 7” (Yep Roc) Limited to 950
J. Spaceman & Kid Millions - Live at Le Poisson Rouge LP w/ 7” (Northern Spy) Limited to 3,000
Spacemen 3 - Translucent Flashbacks 3x12” (Fire) Limited to 300
Spanish Gold - Out on the Street b/w There Is Something in My Heart 7” (BMG) Limited to 1,100
The Specials - Sock it to ‘Em b/w Rat Race 7” (Parlophone)
Ronnie Spector & the E-Street Band - Say Goodbye to Hollywood b/w Baby Please 7” (Legacy) Limited to 4,000
Regina Spektor - You’ve Got Time b/w Call Them Brothers 7” (Sire) Orange vinyl
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - She’s On It (Jack the Ripper) b/w Audio Vacation 12” (Mom & Pop)
Spoon - Loveways 12” (Merge)
Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty 12” (Columbia) Limited to 7,500
Harry Dean Stanton - Partly Fiction 7” (Omnivore) Limited to 1,000
Star Spangled Banana - Nag Nag Nag b/w Frantic Romantic 7”
The Stranglers - Peaches b/w Go Buddy Go 7” (Parlophone) Green vinyl
Strife - In This Defiance LP (Victory) Limited to 900, white or green vinyl
Suburban Mutilation - The Opera Ain’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings! LP (Beer City) Limited to 1,000, red vinyl
Sun Ra - Outer Spaceways Incorporated LP (ORG) Limited to 1,500
Sunny Day Real Estate/Circa Survive - Split 7” (Circa Survive)
Surfer Blood - Pythons Demos LP (Kanine) Limited to 1,000
Tame Impala - Live Versions 12” (Interscope) Limited to 5,000
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld - Spring LP (Specula)
Tears for Fears - Ready Boys & Girls 10” (The Artists Orginization) Limited to 3,000
The The - Giant b/w Giant (DJ Food remix) 12” (Legacy) Limited to 2,000
Thievery Corporation - Untitled 7” (ESL) Limited to 2,500
Big Mama Thornton - Sassy Mama LP (Welk) Limited to 1,500
311 - 311 2LP (Legacy) Limited to 4,000
311 - Evolver 2LP (Legacy) Limited to 3,000
Tim Timebomb - Tim Timebomb & Friends 3LP (Pirate’s Press) Gold vinyl
Torres/Motel Beds - Split 7” (Misra) Limited to 1,000
Toxic Reasons - Ghost Town 7” (Beer City) Blue vinyl, limited to 1,000
Toxic Reasons - War Hero 7” (Beer City)
Toxic Reasons - Live Berkeley Square December 1981 LP (Beer City)
True Widow - True Widow 2LP (The End) Limited to 340, cream vinyl
Alexander Tucker - Alexander Tucker LP (Thrill Jockey) Limited to 500
Type O Negative - Slow, Deep & Hard 2LP (Metal Blade)
The UN - UN or U Out LP (Fat Beats)
Up Front - What Fire Does 7” (Smorgasbord) Grey vinyl, limited to 300
Up Front - Spirit LP (Smorgasbord) Red vinyl, limited to 700
Chad Vangaalen - I Want You Back 7” (Sub Pop) Limited to 2,300
Velvet Underground - Loaded (Cotillion) Pink/white/black vinyl
Veruca Salt - Veruca Salt 10” (Minty Fresh)
Vetiver/EDJ - Easy Sound #2 7” (Welk) Limited to 1,000
Villagers - Occupy Your Mind b/w Beatitudes 7” (Domino)
Vitamin String Quartet - VSQ Plays Weezer’s Pinkerton LP (Vitamin)
Vliet, Don Van (Captain Beefheart) - Son of Dustsucker (Roger Eagle Tapes) LP (Ozit)
Mike Watt & Il Sogno Del Marinaio - Mud Puddle b/w We Come to Learn 7” (ORG) Brown vinyl, limited to 1,200
Paul Weller - Brand New Toy 7” (Harvest) Limited to 750
Whirwind Heat - Do Rabbits Wonder? LP (Third Man) Pressed on 12 different colors, all random!
White Denim - A Place to Start 7” (Downtown)
Hank Williams - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 LP (Omnivore)
James Williamson & Carolyn Wonderland (feat. the Stooges) - Open Up & Bleed b/w Gimme Some Skin 7” (Leopard Lady) Limited to 1,200
Bob Willis & His Texas Playboys - Transcriptions LP (Real Gone) Limited to 950, red vinyl
Johnny Winter - Live Bootleg Special Edition LP (Friday) White vinyl
Wreckless Eric - Le Beat Group Electrique LP (Fire)
Xiu Xiu - Unclouded Sky LP (Polyvinyl) White vinyl, limited to 1,000
Xiu Xiu - There is no Right, There is no Wrong 2LP (Bad Paintings)
The Yardbirds - Little Games LP (Parlophone) Splatter vinyl
The Yardbirds - Sounds I Heard LP (Easy Action) With bonus 7”
Frank Zappa - Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow b/w Down in the Dew 7” (Zappa) Limited to 3,500
The Zombies - I Love You LP (Varese Sarabande) Limited to 1,500
The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle LP (Varese Sarabande) Limited to 2,500
V/A - Accident on the East Lancs: Rainy City Punk Vol. 2 LP (Ozit)
V/A - Dance Mania: Revival Traxx 12” (Strut)
V/A - Dunedin Double 2LP (Flying Nun/Captured Tracks)
V/A - Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. Two LP (Medical) Limited to 2,000, “Italian flag” colored vinyl
V/A - 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy LP (Misra)
V/A - The Folk Box 4LP w/ 7” (Elektra)
V/A - 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy LP (Misra) Limited to 1,000
V/A - If 2.0 3LP (Ninja Tune) Limited to 800
V/A - In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety LP (Robotic Empire) Limited to 1,000, maroon vinyl
V/A - Live From High Fidelity: the Best of the Podcast Performances LP (Omnivore) Limited to 1,000
V/A -
V/A - The Newport Folk Fest 1963, the Evening Concert LP (Welk)
V/A - Non Violent Femmes LP (Kanine) Pink vinyl, limited to 1,000
V/A - ONXRT Vol. 15 LP (WXRT)
V/A - Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood LP (World Music Network)
V/A - Rough Guide to African Blues (Third Edition) LP (World Music Network)
V/A - Rough Guide to Mali (Second Edition) LP (World Music Network)
V/A - Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove (Volume 1) LP (World Music Network)
V/A - Rough Guide to Voodoo LP (World Music Network).
V/A - South Side Story Vol. 23 CD/LP (Numero Group)
V/A - The Space Project CD/LP (Lefse)
V/A - Sun Records: Curated by Record Store Day LP (ORG) Limited to 4,000
V/A - Taang! Records: The First 10 Singles 10x7” box (Taang/Get On Down)
V/A - Todo Muerte Vol. 4 LP (Sacred Bones)

SOUNDTRACKS
Anamanaguchi - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (Orig. Videogame Soundtrack) LP (ABKCO) Limited to 2,700
Jon Brion - Paranorman LP (Mondo) Limited to 500
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - West of Memphis (soundtrack) LP (J-2 Music) Limited to 2,000
Nico Fidenco - Emanuelle Perche' Violenza Alle Donne? aka The Violation Of Emanuelle LP (Death Waltz) Limited to 1,000, clear/white swirl vinyl
David Hess - The Last House on the Left LP (Death Waltz) Limited to 1,500, picture disc
Henry Mancini - Pink Panther (soundtrack) LP (Legacy) Limited to 6,000
Clint Mansell - In the Wall LP (Death Waltz) Limited to 1,000, brown/red swirl vinyl
Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters 10” (Legacy) Limited to 2,000, glow-in-the-dark vinyl
Nicola Piovani - l Profumo Della Signora In Nero aka The Perfume of the Lady in Black LP (Death Waltz) Limited to 1,000, orange/white swirl vinyl
Power Glove - Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon LP (Invada) Limited to 300
Walter Rizzati - 1990 I Guerrieri Del Bronx aka The Bronx Warriors LP (Death Waltz) Limited to 1,000, brown/red swirl vinyl
Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt (soundtrack) LP (Aleph) Limited to 1,000
V/A - The Muppet Movie (soundtrack) LP (Walt Disney) Limited to 2,500
V/A - The Wizard of Oz (soundtrack) LP (WaterTower) Limited to 3,500  
In-Store Performance: Brendan Kelly (FALCON/LAWRENCE ARMS) acoustic in-store March 18, 6:30 PM   01/28/2014  
Don't miss the acoustic solo in-store performance and signing with Brendan Kelly of the Falcon & the Lawrence Arms!

The new Falcon CD will be available the day the in-store, vinyl forthcoming as always.

You can buy the band's new album via pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/Metropoledlx

Show starts at 6:30 pm on 1/28 at Reckless Records (Wicker Park location) in Chicago, IL.

See you all there - and don't forget to invite some friends!  
Reckless Records 2013 Employee Best of Lists   12/31/2013  
RECKLESS RECORDS 2013 EMPLOYEE PICKS

Angela Ziles
Best Albums of 2013
Bill Orcutt – A History of Every One (Editions Mego)
Oozing Wound – Retrash (Thrill Jockey)
Joshua Abrams – Unknown Known (RogueArt)
Tropic of Cancer – Restless Idylls (Blackest Ever Black)
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (self-released)
White Fence – Cyclops Reap (Castle Face)
Ken Camden – Space Mirror (Kranky)
Fire! – Without Noticing (Rune Grammofon)
M.I.A. – Matangi (Interscope)
Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One)
Squrl – EP #1 (ATP)
My Bloody Valentine – MBV (self-released)
Justin Walter – Lullabies & Nightmares (Kranky)
James Plotkin & Paal Nilssen-Love – Death Rattle (Rune Grammofon)
Rob Mazurek Octet – Skull Sessions (Cuneiform)
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)
Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Lionel O – Mama Said Knock Me Out (Golden Beast)
Implodes – Recurring Dream (Kranky)
Clinic – Free Reign II (Daniel Lopatin Versions) (Domino)
Josephine Foster – I’m A Dreamer (Fire)
Marissa Anderson – Galax (Mississippi)
Pissed Jeans – Honeys (Sub Pop)
Fake Limbs – Power of Patrician Upbringing (BLVD)
Haim – Days Are Gone (Rough Trade)
Le Tour – Christian Guilt (Golden Beast)
Bitchin Bajas – Bitchitronics (Drag City)
Kevin Hein – Gauze (Baro)
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents (Wax Poetics)
Allen Toussaint – Songbook (Rounder)
Darkside – Psychic (Matador/Other People)
Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain (Hyperdub)
No Joy – Wait To Pleasure (Mexican Summer)
Loren Connors – Departing of a Dream (Family Vineyard)

Reissues and Compilations:
Unwound – Kid Is Gone (Numero)
V/A I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label 1951- 1983 (Tompkins Square)
Roky Erickson – Light In The Attic Reissues
William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
Arthur Russell – Another Thought (Point)
Cleaners From Venus – Vol. 2 (Captured Tracks)
V/A New Orleans Funk Vol. 3 (Soul Jazz)
Irma Thomas – In Between Tears (Alive)

Shows:
Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society at Hideout
Swirlies at Metro
Keiji Haino at Empty Bottle
Black Sabbath at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Allen Toussaint at SPACE
Rotted Tooth Fest
Ken Camden at Constellation
Bottomless Pit at Township
Le Tour and Negative Scanner at The Whistler
Metz and No Joy at Lincoln Hall
Slushy at Bric-A-Brac Records
Melvins at Double Door
Kranky 20th Anniversary Shows

Cole Cooney
1) Yo La Tengo – Fade
2) Bill Callahan – Dream River
3) Lloyd Cole & Hans Joachim Roedelius – Selected Studies Vol. 1
4) Har Mar Superstar – Bye Bye 17
5) Ken Camden – Space Mirror
6) Jagga Jazzist – Live with Britten Sonfonia
7) Lionel O – Mama Said Knock Me Out
8) Men – New Moon
9) Rhye – Woman
10) Colin Stetson – History of Warfare Vol. 3
11) Implodes – Recurring Dream
12) Shannon & the Clams – Dreams in the Rathouse
13) Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
14) My Bloody Valentine – MBV

Derek Medley
Atom TM – HD
Autechre – Exai /L-event
William Basinski – Nocturnes
Keith Berry – Towards the Blue Peninsula
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Music From the Headlands Center for the Arts
Ceephax Acid Crew – Cro Magnox
Jack Dangers – Bathyscaphe Trieste
Philip Glass – Visitors
Tim Hecker – Virgins
lovesliescrushing – Ghost Colored Halo
Stephen Mathieu – The Falling Rocket /Un coeur simple

Reissues:
Eduard Artimiev – Stalker /The Mirror /Solaris
François Bayle – L’Expérience Acoustique /Les couleurs de la nuit
Benge – Twenty Systems
Boards of Canada – Warp catalog
Alice Coltrane – Divine Songs
Léo Kupper – Electronic Works & Voices
Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum
Eliane Radigue – Adnos I-III
Vangelis – Blade Runner
Iannis Xenakis – GRM Works

Dave Hofer
Artifacts – Between a Rock & a Hard Place (Artifacts) REISSUE
A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord (RCA)
A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP (RCA)
Blasted Diplomats – Blasted Diplomats (BLVD)
Botch – We are the Romans (Hydra Head) REISSUE
The Bronx – IV (ATO)
Danny Brown – Old (Fool’s Gold)
Cave In – Until Your Heart Stops (Hydra Head) REISSUE
Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer (Sumerian)
Discordance Axis – Jouhou (Hydra Head) REISSUE
El-P & Killer Mike – Run the Jewels (Fool’s Gold)
Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons to Die (original Adrian Younge mix & Apollo Brown remix) (Soul Temple)
Gigan – Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science (Willowtip)
Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees of Reality (Now Again)
Ill Bill – The Grimy Awards (Fat Beats)
Immolation – Kingdom of Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast)
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Kismet (Self-released)
Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
Nedelle Torrisi – Nedelle Torrisi (Self-released)
Wormed – Exodromos (Willowtip)

Mark Lux
2013 in no particular order
tv ghost ‘disconnect’
ken camden ‘space mirror’
chance ‘in search of’ (reissue)
steve gunn ‘tim off’
larry coryell ‘lift’
outer minds ‘behind the mirror’
new canyons ‘everyone is dark’
photon band ‘pur photonic matter vol. 1′
bare mutants ‘affliction’
implodes ‘recurring dream’
grateful dead ‘sunshine daydream live 1972′
we have heaven/20 guilders split 12”
jacco gardner ‘cabinet of curiosities’
daft punk ‘random access memory’
my bloody valentine ‘mbv’
dark ’round the edges’ (reissue)
peter peter/peter kyed ‘valhalla rising’ (soundtrack)
purling hiss ‘paisley montage’
labradford ‘prazision’ (reissue)
doomed to obscurity ‘pipe bomb’ 7″
strapping fieldhands ‘sitting on her whiskers’ 7″

Sarah Frier
Best of 2013 – No Order

Savages – Silence Yourself
Cave – Threace
Angel Olsen – Half Way Home
MIA – Matangi
Grant Hart – The Argument
Disappears – Era
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Superchunk – I Hate Music
Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door
V/A – I Am The Center

Matt Jencik
Acteurs – s/t
Afflicted Man I’m Off Me ‘Ead LP reissue
Algebra Suicide Feminine Square LP reissue
Atoms for Peace Amok
A Band Called Death documentary
Blasted Diplomats s/t
Blessure Grave Flashing
Blut Aus Nord Work Which Transforms God LP reissue
Boards of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest
Ken Camden Space Mirror
John Carpenter The Fog (soundtrack) LP reissue
Christmas Lights S/T reissue
Circuit Des Yeux Overdue
Alice Coltrane Divine Songs LP reissue
Devo Hardcore Devo Vol. 1 & 2 reissues
Disappears Era
Dreamies (Bill Holt) Auralgraphic Entertainment LP reissue
Emerald Web Stargate Tapes 1979-1982
Kat Epple & Bob Stohl Sanctus Spiritus
Ethernet Opus 2
Fake Limbs The Power of Patrician Upbringing
Fielded Ninety Thirty Thirty
Grouper Man Who Died in His Boat
Grant Hart The Argument
Lee Hazlewood all Light in the Attic reissues
Peter Jefferies Last Great Challenge in a Dull World reissue
Jesu Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came
Labradford Prazision (20th anniversary reissue)
Lives of Angels Elevator to Eden reissue
Magas Pspoilers tape
Medico Doktor Vibes Liter Through Dorker Vibes reissue
Joe Meek I Hear a New World LP reissue
My Bloody Valentine MBV
William Onyeabor World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?
Polvo Siberia
Sarcofago Inri LP reissue
Tropic of Cancer Restless Idylls
Various Artists I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America
Voivod Target Earth
Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door

Shows
Absu @ Cobra Lounge
Acteurs/ Wreckmeister Harmonies @ Bohemian National Cemetery
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Chicago Theater
Ken Camden/Circuit Des Yeux/Alex Barnett @ The Hideout
Come & Empty Bottle
Enslaved @ Reggie’s
Fielded @ Burlington
Goat @ Empty Bottle
Goblin @ The Metro
Grant Hart @ Danny’s
Kranky Twenty
My Bloody Valentine & The Aragon
Silver Apples @ The Owl
Colin Stetson & Schubas

Kate Ruggeri
Acteurs- S/T
Barnett + Coloccia- Retrieval
Blouse- Imperium
The Cairo Gang- Tiny Rebels
Dark- Round the Edges (reissue)
David Bowie- The Next Day
Delfonics- Adrian Younge Presents
Devo- Hardcore Vol. 1 & 2 (reissue)
Dog Man- Dream Date OST
Drexciya- Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller IV
Implodes- Recurring Dream
Janelle Monae- Electric Lady
Ken Camden- Space Mirror
Knife- Shaking the Habitual
Magas- Pspoilers Cassette
M.I.A- Matangi
My Bloody Valentine- MBV
Paul McCartney- New
Roky Erickson- Light in the Attic Reissues
Tim Hecker- Virgins
Troller- S/T
William Onyeabor- World Psychedelic Classics: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Yoko Ono- Take Me to the Land of Hell
V/A- New Orleans Funk Vol. 3
V/A- Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself!
V/A- Purple Snow

shows
Kathleen Baird/Michael Zerang @ ACRE
G.W.W
Goblin
Sparks

Steven Rahman
Top 5 Hip Hop
Clear Soul Forces – Gold PP7s
Wordy, dense, & nerdy… References abound, particularly to video games, & other great fun without ever sounding too childish. Very boom-bap, & definitely for folks that like their rap music with heavy trivia included.
L’Orange & Stik Figa- The City Under the City
On Mello Music Group, Stik & L’Orange haven’t worked together often. This is the first I’ve heard of Stik since Oddisee’s Odd Seasons, & the first I’ve heard of producer L’Orange ever. The two work out really well. L’Orange has this quirky sense for samples that is perfectly complimented by Stik’s easy flow. Plus the guests on this are amazing.
Tyler the Creator- WOLF
OFWGKTA… Wolf is evolution for Tyler; a jazzier more fluid style of production under slightly less graphic lyrics. Tyler is a great big fan of Pharell & it shows in all his production, but WOLF really polishes the sound. There’s a certain maturity in WOLF that had been lacking from Tyler’s previous projects, which is not to say that the humorous, ridiculous, grotesqueness of Goblin & Bastard aren’t there, just not as prevalent.
Earl Sweatshirt- Doris
This is some of the best rapping I’ve heard in years. Lot of people saying this record lacks content, but I think the density of these rhymes supports second, third, fourth listening to catch some of the slickest wordplay & storytelling this side of Slick Rick. With a lot of the production being handled by Earl himself, this is definitely the album we were waiting for.
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Bootlegging put this not- for- sale tape on the Billboard Top 100 list, & there’s no questioning why. Chance twists words into his flows using his melodic sense to create some really cool & trippy effects. The flow is often bent & syrupy, rarely fitting easily into the beat, but around it, just ahead, just behind but never off time. This is the most Chicago a rapper has sounded since Common dropped Resurrection & if you don’t believe me just check out the extended juke finish on “Good Ass Outro”
Honorable Mentions:
Vic Mensa – INNANETAPE
Tanya Morgan – Rubber Souls
Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) – Run The Jewels
J.Cole – Born Sinner
Big Sean – Hall of Fame
Dessa – Parts of Speech

Top 5 Not Hip Hop
Cecile McLorin Salvant – Womanchild
Classically trained in Opera, Salvant is a prodigiously talented singer. Very adventurous, she combines technique & style to create a very modern style of jazz that truly recognizes the masters of the genre.
Bilal – A Love Surreal
Groovy & soulful, with a strong jazz influence, A Love Surreal is alternative soul that stretches out the genre definitions without totally abandoning them. Lots of Prince in Bilal Oliver’s singing style, but something quite different in the long run…
Arctic Monkeys – AM
I love the Arctic Monkeys. Rock’n Roll with lyrics that combining irreverence with heart. It’s a very late night record, even though this record hits a lot harder than previous records.
Alice Smith – She
This record is everything I hoped it would be. After a long lay-off, Smith comes back with a record that shows off her rangy huge voice over Pop, Rock, & Soul soundscapes.
Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
Tawk Tomahawk is one of the best future-soul, alt-soul records I’ve ever heard. It takes the feeling & sounds of hip hop & translates them to a live band feeling better than anyone save the Roots.
Honorable Mentions:
Valerie June – Pushing Against a Stone
Foreign Exchange – Love in Flying Colors
Best Coast- Fade Away
Elvis Costello & the Roots- Wise Up Ghost

Eric Lipe
10. Ra Ra Riot– Beta Love
9. Daft Punk– Random Access Memories
8. Camera Obscura– Desire Lines
7. Mazzy Star– Seasons of your day
6. Midlake– Antiphon
5. William Onyeabor– World Psychedelic Classics
5 Who is William Onyeabor?
4. Savages– Silence yourself
3. Har Mar Superstar– Bye bye 17
2. Lorde– Pure Heroine
1. Lucius– Wildewoman

Kevin Hein
top picks of 2013- in no particular order

Von Pea & Aeon- Duly Noted- (total summer barbecue boom box jam. Instantly likable/relatable raps over heavy ethereal beats)
Sons Of The Morning- Speak Soon Vol 1- (Teebs + Prefuse 73)
Resonars- Greatest Songs Of.. (one-man garage pop perfection)
Ryan Chavira- Staycation (a cool breeze on a perfect day. easy, mellow, delightful instrumental pop gems)
Oneohtrix Point Never- R Plus Seven (mind melting, genre blending, synth ripping)
No Joy- Wait To Pleasure (fast fun loud pop rock from 2 badass ladies)
My Bloody Valentine- MBV (my favorite band released a new album after 22 years. happy.)
Medicine- To The Happy Few (Medicine figured if MBV put out a new album, then why not?)
Machinedrum- Vapor City (more forward thinking dance music from a genre veteran)
Ken Camden- Space Mirror (frontal lobe massage, shredding in space)
Jefre-Cantu Ledesma- Devotion (harsh hi frequency swells of static amongst lush chorus guitar)
Implodes- Recurring Dream (psychedelic pop at the bottom of a well)
Grouper- The Man Who Died In His Boat (more material from Dragging A Dead Deer..)
Villages- Sun Control (beautiful aural bliss, stretching on for miles & miles)
Goat Lightning- Sisters Crystals (morning yoga on dmt)
Drawing Trees- Meadow’s Exist (hypnotic weaving guitar tapestry)
Calidonia County- Telegraph Canyon (deathbed ambient at its finest)
Boards Of Canada- Tomorrow’s Harvest (the masters at it again, familiar sounds with a new approach: 70′s horror soundtracks/apocalyptic desolation. does not disappoint.)
Ant’lrd- Extra Domicile (warm blanket on a chilly day)
Serengeti- Firebird Logo (produced by ambient collage duo Arborist)
Odd Nosdam- T R I S H (drum-less fuzzy hip-hop)
Angel 1- Purple Haze (VHS dream)
Cave- Threace (CAVE sound like CAN now)
Tim Hecker- Virgins (ensemble performances spliced/diced to perfection)
Carcass- Surgical Steel (best soundtrack to drunk Mortal Kombat matches this year)
Dog Man- Dream Date OST (could pass as unreleased 16 bit Final Fantasy music)

Ken Camden
Grouper – Man Who Died in His Boat
Benoit Pioulard – Hymnal
Lionel O – Mama said knock me out (cs)
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval
Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue
Rodion G.A. – Lost Tapes
Vangelis – Sex Power reissue
Noveller – No Dreams
Tomorrow’s Achievements (Parry Music Library 1976-86)
Streetwalker – Future Visions
Kat Epple & Bob Stohl – Sanctus Spiritus

Arpad Lep
TOP TEN 2013

A HAWK AND A HACKSAW – YOU HAVE ALREADY GONE TO THE OTHER WORLD – Former Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut musicians craft true gypsy music (trust me). Dynamic and cinematic, heavy and authentic.
KEN CAMDEN – SPACE MIRROR – Chicago musician who evokes electronic pioneers like Raymond Scott and the score to Blade Runner.
MOLLY DRAKE – MOLLY DRAKE – Haunting, self-penned songs for the piano and voice by former war-era radio singer and mother of Nick Drake.
FOREST SWORDS – ENGRAVINGS – Meditation through repetition, driven at a gangsters’ pace. Forest because it was mixed in a field instead of a studio. Swords because it cuts like the RZA.
HAR MAR SUPERSTAR – BYE BYE 17 – This is, for my money, the album of the year. Minneapolis, MN native sounds like Raphael Saadiq, looks like Revenge of the Nerds. The best soul record to come out since Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. This is the record no one told you about that you have been looking for.
KANYE WEST – YEEZUS – It brought tears to Lou Reed’s eyes.
YOUNG FATHERS – TAPE TWO – Africa-by-way-of-Scotland psychedelic hip hop. Not your normal rhythms, the musical overlap of lifelong friends is more feels than genre.
V/A – AFTER DARK 2 – Compilation of Italians Do It Better bands. Sorry, Cliff, but Johnny Jewel is why we liked the Drive soundtrack. In fact, some of his original discarded music for the film is included on this record. Phil Spector of Neo-Italo-disco.
V/A – BARO RECORDS COMP 001 – Compilation of Chicago and Oakland ambient music. No pressure total enchantment.
V/A – STUDIO GHIBLI: KOKYO KYOKUSHU – The Czech Philharmonic performs pieces from five Studio Ghibli films, including Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Tom Walcyzk
No particular order:

Disappears- Era LP (Kranky)
Jacco Gardner- Cabinet of Curiosities LP (Trouble in Mind)
Iceage- You’re Nothing (Matador)
Dirtbombs- Ooey Gooey Chewey Ka-Blooey! LP (In the Red)
Tar- 1988-1995 (Chunklet)
Black Angels- Indigo Meadow (Light in the Attic)
Mikal Cronin- MCII LP (Merge)
Acquaintances- S/T LP (File 13)
Night Beats- Sonic Bloom LP (The Reverberation Appreciation Society)
Implodes- Recurring Dream (Kranky)
Black Hollies – Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere LP + 7″ (Ernest Jennings Records)
Coachwhips- Hands On The Controls LP (Castle Face)
White Fence- Cyclops Reap LP (Castle Face)
Pamphleteers /Blasted Diplomats 12″ (BLVD)
Milk Music- Cruise Your Illusion LP (Perennial Records)

Top Shows of 2013:
Cosmic Psychos @ The Empty Bottle
Kate Nash @ Metro
Iceage @ Empty Bottle
Knapsack @ Bottom Lounge
Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker/Forgetters) @ Shubas

Brook Sinkinson Withrow
Best Albums:
Beau Wanzer – S/T (L.I.E.S.)
The-Drum – Contact (Audraglint)
Fielded – NinetyThirtyThirty (Captcha)
Anika – EP (Stones Throw)
Grouper – Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Tropic of Cancer – Restless Idylls (Blackest Ever Black)
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty (Sargent House)
Lonnie Holley – Keeping A Record Of It (Dust-to-Digital)
William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka) *Reissue
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love (Dunham)
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics (Wax Poetics)
V/A – Purple Snow (Numero)
V/A – Good God! Apocryphal Hymns (Numero)
Arthur Russell – Another Thought (Arc Light Editions) *Finally
Theo Parrish & Tony Allen – Day Like This/Feel Loved (Wildheart Recordings)
Ciara – S/T (Epic)

Best Music Videos:
Anika – In the City /by Kyle Whittington & Joe Broady
Implodes – Scattered in the Wind /by Lori Felker

Best Music Documentary Shorts:
Whateverest /Directed by Kristoffer Borgli
Real Scenes: New York /Directed by Patrick Nation

Kip McCabe
1. Neil Young “Live at the Cellar Door”
2. My Bloody Valentine “MBV”
3. Bill Callahan “Dream River”
4. Juana Molina “Wed 21″
5. William Onyeabor “World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?”
6. Shannon Wright “In Film Sound”
7. Spring Breakers OST
8. Emerald Web “Stargate Tapes 1979-1982″
9. Ken Camden “Space Mirror”
10. Labradford “Prazision” (Reissue)
11. Devo “Hardcore Devo Vol.1 & 2″ (Reissues)
12. Cliff Martinez “Only God Forgives” OST
13. Sigur Ros “Kveikur”
14. Boards of Canada “Tomorrow’s Harvest”

Courtland Green
1. Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die
2. Al Tone Edits Volumes 1-3
3. V/A Kill Yourself Dancing
4. V/A Purple Snow
5. Express Rising
6. Bill Orcutt – History of Every One
7. Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics
8. Tindersticks – Across Six Leap Years
9. Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
10. Various Artists – Punk 45: Kill The Hippies!
11. Eddie Palmieri – Doin’It in the Park
12. GZA – Liquid Swords reissue with chess set
13. Fake Limbs – The Power of Patrician Upbringing
14. Sly & The Family Stone – Higher box set
15. Devo – Hardcore Devo
16. Ken Camden – Space Mirror
17. The Cairo Gang – Tiny Rebels
18. Bob Dylan- Another Self Portrait- Bootleg Series Vol 10
19. Arthur Russell- Another Thought
20. R Kelly – Black Panties
21. Bill Callahan – Dream River
22. Frank Rosaly – Centering & Displacement

Mike Gillilan

Favorite records of 2013 in no particular order
Julia Holter – ‘Loud City Song’ (Domino)
Dead C – ‘Armed Courage’ (Ba Da Bing!)
Grouper – ‘The Man Who Died In His Boat’ (Kranky)
Dirty Beaches – ‘Drifters/Love is the Devil’ (Zoo Music)
KMFH – ‘The Boat Party’ (Wild Oats)
My Bloody Valentine – ‘m b v’ (self released)
Pillars and Tongues – ‘End-dances’ (Empty Cellar)
Iceage – ‘You’re Nothing’ (Matador)
Huerco S. – ‘Colonial Patterns’ (Software)
Tim Hecker – ‘Virgins’ (Kranky)
Kurt Vile – ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ (Matador)
Potions – ‘MIDI Jazz Bass’ (Lake Paradise)

Reissues
William Onyeabor – ‘Who is William Onyeabor?’ (Luaka Bop)
D’Angelo – ‘Voodoo’ (Light in the Attic) Dec 2012
Fluxion – ‘Vibrant Forms’ (Type)
Sensations Fix – ‘Fragments of Light’ (Superior Viaduct)
Bona Dish – “The Zaragoza Tapes: 1981-1982′ (Captured Tracks)

Favorite Overlooked Record from 2012
Voices from the Lake – ‘Voices from the Lake’ (Prologue)

John Wilkinson
Ten (in no particular order)

Mount Eerie – Pre Human Ideas
Nails – Abandon All Life
Tricky – False Idols
Raspberry Bulbs – Deformed Worship
My Bloody Valentine – m b v
Merchandise – Total Nite
Kurt Vile – Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze
Iceage – You’re Nothing
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors

Favorite Reissue
Robbie Basho – Visions of the Country (reissue)

Dan Maloney
Albums

1.) My Bloody Valentine- MBV
2.) Julia Holter- Loud City Song
3.) Parquet Courts- Light Up Gold
4.) Deerhunter- Monomania
5.) Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
6.) Lonnie Holley- Keeping a Record of It
7.) Blasted Diplomats- Blasted Diplomats
8.) Ghostface Killah- Twelve Reasons to Die
9.) Janelle Monae- Electric Lady
10.) Paul McCartney- New
11.) Blouse- Imperium
12.) Jacco Gardner- Cabinet of Curiosities

Reissues/Compilations

1.) Bob Dylan- Another Self Portrait- Bootleg Series Vol 10
2.) William Onyeabor- Who is William Onyeabor?
3.) Roky Erickson- Light in the Attic Reissues
4.) Dark- Round the Edges
5.) Joe Meek- I Hear a New World
6.) Arthur Russell- Another Thought
7.) Devo- Hardcore Vol 1 & 2
8.) Botch- We are Romans
9.) Cave In- Until your Heart Stops
10.) Damon- Song of a Gypsy
11.) New Orleans Funk 3- Various
12.) Country Soul Sisters Vol. 2- Various
13.) To Fathom Hell Or Soar Angelic- Various
14.) Blake Foley- Cold Cold World
15.) Chris Darrow- Artist Proof

Lea Board
1. Fidlar – Fidlar
2. M.I.A. – Matangi
3. Shannon & the Clams – Dreams in the Rat House
4. Night Beats – Sonic Bloom
5. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
6. Mogwai – Les Revenants
7. Strokes – Comedown Machine
8. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
10. Boardwalk – Boardwalk

Melissa Grubbs
Atoms for Peace- Amok
Beyonce- Beyonce
Blasted Diplomats – Blasted Diplomats
Bosq- 12″s
David Bowie- The Next Day
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
Alice Coltrane – Divine Songs
Kim Deal- singles
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents
Disappears – Era
Roky Erickson – Light In The Attic Reissues
Fake Limbs – Power of Patrician Upbringing
Jacco Gardner- Cabinet Of Curiosities
Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die
Lee Hazlewood- all Light In The Attic Reissues
Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees of Reality
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Jesu- Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came
MIA – Matangi
Janelle Monae- Electric Lady
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Eddie Palmieri – Doin’It in the Park
Perera Elsewhere- Everlast
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats- Mind Control
Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door
V/A New Orleans Funk Vol. 3
V/A Sharpies-14 Aggro Aussie Anthems From 1972 to 1979

Colin Blanton
Grouper- The man who died in his boat (kranky)
Cave- Threace (drag city)
Odd Nosdam- Trish (BARO)
Oneohtrix Point Never- R Plus Seven (warp)
Ron Berry- A Voice in the Wilderness (sanity muffin)
Moevot- Best of (sanity muffin)
Villages- sun control (sacred phrases)
Boards of Canada- tomorrow’s harvest (warp)
V/A- I am the center (light in the attic)
Kwaidan- make all the hell of dark metal bright (bathetic)
Tim Hecker- virgins (kranky)

Gar Brandt
Warm Soda “someone for you” LP
Pharaoh Overlord “#3″
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats “Mind Control”
Glitter Wizard “Hunting Gatherers”
Aspic Tines ” ENCHANTE MADAME A.I.”
David Bowie “Next Day”
Savages “Silence Yourself”
Kronos Quartet “Aheym”
Clinic “Free Reign II”
Blasted Diplomats “S/T”
KADAVAR/AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR SPLIT
Amon Amarth “deceiver of the Gods”
Chelsea Wolfe “Pain is Beauty”
Dismemberment Plan “Uncanney Valley”
Fake Limbs “Power of Patrician Upbringing”

Kurt Nget
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats-Mind Control
Hookworms-Pearl Mystic
Tribulation-Formulas Of Death
Implodes-Recurring Dream
Medicine-To The Happy Few
Watain-The Wild Hunt
My Bloody Valentine-MBV
Night Beats-Sonic Bloom
Gap Dream-Shine Your Light
Mazzy Star-Seasons Of Your Day
Noctum-Final Sacrifice
The Resonars-Greatest Songs Of…
The Verlaines-Juvenilia (Reissue)
Roky Erickson-Evil One (Reissue)
Seefeel-Quique (Reissue)

Billy Smith
some nice things of 2013:

DEPECHE MODE “Delta Machine” (Columbia)
ULFUR “White Mountain” (Western Vinyl)
YOUTH LAGOON “Wondrous Bughouse” (Fat Possum)
CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING “s/t” (Matador)
OMD “English Electric” (Bmg)
CLUTCH “Earth Rocker” (Weathermaker)
ZOLA JESUS “Versions” (Sacred Bones)
PET SHOP BOYS “Electric” (Kobalt)
CLIFF MARTINEZ “Only God Forgives (Soundtrack)” (Gaumont)
CHELSEA WOLFE “Pain Is Beauty” (Sargent House)
LORDE “Pure Heroine” (Universal)
NIRVANA “In Utero 2013 Albini mix” (Geffen)
PEARL JAM “Lightning Bolt” (Monkeywrench)
TIM & ERIC SHOW (just found out….)
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF “Ceremony” (Fat Possum)
CHVRCHES “Bones of What You Believe” (Goodbye)
EMIKA “Dva” (Ninja Tune)
SMALL BLACK “Limits Of Desire” (Jagjaguwar)
DESTRUCTION UNIT (Sacred Bones)

Matt Orenstein
1. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
2. William Basinski – Nocturnes
3. Implodes – Recurring Dream
4. Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio
5. Bill Callahan – Dream River
6. My Bloody Valentine – MBV
7. Ken Camden – Space Mirror
8. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
9. Rhye – Woman
10. Stephen Steinbrink – Arranged Waves

Chris Connelly
CINDYTALK-LIFE IS EVERYWHERE
BOWIE-THE NEXT DAY
JANELLE MONAE-ELECTRIC LADY
KANYE WEST-YEeZUS
M.I.A.-MATANGI
JULIA HOLTER-LOUD CITY SONG
CHELSEA WOLFE-PAIN IS BEAUTY
MY BLOODY VALENTINE-MBV
THEE OH SEES-FLOATING COFFIN
KEN CAMDEN-SPACE MIRROR

Emily Elhaj
2013 ALBUMS

Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Yo La Tengo – Fade (Matador)
Josephine Foster – I’m A Dreamer (Fire)
Asia Argento – Total Entropy (Nuun)
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door (Reprise)
Cindy Lee – Tatlashea (Isolated Now Waves) 2012
Power Trip – Manifest Decimation (Southern Lord)
Broadcast – Berberian Soundtrack (Warp)
My Bloody Valentine – MBV (Self-released)
Voivod – Target Earth (Century Media)
Fielded – Ninety Thirty Thirty (Captcha)
Ken Camden – Space Mirror (Kranky)
Total Control – EP (Home Loan)
Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil (Zoo Music)
Streetwalker – Future Fusion (Cititrax)
Lace Curtain – DFA EP
David Bowie – The Next Day (Columbia)
Cough Cool – “29” (Bathetic)
Matt Duncan – Soft Times (Hop Hop)
The Drum – Contact (Audraglint)
Dog Man – Dream Date OST (Love Lion)
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval (Blackest Ever Black)
Marisa Anderson – Mercury (Mississippi/Change)
Troller – s/t (Holodeck) 2012
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents (Wax Poetics)
Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind)
Forest Swords – Engravings (Tri Angle)
The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar)
Dean Blunt – Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks)
Acteurs – s/t (Public Information)
Kelela – Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind)
Oozing Wound – Retrash (Thrill Jockey)
The Cairo Gang – Tiny Rebels (Empty Cellar)
Heavy Times – Fix It Alone (Hozac)
Gorguts – Colored Sands (Season of Mist)
Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue (Ba Da Bing)
Blouse – Imperium (Captured Tracks)
Félicia Atkinson – With Her Own Hands (Shelter Press)
M.I.A. – Matangi (Interscope)
Gabriel Saloman – Soldier’s Requiem (Miasmah)
7 Days Of Funk – s/t (Stones Throw)
Arve Henriksen – Places Of Worship (Rune Grammofon)
Ciara.

REISSUES

MU – s/t (Guerssen)
Vangelis – Blade Runner (Audio Fidelity)
Atheist – Piece of Time (Season of Mist)
The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights (Tizona)
Icecross – s/t (Rockadrome)
Roky Erickson – Evil One (Light in the Attic)
Twin Peaks/Eraserhead Soundtracks (Sacred Bones)

SHOWS

The Hecks/ Mayor Daley/ Miami Dolphins – Medusa, Minneapolis
Bomb Banks/ Mr. 666/ Diva 93 – Empty Bottle
Yo La Tengo – The Vic
Enslaved – Reggie’s
Guardian Alien/ Kria Brekkan – St. Ferdinand, New Orleans
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Chicago Theater
Black Angels – Reckless Records
Fleetwood Mac – United Center
Cave – El Marney
Pissed Jeans – Empty Bottle
Sweet Cobra – Dark Lord Day, 3 Floyd’s Brewery
Villages/ Nest Egg – Broadways, Asheville
Backyard BBQ – Ottoman Empire
Broken Water – Empty Bottle
Jody/ Inc. – Empty Bottle
Silver Apples – The Owl
Savages – Metro
Rotted Tooth Festival – Situations
Angel Olsen – Lincoln Hall
Mayor Daley, The Hecks, Larry Wish, Mar Habrine, Homebirth, XXXPRESSIONXXX – Menglekoch, Minneapolis
White Poppy/ Cindy Lee – Remington Gallery, Vancouver
Goblin – The Metro
My Bloody Valentine – Aragon Ballroom
Eyehategod – Cobra Lounge
Absu – Cobra Lounge
Guerilla Toss/ Wishfgift/ Toupee/ Blanche Blanche Blanche – Club Rectum
Kranky Twenty Festival – Empty Bottle/ Constellation/ Lincoln Hall

Pat Campbell
Wolf Eyes – No Answer – Lower Floors
Lionel O – Mama Said Knock Me Out
Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue
Heavy Times – Fix It Alone
Nate Young – Regression Vol. 3 (Other Days)
Absolutely Not – Mister Something
Thee Tsunamis – A Goodbad Man Is Hard To Find
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Mac Blackout – Beat Off
Flesh Panthers – S/T Cassette

Tim Quinlan
1. MIA “Matangi”
2. Qwel & Maker “Beautiful Raw”
3. Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap”
4. Janelle Monae “The Electric Lady”
5. Lee Ranaldo & the Dust “Last Night on Earth”
6. Implodes “Recurring Dream”
7. Ken Camden “Space Mirror”
8. Justin Timberlake “20/20 Experience Pt. 1″ NOT PT. 2!!
9. Thundercat “Apocalypse”
10. Nosaj Thing “Home”

Reilly Gill
There’s no order to these; they’re all number one!
-Ex-Cult: “Ex-Cult”
-Janelle Monae: “Electric Lady”
-Metz: “Metz”
-Jay Reatard: “Singles 06-07″ Reissue
-Blouse: “Imperium”
-Chance the Rapper: “Acid Rap”
-The Snails: “Worth the Wait”
-Pure X: “Crawling up the Stairs”
-DeRobert and the Half-Truths: “I’m Tryin’”
-Wooden Shjips: “Back to Land”
-MIA: “Matangi”
-Ty Segall/Chad and the Meatbodies: “Music for a Film, Pt. 1″ and “Mountain” split (45)

Dan Worland
Disappears – 2 EPs + Era
Flesh Panthers – Cassette EP
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Survival Knife – 2 7″s
Acteurs – self-titled

Jim Magas
2013 FAVORITES

ADULT. – Way Things Fall
Asia Argento – Total Entropy
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval LP
Basic Channel reissues
Francois Bayle – L’Experience Acoustique
Black Deer 12”s
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk mono reissue
John Carpenter – Assault on Precinct 13 reissue
Chrome – Half Machine from the Sun: The Lost Tracks ’79-80
Luciano Cilio – Dell’Universo Assente
Patrick Cowley – School Daze
Dark – Round the Edges reissue
Demdike Stare – Testpressing series
Drexciya – Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller Vol. IV
Kevin Drumm – Humid Weather
Roky Erickson – Evil One & Don’t Slander Me
Gherkin Jerks reissues
The Gories – The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88
Kyle Hall – Boat Party & Boat Party Bonus EP
Gunnar Haslam – Mimesiak
Icecross – 1. LP aka s/t
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Bob James – Rhodes Scholar LP
Raul Lovison/Francesco Messina – Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo
Magas – Pspoilers cassette
Mainliner – Mellow Out reissue
Charles Manier – Electrocution & S/T (Nation)
Ron Morelli – Spit
Omar S. – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
Bill Orcutt – History of Every One LP & 13×7” boxed set
Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature
Raspberry Bulbs – Deformed Worship
3 Chairs – CH 07 12”
Vangelis – Blade Runner & Sex Power reissues
Velvet Underground – At the End of Cole Ave, 2nd Night
Vox Dei – La Biblia reissue
Wolf Eyes – No Answer – Lower Floors
Xenakis – GRM Works 1957-1962 LP
Nate Young – Regression LPs
Beau Wanzer – 3 L.I.E.S. 12”s
V/A – Bang the Box: the (Lost) Story of AKA Dance Music Chicago 1987-88
V/A – Sounds of Silence LP

Anthony Illarde

THE BIG BOYS – Where’s My Towel /Industry Standard (2LP reissue) (Light In The Attic)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART – Safe As Milk (Mono LP reissue) (Sundazed)
GRANT HART – The Argument (2LP) (Domino)
THE HUMAN EXPRESSION – Love At A Psychedelic Velocity (LP + 45 reissue) (Mississippi)
HUSKER DU – Statues (2X45 reissue) (Numero)
MOONDOG – new Sound Of An Old Instrument (CD reissue) (Kopf)
MOUSE & THE TRAPS – The Fraternity Years (LP reissue) (Big Beat)
NILSSON – The RCA Albums Collection (CD box set) (Legacy)
THE SEEDS – A Web Of Sound (2CD reissue) (Big Beat)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – Higher (CD box set) (Legacy)

NOTHING CAN HURT ME: THE BIG STAR STORY (Magnolia Films)
SACRIFICIAL YOUTH (Regressive Films)

Whitney Mercer
Things I really liked in 2013
Darkside – Psychic
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
MIA – Matangi
William Onyeabor – Who is William Onyeabor
Lee Ranaldo & the Dust – Last Night on Earth
Body/Head – Coming Apart
The Julie Ruin – Run Fast
Typhoon – White Lighter
The Blow – The Blow
Colin Stetson – New History of Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Mykki Blanco – Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP
Oddience – Slide EP
Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia
Brandy Clark – Twelve Stories

Bryan Smith
Big Boys – Where’s My Towel (re-issue)
Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me 2LP
Blut Aus Nord – Work Which Transforms God LP (re-issue)
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
Bronx (IV)
Devo – Hardcore Vol.1 (re-issue)
Endless Boogie – Long Island
Enslaved – Riitir
Hot Lunch – Hot Lunch
Iceage – You’re Nothing
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
Marcos Valle – all 4 LP re-issues!
Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum (re-issue)
Power Trip – Manifest Decimation
Satyricon – s/t
Scientists – s/t ( re-issue)
Martin Sorrondeguy – Get Shot (Book)
Voivod – Target Earth
Wire – Change Becomes Us

Charles Taylor
Best Jazz of 2013
Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry
Living By Lanterns: Old Myth/New Science
Woody Shaw: Complete Columbia Albums
Ivo Perelman: The Edge
Sophie Agnel: Meteo
Nate Wooley: Throne Of Friendship
Atomic: There’s A Hole In The Mountain
Mary Halvorsen: Illusionary Sea
Sun Ra: Continuation
William Parker: Wood Flute Songs

Chris Wilkus
MY FAVORITE HIP HOP/R&B ALBUMS OF 2013

15) Express Rising “Express Rising 2″ (Reissue) (NUMERO GROUP)
14) The Lonely Island “The Wack Album” (UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC)
13) Cocaine 80s “The Flower of Life EP” (SELF-RELEASED)
12) Perera Elsewhere “Everlast” (FRIENDS OF FRIENDS)
11) Tyler, the Creator “Wolf” (ODD FUTURE/SONY)
10) Willis Earl Beal “Nobody Knows.” (XL RECORDINGS)
9) Danny Brown “Old” (FOOL’S GOLD RECORDS)
8) Beyoncé “BEYONCÉ” (COLUMBIA RECORDS)
7) R. Kelly “Black Panties” (RCA RECORDS)
6) Zebra Katz “DRKLNG EP” (ZEBRA TRACKZ)
5) The Weeknd “Kiss Land” (REPUBLIC/XO)
4) Ghostface Killah “Twelve Reasons to Die” (SOUL TEMPLE RECORDS)
3) Earl Sweatshirt “Doris” (COLUMBIA RECORDS)
2) Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap” (SELF-RELEASED)
1) Kanye West “Yeezus” (ROC-A-FELLA/DEF JAM)

(the rest of…) MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2013

20) Emika “DVA” (NINJA TUNE)
19) Umberto “Confrontations” (NOT NOT FUN)
18) Zomes “Time Was” (THRILL JOCKEY)
17) Wire “Change Becomes Us” (PINK FLAG)
16) Matthew E. White “Outer Face EP” (DOMINO RECORDINGS)
15) Ken Camden “Space Mirror” (KRANKY)
14) Juana Molina “Wed 21″ (CRAMMED DISCS)
13) DARKSIDE ” Psychic” (MATADOR RECORDS)
12) Ahnnu “Battered Sphinx” (NNA TAPES)
11) Mike Patton “The Place Beyond the Pines” (Soundtrack) (MILAN RECORDS)
10) Burial “Rival Dealer EP” (HYPERDUB)
9) Kölsch “1977″ (KOMPAKT)
8) David Lynch “The Big Dream” (SACRED BONES RECORDS)
7) L. Pierre “The Island Come True” (MELODIC)
6) Disappears “Era” (KRANKY)
5) James Blake “Overgrown” (ATLAS RECORDS/A&M)
4) Majical Cloudz “Impersonator” (MATADOR RECORDS)
3) Tricky “False Idols” (K7)
2) Girls Names “The New Life” (SLUMBERLAND RECORDS)
1) Dean Blunt “The Redeemer” (HIPPOS IN TANKS)

HONORABLE MENTIONS & STRONG CONTENDERS

Chelsea Wolfe “Pain is Beauty” (SARGENT HOUSE)
Cliff Martinez “Only God Forgives” (Soundtrack) (MILAN RECORDS)
Colin Stetson “New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light” (CONSTELLATION)
Dirty Beaches “Drifters/ Love Is the Devil” (ZOO MUSIC)
Implodes “Recurring Dream” (KRANKY)
Oneohtrix Point Never “R Plus Seven” (WARP RECORDS)
Salem “G O O D B Y E” (BANDCAMP)
The Stranger “Watching Dead Empires In Decay” (MODERN LOVE)
Tropic of Cancer “Restless Idylls” (BLACKEST EVER BLACK)
Zomby “With Love” (4AD)

…the end…

Friends of Reckless

Stephen Sowley (Fake Limbs/Studio Manager @ Electrical Audio)

Audio2013: Shelf It (For Nanny & Sputnik. Alphabetical Order)

Full-On:
The Book-Burners—People’s Songs LP
Bottomless Pit—Shade Perennial LP
Dead C.—Armed Courage LP
Ghostface—Twelve Deadly Venoms/Brown Tape LPs
Tim Hecker—Virgins DLP
Implodes—Recurring Dream LP
Iron Lung—White Glove Test DLP
Martha’s Vineyard Ferries—Mass Grave LP
Maxamillion Dunbar—House Of Woo DLP
No Statik—Unity And Fragmentation DLP
Omar S—Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself 4×12”
Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano—The Raw & The Cooked LP//Bill Orcutt-History of Everyone LP//25 Songs Box
Pissed Jeans—Honeys LP
Run The Jewels—S/T LP
Society Nurse—s/t LP
Kurt Vile—Wakin On A Pretty Daze LP
Wire-Change Becomes Us DLP
Shannon Wright—In Film Sound LP

Reissues:
Breeders—LSXX boxset
Devo—Hardcore Devo Vol. 1 & 2 DLPs
DJ Screw—All Screwed Up DLP
Fluxion—Vibrant Forms DLP
Medico Doktor Vibes—Liter Through Dorker Vibes LP
Arthur Russell—First Thought, Best Thought DLP

Internet:
Action Bronson & Party Supplies—Blue Chips 2 mixtape
Live From The Barrage
Andrew Mason—Hardley Working
Mr. Muthafuckin Xquire—Kismit mixtape
Primes-Millions
Tom Scharpling—Frankie Teardrop Sound Collage
Split Feet-demos

Singles:
Curmudgeon—Amygdala 12”
Kim Deal—Are You Mine? 7”
Demdike Stare—Test Pressing twelve inches
Diat-Everyday 7”
Good Throb—S/T 7”//Culture Vulture 7”
Jack Buck—Soft 7”
Permanent Ruin—Hell is Real 7”
Repos—Live Munitions 12”//Rejoice In Ruin 7”
Yi—Punk Memories 7”

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani (Matador Records)
14 for ’13
1. ovlov – am (Exploding In Sound)
2. Brother JT – The Sveltness Of Boogitude (Thrill Jockey)
3. Rhye – Woman (Loma Vista)
4. Yo La Tengo – Fade (Matador)
5. Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia (Kill Rock Stars)
6. Anna Calvi – One Breath (Domino)
7. Charles Waters Quartet – Chroma Colossus: 13 Visions Of The City (Amish)
8. The Brooklyn What – Hot Wine (self-released)
9. Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio – Gala (12XU)
10. Stephen Malkmus And Friends – Ege Bamyasi Record Store Day Exclusive (Matador)
11. King Khan And The Shrines – Idle No More (Merge)
12. Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Matador)
13. Potty Mouth – Hell Bent (Old Flame)
14. Washed Out – Paracosm (Sub Pop)

Brett Grossman (ex-Reckless)
My Bloody Valentine m.b.v. (Self)
Lucky Dragons “Publicity Reform” (Escho)
Purple Pilgrims /Gary War “Split Album” (Upset the Rhythm)
The Humble Bee “Henrietta” (Other Ideas)
Eluvium “Nightmare Ending” (Temporary Residence)
Deerhunter “Monomania” (4ad)
Destroyer “Five Spanish Songs” (Merge/Dead Ocean)
Ken Camden “Space Mirror” (Kranky)
Youth Lagoon “Wondrous Bughouse” (Fat Possum)
Earl Sweatshirt “Doris” (Tan Cressida)
Califone “Stitches” (Dead Oceans)
Oneohtrix Point Never “R plus 7″ (Warp)
Widowspeak “Almanac” /”The Swamps” (Captured Tracks)
Kelley Stoltz “Double Exposure” (Thirdman Records)
Crystal Stilts “Nature Noir” (Sacred Bones)
Grouper “The Man who Died in His Boat (Kranky)
Coma Cinema “Posthumous Release” (Fork & Spoon)
Neko Case “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You” (Anti)
Dan Friel “Total Folklore” (Thrill Jockey)
Devendra Banhart “Mala” (Nonesuch)
Implodes “Recurring Dream” (Kranky)
Brian Grainger /Orick “Children Of The Hill” (Attack Nine)
Julianna Barwick “Nepenthe” (Dead Oceans)
Bare Mutants “Affliction” (In The Red)
White Fence “Cyclops Reap” (Castle Face)
Magik Markers “Surrender to the Fantasy” (Drag City)
Kurt Vile “Walkin on A Pretty Daze” (Matador)
Colleen “The Weighing of the Heart” (Second Language Music)
Joane Skyler “Orz” (Reckno)
Justin Walter “Lullabies and Nightmares (Kranky)
Bruce Russel /Roy Montgomery: Split (Grapefruit)
Atoms for Peace “Amok” (XL)
Jackson Scott “Melbourne” (Fat Possum)

Then:
Bbc Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music by David Cain, John Baker, Delia Derbyshire (Music on Vinyl)
William Basinski “Disintegration Loops” Boxset (Temporary Residence)
Big Star “Nothing Can Hurt Me” (Omnivore Recordings)
Kat Epple & Bob Strohl “Sanctus Spiritus” (Dead Cert)
Edward Artemiev “Solaris” (Superior Viaduct)
Various “I am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America 1950-1990 (Light in the Attic)

Utrillo Kushner (Revolver Distribution)
MASTON – Shadows LP (Trouble In Mind)
MAMMATUS – Heady Mental LP (Spiritual Pajamas)
MAMMANE SANI – La Musique Electronique du Niger LP (Sahel Sounds /Mississippi)
MICHAEL BEACH – Golden Theft LP (Spectacular Commodity /Twin Lakes)
KELLY STOLTZ – Double Exposure LP (Third Man)
ZACHARY CALE – Blue Rider LP (All Hands Electric)
NEW BUMS – Slim Volume 7″ (New Bums Industries)
PRAIRIE CAT – Got Nothin’ 7″ (Triple Crown Audio Recordings)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 1 – 23 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 2 – 22 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 3 – 25 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 4 – 25 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
Goblin – Live at the Warfield San Francisco, CA. October 20th 2013

Adam Reach (Carrot Top Distribution)
Rodan “Fifteen Quiet Years” (Quarterstick)
Implodes “Recurring Dream” (Kranky)
Survival Knife “Traces of Me” b/w “Name That Tune” (Sub Pop)
Tar “1998-1995″ (Chunklet)
Disappears “Kone” (self-released)
Man…Or Astro-Man? “Defcon 5…4…3…2…1″ (Chunklet)
Girls Against Boys “The Ghost List” (self-released)
Cuntz “Solid Mates” (Homeless)
Unwound “Kid Is Gone” (Numero Group)
Shannon Wright “In Film Sound” (Vicious Circle)
Montibus Communitas “Haci Aquellos Bosques de Immensidad” (Trouble In Mind)
Carlton Melton “Always Even” (Agitated)
Obits “Bed & Bugs” (Sub Pop)
All Pigs Must Die “Nothing Violates This Nature” (Southern Lord)
Coliseum “Sister Faith” (Temporary Residence)
Federation X “We Do What We Must” (Molasses Manifesto /Recess)
Exhaustion “Future Eaters” (Aarght)
Bardo Pond “Peace On Venus” (Fire)
Old Baby “Love Hangover” (Karate Body)
Taking Pictures “2113″ (Say Hello To Never)
Big Business “Battlefields Forever” (Gold Metal)
Crooks on Tape “Fingerprint” (Misra)
Martha’s Vineyard Ferries “Mass Grave” (Kiam)

Aaron Aites (Director of Until the Light Takes Us/99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film)
Paavoharju – Joko Sinä Tulet Tänne Alas Tai Minä Nousen Sinne
Boris – Präparat
Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
Demdike Stare – Test Pressings Series
Forest Swords – Engravings
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain/Behind The Green Door
The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Magik Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
The Stranger – Watching Dead Empires In Decay  
In-Store Performance: Fall Out Boy in-store SIGNING! 3-4 PM   11/29/2013  
Get psyched! To celebrate Black Friday, Fall Out Boy will be visiting and signing an item of your choice on Friday, November 29 between 3pm and 4pm. Due to their SOLD OUT show at the Metro that evening they will sign ONE item per person, sorry, no photos!

-Limited to the first 300 people who arrive at the Reckless Records location at 3126 N Broadway. **If you arrive early you must wait in a line that will also contain Black Friday customers and grab a wristband from behind the counter and then come back any time before 3pm to hop in the signing line. There are no guarantees that the entire line will be indoors. Dress accordingly.-

We will have a limited quantity of Pax Am Days 2x7" on hand, so you're welcome to buy their Black Friday release to get signed or bring something just in case.

Metro Show info:
"A portion of ticket sales from the group's intimate Chicago release show will go to benefit the GRAMMY Foundation."

http://event.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSale.do?performance_id=1755684&cobrand=metrochicago&method=restoreToken

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151731113980780&set=a.169128975779.130311.7218745779&type=1

Website:
http://falloutboy.com/post/68070857885/doing-a-black-friday-paxoam-days-signing-at

Twittershpere:
https://twitter.com/falloutboy/status/405014126537080832

Grammin'
http://instagram.com/p/hJRxuEsGTB/  
In-Store Performance: Black Friday surprise TBA   11/29/2013  
more news soon...  
In-Store Performance: Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) 5PM   11/29/2013  
Laura will be performing a SOLO set on Black Friday at our Wicker Park location. It's FREE!  
Black Friday 2013 releases   11/12/2013  
Curious what is coming out on Black Friday?? Here's a good look at some stuff that we should have for sale. There's a lot more unofficial Black Friday releases that we'll have that day too. More details soon!

http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
 
In-Store Performance: Gigan in-store performance 3:30PM   10/19/2013  
Gigan in-store performance at Reckless Records in Wicker Park (1532 N. Milwaukee Ave.). 3:30pm  
In-Store Performance: Marisa Anderson 5:30pm   10/04/2013  
Reckless is happy to announce an in-store with guitarist Marisa Anderson who has released albums on Mississippi Records and most recently is featured on a split 7" with Elizabeth Cotten.

Friday, October 4
Reckless Records
3126 N Broadway
5:30pm

The follow-up to 2009s "Golden Hour," which featured mostly blues driven instrumentals, is more in the vein Appalachian folk songs. Deep panning tremolo on what we hope is a vintage Fender amplifier hums out raga style meditations and schools us in both archtop and lap guitars. Pre-war blues, mountain melodies and finger picked folk can all be found on her recent LP solidifying Anderson as a premier guitarist in contemporary and revival genres. Gathered from hours of home-recorded live improvisations, "Mercury" is very much alive and the growth and changes are palpable. She has the distinction of being one of the few contemporary musicians on Mississippi Records.

We will have the 7", which is a benefit for KBOO Community Radio, and her LPs on hand for purchase.

Description of the split 7" ...

"The brilliant Elizabeth Cotten played at the Euphoria Tavern in Portland February 19, 1975. KBOO broadcast the show live, and the songs on this record are from that performance. We do not know the titles, as they were not announced, and are not released on any of her other recordings.

Marisa Anderson arranged and recorded this solo guitar performance of three traditional songs on March 30, 2013. Called Canaan's Land, you'll hear the incredible technical skill and emotionally fluid style Marisa brings to her art, which makes us proud to have her as the first KBOO Artist in Residence."
 
In-Store Performance: UPDATED!! Cage the Elephant meet & greet/signing 1PM   10/01/2013  
Cage the Elephant will be singing lithographs at the Reckless Records Broadway location on Tuesday Oct. 1st at 1pm. The lithographs will be provided at the store on the day of the signing.

**FOR CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE SPECIAL ORDERED THE NEW CD/LP**
the new record comes out on October 8th so we will not have these for sale at the event. If you special ordered a copy through Reckless, a free 7" will be behind the counter with your name on it for you to pick up at the store on the day of the signing. If you can't make it to the signing, the 7" will be held for you until you pick it up.

UPDATE!! As of now, there still are some 7"s available so if you get here early enough, there will still be some available for free.

Also, there is a limited amount of lithographs that will be given away for the band to sign. According to the label, the band will only sign the lithographs but we would imagine they'll sign the 7"s as well.  
In-Store Performance: Travis acoustic in-store & signing 5PM   09/27/2013  
Scottish Brit-poppers TRAVIS will play a brief acoustic set & sign items for fans at Reckless Records on Broadway (Lakeview) on Friday September 27th at 5PM.  
In-Store Performance: Julie Meckler 3:30 PM   09/26/2013  
Free in-store performance celebrating the release of her new album!

www.juliemeckler.com  
In-Store Performance: Shit and Shine 5pm   09/25/2013  
Live at Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave., 5pm: SHIT AND SHINE

Shit and Shine is a London-based group formed by both British and USA musicians. Its typical line-up has multipled drummers and guitarists, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Crash Worship and other percussive-oriented post-psychedelic bands.

"The live show is totally unique and very very different from your usual band onstage thing. the show usually consists of at least 4 drummers, 2 bass players and fuck knows what else is going on up there. they have played shows with sunn o))), earth, acid mothers temple, lightning bolt, boredoms, they've played all night raves in germany along side world class techno djs, classical piano players, black metal bands, lap top geeks etc etc etc and always fitted in perfectly somehow. add all this together and you have an idea of what to expect live. or i could be wrong. it could be none of this. you never know what these freeeeks will do next."  
In-Store Performance: Alcest acoustic in-store performance & signing 1PM   09/21/2013  
French shoegazing metallers ALCEST will play a few acoustic numbers & be signing some stuff

Saturday Sept. 21st
Reckless Records Wicker Park
1pm  
In-Store Performance: Weekend 5pm   09/20/2013  
The band WEEKEND will play a FREE in-store performance at our Wicker Park store (1532 N. Milwaukee) at 5pm.  
In-Store Performance: Grant Hart (ex- Husker Du) 5pm   09/10/2013  
Earlier this year, ex-HUSKER DU drummer Grant Hart released the epic album "The Argument" via Domino Records. On Tuesday September 10th, Grant will perform for free at Reckless Records in Wicker Park at 5PM.

Also, the night before at Danny's Tavern (1951 W. Dickens), Reckless Records presents Grant Hart with Chris Connelly opening up with an acoustic set. Show is at 9PM and is free!  
In-Store Performance: Philip H. Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera)   08/04/2013  
Philip Anselmo will be stopping by Reckless in Wicker Park to sign copies of his solo album "Walk Through Exits Only" on Megaforce Records.

Copies of the CD and LP will be available for a special price at the event, but if you buy it beforehand, be sure and SAVE YOUR RECEIPT and bring it to the in-store.

For now we're saying no posed photos, because we'll only have so much time and want to make sure everyone gets their stuff signed. You can get one additional item signed in addition to the solo album, so bring out some cool Pantera or Down stuff, too!

See ya there!

3PM
FREE  
In-Store Performance: John Densmore (THE DOORS) book signing!!   06/29/2013  
Yep, you read that right. John Densmore of the legendary L.A. group The Doors will be signing copies of his book "The Doors: Unhinged" at Reckless Records (Broadway) on Saturday June 29th at 2pm.

Books in either a hardcover or paperback edition will be available for sale in advance at the Broadway location and they will also be available on the day of the signing as well. If you buy your book in advance, you *MUST HAVE YOUR RECEIPT* for proof of purchase from Reckless. Mr. Densmore will also sign one additional item (no exceptions) with book purchase. We'll be limiting book sales to 2 per person to help things move along quickly.

Bio for John Densmore
An original and founding member of the musical group The Doors, John Densmore co-wrote and produced numerous gold and platinum albums and toured the United States, Europe, and Japan. His autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM, was on the New York Times bestseller list. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. He has written numerous articles for Rolling Stone, London’s The Guardian, the Nation, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post and the Utne Reader.

In film production, he co-produced “Road to Return,” narrated by Tim Robbins. It won several prestigious national awards and was screened for Congress, resulting in the writing of a bill. He also Executive Produced “Juvies,” narrated by Mark Wahlberg, which aired on HBO. It won numerous awards (2004 IDA for excellence, U.S. International Film Fest – creative excellence).

Learn more about John Densmore at http://www.johndensmore.com/. He is also online at https://twitter.com/JohnDensmore and https://www.facebook.com/johndensmore1.  
In-Store Performance: Smith Westerns   06/25/2013  
Celebrate the release of "Soft Will," the new album from Chicago's Smith Westerns with a FREE in-store performance on the day of its release!

6PM at the Milwaukee Avenue Reckless and did we mention it's FREE? See ya there!  
In-Store Performance: Eleanor Friedberger   06/07/2013  
The Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger is stepping out with her second solo album on June 4. On June 7th she'll be playing a solo acoustic set at Reckless in Wicker Park at 6PM before her show that night at the Empty Bottle (with a full band).

She'll be signing copies of her new LP, Personal Record, afterward. Oh . . . it's FREE!  
In-Store Performance: Record Store Day 2013   04/20/2013  
free in-store performances by

2PM Tim Kinsella (solo)
3PM JC Brooks (acoustic)
4PM Hound Mouth  
In-Store Performance: Record Store Day 2013   04/20/2013  
Rock n' Roll caricatures by Steve "Plastic Crimewave" Krakow 12-5PM

free in-store performances

1PM THEIR/ THEY'RE/ THERE
2PM SPECK MOUNTAIN
3PM JAR'D LOOSE
4PM LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR

 
In-Store Performance: Black Angels   04/19/2013  
Holy crow! Austin heavy psych rockers BLACK ANGELS will blow your minds FOR FREE on Friday April 19th (Record Store Day eve) at Reckless Records on Broadway.

All Ages
Free
2pm
 
In-Store Performance: Doldrums   04/04/2013  
Reckless Records is excited to host a free in-store performance with Doldrums on Thursday, April 4 at our 3126 N Broadway location. The in-store starts at 5 and we will have copies on "Lesser Evil" (Arbutus) for sale.

Be sure to check them out later at Schuba's with Sean Nicholas Savage and Gold Cult.  
In-Store Performance: Johnny Winter meet & greet/signing   03/06/2013  
The legendary Johnny Winter will be stopping in the Milwaukee location for a meet & greet/signing on Wednesday March 6th at 5PM. Bring anything with you that you'd like to have him sign. This is a free event.  
In-Store Performance: K-Holes   02/08/2013  
Reckless Records
Wicker Park
Friday Feb. 8
5pm  
Reckless Records 2012 staff best-of lists!!   12/17/2012  
Angela Ziles
Best 2012 Releases (in no particular order)
Ty Segall – Twins, Hair w/ White Fence and Slaughterhouse w/ Ty Segall Band (Drag City)
Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes (Warp)
Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble s/t (Honest Jon's)
Daughn Gibson – All Hell (White Denim)
Bill Orcutt - Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People (Palilalia)
Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet - Stellar Pulsations (Delmark)
Joshua Abrams – Represencing (Eremite Records)
Peter Brotzmann & Jason Adasiewicz – Going All Fancy (Bro Records)
Wild Nothing– Nocturne (Captured Tracks)
Liars – WIXIW (Mute)
OFF! s/t (Vice)
Goat - World Music (Rocket Recordings)
Ceremony - Zoo (Matador Records)
Tropic of Cancer – Permissions of Love (Mannequin)
Keiji Haino / Jim O’Rourke / Oren Ambarchi – Imikuzushi (Black Truffle)
The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
Blues Control - Valley Tangents (Drag City)
Can - The Lost Tapes (Mute)
Sonic Youth - Smart Bar Chicago 1985 (Goofin')
Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears (Light In The Attic)
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Dreamin Wild (Light In The Attic)
V/A: Eccentric Soul: A RBG Production (Numero)
V/A: Buttons: From Champaign To Chicago (Numero)

Colin Blanton
in no particular order:
1. guardian alien-" see the world given to a one love entity"
2. goat- "world music"
3. loscil- "sketches of new brighton"
4. rambletamble- "twang of the void"
5. arica- "music in the nine rings"
6. Laurel Halo- "quarantine"
7. hecker/lopatin-"instrumental tourist"
8. difference clouds- "shiro"
9. sun araw/congos-"icon give thank"
10. suum cuique-"ascetic ideals"
11. Camera-"radiate!" DUUUUHHHH sooo good.

Anthony Illarde
Captain Beefheart – Abba Zaba 45 (Sundazed)
Alexandre Desplat - Moonrise Kingdom (Soundtrack) (ABKCO)
Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch)
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox (Atlantic)
Paul McCartney – Ram (Mono LP) (Apple)
Menahan Street Band – The Crossing (Dunham)
Public Nuisance – Gotta Survive (Reissue) (Third Man)
Rockin’ Horse – Yes It Is (Reissue) (Sing Sing)
Ty Segall – Twins (Drag City)
Frank Zappa – Why Don’cha Do Me Right 45 (UME)
Various - Man Chest Hair (Finders Keepers)
Various - TV Sound And Image: British Television, Film & Library Composers 1956-80 (Soul Jazz)
Wes Anderson - Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features)
Dale Sherman – Kiss FAQ (Backbeat Book)

Michael Gillilan
Records (no particular order)
Liars - WIXIW (Warp)
Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path (Captured Tracks)
Actress - R.I.P. (Honest Jon's)
Angel Olsen - Half Way Home (Bathetic)
Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship (Secretly Canadian)
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II (In the Red)
Joshua Abrams - Represencing (Eremite)
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange (Def Jam)
Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy (Perlon)

Reissues/ Compilations:
Porter Ricks - Biokinetics (Type)
George Harrison - Early Takes Vol. 1 (Universal)
Sensations Fix- Music is Painting in the Air (Rvng Intl.)
Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad)

Shows:
Liars at Metro
Mac DeMarco at the Empty Bottle
Ono at the Burlington
Angel Olsen at Township (Panchos-Township(Formerly Panchos))
Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society at the Hideout

Courtland Green
2012 BEST OF IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
1. VA 122 BPM
2. FRANCIS BEBEY AFRICAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1975-1982
3. QUAKERS S.T.
4. VA PERSONAL SPACE
5. JOSHUA ABRAMS REPRESENCING
6. BOBBY WOMACK BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE
7. SONIC YOUTH LIVE AT SMARTBAR
8. BILL ORCUTT WHY DOES EVERYBODY LOVE FREE MUSIC BUT NOBODY LOVES FREE PEOPLE
9. KIKI GYAN 24 HOURS IN A DISCO
10. TINDERSTICKS THE SOMETHING RAIN
11. VA ORIGINAL SOUND OF CUMBIA
12. CAN LOST TAPES
13. ANNETTE PEACOCK I'M THE ONE
14. VA VOGUEING VOL1 & 2
15. NENEH CHERRY AND THE THING
16. KIKI GYAN 24 HOURS AT THE DISCO
17. LONNIE HOLLEY JUST BEFORE MUSIC

Mark Lux
in no particular order
bare mutants: without you 7"
fake limbs: man feelings
djin aquarian pcws: destroy the world
howlin rain: russian wilds
bobby womack: bravest man in the universe
blues control: valley tangents
chris lee: bury the king jeremy spencer: bend in the road
goat: world music
jessica bailiff: at the down turned jagged....
loscil: sketches from new brighton
rotomagus: sky turns red (reissue)
pin group: ambivalence (reissue)

Charles Taylor
BEST JAZZ 2012

Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers
Peter Brotzmann: Yatagarou
Eddie Prevost: Impossibility In Its Purest Forms
Tony Bevan/Joe Morris: Tony-Joe Bucklash
Living By Lanterns: New Myth/Old Science
Mary Halvorson: Bending Bridges
Ab Baars: 20 Years
Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry
Ken Vandermark: DKV Trio 1994 - 2011

Emily Elhaj
To Blessed to Be Stressed!"
The Best Albums of 2012

Furze - Psych Minus Space Control (Fysisk Format)
Windy and Carl – We Will Always Be (Kranky)
Can – The Lost Tapes (Mute/Spoon)
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (Hype Williams) – Black Is Beautiful (EBONY) (Hyperdub)
Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed (Ninja Tune)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
Mac Demarco – Rock and Roll Night Club / 2 (Captured Tracks)
The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (DefJam)
Dunes - Noctiluca (Post Present Medium)
Swans – The Seer (Young God)
Chris Cohen – Overgrown Path (Captured Tracks)
Mirrorring – Foreign Body (Kranky)
Raajmahal – Celandine (Digitalis) cassette
Runawei – Abduction (Digitalis) cassette
Tim Hecker / Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist (Software)
VCMG – Ssss (Mute)
Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch)
The Dreebs – Bait An Orchard (Rotted Tooth)
Musette - Drape Me In Velvet (Hapna)
Maggi Payne - Ahh-Ahh: Music For Ed Tannenbaum's Technological Feets 1984-1987 (Root Strata)
Orcas – Orcas (Morr)
Andy Stott – Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
Field – Looping State of Mind (Kompakt)
Angel Olsen – Half Way Home (Bathetic)
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
Young Prisms – In Between (Kanine)
Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad)
V/A – Remolino de Oro (Domino Sound)
V/A – Amhara Wedding Songs (Domino Sound)
Broken Water – Tempest (Hardly Art)
Kelan Philip Cohran and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – s/t (Honest Jon’s)
Torben – Demo
Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky (Jagjaguwar)
Holy Other – Held (Tri Angle)
Billy Gibbons/ Matt Sweeney/ Bonnie Prince Billy - Oh Well 7
Matthew E. White – Big Inner (Hometapes)
Bomb Banks – Not People (Love Lion)
Nu Sensae – Sundowning (Suicide Squeeze)
Melody's Echo Chamber – s/t (Fat Possum)
Oozing Wound – Vape and Pillage cassette
Merchandise – Children of Desire (Katorga Works)
Lord Mantis – Pervertor (Candlelight)
Anatomy of Habit – II (AOH)

Reissues
Durutti Column – Short Stories For Pauline (LTM)
Should – Folding Sieve (Captured Tracks)
Sensations'Fix – Music Is Painting In the Air (ReRvng)
Michael Chapman – Rainmaker (Light in the Attic)
Doug Jerebine – Is Jesse Parker (Drag City)
Rob Thomsett – Yaraandoo (Thee Roundtable)
Michael Chapman – Rainmaker (Light in the Attic
Lee Hazelwood – LHI Years (Light in the Attic)
Wicked Lady – The Axeman Cometh (Guerssen)
Sleep – Dopesmoker (Southern Lord)

Shows
Fielded/ Oozing Wound/ Mayor Daley – Crown Liquors
Yob – Empty Bottle
Bitchin Bajas – Music Box Theatre
Steve’s Shredfest: Zath/ Peace Warriors/ Mayor Daley – Crown Liquors
Talk Normal – Lincoln Hall
The Dream – House of Blues
Sister Spit – Wicker Park Art Center
Disappears/ Lotus Plaza/ Implodes – Lincoln Hall
Thou – Siberia, New Orleans
Lucky Lou - Noizfest, New Orleans
Hoax – Mousetrap
Madalyn Merkey – the Charleston
Codeine – Lincoln Hall
Dinosaur Jr. - Subterranean
Winged Victory – Pritzker Pavilion
Captcha Benefit – Burlington
Skoal Kodiak – Nick and Eddies, Minneapolis
Guerilla Toss – Butcher Shoppe, Boston
Nu Sensae – Empty Bottle
Animal City – Cafe Mustache
Angel Olsen – Schubas
Storm Thorgerson Exhibit – Public Works
Big Business – Bottom Lounge
Dirty Three – Lincoln Hall
Lord Mantis – Ultra Lounge
Cat Power – The Vic
ONO – Quenchers
Torben - Alderaan
The Dreebs/ Toupee/ Unmanned Ship – Situations

Labels
Domino Sound
Light in the Attic
Guerssen
Rotted Tooth
Honest Jon’s
Root Strata
Kranky
Sahel Sounds

Jim Magas
In no particular order
Various Artists - Man Chest Hair
Drexciya - Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller Vol. 3
N. Racker - Flock Toxicant
Aaron Dilloway - Modern Jester
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Nate Young - Regression Vol. 3
Moon Pool & Dead Band - Human Fly
Demdike Stare - Elemental 1-4
Arica - Music In the Nine Rings
Vatican Shadow - Ornamented Walls
Andrew WK - I Get Wet reissue
Harry Pussy - One Plus One
Kevin Drumm - Relief
Raime - Quarter Turn Over a Living Line
Haxan Cloak - s/t
John Carpenter reissues on Death Waltz (esp. Escape From NY and Halloween III)
Theo Parrish - Handmade
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Wicked Lady reissues
Von Lmo - Tranceformer LP
Various Artists - El Topo soundtrack
Editions Mego's Recollection GRM series
Blues Control - Valley Tangents
Dariush Dolat-Shahi - Electronic Music, Tar and Sehtar

Matt Jencik
Abysme “Strange Rites”
Aphex Twin "Selected Ambient Works Vol. II LP reissue
Arica "Music in the Nine Rings" LP
Atomic Forest "Obsession" reissue
Jessica Bailiff "At the Down-Turned Jagged Rim of the Sky"
Ken Camden/ Matthew Hale Clark split 10"
Can "Lost Tapes" boxset
Michael Chapman "Rainmaker" reissue
Death and Vanilla "s/t"
Devil "Time To Repent" (2011 release)
Disappears "Pre Language"
Dreamscape "La-Di-Da Recordings"
Drudkh "Eternal Turn of the Wheel"
Enslaved "Riitiir"
Fake Limbs "Man Feelings"
Franco Falsini "Cold Nose" LP reissue
Furze "Psych Minus Space Control"
Goat "World Music"
Great Unwashed "Clean Out of Our Minds" LP reissue
Harmonia "Live 1974" LP
Lee Hazlewood all reissues
Karl Hendricks Trio "The Adult Section"
Horseback "Impale Golden Horn" LP
Karen Novotny X "Nothing Here Now but These Recordings: 78-79" LP
Katatonia "For Funerals to Come" reissue
David Kilgour "Here Come the Cars" LP reissue
Liars "Wixiw"
Mayor Daley "Sand Bath"
Mirrorring "Foreign Body"
Odz Manouk "s/t"
Pin Group "Ambivalence"
Public Nuisance "Gotta Survive" LP reissue
Rolling Stones "Charlie is My Darling" documentary
Runawei "Abduction" cassette
Sensations' Fix "Music is Painting in the Air 1974-77"
Spiritualized "Sweet Heart Sweet Light"
Tropic of Cancer "Permissions of Love" 12"
Van Halen “A Different Kind of Truth”
Wicked Lady LP reissues
Gareth Williams & Mary Currie "Flaming Tunes" LP reissue
Winterfylleth "Threnody of Triumph"
Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Psychedelic Pill"

shows
Altar of Plagues
Bitch Magnet
Codeine
Dinosaur Jr.
Iggy and the Stooges
Louis C.K.
Nekromantheon
Spiritualized
Van Halen
Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Chris Connelly
SCOTT WALKER - BISH BOSCH
MYRNINEREST- JHONN UTTERED BABYLON
COMUS - OUT OF THE COMA
XTG - DESERTSHORE/THE FINAL REPORT
SWANS - SEER
ANNETTE PEACOCK- I'M THE ONE
CAN - THE LOST TAPES
DURUTTI COLUMN- SHORT STORIES FOR PAULING
BAT FOR LASHES - HAUNTED MAN
COLOURBOX – COLOURBOX

Dan Maloney
Frank Ocean- Channel Orange
Father John Misty- Fear Fun
Bobby Womack- Bravest Man in The Universe
Goat- World Music
Melodies Echo Chamber- S/T
Matthew E White- Big Inner
Death & Vanilla- S/T
Bill Fay- Life is People
Mark Lanegan- Blues Funeral
Tame Impala- Lonerism
Quakers- Quakers
Nas- Life is Good
Thee Oh Sees- Putrifers II
Tight Phantomz- Silk Prison
Prince Rupert's Drops- Run Slow
Crybaby- Crybaby
Reissues:
Public Nuisance- Gotta Survive
Terry Manning- Home Sweet Home
Lee Hazlewood- (Light in the Attic Reissue Campaign)
Buttons- Start Kit (Numero Group Comps)
Rockin' Horse- Yes it Is
V/A Country Funk 1969-1975
Agitation Free -2nd/ Migration
V/A Personal Space
Francis Bebey- African Electronic Music 1975-1982
William Basinksi- Disintegration Loops Box Set
V/A Vogueing Volume One & Volume Two
Annette Peacock- I'm the One
Archers Of Loaf Merge Reissue Campaign
Thin Lizzy- Thin Lizzy
Can- Lost Tapes
V/A 122 BPM
Sensations Fix- Music is Painting in the Air
Ride- Going Blank Again/ Nowhere
Pale Saints- Comforts of Madness
Paul & Linda McCartney- Ram (Stereo/Mono)
Nick Nicely- Elegant Daze (Late 2011, but did not discover til 2012)

Casey Sabatka
1. Young Magic "Melt"
2. Goat "World Music"
3. Ty Segall "Twins"
4. Pterodactyl "Spills Out"
5. S. Carey "Hoyas EP"
6. Thee Oh Sees "Putrifiers II"
7. Milk Maid "Mostly No"
8. Moon Duo "Circles"
9. Clinic "Free Reign"
10. Andy Stott "Luxury Problems"
11. Om Advaitic Songs
12. Grass Widow "Internal Logic"
13. Track: Horse Feathers "Last Waltz"
14. Track: Animal Collective "Today's Supernatural"
15. Reissue: The Velvet Underground & Nico
16. Reissue: My Bloody Valentine Loveless / Isn't Anything
17. Reissue: Neutral Milk Hotel Box Set
18. Reissue: The Raincoats S/T
19. Show: Every minute of SXSW (but specifically - Amen Dunes, Psychic Ills, Mikal Cronin, Crystal Antlers, Young Magic, Polica, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bass Drum of Death, Prince Rama)
20. Show: Jeff Mangum @ Athenaeum
21. Show: Spiritualized @ Metro

Tim Quinlan
1. cloud nothings "attack on memory"
2. frank ocean "channel orange"
3. flying lotus "until the quiet comes"
4. daughn gibson "all hell"
5. goat "world music"
6. lee fields & the expressions "faithful man"
7. killer mike "r.a.p. music"
8. menahan street band "the crossing"
9. brother ali "good mourning in america"
10. gaslight anthem "handwritten"

Colman Cooney
Top 5 in order:

1) The Men - Open Your Heart
It's like a kick in the dick in the best way possible.

