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Tortoise

Tortoise

    As part of Thrill Jockey’s 20th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign the label are proud to bring back on vinyl the very first Tortoise album from 1994.

    Sold out on vinyl for many years, the 1994 selftitled debut from Tortoise is finally back. This 2012 edition has been remastered to vinyl by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering. The packaging emulates the original with a chipboard jacket that was custom silk-screened by Dan Macadam at Crosshair in Chicago. Also included is an insert and a free download coupon.

    Tortoise’s self-titled debut incorporates many musical styles and influences and combines them into one very distince sound. So distinct that sometime after the release of this record they became recognized as the leaders of a new musical movement.

    Tortoise exploit the recording studio, in that they utilize the recording process as a compostional tool or ‘sixth member’, thus creating a boundless parameter in which to create music.

    Recorded at Idful Studios by John McEntire.

    For this record Tortoise are Douglas McCombs, John Herndon, Dan Bitney, John McEntire and Bundy K Brown.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Rhyton is a band with an organic genesis, born from late night rap sessions at a local Brooklyn watering hole. Heads of certain vibe gathered together to tap into the underlying flux form of transportational music. Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer, No Neck Blues Band) had been knee deep in research and practice in the realm of middle eastern musics during the recording of his solo LP Arghiledes. From that album, the track “The Heavy Heart of Ando-Yeap” was used as a leaping off point for the gestation of Rhyton. Shuford brought his personal selection of varied string instruments to the table, seeking to create a heavier electric syntax for mandolin, saz and baritone guitar. Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) emerged as a sonic surgeon, creating wave patterns with his bass and pulses of tape delay tales. Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama) injected his flowing, highly energetic style of percussion and brought in visual conundrums by way of videocassette. An instant near-telepathic bond was established, making improvisations seem like composed forays even to the closest confidants. With variants and heads situated as a point of departure, Rhyton explores the inner workings of the ear and seeks the latent brain bulge within the listener.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: CD version is limited to 200 hand-made
    and hand-numbered copies. Front cover features a
    hand-glued image, back is hand-stamped.

    Oval

    94diskont

      Oval’s Markus Popp is a true pioneer in the realm of electronic music, one whose influence can still be heard today.

      Oval’s landmark 1995 album ‘94diskont’ took the world of electronic music and turned it on its head and caused Markus Popp to be credited as the creator of what was later dubbed the ‘glitch’ or ‘clicks & cuts’ style.

      Cut to vinyl by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering, ‘94diskont’ is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a jacket replicating the original. LP1 is the album, LP2 features remixes from Jim O’Rourke, Scanner, Mouse On Mars and Christian Vogel. Free download coupon included.

      “Some of the most serene and aquatic music of the 90s... This record is why Markus Popp was called the new Eno.” - Pitchfork on ‘94diskont’ (Top 100 Albums Of The 1990s)

      Trans Am

      Surrender To The Night

        2012 marks 20 years of Thrill Jockey. The label continue celebrating by offering another out of print classic title on vinyl once again.

        1997: Trans Am’s second studio album ‘Surrender To The Night’ is released. Out of print on vinyl for years, Thrill Jockey are happy to finally offer it again.

        Pressed on high quality virgin vinyl, featuring all original artwork and including a download coupon for the first time.

        Trans Am’s homebase moved from Tacoma Park to Washington DC for the recording of this record. Originally titled ‘Rough Justice’, ‘Surrender To The Night’ was recorded at Trans Manor as well as Chicago’s Soma and Idful Studios. John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & Cake) assisted in engineering. Trans Am made use of many of the fine keyboards manufactured by the Roland Company and the Casio Computer Company throughout the recording.

        The record shows the band moving forward musically and achieving an even greater balance of rock and electronics.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Red vinyl.

        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Trans Am

        Trans Am

          Trans Am’s self-titled debut arrived under a flurry of speculation. With questions about their hometown, they found themselves the new young darlings of a burgeoning scene. They were three years in and had one 7” to their credit when this debut was released. The record was recorded partly in the basement of Seb’s parents’ house and during a two day marathon session at Idful Studio with John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake).

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Clear vinyl.

          Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Thalia Zedek Band

          Fighting Season

            Thalia Zedek’s ‘Fighting Season’ is direct and raw, at times scorching and others fragile. The album features performances by guitarists and friends J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and Chris Brokaw (Come).

            Thalia Zedek has been a been a seminal figure in the independent music scene for over 30 years as a member of Come, Live Skull and Uzi and, most recently, her trio E. ‘Fighting Season’ showcases her best songwriting and performances to date, featuring musicians she has worked with for many years, including longtime collaborator and violist Dave Curry, pianist Mel Lederman, bassist Winston Braman and drummer Jonathan Ulman.

            ‘Fighting Season’, a term originally coined for the period of time in Afghanistan when winter comes to an end and fighting resumes, is reinterpreted by Zedek with a the focus on a rebirth of resistance brought on by the deteriorating US political landscape. Zedek deftly combines the force of her playing with the urgency of her unmistakable voice to spin tales of discord and struggle from the personal to the political. The potency of her message reflects her exceptional songwriting and playing.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive purple vinyl.

            Sumac

            Love In Shadow

              SUMAC - guitarist and vocalist Aaron Turner (Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, ISIS), drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion) and bassist Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch) - deliver their third full length album, ‘Love In Shadow’, a brutalizing dive into love and all its raw emotions.

              The album was recorded live in a single room at Robert Lang Studios (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) in Washington by Kurt Ballou (Converge), who later mixed the album at his own studio GodCity.

              The album flows with the continued momentum from their acclaimed collaborative release with legendary Japanese artist Keiji Haino (Fushitsusha, Painkiller) earlier this year, ‘American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On’, incorporating more freeform abstraction into their raw, bombastic, and jagged sound. (“One of the year’s best rock records” - NPR)

              Each member of SUMAC has remained prolific within their own right, with Turner continuing to release albums with myriad projects and through his own SIGE imprint, Yacyshyn recently releasing new music with Baptists as well as scoring a horror film soundtrack and Cook consistently touring the world, sharing the stage with bands like Mastodon, Chelsea Wolfe and many more.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xColoured LP Info: Exclusive to independent retailers on pink with black streaks
              vinyl.

              Alexander Tucker

              Don't Look Away

                ‘Don’t Look Away’ is Alexander Tucker’s third album with Thrill Jockey, completing what Tucker views as the final piece to a trilogy that began with ‘Dorwytch’ (2011) and ‘Third Mouth’ (2012).

                Alexander Tucker is a member of Grumbling Fur - his duo with Daniel O’Sullivan - and has established his own comic imprint, UNDIMENSIONED. The album cover for ‘Don’t Look Away’ was designed by Tucker and showcases his hand-cut collage technique.

                Tucker’s music brings a distinct otherworldliness, bringing the listener beyond the confines of the physical world and, much like the album cover alludes to, collages together sound that both brings you outside the atmosphere whilst simultaneously connecting you more closely to the seeds of existence. It is in this direction that Tucker continues to carve a position as one of Britain’s most forward-thinking songwriters.

                “Simultaneously beautiful and uncanny” - Mojo

                “Alexander Tucker may not make folk music, but he can weave a magic spell.” - The Quietus

                “Alexander Tucker is making some of the finest music in Britain today” - A Closer Listen

                “Alexander Tucker constructs surreal landscapes out of the most natural materials” - Dusted

                Glenn Jones

                The Giant Who Ate Himself And Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar

                  Glenn Jones at his most vivid, exploring memories old and new through beautifully woven threads of melody.

                  His unparalleled skill and creativity exhibits the mastery Jones possesses of his craft, further cementing his position as a pillar in American Primitive guitar music. Recorded in New Jersey by Laura Baird and mixed by Matthew Azevado, ‘The Giant Who Ate Himself And Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar’ makes for an exceptional evening of listening.

                  “His tunings are counterintuitive and mesmerizing; his use of partial capos and muted strings is novel and intriguing. But to Jones’ great credit, those only feel like tools for telling stories.” - Pitchfork

                  “It’s incredibly calming to watch Glenn Jones play acoustic guitar... there’s nothing flashy about his style, only careful consideration as he gently hops over the frets like a lily-padding frog” - NPR All Songs Considered

                  “Glenn Jones has a purist’s mastery but an inventor’s imagination” - The Wire

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Available to independent retailers on ‘Frog Green’
                  coloured vinyl.

                  Jack Rose

                  Luck In The Valley

                    ‘Luck In The Valley’ is the 10th and final album by Jack Rose and is the yardstick by which many contemporary acoustic guitar albums are measured. This 2018 re-issue makes this contemporary classic available again for the first time since 2010.

                    Jack Rose first rose to prominence with the drone/noise/folk unit Pelt. Pelt can be counted among the early influential new music underground bands such as UN, No Neck Blues Band, Charalambides, Tower Recordings and Six Organs Of Admittance. Along with the influences of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Rose also incorporated North Indian classical, early American blues, bluegrass and minimalism into his singular style.

                    ‘Luck In The Valley’ came right as Rose’s influence was just beginning to take flight but was sadly his last album before his unexpected death in December of 2009. Still, his music and influence, much like his person, bold, hearty and rooted in traditional American music continues to be a source of reference for guitarists and musicians carrying traditional American music into modern times.

                    “Jack Rose, Versatile Master of the Guitar” - New York Times

                    “The energy behind ‘Luck In The Valley’ all emanates from Rose himself: you can almost see his fingers flying across his guitar strings... energy resonates from within his melodies and his songs, giving ‘Luck In The Valley’ a radiance.” - Washington Post

                    “It’s a big, bold work, just the way Rose was a big, bold guy - confident, honest, and forthright.” - Pitchfork

                    “Jack Rose is acoustic music... Without ever singing a word. Jack Rose could communicate in a way few musicians can.” - PopMatters

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: LP version is presented in an old-style tip-on Jacket with special linen paper and custom print adhered to the cover. The cover and LP package was designed by Jack Rose.
                    Available to independent retailers on brown coloured vinyl.

                    John Parish

                    Bird Dog Dante

                      John Parish, the twice Ensor-nominated composer and Mercury Prize-winning producer delivers a brand new collection of songs, including a duet with his longtime musical partner PJ Harvey.

                      “John taught me everything about playing guitar” - PJ Harvey

                      “John Parish, a proper Englishman that knows how to rock” - E (Eels)

                      ‘Bird Dog Dante’ was completed in a busy year for Parish. On top of being the musical director of the extended PJ Harvey band on their ‘Hope Six Demolition Project’ world tour, he produced acclaimed albums for Jenny Hval, This Is The Kit, Nadine Khouri and Aldous Harding.

                      ‘Bird Dog Dante’ features duets with both PJ Harvey and Aldous Harding, as well as drumming from Harvey’s bandmate Jean-Marc Butty.

                      In addition to touring with his own band in April, Parish is playing a commemorative show of Nick Drake’s music at St George’s, Bristol in what would have been Drake’s 70th year.

                      “Together, Parish and Harvey sound confidently experimental, like two soldiers daring each other to ever more stupendous feats of bravery.” - Uncut

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Brendon Anderegg

                      June

                        The music of Brendon Anderegg is a hall of mirrors, multi-layered and self-obscuring. Largely filtered through Mountains - his pioneering electronic project with Koen Holtkamp - Anderegg emerged as a solo artist in the late 90s. He returns now with ‘June’, a vinyl-exclusive release on Thrill Jockey.

                        The music on ‘June’ is a complex network of layers, paradoxically a calm and soothing listen. Collapsing history into its own contemporary sonic movements, Andregg’s methodically created work falls in the lineage of electronic pioneers like Bernard Parmegiani and early ambient projects like Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh and Cluster and puts his solo work in the realm of New Age figures like Michael Stearns and JD Emmanuel. ‘June’ is a singularly beautiful and challenging work that marks the long overdue re-emergence of Brendon Anderegg as a solo voice.

                        Brendon Anderegg is a Brooklyn-based, Emmynominated composer with clients ranging from Pitchfork to ESPN.

                        Available only on vinyl, ‘June’ is pressed on virgin vinyl and includes a free digital download coupon.

                        On their highly anticipated fifth album Wooden Shjips augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs. 

                        Wooden Shjips, long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement, expand their sound with V. On their fifth album the quartet of Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo), Omar Ahsanuddin, Dusty Jermier, and Nash Whalen augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs. Inspired by the tumult of the modern world, and the desire to offer a contrasting vision of peace, the band has created a record that filters their trademark hypnotic grooves through an optimistic lens, resulting in music that is bright and vital.

                        Each song shimmers with a distinctly Wooden Shjips sound, a relaxed summer vibe. This was a conscious choice, an atmospheric goal that influenced nearly every detail: the tones, the delay types and reverbs used, as well as the synthesizer elements that color the songs. The band’s members collectively share a love of classic rock from the Velvet Underground to Neil Young, as well as more overt love of the San Francisco scene of the 60’s. This commonality in their formative musical years binds them even as they live in different cities. Wooden Shjips has with V. created the most concise, laid back songs of their career. Their music is a balm of sorts, a respite from the insanity that, through its regenerative abilities, empowers continued, calm resistance. A reminder of the simple power of peace and beauty, V. is brimming with optimism and a peaceful energy, aptly timed for release at the height of spring.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Brimming with feel-good sunny vibes, Wooden Shjips once again confound our expectations with a superb, nuanced ride through classic psychedelia, roaring riffage and sun-soaked pop.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: White color vinyl is limited edition and exclusive to indie stores in Europe.

