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Chicago Underground Duo12 Degrees Of Freedom ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1999. Very Good+ ... $12.99
Very nice stuff from the duo of Chad Taylor and Rob Mazurek, two players who are currently among some of the best in Chicago's hot jazz/rock crossover scene. Taylor plays percussion and vibes, Mazurek plays coronet, piano, and flute – and the pair are joined by guitarist Jeff Parker on a number of tracks. Titles include "The Pursued", "Not Quite Dark Yet and The Stars Shining Above The Withered Fields", "Lemon Grass", and "The Big Bang Theory". LP, Vinyl record album

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8 Bold SoulsLast Option ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2000. Used ... $6.99
8 Bold Souls have been one of the most consistent (and compelling!) jazz units working in Chicago over the past 20 years – and thanks to the notable leadership of reed player Ed Wilkerson, the group has continued to grow and flourish, bridging a gap between an older AACM south side tradition, and the younger underground players on the north side. No surprise, then, that this album came out on the indie/post-rock stronghold Thrill Jockey – but don't let that put you off if you're a real jazz fan, because Wilkerson's vision is clearer and purer than ever, and the set bristles with excitement through a batch of sparkling original compositions written in a vaguely Mingus-y style. Titles include "Pachinko", "Gang Of Four", "Brown Town", and "Odyssey". CD

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Howe GelbSno Angel Like You ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2006. Used ... $6.99
Howe hones in on a heretofore unexplored muse in his long, influential, and sometimes fan-frustrating career on the margins of underground Americana – an actual, honest-to-God gospel choir – beautifully layered into his stripped down, dusty and abstract folk-rock-whatever. Apparently a light went off in Howe's head on a Canadian festival date he shared with Ottawa's Voices Of Praise choir – who were then tapped to provide soaring, genuinely inspirational middle parts to Howe's loveable muddle. It sounds like a crackpot idea, but it may very well be the best beginning-to-end album he's ever headlined. Sno Angel features a few re-interpreted Gelb/Giant Sand classics such as "Robes Of Bible Black", "Neon Filler" and "Chore Of Enchantment" (the title track to a wonderful album of which the actual song was mysteriously left off the finished version), a couple of strong bluesy pieces by departed collaborator Rainer Ptacek, and a few new numbers from Gelb's ever evolving stack of songs. Howe's on his best behavior throughout, sticking to the script in the most straight-forward manner you'll ever find him in, backed up by the uplifting choruses, additional guitars, and solid drums from Jeremy Gara of the Arcade Fire. Other tracks include "Get To Leave", "Paradise Here Abouts", "But I Did Not", "Hey Man", "Howlin' A Gale", "Worried Spirits" and more. If you ever kind of liked Giant Sand, but thought they were way too fractured and rambling to ever really love, here's where the epiphany just might happen. CD
(Out of print.)

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OvalSystemisch ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1996. Near Mint- 2LP ... $22.99
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(Original clear vinyl pressing.)

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Sam PrekopWho's Your New Professor ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2005. Used ... $5.99
Another fine outing from Sam Prekop – his second solo album in five years – and well worth the wait! We hardly need to describe the vibe after all these years of swimming the Sea & Cake. Prekop's vocals are as breathy and breezy as ever, and he still pulls it all off in a way that manages to feel warm and austere at the same time. The arrangements are one step jazzier than that last album's – with plenty of room for his great group find a playful groove. Tracks include "Something", "Magic Step", "Dot Eye", "Two Dedications", "Chicago People", "Little Bridges", "A Splendid Hollow", "C+F", "Neighbor To Neighbor", "Density", and "Between Outside". CD

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TortoiseBeacons Of Ancestorship (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2009. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
A nice, diverse display of avant instrumental soundscapes from Tortoise – who sound as unpredictable and vital as ever! All the descriptions of how groundbreaking Tortoise was in the earlier years, and forward looking they've remained throughout their career is all fine and good (and true) – but in the decade and a half of accolades, it isn't often discussed how flat out fun the group is at its best – and that's what we love about this record. Here they blend dynamics built from Krautrock and elastic proggy influences, electronic experimentalism, dubby bass, hypnotic soundtracky vibes, and even a little bit of raw, rugged punk into an overall approach that's Tortoise through and through. Their best since Standards, to say the least, and up there with their best work. Titles include "High Class Slim Came Floatin In", "Prepare Your Coffin", "Northern Something", "Gigantes", "Penumbra", "Yinxianghechechengqi", "The Fall Of The Seven Diamonds Plus One", "Minors", Monument Six Thousand One Hundred", "De Chelly" and "Charteroak Foundation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – with album download.)