2) Goat - World Music
This Swedish "alternative fusion music group" (wikipedia) comes out of absolutely nowhere to give the perfect fuzzy, tribal psyche soundtrack for summoning your familiars to sacrifice your neighbor's butterball first-born.

3) George Harrison - Early Takes Vol. 1
I like All Things Must Pass, but I could never really love it- I always thought it tried to do too much. So here, with 10 tracks, 35 minutes, and simple (if any) arrangements, George's songwriting gets a bare-bones display, and is all the more moving for it.

4) Bobby Womack - Bravest Man in the Universe
The soul staple pours his dying guts out to a club beat. I don't know what Lana del Rey is doing here (besides emaciated moaning), but Gil gives a posthumous appearance immediately after to balance it out a little.

5) Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild
The kind of dudes you'd expect to see performing at a bowling alley on a Monday night in 1982, playing outdated AM funk, singing unintelligible lyrics to a sad discoball backdrop and a bad teenage makeout session. And they're totally sincere and it's the most endearing thing I've maybe ever heard.

And the rest:
Peaking Lights - Lucifer
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Nenah Cherry & the Thing - The Cherry Thing
Dr. John - Locked Down
Liars - WIXIW
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
AC Newman - Shut Down the Streets
V/A - Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers EP
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Beach House - Bloom
Royal Headache - Royal Headache
Tanlines - Emotions
Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta

Gar Brandt
In no particular order
Clinic "Free Reign"
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell "Don't Hear It Fear It"
Men "Open Your Heart"
High On Fire "De Vermis Mysteriius"
Goat "World Music"
Frank Ocean "Channel Orange"
Meshuggah "Koloss"
Swans "Seer"
Bloodiest "Descent"
Howler "America Give Up"
Turing Machine "What Is The Meaning Of What"
Japandroids "Celebration Rock"
Off "Off"
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Favorite Live Show
Japandroids at Pitchfork
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Favorite in-store
Bloodiest at WP Record Store Day

Steve Rahman
Top 5 Hip Hop Releases, in no particular order
Oddisee - "People Hear What They See"
Long awaited, but so worth it. If you're like O has one of the best
flow/ voice/ lyrics combos in the game, & this is a great example of
that.

Aesop Rock - "Skelethon"
Never really liked this sort of left field Hip Hop, but what stands out
to me here is through the density of the lyrics and the dark feeling of
paranoia that's just all over this record, the soundscape has a groove
to it.

Kendrick Lamar - "Good Kid, m.A.A.d City"
This is one of those records that straddles the line between mainstream
largesse, & underground artistry with great results. A more complete
record, in terms of what's become the template for Hip Hop I didn't hear
all year. Kendrick really makes good on the hype.

Nas - "Life is Good"
This record is Nas doing what Nas does best. Over some of the best
production he's had since "Illmatic." While it's not the "Hear, My Dear"

Apollo Brown & O.C. / Guilty Simpson - "Trophies / Dice Game"
I know it's supposed to be my top 5, but these two really stand together
to make the point that Apollo Brown makes dope beats, and that's really
saying something with two world class MCs really going hard on these
records.

Top 5 Everything Else

Metric - "Synthetica"
Esperanza Spaulding - "Radio Music Society"
Robert Glasper Experiment - "Black Radio"
Rihanna - "Unapologetic"
Frank Ocean - "Channel Orange"

Leo Ciccone
THE ALCHEMIST. RUSSIAN ROULETTE
KAREEM RIGGINS. ALONE TOGETHER
JEFF PARKER TRIO. BRIGHT LIGHT IN WINTER
LAZER SWORD. MEMORY
RICARDO VILLALOBOS. WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY FRIENDS?
ELIOT LIPP. SHARK, WOLF, RABBIT, SNAKE
CLARK. IRADELPHIC
MAKER. MAKER VS NOW & AGAIN 2
KILLER MIKE R.A.P.
JOSH ABRAHAMS. REPRESENCING

Dan Worland
The Men - Open Your Heart
Royal Headache - s/t
DIIV - Oshin
Disappears - Pre Language
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
White Wires - WWIII
Bry Webb - Provider
Tight Phantomz - Silk Prison

Arpad Lep
10 favorites from 2012
10. SERENGETI "Kenny Dennis EP" South Side Chicago raps on Vienna Beef & Shaq
9. TENNISCOATS "Papa's Ear" Japanese couple accompanied by folksy studio musicians make bedroom rock CD ONLY
8. MUSETTE "Drape Me in Velvet" Quiet vintage soundtrack music gently reworked by a Swedish nerd
7. ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS "Cut the World" Recorded in Copenhagen with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra
6. MARIACHI EL BRONX "Mariachi El Bronx/ The Bronx" Hard rock mariachi music from California RSD 2012 LP ONLY
5. BITCHIN BAJAS "Vibraquatic" Arpeggiated modulated synthesizer ragas from Chicago RSD 2012 LP ONLY
4. DEATH & VANILLA "Death & Vanilla" Dreamy Swedish "library music" 20 years too late for a Duophonic Super 45
3. KELAN PHILIP COHRAN & THE HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE "Kelan Philip Cohran & the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble" Father & (eight!) sons' Chicago jazz group goes way beyond the drum line
2. GOAT "World Music" Sweden- not Belize- & what garage rock should sound like. Screaming lady, burning guitar, tribal drums
1. DEAN BLUNT & INGA COPELAND "Black is Beautiful" Hyperdub records' elegant yet dreadful electronic beats meets "20 Jazz Funk Greats"
ALSO
Martin Sorrondeguy (LOS CRUDOS, LIMP WRIST) released "Get Shot- A Visual Diary 1985-2012" a photo essay (hardcover book) of punk culture by a living legend

Billy Smith
Bob Mould "Silver Age"
Soundgarden "King Animal"
Rufus Wainwright "Out Of The Game"
Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnasan "Solaris"
Thomas Ades "Tevot", Rattle; Berliner Phil
Swans "Seer"
Fiona Apple "Idler Wheel"
Florence & The Machines "Ceremonials"
Jonsi "We Bought A Zoo" soundtrack
Van Halen "Different Kind Of Truth"
Mason Jennings "Minnesota"

That Gotye song
That Fun. song
St Vincent 'Cruel' song

Matt Orenstein
1. Swans - The Seer
2. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
3. Maggi Payne - Ahh Ahh
4. Guided by Voices - Bears for Lunch
5. Grass Widow - Internal Logic
6. John Maus - Collection of Rarities
7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Alleluia ...
8. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
9. Windy and Carl - We Will Always Be
10. Jessica Bailiff - At The Down Turned Jagged Rim of the Sky

Melissa Grubbs
-in alphabetical order
Joshua Abrams – Represencing
Allah-Lahs- Catamaran 7"
Francis Bebey- African Electronic Music 1975-1982
Blouse - S/T
Ken Camden/ Matt Clark (split)
Can- Lost Tapes
Death & Vanilla- Death & Vanilla
Devil – Time to Repent (2011)
Diiv- Oshin
Dinosaur Jr- I Bet On Sky
Disappears- Pre Language
Fake Limbs- Man Feelings
Billy Gibbons- Oh Well 7"
Goat- World Music
Kiki Gyan- 24 Hours In A Disco
Lee Hazlewood- LHI Years
Jeremy Lemos/ Matt Jencik (split)
Liars - WIXIW
Ondatropica- Ondatropica
Annette Peacock- I'm the One (vinyl reissue)
Wendy Rene- After Laughter Comes Tears
Spiritualized- Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Allen Toussaint- Life Love & Faith (vinyl reissue)
Sharon Van Etten- tramp
Gareth Williams & Mary Currie- Flaming Tunes (vinyl reissue)
Witch- We Intend To Cause Havoc box set
Neil Young- Psychedelic Pill
v/a- Country Funk 1969-1975
v/a- Eccentric Soul: Omnibus (45 box set)
v/a- Essential Seven B Collection (45 box set)
v/a- Man Chest Hair
v/a- Remolino De Oro: Coastal Cumbias from Columbia's Disco Fuentes 1961-1973
v/a- Personal Space
v/a- Voguing & the House Ballroom Scene vol.1&2

Dave Hofer
Between the Buried & Me - Parallax II: Future Sequence
Car Bomb – WWWW
Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
El-P - Cancer for Cure
Goatwhore - Blood for the Master
Guilty Simpson & Apollo Brown - Dice Game
Jar'd Loose - Goes to Purgatory
Like Rats - S/T
Mesuggah – Koloss
Nokturnal Hellstorm - S/T
Quakers - S/T
Strong Arm Steady & Statik Selektah – Stereotype
Sulaco - Build & Burn

Chris Wilkus
BEST ALBUMS OF 2012 (Alphabetically by Artist)

ANGEL OLSEN "Half Way Home" (BATHETIC)
ATTALOOM "Dream World" (BANDCAMP)
BLUES CONTROL "Valley Tangents" (DRAG CITY)
BRIAN ENO "Lux" (WARP RECORDS)
CARETAKER, THE "Extra Patience (After Sebald) (soundtrack) (BANDCAMP)
CHROMATICS "Kill For Love" (ITALIANS DO IT BETTER)
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT "Love This Giant" (4AD)
DEAN BLUNT "The Narcissist II" (HIPPOS IN TANKS)
DIRTY PROJECTORS "Swing Lo Magellan" (DOMINO RECORDS)
DISAPPEARS "Pre Language" (KRANKY)
DYLAN ETTINGER "Lifetime of Romance" (NOT NOT FUN)
GOAT "World Music" (STRANDED REKORDS)
HAROLD BUDD "Bandits of Stature" (DARLA RECORDS)
HOLY OTHER "Held" (TRI-ANGLE RECORDS)
M. GEDDES GENGRAS "Test Leads" (HOLY MOUNTAIN)
MATTHEW E. WHITE "Big Inner" (HOMETAPES)
MI AMI "Decade" (100% SILK)
MOMUS "Bibliotek" (DARLA RECORDS)
MONSTER RALLY "Beyond the Sea" (GOLD ROBOT RECORDS)
MUSETTE "Drape Me In Velvet" (HAPNA)
SOFT MOON, THE "Zeros" (CAPTURED TRACKS)
TANLINES "Mixed Emotions" (TRUE PANTHER)
THEE OH SEES "Putrifiers II" (IN THE RED)
TIM HECKER & DANIEL LOPATIN "Instrumental Tourist" (SOFTWARE)
UMBERTO "Night Has a Thousand Screams" (ROCK ACTION)

BEST EP's of 2012 (Alphabetically by Artist)

DUM DUM GIRLS "End of Daze EP" (SUB POP)
JOHN FRUSCIANTE "Letur-Lefr EP" (RECORD COLLECTION)
oOoOO "Our Love Is Hurting Us EP"
STAY+ "Fuck Christian Aids EP"
TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) "TNGHT EP" (WARP RECORDS)

BEST HIP HOP/R&B ALBUMS OF 2012

10 RON ARTISTE (ROC 'C' & CHALI 2NA) "R.I.D.S. (Riot In Da Stands)" (KASHROC)
9 IGGY AZALEA "Trap Gold" (GRAND HUSTLE)
8 THEOPHILUS LONDON "Rose Island, Vol .1" (LVRS)
7 MAIN ATTRAKIONZ "Bossalinis & Fooliyones" (YOUNG ONE)
6 SPACEGHOSTPURRP "Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles" (4AD)
5 FREDDIE GIBBS "Baby Face Killa" (SELF-RELEASED)
4 BIG BOI "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors" (ISLAND/DEF JAM)
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS "GOOD Music presents Cruel Summer" (GOOD MUSIC/DEF JAM)
2 FRANK OCEAN "Channel Orange" (DEF JAM)
1 THE WEEKND "Trilogy" (3CD Reissue) (REPUBLIC RECORDS)

Brook Sinkinson Withrow
Top digs:
Lonnie Holley - Just Before Music
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Goat - World Music
Angel Olsen - Halfway Home
The Orb - The Orbserver in the Starhouse (ft. Lee Scratch Perry)
Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet the Congos - Icon Give Thank & Icon Eye
Neneh Cherry & The Thing - Cherry Thing
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems ft. Alison Skidmore

Top comp:
Personal Space - Chocolate Industries, research by Rob Sevier of Numero Group

& some reissues too:
RAM - Paul & Linda McCarthy
Rodriguez - Cold Fact
D'Angelo - Voodoo
Sha'Lor - I'm in Love

Kevin Moser
(no particular order)
*V/A "Man Chest Hair"
*V/A- Voguing & the House and Ballroom Scene of New York City
*V/A "Personal Space"
*Blouse "S/T"
*Neneh Cherry & The Thing "Cherry Thing"
*Annette Peacock "I'm the One" (reissue)
*Andy Stott "Luxury Problems"
*Death & Vanilla "S/T"
*Melody's Echo Chamber "S/T"
*Scott Walker "Bish Bosch"

Kate Ruggeri
GOAT- WORLD MUSIC
SCOTT WALKER- BISH BOSCH
QUAKERS- S/T
FRANK OCEAN- CHANNEL ORANGE
BOBBY WOMACK- BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE
ANDY STOTT- LUXURY PROBLEMS
NENEH CHERRY & THE THING- THE CHERRY THING
CAN- LOST TAPES
WITCH- WE INTEND TO CAUSE HAVOC! BOX
GEORGE HARRISON- EARLY TAKES
ORB & LEE SCRATCH PERRY- OBSERVER IN THE STAR HOUSE
V/A- PERSONAL SPACE: ELECTRONIC SOUL 1974-84
V/A- VOGUING & THE HOUSE & BALLROOM SCENE OF NEW YORK CITY

Patrick Campbell
ariel pink's haunted graffiti - mature themes
matthew friedberger - matricidal sons of bitches
et habit - panthers on the roof
apache dropout - bubblegum graveyard
bitchin bajas- vibraquatic
Mr Impossible- Black Dice
death grips - money store
timmys organism - raw sewage roq
radar eyes - s/t
running- asshole savant

Kevin Hein
In no particular order-
Ant'lrd- Seeming Fields (collage/folk/classical/books&
spoken/children's music)
Brother Sun, Sister Moon- s/t- (Slowdive meets Vashti Bunyan meets J Dilla)
Blues Control- Valley Tangents (flutes/fuzz guitars/midi trumpets)
Mirroring- Foreign Body (riding your bike though the fog)
Actress- RIP (the span of time when you are neither awake or asleep)
Arborist- Wooded Hoodlands (lost in the forrest with a backpack and a sampler)
Whirr- Distressor (crushing 3-guitar gaze for your afternoon beer buzz)
Jefre Cantu Ledesma- Faceless Kiss 7" (Tim Hecker meets Cocteau Twins)
Gaurdian Alien- See The World Given To A One Love Entity (tribal psych shit)
Flying Lotus- Until The Quiet Comes ("thai restaurant music" -co-worker)
Sun Araw/Congos- Icon Give Thank (more FRKWYS! thanks RVNG INTL!)
Dean Blunt/Inga Copeland- Black Is Beautiful (ancient samurai cocaine den)
Andy Stott- Luxury Problems (subterranean thump a-whump bump thump)
Hecker/Lopatin- Instrumental Tourist (a co-worker and I dreamed up this collaboration long before it happened. then it did. and it sounds just like you think it would)
Lovesliescrushing- Glinter (ethereal whispers amongst the clouds. beautiful packaging to boot)
Camera- Radiate (care of Michael Rother)
Teengirl Fantasy- Tracer (80's MIDI pop- now with digital pan flute arpeggios!)
Steve Hauschildt- Sequitur (synth-pop? new age.)
Emeralds- Just To Feel Anything (Emeralds have been listening to Harold Faltermeyer and 90's Tangerine Dream)
Laurel Halo- Quarantine ("is she getting stabbed in the recording booth?" -Billy Smith)
Loscil- Sketches of New Brighton (bleak bliss)


Comps/Reissues-
Medicine LP box set (Shot Forth Self Living/Buried Life/Sounds of Medicine)
Ride- Going Blank Again LP (affordable domestic reissue, 45 rpm! wheee)
Loop- Heaven's End LP (way to go Reactor! now can we have the other two?)
Harold Budd- In The Mist LP issue (came out last year, but not pressed on vinyl till 2012.)
Robin Guthrie- After The Night Falls / Before The Day Breaks / Bordeaux w/Harold Budd (also for the first time on vinyl!)
Maggi Payne- Ahh-Ahh: Music for Ed Tannenbaum's Technological Feets 1984-1987 (Apple II-core)
D'Angelo- Voodoo LP (much needed reissue, as the original usually goes for over $100)
Sensations' Fix- Music is a Painting On Air (RVNG INTL at it again)
Dreamscape- La-Di-Da Recordings (lush chorused out haze)
My Bloody Valentine- EPs 1988-1991 (Instrumental #2!)

Dominique D'Amico
Top 10 releases of 2012 in no particular order:
Bert Jansch - Heartbreak 30th Anniversary Edition (reissue)
Musette - Drape me in Velvet
Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes (reissue)
Spritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Cottonwood - Camaraderie (reissue)
George Harrison - Early Takes Volume 1
Michael Chapman - Rainmaker (reissue)
Donnie and Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild (reissue)
Carroll King - The Legendary Demos
Belbury poly and the Advisory Council - Study Series 08

Ethan D'Ercole
ZIPPS- Kicks & Chicks: Ever Stoned (Pseudonym)
MOTIONS- Wasted Words: the Havoc 45's (Pseudonym)
COSMIC DEALER- Crystallization (Pseudonym)
FRANCIS BEBEY- African Electronic Music (Born Bad)
SUMMER GIRLFRIENDS- Shockwaves (Addenda)
V/A- Personal Space (Chocolate Industries/Numero)

Friends of Reckless

Stephen Sowley (Studio manager at Electrical Audio, FAKE LIMBS nudist)
21 for ‘12—No Order

Killer Mike—R.A.P. Music DLP
Nick Edwards—Plexzationz DLP
Azaelia Banks—Fantasea mixtape
RyJ—Nicki Minaj Pickle Juice Mix
everything IRON LUNG RECORDS released this year (Slices, True Radical Miracle, Walls, Kim Phuc, Dead Language, Useless Children, and so on into infinity.)
Daughn Gibson—All Hell LP
Bill Orcutt—Why Do People Love Free Music But Don’t Love Free People? cass//Harry Pussy—One + One DLP
Sublime Frequencies 45’s
Can—Lost Tapes CD Boxset
Shoppers—Silver Year LP
Aufgehoben—Fragments Of The Marble Plan LP
the band No Statik
Ropes—Demo II 7”
Andy Stott—Luxury Problems DLP
Swans—The Seer TLP
Codeine—When I See The Sun box set
Hysterics—2012 Demos cassette
Shannon Wright live.
Jessica Skolnik’s Civil Union Ceremony Playlist
Screaming Females—Ugly DLP
Joshua Abrams—Represencing LP

LOVE ALWAYS WINS: John Grabski III, Jason Noble, Reggie Destin and Tony Janda.

Chris Robert (ex Reckless)
vapor gourds-dagger music
aaron dilloway- modern jester
eliane radigue- feedback works
ricardo villalobos – dependent & happy
harry pussy- 1+1
shadow ring- remains unchanged
gareth williams and marie curie- flaming tunes
robert turman- flux
yeast culture- iys
duane pitre- feel free
moritz von oswald trio- fetch
burt jansch- LA turnaround
mayor daley- live in NOLA
shantytown orchestra final performance
v/a- many, many ethiopian tapes from domino record shack

Antoine Richard (Onite/ Hands in the Dark Records)
My 5 favorite records this year, no particular order and excess jigoism:
- Death and Vanilla 'S/T"
- Fabulous Diamonds "Commercial Music"
- Mind Over Mirrors "Check Your Swing"
- Goat "World Music"
- Mirroring "Foreign Body"

Bobby Burg (Joan of Arc/ Love of Everything)
Earthquake Party- vs Pizza (cassette)
The Men - Open Your Heart
Bare Mutants- Inside My Head (7")
Mind Spiders - Meltdown
Heavy Times - Jacker
Bleached - Electric Chair (7")
Iceage - New Brigade
Total Control - Henge Beat
Jimmy Whispers - Summer in Pain (unreleased)
Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls

Brian Case (Disappears)
Top 11

Liars - WIXW
Beak> - >>
Clinic - Free Reign
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
Raime - Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
Savages - EP and 7"
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Oneida - A List of The Burning Mountains
Metz - Metz
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
White/Light - Live cover of Maggot Brain

Reissues / Unreleased

Dreamscape - La Di Da Recordings
Sensations Fix - Music is Painting in the Air
Sonic Youth - Live at Smart Bar
Naomi Punk - Naomi Punk (technically a re-issue!)
Can - Lost Tapes

Michael Venutolo-Mantovani (Matador Records)
The Best Records Of 2012
1. Black Breath - Sentenced To Life (Southern Lord)
2. White Lung - Sorry (Deranged)
3. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)
4. Ceremony - Zoo (Matador)
5. The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
6. Cate Le Bon - CYRK (The Control Group)
7. Shintaro Sakamoto - How To Live With A Phantom (Other Music Recordings)
8. Bob Mould - Silver Age (Merge)
9. Die Antwoord - Ten$ion (Zef Recordz)
10. Nude Beach - II (Other Music Recordings)
11. A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets (Matador Records)
12. Father John Misty - Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
13. 200 Years - 200 Years (Drag City)

DRAG CITY'S BEST OF 2012
Allah Las - S/t (Innovative Leisure)
Apache Dropout - Bubblegum Graveyard (Trouble In Mind)
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel... (Clean Slate/Epic)
The Babies - Our House on the Hill (Woodsist)
Baby Tears - Rusty Years (Rainy Road)
Bailter Space - Strobosphere (Arch Hill)
Beach Boys - That's Why God Made the Radio (Capitol)
Josh Berman & His Gang - There Now (Delmark)
Bitchin' Bajas - Vibraquatic (Kallistei Editions)
Cat Power - Sun (Matador)
Sylvan Chauveau & Stephan Mathieu - Palmimpsest (Schwebung)
Kehlan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - S/t (Honest Jon's)
Al Cisneros - "Dismas" 7" (Sinai)
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)
Django Django - S/t (Because Music)
Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze EP (Sub Pop)
Harris Eisenstadt - Canada Day Octet (482 Music)
Emptyset - Medium (Subtext)
Every Hidden Color - Luz (Streamline)
Maxine Funke - Felt (self-released)
Guida - “Get Over It” 7” (White Zoo)
Herculaneum - UCHŪ (self-released)
Home Blitz - “Frozen Track” EP (Mexican Summer)
The Howling Hex - Navajo Rag cassette (self-released)
If - Bill (self-released)
Innergaze - Mutual Dreaming (Cititrax)
Graham Lambkin - Amateur Doubles (Kye)
Ahmad Jamal - Blue Moon (Jazz Village)
King Blood - Vengeance, Man (Richie Records/Testostertunes)
Kool Keith - Love and Danger (Junkadelic)
KTL - V (Editions Mego)
Lazy - “Party City” 7” (Moniker)
Steve Lehman Trio - Dialect Florescent (Pi Recordings)
Mad Scene - Blip (Siltbreeze)
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Fetch (Honest Jon's)
The Mynabirds - Generals (Saddle Creek)
Puffy Areolas - 1982: Dishonorable Discharge (Hozac)
Royal Headache- Royal Headache (What’s Yr Rupture)
Ruined Fortune - “Bulls Eye” 7” (RIP Society)
Running - Asshole Savant (Captcha)
Ty Segall - Slaughterhouse (In the Red)
Shackleton - Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar EPs (Woe to the Septic Heart!)
Aram Shelton - Everything For Everybody (Singlespeed Music)
The Soft Moon- Zeros (Captured Tracks)
Spacin' - Deep Thuds (Richie Records/Testostertunes)
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum)
Street Chant- "Frail Girls"/"Salad Daze" 7” (Arch Hill)
Times New Viking - Over and Over (Siltbreeze)
Transverse - Carter Tutti Void (Mute)
U.S. Girls GEM (Fatcat)
UV Race - Racism (In the Red)
VCMG - Ssss (Mute)
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch (4AD)
White Fence - Family Perfume Vol 1 & 2 (Woodsist)
Windbreaker/Gel Set - Split 12" [Seehrs]
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In the Universe (XI)
ZZ Top - La Futura (Mercury)

Reissues

Arica - Music In the Nine Rings (Poodle)
Can - Lost Tapes (Mute)
Celer - I, Anatomy (Streamline)
Don Cherry - Organic Music Society (Caprice)
Suzanne Ciani - Lixiviation (B-Music)
Miles Davis - Miles Ahead (mono) (Columbia)
Dead C - Harsh 70s Reality (Siltbreeze)
Cleaners from Venus - Midnight Cleaners/Blow Away Your Troubles/On Any Normal Monday (Captured Tracks)
Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (International Phonograph)
Gary Sloan and Clone - Harmonitalk (B-Music)
Grateful Dead - Dark Star, Olympia Theatre, Paris France, 5/4/72 (Rhino)
Grateful Dead - Winterland, May 30, 1971 (Rhino)
Julius Hemphill - Dogon AD (International Phonograph)
Hotlegs - You Didn't Like It Because You Didn't Think of It: The Complete Sessions 1970 -71 (Grapefruit)
laiyaraaja - Fire Star (Bombay Connection)
Jade Warrior - Released (Tapestry)
David Kilgour - Here Come the Cars (DeStijl)
Albert Mangelsdorff - Tension (Jazzhus)
Paul and Linda McCartney - Ram (mono) (EMI)
Noh Mercy - S/t (Superior Viaduct)
Annette Peacock - I'm The One (Light In The Attic)
The Pin Group - Ambivalence (Flying Nun)
Porter Ricks - Biokinetics (Type)
The Shadow Ring - Remains Unchanged (Kye)
Screaming Urge - "Homework" 7” (Sing Sing)
Sema - Time Will Say Nothing 1982-1984 Box (Vinyl On Demand)
Sleep - Dopesmoker (Southern Lord)
Toy Love - Live at the Gluepot (Real Groovy/Goner)
Tronics - Love Backed by Force (What’s Your Rupture)
Trypes - Music for Neighbors (Acute Records)
V/A - Personal Space: Electronic Soul (Chocolate Industries)
V/A - Time To Go (Flying Nun)

Dave Destroyer (Revolver Distribution)
- KRAUS "Supreme Commander"
- CHEATER SLICKS "Reality is a Grape"
- PETE SWANSON "Pro Style"
- MOON POOL & DEAD BAND "Human Fly"
- NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS "Night Coercion into the Company of Witches"
- PUMICE "Puny"
- POD BLOTZ "White...Black...Spectrum Infinity"
- STRATEGY "Strategy"
- BLUES CONTROL "Valley Tangents"
- LA VAMPIRES WITH MARIA MINERVA "Integration LP"

Todd C. Curtis (Music Direct)
bailter space - strobosphere (fire)
david kilgour - here come the cars (de stijl)
furze - psych minus space control (FYSISK FORMAT)
goat - world music (rocket recordings)
grimes - visions (4ad)
lee ranaldo - between the times and the tides (matador)
mad scene - blip (siltbreeze)
peaking lights - lucifer (mexican summer)
remolino de oro: coastal cumbias from colombia's discos fuentes (domino sound)
time to go: the southern psychedelic moment 1981-1986 (flying nun)
tukaaria - raw to the rapine (profound lore)
tyvek - on triple beams (in the red)
unwound - live leaves (unwound)
violens - true (slumberland)
violeta vil - lapidas y cocoteros (discoteca oceano)

reissues:
aphrodite's child - 666 (missing vinyl)
gene clark - no other (4 men with beards)
pin group - ambivalence (flying nun)
ride - going blank again (obscure)
tears for fears - songs from the big chair (mobile fidelity)
the max block - aire ache in the belly of the leech (siltbreeze)

Scott Morrow (ALARM Magazine music editor)
Liberteer: Better to Die on Your Feet than Live on Your Knees (Relapse)
Sigh: In Somniphobia (Candlelight)
Meshuggah: Koloss (Nuclear Blast)
Clark: Iradelphic (Warp)
Matt Chamberlain: Company 23 (Yanki Arc)
Squarepusher: Ufabulum (Warp)
Killer Mike: RAP Music (Williams Street)
Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra: BUM BUM (Alien Transistor)
Om: Advaitic Songs (Drag City)
Guano Padano: 2 (Ipecac)
Jerseyband: Forever Hammer EP
Menomena: Moms (Barsuk)
Between the Buried and Me: The Parallax II: Future Sequence (Metal Blade)
P.O.S: We Don’t Even Live Here (Rhymesayers, 10/23/12)
The Casket Lottery: Real Fear (No Sleep)
Sole: A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing

Henry Owings (Chunklet)
New stuff:
Major Stars "Decibels of Gratitude" (Important/Twisted Village)
Loincloth "Iron Balls of Steel" (Southern Lord)
Mount Carmel "Real Women" (Siltbreeze)
Disappears "Pre Language" (Kranky)
Gay Witch Abortion "Opportunistic Smokescreen Behavior" (Learning Curve)
No Anchor "John Dominance Tapes" "The Golden Bridge" & "Rope" 7" (self released)
Video "Leather Leather" (Play Pinball)
Dope Body "Natural History" (Drag City)
Obnox "I'm Bleeding Now" (12XU)
Blank Realm "Go Easy" (Siltbreeze)
Apache Dropout "Bubblegum Graveyard" (Trouble in Mind)
Metz "Dirty Shirt" & s/t (Sub Pop)
Old Baby "Forthcoming LP" (Karate Body)
Van Halen "A Different Kind of Truth" (Interscope)
Telephone Man "reissue" (Temp Residence)
Bill Fox "One Thought Revealed" (Jar Note)
Kim Phuc "Copsucker" (Iron Lung)
Fake Limbs "Man Feelings"
I also have been listening incessantly to a handful of live recordings by Survival Knife (Trosper/Unwound's new jam), along with various tracks by OBNIIIs, Stnnng and Obits.

Old stuff:
Alex Chilton "Free Again 1970 sessions" (Omnivore)
Unwound "Live Leaves" (self released)
Can "Lost Tapes" box (Mute)
Wicked Lady reissues
Rites of Spring "6 Song Demo" (Dischord)
Moss Icon "Discography" (TempRes)
Velvet Underground and Nico "IN MONO!!!!!" (Universal)
Soggy "Slog" (Memoire Neuve)

Brett Andrew Grossman (Resident Animal Doctor/ Former Child Star)

In an order:

1. Samantha Glass "Midnight Arrival" (Buy Tape) / Mysteries from the Palomino Skyliner" (Not Not Fun)
2. Thought Broadcast "Emergency Stairway" Editions Mego
3. Lotus Plaza "Spooky Action at a Distance" (Kranky)
4. Human Teenager "Animal Husbandry" Spectrum Spools
5. Chris Cohen "Overgrown Patch" (Captured Tracks)
6. Ty Segall "Twins" (Drag City)
7. Animal Collective "Centipede Hz" (Domino)
8. Tame Impala "Lonerism" (Modular Recordings)
9. Swans "The Seer" (Young God)
10. Bare Mutants "Without you (Hozac)
11. Au "Both Lights" (Home Tapes)
12. Woods "Bend Beyond" (Woodsist)
13. Andrew Bird "Break it Yourself (Mom & Pop)
14. Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer Of The Void" (Subpop)
15. Orcas "Orcas" (Morr Music)
16. Daniel Rossen "Silent Hour" EP (Warp)
17. Angel Olsen "Half Way Home" (Bathetic)
18. Beach House "Bloom" (Sub Pop)
19. Merchandise "Children of Desire" (Katorga Works)
20. Grass Widow "Internal Logic" (HLR)
21. Goat "World Music" (Rocket)
22. White Fence "Family Perfume Vol 1 & 2" (Woodsist)
23. Peaking Lights "Lucifer" (Mexican Summer)  
In-Store Performance: OUTER MINDS & DHARMA DOGS (Madison)   12/15/2012  
OUTER MINDS in-store on Saturday, December 15th! It's in conjunction with their record-release show that night at The Empty Bottle! Also appearing are Wisconsin's DHARMA DOGS. FREE. 4:30 p.m.  
In-Store Performance: Yellowcard free acoustic in-store & signing   11/24/2012  
Gonna be cray!
2pm  
Black Friday 2012 releases   11/13/2012  
Here's a printable list of the Black Friday releases. We have most of this stuff on order but as they Record Store Days tend to go, we won't know until the bitter end if we're getting everything. As always, we recommend getting to the shops as early as possible. Hopefully it won't be too cold. Good luck & have fun!

http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases  
In-Store Performance: Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby record release!   10/30/2012  
We're pleased as pie to host a free in-store by the legendary Wreckless Eric with Amy Rigby celebrating their third album together "A Working Museum." More details will be announced soon!

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
record release in-store performance
Reckless Records on Milwaukee Ave.
6pm
free
 
In-Store Performance: Matthew Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) record release!   10/30/2012  
6pm  
In-Store Performance: WFMU Listener Meetup: Downtown Soulville live in Chicago!   10/19/2012  
A rare opportunity for Chicago WFMU listeners: your own WFMU listener meetup. Mr. Fine Wine will be bringing his Downtown Soulville 45 box to Wicker Park's Reckless Records.

Expect soul rarities galore and visiting luminaries from Chicago and beyond spinning their favorite 45s!

Friday, OCTOBER 19
1532 N Milwaukee
7pm
 
In-Store Performance: The Cairo Gang   10/09/2012  

FREE in-store on Tuesday October 9 at the Reckless on Milwaukee Avenue featuring Chicago's The Cairo Gang (Bonnie Prince Billy).
5pm

We will have their newest album, "The Corner Man" (Empty Cellar) available for sale before its October 23 release! So stop in and sample the tunes before you can buy 'em... then buy 'em.

"Empty Cellar Records is proud to present our latest release The Corner Man, by Chicago's notorious The Cairo Gang. Perhaps familiar, The Cairo Gang is the outfit of wunderkind Emmett Kelly, long time conspirator in the Bonnie "Prince" Billy band and multi-instrumentalist/producer extraordinaire.

"The Corner Man" is the much-anticipated new LP by The Cairo Gang and the first full-length of new material since the impossible to find '06 record "Twyxt Wyrd." In the time between, Emmett Kelly and The Gang has worked on various projects including 2010s "Holy Clover EP" (Empty Cellar), and collaborations with Bonnie "Prince" Billy for the critically acclaimed LP and 10", "The Wondershow of the World" and "Island Brothers," both on Drag City. "The Corner Man" is a marked departure from "Wondershow" in presenting a diverse program of songs that explores Kelly's own singular voice and production styles. It contains lush, full arrangements that span from tentative and intimate ballads, to searing guitar and deep pocket drumming - always with the lead voice way out front and a wild bed of gorgeous harmony just behind it.

On this effort Emmett is joined by Chicago musicians Leroy Bach (Wilco, The Boogie Band), Ben Babbitt (Pillars and Tongues, This Is Cinema), Sam Wagster (The Father Costume), avant-garde pianist Ben Boye. Mixed with worldly recording wizard David Vandervelde and mastered by Paul Oldham, "The Corner Man" is presented on vinyl in an elegant old-style paste-on sleeve and letter-pressed obi."

Sample here:
soundcloud.com/emptycellarrecords/now-you-are-one-of-us  
In-Store Performance: Lark's Tongue   10/05/2012  
6pm  
In-Store Performance: Orwells   09/20/2012  
Thursday 9/20
7pm
Reckless Records Milwaukee Ave  
In-Store Performance: Strong Arm Steady   09/13/2012  
Reckless Records welcomes Southern Cali hip-hop crew Strong Arm Steady at our Wicker Park location on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 PM. It's a FREE in-store before their show at the Empty Bottle that night.  
In-Store Performance: Angel Olsen   09/04/2012  
A *free* Angel Olsen (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) in-store is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4 at Reckless Records on Milwaukee Avenue to celebrate the release of her new LP, "Half Way Home" (Bathetic Records). Artwork by Steve Krakow. Due to start at 5p.

Reckless will have the LP for sale before they hit other stores, so stop by to preview the music live and then grab a copy to take home!

Invite -
facebook.com/events/345245032225387
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batheticrecords.com
chewsandfeels.tumblr.com
lovelionmusic.blogspot.com  
In-Store Performance: Sonny and the Sunsets (Canceled)   08/01/2012  
Free in-store performance with Sonny and the Sunsets (Polyvinyl) on Thursday, August 9 at Reckless on Broadway. Scheduled for 3p

Be sure to see them with Magic Trick at Schubas at 9pm later that evening.

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sonnysmith.com
facebook.com/sonnysunsets
polyvinylrecords.com/artists/index.php?id=1015  
In-Store Performance: BEAK   07/07/2012  
Chicago's BEAK will be playing a FREE in-store performance before their show at Ultra Lounge to celebrate their new EP "Eyrie" being released on vinyl. Here's what we had to say about "Eyrie:"

"Debut, 25 minute e.p. from Chicago's BEAK. This quartet has a unique line-up for a metal band: Two guitars, drums and keyboards. That's right, no bass but the synthman (pronounced 'synthmin') Jason Goldberg does any amazing job of making it sound like there's a bass there. Progressive & post-rock metal of the highest order that reminds us of everything from NEUROSIS to ENSLAVED to NEGURA BUNGET with some clean parts that may remind you of ISIS. This e.p. is full of top-notch musicianship & great songs & we imagine that BEAK will jump to top of the list of best Chicago metal bands because of this one."  
In-Store Performance: Alice Bag   06/15/2012  
We are honored to have L.A. punk legend Alice Bag will be reading from her book Violence Girl and performing at our Milwaukee Ave location at 7pm.

alicebag.com  
In-Store Performance: Jaill   06/12/2012  
We we are hosting the Sub Pop band Jaill at our humble abode in Wicker Park on Tuesday, June 12 at 6pm. Stop in and see some free music!

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www.myspace.com/jaill
http://www.facebook.com/jaillbook
http://www.subpop.com/artists/jaill  
In-Store Performance: Damien Jurado   05/16/2012  
Reckless Records on Broadway hosts Damien Jurado at 6p on Wednesday, May 16.

His shows have been selling out in advance so be sure to grab tickets to his show later that evening at Schubas sooner than later!

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damienjurado.com
http://www.facebook.com/jurado.damien
http://www.secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=juradodamien  
In-Store Performance: Record Store Day!   04/21/2012  
in-store performances by:
RADAR EYES (stripped down synth version!) 2PM
FAKE LIMBS 3PM
SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE 3:45PM
BLOODIEST 4:30PM
CIRCLES (ex PONYS members) 5:15PM

plus Rock n' Roll caricatures by Steve Krakow 12-5PM
 
In-Store Performance: Record Store Day!   04/21/2012  
PAMPHLETEERS 2PM
RUNNING 3PM
VERMA 4PM
ATLAS MOTH 5:30PM  
In-Store Performance: Record Store Day!   04/21/2012  
ARBORIST 1:30PM
PSALM ONE 3:30PM
CLOUD BIRDS 4:30PM  
In-Store Performance: Howler   04/03/2012  
Minneapolis power-pop punkers will do us all a favor by playing for free at the Reckless Records Broadway location on Tuesday April 3rd at 6:30PM. Fans of THE STROKES, THE CLASH, BUZZCOCKS etc... should check this out.

http://www.howlerband.com/
http://www.facebook.com/howlerband
http://www.roughtraderecords.com/howler  
In-Store Performance: A Place To Bury Strangers UPDATED TIME!!   03/21/2012  
We are proud to announce we are hosting an in-store with A Place To Bury Strangers on Wednesday, March 21 at 5PM (previously this was supposed to start at 3:30PM at the Reckless Records on Milwaukee Avenue.

Be sure to check them out at the Empty Bottle with Apteka and the Big Sleep later that evening.

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Invite
http://www.facebook.com/events/393780883983536/

http://www.facebook.com/aplacetoburystrangers
http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com/
http://vimeo.com/34674807  
In-Store Performance: Barry Adamson   02/23/2012  
The legendary British musician known for his time in MAGAZINE, NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS & soundtrack work will perform at Reckless Records on Milwaukee Ave on Thursday February 23rd at 6pm. Like all of our in-stores, this is free.

Bio
"I grew up in an atmosphere where anything was possible. I always felt I was living completely at the centre of things, that the world was mine." Thirty four years on from the first album he played on, the seminal Magazine's post-punk classic, Real Life, comes an album that touches on the sonic stepping stones Barry Adamson's used year by year to pave his way to now, his coruscating new album, I Will Set You Free.

The memories and experience from performing and taking his work across the world with Magazine, the Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop, The Gun Club, writing for David Lynch and Danny Boyle, being nominated for the Mercury Prize, scoring an Olivier award-winning ballet, scooping the Best Short Story gong at Italy's Piemonte Noir festival for his debut work of fiction and writing, directing and editing a movie whilst simultaneously heading back to grace the stage with a reformed Magazine during their triumphant 2009 tour...All of which has directly informed this album, colouring it with a steady, sure-handed experience that emanates from the swagger and fingertip fire of rock numbers "Get Your Mind Right," "Destination," and "The Sun and The Sea," to the emotive, yearning noir ballads of "If You Love Her" and "Looking To Love Somebody" and the new-wave inflicted power-pop of "Turnaround" and "Stand In."

Barry has ultimately channelled himself to make an album that is unmistakably Barry Adamson, gravitating finally to the core of who he is and revealing his findings to startling results. An avid embracer of shifts in culture and technology, the internet's grip on our modern life, plus an overwhelming desire to keep moving and keep improving ones self feeds into all of the art Adamson creates. Where magic and fear once again run amok and hell no longer looms around the corner but lives right here, kneeling on our plates, Adamson surrenders before amplifiers and screens creating himself, producing effortlessly this propaganda and letting it now live by his name alone. Looking for the kill; searching for the beauty.

The results creating a live link to where he grew up thinking himself the centre of everything, yet sending it back out with such a cohesive communication to today. Adamson as an artist and an auteur has firmly hit a new peak in his creative stride and, finally free of the shackles of mute obsequiousness, he has created both the album of his career and an album for the year.  
In-Store Performance: Shearwater   02/16/2012  
The Austin, TX band SHEARWATER will celebrate the release of their Sub Pop debut with a free in-store performance at Reckless Records on Broadway on Thursday February 16th at 5pm.  
In-Store Performance: TIM & ERIC   02/09/2012  
TODAY! 5PM!! BROADWAY STORE!! TIM & ERIC WILL BE DOING A MEET & GREET AND A TICKET GIVEAWAY TO THEIR SOLD-OUT SHOW. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WHOEVER COMES DRESSED IN THE BEST COSTUME WINS THE TICKETS!  
In-Store Performance: Victor Villarreal (Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls)   01/21/2012  
Come out to the free in-store with Victor Villarreal on Saturday, January 21 at 5p at our location on 1532 N Milwaukee. Be sure to check him out later that night playing at Pancho's (2200 N California) with A Tundra and Meryll.

"Victor Villarreal is perhaps best known as the mastermind guitarist behind Cap'n Jazz - a band which has, in no small way, helped shape the evolution of indie rock. A Chicago native, Victor's high school band has influenced a shit-ton of bands, and channeled fist-pumping energy into just about every angsty emo/punk kid for the last decade. Post-Cap'n Jazz, Victor has played in amazing bands like Owls, Ghosts & Vodka, and most recently, Joan of Arc." Joyful Noise

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http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/artists/victor_villarreal  
In-Store Performance: Aaron Dilloway at 5pm   01/11/2012  
AARON DILLOWAY will play a special in-store performance on Friday, January 11th at Reckless in Wicker Park (1532 N. Milwaukee) 5pm, in conjunction with his show at Enemy on Jan 12th. These will be 2 different sets.

AARON DILLOWAY has been releasing and recording music since the age of 16. He was a member of experimental bands Couch, Galen and Universal Indians. He is a former guitarist and tape manipulator for the experimental band Wolf Eyes, which he left in 2005 to live most of that year in Kathmandu, Nepal. While his wife did her graduate work there, he roamed the streets recording every sound he could, many of which are used in his recent recordings and performances. Currently he runs the noise record label, record store and mailorder Hanson Records, which he began in Brighton, Michigan in 1994. Hanson then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for several years, before finally settling in Oberlin, Ohio, after a brief return to Ann Arbor. He performs solo using eight track tapes and vocal sounds, and records modular synthesizer music as Spine Scavenger. Recently, he has played with an ever-changing cast of sound artists under the name The Nevari Butchers.  
Reckless Records 2011 staff best-of lists   12/17/2011  
Dan Worland
Disappears – Guider

Implodes – Black Earth

Eternals – Approaching The Energy Field

Obits – Moody, Standard & Poor

Yuck – s/t

White Wires – White Wires II

Night Beats – s/t

Death Ships – Circumstantial Chemistry

Sloan – The Double Cross

crooked fingers – Breaks In The Armor
Mannequin Men – s/t

Arpad Lep
2011 baker’s dozen
Bitchin Bajas – Water Wrackets
Clams Casino – Rainforest
The Eternals – Approaching the Energy Field
A Hawk & A Hacksaw – Cervantine
Implodes – Black Earth
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
The Rentals – Resilience
Spank Rock – Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a F—ing Liar
Ssssnake – Hostile Snakeover
The Stepkids – S/T
Tune-Yards – W H O K I L L
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – S/T
&
Throbbing Gristle – Second Annual Report (2011 Edition)

Dave Hofer
-in no order-

JAM OF THE YEAR:
Chris Brown feat. Twista & Lil’ Wayne – Look at Me Now (remix)

Everything else . . .
Gigan – Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
Random Axe – Random Axe
Fuck the Facts – Die Miserable
Madlib & Frank Nitt – Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville
Brutal Truth – End Time
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
Bongripper – Sex Tape b/w Snuff Film (7″)
Noisear – Subvert the Dominant Paradigm
Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory
Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever
Natural Yogurt Band – Tuck In With the Natural Yogurt Band
Gridlink – Orphan
Harpoon – Deception Among Birds
Vakill – Armor of God
Blasted Diplomats – Unreleased Shit
Origin – Entity
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Putridity – Degenerating Anthropophagical Euphoria

Sarah Frier
WILD FLAG – WILD FLAG

RED BARKED TREE – WIRE

C’MON – LOW

ONLY IN DREAMS – DUM DUM GIRLS

SMOKE RING FOR MY HALO – KURT VILE
HELPLESSNESS BLUES – FLEET FOXES

SLAVE AMBIENT – WAR ON DRUGS

SMILE SESSIONS – BEACH BOYS

SKYING – HORRORS

BECOMING A JACKAL – VILLAGERS



MY FAVORITE INTERNET THINGS:

ROOKIEMAG.COM,
THE BEST SHOW ON WFMU,

DRUNK HISTORY &
OCCUPYTOGETHER.COM

Billy Smith
Foo Fighters “Wasting Light”

J. Mascis “Several Shades Of Why”

Soundgarden “Live On I-5″

Mumford & Sons “Sigh No More”

Beastie Boys “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two”

Urge Overkill “Rock and Roll Submarine”

Bon Iver “Bon Iver, Bon Iver”

Caretaker “An Empty Bliss Beyond This World”

Winged Victory For The Sullen “s/t”

Washed Out “Within & Without”

Mason Jennings “Minnesota”

Office of Future Plans s/t (Dischord)

Sigur Ros “Inni”

Pearl Jam “Twenty” DVD
Muhly: Seeing Is Believing/ Gould; Aurora Orchestra
”Two Souls” Mikhail Simonyan/ Jarvi; London Sym Orch
Ives: Four Sonatas/ Hilary Hahn/ Valentina Lisitsa

Gar Brandt
New releases

1. Horrors “skying”

2. Tom Waits “Bad As Me”

3. Washed Out “within & without”

4. Brian Eno “Drums Between the Bells”

5. David Lynch “Crazy Clown TIme”

6. Chris Connelly “”Artificial Madness”

7. Indian “guiltless”

8. Death Ships “Circumstantial Chemistry”
9. Mannequin Men “Mannequin Men”

10. Tame Impala “Innerspeaker”

11. Implodes “Black Earth”

12. Willie Nelson “Remember Me”

13. War On Drugs “Slave Ambient”

14. Black Cobra “Invernal”



Best Live Record

Sweet Cobra “Live at Dark Lord Day 2011)


Best Reckless Wicker Park in-store

Kurt Vile
Best Wicker Park in-store comedian

Hannibal Buress


Best Wicker Park in-store book reading/signing

Patton Oswalt


Best DJ set at a craft fair
Matt Jencik

CHRIS CONNELLY
LULU-LOU REED/METALLICA

LET ENGLAND SHAKE-PJ HARVEY

SLAVE AMBIENT-THE WAR ON DRUGS

BLACK EARTH-IMPLODES

CIRCUMSTANTIAL CHEMISTRY-DEATH SHIPS

LAST SUMMER-ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER

ZOLA JESUS-CANATUS

RED BARKED TREE-WIRE

DOA REISSUE-THROBBING GRISTLE

2ND ANNUAL REPORT REISSUE-THROBBING GRISTLE

Emily Elhaj
The Best Albums of 2011 (in no particular order)

Krallice – Diotima (Profound Lore)
Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory (Mexican Summer)
Craft –Void (Southern Lord)
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow (Anti/ Fish People)
Yuck – Yuck (Fat Possum)
Dirty Beaches – Badlands (Zoo Music)
Pure X – Pleasure (Acephale)
Belong – Common Era (Kranky)
Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favours the Winners)
Ga’an – Ga’an / Black Equus (Captcha)
Wishgift – Folk Twain 12” (Sophomore Lounge)
Disappears – Guider (Kranky)
Bitchin Bajas – Water Wrackets (Kallistei)
Telebossa – s/t (Staubgold)
Harold Budd – In the Mist (Darla)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Software)
Burzum – Fallen (Back on Black)
Fielded – White Death 7 (Sophomore Lounge)
Merchandise – (Strange Songs) In the Dark (Drugged Conscience/Katorga Works)
Julian Lynch – Terra (Underwater Peoples)
John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Upset the Rhythm)
Geffika – II cassette (Love Lion)
Bjork – Biophilia (One Little Indian)
Sleep Over – Forever (Hippos in Tanks)
Marisa Anderson – Golden Hour (Mississippi)
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi (Domino)
Bleached – Think of You/You Take Time 7 (Art Fag)
Bloodiest – Descent (Relapse)
Grouper – AIA: Dream Loss/ AIA: Alien Observer (Grouper)
Alex Barnett/ Fielded split (Nihilist)
Broken Water – Peripheral Star (Perennial)
Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
Angels in America – Narrow Road to the Interior (Ehse)
Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord)
Holy Other – With U 12” (Tri Angle)
Clams Casino – Rainforest 12” (Tri Angle)
Absu – Abzu (Candlelight)
Caethua – The Summer Is Over Before It’s Begun (Water Wing)
Broken Water – Whet (Night People) 2010
No Joy – Ghost (Mexican Summer) 2010
Anika – Anika (Stones Throw) 2010

Beach Boys – Smile Sessions (Reissue) (Capitol)
Ramases – Space Hymns (Reissue) (Mexican Summer)
Enslaved – Yggdrasill (Reissue) (Peaceville)
You – Electric Day/ Time Code (Reissues) (Bureau B)
Angel Olsen – Strange Cacti EP (Reissue) (Bathetic)
Craig Leon – Nommos (Reissue)
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden/ Laughing Stock (Reissue) (Ba Da Bing)
Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis (Reissue) (Ba Da Bing)

(So many) Performances
Big Freedia – Beauty Bar, Chicago
Valis/ oOoOO – Berlin, Chicago
Burial Hex/ Oakeater – Reuben’s Palace
Absu/ Immortal – the Bottom Lounge
Lee Relvas/ Ancestral Diet/ Ono/ Tabou/ Mayor Daley – Situations
Thou – Albion House
Mars – Dragon’s Den, New Orleans
Cacaw/ Supersonic Piss/ Mayor Daley – White Lightning Warehouse, Iowa City
Broken Water – Fair Grinds, New Orleans
Anna Calvi – Schubas
Zath/ Fielded/ Verma – the Hideout
Zath – the Dustbowl (x2)
Zath – the Empty Bottle
Alex Barnett/ Brain Idea/ Implodes – Lincoln Hall
Motorhead – the Congress
Tinsel Teeth/ Cacaw – Crown Liquors
US Girls/ Noveller/ Talk Normal – the Empty Bottle
Brett Naucke/ Alex Barnett/ Streetwalker – S Blue Island
Joan of Arc/ Implodes Tour
Angels in America/ Fielded – Mortville
Enslaved/ Alcest – the Bottom Lounge
Kurt Vile/ Yuck – Pitchfork Festival
John Maus/ Geneva Jacuzzi – the Empty Bottle
Dusk Variations: Chicago Counterpoint: A Steve Reich Celebration featuring Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion – Millennium Park
Stevie Nicks – Rosemont Theatre
Brain Idea/ Zath – Mortville
Ken Camden/ Winged Victory for the Sullen – Lincoln Hall
Angels in America/ Angel Olsen/ Bill Orcutt – Cropped Out Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
Danava/ Thrones – the Empty Bottle
Hoax/ Culo/ Crazy Spirit – W Huron
Oozing Wound/ Psychic Steel – the Empty Bottle
Meeting the Raincoats & Steve Shelly

Reckless Records In-store Performances
Raw Nerve
Bleached
Thou
Dirty Beaches
Labels
Hippos In Tanks
Sacred Bones
Dust to Digital
Type
Kranky
Tri Angle

Mike Gillian
Records and music I enjoyed from 2011 in no order:
- Skúli Sverrisson – Sería II (12 Tónar)
- Cass McCombs – Wit’s End (Domino)
- Sidi Touré – Sahel Folk (Thrill Jockey)
- Grouper – A I A: Alien Observer (Yellowelectric)
- Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
- Michael Gordon – Timber (Cantaloupe)
- Luke Temple – Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care (Western Vinyl)
- Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer – Re: ECM (ECM)
- Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Mexican Summer)
Reissues that excited me:
- Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (Ba Da Bing!)
- Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis (Ba Da Bing!)
- Van Dyke Parks – Arrangements, Vol. 1 (Bananastan)
- The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions (Capitol)
Shows that rocked my face:
- Cross Record – All of them!
- Zath @ Dustbowl
- Omar Souleyman @ Empty Bottle
- Grouper @ Empty Bottle
- Streetwalker @ Rueben’s Palace
- K. Serra @ room under the Double Door

Matt Jencik
Absu – Abzu
Aluk Todolo – Ordre 10”
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
Belong – Common Era
Bitch Magnet – reissues
Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory
Burzum – Fallen
Can – Tago Mago: 40th anniversary edition
Circle of Ouroborus – Eleven Fingers
Chris Connelly – Artificial Madness
Craft – Void
Dead Reptile Shrine – Sun of Circles and Wood
Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics
Enslaved – Sleeping Gods (free digital e.p. Download it here: http://www.preemtiv.com/emails/enslaved/
Enslaved – Thorn 7”
Fugazi – Live Series downloads
Ga’an – Black Equus
Harald Grosskopf – S/T (reissue)
Grouper – AIA: Alien Observer
Grouper – AIA: Dream Loss
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Higuma – Pacific Fog Dreams
Horseback – Gorgon Tongue/ Impale Golden Horn/ Forbidden Planet
Mannequin Men – S/T
Kim Jung Mi – Now (reissue)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Peaking Lights – 936
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (live disc from reissue)
Radiohead – King of Limbs
Radiohead – Butcher/Supercollider 12”
Ride for Revenge – Under the Eye
Spacemen 3 – Transparent Radiation 12” (reissue)
Starfuckers – Metallic Diseases LP (reissue)
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock LP (reissue)
Television – Live at the Old Waldorf LP (reissue)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
A Winged Victory for the Sullen – S/T
V/A – Those Shocking Shaking Days

Shows
Ken Camden/ A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Lincoln Hall
Danzig Legacy – Congress theater
Enslaved – Bottom Lounge
Immortal/Absu – Bottom Lounge
Mayor Daley – Happy Dog
Mayhem – Reggies
Kurt Vile & the Violators – Subterranean
Kurt Vile: acoustic in-store – Reckless Records Milwaukee Ave
Neil Young/ Bert Jansch (RIP) – Chicago Theater
Chris Connelly – Hideout

Implodes tour with Joan of Arc

Jim Magas
Wolfgang Voigt – Kafkatrax

Andy Stott – We Stay Together / Passed Me By

Implodes – Black Earth

Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings + tour 7″s

Danava – Hemisphere of Shadows

Various Artists – Reckless “Lifers” RSD 2011 cassette

Nate Young – Regression

Mutant Beat Dance – Another World 12″

Don Gere – Werewolves on Wheels OST

Throbbing Gristle reissues

Theo Parrish – Uget (Ugly Edits)

I Teoremi – s/t

Erkin Koray – Mechul – Singles & Rarities

Sog 12″s on Profan & Kompakt
Various Artists: Gene Hunt Presents Chicago Dance Tracks

Michael Yonkers & the Blind Shake – Period

Endless Boogie – 20 Minute Jam Getting Out of the City

Moon Duo – Mazes


Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (game)

Steve Rahman
The Roots – undun
Wale – Ambition
J.Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story
Oddisee – Rock Creek Park
Phonte – Charity Starts at Home
Blueprint – Adventures in Counter Culture
Jay & Kanye – Watch The Throne
Yuck – Yuck
The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles
Foreign Exchange – Dear Friends: An Evening w/…

Angela Ziles

V/A- Motown”s Mowest Story (Light In The Attic)

Blouse- S/T (Captured Tracks)

Ringo DeathStarr- Colour Trip (Sonic Unyon)

Iceage- New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture)
Colin Stetson- New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation)

A Winged Victory For The Sullen- S/T (Kranky)

The Men- Leave Home (Sacred Bones)

TV Ghost- Mass Dream (In The Red)

Danava- Hemisphere of Shadows (Kemado)

The War on Drugs- Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)

Fire! With Jim O’Rourke- Unreleased? (Rune Grammofon)

Total Control- Henge Beat (Fuse Group)

Dylan Posa
Best albums of 2011
Tori Amos – Night Of Hunters
Anthrax – Worship Music
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
The Body & Braveyoung – Nothing Passes
Cake – Showroom Of Compassion
Dead Rider – Raw Dents
DJ Shadow – The Less You Know The Better
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Ghost – Opus Eponymous
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Havok – Time Is Up
Liturgy – Aesthethica
Low – C’Mon
My Violent Ego – One Day You’ll Laugh…
Radiohead – King Of Limbs
The Roots – undun
Sloan – The Double Cross
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2
Wilco – The Whole Love

Best reissues of 2011
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
Dug Dug’s – s/t
His Name Is Alive – King Of Sweet LP
Human Switchboard – Who’s Landing In My Hangar anthology
Bill Orcutt – New Way To Pay Old Debts CD
Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness LP
V/A – Motown’s Mowest Story

Biggest waste of an ex-This Heat member: About Group

Best shipment box of 2011: 9/12/11 Carrot Top box

Michelle Hodges
total abuse – prison sweat

sqrm – rodeo

raspberry bulbs – nature tries again

bone awl – bowing heads

brian eno – panic of looking

total control – henge beat

ice age – new brigade
bastard noise – skulldozer



7″s:

vile gash – deluded

hoax – s/t

ropes – s/t

raw nerve – midnight

population – s/t

manipulation – 2

divine right – pray for me

double negative – hardcore confusion vol. 1 + 2

neo cons – s/t

no comment – common senseless (reissue)

no comment – downsided (reissue)

school jerks – control

screaming dead – children of the boneyard stones

sea of shit – s/t

Steve Shoup
BEST OF 2011

Absu – Abzu

Bloodiest – Descent

Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory

Burzum – Fallen

Circle Of Ouroborus – Eleven Fingers

Craft – Void

Dead Moon – reissues

Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus

Faith – Subject To Change reissue

Fielded – White Death 7″

Fielded / Alex Barnett – split LP

Ga’an – Black Equus
Ga’an – Ga’an

Harold Grosskopf – Synthesist reissue

Grouper – Alien Observer

Grouper – Dream Loss

Tim Hecker – Ravedeath

Iceage – New Brigade

Implodes – Black Earth

Leather – Sterile 7″ & Wretch 7″

Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real reissue

Lungfish – Unanimous Hour reissue

The Men – Leave Home

Morbid Angel – Covenant reissue

No Comment – 7″ reissues

Doris Norton – Personal Computer

Reatards – Teenage Hate reissue

SQRM – Rodeo
Television – Live At The Old Waldorf

Throbbing Gristle – reissues

Truth & Janey – No Rest For The Wicked reissue

Void – Complete Sessions

You – Electric Day reissue

You – Timecode reissue

v/a Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio

v/a Those Shocking Shaking Days



LIVE SHOWS:

Absu & Immortal

The Body

Cave

Enslaved

Hoax

Leather

Mayor Daley

Melvins

Reigning Sound

Samhain & Misfits

Scratch Acid

Swans

Wire

X

Zath



FILMS:

Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn

Tabloid by Errol Morris

Whitney Mercer
Ga’an – “Black Equus”
High Places – “Original Colors”
Tim Hecker – “Ravedeath, 1972″
Typhoon – “A New Kind of House”
Fugazi – LIVE ARCHIVES
Cacaw – “Rat Skin Robes” cassette
Bad Drugs – “Raw Powder”
Belong – “Common Era”
Implodes – “Black Earth”
Kurt Vile – “Smoke Ring For My Halo”
Wild Flag – “Wild Flag”
Thurston Moore – “Demolished Thoughts”
PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”
v/a – “i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces ” (dust to digital)
v/a – “Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock”

Anthony Illarde
Alice Cooper – Old School Box Set (Universal)
Blind Shake – Seriousness (Learning Curve)
Jim Ford – Harlan County (Reissue, Light In The Attic)
Good Weather For An Airstrike – A Winter / A Summer (Sonic Reverie)
Government Issue – Boycott Stabb Complete Session (Dischord)
KD Lang & The Siss Boom Bang – Sing It Loud (Nonesuch)
Implodes – Black Earth (Kranky)
Left banke – Left Banke Too (Reissue, Sundazed)
Leopards – Kansas City Slickers (Reissue, Sing Sing)
Mickey – Rock & Roll Dreamer (Hozac)
Stepkids – The Stepkids (Stones Throw)
Jim Sullivan – U.F.O. (Reissue, Light In The Attic)
Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania (In The Red)
Void – Sessions 1981-1983 (Dischord)
White Mystery – Blood & Venom (White Mystery)

and a film:

Errol Morris – Tabloid

Dan Maloney
Best Records of 2011

1.) Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo
2.) Cass McCombs: Wit’s End

3.) War On Drugs: Slave Ambient
4.) Destroyer: Kaputt
5.) Thee Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler/ The Dream
6.) Tom Waits: Bad As Me
7.) Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi
8.) William Elliott Whitmore: Field Songs
9.) Desertshore: Drawing of Threes
10.) Stepkids: Stepkids
11.) Leyland Kirby: Eager to Tear Apart the Stars
12.) PJ Harvey: Let England Shake 

13.) Ty Segall: Goodbye Bread
14.) Peaking Lights: 936

Reissues:

1.) Louvin Brothers: Satan Is Real
2.) Beach Boys: Smile

3.) Jim Sullivan: UFO

4.) Paul McCartney II
5.) Jim Ford: Harlan County
6.) Mickey Newbury (Drag City Vinyl Reissues)
7.) Boddie Recording Company Box (V/A)

8.) Social Climbers: Social Climbers

9.) Delta Swamp Rock (V/A)

10.) Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor


Favorite Local Releases

1.) Chris Connelly: Artificial Madness

2.) Mannequin Men: Mannequin Men
3.) Radar Eyes: Best Friends

4.) T’Bone: Mount Trashmore

5.) Implodes: Black Earth

6.) Apteka: Gargoyle Days

7.) Laureates: Spells

8.) Bloodiest: Descent


Favorite Chicago Area Poster Artists in 2011

1.) Ryan Duggan

2.) Ethan D’Ercole
3.) Rick Leech
4.) Josh Davis (Deadmeat Designs)
5.) Alana Bailey

Courtland Green
1. STONE COAL WHITE 

2. CULT CARGO: SALSA BORICUA DE CHICAGO

3. EAST OF UNDERGROUND

4. BODDIE RECORDING COMPANY

5. McCARTNEY II

6. TRUE SOUL: DEEP SOUNDS FROM THE LEFT OF STAX

7. BEACH BOYS “SMILE SESSIONS”

8. DINOSAUR L “24-24 MUSIC”

9. WILLIE WRIGHT “TELLING THE TRUTH”

10. OMAR SOULEYMAN “HAFLAT GHARBIA

11. HAYVANLAR ALEMI “GUARANA SUPERPOWER”

12. BILL ORCUTT “HOW THE THING SINGS”

13. MEATY ORGE & CRUSHCON “SWORD”

14. LAWRENCE PETERS OUTFIT “WHAT YOU BEEN MISSIN’”

15. SUPEREGO
16.
BEST SHOW ON WFMU

Luc Rogers
(In no order)


1. Racebannon “Six Sik Sisters”

2. Indian “Guiltless”

3. Bloodiest

4. Iceage “New Brigade”

5. The Men “Leave Home”

6. Cursed “Last Session” 7″

7. Tim Hecker “Ravedeath 1972″

8. Nirvana “Nevermind” reissue (no shame)

Cole Cooney
1) Fleetwood Mac – Rumours 45 RPM reissue: I’ll take any reason to put Rumours on a year-end best of list. Best record of always.

2) Bill Callahan – Apocalypse: His best record since “A River Ain’t Too Much to Love” shows a fine example of Bill doing what he does- well-timed, minimal arrangements and the dense lyricism that alternates between sardonic and piercingly poignant, all with that familiar stoic baritone delivery.

3) Implodes – Black Earth: With comparisons ranging from Can to My Bloody Valentine, these dudes summon a haze you can’t (nor want to) escape.

4) Black Angels – Phosgene Nightmare 10″: A mellow, melancholic display of their talents works surprisingly as well as, and sometimes better than, their heavier material.

5) Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo: This album is a stoney sleeper hit. It’s feel-good with bedraggled depth and shimmer.

6) Heavy Times – Jacker: Short spurts of fuzzy garage with hooks for days. All killer.

Laura Deutsch
SQRM – Rodeo
SQRM – White Saints 7”
HOAX – s/t 7”
Implodes – Black Earth
Ga’an – Ga’an/Black Equus
Fielded – White Death 7”
Geffika – II cassette
Alex Barnett/Fielded split
Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory
Marisa Anderson – Golden Hour
Zombi – Escape Velocity
Cacaw – Rat Skin Robes
Void – Sessions 1981-1983
Monopoly Star Child Searchers – Bamboo for Two
Julian Lynch – Terra

Shows:

Mayor Daley/White Hills/Cave– Empty Bottle
Mayor Daley/Bad Drugs/High Castle – Empty Bottle
Hoax/Raw Nerve/The Ropes/Salvation – Water Works
Hoax/Crazy Spirit/Culo – W Huron
Hume – Treasure Town
Monopoly Star Child Searchers/Dolphins Into The Future – Glowsticks
Raw Nerve – Record Store Day – Reckless Broadway
Fielded – Reuben’s Palace
Ga’an/Pillars & Tongues/Axis: Sova/Ancient Ocean – Empty Bottle
Implodes – Empty Bottle
Alex Barnett/Brain Idea/Implodes – Lincoln Hall
Brain Idea / Zath – Mortville
Zath – Dust Bowl
Cacaw/Liturgy/Dope Body/Spanyurd – Empty Bottle
Oozing Wound/Pyschic Steel – Empty Bottle

Lauren Jobe
1. Shin Joong Hyun “Beautiful Rivers and Mountains” (cd/lp) (light in the attic)

2. Pussy “Invasion” (cd) (rockadrome)

3. Black Tusk “Set the Dial” (cd/lp) (relapse)

4. Caretaker “Empty Bliss Beyond This World” (cd/lp) (History Always Favours The Winners)

5. Bloodiest “Descent” (cd) (relapse)

6. Dirty Beaches “Badlands” (cd/lp) (zoo music)

7. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats “Bloodlust” (cd/lp) (rise above records)

8. Various Artist “True Soul: Volume 1″ (cd/lp) (Now-Again Records)

9. Jim Ford “Harlan County” (cd/lp) (light in the attic)

10. Rodd Keith “My Pipe Yellow Dream” (lp) (Roaratorio)

Kate Ruggeri
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:


Social Climbers – S/T

V/A – Those Shocking Shaking Days

Mannequin Men – S/T

Bill Orcutt – How The Thing Sings

Implodes – Black Earth

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Alvarius B – Baroque Primitiva

Beach Boys – Smile Sessions

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Illuminati Congo – All Eye See

Stone Coal White – S/T

Lijadu Sisters – Danger

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Time!

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

Cosmic Relief – Dekalb EP

Madlib & Frank Nitt – Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents



I MISS YOU PETER FALK

Rebecca Crawford
Autumn “Synthesize” (awesome minimal wave re-issue) 

Davila 666 “Tan Bajo”

Fathers Children “Who’s Gonna Save the World”

The Feelies “Here Before”

Shin JoongHyun “Beautiful Rivers & Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound of South Korea’s Shin JoongHyun 1958-1974″

The Soft Moon “S/T” 
The Soft Moon
“Total Decay EP”

V/A: “Those Shocking, Shaking Days. Indonesian Hard Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk: 1970-1978″

The War on Drugs “Slave Ambient”

Kevin Hein
Full lengths, in no particular order..
HTRK- Work (Work, Work)- Distorted 808 beats, deep bass grooves, and a drugged-up sounding female vocalist create music that is depressingly pretty.
The Caretaker- An Empty Bliss Beyond This World- Leyland Kirby is at it again, sampling and reprocessing old 78 records into his own creation. While his last record focused on repetition, this one dives into slightly different territory by focusing on abrupt starts and stops and the space between them.
Leyland Kirby- Eager To Tear Apart The Stars- Not released under his usual Caretaker moniker, this record is less about his reprocessed 78′s shtick, focusing more on his own minimal ambient compositions. More subdued, but still beautiful.
Tim Hecker- Ravedeath, 1972- Shimmering, icy, glacial drones. One can easily get lost in it’s layers, and every listening experience seems to be different.
Ringo Deathstarr- Colour Trip- Comes off sounding like a mixture of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain, this album blends the 90s shoegaze aesthetic with modern production techniques. Noise pop at its catchiest.
Ringo Deathstarr- Sparkler- A compilation of their pre-Colour Trip EPs, more catchy noise pop in the vein of Jesus and Mary Chain.
My Violent Ego- Some Day You’ll Laugh At The Sad Saga That Was..- A compilation of hard-to-find EPs by a duo who create shimmering ethereal pop in the vein of My Bloody Valentine. Haunting female vocals over swirling, warping guitars.
Cold Cave- Cherish The Light Years- Extremely catchy 80′s New Order-esque synth-pop. These riffs will get stuck in your head for days.
Jamie XX and Gil Scott Heron- We’re New Here- Jamie XX remixes Gil Scott Heron’s last album (RIP) in its entirety, surpassing the original.
Sepalcure- Sepalcure- Full length debut from the duo of Machinedrum and Praveen/Braile. Generally less organic sounding than the preceding EPs, this record is aimed at the dance floor.
Wagon Christ- Toomorow- Another classic-sounding mash of samples from Luke Vibert’s long-running Wagon Christ moniker.
Laurel Halo- Hour Logic- Synth-worship from the biggest babe of the Hippos In Tanks crew.
Daedelus- Bespoke- Monome master Daedelus presents us with his version of a pop record. The old-timey samples are still here, amidst a clustered production of dusty drum rolls and heavy bass, but this time featuring a guest vocalist on almost every track.
FaltyDL- You Stand Uncertain- New York producer Drew Lustman attempts to create a ”timeless” electronic record by combining all of his influences in one bucket. Boards of Canada-esque detuned analog synths, 90s rave stabs, jungle/D’n'B breaks, and UK Garage drum patterns shine through amidst dusty layered samples. This is the sound of a producer who has been working hard honing his craft, and has developed an instantly recognizable sound which deserves more attention.
Machinedrum- Room(s)- Electronic veteran machinedrum has mastered almost all genres of dance music and decides to crank up the BPM to the 160 range. This release brings footwork/juke music to a new level, going heavy on auto-tuned vocal samples with hints of UK Garage drum patterns. He’s still using the same chord progressions and scales, but the beats are more forward thinking.
Oneohtrix Point Never- Replica- Daniel Lopatin bought $100 worth of 80′s TV commercial compilation DVDs for sampling, and this is the result. Weird, repetitive sound clips swim amongst his trademark Juno 60 synth-drones.
Martyn- Ghost People- A fine addition to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder crew, Martyn tries his hand at techno. Sounding entirely different from his previous releases, the unfolding layers of repetition are still here, but pack a harder punch.
Zomby- Dedication- This second full length (as well as debut on 4AD) from this masked london producer sounds less like an album and more like a collection of songs, but no one’s complaining here. Minimal 8-bit blips and bleeps over dark, brooding beats.

EPs
Zomby- Nothing- Zomby revisits his love of the 90′s rave sound originally explored on Where Were You In ’92, combining it with the minimal production aesthetic displayed on his Dedication LP.
Burial- Street Halo EP- The master returns to work (finally) and gives us another three track teaser of his trademark crackle-y dark textures over broken UK Garage beats. Before you knock or dismiss this man’s music, remember that Burial’s output is made entirely by cutting and pasting samples by ear, no sequencer or grid involved.
Blawan- Bohla EP- Blawan takes his tribal pounding bass groove to the next level by throwing in a Roland TB-303. Neo-acid house at its best.
FaltyDL- Mean Streets Part 1 EP- FaltyDL expands on the genre-bending sound established on You Stand Uncertain. This man has established a sound, and this release sounds so undeniably FaltyDL.
Machinedrum- Sacred Frequency EP- A teaser for his Room(s) LP, this EP contains more future-juke tracks that don’t appear on the full-length.
Sepalcure- Fleur EP- A beautiful collage of samples, each layer unfolding like a flower to reveal new timbres and patterns. Earthy organic textures, female vocal samples, and dusty neon synths float in and fold over a cluster of woodblocks, bells, and metallic clanks. Heavily influenced by the current crop of future garage producers, Fleur takes off where the Sepalcure EP left off, managing to be forward thinking while still evoking a certain nostalgia.

12″s
Burial/Four Tet/Thom Yorke- Ego/Mirror 12″- Burial and Four Tet collaborate once again, this time with Thom joining the fray. The result sounds exactly like what you would expect.
Phon.O- Slavemode/Abbey Road 12″- UK Garage beats over huge trance-y sounding synths.
Objekt- Objekt #2- Surpassing his first EP, Objekt continues perfecting the genre of “future garage”/bass music, building slow and erupting with synths.
Daedelus- Tailor Made 12″- The Tokimonsta and Floating Points remixes surpass the original song.
Lando Kal- Further/Time Out 12″- Newcomer Lando Kal gives us a slab of chopped vocal samples and smooth synths over a bed of shuffled futuristic house.
George Fitzgerald- Don’t You 12″- A member of Scuba’s Hotflush crew and protege of producer Joy Orbison. Infectious, repetitious future bass music.
Falty DL- Hip Love 12″- More broken UKGarage shuffle from NY’s future garage master FaltyDL.
Falty DL- Jack Your Job/Make It Difficult 12″- FaltyDL makes 90′s feel-good house tunes.