                        Coloured LP 2 Info: Limited edition butter lavender coloured vinyl.

                        Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

                        CD Info: CD version in four panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                        The Sea And Cake

                        Any Day

                          The Sea and Cake return to their roots, crafting refreshingly intimate pop songs, elegantly arranged on their first new album in six years.

                          The Sea and Cake deliver a refreshingly intimate collection of elegantly arranged, singular pop songs. For over two decades and 11 albums, The Sea and Cake have honed a sound all their own, comprised of delicate, intertwining guitar patterns, syncopated rhythms and airy melodies. Masters of subtlety, their compositions have continually evolved - through minute alterations in texture, unusual approaches to lyrics and creative production choices.

                          ‘Any Day’ is testament to The Sea and Cake’s artistry, song craft, and utterly unique sound. The results are intimate songs that speak to the searcher in all of us. Through shifting instrumentation and sonic exploration, the band invites you into a world that is both familiar and unexpected.

                          “The Sea and Cake occupy an indie rock niche all their own.” - Pitchfork

                          “After [over] 20 years as a band, The Sea and Cake is still creating vital, evolving music.” - Chicago Tribune

                          “... theirs remains an abstract, liminal brand of pop, with Prekop’s vocals as delightfully gossamer, and his lyrics as intriguingly impressionistic as ever. Long may they run.” - Mojo

                          The Body

                          I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer

                            Absolutely no one makes music like The Body. On their follow up to 2016’s acclaimed ‘No One Deserves Happiness’, the Portland duo of Lee Buford and Chip King conjure the sublime from the unexpected by turning their compositional approach on its head.

                            The Body continue to defy the constraints of what it means to be a ‘heavy’ band, seamlessly combining diverse influences for an utterly singular sound. The album’s contributors include Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), Michael Berdan (Uniform) and Ben Eberle (Sandworm), as well as frequent collaborator Chrissy Wolpert (Assembly of Light Choir). Production was handled by Machines With Magnets (Lightning Bolt, Battles).

                            The Body transcend musical boundaries. Their ambitious creativity shapes their bleak worldview into propulsive, affecting, and even danceable music often drenched in distortion.

                            “A decibel clashing cavern” - NPR Music

                            “Sounds like a rave in a collapsing black hole.” - Metal Hammer

                            “A riot of sound so aggressive it would make John Zorn blush” - Pitchfork

                            Sarah Louise

                            Deeper Woods

                              “Sarah Louise’s music is spiritually and tangibly set apart from her peers’, her 12-string compositions culled from birdsong and rivers as well as the sacred drone of Appalachian folk music.” - NPR Music (Songs We Love)

                              Praised by Pitchfork as “one of the most exciting figures in solo guitar music,” masterful 12-string guitarist and vocalist Sarah Louise integrates elements of drone, spiritual jazz and minimalism into her compositions.

                              Her Thrill Jockey debut ‘Deeper Woods’ is her first album to prominently feature her voice. Louise enriches her warm singular vocal sound with a lush variety of instruments as well as layers of harmonies that together create a tapestry of texture.

                              ‘Deeper Woods’ features performances by Louise’s House And Land bandmate and Steve Gunn collaborator Sally Anne Morgan, as well as drummer Thom Nguyen and Jason Meagher (Black Dirt Studios), who also mixed the album.

                              Louise has toured extensively over the past year both solo and with House And Land. 2018 will see an appearance at Pickathon Festival as well as continued touring.

                              Mouse On Mars are joined by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Zach Condon (Beirut), Spank Rock, Sam Amidon and many more on their most inventive album to date.

                              Mouse On Mars’ Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner return with ‘Dimensional People’. The electronic music pioneers have been critically acclaimed for their playful and inventive sound and production techniques on releases spanning from the early 1990s to now. In demand from a surprising array of artists their most recent contributions are featured on the Grammy award-winning album ‘Sleep Well Beast’ by The National.

                              ‘Dimensional People’ is by its nature a collaborative album. Originally premiering as a spatial composition using objectbased mixing technology playing with the possibilities of sonic design (4D Sound) and collective musicianship, the recording expands upon these ideas. ‘Dimensional People’ expresses itself as a dynamic 50-piece orchestra, telling a story in sound.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive coloured vinyl.

                              Acclaimed Malian musician Sidi Touré returns with his fourth album, "Toubalbero". Named after the large traditional drum used to gather people in the Malian region of Gao, "Toubalbero" is a danceable, dynamic and, despite the region’s significant political challenges, joyous album. It's also the first album by the acclaimed Songhaï legend to be recorded with electric guitar and bass resulting in a truly irresistible groove! Recorded in Mali’s legendary Studio Bogolan where Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabate and Björk have recorded, the album was then mixed live by Jason Meagher at Black Dirt Studio (Steve Gunn, Black Twig Pickers, Jack Rose).

                              Since his debut album Touré has toured extensively in both Europe and North America at prestigious venues and leading world music festivals, including New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican, Chicago’s Millennium Park, the Vancouver Folk Festival and New York’s Summer Stage festival. Touré will tour the US this Spring with appearances at the Brooklyn Bowl’s Festival of Mali, New Orleans Jazz Festival, and The Kennedy Center to name a few.


                              The Skull Defekts

                              The Skull Defekts

                                After thirteen years as one of the centrepieces of Sweden’s experimental rock scene, The Skull Defekts return with their final, self-titled album.

                                The Skull Defekts are known for merging the coarse vitality of punk with the ritualism of folk dances to create music that is addictive, wondrously discordant and rooted in a belief in the overwhelming power of pure sound.

                                Their final, self-titled album is the band’s most composed effort to date and features new member Mariam Wallentin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums) joining core members Joachim Nordwall (founder of groundbreaking iDEAL Recordings), Daniel Fagge Fagerström (8 Days Of Nothing) and Henrik Rylander (Union Carbide Productions).

                                Cover artwork by Daniel Higgs (Lungfish).

                                Keiji Haino & SUMAC

                                American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On


                                  SUMAC, the trio of Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer), Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion) and Brian Cook (Russian Circles) present their first collaboration with Japan’s cultural provocateur Keiji Haino. 
                                   
                                  Japan’s fearless multi-instrumentalist and cultural provocateur Keiji Haino has made a career out of his freeform musical improvisations and diverse collaborations. Whether deconstructing American blues to a few rogue notes hanging across chasms of empty space in his solo endeavours, sparring with the nebulous fringes of psychedelia in Fushitsusha, or teaming up with musicians like Faust, Boris, Jim O’Rourke, Stephen O’Malley, John Zorn and Peter Brötzmann for fleeting aural experiments. Haino’s work is never preplanned or structured but rather a completely spontaneous exploration of chemistry, texture and dynamics.

                                  SUMAC’s tenure is much younger than Haino’s, though guitarist / vocalist Aaron Turner has covered a similarly large swath of musical territory across numerous projects and collaborations, from the sedated drones of recent projects with Daniel Menche and William Fowler Collins to the modern compositions of Mamiffer and all the way back to the restless evolutions of post-metal stalwarts ISIS. With his cohorts Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion) on drums and Brian Cook (Russian Circles) on bass, Turner has dissolved
                                  the rigid forms of heavy music, searching for a balance between disciplined precision and unhinged musical barbarism, crafting music that vacillates between meticulously detailed instrumentation and uninhibited forays into oblique abstraction.

                                  Throughout the course of its hour-plus length, ‘American Dollar Bill’ pushes and pulls at the strictures of metal and bends the stylistic formalities of improvised music to create a sonic purge unencumbered by convention.


                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xLtd LP Info: 2xLP pressed on virgin vinyl, packaged in a wide spine jacket printed on uncoated stock with custom slipcase also printed on uncoated stock with
                                  metallic ink and free download card.

                                  CD Info: CD packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket printed on uncoated stock with metallic ink and 4 panel booklet.

                                  YoshimiO / Susie Ibarra / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

                                  Flower Of Sulphur

                                    ‘Flower Of Sulphur’ is a transfixing piece of continuous improvisation from three experimental luminaries: multi-instrumentalist YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO, SAICOBAB), internationally acclaimed percussionist Susie Ibarra and artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens).

                                    In addition to her work in Boredoms and OOIOO, YoshimiO recently released an album with her modern Indian raga quartet SAICOBAB as the group’s vocalist and has released collaborative albums with Mats Gustafsson, Jim O’Rourke and Kim Gordon (ex-Sonic Youth).

                                    Susie Ibarra is one of the most significant female percussionists and composers of our time, known for her work as a performer within contemporary, avant-garde, jazz, classical and world music. Ibarra has studied with free jazz greats Earl Buster Smith and Milford Graves, as well as Philippine Kulintang gong-chime music with Danongan Kalanduyan. Ibarra has worked with the likes of John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Yuka Honda and many more. Ibarra’s most recent album, ‘Perception’, was praised by the New York Times.

                                    Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe has recently contributed music to the Jóhann Jóhannsson scored films ‘Sicario’ and ‘Arrival’ and is curating an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan. Lowe is also known for his work as Lichens and as a member of Om. In September 2017 Lowe was featured on the cover of The Wire.

                                    The trio’s jaw dropping performance was recorded in December 2016 at Roulette in Brooklyn. Flower of Sulphur documents a singular evening of exquisite sound and exceptional performance. Absolutely an essential album, pristinely recorded, and capturing a rare performance. A must have for any fans of creative innovation and improvisation.

                                    The trio are hoping to make additional live performances throughout 2018.

                                    “In the seemingly impenetrable, fantastic murkiness of Japanese experimental psych pop, more often than not, Yoshimi has been a beacon.” - FADER

                                    “[Susie Ibarra is] a highly regarded and ubiquitous figure on New York’s fertile downtown improvising scene.” - Modern Drummer

                                    “Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is an enduring voice in the US underground, producing everything from math rock to ambient to vocals in sci-fi blockbuster ‘Arrival’.” - The Guardian

                                    Dommengang

                                    Love Jail

                                      Dommengang, the LA-based power trio of guitarist Dan ‘Sig’ Wilson, bassist Brian Markham and drummer Adam Bulgasem, return with the desert cruiser’s dream album ‘Love Jail’.

                                      “The way in which they approach music is refreshing and honest. It is also damn catchy too and you will have a hard time keeping still whilst listening” - Echoes And Dust

                                      “Adrenalized motorik rhythms and burly riffage with the sort of panache heard on the better Hawkwind and Guru Guru albums. It’s fuckin’ intense, dude.” - Seattle Stranger

                                      “Lean, dirty, hungry” - The Quietus

                                      Dommengang have adapted to the arid climates and imbued their particular brand of rock with a heavy dose of the best of 1970’s rock aesthetics.

                                      The album was produced by The Fucking Champs guitarist and engineer Tim Green (Joanna Newson, Wolves In The Throne Room, Fresh & Onlys, Earthless), who perfectly captured the band’s sound while creating the space of older analogue recordings.

                                      ‘Love Jail’ includes Dommengang’s most melodic and lyric-heavy songs to date - a great road trip record and a dynamic listen that is of the moment, organic and earthy with a heavy nod to the clear, lean recordings of a time long before any of its members were born.

                                      The Body & Full Of Hell

                                      Ascending A Mountain Of Heavy Light

                                        The Body and Full Of Hell integrate their love of electronic noisescapes with abrasive, precise sonic assaults on their second collaborative album featuring guest performances by Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus), Chrissy Wolpert (Assembly of Light Choir) and Ben Eberle (Sandworm).

                                        Both The Body and Full Of Hell have toured extensively throughout 2017 and will tour collaboratively in early 2018.

                                        The Body’s recent Thrill Jockey album ‘No One Deserves Happiness’ was critically acclaimed by Decibel, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Magnet, Noisey, SPIN, Terrorizer and more.

                                        Full Of Hell’s latest album ‘Trumpeting Ecstasy’ released earlier this year on Profound Lore, was praised by Decibel, Revolver, Pitchfork, Metal Injection and Terrorizer.

                                        “It’s a rare show of restraint from two of the underground’s most pulverizing groups. When the Body and Full Of Hell pull back, they somehow hit even hit harder.” - Pitchfork

                                        “The music oscillates between dirty, fuzzed out house beats and dissonant sludge riffs, a combination so devastatingly heavy it feels like being trapped inside seven torture devices all at once, then being thrown into a fiery pit of molten lava. It’s that desperate feeling and upsetting.” - Metal Sucks

                                        “‘Earth Is A Cage’ is about as ugly and feedback crunched as you’d expect from a meeting of the minds between a grind band and a noise peppered doom duo, but it’s also surprisingly fun.” - Invisible Oranges

                                        Colleen

                                        A Flame My Love, A Frequency

                                          French multi-instrumentalist Colleen (Cécile Schott) is fearless in her willingness to explore new sounds and new ways of creating music as a solo performer. On her new album ‘A Flame My Love, A Frequency’ she introduces the most drastic change to her music since she began singing on her fourth album, setting aside the viola da gamba she is known for in exchange for all electronic instrumentation - Moog pedals and Critter and Guitari synthesizers.