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TortoiseCatastrophist ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
The first album in years from Tortoise – again stretching out creatively in fascinating ways, some subtle and others obvious – and all of it compelling! The Catastrophist is partly inspired by work Tortoise was commissioned to produce by the City Of Chicago, material that could be used in collaboration with the city's great jazz and improvistional musical community. For The Castastrophist record, these musical building blocks were pulled back into Tortoise-ville, where the band could do their diverse and distinctive thing. Compelling drums and percussion, creative guitar and bass grooves, and divergent keyboard textures make up the connective tissue – but it's a pretty diverse sound overall! Two of the more fascinating stylistic departures have vocals – a bass-y, synth-steeped cover of the early 70s David Essex hit "Rock On", and the moody, melodic "Yonder Blue" with Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo. Other titles include"The Catastrophist', "Ox Duke","Gopher Island", "Shake Hands With Danger", "The Clearing Fills", "Gesceap", "Tesseract", "Hot Coffee" and "At Odds With Logic". CD
Also available Catastrophist (with download) ... LP 16.99

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TortoiseCatastrophist (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2016. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
The first album in years from Tortoise – again stretching out creatively in fascinating ways, some subtle and others obvious – and all of it compelling! The Catastrophist is partly inspired by work Tortoise was commissioned to produce by the City Of Chicago, material that could be used in collaboration with the city's great jazz and improvistional musical community. For The Castastrophist record, these musical building blocks were pulled back into Tortoise-ville, where the band could do their diverse and distinctive thing. Compelling drums and percussion, creative guitar and bass grooves, and divergent keyboard textures make up the connective tissue – but it's a pretty diverse sound overall! Two of the more fascinating stylistic departures have vocals – a bass-y, synth-steeped cover of the early 70s David Essex hit "Rock On", and the moody, melodic "Yonder Blue" with Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo. Other titles include"The Catastrophist', "Ox Duke","Gopher Island", "Shake Hands With Danger", "The Clearing Fills", "Gesceap", "Tesseract", "Hot Coffee" and "At Odds With Logic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Catastrophist ... CD 13.99

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TortoiseIt's All Around You (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2004. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Wow, this is SO not the Tortoise that first set the underground aflame in the early 90s – the group has evolved and opened up in ways we never would have expected. With It's All Around You it's emerged with an airy, open, stargazing set of tracks that resemble the languid atmosphere of Tangerine Dream as much as they do early post rock! Gone, for the most part from early Tortoise is that strong, rubbery electric bass groove and tightly thudding live drum sound. It's All Around You retains the bright vibes and sputtering electronics of the TNT album, and the out front, almost rock & roll guitar lines of the Standards album – and adds an ever present, ambient synthesizer bubble of sound to surround the thing. It's all so catchy, too, and almost sunny. If Tortoise hasn't really broken any new ground this time, it's only because they're the ones who broke it in the first place. Tracks include "It's All Around You", The Lithium Shifts", "Crest", "Stretch", "Dot/Eyes", "By Dawn", "Five Too Many" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – with album download.)

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TortoiseMillions Now Living Will Never Die (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 25.99
Essential early-ish Tortoise – and among their best records ever! The bassy, heavily rhythmic aspect of their earlier recordings is as well intact and distinctive as it was on the benchmark self-titled album and earlier singles, but the group really branches out here and incorporates many more diverse elements. The 20+ minute opener "Djed" is as incredible as ever, starting with that brilliant bass line and some staticy effects, which is compelling enough, but soon the drums and organ kick in and it becomes what might be post rock's most epic instrumental anthem. The shorter tracks are hardly less vital. "A Survey", "The Taut And Tame", "Dear Grandma And Grandpa", "Glass Museum" and "Along The Banks Of Rivers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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TortoiseStandards (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2001. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
This groundbreaking Chicago combo once again moves away from the pack on what might be their best album – leaving behind the host of imitators that sprung up in their wake. Standards still shows a fascination with the spare and revolving rhythms that graced the group's first few releases, but it's also a lot more complex musically – with plenty of added electronics, noisy guitars, keyboards, and some of the most sophisticated production to date – proof that these guys are great, and always growing as artists. Titles include "Seneca", "Eros", "Benway", "Eden 2", "Blackjack", "Speakeasy", and "Six Pack". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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TortoiseWhy Waste Time? (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Thrill Jockey (Japan), 2010. Used ... $12.99
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(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ ArbouretumSong Of The Pearl ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ TortoiseCatastrophist (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album in years from Tortoise – again stretching out creatively in fascinating ways, some subtle and others obvious – and all of it compelling! The Catastrophist is partly inspired by work Tortoise was commissioned to produce by the City Of Chicago, material that could be used in collaboration with the city's great jazz and improvistional musical community. For The Castastrophist record, these musical building blocks were pulled back into Tortoise-ville, where the band could do their diverse and distinctive thing. Compelling drums and percussion, creative guitar and bass grooves, and divergent keyboard textures make up the connective tissue – but it's a pretty diverse sound overall! Two of the more fascinating stylistic departures have vocals – a bass-y, synth-steeped cover of the early 70s David Essex hit "Rock On", and the moody, melodic "Yonder Blue" with Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo. Other titles include"The Catastrophist', "Ox Duke","Gopher Island", "Shake Hands With Danger", "The Clearing Fills", "Gesceap", "Tesseract", "Hot Coffee" and "At Odds With Logic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available
Catastrophist ... CD 13.99
Catastrophist (with download) ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ TortoiseTNT (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1998. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tortoise's third album, and pretty remarkable creative leap for the inventive Chicago ensemble – now with the great guitarist Jeff Parker in the fold! Like the earlier records, Like their earlier records, TNT features an incredibly haunting mix of percussion, electronics, and jazz-oriented instrumentation – put together with an approach that's even more sophisticated than earlier releases. That said, the guitar makes a huge difference – and there's a lot of guest players in the mix, including horns and strings. Definitely one of their best ever! Titles include "Swing From The Gutters", "Four Day Interval", "Jetty", "Everglade", and "The Equator". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – with album download.)

