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BrokebackIllinois River Valley Blues ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Some of the warmest, best instrumental music yet from Doug McCombs's Brokeback – maybe a bit less abstract than most earlier Brokeback efforts – but just as alluring, even while working with more a immediately engaging sound. McCombs is on guitars here with multi-instrumentalist James Elkington, Pete Croke on bass and Arief Sless-Kitain on drums & percussion, and occasional atmospheric vocals by Amalea Tshild. Illinois River Valley Blues manages to bring in more identifiable jazz, rock and soundtrack-y influences, while still wholly distinctive – and the way McCombs is inspired by lesser traveled points on the map of his (and our own) home state has always been a fascinating aspect of his work in Brokeback – never more so than on this one. Includes "Ride Ahead And Light The Way For Me", "Cairo Levee", "The Canyons Of Illinois", "Andalusia, IL"., "Spanish Venus", "Ursula", "The Stroller's Memorial", "Night Falls On Chillicothe" and more. CD

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✨✧ Chicago Underground QuartetChicago Underground Quartet ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2001. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Genius work from the Chicago Underground ensemble – expanded here from the duo of Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor, to include guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Noel Kuppersmith. Mazurek plays cornet and just a hint of electronics, and combined with the fractured guitar work of Parker, the modalling percussion and vibes of Taylor, and the warmly soulful bass of Kuppersmith, the blend of instrumentation has all the startling presence of a lost early 60s modern session that might have been recorded for a label like New Jazz or Savoy. Tracks include "Tunnel Chrome", "Four In The Evening", "Total Recovery", "Nostalgia", "Sink, Charge, Fixture", and "Three In The Morning". CD
(Out of print.)

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Brian Gibson (Lightning Bolt)Thumper (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Release) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Isotope 217Unstable Molecule (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1999. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.99
Timeless avant grooves from Isotope 217! We can remember when these guys were just a loose collective of musicians, playing Miles-influenced spacey jazz jams in unadvertised Monday night gigs at Chicago's legendary Rainbo Room. On record they've metamorphosized into one of the most distinctive groups in the late 90s Chi scene –inflecting experimental rock with a more jazz-oriented sensibility. Titles include "Kryptonite Smokes The Red Line", "Prince Naymor", "Audio Boxing", "Beneath The Undertow", and "La Jetee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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OvalOvalprocess ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2000. Sealed ... $14.99
Digi-Pet Sounds? Take all that stuff Lou Reed used to say about symphonies buried underneath the noise in Metal Machine Music and apply it here. Markus Popp's fifth or so album as Oval shows again that there is a lot of beauty to be found in droning waves of digital static if you're a patient listener and willing to dive in. Nine untitled tracks. LP, Vinyl record album

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Jeff ParkerRelatives ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2005. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Great early post-millennium outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker! This set for Thrill Jockey sounds great with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. Parker's style is clean, generous and collaborative, leaving plenty of casual space within the tunes for the players and room on the tracklist for the other players' compositions. The centerpiece of the album is a great version of Marvin Gaye's "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You", which the group turns into more of an after hours sweet spot than a mournful soul lament. Nice, nice work! Other tracks include "Istanbul", "Mannerisms", "Sea Change", "Beanstalk", "Toyboat" and "Rang (For Michael Zerang)". CD
Also available Relatives ... LP 16.99

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Jeff ParkerRelatives ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2005. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
A fine quartet outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker – a great guitarist who stays busy without ever wearing out his welcome, and in fact leaves us wishing for more straighter jazz-Great early post-millennium outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker! This set for Thrill Jockey sounds great with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. Parker's style is clean, generous and collaborative, leaving plenty of casual space within the tunes for the players and room on the tracklist for the other players' compositions. The centerpiece of the album is a great version of Marvin Gaye's "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You", which the group turns into more of an after hours sweet spot than a mournful soul lament. Nice, nice work! Other tracks include "Istanbul", "Mannerisms", "Sea Change", "Beanstalk", "Toyboat" and "Rang (For Michael Zerang)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Relatives ... CD 12.99

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Sea & CakeEverybody (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2007. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 18.98
The warm sound of the Sea & Cake gets a just a touch more guitar based on their lucky 7th album – with a bit more of a kick in the drums and bite to the strings in spots – a subtle but definite change from the one of the most consistent indie pop crews ever This time out, longtime producer/drummer John McEntire stays behind the drums & other percussion and lets producer Brian Paulson man the booth – which may, or may not be the reason for the slightly punchier vibe, but it works. This is still very much the Sea & Cake we've loved since the get go – there's no mistaking Sam Prekop's vocals – but there's an anthemic turn or two applied to their mannered genius. Some reviewers give them flak for supposedly repeating themselves, but those folks need to listen more closely. Titles include "Up On Crutches", "Too Strong", "Crossing Line", "Coconut", "Exact To Me", "Lightning", "Introducing", "Left On" and "Transparent". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – and includes download.)

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Sea & CakeMoonlight Butterfly (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2011. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
Freethinking, breezy avant pop greats The Sea & Cake's Moonlight Butterfly – an album that marks nearly 20 years in the band's history – and they're as uniquely appealing in the post-millennium as they were in the early 90s! The group never disappoints, but this one is particularly strong. It's got 6 longish tunes that slyly metamorphose as they float along, songs that do carry the unique Sea & Cake sound as we've known and loved all those time, but subtly changing textures throughout. Titles include "Covers", "Lyric", "The Moonlight Butterfly", "Up On The North Shore", "Inn Keeping" and "Monday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – and includes download.)

