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CalifoneHeron King Blues ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2004. Used ... Just Sold Out!
At risk of overselling the thing, we're going to go ahead and make a proclamation. (It's 100% true to our ears, so screw it!) We honestly can't think of a more consistently great series of releases in the rock-ish realm from one act, in a two year period, than Califone has produced between 2002 and 2004, lest we go all the way back to what Dylan did between '65 and '67. We've admired Califone since the great great Red Red Meat broke up, but with last year's Quicksand/Cradlesnakes and now Heron King Blues, they've really found a tuneful groove that previous records and live shows only hinted at. Tim Rutili and company's purely unique mix of spare, rural acoustic string-plucking, broken/fragmented organ and piano, hoarse and somewhat cryptic vocals from Rutili, and whispy tape loop effects are pretty much incomparable (and soon to ripped off by hundreds of followers, if that's not happening already.) If you're unfamiliar, Califone's pretty tough to describe, but if you dig early 70s Neil Young at his most stripped-down, and the experimental/tape-manipulating guise John Fahey wore for some of the better Takoma LPs, than you really can't go wrong here. The fact that this thing was written and recorded in only a couple of weeks seems like a small miracle. "Wingbone", "Trick Bird", "Sawtooth Sung A Cheater's Song", "Apple", "Lion & Bee", "2 Sisters Drunk On Each Other" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby Conn & The Glass GypsiesHomeland ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2004. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
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Eleventh Dream DayEight ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1997. Used ... $3.99
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Eleventh Dream DayPrairie School Freakout/Wayne EP (Bonus CD ROM) ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1988/1989. Used 2CD ... $9.99
One of the best rock albums to come out of Chicago and/or Louisville in the 80s. If you kids like the rock & roll of the Neil Young & Crazy Horse (loose, crazed electric guitars), X (barbed guy/girl traded lead vocals), and earlier Giant Sand or Uncle Tupelo (feedback-echoed twang) you truly can't do better than Eleventh Dream Day's Prairie School Freakout. This one has been out of print for way, way too long. Thrill Jockey to the rescue. Now if Bettina could only wrestle the rights to EDD's El Moodio away from Atlantic Records and reissue that behemoth, we'll nominate her for president in 2004. Lots of bonus material, including the lost Wayne ep, extensive notes, and bonus live CD ROM footage. Tracks include "Watching The Candles Burn", Sweet Smell", "Among The Pines", "Coercion", "Driving Song", and "Tarantula". CD

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✨✧ Eleventh Dream DayRiot Now! ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2011. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Eleventh Dream Day is a band that releases a new record every few years, always good, none sounding exactly like any of the others. The past couple were slow growers, albums that might not seize you immediately, but ones we still listen to long after forgetting whatever modern rock efforts were released the same year(s). But there are a few Eleventh Dream Day records (Prairie School Freakout, El Moodio) that flat out knocked us right out from the opening chords – and we can now add the blistering Riot Now to that category. Passionate, no BS, fastly-recorded rock and roll from one of the best rock bands the city of Chicago ever hosted. Those wailing Crazy Horse-inspired Rick Rizzo guitar freakouts sound as great here as they have in years, his traded vocals with Janet Bean still the best male-female counterpart rock vocals since the glory days of X and, uh. . . Eleventh Dream Day, Mark Greenberg's keys adding depth and dimension, Doug McCombs's bass as identifiably unique as ever. Includes "Damned Tree", "Cold Steel Grey", "Tall Man", "Diving For Water", "Satellite". "That's What's Coming", "Sonic Reactor", "Maybe This Time" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Mouse On MarsAutoditacker ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1997. Used ... $1.99
Electronic dance music for both lobes of the brain not to mention the posterior. CD
(Out of print.)

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Mouse On MarsCache Cour Naif ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1997. Used ... $1.99
EP features Mary and Laetitia from Stereolab on vocals. CD
(Out of print.)

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OOIOOKila Kila Kila ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2004. Used ... $2.99
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Sam PrekopSam Prekop ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1999. Used ... $5.99
A wonderful little record from this longtime stalwart of the Chicago scene. Sam started out in Shrimpboat, gained great fame in Sea & Cake, and here delivers his most wonderful performance to date – a beautiful set of jazzy pop tracks, with backing by Josh Abrams, Archer Prewitt, Jim O'Rourke, and the great drummer Chad Taylor. The tracks bristle with a lovely sense of energy, and they have a sophistication that's wonderful – matched with a lyricism that keeps them always sounding fresh. Sam's turned into a wonderful vocalist, too – and we're betting you won't be able to take this one off the turntable once you get started. Titles include "The Shadow", "Don't Bother", "The Company", and "Faces & People". CD

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TortoiseBeacons Of Ancestorship ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2009. Used Gatefold ... $4.99
A nice, diverse display of avant instrumental soundscapes from Tortoise – who sound as unpredictable and vital as they have in years on Beacons Of Ancesorship! 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". CD

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TortoiseIt's All Around You ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2004. Used ... $2.99
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. CD

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TortoiseLazarus Taxon (3CDs & DVD) ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1990s/2000s. Used 3CD&DVD ... $27.99
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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TortoiseTortoise ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1993. Used ... $7.99
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! 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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Town & Country5 ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2003. Used ... $3.99
Town & Country's fifth album finds the Chicago-based minimalists seemingly expanding the parts of their lulling compositions just a bit, with a crisper sound that makes it all somewhat more engaging. It features 6 tracks that for the most part fall on the long side of the five minute mark, and the layered wall of bowed bass and viola, acoustic guitar, clarinet, chimes and other odds and ends splinters off more than it builds up. Includes "Sleeping In The Midday Sun", "Aubergine", "Nonstop Dancer", "Lifestyled", "Old Fashioned" and "Shirtless". Features great cover art by Carol Jackson. CD
(Punch through barcode & booklet.)

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TunngThen We Saw Land ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2010. Used ... $3.99
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TuungGood Arrows ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2007. Used ... $1.99
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White HillsHeads On Fire ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2009. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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(Black vinyl pressing, including the insert.)

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White HillsWhite Hills ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2010. Near Mint- ... $13.99
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(In the embossed cover, including the insert.)

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VariousRecords Toreism – Limited Edition Record Store Day 2009 Sampler ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2009. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A very cool tribute to the greatness of the Record Store – a limited edition record release, and one that comes with a special zine too! The zine features memories of record stores past and present – written by Mike Watt, Julie Cafritz, Nathan Means, aNDEE, Peter Margasak, and others – and also comes with a special Recordstoreism manifesto – kind of an 11 Commandments of Record Shopping! The album features 5 hard to find tracks – "High Class Slim Came Floatin In" by Tortoise, "Window" by Mountains, "Stagger Lee" by Double Dagger, "Eye To Eye" by White Hills, and "Wounded Monkey" by Trans Am. Great cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the zine.)

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✨✧ Town & CountryIt All Has To Do With It ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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LamplightersLoving, Rocking, Thrilling – The Complete Federal Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
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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