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Mega-Buying! Loads of Huge bits! Plus: Record Store Day!!!

Salut from Reckless!!!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Along with Nights in Egypt by The Jones Girls, the perfect sound to the start of the Summer!

As you must know tomorrow is Record Store Day 2018; it’s going to be boiling hot and we are going to be very busy. We are going to open at 10am as normal and have the following titles available (in limited quantities of course!):

ABBA – SUMMER NIGHT CITY 7″
ALEX SOMERS (SIGUR ROS) – UNTITLED LP
ANTONIO SANCHES – BUIL POVO! LP
BRIAN ENO + KEVIN SHEILDS – THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY 12″
CAR SEAT HEADREST – TWIN FANTASY DLP
COURTNEY BARNETT – CITY LOOKS PRETTY 12″
CREATION REBEL – DUB FROM CREATION LP
CYMANDE – PROMISED HEIGHTS LP
CYMANDE – SECOND TIME AROUND LP
DAVID BOWIE – LET’S DANCE DEMO 12″
DAVID BOWIE – NOW LP
DAVID BOWIE – S/T DLP
DAVID BOWIE – WTTB 3LP
ELECTRIC WIZARD – WIZARD BLOODY WIZARD DLP
ELTON JOHN VS PNAU – GOOD MORNING TO THE NIGHT LP
ESG – COME AWAY WITH ESG LP
FLEETWOOD MAC – TANGO IN THE NIGHT ALTERNATITE LP
FRANK ZAPPA – LUMPY GRAVY LP
GERSHON KINGSLEY AND THE MOOG – POPCORN LP
GOAT – DOUBLE DATE 10″
GORDON BECK TRIO – GYROSCOPE LP
GRATEFUL DEAD – FILLMORE WEST 4LP
JAKE BUGG – ALCOHOL 7″
JIMI HENDRIX – HAMBURG ’67 7″
JOHNNY CASH – I LOVE YOU BECAUSE 7″
JONSI AND ALEX (SIGUR ROS) – ALL ANIMALS LP
LED ZEPPELIN – ROCK N ROLL 7″
MAC DEMARCO – BEAT HAPPENING 7″
MAC DEMARCO – OLD DOG LP
MADONNA – THE FIRST ALBUM PIC DISC LP
MADONNA – YOU CAN DANCE – JAPANESE EDITION LP
MARVIN GAYE – LET’S GET IT ON – 45TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
MILES DAVIS – RUBBERBAND 12″
MOGWAI – TEN RAPID LP
N.S.U. – TURN ON OR TURN ME DOWN LP
NEIL YOUNG – TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT DLP
PAT THOMAS INTRODUCES MARIJATA LP
PINK FLOYD – PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN LP
PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED – LIVE AT BRIXTON ACADEMY DLP
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS NEED COAL 12″
RAMONES – SUNDRAGON SESSIONS LP
RICHARD HAWLEY – FUNNY COW 7″
RIDE – WAKING IN ANOTHER TOWN DLP
ROLLING STONES – SATANIC MAJESTIES SPECIAL EDITION LP
SANDY DENNY – LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALTZ – 45TH ANNIVESARY EDITION LP
SIGUR ROS – LIMINAL REMIXES LP
SIGUR ROS – ROUTE ONE LP
SMALL FACES – LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON 7″
SPACEMEN 3 – TAKING DRUGS TO MAKE MUSIC TO MAKE DRUGS TO DLP
SPIRITUALIZED – F*CKED UP INSIDE LP
SUN RA – PINE STREET THEATRE 1988 DLP
T-REX – BOLAN BOOGIE LP
THE BEGINNING OF THE END – FISHERMAN 12″ EP
THE BOYS – S/T LP
THE CURE – MIXED LP DLP
THE CURE – TOWN DOWN MIXED LP DLP
THE DOORS – THE MATRIX PART II LP
THE FIVE DAY WEEK STRAW PEOPLE – S/T LP
THE GROUNDHOGS – SCRATCHING THE SURFACE LP
THE NATIONAL – BOXER LIVE IN BRUSSELS LP
THE STOOGES – S/T DETROIT EDITION DLP
THE VASELINES – DUM DUM LP
THE WHO – READY STEADY WHO FOUR 7″
THE WHO – THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT DLP
TOM WAITS – BASTARDS LP
TOM WAITS – BAWLERS LP
TOM WAITS – BRAWLERS LP
U2 – LIGHTS OF HOME 12″
V/A – TROJAN GET READY DO ROCKSTEADY 7″ BOX SET
WIRE – NINE SEVENS BOX SET

Hell yes! We don’t normally get busy until the afternoon – so if you’re planning a more chilled RSD this year you know where we are. I actually think there are some pretty great titles out this year. The Gordon Beck LP, Wire 45 Box Set, The Vaselines, Sun Ra, Creation Rebel etc.

The Buying has been INSANE this week. We bought 1500 titles on Sunday alone. We weren’t buying a load of rubbish either – its all seriously high quality.

  1. Yesterday morning somebody brought in an especially Top Notch pile of records. In. the pile was an original “Dress Cover” of “The Man Who Sold The World” by David Bowie. As you know this is really, really rare. We haven’t had a copy for a few years. Its a proper UK original from 1971 and plays amazingly. We sat in the heat yesterday nursing a beer after work and listened to the whole thing and it sounded incredible. As well as that huge one the same chap had several original UK Ian Carr and Nucleus LPs, original UK Vertigo Kraftwerk LPs, Miles Davis UK original Bitches Brew, Suicide US original, John Cale LPs, Iggy Pop and many more. Hopefully it will be the start of a great collection as he was very happy with the money he got!
  2. Another huge rarity; big Skinhead/Mod/Ska 45 from Azie Lawrence – the mighty “Pempelem”. Huge, huge tune. Original UK Blue Beat in great condition, with centre! The dude also had several other Blue Beat 45s – and some Prince Busters so lets see what else he has eh?
  3. More Hardcore Punk – this time from one of our friends who was moving house. Loads and loads of cheap titles (check how big the Cheap section is right now) but also some really cool older titles from SS Decontrol, Agnostic Front, Vice Squad, Anthrax, Onslaught, Concrete Sox. Also lots of Power Violence and Sludge – including some Circle related bands.
  4. Another pal of ours – Ilan from Hypnotic Tango – sold us a load of Italo Disco and some Edits. There were also a few Thrash and Death Metal bits. Some super cool records here!!! Check the Realm album on the wall; that Beatles cover is first class.
  5. A full collection of Judas Priest reissues – including some well out-of-print colour vinyl issues. Bang dat bonce!
  6. Huge (several hundred) collection of 78s. Probably the best 78 collection I have ever seen. About half of them were tough to sell – but the other half rules. Original Jamaican Calypso, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock N Roll. Bill Doggett, The Shirelles (THE Shirelles – on 78!!!!!), Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Lord Kitchener…..
  7. Some rough-n-ready Classic Rock – but with some super cool titles: Tim Buckley, Judee Sill, Manfred Man Chapter Three, Sex Pistols, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, The Clash etc.
  8. About 200 cheaps and 20 ok titles of Classic Rock from another gentlemen; all the usual titles: David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell.
  9. An amazing collection of SUPER clean Classic Rock, Punk, |Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Everything was exactly as it was the day it was issued – so every insert, bonus Flexi, Hype Sticker. You name it. Pretty much entire discographies from The Clash, Scorpions, Heart, Meatloaf, Stiff Little Fingers, Anti Nowhere League, Magnum, Bon Jovi, Blue Oyster Cult. He’s bringing in his colour vinyl and picture discs soon.
  10. Huge pile of original Japanese Jazz – all pictured on our Instagram. Check it!!! All are out now!!
  11. Massive Blues and Folk collection – including some lovely titles from Son House (nice UK original), Folkways, Howlin Wolf, Richard & Linda Thompson, Airport Convention, Irish Folk, John Fahey. Loads of stuff!!!
  12. Some more WICKED Jungle and Hardcore!! DJ Crystl, FBD Project, Aphex Twin, LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Peshay. Ooof!!!

So; loads of bits out. Now I’m gonna go sit int he park and chill in time for tomorrow.

This weeks Top Ten is from our pals Kevin and Matt from Tome Records. Tome have just relocated up to 234 Graham Road, Hackney Central, E8 1BP. Get up there as soon as you can as their shop rules and they are very nice people indeed!