                                          Colleen has been praised by Pitchfork, Uncut, Mojo, The Wire, Magnet, FACT, Stereogum, The New York Times, Exclaim, Relix, Resident Advisor, Paste, The Quietus and more.

                                          Colleen will tour extensively with her completely reconfigured synthesizer setup, including sets at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia. Colleen performed earlier this year at Moogfest where she also held a workshop explaining her pedal techniques. Moog has partnered with Thrill Jockey to help promote the album and host Colleen at their factory.

                                          “Exquisite, precise music made of unlikely inputs… The result is like a heart that pumps blood and also data.” - New York Times

                                          “It is a wondrous concoction, simultaneously ancient and modern, brought together by technology and the ear of a woman who unites epochs.” - NPR Music

                                          “Carves out and inhabits a persuasively exotic world of echo that invites total immersion.” - Mojo

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: Brilliantly effervescent, pulsating synth-led compositions centred around fizzing filters and soaring oscillators, all centred around Schott's beguiling voice. It's a departure from her norm, but it's absolutely superb.

                                          The Sea And Cake

                                          Nassau

                                            The Sea and Cake are a band who need very little introduction. In their extensive 25 year career the band have bridged the gap between Brazilian music of the late 1960s, African influenced guitar lines, and independent pop. A sound that is entirely distinct, centred around the delicate guitar interplay of Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt, driven by the versatile rhythms of bassist Eric Claridge and drummer John McEntire and finally set apart by Prekop’s vocals and obtuse lyrics.

                                            The Sea and Cake’s second album ‘Nassau’ is pressed on coloured vinyl for the first time (LP1 translucent blue, LP2 translucent green) and packaged with a double-sided insert and free download card. Recorded by John McEntire at Idful Studios in Chicago, ‘Nassau’ moves the band away from the more immediate pop leanings of their self-titled debut and sees them begin to experiment as a band in production and songwriting. Nassau was featured on countless 1995 year end lists, moving the band into the spotlight and out of the shadows. ‘Nassau’ lives up to the promise of their debut and raised the bar for things to come.

                                            OOIOO

                                            Gold & Green

                                              OOIOO’s seminal album ‘Gold & Green’ is finally widely released on vinyl for the first time. Presented as a deluxe double LP in a gatefold jacket with spot metallic ink and full colour inner sleeves featuring glorious artwork. Pressed on virgin vinyl with free digital download coupon.

                                              OOIOO have always created a musical language all their own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, a founding member of Boredoms, the group have recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.

                                              ‘Gold & Green’ features guest appearances from Sean Lennon, Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto).

                                              OOIOO’s Yoshimi is to release an exhilarating new album this Autumn with her group SAICOBAB, featuring sitarist Yoshida Daikiti, bassist Akita Goldman and percussionist Hama.

                                              “‘Challenging’ music doesn’t get more fun than this.” - NPR Music

                                              “OOIOO traffic in a crafty kind of post-punk primitivism… the synths, power chords, polyrhythmic drumming and wordless chants building into an irresistible, throbbing whole” - The Wire

                                              “An extraordinary band.” - New York Times

                                              “OOIOO is tight, lithe and anything but robotic.” - Washington Post

                                              Arbouretum

                                              Rites Of Uncovering

                                                Sometime lead guitarist with Anomoanon and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, the Will Oldham connection has clearly rubbed off on Arbouretum leader Dave Heumann. Bucolic odysseys like "Tonight's A Jewel" and "Pale Rider Blues" complete with musty timbre and odd vernacular sound alarmingly like Oldham fronting Espers. That is, until Heumann's splintering guitar solos crack them wide open. "Sleep Of Shiloam" and "The Rise" evolve into epics of cosmic skronk, revealing him as sonic explorer a la Wilco or Crazy Horse rather than any 12-bar disciple. This wonderful record already feels like a cult classic.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: The LP has been freshly cut and pressed on virgin vinyl, packaged with insert and free download coupon.

                                                “White Hills have emerged from its deep sheets of psychedelia and smoke machine-cascading haze, glaring lights and all-out noise for a sinister beast of minimalist psych grooves and seductive danceibility.” - Noisey

                                                “A prolific band with a restless streak.” - Paste

                                                “A staple on the touring circuit where their explosive fusion of psychedelic, space rock, post-punk, krautrock, and ambient experimentation makes their performances feel less like traditional rock shows and more like full body and mind experiences.” - She Shreds Magazine

                                                Having continually refined their sound, pushing the boundaries of psychedelic music, White Hills have flipped the script on their new album, ‘Stop Mute Defeat’. Members Dave W. and Ego Sensation have brazenly produced an industrially-charged record that pulsates unlike anything they’ve released before.

                                                Mixed by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Afrika Bambaataa), the album was influenced by dance hall, drug den and bar, the Mudd Club - New York’s legendary haunt in the late 1970’s. Following similar techniques to those propagated by William S. Burroughs (a regular at Mudd Club), ‘Stop Mute Defeat’ sees White Hills break free from the guitar-driven structure of their earlier releases and create sounds that call to mind ‘Xtrmntr’-era Primal Scream or Cabaret Voltaire. Despite the band’s newfound approach, their criticisms of rampant consumerism and the proliferation of post-truth mythology are at their most scathing.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: Brain-meltingly psychedelic breakdowns, grooving sludgey walls of sound and cosmic synth swells, all accentuated with distorted vocals and churning industrious bass. I loved their album with Manc psych-nutters Gnod, and I love this just as much. You will too.

                                                Brian Gibson

                                                Thumper

                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                  For Record Store Day 2017 Thrill Jockey presents a limited edition colour vinyl pressing of the original soundtrack to the critically acclaimed rhythm violence game ‘Thumper’.

                                                  All music by Brian Gibson (Lightning Bolt).

                                                  Gibson is a seasoned game artist, working on titles such as Amplitude, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band.

                                                  The game Thumper, developed by Gibson with programmer Marc Flury through their studio Drool, has been lauded as one of the best games of 2016, with particular note to the music from the likes of FACT, Paste, IGN, Kotaku, and PC Gamer who called Thumper “one of the best music games ever made,” as well as being nominated for and winning awards for Best Music/Audio from Game Developer’s Choice Awards, IGN Japan, New York Video Game Awards, and more.

                                                  ‘Thumper’ was also selected by Sony as one of PlayStation’s first releases for their Virtual Reality console when launched in 2016.

                                                  “As spartan and laser-focused as Lightning Bolt’s music” – FACT.

                                                  The LP is pressed on translucent red vinyl with black paper inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                  ‘Thumper’ is released in a limited edition of 500 copies for the UK and Eire.

                                                  Trans Am

                                                  California Hotel

                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                    For Record Store Day 2017 Trans Am deliver a brand new vinylonly album featuring their first new material since 2014’s ‘Volume X’.

                                                    Trans Am is a band that has never compromised. Originally from North Bethesda, Maryland, Trans Am is considered fathers of the instrumental post-rock sound of the 1990s.

                                                    Since then the band - Phil Manley, Sebastian Thomson and Nathan Means - has added vocals and spanned genres from metal to house to progressive rock. They exploited Casio keyboards for cacophonous lo-fi sounds. They played fully electronic sets when most of their contemporaries were sticking exclusively to guitars. They pioneered early millennium fad Electroclash. Today, they continue to set their own course.

                                                    On ‘California Hotel’, Trans Am borrowed ideas from My Bloody Valentine, John Carpenter, DAF, Led Zeppelin, Air, Sade and David Gilmore, among others. The result is an incredibly rich range of sounds that retain a pulsating energy.

                                                    ‘California Hotel’ was constructed in four one-week bursts that took place over two years deep in San Francisco’s El Studio. Bits and pieces of songs like ‘Expansions’ and ‘Alles Verbotten’ were recorded during live jams, lost due to unique file management and remerged for inspection and improvement – often multiple times.

                                                    In an effort to “get back to their roots” some songs were recorded live to analog tape. The basic tracks for most songs were recorded live, in an attempt to capture Trans Am’s “Xfactor Rock ‘n’ Roll serpent energy.” All musicians were playing in the same room at the same time with a minimum of overdubs. This decision was partly choice and partly necessity due to time constraints.

                                                    ‘California Hotel’ is released in a limited edition of 1,000 copies worldwide.

                                                    Limited to 500 copies for the UK and Eire.

                                                    The LP is pressed on gold vinyl with a free download coupon.

                                                    Trans Am will tour throughout 2017.

                                                    ‘Book Of Changes’, the new album by Guy Blakeslee as Entrance, is a poetic song cycle about the seasons of the heart, tracing an emotional journey through longing and emptiness to peace and redemption. The adventurously produced collection of songs is reminiscent of Townes Van Zandt’s ruminative lyricism and the gypsy flavoured orchestral explorations of Arthur Lee and Love, uniquely channelled through Blakeslee’s 21st Century approach to the spiritual dimensions of American songwriting in a way that gives an old form new power.

                                                    ‘Book Of Changes’ follows the release of the ‘Promises’ EP which was supported with a series of live performances including opening for Beach House, Explosions In The Sky and Scott Fagan.

                                                    Mixed by David Vandervelde (Father John Misty, Jay Bennett) and Chris Coady (Future Islands, Cass McCombs) with mastering by Grammy nominated engineer Sarah Register (David Bowie, The Shins).

                                                    ‘Book Of Changes’ features Blakeslee joined by longtime collaborator Paz Lenchantin (Pixies, Silver Jews) and percussionist Frank Lenz (Pedro The Lion, The Weepies).

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP Info: LP pressed on virgin vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                    Brokeback is the longstanding project of Douglas McCombs (Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day, The Sea And Cake and Pullman). The current Brokeback quartet lineup features McCombs joined by James Elkington (Tweedy, Steve Gunn), Pete Croke (Exit Verse, Tight Phantomz) and Areif Sless-Kitain (The Eternals).

                                                    The instrumental landscapes on ‘Illinois River Valley Blues’ are utterly transportive, evoking familiar open-frontier soundtracks and charting out new sonic territory.

                                                    The album features guest vocals from Amalea Tshilds (The Paulina Hollers) and a cover of a Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground, Exploding Star Orchestra)-written ballad.

                                                    ‘Illinois River Valley Blues’ was produced by John McEntire (Stereolab, Yo La Tengo) with stunning album photography by Sam Prekop (The Sea And Cake).


                                                    “At its center it’s all ragged glory, guys banging out riffs and solos, a clear-cut delve into the rock firmament. You can practically feel the band members blowing the dust off their old plaid shirts and cracking open a six pack” - Pitchfork

                                                    Glenn Jones

                                                    This Is The Wind That Blows It Out

                                                      Glenn Jones’ debut album ‘This Is The Wind That Blows It Out’ was originally released in 2004 on CD only by Strange Attractors Audio House. Thrill Jockey are proud to give this timeless classic a first time vinyl issue.

                                                      Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions.

                                                      Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer.

                                                      ‘This Is The Wind That Blows It Out’ stands the test of time in today’s avant folk movement with Glenn Jones emerging as a clear leader. His pensive sentimentality and playful spirit, not to mention his innovative technique, have become just as ingrained into the style’s DNA as any hallmarks of the original Takoma school.

                                                      Opening with the title tune, ‘This Is The Wind That Blows It Out’ meanders with heady grace, Delta-delica slide guitar as intoxicating as it is mournful. ‘Fahey’s Car’ bounces and shimmers like some of Peter Lang’s classic Takoma sides and ‘Linden Avenue Stomp’ is an alternate take of an old-timey duet with the late great Jack Rose.

                                                      Jones turned away from standard tuning years ago, inventing tunings as a way of escaping the known, his 2016 album ‘Fleeting’ gained much critical acclaim and his convivial live performances prove him to be a compelling storyteller as well as an outstanding musician.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      Ltd LP Info: The LP is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a heavy stock jacket with inner sleeve including notes and tunings for each song and free digital download card.

                                                      Luke Roberts

                                                      Sunlit Cross

                                                      The music made by Luke Roberts is wide in scope and spare in structure. It is as universal as it is personal - if you have to label it, the right stamp to put on it might be ‘redemptive blues’. Roberts’ songs, while deeply personal in origin, touch on universal life experiences and emotions. ‘Sunlit Cross’ is unwaveringly honest and raw, as Roberts gets closer than ever to his true self: a person who looks past the dark truths to see a real light.

                                                      ‘Sunlit Cross’ features Kurt Vile, Stephen Tanner (Harvey Milk and Music Blues), John Neff (Drive-By Truckers) and Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk).