Bryan Smith
Absu – Abzu

Beach Boys – Smile Sessions 2lp

Bitch Magnet deluxe re-issue

Chris Connelly – Artificial Madness

Craft – Void

Dead Moon LP re-issues

Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus

Mark Hollis – s/t LP re-issue

Talk Talk – Laughing Stock LP re-issue

Television – Live At The Old Waldorf (2LP, RSD 2011)

Void – Sessions 1981-1983

Various Artists – Guitar Music From The Western Sahel

Various – Those Shocking Shaking Days 3lp

Melissa Grubbs
anna calvi – s.t.

beach boys- smile sessions

belong – common era

can- tago mago (40th anniversary edition) 

chris connelly- artificial madness

darondo- listen to my song
pj harvey- let england shake 

howlin wolf- this is howlin wolf’s new album… (reissue)

implodes- black earth

lefte bank- lefte bank too (reissue)
lijadu sisters – danger

radiohead – king of limbs 

raphael saadiq- stone rollin’
Michi Sarmiento y su Combo Bravo 1967-77- Aqui Los Bravos!

stone coal white- s.t.

talk talk- (reissue)
ebo taylor – life stories (reissue)

television – live at the old waldorf

kurt vile- smoke ring for my halo

a winged victory for the sullen s.t.

v/a- boddie recording company

v/a- cult cargo: salsa boricua de chicago

v/a- Motown”s Mowest Story 

v/a- soweta tropicalia comps & 12″s

v/a -soundways 45s (andre tanker/ colombia set, etc they were all good!)

v/a-those shocking shaking days 

v/a- true soul: vol.1

bonus:
game of thrones!

Mark Lux
in no particular order 2011/LUX
yes 'fly from here'
hebden/ reid/ mats 'live @ south bank'
shin jun hung 'beautiful rivers & mountains'
implodes 'black earth'
loudon wainwright '40 odd years'
danava 'hemisphere of shadows'
mannequin men s/t
brain idea 'cosmos factory'
vee dee s/t
lawrence peters outfit s/t
v/a 'those shocking shaking days'
group inerene 'guitars from agadaz vol 4'
belong 'common era'
tim hecker 'dropped pianos'
stepkids
little dragon 'ritual union'
grimble grumble 'september sun'

Beth Klacko
BEST OF 2011.
No order

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2
LFO - Frequencies (Reissue)
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Can - Tago Mago (Reissue)
Washed Out - Within and Without
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Cave - Neverendless
The Horrors - Skying
Charles Bradley - Dreaming
Alela Diane - Wild Divine
John Maus - We Must Become Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

Friends of Reckless

Erika Hendrix

Alvarius B – Baroque Primitiva

Dirty Beaches – Badlands

Dirty Beaches/Ela Orleans (split) – Double Feature

Disappears – Guider

Grouper – A I A : Alien Observer

Grouper – A I A : Dream Loss

Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

Implodes – Black Earth

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Moon Duo – Mazes

Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings

Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – s/t

Yuck – Yuck

Brett Andrew Grossman
Papercuts “Fading Parade”

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi “ROME”

Peaking Lights “936″

Dum Dum Girls “Only in Dreams”

Oneohtrix Point Never “Replica”

Radiohead “TKOL RMX 1234567″ / “King of Limbs”

Belong “Common Era”

Ducktails “Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics”

Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”

Panda Bear “Tomboy”

Implodes “Black Earth”

Coma Cinema “Blue Suicide”

White Fence “…Is Growing Faith”

Woods “Sun and Shade”

Beirut “The Rip Tide”

Tropic of Cancer “The End of All Things”

Real Estate “Days”

Youth Lagoon “The Year of Hibernation”

Grouper “A I A : Alien Observer”

Kurt Vile “Smoke Ring For My Halo”

Baths “Pop Music / False B Sides”

Trouble Books & Mark Mcguire “Song For Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx”

Tape “Revelationes”

M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

Taylor Brode (Sacred Bones Records, ex-Reckless employee)
Alphabetical as always, this does not include anything on Sacred Bones because that would just be cheating. I didn’t have a lot of time to listen to a lot of albums other than the 23 we released this year but the few that got through to me (3 LP’s in total), really deeply got through.

Cold Cave Cherish the Light Years (Matador)
I give zero fucks about people judging me for loving this band. Wes Eisold has been cutting his heart out and letting his audience crawl inside the hole remaining since we were both teenagers (well since he was a teenager, and I was in my early 20’s), and we are all the better for it. His courage in writing openly about his own psychological shortcomings have in-numerous times given me the courage to acknowledge and address my own. Their live set up which has been stripped down to remove all ironic blonde “goth” women now includes only the other essential songwriter Dominick Fernow, and fantastic drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera. The new line-up allows Wes and Dom the public freedom to become exactly the kind of Pet Shop Boys they have always privately wanted to be. Trust me it’s working for them. I threw my underwear at them every night on stage for an entire week this summer and would do it all again in a heartbeat. This band grows light years with each release and I simply could.not.be.more.proud. of them. If you have never seen them you should do yourself a favor next year, and make sure to bring delicates to toss c/o Taylor & Christiana.

E.M.A Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)
I have been a huge fan of Erika’s since she was in Gowns, i was at Touch and Go, and I heard the song White Like Heaven. On her 1st solo effort she manages to take all the rawness of that song and add a layer of sexual realness to it so thick it has an aftertaste. Her lyrics touch on everything from narcotic addiction to abusive relationships to eternal love so real it carries through to the next life. Her sense of timing, hook and ability to both create and release tension (sometimes simultaneously) is simply unparalleled in modern music. My boyfriend and I are both recovering addicts and had difficult childhoods (to say the least); we have an extra closet at home where all of our skeletons hang out together actually. We’ve both been working in music since we were teens and we argue vehemently over who’s good and who sucks. Needless to say this album is a household favorite, and the only thing we argue over is who has listened to which track on repeat more times in a row.

Iceage New Brigade (Escho/ Dias)

In an effort to keep up the mystery I am going to attempt to translate this into the band’s native tongue. To put it bluntly: no other punk album has changed me so singularly in the last decade as these four kids’ has. I am not going to bore you with the details of how we came into each others’ lives, instead I am just going to speak in the abstract. This record is about three things: faith, loyalty, and trust. What these young men and their extended family in Denmark have re-taught me in the last year is that if you have faith, loyalty and trust you do not need anything else. Sleep, food, clean clothes, money, etc. –it is all meaningless if you do not have amazing friends in your life. This is not business; this is love.

Stephen Sowley (ex-Reckless employee, Studio manager at Electrical Audio)
No order. 2011: Shelf It.
Bill Orcutt—How The Thing Sings // Tour 7”s (Ill Bill keeps going; I don’t want to know of a world without him)
V/A—Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio // Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie (Numero culls the ghosts of a lost DIY era)
The band Leather (Philly behemoths take an archeological dig through your past embarrassments. Full Frontal Jock Shaming. MORE NOW)
Implodes—Black Earth (the dreamiest band in Chicago that refuses to make eye contact with you)
The band Raw Nerve (if they’ve done anything, they’ve proven how Trad H.C. Bobby Hill really was.)
Slices—Modern Bride 7” (the victory anthems for when Roethlisberger blows his knee out.)
Fantasia In Best Show Minor DVD (chump steam rolling in visual form)
Tim Hecker—Ravedeath 1972 (Key People, Blur Shit, Art School)
The band Wild Flag (Men: move to the back, put the phone down, and stop trying so hard)
Andy Stott—We Stay Together // Passed Me By (wherein Richie Hawtin meets Wolf Eyes and they burn your house down…slowly)
Byron Coley—C’est la Guerre: early writings 1978—1983 (Gather round, it’s xmas and dad’s gonna tell us about the war)
Kurt Vile—Smoke Ring For My Halo // So Outta Reach (Shroom Tea Franks, Ganja Peanut Chew, Spuds McKenzie Poster sold separately)
The comedian Eddie Pepitone (Blue Collar Life Coach, Bitter Buddah…hating the things you can’t stand to live without.)
Void—Sessions 1981—1983 (Finally)
The band Population (Nepotism. Drink it up, Gothdrips)
Peaking Lights—936 (Lovers Rock for your resin stained walkman)
True Radical Miracle—Cockroaches (reissue LP) (Watch your summer vacation go down the toilet in the other direction)
Iceage—Youth Brigade (prison tattoos, unnecessary drama, and primal urgency get every number cruncher with a live-journal way too wet.)
Swans live (your band sucked compared to this…sorry boutcha.)
Total Control—Henge Beat (imagine the guys that refer to this as “friend rock.” I want to see their lists!)
Bjork—Crystalline 12” (1 out of 10 ain’t so bad, I guess)
Psychic Paramount—Psychic Paramount II (Repeat, repeat, repeat until maximum health and efficiency)
Sandwell District–Feed-Forward (free dinner with me for whomever bootlegs the vinyl for this and/or convinces these pricks to repress it.)
Dean Whitmore (Sub Pop Records)
Bakers 10 records both new & reissued that I bought & liked a lot this year. Alphabetically:
Mahmoud Ahmed – Jeguol Naw Betwa (Mississippi)
Bloodloss – Lost My Head for Drink (Dirty Knobby)
Broken Water – Peripheral Star (Perennial)
Condiminum – Warm Home 12″ (Condominium)
Cruddy – Negative World (12xU)
Fungus Brains – Ron Pistos Real World (Load)
L’orchestre Kanaga De Mopti – Kanaga De Mopti (Kindred Spirits)
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)
Shin Joong Hyun – Beautiful Rivers & Mountains (Light in the Attic)
Sonskull – Wiped Clean (Perennial)
Total Control – Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Records from last year that hooked me this year:
Hype Williams – Find Out What Happens (De Stijl)
Kemialliset Ystavat – Ullakkopalo (Fonal)
No Balls – Less (Who Can You Trust/Streaks)
Something that I just got & think I am going to totally love end of ’11 & beyond:
Opika Pende Africa at 78 RPM Box
Other great stuff:
Camping w/ Cassidy
Tour w/ Uzi Rash
Getting rid of cable TV.
Squire Park
Living in a house again / playing records late etc.
Riding bike & ditching car.
Sloop Tavern.
20/20 Cycle
Getting to know Vancouver
Lopez & Shaw Islands

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani (Matador Records)
1. Brain F≠ – Sleep Rough (Grave Mistake)
2. Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor (Merge)
3. The Shrine – Featherheads 7″ (Eliminator Records)
4. Mark Sultan – Whatever I Want (In The Red)
5. Mark Sultan – Whenever I Want (In The Red)
6. Mastodon – Live At The Aragon (WBR RSD Exclusive)
7. Wild Flag – S/T (Merge)
8. Crisis Of Conformity – Fistfight In The Parking Lot 7″ (Drag City)
9. Reigning Sound – Abdication… For Your Love EP (Scion A/V)
10. Total Babes – S/T (Old Flame)

WHITE MYSTERY: Miss Alex White & Francis S.K. White
(http://www.whitemysteryband.com)
Thee Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler (In The Red)
Heavy Times: Jacker (HoZac)
Cave: Neverendless (Drag City)
Night Beats S/T (Trouble in Mind)

Joe Wetteroth (BRAIN IDEA)
1. Cave, Neverendless

2. Grateful Dead, Europe ’72 Vol. 2

3. Fucked Up, David Comes To Life

4. Heavy Times, Jacker

5. James Ferraro, Far Side Virtual

**also started collecting Dead Bootlegs so that i can fulfill my 2012 new year resolution of listening to one live Grateful Dead set a day
from that particular day of the year. an idea given to me by Cooper 
from Cave.

Ben Scott (BRAIN IDEA)
In no particular order
James Ferraro- Far Side Virtual

Destroyer- Kaputt

Jay-Z and Kanye- Watch the throne

Cave- Neverendless

Heavy Times- Jacker

Oneohtrixpointnever- Replica

Omar S.-It can be done, but only i can do it

Tyler The Creator- Bastard

Kurt VIle- Smoke ring for my halo

Azari and III

Real Estate- Days

YES- CLOSE 2 THE EDGE

Widowspeak- S/T

Todd Curtis (Music Direct)
new stuff i listened to the most this year:
true widow – as high as… (kemado)
bats – free all monsters (flying nun)
absu – abzu (candlelight)
pj harvey – let england shake (vagrant)
seapony – go with me (hardly art)
inquisition – ominous doctrines of the perpetual mystical macrocosm (hell’s headbangers)
ice age – new brigade (dais)
violeta vil – toronjil ep (discoteca oceano)
lorelle meets the obsolete – on welfare (captcha)
chancha via circuito – rio arriba (zzk)

reissues:
v/a – cartagena! (soundway)
voivod – to the death ’84 (alternative tentacles)
sisters of mercy – first and last and always (mobile fidelity silver)
dug dug’s – s/t (lion productions)
dead brain cells – s/t & universe (war on music)
lee perry – return of pipecock jackxon (honest jon’s)
blossom toes – we are ever so clean (sunbeam)
above ground – gone aiwa (siltbreeze)
junior kimbrough with the soul blues boys – do the rump (klimpt)
television personalities – they could have been bigger than the beatles (1972)

Pete Klockau (Bloodshot Records)
In no particular order…
THE JIM JONES REVIEW- “Burning Your House Down” (Punk Rock Blues)
“Explosive” is probably the best word to use here- it’s like if Little Richard were a demonic hellion fronting
a band of ex-convicts playing to earn back their freedom. This thing smokes… their show at Schuba’s (with
Kid Congo Powers) was pretty damned incredible, too.

DEX ROMWEBER DUO- “Is That You In The Blue” (Bloodshot)
Not to toot our own horn (though I will here), Dex & his sister Sara turn in their second phenomenal
record as the Dex Romweber Duo. I love(d) me some Flat Duo Jets… but dare I say this is (gulp)… even better?!
I dare you to listen to his version of “Brazil” and tell me this album doesn’t do anything for you.

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND- “Want More” (Bloodshot)
A local favorite, not only local to Chicago, but local to my adopted neighborhood Uptown. Our little neighborhood that
could has been in the news for so many shitty reasons this year, it’s great to see some local boys make good.
Oh, and this record kicks 10 kinds of ass (count ‘em!) Speaking of ass, if “Want More” doesn’t make
you shake yours, it must be broke.

KID CONGO POWERS- “Gorilla Rose” (In The Red)
Ex Cramp, Bad Seed, and Gun Clubber makes his third record of weirdo glammy gutter garage noir
and makes it all seem so easy to pull off. Extra props to In The Red for also releasing a limited edition LP
of Kid & his band playing live at a prom in the Southern California suburbs this year.

JACK OBLIVIAN- “Rat City” (Fat Possum)
This is Jack O’s fourth record with the Tennessee Tearjerkers, and I’ll be good god damned if they
don’t keep getting better and better. “Rat City” is every bit as gritty and sinister sounding as that title
would have you think. Who would’ve thought back when the Oblivians were kicking my high school
ass with “Soul Food” and “Popular Favorites” that (between Jack O and Greg Cartwright’s multiple and
meritus projects) they’d still be tickling my ear drums in exactly the right way 15 years later?

JERRY SUN- “Exotic Sounds” (Dionysus)
I am an admitted Exotica and Lounge junkie. Unfortunately most of the new stuff that turns up is hokey and, frankly,
awful. Thank god for Dionysus who are still out there finding exotica master tapes from the original era. Much
like last year’s Beachcomber Trio “Live at Kahiki Supper Club” LP, this one gets a special spot next to the hi fi.
JD MCPHERSON- “Signs & Signifiers” (Hi-Style)
His voice swings from Wilson Pickett to Big Sandy to everything in between. It’s timeless, with production so
authentically vintage sounding you’d swear this was some lost Hi Records or King 45 from the late 1950′s. It’s
nice to know there are still people out there able to make vintage sounds fresh again.

TONY CHRISTIE- “Now’s the Time” (Acid Jazz)
60′s British lounge singer Tony Christie was dormant for many years, but unlike Tom Jones (who returned with
an album of gospel folk songs last year), Mr. Christie stuck to what he did (does) best and made one catchy-
and-fun-as-all-shit album of vintage brassy lounge-pop. This album sounds like all the songs you like by Neil Diamond
with a healthy dose of classic Sinatra. When you go to Las Vegas and want to see a show, this is what you want to
see… or at least it’s what I want to see. The key here is that there is nothing remotely hokey or ironic about this
album- the whole package is just GOOD.

HAYES CARLL- “Kmag Yoyo” (Lost Highway)
Hayes continues to prove he’s one of the finest songwriters going these days. From open to close, the
lyrics are clever, the songwriting is tight, and it is exceedingly enjoyable throughout.

THE BLACK SWANS- “Don’t Blame the Stars” (Misra)
This record is a joy to listen to- I am biased as I have had a copy for some time now. But I am so
glad to finally see this immensely enjoyable album get released. Totally contemporary, occasionally
absurdist lyrics, but wrapped in a warm analog package that sounds like it could’ve been made this
year, or could be some lost gentle country-folk masterpiece from a bygone era.

Some reissues I never thought I would see:

MR GASSER & THE WEIRDOS- “Surfink”, “Hotrod Hootenany” & “Rods & Ratfinks” (Sundazed)
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth surf novelty records? Yes, please!

JIM FORD- “Harlan County” reissue (Light in the Attic)
I’ve loved this record for years- so glad to see it finally get a full-on reissue. This is the absolute
funkiest white dude you will ever hear (Tony Joe White and Dennis Coffey… watch yourselves…)

YMA SUMAC- “Miracles” (Omni)
The “Incan Princess’” bizzaro rock record from the early 1970′s… Les Baxter (Exotica and soundtrack king of
the 1960′s) wrote and produced this album, adding another layer of weirdness to the proceedings.

VARIOUS ARTISTS- “Delta Swamp Rock” Vol. 1 thru 3 (Soul Jazz)
All three of these comps are excellent. The title gives you an idea of what to expect- country music from
that weird-and-awesome crossroad in the mid 1970′s where country got funky and soulful.
 
In-Store Performance: Psalm One   12/15/2011  
6PM! FREE!!

Reckless is proud to announce an in-store performance by Rhymesayers recording artist and Chicago's own Psalm One! She'll be wrapping up her tour in support of Charm Lab by making a stop at Reckless before her show the next night.

Here's a bunch more on PSALM ONE and her recent charity work:

The ASCAP Songwriter residency invited Psalm One to return for her third year at America SCORES, mentoring students in creative writing. She will spend two days writing a song with winners of the Community Poetry SLAM!

The winners are from Chalmers Elementary School located on 2745 W.
Roosevelt Road in Chicago and on December 13th they will record the song at the legendary Chicago Recording Company (CRC) located at 232 E. Ohio Street.

A limited number of tickets are available for a viewing of the private recording session. For Ticket Info, contact publicity@charmlab.org (complimentary press tickets also available). Psalm One will have an instore performance at Reckless Records on December 15th and a show on December 17th at the
Variable Loft Space.

Established in 2006, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES has brought more than 30 songwriters to 12 cities across the country. Psalm One is the second artist to embark on a multi-city tour and she finishes the
tour in Chicago, her hometown. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

Charm Lab, a non-profit started by Psalm One is providing additional funding for the tour. Psalm One is the only woman signed to the prestigious Rhymesayers Entertainment (RSE), and was recently featured on MTV’s emmy winning series, MADE. She released her debut CD, Bio:Chemistry, while studying chemistry at the University of Illinois. She signed with RSE for her first commercial release, The Death of Frequent
Flyer. This summer, Psalm One released Get In The Van 3, an album she distributed independently through her websites RegularBlackGirl.com and PsalmOne.Tv. She is currently working on her next album with Rhymesayers,
expected release 2012.

Every bit helps. If you would like to contribute to the efforts of Psalm One and Charm Lab, you can do so by visiting give.charmlab.org! Your backing will not go unrewarded, and you will be helping us build this unique community
through music and education.  
In-Store Performance: Cian Nugent   12/09/2011  
Acoustic in-store with Cian Nugent, a solo 6 and 12 string guitar player a la John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Jack Rose, etc... Join us for his first performance in Chicago. Free at 5pm

We will have copies of his new album "Doubles" on VHF Records for sale.

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http://www.myspace.com/ciannugent
http://www.facebook.com/ciancnugent  
BLACK FRIDAY releases!!   11/23/2011  
Hello everyone, the second Record Store Day Black Friday is upon us. Below is a list of titles that WE WILL HAVE FOR SALE on Friday. There are a few things that were on the original Record Store Day list that were bumped to a later date and we did our best to account for those in the list. Also, you’ll notice below that a few titles are slated to show up later in the day on Friday. If you come in to any of the stores on Friday morning looking for these titles and they’re not in yet, we will allow you to special order them. No special orders will be taken over the phone, email, smoke signal, etc. We suggest getting to the stores early as some of these titles are VERY LIMITED. Also, feel free to print out this list to bring in with you to make for an easier buying experience. Good luck!!

Ryan Adams – Do I Wait b/w Darkness (7″, limited 3,000)
All That Remains/Jasta – Split (7″, limited to 1,000, red vinyl)
Syd Barrett – Photography of Mick Rock (book & 7″, limited to 2,000)
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (deluxe blu-ray/DVD, limited to 5,000)
Beatles – Singles Box (4×7″, limited to 10,000)
Brendan Benson – Upstairs at United (LP LOOP will have their copies mid-afternoon on Friday)
Best Coast – Crazy for You (CD – hand-numbered out of 2,500, w/ bonus track)
Brendan Benson – Upstairs at United, Vol. 1 (12″ with four cover songs)
Black Face – I Want to Kill You (7″, limited to 600)
Black Keys – Lonely Boy (12″, limited to 7,500)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81 (LP)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81 Sessions (LP)
Boris – New Album (CD) (limited to 1,800)
Byrds – Times They Are Changin’ b/w She Don’t Care About Time (7″)
Byrds – Eight Miles High b/w Why (7″)
Corey Chisel – Upstairs at United, Vol. 2 (LP LOOP will have their copies mid-afternoon on Friday)
Jimmy Cliff – Sacred Fire (LP, colored vinyl)
Chris Cornell – Songbook (180g LP)
Miles Davis Quartet – S/T (10″, blue vinyl)
Doors – LA Woman (4×7″ box)
Dr. Dog – Warrior Man b/w Control Yourself (7″)
Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory (2xLP, 180g, limited to 3,000)
Bob Dylan – Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (4×7″ box)
Justin Townes Earle – Slippin’ & Slidin’ (7″)
Fear – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas b/w Another Christmas Beer (7″)
Craig Finn – Honolulu Blues (7″ LOOP will have their copies mid-afternoon on Friday)
Fleshtones – I Can’t Hide (7″, limited to 500)
Grateful Dead – Europe ’72 (4xLP, limited to 5,000)
Helms Alee – Weatherhead (cassette, limited to 60)
Iron & Wine – Morning Becomes Eclectic (KCRW sessions LP w/ CD)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Soul Time CD/LP (CD is limited to 5,000, LP limited to 2,000)
Janis Joplin – Move Over! (4×7″ box)
Kings of Leon – Early Albums (4xLP box with their first three albums & an LP of rarities)
John Lennon – Imagine 40th Anniversary box (2xLP, limited to 5,000)
Los Straightjackets – Hark the Herald Angels Sing (7″, limited to 500)
Lovin’ Spoonful – Alley Oop b/w Night Owl Blues (7″)
Nick Lowe – Go ‘ Way Hound Dog (7″ & 78-RPM 10″, each limited to 1,000)
Matisyahu – Miracle (original) b/w Miracle (feat. Dub Trio, limited 7″)
Misfits – Devil’s Rain (LP)
Mobb Deep – Black Cocaine (CDEP)
Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos – Hot Rod Hootenanny (CD/LP)
Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos – Surfink! (CD/LP)
Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos – Rods & Ratfinks (CD/LP)
Nirvana – Nevermind: the Singles (4×10″ box)
Tom Petty – Kiss My Amps (live LP)
Phish – Party Time (2xLP, 180g)
Phish – The White Tape (LP)
Pinback – Information Retrieved 7″ (ARRIVING IN THE AFTERNOON ON FRIDAY)
Pink Floyd – The Wall Singles Box (3×7″, limited to 7,500)
Pink Floyd – London 66/67 (LP)
Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34 (LP)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (2xLP, red vinyl)
Rolling Stones – No Spare Parts 7″ (NOT ARRIVING UNTIL NEXT WEEK – DELAYED AT CUSTOMS!)
Sea Wolf – Song of the Magpie (7″ LOOP will have their copies mid-afternoon on Friday)
Silversun Pickups – Seasick 10″ (LOOP will have their copies mid-afternoon on Friday)
Soft Moon – S/T (CD/LP)
Soundgarden – Live on I-5: Before the Doors Soundcheck (10″, colored vinyl)
Pete Townsend – Quadrophenia Demos, Vol. 1 (10″)
Type O Negative – LP Boxset (ARRIVING ON FRIDAY)
Umphrey’s Mcgee – Hall of Fame: Class of 2010 (12″ ARRIVING IN THE AFTERNOON ON FRIDAY)
V/A – Wheedle’s Groove (7″ boxset LOOP will have their copies mid-afternoon on Friday)
Wilco – Speak Into the Rose (10″)
Yardbirds – Ha Ha Said the Clown b/w Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor (7″)
Yardbirds – Ten Little Indians b/w Drinking Muddy Water (7″)
Tom Ze – Brazil Classics Vol. 4 (LP, limited to 500)
 
In-Store Performance: Tommy Stinson (ex-REPLACEMENTS) free instore & signing   11/15/2011  
We could not be more excited to announce that Former REPLACEMENTS & current GUNS 'N ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson will be performing for free at Reckless Records in Wicker Park on Tuesday Nov. 11th at 4pm. He'll be hangin' out afterwards so bring your REPLACEMENTS stuff or any Tommy Stinson related belongings that you may have!! We'll have plenty of copies of his new album "One Man Mutiny" to go around too!  
In-Store Performance: Amen Dunes   11/04/2011  
Another free Reckless Records in-store, this time with New York-er (and Beijing-er) Amen Dunes (Damon McMahon). We will have copies of his newest release, "Through Donkey Jaw" (Sacred Bones) on hand! 5p

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www.myspace.com/amendunes
www.last.fm/music/Amen+Dunes
http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/releases/sbr059/
 
In-Store Performance: Blitzen Trapper   11/03/2011  
6pm  
In-Store Performance: Bleached   10/25/2011  
Bleached (former members of Mika Miko) will be performing at Reckless on Milwaukee Avenue at 6pm for freeEEeEEEEe! Get your lace-shawls, leather jackets and tambourines with intertwined white roses out for this one.

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http://www.twitter.com/HelloBleached
http://www.myspace.com/hellobleached
http://www.facebook.com/HelloBleached  
In-Store Performance: Dum Dum Girls   10/14/2011  
Hell no? Hell yes! DUM DUM GIRLS will play at Reckless Records in Wicker Park on Friday 10/14/11 at 7PM & you know what? It's free!  
In-Store Performance: New Ruins   10/06/2011  
Come check out Champaign/Urbana's New Ruins at a FREE/ALL AGES in-store at the Wicker Park Reckless at 5:30p.

They're on tour in support of their new release "This Life Is Not Ours To Keep" just out on Hidden Agenda and will be playing at the Elbo Room (21+) afterwards. Awesome!  
In-Store Performance: Polar Bear Club   10/05/2011  
FREE in-store performance!!

Wednesday, October 5
3PM  
In-Store Performance: Jens Lekman   10/03/2011  
Jens Lekman will perform at Reckless Records on Broadway at 6p before his show at Lincoln Hall on Monday October 3! Be sure to check out his new album "Argument With Myself" (Secretly Canadian).

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www.jenslekman.com/
www.myspace.com/jenslekmanmusic
www.secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=lekmanjens  
In-Store Performance: Electronicat   09/30/2011  
Reckless Records in Wicker Park (1532 N. Milwaukee) is proud to announce that on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 at 5:30pm, we'll be hosting a FREE in-store performance by ELECTRONICAT.

Electronicat is the pseudonym for French musician FRED BIGOT. Since 1998, Bigot has forged a heavy electronic sound that menaces while embracing a strong sense of pop melodicism that channels T. REX, PAN SONIC, JESUS & MARY CHAIN, SUICIDE and LINK WRAY. Bigot has played all over the world, remixed DEPECHE MODE, collaborated with JIM THIRLWELL (aka FOETUS), KID CONGO POWERS and others, releasing music on diverse labels such as Holy Mountain, Kompakt, Disko B, Ersatz Audio and more. Please join us for this special in-store performance!


http://www.electronicat.com/
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=electronicat&aq=f  
In-Store Performance: GIRLS lunchtime pizza party   09/29/2011  
via Matador's blog:
You like pizza. You like Girls. You like the respite that your lunch break provides. Why not combine all three at your other favorite thing… A RECORD STORE!

Next Thursday, September 29 Girls are playing a free, all ages, lunch hour instore at Reckless Records’ Broadway store with those Chicago-style pizzas and drinks for you hard workers out there. What better way to spend a lunch hour?

And if you just can’t tear yourself away from the desk at 2pm next Thursday, be sure to catch Girls that night at Lincoln Hall. But let’s face it, you’ve probably just been playing Snood all morning. Amirite?!  
WILCO 'The Whole of Love" listening party Monday 9/26 @ Rodan   09/26/2011  
Join us at Rodan (right next door to the Milwaukee Ave store) on Monday September 26th at 9pm for a preview of WILCO's new album "The Whole of Love." We'll have some posters, calendars and stickers to give away as well as a grand prize. Details below:

• I Might 7" CLEAR (only available at SSF fest)
• Signed poster
• I LOVE MY LABEL tote bag
• I LOVE MY LABEL t-shirt (assorted sizes and mixed colors (white and blue)
• dBpm turntable adapter
• Wilco/dBpm Yo Yo  
In-Store Performance: Broncho   09/24/2011  
Broncho is performing live at Reckless in Wicker Park! FREE! 4PM!!  
In-Store Performance: Unknown Mortal Orchestra   09/24/2011  
Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays Reckless Records on Broadway on Saturday, September 24 @ 1p! FREE.

Be sure to check them out at Lincoln Hall later that evening with Toro Y Moi.
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http://unknownmortalorchestra.com/
www.facebook.com/unknownmortalorchestra
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15539-unknown-mortal-orchestra/  
In-Store Performance: Raincoats meet & greet!   09/19/2011  
It's not possible for us to be more excited to host a meet & greet for post-art-punk legends THE RAINCOATS. Along with bands such as THE SLITS, POP GROUP, ESSENTIAL LOGIC & SWELL MAPS, THE RAINCOATS made Rough Trade Records pretty much the coolest label on the planet in the early 80's. The girl group made quirky & intellectual art punk that has influenced thousands of bands since.

There is a famous story about Kurt Cobain going into the Rough Trade Record Shop in London looking for The Raincoats album and being sent around the corner to see Ana at her cousin's antique store. The meeting meant so much to him he even wrote about it in the liner notes of Incesticide. And invited them on tour. And along with Kim Gordon, even wrote the liner notes for The Raincoats reissues on DGC.

Don't miss your chance to come say hi and don't miss The Raincoats at the Double Door right after.

This kind of stuff just doesn't happen everyday. For realzzzz

7:30PM  
In-Store Performance: Joey "Shithead" Keithley   09/16/2011  
Come on over to Reckless in Wicker Park before the DOA show at Cobra Lounge to hear DOA frontman Joey Shithead play a few DOA songs solo, do a Q&A and sign books! We're stoked on this one!!

5PM
FREE!!  
In-Store Performance: Alex Call book signing/performance   08/26/2011  

Legendary songwriter Alex Call will sign his new book & perform from 3-5PM @ Reckless on Friday August 26th from 3-5pm

‘867-5309/JENNY – The Song That Saved Me’ is the memoir of Alex Call, guitarist, songwriter and lead singer for the San Francisco 60’s band, Clover, which included band mates Huey Lewis and John McFee of the Doobie Brothers. Clover gained a San Francisco following after recording two albums for Fantasy Records. Continuing their rise to fame, Clover toured England with Thin Lizzy and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their music soon caught the attention of Mutt Lange, legendary producer of Foreigner, AC/DC, and Def Lepard. Clover went on to record two albums on Phonogram/Mercury with Mutt Lange and backed Elvis Costello on his famed first album, My Aim is True.
Best known for his hit song ‘867-5309/ Jenny,’ Alex has written songs for Huey Lewis and the News and Pat Benatar. Alex wrote Jenny-Jenny at a time when riches had fallen to ruin at a low and desperate point in his rock & roll life. Call’s memoir is inspiring, impassioned, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet, and always entertaining. Unlike some rock memoirs that employ ghostwriters, Alex penned not only his memoir, but also six fictional novels. One of these, ‘Second Childhood,’ the story of a middle-aged married man and his sudden compulsion to get the rock band of his youth back together, has been contracted by Charles River Press and is slated for a Spring 2012 release. “867-5309/Jenny – The Song That Saved Me’ will be released on August 1, 2011. A nationwide tour of ‘Book Concerts’ begins in St. Louis, MO in August 2011 and continues on through Chicago, New York, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Nashville, Pensacola, Providence, and other locales. Alex will arrive at a bookstore with his acoustic guitar and a ‘band-in-a-box’ and will sing his hit songs and sign books and posters. At larger venues such as music halls and auditoriums, Alex will perform with a full band on stage followed by a narrated slide show before signing books, T-shirts, posters, and CD’s.  
In-Store Performance: NORTHLESS   08/20/2011  
Milwaukee heavy-hitters NORTHLESS will be devastating our store on Saturday, August 20 at 4PM before their show with COFFINWORM that night at Bottom Lounge!

Fans of bands like Neurosis, old Isis or sonic waves causing you to inadvertently shit your pants should make it a point to see these dudes.

Like all of our in-stores, this is completely FREE and we couldn't be more excited for it!!  
In-Store Performance: Love of Everything   08/02/2011  
Chicago indie rocker Bobby Burg will celebrate the release of his new 7" "Sooner I Wish" with a free in-store performance at Reckless Records in Wicker Park on Tuesday August 2nd @ 5:30pm  
In-Store Performance: Marissa Nadler   07/21/2011  
FREE in-store performance by Marissa Nadler at 3pm at the Reckless Records on Broadway!

Don't forget to see her performance later that evening at Schubas.

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www.marissanadler.com
marissanadler.blogspot.com/
www.myspace.com/songsoftheend
 
In-Store Performance: Hannibal Buress / Prescott Tolk / Lil Rel   07/14/2011  
An evening of comedy at Reckless Records!!

Chicago's own Hannibal Buress will be performing at Reckless Records on Milwaukee Avenue in support of his CD, "My Name Is Hannibal!!" Buress is an accomplished writer and comedian who has written for both 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, as well as appearing on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

You can also catch Hannibal July 6-10 & 13-17 at Zanies in Chicago (1548 N. Wells)!!

Also on the mini-bill are New Jersey native Prescott Tolk, who you can check out at http://furtherfromthetruth​.blogspot.com/, and Chicago's Lil' Rel, who you can check out at http://thelilrelcompany.co​m/Home.html  
In-Store Performance: Ringo Deathstarr   06/27/2011  
FREE in-store performance at 5PM with Austin's Ringo Deathstarr

FB
http://www.facebook.com/ringodeathstarr?v=app_5179614317

Myspace
http://www.myspace.com/ringodeathstar  
In-Store Performance: Distractions   06/26/2011  
Chicago moody rockers DISTRACTIONS will perform for free at Reckless in Wicker Park on Sunday June 26 at 5pm.  
In-Store Performance: MAKER live-beat performance!!   06/25/2011  
Chicago's own producer-extraordinaire MAKER will be doing a a live-beat set to celebrate the release of his new CD "Maker vs. Now Again."

We will have the CD on sale for $9.99 as well as other Maker-related goodies like his collaborations with Qwel & his other solo album "Shooting the Breeze."

Like all of our in-stores, this is FREE! Hope to see you there!  
BON IVER listening/release party!!   06/20/2011  
We'll be playing and selling the new BON IVER album on Monday June 20th at Rodan starting at 9pm. We'll have a limited edition version with a bonus disc & a free poster, we'll also be selling the "Calgary" 12" one week early.

ANALOG POP DJs (80's electronic/ psych/ no-wave) will follow.  
In-Store Performance: Michael Chapman   06/07/2011  
The amazing British guitarist Michael Chapman will perform for free at Reckless Records on Broadway on Tuesday June 7th. Fans of 60's & 70's British folk ala Roy Harper, Bert Jansch & American fingerstyle players such as John Fahey should not miss this!

Michael Chapman
free in-store performance
Tuesday June 7th
6:30pm
Reckless Records on Broadway  
BATTLES "Gloss Drop" release party at Rodan Monday 6/6   06/06/2011  

We'll be selling the CD/LP early starting at 9PM. we'll also be playing the album throughout the night and we'll have BATTLES related swag (posters/buttons etc..) to give away. We'll also be raffling off a copy of the LP!!

ANALOG POP DJS (80's electronic/ psych/ no-wave) will follow  
In-Store Performance: Shawn Rosenblatt (Netherfriends)   06/05/2011  
FREE in-store with Shawn Rosenblatt of Netherfriends at 4PM. Be sure to check them out at Lincoln Hall later that evening!

Myspace
http://www.myspace.com/netherfriends
FB
http://www.myspace.com/netherfriends
Blog
http://netherfriends.blogspot.com/  
In-Store Performance: White Mystery   05/28/2011  
White Mystery will celebrate the release of their 2nd album "Blood & Venom" with a free in-store performance at Reckless Records in Wicker Park on Saturday May 28th at 4pm. Bring your red or orange afro wigs!
 
In-Store Performance: SANTAH   05/13/2011  
Friday, May 13
6PM
FREE

Sunny, fuzzy pop group SANTAH will be playing at the Wicker Park store in support of their forthcoming album (out June 7) and their show on
5/14 at Lincoln Hall with PET LIONS & the CHANGES!!
This band was formed at University of Illinois, so this is a hometown stop. Come out and show some love.

http://www.myspace.com/santahhh  
In-Store Performance: Musikanto   05/07/2011  
In-store with Chicago band Musikanto at 1pm on Saturday May 7.

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http://www.myspace.com/musikantolive
http://www.facebook.com/#!/musikanto.musikanto  
Fucked Up David Comes to Life pre-order information   04/25/2011  
pre-order FUCKED UP’s new album David Comes to Life at any Reckless location you’ll be given a coupon with a unique code on it
Log in is mandatory at buyearlygetnow.com to get your free goodies
When you log in you will get this stuff:

- MP3s of the 5 non-album, character introduction songs immediately upon login

- download of the album May 10-13th broken into 4 parts

- album (2xLP or CD), poster and MP3s of record store day

David Comes to Life album on street date (visit Reckless to pick up album and log in again to website for David Comes to Life mp3s) June 7th

- four 7"s including 8 non-album, character introduction songs (visit Reckless a second time to pick up) June 28th

CD $30.99
LP $38.99

ask at the counter if you have any questions!!  
In-Store Performance: UZI RASH   04/19/2011  
FREE in-store performance from UZI RASH. 6PM at the Wicker Park store!!  
In-Store Performance: Roommate   04/16/2011  
Solo performance on Record Store Day - 2PM!  
Exciting last minute Record Store Day news!!   04/15/2011  
All 3 locations are giving away a free copy of the 2011 Reckless staff cassette compilation "Lifers." We might not have these at all locations right at 10am but we will have them tomorrow. If you're at one of the stores early & want a copy, just give us your name & we'll hold a copy for you. Limited edition of 100 copies.

Here's the artist listing:

Side A:
Chris Connelly
Blasted Diplomats
Implodes
Death Ships
Ken Camden
Magas

Side B:
Anthony Illarde
Party Downers
Robbie Hamilton
Violent ARP Band
Three Cheers for One Dead Man
The Dials
Charlie Nothing
Bride of Wolf Destroyer

AND

And finally, we're excited to announce the debut release "Black Earth" by Chicago noise rockers IMPLODES. Kranky was nice enough to let us sell the album a few days early and we're giving away a free 4 color silkscreen print of the album cover by talented local artist Mat Daly. These will be available in the stores after Record Store Day and also to web customers as a normal release while supplies last. Here's a pic of the print.




 
Other Record Store Day related events that we are participating in/sponsoring   04/14/2011  
SOUND IT OUT: followed by Q and A with director Jeanie Finlay!

An intimate, funny, loving portrait of the last record store
in the northeast of England and it’s loveable eccentrics.
South by Southwest 2011 official selection
tix $10 • good for $5 at Reckless after the show!

For more info check out: http://www.cimmfest.org/

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BLOODSHOT AT BIG STAR
DJs! • Live Music! • Tacos!
12-5PM

• Record Store Day and Bloodshot's RSD releases, including our live 15th year anniversary album from The Hideout Block Party!

• The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMFest) with a screening of Exene Cervenka's short film, "Bad Day."

Whew, that's a lot of reasons to come on down to Bloodshot's day out at Big Star! The day will feature Bloodshot staffers behind the turntables; an acoustic performance from Ha Ha Tonka; giveaways from Bloodshot, Reckless Records and drink specials and more!

But don't let the buck stop with us—get out there and support your local independent record store! It's their official day, after all (not that you shouldn't be shopping there ANYWAY!)

Let 'em know you care—browse the racks, spend some cash, hug your favorite record store clerk, and realize how lucky we are to live in a city that has as many fantastic plastic platter purveyors as we do here in Chicago!  
RECORD STORE DAY In-store performances (NOW WITH TIMES!!!) / Exclusive Releases   04/07/2011  
Record Store Day 2011 is going to be great this year. Along with the insane amount of cool releases & free goodies, each store will be having some amazing in-store performances & some items exclusive to Reckless. Keep checking back for more info but here's a little preview for now:


RECKLESS RECORDS: Milwaukee Ave
In-store performances:
1PM TYLER JON TYLER
2PM JOAN OF ARC
3PM CANDY GOLDE (with Bun E Carlos of
CHEAP TRICK!!)
330 PM JEFF PARKER (of TORTOISE, solo guitar)
4PM SINGLEMAN AFFAIR
5PM CAIRO GANG

Rock n' Roll caricatures by Steve Krakow aka Plastic Crimewave from 12-5PM


RECKLESS RECORDS: Broadway
In-store performances:
12PM CULT OF YOUTH
1PM RAW NERVE **(MOVED TO 5PM!!)
2PM OWEN
3PM POPULATION
5PM RAW NERVE

RECKLESS RECORDS: Loop
In-store performances:
2PM ROOMMATE
3PM SLOW WITCH (Angela of Sybris)

more possibly TBA

Exclusives:

RAW NERVE "Tall Tales" Youth Attack Records YA67
"Overdue vinyl collection of the demo, remixed & remastered "Teens in Heat" EP, Mailorder LP cassingle, and the Nervous Habits cassingle. These will be pressed on white vinyl and limited to 200 copies with art by Dan Rossiter. This release will be available ONLY from Reckless Records in Chicago in commemoration of Record Store Day on April 16th."

Various Artists NO PEACE/WAR 7"
Organized Crime Records have teamed up with some amazing bands to bring you the No Peace/ War 7” compilation. No Peace/ War was conceived nearly 2 decades ago by Dwid Van Hellion of INTEGRITY. The compilation was to include some of his favorite western hardcore bands paying homage to ...some of his favorite Japanese hardcore bands. Originally it was scheduled to be one of the seminal Blood Book 7” singles. Unfortunately No Peace/ War was indefinitely shelved due to unforeseen forces. Now 17 years later the compilation will finally see the light of day. Included on No Peace/ War are exclusive tracks by INTEGRITY, GEHENNA, VVEGAS, CAPE OF BATS and ROT IN HELL each covering their favorite Japanese hardcore songs.

WHITE MYSTERY "Blood & Venom"
Reckless is proud to be one of the few local stores to be carrying the new album by Chicago brother/sister duo WHITE MYSTERY a few days earlier than their 4/20/11 release date

more exclusives TBA!!  
In-Store Performance: Moon Duo   04/02/2011  
Free Reckless Records in-store on Saturday, April 2nd featuring San Francisco natives Moon Duo (Sacred Bones, Holy Mountain, Woodsist). 5PM

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http://www.moonduo.org/splash.cfm
www.myspace.com/moonduo  
In-Store Performance: Kurt Vile (solo acoustic)   04/01/2011  
We at Reckless are BIG fans of this Philly rocker and we can't be more pleased to have him play in our store. He'll be playing a stripped down solo acoustic set. Guitar nerds should make sure to check this out as he's an amazing player.

Kurt Vile
solo acoustic performance
Friday April 1st
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
7:30pm  
RECORD STORE DAY releases/ Instores   03/25/2011  
The list of RECORD STORE DAY releases is up at recordstoreday.com. We've ordered a lot of these titles but if you're specifically wondering if we'll have something, just send us an email: orders@reckless.com
Like previous years, we're not taking special orders on any of these items and they're first come first served. Once Record Store Day is over, everything will be available in the shops and through the website.
This is a printable list that you can bring into the store with you on Record Store Day to help organize your purchases.

We have some excellent in-stores planned for this year. We'll be posting the artists & set-times in the first week of April.  
In-Store Performance: Patton Oswalt reading & book signing   03/18/2011  
One of the funniest men on the planet right now, Patton Oswalt will be reading from his new book "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland" on Friday March 18th at 3:30pm. He'll be signing books as well.

Get there early, we expect a good crowd for this

Patton Oswalt
reading & signing
Friday March 18th
3:30pm
FREE  
In-Store Performance: Heavy Cream   03/14/2011  
Mark your calendars! Monday, March 14th is official Heavy Cream Day here at Reckless. They will be performing at the Reckless Records on Milwaukee Avenue, 4pm.

Be sure to check them out at the Empty Bottle later
that evening with Ty Segall (Goner).

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http://www.facebook.com/heavycreamband
www.myspace.com/heavycreamband
http://www.infinitycat.com/  
In-Store Performance: THOU   03/08/2011  
EXCITING! Broadway is hosting an early in-store performance with split release masters and Louisiana degenerates, Thou (Southern Lord, Gilead, Halo of Flies). Don't miss this one!

"Deets"
Tuesday, March 8, 3p

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http://noladiy.org/thou/
www.myspace.com/thouband
http://www.southernlord.com/index2.php  
In-Store Performance: Broken Records   02/26/2011  
Free in-store performance by this Scottish group on Saturday, February 26 at 7pm at the Reckless on Broadway. They are also playing at Schubas later that evening.

Broken Records - Let Me Come Home (4AD)
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www.myspace.com/brokenrecordsedinburgh  
In-Store Performance: Dirty Beaches   02/24/2011  
We are very excited to announce a Dirty Beaches in-store at the Wicker Park location! Dirty Beaches is currently embarking on a tour with Sub Pop artist Dum Dum Girls and is stopping in to do a solo performance on Thursday, February 24 at 5pm.

Come on out!

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Dirty Beaches
www.myspace.com/dirtybeaches
http://dirtybeaches.blogspot.com/

Zoo Music
http://www.killzoomusic.com/
 
In-Store Performance: Chris Brokaw/ Matthew Mulane   01/23/2011  
On Sunday January 23rd, Reckless will host an instore performance for Chris Brokaw & Matthew Mulane. As always, the instore is free. 6:30pm

Chris Brokaw is a multi-faceted multi-instrumentlist who began recording and performing with Codeine (on drums & guitar) in 1990. In 1992, he left that band to pursue songwriting, singing and guitar playing with Come, recording four albums with Matador Records and touring internationally for ten years. In addition to his solo recordings and film soundtracks, he has performed with (as a member or a guest) acts such as The Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Empty House Cooperative, Cobra Verde, Manta Ray, Karate, Via Tania, Steve Wynn, Evan Dando, Thalia Zedek, Tara Jane O'Neil, The Lemonheads, Thurston Moore, Hugo Race, The New Year, Alan Licht, Rhys Chatham and many more. In late 2010, his solo 12-string album VDSQ Solo Acoustic Vol. 3 was released by Vin du Select Qualitite Records.

Matthew Mullane is a student, sound artist, performing musician and writer currently living in Ohio. His sound work differs greatly from release to release while his written work focuses on aesthetics and art theory.
http://www.matthewmullane.com/  
Reckless Records Employees & friends 2010 BEST OF LISTS!!   12/21/2010  
2010 was one of the best years for music in recent memory. Here's the proof:

Jim Magas
Wolfgang Voigt - Freiland Klaviermusik
Les Rallizes Denudes - Heavier Than a Death In the Family
Les Rallizes Denudes - Blind Baby Has Its Mother's Eyes
Bill Orcutt - Way Down South
Endless Boogie - Full House Head
Speed, Glue & Shinki - s/t
Scientists - This Is My Happy Hour
VA - Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna
VA - Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974
Omar Souleyman - Jazeera Nights: Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria
Dadawah - Peace And Love
Bang - Bullets boxset
Moebius - Blue Moon OST
Kevin Drumm - Necro Acoustic 5CD box
My Solid Ground - s/t
Umberto - Prophesy of the Black Widow
Goblin - Zombi
Virgo - s/t
Chris & Cosey reissues
Brainbombs - Burning Hell
Omar Khorshid - Guitar El Chark
Anthony "Shake" Shakir - Frictionalism
Negative Approach - s/t 7"
Vulcan - Meet Your Ghost
Chris Connelly - How This Ends
Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology 6LP box

Other great things: The Gories reunion at Empty Bottle, Louie CK, Omar Souleyman at Grant Park, my daughter entering pre-school, the continuing proliferation of outstanding craft beers and playing with the Violent ARP Band.

Emily Elhaj
LADY GAGA
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WINNING THE SUPER BOWL
Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Etienne Jaumet - Night Music (Domino)
Best Coast - Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)
Magik Markers/Sic Alps - Tour Only 12" (Yik Yak Records)
Sylvester Anfang II - Commune Cassetten (Blackest Rainbow)
Ken Camden - Lethargy & Repercussions (Kranky)
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut)
Blessure Grave - Judged By 12, Carried By 6 (Release the Bats)
Sun Araw - On Patrol (Not Not Fun)
Caribou - Swim (Merge)
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (Universal Motown)
Phil Cohran - Armageddon (Katalyst)
Pantha du Prince - Black Noise (Rough Trade)
Cacaw - Cacaw (Permanent)
Dum Dum Girls - Blissed Out (cass) (Art Fag)
Fielded - Terrageist (Catholic Tapes)
Janelle Monae - The Archandroid (Bad Boy)
Geffika - Geffika (cass) (Love Lion)
Emeralds - Does it Look I'm Here? (Editions Mego)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today (4AD)
Amen Dunes - Murder Dull Mind EP (Sacred Bones)
Wild Nothing - Gemini (Captured Tracks)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal (Editions Mego)
Julian Lynch - Mare (Olde English Spelling Bee)
The Dream - Love King (Def Jam)
Best Coast - Sun Was High (So Was I) 45 (Art Fag)
High Confessions - Turning Lead Into Gold... (Relapse)
Dirty Beaches - True Blue/Sweet 17 45 (Zoo Music)
Purple Rhinestone Eagle - The Great Return (Stank House/Love Lion)
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber I (Debemur Morti)
Angel Olsen - Lady of the Waterpark (cass) (Love Lion)
Tinsel Teeth - Trash As The Trophy (Load)
Dead C - Patience (Badabing)
Brain Idea - Survival Scrolls (Permanent)
Games - That We Play (Hippos In Tanks)
Burzum - Belus (Back on Black)
Sleep Over - Outer Limits 45 (Forest Family)
Deathspell Omega - Paracletus (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

(((SHOWS)))
Thrones - Empty Bottle
Best Coast - Empty Bottle/Pitchfork/Metro
Sleep/Ga'an - Logan Square Auditorium
Joan Jett - 7/11 Parking Lot
Omar Souleyman - Grant Park
Solvent - Home Sweet Home, New York
Enslaved - House of Blues
Cacaw - Ball Hall
John Wiese - MCA (Wire Festival)
Julian Lynch - Gravity Records, North Carolina
Cropped Out Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
Riccardo Muti at Millennium Park

Kate Ruggeri
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty
Brain Idea - Survival Scrolls
The Dream - Love King
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Gregory Isaacs - All I Have is Love
Group Doueh - Beatte Harab
Group Inerane - Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 3
Lee Perry - Sound System Scratch
Neil Young - Le Noise
Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi
Sun Araw - On Patrol / Off Duty EP

Dan Maloney
Ariel Pink & The Haunted Graffiti: Before Today
Field Music : (Measure)
Gil Scott Heron : I' m New Here
Javelin : No Mas
Tallest Man On Earth: Wild Hunt
Robert Plant: Band of Joy
Beach House: Teen Dream
Tame Impala: Inner Speaker
Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest
Secret Sisters: S/t
Sun Kil Moon: Admiral Fell Promises
Neil Young: Le Noise

Reissues

Bruce Springsteen: The Promise
Anibal Velasquez & Su Conjunto: Mambo Loco
Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology
Jim Sullivan: UFO
Kris Kristofferson: Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends (Publishing Demos)
Ride: Nowhere
Slowdive: Soulvaki & Blue Day
Robert Wyatt: Shleep
Dadawah: Peace & Love
Bridget St John: 4 Men With Beards Reissues
Pastor T.L Barrett: Like A Ship

Dave Hofer
BEST OF 2010 (no order):
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot
Decrepit Birth - Polarity
Aeon - Path of Fire
Primate - demos
Blacastan - Blac Sabbath
Fuck the Facts - Unnamed EP
Bongripper - Satan Worshipping Doom
Angel Eyes - Midwestern
Drake - Thank Me Later
Puerto Muerto - Drumming for Pistols
Sleepy Sun - Fever
Guilty Simpson - OJ Simpson
Whitefield Brothers - Earthology
Cephalic Carnage - Misled By Certainty
Centarus – Pulse
Nails - Unsilent Death
Cardiac Arrest - Haven for the Insane
Muzzler/Harpoon - Split 7"

Libby Zanders
In no particular order:
Love Lion cassette label
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir "Like A Ship... (Without A Sail)" reissue LP
Brain Idea "The Survival Scrolls" LP
Eddy Current Suppression Ring "Rush to Relax" LP
Burzum "Belus" LP
Los Saicos "Demolicion!" 7" box set
Heavy Times "Dead" LP
Kris Kristofferson "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: the Publishing Demos 68-72" LP
Pissed Jeans "Sam Kinison Woman" 7"
Mississippi Records still killin' it-  Check out their tape series!
Tandoori Knights "Bucketful" 7"
Lady Gaga taking over the country
Beyonce "Why Don't You Love Me" music video
Sleep at the Logan Square Auditorium
Implodes at the Empty Bottle
extra photos of Bruce Springsteen from Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions
touch & go book

Katie Kapuza
Into the Great Wide Yonder- Trentemoller
Ay Ay Ay- Matias Aguayo
Black Noise- Pantha Du Prince
U Don't Like Me- Diplo & Lil Jon
A Sufi & A Killer- Gonjasufi
Strange Weather Isn't It- !!!
Mercy- Sweet Cobra
Dust- Ellen Allien
Madlib Medicine Show #4- Madlib
Where Did the Night Fall- Unkle
DJ Kicks- Apparat
Modeselektion Vol. 1- Modeselektor
Blood of Heroes- Blood of Heroes

Caroline Yohanon
(in no order)
dungen "skit i allt"
beach house "teen dream"
whitefield brothers "earthology"
Javelin "no mas"
black keys "brothers"
the liminanas "the liminanas"
sade "soldier of love"
lcd soundsystem "this is happening"
chicago thrash ensemble "chicago thrash ensemble ep"
field music "field music"
tame impala "innerspeaker"
thee oh sees "warm slime"
tallest man on earth "the wild hunt"
robert plant "band of joy"
mgmt "congratulations"
baths "cerulean"
black angels "phosphene dream"
sleigh bells "treats"
yeasayer "odd blood"
twin sister "color your life"
mulatu astatke "mulatu steps ahead"
peed glue & shinki "speed glue & shinki" (reissue)
various artists "pomegranates"

best shows
the violent arp band @ empty bottle
dungen @ lincoln hall

Billy Smith
2010 best of looks mostly mellow

Peter Gabriel "Scratch My Back" (Real World)
Loscil "Endless Falls" (Kranky)
Jonsi "Go" (XL)
S O U N D G A R D E N is B A C K
Johann Johannsson "Fordlandia" (4AD)
Olafur Arnalds "And They Escaped The Weight" (Erased Tapes)
Superchunk "Majesty Shredding" (Merge)
Swans "My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky" (Young God)
Posies “Blood/ Candy” (Rykodisc)
Local H “Local H's Awesome Mix Tape # 1 (G&P)

Michelle Hodges
best coast - crazy for you
merchandise - (strange songs) in the dark
jack rose - luck in the valley
anika - s/t
detachments - s/t
scientists - this is my happy hour
swans - my father will guide me up a rope to the sky
death in june - peaceful snow
daily void - eclipse of 1453 ep
bastard noise - a culture of monsters
total abuse - mutt
drunkdriver - s/t
slices - cruising
raw nerve - s/t
sick/tired - highlife
double negative - daydream nation
manipulation - violence 7"
low threat profile - s/t 7"
mens interest - more war 7"
leather - anchorite 7"
vile gash - s/t 7"
veins - s/t 7"
vaccine - human hatred 7"
sea of shit/ socially retarded split 7"
raspberry bulbs - dust in the fallen face cs
population - demo cs
skrapyard - demo cs

vinyl reissues:
the fall - wonderful and frightening world of the fall
crisis - hymns of faith
les rallizes denudes - heavier than a death in the family
black tambourine - s/t
hoover - the lurid traversal of route 7
ride - nowhere
galaxie 500 (all of them)
spacemen 3 (all of them)
wake – harmony

shows:
   swans @ bottom lounge
   dropdead & double negative @ treasure town
   the clean @ bottom lounge
   bastard noise @ ronny's

Matt Jencik
Agalloch “Marrow of the Spirit”
Aguaturbia LP reissues
Alcest “Ecaille De Lune”
Autopsy LP reissues
Blut Aus Nord “What Once Was...Liber I”
Brain Idea “Survival Scrolls”
Jane Birkin “Di Doo Dah” reissue
Burzum “Belus”
Ken Camden “Lethargy & Repurcussions” LP
Chris Connelly “Ed Royal” book
Deathspell Omega “Paracletus”
Deuter “D” LP reissue
Deux “Decadence” LP reissue
Disappears “Lux”
Drudkh “Handful of Stars”
Enslaved “Axioma Ethica Odini”
Fielded “Terrageist”
Furze “Reaper Subconscious Guide”
Katatonia “Dance of December Souls” LP reissue
Les Rallizes Denudes LP reissues
Liars “Sisterworld”
Nachtmystium “Addicts: Black Meddle Part Two”
Orkustra “Adventures in Experimental Electronic Orchestra
from the San Francisco Psychedelic Underground”
Parasites of the Western World LP reissue
Parson Sound LP boxset
Armando Piazza “Suan” reissue
Ramleh “Hole in the Heart”
Ride for Revenge “Wisdom of the Few”
Triptykon “Eparistera Daimones”
Until the Light Takes Us 2XDVD
Voivod “Negatron”/”Phobos” LP reissue
Yellow Swans “Going Places”
Neil Young “Le Noise”
V/A Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974
V/A Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 1 LP reissue

Live shows
Alcest @ Reggie's
Brain Idea @ The Hideout
The Clean/ Mannequin Men @ Bottom Lounge
Enslaved @ House of Blues
Entombed @ Reggie's
Guided by Voices @ Riviera
Iggy & the Stooges @ Riviera
eyehategod/ Nachtmystium @ Empty Bottle
Omar Souleyman @ Grant Park
Sleep @ Logan Square Auditorium
Sunn O)))/Boris at ATP NY
Triptykon @ Bottom Lounge

Erika Hendrix
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today (4AD)
Best Coast: “Something in the Way” [7”] (Post Present Medium)
Das Racist: Shut Up, Dude (digital mixtape)
Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest (4AD)
Disappears: Lux (Kranky)
Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be (Sub Pop)
Hallo Gallo: “Blinkgurtel” [7”] (Vampire Blues)
Hunx and his Punx: Gay Singles (True Panther)
Moderne: Moderne 1980-81 (Minimal Wave)
Moon Duo: Escape (Woodsist)
Munly & the Lupercalians: Petr & the Wulf (Alternative Tentacles)
Newsom, Joanna: Have One on Me (Drag City)
Olsen, Angel: Strange Cacti (Bathetic) [tape]
Swans: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (Young God)
Teengirl Fantasy: 4AM (Thrill Jockey)
Thee Oh Sees: Warm Slime (In the Red)
Umberto: Prophesy of the Black Widow (Not Not Fun)
The Vaselines: Sex with an X (Sub Pop)
Yellow Swans: Going Places
Zola Jesus: Stridulum EP (Sacred Bones)
Various artists: Minimal Wave Tapes, Vol. 1 (Stones Throw)

Honorable mentions:
Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop); Future Islands: In Evening Air
(Thrill Jockey); Grinderman: Grinderman 2 (Anti-); LA Vampires & Zola
Jesus: LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus (Not Not Fun);Lynch, Julian: Mare
(Old English Spelling Bee); Sadier, Laetitia: The Trip (Drag City)

Reissues/compilations/box sets::
Black Tambourine: Complete Recordings (Slumberland)
Deux: Decadence (Minimal Wave)
Neu!: Neu! reissues/Neu! box set
Orange Juice: Coals to Newcastle (Domino)
Slim Cessna's Auto Club: Buried Behind the Barn (Alternative
Tentacles; originally  released in 2004 as a CD-R)

Melissa Grubbs
Alcest- Ecaille De Lune
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
Ken Camden - Lethargy & Repercussions
Phil Cohran- Zulu 45s 7” boxset
Deux “Decadence” LP reissue
Enslaved “Axioma Ethica Odini”
Grinderman- 2
Group Inerane- Guitars From Agadez Vol. 3
High Confessions - Turning Lead Into Gold...
Syl Johnson- Complete Mythology
Omar Khorshid - Guitar El Chark
Les Rallizes Denudes (reissues)
Liars- Sisterworld
Janelle Monae- The Archandroid
Parson Sound LP boxset
Pastor T.L. Barrett "Like a Ship Without a Sail"
PNS & ZAVALA- Canciones Modernas
Mark Ronson- Bang Bang 12" (with Q-Tip! Best guilty pleasure 12" in a while!)
Sade- Soldier of Love
Gil Scott Heron- I'm New Here
Sylvester Anfang II - Commune Cassetten
Umberto - Prophesy of the Black Widow
Anibal Y Su Conjunto Velasquez- Mambo Loco
Various Artists- Cloud Cuckooland
Various Artists- Cumbia Beat Vol.1 1966-1976: Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical
Various Artists: Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna
Various Artists – Pomegranates
Various Artists - Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974
Whitfield Brothers- Earthology
Robert Wyatt- Shleep (vinyl reissue)
Neil Young- Le Noise

Ethan D'Ercole
SYL JOHNSON BOX
PHIL COHRAN 7" BOX
MANNEQUIN MEN- HOBBY GIRL/ SEE SAW (HOZAC)
MANNEQUIN MEN/ JACK OBLIVIAN SPLIT 7" (VICE)
HIGH CONFESSIONS- TURNING LEAD INTO GOLD (RELAPSE)
(DUTCH) OUTSIDERS- AFRAID OF THE DARK (PSEUDONYM)
THEE OH SEES- WARM SLIME (IN THE RED)
ENDTABLES- S/T (DRAG CITY)
CHICAGO THRASH ENSEMBLE- S/T (PLASTIC AIRLINES)
BEDFELLOWS- LIVE AT THE HIDEOUT (IMPORT ONLY)
SMALL FACES- ALL OR NOTHING (DVD)
ARIEL PINK- BEFORE TODAY (4AD)

Robbie Hamilton
Disappears "Lux"
Besnard Lakes "Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night"
David Vandervelde "Summertime Hits"
Ariel Pink "Before Today"
Swans "My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky"

Movie of the year:
"I'm Still Here", Directed by Casey Affleck

Sarah Frier
1. Brothers - The Black Keys
2. Phosphorescent Dream - The Black Angels
3. Majesty Shredding - Superchunk
4. Before Today - Ariel Pink
5. Square Shells EP - Kurt Vile
6. Band of Joy - Robert Plant
7. I Learned the Hard Way - Sharon Jones
8. Expo 86 - Wolf Parade
9. Teen Dream - Beach House
10. Le Noise - Neil Young
11. This is Happening - LCD Soundsystem
12. Go - Jonsi
13. Transference - Spoon

You made this year funny awards: Kristin Wiig, The Best Show on WFMU, David Cross, Tina Fey & the hometown heroes at The Beat Kitchen's Chicago Underground Comedy. Go to there.

Ken Camden
Group Inerane - Guitars From Agadez Vol. 3
Fielded - Terrageist
Jonas Reinhardt - Powers of Audition
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Brain Idea - Survival Scrolls
Disappears - Lux
Brian Mcbride - The Effective Disconnect
Sylvester Anfang II - Commune Cassetten
Alex Barnett - Section 1-3 (cassettes)
Geffika - Geffika (cassette)
Reissues
Slava Ranko - Arctic Hysteria
Daphne Oram - Oramics
Dwarr - Animals
Snowy Red - Right to Die
Deux - Decadence

Steve Shoup
Artificial Peace - Complete Sessions
Autopsy - reissues
Beherit - Engram
Bitchin Bajas - Tones/Zones
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber I
The Body - All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood
Brain Idea - The Survival Scrolls
Burzum - Belus
Cacaw - Cacaw
Ken Camden - Lethargy & Repercussions
Can - Peel Sessions
Cave - Pure Moods
Crisis - Hymns Of Faith 
Daily Void - Eclipse Of 1453
Deathspell Omega - Paracletus
Drudkh - Handful Of Stars
Dwarr - Animals
Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
Fielded - Terrageist
Ga'an - Call Of The Black Equus
Geffika - Geffika 
Goblin - Roller reissue
Heavy Times - Dead
Omar Khorshid - Guitar El Chark
Leather - Anchorite 7"
Les Rallizes Denudes - Blind Baby Has Its Mother's Eyes
Les Rallizes Denudes - Heavier Than A Death In The Family
Lungfish - Pass & Stow reissue
Ozzie - The Parabolic Rock 1975-1982
Parasites Of The Western World reissue
Parson Sound box set
Pissed Jeans - Sam Kinison Woman 7"
Plastic People Of The Universe - Magical Nights
Psychic Steel - Ofsteme
Ride - Nowhere reissue
Rorschach - Remain Sedate/Protestant reissue
Section 25 - Always Now reissue
Snowy Red - Right To Die
Spacemen 3 - reissues
Steel Pole Bath Tub - Unlistenable
Wipers - Out Takes
Neil Young - Le Noise

SHOWS:
Bastard Noise
The Body
The Clean
Harvey Milk
Negative Approach
Bill Orcutt
Pissed Jeans
Sleep 
Swans
Thrones
... and far too many Chicago bands to list here

Kip McCabe
Chicago Backhawks winning the Stanley Fucking Cup!

Meshuggah "Alive"
Shipping News "One Less Heart to Fear"
Bottomless Pit "Blood Under the Bridge"
Melvins "The Bride Screamed Murder"
The Books "The Way Out"
Andrew Bird "Useless Creatures"
Dungen "Skit I Allt"
Neil Young "Le Noise'

Dan Worland
Disappears - Lux
Tyler Jon Tyler - s/t + both 45s
Night Beats - H-Bomb EP
Midwest Beat - At The Gates
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Rush To Relax
Spoon - Transference
1900s – Return of the Century

Courtland Green
JOSHUA ABRAMS "NATURAL INFORMATION"
SADE "SOLDIER OF LOVE"
ANIBAL VELASQUEZ Y SU CONJUNTO "MAMBO LOCO"
MEATY OGRE & CRUSHCON 7 "SWORD"
PNS & ZAVALA "CANCIONES MODERNAS"
ROBERT WYATT "FOR THE GHOSTS WITHIN"
BILL ORCUTT "WAY DOWN SOUTH"
SYL JOHNSON "COMPLETE MYTHOLOGY"
GIL SCOTT-HERON "I'M NEW HERE"
GREGORY ISAACS "ALL I HAVE IS LOVE"
WHITEFIELD BROTHERS "EARTHOLOGY"
V/A "ECSTATIC MUSIC OF THE JEMAA EL FNA"
PASTOR T.L. BARRETT "LIKE A SHIP WITHOUT A SAIL"
V/A "REAL SOUND OF CHICAGO"
FUMIO HAYASAKA & MASARU SATO "AKIRA KUROSAWA'S MOVIE
SOUNDTRACKS”
PARSON SOUND "PARSON SOUND" boxset

Gar Brandt
NO particular order except number one is #1.
LCD Soundsystem "This is Happening"
Books "The Way Out"
Grinderman "2"
Lustmord "Dark Places of the Earth"
Holy Fuck "Latin"
Doomstar! "Rainbow Bloodsucker"
National "High Violet"
Perseus Noble S/T
Health "disco2"
Les Savy Fav "Root For Ruin"11. Altar Eagle "Mechanical Garden"
Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
Deerhunter "Halcyon Digest"
Robert Plant "Band of Joy"
Swans "My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky"
Stereolab "Not Music"

New to Me (Reissues and Remasters)
David Bowie "Station to Station"
Amanaz "Africa"
Neu! "Boxset"
Syl Johnson "Complete Mythology

Lauren Kornman
1. Various Artists "Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume One" (cd/lp) (minimal wave)
2. Los Saicos "¡Demolición! - The Complete Recordings" (cd) (Munster)
3. Omar Khorshid "Guitar El Chark" (lp) (Sublime Frequencies)
4. Deux "Decadence" (lp) (minimal wave)
5. Various Artists "Cumbia Beat Vol. 1: Experimental Guitar Driven Tropical
Sounds From Peru 1966-1976 (vampi soul)
6. Bruce Haack "Farad: The Electric Voice" (lp/cd) (Stones Throw)
7. Dara Puspita "1966-1968" (cd) (Sublime Frequencies)
8. Pastor T.L. Barrett: "Like a Ship (Without a Sail)" (lp/cd) (Light In The Attic)
9. Various Artists "Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974" (lp)
(Sublime Frequencies)
10. Syl Johnson "Complete Mythology" (lp/cd) (Numero Group)
11. Various Artists "Vol 1: Wave The Ocean, Wave The Sea - Field
Recordings 1959-1960" (lp) (Mississippi Records)
12. Various Artists "Vol 2: Worried Now, Won't Be Worried Long - Field
Recordings From Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey",1959-1960"
(lp) (Mississippi Records)
13. Various Artists "Vol 3: I'll Meet You On That Other Shore - Field
Recordings From Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey", 1959-1960"
(lp) (Mississippi Records)
14. Various Artists "Vol 4: I'll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down -
Field Recordings From Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey",
1959-1960" (lp) (Mississippi Records)
15. Various Artists "Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!" (lp/cd) (Stones Throw)

Dylan Posa
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - FALL BE KIND EP
BEAK - S/T

Best New Records Of 2010 (in no order)

THE MAJOR LABEL SUCCESSES (against all odds)
   =========================
ERYKAH BADU 'NEW AMERYKAH PT.2' - a little mellower than Part One,
but good tunes nonetheless
FLAMING LIPS 'DARK SIDE OF THE MOON' - a seemingly bad idea actually
works, and is (dare I say) improved on in some spots
DEVO 'SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE' - haters will hate, but the new
songs are just as good as the old. Nostalgia is for squares.
ROOTS 'HOW I GOT OVER' - another brilliant concoction from the
hardest working band in show business
ELVIS COSTELLO 'NATIONAL RANSOM' - brilliant trawl through the
record collection, but in a good way

LITTLE BIGS THAT COULD (the Indies that feel like Majors)
   ======================
GIL SCOTT-HERON 'I'M NEW HERE' - a brilliant and thoughtful return
from a true original
TED LEO 'BRUTALISM BRICKS' - not one of his best, but still pretty
strong
BOOKS 'THE WAY OUT' - incredible constructions of pop collage
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS 'TOGETHER' - better and better

SMALL PLEASURES WITH GOOD DISTRO (I wish we sold more of these)
   ================================
MIDLAKE 'COURAGE OF OTHERS' - gorgeous uk folk/rock that sucks you in
FIELD MUSIC 'MEASURE' - ork/prog/pop genius
JAGA JAZZIST 'ONE ARMED BANDIT' - closest thing to a new '70s Zappa
record you can get (and that's a good thing)
LOCRIAN 'TERRITORIES' - their most fully-realized statement yet
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN 'OPTION PARALYSIS' - unfuckingbelievable
KAYO DOT 'COYOTE' - creeeepy
HARVEY MILK 'SMALL TURN OF HUMAN KINDNESS' - what can you say about
this band: perfect in every way, like a dinosaur.
BASTARD NOISE 'CULTURE OF MONSTERS' - I'm loving the dense punk
construction of these songs
HIGH CONFESSIONS 'TURNING LEAD INTO GOLD' - totally compelling and
seriously one of the best records I've heard in the last 10 years
MEGAFAUN 'HERETOFORE' - these guys combined UK folk and American
avant-garde tendencies to create an interesting amalgam
BAD PLUS 'NEVER STOP' - another batch of knotty "loud jazz"
compositions (too bad the vinyl is pressed so quietly)
CALLERS 'LIFE OF LOVE' - like Beefheart combined with Bacharach
GREYMACHINE 'DISCONNECTED' - came out last year but the vinyl finally
arrived in 2010. Godflesh for the aughts...
MARNIE STERN 'S/T' - guitar pyrotechnics plus indie rock
WOLF PEOPLE 'STEEPLE' - possibly the most slept-on record of 2010,
considering how much people loved Dungen
GLASSER 'RING' - cooler than Zola Jesus and Kate Bush combined
CIRCLE OF ANIMALS 'DESTROY THE LIGHT' - High Confessionals have some
Killing Joke love
WEEKEND 'SPORTS' - a late entry in the list, this one caught us all
by surprise

Best Reissues Of 2010 (in no order)
WEEZER 'PINKERTON' - Anything to do with this record gets an automatic
"Best" whatever.
ELVIS COSTELLO 'LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD HIGH'
EMBRYO '40'
WITCH 'LAZY BONES II' - In a glut of Afrorock reissues, this one
had some of the most compelling songwriting and playing.
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN 'HAUS DER LUGE' - One of their most accessible
and beautiful records, finally spiffed up for CD.
JIMI HENDRIX 'WEST COAST SEATTLE BOY' - an excellent collection
of, amazingly, unheard material.

Jason Verhagen
1. DEVO "SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE" (WARNER BROS)
2. SAIGON ROCK & SOUL 1968-1975 "VARIOUS ARTISTS" (SUBLIME FREQ.)
3. KOES PLUS "DHEG DHEG PLAS. VOL.2" (SUBLIME FREQ.)
4. CHARANJIT SIGNH “TEN RAGAS TO A DISCO BEAT" (BOMBAY CONNECTION)
5. CHICAGO TRASH ENSEMBLE "12" (SELF-RELEASED)
6. TRANS AM "THING" (THRILL JOCKEY)
7. DARA PUSPITA "1966-1968" (SUBLIME FREQ.)
8. M.I.A. "MAYA" (XL RECORDS)
9. ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI "BEFORE TODAY" (4AD)
10.PAUL COLLINS "KING OF POWER-POP" (ALIVE REC.)
  
TOP CONCERTS OF 2010
1. BUZZCOCKS
2. P.I.L.
3. OMAR SOLEYMAN
4. RIOT FEST (CIRCLE JERKS,CRO-MAGS,N.A.,OFF)
5. DEVO

Angela Ziles
Electric Wizard- Black Masses
Balam Acab- See Birds
Harvey Milk- S/T
Mount Kimbie- Crooks & Lovers
The Besnard Lakes- The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
The Daily Void- The Eclipse of 1453
Deux- Decadence
White Hills & Gnod- Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II
Date Psalms- Of Psalms
Phil Cohran & Legacy- African Skies
Anika- S/T
The Warlocks- Rise & Fall, EPs & Rarities
James Blackshaw- All Is Falling
Psychedelic Aliens- Psycho African Beat
Umberto- Prophecy Of The Black Widow
Arp, Anthony Moore- Frkwys Vol. 3
Lee “Scratch” Perry- Sound System Scratch Lee Perry’s Dub Plate Mixes

Mark Lux
ken camden lethargy & repercussions
steel pole bathtub unlistenable
ariel pink before today
plastic people of the universe magical nights
seu jorge & almaz
sun city girls funeral mariachi
pippo spera a buen perto
junip fields
bruce springsteen the promise
disappears 'me'
dwarr animals
group inerane guitars from agadez vol. 3
running/loose dudes split 7"
chris & cosey heartbeat reissue
mount carmel
jonas reinhardt powers of audition

Laura Deutsch
Flowers-Corsano Duo - The Four Aims (VHF)
 This album just might be the greatest thing I’ve come across in the last few years. After being a fan of Chris Corsano’s for many years, I got to see the duo live in Massachusetts and was blown away. On this album, Corsano is as skilled and quick as ever while Mick Flowers soars with an intense, rhythm-driven performance on the organ and tanpura. While these two musicians are undeniably talented on their own right, it is beyond clear (to me) that Corsano and Flowers bring out the best in one an other when playing together in this duo.
 
Michael Hurley - Armchair Boogie (Mississippi Records)
 Hurley’s voice on this album reminds me of every back road in the northeast.
 
Bill Nace, Paul Flaherty - An Airless Field (Ecstatic Peace!)
 I had been waiting to get my hands on this album and finally picked it up when Nace played at Enemy earlier this year. Nace creates a layered and grounding sediment for Flaherty to jump off from in his ever-weird ways. The sound remains cool and piercing throughout, keeping the listener on their toes. There’s even a dog barking in the background at the end of side one! Probably confused as shit as to what was going on when this doozie was recorded!
 
Irma Thomas - Wish Someone Would Care (Imperial)
 I was introduced to “Break-a-Way” on a mixtape earlier this year and promptly sought out this album. It’s very east to fall in love with the crackle in Irma’s voice.
Neil Young - On the Beach (Warner Bros)
 His best eight songs. His best album. Period.
 
Fat Worm of Error - Broods (Ecstatic Peace! / Open Mouth)
 Weirdest of the weird. The vocals punch through the mountain of sound from somewhere that, although LOUD, always seems like it’s making its way up from underground. Each song leaves the listener trying to figure out just how it makes such perfect sense.
 
Chairmen of the Board - Give me Just a Little More Time (Invictus)
General Johnson’s strained high notes hit hard! “Patches” and the group’s rendition of “Come Together” rule.
 
The Band - Stage Fright (Capitol)
Levon Helm’s subdued, gravely singing is just dreamy.
 
The Stranglers - La Folie (Liberty)
 There’s something super elegant and super creepy about this album, and the harpsichord on “Golden Brown” is one of the best things ever.
 
Ike & Tina Turner - ANYTHING
 I had really never listened to Ike and Tina before very recently and now I can’t get enough. I know I’m late to the game but the more I hear the more I like. It feels like there’s just an infinite amount of awesomeness to uncover. The Ikettes rule for that matter too!