 

1. Roland Young – Hearsay I-Land

A jazz clarinettist who was a 80s NYC club kid makes music that pisses off the jazz elitists and confuse but gets embraced by the club.

“Isophonic Boogie Woogie”?

Plato Flats found him.

2. Love Joys  “Lovers Rock”

“One Draw” over and over again.

3. Land of Giants “Cannibal Dolls / Seven Men”

1982 upbeat Minimal Wave rarity from Canada. Pitch down a tiny bit for more edge.

“Pull my fingers from my knuckles”

4. Steve Roach “Empetus”

Got in to this record accidentally at wrong speed got in to it even more at the correct speed.

5. Grupo Alegria de Augusto Bernardillo – Estilo Inconfundible

Hit and miss Cumbia with wonky guitars and bad-meaning-good vocals. My favourite sleeve in the shop at the moment.

6. The Kicking Mustangs – Kickin’ / Take A Miracle

100 mph funk A-side which is alright but the sweet soul jam on the B-side is an absolute banger.

7. Lantei Lamptey – Komi Ke Kenam (Fish & Funjee)

Wicked afro-funk track with the worlds wonkiest drum break

8. Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 1975-1982

An excellent collection from the Cameroonian multi-instrumentalist and sonic experimenter.

9. Various Artists – Tempa Allstars Vol. 1

This makes the top 10 for the Artwork track ‘Basic G’ which still sounds like nothing else 15 years after it was made.

10. Camp Lo – Luchini Aka (This Is It)

The sun is out so obviously this is getting played at least 3 times a day.

 

Thanks for reading – till next week!!!!

CB

RECKLESS

 

Busy Business!!!

Yo from Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Insane week so far. It has just been so busy.

The Reductions are flying out, but we still have some left. I would not sleep on it! Lots of killer Noise, Black Metal, Reggae, Punk, Drum n Bass…..

Some big titles have been slashed in half – loads of titles that are like £40 on Discogs are out for like a fiver.

Only wrote one of these the other day but loads has come in and I missed the one last week so here we go:

  1. Scott bought a big collection (500 titles) of really killer LPs and 12s. Loads of great DNB, UK Hip Hop, lots of Warp titles – including Aphex Twin, The Bug, Ceephax Acid Crew, Squarepusher, Autechre, B12; rare Jungle bits, UKG. Condition is a little iffy at times but the titles are top notch. There is also a really rare Scratch Perverts comp – with a Banksy sleeve. These are basically selling as soon as they hit the floor.
  2. I bought in a huge pile of records and CDs from this nice dude yesterday. Loads and loads of killer Hardcore, Straightedge, Metalcore and Emo. Bands like Title Fight, Bane, Turnstile, Chain Of Strength, Youth Of Today, Warzone, Converge, Carry On, Champion, Down To Nothing, Violent Reaction, Glassjaw, Brand New….loads of colour vinyl titles. Mostly in really amazing condition.
  3. Very exciting future collection on the horizon: a very nice Grandfather and Grandson came in the shop yesterday with about 40 60s, 70s and 80s LPs. Generally left-of-centre titles – but all pretty much as new. Super, insanely-clean titles from people like Freda Payne, Jimmy Webb, Pet Shop Boys, Slade, Manu Dibango, John Lennon, The Beatles, Linda Lewis, Rage Against The Machine, David Bowie, King Sunny Ade, George Harrison, Johnny Harris…I cannot speculate enough how clean these are.
  4. From one of our regular sellers we had a nice new batch of LPs – and as well as all of the new titles there were lots more Ethnographic LPs including some harder-to-find Hugh Tracey recorded LPs.

RSD is a week today – and as I said the other day – we have ordered so much stuff this year. Purely because theres actually some wicked bits out this year. Soho is gonna be a laugh on Saturday I reckon – come down and have a beer!

This week we got a Top Ten from the legendary Alex Tsigdinos! Puggy Boy Alex played some records with our very own Kenny White in Dublin a few weeks ago – and was raging apparently!

Synth Pop Heaven

Oi! From Reckless!

This Blog was written tot he sounds of:

Little late this entry as we were in Belgium playing some gigs – which was very entertaining!

You can watch a video of us playing on the Ancienne Belgique website (as well as the Facebook page for the event).

A lot happened when I was away. Firstly the Reductions were done. There were plenty of interesting pull outs. We now have a bumper Black Metal, Hardcore Punk and Noise reduced section.

There was loads of buying this week – from Rare UK Garage to Reggae to Punk Rock.

But I’m going to focus on yesterday as we went to two collections yesterday.

  1. Al went to a small but cool collection in the East End. He pulled out some very standard but decent LPs as well as a few Top 45s. Including some rare Freakbeat and Rocksteady from The Score, Alton Ellis, Pink Floyd, Monty Morris and Owen Grey. Two untouchable genres from the golden era.

2. Tom and I went to a huge collection in Berkshire. Tom had been in contact with the seller for a little while and we popped over there first thing yesterday – and WOW! We knew it was a big collection – but we weren’t quite expecting this.

It was a comprehensive collection – covering Synth Pop, New Wave, Goth, Post Punk, C86, Indie Pop, EBM, Industrial, Soundtracks, Punk, Minimal Synth, Techno, Experimental etc. All loving stored in homemade cabinets and sealed in a plastic sleeve. The condition is near perfect throughout too.

The Vinyl

Lots and lots of ultra High End reissues of classic Synth records; Kraftwerk (including all of the Box Sets), hundreds of Depeche Mode and Erasure titles (including a lot of originals), loads of Front 242, Nine Inch Nails, all the Radioheads, Smashing Pumpkins, Front Line Assembly, Moby, B12, all the Boards Of Canadas, Autechre, The The, Manic Street Preachers, Solid Space, very expensive and large Superpitcher box, Helena Hauff (and other new bits from people like Floating Points, Forest Swords etc). Lots of very good 45s, including several Synth obscurities. Plenty of Shoegaze/Indie bits – many C86 artists.

The CD’s

Walls and walls of CDs; over 5000 cds in total. Plus loads of ultra High End CD Box Sets. Every Synth Pop CD, including many rare Depeche Mode SACDs and Box Sets, every Erasure, lots of different pressing of big albums, Coil titles, a wall of Soundtracks, loads of killer Techno mixes – including some rarer Techno/Trance ones, lots of Brian Eno/Harold Budd, Japan, lots of Rare Minimal Synth, The Chameleons, My Bloody Valentine, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Cluster, Harmonia, Neu! etc Basically every nice version of every killer 80s album – and several different mastered issues too.

There were also a few rare Minidiscs, some really cool tapes (including loads of back-in-the-day Camden “live” tapes). Also a lot of the titles are signed by the artists – the lovely chap we bought the collection from is a real true Music Fan.

This is such a brilliant and huge collection – we are so happy to get it!! We will be getting this out as quick as we can.

Record Store Day in a few weeks – we have ordered loads more titles this year. This is just because we honestly liked some of the titles this year so we wanted them in the shop!

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This weeks Top Ten is from the almighty Paul Camo. Paul is a Top DJ who had me going mental to some Disco in Cliftonville last year.

You should check out his NTS show here:

https://www.nts.live/shows/we-are

Buy local.

As a record collector, nothing beats finding good records for cheap.  And although I do buy a lot online, it just doesn’t compare to getting out there and having a good ol’ flick. I especially enjoy buying records locally, I always have. Perhaps I’m a bit lazy like that.

I recently moved to Margate and although I haven’t put as much effort into searching out records as I have in the past – just not enough time in the day between being a parent and designing – I have managed an occasional dig. So here’s my top ten Margate / Thanet record finds. All pretty cheap (most were under a fiver) and any that cost more than that were nowhere near as expensive as the cheapest copy online. It shows there are still records out there to be found if you get off your arse.

Eugene McDaniels – Outlaw

A classic Lp by one of my all-time favourite artists. I was understandably surprised to come across this because you just don’t see it out and about and if you do it ain’t going to be cheap. I have my own copy but there was no way I was going to leave this, especially for the price I got it for. Instead it made for a very nice birthday present for a good friend of mine.