                                                      ‘Sunlit Cross’ was recorded at RonnieJone$ound with Kyle Spence (who, in addition to recording tracks for Kurt Vile’s ‘B’lieve I’m Goin Down’, also drums with Vile and Harvey Milk). Spence worked closely with Roberts to make the record sonically richer than ever before.

                                                      “His appreciation of the spiritual beauty of those classic sounds [Americana and southern blues] has given his music a rich warmth.” - musicOMH

                                                      “Luke Roberts practices a particular form of bruised, intense country-folk, one that’s both immersive and apocalyptic.” - Stereogum

                                                      “Luke Roberts is singing about the no-place of everyplace, the desolation we all know” - Pitchfork

                                                      “His voice is somewhere between Townes Van Zandt and Kurt Vile - young and wise, but with an even-older worldview and simplicity.” - FILTER Magazine

                                                      “Roberts’ vocals (which contain all the cackle of J Mascis and all the plaintiveness of Townes Van Zandt) are tender and bruised, and… can be legitimately heartbreaking.” - Pitchfork

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free digital download coupon.

                                                      CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                      Oozing Wound are a thrash trio featuring veterans of Chicago’s underground scene who have played with High On Fire, The Body, Ash Borer, Wolf Eyes, Nazoranai and Black Pus, among many others.

                                                      A horrifying concoction of apathy and malaise wrapped in a delectable sheet of hatred drowned in a bath of contempt.

                                                      “Oozing Wound are the Chicago trio ripping up the rule book of thrash.” - The Guardian

                                                      “Chicago trio Oozing Wound play loud, brash and snotty crossover thrash with a penchant for the kind of big, obnoxious riffs that can’t fail to plaster a huge grin across your face.” - Terrorizer

                                                      “Their songs barrel along like Iron Lung bitch-slapping the first Megadeth album or meaty Testament-like guitar gallops infused with an air of frenetic power violence irreverence.” - Metal Hammer

                                                      “A whole sweaty, stinking ruck of basement smashing fun” - The Quietus

                                                      “So refreshingly anti-bullshit are Oozing Wound that they could conceivably turn out to be the Nirvana of thrash.” - Noisey

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with high gloss varnish and 4 page booklet.

                                                      Entrance

                                                      Promises

                                                        ‘Promises’ is Entrance’s debut for Thrill Jockey Records, featuring four astonishingly unforgettable new songs. ‘Promises’ is the introduction to a fresh chapter in the story of Entrance.

                                                        Entrance is the multi-talented singer-songwriter Guy Blakeslee. An artist’s artist, Entrance is a musician with the blues running through his veins.

                                                        His newest creations add up to a set of rich, cinematic songs featuring expansive orchestration and imaginative storytelling, as unique to himself as they are, at times, evocative of Townes Van Zandt, Scott Walker and Gene Clark.

                                                        Among his fans, he counts the likes of Spike Jonze, who featured Entrance’s interpretation of Skip James’ ‘I’m So Glad’ in the film ‘Her’.

                                                        Players on the EP include Paz Lenchantin (Pixies) and Emily Kokal (Warpaint).

                                                        Artwork for the EP is by acclaimed LA artist Amanda Charchian and the photos were shot by Edouard Plongeon in Paris.

                                                        Pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                                                        “Dilating country-blues songs into distorted Velvet Undergroundinspired drones” - The Guardian

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                        Grumbling Fur are the UK based duo of Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan.

                                                        Alexander Tucker’s solo releases on Thrill Jockey include ‘Third Mouth’ and ‘Dorwytch’. A prolific artist, his latest graphic novel, the acclaimed ‘World In The Force Field’, is out now via Breakdown Press.

                                                        Daniel O’Sullivan has been at the core of the wildly successful This Heat reconstitution and with Massimo Pupillo of Zu recently realised Laniakea. As part of Norwegian experimental collective Ulver he released the ‘ATGCLVLSSCAP’ album and later this year there’ll be a new album from Æthenor, his ongoing project with Steve Noble and Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))).

                                                        ‘Furfour’ is the band’s second release on Thrill Jockey, with previous releases on Aurora Borealis and Latitudes alongside their last highly successful output on The Quietus Phonographic Corporation.

                                                        On ‘Furfour’, Grumbling Fur are joined by This Heat’s Charles Bullen and Isobel Sollenberger from Bardo Pond. The band have also recently collaborated with Charlemagne Palestine.

                                                        ‘Furfour’ gradually emerged over three years of writing and recording at 147 Tower Gardens, the mystical, ivy-shrouded house that Tucker and O’Sullivan once called home.

                                                        The band’s music is shaped all this are their long-standing shared musical affections, encompassing orchestrated poptones, collage, dub and beatmaking as well as experimental and drone elements - touchtones might include Faust, Arthur Russell, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Moondog, Michael Nyman, Gate, Syd Barrett, Stereolab, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Ashtray Navigations, CC Hennix and Madlib.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        LP Info: LP version is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with artworked inner sleeve and free digital download coupon.
                                                        Coloured vinyl initial pressing!

                                                        CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                        On new record ‘Star Core’, multi-instrumentalist Marielle V Jakobsons uses her voice for the first time, while expanding on ideas she explored in her previous solo records and as one half of the group Date Palms.

                                                        ‘Star Core’ revolves around minimalist synthesizer layers with melodic violin, ute and vocals over elongated bass grooves. The songs on the album are Jakobsons’ version of devotional hymns and they create a cosmic yet personal environment to slow down with and to get lost in.

                                                        ‘Star Core’ was recorded at Jakobsons’ home studio and at Mills College in Oakland, California and mixed at Chuck Johnson’s Cirrus Oxide studio.

                                                        Jakobsons has previously performed solo as Darwinsbitch and in the group Myrmyr with Agnes Szelag.

                                                        “… like Earth sans metal, a dusty Morricone-on-codeine tortoise plod through dubby deserts” - Spin

                                                        “A meditative amalgam of grounding strings and miragelike shimmers” - The Fader

                                                        “What Marielle has replicated ... is the exuberance of nature, the subtle, superabundance of the given thing itself” - Tiny Mix Tapes

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: This is heavy! Not heavy like Slipknot or Papa Roach obviously, but it has an atmospheric weight to it, not unlike GYBE or Mogwai (the twinkling lead on the eponymous track reminds me an awful lot of the opening track on Mogwai's recent 'Atomic' LP). Booming string drones and breathy woodwind rise and fall alongside slightly tremoloed guitars, whirring synths pan across the stereo field before being joined by soaring string sections. Well worth a listen for any fans of instrumental or ambient music.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download coupon.

                                                        Sam Prekop

                                                        Sam Prekop

                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                          For Record Store Day 2016 Thrill Jockey present a limited re-issue of Sam Prekop's classic self-titled debut.

                                                          Sam Prekop’s self-titled debut is a study in pop nuances. Simultaneously transporting the listener from mild climes and swinging palms to darkened skies and wind blown steppes, the record will be easily recognized by fans of The Sea and Cake.

                                                          Prekop is assisted on this release by Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake), Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground, Marc Ribot), Josh Abrams (Natural Information Society, Town and Country), and Jim O’Rourke.

                                                          Sam and his band blend West African rhythms with a bit of soul, jazz and pop. The resulting record is something wholly original, elegant and earthy.

                                                          This is the first time this best selling album has been pressed on colour vinyl.

                                                          Limited to 500 copies, pressed on opaque blue vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                          Jan St. Werner, the well-respected artist and musician known for his solo compositions, his work with Mouse On Mars and art pieces, has created a beautifully rhythmic, instantly gripping work with his new album ‘Felder’.

                                                          Werner has created sounds that are listenable and inviting, complex but approachable and, mostly, completely unidentifiable. ‘Felder’ means ‘fields’ in German and here the word refers to conceptual frameworks and subjects and sound fields. Werner mixes organic sounds from French horns and cellos seamlessly with synthesized notes created with one-of-a-kind programs. He builds layers of sound with differing cadences upon one another, creating intricate patterns that connect with each other structurally, rhythmically, semantically and historically. Suggestions of jazz, industrial music, drone and even folk float in and out of the electronic compositions in a seemingly effortless manner; paradoxically, ‘Felder’ was meticulously constructed over the course of four years.

                                                          “Music that makes you hyper-aware of your place in relation to it and something that removes you from thinking about yourself altogether” - Pitchfork

                                                          Werner has collaborated with Markus Popp (Oval), Mark E Smith (The Fall), Damo Suzuki (Can), the scientist / writer Oswald Wiener and the theorist Siegfried Zielinksi on pieces that were premiered at the Chicago Symphony, Phiharmonie Cologne, Barbican London, Radialsystem Berlin, HAU Berlin, Akademie der Kunste Berlin and the German public radio stations WDR, SWR, BR, and DLF. Werner has also shown works at Kunstverein Munich, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Cubitt Gallery London, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and Cornerhouse Manchester.

                                                          In addition Werner has worked with the visual artist Rosa Barba on pieces premiered at London’s Tate Modern, the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                                                          CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                          Matmos

                                                          Ultimate Care II

                                                          ‘Ultimate Care II’ is the new album from renowned conceptual electronics duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt).

                                                          Recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore, the album is constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine. Like its namesake, the album runs across its variations as a single, continuous thirty eight minute experience that starts with the grinding turn of the wash size selection wheel, and ends with the alert noise that signals that the wash is done. Between these audio-verité book-ends, we experience an exploded view of the machine, hearing it in normal operation but also as an object being rubbed and stroked and drummed upon and prodded and sampled and sequenced and processed by the duo, with some occasional extra help from an ultra-local crew of guest stars (some of whom regularly do laundry chez Matmos).

                                                          Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords), Sam Haberman (Horse Lords), Jason Willett (Half Japanese) and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun) all took part, either playing the machine like a drum, processing its audio, or sending MIDI data to the duo’s samplers. The vocabulary of the Ultimate Care II, its rhythmic chugs, spin cycle drones, rinse cycle splashes, metallic clanks and electronic beeps are parsed into an eclectic syntax of diverse musical genres. The result is a suite of rhythmic, melodic and drone-based compositions that morph dramatically but remain fanatically centered upon their single, original sound source.

                                                          In addition to releasing a string of acclaimed albums over the past 20 years, Matmos have played the uterus and reproductive tract of a cow at the San Francisco Art Institute, canisters of helium at Radio City Music Hall (while opening for Bjork) and John Cage’s personal collection of conch shells at Carnegie Hall.

                                                          Matmos have also collaborated and performed with Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, Antony Hegarty, William Basinski and Horse Lords.

                                                          Three videos will be serviced: one by Baltimore musician Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords, Needle Gun), one by infamous collage artist / plunderphonic cut-up wizard Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) and one by Ed Apodaca of San Francisco motion graphics firm L-inc, who created the ‘Very Large Green Triangles’ video for Matmos’ last album.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Indies Exclusive LP Info: LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a heavy stock jacket with full colour inner sleeve and free download card. Available exclusively to independent retailers pressed on ‘clean laundry’ (blue with white swirl) coloured vinyl.

                                                          LP Info: LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a heavy stock jacket with full colour inner sleeve and free download card.

                                                          Revered Chicago-based instrumental group Tortoise, comprised of Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire and Jeff Parker, have spent 25 years making music that defies description. While the quintet have nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout their acclaimed and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly their own.

                                                          It’s a fact that remains true on the hotly anticipated forthcoming new album ‘The Catastrophist’ (Thrill Jockey) and Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years.

                                                          Recorded at McEntire’s famed Soma Studios, it’s an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cosy up next to hypnotic, bassand- beat missives like ‘Shake Hands With Danger’ and a fantastic cover of David Essex’s 1973 hit song ‘Rock On’ sung by U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann. Throughout, the songs on ‘The Catastrophist’ transcend expectations as often as they delight the listen’s eardrums.

                                                          ‘Rock On’ isn’t the only vocal moment on the album. Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley distinctive tones are on the bittersweet classic soul/R&B vibe ballad ‘Yonder Blue’. this also marks the first time a Tortoise album will feature a guest vocalist singing original lyrics.

                                                          ‘Gesceap’, the first track premiered from ‘The Catastrophist’, is a stunning seven-minute long, minimalist rhythmic piece, morphing from two gently intersecting synth lines into a pounding, frenzied full-band finish.

                                                          There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. At a time when our minds are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, ‘The Catastrophist’ reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen.

                                                          Tortoise

                                                          Beacons Of Ancestorship

                                                            "Beacons Of Ancestorship" is Tortoise's sixth full-length album, and their first release of new material in five years, since 2004's "It's All Around You". A characteristic Tortoise album is one that traverses an encyclopaedia of styles and reference points, a document of where musical intersections and dialogue are occurring at a given moment in time. "Beacons Of Ancestorship" is no different, with nods to techno, punk, electro, lo-fi noise, cut-up beats, heavily processed synths, and mournful, elegiac dirges. We see these ideas working out in compositions like "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In", an eight-minute track which playfully references the world of ecstatic rave and dance culture with a curiously ambivalent, multi-part suite overlaid with robotic, machine-sounding melodies that stop and start in several different time signatures before the song's ultimate resolution; and again in "Yinxianghechengqi", which begins as a straightforward uptempo math-rocker before steadily accelerating into a wall of fuzzy atonal sqwonk.

