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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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Brian Gibson (Lightning Bolt)Thumper (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Release) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
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NervesNerves ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1998. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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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

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Sea & CakeBiz (colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.99
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 & 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 ... $24.99
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Nobukazu TakemuraScope ... CD
Thrill Jockey, Mid/Late 90s. Used ... $3.99
Incredible work from this amazing Japanese composer! This album – his first full-length in the US – features an insane blend of electronics that encompasses a history of references, from 50s France to 90s Switzerland, all filtered through Takemura's unique ability to swim amidst a sea of different sounds, and always come up with something unique. Titles include "Taw", "Icefall", "Tiddler", and "On A Ballon". CD

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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 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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TortoiseTNT ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1998. Used ... $2.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Trans AmCalifornia Hotel (with download) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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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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✨✧ 8 Bold SoulsLast Option ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ OvalDok ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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TortoiseMillions Now Living Will Never Die (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ Isotope 217Unstable Molecule (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1999. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jeff ParkerRelatives ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2005. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 & CakeSea & Cake (colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the breeziest breaths of fresh air in mid 90s inide rock! As much as any band of the era, The Sea & Cake managed to filter diverse tastes into their own music, from easygoing, unaggressive indie pop & rock, to Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian pop, rock and soul rhythms, to some vaguely jazzy strains without every really sounding like anything other than The Sea & Cake. There's no overstating what a welcome sound The Sea & Cake brought to their early era, a period when noisier, much more aggressive sounds were so prominent in both the indie rock landscape and the modern rock mainstream, not that The Sea & Cake players' preceding or other concurrent projects paid much attention to overarching trends.Includes "Jacking The Ball", "Polio", "Flat Lay The Water", "So Long To The Captain", "Lost In Autumn", "Showboat Angel", "Bombay" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl – with download.)

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✨✧ TortoiseCatastrophist Tour Book (CD & book) ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ TortoiseTortoise (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... 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
(Includes album download.)
 
 
 



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