The Mike Sammers Singers -Hymns A’Swinging

Found this for 2 quid in a brick a brack shop. I had seen some records in the shop one Sunday afternoon but the shop was closed, so I was surprised to see it there waiting for me a week later. If you don’t know this lp, it’s versions of religious hymns; basically jazz/ cheesy/ slightly easy-listening in places. It also has Tubby Hayes playing on it, who I’m a fan of. ‘He Who Would Valliant Be’ and ‘Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken’ are the stand out tracks.

Beast – Beast

Just took a punt on this. Pretty much standard stuff with the exception of ‘Floating’ and ‘(Strange Places Like) Santo Domingo’ which are more to my taste.

The Mud Hutters

Another cheapy I bought based on no knowledge at all. Went for it solely based on the record sleeve; I’m a sucker for hand written text on sleeves. It’s a fairly solid post-punk listen with a few stand out tracks.

Folk Music E.P.

I got this one along with the above Mud Hutters, again because of the sleeve. I was expecting it to be folk music, obviously, but was pleasantly surprised when I got home and played it. It’s a solid lp, listen to the youtube tracks and decide what genre it is for yourself. Comes with an insert stating the production cost for the record which is a nice touch.

Can – Ege Bamyasi

This was an interesting find. It was sitting there, partly poking out of a box high up on a shelve. It wasn’t a super cheap purchase like most of the other records in the list but a OG UK copy for 25 quid, can’t grumble with that.

Roxy Music – Sultanesque

Not a rare one but a lesser known Roxy Music listen, this slow-paced instrumental is the flip to ‘Love is the Drug’.  I’ve had a battered copy for a long time but never bothered to get a clean version. I found this whilst flicking through a pile of mostly crappy pop 7’s.

Babylon -OST

This nice cheap find was dug out of a box in the back of a shop selling mostly old tat .

Jah Woosh – Chalis Blaze W/Lbl

Pretty rare to find anything of permit in charity shops these days. So as you can imagine I was happy to find this for a couple quid. The perplexing thing is how only one record like this finds its way into a box of mostly crap records. Of course I asked if they had anymore reggae records like this at the back to which the shop assistant replied “all the records we have are out”.

Folk 77 – I Have a Dream

Didn’t know anything about this one when I found it. I was taken by the very lo fi sleeve design: Borderline awful by certain standards but badly designed record sleeves with great music inside is almost as appealing to me as brilliantly designed sleeves with great music. The nice thing about this record is that it really captures the essence of my top ten. It’s an independently released record by a Deal based label, recorded in Westgate, and sung by singers from a church in Broadstairs. It seems this lp was recorded as a result of a well-received performance the group made at The Winter Garden for the Queens Silver Jubilee.

 

Thanks Paul! Hopefully see you in Thanet soon! 🙂

Will do another one of these later in the week as theres loads coming in this week!!!

CB

 

No April Fools!!

Yo! From Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of Rome Jeffries.

Well all we can say after this week is WOW – its been a serious week. One of the busiest weeks in the history of Reckless! Not only have we sold so much but we’ve also had some crazy buying this week too. Lets get down to business!

  1. We went out to the Home Counties and bought an absolutely massive Classic Rock vinyl collection. It was a huge van full. Thousands of titles, decent condition, all the big selling albums you could possibly ever want: Pink Floyd, Queen, Joni Mitchell, Dire Straits, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Kraftwerk, Sex Pistols, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Nick Drake, Black Sabbath, The Clash, Cabaret Voltaire, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Nirvana, Roxy Music, Simon & Garfunkel, Soft Cell etc. Its very much across the board when it comes to Rock and Pop from the 60’s through to the 90’s. Its a real proper collection; some very common, some very rare.
  2. U K G BABY! Tonnes of killer UK Garage came in this week. From several different sellers. From ULTRA rare one-away obscurities to standard but wicked titles from people like Nu-Birth, EL-B, Ramsey & Fen etc. Condition is variable – but isn’t it always with UKG. These always take a bit longer to hit the racks as they tend to need to be cleaned but I imagine they’ll be going out ASAP.
  3. We seem to have had a load of people bringing in fairly new bits (ie from the last few years), loads of Indie, Metal, New-Psych etc. Nice to have so many Relapse titles and some new-ish Black Metal in. Also a few killer Death Metal reissue titles in.
  4. We had loads of really nice Jazz in this week. One regular seller brought in some super titles. Very early laminate sleeve Kind Of Blue, other early issue UK Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Thelonius Monk. As well as a few uncommon titles from Amy Winehouse, Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, Larry Heard, some 90’s US Deep House.
  5. Another regular seller brought in some Jazz reissues. But fret not my liege, they are not any old Jazz reissues but pricey Jazzman titles, rare reissues of ultra pricey South African Jazz bullets, and obscure Gospel reissues. Some really wicked albums here – pics on the work Insta.
  6. Some gorgeous records were sold in from an incredibly cool geezer – these included nice original copies of classic titles from Black Sabbath, Wire, Brian Eno, Irdial Techno, Johnny Griffin, King Tubby, Hawkwind, Germs, Wipers etc. Very nice!!! *Borat Voice*.
  7. This interesting bloke has been bringing in some amazing titles – all pretty battered – but UK originals – and everyone I’ve played has played like a dream. All UK originals from people like Tim Buckley, Procal Haram, Roy Harper, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Eagles, Van Der Graaf Generator etc. I have a feeling this chap is going to bring in a few heavy hitters soon and fingers crossed he’s got some nice Soft Machine, Kaleidoscope, Zombies etc bits :p
  8. Some Top Tier – BANGING – Rap has come in this week – some big biscuits from The Notorious BIG, Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Guru, Beastie Boys etc. I think on average these sold in about 20 minutes after being put out lol.
  9. We got in a bit Static Shock Record restock – including the Impalers on Red Vinyl which was a special Dead Rhythm Festival repress (oh dear…). All of the killer ones from The Number Ones, Sheer Mag, No, Beta Blockers, The Uranium Club etc. If you don’t know these titles and you like Punk and Hardcore – what you on!!
  10. Talking of which – three near perfect UK original Black Flag LPs also came in these week – incredible pieces – only buy them if you can back it up and live the lifestyle,

We got loads more collections to go to this week – so keep checking the Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/recklessrecordsuk/

Check the Prince titles from the Big Collection:

.It may also be worth checking this video if you have time to spare:

This wicked Swedish kids version of Stars In Their Eyes rules. You also have to check the Scatman John one. Thanks to Michael from Night School Records for showing me this!

Heres Ten Songs I’ve been enjoying recently:

  1. Marcos Valle “A Paraiiba Nao E Chicago”

2.  Lucien-N-Luciano “Ice”

3.  Quango “Fatality”

4. SPK “Palms Crossed In Sorrow”

5.  Big Ben Tribe “Tarzan Loves The Summer Nights”

6.  The Sea & Cake “Sporting Life”

7.  Jennifer Lara “Weekend Loving”

8.  Depeche Mode “Enjoy The Silence”

9.  Brown & Dangerman “Calm Before The Storm”

10.  Keith Christmas “Forest & The Shore”

Till next week!!!!

CB

Reckless

Jungle, Jazz and Jam!!!

Bonjour from Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to the sound of CTI:

Fairly busy week – plenty coming in and loads going out as always! On top of getting in all of the new stock and ordering the Record Store Day we’ve been trying our hardest to get as much stock out into the racks as possible!! Here is a small breakdown of some of the things that came in this week:

  1. Loads of killer Rave, Jungle, Hardcore and Drum n Bass has been coming in as always. Some top notch bits from DJ Fokus (some of the greatest Jungle ever produced came from him if you ask me), Klute, Cool Hand Flex, Sy-Kick, Addiction, DJ Gunshot, Skanna, Omni Trio etc.
  2. Loads more Classic Rock titles from several different sellers. Included were some beautiful copies of titles from Pink Floyd, Groundhogs, Black Sabbath and the Allman Brothers. As well as lots of 80s issues of titles from Pink Floyd, Motorhead, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Damned, Sex Pistols, Hawkwind, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits etc.
  3. Duncan came in with a wicked Jazz collection. Condition was variable but there were lots of original Jazz titles (including several Miles Davis UK originals), some Lain/Bossa Nova, UK Jazz titles and some Jazz Vocal titles from Eartha Kitt and Nina Simone. The owner of these must have been a cool cat.
  4. A nice pile of (mostly) reissues of really nice Rap, Breaks, Jazz, Library titles came in. Lots of amazing albums from people like 24 Carat Black (love this album), Mulatu, Eddie Russ, James Mason, The Meters, Bill Evans, Isis, Donny Hathaway etc.
  5. Some tasty US indie (and related) has also been coming in; all very clean!! (Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine, Nick Cave, Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey…).
  6. Punk and Pop Punk titles – including some harder-to-find Skate Punk LPs from people like Pennywise, NOFX, Rancid etc.