                                                            Tracklisting
                                                            1. High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
                                                            2. Prepare Your Coffin
                                                            3. Northern Something
                                                            4. Gigantes
                                                            5. Penumbra
                                                            6. Yinxianghechengqi
                                                            7. Fall of Seven Diamonds Plus One
                                                            8. Minors
                                                            9. Monument Six One Thousand
                                                            10. De Chelly
                                                            11. Charteroak Foundation

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                            Dave Heumann, leader of the beloved Arbouretum, branches out with his debut solo record ‘Here In The Deep’. While Arbouretum were on a year-long hiatus Heumann continued writing, finding himself with a collection of material that displayed a different style of songwriting from his past efforts.

                                                            The recording of these songs gave Heumann a chance to play with a talented group of friends, including Walker Teret of Lower Dens, drummer / percussionist Mike Kuhl, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and accomplished pianist Hans Chew, among others.

                                                            The songs on ‘Here In The Deep’ were arranged with a mind to explore textures outside of what Arbouretum typically embody.

                                                            Significantly, ‘Here In The Deep’ was mixed by John Parish (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, Jenny Hval), whose sense for the deep, warm spaces the songs occupy allowed him to give the album a distinct clarity not found on any Arbouretum album.

                                                            Highly informed by folk and pop traditions, the album’s ten tracks are so well crafted that they seem instantly familiar. Lyrically, the songs touch on themes at once cosmic and universal: the connection of the human spirit to its environment and different routes to navigate within. There is a paradoxical lightness to the recording juxtaposed with a deeply resonant sense to the words.

                                                            ‘Here In The Deep’ is a lush showcase of the considerable lyrical, vocal and guitar talents of Dave Heumann and, for the listener, a rich escape.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            LP Info: LP version includes artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                            Dan Friel creates intense, colourful and intricate instrumentals that, for all their complexity, are melodic pop songs. Equally at home in the DIY scene and the contemporary art world, Friel has been at the forefront of a movement of musicians who create dance music with a clear affinity for the extremes of noise and metal, eschewing the traditional dance clubs and adhering to the ethics of the underground.

                                                            On his second Thrill Jockey album ‘Life’, Friel uses his surprisingly small arsenal of gear to distort and manoeuvre his beloved Yamaha Portasound into an expansive sound that is incredibly varied in tone and texture. This toy keyboard, his first instrument, is manipulated beyond recognition to create songs that are frenzied and epic.

                                                            ‘Life’ also has moments that are incredibly sweet, idyllic, and fragile - sentiments that make perfect sense coming from a new father whose instrument of choice is his childhood keyboard.

                                                            All throughout ‘Life’, Friel exploits his intentionally simple set-up to ever surprising effect, using simple electronics to mirror the sounds of guitars, drums and harmonicas. It is an irresistible and genrebending collection of underground anthems.

                                                            ‘Life’ was written and recorded by Friel at his home studios in Brooklyn and was mixed by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Liturgy).

                                                            ‘Life’ is Friel’s sophomore Thrill Jockey release following ‘Total Folklore’.

                                                            “Punchy instrumentals instilled with the raw energy of punk” - Pitchfork

                                                            “Full of technicolor chirp, sugar-rush whoosh, and a bucket of adrenaline” - Stereogum

                                                            “A merry onslaught” - New York Times

                                                            “It’s pretty much bottled raw power” - Tom Ravenscroft, BBC

                                                            “Fucking great” - Kurt Braunohler

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package. LP version includes free download coupon.

                                                            “Eleventh Dream Day have forged one of the most durable sounds to emerge from the indie-rock underground. Balancing ragged guitars against fragile melodies and sweet vocal harmonies, the Chicago group’s albums perfectly encapsulated the promise - both artistic and commercial - of post-punk alternative rock.” - Rolling Stone

                                                            On ‘Works For Tomorrow’ core Eleventh Dream Day members Rick Rizzo, Janet Beveridge Bean, Mark Greenberg, and Douglas McCombs are joined by James Elkington (Brokeback, Tweedy), marking the first time the band have recorded with a second guitarist since 1994. Elkington’s addition has unleashed the band’s strengths. The ferocious and visceral interplay between Rizzo and Elkington charge the band with a joyous exuberance that sweeps the listener in for the 43 minutes of ‘Works For Tomorrow’.

                                                            The album also features performances by long time friend Martin Wenk (Calexico) and Rich Parenti on horns.

                                                            Eleventh Dream Day are known for their raw, inexhaustible live performances. They honed the songs on ‘Works For Tomorrow’ during an extended residency at Chicago’s legendary club venue The Hideout and the packed, sweaty energy of those shows is unmistakable on this new recording. Drummer and sometime lead vocalist Janet Beveridge Bean breaks free as never before with her vocals igniting the songs with an animalistic urgency as she furiously propels the songs with pure command from behind the kit.

                                                            Eleventh Dream Day’s fiery performances and inventive arrangements make for the most complex and compelling record of their career. ‘Works For Tomorrow’ finds the band fixed on the road ahead, barrelling toward the horizon with the radio turned way, way up.

                                                            ‘Works For Tomorrow’ was recorded and mixed by Mark Greenberg at the Loft (Wilco’s studio) and Mayfair Recordings.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            LP Info: LP version features alternate cover artwork and is pressed on virgin vinyl with a free digital download card.

                                                            CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket.

                                                            Dommengang

                                                            Everybody's Boogie

                                                              Dommengang are a Brooklyn-via-Seattle rock trio fronted by Pacific Northwest psych mainstay Sig Wilson (Holy Sons, Castanets, Scout Niblett) and Brooklyn musicians Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem (currently members of Holy Sons’ live band).

                                                              While the trio’s affection for electric blues and proto-punk bombast is clear, their music abandons traditional song structures and replaces their recognizable tropes with progressive frameworks. The band’s debut, ‘Everybody’s Boogie’, pivots between gloriously inventive riffs and fuzzed-out experimentation, a combination so potent that the listener hardly notices that they rarely sing.

                                                              ‘Everybody’s Boogie’ was recorded live in the studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with minimal overdubs.

                                                              Recommended for fans of Pontiak, Endless Boogie, Earthless and Goat

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              LP Info: LP mastered and cut to vinyl by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering and pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                                                              CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                              White Hills are one of the most legendary acts in psychedelic rock today and remain a consistent top seller, often selling through multiple vinyl pressings quickly upon release.

                                                              ‘Walks For Motorists’ showcases a new intensity for the band, emphasizing rhythm and groove. It is their definitive statement.

                                                              The album was recorded at Bryn Derwen Recording Studio in Wales with David Wrench (Caribou, Bear in Heaven, FKA Twigs, Owen Pallet).

                                                              White Hills have recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, toured with both The Cult and Kylesa and were selected by Scion for their AV Club compilation.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              2xLtd LP Info: Double LP set, exclusive to independent retailers. Translucent red vinyl LP plus bonus ‘Drives For Pedestrians’ black vinyl LP featuring 30 minutes
                                                              of unreleased material packaged in its own jacket with bootleg style cover sticker.

                                                              LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a high gloss jacket with spot varnish, artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                              Liturgy are a Brooklyn-based, self-styled ‘Transcendental Black Metal’ band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler Dusenbury and drummer Greg Fox, the band exist as a 21st Century total work of art (gesamtkunstwerk), activating divine potencies by means of music and culture even as they underscore the contradictions inherent in such a project during the internet era.

                                                              ‘The Ark Work’ is the much anticipated follow up to Liturgy’s 2011 breakout album ‘Aesthethica’.

                                                              ‘The Ark Work’ hums and churns with Hunt-Hendrix’s inventive arrangements, drenched with glockenspiels, bagpipes, strings, ritual chanting and MIDI horns. It supplements its metal energy with motifs from unlikely, disparate genres; crossfertilizing hard-style beats, occult-oriented rap and the glitched re-sampling of IDM, with structures from Medieval sacred music, Romantic classical music and minimalism. The result is a rich, seething cyber-fantasia that is improbably listenable, conveying the disarming, authentic emotion that is Liturgy’s hallmark - a blend of startling invention, high calibre musicianship, raw energy and profound, cosmic sadness.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              2xLtd LP Info: Deluxe double LP packaged in a gatefold jacket with high gloss varnish on inside panels and spot varnish and debossing on front cover. LPs are pressed on virgin vinyl and housed in artworked inner sleeves with free download coupon.
                                                              Special white vinyl format exclusively available to independent retailers.

                                                              White Hills

                                                              Glitter Glamour Atrocity

                                                                'Glitter Glamour Atrocity' is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity, and was recorded during the same sessions that produced 'Heads On Fire' and 'Abstractions & Mutations'. Sonically, it is radically different from anything else coming out of the New York underground at the time, and it set the template for the singular concoction of heavy psychedelic music, krautrock, and a worship of pure sound they have explored in different variations ever since.

                                                                Throughout the album the band explores themes of greed, misinformation, war, hypocrisy and their outcomes within the world’s political and economic systems, presenting these weighty topics with the same air of mystic understanding that underpins their music. Glitter Glamour Atrocity includes the song “Under Skin Or By Name,” the longest running staple in the band’s live set, which the band performed in the acclaimed film Only Lovers Left Alive at the request of director Jim Jarmusch. It is one of only two performances in the movie, which is enamored with the music making process and record collector culture.

                                                                Following the mood-setting intro track and the meditative bombast of “Under Skin or By Name,” WHITE HILLS settle into the sparse groove of “Spirit of Exile,” an expression of a desire to live apart from a culture that one does not fit into. These songs glow with the burning vitality and passion of free thinkers trapped in the waning years of the Bush administration. Those sentiments are perhaps most compellingly expressed on “Love Serve Remember,” a warped, surreal vision of life after 9/11 seen through the eyes of someone who witnessed the event first-hand, interspersed with a brilliantly edited speech by Bush himself in which he admits “I was a threat to the United States.”

                                                                Glitter Glamour Atrocity was recorded with the first iteration of the trio line-up with Dave W on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, and sound collage, Ego Sensation on bass and vocals, and Bob Bellomo on drums. It was recorded at Bellomo’s studio in Passaic, NJ, and produced by Dave W.

                                                                The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos.

                                                                After a decade of silence in which Daniel concentrated on Matmos and becoming a Shakespeare professor, The Soft Pink Truth is set to release ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’, whose subtitle ‘Electronic Profanations Of Black Metal Classics’ reveals its bizarre agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre.

                                                                A gleeful queer travesty of black metal’s undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’ is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar’s obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists including Antony Hegarty (Antony And The Johnsons), Terence Hannum (Locrian), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, Sarcofago, Beherit and more into oddly hybrid new forms. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are bracingly strange on first listen but curiously addictive as the album sinks in.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                Alexander Tucker

                                                                Alexander Tucker

                                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                  First time vinyl release of Alexander Tucker's self-titled debut originally released in 2005.

                                                                  This album was previously only available as a CD-r in a very limited run.

                                                                  This new 2014 edition has been re-mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering and is pressed on virgin vinyl with a free download coupon.

                                                                  The download coupon not only includes all the material from the LP but also a non-LP bonus track as well as tracks from ‘Yew’, a 2004 3" mini-CDr.

                                                                  In total the download includes over 20 minutes of bonus material.

                                                                  This LP is released in a limited edition of only 500 copies for the world.

                                                                  Limited to 140 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                  Glenn Jones

                                                                  Welcomed Wherever I Go

                                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                    Brand new 16 minute 12“ EP from Glenn Jones pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a full colour LP jacket with free download coupon.

                                                                    Limited to only 1,000 worldwide.

                                                                    All exclusive, never before released material.

                                                                    Limited to 120 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                    A Minor Forest

                                                                    Flemish Altruism / Inindependence

                                                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                      Classic albums from the early days of Thrill Jockey.

                                                                      Originally released in 1996/1998 - these have been out of print on vinyl for nearly a decade.

                                                                      Both albums are being re-issued and will be sold as a 4xLP set.

                                                                      ‘Flemish Altruism’ will feature new/updated artwork.

                                                                      Both will include download coupons for the first time.

                                                                      A Minor Forest recently reunited and played a very well received show in San Francisco (with a Bay Guardian cover story)

                                                                      The band will tour the US in April & May of this year.

                                                                      Limited to 60 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                      2013 was a notable year for Thalia Zedek. She released her first album in five years, ‘Via’, which PopMatters called a “rumbling, sweet, muscled set of tunes, as resilient as they are beautiful,” followed by a tour across North America with Low. She also reunited with Come, the classic band she formed with Chris Brokaw in 1990, reissuing their classic debut ‘Eleven:Eleven’ and playing their first shows in over a decade across the US and Europe. Following this intense flurry of activity, Thalia regrouped with herband in Boston to record an EP, harnessing the creative energy she had accumulated during her time on the road.

