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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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✨✧ TortoiseBeacons Of Ancestorship ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2009. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A diverse display of hard grooving avant instrumental soundscapes from Tortoise! 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 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. 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

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✨✧ TortoiseIt's All Around You (with download) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2004. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ TortoiseMillions Now Living Will Never Die (silver & blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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
(Limited edition silver & blue vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ TortoiseTNT ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1998. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... 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

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✨✧ TortoiseTortoise ... 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 Brown, and overall, it feels more like the work of a core band effort 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

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NorgardWorks For Solo Piano –Sonata No 2/Grooving/Turn/Achilles & The Tortoise – Per Salo ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... $8.99
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VariousLet's A Go Go! – Singapore & Southeast Asian Pop 1964 to 1969 ... CD
Silver Tortoise, Mid 60s. Used ... $29.99
Weird and wonderful work from the Southeast Asian scene of the 60s – very cool grooves that show a heavy influence from American rockers of the time! The lyrics here are often sung in English, and the music is filled with the same sort of jangly guitars, driving drums, and mod-styled rhythms you'd find in US rock and roll from the mid 60s – but the overall sound is quite unusual, too – given the Asian origin of all these cuts! It's almost like hearing the 60s through some sort of odd prism that distorts the familiar – which makes for a fascinating set of tracks you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere! Titles include "One To Nine Walkin" by Patrina, "Sudi Sudi Kah Dikau" by Ismail Haron & The Guys, "Swim Swim Swim" by The Spacemen, "Lonely Heart" by Rita Chao, "Flamingo" by The Bees, "Mr Twister" by The Crescendos, "The Second Spring" by Hai Fei, and "Just Because" by The Dee Tee's. CD
(Out of print.)
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Tim Love LeeAgainst Nature – Electronic Tone-scapes Featuring Members Of The New York Aquarian Men's Drum Workshop ... CD
Tummy Touch (UK), 2005. Used ... $3.99
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from Tim Love Lee – and one of the most experimental too! The album's exactly as promised on the title – a set of electronic tonescapes, done with a spare, rhythmic quality that's really compelling – almost like work from the classic Test Card EP by Young Marble Giants, but a bit more sharp-edged and dark-toned overall! There's a great vintage analogue quality to these tracks – and the music lies somewhere in a space between late 60s avant-classical experiments and some of the indie electronics of the British scene in the early 80s post-punk years. Titles include "Spoonfulls Of Physic", "Rejoice Beyond The Bounds Of Time", "The Tortoise", "The World May Shudder At My Joy", "The Mouth Organ", "Ancient Hope", "Amide The Universal Dissolution", "Miss Urania", and "Crickets Sing At The Chateau De Lourps". CD

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✨✧ Aesop Quartet (Ernest Dawkins, Hamid Drake, et al)Fables For A New Millenium ... CD
8th Harmonic Breakdown, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful session of spiritual avant garde jazz from Chicago! The Aesop Quaret features old and new players from the Chicago underground – including AACM reed player Ernest Dawkins, Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker, mystical percussionist Hamid Drake, and electric bassist Rollo Radford. Plus, the album also features some surprising guest appearances – like turntablism by Rob Swift on one track, and vocals by Reggie Gibson on two others. The whole thing's really fantastic – and has a sound that mixes older 70s soul jazz lyricism with some of the incredible crossover of ideas and cultures occurring in Chicago's current underground. Titles include "Tobias & Me", "Summer Solstice", "Egyptian Knights", "Jamila's Song", and "Cuttin N Scratchin". Very cool stuff – and it's even packaged nicely! CD
(Out of print.)

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