Thanks to everyone for coming to Ellis’s gig; it was sold out in the end! It was a great work outing, and it was awesome having Eddie introduce The Lowest Form! We also went to see Kenny DJ on Friday night at the Bunker which was wicked (but also left me absolutely destroyed for the rest of the weekend lol!).

We have the always amazing James Knight back this week with a new Top Ten! Love it Jam, cheers!!!!

Don’t forget to check https://www.nts.live/shows/low-bias-show !!!

Back again! Big thanks to everyone who has been in touch about the last couple of top tens, I’ve been really enjoying doing them so I’m glad that at least a couple of people are hyped on them! This month we have, broadly speaking I guess what could be filed under ‘alt-country’ or ‘Americana’:

 

  1. “Whiskey Bottle” – Uncle Tupelo

 

 

As previously mentioned I did a lot of reading of Mojo and Uncut as a youngster so it was inevitable that I’d end up exploring the bands that those magazines covered and they both had a real predilection for American singer-songwriters and bands that followed in the alt-country/Americana tradition that had been laid out by folks like Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle etc. Props must also go to a dude called Captain America (real name Nick Stewart) who had a show on Virgin who played a lot of this sort of stuff back in the mid to late 90s. While they morphed beyond the genre somewhat from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot onwards Wilco were certainly a pretty big deal in that world. I definitely enjoyed the Wilco albums at the time but I was fascinated reading about how the members of that band had previously played in an outfit called Uncle Tupelo in the early 90s that mixed alt-country with their love of The Replacements. I was not disappointed when I finally got hold of the re-issues of their 4 albums that came out on CD at the turn of the millennium. Their final album Anodyne (1993) is probably the most ‘complete’ but I love their first, No Depression (1990), for its energy and heart-on-sleeve youthful earnestness and “Whiskey Bottle” is taken from that LP. The mix of distorted electric and lap steel guitars is one I’m still a total sucker for! While he’s not had anywhere near the same level of success or notoriety as Tweedy post-Tupelo, Jay Farrar has one of the archetypical voices in this genre, listen to him go on “Sauget Wind”:

While Will Oldham and Jason Molina (more on them later) have some of the most unique and affecting vocal deliveries in this broad field one of the only guy that does the textbook Americana vocal better than Farrar for my money is Robert Fisher of The Willard Grant Conspiracy, talking of whom…

 

  1. “The Trials Of Harrison Hayes” – The Willard Grant Conspiracy

This one is like a gut punch. Moving, mysterious, epic, Biblical, oblique, redemptive, bleak, drenched in emotive strings. It does all the things that make me love this kind of music and the whole of Regards The End, the LP that this cut is taken from, is equally excellent. As mentioned above – Robert Fisher’s vocal is straight goose bumps at all times. I saw them play a couple of times and wept like a baby on both occasions. Fisher died early last year which makes this song ever more poignant to the point that it’s actually difficult for me to listen to it these days. The final verse is lifted directly from the book of Job and serves as a fitting epitaph:

 

Misery doesn’t come from the earth

Trouble doesn’t sprout from the ground

People are born to trouble

Just as sparks fly upwards, into the clouds

 

Miss you big man, may you rest in peace.

 

  1. “Hutterite Mile” – 16 Horsepower

16 Horsepower, and David Eugene Edward’s subsequent Woven Hand project, stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best stuff in this field for me. Edwards has an ability to capture the brooding, menacing, Old Testament, American Gothic vibe that is second to none. Again, his vocal is archetypical and his predilection for drenching it in reverb only adds to the Mad Crow King vibe he has going on. Jim White (another artist who could/should be on this list!) made a film called Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus that captures the essence of what a lot the songs on this list, and DEE’s in particular, conjure up and it features a great turn from the man himself. It seems to be permanently up on the iPlayer here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074qfn/arena-searching-for-the-wrongeyed-jesus

Here he is doing an exceptional cover of Dylan’s “Nobody ‘cept You” with 16 Horsepower  for good measure:

I’ve listened to a hell of a lot of Dylan covers over the years and that is as good as any I’ve heard.

 

  1. “At The Crossroads” – Sir Douglas Quintet

Quite a few of the artists on this list are, I guess, what you could call ‘contemporary Americana’ artists. It’s a bit of a challenge for me to try and define what makes older artists in the broader fields of Country, Gospel, Folk, Southern Rock, Appalachian etc etc etc fit as clear influences on the younger generation but sometime you hear a record and you just know. The first time I head Mendocino by the Sir Douglas Quintet it blew me away. I love every single thing about this song in particular forma that LP so much. The bass line, the keys, the reverb saturated vocal, the sentiment of the lyric, the way he sings the word “down”. Ugh. Here he is doing it live from Austin and looking suspiciously like he might have been indulging in a few beverages and a spot of party powder:

What a badman.

 

  1. “Decoration Day” – The Drive By Truckers

A cursory glance could easily lead to the wrong impression of The Drive By Truckers but the reality is that their music and lyrics reflect and deconstruct the complexity of Southern identity as opposed to glorifying or revelling in it. De facto band leader Patterson Hood’s father is David Hood, best known as bass player and founding member of The Swampers, the legendary Muscle Shoals session outfit and Hood’s fellow Swamper Spooner Oldham is known to pop up on their records.  This direct link to Southern rhythm & blues royalty has never been something the band have leaned on and they have ploughed their furrow for over twenty years now. I have a soft spot for the rawkus and raw early couple of LPs Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverence but I reckon the high point of their output remains their early 00s trilogy of LPs – Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South. It is perhaps no coincidence that this period roughly coincides with the addition of Jason Isbell on guitar, vocals and lyrics duty alongside the formidable creative duo of Hood and Dave Cooley. I sure as shit am not from the South of the United States of America but there is something intensely universal about the music that the Truckers make and this cut from Decoration Day in particular. It’s another song that has moved me to tears more than once when I have seen them play it live. I promise that I don’t weep at every live gig I go to. Honest. Here’s an acoustic version of the song featuring a dried out and cleaned up Isbell reunited on stage with Hood and Cooley many years after his initial separation from the band for inter-personal and drinking issues:

6. “One More Dollar” – Gillian Welch

There’s no shortage of exceptional female songwriters, performers and voices in this broad field, all the way from Lorreta Lynn and Emmylou Harris to Lucinda Williams and Neko Case. None move me quite as much as Gillian Welch though. I often return to her first two LP’s, 1998’s Hell Among The Yearlings and her 1996 debut Revival (which this song is taken from). There’s an unadorned honesty to Welch’s vocal which allows it a timeless quality that I never tire of and the sparse bluegrass and Appalachian instrumentation that she and her regular co-conspirator Dave Rawlings tend to lean towards is a perfect accompaniment. I’ve always quite liked artists whose discographies are slight but exceptional and with five LPs in twenty odd years Welch certainly falls into that category so another tick there from me! Here’s “Revelator” from her 2001 LP Time (The Revelator):

7. “Jacksonville Skyline” – Whiskeytown

It would be disingenuous of me not too include Ryan Adams in this list. I totally get why people hate on him and he can be a total doofus no doubt but his work with Whiskeytown (and, I’d argue, large chunks of his solo output) stands right up there with the very best stuff in this field. Whiskeytown’s third LP, Stranger’s Almanac, is a bonafide cornerstone of the 90s alt-country revival and his vocal is, again, textbook. I can’t lie, I love the guy! “Jacksonville Skyline” is taken from the ‘lost’ Whiskeytown LP Pneumonia which was eventually released several years after the band split and it’s a wonderful evocation of his hometown that has been endlessly covered by others. He’s famously prolific and there are plenty of gems in his post-Whiskeytown output but I’m a big fan of the mid-00s LPs he put out as Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, an ensemble which featured Jon Graboff excelling himself on lap steel, here’s “Let It Ride” from that period:

And just for good measure here he is doing “Wasted Years” by Maiden from their Somewhere in Time LP in a solo acoustic stylee while wearing and Emporer T-Shirt:

Come on, how can you hate on that?!