                                                                      ‘SIX’ is a brand new 29 minute mini-album following ‘Via’, which was praised by Pitchfork, Spin, PopMatters, Paste, American Songwriter, Magnet, and Under The Radar.

                                                                      ‘SIX’ opens with a full band version of ‘Fell So Hard’, a characteristically mournful dirge that exudes a tenacious, slowmoving intensity. Zedek explores the complexities of interpersonal relationships, employing some of the most sparse arrangements of her career. The spareness of tracks like ‘Julie Said’ and ‘Afloat’ achieve incredible emotional heft, letting Thalia’s lyrics, delivered in her unmistakable voice, take centre stage.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      CD Info: CD version packaged in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                      CD includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                      Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and the Velvet Underground. Back To Land, the quartet’s follow-up to West, is the first Wooden Shjips record to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin moved to Oregon, where the lush climates became a major influence on the songwriting. The band’s scope expanded to include more earthy, grounded tones, such as the acoustic guitar, without abandoning their modernist psych core.

                                                                      There is an increased brightness to many of the songs on Back To Land, an easiness with which the band has flirted with in the past but never fully realized until now. The nervy urgency of West has evolved into an assured confidence, from the alliterative, interlocking guitar and organ groove of “Ruins” to the languidly compelling guitar solos of “Servants.” The addition of the acoustic guitar to the band’s textural palate is coupled here with some of the most melodically direct songs the band has written.

                                                                      Still, there are still plenty of signature Shjips songs, with distorted riffs, modal keys, and a steady, crisp drum sound unfolding intensely while the elongated melodic guitar lines drift in and out of the foreground. On Back to Land this energy is captured in clear detail, designed as an immersive experience rather than a passive blasting. Back To Land was laid to tape at Jackpot Recording Studios in Portland by Kendra Lynn and mixed by Larry Crane. It was recorded over an 11-day session, resulting in some of the most detailed and spacious recordings of their career.

                                                                      Back To Land is a breakthrough record for the Wooden Shjips: nuanced, varied and utterly addictive.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Andy says: The Shjips sail on, doing the same mega thing, but better!

                                                                      ‘Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy’ is the third album from Dustin Wong, and the conclusion of a trilogy that began with ‘Infinite Love’ (2010) and continued with ‘Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads’ (2012).

                                                                      Dustin Wong was a founding member of Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine.

                                                                      “Wong makes intricately layered guitar music that is as hypnotic as it is beautiful.” - The Fader

                                                                      “While Brian Eno and Robert Fripp first brought the music-as-system aesthetic within hailing distance of pop music in the mid 70s, Wong is way ahead of them when it comes to making his system turn out things that sound like pop songs.” - Dusted

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style
                                                                      gatefold package.

                                                                      ‘Drifter’s Temple’ is Plankton Wat (aka Dewey Mahood)’s second album for Thrill Jockey, following last year’s ‘Spirits’.

                                                                      Mahood utilized 6 and 12 string guitars, lap steel, bass, organ, and synth to realize these richly detailed songs. ‘Drifter’s Temple’ harkens back to Mahood’s childhood in Northern California, both sonically and conceptually. A loose narrative is woven through these ten instrumental tracks, touching on the Gold Country and Mt. Shasta that populate his native countryside.

                                                                      The album unfolds with the grace and contour of the landscape that inspired it, with fingerpicked melodies slowly growing to gigantic peaks of lysergic bliss. His guitar style is as far reaching as ever on ‘Drifter’s Temple’, which shows him seamlessly integrating his love of the Appalacian folk music of Dock Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb into the subtle Grateful Dead-isms, nods to 70s cosmic music, and overt Crazy Horse moves he has explored on recent releases.

                                                                      ‘Drifter’s Temple’ features contributions from Dustin Dybvig (Horse Feathers and Edibles), Matt McDowell (Sagas) and John Rau (Royal Baths and Edibles).

                                                                      Dewey Mahood was a founding member of Eternal Tapestry and has performed in Gärden Söund (with Barn Owl), Edibles, Bloodbiker, and Jackie-O Motherfucker.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      CD Info: CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                      White Hills

                                                                      So You Are... So You'll Be - Bonus 12" Edition

                                                                        This LP is available exclusively to independent retailers in the UK packaged with a bonus 3 track 12” featuring 30 minutes of all-new material. This format is expected to be extremely limited. This bonus material will not be available anywhere else.

                                                                        White Hills’ seventh studio album, ‘So You Are... So You’ll Be’, features Dave W on guitars, synthesizer and vocals, EgoSensation on bass, synthesizer and vocals, and Nick Name on drums. The album is their most concentrated blast of psychedelic interstellar rock to date. Building on the solid foundations laid by last year’s excellent ‘Frying On This Rock’, they went back to BC Studios, Brooklyn to record once more with Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans), emerging with a concentrated blast of White Hills at their fullest potential. 

                                                                        ‘So You Are… So You’ll Be’ is a blazing totem of rock & roll empowerment. After the deconditioning and deprogramming blast of electronic noise which is ‘InWords’, the album opens properly with the call to arms ‘In Your Room’, a skyscraper razing slab of mantra metal, which bids you abandon all doubt and fear so you can start your quest into inner space. ‘The Internal Monologue’ is an ecstatic shivering sliver of celestial acidic drone followed by the post-Hawkwind transmission of ‘So You Are... So You’ll Be’. 

                                                                        White Hills command that you cower before the altar of the mind warping, machinetooled riff that is ‘Forever In Space (Enlightened)’, but after this cataclysmic shock, there is barely time to process what just happened before you are lowered into the howling lysergic swamp rock of ‘Rare Upon The Earth’. Only the echoing synthesized landscape of ‘Circulating’ offers some respite. The album builds effortlessly to the sumptuous ‘MIST (Winter)’ which features a John Carpenter synth line engine inserted into a glistening La Dusseldorf chassis, forming some kind of god-like chariot.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        Ltd LP Info: Deluxe LP version is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and presented in an old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with UV high gloss printing and free download coupon.

                                                                        Mountains

                                                                        Mountains Mountains Mountains

                                                                        ‘Mountains Mountains Mountains’ was originally released in 2008 on the Catsup Plate label in a tiny edition of 500 copies that quickly sold out.

                                                                        Thrill Jockey are happy to re-issue the album in a limited edition of 1,000 copies with different artwork (an inverted colour scheme from the original) pressed on high quality virgin vinyl with a download coupon for the first time.

                                                                        This re-issue follows the band’s latest album ‘Centralia’ (released in January of this year to critical acclaim). The band toured the US and Europe this year in support.

                                                                        Koen Holtkamp describes ‘Mountains Mountains Mountains’ thusly: “One thing that strikes me on listening back 5 or so years later is both how different and similar it sounds to what we are currently doing. While these pieces are clearly more minimal and intimate on some level and our technical approach has changed somewhat, the dynamics between the acoustic and electronic elements remain fairly consistent throughout our releases. Which is something we’ve been engaged with from the beginning and part of what defines us as a band.”

                                                                        The record’s artwork mirrors the band’s ability to create music that encourages personal revelation through universal consciousness: “We made sign up sheets with instructions for people to right the word Mountains which we had by the door at a few of our shows and left in a couple record stores in NY. Each ‘signature’ is in a unique handwriting by a different person, but all writing the same word.”

                                                                        Mountains vinyl remains in very high demand, with ‘Centralia’ already in a third pressing.

                                                                        Peals

                                                                        Walking Field - Bonus 7" Edition

                                                                          Limited deluxe LP edition (150 copies for the UK, exclusively available to independent retailers) includes a bonus 7” with two unreleased non-album tracks (‘Night Train To Tuscan’ / ‘Believers II’). The 7” is packaged in its own jacket and included with the LP.

                                                                          Peals is a new band led by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger), members of two of Baltimore’s most dynamic live bands.

                                                                          The instrumental music on ‘Walking Field’ was created with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, tambourines, toy pianos, and other sonic tools to create a stripped-down, warm living room atmosphere.

                                                                          The music that sprang from these sessions, simultaneously exultant and cerebral, took the duo into unexpected territory. While the emotional intensity of their other projects is on full display here, a more gentle, melancholic and often abstract expression recalls Robin Guthrie and minimalist recordings from the sonic pioneers of the 1970s German scene - all direct inspirations for Peals as the songs that would become ‘Walking Field’ took shape.

                                                                          ‘Walking Field’ was recorded with no bass guitars or drums - all percussion sounds were generated by contact with guitars and microphones - the emphasis here is placed on texture and feeling.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          Ltd LP Info: Just found one copy of this!

                                                                          Peals is a new band led by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger), members of two of Baltimore’s most dynamic live bands.

                                                                          The instrumental music on ‘Walking Field’ was created with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, tambourines, toy pianos, and other sonic tools to create a stripped-down, warm living room atmosphere.

                                                                          The music that sprang from these sessions, simultaneously exultant and cerebral, took the duo into unexpected territory. While the emotional intensity of their other projects is on full display here, a more gentle, melancholic and often abstract expression recalls Robin Guthrie and minimalist recordings from the sonic pioneers of the 1970s German scene - all direct inspirations for Peals as the songs that would become ‘Walking Field’ took shape.

                                                                          ‘Walking Field’ was recorded with no bass guitars or drums - all percussion sounds were generated by contact with guitars and microphones - the emphasis here is placed on texture and feeling.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold
                                                                          package.

                                                                          Survival are a New York trio featuring Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (Liturgy), Greg Smith, and Jeff Bobula.

                                                                          This self-titled debut was recorded by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at The Thousand Caves and mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering.

                                                                          ‘Survival’ is an album of dark and meditative heavy rock. Syncopated riffs, intricate rhythms and atypical time signatures create dramatic and complex melodic lines that provide a bed for chant-like lyrics. The group operate as a collective, writing lyrics, riffs and singing with one voice. The album is a unique document that harkens back to post-hardcore, Black Sabbath, Magma, Aphrodite’s Child, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aaron Copeland, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the first wave of math rock.

                                                                          Survival were formed out of the ashes of Birthday Boyz, whose 2007 tour of China was documented by Vice TV for an instalment of the Music World show ‘Rock Under The Red Flag’.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                          Brother JT is Central, PA’s John Terlesky, who, since the early 90s, has been exploring experimental and psychedelic rock music as Brother JT with releases on labels such as Drag City, Drunken Fish, Siltbreeze, and Birdman.

                                                                          Brother JT founded the garage pop band The Original Sins in 1987 and went on to release 10 albums (some with Bar/None).

                                                                          Brother JT has toured with Bardo Pond, Royal Trux, Bevis Frond, Blonde Redhead and Smog.

                                                                          ‘The Svelteness Of Boogietude’ is his debut on Thrill Jockey, and Bryon Coley (from whom he acquired the Brother JT moniker) called it his “most outstanding effort yet.” The album is typical of JT’s output in certain ways - rockers mixed with ballads, all of them crafted with casual elegance - but there are new elements here as well. In particular, there’s an attention to the legacy of later-period T. Rex, which results in tunes that kick total ass. Again Byron Coley, having seen Bolan play during his ‘Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow’ / ‘Zip Gun Boogie’ period, went so far as to claim that “JT’s approach to this stuff equals that of the Master - huge riffbased anthems that balance glam dynamics with mystical history on the head of a pin.”

                                                                          JT also manages to pull off ballads that can remind one of Beat Happening (‘Gliding’) or what it might be like to hear Warren Zevon covering The Velvet Underground (‘Somebody Down There’), a lost track by The Stalk-Forrest Group (‘Muffintop’) or even a Kevin Ayers / Scott Walker move so bold you’ll shiver (‘I Still Like Cassettes’).

                                                                          Brother JT hosts the internet talk show ‘Trippin’ Balls’, that features lively discussions on the subject of hallucinogenic drugs. Guests have included Espers, Bardo Pond, Greg Fox (Guardian Alien), Ed Schrader, and Twig Harper.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with high gloss printing.

                                                                          John Parish is an accomplished composer, solo artist, and producer. Parish has worked with PJ Harvey since the 80s (when she was backing singer and guitarist in his cult band Automatic Dlamini), producing and performing on many albums with her, including the 2011 Mercury Prize-winning ‘Let England Shake’.

                                                                          Parish has also worked with Eels (he co-wrote and performed on Eels’ 2001 album ‘Souljacker’), Sparklehorse, 16 Horsepower, Tracy Chapman, Adrian Utley, Rokia Traore, Jenny Hval, and Howe Gelb / Giant Sand.

                                                                          ‘Screenplay’ compiles music created for the films ‘Little Black Spiders’ (2012, Patrice Toye, Belgium), ‘Sister’ (2012, Ursula Meier, Switzerland), ‘Nowhere Man’ (2008, Patrice Toye, Belgium), ‘Plein Sud’ (2009, Sébastien Lifshitz, France).

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          2xLP Info: Deluxe 2LP version includes eight tracks not on the CD
                                                                          format, and is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl
                                                                          packaged in a gatefold sleeve. A coupon for a free
                                                                          download of the music with a digital booklet is included.

                                                                          CD Info: CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with a 4 page booklet.