Daniel Morris
9 things I remember liking in 2010,
in very particular order:

1. Jeremy Jay - Splash
2. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
3. Purple Rhinestone Eagle - The Great Return
4. Aziz Ansari - Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening
5. Bruce Springsteen - The Promise
6. Apple Records Box Set
7. ok, those Beatles remasters sound awesome too
8. Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
9. Janelle Monae - The Archandroid

Chris Connelly
1: Baalstrom sing omega - Current 93
2:Absolute dissent - killing joke
3:Swanlight - Antony & the johnsons
4:Up here in the clouds - Cindytalk
5:Destroy the light - Circle of Animals
6:My father will guide me up a rope..-Swans
7:Night work - Scissor sisters
8:Station to Station (reissue) - David Bowie
9:Kill City (reissue) Iggy pop & james williamson
10:Public image limited -live, june 2010, Chicago

Colman Cooney
ALPHABETICALLY:

Beach House - Teen Dream
Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
The Books - The Way Out
Bottomless Pit - Blood Under the Bridge
Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
Ken Camden - Lethargy and Repercussions
Fang Island - Fang Island
Group Inerane - Guitars from Agadez vol. 3
Harlem - Hippies
Heavy Times - No Plans 7"
Jonas Reinhardt - Powers of Audition
Kings Go Forth - Outsiders Are Back
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Brutalist Bricks
Liars - Sisterworld
Getatchew Mekuria & the Ex - Moa Anbessa
Menomena - Mines
Midlake - Courage of Others
Gil Scott Heron - I'm New Here
Soft Pack - Soft Pack
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Luc Rogers
1. Pissed Jeans – Sam Kinison Woman 7": The Allentown foursome's combination of witty lyrics, non-traditional song structures, and stellar, nearly cosmic sounds have worked well for them in the last few years. Recently hush on any forthcoming album; instead we were presented with this two-song slab of perfection. Both noisy as fuck and toast worthy, these little numbers not only satiate the PJ fans but offer a perfect introduction to those unfamiliar in that "Sam Kinison Woman" could've easily fit on any of their records while "The L Word" demonstrates perfectly their penchant for simple humor ("Love is a word/I use to describe/The way I feel inside/I love this pie") and not giving a single fuck.
 2. The Walkmen – Lisbon: The years have been good for these Walkmen. Unfairly lumped in with the early 00s Brooklyn rebirth, Hamilton & co. have only grown more distinct and distant from their press-adopted brethren. Their worship of classic songwriters such as Roy Orbison and Harry Nilsson not only help with their singular sound but also give it a timeless feel. Interviews regularly find them listing their favorite Sun Studio recordings, ones they studied on finding the perfect sound for this album, their penchant for using the greatest of vintage equipment for sound and not kitsch, and their very un-rock star quality of a semi-quiet life. In addition, Hamilton's voice has grown far from the Dylan-worshipping days of A Hundred Miles Off and has really found itself a perfect place in their both sparse and soaring sounds.
3. Watain – Lawless Darkness: In an interview posted on a metal website last year, "e," Watain's outspoken vocalist, proclaimed that the world has merely seen 20% of what black metal is truly capable of and he has taken it upon himself to show the other 80%. Whether or not that has been done (I say hell no) it is truly wonderful to sit and listen to something as powerful and all encompassing as Lawless Darkness. Their masterful songwriting abilities, first truly showcased on 2007's Sworn to the Dark, separate these heathens from most of the other black metal bands currently active in that it offers an accessibility to people that wouldn't normally listen to something such as this. An underlying melody permeates every song without sacrificing any of the intended result of punishing blast beats and all out classic Swedish metal blasphemy. While club owners may truly hate their use of real blood onstage (and their decision to try and kill pigeons for the use of their blood before a Canadian show) it cannot be denied that while it may seem ridiculous and over the top to most of the world it is life to these guys. The near silliness of their antics combined with the brilliance of the actual music only adds to what makes metal both the most enjoyable and brushed off genres today.
 4. Candy Cane/Oranssi Pazuzu – Split: While the USA is deservedly gaining more notoriety in the black metal scene Europe will forever remain the best. Finnish avant-garde black metallers Candy Cane (best name ever) and Oranssi Pazuzu teamed up to release this split to a surprisingly hush audience. Candy Cane combine the power of traditional black metal with fancy studio tricks and the addition of beautiful instruments like xylophone and piano to create something instantly memorable and terribly frightening. With song titles such as "16061978" and "10091989" making them hard to remember (obvious referral to dates of some sort of significance) the music contained therein is certainly not so. Oranssi Pazuzu offer a less WTF approach to black metal albeit nonetheless interesting and haunting. A cloudier sound reminiscent of France's Deathspell Omega is instantly recognizable despite its much more listenability to the general public. With psych breakdowns galore these newbies (formed in 2007) will hopefully gain momentum and fans in the coming years.
 5. Rose Kemp – Golden Shroud: On her last two albums, UK songstress Kemp showcased singular songwriting styles combining voice and guitar with heavier, Sonic Youth-y explosions (most notably "Violence" from her debut Handful of Hurricanes). Then out of nowhere comes her three song follow up to 2008's Unholy Majesty, an album that was already teeming with noticeable darkness. For Golden Shroud Miss Kemp has gone full-on doom metal without sacrificing her vocal prowess (clean into growl into all out belting with astonishing quickness) and lyricism. While only three songs it is definitely a full length at 30+ minutes and it is in its entirety that one needs to sit and ingest completely. There are a lot of things to discern here, all of them rewarding in their own capacity.
 6. Superchunk – No Pocky for Kitty/On the Mouth re-releases: Classic masters of DIY, Superchunk introduce themselves to a new generation with the re-releases of two of their best albums (with Foolish hopefully coming sometime) remastered and on fancy pants 180 gram vinyl for the first time. Not all-pop nor all-punk, and certainly not pop punk , they were their own beast in the 90s. Mac's distinct voice is perfectly showcased on these records as is the band's taught, melodic/noisy dichotomy. "Tie a Rope to the Back of the Bus" (No Pocky…) and "Package Thief" (On the Mouth) have remained favorite songs and it is truly special to hear

Rebecca Crawford
Limananas
Deux "Decadence"
Superimposers "Sunshine Pops"
Circuit 7
Snowy Red "Right to Die"
Aerial Pink "Before Today"
Devo "Something for Everybody"

Steve Rahman
THE ROOTS - HOW I GOT OVER
JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS - WAKE UP!
BEST COAST - CRAZY FOR YOU
CORINNE BAILEY RAE - THE SEA
BLACK MILK - ALBUM OF THE YEAR
SKYZOO & ILLMIND - LIVE FROM THE TAPE DECK
TIM KASHER - GAME OF MONOGAMY
FOREIGN EXCHANGE - AUTHENTICITY
VON PEA - PEA'S GOTTA HAVE IT
BILAL - AIRTIGHT'S REVENGE

Whitney Mercer
in no fancy order
Fielded - Terrageist
Cacaw - Cacaw
Best Coast - Crazy For You
Tallest Man On Earth - Wild Hunt
Liminanas - Liminanas
Heavy Times - Dead
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Black Keys - Brothers
Charlotte Gainsbourg -IRM
Pigeon John - Dragonslayer
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
Buke and Gass - Riposte
Owen Pallett - Heartland
Frightened Rabbit - Winter of Mixed Drinks

Anthony Illarde
ARTICLES OF FAITH
New Normal Catastrophe (Alternative Tentacles)
Live at Riot Fest 10/09 AAA
TRISTRAM CARY
It's Time For Tristram Cary (Trunk)
DA
Exclamation Point (Factory 25)
DIRTY BEACHES
True Blue/Sweet 17 (Zoo 7")
Omon Ra II / Dirty Beaches (Split CS)
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING
Rush To Relax (Goner)
FUCKIN' FLYIN' A-HEADS
Swiss Cheese Back 7'' (De Stijl 7" reissue 2010)
BRUCE HAACK
Farad - The Electric Voice (Stones Throw)
LAZY SMOKE
Corridor of Faces (Jackpot vinyl reissue 2010)
MONKEES
The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees Box Set (Rhino Handmade)
Head Box Set (Rhino Handmade)
SYL JOHNSON
Complete Mythology Box Set (Numero Group)
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone)
BRUNO MARS
Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Elektra)
ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI
Before Today (4AD)
SUN RA
Strange Worlds In My Mind: Space Poetry Vol 1 (Norton)
Sub-Dwellers: Space Poetry Vol 2
Outer Darkness: Space Poetry Vol 3
SUPERIMPOSERS
Sunshine Pops (Wonderfulsound)
TUTU & THE PIRATES
Sub-Urban Insult Rock For The Anti-Lectual 1977-1979 (Factory 25)
FRANK ZAPPA
Greasy Love Songs (Zappa)
VARIOUS ARTISTS
My Friend Rain [Soundtrack] (Sublime Frequencies)
Pomegranates - Persian Pop, Funk, Folk & Psych of the 60s & 70s (Finders Keepers)
Turkish Freakout: Psych Folk Singles 1969-80 (Bouzouki Joe)
DVD/FILM
The Short Films of Al Jarnow: Celestial Navigations (Numero Group)
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (D: John Scheinfeld)
BOOKS
Husker Du: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock (Andrew Earles)
Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag (Stevie Chick)
Touch & Go:The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine 79-83 (Tesco Vee & Dave Stimson)

Charles Taylor
Midlake: The Courage Of Others
Mike Patton: Mondo Cane
Paul Weller: Wake Up The Nation
Tunng: ...And Then We Saw Land
Groundhogs: The Liberty Years
Radio Massacre International: Time & Motion
Satoko Fujii: Desert Ship
Atomic: Theatre Tilters
Tyshawn Sorey: Koan
Aki Takase: A Week Went By
Decoy: Vol.1 Spirit
Anthony Braxton: 19 Standards (Quartet)
Parker/Guy/Lytton/Evans: Scenes In The House Of Music
Vandermark 5: The Horse Jumps And The Ship Is Gone

Bryan Smith
Deathspell Omega - Paracletus
Endtables - s/t re-issue
Grinderman - 2
Group Inerane - Guitars From Agadez Vol.3
High Confessions - Turning Lead Into Gold
Kelley Stoltz - For Dreamers
Laetitia Sadier - The Trip
Neil Young - Le Noise
Sweet Cobra - Forever
Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones


Chris Wilkus
BEST HIP HOP/R&B ALBUMS OF 2010

1) KANYE WEST "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
2) LIL' B "Rain In England" (Weird Forest)
3) PRINCE "20Ten" (NPG Records)
4) BIG BOI "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty" (Purple Ribbon/Def Jam)
5) KIDZ IN THE HALL "Land of Make Believe" (Duck Down)

BEST ALBUMS OF 2010 (NON HIP-HOP)

  1) ELUVIUM "Similes" (Temporary Residence)
  2) MELVINS "The Bride Screamed Murder" (Ipecac Recordings)
  3) JULIAN LYNCH "Mare" (Olde English Spelling Bee)
  4) INDIAN JEWELRY "Totaled" (We Are Free)
  5) ACTIVE CHILD "Curtis Lane EP" (Filter/Merok)
  6) UMBERTO "From the Grave" (Sonic Meditations)
  7) VILLA NAH "Origin" (Keys of Life)
  8) BLANK DOGS "Land and Fixed" (Captured Tracks)
  9) COCONUTS "Coconuts EP" (No Quarter)
10) THE SUPERIMPOSERS "Sunshine Pops!" (Wonderfulsound)
11) SQUAREPUSHER PRESENTS "Shobaleader One: D'demonstrator" (Warp Records)
12) MATTHEW DEAR "Black City" (Ghostly)
13) LCD SOUNDSYSTEM "This Is Happening" (Virgin/Parlophone/DFA)
14) HOT CHIP "One Life Stand" (Astralwerks)
15) BITCHIN BAJAS "Tones / Zones" (Important Records)
16) BRIAN ENO "Small Craft On a Milk Sea" (Warp Records)
17) HAROLD BUDD & CLIVE WRIGHT "Little Windows" (Darla Records)
18) KEN CAMDEN "Lethargy & Repercussions" (Kranky)
19) CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG "IRM" (Because Music/Elektra)
20) ZOLA JESUS "Stridulum EP" (Sacred Bones) 
21) THE DURUTTI COLUMN "A Paean to Wilson" (Kookydisc)
22) THE BOOKS "The Way Out" (Temporary Residence)
23) FUTURE ISLANDS "In Evening Air" (Thrill Jockey)
24) SLEEP IN "Carnival" (Enemies List Home Recordings)
25) WHITE RING "Black Earth That Made Me" (Disaro)
26) THE SOFT MOON "The Soft Moon" (Captured Tracks)
27) GONJASUFI "A Sufi and a Killer" (Warp Records)
28) MÜHR "Shepherd/Blood" (Self-Released)
29) HEAVY HAWAII "HH" (Art Fag Recordings)
30)LAKE RADIO "Planet Earth About to Be Recycled"

Brett Grossman
34 Records/ 12 Months
 
The New Pornographers- Together (Matador)
Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest (4ad)
Casino Versus Japan- Night on Tape (Attack 9)
Eluvium - Similes (Temporary Residence)
Ian Hawgood - Slow Films in Low Light (Home Normal)
Ursula Bogner- Recordings 1969-1988 (Faitiche)
Julian Lynch - Mare (Olde English Spelling Bee)
Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me (Drag City)
Four Tet - There Is Love in You (Domino)
White Fence- White Fence (Woodsist)
Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Tape & Bill Wells - Fugue (Immune)
Ducktails / Dracula Lewis "Split 12" (No Fun)
Broken Bells- Broken Bells (Sony)
James Murphy- Greenberg Soundtrack (Virgin)
Liars- Sisterworld (Mute)
Ken Camden- Lethargy & Repercussion (Kranky)
Woods- At Echo Lake (Woodsist)
Frog Eyes- Paul's Tomb: A Triumph (Dead Oceans)
Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse- Dark Knight of the Soul (Capitol)
Sleigh Bells - Treats (Mom & Pop Music)
Wolf Parade - Expo 86 (Sub Pop)
Various Artists- Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox (Merge)
The Books- The Way Out (Temporary Residence)
Caribou- Swim (Merge)
Best Coast- Crazy for You (Mexican Summer)
Here We Go Magic- Pigeons (Secretly Canadian)
Altar Eagle- Mechanical Gardens (Type)
Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher (Saddle Creek)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Generator (Root Strata)
No Age- Everything In Between (Sub Pop)
Gonjasufi- A Sufi And A Killer (Warp)
Coma Cinema- Blue Suicide (Wonder Beard)
Catherine Christer Hennix- The Electric Harpsichord- Reissue (Die Schachtel)


Friends of Reckless
Aaron Aites: Director of “Until the Light Takes”
in no particular order
Sun Araw: On Patrol / Off Duty
Digital Mystikz: Return II Space
Salem: King Night
Natural Snow Buildings: The Centauri Agent
Swans: My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Marnie Stern: Marnie Stern
Demdike Stare: Liberation Through Hearing / Forest Of Evil / Voices Of Dust
The Advisory Circle: Mind How You Go (Revised Edition)
Burzum: Belus
The Dead C: Patience

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani: Matador Records
10.Superchunk - Majesty Shredding (Merge)
9. Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love (Matador)
8. Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday (Sub Pop)
7. Pantha du Prince - Black Noise (Rough Trade)
6. Fucked Up - Couple Tracks: Singles 2001-2009 (Matador)
5. The Parting Gifts - Strychnine Dandelion (In The Red)
4. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor (XL Recordings)
3. Dylan LeBlanc - Pauper's Field (Rough Trade)
2. Black Breath - Heavy Breathing (Southern Lord)
1. Sharon Van Etten - Epic (Ba Da Bing)

Brian Case (ex-employee, member of DISAPPEARS, THE PONYS)
Lower Dens - Twin Hand Movement
Easily my most listened to album this year. Initially I picked this up because I thought a friend of mine was in it, turned out he recorded it. So good, hope to do some shows together at some point.

Spoon - Transference
Spoon get better and more popular with every release by constantly evolving. This is their best album in my opinion, one of the few bands out their pushing their fans into new territory.
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Another band that succeeds by changing. At first I was on the fence with some of this but after seeing it live a few times and a few serious headphone sessions I really got the mood and aura of the recording.

Women - Public Strain
This sounds better and different every time I listen to it. I hope they didn't break up.

Anika - Anika
Woke up with this on my ipod one morning - don't remember how I found it but it's easily the coolest music made in 2010.

Weekend - Sport
Like Peter Hook in a Krautrock band. Lots of layers that never layer together, it's great.

Veronica Falls - Both singles
Kinda surprised more people aren't all over this band - they'll have an album our sometime 2011 that will be my favorite for the year.

Brian Eno - Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Was really suprised by this, the guys he's collaborating with are excellent. Everything about this - label, art, music - was really thought out and tasteful.

Soft Moon - Soft Moon
This is sneaking in right at the end of the year, very impressed with this guy.

Thread Pulls - New Thoughts
Heard this on the New Noise Podcast, really sparse - lots of space, just getting into it but I like it a lot
.
Beach House - Teen Dream
What a great year for music, this record is perfect

Stephen Sowley: ex-employee, studio manager at Electrical Audio, bouncer & DJ @ Danny’s, former bingo caller, hunk
“When I was 15, a record shop employee named Brady McTigue introduced me to Throbbing Gristle, Chrome, and Big Black; he also introduced me to the culture of independent record stores. This is for him…RIP friend.”

Slices–Cruising
The Fall–Your Future Our Clutter
Rot Shit–You’re Welcome 7″
Jack Rose–Luck In The Valley
Nina Nastasia–The Outlaster
Veins–Veins 7″
Dadawah–Peace & Love (reissue)
Joshua Abrams–Natural Information
Madlib–Madlib Medicine Show: Beat Konducta In Africa
Harvey Milk–A Small Turn Of Human Kindness
Bill Orcutt–Way Down South 12″
Hannibal Burress–My Name Is Hannibal
Population–Population Demo Cassette
Bill Callahan–Rough Travel For A Rare Thing
Love Cry Want–S/T (reissue)
Double Negative–Daydream Nation
Burning Star Core–Papercuts Theate

Joe Wetteroth: BRAIN IDEA

Conformists “None Hundred”
Heavy Times “Dead”
Neil Young “Le Noise”
Heater “God and Hair”
Fielded “Terrageist”

Henry Owings: CHUNKLET
Shipping News-One Less Heart To Fear (Karate Body)
Slices-Cruising (Iron Lung)
Dum Dum Girls-I Will Be (Sub Pop)
Black Helicopter-Don't Fuck With The Apocalypse (Ecstatic Peace!/Limited Appeal)
White Shit-Sculpted Beef (PPM) + White Shi'ite (Wantage)
Ocean-Pantheon of the Lesser (Important)
Black Bug-self titled (FDH)
Twin Stumps-Seedbed (Fan Death)
Disappears-LUX (Kranky)
Drunk Driver-Self Titled (self released)
Woven Bones-In And Out And Back Again (Hozac)
Nails-Unsilent Death (Southern Lord)
The Limiñanas-self titled (Trouble In Mind)
Grids-White Walls (Ink Blot)
Tre Orsi-Devices and Emblems (Works Progress)
Hank IV-III (Siltbreeze)
Part Chimp-Thriller (Rock Action)
A Frames-3 (SS)

Cory Rayborn: Three Lobed"We don't normally make lists around here, but inspiration has struck the last few days for some reason or another to put together a little a little non-definitive (and non-ordered) list of some releases that we have found ourselves listening to with substantial frequency over the course of 2010.  Maybe there's something on here that you're not familiar with that piques your interest. – Three Lobed

1 Yellow Swans "Going Places" (Type) - This is one hell of a closing bow from Pete and Gabe. Dense, rich, and otherworldly.
2 Flying Lotus "Cosmogramma" (Warp) - If Sun Ra was given a turntable he would end up making a record like this. Deeply textured and rewards with new discoveries on each spin.
3 Jack Rose "Luck In The Valley" (Thrill Jockey) - A beautiful final album from a dearly missed friend.
4 Jenks Miller & Nicholas Szczepanik "American Gothic" (Small Doses) - Scrapes, tones and drones for the most gorgeous of all waking frightmares.  Some really wonderful minimalist activity is contained within these 35 minutes.
5 Barn Owl "Ancestral Star" (Thrill Jockey) - a varied collection of transportational and enveloping imagined landscapes.
6 Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang "Wonder Show of the World" (Drag City) - Emmett Kelly's guitar playing provides a perfectly paced foil to some of BPB's most haunting lyrical performances. "The Sounds Are Always Begging" always produces chills.
 7 Rangda "Rangda" (Drag City) - Alternates between intense dual guitar shredmanship ("Waldorf Hysteria") and hypnotic hymns ("Plain of Jars").  Hopes are already high for the next chapter of this mega-dream team's joint explorations.
8 Group Doueh "Beatte Harab" / Group Inerane "Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 3" (Sublime Frequencies)  Hisham and Alan constantly bring the goods during each of the past several years - they are out there turning over stones and going to remote locations to bring back treasures that we all need in our lives. While Sublime has brought us prior gems from both Group Doueh and Group Inerane, one would be remiss to pass
on these two latest without heaping praise upon them.  The Doueh offers a plate of concise, intricate artistry as a sort of complementary collection alongside lengthier jams from last year's "Treeg Salaam".  The Inerane record picks up right where the group's first LP with Sublime left off - it's a total keeper.
9 Sun City Girls "Funeral Mariachi" (Abduction) - A nice pairing with the radiantly alive "Luck In The Valley," "Funeral Mariachi" is a somber collection of goodbyes.  Ghostly and haunting.
10 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma "Love Is A Stream" (Type) - Shimmering, squelching organic guitar landscapes.  The sort of jams that you will put on repeat and repeat...
11 Bottomless Pit "Blood Under The Bridge" (self-released) - As glorious as the late, great Silkworm. Anthemic greatness.
12 Endless Boogie "Full House Head" (No Quarter) - Count me fully on the side of those who adore this band, their approach and their product. “A Life Worth Leaving" is one truly splendid slice of deep fried, gravy soaked boogie
Matt Rucins: Schubas
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
Morning Benders - Big Echo
Robyn - Body Talk
Sharon Van Etten - Epic
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Dave D'estroyer: Revolver Distribution
our love will destroy the world "blue eyes are my reward" - favorite record this year, maybe next too
all things purling hiss, 3 classic records in one year?  amazing.
segall / vandamme split - hilarious idea actually makes for an interesting listen
SDM cassette - pod blotz + zaimph = mind-expanding synth racket
chrisma re-issues - great for when all this minimal wave stuff starts to sound the same
stellar om source - exises cd-r & trilogy select lp & "gamers" 7" - yes!
peter gordon + love of life orchestra - probably the most plays in the office since devon williams
shaangra electro comp on honest jon's - impossible not to move to this
afro beat airways on analog africa - see above
anika - this year's pleasant surprise award
death sentence: panda! - spectral arms - whoaaaaaaaaa
honestly i can't even narrow down all the amazing music that came out this year, keep it up world

Ian Lawrence: Forced Exposure distribution
Top 10 Albums/Singles/Compilation/Reissues of 2010 (in no particular order)
 

ALBUMS:
Actress - Splashz (Honest Jon's)
Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi (Abduction)
The Fun Years - God was like, No (Barge Recordings)
Jefre-Cantu Ledesma - Love is a Stream (Type)
Rene Hell - Porceline Opera (Type)
John Roberts - Glass Eights CD (Dial)
Deepchord present Echospace - Liumin (Modern Love)
Demdike Stare - Symbiosis/Liberation Through Hearing/Voices Of Dust LPs (Modern Love)
Thomas Fehlman - Gute Luft CD (Kompakt)
Prins Thomas - Prins Thomas CD (Full Pupp)
 
SINGLEs/EPs/12"/7":
Shackleton - Man On A String Part 1 And 2/Bastard Spirit 12" (Woe to the Septic Heart!)
Little John & Billy Boyo - What You Want To Be 12" (Dug Out)
Balam Acab - See Birds EP (Triangle)
Mark Ernestus vs. Konono No.1 - Masikulu Dub/Masikulu Rhythm 12" (CNG)
Eddie Hooper - Pass It On (Part 1)/Tomorrow's Sun 12" (Soundway)
Anthony Redrose - Electric Chair 7" (Dug Out)
Bill Orcutt - Way Down South EP (Palilalia)
V/A - Sofritos Super Singles EPs 1 & 2 (Sofritos)
Farben - Farben 12" (Faitiche)
Margaret Dygas - How Do You Do? (Power Shovel Audio)
 

REISSUES:
Mandre - 4 (Rush Hour)
Dadawah - Peace and Love (Dug OUt)
Parson Sound - Parson Sound Box LP (Subliminal Sounds)
Les Rallizes Denudes - Heavier than a Death in the Family LP (Phoenix)
Ted Lucas - Ted Lucas LP (Sebastian Says)
Michael Hurley - First Songs LP (Folkways)
The Parasites of the Western World - The Parasites Of The Western World LP (De Stijl)
Ozzie - Parabolic Rock LP (SS Records)
Alexander Robotnic - Ce N'est Q'un Début LP (Medical)
Charanjit Singh - Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat LP (Bombay Connection)
 
COMPILATIONS:
V/A - Pomegranates LP (Finders Keepers)
V/A - Diggin' Down in Argentina LP (Crazy Apple Boutique)
V/A - Watch how the People Dancing LP (Honest Jon's)
V/A - Vanity Records: Finest Selection 1978 to 1981 LP (Save Music Before Loose It)
V/A - The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria LPs (Soundway)
Dara Puspita - Dara Puspita 1966-1968 CD (Sublime Frequencies)
Daphne Oram - Oramics LP (Modern Love)
V/A - Soft Sounds For Gentle People 5 CD (Pet Records)
V/A - Lagos Disco Inferno LP (Academy)
v/A - Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas LP (World Psychedelic Funk Classics)
 
Label of the Year:
Honest Jon's


TOP 10 celebrity shoppers at Reckless in 2010 (in no order)
1.Paul Simenon
2.Glenn Danzig
3.Dan Auerbach
4.Winona Ryder
5.Keith Morris
6.Wreckless Eric
7.The Buzzcocks
8.Fred Schneider
9.Tesco Vee
10.David Cross

 
In-Store Performance: Mini Mansions (Queens of the Stone Age)   12/07/2010  
Reckless is hosting another FREE in-store performance, this time by current Queens of the Stone Age bass player Michael Shuman and band. This should start at 5pm and will be at the Reckless on Milwaukee Avenue. Come on by!

We will have copies of their self-titled album on Ipecac Recordings, and some limited edition, tour only 7"s for sale!

Mini Mansions Myspace
http://www.myspace.com/minimansionsmusic  
In-Store Performance: Autumn Defense (Members of Wilco)   11/21/2010  
1PM!

We will be hosting a Reckless in-store Sunday November 21st at Reckless in Wicker Park with Autumn Defense. We will have copies of their new album, "Once Around" (Yep Roc Records)for sale. Come on out!  
In-Store Performance: 1900s   11/05/2010  
Free in-store performance by 1900s celebrating the release of their new album "Return of the Century" at the Reckless Records in Wicker Park at 5:30. Come on out!

http://www.myspace.com/1900s  
In-Store Performance: Jonsi (CANCELLED!!)   11/03/2010  
Hey Folks. We hate to have to drop this 'bummer bomb' on you all but here it is: The JONSI acoustic instore tour has been cancelled. The traditional 'club' shows are still on so you can still see him in Chicago. We're not going to try to explain it since there's an apology on his website.

http://jonsi.com/news/go-closer-an-apology  
Record Store Day: Black Friday Releases **UPDATED**   10/27/2010  
The Record Store Day crew is trying something new this year and will release some limited edition items for black friday. Similar to Record Store Day, all items are limited edition. We expect to have a lot of this stuff in stock that morning. We're not taking special orders on these items or putting anything on hold that day. All items are limited to one per customer on Friday. Once the day is over though, everything is up for grabs. If you see anything on here that you're curious about, feel free to email us with your questions.

Anthrax "Live at the Sonisphere 10" picture disc

Badly Drawn Boy It's What I'm Thinking (Part One Photographing
Snowflakes) LP+Download

Black Crowes "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys, Remedy (acoustic live)
10" picture disc

Black Keys Brothers 2lp vinyl w/ bonus 10" & poster

BUG "Infected" 2x12"

CAVE-IN "Anomalies" Vol. 1 LP

Bob Dylan 7" "Times they are a Changin/ Like a Rolling Stone" Translucent Red Vinyl with 4 color uncoated stock art sleeve

Bruce Springsteen 7" "Save my Love"/"Because the Night" Black Vinyl with with 4 color art sleeve

Cage The Elephant """Shake Me Down"" b/w ""Aberdeen"" (both from
forthcoming album 1/11/2011) 7" w/mp3

Cee Lo Green F*** You/F*** You (Instrumental) vinyl

DAUGHTERS s/t LP

Drive By Truckers "The Thanksgiving Filter, Used To Be A Cop (both
from forthcoming album ""Go Go Boots"" coming February 2011 10" Vinyl

Roky Erickson w/ Black Angels "Night of the Vampire" DVD

FRANK SINATRA A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra 180 Gram Vinyl.

Freddie Hubbard "Red Clay" LP (exlusive to indies from 11/22-12/6)

Gaslight Anthem Tumblin' Dice b/w She Loves You vinyl

GEORGE HARRISON All Things Must Pass 180 Gram 3LP Set. Limited to 5000
(We got a very limited number of these!)

HARVEY MILK s/t LP

Jimi Hendrix 10" green vinyl "Merry Chrismtas/Happy New Year,
featuring exclusive artwork

Iron & Wine Walking Far From Home CD/LP

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings "I Learned the Hard Way." 7" boxset version

Killing Joke Absolute Dissent (Deluxe Edition)

KT TUNSTALL Have Yourself A Very KT Christmas

Metallica Live At Grimey's cd

Metallica Live At Grimey's vinyl

MGMT Gatefold 7" Black Vinyl with 4 color uncoated art sleeve and 20
page illustrated storybook

PANTERA "Cowboys from Hell" demos LP

Slayer 7" Red Translucent Vinyl with clear PVC sleeve

Soundgarden The Telephantasm 7"

Stanley Turrentine "Sugar" LP

The Doors The Doors (Mono) vinyl

The Sword "Night Cried Tears of Fire" hexagonal picture disc

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Nowhere b/w Surrender 7"

U2 Wide Awake In Europe 12" ep
(we got a VERY limited number of these)

V/A Parlophone 7" boxset  
In-Store Performance: Social Studies   10/15/2010  
Free in-store performance by this San Francisco outfit, Social Studies (Antenna Farm Records) at 5pm.
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http://www.myspace.com/socialstudies101  
In-Store Performance: Depreciation Guild   10/08/2010  
Finally! We tried getting these guys in the store last time they came through Chicago. This time around it really is happening. Depreciation Guild (Kanine Records), a side project for Pains of Being Pure At Heart member Kurt Feldman, will be playing the Reckless Records on Broadway Friday, October 8 at 5pm. It is FREE!

Come out and see the fuzzy, dreaminess that is Depreciation Guild for yourself. We will have copies of their 2010 effort "Spirit Youth" for sale. Be sure to check them out at Schubas later that evening with Film School.

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thedepreciationguild
Website: depreciationguild.com  
In-Store Performance: UV Race   09/29/2010  
Australia's UV Race are touring America and Reckless on Milwaukee Avenue will be hosting an in-store performance on Wednesday, September 29 at 6pm.

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/the_uv_race
Blog: http://theuvrace.blogspot.com/  
In-Store Performance: Tim Kasher (Cursive)   09/28/2010  
Tuesday, September 28, at 7pm the Reckless Records on Broadway will host Cursive and the Good Life member Tim Kasher. Rumor has it we will have copies of Kasher's "The Game Of Monogamy" (Saddle Creek) on CD and LP just before their October 5th release date! Sweet.

Here is what the Cursive website has to say about the new album:

"Tim Kasher is set to release his debut solo album, The Game Of Monogamy, on October 5th, 2010 via Saddle Creek. Recorded this past January in Whitefish, MT, at SnowGhost Music and in his rental home in the small town, the album marks the first time Kasher has written, recorded, and produced an album under his own name.

The Game Of Monogamy is more of an arranged record than any of Kasher’s past releases, filled with theatrical arrangements and lush instrumentation to create his own blend of classic pop. Ornamented with strings, harp, oboe, flute, and trombone, among other instruments, the songs vary in sound from vibrant and catchy (“Cold Love,” “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here”) to sweeping and grand (“No Fireworks,” “Monogamy”), and from hushed and spare (“Strays,” “The Prodigal Husband”), to urgent and fraught (“A Grown Man,” “Bad, Bad Dreams”). This moody orchestral pop evokes a 1950s-esque, conservative atmosphere, setting the stage for a dilemma that remains thoroughly modern. The protagonist’s arc in The Game of Monogamy spans the wide range of distinctly human emotions tangled up around relationships in a starched shirt society. Call it the score for our collective sexual plight: expression routinely becomes repression in the name of romance.

Kasher enlisted Patrick Newbery (trumpet/keys for Cursive; also of Lacona and Head of Femur) to help with the arrangements, the production, and to play on the record. Friends Erin Tate (Minus The Bear) and Matt Maginn (Cursive) also stopped by to add some drum and bass parts, respectively, and members of the Glacier National Symphony were recruited for the classical instrument parts."

Website: http://www.cursivearmy.com/  
In-Store Performance: BONGRIPPER   09/25/2010  
Chicago’s own mega-doomsters will be playing at Reckless Records on Milwaukee Ave to celebrate the vinyl release of the already-selling-like-hotcakes Satan Worshipping Doom.

This one’s gonna’ be loud, folks!

Saturday, September 25 at 3PM.

FREE, as always!  
In-Store Performance: Justin Townes Earle   09/18/2010  
Before his show at Lincoln Hall, Justin Townes Earle is graciously playing a solo performance at Reckless on Broadway on Saturday, September 18 at 5pm.

Myspace: www.myspace.com/justintownesearle
Website: http://www.justintownesearle.com/  
In-Store Performance: Cloudland Canyon   09/12/2010  
Sunday, September 12, 2pm at the Reckless on Milwaukee Avenue we are hosting Cloudland Canyon (Kranky/Holy Mountain, Not Not Fun). Be sure to see them play during the stellar Wire Festival the same weekend!

We will have their back catalog and this...

the new "Mothlight Part 2/In The Cold" 7" on Bathetic Records, which joins shoegaze fuzz to krautrock dynamics. "In The Cold" is exclusive to this 7" with a limited pressing of 300 in selected colored vinyl.

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/cloudlandcanyon
Website: intercoastalartists.blogspot.com  
In-Store Performance: Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy)   09/08/2010  
Reckless is hosting a Bill Orcutt (formerly of Harry Pussy) in-store at the Milwaukee location on Wednesday, September 8 at NOON. As always, this is a free event. Stop in and don't forget to check out Orcutt's stellar solo output like "New Way To Pay Old Debts" and the tour only 12"... "Way Down South."

!!!Yes!!!  
In-Store Performance: Sarin McHugh and the Everymen   08/25/2010  
Acoustic performance by New Jersey group Sarin McHugh and the Everymen before their set at Mortville (2106 S Kedzie).

Reckless on Broadway, 6pm. Always Free.

Check out their Myspace page:
http://www.myspace.com/sarinmchughandtheeverymen  
In-Store Performance: Paul Collins Beat   08/25/2010  
Wednesday, August 25 at 3pm Reckless on Milwaukee is hosting Paul Collins' Beat (ex-Nerves/the Breakaways).

Copies of their new Alive Records release "The King of Power Pop" will be available for sale.

Always Free.
 
In-Store Performance: Julian Lynch   08/23/2010  
We are pretty excited about this one! Be sure to check Julian Lynch and Ducktails at the last evening of the Neon Marshmallow Festival at the Viaduct Theater. 3126 N Broadway, 3pm, FREE!

If you haven't heard of Julian Lynch before, you're in for a real treat. Here is what we had to say about his latest album, Mare:

"Second full-length album from the New Jersey based songwriter Julian Lynch. Expanding on the groundwork that he layed out on "Orange You Glad", Lynch has created a fantastic album of downer indie folk with interesting noise & ambient textures mixed in. The songs are simple but deceptively so, after a few listens you realize that there's a lot more going on than you realized the first time through. The lo-fi atmosphere serves Lynch well, much better than most of the bedroom folk records that are popping up like crazy these days. This reminds us of everything from Woods to Atlas Sound to even Gris Gris at times & it's easy to imagine that with a larger recording budget, some of these songs might even sit well on a Radiohead album. Definitely one of the coolest summer albums of 2010."

The Pitchfork Review:
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14366-mare/  
In-Store Performance: Night Beats (CANCELED)   08/01/2010  
Unfortunately, the in-store scheduled with the Night Beats on August 1st has been canceled. Sorry duuuuuudes.  
In-Store Performance: Sky White Tiger   07/14/2010  
Don't miss this FREE in-store performance from Brooklyn's SKY WHITE TIGER! Main man LOUIS SCHWADRON played with the POLYPHONIC SPREE & RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, but has struck out on his own with this mellow, '70s-rock influenced band reminiscent of PINK FLOYD or RADIOHEAD. Fitting that they're playing the Adler Planetarium the next night!

FREE! Starts at noon!

 
In-Store Performance: Mondo Drag   06/27/2010  
The newest album by Mondo Drag is a staff favorite so we're really excited to host a free in-store performance for the band. Here's what we had to say about their album:

Heavy blues rock jams from Iowa. These guys like their riffs in the Dead Meadow, Pentagram, Witch style but they add some bluesy organ to the mix. If you like that sort of stuff then you will definitely dig this. Plus, look at the cover; HIPPIES!

Mondo Drag
free in-store performance
Reckless Records in WP
Sunday June 27th
3pm
 
In-Store Performance: Woven Bones   06/26/2010  
The Austin, Texas band Woven Bones will perform for free at Reckless in Wicker Park on Saturday June 26th at 5pm. Here's what we had to say about their most recent release:

Austin's WOVEN BONES have a distinctly Texan-sounding reverb-drenched twang that makes them sound like the direct descendants of the 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS, while taking a deep enough breath to breathe in elements of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND and SPACEMEN 3. They're not quite "garage" and not quite "shoegaze", but their sound has elements of both and much more. The songs are catchy, evocative and full of bravado, in the best sense. If you're down with THEE OH SEES, DISAPPEARS, JESUS & MARY CHAIN or just like rock'n'roll, throw this on and scratch some itches. AWESOME  
In-Store Performance: Ten Suicides   06/20/2010  
Sunday, June 20th at Reckless in Wicker Park: TEN SUICIDES (featuring members of Eyehategod, Bloodyminded, Anatomy of Habit, Outlaw Order & The Fortieth Day).

3PM - FREE!!!  
In-Store Performance: Pugs Atomz & Grant Parks   06/12/2010  
Come on down to our Loop location on Saturday, June 12th from 2-4 PM for a FREE in-store performance from Chicago's own Pugs Atomz & Grant Parks!!

This is to celebrate the release of their new album "Kinda Like a Rapper" on CoalMine Music.

FREE!!!  
In-Store Performance: Future Islands   06/05/2010  
Thrill Jockey recording artists FUTURE ISLANDS
will pleasure your ears for free at Reckless Records in Wicker Park on Saturday June 5th. 4pm  
In-Store Performance: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime!!!   05/19/2010  
Funky neo-soul/hip hop duo will be performing for FREE at 5PM on Wednesday, May 19th!  
In-Store Performance: Canasta   05/16/2010  
Come and support this Chicago group, Canasta (RWIM Chicago Records), at the Reckless Records on Broadway at 5pm. Free in-store performance with copies of their new album "The Fakeout, The Tease And The Breather" on hand to sell a few days early!  
In-Store Performance: Herculaneum (members of ICY DEMONS)   05/14/2010  
HERCULANEUM is a Chicago jazz septet that features Dylan Ryan of ICY DEMONS. The group has a big sound, almost like the LOUNGE LIZARDS working through the songbook of Duke Ellington & Charles Mingus.

Friday May 14th'
Reckless Records on Milwaukee ave
5pm
free
 
In-Store Performance: REGO   05/02/2010  
Another FREE Reckless Records in-store, this time by Chicago's REGO at the location on Broadway at 5pm! We will have copies of Rego's album, "From the Royal Arcade" (RWIM Chicago Records) for sale. Come out and support these local artists!

 
In-Store Performance: RECORD STORE DAY IN-STORES!   04/17/2010  
Join us for the insanity on Record Store Day (April 17th). We have lots of live music planned, a little something for everybody. Please note that these times are approximate & may experience subtle changes. See you on Saturday, April 17th.

BROADWAY Store (3126 N. Broadway)
POISON ARROWS 1pm
GRAVEYARD TRAIN (CREEDENCE COVER BAND) 2pm
HEAD OF SKULLS 3PM
REGRESS 4PM

Reckless DJs will be playing records at the Hideout from 11:30-3:00  
In-Store Performance: RECORD STORE DAY IN-STORES!   04/17/2010  
Join us for the insanity on Record Store Day (April 17th). We have lots of live music planned, a little something for everybody. Please note that these times are approximate & may experience subtle changes. See you on Saturday, April 17th.

LOOP store (26 E. Madison)
LOVE OF EVERYTHING 1PM
PLAGUE BRINGER 2PM
SWEET COBRA 3PM

Reckless DJs will be playing records at the Hideout from 11:30-3:00  
In-Store Performance: RECORD STORE DAY IN-STORES!   04/17/2010  
Join us for the insanity on Record Store Day (April 17th). We have lots of live music planned, a little something for everybody. Please note that these times are approximate & may experience subtle changes. See you on Saturday, April 17th.

WICKER PARK Store (1532 N. Milwaukee)
PHIL COHRAN 12:30PM
THE ETERNALS 2PM
PNS from MOLEMEN 3PM
LIAM HAYES & PLUSH 4PM
AZITA 5PM
Rock n' roll caricatures by Steve Krakow aka Plastic Crimewave (12-5)

Reckless DJs will be playing records at the Hideout from 11:30-3:00  
In-Store Performance: Adam Green   04/15/2010  
Another FREE Reckless Records in-store, by Adam Green (Fat Possum) at the location on Broadway at 5pm!
We will have copies of Green's newest album, "Minor Love," available.
 
RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES!! (updated 4/15)   04/14/2010  
RECORD STORE RELEASES THAT WE WILL HAVE
as 4/16 5:00PM

BRAND NEW RECKLESS T-SHIRT DESIGN!!
2 COLORS, KIDS & BABY SIZES!!

RECKLESS EXCLUSIVE!!
DISAPPEARS "LUX" W/ FREE DISAPPEARS TOTEBAG

AGAINST ME 7"
ALBUM LEAF “THERE IS A WIND” 12”
APPLES IN STEREO CD/LP WITH BONUS 12”
ARTHUR RUSSELL “CALLING OUT OF CONTEXT” LP REISSUE
AVENGED SEVENFOLD "UNHOLY.."PIC DISC 12"
JOHN BAEZ ST LP (REISSUE)
BAND OF SKULLS "FINGERPRINTS... CD
DAVID BAZAN “LIVE AT ELECTRICAL.. CD
BEACH HOUSE “ZEBRA” 12”
BEASTIE BOYS “WHITE LABEL” 12”
BLACK KEYS 12”
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW “EATING US”
BONOBO 12”
BON IVER/PETER GABRIEL 7”
BUDOS BAND/SHARON JONES SPLIT 7”
BUILT TO SPILL “WATER SLEEPERS” 7”
COCONUT RECORDS 7"
COCOROSIE “LEMONADE” 7”
CREDIBLE THREATS 7"
ELVIS COSTELLO “LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD..” 7”
DA "EXCLAMATION POINT" 80'S CHICAGO PUNK!!
ESSENTIAL!
DEERHOOF “APPLE O” LP REISSUE
DEERHOOF “GREEN COSMOS” LP REISSUE
DEFTONES 7”
DEVO “DUTY NOW FOR the FUTURE” REISSUE CD/LP
DEVO “FRESH, WHAT WE.. “ 12” (NEW MATERIAL)
ANI DIFRANCO "LIVE AT BULL MOOSE.." CD
DRIVE BY TRUCKERS "YOUR WOMAN... 7"
DOORS “PEOPLE ARE STRANGE” 7”
DUM DUM GIRLS/MALE BONDING SPLIT 7”
ROKY ERICKSON “TRUE LOVE..”
FANFARLO 7"
JOHN FAHEY “YELLOW PRINCESS” LP REISSUE
FLOGGING MOLLY “DEVIL'S..”
FLAMING LIPS “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” 2 VINYL
COLORS
FLOGGING MOLLY 7"
FUCKED UP “DAYTROTTER” 7”
PETER GABRIEL/ STEPHEN MERRITT 7”
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG 7”
GOLDFRAPP “HEADFIRST” LP
GORILLAZ 'WHITE FLAG' 10"
BUDDY BUY 'MAN AND THE BLUES” LP REISSUE
HAHA TONKA 7"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY “SHAMPOO” 7”
HOLD STEADY “HEAVEN IS WHENEVER..” LP
HOT WATER MUSIC LIVE AT THE METRO 7"
HUNDRED IN THE HANDS 7”
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT “TODAY” LP REISSUE
JAPANDROIDS “POST-NOTHING” WHITE VINYL
MASON JENNINGS "FINGERPRINTS" CD
JOHN LENNON 7" SINGLES BAG
JUICEHEAD 7"
FELA KUTI 10"
TED LEO “OLDEST HOUSE' 7”
LET'S WRESTLE 7"
JAMIE LIDELL 7”
MAGNETIC FIELDS “69 LOVES SONGS” VINYL BOX
MARY ONE-ETTES “NIGHT BEFORE.. 7”
MASTODON “BLOOD MOUNTAIN” LP REISSUE
MASTODON “BLOOD MOUNTAIN” DELUXE LP REISSUE'
DAVE MATTHEWS/TIM REYNOLDS SPLIT 7"
MENOMENA/ HELIO.. SPLIT 7”
MGMT "SIBERIAN BREAKS" 12"
MONSTERS OF FOLK BLUE VINYL REISSUE
MOON DUO/BITCHIN' BAHAS SPLIT 7"
MUSE “EXOGENESIS”
NADA SURF "IF I HAD A.." CD (COVERS)
OF MONTREAL “BACK TO SCHOOL” 7"
ONE AM RADIO “CREDIBLE..”
ONE ESKIMO “DAYTROTTER..” CD
PANTERA “VULGUR DISPLAY” LP REISSUE
PANTERA “FAR BEYOND...” LP REISSUE
PANTERA “COWBOYS FROM..” LP REISSUE
PELICAN "WHAT WE ALL COME TO NEED" CLEAR VINYL
PHOENIX "FENCES" 12"
PLAGUEBRINGER "BURNING INSIDE" CD BOXSET
W/ STICKERS/BUTTONS/ART FEAT. CHRIS CONNELLY!
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE “FEEL GOOD HIT..10"
RAMONES “MANIA” LP
REM “CHRONIC TOWN” 12”
ROLLING STONES "PLUNDERED MY.." 7"
OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ “SOLAR..
RX BANDITS “LIVE AT.. CD
SEASICK STEVE 7"
SEA WOLF “GET TO THE..”
SEX PISTOLS “GREAT ROCK N' ROLL SWINDLE” LP
REISSUE
SICK OF IT ALL S/T 7" (CLEAR VINYL)
SOFT MACHINE LIVE LP
SONIC YOUTH “EVOL” LP
SONIC YOUTH “CONFUSION...” LP
SONIC YOUTH “HITS ARE FOR SQUARES” COMPILATION LP
JOE STRUMMER “GLOBAL..” LP
SOUNDGARDEN “HUNTED DOWN” 7"
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "WRECKING BALL" 10"
SUPERCHUNK “MISFITS..” 7”
SURFER BLOOD/ HOLIDAY SHORES SPLIT 7"
TEGAN & SARA “SAINTS LIVE” 7"
TELEKINESIS 7"
THERMALS/CRIBS SPLIT 7”
TUTU & THE PIRATES "Sub-Urban Insult..." 80's
Chicago punk!! essential!
TV ON THE RADIO “DEAR SCIENCE” LP REISSUE
VARIOUS ARTISTS “BIRD SONGS” 10” FINDERS KEEPER
COMPILATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS: SUB POP: CASUAL NOSTALGIA CD
VARIOUS ARTISTS “TROUBLE IN MIND” 7” COMPILATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS 4AD COMPILATION (w/ BLONDE REHEAD
ARIEL PINK & much more!! pretty cool
actually!!)
DOC WATSON ST LP REISSUE
WILCO “KICKING TELEVISION” LP
YEASAYER 12”
YEAH YEAH YEAHS “SKELETONS” 7”
NEIL YOUNG 7"

VELVET UNDERGROUND live LPS might not be here on
time. If not, we'll be taking special orders
on Saturday for those of you that want them.

Beatles, Blur, Pet Shop Boys & ALL PARLOPHONE singles are U.K. Only. Beatles might show up in May but otherwise these records are NOT AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.
 
In-Store Performance: MAJOR LAZER   04/10/2010  
That's right! DIPLO & SWITCH (MAJOR LAZER) will be performing a special DJ set at Reckless in Wicker Park at 2PM!

1532 N. Milwaukee Avenue
2PM!
FREE!!!  
In-Store Performance: Dinosaur Feathers   04/05/2010  
Brooklyn's DINOSAUR FEATHERS will make a stop at the Reckless Broadway location on Monday April 5th. The band's infectious pop songs are like a mix of VAMPIRE WEEKEND, STROKES & ANIMAL COLLECTIVE. They also have a bit of that 'tropical' vibe ala DUCKTAILS. Anyway, please come by & check these guys out!
 
In-Store Performance: Depreciation Guild   03/31/2010  
FREE Depreciation Guild (Kanine Records) in-store performance at a TBA time on Wednesday, March 31st. Don't forget they will be performing later in the evening with Serena Maneesh at the Bottom Lounge at 8pm.

After seeing their last show in town, supporting The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, this should be a great in-store. Check out their 45 "Dream About Me" and full-length LP "In Her Gentle Jaws" to hear this band before the gig!  
In-Store Performance: Field Music   03/17/2010  
Wow, this is sort of last minute but we just confirmed a free instore for the U.K. group FIELD MUSIC!!! The band doesn't make it across the pond very often so this is truly a special occasion.

FIELD MUSIC
free in-store
Reckless Records in Lakeview
Wendesday March 17th
1:30pm

 
In-Store Performance: White Mystery   03/14/2010  
Brothers & sisters, we are proud to announce a free-instore by the Chicago brother & sister duo that is WHITE MYSTERY. The always exciting & very
energetic group will be celebrating the release of
their debut album & we couldn't be happier to have them rock the Wicker Park store once again. Come on out & support one of the coolest bands in Chicago!! We'll be selling the record (at least a week early!!) & we're hoping to have some special activities planned for you as well. This is going to rule!!

WHITE MYSTERY
free in-store performance & record release!!
Sunday March 14th
3pm
Reckless Records in Wicker Park

Testify!  
In-Store Performance: Titus Andronicus   03/13/2010  
free instore!
4pm  
In-Store Performance: Judson Claiborne   03/06/2010  
4PM!! FREE!!

Here's what we had to say about Judson's last album, Before Midnight Scholar:

"LOW SKIES main-man CHRIS SALVETER re-emerged under the JUDSON CLAIBORNE moniker, retaining his former band's stark austerity while achieving an even deeper intimacy. This is beautiful, heartfelt, & melancholy stuff. Recommended if you like JEFF BUCKLEY, CHRIS CONNELLY, SUN KIL MOON &
SHEARWATER."

Judson will have copies of his NEW album, Time & Temperature, available at this in-store.  
In-Store Performance: Scott Lucas & the Married Men   02/20/2010  
We have another great Reckless Records in-store planned by Chicago's, Scott Lucas & the Married Men (G&P Records). This in-store is FREE and will start at 5pm on Saturday, February 20 at the Milwaukee location. Following their in-store they will be performing at Schuba's with Sybris (Absolutely Kosher/Flameshovel) at 9pm.

We will have their new album, "George Lassos the Moon" for sale.

Here is a little info on the band:
"For anyone remotely in-the-know of Chicago’s music scene, Local H is a band name that surely rolls off your tongue. But during the rock duo’s downtime, front-man Scott Lucas doesn’t exactly kick his feet up. For the past few years, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has spread his musical aptitude to Chicago electronica group, the Prairie Cartel. Most recently, Lucas has crafted yet another new project—the Married Men... In his newest musical outfit, Lucas proves himself a rock and roll chameleon, shedding his tough Local H exterior and evoking a tamer sound and stage persona. The sextet, which has just wrapped up work on its forthcoming debut, George Lassos the Moon, set the stage for the Disciplines. Their lineup alone (violin, accordion, guitars, drums) proved not only would they sound nothing like Local H, but chances are they wouldn’t sound much like most contemporary indie bands.

The majority of the band's set consisted of subtle gems, like “What Fools Allow,” a tender and honest reflection of love-lost, complimented by a woeful violin part... but Lucas showed he hasn’t quite lost his hard-rock edge, as proven in the full-band breakdown of "Extra Special Bitter," or in “Stolen Umbrellas,” as he croons, “I’ll take this communion ‘til things turn black / A glass of Robitussin with a whiskey back / And still I can't make the world disappear.” The band dedicated its set to nonstop music, offering little between-song banter, as they pumped out 'George' tracks, including "Weatherman", and a pleasantly surprising closing cover of David Bowie's "Absolute Beginners."

It was refreshing to witness a Chicago rock staple take the bold step out of the alt-rock confines and into an artistically progressive musical genre, free of the distortion pedal. It’s always interesting when artists reach into another realm in their side-projects—but balancing alt-rock, electronica, and art-rock—that’s just plain intriguing. Look for Scott Lucas & the Married Men’s official debut, "George Lassos the Moon."
-- Neph Basedow, www.thedelimagazine.com
 
In-Store Performance: DRUNKDRIVER   02/07/2010  
Brooklyn's DRUNKDRIVER will bludgeon all that attend their free in-store performance at Reckless Records in Wicker Park on Sunday February 7th. If you're a fan of late period BLACK FLAG & PISSED JEANS then you should really check this out.

DRUNKDRIVER
free in-store
Sunday February 7th
Reckless Records
Wicker Park
3PM  
In-Store Performance: Pomegranates in-store!   01/17/2010  
We are very happy to announce another great Reckless Records in-store by Cincinnati's Pomegranates (Lujo Records). This week of in-stores coincides with Schubas' Tomorrow Never Knows Festival so make sure to check out these and other bands at either Schubas or Lincoln Hall January 14 through the 17. This in-store is FREE and will start at 5pm on Sunday, January 17.

Lujo Records talks about Pomegranates' latest effort "Everybody, Come Outside!":

"Somehow during the busyness of the year, these self-professed art-pop denizens found time to hunker down and record a brand new full length, Everybody, Come Outside!. ECO! shows a marked improvement creatively and sonically from its predecessor, channeling influences that range from Talking Heads and Brian Eno, to French Kicks and Fela Kuti. For this album the quartet determined to tell a story where each song would unravel a bit more of an unusual tale of a character who leaves home only to be abducted by a time traveler.

Unlike their debut, Pomegranates tracked the majority of ECO! separately, which allowed the band to capture their vision as closely as they could. Pomegranates then enlisted the help of TJ Lipple (Aloha, MGMT, Headlights, Minus Story) and others to mix and master the record. The result? An album equal parts dreamy and otherworldly, with hints of a story that is one giant dose of magical.

Pomegranates is Joey Cook (vocals, Guitar, Keys, Percussion), Isaac Karns (Guitar, Bass, Sampling, Percussion, Vocals), Josh Kufeldt (Bass, Guitar) and Jacob Merritt (Drums, Percussion). Everybody, Come Outside! is available April 14, 2009 on Lujo Records."  
In-Store Performance: Bowerbirds in-store!   01/16/2010  
We are very happy to announce another great Reckless Records in-store by Raleigh's Bowerbirds (Dead Oceans). This week of in-stores coincides with Schubas' Tomorrow Never Knows Festival so make sure to check out these and other bands at either Schubas or Lincoln Hall January 14 through the 17. This in-store is FREE and will start at 4:30pm on Saturday, January 16.

Here's what we had to say about 2009's "Upper Air:"

"North Carolina's Bowerbird's follow-up to "Hymns For A Dark Horse" is led by sincere vocals (both male and female) and followed by a heap of diverse instrumentation. We feel it should be mentioned that a genre title that is new to us is being used to describe this rustic, folk music and its called "beard rock(???)." Honest and poetic, "Upper Air" captures listeners attention and holds it for the entirety of the album. This is the band's first album for the Dead Oceans label, and it has proven to be an organic and production match. Intricate and well tempered this could make any Bon Iver, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, or Iron & Wine fan's best of list this year.

-Emily Elhaj"  
In-Store Performance: Icy Demons in-store!   01/15/2010  
We are very happy to announce another great Reckless Records in-store by Chicago's, Icy Demons (Obey Your Brain). This week of in-stores coincides with Schubas' Tomorrow Never Knows Festival so make sure to check out these and other bands at either Schubas or Lincoln Hall January 14 through the 17. This in-store is FREE and will start at 5pm on Friday, January 15.

Here's what an Impose Magazine review has to say about Icy Demons' 2008 effort "Miami Ice:"

"Art is rarely a province of the level-headed. Band mates Griffin Rodriguez (Blue Hawaii) and Chris Powell (Pow Pow) are no strangers to the strange and they seem to dip into the same stream of keen madness through which greats like Poe or Rossini waded their whole lives. From their earliest collaborations with the Philly outfit Need New Body, the two have been known for their bizarre melodies and absurdist ramblings.

On their third album as Icy Demons, the duo has teamed up with Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker who has helped them perfect their wayward brand of patchwork indie to a science. Culling from late-sixties prog-rock and eighties pop, the album is wonderfully eclectic and fantastically weird. At once haunting and uplifting, each track is a musical grab bag of genres that haven’t been named.

Beginning with the disorienting “Buffalo Bill” the album takes a somber turn on its title track before ascending into the Sergio Mendes-esque “Summer Samba.” But the albums’ true opus does not come until the very end with “Crittin’ Down to Baba’s”, a masterful meld of Canterbury rock and gritty hip-hop that closes the album on the same strange note it began.

-Dylan Pancer"  
In-Store Performance: Jaill   01/15/2010  
Another installment in Reckless' FREE in-store series now with Jaill (Sub Pop) on Saturday, January 15 at 4pm.

This week's batch of in-stores is happening during the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at the wonderful venues of Schubas and Lincoln Hall. Check their websites for details on single day tickets or a five day pass.

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www.myspace.com/jaill  
In-Store Performance: Lia Ices   01/13/2010  
Another installment in Reckless' FREE in-store series now with Lia Ices (Jagjaguwar) on Thursday, January 12 at 3pm.

This week's batch of in-stores is happening during the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at the wonderful venues of Schubas and Lincoln Hall. Check their websites for details on single day tickets or a five day pass.

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www.myspace.com/liaices  
In-Store Performance: Sun Airway (CANCELED)   01/12/2010  
Due to weather conditions, Sun Airway cannot make it for their in-store performance scheduled today. If we hear anything about their show tonight, we will be sure to forward the information. Sorry!!!

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Another installment in Reckless' FREE in-store series now with Philly's Sun Airway (Dead Oceans) on Wednesday, January 12 at 3pm.

This week's batch of in-stores is happening during the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at the wonderful venues of Schubas and Lincoln Hall. Check their websites for details on single day tickets or a five day pass.

Here's some information on the band:
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The first time Sun Airway's crackling pop sounds made their way through our speakers, we heard what felt like the lost soundtrack to the next Sofia Coppola film; atmospheric yet catchy, hazy but somehow vital and immediate. Sun Airway has hit on the sweet spot where infectious hooks and cerebral electronic pop intersect, pulling textural sound and pop song craft into one. It is hard to imagine namedropping both the Strokes and Animal Collective when describing a single band, but that is exactly what Pitchfork has done with Sun Airway, while describing "Put the Days Away" and "Infinity," two tracks from the band's debut album, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier.

There is no shortage of magical moments on Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier, from Side A's one-two punch of "American West" and "Oh, Naoko" to the heartfelt "Waiting on You" and the anthemic "Put the Days Away." Sun Airway twists their songs with their kaleidoscopic production — lush electronic washes, synthetic textures and pulsing rhythms — obscuring the hooks in hazy pop bliss.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Sun Airway is led by songwriter Jon Barthmus, who is joined by fellow sound sculptor Patrick Marsceill. Recorded primarily in Barthmus' basement studio over the course of 18 months, the album blends processed sounds, field recordings and timeless vocal melodies into their abstract fractured pop. The duo expands to a full blown quintet when performing live, with projections designed for each song, creating a wondrous sensory overload. In addition to an ambitious live show, Sun Airway have been reinventing the music of others, with remixes of Delorean, Kisses, Here We Go Magic and more circulating around the internet.
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http://www.myspace.com/sunairway  
Reckless Employee BEST OF lists 2009   12/28/2009  
RECKLESS EMPLOYEE BEST OF LISTS 2009

BRYAN SMITH
Azita - How Will You? lp/cd
Built to Spill - There Is No Enemy 2lp/cd
Vee Dee - Public Mental Health System 2lp/cd
Absu - Absu 2lp/cd
Deathspell Omega/S.V.E.S.T. LP
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade 2lp/cd
Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me 2lp
Death - For The Whole World To See lp/cd
Group Bombino - Guitars from Agadez Vol.2 lp
Group Doueh - Treeg Salaam lp
Faust - Faust IV lp re-issue
Karen Dalton - It's So Hard To Tell Who's... lp re-issue
Amon Duul II - Yeti lp re-issue

KEN CAMDEN
Disappears - Live over the rainbow
Greg Kowalsky- Tape Chants
Sun Araw- Heavy Deeds
Group Doueh - Treeg Salaam
Bobby Beausoleil - Lucifer Rising boxset
George-Edwards group - 38:38
Pisces - Lovely Sight
Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy
Nudge - As good as Gone
Ngozi Family - 45,000 Volts

BILLY SMITH
JONSI & ALEX "RICEBOY SLEEPS"
JAPANDROIDS
HAYMARKET RIOT "ENDLESS BUMMER"
WINDY & CARL
PEARL JAM "BACKSPACER"
THEM CROOKED VULTURES

REISSUES:
WHO SELL OUT MONO/ STEREO
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE – BOTH

ELI CATERER
1- Das Boton "Soda Drip"
2- Polvo "In Prism"
3- El Michels Affair "Enter The 37th Chamber"
4- Thom Yorke "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses" 12"single
5- Zombi "Spirit Animal"
6- Dead Weather "Horehound"
7- Tortoise "Beacons Of Ancestorship"
8- MAGAS "Violent Arp"
9- Flaming Lips "Embryonic"
10- Chandeliers "Dirty Moves"


MATT JENCIK
Absu "Absu"
Beherit vinyl reissues
Big Star "Keep an Eye on the Sky" boxset
Blues Control "Local Flavor"
Blut Aus Nord "Memoria Vetusta: Dialogue with the Stars"
Bobby Beasoleil "Lucifer Rising" boxset
Circle of Ouroborus "Tree of Knowledge"
Circle of Ouroborus “Streams” LP reissue
Deathspell Omega/S.V.E.S.T. split
Drudkh "Microcosmos"
Gris "Il Etait Une Foret"
Group Bombino "Volume 2: Guitars from Agadez"
Harmonia/ Eno "Tracks & Traces" reissue
Immortal "All Shall Fall"
Magas "Violent Arp"
Nachtmystium "Doomsday Derelicts"
Ngozi Family "45,000 Volts"
Pisces "Lovely Sight"
Plustapes Reckless domination! (Mannequin Men, Blasted Diplomats, Chicago Thrash
Ensemble, Death Ships, Chris Connelly etc...)
Polvo "In Prism"
Ruins of Beverast "Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite"
Sixx "Sister Devil: Demo 1991"
Sun Araw "Heavy Deeds"
Sylvester Anfang II
Von "Satanic Blood Angel" reissue
Gareth Williams "Flaming Tunes"
Yoga "Megafauna"
Thom Yorke "Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses"
Neil Young "Dreamin Man" Live 1992
Neil Young Archives boxset

Live Shows
Absu
Enslaved
Sunn o))) "Monoliths & Dimensions"
Pentagram
Harvey Milk
Leonard Cohen

CHARLES TAYLOR
Beatles: Mono Box Set
Henry Cow: Box Set
Sunn 0))): Monoliths & Dimensions
Barry Guy: Radio Rondo
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: Poetics
Paul Dunmall Sun Quartet: Ancient And Future Airs
Evan Parker: The Moment’s Energy
N.E.W: Deadeye Tricksters
Marcus Strickland Trio: Idiosyncrasies


WHITNEY MERCER
Bests:
Tallest Man on Earth : Shallow Grave. Technically 2008 but I found out about this in 2009. And fell in love.
Neko Case : Middle Cyclone
The Mountain Goats : Life of the World to Come
Mirah : (A)spera
Drakkar Sauna : 20009 (Twothousandousandnine) These guys make me really happy.
Volcano Choir : Unmap
Sing Fang Bous : Clangour
Why? : Eskimo Snow

Live:
Feelies @ Pritzger Pavillion

TV show I got my whole house hooked on:
Dexter Seasons 1, 2 & 3


ETHAN D'ERCOLE
DEATH- FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE
RATIONALS - THINK RATIONAL
ORCHESTRA POLY-RHYTHMO DE COTONDU: ECHOS HYPNOTIQUES
KURT VILE: CHILDISH PRODIGY
IMPLODES- S/T
BLASTED DIPLOMATS- S/T
DEATH SHIPS- NOTES FROM THE CAP'NS QUARTERS
MANNEQUIN MEN- PREHISTORIC SHIT
MANNEQUIN MEN- LOSER ILLUSION TOO
JT IV- COSMIC LIGHTNING
CHRIS CONNELLY- PENTLAND FIRTH HOWL LP
CHICAGO THRASH ENSEMBLE- DEMON CASSETTE
VEE-DEE-PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM
SNOW ANGELS
"SEASONAL HELP"

ANTHONY ILLARDE
BEE GEES: Odessa Deluxe Edition
BROADCAST: Broadcast & Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio
GEORGE-EDWARDS GROUP: 38:38
MONKS: Black Monk Time & Early Years Deluxe Editions
YOKO ONO: Between My Head & The Sky
PISCES: Lovely Sight
TENNISCOURTS: Dig The New Sounds of the Tenniscourts
KURT VILE: Childish Prodigy
ZERO BOYS: Vicious Circle & History of the Zero Boys
V/A: G-Spots: Spacey Folk & Electro Sounds of Studio G Library
V/A: Where The Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets Box Set V/A: You Weren't There: History Of Chicago Punk 1977-1984 LP/DVD


STEVE SHOUP
beherit - drawing down the moon reissue
big star - keep an eye on the sky box set
box elders - alice & friends
circle of ouroborus - streams lp
citizen's arrest - colossus reissue
death - for the whole world to see
deathspell omega/s.v.e.s.t. split lp
faust - so far & IV lp reissues
harmonia & eno '76 - tracks & traces
harvey milk - bob weston sessions
iron claw - s/t reissue
JT IV - cosmic lightning lp
lake of dracula - skeletal remains lp
masshysteri - var del av stan
mirrors - something that would never do
the monks - black monk time reissue
obits - i blame you
pisces - a lovely sight
pissed jeans - king of jeans
raekwon - only built 4 cuban linx part II
ratas del vaticano - s/t lp
the rats - intermittent signals reissue
the spits - IV
sun araw - heavy deeds
television personalities reissues
zero boys - vicious circle & history of reissues
v/a local customs: downriver revival
v/a mata la pena
v/a mortika
v/a oh graveyard, you can't always hold me

small stuff:
brain idea demo
dark ages - vicious lie 7"
eyesight television demo
the fems - go to a party 7" reissue
ga'an - s/t cassette
implodes - cassette(s)
smart cops - cominciare a vivere 7"
white meat - sculpted beef 12"

live stuff:
carcass
der todesking
the gories & the oblivians
harvey milk
implodes
jesus lizard
killdozer
masshysteri
throbbing gristle


COURTLAND GREEN
1. A ORILLAS DEL MAGDALENA: Coastal Cumbias from Colombia’s Discos Fuentes
2. SYLVESTER AND THE HOT BAND - Blue Thumb Collection
3. LOVE TRAIN - The Sound Of Philadelphia Box Set
4. RICK POPPA HOWARD - Whithout Your Love (12")
5. LIGHT :ON THE SOUTH SIDE
6. Phil Cohran - Spanish Suite
7. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information
8. El Michels Affair - Enter The 37th Chamber
9. Mos Def - Ecstatic
10. Tortoise - Beacons Of Ancestorship
11. Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization of West Africa
12. Tumbele! Beguine, Afro & Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean
13. Doom - Born Like This
14. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
15. Bonnie Prince Billy - Beware
16. Death - For the Whole World To See
17. String of Pearls: Jewels of the 78 RPM Era
18. Omar Souleyman - Highway To Hassake
19. Suarasama - Fajar Di Atas Awan
20. Mayer Hawthorne - Just Aint Gonna Work Out (Heart Shaped Record)
21. 24-Carat Black - Gone: The Promises of Yesterday
22. Pisces - Lovely Sight
23. Local Customs: Downwater Revival

DYLAN POSA
Didn't find out about it until late 2008:
THE WEEK THAT WAS - S/T

BEST 25 RECORDS OF 2009
CHEER-ACCIDENT - FEAR DRAWS MISFORTUNE
Chicago's own finally create their prog masterpiece
MARC RIBOT - SCELSI MORNING
An underrated guitarist, and a gorgeously compelling album
BAD PLUS - FOR ALL I CARE
Vocals? It works!
SQUAREPUSHER - NUMBERS LUCENT
Not as obtuse as previous records, but still complex and genius
AZITA - HOW WILL YOU
Another set of impeccably crafted jazz-pop tunes
STORSVEIT NIX NOLTES - ROYAL FAMILY - DIVORCE
Punk-gypsy blues - nice!
ST VINCENT - ACTOR
This was certainly her year!
AKRON/FAMILY - SET EM WILD, SET EM FREE
A bold experiment in free-form rock, but consistently good
DIRTY PROJECTORS - BITTE ORCA
Another great collection of off-kilter pop; oddly popular...
YONLU - A SOCIETY IN WHICH NO TEAR IS SHED
Sadly overlooked bedroom lo-fi tragedy - look into it!
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - TRAVELS WITH MYSELF AND ANOTHER
Intense live show, and great songs
WILCO - WILCO THE ALBUM
"Dad rock" - ridiculous. How 'bout "insidious AOR"?
JOAN OF ARC - FLOWERS
A concise, consistent collection from these old-timers
DEAD WEATHER - HOREHOUND
Exciting and revolutionary in its backwards-looking vibe
GREYMACHINE - DISCONNECTED
Those of you missing Godflesh can stop immediately!
PATTERN IS MOVEMENT - ALL TOGETHER
Strange art-prog, but with a heart
PATTON OSWALT - MY WEAKNESS IS STRONG
Nerd comedy!
YO LA TENGO - POPULAR SONGS
Another strong collection of varied pursuits
POLVO - IN PRISM
They're back!
SHUDDER TO THINK - LIVE FROM HOME
A perfect setlist
DAVID SYLVIAN - MANAFON
An absolute stunner - think Scott Walker meets Derek Bailey
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - HERE COMES SCIENCE
Another batch of "kids" songs. Dorky geniuses
FLAMING LIPS - EMBRYONIC
Back to the old school for this psych-pop classic
DEAD MAN'S BONES - S/T
Creepy and cool, despite the Hollywood pedigree
THEM CROOKED VULTURES - S/T
Not much fancy here, just good ol' rock 'n' roll
BEST REISSUES OF 2009
NIRVANA - BLEACH
The bonus live show is probably the best show I've heard
ANTHRAX - AMONG THE LIVING
About time for this thrash masterpiece
DEATH - FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE
What a find! Great lost punk tunes
WHO - SELL OUT
A slightly flawed reissue campaign can't diminish the importance
PISCES - LOVELY SIGHT (REISSUE) (KIND OF)
Who doesn't love this lite-psych lost gem?
BEST (OR MOST INTERESTING) BUSINESS MODEL OF 2009
THIRD MAN RECORDS

KATIE KAPUZA
Aceyalone - Lonely Ones
Bibio- Ambivalence Avenue
Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit - The Very Best
jj - jj no. 2
Kings of Convenience - Declaration of Dependence
Major Lazer - Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do
Moderat - Moderat
Mr. Scruff- Nice Up the Function feat. Roots Manuva
MSTRKRFT- Fist Of God
Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx II

MICHELLE HODGES
new releases:
cultural decay - eight ways to start a day
13th chime - the singles: 1981-1983
subway - subway II
big pink - a brief history of love
broadcast & the focus group - investigate witch cults of the radio age
jack rose & the black twig pickers - s/t
james blackshaw - the glass bead game
pisces - a lovely sight
arthur russell - the sleeping bag sessions
marked men - ghosts
pissed jeans - king of jeans
liechtenstein - survival strategies in a modern world
pains of being pure at heart - s/t
death - for the whole world to see
jeremy jay - slow dance
vaselines - enter the vaselines
V/A - forge your own chains: heavy psychedelic ballads & dirges
1968 - 1974
V/A - local customs: downriver revival

reissues:
zero boys - vicious circle
loop - the world in your eyes
rodriguez - coming from reality
jawbox - for your own special sweetheart

vinyl reissues:
television personalities - and don't the kids just love it
faust - so far & IV
the rats - intermittent signals
the breeders - last splash
samuel prody - "s/t"

best shows:
jack rose @ the hideout
devo @ the vic
mk ultra @ the beat kitchen
faust @ the empty bottle
broadcast @ the bottom lounge

JESSICA CALVANICO
Best Coast tape "Where the Boys Are" on Blackest Rainbow
Pissed Jeans "King of Jeans"
Ga'an s/t tape
Torche "Meanderthal Demos" tape on Rotting Chapel
Vivian Girls "Everything Goes Wrong"
Julian Lynch "Orange You Glad" LP on Olde English Spelling Bee
Om "God is Good"
OH YEAH and the hit single (song only) by SHAKIRA SHE WOLF


ANGELA ZILES
(in no particular order)
1. Iron Age "Sleeping Eye"
2. Ofege "Try and Love"
3. Pisces "Lovely Sight"
4. Greymachine "Disconnected"
5. Pissed Jeans "King of Jeans"
6. Oneida "Rated O"
7. Bellini "Precious Prize of Gravity"
8. Subway "Subway II"
9. Jack Rose & The Black Twig Pickers s/t
10. Giant Squid "The Ichthyologist"
11. Bill Callahan "Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle"
12. Nirvana "Bleach" Deluxe Reissue
13. Oxbow "Fuckfest" Reissue & Remaster


CHRIS WILKUS
BEST ALBUMS OF 2009

1) DIRTY PROJECTORS "Bitte Orca" (Domino)
2) COLD CAVE "Love Comes Close" (Matador Records)
3) LIGHTNING DUST "Infinite Light" (Jagjaguwar)
4) ST. VINCENT "Actor" (4AD Records)
5) DERADOORIAN "Mind Raft EP" (LovePump United)
6) ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS "The Crying Light" (Secretly Canadian)
7) DAVID LYNCH PRESENTS "Fox Bat Strategy: A Tribute to Dave Jaurequi" (David Lynch Music)
8) THE DURUTTI COLUMN "Love In the Time of Recession" (Fulfill)
9) GRIZZLY BEAR "Veckatimest" (Warp Records)
10) KARL BLAU "Zebra" (K Records)
11) SUN ARAW "Heavy Deeds" (No Not Fun)
12) ANIMAL COLLECTIVE "Merriweather Post Pavilion" (Domino)
13) REVOLVER (France) "Music For a While" (101 Distribution)
14) TELEPATHE "Dance Mother" (IAMSOUND)
15) NUDGE "As Good As Gone" (Kranky)
16) OM "God Is Good" (Drag City)
17) THE GENTLEMAN LOSERS "Dustland" (City Centre Offices)
18) CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA "Les Ailes Pourpres (soundtrack)" (101 Distribution)
19) CLUSTER "Qua" (Nepenthe Music & Publishing)
20) MULATU ASTATKE & THE HELIOCENTRICS "Inspiration Information" (Strut Records)

*Honorable Mention: ELUVIUM "Life Through Bombardment" (7LP collected works) (Temporary Residence)
BEST HIP HOP ALBUMS OF 2009

1) KiD CuDi "Man On the Moon: The End of the Day" (Motown)
2) GET BUSY COMMITTEE "Uzi Does It" (Tokyo Sex Whale Records)
3) WALE "Attention Deficit" (Interscope/Allido Records)
4) CAM'RON "Crime Pays" (Asylum Records)
5) METHOD MAN & REDMAN "Blackout! 2" (Def Jam)
6) APATHY "Wanna Snuggle?" (Traffic Entertainment)
7) PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS "Carried Away" (On Records)
8) CLUTCHY HOPKINS MEETS LORD KENJAMIN "Music Is My Medicine" (Ubiquity Records)
9) U-GOD "Dopium" (Babygrande)
10) THE LONELY ISLAND "Incredibad" (Universal Republic)


CONOR WALKER
Kiila – Tuota Tuota [Fonal]
Current 93 – Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain [Dutro]
Onna – Onna 7” [Holy Mountain]
Spectrum – War Sucks 12” [Mind Expansion]
Josephine Foster – Graphic as a Star [Fire]
WHITE – WHITE [Open Note]
Marissa Nadler – Little Hells [Kemado]
Back Sheep – Kiss My Sweet Apocalypse [Invada]
Nurse With Wound – Surveillance Lounge [Dirter]
Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle [Drag City]
Peanut Butter Wolf – 45 Live 7” Box Set [Stones Throw]
Träd Gräs och Stener - Hemlosä Katter [Subliminal Sounds]
Bardo Pond - Gazing at Shilla [Important]
Skitliv - Skandinavisk Misantropi [Season of Mist]

Records from the past that have been addictions throughout the year:

Gene Clark – White Light [1971]
John Cale – Vintage Violence [1970]
Mike Heron – Smiling Men With Bad Reputations [1971]
Pearls Before Swine – Balaklava [1968]
Felt – Forever Breathes the Lonely Word [1986]
Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed [1969]
Graham Nash – Songs for Beginners [1971]
Roxy Music – Roxy Music [1972]
Don Cherry – Symphony for Improvisers [1966]
BadFinger – Straight up [1971]

Otherworldly Performances:

Jack Rose at the Hideout [9.24.2009] (R.I.P.)
Throbbing Gristle at the Logan Square Auditorium [4.26.09 & 4.27.09]
Tony Conrad and Keiji Haino at the Empty Bottle [4.28.09]
Harvey Milk at Subterranean [7.18.09]

JIM MAGAS
TRAXX - FAITH
BLUES CONTROL - LOCAL FLAVOR
GATEKEEPER - OPTIMUS MAXIMUS
BILL ORCUTT - A NEW WAY TO PAY OLD DEBTS
IRON CLAW - s/t
MORITZ VON OSWALD - VERTICAL ASCENT
Plustapes/Addenda: IMPLODES, BLASTED DIPLOMATS, DEATH SHIPS, CHRIS CONNELLY
LIGHTNING BOLT - EARTHLY DELIGHTS
ANDREW WK - 55 CADILLAC
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL - LUCIFER RISING SUITE
KEVIN DRUMM - IMPISH TYRANT & IMPERIAL HORIZON
FRED BIGOT - MONO/STEREO
MAGAS - VIOLENT ARP


CHRIS CONNELLY
1. GRISTLEISM-THROBBING GRISTLE
2. VIOLENT ARP - MAGAS
3. ALEPH AT HALLUCINATORY MOUNTAIN - CURRENT 93
4. REPO - BLACK DICE
5. HOW WILL YOU? - AZITA
6. THE ROAD - HENRY COW
7. THIRD MIND SESSIONS - THROBBING GRISTLE
8. L.A. TURNAROUND - BERT JANSCH
9. WHITE ALBUM -THE BEATLES
10.PARADE ROOM- THESE WONDERFUL EVILS
11. ANTONY & THE JOHNSON "CRYING LIGHT"

DAN MALONEY
Favorite 20 New Releases for 2009

1.) Bibio --- Ambivalence Avenue (Warp)
2.) Phoenix--- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)
3.) Felice Brothers-- Yonder is the Clock (Team Love)
4.) Obits --- I Blame You (Sub Pop)
5.) Alela Diane -- To Be Still (Rough Trade)
6.) Washed Out -- Life of Leisure (Mexican Summer, Vinyl Only)
7.) Kurt Vile -- Childish Prodigy (Matador)
8.) Peaking Lights -- Imaginary Falcons (Night People)
9.) Handsome Family --- Honey Moon (Carrot Top)
10.) Horrors -- Primary Colours (XL)
11.) Future of the Left -- Travels With Myself and Another (4ad)
12.) Baroness--- Blue Record (Relapse)
13.) Dawes --- North Hills (ATO)
14.) Thee Oh Sees -- Foggy Notion + Help (Boomkat + In the Red)
15.) Ducktails --- Landscapes (Olde English Spelling Bee)
16.) Wilco -- The Album (Nonesuch)
17.) Neko Case -- Middle Cyclone (Anti)
18.) William Elliott Whitmore -- Animals in the Dark (Anti)
19.) Camera Obscura -- My Maudlin Career (4ad)
20.) Yim Yames -- Tribute To (ATO)

Favorite 20 Reissues of the Year

1.) Beatles -- Remasters (Capitol)
2.) Red House Painters -- Songs for a Blue Guitar (Plain Vinyl Reissue)
3.) Betty Padgett --- S/T (LuvnHaight)
4.) Jim Ford --- Big Mouth USA + Unissued Capitol Album (Bear Family Vinyl Reissues)
5.) Arthur Verocai --- S/T (LuvnHaight)
6.) Karen Dalton -- It's So Hard to Tell Who is Going to Love You the Best (Light in the Attic Vinyl Reissue)
7.) Neil Young ---- Archives Box Set (Reprise)
8.) Death --- For the Whole World To See (Drag City)
9.) Terry Reid--- River (4MenWithBeards Vinyl Reissue)
10.) Anagram Jam --- Compilation (Bmusic)
11.) Townes Van Zandt -- Vinyl Reissues (Fat Possum)
12.) Big Star--- Keep an Eye on the Sky Box Set (Rhino)
13.) Sunny Day Real Estate -- Vinyl Reissues (Sub Pop)
14.) Jawbox -- For Your Own Special Sweetheart (Desoto)
15.) 24 Carat Black -- Gone Promises of Yesterday (Numero)

16.) Wayfaring Strangers -- Lonesome Heroes (Numero)
17.) Loudon Wainwright III -- Vinyl Reissues (Scorpio)
18.) Michael Hurley -- Armchair Boogie + Parsnip Snips Vinyl Reissues (Mississippi Records)
19.) Nerves/Breakways --- Live Reissues (Alive)
20.) JT IV --- Cosmic Lightning Vinyl (Galactic Zoo/Drag City)

Favorite Local Underground Labels/ Releases

1.) Plus Tapes/Addenda Records + Tapes Label (Disappears, Blasted Diplomats, Implodes, Mannequin Men, Hollows etc)
2.) Hozak Label--- (White Mystery, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Smith Westerns)
3.) Numero Group Label (A true Chicago class operation)
4.) Mannequin Men -- Lose your Illusion, Too (flameshovel)
5.) Cococoma -- Things Are Not Alright (Goner)
6.) Cave -- Psychic Psummer (Important)
7.) Canadian Rifle -- Visibility Zero LP (Reissue)
8.) Galactic Zoo (comics + mixes)
9.) Coupleskate -- Dont Scare the Horses (self)
10.) Vee Dee --- Public Mental Health System LP (Criminal IQ)
11.) Magas --- Violent Arp LP (Punch)


CHRIS DREYER
Eternal Tapestry - Palace of the Night Skies
Group Bombino - Guitars of Agadez Vol. 2
Japandroids - Post-Nothing
Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem
Oneida - Rated O
Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans
Pontiak - Maker
Residual Echoes - MFI GBSP
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Various Artists - Local Customs: Downriver Revival

JOSH COTTER
10 neko case middle cyclone
9 fuck buttons tarot sport
8 oneida rated o
7 wilco the album
6 fever ray
5 yo la tengo popular songs
4 volcano choir unmap
3 mount eerie winds poem
2 califone all my friends are funeral singers
1 flaming lips embryonic


ROBBIE HAMILTON
Best albums of 2009:
Fool's Gold -S/T
Pisces - A Lovely Sight
Flaming Lips - Embryonic
Sian Alice Group - Troubled, Shaken, Etc.
Subway - Subway II
Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications

Best artist that I just discovered this year:
Dwight Twilley

Best films of 2009 (that I've seen so far!):
Funny People
Adventureland
Drag Me To Hell

Best live shows in Chicago of 2009:
Pentagram @ The Empty Bottle, June 27, 2009.
The Entrance Band @ The Hideout, July 16, 2009.