 

  1. “Song For A Blue Guitar” – Red House Painters

I am not sure many people would necessarily put Red House Painters in this context but this is where they live in my record collection and in my head. Red House Painters music has always sounded to me like Americana shot through that ethereal filter that a lot of 4AD artists seem to share and topped off with Kozelek’s down-but-not-quite out vocal and, this track in particular feels connected to a lot of the other music on this list. The Red House Painters discography certainly conforms to my all killer no filler penchant mentioned earlier, you can’t really question any of the 6 LPs and the first 3 4AD LPs are stone cold bad boys. Here’s “Katy Song” just because:

9. “Horses” – Palace Brothers

Not sure where to start with Oldham. I’ve been a full blown full discography acolyte since the release of the early Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy records circa the turn of the millennium and couldn’t believe what I was hearing when I went back and discovered the various Palace and related recordings, many of which I bought on CD from Selectadisc in Nottingham (where Chris used to work, RIP to that wicked shop!) He’s right up there for me beyond the confines of this or any genre and he’s one of only two artists I’ve been to see with my mum. The other was Philip Glass and I fell asleep at that one! Anyway, ‘nuff props to Big Will, one of the all time don gorgons. I absolutely love everything he touches and have a particular soft spot for the Superwolf LP he did with  Matt Sweeney so here’s a track off that:

  1. “Cabwaylingo” –Songs:Ohia

Again – no idea where to start with Molina, his music remains a constant in my life, I carry it with me as some kind of a sonic totem in my phone and they are the only songs that never get deleted. I genuinely miss him on a regular basis, something I can say for no other artist who has passed away. I met him only once briefly but he gave so much through his songs that I am sure I’m not alone in feeling that when he died I’d lost someone I knew well and cared about deeply.  Much like Oldham – his output was flawless and both his sound signature and vocal  were unique, haunting and compelling. I could have chosen any number of songs but his debut album (the ‘black’ Songs:Ohia LP) is probably the one that I return to most regularly, his lyrics on that one are perhaps at their most strange and opaque and the imagery is seared into my brain. I’ll leave you with “Farwell Transmission”, if only Jason could have somehow held onto the wisdom he intoned in this song:

 

“The real truth about it is no one gets it right
The real truth about it is we’re all supposed to try

There ain’t no end to the sands I’ve been trying to cross
The real truth about it is my kind of life’s no better off
If I’ve got the maps or if I’m lost

 

I will try and know whatever I try, I will be gone but not forever”

 

R.I.P. Jason. I miss you.

 

 

New Bits

Salut from Reckless!

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Heavy week as always! We’ve been trying to process as much stock as possible, sometimes working well into the early hours. The shop is looking very well stocked at the moment!!! I’ll go into what we put out in a bit but firstly I want to talk about the new reissues we’ve been getting in. You may have noticed that we have been getting loads more new reissues in recently. It was just a simple answer to all of the customers coming in looking for Classic albums that we may not have had second hand copies of. Whether its a Darkthrone LP or a Beastie Boys LP – we want to have it for you!! This weeks new Reissues are from Funkadelic, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Billie Holiday, Booker T & The MGs, David Bowie, Eric Dolphy, Judas Priest, The Stone Roses and the always amazing Patti Smith.

Some interesting stuff in this week…

  1. Sean bought a collection midweek with lots of Classic/Hard Rock LPs and CDs. The collection included some LPs from Venom which was good timing as they were playing London this week with Suffocation (Tom went!). Lots of big titles from Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath etc.
  2. Some decent Reggae 45s and 12″s from Ini Kamoze, Bunny Wailer (the amazing Rise & Shine 45), Augustus Pablo, Culture, Dennis Brown etc. Lots of nice titles – mixture of reissues and originals.
  3. Classic Rave & Electronica LPs from Aphex Twin, U-Ziq, The Future Sound Of London and their alias Amorphous Androgynous. Its funny as I was just playing the U-Ziq LP (Lunatic Harness) which was a firm favourite from my Selectadisc days and was thinking about how underrated it is these days.
  4. An Original Master Recording pressing of Revolver by The Beatles. Held by Hi-Fi buffs in high regard and possibly one of the best ways to hear this amazing LP.
  5. HUGE restock of titles from La Vida Es Un Mus – one of the best Hardcore Punk labels. Its always a huge pleasure to go and see Paco and pick up all of the new titles. We got loads of titles this time: Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Good Throb, Disclose, Framtid, Patsy, Los Crudos, Limp Wrist etc. Also we got a load of Munster titles from him too (which included some rare reissues of Latin, Boogaloo, Exotica, Garage, Wild Rock n Roll, Post Punk, Minimal Synth….all reissues of very rare titles and all legit!).
  6. Seriously killer suitcase full of Def Jam LPs – loads of Wu Tang related titles as well as killer LPs from people like Foxy Brown, Brand Nubian etc.
  7. More rare hardcore – in one of the piles was an Intense “Genesis Project” which is one of the greatest Hardcore/Jungle/DNB eps ever.
  8. Lots of interesting Library, Free Jazz, Avant Garde reissue LPs. Including some reissues of some seriously rare titles. I put a picture up on our Instagram of these – well worth checking them out!

Put out some mad stuff this week – Genesis original Pink Scrolls, Sex Tags Mania titles, loads of David Bowie, some proper Heavy Metal (including some obscure Eastern European Thrash!), lots of very nice Reggae titles (including some signed titles!), loads of Rock n Roll/Rockabilly and loads of Synth Pop (including a few more obscure titles).

I went to see Graham Lambkin do a piece about Canterbury in Canters last night – geezer is a legend!!!

Loads more due in this week!!!!

Tom is putting on this gig tomorrow (Saturday night) – its gonna be killer !!!

This weeks TOP TEN is from the Legend from L.O.T.I.O.N. – Alex Heir!! I had a wicked chat with Alex about Rave at the last Static Shock Festival so was super happy he sent me a Dance List! I love the fact that L.O.T.I.O.N. are influenced by The Prodigy. Alex also runs Deathtraitors which if you don’t know you really should.

dancE music

1. Dyewitness- Observing The Earth

2. Josh Wink- Don’t Laugh
3. Progression- Reach Further
4. Altern8- Activ-8 (Come With Me)
5. Laurent Garnier- Crispy Bacon
6. Blunted Dummies- House For All
7. Sequential- Death House
8. Messiah- There Is No Law
9. Skin Up- Blockbusters
10. Pancake- Don’t Turn Your Back
You can listen to L.O.T.I.O.N. here:
https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/digital-control-and-mans-obsolescence-lp

https://www.deathtraitors.com

 

Till next week!!!!!
X

Eternal Thanks to all the Mums

Yo from Reckless!!!

This Blog was written after I sneaked down and did all my mums washing up to ::

Its only been a few days since the last Blog Post but its been pretty hardcore. The shop has been busier than ever and the buying has been great as always!

  1. Loads of original 60s and 70s Beatles LPs have been coming in. Loads of super clean copies too. There has also been a hell of a lot of George Harrison LPs (including a top notch copy of All Things Must Pass). As I’m sure you can imagine these never last long. Pauls son also popped in and asked if we had any vacancies this week so its been a very Beatle-y week here at Reckless!
  2. More Hardcore Jungle! Some really tasty bits from DR S Gachet, New Era, Droppin Science, Doc Scott, The Alliance….loads more due in soon too!!!
  3. From the same seller a nice batch of Roots Reggae and Dub: Scientist, African Head Charge, Big Youth, Mad Professor, Augustus Pablo, Tribesmen, Prince Jammy, Aswad etc.
  4. Small batch of Esoteric Progressive Rock LPs, Italian Psychedelia, recordings of Satanists, Horror Soundtracks and Doom Metal LPs came in.
  5. Some really good Punk and Oi! came in from a nice bloke – all pretty mash up – but they played well: Crass, The 4-Skins, The Business, The Varaukers, Chaotic Dischord, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Conflict, GBH…..he also had a load of U2 records!!

Plenty more has come in as I have been told but I’ve been back home so haven’t seen whats up. I’ll add it to next week!

We got some Reckless Slipmats made this week – and they are well sick. I’ll put pics up when I’m back from Kent.

We have a gig next Saturday with the always amazing The Number Ones!

This weeks Top Ten is from my Mum!