                                                                          Stygian Stride is the solo guise of the New York based musician Jimy SeiTang, who was a member of Psychic Ills and is currently a member of New York experimental / improve / psych trio Rhyton with Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer & The Helix, No Neck Blues Band) and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama). Rhyton released albums on both Thrill Jockey and Three Lobed in 2012.

                                                                          Stygian Stride is an album of gauzy electronic music reminiscent of Gas and the classic era of Mille Plateaux and Chain Reaction, with nods to Manuel Göttsching, Tangerine Dream and Popul Vuh.

                                                                          The album artwork was created by Arik Roper (Sleep, Sunn O))), Howlin Rain, Earth, High On Fire, Weedeater).

                                                                          The album was recorded entirely on analogue equipment, without MIDI synching, at Black Dirt Studios by Jason Meagher (D. Charles Speer, Jack Rose, Expo 70, Blues Control).

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          CD Info: CD version is limited to 500 copies worldwide and
                                                                          packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                          Matmos deliver their first material for Thrill Jockey in the form of ‘The Ganzfeld EP’, which is nearly 30 minutes in length. A new full length album, ‘The Marriage Of True Minds’, is to follow in 2013.

                                                                          The EP and the album have the same conceptual basis: Telepathy. ‘The Ganzfeld EP’ features two new Matmos tracks that are explicitly based upon psychic session material, and a throbbing minimal techno remix by RRose of the Matmos song ‘You’. Careening from widescreen electronic pop to eerie choral music, the results are eclectic, fun, and disorienting in equal measure. Matmos are one of the most prominent experimental electronic artists of the last decade. Their seven albums have been some of the most significant and acclaimed in the genre, and their high profile collaborations and shows with artists like Bjork and Kronos Quartet have given them definite exposure that extends far beyond the world of heady electronic music.

                                                                          “Matmos are an innovative electronica duo... playing their tactile and thunderously crunchy work” - The New York Times

                                                                          “Matmos have always heard symphonies in life’s smallest details, sampling things like thawing streams and liposuction vacuums and building busy pop tapestries out of them” – Pitchfork

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          CD Info: The CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with a 4 page booklet.

                                                                          Matthew Friedberger

                                                                          Solos

                                                                            ‘Solos’ is a six album box set from The Fiery Furnaces’ own Matthew Friedberger.

                                                                            Each album focuses on a different instrument: ‘Napoléonette’ - piano; ‘Old Regimes’ - harp; ‘Cut It Out’ - drums; ‘Arrested On Charges Of Unemployment’ - bass; ‘Meet Me In Miramas’ - guitar; ‘Death-In-Life’ - organ.

                                                                            Each LP is a full length album packaged in a full colour LP jacket. All six LPs are housed in a heavy duty box with removable lid and hand-pasted cover artwork. These albums were released individually in limited supply in 2011.

                                                                            The albums were mostly recorded in France and are all mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Sound in New York.

                                                                            Friedberger has released eight albums with The Fiery Furnaces, the band he runs with his sister Eleanor. ‘Solos’ is designed to illustrate the following Cretan-Lacedaemonian principle: Every group of instruments against every other group of instruments; every instrument against every other instrument; and especially, every instrument against itself, all alone.

                                                                            The ‘Solos’ series has been reviewed extensively by Altered Zones, Entertainment Weekly, Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, Stereogum, AV Club and The Village Voice, amongst many others.

                                                                            “Friedberger throws himself at it with such joyous abandon that one would think he’d been kept from it months against his will” - Under The Radar

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            6xLP Info: NB Postage info: This is housed in a heavy box and the postage rate is equivalent 8 LPs.

                                                                            Plankton Wat is the solo sound world of Dewey Mahood, known for his work in Eternal Tapestry, Gärden Söund (with Barn Owl), Edibles, Bloodbiker, and Jackie-O Motherf*cker. Beginning as a home recording project in 2001, Mahood has slowly built a collection of highly personal music that has filtered out into the underground via tape labels such as Stunned, Digitalis, and Sloow. 2009 saw the release of Dawn of the Golden Eternity, a full length LP on DNT which brought together many of Mahood's influences - kosmische drones, spiritual improvisation, burnt out psych, and sun baked folk.

                                                                            Raised in rural Northern California, and calling Portland, OR home since the early 90s, Mahood has spent his life dedicated to the outsider fringe of experimental music. Early bands like Ungutta, and Kino-Eye explored DIY punk and free improv, while Elephant Factory (with Larry Crane of Tape-Op magazine fame) took on avant guitar rock in the tradition of Mission of Burma. Mahood's music has gradually moved into the dark realm of psychedelia first traced in early 2000's bands The Cosmos Group, and Scuffle & Dustcough, both of which borrowed from late 60's San Francisco acid rock. Upon meeting Nick Bindeman and forming Eternal Tapestry in 2005 there has been no looking back. In recent years Mahood has also worked with Barn Owl in the project Gärden Söund, drenched his music in dub with Edibles, blasted hardcore punk with Bloodbiker, and laid down the bass groove with Jackie-O Motherfucker.

                                                                            Spirits, the Plankton Wat debut for Thrill Jockey, takes these diverse experiences and creates a record of soaring exploration and raw beauty. The album is intended as a meditation on the Pacific Northwest environment - the dramatic landscape of the Cascades, high desert, rugged coastline, and ever changing sky. Recorded throughout 2011 on 4-track cassette in Mahood's basement, Spirits traces a year of changing seasons, feelings, and emotions. Inspired by the "universal music" of Don Cherry and Alice Coltrane, the album uses a variety of instruments including electric and acoustic guitar, bass, hand drums (played by Dusty Dybvig (Edibles, Horse Feathers) on the title track), synthesizer, harmonium, banjo, cymbals, drum machine, and voice in a layered approach reminiscent of Sandy Bull and Brian Eno. Both a celebration of the magical possibilities of life, and a contemplative look into the darkness, Spirits creates a warm blanket of sound perfect for watching the sunset from a high coastal sand dune. Exotic and esoteric as the ancient city of Angkor Wat which Plankton Wat takes its name, this is future primitive music for mental escapism.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Darryl says: A wonderful mix of avant drones, burnt out psyche-folk, and kosmische induced synthy sways.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            LP Info: LP version includes free download coupon.

                                                                            White Hills newest and most energized recording to date is bursting with raw energy packed into their most concise songs to date. Fear not long time White Hills fans, there is still loads of killer guitar work and fuzzed out psychedelia on 'Frying on this Rock. The album opens with an under five minute scorcher and closes with a 15 minute track that reminds us why space rock gatekeepers like Julian Cope were very early supporters. The end result, Frying on this Rock, is an invigorating deep space rock album. An album that is at once able to channel the energy born of a collective anger into a swirling psychedelic, brutalizing musical statement that mainlines the thrill of defiance straight to the listener’s heart.

                                                                            “...White Hills have established themselves as some of America’s foremost proponents of fuzz-driven space rock... Its latest effort H-p1 expands upon the the legacies of Hawkwind, Can, and early Tangerine Dream with synapse-frying deepspace epics” - SF Weekly; “A darkly hypnotic mix of churning guitar, distant vocals and swirling synth drones, this record conjures a riff-heavy psychedelic vibe that picks up where the Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 left off. Far out.” - Los Angeles Times.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Darryl says: More epic fuzz-psyche onslaughts from the current leaders of the pack, the White Hills. Molten guitars and a pummelling rhythm section, create a swirling wave of noise taking space rock to new dimensions.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            CD Info: CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                            High Places is Rob Barber and Mary Pearson. The two create danceable pop music that is both artistic and refined. While very much involved in the music scene of New York and later migrating to Los Angeles, High Places has always been on its own unique musical path. The consistent dialog between the duo over the span of three albums is always through rhythmic and melodic ambient space. The two mix their particular internal rhythms with a long-standing love of UK and US dance sensibilities such as that of UK garage, drum and bass, Chicago/NYC house, Detroit techno, dub reggae, and electro dancehall. The early influence of visceral live experiences of NYC/Philly hip hop of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s is evidenced in the band’s massive sound system. With Original Colors, they are at once pushing forward with much heavier and more complex beats, but also returning to their more gritty, electro-acoustic roots.

                                                                            Recorded in the band’s home studios in Los Angeles, Original Colors dives headlong into driving bass pulses and dynamic rhythms. Rob and Mary’s singular visions are built upon a foundation of syncopated beats, while still adhering to their layered, collaborative style of writing. From the four-on-the-floor dance rhythms of album opener “Year Off” to the more extended and darker phrases of tracks like “Sophia”, the end result is more forceful than ever. Throughout their nearly five years of existence, the band has traveled extensively and performed in a multitude of environments. Whether it’s at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan or in an industrial warehouse in Santiago, Chile, their travels are reflected in Original Colors. The album is dotted with sun-drenched references to Australia’s inimitable foliage, the expansive desert of Northern Mexico, and the crystal, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Such allusions are presented over a bed of swirling stereo rhythms and infectious melodies that are the band’s signature. Each track possesses a specific texture and emotion that serve to create a variegated yet unified album that is held together by the binding force of Mary’s mezzosoprano vocals. The air of naïveté has been peeled away since the first album, and her voice is pushed to the fore; liberated from the dense sonic waves of previous work, and blossoming into a truly melodic instrument.

                                                                            Visual art plays an important role in Mary and Rob’s collaboration. The two make video projections for their stage shows, keep a photo blog that documents their travels (http://hellohighplaces.blogspot.com), and create their own album artwork. In this way and others, Mary and Rob challenge the conventional parameters of a rock band and instead give us a multisensory aesthetic partnership that continually defies expectations.

                                                                            High Places has plans to tour this fall; bringing their sound to new environments, always in the hope of collecting experiences that will shape the evolution of their truly unique sound.


                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            CD Info: CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                            Wooden Shjips, as it is today, started in 2006. The band self released a 10” and 7” that year and started playing shows shortly thereafter. Prior to 2006, Wooden Shjips was an experiment in primitive and minimalist rock. After it imploded, Ripley Johnson, guitar and vocals, assembled the current lineup of Dusty Jermier on bass, Nash Whalen on organ, and Omar Ahsanuddin on drums. 'West' marks the first time the band recorded in a proper studio, as well as the first time with an engineer (Phil Manley). All previous recordings, either self-released, for Holy Mountain, or Mexican Summer were done more piecemeal in the band’s rehearsal studio. 'West' was recorded and mixed in six days at Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco. It was mastered by Sonic Boom at Blanker Unisinn, Brooklyn, with additional mastering by Heba Kadry at the Lodge in New York.

                                                                            The over riding theme for the album (as indicated by the title) is the American West, and all of the mythology, romanticism, and idealism that it embodies. The band members grew up on the East Coast, so for a long time the history and literature of the West was an abstraction and a fascination for them. Part of the allure of the West, which is part of the myth, is the concept of Manifest Destiny, the vastness, and the possibilities for reinvention, which is not to say that is what each song is specifically about, but it was very much an undercurrent during the songwriting of the album. The artwork also touches on the same theme by using an iconic structure that is both a gateway in a literal and metaphorical sense.

                                                                            It is easy to see why these would appeal to Wooden Shjips, as their music lends itself to exploration. It is both transformative and transporting, the sum being far greater than it’s parts. The steady driving rhythms are the elliptical motion machine driven by the often thick and distorted guitar lines, melodic and boundless. Where they may lead cannot be anticipated but following them is exhilarating. It is all about getting there, the destination, while the experience of getting there is an adventure. It is the guitar lines that guide both the listener and the band on the literal and metaphorical journey into the vastness. The ghostly vocals, obscured by dense layers of instruments surrounding them, are alluring with their airy mystery. This elusive quality further draws the listener in, while they attempt to grasp at their meaning. While indebted to both the psych music of the ‘60s and mid-‘70s, electric Neil Young, and even the induced travels of Spacemen 3, the Wooden Shjips’ music is modern and in every way their own. 'West' is an epic journey to the edge and beyond.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: We've come a long way, baby. Three albums (and countless other Moon(Duo) missions) down the line, Ripley Johnson and his Wooden Shjips are still wearing the crown of grooving, off-the-wall, dancefloor psychedelia. “West” sees the band hit the peak of their production style, effortlessly spewing out 5-dimensional guitar solos over a mirage of thick, celestial gloop. The formula hasn't changed (thankfully) but the distillation and chemistry is tighter, more refined, and far more intoxicating than we thought it could get - high grade lysergic rock; just don't let tell the authorities. Not without surprises, we get the Shjips’ first ‘proper’ air-guitar anthem on "Home" while the whole album sees Ripley’s ghostly croon elevated to angelic new heights; less blurry and more focused, as he develops in confidence as front man for one of the world’s greatest fuzz-rock space explorers.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Limited transparent blue swirl edition.