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✨✧ TortoiseTortoise (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Their first one, now a classic in the once-burgeoning "post rock" genre (much as we hate using that term) – and it's hands down one of best and most influential albums to come out of Chicago in the early 90s! A spare, rhythmic blend of moody grooves laid down by 2 basses, 2 drummers, and a host of other instruments. This is the one that still featured Bundy "K for Killer" Brown, and overall, it feels more like the work of a core band than some of the more atmospheric and thickly-layered Tortoise records to come. Includes "Magnet Pulls Through", "Night Air", "Ry Cooder". "Tin Cans & Twine", "Flyrod", "On Noble", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – with album download.)

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✨✧ Lonesome OrganistCavalcade ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Sticks & StonesShed Grace ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
A new one from Chicago's Sticks & Stones, featuring free scene mainstay Josh Abrams on bass, Matana Roberts on alto saxophone, clarinet and some percussion, and Chad Taylor on drums. Each member penned a couple tracks, including Abrams's title track, "The Refusal" and "So Very Cold", Matana's "Veatrice" and "430", and Taylor's "Wordful" and "Wonder Twins". The trio also takes a short turn on Monk's "Skippy", a really great straight up avant garde jazz take of Fela's "Colonial Mentality", and Billy Strayhorn's "Ishifran". This album features a very nicely uncluttered production aesthetic, and it suits the album's feel very, very well! CD

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✨✧ Luke RobertsIron Gates At Throop & Newport ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2012. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ LamplightersLoving, Rocking, Thrilling – The Complete Federal Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... About May 1, 2016
Excellent vocal group work by The Lamplighters – a less-remembered 50s outfit whose members later went onto greater fame in The Sharps and The Rivingtons! Most of the tracks on the set feature lead vocals by the amazing Thurston Harris – himself an important figure in R&B later in the decade – and all tracks on the set are from the group's King/Federal recordings, and are done at a level that easily match any other King vocal group recordings at the time! As with recordings by labelmates The Swallows, the backings on these sides is often very spare – in a way that lets the vocals carry most of the tunes, in a mode that's perfect if you really dig work with a strong focus on raw harmonies. The set features 28 tracks in all – with titles that include "Love Rock & Thrill", "Be Bop Wino", "Crazy Times", "Give Me", "Turn Me Loose", "Yum Yum", "Bo Peep", "Roll On", "I Can't Stand It", "Ride Jockey Ride", "Hug A Little Kiss A Little", "Part Of Me", "I Used To Cry Mercy Mercy", and "Salty Dog". CD
 
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✨✧ JBsDamn Right I Am Somebody (promo version w/extra track) ... LP
People, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Holy cow! This is the rare promo version of one of the JBs greatest albums! It's got a complete extra song – "Tribute to Disc Jockeys & Radio Stations" – that features James and crew rapping about their favorite black radio DJs around the country. As they list the names of their faves – in a sort of casual, chit chat way – the JBs play a version of "Love & Happiness", redone as "Damn Right I Am Somebody". It's a fantastic track that's every bit as great as it sounds, and to our knowledge, it hasn't been put on any anthology or any other compilation. The record is missing the song "Going to Get a Thrill" to compensate for the 7 minute extra song, and the track order has been changed. The cover's the same, though! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, partially peeled DJ promo sticker and some blue marker on the back.)
 
 
 



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