My Mum is one of the reasons I love music so much I reckon – always used to play me sick records as I used to play with Soldiers. I remember she used to be really into the White Noise LP and the soundtrack to 2001. I have found tonnes of cool records in her collection over the years: Karlheinz Stockhausen, loads of French EPs, Igginsbottoms Wrench, Shirley Collins….She loves music and can often be found at gigs in Broadstairs at either the Folk Festival or the Blues Bash. Thanks for doing this Mum you are the best!!!!

  1. While my Guitar Gently Weeps     George Harrison   the first and best to be played very loud in a large space to swoon and dance to.
2. Maybe Tomorrow   Stereophonics    played loudly with the windows and doors open on a sunny day  and sing along with
3. NW    Niteworks  for crazy outdoors dancing in the middle of the night     I first saw this amazing group of musicians at Celtic Connections in Glasgow  and was hooked
4. Telephone Line  ELO    sing along with this and you can’t be sure your lungs get a work out…mine do
5. Crazy Man Michael  Fairport Convention    takes me back  just beautiful and reminds me of lovely hedgerows
6. The Sun Aint gonna shine anymore   The Walker Bros     that beautiful hunk Scot Walker ‘s voice takes me back to climbing cliffs in Cornwall and going down the tin mines  with my dancette    record player
7.Bob Dylan   Like a Rolling Stone    singing in the pub with lots of people!
8.Roy Orbison   Crying  have to have this as always good to play when you need a damn good boo    but to be played loudly so one can be very expressive
9.Tubular Bells  Mike Oldfield   all of it   just because I listened to it constantly when I was a student in Brighton!AND  still love it.
10.Thin Lizzy   Whiskey in the Jar     love love love    oh dear   again I love playing this early in the morning on a sunny summers day  dancing around the kitchen  and singing!
Till next week!
X

Its a Cold World out there…

Yo from Reckless!!!

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Well it was a bit of a nuts week – some days it took me two hours to get in to work – and it what obviously the same for a lot of people as a few days this week we were pretty dead. We were on a skeleton staff for a few days as some of us had to look after our kids when the Schools were shut but we all worked late to make sure that we got loads of new records out!

Anyway enough dry chat this is what came in this week:

  1. Several really, really good Classic Rock collections. I’m was told that both of the collections were very similar, and both killer. I was too busy being in Mallorca having it incredibly large with some other Reckless employees. Anyway; some very clean original records. I went through them today and: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, John Martyn, Cream, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Band, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, Robert Wyatt, Roy Buchanan, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Guy Clark, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, The Seeds, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Richard & Linda Thompson, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, Gram Parsons, Big Star, Black Sabbath…… these will go out throughout the week and they won’t last long!
  2. Another week another load of killer 90s LPs. Some really nice ones (decent shape too): R.E.M., Oasis, Blur, The Boo Radleys, The Field Mice, New Order, The Stone Roses, Portishead, Super Furry Animals, The Fall, Stereolab, Cocteau Twins etc. Fair bit of Sarah Records bits.
  3. Loads more wicked Jungle and Hardcore – keep putting it all up on Instagram and it keeps selling in about 5 minutes – more Tango, Origin Unknown, Ratty, Bukem, Seduction, Top Buzz, Bay B Kane, Pascal & Sponge…..we’ve been assured a lot more are coming in over the next few weeks.
  4. Quite a few nice Metal records have also been coming in off a regular seller: Cannibal Corpse, Mayhem, Conan, Darkthrone, Sepultura, Really hope he has loads more!
  5. Some decent Punk came in too – including a Part 1 Test Press and some Killed By Death comps,

Probably loads more came in but I was away (hence why there was no Blog last week but there will be another one at the end of this week if enough stuff comes in!).

We did some serious processing this week – fully stacked the 45s. I put out boxes of priced up ones today – loads of killer stuff. The Dance sure have been pricing like crazy and some seriously killer House and Techno has been going out from that huge collection we bought last month. Eddie has also priced up a tonne of Reggae and its selling fast!!

Loads of Decent new Reissues coming in this week too – all the classics. We’ve started getting in a load more new stuff from the distributors – so if you need a classic LP wether its Wu Tang, The Zombies or Joni Mitchell we’ll have it.

 

This week we have a Top Ten from Stu Tolhurst. I don’t know Stu but after going to the amazing Dub Organiser nights he does with Keith Lawrence I knew I had to ask him for a Top Ten. His selections were so killer, and it was amazing to be back home in Kent listening to the music I love on a big sound system in a little pub near my Dads old house! If you are ever in Whitstable and it is on you have to go – you will not be disappointed!

 

Stu Tolhurst Top Ten

The Termites – Push It Up – Olympic (ja)

Prince Buster – Black Dragon – Islam/Rock-a-Shaka (jp)

Drumbago – Dulcimina – Clancy Eccles (ja blank)

Tony and Howie – Fun It Up – Banana (Uk)

Winston Jarrett and the Flames – You’ve Lost Your Date – Nu Beat (Uk)

The Wailers – Feel Alright – Wail m Soul m (ja blank)

Tubbys Dub Song – (acetate)

Leroy Smart – God Helps The Man – Jackpot (ja blank)

Run Babylon – Larry Marshall – Studio One (ja blank)

One One Cocoa – DWYER – (ja misprint; Glen Brown/Boat to Progress)…

Here is a Radio show with Stu and Keith:

 

From Memphis to Detroit !!!

Yo from Reckless!!!

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Incredibly busy week – must have been Half Term. Also the high end Jazz and Reggae that went out created a bit of a buzz in the shop. Insane amount of buying this week; so busy we almost ran out of money yesterday!

Lets go!!!

  1. Some really, really, banging Techno came in this week from a fairly regular seller. He obviously bought a lot of cool records – mostly from Fat Cat by the looks of it. He has sold a load of Dub to us in the past but this time it was heavy Techno: plenty of Detroit; loads of Robert Hood, Jeff Mills (including the rare Picture Disc on UK Hardcore label ULR One), Ectomorph; UK Techno from Surgeon, James Ruskin and several more; Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound (including some rare Colour Vinyl titles). Very gnarly records here – and a lot of titles you don’t see everyday.
  2. Some really KILLER US Rap CDs. Someone has been selling us their entire Rap CD collection this week. Lots of very good, underground (and not so underground) titles. Plenty from Three Six Mafia, Project Pat, C Murder, E 40, Master P, Big Bear (Including Doin Thangs!!!!), Lil Flip, Lil Keke…. You know the score!!! Really nice to have these in as they don’t turn up too much.
  3. Another massive CD collection came in – this time fairly across the board but relying heavily on the the Experimental side of things. Loads of Japanese titles from Boredoms, Acid Mothers Temple, Fushitsusha, Merzbow….lots of interesting Electronica titles too (loads on Warp, Rephlex, Planet Mu but also a lot more underground titles). Also: Rap, Metal, Punk, Noise, Psych, Prog, Jazz etc.
  4. I was skint this week so sold in a load of stuff – some rare UK Psych titles (some of which sold straight away), rare LPs from The Honeybus, Lush, Kraftwerk, Linda Hoyle, Kaleidoscope. Also lots of Techno/House.
  5. Small pile of wicked Death Metal reissue LPs came in: Napalm Death, Pestilence, Slayer, Possessed, Morbid Angel.
  6. Rare Japanese Guns N Roses EP.
  7. Loads of really good Hard Rock/Heavy Metal LPs also came in. Sleeves are all in great shape, the vinyl is generally VG but they all play well. Lots of classics from Iron Maiden, Anvil, Bon Jovi, Spider, Motley Crue, Diamond Head, Accept, AC/DC, Hawkwind, Uriah Heep, UFO etc. Exactly the sort of records you would see in Provincial towns looking for Bolt Thrower LPs in your teens; sometimes it would pay off, but mostly not.
  8. Loads of super clean Classic Rock came in: Pink Floyd, Ultravox, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Bruce Springsteen etc.
  9. Some nice Soul LPs – about 60 – lots of UK and US originals. Including a few more sought after titles from Ann Peebles.
  10. Tonnes of Grunge including loads of Pearl Jam and a rare LP from Temple Of The Dog.
  11. Huge collection of Rock N Roll. Nearly all reissues or cool 80s comps. But loads of really, really good records. Tonnes of semi-hard beat comps – Freakbeat, Psych, Beat. Loads of Gnarly Evil Rock N Roll.
  12. My favourite collection this week turned up first thing on Sunday. I’d been surprised with a Birthday trip to Lazer Quest on Saturday so was a little tired first thing at work on Sunday but this perked me right up. A really nice couple sold in their collection and it was really great. Loads of Classical, Chanson, Oddities, Classic Rock, Jazz. Some beautiful records including Miles Davis, Francois Hardy, Moondog. Some fairly rare Classical titles too. Loads of really nice Kids records too!