                                                                            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                            Thank You could only come from one city, at one moment in time. Like Pere Ubu’s Cleveland and Joy Division’s Manchester, post-industrial Baltimore serves as simultaneous playground, obstacle course, and muse to this show-stealing art-rock trio. Jeffrey McGrath (everything), Michael Bouyoucas (everything), and Emmanuel Nicolaidis (everything) are veterans of a cold era when the Baltimore music scene barely exceeded the carrying capacity of a warehouse elevator. Things change, and the band’s urgent collision of rhythm, melody, and noise has placed them at the creative center of today’s Baltimore renaissance, sharing stages and tours with such acts as Beach House (Sub Pop), Lungfish (Dischord), Celebration (4AD), Dan Deacon (Carpark), Zomes (Holy Mountain), Jason Urick, and Future Islands (both Thrill Jockey).

                                                                            Launched in 2006 with original drummer Elke Wardlaw (who now resides in Berlin), Thank You carved out a new sound drawing inspiration from the innovative post-punk of This Heat and Swell Maps and the polyrhythmic attack of The Ex and Dog Faced Hermans. Their live shows have become the stuff of (living) legend, a tension-and-release pile-on that drops jaws and leaves organs vibrating; their recordings, crafted with collaborators such as J. Robbins (Jawbox, Yeasayer, Ponytail, and Mary Timony) and Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, TV on the Radio), all vital documents of the recent future as performed by six arms and three sets of teeth.

                                                                            Thank You’s first full-length with new drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis follows closely on the heels of 2009’s sold-out 12” EP Pathetic Magic. A band that once limited its vocals to hums, grunts, and chants has entered the next phase, delivering a stellar collection of challenging rock-and-roll songs. But Golden Worry eschews easy, anthemic sing-alongs, instead dipping into the vocabularies of Krautrock, post-punk, no-wave, and noise to produce what is at once Thank You’s most melodic and most aggressive record.

                                                                            Here we have guitars, drums, and vocals -- but also ‘60s Vox organs, harmonica, mini-moog, jaw harp, sampler, and Fender Twin Reverb amps -- all in the service of six hypnotic tracks of Baltimore-built avant-rock. From the first-jangling, then-jagged guitars of album-opener “1-2-3 Bad” to the triumphant swirls and squeals of “Continental Divide” and the dexterously deconstructed instrumental bridge of galvanizing closer “Can’t/Can,” these songs are intricate yet immediate stunners. Attacked with the ecstatic, fierce energy of a Thank You live set – and then perfected in the studio with ears attuned to dub, Eno, 20th Century classical, and Konono No. 1 – Golden Worry is a new world in which we listeners can lose ourselves: the sound of Baltimore at the vanguard as we enter the Two-Thousand Teens.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            CD Info: The CD version comes in a four panel mini-LP style
                                                                            gatefold package.

                                                                            Daniel Higgs is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland on whose behalf superlatives are destined to fail. It’s not that his artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings – simply eludes classification, it defies it. Often we hear that a true work of art is meant to speak for itself, and with the work of Daniel Higgs the maxim rings truer than ever. Daniel is best known for his work as the lyricist and frontman of Lungfish, whose work on Dischord Records has spanned 3 decades. In addition to his work with Thrill Jockey, Daniel has released solo work on Holy Mountain, Northern Liberties, Open Mouth and Ideal Recordings. "Say God" is an album of gospel songs and poems, recorded with the help and enthusiasm of David Andrew Sitek (TV On The Radio).

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            2xCD Info: The double CD version is presented in a 4 panel
                                                                            gatefold mini-LP style package with fold out 8" x 10"
                                                                            insert.

                                                                            Lazer Crystal is a veritable supergroup of Chicago spaced-out krautrock featuring Mikael De Graff (Mahjonng) and drummer Josh Johanpeter (Cave, Mahjonng, Bobby Conn).
                                                                            Previous Lazer Crystal releases have been available only as ultra-limited, hand-crafted art projects. This is the band’s first full length and their first widely distributed release.
                                                                            Alongside Cave, Mahjongg, Chandeliers and White Car, Lazer Crystal are major figures in Chicago’s burgeoning scene of synth-driven noise rock.


                                                                            Mi Ami

                                                                            Steal Your Face

                                                                              Highly anticipated Thrill Jockey full length album from Mi Ami. Produced by Phil Manley (Trans Am).

                                                                              Mi Ami is committed to their own particular joyful noise, to the intersection of vicious high-energy playing with ebullient communal experience. In this climate, when pretty much every band has some dub records at home and myriad musical influences have been rendered mundane, Mi Ami defines itself by turning inward.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              CD Info: CD version comes packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with 4 panel insert.

                                                                              "High Places vs. Mankind" is the second full length album from Mary Pearson and Rob Barber, aka High Places.
                                                                              Formed as a Brooklyn duo in 2006, High Places have since relocated to Los Angeles, whose warmer temps and mountain vistas better fit the warmth of High Places’ music and personalities. But relocation was but a small part of what’s been a dynamic few years for the two.

                                                                              Baltimore trio Double Dagger’s songs are meant to be experienced, rather than just listened to - either at one of their intense performances or with the volume turned up loud enough to feel it in your gut. Their performances have highlighted their hometown Baltimore Whartscape Festivals, upstaged the likes of The Jesus Lizard and Melt Banana, and left smouldering rubble around the US and in Europe on tours with Dan Deacon, Parts & Labor and The Deathset. 2009’s ‘More’ album captured that intensity on what their local City Paper called the year’s best local album.

                                                                              Music reviewers have compared Double Dagger to (in alphabetical order) At The Drive In, Big Black, Cop Shoot Cop, Dead Kennedys, The Fall, Fucked Up, Happy Mondays, Henry Rollins, The Hold Steady, Led Zeppelin, Les Savy Fav, New Order, Nirvana, No Age, Rites Of Spring, Shellac, Steve Reich, Unwound, The White Stripes and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. While this description is generally apt, Double Dagger continues to push the boundaries of what some critics have dubbed agit punk, art rock, DIY, future shock, hardcore, metallic funk, minimalist punk, post-grunge, post-hardcore, post-pop, post-punk, post-rock, or underground music.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Ltd CD Info: The "Masks" package is designed by the band’s design studio Post Typography.
                                                                              The CD is available in three different covers, all with custom die-cut jackets printed as different mask drawings with 'eyes' that change colour depending on the orientation of the sleeve. Limited to 675 copies.

                                                                              From previous albums "Shakey" to "Pyramids", from EPs "3D Message" to "Feel No Pain", Pit Er Pat's recorded output to date has no easily definable style. It instead represents their evolution as modern musicians whose affinity for pop and melody is filtered though their desire to have a truly singular voice. The band are clearly comfortable with the fact that this music acknowledges several genres, yet exists outside of any one. There is a consistency in all of the recordings in that they are all unmistakably Pit Er Pat. Their musical focus remains firmly grounded in rhythm, while incorporating a strong sense of melody and harmony to dance above the complex rhythms and to stretch the layers to lofty heights. A significant difference on "High Time" was that because it was recorded in the band's own studio, they could spend the natural amount of time that the songs needed to become fully realized. The additional time allowed the band to work a horn section into several songs. Pit Er Pat also employed a variety of new instruments, including electric kalimba, bobo balaphone, Burmese temple gongs, agogo bells, anandolohori, cuica, timbale, conga, bongos, vibraslap, various shakers, bells, chimes, claps, and melodica, to name a few. Many of these instruments are used in traditional and spiritual music.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              LP Info: The vinyl format is limited to 1000 copies world wide and includes a fold out poster and free mp3 download coupon.

                                                                              Daniel A.I.U. Higgs

                                                                              Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot

                                                                              On "Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot", Higgs weaves meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and Jaw's harp, recorded entirely at home on cassette recorder. He pairs the music with a series of paintings that call to mind religious iconography passed through the disfiguring surrealism of Miro.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Ltd CD Info: BACK IN - Just found a copy of this long deleted gem!!!!!!!! This release is a limited edition full colour 6x8" hardcover book plus CD, PLEASE NOTE as a result the weight of this is equivalant to three CDs.

                                                                              Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake

                                                                              From The Ocean To The River

                                                                              Following up on their 2004's acclaimed "Back Together Again" on Thrill Jockey, Drake and Anderson set out to show just how much they've grown, how beautifully their work together has evolved. The closest of relationships gives its members space to expand, change, develop, and play. Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson and drummer Hamid Drake have just that kind of partnership, one that has seen them periodically move apart and work extensively on other fronts. Over the course of some three decades, master saxophonist and prodigy percussionist have continued to reconfirm their commitment to their joint project. Drafting an all-star band consisting of fellow-Chicagoans, the twosome entered John McEntire's Soma Studios and proceeded to record their most relaxed, perfectly balanced date yet. In a discography that has gone from a handful of rare LPs fifteen years ago to a staggering number of discs on various labels today, it may seem hyperbolic to call "From The River To The Ocean" Fred Anderson's greatest album yet, but the empathy and cohesiveness of the ensemble, coupled with the saxophonist's brilliant, searching improvisations, makes it a ringer.

                                                                              Trans Am

                                                                              Sex Change

                                                                                Following the last album "Liberation", and with two years of separation fuelling them, Trans Am return with the most joyous and upbeat rock album of their chronicle. In June 2006, Trans Am reunited at Mainz, a recording school in Auckland, New Zealand, with a few songs and almost no musical equipment. Recording moved forward with a wide range of borrowed instruments, keyboards and other gear, including a 1960's Mellotron and remarkable vintage amps loaned by iconic New Zealand musician Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs). Two months later, recording continued in Brooklyn, New York at the Okropolis: headquarters of the New York band Oneida. Determined to make a break with the past Trans Am again arrived with almost none of the signature gear that they had used on previous albums. Two weeks later the album was mixed at Tiny Studios in San Francisco. Compared with previous records such as "Trans Am" and "Liberation", which took months to complete, "Sex Change" was conceived, written, recorded and mixed in only three weeks.

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                Coloured LP Info: White vinyl.

                                                                                Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                Thrill Jockey presents "A Lazarus Taxon" a boxset containing three CD's and a DVD which features most of Tortoise's music videos and extensive and rare live performance footage. Features include rare singles, foreign releases and tour EP's, compilation tracks, previously unreleased material and the out-of-print 1995 album "Rhythms, Resolutions, And Clusters". Also features remixes from Mike Watt, John McEntire, David Pajo, Steve Albini, Jim O'Roukre, Nobukazu Takemura and more.

                                                                                Howe Gelb

                                                                                'Sno Angel.......Like You

                                                                                "'Sno Angel" is a new project from Howe Gelb, recorded with the help of a Canadian gospel choir called Voices Of Praise, but this is not gospel music, in theme or in content. Howe describes the album's goal: 'It was a grand experiment to see if we could mesh the sounds of the muck I make with the dizzying effect of the glorious sound (the choir) makes.'

                                                                                Califone

                                                                                Quicksand / Cradlesnakes

                                                                                A mixture of country, 70s rock and folk music, interspersed with fuzz and feedback. The Chicago Tribune describes it as 'How the Flaming Lips might've interpreted Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music'. And that sums it up just about perfectly!

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                CD Info: The CD is enhanced and features the animated film "Francis".

                                                                                Howe Home

                                                                                The Listener

                                                                                Howe Home is Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and he's joined by his usual collaborators Joey Burns, John Convertino and Nick Luca, along with some new faces including Handsome Family members Brett and Rennie Sparks. The album was partly recorded in Denmark, then brought back home to Tucson, Arisona where it was completed. As with his previous work, his piano / guitar compositions and his distinctive, almost spoken vocals manage to convey perfectly the sparse, desolate landscape of the American Southwest.

                                                                                Nobukazu Takemura

                                                                                10th

                                                                                Yet another new album from Takemura, and this one finds him in a playfull melodic mood, combining strange manipulated vocals with sweet melodies.

                                                                                John Parish

                                                                                How Animals Move

                                                                                Solo album from PJ Harvey, Eels, Goldfrapp collaborator / producer John Parish. "How Animals Move" was recorded over an extended period of time in various studios and non-studios around the world. The tracks range from the solo violin piece of "Absolute Beauty Is An Absolute Curse" played by Clare MacTaggart to the title track which is a live recording of Parish's occasional 11-piece band featuring Portishead's Adrian Utley and slide guitarist Jeremy Hogg. The bulk of the record's 13 tracks are instrumental, but vocal contributions from Does De Wolf, David Donahue and long time accomplice Polly Harvey are pleasantly dispersed throughout.

                                                                                Archer Prewitt

                                                                                Three

                                                                                Solo album from The Sea And Cake guitarist Archer Prewitt. Prewitt plays guitar and sings, and is joined by a whole host of musicians, including members of Seam, Chicago Underground Quartet and Joan Of Arc.

                                                                                The National Trust

                                                                                Dekkagar

                                                                                Lush, melodic songs from this new band on Thrill Jockey. Features members of Red Red Meat, Califone and Plush.

                                                                                Chicago Underground Duo

                                                                                Axis And Alignment

                                                                                John McEntire produced album from Chicago Underground Collective's Chad Taylor and Rob Mazurek.

                                                                                Andrew Coleman

                                                                                Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt

                                                                                Melodic, atmospheric soundscapes from Animals On Wheels member, Andrew Coleman.


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