JASON VERHAGEN
1.DEATH "FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE" (DRAG CITY)
2.TORTOISE "BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP" (THRILLJOCKEY)
3.YEAH YEAH YEAHS "ITS BLITZ" (DGC)
4.YOU WEREN'T THERE;HISTORY OF CHICAGO PUNK 77-84 (FACTORY 25)
5.ZERO BOYS "REISSUES" (SEC.CANADIAN)
6.PELICAN "WHAT WE ALL COME TO NEED" (SOUTHERNLORD)
7.SLAYER "WORLD PAINTED BLOOD" (DEF-AMERICAN)
8.CONVERGE "AXE TO FALL" (EPITAPH)
9.MUNICIPAL WASTE "MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE" (EARCHE)
10.CANADIAN RIFLE "VISIBILITY ZERO" (RESIDUE REC.)

MELISSA GRUBBS
in alphabetical order:
Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics- inspiration Information
Big Star- Boxed set
Broadcast- Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio
Bill Callahan- Sometimes I wish we were an Eagle
Camera Obscura- My Maudlin Career
Neko Case- Middle Cyclone
Phil Cohran- Spanish Suite
Chris Clark- Soul Sounds (reissue, first time on cd!)
Leonard Cohen- Live at the Isle of Wight
Chris Connelly- Pentland Firth Howl
Death- For the Whole World to See
El Michels Affair- Enter the 37th Chamber
Yvonne Fair- Bitch Is Black (reissue, first time on cd!)
Group Bombino- Guitars from Agadez
Mayer Hawthorne- Just Ain't Gonna Work Out & Maybe So Maybe No 12"s
Implodes- Implodes (cassette)
Barbara Lynn- Here is Barbara Lynn (reissue, first time on cd!)
Magas- Violent Arp
Monks- Reissues
Ofege- Try & Love
Orchestre Poly Rythmo - Echos Hypnotiques Analog Africa vol.2
Pisces- Lovely Sight
Betty Padgett- Betty Padgett
Raveonettes- In and Out of Control
Sunn- Monoliths & Dimensions
Sylvester Anfang- Sylvester Anfang II
Thin Lizzy- Still Dangerous Live at the Tower Theatre
24-Carat Black- Gone the Promises of Yesterday
Kurt Vile- Childish Prodigy
Thom Yorke- Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses 12"
Neil Young- Dreamin Man Live '92
Various- Light on The South Side
Various- Mortika
Various- A Orillas Del Magdalena- Coastal Cumbias
Various- Tumbele! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean
Various- Fly Girls B-Boys Beware
Various- You Weren't There
Plus Tapes releases (blasted diplomats/ mannequin men/ death ships etc.)

SARAH FRIER
1. embryonic - flaming lips
2. live anthology - tom petty
3. dark was the night - various artists
4. childish prodigy - kurt vile
5. entrance band - entrance band
6. middle cyclone - neko case
7. wolfgang amadeus phoenix - phoenix
8. enter the 37th chamber - el michels affair
9. top ranking - diplo & santogold
10. ecstatic - mos def
favorite ladies of the year:
chelsea lately, stephanie meyer,
mary portas & catherine hardwicke,
charlaine harris

JACOB OTTING
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Azita - How Will You?
Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor
Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Alasdair Roberts - Spoils
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Atlas Sound - Logos
Wilco - Wilco (the Album)
Sufjan Stevens - The BQE
Systems Officer - Underslept
Sunny Day Real Estate - LP2 (Reissue)
V/A - New Moon OST

Bonny Billy live

CAROLINE YOHANAN
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “Merriweather Post Pavillion
ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS “The Crying Light”
ATLAS SOUND “Logos”
BLAKROC “Blakroc”
CALIFONE “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers”
CAMERA OBSCURA “My Maudlin Career”
CAVE “Psychic Psummer”
NEKO CASE “Middle Cyclone”
CHANDELIERS “Dirty Moves”
DEAD WEATHER “Horehound”
THE DECEMBERISTS “The Hazards of Love”
DIRTY PROJECTORS “Bitte Orca”
DODOS “TIme to Die”
* FLORENCE & THE MACHINE “Lungs”
FRUIT BATS “The Ruminant Band”
GRIZZLY BEAR “Veckatimest”
* MICACHU “Jewellery”
PHOENIX “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”
TAKEN BY TREES “East of Eden”
VAMPIRE WEEKEND “Vampire Weekend”
THE XX “xx”
V/A “Dark Was the Night”

*favorites

Concerts: Beirut, Pitchfork Festival
Phoenix, Aragon Ballroom

CHRISTIAN BRANDT
1. Big Knife "Ruff Sesh" cassette
2. Blasted Diplomats "Blasted Diplomats" cassette
3. Chicago Thrash Ensemble "Demon Cassette" cassette
4. Chris Connelly "Pentland Firth Howl" Lp
5. Coupleskate "Don't Scare the Horses" CD
6. Death Ships "Notes From the Captain's Quarters" cassette
7. Implodes "Implodes" cassette
8. Magas "Violent Arp" LP
9. Mannequin Men "Lose Your Illusion Too" LP
10. Party Downers "party Downers" LP

DAN WORLAND
Obits - I Blame You
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Magic Markers - Balf Quarry
Coupleskate - Don't Scare The Horses
Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
Times New Viking - Born Again Revisited
Mannequin Men - ridiculous album title
Wilco - ashes of American flags DVD (skip the crappy new CD)
Flaming Lips - Embryonic. the last album sucked. nice return to form.
Magas - Violent Arp

EMILY ELHAJ
Antony & The Johnsons "Crying Light" (Secretly Canadian)
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart "S/T" (Slumberland)
Abner Jay - One Man Band (Subliminal)
Wolves In The Throneroom "Black Cascade" (Southern Lord)
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career (4AD)
Lil Wayne - Rebirth (Cash Money)
Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap (DefJam)
The Horrors - Primary Colours (XL)
Mayor Daley - Facial Expressions (Rotted Tooth Recordings)
Trad Gras Och Stenar - Homeless Cats (Subliminal Sounds)
Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Running For The Drum (Appleseed)
Bobby BeauSoleil - Lucifer Rising (Boxset) (Ajna Offensive)
Vivian Girls - Everything Goes Wrong (In The Red)
Julian Lynch - Orange You Glad (Olde English Spelling Bee)
No Age - Losing Feeling EP (Sub Pop)
White Shit - Sculpted Beef EP (PPM)
Windy & Carl - Instrumentals For The Broken-Hearted (Self Released)
Grass Widow - S/T (Make A Mess)
Mason Lindahl - Serrated Man Sound (Porter Records)
Atlas Sound - Logos (Kranky/4AD)
Desire - II (Italians Do It Better)
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 (Ice H2O)
Rev. Louis Overstreet “An Evening with…”
Kurt Vile - God Is Saying This To You (Mexican Summer)
Q-Tip - Kamaal the Abstract (Battery)
Washed Out - Life Of Leisure (Mexican Summer)
O.W.L. - Of Wonderous Legends (Locust)
Ga'an - S/T cassette (Self Released)
Reissues:
Stone Roses - Stone Roses (Reissue) (Sony)
Betty Davis - Nasty Gal (Reissue) (Light In The Attic)
Beherit - Drawing Down The Moon (Reissue) (Primitive Reaction)
Feelies - Crazy Rhythms/ Good Earth (Reissue) (Domino/Bar None)

DAVE HOFER
Brutal Truth - Evolution Through Revolution
Cryptacize - Mythomania
Dear Landlord - Dream Homes
Dying Fetus - Descend Into Depravity
Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague
Mastodon - Crack the Skye
Norah Jones - The Fall
Burnt By The Sun - Heart Of Darkness
Triorganico - Convivencia
The Red Chord - Fed Through The Teeth Machine
Harpoon - Double Gnarly/Triple Suicide
Iron Reminders - S/T
Clutchy Hopkins Meets Lord Kenjamin - Music Is My Medicine
Resident Evil 5 (video game)
Shadow Complex (video game)
Left 4 Dead 2 (video game)
Drag Me To Hell (film)


JAMES DEIA
BARONESS "Blue Record"
BEATLES (Remasters)
BIBIO "Ambivalence Avenue"
BIG STAR "Keep An Eye On The Sky"
BLASTED DIPLOMATS "S/T" Cassette
A.A. BONDY "When The Devil's Loose"
CAMERA OBSCURA "My Maudlin Career"
CAVE "Psychic Psummer"
THE CLEAN "Mister Pop"
COCOCOMA "Things Are Not Alright"
CONVERGE "Axe To Fall"
DEATH "For The Whole World To See"
DEATH SHIPS "Notes From The Captain's Quarters" Cassette
ALELA DIANE "To Be Still"
DISAPPEARS "Live Over The Rainbo"
BOB DYLAN "Together Through Life" & "Christmas In The Heart"
FAUST "Faust IV & So Far" LP Reissues
THE FELICE BROTHERS "Yonder Is The Clock"
FUTURE OF THE LEFT "Travels With Myself & Another"
GIRLS "Album"
GROUNDHOGS (Vinyl Reissues)
HOLLOWS "S/T" LP
MICHAEL HURLEY "Armchair Boogie & Parsnip Snips"
IMPLODES "S/T" Cassette
BERT JANSCH (Drag City Reissues)
ABNER JAY "True Story Of Abner Jay"
JESUS LIZARD (Touch & Go Remasters)
MAGAS "Violent Arp"
MANNEQUIN MEN "Lose Your Illusion, Too & Prehistoric Shit Vol 1"
MY BLOODY VALENTINE "Before Loveless" LP
NACHTMYSTIUM "Doomsday Derelicts"
NIRVANA "Bleach" Remaster & "Live at Reading"
NGOZI FAMILY "45,000 Volts" LP
OLD FAKE "Covers Tape" Cassette
PISCES: "A Lovely Sight"
REIGNING SOUND "Love & Curses"
JOSEPH SPENCE "Good Morning Mr. Walker"
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE (Sub Pop Remasters)
THEE OH SEES "Help/ Dog Poison/ Tidal Wave 45/ Ty Segall Split 45"
13th FLOOR ELEVATORS "Sign of the 3 Eyed Men"
VASELINES "Enter The Vaselines"
VEE DEE "Public Mental Health System"
SCOTT WALKER "30 Century Man" DVD
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM "Black Cascade"
NEIL YOUNG (Remasters/ Fork In the Road/ Dreamin' Man Live '92 &
That Weird Boxset)
V/A: FORE YOUR OWN CHAINS- Heavy Psychedelic Ballads & Dirges '68-'74
V/A: TUMBELE- Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds From The French Carribean
V/A: AFRICAN SCREAM CONTST- Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From...
V/A: LOCAL CUSTOMS- Downriver Revival

DAN MORRIS
Bat For Lashes "Two Suns"
Box Elders "Alice & Friends"
Death "...For The Whole World To See"
Fiery Furnaces "I’m Going Away"
King Khan & BBQ "Invisible Girl"
Niela Miller "Songs Of Leaving"
Pisces "A Lovely Sight"
Thee Oh Sees "Help"
Vivian girls "Everything Goes Wrong"
v/a "Cazumbi: African Sixties Garage Vol. 2"

BRETT GROSSMAN
2009 with headphones:

Bear in Heaven "Beast Rest Forth Mouth" (Hometapes)
Lullatone "Songs That Spin in Circles" (Audio Dregs)
Devendra Banhart "What Will We Be" (Warner Brothers)
Clientele "Bonfires on the Heath" (Merge)
Tune-Yards "Bird Brains" (4ad)
Swan Lake "Enemy Mine" (Jagjaguwar)
Jay-Z "The Blueprint 3" (Roc Nation)
Atone "Cet Après-Midi Là (Autres Directions In Music)
Sonic Youth "The Eternal" (Matador)
Shuta Hasunuma "Pop Ooga" (Western Vinyl)
Atlas Sound "Logos" (Kranky)
Grizzly Bear "Veckatimest" (Warp)
.tape. "Tomavistas: (Selected Rarities 2002-2007)" (Tomavista)
A.C. Newman "Get Guilty" (Matador)
Handsome Furs "Face Control" (Subpop)
Mos Def "The Ecstatic" (Downtown)
Sunset Rubdown "Dragonslayer" (Jagjaguwar)
My Little Airport "Poetics — Something Between Montparnasse and Mong Kok" (Harbor Music Type)
Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion" (Domino)
Doom "Born Like This" (Lex Records)
The Archivist "The Keeper of the Library" (Lacies)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "It's Blitz" (Interscope)
Built to Spill "There Is No Enemy" (WEA/Reprise)
Destroyer "Bay of Pigs" (Merge
The Wooden Birds "Magnolia" (Barsuk)
The Dirty Projectors "Bitte Orca" (Domino)
The Lucky Dragons "Rara Speaks" (Moamoo)
School of Language "Sea from Shore" (Thrill Jockey)
Sigur Ros "We Play Endlessly" (EMI)
Es "Kesämaan Lapset" (Fonal)

 
2009 friends of Reckless BEST OF lists   12/28/2009  
Lots of our friends, ex-coworkers, & business associates have also chimed in with some interesting Best Of lists!

STEPHEN SOWLEY; Electrical Audio
Bill Orcutt--A New Way To Pay Off Old Debts
Paul F. Tompkins--Freak Wharf
Vee Dee--Public Mental Health System
Blues Control--Local Flavor
Primavera Festival in Barcelona and the 5000000 "This Is Happen To Me"
moments that it entailed.
IMPLODES and everything they do.
Sunn O)))--Monoliths & Dimensions
Rich Boy--Drop 12"
Robert Wyatt--Radio Experiment Rome, February, 1981
Mayyors--Deads 12"
Pissed Jeans--King Of Jeans
Throbbing Gristle--Logan Square
Brett Eugene Ralph--Black Sabbatical
Tim Hecker--An Imaginary Country
Death--For the Whole World To See
East Bound & Down
ATP NY '09 and the 200 "this is happening to me" moments that it entailed
Fucked Up--Year Of The Rat 12"
three way tie for criminal charges: Drunkdriver--Fire Sale 45// Billy
Bao--May '08// Drunkdriver & Mattin--List of Profound Insecurities 12"
Obits--I Blame You
Jim O'Rourke--The Visitor
Group Bombino--Guitars From Agadez vol. 2
Iron Lung/Walls/Pig Heart Transplant--Public Humiliation
Richard Youngs--Under A Stellar Stream
Moritz Von Oswald Trio--Vertical Ascent
Umbrella Music Festival '09
v/a--A Orillas del Magdalena: Coastal Cumbias from Colombia's Discos Fuentes
Jack Rose is beautiful; Jack Rose is FOREVER. ADAM BARTLETT; Gilead Media and The Independent Label Collective

AARON AITES & AUDREY EWELL; directors of “Until the Light Takes Us”

1. Sun Araw - Heavy Deeds
2. Om - Pilgrimage
3. Jason Lytle - Yours Truly, The Commuter
4. MV & EE - Drone Trailer
5. MV & EE - Barn Nova
6. Natural Snow Buildings - Shadow Kingdom
7. Natural Snow Buildings - Daughter of Darkness
8. Valet - False Face Society
9. Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
10. Beherit - Engram


BRIAN CASE; The Ponys/Disappears
Top 11 in no order really except for the first one:

The Horrors - Primary Colors (XL)
Times New Viking - Born Again (Matador)
Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy (Matador)
XX - XX (Young Turks)
Beak> - Beak> (Ipecac)
Nudge - As Good As Gone (Kranky)
Niesennmondi - Destination Tokyo (Small Town Supersound)
Strange Boys - And Girls Club (In The Red)
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Inspiration Information 4 (Strut / !K7)
Girls - Album (True Panther Sounds)
Woven Bones - Midas Touch EP (Zoo Music)

ADAM BARTLETT; Gilead Media and The Independent Label Collective
In no specific order, my favorite records of 2009

Get Rad - What The Fuck Happened To Common Sense? 12"
Graf Orlock - Destination Time: Today LP
The Mercury Program - Chez Viking LP
Thou/Mohoram Atta - Degradation of Human Life Split LP
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - The Spooky Sound Sessions LP
Bonnie Prince Billy - Beware LP
M. Ward - Hold Time LP
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast 2xLP
Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough CD
Iron and Wine - Around The Well 3xLP

TORSTEN of Northern Silence Productions, Germany

1. augrimmer-from the lone winters cold
2. spiritus mortis-the god behind the god
3. rituals of the oak-hour of judgement
4. amesoeurs-amesoeurs
5. griftegård-solemn.sacred.severe

DAVE DESTROYER; Revolver distribution
1 - dam funk - toeachizown (not available through us but SO GOOD)
2 - mount eerie - wind's poem
3 - oneida - rated o
4 - mantles - s/t
5 - james ferraro - clear & discovery LPs
6 - little claw - human taste
7 - gang gang dance - saint dymphna
8 - talk normal - sugarland
9 - smith westerns - s/t
10 - tropa macaca - sensacao do principio

re-issue - serge gainsbourg - histoire de melody nelson
single - sic alps - l mansion


ADAM REACH; Touch & Go Records
2009 Best of (in no particular order):

Mayyors "Deads EP" - self released
Om "God Is Good" - Drag City
The Jesus Lizard "Pure (Reissue)" - Touch and Go
The Jesus Lizard "Head (Reissue)" - Touch and Go
The Jesus Lizard "Goat (Reissue)" - Touch and Go
The Jesus Lizard "Liar (Reissue)" - Touch and Go
The Jesus Lizard "Down (Reissue)" - Touch and Go
Cave "Psychic Summer" - Permanent
Polvo "In Prism" - Merge
Gun Outfit "Dim Light" - Post Present Medium
Slayer "World Painted Blood" - American
Tyvek "S/T" - Siltbreeze
Double Dagger "More" - Thrill Jockey
Mission of Burma "The Sound The Speed The Light" - Matador
Twin Stumps "S/T" - Dais
Sunn O))) "Monoliths and Dimensions" - Southern Lord
Death "...For The Whole World To See" - Drag City
Obits "I Blame You" - Sub Pop
White Shit - "Sculpted Beef" - Post Present Medium
Blues Control "Local Flavor" - Siltbreeze
V/A "Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace" - Numero Group
The Black Heart Procession "Six" - Temporary Residence
Crocodiles "Summer of Hate" - Fat Possum
Shannon Wright "Honeybee Girls" - Vicious Circle
Halo of Flies "Gay Witch Abortion Sessions" - Amphetamine Reptile
Mi Ami "Watersports" - Quarterstick
Big Business "The Drift" - Hydra Head

HENRY OWINGS; Chunklet
The Mantles - all (especially the Siltbreeze LP)
Mayyors - Deads EP (Mt. St. Mtn.)
Billy Bao - May 08 (Parts Unknown) and Sacrilege (Afterburn)
Twin Stumps - self titled 12" (Dais)
Wizard Smoke - self released (www.wizardsmoke.net)
H•O•F - Gay Witch Abortion Demos (AmRep)
Home Blitz - Out of Phase (Ritchie)
Om - Live Conference (Important)
White Wires - reissue (Douchemaster)
Pride Parade - Dose (self released)
Polvo - In Prism (Merge)
Cheap Trick - The Latest (self released?)
Circulatory System - Signal Morning (Cloud)
Shit and Shine - Girls Against Shit (Riot Season)
Obits - I Blame You (Sub Pop)
Drunkdriver - Knife Day (Fan Death)
Pigeon Religion - all
Wooden Shjips - all
The Fresh & Onlys - all
Ty Segall - all
anything on Captured Tracks, Trouble in Mind and Siltbreeze


JASON TAYLOR; Redeye distribution
1 - Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord)
2 - Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino)
3 - The Horrors - Primary Colours (Beggars)
4 - Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest (Warp)
5 - Isis - Wavering Radiant (Ipecac)
6 – Kylesa - Static Tensions (Prosthetic)
7 - Converge - Axe To Fall (Epitaph)
8 - Ramesses III – I Could Not Love You More (Type)
9 - Cass McCombs - Catacombs (Domino)
10 - Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough (Profound Lore)
11 - Nosaj Thing – Drift (Alpha Pup)
12 - Wild Beasts - Two Dancers (Domino)
13 - HEALTH - Get Color (Lovepump United)
14 - Zu - Carboniferous (Ipecac)
15 - Absu – Absu (Candlelight)
16 - Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue (Warp)
17 - A Broken Consort - Box of Birch (Tompkins Square)
18 - Cloaks – Versus Gain (3BY3)
19 - Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars (Candlelight)
20 - Zelienople – Give It Up (Type)

TAYLOR BRODE; Chicago Independent Distribution
1. Zola Jesus The Spoils LP (Sacred Bones)— Taking the throne of this whole dark reverb renaissance movement thing is 20 yr old girl. From Madison. Wisconsin. When every other artist on this list is an irrelevant wash-up in 1-2 years, Nika will just be hitting her stride. Take comfort in knowing the future is bright. Even if bright is referring to the soundtrack to the 2012 apocalypse that surely will be Nik’s next full length.
2. Gun Outfit Dim Light LP (PPM)- I said last year this album would be on this year’s list. And it is so. These kids are the best kids. “.”
3. Lotus Plaza Floodlight Collective LP (Kranky)- The most underrated album of the year by the most unsung, yet most important member of Deerhunter. The vocals are buried somewhere underneath Atlantis, but the chord progressions that make you want open your veins are still omniscient enough to prove who the real songwriting talent in Deerhunter has always been.
4. 5. Mayfair Set S/T 7” AND Young One EP (Captured Tracks/ Woodsist)- The 7” and EP are both equally good, “Dark House” could be my favorite song of all time actually. Mike Sniper- you are hereby forgiven for Under and Under AND for never getting me the boxset you promised me in 07’.
6. UV Race S/T LP (Argh)- Eddy Current side project. Catchier and punker than every GonerZac release combined.
7. Grass Widow S/T EP (Captured Tracks)- If you’ve been jonesing for post-Frankie Rose Vivian girls, consider yourself fixed.
8. The Cultural Decay Eight Ways to Start a Day LP (Sacred Bones)- Well normally I try not to put reissues on here but this technically isn’t a reiss, it’s a compilation. This Belgian punk band only played 15 shows, and released one single and one EP before they broke up in 1982. Luc Van Acker produced the latter, nuff said.
9. Cold Cave Love Comes Close LP (Matador Reissue)- Turn the DAF dial all the way up to Yaz and voila you have the most commercially appealing goth band since Depeche Mode. Consider the single, “Love Comes Close” the arena rock anthem of oughts cold wave. The fact that this band signed to Matador and that Mr. Windish himself is booking them after having only played 10 (close enough) shows is a pretty good barometer of the kind of impact Cold Cave’s team are anticipating on this. 2010 will be epic for them and may even include late-night tv. However it plays out though, Wavves melt-down, etc, this record deserves all the hype it gets cause this band has managed to perfectly gel every single good thing about electronic dance music from the 80’s in a way that somehow still makes it relevant in 2010, and un-ironically to boot. And big ups to Blank Dogs for planting the seed on this..
10. Atlas Sound “Logos” (Kranky)- Dammit, I didn’t want to have to put this on here. But let’s face it, were I to leave off every megalomaniacal songwriting prick based solely on the fact they are intolerable assholes this list would be quite a bit shorter. The Laetitia Sadler and Noah Lennox collabs on here are unreal but overall this record’s pace is just a huge improvement on Brad’s previous solo work.
11. Abe Vigoda “Reviver” EP (PPM)- Talk about a band growing up before your eyes. Abe V are like my own personal Drew Barrymore. And unlike the rest of my LA bros, I didn’t even know them way back when they were a h/c band from Chino. Abe have dropped the tropical punk stee in favor of a new, darker, serious-er vibe. They had me at the Stevie Nicks cover, but opener “Don’t Lie” still just completely stops my unbeating heart.
12. Former Ghosts Fleurs LP (Upset! The Rhythm)- I am tempted to make a snarky remark about how Jaime Stewart has found a way to stay relevant by surrounding himself with younger and more relevant artists. After seeing this band live however, it was clear that lead singer Freddie Rupert relies far more on Stewart than the other way around. Unfortunately, the person who adds the most interesting contributions to this record, Zola Jesus, was not able to tour with them this year. It is Nika’s parts on this record that differentiates Fleurs from an average Xiu Xiu record, thereby turning it into something deeply more profound and interesting. Weird how adding a woman to the mix somehow balances out the estrogen levels here, but whatever works ya know?
13.Kurt Vile Childish Prodigy LP (Matador)- Full band live show is amazing now too.

DOMINICK FERNOW; Hospital Productions
akitsa live
kevin drumm - impish tyrant
realicide
glass candy
desire
burning star core live no fun sweden
wolf eyes live no fun sweden
vetalla 7"
circle of ouroborus
celestia live

J COLEMAN COONEY
Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
They've managed to retain their style for over 20 years, yet continue to sound fresh and adventurous. One of the best bands in existence.

Superchunk - Leaves in the Gutter EP
This EP completely rocked my shit for like three months straight.

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
I know of at least one contemporary female piano player that I like. And it doesn't hurt that she covers both Harry Nilsson and Sparks.

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
This was the year in which we see Grizzly Bear become a household name, and for good reason.

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Bill Callahan returns to his sparse, wry, and manically depressing songwriting. Because happy Smog just doesn't cut it.

Group Bombino - Guitars from Agadez Vol. 2
Unlike the first volume, this one is half acoustic, half electric. But it’s still completely raw and messy and awesome. What else would you expect from a Nigerien rebel group?

Piano Magic - Ovations
Girlfriend dump you? Take a bunch of ketamine? Paranoid that your heart is about to collapse into itself? Or just generally feel like offing yourself? Well, the good news is you’ve found your soundtrack.

Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family - My Ancestors
Technically a release from the early 70's, this album boasts simple melodies, fuzzed-out psych guitar solos, and heavy drums. This sounds a bit like Cream if they were Zambian and Clapton had any balls.

A.C. Newman - Get Guilty
Newman’s second solo album is more introspective than his first, but it’s still full of endless hooks and skillful songwriting. And it proves once again that he’s at his best when in total control.

Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows
Horn-heavy orchestrated post-rock. Less doom and gloom than some of their contemporaries, it’s at times lilting, pastoral, and ethereal. Definitely more cohesive than their previous effort.

Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
The original Dinosaur Jr. line-up once again prove that they're capable of sounding exactly the same as they did 20 years ago. And who doesn't need another Dinosaur Jr. record? But if you're a fan of Mascis's guitar solos, beware. This album only averages 1.5 solos per song.

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
This sounds nothing like Belle & Sebastian! Where do people get this stuff? It's a girl singing...come on, Belle & Sebastian have a guy singer. A little wimpy one. So what if they're both Scottish bands? Wait, you're telling me that that little twee turd photographed one of Camera Obscura's album covers? And Belle & Sebastian have girls that sing too? Shit. Did Wet Wet Wet release anything this year?

M. Ward - Hold Time
Last year's She & Him collaboration hasn't hurt M. Ward's cause at all. Hold Time features Ward's familiar songwriting and production skills, with a couple of cameos from everybody's mind-mistress, Zooey Deschanel.

The Flips - That Girl Stacey 7"
Fresh out of Brew City, these girls marry the 60's girl-group sounds of the Shangri-Las and Martha and the Vandellas with the lo-fi aesthetic of the Vivian Girls (but much more classy and charming).

Mulatu Astatqe & the Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Vol. 3
Steeped in the Ethiopian jazz that Mulatu came to patent and popularize, and coupled with the funk backbone of the Heliocentrics, this album is reminiscent of the Ethiopian Quintet’s Afro-Latin Soul.

Implodes - everything I heard on myspace
Because I don't have a cassette player anymore.

Zombi - Spirit Animal
If this album were a spirit animal, it would be a shark being eaten by a rhinoceros being ridden by Geddy Lee.

Other Animals - Other Animals
Debut from Chicago-area dudes sounds like Explosions in the Sky, but with sexy interweaving guitars.

Tyondai Braxton - Central Market
Battles meets 20th Century composing. Complete with Wizard of Oz munchkin vocals (and even some human vocals).

IAN HENTZER; City Hall distribution
Cass McCombs – Catacombs (Domino)
Girls – Album (True Panther)
Foreign Born – Person to Person (Secretly Canadian)
Doom – Born Like This. (Lex)
Black Crowes – Before The Frost… Until The Freeze (Silver Arrow)
Winfred E. Eye – ‘Til I Prune (Antenna Farm)
TV Mike & The Scarecrows – Spittin’ In Cursive (Brave Scarecrow)
The Moore Brothers – Aptos (American Dust)
Reigning Sound – Love And Curses (In The Red)
Mos Def – The Ecstatic (Downtown)
Reissues:
Laurel Aitken – Says Fire/Rumble In A Brixton Market/The High Priest Of Reggae (Pressure Drop)
Feelies – Crazy Rhythms (Bar/None)
Kool & The Gang – Live At PJ’s (Reel Music)
Jim Ford – Big Mouth USA (Bear Family)
Johnny Paycheck – The Little Darlin’ Years (Omni)

IAN LAWRENCE; Forced Exposure distribution
Intrusion : The Seduction Of Silence (Echospace Detroit) CD

Ben Frost : By the Throat (Bedroom Community) CD

Zelienople : Give It Up (Type) LP+CD

Shackleton : 3EPS (Perlon) 3xLP

Demdike Stare : Symiosis Part 1 + Part 2 (Demdik Stare) 2x12"

Daniel Wang : Daniel Wang Presents Balihu 1993-2008 (Rush Hour) 2CD

Broadcast : Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age (Warp) LP

Black Dice : Repo (Paw Tracks) 2xLP

Animal Hospital : Memory (Barge Recordings) CD/LP

Redshape : The Dance Paradox (Delsin) LP

Spacemen 3 : DJ Tones (The Great Pop Supplement) LP

KZA : Dig and Edit (Endless Flight) CD

Mayyors : Deads EP (Hurling Man) 12"

Jim O'Rourke : The Visitor (Drag City) CD

Brock Van Wey : White Clouds Drift On And On (Echospace Detroit) 2CD

Moritz Von Oswald Trio : Vertical Ascent (Honest Jon's) 2xLP

V/A : Eastern Standard Time (Weltraum) LP

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions : Through The Devil Softly
(Nettwerk) CD

V/A : Boogaloo Pow Wow (Honest Jon's) LP

Monolake : Silence (Monolake) LP

Ducktails : Ducktails (Not Not Fun) LP

ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU : Volume Two -- Echos Hypnotiques
(Analog Africa) CD

V/A - Raks! Raks! Raks! 17 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets (Raks Discos) LP

DOUG SNYDER AND BOB THOMPSON : Daily Dance (Cantor) LP

Kath Bloom + V/A : Loving Takes This Course (Chapter Music) 2CD

Margaret Dygas : Invisible Circles (Perlon) 12"

ROB SEVIER; Numero Group

2009 Top Ten in Alphabetical Order

Barn Owl - The Conjurer (Root Strata)
Bobby Beausoleil - Lucifer Rising Suite (Ajna)
Dolphins into the Future - ...on Seafaring Isolation (Not Not Fun)
Emeralds - S/T (Wagon)
Locrian - Drenched Lands (At War With False Noise)
Marc McGwire - Solo Acoustic Volume Two (VDSQ)
Sky Burials CD-R
Sylvester Anfang II - S/T (Aurora Borealis)
24-Carat Black - Gone: The Promises of Yesterday (Numero Group)
Wolves in the Throne Room - Black Cascade (Southern Lord)















 
Top Sellers for 2009   12/18/2009  
Here's our top 30 releases for 2009 (by sales):

1. Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion" CD/LP
2. Grizzly Bear "Veckatamist" CD/LP
3. Wilco The Album CD/LP
4. Bon Iver "For Emma Forever Ago" CD/LP
5. Phoenix "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" CD/LP
6. Neko Case "A Middle Cyclone" CD/LP
7. Fleet Foxes CD/LP
8. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart CD/LP
9. Bon Iver "Blood Bank" CD/LP
10. St. Vincent "Actor" CD/LP
11. Dirty Projectors 'bitte Orca" CD/LP
12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs "It's.." CD/LP
13. Deerhunter "Microcastle" CD/LP
14. Dead Weather "Horehound" CD/LP
15. V/A "Dark Was The Night" CD/LP
16. Bonnie Prince Billy "Beware" CD/LP
17. Death "For The Whole World To See" CD/LP
18. Decemberists "Hazards Of Love" CD/LP
19. Neutral Milk Hotel "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" CD/LP
20. Mastodon "Crack The Skye" CD/LP
21. Camera Obscura "My Maudlin Career" CD/LP
22. Radiohead "In Rainbows" CD/LP
23. Antony & The Johnsons "Crying Light" CD/LP
24. Andrew Bird "Noble Beast" CD/LP
25. Passion Pit "Manners" CD/LP
26. Sonic Youth "The Eternal" CD/LP
27. My Bloody Valentine "Loveless" CD/LP
28. Flaming Lips "Embryonic" CD/LP
29. Velvet Underground "Loaded' LP
30. Pj Harvey "Woman A Man Walked By" CD/LP  
In-Store Performance: Dutchess & the Duke   12/05/2009  
We know it's not until December, but we're very excited to have the Dutchess & the Duke perform live, in person & for FREE! Come on out . . . IN DECEMBER.

5PM!!!
FREE AS ALWAYS!!!  
In-Store Performance: Alexa Woodward   11/21/2009  
The Reckless In-store Series continues! Alexa Woodward's in-store will be at the Reckless Records at 3126 N. Broadway and will commence 3PM.

Here's what folks are saying about this artist:

"Americana/Folk artist Alexa Woodward is currently in a south and Midwest Fall Tour. Alexa Woodward’s haunting banjo songs are rooted in the hills of Virginia and were refined in the roots music scene in New York City, where she began performing her songs in public. Woodward’s training in human rights law and her aesthetic sensibilities fuse together to create musical themes that tap into the familiar human experience of hope and melancholy. With a distinctive banjo playing style and lyrics that carry the listener into scenes and stories of raw human experience, Woodward has been well received by audiences across the country in over thirty states and in Europe. For fans of Zooey Deschannel, Neko Case, Gillian Welch, or Joanna Newsom." http://www.myspace.com/alexawoodward
 
In-Store Performance: Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum)   11/08/2009  
Reckless Records on Broadway proudly announces our first in-store performance in our new location! Show your support for Mount Eerie before their show at the Lakeshore Theatre (where No Kids supports Elverum as his backing band) by seeing this semi-acoustic set at 1 pm, Sunday, November 8th.

As always, in-store performances are free and all ages!

Here is what we had to say about Phil Elverum's "Wind's Poem" album released in August:

"Phil Elverum may not be the first person you think of when you think of the Norwegian genre of black metal, however, "Wind's Poem" is an homage to Xasthur and the land of fjords, Norway. After spending some months in the country-side of Norway, Elverum was inspired and created an album that does not completely betray the Mount Eerie/Microphones sound, but does have blast-beat drumming, distorted guitars, and atmospheric synths a la Twin Peaks (listen carefully for a few
notes from the theme song). The only criticism that may be rousted from fans on either genre line is, that this album is not metal enough, nor Mount Eerie enough to be good. That just isn't the case. On previous Elverum projects drums have always been distorted, blown out and numerous. Also, living tucked away in Anacortes, WA is arguably as cold and desolate as some parts of
Norway. The tracking on this venture begins with a
classic black metal intro and glides through noise and distortion to more straight forward ambient and vocal tracks. Mount Eerie garners no band mates, but Nick Krgovich (of No Kids) does lend vocal accompaniment occasionally. Consider this is as solid an album Mount Eerie or the Microphones have released. It accents Elverum's musical quality, and introduces us to new textures and possibilities. On his own label, P.W. Elverum & Sun and RECOMMENDED!!!!"

 
In-Store Performance: CANCELED ! William Elliott Whitmore CANCELED!   11/07/2009  
William Elliott Whitmore has canceled his entire
tour due to illness. Get well soon William!  
Black Heart Procession ticket giveaway!!!   10/30/2009  
Attention BLACK HEART PROCESSION fans!

Stop by the Wicker Park store before Wednesday, November 4th and enter for your chance to win two tickets to the November 7th Black Heart Procession show at Bottom Lounge!

Drawing with happen at 2PM on Wednesday, the 4th, so hurry in!  
In-Store Performance: Pelican   10/16/2009  
7PM!

FREE Pelican in-store performance! Did we mention that it's FREE?!?!  
In-Store Performance: Tortoise   10/04/2009  
Holy crap!!! One of the best bands out of Chicago EVER is honoring us with a free in-store performance at the Wicker Park Reckless on Sunday October 4th. It's not even necessary for us to mention how excited and grateful we feel that they're willing to do this. Get here early, it's going to be crowded.

TORTOISE
free-instore performance
Sunday October 4th
5pm  
In-Store Performance: Fruit Bats   09/20/2009  
Sub Pop recording artists Fruit Bats will perform for free at Reckless Records on Sunday September 20th. This will be huge!

Fruit Bats
Free in-store performance
Sunday September 20th
3pm
Reckless Records in Wicker Park

 
In-Store Performance: Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (Record Release!!)   09/10/2009  
Chicago's Scotland Yard Gospel Choir are on the verge of something big with the release of their new album "...And the Horse You rode in on." The British pop influence is still there but they moved into more of a Morrissey & PULP territory this time.

In celebration of the release, the band will perform for free at Reckless in Wicker Park and we'll be selling the record early at a discounted price. The future looks bright for this excellent band. Go Chicago!

SCOTLAND YARD GOSPEL CHOIR
Free in-store performance
Thursday Sept. 10th
6pm
Reckless Records in Wicker Park  
In-Store Performance: CYMBALS EAT GUITARS free acoustic in-store!!   09/08/2009  
This just in...the amazing Staten Island group CYMBALS EAT GUITARS will be stopping by Reckless Records in Wicker Park for an intimate acoustic performance on Tuesday September 8th. Their 2008 self released album created a bit of a stir thanks to Pitchfork & a lot of positive online press. We sold a ton of these and would have sold more if it would have been available to us. Thankfully, the album is being properly reissued in September. If you're a fan of bands like JOAN OF ARC, MODEST MOUSE & ARCADE FIRE you should check this out.

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS
Free acoustic in-store performance
Tuesday September 8th
time 5:30pm
 
UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US black metal documentary screening at Gene Siskel July 25th sponsored by Reckless!   07/12/2009  
Reckless Records is proud to sponsor a one-time screening of "Until the Light Takes Us" on July 25th at the Gene Siskel Theater. This documentary focuses on the origins of the Norwegian black metal scene & the cultural implications of this scene. Directors Aaron Aites & Audrey Ewell moved to Norway for two years while making the film which allowed them direct access to many of the originators of Norwegian black metal including members of Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum & Immortal. There have been other documentaries over the past few years that have touched on the scene but "Until the Light Takes Us" provides the deepest insight into how & why this incredible music came to exist & questions who the real victims were of the violence that came along with it.

get tickets here:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Until-the-Light-Takes-US-tickets/artist/1334792

http://www.blackmetalmovie.com/
http://www.myspace.com/blackmetalmovie  
In-Store Performance: Doug Paisley   06/21/2009  
Doug Paisley is a Toronto-based folk-rock musician & he'll be playing a free in-store at the Milkwaukee Reckless location on Sunday June 21st at 3pm. His debut sounds similar at times to another folk-rock musician from Toronto, a Mr. Neil Young. Paisley's songs are sparse & to-the-point with a rich vibe of country-fied American. Fans of NEIL YOUNG, THE BAND etc...should check this out.

Doug Paisley
free in-store performance
Sunday June 21st
3pm
 
In-Store Performance: White Mystery (feat. Miss Alex White)   06/20/2009  
Come celebrate the first-ever Vinyl Saturday and the release of White Mystery's Hozac Records single with a FREE in-store performance from White Mystery!

4PM!!! FREE!!!  
In-Store Performance: Poison Arrows   05/30/2009  
3PM!!! FREE AS ALWAYS!!!

After two CDEP's, Chicago's The Poison Arrows return with their long-awaited debut album First Class, and Forever. Guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist Justin Sinkovich (ex Atombombpocketknife) first released a solo EP entitled Trailer Park as The Poison Arrows in 2004 on File Thirteen. He, drummer Adam Reach, and bassist Patrick Morris (ex Don Caballero) then began playing together. While completing the overdubbing, editing, and mixing of their first EP Straight Into The Drift in their studio The Plaza, The Poison Arrows began to write songs together as a band. After a year had passed, far more than an album's worth of music materialized.

The Poison Arrows then went into Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio A with staff engineer and long- time friend Greg Norman to record the basic tracks for over a dozen songs. After completing the basic tracks at Electrical, all of the overdubs were recorded at The Plaza. As the band continued to finish mixes for First Class, and Forever, the second EP Casual Wave was completed from the same sessions.

The release of Casual Wave in August of 2008 showed a substantial evolution of The Poison Arrows into a band. The sounds from Electrical Audio are embraced instead of drastically manipulated like the previous EP, while overdubs follow structures that were previously decided upon by live arrangements.

First Class, and Forever takes these Electrical sessions far further with more complex songwriting and instrumentation. Patrick Morris's bass playing anchors the songs' melodies with complex compositions and an unusually extensive array of bass effects. Drummer Adam Reach provides thunderous drumming captured in classic Albini form. Sinkovich instrumentally relies on a maze of guitar lines and a variety of synthesizers sounds, while his vocals glue together each meandering soundtrack with a stark delivery of heady prose. Brian Case from The Ponys, 90 Day Men, and Disappears contributes vocals with Sinkovich on two of the album's tracks "Total Beverage" and "Twenty Percent Brighter." Eric Chaleff from Sterling, Follows, and Bloodiest adds striking guitar lines on "Twenty Percent Brighter" as well. The combination of this wide variety of elements has created a complex and intense post-progressive neo-surrealist ten-track album.

The Poison Arrows have toured in the Midwest and East Coast with the likes of Battles, Holy Fuck, Boris, Bellini, Lords, Department of Eagles, Enon, Thalia Zedek, Indian, Born Ruffians, Cadence Weapon, Dianogah, Shipping News, School of Language, Cursive, Young Widows, and many more. They will be touring extensively for the release of First Class, and Forever.

The band has also been featured in a number of publications including Blender, XLR8R, Skyscraper, Maxim, Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, Rhapsody.com, Rcrdlbl.com, Ghetto Blaster, Livedaily.com, Popmatters.com, and Emusic.com  
In-Store Performance: Eugene Chadbourne   05/27/2009  
At Reckless in Wicker Park, Wednesday May 27th, 6PM!!! FREE AS ALWAYS!!!  
NEW GRIZZLY BEAR ALBUM AVAILABLE TONIGHT!   05/25/2009  
Tonight at Rodan (1530 N. Milwaukee, right next door to Reckless), from 9-11 our very own handsome metalhead Dave will be selling CDs and already-out-of-print LP copies of the new Grizzly Bear album, Veckatimest!

After that, very-attractive Broadway Reckless employees Mike Arnold & Dan Morris will be spinning all sorts of groovy tunes for your listening/drinking pleasure. It's free, so come on out!!!

CDs will be $15
Double LPs will be $20

Love,
Reckless

CDs will be $15
Double LPs will be $20  
In-Store Performance: Maria Taylor   04/20/2009  
Reckless is proud to announce that Maria Taylor (ex-AZURE RAY) will make another appearance at our Broadway store on Monday April 20th. We were blown away by her beautiful voice & amazing songs last time and wait, did we mention that Conor Oberst sang a few songs with her? TO ABOUT 20 PEOPLE??!! We're not saying that will happen again but you never know!! Maria just released her new album on Nettwerk & it features a guest appearance from Michael Stipe. Maria seems to be on the verge of something big here so don't miss out on seeing her in this intimate setting.

Maria Taylor
free in-store
Monday April 20th
Reckless Records on Broadway
4pm  
In-Store Performance: Record Store Day!! in-stores will be announced shortly   04/18/2009  
Keep checking the site, we'll be announcing some killer in-store performances for Record Store Day very soon!!  
In-Store Performance: Record Store Day!! in-stores will be announced shortly   04/18/2009  
Keep checking the site, we'll be announcing some killer in-store performances for Record Store Day very soon!!  
In-Store Performance: Lair of the Minotaur   04/18/2009  
Chicago's own crushing war-metal act LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR will pummel us with pleasurable metal in celebration of record store day. Bring your ear plugs.

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR
Free 'Record Store Day' in-store performance
Saturday April 18th
4pm  
In-Store Performance: Alla-CANCELLED!!!   04/18/2009  
SORRY FOLKS. AS OF 4-15, THE BAND INFORMED US THAT THEY CAN'T DO THIS INSTORE!!! SORRY!!


 
In-Store Performance: Disappears   04/18/2009  
Disappears is definitely one of the most exciting new bands in Chicago & we're excited to announce their participation in Reckless' 2009 Record Store Day celebration. Featuring ex-members of THE PONYS, 90 DAY MEN & BOAS, these handsome men deliver an interesting combination of 60's garage, shoegaze & brit-pop that we can't get enough of. They've recently finished their debut album which we're sure will be picked up by a big label any day now (if it hasn't already.)

5pm  
In-Store Performance: The Lawrence Arms!!!   04/18/2009  
3PM - The Lawrence Arms!!!  
In-Store Performance: Blasted Diplomats!!!   04/18/2009  
1PM - Blasted Diplomats!!!  
In-Store Performance: Dylan Posa & Three Cheers For One Dead Man   04/18/2009  
Dylan will be playing as part of Record Store Day at 1pm!  
In-Store Performance: Coins   04/18/2009  
Coins will be playing at 2pm for Record Store Day!  
In-Store Performance: Mark Solotroff/Bruce Lamont/Right-Eyed Rita   04/18/2009  
...playing at 3pm on Record Store Day.  
In-Store Performance: Lawrence Peters Outfit   04/18/2009  
The very talented Lawrence Peters Outfit (PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SOUND/ VELCRO LEWIS) will bless us all with their fresh take on 50s & 60s country music. Peters has a rich, tenor voice which the band meshes with effortlessly. Yes, this is an odd contrast to LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR who are playing directly afterwards but hey, we at Reckless pride ourselves in our musical diversity.

3:30pm
Record Store Day performance
Reckless Records on Broadway  
The Broadway store is moving!   04/14/2009  
After 20 years, Reckless Records is celebrating, in part, by... MOVING. Just down the street though! We're moving into the space recently occupied by American Apparel at 3126 N. Broadway. We're looking forward to being able to just cross the street to get our coffee at Intelligentsia (that 1/2 block walk was killing us).

We'll be moving around the end of the May. More details as they develop!


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Record Store Day releases!!   04/09/2009  
As you most of you probably know, the Record Store Day releated releases are pretty limited so unfortunately we can't guarantee how many copies we will get, if any. Some of the stuff is already here and so far we're pretty sure we're getting almost everything. Also because of limited quantities, please get to the store early because we're not sure how long this stuff will last.

AKRON/FAMILY Everyone is Guilty b/w Total Destruction LIMITED 7” - 1st single from new album + unreleased b-side

BLACK KIDS Wizard of Ahhs LIMITED 7” - 4 original demos, 1st time in physical form (We didn't get
them, not sure about their availability)

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Born on a Day LIMITED 7” - colored vinyl

BLITZEN TRAPPER War is Placebo b/w Booksmart Baby LIMITED 7” - 2 previously unreleased tracks

CAMERA OBSCURA French Navy b/w The World is Full of Strangers LIMITED 7” - non-LP b-side

CHICA LIBRE/ DENGUE FEVER split 7"

LEONARD COHEN The Future b/w Suzanne LIMITED 7” - live in London, 3×5 photo included

COLD WAR KIDS Live at Fingerprints LIMITED CD - 5 tracks

ELVIS COSTELLO Complicated Shadows b/w Dirty Rotten Shame LIMITED 7” - exclusive b-side, 3×5 photo included (this has been delayed until May
at the earliest)

CURSIVE + LADYFINGER LIMITED 10” - picture disc with 2 album tracks, 2 unreleased

DEAD WEATHER Hang You From the Heavens LIMITED 7” - new Jack White band, album in June

DECEMBERISTS The Rake Song b/w East India Lanes LIMITED 7” - non-LP b-side

DEPECHE MODE Wrong b/w Oh Well LIMITED 7”

BOB DYLAN Dreamin’ of You b/w Down Along the Cover LIMITED 7” - live, exclusive b-side, 3×5 photo included

EL GRUPO NUEVO DE OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ Cryptomnesia LIMITED LP - members of Mars Volta and Hella

FLAMING LIPS + BLACK KEYS Borderline b/w Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles LIMITED 7” - covers!

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS Pencils in the Wind b/w Albi the Racist Dragon LIMITED 7” - 2 previously unreleased tracks

GREEN DAY Dookie LP reissue

GRIZZLY BEAR While You Wait For the Others b/w He Hit Me LIMITED 7” - live on KCRW

GUIDED BY VOICES Hold on Hope LIMITED LP - 1st time on vinyl, 3 bonus tracks

IRON AND WINE Norfolk 6/20/05 LIMITED Live CD - 18 tracks from the 2005 Woman King tour

JANE’S ADDICTION Mountain Song b/w Standing In the Shower… Thinking LIMITED 7” - original replica picture sleeve

JANE’S ADDICTION Nothing’s Shocking LP & Ritual De Lo Habitual 2xLP

JESUS LIZARD Inch LIMITED 7” box set - 9×7”, released on Touch and Go 1989-1994

JENNY LEWIS (with Elvis Costello) Carpet Baggers b/w Go Away LIMITED 7” (we didn't get this, we're
not sure what's up with it)

KING CRIMSON - 40th Anniversary Tour Box CD IN
DVD case

LONEY DEAR + ANDREW BIRD LIMITED 7” - hand silkscreened covers, tour and mail order item

LYKKI LI + EL PERRO DEL MAR After Laughter (Comes Tears) b/w At Your Best (You Are Love) LIMITED 7” - 2 unreleased covers (We didn't get them, we're
not sure about their availability)

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. It’s Made Me Cry LIMITED 7” - 4 tracks

MC5 Kick Out the Jams b/w Motor City is Burning LIMITED 7” - original replica picture sleeve, 1st time available since 1969

METRIC Help I’m Alive b/w Help I’m a B-Side LIMITED 7” - picture disc, 1st single from new album + exclusive b-side

MISFITS Walk Among Us - Official reissue

MODEST MOUSE Satellite Skin b/w Guilty Cocker Spaniels LIMITED 7” - 1st in a series of 4, all new tracks (these have ALL been delayed, they
won't be here)

MY MORNING JACKET Celebración De La Ciudad Natal Live CD/LP

NEW ORDER Temptation b/w Hurt LIMITED 7” - mastered from original tapes, never before available in the U.S. as a 7”

FRANZ NICOLAY Major General CD - keyboardist inThe Hold Steady (update, we didn't get this
we're not sure what's up with it)

NICKEL EYE Dying Star 7"

OBITS I Can’t Lose b/w Military Madness LIMITED 7” - brand new tracks

PAVEMENT Live in Germany 12” - an entire unreleased album from 1998, all tracks exclusive to this release

ELVIS PERKINS Lorraine, Lookout b/w I’ll Be Arriving LIMITED 7” - 1 previously unreleased track

RADIOHEAD Drill, Creep, My Iron Lung, High & Dry, Fake Plastic Trees, Just, Street Spirit (Fade Out), Paranoid Android, Karma Police,
No Surprises, Pyramid Song, 2+2=5 vinyl singles (these are just being released for Record Store Day, they're not limited)

ARTHUR RUSSELL Love is Overtaking Me LIMITED 2LP - 21 demos and home recordings of unreleased songs

SILVERSUN PICKUPS LIMITED Pikul 12” - pre-Carnavas ep, exclusive vinyl release

SMITHS The Headmaster Ritual b/w Oscillate Way LIMITED 7” - mastered from original tapes, never before available in the U.S. as a 7” (we didn't
get this)

SONIC YOUTH + JAY REATARD No Garage b/w Hang Them All LIMITED 7” - both tracks exclusive

SONIC YOUTH + BECK Pay No Mind b/w Green Light LIMITED 7” - covers of each others’ songs, both tracks exclusive

CHARLES SPEARIN (Broken Social Scene) 12” - 8 tracks, raised embossed jacket

REGINA SPEKTOR Begin to Hope LP (we haven't heard
much about this one. we're investigating)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN What Love Can Do b/w A Night With the Jersey Devil LIMITED 7” - exclusive b-side, 3×5 photo included

STOOGES 1969 b/w Real Cool Time LIMITED 7” - original replica picture sleeve (we didn't get
these)

TALKING HEADS Talking Heads: 77 LP reissue

THERMALS + THAO LIMITED 7” - 4 unreleased tracks

THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES + RUSSIAN CIRCLES LIMITED 12” - clear vinyl, unreleased tracks, reissue of Euro Tour Release

VETIVER Wishing Well b/w Pay No Mind LIMITED 7” - 2 previously unreleased tracks

TOM WAITS LIMITED Live From the Glitter & Dome Tour 7” - live tracks from Atlanta and Edinburgh

WHISKEYTOWN San Antone b/w The Great Divide LIMITED 7” - 2 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1996

WILCO Ashes of American Flags DVD - exclusive to indie stores for the 1st 10 days, downloads of all songs, + more

YEAH YEAH YEAHS It’s Blitz LP

NEIL YOUNG Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House 1968, 200 gram, 2LP (also not limited after Record Store Day)

VARIOUS THRILL JOCKEY Records Toreism LIMITED LP +2 zines - Tortoise, Mountains, Trans Am, Double Dagger, White Hills

VARIOUS This LP Crashes Hard Drives Label Comp LIMITED LP - LIGHT IN THE ATTIC/NUMERO GROUP/SUBLIME FREQUENCIES/FINDER KEEPERS etc..plus catalogs, postcards, a magazine, CD samplers, stickers, etc.

Various Blood on the Tracks - Domino Records
compilation

There are some free samplers, posters, etc.. that we know that we're getting as well. It should be a fun day!  
Record Store Day in-store performances!!!   04/08/2009  
WICKER PARK:

1PM - Blasted Diplomats (handsome Reckless Records lads bringing the Replacements/Billy Squier/38 Special/Star Trek worship, and playing an all-covers set! Hold on to your ladies!!!)

3PM - The Lawrence Arms!!!

5PM - Disappears

BROADWAY:

4PM - Lair of the Minotaur
TBA - The Lawrence Peters Outfit

LOOP:

1PM - Dylan Posa & Three Cheers For One Dead Man
2PM - Coins
3PM - Mark Solotroff/Bruce Lamont/Right-Eyed Rita  
In-Store Performance: ALL THE SAINTS   02/28/2009  
Touch & Go Recording artists ALL THE SAINTS will play a free in-store performance on Saturday February 28th at the Milwaukee Ave. Reckless Records location in Wicker Park. The band's debut album "Fire on Corridor X" is an interesting mix of dark new-wave ala INTERPOL & JOY DIVISION & shoegaze like MY BLOODY VALENTINE & RIDE. We're looking forward to this one a lot.

ALL THE SAINTS
Free in-store
Saturday February 28th
Reckless Records
1532 N. Milwaukee
4pm  
In-Store Performance: The Donkeys   01/18/2009  
In honor of Schubas' TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS Music Festival, we are teaming up with the excellent Chicago club & presenting a selection of free in-store performances from four of the bands appearing at the festival. There's an interesting variety of artists that will be performing and giving us Chicagoans something to keep us warm over the next few days.

San Diego's THE DONKEYS will bring some of their
warm West Coast vibes to Reckless on the final day of the festival. These guys have that California sound down, think 60's pop ala BEACH BOYS with some similarities to THE SHINS. This should be a nice & mellow performance to close out a long, & supposedly very cold week.

THE DONKEYS
Saturday January 18th
Free in-store performance
Reckless Records on Broadway
3pm
 
In-Store Performance: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson   01/17/2009  
In honor of Schubas' TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS Music Festival, we are teaming up with the excellent Chicago club & presenting a selection of free in-store performances from four of the bands appearing at the festival. There's an interesting variety of artists that will be performing and giving us Chicagoans something to keep us warm over the next few days.

Brooklyn's Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson will bring his brand of rootsy rock Americana to our store on Saturday January 17th. Mr. Robinson joined up with TV ON THE RADIO's Kyp Malone & GRIZZLY BEAR'S Chris Bear & Daniel Rossen for his recently released self-titled album. Think Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Townes Van Zandt's lyrics.

Saturday January 17th
free in-store performance
Reckless Records on Broadway
1pm  
In-Store Performance: Alla   01/15/2009  
In honor of Schubas' TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS Music Festival, we are teaming up with the excellent Chicago club & presenting a selection of free in-store performances from four of the bands appearing at the festival. There's an interesting variety of artists that will be performing and giving us Chicagoans something to keep us warm over the next few days.

On Thursday January 15th, Chicago's own ALLA will give a free in-store performance at Reckless Records on Broadway. Last year, ALLA released the amazing album "Es Tiempo", a record that the bands spent years working on that supposedly cost them over $40,000! The group draws inspiration from their Mexican heritage as well as Brazilian psychedelic pop like MUTANTES & hints of krautrock. The line-up of the group has been known to fluctuate & we're not sure yet how many performers will show up. No matter what, this is a must see in-store from one of Chicago's most interesting bands.

ALL
Free in-store performance
Thursday January 15th
Reckless Records on Broadway
4:30pm  
In-Store Performance: Lost in the Trees   01/14/2009  
In honor of Schubas' TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS Music Festival, we are teaming up with the excellent Chicago club & presenting a selection of free in-store performances from four of the bands appearing at the festival. There's an interesting variety of artists that will be performing and giving us Chicagoans something to keep us warm over the next few days.

On Wednesday, January 14th the Boston group LOST IN THE TREES will perform at the Broadway location. The group blends elements of contemporary electronics, hip-hop beats & classical music. Let's call it electronic chamber pop. That might sound impossible but these guys really pull it off. We're not sure how large the group will be at the instore but we're sure that it will be an interesting performance.

LOST IN THE TREES
free in-stere performance
Reckless Records on Broadway
Wednesday January 14th
3pm  
In-Store Performance: Bear In Heaven in-store!   01/14/2009  
We are very happy to announce another great Reckless Records in-store by Brooklyn's, Bear In Heaven (Hometapes). This week of in-stores coincides with Schubas' Tomorrow Never Knows Festival so make sure to check out these and other bands at either Schubas or Lincoln Hall January 14 through the 17. This in-store is FREE and will start at 5pm on Thursday, January 14.

Here's a review of their latest album "Beast Rest Forth Mouth" compliments of Pitchfork Media:

"While it may seem as if there's not a new release without a hyphenated genre to give it birth, Bear in Heaven's second LP feels fresh simply because it resists easy categorization or comparison. This isn't to say it's sonically groundbreaking, though-- fitting for an album whose title references the four main navigational directions, Beast Rest Forth Mouth is as familiar-feeling as it is difficult to pinpoint. Mostly made up of textural, spacious three- to four-minute pop anthems with towering choruses, BRFM is a welcome reminder that an album doesn't have to be bombastic to feel huge and important. Take out the earbuds and let it fill a space: This is music that's bigger than your iPod-- music you'll want to feel all around you.

Though not quite coming out of nowhere, BRFM seems like a surprise gift-- a striking consolidation of the spiky psych-prog tendencies of their debut into a pop framework. In terms of career gear-shifts, the move Caribou made with Andorra is the most recent precedent. Though at 41 minutes the album is economical and sharp in its execution, the band-- all from Georgia and Alabama-- still imbues its compositions with the generosity of spirit that makes the best Southern rock so invigorating. "Beast in Peace" opens the record with a gentle lockstep before shifting seamlessly into a mile-wide chorus. Then, they expand that chorus even further, like switching to the widest camera lens to capture a vista they just realized the full vastness of. Elsewhere, as its title indicates, "Ultimate Satisfaction" is an IMAX-wide ode to what starts out as a simple thought, then turns bodily-- the refrain of "coming down!" charts the sensation spreading like a spasm. That towering exultation is also felt on the primal "Deafening Love". While aiming for a similar sense of awe-inspiring bliss, "Love" widens the focus and luxuriates in the tremors, approximating a more protracted take on Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song".

Yet Bear in Heaven's greatest trick is creating music that evokes the sort of physicality and scope that could soundtrack a Hollywood film, but also works equally well at stirring up intimate bodily passion. Lush synth beds, warm electronics accenting poly-rhythms, and Jon Philpot's yearning, boyish howl coalesce into a vibe that's muscular without being macho, and which strikes a rare balance between nuanced emotion and overwhelming sensation. Even when delving into more disconcerting subject matter-- dabbling in self-loathing on "Wholehearted Mess" or confronting paranoia on the slinky "You Do You"-- Philpot still manages to imbue the songs with an atmosphere of seduction and intrigue.

An album like BRFM couldn't exist without a paean to the most severe and high-stakes of endeavors, and first single "Lovesick Teenagers" more than meets the requirements for 2009's Epic Song About Tortured Young Romance. With briskly alternating synth chords spitting by like fast-moving highway stripes, the titular couple are doomed to crash, but most likely in a JG Ballard sort of way. The pair martyr themselves in order to eternalize their passion, and the band is generous enough to resurrect them later, in the reprise of "Teenagers" that closes the album, seamlessly and surprisingly emerging from "Casual Goodbye". As a gesture, it's a slight nod backwards to the suite-like structures of their debut, but moreover a celebration of abundance that wraps up an album overflowing with feeling. It's also an exclamation point signaling that Bear in Heaven not only clearly recognize their own best instincts, they're not shy about dwelling on them. Sure, bands can adapt to the current musical climate by adding extras to LPs, tweaking release dates to accommodate fan interest, or even giving away their music free. A curtain call like "Teenagers", though: now that's generosity.

— Eric Harvey"

 
Top 25 sellers for 2008   12/19/2008  
RECKLESS RECORDS 2008 TOP 25 SELLERS

1.RADIOHEAD "IN RAINBOWS" CD/LP
2.PORTISHEAD "THIRD" CD/LP
3.VAMPIRE WEEKEND "S/T" CD/LP
4.FLEET FOXES "S/T"CD/LP
5.BON IVER "FOR EMMA, FOREVER AGO" CD/LP
6.TV ON THE RADIO "DEAR SCIENCE" CD/LP
7.BECK "MODERN GUILT"CD/LP
8.NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL "IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA" CD/LP
9.SIGUR ROS "MED SUD I EYRUM VID SPILUM ENDALAUST" CD/LP
10.BONNIE PRINCE BILLY "LIE DOWN IN THE LIGHT" CD/LP
11.BLACK KEYS "ATTACK & RELEASE" CD/LP
12.NICK CAVE "DIG LAZARUS, DIG!!!" CD/LP
13.MAGNETIC FIELDS "DISTORTION" CD/LP
14.RACONTEURS "CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY" CD/LP
15.WOLF PARADE "AT MOUNT ZOOMER" CD/LP
16.CUT COPY "IN GHOST COLOURS" CD/LP
17.CAT POWER "JUKEBOX" CD/LP
18.MIA "ARULAR" CD/LP
19.SHE & HIM "VOLUME ONE" CD/LP
20.HOT CHIP "MADE IN THE DARK" CD/LP
21.M83 "SATURDAYS = YOUTH" CD
22.SPIRITUALIZED "SONGS IN A&E" CD/LP
23.DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE "NARROW STAIRS" CD/LP
24.STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS "REAL EMOTIONAL TRASH"
25.ALKALINE TRIO "AGONY & IRONY" CD/LP  
2008 Reckless staff best of lists!!!   12/19/2008  
2008 has been one of the weirdest years ever. George Bush = NO! Barack Obama = YES! Chicago Cubs = NO! Blackhawks Winter Classic = YES! Economy = NO! Reckless best of lists = YES!

So here they are, we know that you've been waiting for them.

RECKLESS 2008 BEST OF LISTS

CHRIS PAPPAS
GROUPER “Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill”
SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE “Curse the Traced Bird”
DOWN IN JUNE “Covers...Death in June”
BEACH HOUSE “Devotion”
JOHN MAUS “Love is Real”
CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE “In Between words”
SPACEMEN 3 “DJ Tones” ep
PORTISHEAD “Third”

REISSUES
MAYO THOMPSON “Corky's Debt to His Father”
THE LINES “Flood Bank”
THE LINES “Memory Spand”
IRON CURTAIN “Tarantula Scream”ep
DEAD CAN DANCE reissues
VAN DUREN “Are You Serious?”

MICHELLE HODGES
in no particular order
M83 “Saturdays = Youth”
BEACH HOUSE “Devotion”
CRYSTAL STILTS “Alight of Night”
PIT ER PAT “High Time”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle/ “Weird Era Continued”
18TH DYLE “Amorine Queen”
GROUPER “ Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill”
WINDY & CARL “Songs for the Broken Hearted”
WHITE MAGIC “New Egypt”
NAGISA NI TE “Yosuga”
HELENA ESPVALL & MASAKI BATOH “S/T”
WOODEN SHJIPS VOL. 1
LEGENDARY PINK DOTS “Plutonium Blonde”
JOHN MAUS “Love is Real”
JACK ROSE “ Dr. Ragtime & Pals”
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES “The Supreme Genius of...”
RODRIGUEZ “Cold Fact” reissue
FIVE OR SIX “Acting on Impulse”
MONOCHROME SET “Independent Singles Collection”
THE LINES “Flood Bank” reissue

EMILY ELHAJ
in no particular order
LIL WAYNE “Tha Carter III”
GROWING “All the Way”
SPIRITUALIZED “Songs in A&E”
CHAIRLIFT “Does You Inspire You”
BLACK ANGELS “Directions to See a Ghost”
BORIS “Smile”
METALLICA LP Reissues
RZA “Digi Snacks”
BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT “Motion to Rejoin”
ENSLAVED “Vertebrae”
M83 “Digital Shades Volume 1”
MOUNT EERIE/ JULIE DOIRON - Lost Wisdom (Southern)
NO AGE “Nouns”
OCEAN “Pantheon of the Lesser”
DUNGEN “4”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued”
T-PAIN “Thr33 Ringz”
NICO MUHLY “Mothertongue”
DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue” reissue
VETIVER “Thing of the Past”
Q-TIP “Renaissance”
CHARLIE LOUVIN “Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs”
WARMER MILKS “Soft Walks”

JASON VERHAGEN
RUSSIAN CIRCLES "Station”
NERVES (1975) "One Way Ticket”
MOGWAI "The Hawk is Howling”
LARRY NORMAN "Rebel, Poet, Jukebox Balladeer”
EARLES & JENSEN "Just Farr a Laugh”
THE MIDDLE CLASS "Out of Vogue, Early Material”
COLLAPSAR "Integers”
JEFF LOOMIS "Zero Hour Phase”
DON CABALLERO "Punkgasm”
DIANOGAH "Qhnnnl”

MATT JENCIK
AIDAN BAKER/TIME HECKER“Fantasma Parastasie”
BROWN JENKINS “Angel Eyes”
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS/ SOMNIVORE split
DUNGEN “4”
ENSLAVED “Vertebrae”
FRIPP/ ENO“No Pussyfooting” reissue
GROUPER “Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill”
GROUPER/INCA ORE split
HELLHAMMER “Demon Entrails”
JAY REATARD “Singles 06-07”
KRALLICE “S/T”
LEVIATHAN “Massive Conspiracy Against All Life”
LIFELOVER“Konkurs”
MORKER “Hostmakter”
NACHTMYSTIUM “Assassins: Black Meddle pt. 1”
NASHEIM/ ANGANTYR split
ONE LAST WISH “1986” LP reissue
O.W.L. “Of Wondrous Legends” reissue
THE PEACE “Black Power” reissue
RADIOHEAD “In Rainbows”
RAVEN “Back to Ohio Blues”
STRID“s/t” reissue
V/A “1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground”
WEDARD “Wo Die Ewgkeit Die Zeit Beruhrt”
XASTHUR "A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors” reissue
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM “Two Hunters”
NEIL YOUNG “Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House”

Live shows:
IRON MAIDEN
POLVO
RADIOHEAD
BORIS
STARS OF THE LID
NICK CAVE
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
BARACK OBAMA Acceptance Speech in Grant Park

CHRIS CONNELLY
BOB DYLAN “Tell Tale Signs: Rare & Unreleased 1989-2006”
OAN AS POLICE WOMAN “To Survive”
EARLY WORM “S/T”
THESE WONDERFUL EVILS “Regine Flory”
CURRENT 93 “Nature Unveiled” reissue
LYNN JACKSON “Soft Stars”
ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS “Another World”
CAT POWER “Jukebox”
JUANA MOLINA “Un Dia”
THE SMITHS “Sound of the Smiths”

LIZ WEINSTEIN
BEACH HOUSE "Devotion"
JOHN MAUS "Love is Real"
PORTISHEAD "Third"
SAY HI "The Wishes And The Glitch"
MARNIE STERN “This is it & I am it & You are it & So is that & he is it”
IRON CURTAIN "Desertion"
V/A “BIPPP: French Synth Wave 1979-85”
SEBASTIEN TELLIER "Sexuality"
RAVEONETTES "Lust Lust Lust"
BLACK ANGELS "Directions to See a Ghost"
V/A “Messthetics #106
DUNGEN "4"
BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT"Motion to Rejoin”
DEERHUNTER "Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued"
TRICKY "Knowle West Boy”
LEE SCRATCH PERRY "Repentance”

REISSUES
NEW ORDER “Movement”
JORGE BEN "Forca Bruta”
U2 "October"
FRIPP & ENO "No Pussyfooting"

BILLY SMITH
CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE “In Between Words”
NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS “Assassination of Jesse James” soundtrack
NICK CAVE “Dig Lazarus Dig!!!”
JONNY GREENWOOD “There Will Be Blood” soundtrack
SIGUR ROS “Med Sud I Eryum Vid Spilum Endalaust”
NINE INCH NAILS “The Slip”
RIVERS CUOMO “Alone Part 1”

Bands that stupidly got ignored (by me) until 2008:
WINDY & CARL
UFO (how did I miss them for so long?)
SAMMY HAGAR
PROCOL HARUM

These albums had some good SONGS on them, but I didn't
find myself listening to the WHOLE album...
COLDPLAY “Viva La Vida”
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE “Narrow Stairs”
RADIOHEAD “In Rainbows” (Don't believe the hype)
UGLYSUIT “S/T”
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM “Sound of Silver”
JUSTICE “Cross”
HOLD STEADY “Stay Positive” (slightly annoying, but catchy)
REM “Accelerate” (starts off great, then zzzzzzz)

DYLAN POSA
*****NEW RECORDS*****
XIU XIU “Women As Lovers”
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS “Here Come the 123s”
NEPTUNE “Gong Lake”
SIAN ALICE GROUP “59:59”
ERYKAH BADU “New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War)”
THE BREEDERS “Mountain Battles”
MARNIE STERN “This is it & I am it & you are it & so is that & he is it”
VIOLENCE OF THE LEFT “Curses”
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS “S/T”
NEIL HAMBURGER “Sings Country Winners”
MEGAFAUN “Bury the Square”
ROOTS “Rising Down”
PORTISHEAD “Third”
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “Water Curses”
NEW BLOODS “Secret Life”
LAST SHADOW PUPPETS “Age of the Understatement”
ERIC MATTHEWS “Imagination Stage”
PONYTAIL “Ice Cream Spiritual”
WALTER BECKER “Circus Money”
MUCCA PAZZA “Plays Well Together”
SLOAN “Parallel Play”
SIGUR ROS “Med Sud I Eryum Vid Spilum Endalaust”
FRED FRITH “To Sail to Sail”
FUCKED UP “Year of the Pig”
SPARKS “Exotic Creatures of the Deep”
ONEIDA “Preteen Weaponry”
GETATCHEW MEKURIA & THE EX “Moa Anbessa”
SBACH “S/T”
METALLICA “Death Magnetic”
DEAD SCIENCE “Villainaire”
FUCKED UP “Chemistry of Common Life”
WOMEN “S/T”
JARBOE “Mahakali”
WHITE MAGIC “New Egypt”
AC/DC “Black Ice”
SQUAREPUSHER “Only a Souvenir”
CHRIS CONNELLY “Forgiveness & Exile”
LOWDOWN BRASS BAND “S/T”
MY CANADIAN GIRLFRIEND “It Might Even Get Cold”

***REISSUES***
V/A “Carolina Funk”
MAYO THOMPSON “Corky's Debt to his Father”
GARY NUMAN “Replicas”
NICK LOWE “Jesus of Cool”
DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue”
VAN DUREN “Are You Serious”
VSS “Nervous Circuits”

***MAGAZINE PUBLISHING EVENT OF THE YEAR***
CHUNKLET


JACOB OTTING
PORTISHEAD “Third”
DEERHUNTER "Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued"
BEACH HOUSE "Devotion"
MICAH BLUE SMALDONE "The Red River"
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY "Lie Down in the Light"
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE "Water Curses"
ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS "Another World"
ARTHUR RUSSELL “Love is Overtaking Me”

JAMES DEIA
CONSTANTIES “Kensington Heights”
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING “Primary Colours”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued”
DUTCHESS & THE DUKE “She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke”
FUCKED UP “The Chemistry of Common Life”
PORTISHEAD “Third”
ERYKAH BADU “New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War)”
BLACK MOUNTAIN “In The Future”
SHEARWATER “Rook”
OKKERVIL RIVER “The Stand Ins”
WALKMEN “You & Me”
ONEIDA “Preeteen Weaponry”
DISAPPEARS 2008 7"s
HOWLIN' RAIN “Magnificent Fiend”
BORIS “Smile”

Reissues/Live
BOB DYLAN “Tell Tale Signs: Rare & Unreleased 1989-2006”
DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue”
RODRIGUEZ “Cold Fact”
LARRY NORMAN “Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: Anthology”
V/A “Nigeria Disco Funk Special”
STEINSKI “What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective”
ARTHUR RUSSELL “Love Is Overtaking Me”
V/A “1970's Algerian Proto Rai Underground”
FINAL SOLUTION “Brotherman” soundtrack
THE CLEAN “Anthology”
SKIP JAMES “1931 Sessions”
IRMA THOMAS “Sings”
JOHN PHILLIPS “John The Wolf King of L.A.”
THE CLASH “Live at Shea Stadium”
THE RATS “S/T”

ROBBIE HAMILTON
PORTISHEAD “Third”
BEACH HOUSE “Devotion”
LEE SCRATCH PERRY “Repentance”
DUNGEN “4”
SPARKS “Exotic Creatures of the Deep”
ERIC MATTHEWS “Imagination Stage”
DAVID VANDERVELDE “Waiting for the Sunrise”
BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT “Motion to Rejoin”
JOHN MAUS “Love is Real”
BLACK MOUNTAIN “In the Future”
ERYKAH BADU “New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War)
SLOAN “Parallel Play”

REISSUE OF THE YEAR:
DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue”

BAND I JUST DISCOVERED THIS YEAR:
BADFINGER

MOVIE OF THE YEAR:
WALL-E

GAR BRANDT
CLASH "Live at Shea Stadium"
DAVID BOWIE "Live Santa Monica '72"
BLACK ANGELS "Directions To See A Ghost"
JAY REATARD "Matador Singles '08"
CLINIC "Do It"
DEERHUNTER "Microcastle"/ “Weird Era Continued”
CHRIS CONNELLY "Forgiveness & Exile"
PORTISHEAD "Third"
FUCKED UP "Chemistry of Common Life"
JOHNNY FOREIGNER "Waited Up Til It Was Light”
V/A "Sprigs Of Time: 78's From The EMI Archive"

DAN WORLAND
EDDIE CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING “Primary Colours”
DUTCHESS & THE DUKE “She's The Duchess, He's The Duke”
DISAPPEARS both 7 inches + Live Above The Rainbo CDR
TIMES NEW VIKING “Rip It Off”
CONSTANTINES “Kensington Heights”

COURTLAND GREEN
V/A “Sprigs of Time: 78s From the EMI Archive”
STEPHEN MALKMUS “ Real Emotional Trash”
V/A “1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground”
LEON WARE “Moonride”
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS “Claudine/ Pipe Dreams” soundtracks
NEIL YOUNG “Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968”
V/A “I Don't Feel At Home In This World Today”
V/A “Life Is A Problem”
GZA “Pro Tools”
GETATCHEW, EKURIA & THE EX “Moa Anbessa”
V/A “New Orleans Funk Vol. 2”

MICHAEL ARDAIOLO
DISAPPEARS 7"s + “Live Over the Rainbo”
V/A “1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground”
TOUMANI DIABATE “Mande Variations”
ROOTS MANUVA “Slime & Reason”
FLYING LOTUS “Los Angeles”
BOB DYLAN “Tell Tale Signs: Rare & Unreleased 1989-2006”
DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA “Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey”
VALERIO COSI “Collected Works”
ODEAN POPE “What Went Before, Volume 1”
CHRIS CONNELLY “Forgiveness & Exile”
V/A “Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted: Baghdad, 1925-1929”
V/A “Sprigs of Time: 78s from the EMI Archives”
SIR VICTOR UWAIFO “Guitar-Boy Superstar 1970-76 “
SCOTT TUMA “Not for Nobody”
MATANA ROBERTS QUARTET “Chicago Project”
BLUES CONTROL “Puff”
Best Shows
STARS OF THE LID (Lakeshore Theater)
TOUMANI DIABATE (Logan Square Auditorium)
THE EX & GETATCHEW MEKURIA (Pritzger)
AMIR EL SAFFAR (Pritzger)
ORNETTE COLEMAN (Grant Park)
MATANA ROBERTS (Heaven Gallery)

SARAH FRIER
(NO ORDER-ALBUMS)
BLACK ANGELS “Directions to See a Ghost”
FLEET FOXES “S/T”
LINDSAY BUCKINGHAM “GIFT OF SCREWS”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued”
DIPLO & SANTOGOLD “Top ranking”
PIT ER PAT “High Time”
ROOTS MANUVA “Slime & Reason)
PORTASTATIC “Some Small History”
V/A “Nigeria Disco Funk Special”
V/A “Rmxxology”

(NO ORDER CELEBRITIES)
TINA FEY
CHARLIE DAY

DAVE HOFER
THE BAKERTON GROUP “S/T” (Groovy instrumental boogie-rock from Clutch, but
minus their singer)

BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME “Colors” (I know this came out in 2007, but
Victory Records finally issued this on vinyl! Amazing prog-metal-hardcore)

GOJIRA “The Way of All Flesh” (Awesome, heavy, and complex metal recorded
and performed very well. Fans of Meshuggah or Lamb of God will like this)

GRIDLINK “Amber Grey” (Another band starting with "G," this features Jon
Chang from Discordance Axis on vocals and most of Japan's Mortalized on
instruments. 12 songs in 11 minutes and completely punishing)

GUILTY SIMPSON “Ode to the Ghetto” (A nice mixture of street-level rhymes
and a sense of humor, this is another winner from Stones Throw)

HARMS WAY "Delusion" 7" (Intense and scary hardcore/grind/death metal
from these Chicago lads)

THE MUZZLER /MZRCDXVL Split 7" (Awesome split from two of the area's best
hardcore bands)

ORIGIN “Antithesis” (Insane and unrelenting technical death metal from
Kansas, of all places. Totally overpowering and amazing)

PORTISHEAD “Third” (Indescribable release from an indescribable band.
Other-worldly rhythms mixed with Beth Gibbons' airy voice make for another
winner from this band)

PUERTO MUERTO “I Was A Swallow” (Dark, post-country tunes with beautiful
male/female vocals from right here in Chicago. Very underrated music that
sounds like it's from Death Valley and covered in sand)

STEINWAYS “Gorilla Marketing” (Excellent pop punk in the vein of Screeching Weasel. Buy & smile.)