Here is one of my favourite Moondog tracks – which to me sounds like a Funky version of a track from The Wicker Man soundtrack!

 

You will be pleased to hear that this week it is the second instalment from James Knight!!! His last Top Ten went down a treat and I really loved reading this one too,. Especially the bit about The Lowest Form :p

 

I’m back! Shout out to everyone and anyone who made it through my first beefy top ten and biggup the folks that got in touch to say they dug it – your chests! As promised I did try to keep this one shorter as befits the nature of the records being discussed but it’s still a bit of an eyeful I’m afraid so go get the coffee on! Here are ten of my favourite punk tunes (in no particular order) and a bit about why I like ‘em:

 

“Gimme Gimme Gimme” – Black Flag

Picking up Kerrang as early as my pre-teens Rollins was a fairly regular fixture and so many bands referenced Flag as an influence that it was inevitable I’d check them out sooner or later. The moment I knew I had to get hold of some of their music though was hearing Jordan Richter skate to “My War” in Video Days the epic Blind video. Skate videos were another massive influence on my listening looking back. Hearing The Misfits, D.R.I., Maiden and Jefferson Airplane in Welcome To Hell; hearing Cymande, Joe Bataan and Herbie Hancock in Mouse; hearing Sabbath, Slayer and more Flag in Misled Youth; hearing Fugazi, Miles Davis, Gil Scott Heron, Archers of Loaf and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth in Eastern Exposure? How could I not be vibing out to all that shit age 13!? Anyway back to Flag  – what can you say? The blueprint for a sound, and, perhaps more importantly, an attitude and ethos towards touring and releasing records that still inspires many to this day. Rollins’ memoir Get In The Van that details life on the road with Flag in the early 80s is well worth a read to get an idea of the levels of commitment they had and how clearly inspirational this approach was to kids in every town they blasted through. Of the pre-Rollins vocalists I’m generally a Dez guy but I’ve always thought that Chavo nails it on this one which is probably my favourite of the early, short, fast, snotty, pissed off and nihilistic Flag which you can hear in one go on the Everything Went Black and First Four EPs comp’s. Damaged and My War are no doubt high points of the Rollins era but I also have a real soft spot for the late period instrumental Process Of Weeding Out LP.  If you don’t know – get to know!

“Punk Is Dead” – Crass

Hearing the Sex Pistols and The Clash in the early 1990s it was difficult to imagine what people had found so shocking in 1976. When I finally got hold of a copy of the Christ The Album LP in the big black box it felt challenging, subversive, confrontational and unrelentingly principled in a way those Pistols and Clash records never had to me. The short sharp bursts of song with Steve Ignorant’s pissed off vocal setting the world to rights over the top, the typography, the logo, the reams of text that came in the inlay booklet as well as the amazing Gee Vaucher collage (that includes a squatting Margaret Thatcher shitting sausages and skulls!) made a hefty impact on my impressionable psyche. The ideals and aesthetics of Crass so completely inform the anarcho/crust offshoot of punk it’s hard to imagine how that branch of the tree would look and sound had they never existed. The only comparable example I can think of is trying to imagine D-Beat without Discharge but then we’re really  straying into some ‘if a tree falls in the forest…’ territory. Aaaaaanyway, fair play to Penny for continuing to live and create according to his principles, you can still find him living and working (often in the nude) at Dial House, the anarcho-pacifist, communal, open house in Essex where he has lived and worked since the late 1960s. Here he is (with his clothes on) having a powwow with several other members of the band around the kitchen table at Dial House in 1984:

 

“Who Are You” – Void

Growing up in Kingston Upon Thames in the early 90s I was lucky enough to have access to three great record shops: Slammin’ Vinyl (RIP!!!) in the Apple Market had three floors of house, techno, jungle and D&B; Collectors Record Centre on London Road (still there to this day!) had a good selection of second hand rock and pop and there was also a branch of the Beggars Banquet shops on Eden Street that did a good bit of everything. When Beggars decided to get out of the bricks and mortar record shop game long time staff member Jon Tolley took up the reigns and the shop shifted to its current identity of Banquet Records. Shout out to Jon who has grafted hard and done things the right way and made Banquet an excellent local independent record shop that functions as a wicked community hub doing instores and organising gigs as well as staying well stocked with a diverse range of music. Long pre-amble but one thing that Jon has always ensured is that Banquet has been well stocked with key American Hardcore back catalogue releases. I was able to snap up CD copies of Minor Threat, Black Flag, Flipper etc no problem and Banquet always had a good chunk of the Dischord catalogue available on CD. The Faith/Void split remains the standout release of that period of my punk discovery, the Void side in particular. Heavy, aggressive, taught, pummelling, slightly deranged (check the guitar solo at 1 min!) and not shy to throw in a weighty breakdown Void still get me going! Here they are playing “Who Are You” live in DC in ’83:

S/T 7” – Koro

8 songs, six minutes, all killer, absolutely zero filler! Short, super fast, furious punk rock at its lithe and limber best. Koro’s only 7” was originally self-released in 1983 and the OG still goes for £££. You used to see bootlegs in various colours on eBay etc but Sorry State have done a proper re-issue of the 7” as well as putting out an unreleased LP (also originally recorded back in ’83) so anyone and everyone can get involved! Here’s “Feelin’ Pretty Minimal” from the LP which stretches out across a whole two minutes:

“Drop Dead” – Siege

Formed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1981 Siege concocted their brutally distilled version of hardcore in isolation from the prevailing Boston scene. Don’t get me wrong, I love SSD, Jerry’s Kid etc but something about being outcast from a scene of outcasts really seems to have given the Siege recordings a totally nihilistic, disassociative vibe that you can still feel to this day. Fellow small town Massachusetts kids Deep Wound were probably the closest thing in terms of speed, brevity and rawness but they could never quite match the sheer brutality of Siege. As well as the short, fast and furious stuff done rawer, quicker and more brutally than, possibly, anyone before them the B side of their 1984 cassette demo (and subsequent 7” releases of the recordings) is an 8 minute schizoid dirge out with a squalling sax wailing all over it called “Grim Reaper”:

So good. Aside from a few comp. appearances in the early/mid-80s (including on Pushead’s killer Cleanse The Bacteria comp.) Siege never put anything official out until Relapse re-issued their demo tape on CD in the mid-90s with a few extra tracks. This video of them playing in (I think) their school gym in 1984 is still one of the very best things I have ever seen on the internet and whenever I watch it I kind of feel like there’s no point bothering with anything else:

Albert Mudrian interviewed Siege drummer Robert Williams for his great book Choosing Death and Williams had the following to say about some issues he had with an aborted recording session they tried in the mid-90s with Anal Cunt front dude Seth Putnam who loved Siege so much he essentially resurrected the band so that he could sing with them! I think this quote sums up the spirit and attitude of the band well:

 

“We were recording and writing and I had written a bunch of revolutionary stuff, like violent lyrics, and the guitarist changed some of my lyrics with weak rhyme, making them pacifist rather than revolutionary, and really changing their context…I still have genocidal resentment about that. We never planned to compromise our extremity”

 

Genocidal Resentment would make a good band name, can’t believe no one has used that yet!

“Break The Chain” – Infest

Infest originally only existed for me as a mysterious band on patches that older dudes had on their jackets at punk shows I’d go to. It took me a while to find out anything about them online and finally I came across a guy in Germany on eBay who was selling a bootleg burned CDR copy of their discography. To say I was blown away by what I heard on that CDR would be an understatement. “Break The Chain” sums up Infest in 26 seconds. They took what Seige were doing and somehow distilled it still further. ‘Powerviolence’ is a kinda goofy term but you gotta hand it to Matt Domino (who coined the term and played guitar in Infest and Neanderthal) – it does a pretty perfect job of capturing the essence of the sound. Here’s another favourite, “Cold Inside”:

 

Brutal!

