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Chicago Underground QuartetChicago Underground Quartet ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2001. Used ... $3.99
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

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✨✧ Exploding Star Orchestra (Rob Mazurek)We Are All From Somewhere Else ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2007. Used ... $4.99
An amazing blend of astral jazz and atmospheric orchestral soundscapes – composed and directed by coronetist Rob Mazurek! Exploding Star Orchestra is an apt name, but it's more of a bright and glorious explosion than a calamitous one – a sweeping couple of soundtracky suites that's the culmination of a couple years of work by Mazurek and a major contribution from Nicole Mitchell on flute – plus Jeb Bishop on trombone, Corey Wilkes on flugelhorn, Jeff Parker on guitar, John McEntire on marimba and tubular bells, John Herndon on drums, Jim Baker on piano & ARP, Jazon Adasiewicz on vibes, Matthew Lux on bass, Mike Reed on drums, percussion & saw, and others. It's part informed improvisation, part boundary free composition, and pretty wonderful all the way through! We expected something special, but this one goes above and beyond. Following the Frequency project by about 6 months, this is the second near classic avant garde jazz album on Thrill Jockey in a relative short stretch! 2 multi-part titles: The 70s style soul jazz groover "Sting Ray And The Beginning Of Time" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 – Psycho-Tropic Electric Eel Drum and Part 4), "Cosmic Tomes For Sleep Walking Lovers" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 – Fifteen Wais Towards A Finite Universe, and Part 5) – and the mellow, piano led centerpiece "Black Sun". CD

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GauntKryptonite ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1996. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Embossed cover, including the insert. Cover has light wear.)

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MountainsChoral ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2009. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Small piece of tape on digipack spine.)

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Sea & CakeGlass ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2003. Used ... $4.99
The Sea and Cake have one of the most distinctive sounds in the rock spectrum these days, indie or otherwise – and this great little EP with new cuts and remixes featuring Stereolab, Broadcast, and Carl Craig shake things up very, very nicely! If for some reason you don't know these guys, they generally have a pretty laidback, in-the-groove style honed from their years of working together, one that draws traces from obscure late 60s and 70s pop, 90s post rock and very subtle strains of bossa (more in mood than actual sound) for their own wholly unique approach. They're truly great at it – but the stylistic makeover they get here takes their already unique feel to a very sweet plateau – lots of groovy, spacey, soulful electronic touches wash through the 37 minutes of music, with Sam Prekop's breathy, confident vocals (which have gotten better and better over the years) blowing over the atmospheric tracks like a warm breeze. Very nice stuff – we'd love to see the group carry on in this vein on future LPs! Includes "To The Author (versions 1 & 2)", "Traditional Wax Coin", "An Echo In", "Tea And Cake (Stereolab mix)", "Interiors (Broadcast mix)" and "Hotel Tell (C's mix)". The enhanced CD also has animation by former Liquid Liquid guitarist Richard McGuire. CD
(Packaged in a slim sleeve.)

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Nobukazu TakemuraSign EP ... 12-inch
Thrill Jockey, 2000. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $6.99
Nobukazu Takemura is getting sweet again, woking in his new minimalist vein – but most of the tracks have a beat to them, and the overall sound is a lot prettier than some of his other recent records. The 4 track ep kicks off with "Sign", which is done later on the record in a cool little acapella version that sounds like one of those old Speak N Spell toys! Side two features a cool extended work called "Souvenir In Chicago" – which features guest playing by Bundy K Brown, John McIntire, and Doug McCombs. The track's got a wonderful mellow minimal quality – almost like the work of LaMont Young, but with more of a soul, thanks to some lovely processing by Takemura! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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TortoiseLazarus Taxon (3CDs & DVD) ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1990s/2000s. Used 3CD&DVD ... $18.99
A massive collection of Tortoise rarities – including work from non-US releases, tour-only EP material, compilation tracks and more – plus the long out-of-print, heavily sought after Rhythms, Resolutions And Clusters remix album – all at a great price! You really couldn't ask for a better collection of errata from the celebrated group. It features some of the best work the collective and individual members (Jeff Parker ('97-present), John Herndon, John McEntire, Doug McCombs, Dan Bitney, David Pajo ('95-'97) and Bundy Brown ('91-'94)) have ever done! Rhythms, Resolutions And Clusters – featuring adventurous re-imaginings by such a diverse roster as Casey Rice, Steve Albini, Brad Wood, Jim O'Rourke and Mike Watt – is possibly the face value boon of the collection given it's known "legendary lost" status, but pretty much everything here is just as tough to find, if not literally impossible! The set contains 3CDs and a DVD, which features most of Tortoise's music videos and extensive rare live performance footage. Frankly, we'd have paid $20 just for a CD single with "Gamera", and that's just the kick off track on disc 1! Other tracks on disc 1 include "Blackbyrd", "Sex For Elizabeth", "To Day Retrieval", "Whitewater", "Autumn Sweater", "A Grape Dope", "Blue Station" and more. Disc 2 includes "Madison Area", "TNT (Nobukazu Takemura remix)", "Why We Fight", "CTA", "Adverse", Cliff Dweller Society" and more. Disc 3 (Rhythms, Resolutions And Clusters) includes the tracks "Alcohall", "Your New Rod", "Cobwebbed", "The Match Incident", "Tin Cans", "Not Quite East Of The Ryan", "Cornpone Brunch" and more. DVD includes the videos for "Salt The Skies", "Dear Grandma And Grandpa", "Seneca", and more, plus live footage from Toronto in '96, the Deutches Jazz Festival in '99, Chic-A-Go-Go in '05 and the Burn To Shine project in '04. CD
(Out of print.)

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Tom VerlaineAround ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2006. Used ... $5.99
... CD

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White HillsHeads On Fire ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2009. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Black vinyl pressing, including the insert.)

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White HillsWhite Hills ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2010. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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(In the embossed cover, including the insert.)

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✨✧ Ed Wilkerson/Nicole Mitchell/Harrison BankheadFrequency ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
The creative spirit of the AACM is alive and well in Chicago – as you'll hear in this new project that unites old and young generations in jazz! The group is a reed-heavy quartet with Ed Wilkerson (of 8 Bold Souls fame) and Nicole Mitchell on a variety of flutes and saxes – joined by bassist Harrison Bankhead and percussionist Avreeayl Ra, who both also play some flute as well! And in keeping with traditions first begun by the AACM back in the 60s, the players shift easily through a range of different instruments on the record – sometimes stepping out boldly with fierce and sharp-edged solos, at other times moving more tentatively as they find a creative space around each other. The record's got a surprisingly great sound, especially given that it's coming from the mostly-rock Thrill Jockey label – and the whole thing's a near-classic effort that re-ignites the sounds first started on the classic Chicago avant sessions by Delmark in the 60s! Titles include "Pitiful James", "Take Refuge", "Satya", "Portrait Of Light", "Optimystic", "Serenity", and "Fertility Dance". CD

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✨✧ Future IslandsOn The Water ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2011. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Mouse On MarsCache Cour Naif ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
EP features Mary and Laetitia from Stereolab on vocals. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ TortoiseTortoise ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1993. Used ... 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! 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 densely-atmospheric and thickly-layered Tortoise records to come. Includes "Magnet Pulls Through", "Night Air", "Ry Cooder". "Tin Cans & Twine", "Flyrod", "On Noble", and more. CD
(Out of print. Beautiful printed digipack edition!)

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✨✧ TunngThen We Saw Land ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
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✨✧ LamplightersLoving, Rocking, Thrilling – The Complete Federal Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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