VENOMOUS CONCEPT “Poisoned Apple” (punk/thrash from one half of Brutal
Truth and one half of Napalm Death)

V/A “This Comp Kills Fascists” (Great hardcore compilation on Relapse, assembled by Pig Destroyer guitarist Scott Hull. Features new material from tons of killer bands, including Brutal Truth, Weekend Nachos, Spoonful of Vicodin, Agents of Satan, and like 15 more)

KIP MCCABE
in no particular order
MESHUGGAH “Obzen”
MESHUGGAH “Chaosphere Reloaded” (Reissue)
JUANA MOLINA “Un Dia”
DUNGEN “4”
FRIPP/ENO “No Pussyfooting” (Reissue)
NAGISA NI TE “Yosuga”
ENSLAVED “Vertebrae”
FUCKED UP “Year of the Pig”
SEA & CAKE “Car Alarm”
NEIL YOUNG “Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968”
NONAGON “No Sun”

TV Series
MAD MEN “Seasons 1 and 2”
IN TREATMENT “Season 1”
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA “Season 4.0”
THE SHIELD “Season 7”
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA “Season 4”
LOST “Season 4”
TRUE BLOOD “Season 1”

Movies
IN BRUGES
WALL-E

JIM MAGAS
GAS “Nah Und Fern”
WOLFGANG VOIGT “Freiland Klaviermusik”
MAURIZIO “M Series”
V/A “'70s THAI ORCHESTRA”
BASIC CHANNEL “2”
RAVEN “Back to Ohio Blues”
TRUTH & JANEY “No Rest for the Wicked”
BRAINBOMBS reissues
CHRISSY ZEBBY TEMBO & NGOZI FAMILY “My Ancestors”
YA HO WAH 13 “Penetration, An Aquarian Symphony”
ERSEN “S/T” reissue
CHRIS CONNELLY “Forgiveness & Exile”
THE PEACE “Black Power”
HUMAN BEAST “Vol. 1”
BLUE PHANTOM “Distortions”
SUCK “Time to Suck”
FREEDOM'S CHILDREN “Astra & Galactic Vibes”
BLUE ADDICTS “S/T”
T2 “It'll All Work Out in Boomland” & “T2” (aka Fantasy)
STACK WADDY “S/T”
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND reissues
MURPHY BLEND “First Loss”
Everything on STRANGE LIFE

Bonus round:
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Braid (Xbox 360)
The Presidential Election

DAN MALONEY
1.) PORTISHEAD “Third”
2.) NICK CAVE AND BAD SEEDS “Dig Lazarus, Dig!!!”
3.) ERYKAH BADU “New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War)”
4.) DEERHUNTER “Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued”
5.) BON IVER “For Emma Forever Ago”
6.) FLEET FOXES “S/T”
7.) THEE OH SEES “Master's Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night in”
8.) BLACK MOUNTAIN “In the Future”
9.) SHOPPING “S/T”
10.) VETIVER “Thing of the Past”

REISSUES
1.)MISSISSIPPI RECORDS: VARIOUS TITLES (IRMA THOMAS, “LOVE IS LOVE” etc...)
2.)RODRIGUEZ “Cold Fact”
3.)LARRY NORMAN “Rebel, Poet, Jukebox Balladeer”
4.)BOB DYLAN “Tell Tale Signs: Rare & Unreleased 1989-2006”
5.) NERVES “One Way Ticket”
6.) LOS HOLY'S “Sueno Sicodelic” (PLUS TAPES CASSETTE)
7.) DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue”
8.) ARTHUR RUSSELL “Love is Overtaking Me”
9.) KAREN DALTON “Cotton Eyed Joe”
10.) REPLACEMENTS All Reissues
11.) V/A“Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro Rock”
12.) V/A “ Summer Records Anthology”

MARK “Little Ronnie” LUX
in no particular order
BECK “ Modern Guilt”
YAHOWA 13 “Sonic Portal”
O.W.L. “Of Wondrous Legend” reissue
JONAS REINHARDT “ S/T”
BLACK ANGELS “ Directions To See a Ghost”
FRIPP/ENO “No Pussyfooting” (reissue)
DIALS “ Amoeba Amore”
CLOUDLAND CANYON “ Lie in Light”
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE “My Bloody Underground”
DENNIS WILSON “ Pacific Ocean Blue” reissue
GENESIS Rhino cd/dvd reissues
ONEIDA “ Preteen Weaponry”

DANIEL MORRIS
KEVIN AYERS "Unfairground"
BIG KNIFE “S/T” (cassette)
BLACK ANGELS "Directions to See a Ghost"
THE DIALS "Amoeba Amore"
ENDLESS BOOGIE "Focus Level"
THE FINAL SOLUTION "Brotherman"
Soundtrack for an never-filmed movie, unearthed by Numero, by a group with maybe the most (unintentionally,
I hope?) band name of all time.
FUCKED UP "The Chemistry of Common Life"
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES "The Supreme Genius of King Khan"
NICK LOWE "Jesus of Cool" [reissue]
basically the best record ever, the reissue includes all the tracks from the UK release as well as the re-titled U.S.
version "Pure Pop for Now People"
MUTUAL DIVORCE "Gay for Gasoline"
SPARKS "Exotic Creatures of the Deep"
VIVIAN GIRLS “S/T”
V/A "Well Hung: Funk Rock Eruptions from Beneath Communist
Hungary Vol. 1"
V/A "Titan: It's All Pop!"
Another Numero Group compilation, lost power-pop gems on the Titan label. A good follow-up to 2005's
“Yellow Pills.”

ANTHONY ILLARDE
JOHN BAKER
The John Baker Tapes, Volume 1: BBC Radiophonics Rare & Unreleased Workshop Recordings 1963-1969
The John Baker Tapes, Volume 2: Soundtracks, Library, Home Recordings, Electro Ads 1954-1985
Trunk CDs/LP
Trunk Records has outdone themselves! A pair of lovingly assembled 2CD sets of various cues, themes and musical beds (much of it unreleased) made for radio and television through the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Primitive (yet futuristic) electronics and sonic manipulations that owe an obvious debt to the electroacoustic/music concrete pioneers of a decade prior, but with an added musicality and playfulness befitting its status as production music. Alongside Delia Derbyshire (who is long overdue for a similar re-examination), Baker was one of the Workshop's most prolific composers, and these discs represent a remarkable 30-odd years of work. If you're a fan of the Raymond Scott "Manhattan Research" package from years back, there's much here for you to enjoy.

CLINIC
“Do It!”
Modern avant/psych that manages to avoid the 'retro' tag. Familiar elements weave in and out of the mix but Abe Blackburn's unique vocals and the band's use of odd chord progressions make Clinic sound like no one else. Mildly unsettling and equally mysterious.

MITTY COLLIER
“Shades Of Mitty Collier - The Chess Singles 1961-1968”
First-ever CD collection from this Chicago gospel-influenced deep soul belter. "I Had A Talk With My Man" is the classic but Collier & the Chess studio band shine throughout. Classy & moving.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES
“The Supreme Genius Of King Khan & The Shrines”
US compilation of this multi-national garage R&B outfit's prodigious output. Great live show to boot.

LULA CORTES & ZE RAMALHO
“Paêbirú”
Brazilian psych folk from 1975. Lots in common with Caetano Veloso and the then- relatively recent Tropicalia movement, but with a spacier, almost progressive vibe that would appeal to fans of UK acid folk stalwarts Comus or Ramases. Concept record? Of course it is.

NICK LOWE
“Jesus Of Cool” (Remastered Edition)
Expanded version of Nick Lowe's 1978 debut (renamed "Pure Pop For Now People" in the US) featuring a whopping 10 bonus tracks. The timeless pop perfection of "Marie Provost" and "So It Goes" (in all of its Thin Lizzy-esque glory) appear here, along with the original version of "Cruel To Be Kind" and the only partially tongue-in-cheek "Rollers Show." The line between power pop and new wave has never been so blurry; never mind, they both begin here.

RODRIGUEZ
“Cold Fact”
A heavier Latino Donovan produced by Dennis Coffey. 1970 psychedelic folk rock. Awesome.

SHE & HIM
“Volume One”
Slightly flat, sometimes over-emotive, brashly charming bubblegum that matures throughout the course of the record. A sympatico collaboration between M. Ward & actress Zooey Deschanel that stood up to a summer's worth of repeated plays. This deserves a follow-up.

VARIOUS ARTISTS
“African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s”
“Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk In 1970s Nigeria”
Complimentary collections from the Afro-Rock underground. Think Fela Kuti crossed with Hendrix, Santana or Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel. Not to be missed.

VARIOUS ARTISTS
“Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story”
The alternate/demo versions of Big Star & related material that comprise roughly half of this 2CD set ought to make this a no-brainer, but the mid 60s garage/pop/psychedelic obscurities included keep this from being merely a completist's archival package.

ANGELA ZILES
1. ERSEN “ S/T” reissue... Addictive, choppy, and stellar Turkish rock
2. RODRIGUEZ "Cold Fact" reissue
3. PORTISHEAD "Third"
4. KING KHAN & THE SHRINES "Supreme Genuis of King Khan"
5. WOODEN SHJIPS "Vol. 1"
6. RELIGIOUS KNIVES "After Dark"
7. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS “S/T”
8. BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT"Motion to Rejoin" (not to mention a mesmerizing show at the Hideout)
9. NEW ORDER "Movement" reissue
10. WHITE MAGIC "New Egypt"
11. PONYTAIL "Ice Cream Spiritual"
12. DEERHOOF "Offend Maggie"
13. NEU "Neu! 2" (Reissue)
14. RAVEN "Back to Ohio Blues" (Reissue)
15. DEERHUNTER "Microcastle"/ “Weird Era Continued”
16. DAVID BOWIE “ Live Santa Monica” '72
17. DUNGEN "4"
18. MAGNETIC FIELDS "Distortion"
19. WOMEN “ S/T”
20. ONEIDA "Preteen Weaponry"
21. BEACH HOUSE "Devotion"
22. GROUPER "Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill"
23. JOSEPHINE FOSTER "This Coming Gladness"
24. FUCK BUTTONS "Street Horrrsing"
25. AWESOME COLOR "Electric Aborigines"
26. THE BREEDERS "Mountain Battles"

DVD's:
"The Future is Unwritten/Joe Strummer" by Julien Temple
"Joy Division" by Grant Gee (amazing footage of Joy Division performances that make you wish, or in fact,
almost feel like you were there. Grant Gee keeps you enthralled the entire time.

THADDEUS PHIPPS
SPIRITUALIZED “Songs in A&E”
NEIL HAMBURGER “Sings Country Winners”
EARLES & JENSEN “Just Farr A Laugh” reissue
“KING OF KONG: FISTFULL OF QUARTERS”
“THE WIRE” Season 5
“IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA” Season 4 (TACO BED!!!!)

REBBECA CRAWFORD
BIG DIPPER "Supercluster Anthology"
BLACK ANGELS "Directions to See a Ghost"
BLACK MOUNTAIN "In the Future"
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE "My Bloody Underground"
CHEAP TIME "S/T"
THE CLEAN "Compilation"
CRYSTAL STILTS "Alight of Night "
DIGITAL LEATHER "Sorceror"
DUNGEN "4"
EL GUINCHO "Alegranza"
EL PERRO DEL MAR "From the Valley of the Stars"
THE NERVES “One Way Ticket”
RAVEONETTES "Lust Lust Lust"
JAY REATARD “Singles 06-07”
SPARKS “Exotic Creatures of the Deep”
SPIRITUALIZED "Songs in A&E”

KEITH BEIERSDORFF
A/V MURDER “Missile Command” 7"
CIRCUS DEVILS “Ataxia”
CHRIS CONNELLY “Forgiveness & Exile”
DAVILLA 666 “S/T”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued”
DISAPPEARS “Need” 7" & “Old Friend” 7”
DUTCHESS & THE DUKE “Never Had a Chance” 7"
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING “Primary Colours”
FRANCE HAS THE BOMB “World of Mirrors” 7"
NIGHTMARCHERS “See You in Magic”
OBITS “One Cross Apiece” 7"
THE REPLACMENTS reissues bonus tracks
SHOPPING "Shopping" LP

BRYAN SMITH
V/A “1970'S Algerian Proto-Rai Underground”
V/A “70s Thai Orchestra”
BILL COSBY Presents Badfoot Brown & The Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band CD
BLACK ANGELS “Directions To See a Ghost”
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW “Dandelion Gum”
DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue” reissue
DISFEAR “Live the Storm”
FESTIVAL “Come, Arrow, Come”
FUCKED UP “Chemistry of Common Life”
FUCKED UP “Year Of The Pig”
GORE “Hart Gore & Mean Man's Dream” reissues
LEVIATHAN “Massive Conspiracy Against All Life”
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS “Dig Lazarus Dig!!!”
NICK LOWE “Jesus Of Cool” reissue
RATS reissue
RAVEN “Back to Ohio Blues”
SEX VID “Communal Living” 12"
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM “Two Hunters”

STEVE SHOUP
BIRTH CONTROL "Goin' To Target" 7"
BLACK ANGELS "Directions To See A Ghost"
BLACK TIME "Double Negative"
BORIS "Smile"
BOX ELDERS"Hole in My Head" 7"
THE CLEAN "Compilation" LP Reissue
DAILY VOID"Man/Machine" 7"
DANAVA "Unonou"
DRUNKDRIVER "Born Pregnant" LP
EARLES & JENSEN "Just Farr a Laugh"
ENSLAVED"Vertebrae"
FEELING OF LOVE "Petite Tu Es Un Hit" LP (out of print)
FUCKED UP"The Chemistry of Common Life"
GROUPER "Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill"
HARMONIA"Live 1974"
HARVEY MILK vinyl reissues
MITCH HEDBERG"Do You Believe in Gosh?"
LA DUSSELDORF vinyl reissues
MIDDLE CLASS “Out Of Vogue - The Early Material"
MISSION OF BURMA reissues
NERVES "One Way Ticket"
RATS "s/t" LP reissue
RODRIGUEZ"Cold Fact" reissue
IRMA THOMAS "Irma Thomas Sings" LP
VSS "Nervous Circuits" reissue CD/DVD
V/A "Fight on Your Time Ain't Long"

Live:
ANIMAL LAW
BIG KNIFE
DANAVA
DUNGEN
ROKY ERICKSON
GONERFEST
HOMOSEXUALS
KING KHAN
PIERCED ARROWS
PISSED JEANS
JAY REATARD

CHARLES TAYLOR
MOTORPSYCHO “Little Lucid Moments”
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES “In Ear Park”
MARNIE STERN “This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It”
MOVE “Lookin On” reissue
STEINSKI “What Does it All Mean?”
PLANETO IMAGINARIA “Biomasa”
SECRET CHIEFS 3 “Plays Masada Book Two”
MATTHEW HERBERT BIG BAND “There's Me & There's You”
STEVEN BERNSTEIN “Diaspora Suite”
WILLIAM PARKER “Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield”
SUN RA “Sleeping Beauty”
SUN RA “On Jupiter”
LONDON/GLASGOW IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRAS “Separately & Together”
ANTHONY BRAXTON “Complete Arista Recordings”
SCHLIPPENBACH TRIO “Gold is Where you Find it”

JEFF JOHNS
BEACH HOUSE "Devotion"
BIRTH CONTROL "Going To Target" 7"
BLACK ANGELS "Directions To See A Ghost"
CONVICTED "Unconquered" 7"
CRUEL HAND "Prying Eyes"
DEAD CAN DANCE reissues
DIPLO & PAPER ROUTE GANGSTAZ "Fear & Loathing In Huntsvegas"
DOUBLE NEGATIVE Raw Energy" 7"
FUCKED UP "Chemistry of Common Life"
GROUPER "Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill"
HARMS WAY "Delusion" 7"
ICEMEN 7"
IRON CURTAIN "Desertion 1982-1988"
LOOP reissues
MARVELOUS DARLINGS "I Don't Want to Go to the Party" 7"
MIDNIGHT "Farewell to Hell" 10"
NEW ORDER reissues
NO AGE "Nouns"
OBLITERATION 7"
SATANIC THREAT "Into Hell" 7"
SEX VID "Communal Living" 12"
SPACEMEN 3 "DJ Tones"
SUN KIL MOON "April"
THOUGHT CRUSADE "Common Man" 7"
VIOLATION "Devoured"
WHITE MAGIC "New Egypt"

MY BLOODY VALENTINE @ Aragon
PUNCH IN THE FACE & THE REPOS respective last shows
SWERVEDRIVER @ Metro
Family Tattoo (2230 W. Belmont)

LIBBY ZANDERS
AD ASTRA PER ASPERA “Danger Bird Blues” 7"
ANNIHILATION TIME “Tales of the Ancient Age”
BIRTH CONTROL “Going to Target” 7"
BLACK TIME “Double Negative”
DANAVA “Unonou”
DARK AGES “4 Songs” 7"
IRMA THOMAS “Sings the New Orleans Series” LP
JAY REATARD “Singles 06-07”
PIERCED ARROWS “n My Brain/Caroline” 7"
RATS “S/T” LP reissue

Live:
THE BARBARAS
BOX ELDERS
DAILY VOID
DANAVA
FUCKED UP
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES

Also:
BEYONCE "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" video
“Burn After Reading”

STEVE RITCHEY
PAUL METZGER @ Enemy
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY “ Lie Down in the Light”
All of the T.I. singles
BOB DYLAN bootlegs on the back porch with St. Peter's English Ale, Scrabble & good company.
PAUL METZGER “Gedanken Splinter”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
NEIL YOUNG “Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House”
Almost everything Mississippi Records put out
The Ex with Getachew Mekuria@ LSA
EVANGELISTA- "Hello Voyager"
ARTHUR RUSSELL “Love is Overtaking Me”
EVANGELISTA @ South Union Arts
Reggae Night @ the Burlington
New bike & biking to the RNC (though the event itself was a horrible depressing drag- thanks republicans & St. Paul PD)
ERYKAH BADU “New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War)”
EARTH- "The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull"
CASTRATED WARLORD- "The Essential Castrated Warlord"
GROUP INERANE- "Guitars From Agadez"
The Pit at the Pissed Jeans show at the Bottle
KATE FAGAN “I Don't Want to Be Too Cool” 7”
NICK CAVE “Dig Lazarus Dig!!!”
“My Winnipeg” film
That Earles & Jensen track about Garfield.
“Encounters at the End of the World” film
V/A “Wooden Guitar” (LP Reissue)
CHRIS CORSANO “Young Cricketer” (LP Reissue)
Plus Tapes
RAVEN- "Back To Ohio Blues" (Reissue)
Free concerts at Millennium Park
V/A “Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture”
KAREN DALTON “Cotton Eyed Joe”
“Wild Combination” DVD
KEVIN COYNE & Siren reissues
BLACK PUS CDRs
FUN YEARS “Baby, It's Cold Inside”

MELISSA GRUBBS
ERYKAH BADU “New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War)”
JORGE BEN reissues
BLACK ANGLES “Directions to See a Ghost”
NICK CAVE “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!”
THE CLEAN “Anthology”
CHRIS CONNELLY “Forgiveness & Exile”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle”/ “Weird Era Continued”
DUNGEN “4”
FUCKED UP “Chemistry of Common Life”
ENSLAVED “Vertebrae”
ERSEN “S/T” reissue
GETATCHEW MEKURIA & THE EX “Moa Anbessa”
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES “The Supreme Genius of...”
GROUPER “Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill”
GZA “Pro Tools”
HARVEY MILK LP reissues
LEVIATHAN “Massive Conspiracy Against All Life”
NICK LOWE “Jesus of Cool” reissue
THE PEACE “Black Power”reissue
JUANA MOLINA “Un Dia”
PORTISHEAD “Third”
Q-TIP “Renaissance”
RADIOHEAD “In Rainbows”
THE RATS “S/T” reissue
RAVEN “Back to Ohio Blues”
JAY REATARD “Matador Singles”
RODRIGUEZ “Cold Fact” reissue
IRMA THOMAS “Sings”
DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue” reissue
Neil Young “Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House”
V/A “Well Hung: Funk Rock Eruptions from Beneath Communist Hungary Volume 1”
V/A “Summer Records Anthology”
V/A “Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted: Baghdad , 1925-1929”
V/A “Life is a Problem”
V/A “Springs of Time: 78'S From the EMI Archive”
V/A “Rmxxology”
V/A “I Don't Feel at Home in this World Today”
V/A “1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground”
V/A “New Orleans Funk Vol. 2”
V/A “Nigeria Disco Funk Special”
V/A “Nigeria Rock Special”
The comps were really good this year!

KEN CAMDEN
STARS OF THE LID “Carte-De-Visite”
THE PEACE “Black Power”reissue
BURNING STAR CORE “Destroyer”
CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE “In Between Words”
JONAS REIHARDT “S/T”
LULA CORTES & ZE RAMALHO “Paebiru”
ANIMALS & MEN “Never Bought Never Sold” reissue
V/A “Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted: Baghdad, 1925-1929”
J SPACEMAN & SUN CITY GIRLS “Mister Lonely” (soundtrack)
AMANAZ “Africa” (reissue)

MEGAN MINNEART
SIGUR ROS “Med Sud I Eryum Vid Spilum Endalaust”
MINUS THE BEAR “They Make Beer Commercials Like This” (First time ever released on vinyl)
FUCKED UP “Chemistry of Common Life”
MATES OF STATE “Rearrange Us”
SPARKS “Exotic Creatures of the Deep”
BEACH HOUSE “Devotion”
LACKTHEREOF “Your Anchor”
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS “Flight of the Conchords”

Honorable Mention:
MAN MAN “Rabbit Habits “[just have to be in the mood]
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE “Narrow Stairs”[much potential, but haven't been able to listen enough to judge fairly]
PORTISHEAD “Third” [the whole vinyl fiasco was a pain in the bum]
LYKKE LI “Youth Novels [i just can't not love the first track]

FRIENDS OF RECKLESS...

BLAKE JUDD (NACHTMYSTIUM/ BATTLE KOMMAND RECORDS)
1. EARTH “The Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull”
2. GENGHIS TRON “Board up the House”
3. TORCHE “Meanderthal”
4. WOVEN HAND “Ten Stones”
5. LEVIATHAN “Massive Conspiracy Against All Life”

ADAM REACH (Touch and Go Records, Production, lover of cats)
PORTISHEAD "Third”
MONOTONIX "Body Language
GUN OUTFIT "Your Will" 7”
DEAD MEADOW "Old Growth"
NODZZZ "I Don't Wanna (Smoke Marijuana)" 7"
HIGH PLACES"S/T"
BLACK TAJ "Beyonder"
DEERHUNTER "Microcastle/Weird Era Cont."
SQUAREPUSHER "Just A Souvenir"
RED FAVORITE"S/T"
BROTHER JT 3 "Jelly Roll Gospel"

STEPHEN SOWLEY (Electrical Audio Studio Manager, Danny's doorman, former Reckless Employee, DJ &
Bingo MC)

HARVEY MILK “Life...The Best Game in Town”
BREEDERS “Mountain Battles”
EVANGELISTA “Hello Voyager”
“Let the Right One in” (Film)
EARTH “Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull”
KEVIN DRUMM “Imperial Distortion”
FOOD FOR ANIMALS “Belly”
“Wall-E” (Film)
IRON LUNG “Sexless/No Sex”
Basil Hayden Bourbon
GROUPER “Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill”
WINDY & CARL “Songs For The Broken Hearted”
DISFEAR “Live The Storm”
MY DISCO “Cancer”
THEE OH SEES (OCS) “The Masters Bedroom Is Worth Spending The Night in”
2562 “Aerial”
Roscoe's Chicken N' Waffles: Los Angeles
NAKED ON THE VAGUE “S/T”
ENSLAVED “VERTEBRAE”
SUNN O))) “Domkirke”
V/A “African Scream Contest”
MISSISSIPPI RECORDS
Soundway's awesome examination of '70s Nigerian music
CHRIS CONNELLY “Concrete, Bullet Proof, Invisible and Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock” (book)
FENNESZ “The Black Sea”
STEPHEN COLBERT “I am America, and So Can You” Audiobook Version

Little Things--
SEX VID “Nests” 7" & “Communal Living” 12"
MAYYORS “S/T” 7" & “Megan's LOLZ” 7"
BOTTOMLESS PIT “Congress” 12"
NODDZ “I Don't Wanna (Smoke Marijuana)” 7"
COLD CAVE “Trees Grew Emotions And Died” 12"
MI AMI “African Rhythms” 12"
DOUBLE NEGATIVE “S/T” 7"
FUCKED UP “Crooked Head” 7"
VIVIAN GIRLS “Wild Eyes” 7"

Live Things:
EX & GETACHEW MEKURIA (Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago)
HARVEY MILK (Canadian Building, Los Angeles)
ATP NY (Kutshers, Monticello, NY)
STARS OF THE LID (Lakeshore Theater, Chicago)
DEAD C (Empty Bottle, Chicago)
SEX VID (Beat Kitchen, Chicago)
THE THING (Hideout, Chicago)
FOOD FOR ANIMALS/ MI AMI (AV Aerie, Chicago)

TAYLOR BRODE's alphabetical nepotism (Touch and Go Records, sales)
ALL THE SAINTS “Fire On Corridor X”
BLANK DOGS “In a Web” 7”fans of shit gaze & glue wave take note-- this is the ONLY band whose name you will ever need to know post 2008.
BLANK DOGS “Mirror Lights” Cassette
BLANK DOGS “Diana the Herald” 12”
BLANK DOGS “Two Months” 7”
BLANK DOGS “Yellow Mice Asleep” e.p.
CRYSTAL STILTS “Alight of Night”
DAN MELCHIOR UND DAS MENACE “Christmas for the Crows”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle/ Weird Era Continued”
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING “Primary Colours”
FUCKED UP “The Chemistry of Common Life” Seventy guitar tracks might look self-indulgent on another band. Somehow these geniuses pull it off, er should I say, continue to pull it off. i even like the pop punk song w/ the douche chills guyliner guest vocalist. Fuck it, i especially like this song.
GANG GANG DANCE “Saint Dymphna”
GUN OUTFIT “S/T” 7” This is the flannel you’ve been waiting for.
KURT VILE “Constant Hitmaker” No matter how many inches of snow and sleet are on the ground outside, playing the first track on this record is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re smoking a j-bone in the Caribbean and that you really are gonna have a functional relationship with your ex.
NAKED ON THE VAGUE “Blood Pressure Sessions”
NUDGE “Infinity Padlock” e.p. Brian Foote is the dude behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. He is the Wizard, or possibly Oz, whichever one of those is more enigmatic, he’s that one.
SEX VID “Communal Living” 12” If this band stopped releasing live records that sound like my cat w/ bronchitis they would pretty much be perfect.
THESE ARE POWERS “Taro Tarot” e.p.
VSS “Nervous Circuits” reissue

JEFF CAMPAGNA (Forced Exposure distribution, sales)
“I'm quite an old-school romantic that thinks the heart and emotion of the music is what matters and that is what I listen out for, not the style. The characteristics and virtues I most cherish are when a music-maker can express an all-round character with integrity, a complete universe that thrives on its own. When it elevates above all styles.” - Björk

Top Albums
AARON DILLOWAY & C. SPENCER YEH “Thee Squid”
AIDAN BAKER AND TIM HECKER “Fantasma Parastasie”
ANGEL “Kalmuki”
APSE “Spirit”
BJ NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA “Passing Out”
BORKO “Celebrating Life”
COLDPLAY ”Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends”
COLIN MELOY “Sings Live!”
DEERHUNTER “Microcastle”/”Weird Era Continued”
ELUDER “The Most Beautiful Blue”
EMILIANA TORRINI “Me and Armini”
FENNESZ “Black Sea”
FOTHERINGAY “2”
HJALTALIN “Sleepdrunk Seasons”
J SPACEMAN & MATTHEW SHIPP “Spaceshipp”
JACASZEK “Treny”
JAMES “Hey-Ma”
JASPER TX “Black Sleep”
JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON “Fordlândia”
KEVIN DRUMM “Imperial Distortion”
KOEN HOLTKAMP “Field Rituals”
LAURA VEIRS “Two Beers Veirs”
LAWRENCE ENGLISH “Kiri No Oto”
MACHINEFABRIEK “Mort Aux Vaches”
MILIEU “A Warm Wooden Hollow/Smokebuilder's Woodshop”
NADJA/AIDAN BAKER/LEAH BUCKAREFF “Trinitarian”
NINE INCH NAILS “Ghosts I-IV”
Ø “Oleva”
ÓLAFUR ARNALDS “Eulogy for Evolution”
OMIT “Interceptor”
PETER BRODERICK “Float”
PETAR DUNDOV “Escapements”
PHANTOM ORCHARD “Orra”
PHILIP GLASS “Music In Twelve Parts”
POCAHAUNTED “Chains”
ROD MODELL “Incense & Black Light”
RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS “Cardinology”
SIGUR RÓS “Med Sud I Eryum Vid Spilum Endalaust”
SIN FANG BOUS “Clangour”
SOCCER COMMITTEE & MACHINEFABRIEK “Drawn”
SONS OF THE DRAGON “Sons Of The Dragon”
SVARTE GREINER “Man Bird Dress”
THE CURE “4:13 Dream”
THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA & TRA-LA-LA BAND “13 Blues For Thirteen Moons”
THOM YORKE “The Eraser Remixed”
V/A “A Cleansing Ascensio”
V/A “Spire Live - Fundamentalis”
WILLITS + SAKAMOTO “Ocean Fire”
XELA “In Bocca Al Lupo”
YELLOW SWANS “Psychic Secession”

Misc picks

BJÖRK “Wanderlust” 2X12”
FM3 “Buddha Machine II
JANDEK “Manhattan Tuesday” DVD
NURSE WITH WOUND “Images/Zero Mix” Book w/ CD
PAN SONIC “Kuvaputki” DVD

Top Reissues
808 STATE “Quadrastate”
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN “The BBC Sessions”
CHRIS CORSANO “The Young Cricketer”
DAVY GRAHAM “Folk, Blues & Beyond...”
DREDD FOOLE “Kissing The Contemporary Bliss”
GAS “Nah Und Fern”
IN CAMERA “Open Air”
JADE “Fly On Strangewings”
KAREN DALTON “In My Own Time”
METALLICA “Ride the Lightning”
MICHEL CHION “Requiem”
POLE “1 2 3”
STEINSKI “What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective”
THE SMITHS “The Sound of the Smiths”
UNIVERS ZERO “Univers Zero”
V/A “African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro”
V/A “Fight On, Your Time Ain't Long”
V/A “Victrola Favorites: Artifacts from Bygone Days”
XHOL “Motherfuckers GmbH & Co. Kg”
YOSHI WADA “The Appointed Cloud”

Special Mention
Náttúra Concert: Reykjavik, Iceland with Ólöf Arnalds, Ghostigital, Sigur Rós and Björk (National Geographic World Music) Webcast

DRAG CITY RECORDS
MARYANNE AMACHER “ Sound Characters 2”
ERYKAH BADU “New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War)”
BEACH HOUSE “Devotion”
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM “Gift of Screws”
GLEN CAMPBELL “Meet Glen Campbell”
CIRCLE X “Prehistory” reissue
THE COASTERS “ There's a Riot Goin' On: The Coasters on Atco”
DJ SHADOW & CUT CHEMIST “Hard Sell (Encore)”
JOE E “Love Got In the Way”
EARLES & JENSEN “Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1&2: The Greatest Prank Phone Calls Ever!”
FENNESZ “Black Sea”
GAS “Nah Und Fern”
GIRL TALK “Feed The Animals”
GUNS N ROSES “Chinese Democracy”
BOBBY HUTCHERSON “Head On” reissue
RYOJI IKEDA “Test Pattern”
AKIRA ISHIKAWA & COUNT BUFFALO UGANDA “Afurikan Rokku no Yoake” reissue
LIL WAYNE “Tha Carter III”
CHRIS McGREGOR “Brotherhood of Breath” reissue
GRACHAN MONCUR III “Evolution” reissue
POLE “1-2-3” reissue
PORTISHEAD “Third”
SHEARWATER “Rook”
SIC ALPS “A Long Way Around To A Shortcut”
SIC ALPS “U.S. EZ”
SPARKS “Exotic Creatures of the Deep”
STEINSKI “What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006”
GEBHARD ULLMANN “New Basement Research”
DENNIS WILSON “Pacific Ocean Blue” reissue
V/A “Bollywood Steel Guitar”

...and everything on Drag City central, natch  
In-Store Performance: Brighton, MA   11/09/2008  
Chicago's own BRIGHTON, MA will celebrate the release of their debut album "Amateur Lovers" with free in-store performance at Reckless Records in Wicker Park on Sunday Nov. 9th. These guys play indie rock with that 'roots rock' vibe similar to bands like WALKMEN & ARCADE FIRE.

Brighton, MA
Free in-store performance
Sunday November 9th
Reckless Records on Milwauke Ave
4pm
 
In-Store Performance: Starfucker   10/27/2008  
Portland's STARFUCKER will rock it for you for free on Monday October 27th at Reckless Records on Broadway. This Portland trio plays catchy, lo-fi electronic indie-pop with warm & thick synth tones & summery vocal harmonies. Imagine WEEZER covering BEACH BOYS tunes with casios.

STARFUCKER
free in-store performance
Monday October 27th
Reckless Records on Broadway
5pm  
In-Store Performance: White Lies   10/27/2008  
WHITE LIES are an English trio that plays stripped down new-wave pop music. The band's first single "Death" will available for sale at the performance. Fans of ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, INTERPOL, GLASVEGAS, THE KILLERS etc...should check these guys out.

WHITE LIES
free in-store performance
Monday October 27th
Reckless Records on Milwaukee Ave
6pm  
PAVEMENT BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS pre-order promotion   10/24/2008  
Reckless Records is proud to announce our participation in another Matador Records BUY EARLY GET NOW promotion, this time for the deluxe 2CD reissue of PAVEMENT'S "Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed."

Stop into any Reckless location & give us your name & email address. We'll email your address to Matador and you'll be contacted by them within a day or two about getting your free goodies almost two months before the December 9th physical release.

Here's what you'll get:

Stream of the album (available now!)
Bonus Track #1 (available now!)
Bonus Track #2 (available November 4th)

AND..............
When you pick up your CD from Reckless on release date you will also receive a poster PLUS a bonus live LP that was originally scheduled for release in 1998 but has been shelved until now!!! Wow!

If you have any questions or concerns check out the buy early get now website:

www.buyearlygetnow.com  
In-Store Performance: Le Loup   10/11/2008  
Hardly Art recording artists LE LOUP will play a free-instore at Reckless Records on Broadway on Saturday October 11th. LE LOUP is the creation of Sam Simkoff, a very talented musician that wrote & recorded most of this record at home. The sound is a hybrid of folk music led by acoustic guitars & banjo & indie rock sound collage similar to GRIZZLY BEAR & maybe even AKRON/FAMILY (mainly because of
the dense 'gang' vocals). The live line-up boasts seven members so this should be cool.

LE LOUP
free-instore
Saturday October 11th
4pm
Reckless Records on Broadway  
In-Store Performance: Svarte Greiner   10/03/2008  
Fresh off his performance with DEAF CENTER on Thursday night at the Hideout, Type Records' SVARTE GREINER will bring his minimalist style of acoustic doom to Reckless Records on Friday October 3rd. These haunting Norwegian soundtracks are even more stunning live. What an excellent way to usher in October!

SVARTE GREINER
Free in-store performance
Saturday October 3rd
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
6pm  
In-Store Performance: Born Ruffians   09/30/2008  
We're excited to announce a free in-store performance from Warp Recording artists BORN RUFFIANS. This Toronto band blends simple indie rock elements with more complex vocal arrangements. Imagine THE STROKES or VAMPIRE WEEKEND with occasional PANDA BEAR moments.

BORN RUFFIANS
free in-store performance
Reckless Records on Broadway
Tuesday September 30th
5pm  
In-Store Performance: Growing   09/27/2008  
Heavy drone-masters GROWING have agreed to give us permanent ear damage via a free in-store on Saturday September 27th. We cannot express how excited we are about this!!! Bring your earplugs.

GROWING
Free in-store performance
Saturday September 27th
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
5pm  
In-Store Performance: Noah and the Whale   09/26/2008  
Noah and the Whale is the brainchild of 21 year old Charlie Fink. The group's instrumentation consists of Fiddle, Bass, harmonium & ukulele. The band has toured with BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE & FEIST & they've already toured the U.K. Fans of MAGNETIC FIELDS, BEIRUT, FEIST etc.. won't want to miss this.

NOAH AND THE WHALE
free in-store (acoustic performance)
Friday September 26
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
6pm  
In-Store Performance: Colourmusic   09/11/2008  
Indie rockers, COLOURMUSIC will make some time before soundcheck for the Wire Festival at the Empty Bottle to play a free instore at the Reckless Records Milwaukee Ave. location on Thursday September 11th.
Back in 1998, British exchange student Nik Turner met Ryan Hendrix at Oklahoma State & COLOURMUSIC was born (though the band didn't officially form until 2002). Their music is a blend of almost child-like SYD BARRETT pop songs & deeply orchestrated indie rock sort of like GRIZZLY BEAR or even BECK.

COLOURMUSIC
Free in-store
Thursday September 11th
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
5pm  
In-Store Performance: Dutchess and the Duke   09/10/2008  
Yes, yes, yes! The 60's country-rock loving Seattle
duo DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE will pleasure our ears with a free in-store performance on Wednesday September 10th at the Broadway Reckless Records location. Taking hints from some of the best 60's artists including early Bob Dylan & "Flowers" & "Beggars Banquet" early Rolling Stones, these guys have managed to figure out a way to write simple country-folk-rock songs that sound remarkably fresh.
Don't miss this one.

Dutchess and the Duke
free in-store performance
Wednesday September 10th
Reckless Records on Broadway
7pm  
In-Store Performance: Earlimart   07/26/2008  
California popsters Earlimart will grace us with a unique acoustic instore performance this Saturday July 26th at the Wicker Park store. The duo recently released their 6th album "Hymn and Her", an album comprised of interesting psychedelic pop songs that would appeal to any FLAMING LIPS, SONIC YOUTH or RADIOHEAD fan.

EARLIMART
free acoustic-instore
Saturday July 26th
6pm
Reckless Records in Wicker Park  
In-Store Performance: Son Ambulance   07/15/2008  
Saddle Creek recording artists SON AMBULANCE will be playing a free in-store performance on Tuesday July 15th at the Broadway location at 6pm. Here's what we had to see about their most recent album "Someone Else's Deja Vu."

Nebraska's part-time BRIGHT EYES co-conspirator, JOE KNAPP releases this third full-length album with SON AMBULANCE. There truly is a menagerie of sounds and instruments utilized for this 2008 album. Classical guitars, synthesizers, elaborate pianos, layered vocal harmonizing, and an overall good-timey vibe permeates the whole album and creates a lucid, dreamy atmosphere. Contributions were made by friends TILLY & THE WALL and the FAINT.

Son Ambulance
Free in-store
Tuesday July 15th
6pm
Reckless Records on Broadway  
extended summer hours in the Loop!   06/17/2008  
The Loop store (23 E. Madison) will be staying open an extra hour every day except Sunday for at least the summer.

The new hours are:

Monday through Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 10am to 7pm.  

Loop store extended Summer hours!   06/15/2008  
The Loop store (23 E. Madison) will be staying open an extra hour every day except Sunday for at least the summer. The new hours are:
Monday through Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm.  
In-Store Performance: Cryptacize   06/07/2008  
We are excited to announce that CRYPTACIZE will be performing at our Wicker Park location on Saturday 6/7 at 2pm.

Here's some more info:

Featuring both Nedelle Torrisi (Nedelle & Thom, Kill Rock Stars) as well as Deerhoof alum (and current Curtains member) Chris Cohen, California's Cryptacize will be making a stop at Reckless in Wicker Park prior to their show at Schuba's to help promote their debut album, Dig That Treasure,which is out now on Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label.

An unconventional pop act that's not afraid to branch out, Cryptacize are able to keep their songs interesting without abandoning the listener at the starting line. Nedelle's voice is unlike any other, and combined with their sparse arrangements make for an amazing listen.

Cryptacize
@Reckless Records- Wicker Park
Saturday 6/7 @ 2pm
Like every other in-store here at Reckless, this one is totally FREE and all-ages!

 
Help save Chicago music/arts culture!!   05/13/2008  
In case you haven't heard, the City of Chicago has proposed an ordinance that will severely limit music promoters in this city. After reading through the ordinance, it's hard to imagine venues such as the Metro, Schuba's & Empty Bottle staying in business let alone much smaller places. We're assuming that this could even effect our wonderful, free in-stores at Reckless.

More information can be found here:

http://savechicagoculture.org/

If you haven't written to your alderman yet, please do so and forward this to anybody that you can think of.

Find your alderman here:

http://savechicagoculture.org/

Way to go Chicago.  
In-Store Performance: Tokyo Police Club   05/05/2008  
The fine young Canadian band Tokyo Police Club will grace our store with a free, all-ages in-store performance on Monday May 5th at 7pm. Not much to say really except this is going to be huge.

Tokyo Police Club
free in-store performance
Monday May 5th
7pm
Reckless Records on Broadway  
In-Store Performance: Neva Dinova   05/01/2008  
Omaha's NEVA DINOVA just recently released their
third album YOU MAY ALREADY BE DREAMING on Saddle Creek & we're happy to say that they'll be playing some songs from the album at the Broadway location on May 1st. It's easy to make BRIGHT EYES comparisons to almost any Saddle Creek band at one time or another (that's not so bad though is it?) but these guys are forging their own path. Saddle Creek artists seem to always make time for in-stores for Reckless which we greatly appreciate so come out and support these guys.

NEVA DINOVA
free in-store appearance
Thursday May 1st
4pm
Reckless Records on Broadway  
Looptopia!!!   04/28/2008  
The downtown store is staying open late for Looptopia (Friday May 2nd) and we're also offering some live music up for the late-night crowd. Please go here (http://www.looptopia.com/venues.php?id=315) for the schedule featuring The Green Pasture Happiness, Augment, Vertonen, Bruce Lamont and Hieroglyphic Being. Hope to see you!  
In-Store Performance: ROGUE WAVE (acoustic Record Store Day performance)   04/19/2008  
We are pleased to announce that ROGUE WAVE will be performing at our Wicker Park Store in celebration of Record Store Day on Saturday April 19th at 5pm. The band are playing a special acoustic set, it will be a great opportunity so see ROGUE WAVE in a an intimate setting (especially if you couldn’t get tix to either of there 2 sold out shows at Schuba’s). Come on down, enjoy the show and celebrate Record Store Day with us (in addition to the performance we also be selling and giving away all kinds of exclusive stuff).


Rogue Wave (acoustic set)
@ Reckless Records (Wicker Park)
Saturday, 4/19 at 5PM
all-ages
FREE!!!


 
In-Store Performance: Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin (acoustic)   04/16/2008  
Record store day? How about Record Store month at Reckless? We have a good deal of excellent in-stores coming up in the next month or so starting off with Springfield, Missouri indie popsters
SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU, BORIS YELTSIN performing an acoustic set. BRIGHT EYES, ELLIOTT SMITH fans should check this out.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU, BORIS YELTSIN
free acoustic in-store
Wednesday April 16th
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
5pm

 
ROGUE WAVE RECORD STORE DAY IN-STORE PERFORMANCE and STEVE KRAKOW rock n roll caricatures. Exclusive releases for sale. Saturday 4-19!   04/11/2008  
We are pleased to announce that ROGUE WAVE will be performing at our Wicker Park Store in celebration of Record Store Day on Saturday April 19th at 5pm. The band are playing a special acoustic set, it will be a great opportunity so see ROGUE WAVE in a an intimate setting (especially if you couldn’t get tix to either of there 2 sold out shows at Schuba’s).

Rogue Wave (acoustic set)
@ Reckless Records (Wicker Park)
Saturday, 4/19 at 5PM
all-ages
FREE!!!

Also at Milwaukee Ave, rock n' roll caricatures by Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow, former pro caricature artist and creator of the Galactic Zoo Dossier (Drag City) magazine and Secret History of Chicago Music strip (chicago reader) from noon til evening. Requests for drawings of your fave rock stars accepted as well...

All 3 locations will have very cool exclusive releases for sale including:
7"s by
BUILT TO SPILL, BREEDERS, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, REM, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, BLACK KEYS, JASON MRAZ, PANIC AT THE DISCO, TEENAGERS (TRIPLE 7")
a STEPHEN MALKMUS 10"
a 12" featuring covers of ARTHUR RUSSELL
including JENS LEKMAN
MATADOR RECORDS turntable mats
and a bunch of free stuff.
Most of theses releases are very limited so they might not last long.



 
In-Store Performance: Lair of the Minotaur   03/25/2008  
Reckless is proud to announce a free instore performance from Chicago\\\'s own doom-trash metallers
LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR in honor of the release of their new album \\\"War Metal Battle Master.\\\" These guys have been at it for awhile now & this new album (first with drummer Chris Wozniak) is their strongest effort to date. Prepare to be bludgeoned!

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR
free instore performance
Tuesday March 25th
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
5:30 pm  
In-Store Performance: Swimmers   03/22/2008  
Reckless is proud to announce a last minute in-store performance from The Swimmers, a band that shares the same home as the cheesesteak, philly boy roy, Rocky & some damn fine soul music, Philadelphia, PA. The Swimmers play an excellent brand of melodic indie rock that should appeal to fans of THE SHINS, NEW PORNOGRAPHERS & SPOON. Don\'t miss out on seeing this great new band for free!!

THE SWIMMERS
free instore performance
Saturday March 22nd
3pm
Reckless Records on Broadway (Lakeview)
 
SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE free instore performance   03/16/2008  
On Sunday March 16th, be sure to check out a free instore performance from Thrill Jockey recording artists SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE. Here's what we had to say about the new album:

"Featuring DAVID BREWIS of FIELD MUSIC, SCHOOL OF
LANGUAGE is a complex arangement of cacaphonous vocals and static-laden instrumentation. The vocals and catchy tracks are reminicent of your favorite WEEZER album, tender as a JEFF BUCKLEY album, and cloning the contemporary sounds of FIELD MUSIC album "Tones of Town." If you are missing your beloved FM, here is relief thanks to Thrill Jockey Records!"

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE
free instore performance
Sunday March 16th
7pm
Reckless Records on Milwaukee Ave  
In-Store Performance: School of Language   03/16/2008  
On Sunday March 16th, be sure to check out a free instore performance from Thrill Jockey recording artists SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE. Here is what we had to say about the new album:

\"Featuring DAVID BREWIS of FIELD MUSIC, SCHOOL OF
LANGUAGE is a complex arangement of cacaphonous vocals and static-laden instrumentation. The vocals and catchy tracks are reminicent of your favorite WEEZER album, tender as a JEFF BUCKLEY album, and cloning the contemporary sounds of FIELD MUSIC album TONES OF TOWN. If you are missing your beloved FM, here is relief thanks to Thrill Jockey Records!

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE w/ DOUG MCCOMBS (TORTOISE) &
RYAN RAPSYS (EUPHONE)
free instore performance
Sunday March 16th
7pm
Reckless Records on Milwaukee Ave  
BLACK LIPS free in-store!!!   03/01/2008  
OH MY GAWWDDD!!! We are insanely excited to announce a free acoustic in-store from the mighty Atlanta rock combo BLACK LIPS. 2007 was a massive year for the band & their album "Good Bad Not Evil" was one of our top selling albums. You know this is going to be crowded so we'd suggest getting here early for this one.

BLACK LIPS
acoustic in-store
Saturday March 1st
6pm
Reckless Records on Milwaukee  
In-Store Performance: Black Lips   03/01/2008  
OH MY GAWWDDD!!! We are insanely excited to announce a free acoustic in-store from the mighty Atlanta rock combo BLACK LIPS. 2007 was a massive year for the band & their album \"Good Bad Not Evil\" was one of our top selling albums. You know this is going to be crowded so we\'d suggest getting here early for this one.

BLACK LIPS
acoustic in-store
Saturday March 1st
6pm
Reckless Records on Milwaukee  
Stephen Malkmus preorder goodies   02/01/2008  
Matador is continuing their "Buy Early Get Now" program with this promotion for the new album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks "Real Emotional Trash." It's a little less complicated than the previous ones thankfully. Here's the deal:

Come in to any Reckless location & give us your name & email address (ask about this at the counter)
Matador will email you straight away with a link to a stream of the album & a download of a b-side that will be available immediately
After you pick up your cd or lp on release date you will receive a free poster at the store & Matador will continue to pummel your inbox with links to more free stuff
including:
-a download for a complete show recorded in
December 2007
-a download for a second b-side
-possibly more free downloads 90 days after
release

So there you have it. Stop in any Reckless location soon & sign up for your free stuff.  
2007 Employee best of lists!!   12/17/2007  
Ken Camden
Sir Richard Bishop "While My Guitar Violently Bleeds"
Group Doueh "Guitar Music From the Western Sahara"
Chris Corsano and Mick Flower "Radiant Mirror"
Rafael Toral "Space Solo 1"
Group Inerane "Music of Niger"
Alex Neilson & Richard Youngs "Electric Lotus"
Selda -s/t Reissue
Baby Grandmothers -s/t Reissue
Henry Flynt and Nova Billy - s/t
Stars of the Lid "And Their Refinement of the Decline"

Jim Magas
Sightings “Through the Panama”
Andrew WK “Close Calls With Brick Walls”
Black Dice “Load Blown”
ADULT. “Why Bother”
Chris Connelly “Episodes”
Demons “Frozen Fog”
Aaron Dilloway “Infinite Lucifer”
Blank Dogs Various 12"s & 7"s
Witchcraft “The Alchemist”
Prurient & Kevin Drumm “All Are Guests In The House of the Lord”

Keith Beiersdorff
Black Lips “Good Bad Not Evil”
Busy Signals “s/t”
Circus Devils “Sgt. Disco”
Deerhunter “Cryptograms”
Deerhunter “Fluorecent Grey EP”
Dinosaur Jr. “Beyond”
King Khan & the Shrines “What is?!”
Les Savy Fav “Let's Stay Friends”
Mannequin Men “Fresh Rot”
Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra “Space & Time”
The Ponys “Turn the Lights Out”
Shellac “Excellent Italian Greyhound”
White Savage “Destroy Your Style” 7"


Mark Lux
1 Turzi “A”
2 Big Business “Here Come the Waterworks”
3 Pissed Jeans “Hope For Men”
4 Johnny Lunchbreak “Appetizer/Soups on” (reissue)
5 True West “Hollywood Holiday Revisited”
6 Sarolta Zalatnay “s/t” reissue
7 Stephen Stills “Just Roll Tape” reissue
8 Warhammer 48k “Etheral Oracle”
9 Joni Mitchell “Shine”
10 Earthless “Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky”
11 Ophiucus “s/t” reissue
12 Vee Dee “Glimpses of Another World” (7")
13 Samara Lubelski “Parallel Suns”
14 La Otracina “Tonal Eclipse of the One”
15 Fucked Up “Year of the Pig”
16 Loudon Wainwright “Strange Weirdos”

Billy Smith
Shannon Wright "Let In The Light"
Shellac "Excellent Italian Greyhound"
Rufus Wainwright "Release the Stars"
Robert Plant & Allison Krauss “Raising Sand”
"They Live By Night" (1949) out on DVD
Foo Fighters "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace"
U2 "Joshua Tree" 20th Anniversary reissue
White Stripes “Icky Thump”

Jason Verhagen
1. Bumps "s/t”
2. Pelican “City of Echoes”
3. Soft Machine “Third"
4. Soft Machine “Fourth”
5. Soft Machine “5”
6. Fucking Champs “VI”
7. Om “Pilgrimage”
8. Sven Libaek "Inner Space; Film Music"
9. Bill Dolan "Do-Ist"
10. Trans Am "Sex Change"

Chris Pappas
Current 93 “The Inmost Light” reissue
Camberwell Now “All's Well” reissue
Dirty Projectors “Rise Above”
Angels of Light “We Are Him”
Cluster “II” & “Zuckerzeit”
Vashti Bunyan “Somee Things Just Stick in Your Mind”
Robyn Hitchcock “I Wanna Go Backwards” boxset
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
V/A “The Lost Tapes - Minimal Wave Compilation”
V/A “Do It Yourself - The Rise of the Independent Music Industry After
Punk”
Antena “Camino Del Sol” LP reissue
Lee Hazlewood “The Very Special World of...”
Om “Pilgrimage”
Pylon “Gyrate Plus”
DJ SCREW “June 27”

Kit Macchi
Albums!
Akron/Family “Love is Simple” - flail & shout! listen for the conch!
Pissed Jeans “Hope for Men” - smash your fist into that wall, scream
about it, repeat
Dirty Projectors “Rise Above” - sing along, i dare you
Randall of Nazareth “s/t” heavy Fahey love
Sir Richard Bishop “Polytheistic Fragments” - whoa...wait, what? see
above
King Khan & the Shrines “What is?!” - gritty old-school garage rock
DJ Screw “June 27” - i'm sorry but if you're sober then forget it
Voice of the Seven Woods “s/t” - almost sounds like he's mad at his
guitar, but then suddenly you hear the love
White Magic “Dark Stars EP” - putting the fairy girls to shame
Compilations:
V/A “D.I.Y: Rise of the Independent Music Industry After Punk” - makes you
wish you'd thought of it first
David Shrigley “Worried Noodles” - this man is insane, listen to how
insane he is. really.
V/A “Eccentric Soul: Twinight” - mellow dance party soundtrack
V/A “New Orleans Funk” - ass-kicking dance party soundtrack
V/A “Yellow Pills: Prefill” - sickly sweet early pop, the perfect mixtape
uplift

Reissues:
Flower Travellin' Band “Satori” - everyone loves this because they love
to think about what the world would be like if Ozzy was Japanese
Telegraph Avenue “s/t” - classic psych guitar swirl time warp
Boscoe “s/t” - intensly political 70s Chicago soul
German Oak “s/t” - heavy wiggy space-out good times

Dave Hofer
In no particular order.
Between the Buried and Me “Colors”
Animosity “Animal”
Rager “2007 Demo”
Altered Beast “2007 Demo”
Arbiter “2007 Demo”
Exit 13 “High Life”
Machine Head “The Blackening”
Yesterday's New Quintet “Yesterday's Universe”
V/A “East of Underground” reissue
Dillinger Escape Plan “Ire Works”
Impaled “The Last Gasp”
Corpus Mortale “A New Species of Deviant”
V/A: Now-Again “RE:Sounds Vol. 1” boxset
Chicago Thrash Ensemble “Unreleased Trax Vol. 2”
A Life Once Lost “Iron Gag”
Anything with Lil' Wayne on it
Clipse “We Got the Remix mixtape”

Matt Jencik
Alcest "Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde"
Amesoeurs "Ruines Humaines"
Baroques “s/t” LP reissue
Sir Richard Bishop "While My Guitar Violently Bleeds"
Bjork "Volta"
BlondeRedhead "23"
Boris w/ Michio Kurihara “Rainbow”
Circle of Ouroborus/ Urfaust split LP
Deathspell Omega "Fas: Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum"
Deerhunter "Cryptograms"
Drudkh "Estrangement"
Dungen "Tio Bitar"
Furze "Utd"
Grouper "cover the windows and walls" lp (sadly out of print)
Pj Harvey "White Chalk"
Karl Hendricks Rock Band "World Says"
Liars s/t
Nasheim/ Angantyr split (specifically the 25 minute Nasheim song)
Peste Noire "Lorraine Rehearsals" LP
Radiohead "In Rainbows" & bonus disc
Townes Van Zandt CD reissues
Velvet Cacoon “Genevieve” LP
Watain "Sworn to the Dark"
Wolves in the Throne Room "Diadem of 12 Stars"
Robert Wyatt "Comicopera"
Xasthur "Defective Epitaph"
Neil Young "Live at Massey Hall"

Live
Neil Young
Jay Reatard
Circle
Blonde Redhead
Neko Case
Enslaved
Patti Smith

Leslie Vlazny
Boris with Michio Kurihara “Rainbow”
Bill Callahan “Woke on a Whaleheart”
Chris Connelly “Episodes”
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Amiina “Kurr”
Om “Pilgrimage”
Nicole Willis “Keep Reachin' Up”
V/A “Now-Again Re:Sound”
Feist “The Reminder”
The National “Boxer”
Caribou “Andorra”
Mannequin Men “Fresh Rot”
White magic “Dark Stars”

James Deia
1. Okkervil River “The Stage Names”
2. Deerhunter “Cryptograms”
3. Mannequin Men “Fresh Rot”
4. Les Savy Fav “Let's Stay Friends”
5. Dinosaur Jr. “Beyond”
6. PJ Harvey “White Chalk”
7. The National “Boxer”
8. Phosphorescent “Pride”
9. Black Lips “Good Bad Not Evil”
10. Battles “Mirrored”
11. The Narrator “All That To The Wall”
12. Sir Richard Bishop “While My Guitar Violently Bleeds”
13. Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
14. Angels of Light “We Are Him”
15. King Khan & The Shrines “What Is?!”
16. Henry Flynt & Nova' Billy “Henry Flynt & Nova' Billy”
17. Boris w/ Michio Kurihara “Rainbow”
18. Shearwater “Palo Santo: Expanded Edition”
19. Lifetime “Lifetime”
20. Thurston Moore “Trees Outside The Academy”
21. White Magic “Dark Stars”
22. Office “A Night At The Ritz”
23. LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver”
24. Kid Sister “Control” 12"
25. Scott Walker “ ...And Who Shall Go To The Ball?...And What Shall Go To The Ball?”
Reissues/Live:
Neil Young “Live At Massey Hall”
Vashti Bunyan “Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind”
Sebadoh “The Freed Man”
Sonic Youth “Daydream Nation” Deluxe edition
V/A “East of Underground”

Chris Connelly
1 Joan of Arc “Orchard Vale” soundtrack
2 Throbbing Gristle “Part Two: Endless Knot”
3 Doll by Doll “Remember" reissue
4 Doll by Doll “Gypsy Blood” reissue
5 Pj Harvey “White Chalk”
6 Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
7 Current 93 “Inmost Light triology”…
8 Scott Walker “And Who Shall Go to the Ball...And What Shall Go To The Ball?”
9: Wire “Read & Burn 3”
10 Pantaleimon “Mercy Oceans”

Michael Ardaiolo
1. Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake “From the River to the Ocean”
2. Yesterdays Universe/Yesterday's New Quintet “Prepare for a New
Yesterday, Vol. 1”
3. Boris with Michio Kurihara “Rainbow”
4. His Name is Alive “Sweet Earth Flower: A Tribute to Marion Brown”
5. Chris Connelly “Episodes”
6. Mannequin Men “Fresh Rot”
7. Zelienople “His/Hers”
8. Fog “Ditherer”
9. Group Doueh “Guitar Music from the Western Sahara”
10. Woods “At Rear House”
11. Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio “Terminal Valentine”
12. Paul Duncan “Above the Trees”
13. Vieux Farka Toure “s/t”
14. (((Powerhouse Sound))) “Oslo/Chicago (((Breaks)))”
15. Birigwa “Birigwa” reissue

Dan Maloney
The National “Boxer”
Okkervil River “Stage Names”
Les Savy Fav “Let’s Stay Friends”
Sonic Chicken 4 “s/t”
Grinderman “s/t”
Harlan T. Bobo “I’m Your Man”
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
Phosphorescent “Pride”
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Iron & Wine “Shepherd’s Dog”

Dylan Posa
Benoit Pioulard “Precis”
A very pretty record with some brilliant songwriting
Wilco “Sky Blue Sky”
The AOR record they were born to make, with some truly sweet riffs.
Chris Connelly “Episodes”
Another left turn exposing the tunes to the raw naturalistic cores
Shellac “Excellent Italian Greyhound”
Short but sweet - some of the best songs of their career
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum “In Glorious Times”
Heavy and arty
Bad Plus “Prog”
A brilliant collection of "jazz" tunes for people who hate jazz
Ted Leo “Living With the Living”
The Elvis Costello of our generation just keeps getting better
Grinderman “s/t”
Some gritty blues without the exploitation
Charlotte Gainsbourg “5:55”
A Gainsbourg makes a record that I can stomach all the way through
Lindsey Buckingham “Under the Skin”
A beautiful pop record
Fall of Troy “Manipulator”
I sometimes like to break things, and I need a decent soundtrack
Bjork “Volta”
Great arrangements and some of the most interesting lyrics yet
Patton Oswalt “Werewolves & Lollipops”
One of my favourite observational comedians
St. Vincent “Marry Me”
Immensely hummable tunes with unorthodox arrangements
Dirty Projectors “Rise Above”
Enough about the concept - bonkers pop with the best backing vox ever
Animal Collective “Strawberry Jam”
Technology & hippies *can* co-exist
Akron/ Family “Love is Simple”
Sprawling freaky music has never been this tight
Qui “Love’s Miracle”
Some good back porch blues
Bylan & Jarboe “Viscera”
Truly frightening music by truly frightening people
White Magic “Dark Stars”
Uniquely freaky in a sea of mediocre "psych" bands
Radiohead “In Rainbows”
My only download to date, but I had to have it.
180gs (Negativland) “180G'd to the Future”
Negativland are so ridiculous, you have to give them some credit
Japancakes “Loveless”
Country tinged cover of the MBV record reveals the songcraft
Dillinger Escape Plan “Ire Works”
Sometimes I only want to theorize about breaking things
Flight of the Conchords “Distant Future”
Very funny stuff, best stage banter ever
Reissues
Sonic Youth “Destroyed Room”
I never fell head over heels, but I really like this collection
Rhy Chatam “A Crimson Grail”
Beautiful noise
Camberwell Now “All’s Well”
I'm always glad to see a new reissue of this art rock classic
Elliott Smith “New Moon”
A nicely done collection of odds n ends
Betty Davis reissues
To my feeble mind, nobody can touch this funk
Harvey Milk “My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment”
Mighty and gigantic
Peter Brotzman Octet “Complete Machine Gun Sessions”
Free jazz at its apex
Bobb Trimble “Iron Curtain Innocence”
How did this freaky pop masterpiece escape my notice for so long?
Robyn Hitchcock reissues
I never realized how out there his early stuff was
Chocolate Rain “Tay Zonday”
Best song of 2007, hands down.
Also, worst internet meme of 2007

Jacob Otting
M.I.A. “Kala”
Pj Harvey “White Chalk”
White Magic “Dark Stars”
Avey Tare & Kria Brekken- 'Pullhair Rubeye”
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
Animal Collective “Strawberry Jam”
Fovea Hex “Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent: Allure”
Bill Callahan “Woke on a Whaleheart”
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Circle “Katapult”

Courtland Green
1. Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
2. Group Inerane “Music of Niger”
3. Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane "At Carnegie Hall"
4. Charles Mingus "Cornell 1964"
5. Bruce Langhorne "Hired Hand" soundtrack
6. Sir Richard Bishop "Polytheistic Fragments"
7. Scharpling & Wurster "Art of the Slap"
8. Sugar Minott "Live Loving"
9. V/A "When Rhythm Was King"
10. V/A “Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story” DVD
11. Stars of the Lid "And Their Refinement of the Decline”
12. Charalambides "Likeness"
13. V/A “East of Underground”
14. Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake "From the River to the Ocean"
15. Nicole Mitchell "Black Unstoppable"
16. Chris Connelly "Episodes"
17. Lichens "Omns"
18. Reminder "West Side Cabin"
19. V/A “Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City”
20. Pieces of Peace “s/t”

Best Live shows:
1. De La Soul at Intonation
2. William Parker at Intonation
3. L. Subramanian at Millennium Park
4. Black Earth Ensemble at Millennium Park

Jeff Johns
Non-HC faves of 2007 (in no real order):
She, Sir "Who Can't Say Yes"
Panda Bear "Person Pitch"
Brother Kite "Moonlit Race"
Warlocks "Heavy Deavy Skull Lover"
Blasphemy “Fallen Angel Of Doom"
Ceremony "Disappear"
New Pornographers "Challengers"
V/A "Heavy Metal" boxset (Rhino)
Pissed Jeans"Hope For Men"
Besnard Lakes "Are The Dark Horse"
The National “Boxer”
Death breath “Let it Stink"
Spoon "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga"
Kid Sister "Pro Nails"
FUXA "Commits Suicide"
Raymond Scott Woolson "View From Boggins Heights"
A Place to Bury Strangers "A Place To Bury Strangers"
Akron/ Family "Love Is Simple"
Blonde Redhead "23"
Darkthrone "Canadian Metal"
Alcest "Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde"
DJ Screw "June 27"
Jatun “s/t”
Safeashome “Grid"
Adam Franklin "Bolts Of Melody"
Naked Raygun "What Poor Gods We Do Make" DVD
Vice review of last Jens Lekman CD

Hardcore best of 2007 (also, in no real order):
Punch in the Face "At War With Everybody"
Fucked Up "Year Of The Pig"
Mind Piece NYC "Demo"
Reign Supreme "Fuck The Weak"
Shipwrecked "Arctic Nights"
Knife Fight "Crisis"
Violent Minds "Eyes Of Death"
86 Mentality "Final Exit"
John Joseph "Evolution Of A Cro-Magnon" book
Double Negative "The Wonderful & Frightening World Of..."
Bitter End "Climate Of Fear"
Rampage "Limit Of Destruction"
Life Trap "Bleak Reality"
Negative Approach/ Meatman live in Detroit 5/26/07

Steve Ritchey
(in no particular order)
Magik Markers “Boss”
Paul Metzger “Deliverance”
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
Thurston Moore “Trees Outside the Academy”
Shit & Shine “Ladybird”
Flower-Corsano “Radiant Mirror”
Eleh “Floating Frequencies/ Intuitive Synthesis Volumes 1 & 2”
V/A “Separate But Evil” boxset
Group Doueh “Guitar Music From the Western Sahara”
Group Inerane “Music of Niger: Guitars From Agadez”
PJ Harvey “White Chalk”
Henry Flynt & Nova'Billy “s/t”
Joanna Newsom “Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band EP”
Zaimph “Mirage of the Other”
Boris w/ Michio Kurihara “Rainbow”
Nina Nastasia & Jim White “You Follow Me”
Bonnie "Prince" Billy “Ask Forgiveness”
Wally Shoup/ Paul Flaherty/ Chris Corsano “Bounced Check”
Sir Richard Bishop “While My Guitar Violently Bleeds”
Sir Richard Bishop “Polytheistic Fragments”
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Steve Ritchey (continued)
Bill Callahan “Woke On a Whaleheart”
Stars of the Lid “And Their Refinement of the Decline”
Air Conditioning “Dead Rails”
Angels of Light “We Are Him”
Karen Dalton “Cotton Eyed Joe”
V/A “Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay”
Kevin Coyne & Siren “The Dandelion Years 1969-1972”
Vashti Bunyan “Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind”
Bob Dylan “Other Side of the Mirror: Live at the Newport Folk Festival” DVD


Mica Alaniz
1. Battles “Mirrored”
2. Amy Winehouse “Back to Black”
3. Burial “Untrue”
4. Bjork “Volta”
5. Animal Collective “Strawberry Jam”
6. Boxcutter “Glyphic”
7. St. Vincent “Marry Me”
8. LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver”
9. Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
10. Yeasayers “All Hour Cymbals”

Top 3 EPs
1. Hawk & A Hacksaw “And the Hun Hangar Ensemble”
2. Deerhunter “Florescent Grey”
3. Hold Steady “Live at Fingerprints”

Steve Shoup
Big Business “Here Come the Waterworks”
Black Dice @ Lakeshore Theater
Boris w/ Michio Kurihara “Rainbow”
Danava “Where Beauty & Terror Dance” 7”
Dead C “Future Artists”
Deerhunter “Cryptograms”
Dungen “Tio Bitar”
Ghost “In Stormy Nights”
Growing “Vision Swim”
Daniel Higgs “Metempsychotic Melodies”
Mouthus “Saw a Halo”
Municipal Waste “Art of Partying”
Neurosis @ Logan Square Auditorium
Om “Pilgrimage”
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
Pig Destroyer “Phantom Limb”
Pissed Jeans “Hope for Men”
R. Kelly “Trapped in the Closet” Chap. 13-22 premiere @ the Music Box
Sir Richard Bishop “While My Guitar Violently Bleeds”
Wooden Shjips “S/t”
Neil Young “Live at Massey Hall”

Emily Elhaj
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Thurston Moore “Trees For The Academy”
Bad Brains “Build A Nation”
Wolves In The Throne Room “Diadem Of 12 Stars”
Vashti Bunyan “Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind: Singles and
Demos 1964-1967”
Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”
Anthony Joseph and The Spasm Band “Leggo De Lion”
Micheal Yonkers “Grimwood”
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti “Scared Famous”
UGK “Underground Kingz”
Pig Destroyer “Phantom Limb”
Deerhunter “Cryptograms”
Mouthus “Saw A Halo”
PJ Harvey “White Chalk”
Dungen “Tio Bitar”
Radiohead “In Rainbows”

SHOWS of 2007
Entrance @ Empty Bottle
The Blow @ Empty Bottle
Deerhunter/ Dan Deacon @ some Warehouse
Black Angels @ Empty Bottle
Enslaved @ the Pearl Room
Mika Miko @ Empty Bottle/ Reckless Records
Wolves In The Throne Room @ Empty Bottle

Bryan Smith
Fucked Up “Year Of The Pig”
Sweet Cobra “Forever”
Career Suicide “Attempted Suicide”
Wolves In The Throne Room “Diadem Of 12 Stars”
Baroness “Red Album”
Interkosmos DVD & soundtrack by Jim Becker & Colleen Burke
Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”
Dungen “Tio Bitar”
Deathspell Omega “Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum”
Urfaust/Circle Of Ouroborus Split LP
Built To Spill vinyl re-issues
Deathspell Omega vinyl re-issues
Code Of Honor discography CD
Mobile Fidelity record brush (new to me anyway!)
Sweet Cobra beer koozie

Daniel Morris
NEW STUFF
1. Black Lips "Good Bad Not Evil"
2. Fiery Furnaces "Widow City"
3. Mannequin Men "Fresh Rot"
4. "No Country For Old Men" dir. by Joel & Ethan Coen
5. Municipal Waste "The Art of Partying"
6. 30 Rock (NBC)
7. The Narrator "All That to the Wall"
8. "Superbad" dir. by Greg Mottola
9. Marnie Stern "In Advance of the Broken Arm"
10. Tegan & Sara "The Con"
11. Ghost "In Stormy Nights"
12. Sunset Rubdown "Random Spirit Lover"
13. Dungen "Tio Bitar"
14. R. Kelly "Double Up"
15. Bruce Springsteen "Magic"
16. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists "Living with the Living"
17. The 1900s "Cold & Kind"
18. Jarvis Cocker "Jarvis"
19.The Besnard Lakes "The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse"
20. Mekons "Natural"
OLD STUFF (reissues & comps):
1. Medicine Head "New Bottles Old Medicine...Plus"
2. Neil Young "Live at Massey Hall, 1971" [CD+DVD]
3. "Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara (Pitfall/Woman in the Dunes/The Face
of Another)" (Criterion DVD)
4. v/a "Life, Too, Has Surface Noise: The Complete Dandelion Records Singles
Collection 1969-1972"
5. Blue Oyster Cult "Some Enchanted Evening: Deluxe Edition" [CD+DVD]
6. Wreckless Eric "Big Smash"
7. Judee Sill "Live In London: The BBC Recordings 1972-1973
8. Kevin Coyne & Siren "The Dandelion Years 1969-1972"
9. "If..." dir. by Lindsay Anderson (Criterion DVD)
10. Catherine Howe "What a Beautiful Place"

Melissa Grubbs
In no particular order
Blonde Redhead “23”
Liars “s/t”
Alcest "Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde"
Deerhunter “Cryptograms”
Pj Harvey “White Chalk”
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Chris Connelly “Episodes”
Bill Callahan “Woke on a Whaleheart”
Feist “Reminder”
Grinderman “s/t”
Pissed Jeans “Hope For Men”
Selda “s/t” reissue
Betty Davis reissues
Mannequin Men “Fresh Rot”
Radiohead “In Rainbows”
Sweet Cobra “Praise”
V/A “Now Again: Resound 7" boxset
V/A “East of Underground”
V/A “Homeschooled: Abc's of Kid Soul”
V/A “Eccentric Soul: Deep City Label”
Black Lips “Good Bad Not Ugly”
Om “Pilgrimage”
Witchcraft “Alchemist”
Neil Young “Live at Massey Hall”
Queens of the Stone Age “Era Vulgaris”
Common “Finding Forever” (well, about half of it)

Best week of shows ever!:
Neil Young
Sharon Jones
Enslaved

Cole Cooney
Top 10, mostly in order:

Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
If you know anything about this album, you already know about its three parts, the foreign languages, blah blah blah. Fact is, this man clearly understands the smallest and largest details of musical composition and hasn't lost a step in his 40+ years of creating music. His voice sounds great and his brilliance is unrelenting. Find the picture of him in a field playing trumpet to a horse and tell me how anyone could not like this man.

Battles “Mirrored”
This was the first album of 2007 to really impress me. The musicianship is incredible and the production suits the music perfectly. There's a lot of fluidity and movement to this album without it buying into all the horrible dance stuff hipsters won't be caring about in a couple years.

Panda Bear “Person Pitch” Way better than the new Animal Collective and probably anything AC has ever done, this Panda Bear album was one of the more surprisingly good things about 2007. "Person Pitch" is totally unlike his previous album, for one in that it's overwhelmingly happy, and second in its use of loops and layering to create a really "big" sound. With never-ending Brian Wilson comparisons, this album came out at a perfect time for good spring/summer listening.

Spoon “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” & Shins “Wincing the Night Away”
Spoon and the Shins doing what they do best. These two bands were two of only a few mainstream indie bands to actually put out good albums this year. So much boring, disappointing music in an age where bands can't afford to be
boring or disappointing. These two albums are everything good pop music should be: instantly likeable, easy on the ears, and catchy as hell.

Do Make Say Think “You, You're A History In Rust”
I've always liked this band, and a lot of those Constellation post-rock build-and-build-and-explode kind of bands, but the whole thing is pretty formulaic, isn't it? Start slow, add more instruments, build, and finally swell. I get it. Wait, there's singing on this record?! Ok, you win DMST.

Group Inerane “Guitars From Agandez”
I don't have much to say about this record other than that it's nuts! The guitar playing is really incredible, it's totally uninhibited in a way that I don't think westerners are capable of, and it's described as "the now sound of the Tuareg Guitar Revolution." How could this record not be amazing?

Caribou “Andorra”
In truth, I never really paid much attention to this guy. It wasn't until this year, during a string of bad new releases (Rilo Kiley?), that I decided to put on "Andorra." I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. This album provides a good mix of 60's psychedelia with more contemporary electronic sound and structure. And "Melody Day" is a great single.

Jesu “Sun Down/Sun Rise”
Out of the numerous Jesu projects in 2007, this was easily my favorite. Everything Justin Broadrick has done under the Jesu moniker sounds pretty similar, but this is the most concise. Probably most comparable to "Silver," this EP provides a really spacious landscape without meandering. His vocals sound pretty redundant overall, but fortunately there isn't much singing on this one.

Alex Delivery “Star Destroyer”
A really good and overlooked debut from this Jagjaguwar band. I'm surprised more people weren't interested in these guys with Deerhunter and No Age and all those "experimental" washy fuzz-rock bands making such a big splash this year. Also reminiscent of Need New Body and even Can. A really strong debut well worth a listen.