 

“Skull Crusher” – Man Is The Bastard

I discovered Man Is The Bastard via their split 8” on Vermiform with Born Against. Damn, Born Against should really be on this list. And Rorschach! At least by including MITB I am sort of covering Neanderthal and Crossed Out as there is significant member overlap between MITB and those groups, go check ‘em all out!! Back to MITB – there’s a lot to love! Much like Crass they went in for overtly anti corporate/anti-capitalist sloganeering and had a killer logo and aesthetic. As well as being brutally heavy thanks to Eric Wood’s pummelling bass, they also possessed a sonic trump card in Henry Barnes’ home spun electronics that gave the band a squalling, harsh, wall of noise that set them apart from their Powerviolence contemporaries and allowed them to frequently wander into straight up Power Electronics territory. Wood continues to preach the sermon of THE SKULL with the Bastard Noise, an extension of the Man Is The Bastard/Charred Remains project that occasionally includes Barnes and his machines amongst a rotating assembly of sympathetic contributors. A bit like a Powerviolence Mark E.Smith if it’s Wood and yer nan on bongos you can pretty much guarantee that there will be SKULL SONICS! Here’s an interview I did with Wood ten years ago (!):

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/exan44/eric-wood-158-v15n10

And the pic up top is of me hanging out with Henry Barnes at an Amps For Christ show at The Montague (RIP) that Reckless top shotter and Static Shock bossman Ellis put on a couple of years back. Amps For Christ is Barnes’ solo project and again – I heartily recommend checking them out, wild and wonderful sounds & unimaginable instruments aplenty:

“Mother Made Me” – Lungfish

I’m not entirely sure that Lungfish belong on this list, or, for that matter, any list! While the music they make may not exactly be punk in sound though, it certainly is in spirit. I also discovered them in a punk context as they released their recordings on Ian MacKaye’s Dischord label.  Lungfish music is totally singular – strange, mantra-like feral hymnals based on trance inducing repetition, intoned over by Daniel Higgs’ oblique-yet-enchanting vocals. If you are not familiar then I envy you! Go jump straight into any of their twelve LP’s and get lost. I am sincerely sad that I have never got to see Lungfish play live although I have seen Higgs several times over the years and it is always an utterly transcendental experience which comes highly recommended! Interviews are given rarely by the band but this short radio feature offers an interesting insight and includes Higgs in conversation:

“Serve & Protect” – Citizen’s Arrest

Damn, there’s so many New York bands I could have included that I love to bits for a variety of reasons – Antidote, Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, the freaking  Cro-Mags! There is, however, something I find unquestionable about Citizen’s Arrest. Their first 7” is in a small box I have that never goes into storage. Straight up raging hardcore executed flawlessly. 27 years after its release the lyrics to this tune that kicks off that first 7” seem all kinds of prescient and relevant to today’s batshit crazy bowl of bullshit.

 

“Never Healed” – Heresy

While I’d happened across the crustier/grindier UK underground bands from the mid-80s like Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror etc via exploring metal it wasn’t actually until moving to Notts that I discovered Heresy and Ripcord who raged as hard and fast as just about anything. It was a total revelation at the time and I still love both of those bands to bits. With Heresy being from Notts and Kalv and Steve still playing every now and again in town as part of Geriatric Unit I felt a real affinity with Heresy and much later I got an opportunity to help make a documentary about that whole scene for Channel 4 that someone has handily whacked up on Vimeo:

It was also really cool meeting and spending time with Tom Withers aka Tommy Stupid, drummer in The Stupids who went on to become Klute as I was totally into both bits of his recording career. Here’s an absolute beast of an emotional d&b roller that no one does quite like Klute:

 

More rollers to come when I do my UK hardcore continuum top ten!

 

“Interplanetary Badboy” – The Lowest Form

Chris is always the last person to blow his own trumpet so I’m not sure he’ll even leave this cheeky eleventh pick in but I hope he does because as well as knowing more about records than ten normal record nerds put together he also sings in one of the best UK punk bands of the last decade. That might sound like hyperbole and it’s perhaps difficult for me to be objective as I know all of the members personally but it’s true. You can ignore me though and take the fact that their two LPs have come out on Iron Lung Records alongside bands like Diät, Cold Sweat and Una Bestia Incontrolable as a pretty solid vouchsafe. So biggup Chris, Michael (go check out his great label Night School – https://night-school.bandcamp.com/ and his solo project Apostile – http://nightschoolrecords.com/index.php/apostille/ ), Luke  who also goes by Helm – https://hhelmm.bandcamp.com/ and puts out loads of badboy records on his Alter label – https://alter.bandcamp.com/ ) and Paco (whose La Vid Es Un Mus label is probably the most consistent and prolific underground punk label in the game for both new and re-issue releases and has been for bloody ages – http://www.lavidaesunmus.com/ ) – I am well proud of all you guys!

 

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Till next week

Reckless!

Hardcore will never die!!!!

Oi! From Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:

I’m writing this from home – waiting in for a copy of this 12″ to arrive in the post. I’ve been completely obsessing over it recently. It really reminds me of Autechre doing a hardcore tune; absolutely love it!!!

Anyway – mad busy week as always. Half Term meant all walks of life were in which was nice. Hopefully loadsa of young kids were in buying their first records. Mad records in as always:

  1. Really nice bag full of about 60 12″s. Evenly split between Dance Mania titles and tunes from Omar S. As we all know Dance Mania is an absolutely class label – with so many killer Chicago cuts. From beautiful Lil Louis funky numbers to Ghetto tunes from DJ Funk. These won’t last long! Omar S always mashes up the dance – and with these you could do a full Omar set. Wicked productions!
  2. Amazing very large pile of records came over from Germany. They were all Punk/Hardcore/Garage. Included were the rare Fall Flying Nun LP, Blondie rarities (Parallel Lines original US Test Press, Japanese pressings), rare Dead Kennedys original 45s, Wipers originals and colour pressings, original Wire pressings, Television Personalities, The Pop Group (with all the posters), Blitz, Green Day, Bauhaus, Chrome, Black Flag…As you can tell its a really amazing collection and we spent a huge amount of money on it!! The seller informed us he was super happy with what he got and that this was the start of a 5000 piece collection – omg!
  3. Loads and loads of new stuff/reissues came in this week. Lots of Sealed titles, including a lot of OOP titles. Loads of 4ad (including lots of Dead Can Dance), new Indie, Classic Rock, Death Metal, Prog Rock…
  4. Some nice classic Prog Rock came in this week – Jethro Tull, Tempest, Van Der Graaf Generator, Genesis, The Web, Uriah Heep….
  5. More decent Reggae came in this week. Lots of Rare titles from Augustus Pablo, The Maytals, Freddie McGregor, Big Youth, Prince Buster etc. Also hopefully some of those rare 45s will be going out this weekend.
  6. An absolutely TOP TIER Jazz collection came in. The cream was a load of UK Esquire Miles Davis originals in amazing condition. Also a few rare Blue Note titles and others from Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, Charles Mingus etc. We paid loads for these and they are out at top whack but I think you’ll agree they are worth it!!
  7. From the same collection there were a few rare titles from Elvis Presley (original HMV titles, a load of original UK 78s), The Faces (original gatefold sleeve pressing), Buddy Holly 78s, a few Blues 78s.
  8. Large pile of reissue vinyl (including the Sparks Island box) as well as a load of rare SACDs from David Bowie, Yes, Marillion, Fleetwood Mac etc.
  9. Loads more UKG – all across the board. Lots of wicked, wicked titles though!!!!!
  10. Few Hardcore Jungle bits – including a fair few from last week that went out – original Skanna, DJ Scoobie, some Lucky Spin promos, Orca, LTJ Bukem, Tango, Source Direct, Acen, Funky Junky, Monita, DJ Rap, Remarc, Spinback, DJ Trace etc.

Loads more collections due in this week – watch this space!!!

Brainiacs are playing next week:

Also the mighty Beserk are playing Saturday night in London art New River Studios which will be a ripper.

This weeks TOP TEN is from the mighty Ed AKA DJ JEDI!!!!!!

Ruff With The Smooth – Sounds Superior

Nirvana – About a Girl

Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

Marc Smith – Breakdown

Bug – So What (Commie Remix)

Naughty by Nature – Uptown Anthem

Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (A Mix Of Two Halves)

Lemonheads – Into Your Arms

The House Crew – Euphoria (Nino’s Dream)

Thanks Ed!!! Wicked list!!!

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