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Sea & CakeNassau (colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $19.99 20.99
One of the best by The Sea & Cake – working in some more diverse elements than some of their later work – but even at this earlyish point, they've got a distinctive style all their own! It kicks off with the rawish, angular rocker "Nature Boy", but as the album goes along, in brings in the more signature Sea & Cake style of moody vocal melodies, avant, kinda jazzy guitar and rhythmic influences, subtle electronics and more leftfield pop songcraft. Tracks include "Parasol", "A Man Who Never Sees A Pretty Girl That He Doesn't Love Her A Little", "The World Is Against You", "Soft And Sleep", "Alone, For A Moment", "I Will Hold The Tea Bag" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – with download.)

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Skull DefektsPeer Amid ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2011. Near Mint- 2LP ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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TortoiseCatastrophist Tour Book (CD & book) ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2016. New Copy ... $21.99 24.99
The first album in years from Tortoise – plus a bonus download of rare live recordings and great little photo journal of the band on tour – shot by Andrew Paynter! The Catastrophist album finds the Chi post rock heroes stretching out creatively in fascinating ways, some subtle and others obvious – and all of it compelling! 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, these aural building blocks were pulled back into Tortoise-ville on the record, where the band could do their distinctive thing. 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
(Photo journal of Tortoise on tour with the Catastrophist CD – plus a download of rare live recordings!)

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TortoiseIt's All Around You ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2004. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Man, 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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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TortoiseTortoise (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
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
(Includes album download.)

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✨✧ David Boykin OutetEvidence Of Life On Other Planets Vol 1 ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little jazz record that really shows the rich talents in the current Chicago scene. David Boykin plays a deep rich tenor, in the tradition of the Chicago hardbop greats, but filtered through a later AACM-ish sense of spirituality. He's working here in a nice group of lesser known players that includes the excellent flautist Nicole Mitchell, bassist Josh Abrams, drummer Chad Taylor, and vocalist Glenda Baker. The record has a rich sense of imagination, and evokes the early recordings of the AACM in a very nice way. Titles include "Astro Lilly", "Elonice", "Conundrum", and "Hypnotic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly bent corners.)

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✨✧ Bill Dixon & Exploding Star OrchestraBill Dixon & Exploding Star Orchestra ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge step forward for the mighty, expansive Exploding Star Orchestra – having recruited free jazz trumpet titan Bill Dixon as a band member and featured composer, if not the de facto leader – on this incredible second album for Thrill Jockey! The previous Exploding Star Orchestra set balanced a fiery, unpredictable intensity with a 70s style pulp soundtrack groove – while this one has more delicate and sublime moments at the outer edges, while ratcheting up the intensity all the more when the spirit hits! The group is made up of mainstays from the genre defiant Chicago scene – with group harbinger Rob Mazurek on coronet, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jeff Parker guitar, Jim Baker on piano, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes and tubular bells, Matthew Lux on bass, Jon Herndon on drums, Damon Lock with a spoken text read, and others. Heavy, spacious and truly beautiful! Titles include 3 long pieces that add up to over an hour all together, with the Dixon compositions "Entrances/One" and "Entrances/Two", and the killer centerpiece "Constellations For Innerdelight (For Bill Dixon)" composed by Rob Mazurek. CD

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✨✧ Gray Market GoodsSoldier Of Fortune/We Live In The Future ... 12-inch
Thrill Jockey, 2003. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Two tracks of sample based back to the future hip hop influenced grooves. Jumping off from the MPC workouts of folks like Josh Davis, but with a clear nod to some of the finer moments of 70s funky fusion and electric jazz a la Miles, Herbie et al, all filtered through modern odd time signature sampler wizardry, these tracks are sure to please headphone surfers everywhere. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sea & CakeBiz (colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most engaging earlier records by the Chicago avant pop greats The Sea And Cake! The Biz has a reputation as one their looser, and more structurally sprawling records – but to honest, we don't really hear that – the drums are louder in the mix, the rhythms sink in deeply, Sam Prekop's vocals are more outwardly passionate – and to us, the songs are as memorable here as on any of their records. This album was a real alternative to mainstream "alternative rock" in its day, so much fresher and more inspired – and it sounds great to this day! Tracks include "The Biz", Leeora", The Kiss", "Station In The Valley", "Darkest Night", "Sending", "Escort", "An Assassin", "The Transaction", and "For Minor Sky", perhaps their single best song ever. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl pressing – with download.)

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✨✧ Sea & CakeOne Bedroom ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
The boys turn the whimsy back up a notch for their sweetly synth-soaked latest effort, and Prekop's voice has never been so confident and out front. The tunes seem longer and have a more languorous feel than their last couple records, but the hooks are just as sweet. It took a long while to come to the realization, but we don't know what we'd do without a new Sea & Cake record every couple of years – each one fits like a favorite sweater. As kind of a bonus track there's a nice electronic cover of Bowie's "Sound And Vision" that sounds really out of character for the usually predictable (but no less enjoyable) group. Other tracks include "Four Corners", "Left Side Clouded", "Hotel Tell", "Shoulder Length", "One Bedroom", "Interiors", "Mr. F", and "Try Nothing". CD

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✨✧ TortoiseCatastrophist (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2016. New Copy ... 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 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.)
 
 
 



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