Other good albums (in no order):

Menomena “Friend & Foe”
Bill Callahan “Woke On A Whaleheart”
Efterklang “Parades”
Tunng “Good Arrows”
Deerhunter “Fluorescent Grey” & “Cryptograms”
Stars of the Lid “And the Refinement Of Their Decline”
Castanets “In the Vines”
Cole Cooney (continued again)
LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver”
Shearwater “Palo Santo (reissue)”
Dungen “Tio Bitar”


Charles Taylor
Kaipa “Angling Feelings”
Beardfish “Sleeping In Traffic”
St Vincent “Marry Me”
New Pornographers “Challengers”
Marnie Stern “In Advance Of the Broken Arm”
Velvet Revolver “Libertad”
Baroness “Red Album”
The Dear Hunter “Act 2”
Sieges Even “Paramount”
Jon Spencer “Jukebox Explosion”

JAZZ
John Zorn “Six Litanies For Heliogabalus”
Chris Potter “Follow The Red Line”
Erik Friedlander “Block Ice And Propane”
Miles Davis “On The Corner Sessions”
William Parker “Corn Meal Dance”

REGGAE
I Roy “Gussie Presents”
Culture “Two Sevens Clash”

Dan Worland
Wilco “Sky Blue Sky”
Mannequin Men “Fresh Rot”
1900s “Cold & Kind”
Spoon “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga”
Times New Viking “present The Paisley Reich”
Thurston Moore “Trees Outside The Academy”
Watchers “Vampire Driver”
Takeovers “Bad Football”
Les Savy Fav “Lets Stay Friends”
Eternals “Heavy International”
Magik Markers “Boss”


Kip Mccabe
(in no particular order)
Cornelius "Sensuous"
Feist "Reminder"
Battles "Mirrored"
Big Business "Here Come the Waterworks"
Cinematic Orchestra "Ma Fleur"
Shellac "Excellent Italian Greyhound"
Andrew Bird "Armchair Apocrypha"
Marnie Stern "In Advance of the Broken Arm"
Shannon Wright "Let in the Light"
Dungen "Tio Bitar"

Chris Robert
Group Inerane “Music of Niger”
Group Doueh “Guitar Music From the Western Sahara”
Alex Neilson & Richard Youngs “Electric Lotus”
Lambsbread “Stereo Mars”
UGK “Underground Kings”
Sir Richard Bishop “While My Guitar Violently Bleeds”
Robert Wyatt “Comicopera”
Rafael Roral “Space Solo 1”
Julie Mittens “April/June”
Baby Grandmothers “s/t” (reissue)
R. Kelly “Double Up”
Angleblood “s/t”
V/A “Life is a Problem”

live shows:
Tent City “live @ the smell, LA”
Lucky Dragons “live @ Che Cafe, San Diego”

Sarah Frier
1. Battles “Mirrored”
2. Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
3. Neil Young “Chrome Dreams II”
4. Les Savy Fav “Let’s Stay Friends”
5. Spank Rock “Fabriclive 33”
6. Thurston Moore “Trees Outside the Academy”
7. Common “Finding Forever”
8. Liars “s/t”
9. V/A “Home Schooled: ABC's of Kid Soul”
10. Stevie Nicks “Crystal Visions”

11.The Drive (especially album side Thursdays)

Michael Arnold
Black Lips "Good Bad Not Evil”
We All Together "The Singles"
Wild Billy Childish "Punk Rock at the British Legion Hall”
Eux Autres "Cold City"
Marnie Stern "In Advance of The Broken Arm"
Big Business "Here Come The Waterworks"
Bottomless Pit"Hammer of The Gods"
Demon's Claws “Satan's Little Pet Pig"
Ghostface Killah"Big Doe Rehab"
Caribou"Andorra"
Boston Chinks "s/t" (7")
Shapes & Sizes "Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner"
Master Ace "Take A Look Around (Deluxe Ed.)" (reissue)
Dungen "Tito Bitar"
Madlib "Vol. 3 &4/ Beat Konducta in India"
Times New Viking "Paisley Reich"
Capstan Shafts "Her Versus The Sad Cold Eventually"
Tough & Lovely "Teardrops"
Holy Fuck "LP"
Kanye West “Graduation"
Nervous Patterns "Nervous Patterns"
Deerhunter "Cryptograms
The Takeovers “Bad Football"
 
TOP 30 BESTSELLERS OF 2007!!   12/15/2007  
2007 was a great year for Reckless and a great year for music in general. Some of the releases were not only our top sellers for 2007 but some of the best sellers ever. Hopefully 2008 will bring us even better records.

1. Spoon “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” (Merge)
2. Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” (Merge)
3. Wilco “Sky Blue Sky” (Elektra)
4. Shellac “Excellent Italian Greyhound”
(Touch and Go) *We should point out that the
vinyl outsold the CD on this one.
5. White Stripes “Icky Thump” (Warner Bros.)
6. National “Boxer” (Beggars Banquet)
7. Battles “Mirrored” (Warp)
8. MIA “Kala” (Interscope)
9. Andrew Bird “Armchair Apocrypha” (Fat Possum)
10. Feist “Reminder” (Interscope)
11. Bjork “Volta” (Elektra)
12. Lcd Soundsystem “Sound of Silver” (DFA)
13. Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” (Universal)
14. Deerhunter “Cryptograms” (Kranky)
15. Shins “Wincing the Night Away” (Sub Pop)
16. Modest Mouse “We Were Dead Before the Ship
Even Sank" (Epic)
17. Kanye West “Graduation” (Roc-a-Fella)
18. Panda Bear “Person Pitch” (Paw Tracks)
19. Iron & Wine “Shepherd’s Dog” (Sub Pop)
20. Blonde Redhead “23” (4AD)
21. Ponys “Turn the Lights Out” (Matador)
22. Interpol “Our Love to Admire” (Capitol)
23. Animal Collective “Strawberry Jam” (Domino)
25. Elliott Smith “New Moon” (Kill Rock Stars)
26. Ted Leo “Living with the Living”
(Touch and Go)
27. Peter Bjorn & John “Writer’s Block”
(Almost Gold)
28. Menomena “Friend & Foe” (Barsuk)
29. PJ Harvey “White Chalk” (Island)
30. Grinderman “s/t” (Anti)  
RECKLESS NOMINATED FOR A PLUG AWARD (AGAIN)!!!!   12/14/2007  
Hello Everyone,
we are proud to announce that we have been nominated for a PLUG AWARD again. We are among the nominees in the BEST RECORD STORE catagory (suprise). We would be thrilled and humbled if you cast your vote for us. If you wish to do so go to

www.plugawards.com

In related news Wicker Park employee Ethan D\'ercole has been nominated in the BEST NEW BEARD catagory.

Thank you for continued love and support.
-Reckless  
In-Store Performance: U.S.S.A. (ex-MINISTRY/JESUS LIZARD)!!   11/21/2007  
From our review of their new album \"Spoils\"

\"A supergroup with a few Chicago connections, U.S.S.A. is the new project of Paul Barker (ex-MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS) & Duane Denison (JESUS LIZARD, TOMAHAWK). These are the riffs that Denison has recorded since the band\'s demise & Barker\'s industrial roots definitely shine through on most songs especially on the heavily \'effected\' rhythm tracks. If you\'re a fan of either forementioned band, late 80\'s & early 90\'s industrial or some of the more accessible hard rocking contemporary bands like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE then you should give this a try.\"

Free in-store
Wendesday Nov. 21st
5pm
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
 
In-Store Performance: 1990s   11/11/2007  
Glasgow\'s 1990s will grace the Broadway Reckless with their presence on Sunday November 11th at 5pm. The band takes cues from the likes of MODERN LOVERS, NEW YORK DOLLS, THE STROKES & VELVET UNDERGROUND & adds some of their own dancey elements to the mix for an all-around raucous din.

1990s
free in-store
sunday nov. 11th
5pm
reckless broadway
 
In-Store Performance: CRACKER (acoustic)   11/10/2007  
After 17 Years, 8 Albums, 4 Gold Records, 21 Countries and 8 Bass Players CRACKER is about to embark on their “Tornado Alley Tour ‘07” this fall with support act Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Prior to their Nov. 10th Cubby Bear show Cracker will be performing an intimate stripped-down acoustic performance at Reckless Records’ Broadway store earlier that day at 3:00pm on Sat. Nov. 10th.

Cracker, featuring co-founders David Lowery (vocals/ guitar – and also co-founder of the influential alt-rock band Camper Van Beethoven) and Johnny Hickman (lead guitar / vocals), along with bassist Sal Maida (Roxy Music / Sparks / Runaways) and drummer Frank Funaro (The Dictators / Joey Ramone / Del Lords) are out in support of their critically-acclaimed Greenland album.

Sat. Nov. 10 Tornado Alley Tour ’07 featuring CRACKER and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit 9:00pm at Cubby Bear, 1059 West Addison St., Chicago, IL 773.327.1662 ($17.50 / 21 & up)
 
In-Store Performance: Scotland Yard Gospel Choir   11/02/2007  
Chicago\'s own SCOTLAND YARD GOSPEL CHOIR will celebrate the release of their Bloodshot records debut with a free in-store performance on Friday November 2nd at the Milwaukee Ave. Reckless location. The band has expanded on their folky chamber pop sound with the help of some Bloodshot regulars including Sally Timms (MEKONS) and Nora O\'Connor amongst others. This should be a good one!

SCOTLAND YARD GOSPEL CHOIR
Free in-store
Friday November 2nd
Wicker Park
5pm
 
In-Store Performance: Film School   11/01/2007  
San Francisco's FILM SCHOOL will play a stripped down version of their dark-wave sound on Thursday November 1st at the Broadway Reckless. Fans of JOY DIVISION, INTERPOL & ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN should check these guys out.

FILM SCHOOL
Free in-store performance
Thursday November 1st
Reckless Records Broadway location
7:30
 
In-Store Performance: UPDATE!!! WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM has moved to broadway!   10/22/2007  
It's sort of fitting that the members of the amazing American black metal band WOLVES IN THE THRONE live in the woods. I guess that explains why they sound more like the original Norwegian bands (Emperor, Enslaved etc..) than other big U.S. names such as Xasthur or Leviathan. They'll be bringing their heavy but beautiful take on black metal to the BROADWAY (originally scheduled at Wicker Park) location on Monday October 22nd. Wear your corpse paint to this one.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
free in-store
Monday October 22nd
3pm  
In-Store Performance: 1900s   10/05/2007  
One of our favorite local bands THE 1900s will celebrate the release of their new album "Cold & Kind" with a special instore on Friday October 5th. Imagine BELLE & SEBASTIAN with dueling FLEETWOOD MAC esque female vocals complete with gorgeous harmonies. The band has promised something unique for this instore so don't miss it!

1900s
Free in-store
Friday October 5th
6pm
Reckless Records Milwaukee Ave location in Wicker Park  
In-Store Performance: Dillinger Four   09/15/2007  
Dillinger 4
Saturday, September 15th
7 p.m.
ALL AGES!!! FREE!!!!
Wicker Park store

This long-running Minneapolis punk band has released three amazing full-lengths, a slew of 7-inches/compilation appearances, and have toured their asses of for years. They've played with every band ever, and if you don't love their catchy style, you're probably a communist.

Lately, though, they've been busy writing a new album and taking it easy (save for Paddy, who's been playing with a handful of other bands).

With a smattering of live appearances over the last year (most notably opening for Naked Raygun at the House of Blues a few months back), D4's Chicago gig at the Note is 21+ and costs money, so come check them out earlier in the night here at Reckless (which is all ages) and for free (which doesn't cost anything)!!!

They're playing at 7 sharp because they have to be across the street at the Note a little while after that. FREE!!!  
In-Store Performance: Clouds/ Sweet Cobra   08/24/2007  
TWO HEAVY BANDS ONE AMAZING IN-STORE PERFORMANCE!!!

CLOUDS (featuring members of Cave-In)
SWEET COBRA

FRIDAY AUGUST, 24 @ RECKLESS RECORDS IN WICKER PARK 5PM.
 
In-Store Performance: MIKA MIKO   08/22/2007  
Don't miss this amazing instore performance from the Los Angeles group MIKA MIKO. Here's what we had to say about their most recent full length "C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.".

5 piece all girl punk band from the City of Angels
who write short, catchy songs in the vein of SLITS,
GERMS, X-RAY SPEX & RED KROSS. 13 songs, 20 minutes.
Now that's the way a punk rock lp should sound.

Wednesday, August 22nd
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
4pm.
FREE


 
In-Store Performance: Andy Pratt   07/27/2007  
Reckless is excited to announce that the legendary ANDY PRATT will
Be playing at the MILWAUKEE AVENUE location on FRIDAY, JULY 27th
At 6PM,
ANDY PRATT hails from Massachusettes and has been active & prolific
In music since the late ?60?s, his eponymous album for Columbia in 1973 stands shining high as one of THE great lost pop albums of all time showcasing ANDY?s stellar
Songwriting skills, up there with Emitt Rhodes, Todd Rundgren, Brian Wilson.
He went on to release subsequent excellent albums and continues to tour, we are honoured to have him here, be sure to come and check this unique event out!

Where: Reckless Records- Wicker Park
When:Friday, July 27 @6pm
FREE!!! ALL AGES!!!!  
In-Store Performance: Maria Taylor   07/25/2007  
Saddle Creek recording artist Maria Taylor (also a member of AZURE RAY & NOW IT'S OVERHEAD) will bring her unique style of folk meets electronic pop to the Broadway Reckless location on Wednesday July 25th. Fans of CAT POWER and PJ HARVEY should check this out.

Maria Taylor
free instore
Wednesday July 25th
Reckless Records Broadway
3pm
 
In-Store Performance: THE LIGHTS   07/24/2007  
The Lights (tour-mates of BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT), from Brooklyn, NY are playing a Reckless at Broadway in-store on July, 24th at 5pm. They will have hand-assembled CDR's for sale that are only available from the band.

They are also playing a free show at the Empty Bottle on Monday, July 23rd at 9pm with SINGER (of TOWN & COUNTRY, LICHENS, BIRD SHOW, and U.S. MAPLE), CAIRO GANG (on the Blackest Rainbow), and OAKEATER (on Nihilist).

Where: Reckless on Broadway
When: July, 24th at 5pm
FREE!!! ALL AGES!!!  
In-Store Performance: Fucked Up   07/13/2007  
What will be unleashed upon the masses? Don't miss them at Beat Kitchen the night before, because this performance is likely to be completely different. Neither event is to be missed!

Friday July 13th - 12pm noon  
SPOON TICKET GIVEAWAY!!!   07/09/2007  
Whoahhh!!! Starting tomorrow, if you purchase the cd/lp by SPOON "Ga Ga Ga Ga GA" at any Reckless location, you will be eligible to enter to win a free pair of tickets to the SPOON show at Schubas on Friday July 13th. Just give us your name, email and phone number at the counter when you buy the cd or lp. Winners will be notified on Thursday and tickets will be available for pick up at the Broadway location. GOOD LUCK!!  
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS pre-order!!!   06/28/2007  
Matador Records and Reckless are co-sponsoring a pre-order for the 2007 NEW PORNOGRAPHERS release "Challengers" that includes some exciting goodies. There are two different editions so please read below to decide which version is best for you. You can sign up at any of the 3 Reckless locations. All we need is your name and email address.

Standard edition CD $11.99 LP $12.99
*Full Album Stream
Listen to all of Challengers months ahead of release

Executive edition cd $14.99 lp $16.99
A very limited edition Treasury of New
Pornography available only to Executive members.
Includes three bonus CD-R discs with pre-printed
labels in the special digipak, included as part
of a deluxe box set package.

Disc One: B-Sides, Demos and Alternate Mixes
Disc Two: The New Pornographers "Live From The Future"
Disc Three: Videos, photos and artwork

(note: you will download all of this material
digitally as part of Buy Early Get Now and burn
it to the corresponding CD-R, so some-assembly is
required as some of these recordings haven't even
happened yet.)

*Advance notice and exclusive ticket buy links
for upcoming New Pornographers tours
 
In-Store Performance: ALL SMILES (Jim from GRANDADDY!!!)   05/20/2007  
We are please to announce an instore performance by ALL SMILES, the new project of GRANDADDY member JIm Fairchild. Here's what we had to say about the ALL SMILES debut CD:

"ALL SMILES is the new project for the offically
ex-GRANDADDY member Jim Fairchild. Fortunately for GRANDADDY fans, Mr. Fairchild hasn't altered his songwriting formula all that much. There's still that airy, power-pop
goes country vibe to his songs with other songs sounding like out-takes from a John Lennon album. Overall, this is an excellent pop album that should calm the fears of those of you that GRANDADDY would
disappear forever..."

ALL SMILES free in-store performance
Sunday May 20th
6pm
Reckless Records in Wicker Park
1532 N. Milwauke Ave.  
In-Store Performance: JACK ROSE   04/27/2007  
Jack Rose is a finger-style guitarist originally based out of Virginia. His style is heavily influenced by American folk & blues music and the wave of fingerstyle guitarists from the 1960's including JOHN FAHEY, ROBBIE BASHO & LEO KOTKE. You really have to see this guy live to believe how good he is. SERIOUSLY.

Friday April 27th
5:30
@ The Wicker Park Store
FREE  
In-Store Performance: All India Radio   03/28/2007  
The atmospheric Australian indie rock trio ALL INDIA RADIO will play a free in-store at the Broadway location on Wednesday March 28th at 5pm. With lo-fi electronics and pretty much everything drenched in reverb, the band blends elements of bands like BOARDS OF CANADA & 90's shoegazer sounds such as SLOWDIVE with soundtrack elements influenced by ENNIO MORRICONE.

who? ALL INDIA RADIO
what? free-instore
where? Reckless Records on Broadway
when? March 28th, 5pm
why? Because they rock.  
In-Store Performance: Dr. Dog   03/24/2007  
We are VERY excited to announce a special acoustic in-store performance from Philly's Dr. Dog. The band masterfully blends elements of sixties chamber pop ala THE BEATLES and BEACH BOYS with lazy indie rock that may remind you of AKRON/ FAMILY & DANIELSON. Don't miss this one!

What? DR. DOG acoustic in-store performance.
When? Saturday March 24th. 5pm.
Where? Reckless Records on Broadway.
What else? It's free.
 
PONYS pre-order promotion (P.P.P!)   03/03/2007  
We will be participating in a pre-order promotion through Matador Records celebrating the release of the Matador debut for Chicago's own THE PONYS. Very little effort is required of you the customer and you will get some free exclusive stuff.

Here's how it will work:

Come into either location and just give us your name and email address.
In a few weeks Matador will contact you with the instructions as to how you will receive your free stuff. Here's what you'll get:

-A stream of the album
-An exclusive B-side
-A download of a PONYS live performance (From Schubas
(1/12/07)
-A poster designed by Nathan Jerde of THE PONYS (available
while supplies last.)

That's not too difficult eh? So come by the store and sign up asap!  
In-Store Performance: Three Blue Teardrops   02/10/2007  
This is an intersting one...legendary Chicago psychobilly kings the THREE BLUE TEARDROPS will be playing a rare in-store at the Milwaukee ave. Reckless on Saturday February 10th.
This three piece of guitar, up-right bass and drums were one of the originators of the American psychobilly sound way back in 1991.

THREE BLUE TEARDROPS
in-store
Saturday Feb. 10th
6pm
Reckless Records in Wicker Park.
FREE  
In-Store Performance: The Queers: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!!   02/06/2007  
We are honored to be hosting pop punk legends THE QUEERS for an in-store on Tuesday February 6th at the Wicker Park Reckless Records store. This should be a good one so don't miss out.

THE QUEERS
Tuesday February 6th
Reckless Records in Wicker Park.
5PM.
FREE.  
SHINS RELEASE/ PING PONG PARTY!!!   01/17/2007  
YO. On Monday January 22nd, Reckless Records is proud to host a release party for the new SHINS album "Wincing the Night Away" on Sub Pop Records at the Hideout. We will celebrate the release with some ping pong! (and hopefully some drinking.) We will be giving away a variety of prizes throughout the night and we'll be selling the album at midnight. So come on out and help us celebrate one of the biggest releases of 2007.

When? Monday January 22nd
Where? The Hideout: 1354 W Wabansia Ave, (773) 227-4433
What Time? 9pm-
 
EMPLOYEE BEST OF 2006 LISTS   01/05/2007  
Brett Grossman

1. Swan Lake "Beast Moans" (Jagjaguwar)
2. .tape "Paintings" (spa.RK)
3. Beirut "Gulag Orkestar" (Ba Da Bing)
4. The Sleepy Jackson "Personality (One Was A Spider, One Was Bird)"
(Astralwerks)
5. Mojave 3 "Puzzles Like You" (4ad)
6. Atone "un an" (Autres Directions in Music)
7. Band of Horses "Everything all the Time" (Subpop)
8. The Surf, The Sundried "The Surf, The Sundried (AttackNine)
9. Vetiver "To Find Me Gone" (Dicristina Stair)
10. Glissandro 70 "Glissandro 70" (Constellation)
11 J-live "Hear After" (Penalty)
12. Colleen et Les Boites a Musique "Colleen et Les Boites a Musique" (Leaf)
13. Melodium "There is something in the Universe" (Autres Directions in
Music)
14. Sufjan Stevens "Avalanche" Asthmatic Kitty
15. Bonnie Prince Billy "The Letting Go" (Drag City)
16. Thom Yorke "The Eraser" (xl)
17. Various Artsits "Peanut Butter Wolf presents Chrome Children (Stones
Throw)
18. Jim Noir "Tower of Love" Barsuk
19. Liars "Drum's Not Dead" (Mute)
20. Dr. Dog "Takers and Leavers" (Park the Car)
21. Shuta Hasunuma "Shuta Hasunuma" (Western Vinyl)
22. Guitar "Tokyo" (Onitor)
23. Frida Hyvonen "Until Death Comes" (Secretly Canadian)
24. Julie Sokolo "Something about Violins" (Western Vinyl)
25. Freescha "Head Warlock Double Stare" (Darla)
26. Georgia Anne Muldrow "Olesi: Fragments of an Earth" (Stones Throw)
27. Juana Molina "Son" (Domino)
28. Le Volume Courbe "I killed my best friend" (Honest Jons)
29. Wussy- "Funeral Dress" (Shake It)
30. Darkel "Darkel" (Astralwerks)
31. Neko Case "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" (Anti)
32. Sodastream "Reservations" (Hausmusik)
33. Boris "Pink" Southern Lord
34. Joana Newsom "Vs" (Drag City)
35. Mason Jennings "Boneclouds" (Epic)
36. Northern Picture Library "Postscript" (Ltm)
37. Boats "We Made it For You" (Moteer)
38. Ekhard Ehlers "Life without Fear" (Staubgold)
39. Ponies in the Surf "Ponies on Fire" (Asaurus)
40. Camera Obscura "Let's Get out of this Country" (Merge)
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Pete Becker

Jay Reatard "Blood Visions"
King Khan & the BBQ Show "What's for Dinner
Exploding Hearts "Shattered
Chad Van Gaalen "Skelliconnection
Badly Drawn Boy "Born in the UK"
Destruction Unit "Death to the Flesh"
Comets on Fire "Avatar"
Wire Reissues "Pink Flag", "Chairs Missing", "154"
Wipers "Is This Real" vinyl reissue
_______________________________________

Melissa Grubbs

Sibyelle Baier "Colour Green"
Bardo Pond "Ticket Crystals"
Chris Bell "I am the Cosmos" vinyl reissue
Boris "Pink"
Neko Case "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood."
Johnny Cash "American V: Hundred Highways"
Charalambides "Vintage Burden"
Chris Connelly box set
Circle "Sunrise" vinyl reissue
Clipse "Hell Hath No Fury"
Karen Dalton "In My Own Time" reissue
Danava "s/t"
Dead Moon "Echoes of the Past"
El Michels Affair 7"s
The Fix "At the Speed of Twisted Thought"
Fucked Up "Hidden World"
Ghostface "Fishscale"
Harvey Milk "Special Wishes"
Bert Jansch "Black Swan"
J Dilla "Donuts"
Jesu "Silver"
Josef K "Entomology"
Liars "Drum's Not Dead"
Magas "May I Meet My Accuser"
Mastodon "Blood Mountain"
Georgia Anne Muldrow "Olesi"
Om "Conference of the Birds"
Jay Reatard "Blood Visions"
Reminder "Continuum"
Six Organs of Admittance "Sun Awakens"
Sparklehorse "Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain"
Sunn O)))/Boris "Altar"
Scott Walker "Drift"
Wilderness "Vessel States"
Wipers "Is This Real" vinyl reissue
Witch "s/t"
Neil Young "Living with War"
v/a "Birmingham Sound: Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol. 1"
V/A Eccentric Soul: Deep City Label
v/a "Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal"
TOUCH & GO FESTIVAL

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James Baron

low skies > all the love i could find
white magic > dat rosa mel apibus
whitest boy alive > dreams
om > conference of birds
beach house > beach house
human television > look at who you're talking to
sonic youth > rather ripped
califone > roots n' crowns
bound stems > appreciation night
oxford collapse > remember the night parties
shuta hasunuma > shuta hasunuma
juana molina > son

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Charles Taylor

Motorpsycho: Black Hole/Blank Canvas
Paul Weller: Catch Flame!
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say
Karine Polward: Scribbled In Chalk
Jake Thackray: Jake In A Box
Robbie Basho: Venus In Cancer
Caetano Veloso: Ce
Chico Barque: Carioca
Marisa Monte: Infinito Particular
4th Street Orchestra: A Who Seh?
Tapper Zukie: Escape From Hell
Vandermark Five: A Discontinuous Line
Paul Lewis: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

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Kip Mccabe (in no particular order)

1. Meshuggah "Catch Thirty Th33"
2. Melvins "A Senile Animal"
3. Neko Case "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood"
4. Miwon "Pale Glitter"
5. Meshuggah "Nothing" Reissue
6. Slayer "Christ Illusion"
7. Yo La Tengo "I Am Not Afraid of You & I Will Beat Your Ass"
8. Feist "Open Season"
9. Juana Molina "Son"
10. Bonnie Prince Billy "The Letting Go"
11. Tortoise "Lazarus Taxon"
12. Extra Golden "Ok-Oyot System"
13. Lupe Fiasco "Food & Liquor"
14. Gnarls Barkley "St. Elsewhere"
15. Joanna Newsome "Ys"

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Erin Bassett

DECEMBERISTS. CRANE WIFE
CAT POWER. GREATEST
WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE. HYMNS OF THE HOPELESS
THE EVENS. GET EVEN
TOM WAITS. ORPHANS
AD ASTRA PER APERA. CATAPULT CALYPSO
SUFJAN STEVES. AVALANCHE
LUPE FIASCO. FOOD AND LIQUOR
FLAMING LIPS. AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS
GNARLES BARKLEY. ST ELSEWHERE

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Mark Lux

Vincent Black Shadow S/T (Baltimore one)
Danava S/T
Mammatus S/t
Brightblack morning Light S/t
Kelly Stoltz 'Beneath the Branches'
Comets on Fire 'Avatar'
Indian Jewelry 'Invasive Exotics'
Battito 'Fetus' (Reissue)
Black Angels 'Passover'
Karen Dalton 'In My Own Time' (Reissue)
Wooden Shjips 'Shrinking Moon for you' 10"
+WShjips 'Dance california' 7"
Mucca Pazza 'A Little Marching Band'
Vetiver 'To Find Me Gone'
Greatest Show On Earth 'Horizons' (Reissue
Best Show I got to play in 2006
Headlining Suoni Per Popolo Fest in Montreal
on my Birthday w/ Mammatus & Residual Echoes
2 best shows I wish I had played
1. Mucca Pazza Cd release party @ Martyrs
2. Coughs @ Wire fest
Best event that validates owning 34 Hall & Oates lps
YACHT ROCK!
Best James Barron-ism of 2006
A $125,000 Ebay bid on Velvets acetate
Honorable Mention: All Adam Sonderberg Music
that I didn't hear (which is most of it)
Chris Connelly award for co-worker who looks
coolest on own lp in 2006: MAGAS

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James Deia

1 GHOSTFACE KILLAH- FISCHSCALE
2 MISSION OF BURMA- THE OBLITERATI
3 DANIELSON- SHIPS
4 BOB DYLAN- MODERN TIMES
5.SCOTT WALKER- THE DRIFT
6.OKKERVIL RIVER- OVERBOARD & DOWN EP
7.JOANNA NEWSOM-YS
8.THE EXPLODING HEARTS- SHATTERED
9.ONEIDA- HAPPY NEW YEAR
10.MASTODON- BLOOD MOUNTAIN
11.BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY- THE LETTING GO
REISSUES:
HSCALE DANIEL JOHNSTON- CONTINUED STORY/HI HOW ARE YOU? + YIP! JUMP
KAREN DALTON- IT'S SO HARD TO TELL WHO'S GOING TO LOVE YOU THE BEST
JOSEF K- ENTOMOLOGY
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Daniel Morris (in alphabetically order)

1. Califone - "Roots & Crowns"
2. Neko Case - "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood"
3. Cat Power - "The Greatest"
4. El Perro Del Mar - s/t
5. Electric Light Orchestra -
reissues: "No Answer"; "ELO II"; "On the Third Day";
"Face the Music"; "A New World Record"
6. Entrance - "Prayer of Death"
7. Fiery Furnaces - "Bitter Tea"
8. Fucked Up - "Hidden World"
9. The Grates - "Gravity Won't Get You High"
10. Howlin Rain - s/t
11. Kim Jung Mi - reissues: "Wind"; s/t
12. Midlake - "The Trials of Van Occupanther"
13. Joanna Newsom - "Ys"
14. Office - "Q & A"
15. v/a - "Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies from the Canyon"
16. Wooden Wand & the Sky High Band - "Second Attention"

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Cole Cooney

Joanna Newsom - Y's
Califone - Roots & Crowns
Rhymefest - Blue Collar
Liars - Drum's Not Dead
Dr. Dog - Takers and Leavers EP
Long Winters - Putting the Days to Bed
Black Angels - Passover
Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo
Jesu - Silver EP
Hot Snakes - Thunder Down Under
Roots - Game Theory
Islands - Return to the Sea
Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
Midlake - Trials of Van Occupanther
Loose Fur - Born Again in the USA
Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
POS - Audition
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Kevin O'Sullivan

Eef Barzeley - Bitter Honey
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy / Tortoise - Brave & the
Bold
Black Heart Procession - The Spell
Black Ox Orchestar - Nisht Azoy
Boris - Pink
Calexico - Garden Ruin
Johnny Cash - American V
Christine Carter - Electrice
Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
Danava- s/t
Dr. Dog - Takers and Leavers ep
Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye
Matmos - The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth...
Outkast - Idlewild
Russian Circles - Enter
Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
Sunn 0)))/Boris - Altar
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Lisbon
Xiu Xiu - Air Force
Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Various Artists - New York Noise Vol. 3
Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You...
Outkast - Idlewild
Scott Walker - The Drift
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Emily Elhaj

Enslaved "Ruun"
Brightblack Morning Light "s/t"
Freescha "Head Warlock Double Stare"
Georgia Anne Muldrow "Olesi: Fragments of an
Earth"
Soulwax "Nite Versions"
Ocean "Aeolian"
Pearls & Brass "Indian Tower"
Sunn O)))/ Boris "Altar"
Juvenile "Reality Check"
J Dilla "Shining"
Harvey Milk "Special Wishes"
V/A "Trip: Curated by Jarvis Cocker & Steve
Mackey"
Danava "s/t"
White Magic "Dat Rosa Mel Apibus"

Best Live Shows:
1. Pearls & Brass @ EB
2. Danava @ EB
3. Coughs & LSA
4. Sword
5. Jack Rose & Peter Walker & EB
6. Ghostface @ H.O.B.
7. Brightback Morning Light/ Lights @ EB
8. Smega @ EB

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Keith Beiersdorff

HOME- SEXTEEN
MAGAS- MAY I MEET MY ACCUSER
WITCH- S/T
CHRIS CONNELLY- BOX SET
SHOPPING- IMMEDIATE CAVE 7"
SUBMARINE RACES- S/T
EUGENE MIRMAN- EN GARDE SOCIETY
THE TOUCH & GO 25TH ANNIVERSARY/ HIDEOUT 10TH ANNIVERSARY BLOCK PARTY
BLACK BEAUTIES- CATCH A BEAT
ROBERT POLLARD- FROM A COMPOUND EYE
HEADACHE CITY- S/T

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Jason Verhagen

1.RUSSIAN CIRCLES "ENTER"
2.ZOMBI "SURFACE TO AIR"
3.TORTOISE "LAZURUS TAXON"
4.GLENN KOTCHE "MOBILE"
5.BOARDS OF CANADA "TRANS CANADA EXPRESS"
6.DON CABALLERO "WORLD CLASS LISTENING PROBLEM"
7.DYSRHYTHMIA "BARRIERS AND PASSAGES"
8.FRED ANDERSON "TIMELESS"
9.RATATAT "CLASSICS"

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Gar Brandt

1. Thermals-Body the Blood da Machine
2. Built To Spill-you in reverse
3. Califone- Crown&roots
4.Radio 4-Enemies Like This
5. Mastodon-Blood Mountain
6.Eccentric Soul:deep city label
7.yo La Tengo-I Am Not Afraid Of You & I will Beat Your Ass
8.Busy Signals S/T 7"
9.Danava S/T
10. Steve Ritchey's July 15th 2nd turn on the night shift @ WP
10.5 DEVO 2.0

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Chris Wilkus

Aloe Blacc "SHINE THROUGH"
Cam'Ron "KILLA SEASON"
Count BassD "ACT YOUR WAIST SIZE"
The Coup "PICK A BIGGER WEAPON"
Darc Mind "SYMPTOMATIC OF A GREATER ILL"
The Game "DOCTOR'S ADVOCATE"
Ghostface Killah "FISHSCALE"
Hi-Tek "HI-TEKNOLOGY 2: THE CHIP"
J Dilla "DONUTS"
J Dilla "THE SHINING"
Lupe Fiasco "FOOD & LIQUOR"
M1 of Dead Prez "CONFIDENTIAL"
Masta Killa "MADE IN BROOKLYN"
Motion Man featuring KutMasta Kurt "PABLITO'S WAY"
OutKast "IDLEWILD"
People Under the Stairs "STEPFATHER"
Rhymefest "BLUE COLLAR"
The Roots "GAME THEORY"
Skyzoo & 9th Wonder "CLOUD 9: THE 3 DAY HIGH"
Sleepy Brown "MR. BROWN"

BEST OF 2006 (NON-HIP-HOP)

Beach House "S/T"
Beirut "GULAG ORKESTAR"
Brightblack Morning Light "S/T"
Dub Tractor "HIDEOUT"
Emily Haines "KNIVES DON'T HAVE YOUR BACK"
Freescha "HEAD WARLOCK DOUBLE STARE"
Glissandro 70 "70"
Harvey Milk "SPECIAL WISHES"
Jessica Bailiff "FEELS LIKE HOME"
Juana Molina "SON"
Orchestra Baobab "A NIGHT AT THE BAOBAB"
Radio Dept. "PET GRIEF"
Tussle "TELESCOPE MIND"
White Magic "DAT ROSA MEL APIBUS"

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Nicolette Meyer

1. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
2. Akron/Family - Meek Warrior
3. The Black Angels - Passover <--- break out band
of the year!!!
4. Joanna Newsom - Ys
5. Dead Meadow - Dead Meadow (re-issue)
6. Boris - Pink
7. Vanishing Kids/Biography of Ferns split 7"
(on Failed Experiment)
8. Brightblack Morning Light - Brightblack Morning Light
(they live in teepees!!!)
9. Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor (the leaked, bootleg version)
10. Fucked Up "HIDDEN WORLD"
11. Sunn O)))/Boris split - Altar
12. The Sword - Age Of Winters
13. Headache City - Headache City
14. Darondo - Let My People Go (re-issue)
15. OOIOO - Taiga
16. Hollertronix #5
17. The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
18. Witch - Witch
19. Lady Sovereign - Vertically Challenged EP
20. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
21. Peaches - Impeach My Bush
(the inside artwork alone stands as a best of)
22. Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You...
23. Built To Spill - You In Reverse
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
25. Woodend Wand & the Sky High Band - Second Attention

Favorite Compilations:
*Dead Moon - Echoes of the Past
*Broken Flowers Soundtrack
*Plague Songs
*New York Noise vol. 3
*Songs In The Key Of Z
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Chris Connelly

TINY TIM-GOD BLESS TINY TIM
SCOTT WALKER-THE DRIFT
JOSEF K-ENTOMOLOGY
CAN-FLOW MOTION
BERT JANSCH-BLACK SWAN
TOWN & COUNTRY-UP ABOVE
JOAN OF ARC-EVENTUALLY ALL AT ONCE
CURRENT 93-BLACK SHIPS THAT ATE THE SKY
SCISSOR SISTORS-TA-DAH!

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Dylan Posa

Scott Walker - The Drift
Sparks - Hello Young Lovers
Squarepusher - Hello Everything
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth
About - Bongo
Oneida - Happy New Year
Xiu Xiu - Air Force
Midlake - Trials Of Van Occupanther
White Magic - Dat Rosa Mel Apibus
Zombi - Surface To Air
Isobel Campbell - Milk White Sheets
Devo 2.0 - s/t
Hella - Acoustics
Dylan Posa & Three Cheers For One Dead Man - Debut 7"
Akron/Family - Meek Warrior
Thom Yorke "eraser"
Glenn Kotche "mobile"
Jazkamer "metal music machine"
Jesu "Silver"
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Bryan Smith

Boris/Sunn O))) ? Altar
Built To Spill ? You In Reverse
Craft ? Fuck The Universe
Danava ? Danava
Extra Golden ? Ok-Oyot System
Fucked Up ? Hidden World
Joanna Newsom ? Ys
Juana Molina ? Son
Mastodon ? Blood Mountain
Scott Walker ? Drift

Re-Issues:
Code Of Honor ? Complete Studio Recordings 1982-1984
Fix ? At the Speed of Twisted Thought
Karen Dalton ? In My Own Time
Lake of Dracula ? Skeletal Remains
Motorhead ? Another Perfect Day 2CD
Negative Trend ? s/t 4 song e.p.
Pretenders ? s/t 2CD
This Heat ? Out of Cold Storage
Tortoise ? A Lazarus Taxon
Trouble ? Psalm 9 & Skull

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Matt Jencik

sibyelle baier "colour green"
chris bell "i am the cosmos" vin yl reissue
rhys chatam "die donnergotter"
craft "fuck the universe"
danava "s/t"
dead moon "echoes of the past"
dissection "storm of the light's bane" vinyl reissue
drudkh "blood in our wells"
enslaved "ruun"
harvey milk "special wishes"
heresi "psalm II: Infusco Ignis"
daniel higgs "ancestral songs"
jesu "silver"
leviathan "blind wound"
major stars "syntoptikon"
mastodon "blood mountain"
joanna newsom "ys"
om "conference of the birds"
jay reatard "blood visions"
ruins of beverast "unlock the shrine" lp
serena-maneesh s/t
striborg "embittered darkness/isle de morts"
velvet cacoon "genevieve"
wilderness "vessel states"
witch st
xasthur "sublimianl genocide"
thom yorke "eraser"
neil young "living with war"
neil young & crazy horse "live at the fillmore east)

best live shows:
brian jonestown massacre
dead meadow
bert jansch
liars
melvins
radiohead
sunn o)))
tom waits
touch & go fest

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Dave Hofer

1. Lawrence Arms, Oh! Calcutta! (Fat)
2. Clipse, Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up)
3. Frightmare, Bringing Back the Bloodshed (Razorback)
4. Cretin, Freakery (Relapse)
5. Rager, 2006 demo (self-released)
6. The Muzzler, 2006 demo (self-released)
7. Grenade Vs. Freight Train, Structural Psychisos (Duckphone)
8. Lair of the Minotaur, The Ultimate Destroyer (Southern Lord)
9. The Steinways, Missed the Boat (Cold Feet)
10. Dim Mak, Knives of Ice (Willowtip)
11. Cannibal Corpse, Kill (Metal Blade)
12. Mr. Lif, Mo' Mega (Def Jux)
13. Kashmere Stage Band, Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 (Now Again/Fat Beats)
14. V/A, Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Numero Group
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Stephen Sowley

J Dilla-Donuts
Carla Bozulich-Evangelista
Pissed Jeans--Don't Need Smoke to Make Myself Disappear 7"
DC Snipers--Missile Sunset
Harvey Milk--Special Wishes
The Melvins--A Senile Animal
Xasthur--Subliminal Genoicde
Ghostface--Fishscale
Sonic Youth--Rather Ripped
Clipse--Hell Hath No Fury
Fucked Up--Hidden World
Enslaved--Ruun
Jazkammer--Metal Music Machine
Growing--Color Wheel
Matmos--The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth of The Beast
Scott Walker--Drift
Mission Of Burma--Obliteratti
Mika Miko--C.Y.S.L.A.B.F
Brightblack Morning Light--S/T
Fireball--S/t 12"
Reminder: Continuum

Live Heat:
Touch & Go 25th Anniversary--Hideout Chicago
Tom Waits--Chicago Theatre
Jack Rose--Empty Bottle, Chicago
Tortoise--Empty Bottle, Chicago
The Dicks/Pissed Jeans--North Six Brooklyn, NY
Chunklet 13th Anniversary--40 Watt Athens, GA.
Comedians Of Comedy--LSA, Chicago
Pissed Jeans/Binges--Nihilist Chicago
Sunn O)))/Boris--LSA Chicago
Oren Ambarchi--Reckless In-Store
Thrones--Reckless In-Store
Neil Michael Haggerty--Schuba's Chicago
Carla Bozulich--Schuba's Chicago

Everything All The Time:
Adult Swim
Yearling
The Best Show on WFMU
Sheer Magic
Kranky
Mayor Aspirin
Scalpels
Chris Corsano
Burning Star Core
The Entire Reckless Staff.
St. Viateur Bagel, Montreal
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Steve Ritchey

VA- GOOD GOD !: A GOSPEL FUNK HYMNAL (NUMERO GROUP)
VA- INNATURE (BARGE RECORDINGS)
VA- ELEGY BOX (LAST VISIBLE DOG)
JOANNA NEWSOM- YS (DRAG CITY)
ROBERT POLLARD- MOON (MERGE)
J DILLA- DONUTS (STONES THROW)
KAREN DALTON-IT'S SO HARD TO TELL WHO'S GONING TO LOVE YOU THE BEST
(MEGAPHONE & IN MY OWN TIME (A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC)
MAJOR STARS- SYNOPTIKON (TWISTED VILLAGE/ IMPORTANT RECORDS)
KUUPU- YOKEHRA (DEKODER)
ESPERS- II (DRAG CITY)
DEATH UNIT- ONLY DEATH IS CERTAIN (HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS)
PAUL FLARHERTY- WHIRL OF NOTHINGNESS (FAMILY VINEYARD)
FLAHERTY/ CORSANO- BELOVED MUSIC (FAMILY VINEYARD)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN- THE MYLAR TANTRUM (3LOBED)
CARLA BOZULICH- EVANGELISTA (CONSTELLATION)
JOSEPHINE FOSTER- A WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING (LOCUST)
RICHARD YOUNGS- SAPPHIE & ADVENT (BOTH ON JAGJAGUWAR)
PAUL METZGER- S/T ( MUTANT MUSIC), FOUR IMPROVISATIONS ON MODIFIED GUITAR &
BANJO (TREEHOUSE) & SPLIT LP W/ CHRIS CORSANO & BEN CHASNEY (RORATORIO)
WOLF EYES-HUMAN ANIMAL (SUB POP)
MAGAS- MAY I MEET MY ACCUSER (IMAGINARY CONFLICT)
COMETS ON FIRE- AVATAR (SUB POP)
BORIS- PINK (SOUTHERN LORD)
NINA NASTASIA- ON LEAVING (FAT CAT)
HOWLIN' RAIN- S/T (BIRDMAN)
GEOFF MULLEN- THIRTYSXTRLLNMNFSTNS (ENTSCHULDIGEN)

PLUS AMAZING SHOWS BY VASHTI BUNYAN, SMEGMA, JOANNA NEWSOM, TOM WAITS, CARLA
BOZULICH AND A BUNCH MORE
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courtland green
1. CEDRIC BROOKS "LIGHT OF SABA"
2. CHARALAMBIDES "VINTAGE BURDEN"
3. REMINDER "CONTINUUM"
3. SEBADOH III
4. BODUF SONGS "LION DEVOURS THE SUN"
5. BRUCE LANGHORNE "HIRED HAND" (SOUNDTRACK)
6. EL MICHELS AFFAIR "SHAOLIN SERIES VOL. 1 c.R.E.A.M. b/w GLACIERS OF
ICE" (7")
7. HOWLING HEX "1-2-3"
8. HOWLING HEX "NIGHTCLUB VERSION OF THE ETERNAL"
8. VA "GOOD GOD! A GOSPEL FUNK HYMNAL"
9. J DILLA "DONUTS"
10. VA "ECCENTRIC SOUL: DEEP CITY LABEL"
11. BLIGHT "DETROIT: DREAM IS DEAD"
12. BLACK MERDA "BLACK MERDA"
13. MINUTEMEN "WE JAM ECONO" (DVD)
14. GHOSTFACE KILLAH "FISHSCALE"
15. OPAL
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Chris Robert

major stars- synoptikon
coughs- secret passage
birchville cat motel- our love will destroy the world
flaherty/corsano- full bottle
josephine foster- a wolf in sheep's clothing
lambsbread- return to the harbor
smegma- live @ empty bottle
graveyards w/ spencer yeh- live @ delaware, ohio
various artists- messthetics greatest hits
soft machine- middle earth masters
charlambides- vintage burden
REENCARNACION "888 metal"
sandy bull "st. valentine's day"
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Dan Worland

TIMES NEW VIKING "Dig Yourself" Extreme lo-fi pop clamour. Kind of
like when GBV were underground & mysterious, except with girl singing.
SONIC YOUTH "Rather Ripped" Ding Dong the witch is dead! Jim O'Rourke
is out of the band & SY is no longer boring.
PLAGUE BRINGER "As The Ghosts Collect, The Corpses Rest" I cant keep
track of all the metal sub-genres, but I'm pretty sure these 2 Chicago
psychos have 3 or 4 of them mastered on this disc.
MAGAS "May I Meet My Accuser" Magas rules the electro-rock wasteland.
1900's "Plume Delivery" Comparisons to Belle & Sebastian abound, but
1900's are actually better, especially when the girls take over.
RYE COALITION "Chariots On Fire" itunes only EP features the handful
of good songs from the otherwise avoidable Curses full-length.
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY "The Letting Go" Because what the hell was with that
Tortoise thing?
LORD FYRE "Destruction At 2013" Whipped out solo joint from John Wilkes
Booze frontman.
YO LA TENGO "I Am Not Afraid Of You & I Will Beat Your Ass" Perhaps past
their prime, but this is better than the last album.
DETACHMENT KIT "+" Curiously self-released.

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Kim Ambriz

jesu - silver
reminder - continuum
tortoise - a lazarus taxon
boduf songs - lion devours the sun
sparklehorse - dreamt for light years...
six organs of admittance - sun awakens
georgia anne muldrow - olesi: fragments of an earth
charalambides - vintage burden
black merda - black merda (reissue)
eddie hazel - game, dames and guitar thangs (reissue)
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Jim Magas

1. MAGAS: May I Meet My Accuser (Imaginary Conflict/Wwilko)
2. LAKE OF DRACULA: Skeletal Remains (Savage Land)
3. DANAVA: s/t (Kemado)
4. WITCHCRAFT: Firewood (Rise Above)
5. LES GEORGES LENINGRAD: Sangue Puro (Tomlab)
6. THIS HEAT: Out of Cold Storage (ReR)
7. HARMONIA: Musik Von (Lilith) reissue
8. TROUBLE: Psalm 9 (Escapi Music) reissue
9. OKAMI (Capcom/Clover Studio) video game
10. CLIPSE: Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up Records)
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Taylor Brode

Fucked Up Hidden World (Jade Tree/ Deranged)- Dear H/C Scene, Can we make
a collective New Years Resolution? Can we stop crucifying our peers when
they succeed at their craft? Can we finally stop calling people sell outs
because they sign to indie labels that have reputable distribution? Can
we all stop being punk fascists and learn to embrace each other and all
our differences? I mean isn't that why we all became "punks" in the first
place, cause we were different? Ok, ok I know i'm on a hippy tangent right
now. Forgive me, I am getting old and my horizons are broadening. Things
like street cred have become less important while actual song writing has
become more important. And speaking of song writing, this album slays in a
thousand different ways. I am ok with epic, progressive h/c music and I am
elated that this band is next leveling this entire genre. You should be
too.

Mika Miko C.Y.S.L.A.B.F (Kill Rock Stars/ PPM)- Kinda like if Kathleen
Hannah was a skate punk that occasionally cut loose and said things like
"fuck it guys, let's take some E and read each other's auras." These
ladies are my great white hope for the future o' feminist punk. What's
even more rad is that they never even have to reference feminism. I heard
they learned how to play by covering Crass songs. Their sense of punk
history however seems to extend far beyond the usual anarcho-political
fair, in fact if i had to guess I'd say at least one of them is the
illegitimate daughter of Ari Up. Coolest kids ever born post 1980.

Snowden Anti Anti (Jade Tree/ Stickfigure)- >- Like Interpol but without
all the posturing, eyeliner, and std's. Fill in the Postcard/ Rough
Trade/ Creation records roster artist's name here___ if you need a frame
of reference. This record deserves to be heard even though they are not
epically reinventing the wheel. It's catchy to the point of being
compelling, and it's really honest in kind of a humbling way.

Deftones Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick)- Chino Moreno et al. could record
themselves pulling bong hits and dropping nickels in a tin can and i would
think it was the best record of the year. However an epic "wtf" for "Pink
Cellphones" not getting cut from this record. Kinda no excuse for that
pile. And yes, i'm bummed i'm still this emo too.

The Black Heart Procession The Spell (Touch and Go)- This list is biased
and I am jaded, or maybe the other way around. Whateves. If you missed
this now is the time to ask for it for xmas. There are drums and rock
songs on this record so it may surprise you a bit.

Wilderness Vessel States (Jagjaguar)- This is my favorite band in the
entire universe. I am not exaggerating. I never exaggerate.

Daughters Hell Songs (Hyrdahead)- I think this might be the final nail in
the coffin of Load. Parts of this make the hair on the back of my
neckstand up. If Clive Barker was smart he would do a pro-bono feature
fulllength for this album. No fuck that, Gregg Araki should actually do
it.

Liars Drums Not Dead (Mute)- Ok, I kinda think this album wasn't as good
as They Were Wrong?. However, "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" is so
good that it parlays the record into one of the best albums of all time.Q:
can a single make an album? A: yes, it can. Side note: I do not condone
or endorse the purchasing of singles off Itunes (or any digital music
website) unless it is a Billboard Top 200 pop band. You should buy this
record cause the whole thing is worth listening to and owning.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones (Interscope)- Ok so I'm putting both these
bands on here?yeah yeah yeah "so trendy' you're thinking. But here's the
thing...Sometimes bands sell lots of records and have tons of fans because
they are actually good. (maybe 20% of the time even). The B side of this
album is completely charming. Not in a coherent, well structured, planned
way, but in a moments of each song could get stuck in your head for days
way. The A side-- not so memorable. Either way, Karen's gonna turn
allowing yourself to be vulnerable into a "do" for 2007.

Pissed Jeans I Don't Need Smoke To Make Myself Disappear (Sub Pop)-- Is
this the wrong speed? Does it matter? Could I love this band anymore?
Maybe. No. And no, respectively.

Mastodon Blood Mountain (Relapse)/ Daughters Hell Songs (Hydrahead)-
Thisis a tie because I have only heard part of the Mastodon record once
but it fucking blew my mind. Who knows though, there could have been like
some real clunkers there that I just haven't gotten a chance to hear yet.
For the most part though, I'm down for any band that can play all 16
subgenres of metal perfectly within one song while never sounding the
least bit
pretentious. As far as the creepy mustached substitute gym teacher squad
goes, if Clive Barker was smart he would do a pro-bono feature full length
Hell Songs. Wait, no fuck that, Gregg Araki should do it and Crispin
Glover's cast from "What Is It?'" should star in it. This record is light
years ahead of their last full length mostly because they no longer sound
like mini-Locusts, both the vocals and the song structures have traded
white-belt grindmo for nauseating weirdcore.
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Kevin Moser

Bardo Pond "ticket crystals"
Espers "II"
Scott Walker "the drift"
Major Stars "black road" 7"
Arthur Russell "another thought" (reissue)
Boduf Songs "lion devours the sun"
Danava "s/t"
J Dilla "donuts"
v/a "good god! gospel funk"
Broadcast "future crayon

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Billy Smith

SUNN/BORIS - ALTAR (SOUTHERN LORD)

VARIOUS ARTISTS - AMERICAN HARDCORE soundtrack (RHINO)

The Raconteurs ? Broken Boy Soldiers

Culture Kids (http://myspace.com/culturekidss)

EARTH - reissues (subpop)

The Fix - At the Speed of Twisted Thought (Touch and Go)

Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel

Steve Turner - New Wave Punk Asshole

Pearl Jam - s/t

Welcome - Sirs (comes out domestically in Feb 2007 on FatCat)

Amazing Stories season one DVD

Dungeons and Dragons complete animated series DVD

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In-Store Performance: Hidden Cameras: CANCELLED!!!   12/11/2006  
Due to issues at the Canadian/US border, HIDDEN CAMERAS have cancelled their remaining tour dates. Sorry for the inconvience.  
In-Store Performance: DJ Spooky   12/09/2006  
Paul Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid
will be displaying his turntable expertise (via his laptop) at the Wicker Park store on Saturday December 9th. His most recent release is IN FINE STYLE: DJ SPOOKY PRESENTS 50,000 VOLTS OF TROJAN RECORDS, a 2 disc set in which Mr. Spooky pays tribute to the legendary reggae label with his remixing skills. This should be a good one folks, so don't miss it!

DJ SPOOKY
Saturday December 9
Reckless Records, Wicker Park store.
5:30pm.  
In-Store Performance: Les Georges Leningrad   12/07/2006  
Montreal dark-wave kids LES GEORGES LENINGRAD will make a stop at the Wicker Park store on Thursday December 7th. Here is our description of their latest record SANGUE PURO on Tomlab Records.

SANGUE PURO is the third album from the Montreal band LES GEORGES LENINGRAD. After a six minute instrumental opening track that sounds straight from the DAWN OF THE DEAD soundtrack, the band kicks into the analogue keyboard heavy dark new wave that the band has become tribal feel to them similar to the past few LIARS releases. Fans of their previous records, late seventies no-wave
and horror soundtracks will approve.

Thursday December 7th.
Wicker Park store.
5pm.  
In-Store Performance: Kid Koala   11/21/2006  
Attention all turntablist fans! You do not want to miss this instore from Kid Koala, the amazing Canadian DJ/turntablist who has just released the amazing YOUR MOMS FAVORITE DJ on Ninja Tune.
Fans of DJ SHADOW, DIPLO, CUT CHEMIST etc.. take note!

Tuesday Nov. 21st
@ the Wicker Park store
Time: 5:30pm
 
In-Store Performance: Third Border (ex-Destory All Monsters/ Sproton Layer)   11/21/2006  
Ben Miller has been making noise since 1969 when he formed the psych-rock group SPROTON LAYER with his brother Roger Miller (of MISSION OF BURMA). In 1976 he joined the noise-punk group DESTROY ALL MONSTERS which would soon see the addition of Ron Asheton of THE STOOGES and Michael Davis of MC5. Miller has been busy throughout the eighties and nineties with other groups including THE SAME BAND, THE OTHER BAND and DIRTY OLD MAN RIVER. His most current project is THIRD BORDER, a group that plays psychedelic rock with similarities to sixties British rock, post-punk such as PERE UBU and GUIDED BY VOICES. He will be playing an unplugged set of THIRD BORDER songs. Be sure to check out their new album on Radial Records, SUN OF WATER, SEA OF LIGHT.

Tuesday November 21st
7pm
Reckless Records
Broadway store
 
Reckless Nominated For Plug Award!!!   11/16/2006  
Hey Web People,
Reckless has been nominated for a Plug Award.
We are up for indie record store of the year. The Plug Awards are an an annual independent music industry event/ show/ website. We didn't know what they were either but we hear it's a big deal. We are quite pleased to have been nominated and would love you all to death if you threw us some votes.
Go to www.plugawards.com and look in "Media Categories- General" to vote and see who we're up against (some worthy opponents) . Thanks for your continued love and support.
One Love,
RECKLESS

P.S. You can vote as many times as you'd like (I think) so (if you have nothing better to do) go crazy.  
In-Store Performance: Unique Chique/ End of the World   11/10/2006  
UNIQUE CHIQUE are a promising young group from Chicago that
blend elements of bands like SEA AND CAKE and THE SMITHS
with the post-punk sensibilities of JAWBOX. Their debut full
length ETHICA is available now from Loose Tooth records.

The NYC group END OF THE WORLD have just released a new
album on the Chicago label Flameshovel records. At times the
band sounds similar to other NYC bands such as THE STROKES,
INTERPOL and THE FRENCH KICKS without really sounding like
any of them.

Friday Nov. 11th
Wicker Park store.
6pm .  
In-Store Performance: Electric Frankenstein   10/31/2006  
Oh my gawd!!?? Can you imagine a better Halloween treat than this?? (except maybe a Mistfits or Samhain instore). This is gonna rule!

From the Electric Frankenstein website:

With their rock solid underground following firmly in tow, Electric Frankenstein has appealed to a broad spectrum of listeners. Incorporating punk rock, metal and especially good old fashioned Rock and Roll, EF has created a sound that is unparalleled and often looked upon in awe. These New Jersey stalwarts have had an unsurprisingly fearsome influence on modern music, paving the way for The Hives, The Datsuns, The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, The D4, The White Stripes, and other new Rock bands.

Halloween
Wicker Park store
5pm.
 
In-Store Performance: Pattern is Movement   10/25/2006  
Description from the interweb:

&quot;Pattern is Movement is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their music often features repeating patterns that show their influence from minimalism. They have been categorized by some reviewers as a math rock group, and compared to groups such as Don Caballero, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pinback.&quot;

Wednesday October 25, 2006 at the Broadway store.
6pm.  
In-Store Performance: Smoke or Fire   10/22/2006  
mpshows.com presents smoke or fire.

&quot;Smoke or Fire is the latest of gritty post-hardcore bands to emerge from the Southeast?s plentiful punk scene. Clearly influenced by predecessors like Hot Water Music and Avail, these young upstarts also blend in some additional elements of Americana with their hints of The Replacements and Springsteen. Smoke or Fire is fixin? to be a real treat from the land of Dixie and we at Fat couldn?t be happier to have snatched them up in time for their debut full length, Above The City.&quot;

sunday October 22nd.
5pm.
free.  
In-Store Performance: Viva Voce   10/20/2006  
Viva Voce have always had a 90s college rock sort of thing going and they still do (a good thing in our eyes) with some similarities to YO LA TENGO, GALAXIE 500, the VELVET UNDERGROUND. This Portland husband and wife duo make no frills pop music with a bit of a psychedelic edge and they succeed with flying colors.

Wicker Park store
10/20/06
6pm  
PAVEMENT PROMOTION! Free stuff!   10/18/2006  
Hello everyone...this may seem a little confusing but hear us out...Reckless is running a promotion with Matador Records in celebration of the deluxe reissue of Pavement's amazing "Wowee Zowee" album. Here's how it works:

-Go to either Reckless Records location.
-Give us $5 (cash only please), your name, email address and phone number.

Here's the info from Matador as to what you will receive:

"Wow Out"
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions that will make your Wow Out experience that much better.

How Does Wow Out Work?
It's quite simple. When you pre-order "Wowee Zowee: Sordid
Sentinels Edition" from Reckless Records then two things will happen.

1. Upon confirming your order, we will send you an email with a
unique code and a directions on how to download the live show. This typically takes 2-3 days depending on when Matador receives the information from the retailer. The download will packaged in a zip file with each song from the April 24, 1994 show encoded in mp3 format (256kbps VBR). These will play on just about every computer and mp3 player we can imagine.
Come in soon, there is a limited amount of the 7"s & posters & Matador has expressed that they cannot guarantee that all orders will be filled.

2. On November 7th, you will be able to go to Reckless and pick up your copy of the deluxe, 2-CD edition of Wowee along with the 7" (Blackout / Extradition) and a folded poster.

That's not so hard eh? Yeah! Free Stuff!  
In-Store Performance: Tilly &amp; the Wall   10/11/2006  
Omaha indie kids TILLY AND THE WALL will be doing an instore at the Broadway location on Wednesday October 11th at 7pm.

Here&#039;s a snippet of our description for the excellent &quot;Bottoms of Barrels&quot; album.
&quot;...sugary sweet pop full of female harmonies, elaborate instrumentation and the most succulent melodies heard in a long time; very much in vein with Aislers Set and Decemberists.&quot;

Wed. October 11th
Reckless Records on Broadway  
I "HEART" TORTOISE CONTEST!   08/20/2006  
How are you? Oh that's great! We're fine too...no really we are...don't give us that look.

Moving on, RECKLESS RECORDSand THRILL JOCKEY records are pleased as punch to announce a contest to coincide with the release of the sprawling TORTOISE boxset "A Lazarus Taxon." Consisting of 3 cd's and 1 dvd, "A Lazarus Taxon" compiles lost singles, b-sides, compilation appearences, and the long out of print "Rhythm, Resolutions & Clusters" remix album (featuring remixes from: Rick Rizzo, Jim O'Rourke, Casey Rice, Steve Albini, John McEntire, Bundy K. Brown, and Mike Watt). If that weren't enough, you get a DVD featuring various live performances from over the years. videos and other goodies...

So what gives? Well, we're giving away one copy to one lucky person...not just any lucky person, but a lucky person who can explain in 500 words (give or take) "How Tortoise Changed My Life." The most creative and sincere will not only win the hearts of many, but this lavish and extremely limited box.

The catch? Well, you have to come into on of our stores (either 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave or 3161 N. Broadway)...we will not accept email entries, so make this one count. You have one week (i.e. the contest ends at 10pm on Saturday August 26th) to pour your heart out about one of the most dignifed groups of the past 20 years.


GOOD LUCK!!

 
In-Store Performance: Carla Bozulich&#039;s &quot;Evangelista&quot;/Dead Science Double Header!!   07/20/2006  
We are very pleased to announce that Reckless Records in Wicker Park will be host to a special instore performance by CARLA BOZULICH&#039;s &quot;Evangelista&quot; and DEAD SCIENCE.

Carla is a darling who has broken hearts with the likes of GERALDINE FIBBERS, SCARNELLA, and ETHYL MEATPLOW. She just released an album on Constellation Records entitled &quot;Evangelista.&quot; Its a seething and emotionally rapturing album that (like her previous &quot;Red Headed Stranger&quot; interpretation) needs to be heard to be believed.

Dead Science strongly label themselves a pop band, and while we couldn&#039;t agree more, they&#039;re sound is a stark blend of pop with elements of free jazz and experimental flowing in and out, collapsing the contrsraints of &quot;Pop&quot; as we know it, only to create an entirely unique beast.

We are very excited to host this intimate performance and its sure to be one of our best...please come out!!



Carla Bozulich&#039;s &quot;Evangelista&quot;

Dead Science

Thursday July 20th

5:30 PM

Reckless Records

1532 N. Milwaukee Ave

Chicago

all ages (doye).
 
In-Store Performance: Carla Bozulich/Dead Science In-Store Canceled   07/17/2006  
Due to reasons beyond our control Carla Bozulich and Dead Science have had to cancel their in-store performance for July 20th.

They will still be performing at Schubas on Friday July 21st and you should really go because both groups put on a stirring live performance.
 
In-Store Performance: Jello Biafra   07/03/2006  
Jello Biafra will be hanging out at the Broadway store on Monday, July 3rd around 4:30pm, before his spoken word performance next door at the Lakeview Theater. Come by and say hi, bring your ratty old Dead Kennedys t-shirt for him to sign, bring him cookies, whatever. (Probably not a good idea to ask him to sign your new Manifesto Records re-issue though!)  
In-Store Performance: Thrones   05/28/2006  
Reckless Records is pleased to announce a rare in-store performance by former MELVINS/current HIGH ON FIRE bassist JOE PRESTON (aka THRONES).
He will perform a special afternoon set (post Brunch) before playing later that evening with Growing.

THRONES
Reckless Records Milwaukee (1532 N. Milwaukee Ave)
May 28, 2006
4 PM

FREE!!  
In-Store Performance: Murder By Death   05/27/2006  
Murder By Death will be performing an Acoustic in-store performance hours before they take the stage at Chicago&#039;s METRO nightclub

MURDER BY DEATH
at RECKLESS RECORDS Broadway (3161 N. Broadway)
Saturday May 27, 2006
2PM

FREE!!  
In-Store Performance: Oren Ambarchi   05/26/2006  
Reckless Records is very pleased/excited/jazzed to be host to a rare in-store performance from Australian experimental artist OREN AMBARCHI, on Friday May 26th at 5:30 PM.

Oren has released several albums on labels like TOUCH, SOUTHERN LORD, IDEA, STAUBGOLD and TZADIK to name a few...his albums are a unique take on guitar minimalism, focusing on low-end drone yet his sound is that of pristine tones and almost glacial layers of sound. It&#039;s soothing, gorgeous, and sometimes unnerving...his last release for Touch &quot;Grapes From The Estate&quot; was a gorgeous amalgamation of minimalism and (dare we say) post-rock shuffle...He is currently in the states touring with SUNN O))), but with Friday being the Sabbat he will NOT be performing at the Logan Square Auditorium and this will be his ONLY chicago performance, and certainly one not to be missed!

 
In-Store Performance: Deadstring Brothers   02/24/2006  
Bloodshot Records&#039; Deadstring Brothers will be performing a free in-store at the Broadway location at 4:00 pm. There new record, Starving Winter Report, comes out soon. Read about it here:
http://bloodshotrecords.com/album/deadstringbrothers/198

 
RECKLESS RECORDS BEST OF 2005   01/02/2006  
Hello Reckless types,

I can not safely assume any real, old-timey style reason as to why it has been so long since my last email. I could chalk it up to many plausible explanations: school, the white sox, consuming almond fetish, Saul Bellow's death (and, seriously WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED that Don Adams would outlive Bob Denver by 23 days...and Nipsy Russel outlives both by a week!!!, seriously!!!). These things have consumed me, I guess. I sprawl hither and nither towards accepting that this was a weird year. Personally, one of my happiest and most stressed and yet somehow filled with a lot of sad and pre-sad things. I am not in the business of sociological explanations but our continual and unstated war, Taco Bell's betrayal of Dr. Pepper, Arrested Development's continual dominance of all things funny and the fact that growing older makes everything senselessly under and overstated at all times have made even fairytale-ish things seem obvious and absurdities seem acceptable.

Reckless Records has enjoyed almost all of your business this year. I take great personal pleasure dealing with all 20 of you who ever respond to my emails and the other 4 billion who silently still shop in the electronic and non-electronic world. Every year those employees for whom vulnerability is almost as important as thick skin, lay out their personal favorites for the rest of the non-music industry world to savor, judge and over-analyze and this year is no different so please enjoy all our picks, ask me as many questions as you wish and check out anything at our website for further descriptive stream-of-conscious help.

Our shops are opened until 10:00 pm tonight and until circa 4:00 on Christmas eve.
All regular hours begin again on Monday.
Buy gift certificates for your super on-edge boyfriend or girlfriend or isolated and nerve-wracking son and daughter
Sell us back all your crap after you get the ipod that he/she better get you
Look out for news about our Jan 10th best-of-the-year ping pong party at Schubas
Try to safely enjoy the next week.
Puppies.
Kitties
Chanukah on Christmas

Brett
Reckless Records Chicago and the Electronic Beyond
3161 N. Broadway 773-404-5080
1532 N. Milwaukee 773-235-3727
www.reckless.com

Ignore what you want, hate what you will



Brett

vaguely ordered but sort-of not)

1. Clientele "strange geometry" merge

2. Canyon Country "there's a forest in the fire" attack 9

3. Sufjan Stevens "come on feel the illinoise" asthmatic kitty

4. Destroyer "notorious lightning and other works" merge

5. Great Lakes Swimmers "great lake swimmer" misra

6. Fiona Apple "extraordinary machine" epic

7. Andrew Bird "mysterious production of eggs" righteous babe

8. Remote viewer "let your heart draw the line" city centre

9. New Pornographers "twin cinema" matador

10. The Occasional Keepers "beauty of the empty vessel" ltm

11. Love as Laughter "laughter's fifth" subpop

12. Kallikak Family "May 23rd, 2007" tell-all

13. Various Artists "childish music" staubgold

14. Akron/ Family "Akron/ Family" young god

15. White Stripes "get behind me satan" v2

16. Colleen "golden morning breaks" leaf

17. Lucksmiths "warmer corners" matinee

18. Keren Ann "nolita" blue note

19. Edan "beauty & beat" lewis

20. A Sides "hello hello" prison jazz

21. Animal Collective "feels" fat cat

22. Nils Okland "bris" rune grammofon

23. Devendra Banhart "cripple crow" xl

24. Yann Tiersen and Shannon Wright "yann tiersen and shannon wright" ici d'ailleurs

25. Liam Singer "the empty heart of the chameleon" tell-all

26. Peggy Honeywell "faint humms" galaxia7

27. Parker and Lily "lows lows" warm electronic

28. M.I.A. "arular" xl

29. Fruit Bats "spelled in bones" subpop

30. catsinsinks.com

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Stephen

(in no order).


1. Six Organs of Admittance--School
Of The Flower (Plus the ozone
tearing live show at Empty Bottle).
2. Henry Grimes/Fred Anderson/Marshall Allen--Hothouse March 11.
3. Sunn O)))--Black One
4. We Jam Econo: The Story Of The Minutemen
5. Mike Jones--Still Tippin' 12"

6. Finally Getting to See SLINT perform "Washer" while the images of
snow flakes fell around the room.

7. Konono No. 1--Congotronics & the split w/ Dead C.
8. Tony Conrad--Behind a White Sheet, 11/3/05
Empty Bottle
9. Lightning Bolt--Hypermagic
Mountain
10. Earth--Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method

11. Amerie--One Thing 12"
12. High On Fire--Blessed Black Wings
13. Magik Markers--I Trust My Guitar, Etc.

14. Boduf Songs--S/T
15. Gang Gang Dance--God's Money

16. A-Frames--Black Forest
17. Danger Doom--Mouse & Mask (plus the inkling that the

Doom/Ghostface collaborations might be the best thing to happen to rap
since "36 Chambers")

18. 4 Shellac Shows In Chicago within the Course of a Month!

19. The Rediscovery of the Brazillian Post-Punk Scene ("Sexual Life Of
The Savages" compilation/ As Mercenarias anthology)

20. Whitehouse--11/5/05 Empty Bottle
21. The Re-Opening of Hot Dougs.

22. Ciara--Oh 12"
23. Boredoms--Logan Square Auditorium
5/21/05
24. Oren Ambrachi--Grapes From The Estate.
25. Scharpling & Wurster--Hippie Justice//Patton Oswalt-222' (tie)

26. Moondog--The Viking of Sixth Avenue

27. fm3's Buddah Machine
28. Oneida--The Wedding Album
29. Jan Jelinek--Kosmischer Pitch.
30. Taking Pictures--Unreleased S/T Album

31. Jesu--Jesu
32. Lau Nau--Kutarha
33. Dinosaur Jr. in all their slaying reunited glory

34. v/a- Tropicalia! Comp. on Soul Jazz
35. The Idea of the South, whilst trapped in the North.


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Dave



top 10 of 2005, no order.



1. Curl Up and Die - the one above all, the end of all that is

2. Between the Buried and Me - alaska

3. Defleshed - reclaim the beat

4. Slim Thug - already platinum

5. the Dream Is Dead - hail the new pawn

6. Misery Index - dissent

7. Clipse - we got it for cheap vol. 1 and 2 mixtapes

8. R. Kelly - trapped in the closet, all chapters

9. A Life Once Lost - hunter

10. Crowbar - life's blood for the downtrodden



top 6 worst things about 2005



1. still no new Clipse record

2. Defleshed breaking up

3. RIP dimebag

4. only two EP's, two LP's, and one live record from Bright Eyes

5. Judas Priest live

6. Big L still dead

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Matt Jencik



as mercenarias "beginning of the end of the world"

devendra banhart "cripple crow"

blut aus nord "work which transforms god"

comus "first utterance" reissue

dead meadow "feathers"

deathspell omega "kenose"

dungen reissues

dungen: best live band on the planet

edan "beauty & the beat"

elyse s/t reissue

enslaved "isa" (2004 release that bled into most of 2005 for me)

evens s/t

fuchsia s/t reissue

gris gris "for the season"

guided by voices "briefcase 2" abriged

roy harper

gary higgins "red hash"

randy holden "population II" vinyl reissue

jesu s/t

lurker of chalice

brian mcbride "when the detail lost its freedom"

kim jung mi "now" reissue

om "variations on a theme"

geraldo pino & the heart beats "afro soco soul live"

twilight

xasthur "nocturnal poisoning" vinyl reissue

witchcraft "firewood"

neil young "archive pathfinder" bootleg

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MAGAS TOP 10 of 2005:

NEW:

QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT: Swamp Tech/Electric Swamp (Tigerbeat6)
KAP BAMBINO: Neutral EP (Wwilko)

GENDERS: There's Something In the Treats (Tigerbeat6)
BLACK DICE: Broken Ear Record (DFA/Astralwerks)

ADULT.: Gimmie Trouble (Thrill Jockey)
GD LUXXE: Make (Tigerbeat6)
ELECTRONICAT: Voodoo Man (Disko B)

CANDEE HANK: Brandy Cramps (Wwilko)
SOUNDS OF THE INDIAN SNAKE CHARMER (Hanson)

EASY ACTION: Friends of Rock And Roll (Reptilian)


OLD:
VA: NO NEW YORK (Lilith)

CELTIC FROST: Morbid Tales (Earmark)
CELTIC FROST: To Mega Therion (Earmark)

ENNIO MORRICONE: Crime & Dissonance (Ipecac)
GEORGE BRIGMAN: Jungle Rot (Bona Fide)
GEORGE BRIGMAN: I Can Hear the Ants Dancin' (Bona Fide)

STOOGES: Funhouse (Rhino)
STOOGES: Stooges (Rhino)

ENNIO MORRICONE: Crime & Dissonance (Ipecac)
VA: Big Gundown: Reggae Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns (Earmark)


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Taylor Brode

top ten albums.....
in no particular order

Cass Mccombs "Prefection'" (Monitor)
Japanther "Master of Pigeons" (Menlopar)
Low "Great Destroyer" (Sub Pop)
Animal Collective "Feels" (Fat Cat)
The Accused "Oh Martha" (Condar)
Celebration "S/T" (4AD)
Dead Science "Frost Giant" (Absolutely Kosher)
Dead Meadow "Feathers" (Matador)
Devendra Banhart "Cripple Crow" (XL)
Nine Inch Nails "With Teeth" (Nothing)

top ten shows.....
also in no particular order

Wives/ This Moment in Black History/ Business Lady @ Cal's
Battletorn/ Wolf & Cub/ Raise the Red Lantern @ Needle House
Slint @ Park West
Mastodon/ Sweet Cobra @ Bottom Lounge
Kylesa/ Coliseum/ Torche @ Beat Kitchen
Danzig/ Mortiis @ HOB
Selfish/ Hellshock @ Ice Factory
Carbonas/ Pedestrians @ Beat Kitchen
Navies/ Scalpels/ Scalpers/ Ten Ton @ Needle House

Dungen @ the Bottle



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LUX-



In No particular order things of 2005:

Boris Sun Baked Snow Cave

White Rock 'Tar Pit'

Double Leopards 'Out of one....'

Robert Wyatt & Friends live 1974

Lurker Of Chalice S/T

Gris Gris 'For the Season'

Up Tight 'W/ Makoto'

Tar Pet 'Artist revealed is Taralie Dawn'

Endless Boogie 'White'

Vashti Bunyan 'Lookaftering'

Skullflower 'Orange Canyon Mind'

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Jon Brown


Lurker of Chalice - S/T

Sunn O))) - Black One

King Kong - directed by Peter Jackson

Curb Your Enthusiasm - Season 4 DVD

Thundercats - Season 1 DVD

Necrophagist - Epitaph

Animal Collective - Feels

Slint reunion



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Kim

a not-in-order-at-all list of releases that i can remember enjoying this year

books - lost and safe
lou barlow - emoh
jesu - jesu
marc hellner - marriages
growing - his return
badgerlore - stories for owls
akron/family - akron/family
brian mcbride - when the detail lost its freedom
oneida- the wedding
earth - hex: or the printing in the infernal method
lichens - psychic nature of being
six organs of admittance - school of the flower
moondog - viking of sixth avenue (reissue)
gary higgins - red hash (reissue)
danger doom - mouse and the mask
cult cargo: belize city boil up - various artists



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Kip's best of 2005 in no specific order with the exception of pick #1



1. Meshuggah "Catch Thirty Thr33"

2. Antony & the Johnsons "I am a Bird Now"

3. Low "The Great Destroyer"

4. Books "Lost & Safe"

5. Danger Doom "The Mouse & The Mask"

6. Pit Er Pat "Shakey"

7. Common "Be"

8. Four Tet "Everything Ecstatic"

9. Dungen -reissues



Best Video Games of 2005

1. GOD OF WAR

2. We Love Katamari



Highlights of 2005

1. Hockey...bout fuckin time

2. Slint -Parkwest

3. Low -Metro



Best TV

Arrested Development

Extras

The Shield

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Six Feet Under



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Chris W.

TOP 15 INDIES of 2005 (alphabetically)
Antony & the Johnsons "I Am a Bird Now"
Bochum Welt "Elan"

Books "Lost & Safe"
Brian Eno "Another Day On Earth"
Espers "The Weed Tree"
Field Music "s/t"
Flotation Toy Warning "Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck"
Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie "Mysterious Skin (soundtrack)"
Jóhann Jóhannsson "Dis (soundtrack)"
Lump200 "Dizzyland"
Michael Andrews "Me and You and Everyone We Know (soundtrack)"
Mugison "Mugimama, Is this Monkey Music?"
Porn Sword Tobacco "Explains Freedom"
Seu Jorge "Life Aquatic Studio Sessions"
Songs of Green Pheasant "s/t"

TOP 15 HIP HOP of 2005 (alphabetically)
Common "Be"
Cool Calm Pete "Lost"
Danger Doom "Mouse and the Mask"
Dwight Trible & the Life Force Trio "Love Is the Answer"
Edan "Beauty & the Beat"
Emanon "Waiting Room"
Fatlip "The Loneliest Punk"
Kanye West "Late Registration"
Koushik "Be With"
Little Brother "The Minstrel Show"
One.Be.Lo "S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M."

Percy Miracles aka Phonte "The Ladies Champ EP"
Platinum Pied Pipers "Triple P"
R. Kelly "TP.3 Reloaded"
Steve Spacek "Space Shift"

honorable mention: all releases by SA-RA CREATIVE PARTNERS

12" Single of the year: Aloe Blacc "Want Me" __________________________________________________



Mike

Top Ten List - 2005

1. We Are Wolves - "Non-Stop"
2. As Mercenaries - "Beginning of the End of the World"
3. Various Artists - "The Sexual Lives of Savages"
4. Sybris - "Sybris"
5. Vanishing Kids - "The Selfish Mirror"
6. Angels of Light - "?Sing Other People"
7. Swervedriver - "Juggernaut Rides '89-'98 Anthology"
8. The Damage Manual - "Limited Edition"
9. The Narrator - "Such Triumph"
10. R.Kelly - "Trapped in the Closet"

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Jason:

10 good albums

1. David Axelrod "The Edge: 1966-1970" (EMI)
2. Various Artists "Night Train to Nashville" Vol.1&2 1945-1970 (Lost Highway)
3. Negativland "No Business" (Seeland)
4. Daniel Lanois "Belladonna" (Anti)
5. Ennio Morricone "Crime and Dissonance" (Ipecac)
6. Steve Reid "Spirit Walk" (Soul Jazz)
7. Chris Connelly "Live" (Self)
8. Moondog "Viking of 6th Avenue ." (Honest Jons)
9. Tristeza "a colores" (Good Looking)
10.Team America "Soundtrack" (Warner)



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Cortland

sweet 16 (no order)

1.Scharpling & Wurster- Hippy Justice

2.Primeridian- All Day NIghter

3. V.A.- Caltone Special

4. Konono No. 1- Congotronics

5. Revolutionaries- Earthquake Dub

6. Brian McBride- When The Detail Lost Its Freedom

7. Lichens -Psychic Nature Of Being

8. Ennio Morricone - Crime & Dissonance

9. V.A. -Midwest Funk

10. J.C. Davis -New Day

11. Smog- A River Aint Too Much To Love

12. V.A.- Loves A Real Thing

13. Marc Hellner- Marriages

14. Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane at Carnagie Hall

15. Six Organs Of Admittance- School of the Flower



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Holli


In no particular order...


