'Stories From the She-Punks' documentary

Happy International Women's Day! Please, consider donating to help Gina Birch's (The Raincoats) 'Stories From the She-Punks' documentary get made by buying a track or two on their Bandcamp page

This is a song that celebrates the bass guitar. There are 5 bass players on the track including Gina Birch, Emily Elhaj, Shanne Bradley, Jane Woodgate & Helen McCookerybook. Anne Wood plays some great backwards violin.
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Pre-order 'Grid City'

Chicago music lovers, Grid City features a varied selection of original tunes by ONOMelina Ausikaitis & Angela Mullenhour, Matt JencikJohn Bellows, Bret KoontzFamous LaughsHIDE, Beau WanzerQuarter Mile ThunderWet KeySweet CobraGula-Gila, LilacAlex BarnettBrett NauckeFACS, Justin DemusJeremiah MeeceAzita Youssefi, & Equip.

This love letter to the city doesn't include everything the music scene has to offer but, we hope to continue this as a series. Considering the response (20 tracks is a hefty comp!), a second volume is a possibility. Submissions or interest can be sent to emily at reckless dot com. Please, be aware this is a genre-free, curated compilation and our goal is to make it as inclusive as possible. 

Pre-order your digital copy or cassette >> here <<

Very special thanks yous to the following people -

Cover art by Lee Relvas
Mastered by Mark Yoshizumi
Layout by Kevin Hein
Dubbed by Jake Acosta 


John Bellows 'Fly' Video

John Bellows (aka John Wheatley) is a staple of the Chicago music scene(s). Pleasantly unclassifiable, Grid City would not be a Chicago compilation without him. Though now located in Washington state, he makes the journey back to the fertile grounds of Illinois to collaborate and play. This song, along with 19 others, will be featured on our forthcoming release.

Fly was shot on San Juan Island in Washington and was directed & edited by Jerzy Rose. The song yields contributions by Glenn Hendrick (flute, violin, vox), Sara Condo (omnichord), and Gavin Goodrich (piano). Mastered by Nicholas Wilbur at The Unknown, Anacortes, WA.

Other credits include video crew Halle Butler and actors John Bellows, Glenn Hendrick, and Sara Condo.

Best Of 2017 & 'Grid City' Track List Announcement


Kept it rolling this year. Toured, traveled, and protested our way through 2017. Some of these albums were constant companions during the year.

We are currently turning our sights to the next Love Lion release (due in January) titled Grid City. Featuring 20 stone cold cuts from the grittiest city, Chicago. Check back soon for artwork by Lee Relvas, how to order the cassette + download, and beautiful poster by Max Morris.

Here is the track list...

Side A
Brett Naucke - Flora Counterpoint II
FACS - In A Memory
Alex Barnett - Machine Learning
Lilac - Kiss The Corpse
Gula Gila - Power
Sweet Cobra - Coats
Wet Key - Lock Stays
Famous Laughs - Garage Mahal
Bret Koontz - Gloaming, Nightshade
Matt Jencik - One For Laird
ONO - Yam (The Mound Bayou Mix)

Side B
John Bellows - Fly
AZITA - True Believers
Quarter Mile Thunder - Rolling Two
HIDE - Black Flame
Beau Wanzer - Don't Eat The Ground
Justin Demus - Penumbra
Jeremiah Meece - Ideology
Equip - Ancient Ivy Atrium
Melina Ausikaitis & Angela Mullenhour - IMAMAN

Thank yous all around to those who participated in our interview series - Matt Jencik (Implodes), Meg Duffy (Hand Habits), Liz Harris (Grouper), and Laura Lee (Khruangbin). Look for more conversations in the new year. 

Lastly, She Shreds will be hosting a feature of my photography. Check out a print copy early next year or my personal website.

Special shout out to 'coffee,' without it, none of this would be possible.


PS - Grace Jones is better at most things. 



Arthur Russell - Instrumentals (Audika)
Big Thief - Capacity (Saddle Creek)
Wand - Plum (Drag City)
Blue Iverson (Dean Blunt) - Hotep (Self-Released)
Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Sam)
Grouper - Paradise Valley 7” (Yellow Electric)
Jaimie Branch - Fly Or Die (International Anthem)
Yellow Days - Is Everything Ok In Your World? (Doobie McQueen / Good Years Music)
Power Trip - Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
Slowdive - Sugar For The Pill (Dead Oceans)
Matt Jencik - Weird Times (Hands In the Dark)
V/A - Shout Music (Love Lion)
Girl Ray - Earl Grey (Moshi Moshi)
Dominique Lawalrée - First Meeting (Catch Wave)
Steve Lacy - Steve Lacy’s Demo (Three Quarter)
The Paperhead - Chew (Trouble In Mind)
The Feelies - In Between (Bar None)
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble - Find Me Finding You (Drag City)
Hand Habits - Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) (Woodsist)
Daniel Caesar - Freudian (Golden Child)
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - On The Echoing Green (Mexican Summer)
Gaussian Curve - The Distance (Music From Memory)
Alvvays - Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
Kendrick Lamar - Damn. (TDE)
Neil Young - Hitchhiker (Reprise)
Dean Blunt & Joanne Robertson - Wahalla (Textile)
Sharon Jones - Soul of a Woman (Daptone)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Son of a Lady EP (Tendril Tales)
Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)
Cleaners From Venus (Martin Newell) - Kitchen Table EP (Plastic Response)
Rev. Lonnie Farris - A Night at the House of Prayer (Buked & Scorned)
Kelly Lee Owens - s/t (Smalltown Supersound)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch - Blade Runner 2049 (Epic)
King Krule - The Ooz (XL)


Selena – Dreaming of You (Capitol)
Radiohead - OkNotOk (XL)
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Death Waltz)
Elliott Smith - Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars)
Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See (Capitol)
Orange Juice - Coals To Newcastle (AED)
Marisa Anderson - Traditional and Public Domain Songs (MIssissippi)


Chris Cohen tour
Charlotte Day Wilson, 1306
Christian Scott, 3 Keys
Thelma & The Sleaze, Siberia
King Woman, Castillo Blanco
Bonnie Prince Billy & Bitchin Bajas, Music Box Village
Diamanda Galás, The Joy
MonoNeon & guests, Blue Nile
Khruangbin, One Eyed Jacks x 2
Grace Jones, Primavera
Rajasthan Express, Primavera
Seckou Keita, St. Mary's
Sun Ra Arkestra, Jazz Cafe
Cass McCombs, Halfway Festival
George Clinton, Pitchfork
Newport Folk Festival
Hiss Golden Messenger & guests, Jane Pickens Theater
Frank Ocean, Øya & Flow
Princess Nokia, Flow
Solange, Hopscotch
Ariel Pink, Tipitina’s


Heart, Portland
Panther, Miami
Slow, Boise
Mojo, New Orleans
Monmouth, London
Jonas Reindl, Vienna
Coffee Collective, Copenhagen
Slate, Seattle
Ritual, San Francisco
Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis
Great Lakes Coffee, Detroit

> RIP Kelan Phil Cohran <