1. andrew bird - mysterious production of eggs
2. sharon jones & the dap kings - naturally

3. super furry animals - lovekraft
4. elbow - leaders of the free world
5. common - be
6. devendra banhart - cripple crow

7. books - lost & safe
8. lightning bolt - hyper magic mountain
9.
gary higgins - red hash (reissue)
10. tim buckley - dream letter (i know it came out in

1990, but it's my favorite album this year.
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Bryan:

Albums of 1973 most played (by me) in 2005:
==================================
Stooges - Raw Power
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny & Mutation
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Roxy Music - Stranded
New York Dolls - New York Dolls
Mott the Hoople - Mott
Sweet - Sweet
Pink Fairies - Kings of Oblivion
Nazareth - Razamanaz
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Todd Rundgren - A Wizard/A True Star
David Bowie - Alladin Sane
T.Rex - Tanx
Hawkwind - Space Ritual
Faces - Ooh La La
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
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Daniel-

best record of 2005 that came out in 2004:

1a. dungen - "ta det lugnt"



top 10 of 2005:

1. r. kelly - tp3 reloaded"

2. fiery furnaces - "ep"

3. sufjan stevens - "illinois "

4. magnolia electric co. - "what comes after the blues"

5. skygreen leopards - "life & love in sparrow's meadow"

6. mannequin men - "showbiz witch"

7. witchcraft - "firewood"

8. tegan & sara - "so jealous"

9. of montreal - "the sunlandic twins"

10. v/a - "the third unheard: connecticut hip-hop 1979-1983"



11-20 (in alphabetical order):

angels of light - "sing other people"

devendra banhart - "cripple crow"

crooked fingers - "dignity & shame"

fruit bats - "spelled in bones"

lungfish - "feral hymns"

paul mccartney - "chaos & creation in the backyard"

new black - "time attack"

pit er pat - "shakey"

ween - "shinola vol. 1"

wolf parade - "apologies to the queen mary



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KEITH

in no particular order


All Night Fox-Howling Hex

Arrested Development-the television show
On Your Video 7"-Tyrades
Man Made-Teenage Fanclub

Shock of Being-Make Believe
Shinola-Ween

Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me & Bug (reissues)-Dinosaur Jr.
Celebration Castle- the Ponys

For the Season-Gris Gris
Such Triumph- The Narrator
The Electrifying Conclusion DVD-Guided By Voices

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Independent Pop of '05: Top 10 By Evan Stewart

10. Has a Good Home -by- Final Fantasy

Owen Pallett is better known for the string arrangement contributions for the Arcade Fire and the Hidden Cameras. Creative control can lead to an amazing orchestral pop tracks that even topple the talented Andrew Bird.

9. Twin Cinema -by- The New Pornographers

Yeap, they had 14 more for us, they are beyond heavenly. Wtf.

8. The Wedding -by- Oneida

This 'notorious' album has people praising or bashing it.. The facts: I haven't rocked harder to a stand alone hit as I do with "Lavender" Lastly, there is something for everyone in this collage of silk and filth.

7. Feels -by- Animal Collective

Why this was dubbed as their rock album is above me. Yeah kids it starts out pumped, and then ventures differently than "Sung Tongs" and it's light-years beyond "Here Comes an Indian" but these critters are sonically consistent even on a more accessible plane. This indie-tribal sustenance gets my feels revved.

6. A River Ain't Too Much to Love -by- Smog

Shadowed by the Supper's masterpiece status. However country noir never sounded so goddamn perfect.

5. Lost & Safe -by- The Books

Man, this one took awhile to love. But now we are in a long term relationship, I've become a better listener.

(Btw: Tomlab is on fire!)

4. "Git" -by- Skeletons and The Girl-Faced Boys

Universal fusion is spice that Skeletons cooks my ears with. Mostly electronic, but this album can be sold at whole foods. You can own it too, if you can handle an automatic overdose of bizarre vibrant soul.

3. Arular -by- M.I.A.

Wtf is she telling me?

You know I never open the lyric book for Arular, but I sing along anyways, and like everyone else does; I've been dancing and singing to this all year long.

2. In Case We Die -by- Architecture in Helsinki

Silly things are adorable, refreshing, bombastic, splendid, feverish in a sassy way, outstanding, terrific, comforting,

up hailing to the community, easy-hearted, hard to criticize, wondrous, and globally quintessential.

1. The Sunset Tree AND Come, Come to the Sunset Tree -by- The Mountain Goats

Without a doubt, no other album this year was rightfully loved by the people in my life and me. From 18 year old helpless hipster siblings to 40+ year old breast cancer survivors, The Sunset Tree major mass appeal, and will never receive it. John Darnielle's voice and lyrics doesn't escape your head, it will leave you speechless, awake and with an exposed curetted soul. Seriously! THEN he releases a LP spin-off of the album in his traditional unrefined style, with equally essential b-sides.



Honorable Mentions:

Howling Hex - You Can't Beat Tomorrow- front to back amazing, although I've only heard it once.

The Fruit Bats - Spelled in Bones- feel good album of the year, snag some vulva with this stuff.

Wolf Parade - Apologies to Queen Mary- this year's Arcade Fire, yes it is, sorry and congratulations.

XXL - Ciautistico!- a Xiu Xiu collaboration worth owning, thank god since La Foret shattered my gaydar.

The Standard - Albatross- unheralded "piano's gonna make you cry, bitch" band from Portland

Andrew Bird -?blah blah blah Eggs- it wore off but only after a good season of addiction.

Caribou - Milk of Human Kindness- does a body good.



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DAN

SORRY, BUT TRY AS I MIGHT, I CAN ONLY COME UP WITH 5
RECORDS THAT I REALLY LIKED FROM '05??.


CONSTANTINES - TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS
CROOKED FINGERS - DIGNITY & SHAME
RESPLENDENT - I AM FREE/AM I FREE?
SPOON - GIMME FICTION
THE JOHN WILKES BOOZE - TELESCOPIC EYES GLANCE THE FUTURE SICK

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GAR
RAKES-"RAKES"
ANTONY & THE JOHNSON'S-"I AM A BIRD NOW"
SPOON-"GIMME FICTION"
ONEIDA-"WEDDING"
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS-"NATURALLY"
FIERY FURNACES-"10 SONG EP"
FIERY FURNACES-"REHEARSING MY CHOIR"
HIGH ON FIRE- "OH BLESSED BLACK WINGS"
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE-"BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE"
"CULT CARGO BELIZE CITY BOIL UP"
MESHUGGAH-"CATCH THIRTY THR33"
BOOKS-"LOST & SAFE"

PREFUSE 73-"READS THE BOOKS"
REISSUES
XRAY SPEX-"ANTHOLOGY"
101ERS-"ELGIN AVENUE BREAKDOWN: REVISITED"


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CHRIS CONNELLY

1.ROBERT WYATT AND FRIENDS AT THE BLOOMSBURY THEATRE
2.ONEIDA-THE WEDDING
3.PAULA FRAZER-LEAVE THE SAD THINGS BEHIND
4.DAVID BOWIE-STAGE (REISSUE)
5.GANG GANG DANCE-GOD'S MONEY
6.101'ERS-ELGIN AVENUE BREAKDOWN
7.STOOGES-HEAVY LIQUID BOX SET
8.COMUS-SONG TO COMUS
9.KEVIN COYNE-A DAY IN CHICAGO
10.CHRIS CONNELLY-LOUNGE AX,BOTTLE,ELSEWHERE



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STEVE

new stuff (in no particular order)
Lau Nau- Kuutarha
Magik Markers- I Trust My Guitar Etc.
Gang Gang Dance - God's Money
Sunburned Hand of the Man- Wedlock
Sunn O)))- Black One
Espers- Weed Tree
Angels of Light- Sing Other People
Josephine Foster- Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You
Earth- Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method
Smog- A River Ain't Too Much To Love
Rova:: Orkestrova- Electric Ascension
Jennifer Gentle- Valende
Lightning Bolt- Hypermagic Mountain
Double Leopards- Out of One, Through One

Single of the year
Major Stars- Black Road 7"

Music related book
Can't Stop, Won't Stop By Jeff Chang

Reissues (In no particular order)
Vashti Bunyan- Just Another Diamond Day
Gary Higgins- Red Hash
VA- Cult Cargo:Belize City Boil UP
Henry Flynt- Purified By The Fire
Stooges- S/T
Stooges- Funhouse
Fern Jones- Glory Road
Bob Dylan- Bootleg Series Vol. 7
V/A- American Primitive Vol. 2
Sunn 0)))- Grimm Robe Demos
Evie Sands- Any Way That You Want Me


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Matt Boomer



Eno and Cluster - Begegnungen I & II reissues
Flaming Lips - Fearless Freaks dir. by Bradley Beesley
Pigeon John - Sings the Blues
We Love Katamari
Ennio Morricone - Crime & Dissonance
Youth of the Beast (dir. by Seijun Suzuki)
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
Chocolate Watch Band - Melts in Your Brain...Not on Your Wrist: Complete Recordings 1965-1967
The Perceptionists - Black Dialogue
Prefuse 73 - Reads the Books

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Nicolette:



Here's my best of list, in the form of a top ten. Yeow!

1. Animal Collective - Feels
2. Boredoms - Seadrum/House of Sun
3. Angels of Light/Akron Family - Angels of Light/Akron Family
4. The Books - Lost and Safe
5. Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
6. Danger Doom - The Mouse and The Mask
7. Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic
8. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
9. Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain
10. Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene



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Emily
Top 10 List in no particular order:


1. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter Vol. 2

2. Broadcast ? Tender Buttons

3. Animal Collective - Feels

4. Devendra Banhart ? Cripple Crow

5. Dungen ? Ta Det Lung

6. Haitian Voodoo ? Spirits of Life (Soul Jazz)

7. Chrysler ? Failures and Sparks

8. Diplo ? Florida (with bonus DVD)

9. Pg. 99 ? Document #8

10. Nola Exposed ? (DVD-NC-17)

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CHARLES


rock:

dungen: tad det lugnt
magic numbers
HAL
super furry animals: love kraft

Colosseum II: Strange New Flesh (reissue)

Nickel Creek: Why Should The Fire Die?

world/folk:
milton nascimento: pieta
john tams: the reckoning

reggae:
prince fari: silver and gold
trojan dub rarities box set

jazz:
john zorn: electric masada
aaron alexander: midrash mish mosh
nguyen le: walking on the tiger's tail
metheny/coleman: song x reissue
jaga/jazzist; what we must

classical:
mcaslan: britten violin concerto
schermerhorn: villa-lobos complete bachianas brasileiras
 
Top 10 lists - 2004   01/01/2006  
Brett Grossman
1. Ac Newman ?slow wonder? (matador)
2. Vetiver ?vetiver? (di cristina)
3. Rogue Wave ?out of the shadow? (subpop)
4. Eluvium ?an accidental memory in the case of death? (temporary residence)
5. Lullatone ?little songs about raindrops? (audio dregs)
6. Sodastream ?a minor revival? (microindie)
7. Casino vs. Japan ?hitori + kaiso: 1998-2001? (attack nine)
8. Ponys ?laced with romance? (in the red)
9. Destroyer ?your blues? (merge)
10. M?s ?M?s? (brilliante)
11. Will Oldham ?seafarers music? (drag city)
12. Clientele ?ariadne? (acuarela)
13. Various Artists ?Radio India: Eternal Dream of Sound (Sublime Frequencies)
14. Ekkhard Ehlers ?Plays? (Staubgold)
15. Walkmen ?bows and arrows? (record collection)
16. Auburn Lull ?cast from the platform? (darla)
17. Harry Partch ?Harry Partch Collection vol.1 and 2? (new world)
18. Iron and Wine ?our endless numbered days? (subpop)
19. Papa M ?five? and ?six? (drag city)
20. Prince Po ?slickness?
21. SCTV vol.1 and vol.2 DVDs
22. Arrested Development season 1 DVD
23. Floorbirds ?the sea of language around us? (barcode press)
24. Wilco- ? a ghost is born? (nonesuch)
25. Growing- ?soul of the rainbow and harmony of light? (kranky)

Stephen Sowley
1. Madvillain?Madvillainy//MF Doom?MM?Food
2. Sunn O)))?White 2
3. Growing?Soul Of the Rainbow & Harmony of Light
4. Mastodon?Leviathan
5. TV On The Radio?Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
6. Melvins?Neither Here Nor There/ Pigs of The Roman Empire
7. 90 Day Men?Panda Park
8. Liars?They Were Wrong So We Drowned
9. Fennesz?Venice
10. Coco Rosie?La Mansion Mon Reverie
11. The EX--Turn
12. Tim Hecker?Mirages
13. Throbbing Gristle?TG + Box
14. Chris Connelly?Night Of Your Life/ Everyoned?Everyoned
15. Tom Waits?Real Gone
16. Albert Ayler?Holy Ghost Box
17. John Fahey?Great Santa Barbra Oil Slick
18. Joanna Newsom?Milk Eyed Mender
19. Beans?Shock City Maverick
20. Sonic Youth?Sonic Nurse
21. Devendra Banhart?Rejoicing In The Hands/ Nino Rojo
22. Jimmy Edgar?Access Rhythm/ Bounce Make Model
23. !!!?Louden Up Now
24. Radian?Juxtaposition
25. Fall?The Real New Fall LP
26. Mission Of Burma--OnOffOn
27. Coachwhips?Bangers Vs. Fuckers
28. V/A?Midwest Funk: Funk 45s from Tornado Alley
29. V/A?Third Unheard: Connecticut Hip-Hop
30. V/A?DFA Records Compilation #2

Finally, The ONE album Pitchfork was completely right about: Dungen?Ta Det Lungt

Melissa
-dungen "ta det lungt"
-hot snakes "audit in progress"
-gris gris "s.t."
-tom waits "real gone"
-rtx "transmaniacon"
-madvillain "madvillainy"
-mastodon "leviathan"
-nick cave "abattoir blues/lyre of orpheus"
-tv on the radio "desperate youth, blood thirsty babes"
-single minded pros "from now on"
-missy elliott/can mash up
-disco inferno reissues
-pavement "crooked rain" reissue
-brian wilson "smile"
-ataxia "automatic writing" (well, half of it)
-mf doom "mm food"
-shawnna "worth tha weight"
-liars "they were wrong so we drowned"
-sunn o))) "white 2"
-espers "s.t."
-wire dvd

Gar
(new releases in order of hearing them)
1. LIARS "THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM ON THE BROOM"
2. PAPA M "HOLE OF BURNING ALMS"
3. TV ON THE RADIO "DESPERATE YOUTH BLOOD THIRSTY BABES"
4. SWEET COBRA "PRAISE"
5. MASTADON "LEVIATHAN"
6. SOVIETTES "SOVIETES II"
7. ATARI STAR "PRAYER & PRETEND"
8. GASOLINE FIGHT "USELESS PIECE OF WEAPONRY"
9. FIERY FURNACES "BLUEBERRY BOAT"
10. CALIFONE "HERON KING BLUES"

Emily
(People making good music)
-Josephine Foster & the Supposed
-Plastic Crimewave Sound
-Comets on Fire
-The Coughs
-Panixville
-Electralane
-John Cale
-A-Frames
-RTX
-Whaler
-Born Heller

Keith
(my top 10. In no particular order)
-The Braves "Love and Mercy"
-Vee Dee "Further"
-Nick Cave "Abattior Blues/Lyre of Orpheus"
-Hot Snakes "Audit in Progress"
-Ponys "Laced with Romance"
-Liars "They Were Wrong So We Drowned"
-Soft Pink Truth "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth"
-Reigning Sound "Too Much Guitar"
-Arrested Development DVD Season 1
-Cheap Trick "Essential Cheap Trick"

Dave
1.madvillain - madvilliany
2. deicide - scars of the crucifix
3. cannibal corpse - the wretched spawn
4. kanye west - the college dropout
5. brian wilson - smile6. pig destroyer - terrifyer
7. the killer - better judged by 12 than carried by 6
8. meshuggah - i
9. lamb of god - ashes of the wake
10. mastodon - leviathan
11. necrophagist - epitaph
12. anata - under a stone with no inscription
13. decapitated - the negation
14. single minded pros - from now on
15. tower of rome - all is lost, all is lost, all is yet to be found

Mike Johnson
-ARCADE FIRE - FUNERAL
SONIC YOUTH - SONIC NURSE
-KRUNCHIES - INTERROBANG (7")
-TOM WAITS - REAL GONE
-PONYS - LACED WITH ROMANCE
-SONNETS - MYSTERY GIRL (YEAH, I KNOW)
-NIRVANA - WITH THE LIGHTS OUT BOX SET

Ryan
1. pavement - crooked rain reissue
2. elliott smith - from a basement on the hill
3. iron & wine - our endless numbered days
4. jolie holland - escondida
5. arcade fire - funeral
6. decemberists - the tain
7. wilco - a ghost is born
8. modest mouse - good news for people who love bad news
9. kanye west - the college dropout
10. the narrator - youth city fire
11. animal collective - sung tongs
12. brian wilson - smile
13. jesse sykes & the sweet hereafter - oh, my girl
14. califone - heron king blues
15. where will you be on Christmas day compilation of early music.

James
In 2004, I listened to:
-Walkmen "Bows & Arrows"
-Dungen "Ta Det Lungst"
-Liars "They Were Wrong so We Drowned"
-Gris Gris "Gris Gris"
-Animal Collective "Sung Tongs"
-Vetiver "Vetiver"
-Jon Brion "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
-Growing "Soul of the Rainbow & Harmony of Light"
-Arcade Fire "Funeral"
-Modest Mouse "Good News for People Who Love Bad News"
-Wolf Parade "EP 2"
-Pavement "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins"
-Race "If You Can"
-Ted Leo "Shake the Sheets"
-Nirvana "With the Lights Out"
-Low Skies "I Have Been to Beautiful Places"
-Elliott Smith "From a Basement on a Hill"
-Wilco "A Ghost is Born"
-Iron & Wine "Our Endless Numbered Days"
-Xiu Xiu "Fabulous Muscles"

Matt Jencik
-ariel pink's haunted graffiti "doldrums"
-ataxia "automatic writing"
-disco infero "d.i. go pop" reissue
-dungen "ta det lungt"
-enslaved "vikingligr/ hordane's land" reissue
-john fahey "great santa barbara oil slick"
-gris gris "s/t"
-hot snakes "audit in progress"
-liars "they were wrong so we drowned"
-madvillain "madvillainy"
-mastodon "leviathan"
-joanna newsom "milk eyed mender"
-brian wilson "smile"

Dan Worland
-DEERHOOF - Milkman
-WILCO - A Ghost Is Born
-LES SAVY FAV - Inches
-DETACHMENT KIT - Of This Blood
-CALIFONE - Heron King Blues
-ETERNALS - Rawar Style
-CLYDE FEDERAL - Sensitive Skin/Please Be Real
-HOT SNAKES - Audit In Progress
-NEW BLACK - New Black
-MADVILLAIN ? Madvilainy

Jason
(here's the top 10 cds I listened to more than twice in 2004)

-tortoise "its all around you" (thrill jockey)
-bobby Conn "the Homeland" (thrill jockey)
-Moog "Motion Picture Soundtrack" (hollywood Records)
-Brown Bunny "Motion Picture Sountrack" (Japanese Import)
-Battles EP 1, 2, 3, (various labels, dim mak, monitor...)
-Nervous Cop "s/t" (5rc Records)
-Turing Machine "Zwei" (French Kiss)
-Textual "Highsight Sunglasses" (Stiff Slack)
-Claudia Quintet "I, Claudia" (cuneiform)
-McNeal & Niles "Re-issue" (chocolate Ind.)

Steve R.
NEW STUFF
1.devendra banhart-rejoicing in hands
2.joanna newsome- milk-eyed mender
3.John Wilkes Booze- Five pillars of Soul
4.liars- they were wrong so we drowned
5.Noxagt- Iron Point
6.Josephine Foster & the Supposed- all the leaves are gone
7.Animal Collective- sung tongs
8.comets on fire- blue cathedral
9.espers-s/t
10. wolf eyes- burned mind
OLD STUFF
1. Arthur Russell- World of Arthur Russell
2.henry flynt and the insurrections- I don't wanna
3. Albert Ayler- holy ghost
4.kenneth patchen- reads with jazz in canada
5.pavement crooked rain crooked rain
6. tyrannosaurus rex- reissues
7.john fahey- great san bernadino oil slick
8. arthur russell- world of echo
9.six organs of admittance- for octavio paz
10.ramon sender- worldfood

Connelly
1:JOHN CALE AT THE DOUBLE DOOR
2:COUNTRY ON THE CLICK-THE FALL
3:ROBERT WYATT-FREE WILL AND TESTAMENT
4:SCOTT WALKER-VIDEO ANTHOLOGY
5:SYDNEY & JACK BRISTOW
6:"MY MAMA NEVER TAUGHT ME HOW TO COOK"-ANNETTE PEACOCK
7:V/A-"GLITTERBEST-20 PRE PUNK N' TERRACE STOMPERS"
8:ROGER MCGUINN "CARDIFF ROSE"
9:ART BEARS "HOPES & FEARS"
10:DAVID BOWIE LIVE IN MILWAUKEE

Mark Yoshi
-Adem-Homesongs
-Ty-Upwards (domestic)
-Branches ? Branches
-Animal Collective-sung tongs
-S-Puking and Crying
-Arcade Fire ? funeral
-Fiery furnaces - blueberry boat
-Killers -hot fuss
-Sonic Youth- sonic nurse
-Iron and Wine - our endless numbered days
-Dungen - ta det lugnt
-Blonde Redhead - misery is a butterfly
-Pinback - summer in abaddon
-Low Skies - I Have Been to Beautiful Places
-Kanye West - the College Dropout
-Vetiver - Vetiver
-Phoenix ?Alphabetical
Domenico + 2 - sincerely hot
-Devendra Banhart - rejoicing in the hands
-Electrelane - the power out
-Joanna Newsom -milk-eyed mender
-K-O S - joyful rebellion
-Walkmen - bows and arrows
-Sondre Lerche - two way monologue
-Juana Molina - Tres Cosas
-90daymen ? panda park
-outhud- streetdad

My top 10 Clearchannel favorites (also in no particular order):
Fabulous - "breathe"
Jadakiss - "why" (non-remix version)
Kanye West feat. Syleena Johnson (co-written by Lauryn Hill) - "all falls down"
Ja Rule feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti "wonderful"
Coheed and Cambria "A Favor House Atlantic"
Interpol "Narc"
Christina Milian "Dip it Low"
Usher and Alicia Keys "My Boo"
N.O.R.E. feat. Daddy Yankee, Nina Sky, Gem Star & Big Mato "oye mi canto"
Jo-Jo "Baby It's You"

Evan
top eight albums i'm taking with me to Iraq when drafted, that are of 2004:
#8 Dungen: Ta Det Lught
#7 Tracy and the Plastics: Culture for Pigeon
#6 Antennas Erupt! : MAgical Energy
#5 The Lesser Birds of Paradise : String of Bees
#4 Midlake: Bamnan + Slivercork
#3 Animal Collective: Sung Tongs
#2 The Robot Ate Me: On Vacation
#1 Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles

*and in that microsecond before my body dissolves into warm nuclear mist, i will wish i had taken "How To dismantle An Atomic Bomb" for reference. Then again, i would rather die w/ pride.

Billy
-SUNN O))) - WHITE 2
-WRANGLER BRUTES
-NIRVANA BOX
-GROWING - SOUL OF THE RAINBOW
-MASTODON - LEVIATHAN
-BOOKS LIE - compilation
-SILVER MT ZION - this is our punk rock
-HELLA - 2004? i dunno
....and the NIRVANA box again. why not ?
-PENTAGRAM - human hurricane

Taylor
Top 10 Shows i Saw This Year.......(in no particular order)
-Animal Collective w/ Black Dice- @ empty bottle
-Hit Me Back w/ Reaccion- @ the Needle House
-Wrangler Brutes- @ the Albion House
-Year Future- @ Fireside
-TV on the Radio- @ Metro
-Artimus Pyle w/ the Tyrades- @ El Colibri
-Fucked Up, Tras de Nada, Punch in the Face- @ El Colibri
Skinny Puppy- @ the Vic
-Arcade Fire- @ the bottle
-Non Fiktion Noise w/ No Slogan- house on 18th & Morgan

Top 10 Records That Weren't on That List.....(also in no particular order)
-Electrelane "Power Out"
-Xiu Xiu "Fabulous Muscles"
-Brian Jonestown Massacre "Tepid Peppermint Wonderland"
-Dungen "Ta Det Lugnt"Liars "
-They Were Wrong So We Drowned"
-Modest Mouse "Good News for People Who Love Bad News"
-90 Day Men "Panda Park"
-Devendra Banhart "Nino Rojo"
-Grimble Grumble "Leaves Leader"
-Elliot Smith "From a Basement on the Hill"

Chris Robert
(best of 2004, in no order)
-animal collective- sung tongs, but even better live @ empty bottle
-tower recordings- the galaxies' incredibly sensual transmission field of the...
-ariel pink- the doldrums & house arrest
-coughs- fright makes right
-michael yonkers- it's only yonkers
-aufgehoben- anno fauve
-bobby beausoleil- lucifer rising (soundtrack)
-gris gris- s/t
-liars- they were wrong so we drowned
-hall of fame- paradise now
-homosexuals- astral glamour
-bunnybrains- box the bunny
-henry flynt & the insurections- i don't wanna
-deerhoof- milkman
-urinals- negative capability
-wolf eyes & smegma- beast
-growing- soul of the rainbow & harmony of light
-black dice - 'creature comforts'

Mark Lux
-Gris Gris s/t
-Comets on Fire 'Blue Cathedral'
-Rogue Wave 'Out of the Shadow'
-tower Recordings 'Galaxies Incredible...'
-Hall of Fame 'Paradise Now'
-Califone 'Heron King Blues'
-Vibracathedral Orchestra (ECLIPSE)
-Josephine Foster & the Supposed 'All the Leaves are gone'
-Oneida 'Secret Wars'
-Samara Lubelski 'Fleeting Skies'
-Ghost 'Hypnotic Underworld'
-Growing 'Soul of the Rainbow'
-No Doctors 'Erp Saints (ep)'

Reissues:
Fleetwood Mac 'Tusk' & 'Rumours'
Bobby Beausoleil 'Lucifer Rising (soundtrack)'  
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In-Store Performance: Rogue Wave   11/25/2005  
Sub Pop recording artists Rogue Wave will be honoring the coveted &quot;Black Friday&quot; In-Store slot
at 6pm, at Reckless Records in the fashionable Wicker Park neighborhood.
As always, this is all ages, however left over turkey-meals will not be allowed.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER, 25 @6pm
@Reckless Records Wicker Park  
In-Store Performance: Japanther   11/16/2005  
HEY YOU!!!!
RECKLESS IS GONNA GIT RAWWWKED(THIS WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16th at 7pm) LIKE IT AIN&#039;T BEEN RAWWWKED IN QUITE SOME TIME. WHEN NONE OTHER THAN MELO PARK RECORDING ARTISTS JAPANTHER COME TO TOWN TO REAP RAWWWk &#039;N&#039; ROLL HAVOC ON THE RECKLESS RECORDS ON BROADWAY!!! PREPARE TO BE RIPPED TO SHREDS BY THE RAZOR SHARP RAWWK CLAWS OF JAPANTHER!!! HOLY GOOD GOD THERE&#039;S BEEN A RAWWWK MAULING !!!!!!!!!!!

again its at the BROADWAY LOCATION
WEDNESDAY NOV. 16TH at 7PM  
RIOT FEST 2005!!! PUNK ROCK!!! GOOD TIMES!!!   11/04/2005  
Reckless Records is pleased to announce that we will be co-sponsoring Riot
Fest 2005 this year. Riot Fest is one of the largest punk festivals in
the US and features acts such as The Germs, The Misfits, Agent Orange, and
the Angry Samoans among others. The all-ages fest will be held at the
Congress Theatre on November 4th and 5th. To purchase tickets or find out
more information please visit http://www.riotfest2005.com or ask at
either Reckless location.

 
In-Store Performance: Timeout Drawer   10/14/2005  
&quot;Chocolate Industries is pleased to announce its new addition to the roster -- The Timeout Drawer, a noisy guitar and synth driven rock band coming from the north side of Chicago. Long before linking up w/ Chocolate Ind., TTD have toured the country and have released two critically acclaimed albums on their own label, Someoddpilot. Now they have joined forces with the Choco crew, and Mr. Caural himself has contributed an amazing re-work of the title track to help celebrate a new direction for the label.&quot;


Timeout Drawer
all ages, free in-store performance
1532 N. Milwaukee
Reckless Records of Wicker Park
friday, 10/14 5:30PM  
In-Store Performance: Old time Relijun   10/11/2005  
Old Time Relijun is a doing a free in-store performance at Reckless Records in Wicker Park. It will take place on Tuesday, October 11th @ 7PM, and is all ages. They are tour in support of their new full length, 2012, on K Records. The following night they will headline at the Bottle.

Old time Relijun
all ages, free in-store performance
1532 N. Milwaukee
Reckless Records of Wicker Park
tuesday, 10/11 7PM  
In-Store Performance: Ken Stringfellow &amp; John Auer (of the Posies)   10/07/2005  
Two members of the Posies, Ken Stringfellow and John Auer will do an in-store acoustic performance at the Wicker Park Reckless on October 7th. This is your chance to see them in a more intimate setting as later that night the Posies will headline a show at the Double Door.

Ken Stringfellow &amp; John Auer (of the Posies)
all ages, free in-store performance
1532 N. Milwaukee
Reckless Records of Wicker Park
friday, 10/7 7PM  
In-Store Performance: LAU NAU AND ALL-STARS OF THE FINNISH FOLK UNDERGOUND   09/19/2005  
Monday, September 19 at 5:30pm the Finnish psych-folk underground will be descending on RECKLESS IN WICKER PARK. You heard them on the radio (depending on what stations you listen to), you have seen them in the magazines (er um in the Wire) and you even read about them on the Pitchfork Media. Now see them up close and personal and for free here at Reckless Records. Starting things out there will be a solo performance by LAU NAU whose Locust Music debut, Kuutarha, is bound to beadorning best of 2005 lists like few other releases we have heard this year. Lau Nau will be followed by a (at least for now) nameless Finnish super-group (possibly including Lau Nau, Hertta Lussu Assa, Tomutonttu, Taikuri Tali and more). It should be a blast and a half, so start your week off right, come down to Reckless (WICKER PARK) and indulge in the weird sweet sounds of the Finnish underground.

LAU NAU and ALL-STARS OF THE FINNISH PSYCH-FOLK UNDERGROUND
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 @5:30pm
RECKLESS RECORDS- WICKER PARK

For more info (and maybe a free download or two) check out
www.locustmusic.com  
Reckless Records Labor Day Blowout Sale   09/05/2005  
This summer has left us with too much product, and we have to purge our old ?NEW? titles. For one week, from Monday Sept. 5 to Sunday Sept. 11 the below will be on sale:

Any NEW title from 2004: 50% off
Any NEW Title from 2003: 60% off
Any NEW Title from 2002: 70% off
Any NEW Title from 2001: 80% off
Any NEW Title from 2000 and earlier: 90% off.

(SALE DOES NOT APPLY TO WEB/ONLINE PURCHASES, USED ITEMS, SPECIAL ORDERS, OR ITEMS ON HOLD)

 
In-Store Performance: SUNDAY RUNNERS   08/28/2005  
Sunday Runners
August 28th(sunday) @ reckless-wicker park 4pm  
In-Store Performance: The Orange Peels   08/26/2005  
The Orange Peels will be playing an all-acoustic in-store at the 3161 N.Broadway store at 5:00 pm.  
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS LISTENING PARTY!!!!!!!!   08/18/2005  
Hello Everyone,
Things are about to get real excitin? here in Reckless country. As Summer winds down things get a little cooler and the new releases get way hotter. Yes the late summer/ early fall new releases are nearly upon us. This season we have new stuff coming out by Khanate, Earth, Pit Er Pat, Portastatic, MBV, Animal Collective, Bjork, Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhart, Death Cab for Cutie, Lightning Bolt, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Cocorosie, Danger Doom, Food Wall, Broken Social Scene, and many more. Leading the way on the HOT NEW RELEASE front are Matador Records recording artists the NEW PORNOGRAPHERS whose new album ?Twin Cinema? comes out this Tuesday, August 23. We here at Reckless were so pumped about this one that we decided to celebrate its arrival on our racks with a LISTENING PARTY! This Monday, August 22 we?re going to the Hideout with our good buddies at the ONION to throw the craziest listening party the public has ever been privy to .The thing starts at 10pm, the good folks at the hideout will be serving cold drinks (that you have to pay for), we will be spinning and selling (a day early and at a special low price) the new New Pornographers record, the people from the onion will bring the hilarity, and everyone will have a blast. Be there or be nowhere. DRINKS! FUN! NEW PORNOGRAPHERS! ONION! RECKLESS! HIDEOUT! PRIZES?
One more time the party happens at the Hideout(1354 W. Wabansia) this Monday, August 22 at 10pm

For more info go to:
www.hideoutchicago.com
www.matadorrecords.com
 
In-Store Performance: Xiu Xiu   07/18/2005  
Free matinee performance at 1:00 pm  
In-Store Performance: Four Tet   07/15/2005  
Four Tet will be playing here at 5:30, for sure and absolutely.
 
In-Store Performance: testers   07/14/2005  
test test test  
Reckless Records of Chicago   06/22/2005  
Hello and welcome to the Reckless Records of Chicago website. Despite continual failures to update the news of Reckless on-goings, in-stores, sales, and special events, we are still very much alive and operating in the electronic world. Perhaps because we focus with mind-blowing diligence on the physical store itself, this website may seem to be, at times, not current. But we are here, servicing and protecting you. Pretty soon we will be featuring our new Used arrivals on a daily basis so you can view the current stock as it expands and teases the stores? bins. Until then, you can use our data base to check on our entire stock, view our modestly genius and at times tepidly suspicious descriptions of music, check on in-store performances, sign up for our mailing lists and check in for various announcements such as sales, staff picks, literary roves about music, shows, and more. If you live in Chicago or are visiting please stop by in person for nothing compares to shopping at a real record store. We are incessantly buying used product of all genres and stocking new releases that you probably can?t find elsewhere. Bring us your collections, stock up on cheap cds, video games, vinyl, dvds, videos, magazines or just come in to soak up the atmosphere. Thanks.  
In-Store Performance: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead   04/22/2005  
HOT DAMN! There is yet another super-dope free in-store in the land of Reckless Records this week. This one will happen at the Reckless on Broadway on Friday (not Thursday as a couple of ads in the Reader and elsewhere stated) at 5pm. This one will feature none other than everyone's favorite ear-bleedin-hard-rockin Texans ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. So everybody get down there and prepare to have your minds and your eardrums totally blown! Whoa! Brutal!  
In-Store Performance: Josephine Foster   04/19/2005  
Hey everyone,
Locust Music recording artist Josephine Foster will be playing an in-store at the Wicker Park Reckless on Tuesday April 19 at 6:30 pm, to celebrate the release of her incredible new album "Hazel Eyes...I Will Lead You." Come one, come all, a good time is bound to be had.  
In-Store Performance: MAHJONGG   01/01/2005  
todaaay assuming that for you, today is Thursday the 29th at 5:30 pm.  
In-Store Performance: Bob Nanna/ Novi Split   10/18/2004  
Monday at 6:00 pm  
In-Store Performance: Magnolia Electric Co. Aka Songs: Ohia   10/15/2004  
3:30 starting time at the Wickerpark store.  
In-Store Performance: Mekons release party in-store Sally Timms/Jon Langford   09/28/2004  
We will be celebrated the releases of the new Mekons collection with an in-store from Sally Timms and Jon Langford on Tuesday 9-28 at the Broadway Reckless at 6:30 pm  
In-Store Performance: the Clogs   09/26/2004  
The Clogs will be playing for free at the Wickerpark store on Sunday 9-26 at 3:00 pm.  
In-Store Performance: Action Action Action Action   09/24/2004  
Playing at the Wickerpark Reckless for free on Yom Kippur eve at the Synagogue-friendly time of 5:00 pm on 9-24.  
In-Store Performance: High Water Marks   09/22/2004  
Playing for free at Reckless at 3161 N.Broadway on Wednesday 9-22 at 6:00 pm  
In-Store Performance: Zelienople   09/18/2004  
Playing at 3161 N.Broadway for free on Saturday 9-18 at 3:00 pm  
Reckless Ping Pong Party II- Chris Mills   09/02/2004  
Far from my own desk, in the cold-driven sweat of a September flu/cold/spike through my head kind of thing, I welcome you all, the Reckless individuals and higher forms, to my late night meltdown of upcoming events hosted by Us and We. I'm sorry, in advance, for just about anything I can manage to sensibly throw your way.

In chronological order of the soon to the sort-of far away:

1. Tomorrow, Thursday, the 2nd of September, Chris Mills with ex-Canyon "front man", Brandon Butler, will be playing a free in-store performance at the 3161 Broadway store at 6:00 pm. Chris Mills fits snuggly between the worlds of Wilco and the people who hate to be compared to Wilco and Robbie Fulks and the people who think that they don't like Robbie Fulks. He's influenced by pop and expresses that in a countryish/ folkish way that, I guess, because chicago gets pegged for some of the stupidest things in the world, we all should be happy is one of the non-stupid things that is a trait of our city: the involution of self-aware and un-ironic insurgent country with intent to not be like that. I don't know if that translates to me saying that I like Chris Mills, but I do. His newest release The Silver Line and some tour cd that he's selling while on...tour is available at the stores. Look at things here: http://www.chris-mills.com/ I'm not sure how the Canyon guys fits into his band but I'm still mad at Canyon for blowing off an in-store at Wickerpark because they didn't feel like it. I think I'll try the bucket of milk/blood/feta cheese-over-the-door trick on him. So yeah. I am really sick. I will say that a couple more times. Later that night, or this night, Chris Mills will be playing at Schubas: http://www.schubas.com in the almost incestuously Reckless-sponsored Justify your Existence show with the Onion. I must specify that this is the good kind of incest, the grape kind.

Next:
Monday, Labor Day, the 6th of September at 9:00 pm, we are mixing elements of Henry James, the Dalai Lama, the Lambdoid Cranial suture, fantasy football, music, innocence, the book you've been meaning to read and wall-to-wall Americana to bring to you our 2nd bi-random Ping Pong New Release Party. Along with Schubas and the Onion (again) and a beer company of some generic kind that most likely will have annoyingly pompous sale representatives in attendance that don't read these updates, we are ping-ponging (oh my god) off the success of the Astralwerks Ping Pong Party by repeating the experience. It is simple and it will be fun. Every random amount of days that will average out to almost 30, we will be lugging (in the probable rain) ping pong tables from the deep and candle-lit recesses of Reckless' back room into Schubas (3159 N. southport) where a tournament of post-rock, un-indulgent, self-committed, feigned non-capitalism ping pong will take place. We will offer you a chance to buy some of the newer and more exciting new releases of the last couple of weeks plus offer free things from any of the participating labels. Buy whatever you want---that makes no matter to me for last month's Ping Ponging was emphatically satisfying to a degree that maybe no other Reckless party has ever stirred in my soul (a soul that is now subtitled with Diet Dr.Pepper). The winner of the fiercely laid-back and almost chaotically fascinating tournament will get free things that will probably be decided on soon before the time of giving. And while you watch, cheer on your friends, envy your enemies, flirt with the Schubas staff (who appreciate your tips) you can listen to a mix of music from these releases, drink responsibly and democratically, take photos in the photo booth, try to dodge my wicked left-handed spin and learn quickly how to count to 11.

This Monday's new release Ping Pong party artists are:
Bjork, Paul Westerberg, Black Keys, John Cale, Medesky Martin & Wood, Clinic, Melvins, Mike Watt, Tara Jane O'Neal, Joan of Arc, Nora O'Connor, The Libertines, Guided By Voices, & Mouse on Mars. I know that we "actually" are giving away an autographed Paul Westerberg guitar but that sounds sort-of fishy and I wouldn't really trust that. But there'll be tons of stickers, posters and nonsense that will make your girl/boy/special friend proud.

You must be 21 years to attend for Schubas is a bar and it costs nothing to attend.

so now my flu has flown high into my head, my eyes are cemented shut with absolutely darling amounts of stuff that I have been sworn, by it, to not speak of. I am fading fast.

I will now allude to the following future and crucial Reckless events. This allusion will be more of a list than an allusion. And the list will be more of a sentence than a list...more of a feeling than a sentence, actually. Coming soon will be in-stores by Zelionople, the Cloggs, Action Action and a Sally Timms/Jon Langford Mekons release party in-store. Also, in a very sort-of related event, I wanted to mention that "on September 22nd Rock For Kids and the Metro/Smart Bar will host the second annual Music Mixer: a party with a charity auction of mix cds. Proceeds will fund Youth Jam, a program that brings music education to children living in homeless shelters". Both myself and fellow reckless employee, Chris Connelly will have mix cds in the auction. So if you're dying to hear my secretly thematic collage of influences you can attend the auction and bid the 4 shekels that my cd will probably go for.

Ask me questions, tell me lies, bring your custom Harley Davidson ping pong paddlesto the party, wonder aloud, tell me what your phone number spells, adopt a dog: http://www.furryfriendsfoundation.com/ ,read how the earth's magnetic fields are flipping: http://www.crystalinks.com/magnetics.html , invite me to never email you again, get an Ipod and sell us all your cds, read Proust, play Joust. Goodbye.

Brett
Reckless Records Chicago
3161 N.Broadway- 773-404-5080
1532 N.Milwaukee 773-235-3727
reckless.com
me and me only- 773-404-9588  
In-Store Performance: Chris Mills/ Brandon Butler (of Canyon)   09/02/2004  
at 6:00 pm  
In-Store Performance: Pedro The Lion   06/29/2004  
6:00 pm  
In-Store Performance: Jonathan Richman   06/25/2004  
acappella in-store during the Lunching hour  
pedro the lion and pan american   06/25/2004  
Hello reckless-on-the-lamb, eggs with my ham,

This will be quick and fanatically imposed on you. I'm thinking of going for a one paragraph update except for the rambly post-dog, pre-frog meandering that I am, due to maintenance of my brain, required to create. The main point, for those that have no need or time is that PEDRO THE LION is playing at the Broadway Reckless today at 6:00 pm. And that we are sponsoring the Kranky Record's Pan American release party later in the week.

1. I am the type to read meaning into things that are meaningless. I've tried to fight it but I can't, really. The tiring and complex system of transferring meaning from baseball realities onto hyperbolic superstitions (most regarding the wearing of gray and the almost obsessive non-wearing of sandals) is fun. Some things can not be figured out. There is some music that just seems good no matter how it is broken down and no matter how many times one's grandmother is mentioned in the lyrics. Pedro the Lion is good and he is good and we are super excited to have David Bazan and band at the Broadway reckless to play, I think, an acoustic set of songs from the new album on Jade Tree, "Achilles Heel", at 6:00 pm today, the 29th of June. Sure, at times one does not always root for the nice guy but this time you just should. It works and empathy will make you better. So come over today and watch or watch later for much more money with the chance of getting killed by second hand smoke at the Abbey Pub.


2. On the day after our sweet country's 228th birthday, on July 5th, Kranky Records will be presenting along with us, the people of Reckless, a Pan American release party at Sonotheque at 1444 W. Chicago (at N. Noble). The new Pan American album 'Quiet City' came out last week and will be played, stroked, appreciated and possibly, if the right crowd shows up, devoured. In addition to hearing the new album, those in attendance will be able to watch the full length music video for 'Quiet City' (shot and edited by Mark Nelson and Chicago visual artist Annie Feldmeier) on Sonotheque's supersize DVD displays. Things will be for sale, I assume, from the world of Kranky and Pan American/ Labradfordian, Mark Nelson will be Djing things for things who like things. I sort-of confess that I don't know when it starts but if you go to the Kranky website: http://www.brainwashed.com/kranky/ or call Sonetheque at 312-226-5232, I'm sure that someone more moon-lit than I can help you out.

Please email with any questions, historical comments, insecurities regarding calcium intake or anything at all. I'm very sorry that I am not into your velour jumpsuit and are you shopping at http://www.reckless.com ? and why not? Oh, and it's really hard to stop reading these: http://grouphug.us/


Brett
reckless records chicago of the united states
3161 N.Broadway
1532 N.Milwaukee
773-404-9588
 
In-Store Performance: Algorithm   06/18/2004  
6:00 pm  
In-Store Performance: Dylan Rice   06/12/2004  
2:00 pm  
In-Store Performance: Matt Pond PA   06/11/2004  
6:30 pm  
So much it is Ridiculous   06/11/2004  
Reckless ghosts, toasts (pieces of) and the most,

that'll be the last rhyme of the evening and the beginning of a sleep-drenched, rain-soaked, musically spoiled, altruistically questionable, heat-resented, sweetly-fearful, steel-willed, principle-fueled, self-mocked list of the billions and billions of things that I, in the name of all that can type faster than they can think, will be slopping down with, hopefully, received passion. This might be in two parts for I have things to say that have previously only been able to be expressed during the exploitation of claymation characters.

This is my outline for those with no time.

1. Matt Pond Pa in-store tomorrow Friday 6-11- 6:30 pm Milwaukee Ave.Store
a. joke (loosen up the crowd)
b. comment about how song, "new hampshire" shortens my quest for the Every State mix cd
c. $2 off cd thing
2. Dylan Rice in store saturday 6-12 - 2:00 pm Broadway store
a. riff on difference between men and women
b. make up something
3. Algorithm in-store Friday 18th 6:00 pm milwaukee ave. store
a. avoid admitting that I've never heard them
b. that story about the peanut butter sandwich (just kills me)
4. Schubas/ Double Door Live Discs for sale at Reckless
a. avoid things
b. be direct
5. Website back up and ready to be used by the lazy, the cerebral and the confined
a. promises
b. more promises
6. Allude to upcoming in-stores and promotions
a. Jonathan Richman 6-25 Milwaukee
1. stress that I'm not joking
2. stress other things
b. Pedro the Lion 6-29 at Broadway
1. no
2. shit
c. Pan American at Sonotheque mon.July 5th (reckless sponsored)
1. go Kranky
2. avoid Reggae jokes
d. dabble in the poorly worded hint that our big Summer Sale might be coming sometime soon
e. the Reputation, at some point, at some musical point
f. The Aluminum Group (because I like to mention them once in every email)
g. new !!! promotion
1. giving away !!! (obligatory "pronounced Chik Chik Chik") t-shirts with new record
1. we're out of them
2. anyway
2. giving away !!! balloons
1. we're out of them
2. anyway
7. List new releases that you should be buying, aware of, or feeling like I made up
8. gasping for air, I add, that we're selling at the Warped Tour this year: July 24 at some big arena
named after something.
9. conclude with at least one degrading Ronald Reagan joke, be vague, invite stalkers to make
missed connections with me, remember the thing I forgot, forget that I remembered, and leave


PART ONE: Remembrance of

First, I apologize. It's been almost a month since a Reckless update. I've done the cocoon thing. I am like that at times. But the summer is generally apologetic so I'll use its grandiose and forces of fluctuating temperatures and humidities to sincerely say that I'm sorry. I've read that Dostoyevsky's notes for Crime and Punishment were longer than the book itself. I plan to make my email, now, smaller than my outline. I dare myself. And Bingo is my name-O.

To the mass who care and at least a few who don't realize yet that they do:

1. Matt Pond Pa. New album "emblems" sounds like a record with guitars. "Pa" stands for Pennsylvania. It's one of 21 states I've been to. 21 is my favorite number. http://www.mattpondpa.com/ June 11 6:30 pm Milwaukee ave. not playing anywhere else.

2. Dylan Rice. new album "wandering eyes". not related to Damien Rice. sort-of sounds like Damien Rice which is a little weird. http://users.rcn.com/drice.enteract/index.html (features a rave review from Styx's bassist, Chuck Panozzo. June 12 - 2:00 pm Broadway Ave. Playing other places.

3. Algorithm. nothing out yet. part of the future Aesthetics records roster playing at their Showcase at the empty bottle on 06.19 w/ The Eternals, Kenneth James & dj's The Lions. They are using laptops. They're those types (and I can respect that). In-store is 6-18 at Milwaukee- 6:00 pm. http://www.aesthetics-usa.com/index.html

4. From now on, most artists that are willing to participate with eMusic, Schubas and/or the Double Door will be recording their shows (banter, mistakes, drunken rants and un-copywrited cover songs included) and letting Reckless sell them. Every monday will we be offering these cds for the week and weak prior. What they lack in packaging will be made up in future packaging. Some of the bands so far: Handsome Family, Okkervil River, Clearlake, Trs-80...and others that I can't remember. In a couple of days if you go onto the Reckless Website and type in 'Double Door" or 'Schubas" you can "see" all the titles. Should be a barrel of barrels.

5. And with a segue (about ten pounds) emblazoned in steel that I've now destroyed by calling it what it is, our website http://www.reckless.com is now back and operating in full functional capacity. Sorry for it down-ness and crippled-ness. It's back up and will soon be chuck (chock) full of new releases and all the things that, I promise, will make you happier and happier. If there are things that you'd like to be on our website, let me know. I promise you we will try to do them.


Part Two: Things to come

6. Ok, I'm not joking. Jonathan Richman is playing an acappella in-store at the Milwaukee Ave. store during the lunch hour of June 25th. More details to come. Pedro the Lion is playing at Broadway on 6-29 at 6:30 pm. We're sponsoring a Kranky Pan American show on July 5th at Sonotheque. There certainly isn't anything funny about reggae. The Reputation will be playing an in-store when something happens. The Aluminum Group are a band from Chicago. We're going to have a summer sale soon, details to follow and finally the new !!! (chik chik chik) album is out and god do I love the disco fueled irony that is unironically self referential to the past's disregard for the future. Touch and Go gave us lots of balloons and t-shirts to give away but the anxious indie-rock first day buyers gobbled them out. But I figured I'd point out what you missed.

7. And other things out that you should be aware of? Really, it's not like you're actually still reading this? are you? You?
PJ HARVEY-Uh Huh Her
SONIC YOUTH--Sonic Nurse
CHIK CHIK CHIK--Louden Up Now
VANDERMARK 5--Elements In Style
PAPER CHASE--God Bless Your Black Heart
RACHEL YAMAGATA--Happenstance
Vetiver "Vetiver" (my favorite thing right now)
BATTLES--EP C
Br. DANIELSON--Brother Is To A Son
BLACK EYES--Cough
WARMERS--Wanted: More
DNA--DNA On DNA
BAD RELIGION--Empire Strikes First
AC Newman--Slow Wonder (new pornographers)
THE FALL--50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong
Chris Connelly--Night Of Your Life
PEDRO THE LION--Achilles Heel
MORRISSEY--You Are The Quarry
MATT POND--Emblems
MADLIB--Remixes VOL. 2
V/A: LOVE PEACE & POETRY--MEXICAN PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC
TWO LONE SWORDSMEN--From the Double Gone Chapel
MISS KITTEN--I COM
New Year--End Is Near
Pit Er Pat--Babies Are Tired 12"

REISSUES:
Nina Nastasia--Dogs
V/A--30 seconds over DC
Robert Wyatt--Rock Bottom
Robert Wyatt--Ruth is Stranger Than Richard
Brent Gutzeit--Drug Money

DVDS:
SCTV--NETWORK 90 VOL. 1 (5DVD SET)
SONIC YOUTH--CORPORATE GHOST VIDEOS 1992--2002

so, Yes, that's it. I decided to send this in one deeply heartfelt, omniscient and vaguely ridiculous email. And it was longer than the outline but if I were Isaac Bashevis Singer and you were a chicken with suicide pills, we'd all be happy now, wouldn't we? I can't do everything I promise.
Let me know if there's anything you need to know, force me to laugh, remind that you care about the new Wilco album coming out on June 22nd, offer me a chair for me desk at home (I'll pick it up), give me advice and just, for once, tell me how Reckless can make your prom day more special. All is how all will always be,

thanks

Brett
Reckless Records Chicago
3161 N.Broadway
1532 N.Milwaukee Ave
773-404-9588
brett@reckless.com
http://www.reckless.com
 
In-Store Performance: Dan Sartain   05/12/2004  
5:00 pm. His show got canceled at the Fireside so this is the only place he'll be playing in Chicago.  
In-Store Performance: The Hushdrops   05/07/2004  
At Broadway at 6:30 pm

 
In-Store Performance: Red Thread/ Pleasant Grove   05/02/2004  
2:00 pm  
Magnetic Fields   04/26/2004  
We (the people that are Reckless and Schubas and The Onion) are having a grand celebration for the new MAGNETIC FIELD'S release, "i" that comes out next week. On Monday, May 3rd, at approximately 9:00 pm or so, we are asking all Magnetic Fields type of people who are over 21 to collectively assemble at Schubas Tavern (3159 N.Southport) to do the following things:
1. listen to "i"
2. enjoy the company of other people who, either by accident or by will, share the common love of the Magnetic Fields
3. take advantage of the almost miraculous drink specials, kind staff and comfortable setting of Schubas
4. once drunk, defeated or upset that he/she is not there, join the karaoke band provided on stage to sing all your favorite Magnetic Fields songs. Maybe you can win her/him back, maybe you can impress, maybe the words to " I think I need a new heart" are unavoidable to your soul, maybe you're more of a "Wayward" person and "Suddenly there is a tidal wave" is what you need to express..All possibilities exist...The Chicago band, THE SCOTLAND YARD GOSPEL CHOIR, are, at this moment, practicing away to learn every request you could have. They will play, you will sing. So thank them as I have and will, buy their record, and come out and honor the Magnets.
a. if you're shy, just come and watch and admire.
b. it should be noted that karaoke songs sung in one's own voice are far more enjoyable than ones that are imitations of the original performer.That's just a mild suggestion.
c. We will be videotaping the event, with consent, and sending them the tape so they can enjoy our roast
d. the lyrics will be provided.

5. at midnight, "i" will be on sale (as all Magnetic Fields cds on Merge will be (the ones that you might have forgotten about, previously only had on promo cassette or broke in broken heartedness)). "i" which contains songs that all begin with the word "i" will be available the next day at both Reckless locations if for some reason, you forget to bring your cash to Schubas.

6. Through out the night we will try to be giving away special things but I wouldn't bank too much on that. Part of the consequent from moving from the pleasure that is always Merge Records to a major label is that not much promotional attention is spent on things like this. We're trying to come up with some things to give away. If it has to be peanut butter Oreos, it will be peanut butter Oreos.

So, if you weren't the type to get tickets to either of three sold-out shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music on 6.25-6.27 then this might be the closest you'll get to seeing them play. And this will be free and you can, unfortunately, smoke, and drink, heckle, applaud and be irresponsible before, during and after. The response from the few that already know about this has been a little overwhelming so try to get there early to reserve a space. He would have wanted you to do that.

b)
I separate this portion because.
Right before the Magnetic Fields party, on Monday, May 3rd as well, at 8:00 pm, we will be sponsoring (or assisting) with Schubas, the DVD viewing party for Ween's "live in Chicago" dvd that was recorded at the Vic Theater. After (or during) or really at any time at all, the Ween DVD will be for sale. I can not confess to knowing a single thing of interest about Ween. I'm sure there are worthwhile things to say about them but like Beck and, maybe perhaps, golf, I just am not the person to point them out. You just must understand. So come to Schubas, watch the DVD, buy it if you can. If you can't, spend your money on something else, like tips for the Schuba's staff. I'm just not sure. Oh, and The Onion are sponsoring this too. It's another recky/Oniy event.

questions: brett@reckless.com  
In-Store Performance: Joanna Newsom   04/17/2004  
The Joanna Newsom instore is April 17th 2:00pm at the WickerPark store  
In-Store Performance: The Silent League   04/17/2004  
set to play at 4:00 pm. An incredibly descriptive description (thus) will follow soon.  
In-Store Performance: Lesser Birds of Paradise   04/10/2004  
performing at 3:30 pm.
See Chicago reader spot check:
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/spotcheck.html#LESSER  
In-Store Performance: Sodastream/ Bevel   04/08/2004  
Performing at 6:30 pm. See News::::::::::::  
In-Store Performance: Narrator   04/03/2004  
Another late addition!

4pm, this Saturday (4/3/04)
 
win a dream movie date with the 90 day men!!!!   02/22/2004  
Reckless piglets, research consumers and con-men,

I am able to, with a free conscience, use the word "conscience" without meaning "conscious". Although this feat shouldn't impress you, it does for about 60-75% of the people I come in contact with. My faults, though, are like neon. The last few emails have suffered through an almost unholy neglect of proofreading, so I apologize for some glarbing misspellings and apparently, a couple of different drafts all tacked on to one. I hope the good graces of your life allow for my forgiveness or at least the ability not to care too much. This ability has been voiced or not voiced many times to me, almost continually, so I appreciate the negative care. I just want care.
Also, on the subject of forgiveness, I also extend two apologies out to the Reckless brethren, one to all those that attended the Belle & Sebastian party and found that we had no stock to sell and the other to those Superchunk devotees who, with the 45 minute advance warning, were unable to attend the movie screening. The bridal path to happiness, though, is soon near for I'm about to give you an 87 hour advance warning to our next event, the LIARS (mute) and 90 DAY MEN (southern) double release party at Sonotheque. This, you'd think, like the oddly euphemistic conversation I had with a classmate about "pop" and "soda" ( a conversation in which I either threatened to cook for him or committed real-estate fraud...it was very confusing) will be an event to speak of for ages. I say that because I want to. It is that kind of century so far.

Just in case you're sick of reading, this is what I'm going to say:
90 Day Men/Liars release party at Sonetheque on Mon.Feb23rd at 10:00 pm. Thanks

now that the weenies are gone:

So here are the details and read on for the winner of a garrulously and undeniably pleasurable contest will get a chance to see the movie of their choice with the 90 Day Men. I don't mean to drive this point home again, but (again) it's that kind of century?
The Liars are on Mute. Their new record, "They were wrong so we drowned" is released on Tuesday, the 24th. http://www.mute.com/liars/drowned.html Like the uncommitted, the Liars are strong and confident and in a way that I am not usually directed, I am directed to this record. My general comment about modern day indie bands is generally something like: "fine, get a singer, get a bass player and let's talk". This is My weakness. The Liars fit into things I don't usually fall far for frequently. There's something, though, about driving underneath Wacker Drive in Chicago, at about 70 miles per hour with no one else around thinking that at any point if a army of vampires were to pop out behind a beam or from a pothole that you could take them out, destroy their home base and get back in time to save the president's daughter that makes listening to the Liar's new record an amazing experience. Part Silver Apples, part Gang of Four (because nothing isn't), Part solo records from Wire members (dome in particular), Part Throbbing Gristle, like a reference to last year's models, Clinic, this record is subdued and powerful, like indie-rock sea chanties mixed with art installations from friends. It's always relapsing back into something that you can't tell if you like but you do so you do and it shall be liked. This is dark, perfect for killing vampires, but it's dark in a way that cymbals sound like weapons and distant melodies sound like war cries. Yeah, it's like admitting your sister is sexy to a friend or something. I feel weird but I can't deny that this record is pretty great. Does this sound like insults? If it does, I apologize for there is a surprising lack of sarcasm in this description. I'll save that for my trip to Detroit this weekend.
The 90 Day men with their new "Panda Park" release offer more than just local hero-ness and more than the usual "no, they're totally nice guys"-ness and more than the fact that they shop, work, date members of, build shelves for and are always in Reckless. They are about evolution. And I think they're about pizza. In Chicago, where form and style can often overshadow the simple things, like songs and the ability to smile, the 90 Day Men are a bit of oddity. This new record, as I'm listening to it right now, has given me goosebumps and has surprised me. It's worth stating, that like so many things that are unidentifiable, this record seems to draw from all around, there are some midwinter radiohead nods, some freaked out Tim Buckley heavy metal vocals, some Stevie Wonder fueled saw chords and then Bowie-esque dramas played out like Diamond Dogs and Cabaret on a piano. And, as if this could escape me, there's a panda on the cover. Not a panda bear but a panda. That's worth complementing. look here for more: http://www.southern.com/southern/band/NDAYM/28102

Oh yes, and what about these records, you ask with guarded negation and a rebellious need to have me get to the point. Reckless, Mute, The Onion (I think) and Southern (I think) are all getting together for a release. On Monday, Feb.23rd at 10:00 pm we are assembling at Sonotheque at 1444 W.Chicago to listen to a random but rugged mix of both records. At Midnight, both records go on sale (I believe on Vinyl and CD) for a dethroningly low price. Part of the miracle is that "dethroning" isn't a word but this night will offer many unbelievable verbs in past tense. I plan to be doing my part by baconing all night. Also at Midnight two things will happen: Rob Lowe from the 90 Day Men will be ....spinnin'...records. And we will reveal the winner of our contest and reward them with an allegorical coupon to see a movie (of their choice) with one or some members of the 90 Day Men. And because Brian from the 90 Day Men agreed to this without telling anyone else in the band, it will be probably be him and if the movie is something that I want to see, even I might go. Popcorn will probably be included and this will happen most likely in the next few days after Tuesday for they go on tour sometime right after that. You must be 21 to attend this party, it is free and drinking can be done. I am hoping for at least one reference to this party for a missed connection so please do your part.
And then in a hazy flashback scene, I now refer to the rules of the contest which, in actuality, I haven't revealed. Linear arenas are so obvious. {FLashback starts now}. So to win the contest, please email me your "GREATEST LIE ABOUT THE 90 DAY MEN". Do you get the tie in? Christian, at Reckless, thought of this and he is a great thinker and this is a great thought. Email them to me (brett@reckless.com) by 6:00 pm on Monday the 23rd and the best lie will be chosen by the band at the party. You must be present to accept your gift. {end flashback}
Also we will be giving away some exceptionally Equal (in all ways) Liars gifts. They're not local so they won't be there but we'll be extending Mutes charitable hand by offering you special prints made by the band as well as cds,lps and posters and all the normal things that normal people do while attending normal release parties very normally. Both releases will be available at both Reckless locations the next day and forever after and a more reasonably inflated price so we can pay for pizza parties on President's Day.

There can only be questions and I, in a steady glaze of eagerness, would like to answer them for you. If you wish something specific on me or for me, would like to never be heard from again or would like to never hear from me again or if you simply want a summary of just about anything I know or don't know about, I will be happy to answer.

Thanks
Brett
Reckless Records Chicago
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1532 N.Broadway
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holiday, the end, festivity   12/31/2003  
Hello.
reckless cheer is to be had, to be leafed through, to be cut up into pieces by the grumpy, the dispirited, the oddly sorted and by me and the other lovers of holidays. and Hanukkah. And Lord of the Rings and Lost in Translation again, Da Ali G show, Klipspringers and the snow that will come soon. There's so much swarming around the brain at this time of the year that I have failed to keep in contact. But on this new years eve day, as I prepare for drunken drivers to slam into each other in front of my door and babies to be conceived out of mismatched mixtures of Vodka and scarves and lots of people saying things they don't mean and all of those Things I don't care about, the only thing that will really matter (after friend's new babies, gifts that seems right and & cheap sweaters at Target) will be what was releases came out this year. It's so hard to remember years anymore. They're all so similar and confusing. It always seems appropriate to mark time by minutes past since "Loveless" or "Bugsy Malone" was released. It's sort-of comforting which is the whole extent of the theme I am extended to you. Like, claymation christmas specials and gingerbread, my best-of lists speak their own language. As I go back to past years and look at my favorites, they bring back more vivid recollections than any pictures or badly scrawled note could possibly bring, which is why the new year bring out the nostalgia in me and most. So here's a toast to future nostalgia of today which will surely romanticize the time when that thing that will happen tonight happened and how you'd give anything to have those times happen again. Good luck and safe tidings from me and Reckless.


Here are the things we liked most about this year:

Brett (me)

1. Radiohead- Hail to the Thief (capitol)
2. Shins- Chutes too Narrow (subpop)
3. Mojave 3- Spoon & Rafter (beggars)
4. Fruit Bats- Mouthfuls (subpop)
5. Lullatone- Computer Recital (audio dregs)
6. Baxter Dury- Len Parrot?s Memorial Lift (roughtrade)
7. Cat Power- You are Free (matador)
8. Clientele- The Violet Hour (merge)
9. King Geedorah- Take me to your leader (big dada)
10. Papa M- One, Two, Three, Four eps (dragcity)
11. Cass Mccombs- A/ Not the Way (monitor)
12. Zephyrs- Year to a day (setanta)
13. Supersilent- 6 (rune grammofon)
14. New Pornographers- Electric Version (matador)
15. Party of Helicopters- Please Believe it (velocette)
16. Dipsomaniacs- Life you?re faking (face down)
17. Belle & Sebastian- Dear Catastrophe Waitress (roughtrade)
18. Bonnie Prince Billy- Master & Everyone (drag city)
19. Eluvium- Lambent Material (temporary residence)
20. Sleepy Jackson- Lovers (astralwerks)
21. Four-tet- Rounds (domino)
22. Schneider TM- 6 Peace E.P.(mute)
23. Sloan- Action Pact (bmg)
24. Carla Werner- Departure (warner)
25. Ulrich Schnauss- Strangley Isolated Place (towerblock)
26. Parsley Sound- Parasley Sounds (mowax)
27. The 88- Kind of Light (mootron)
28. Sufjan Stevens- Greetings from Michigan The Great Lakes State (sounds familyre)
29. M83- Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (gooom)
30. Tyde- Twice (rough trade)
31. Toshack Highway- Magnetic Morning (Sonic Unyon)
32. Paula Frazer- Place where I know (Birdman)
33. Lucksmiths- Midweek Midmorning/ Little Distraction (matinee)
34. Various Artists- Acuarela Songs v.2 (acuarela)
35. Timbaland & Magoo- Under Construction Part II (Universal)
35. Jorma Whittaker- Jorma Whittaker (Secretly Canadian)
36. Felt Reissues on CD and DVD (cherry red)
37. David Shire- Conversation Soundtrack (intrada)
38. Winged Migration DVD (columbia)
39. The Muppet Show reissues on DVD (columbia)
40. Space Ghost Coast to Coast on DVD (warner)
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Kip

Neil Young- On the Beach (reissue)
Tv on the Radio- Young Liars ep
Prefuse 73- One Word Extinguisher
Books- Lemon of Pink
Johnny Cash- Unearthed Boxset
Radiohead- Hail to the Thief
Led Zeppelin- How the West was won
Speaking Canaries- Get out Alive- the Last type story
Dirty Three- She has no Strings attached
Outkast- Speakerboxxx
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Mark L.

Andrew Hill Passing Ships
Angels of Light Everything Is Good Here Please Come Home
Cass Mccombs A
Comets on Fire S/T
Dirty Three She Has No Strings Attached
Double Leopards Halve Maen
Jade Fly on Strangewings
Led Zeppelin How the West was won
Linda Perhacs Parrallelograms
Loudon Wainwright So damn Happy
Michael Yonkers Microminature Love
Modey Lemon Thunder & Lightning
Outkast SpeakerBoxx
Pentagram First Daze Here
Plastic CrimeWave Sound Flashing Open
Postal Service
Shins Chutes Too Narrow
Sleep Dopesmoker
Stark Reality
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Gwen

SMOG - SUPPER
LOOSE FUR - S/T
STROKES - ROOM ON FIRE
GOLDFRAPP - BLACK CHERRY
TV ON THE RADIO - YOUNG LIARS
CASS MCCOMBS - A
MISSY ELLIOTT - THIS IS NOT A TEST
POSTAL SERVICE - GIVE UP
CAT POWER - YOU ARE FREE
LED ZEPPELIN - HOW THE WEST WAS WON
OUTKAST - SPEAKERBOXXX
GRAND ULENA - GATEWAY TO DIGNITY
RADIOHEAD - HAIL TO THE THIEF
BETH GIBBONS - OUT OF SEASON
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Matt

in alphabetical order
nick cave "nocturama"
dirty three "she has no strings apollo"
missy elliott "pass the dutch"
jonny greenwood "bodysong"
karl hendricks trio "the jerks win again"
king geedorah "take me to your leader"
led zeppelin "how the west was won" cd & DVD
lungfish "love is love"
madvillain "money folder" 12"
mastodon "remission"
m83 "red seas & lost ghosts"
90 day men "too late or too dead"
outkast "speakerboxxx/love below"
party of helicopters "please believe it"
pentagram "vintage daze" reissuecanaries
radiohead "hail to the thief"
shins "chutes too narrow"
sleep "dopesmoker"
speaking canaries "get out alive: the last type story"
television "live at the old waldorf"
paul westerberg "come feel me tremble"
yeah yeah yeah's "maps" 7"
michael yonkers band "microminiature love" reissue
various artists "miami soul"
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Ryan

the Best of 2003 in Music
1. Songs: Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co.
2. Cass McCombs - A
3. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Master and Everyone
4. Cat Power - You Are Free
5. the Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
6. OutKast - Speakerboxx / the Love Below
7. Fruit Bats - Mouthfuls
8. GOODBYE, BABYLON (six disc boxset of early gospel music)
9. M. Ward - the Transfiguration of Vincent
10. Damien Jurado - Where Shall You Take Me?
11. Johnny Cash - Unearthed (boxset of american recordings)
12. Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway
13. Gillian Welch - Soul Journey
14. Iron & Wine - the Sea and the Rhythm e.p.
15. Smog ? Supper
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Taylor

TOP TEN LP'S:
1. Cass McCombs "A"
2. Party of Helicopters "Please Believe It"
3. Outkast "Speakerboxx/ The Love Below"
4. Brian Jonestown Massacre "And This Is Our Music"
5. Telescopes "As Approved By the Committee"
6. Lungfish "Love Is Love"
7. Pleasure Forever "Alter"
8. Plastic Crimewave "Flashing Open"
9. M83 "Red Seas & Lost Ghosts"
10. Bruce Springsteen "Essential Bruce Springsteen"
TOP SEVEN EP'S/7"S/Singles:
1. These Arms Are Snakes "This Is Meant to Hurt You" EP
2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" 7"
3. Electrelane "On Parade" EP
4. Ponys "S/T" 7"
5. !!! "Me & Giuliani Down By the School Yard"
6. Rapture "House of Jealous Lovers" single
7. Souls She Said "Rub the Sleep Out" EP
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Tina

Tops for 2003 (in random order):
1. Dead Meadow -- Shivering King & Others
2. TV On the Radio -- Young Liars
3. Comets on Fire -- S/T
4. Devendra Banhart -- Oh Me Oh My
5. Broadcast -- Pendulum
6. Tyrades -- S/T
7. Pelican -- Australasia
8. Lungfish -- Love is Love
9. Missy Elliott -- This is not a test
10. Entrance -- Kingdom of Heaven must be taken by storm
11. Angels of Light & Devendra Banhart @ Schuba's
12. Civilized Age & Plastic Crimewave @ the Hideout
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Brian

TOP 10 (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
TV ON THE RADIO - YOUNG LIARS
CAT POWER - YOU ARE FREE
OUTKAST - SPEAKERBOX/LOVE BELOW
RADIOHEAD - HAIL THE THIEF
FIERY FURNACES - GALLOWSBIRDS BARK
PANTHERS - LET'S GET SERIOUS
YOUNG PEOPLE - WAR PRAYERS
PINEBENDER- THE HIGH PRICE OF LIVING A SINGLE DREAM TOO LONG
JONATHAN COLECLOUGH - CASINO
PREFUSE 73 - ONE WORD EXTINGUISHER
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James

2003'S MENTIONABLES (in random order)
The Shins "Chutes Too Narrow"
The Constantines "Shine a Light"
American Analog Set "Promise of Love"
Cass McCombs "A"
Cat Power "You Are Free"
Califone "Quicksand/Cradlesnakes"
M. Ward "Transfiguration of Vincent"
Lucksmiths "Naturaliste"
Camera Obscura "Underachievers Please Try Hard"
Eliott Smith "Pretty (Ugly Before)"
Iron & Wine "The Sea & the Rhythm"
Broken Social Scene "You Forgot It In People"
Postal Service "Give Up"
Bonnie Prince Billy "Master & Everyone"
Clientele "Violet Hour"
Charlene "S/T"
Mojave 3 "Spoon & Rafter"
The Wrens "Meadowlands"
The Strokes "Room On Fire"
Aislers Set "How I Learned to Write Backwards"
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Mark Y.

1. the Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)
overzealous praise: maybe not since the beatles has a group woven such interesting harmonies and melodies into the pop idiom.
2. T.V. and the Radio - Young Liars (Touch & Go)
i think i have listened to this 50,000 times.
3. Arab Strap - Mondays at the Hug and Pint (Matador)
critically underrated!@$!#
4. Juana Molina - Segundo (Domino)
5. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/the Love Below (LaFace)
6. Diverse - 1 a.m. (Chocolate Industries)
7. Four Tet - Rounds (Domino)
8. Books - The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab)
i only discovered the even better "thought for food" this year as well.
9. Fruit Bats - Mouthfuls (SubPop)
10. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun (Matador)
11. Postal Service - Give Up (Sub Pop)
12. The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - I Bet You Say That To All the Boys (Fashion Brigade)
13. Branches - (self titled demo)
i can't wait until this album comes out so we can see jeremy lemos' handiwork on some of the finest "indie rock" i've heard in years.
14. Head of Femur - Ringodon or Proctor (Greyday)
15. King Geedorah - Take Me To Your Leader (Big Daddy/Ninja Tune)
16. Sufjan Stevens - Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State (Asthmatic Kitty)
17. The Firey Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark (Sanctuary)
Both sufjan and fiery furnaces are late additions but so rarely do i find myself NEEDING to own an album after the first time i hear it.
18. DJ Andy Smith - The Document II (Classic/Illicit)
19. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (Capitol) .
20. Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher (Warp)
best single - tie Andre 3000 - "Hey Ya" / Kelis - "Milkshake"

best b-side - Elliott Smith - "A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity To Be Free"

best s/t - ?Lost in Translation?
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Sarah

albums
comets on fire s/t
japanther 'leatherwings'
m83 ''dead cities, red seas, & lost ghosts'
gossip 'movement'
michael yonkers band 'microminIature love' -reissue
brant bjork 'jalamanta' reissue
pelican 'australasia'
witches 'on parade'
iron & wine 'sea & the rhythm'
country teasers 'secret weapon revealed at last'
the fall ?country on the click?
7's
ponys 'i wanna fuck you +2'
electrelane 'on parade'
plastic crimewave sound 'great ceased'
functional blackouts '1900 get inside'
ponys 'wicked city'
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Chris R.

?Top Ten? of 2003 (in no particular order):
Eddie Gale (reissue): Black Rhythm Happening, Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music
Sightings: Absolutes
Young People: War Prayers
Spires That in the Sunset Rise: s/t
Kevin Drumm: Land of Lurches
Deerhoof: Apple o?
The Ex: improv show @ the empty bottle
Sleep: Dopesmoker
Essential Logic/Laura Logic (reissue): Fanfare in the Garden
Animal Collective: Here Comes the Indian
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Daniel L.B.

Postal Service / Give Up
Beulah / Yoko
Mono / One Step More and You Die
Brother Ali / Shadows on the Sun
The Jealous Sound / Kill Them With Kindness
Pernice Bros. / Yours, Mine & Ours
Cursive / The Ugly Organ
Non-Prophets / Hope
Four Tet / Rounds
M. Ward / Transfiguration of Vincent
TV on the Radio / Young Liars Ep
Hey Mercedes / Loses Control
American Analog Set / Promise of Love (first three songs only)
Explosions in the Sky / The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Beyonce f. Jay-Z / "Crazy in Love"
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Drew

1. COUNTRY TEASERS: secret weapon revealed at last
2. CHARIZMA & PEANUT BUTTER WOLF: big shots
3. KING GEEDORAH (MF DOOM): take me to your leader
4. BLACKBIRDS: blackbirds
5. THE FALL: this is the new fall album
6. LUNGFISH: love is love
7. SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE: s/t
8. BARDO POND: on the ellipse
9. MOGWAI: happy songs (big surprise)
10. WHITEHOUSE: bird seed
11. JOAN OF ARC: in rape fantasy and terror sex we trust
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Courtland

Top 15, no order

1. Daily Planet - Team Daily
2. Mad Villian - Money Folder 12"
3. Stark Reality - Now
4. Express Rising
5. JFA - We Know You Suck
6. Family Tree - Tree House Rock
7. King Geedorah _Take Me To Your Leader
8. Smog - Supper
9. Monsta Island Czars - Escape From Monsta Island
10. MIdwest Funk - Various
11. Mickey & The Soul Generation - Iron Leg
12. Town & Country - 5
13. Trad Gras Och Stenar - Mors Mors
14. Style Wars - DVD
15. Ethiopiques Vol. 13 : Ethiopian Grooves
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STEVE'S TOP 20

BARDO POND-on the ellipse
CHRISTIAN BRANDT & THE 100%-7"
MICHAEL YONKERS BAND-microminiture love
STARK REALITY-1969'
TRAD GRAS OCH STENAR-mors mors
MODEY LEMON-thunder & lightning
BRAIN DONOR-s/t
VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA-queen of guess
ED ASKEW-2nd unreleased LP
RABBIT RABBIT-split 7"
ESPERS-s/t
BRETT SMILEY-breathlessly brett
HEATHER LEIGH MURRAY-cautrot vocal recordings
MIMINOKOTO-2
V/A-velvet tinmine
COMETS ON FIRE-live on WFMU
V/A-Cherrystone's rocks
6 ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE-compathia
TESTORS-complete 1976-79
METAL URBAIN-anarchy in Paris
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Stephen

Top 20:
1. The Whip--Freelance Liason 7"
2. MF DOOM--Everything (King Gedorah, Viktor Vaughn, Madvilian 12",Yee Haw 12")
3. Growing--Skys Run Into the Sea
4. Express Rising--S/T LP
5. TV On The Radio--S/T EP
6. Devandra Banhart--Oh Me Oh MY...
7. Beans--Tomorrow Right Now
8. Cass McCombs--A
9. Carla Bozulich--Red Headed Stranger
10. Cat Power--You Are Free
11. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists--Hearts Of Oak
12. Loose Fur--S/T
13. Tim Hecker--Radio Amor
14. 90 Day Men--Too Late or Too Dead EP
15. Watchers--To The Rooftops
16. Black Eyes--S/T
17. Matmos--The West
18. Azita--Enantiodromia
19. Sunn O)))--White 1
20. Matthew Herbert Big Band--Goodbye Swingtime
Bonus 10 Shows
1. SUNN O)))--Empty Bottle
2. Mastodon--Fireside Bowl
3. Black Eyes/Scalpels--Swayze Compound
4. Shellac--De Kalb, IL.
5. Summer On Southport--Walkmen, 90 Day Men, Watchers, Boas, etc.
6. Oxes/Cass McCombs--Empty Bottle
7. Taking Pictures--Various Shows
8. Carla Bozulich/Nels Cline--Schubas
9. Outhud/Beans--Empty Bottle
10. The Fall/Tv On The Radio--Empty Bottle.
3 Re-Issues
1.Pentagram--First Daze Here
2. Parliament--Osmium
3. Sleep?Dopesmoker
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Gar

1.BOOKS "LEMON OF PINK"
2. WEAKERTHANS "RECONSTRUCTION SITE
3.BUZZCOCKS S/T
4.SLAYER WAAR AT THE WARFIELD DVSD
5. SUPERGRASS "LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS"
6.SOUL POSITION "8 MILLION STORTIES"
7. LUNGFISH "LOVE IS LOVE"
8. STRIKE ANYWHERE "EXIT ENGLISH"
9. GILLIAN WELCH "SOUL JOURNEY"
10. THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF FLAMING LIPS "TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE SATELLITE HEART"
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Dave

top 20 of 2003. no order.
-pelican: australasia
-he who corrupts: ten steps to success
-vital remains: dechristainize
-motion city soundtrack: i am the movie
-defleshed: royal straight flesh
-non prophets: hope
-misery index: retaliate
-elvis costello: trust (re-issue)
-every time i die: hot damn!
-the killer: where all my nightmares came true
-viktor vaughn (mf doom): vaudeville villain
-the lawrence arms: the greatest story ever told
-curl up and die: we may be through with the past...
-madvillain: money folder 12"
-neil young: on the beach (cd issue)
-kungfu rick: coming to an end
-sole: selling live water
-nedelle: republic of two
-sleep: dopesmoker
-the dream is dead: taking friendly fire
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Billy Sims

KYLIE- BODY LANGUAGE
BLUE SUNSHINE DVD/CD,
ROBERT WYATT- SOLAR FLARES
KRAFTWERK- TOUR DE FRANCE SOUNDTRACKS
ROBERT WYATT- CUCKOOLAND
BOWIE- REALITY
BOOKS- LEMON OF PINK,
ELVIS COSTELLO- IMPERIAL BEDROOM REISSUE
ELVIS COSTELLO- ARMED FORCES REISSUE
ELVIS COSTELLO- THIS YEARS MODEL REISSUE
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