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Brokeback
Illinois River Valley Blues

Brokeback are an American music band deeply rooted in the Chicago music scene. The band features members of Tortoise, Exit Verse and The Eternals (among others), and part of Illinois River Valley Blues includes them playing a Rob Mazurek piece. This is like old-timey music put through a post-rock prism by some experts in the field. On Thrill Jockey.

Tortoise
The Catastrophist Tour Book

Capture the sights, the sounds and the smells of a sexy rock band on the road with this 80 page photographic document of fantabulous post rockers Tortoise as they blasted their way across the world and elsewhere promoting 'The Catastophist'.  A warts and all archive of jazz-influenced post-rock twiddlers let loose onto an unsuspecting planet. 

Behind The Shadow Drops
Harmonic

This is the debut album from  Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto of iconic Japanese rock explorers Mono. Here he stretches out into a myriad of styles from ambient to trip hop to industrial minimalism and modern classical  and takes members of Tortoise, Mono and the Sea & Cake along for the ride.   

Isotope 217
The Unstable Molecule

Here's a rare gem - an early Thrill Jockey release chronicling the debut album of jazz fusion band Isotope 217, featuring members of Tortoise as the nucleus of the band, with Rob Mazurek of Chicago Underground and Matt Lux of Iron & Wine. You'll also find elements of rock and electronic sounds here, a mix so unstable that the band didn't last past 2000.

Tortoise
The Catastrophist

The first new Tortoise album in a nigh-on seven years! The officially legendary post-rock (in the original, interesting sense of the term) group have convened to produce an inventive melange of sonic approaches: first single Gesceap is a pulsing piece led by minimal-but-melodic synths. All bodes well. On Thrill Jockey.
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Tortoise
Millions Now Living Will Never Die

To overlap with the forthcoming new record, Thrill Jockey are getting classic Tortoise albums back out into the world on lovely wax. Millions Now Living Will Never Die is maybe Tortoise’s most highly regarded work, containing the remarkable side-long excursion ‘Djed’. On translucent blue vinyl.

Tortoise
TNT

To overlap with the forthcoming new record, Thrill Jockey are getting classic Tortoise albums back out into the world on lovely wax. TNT is Tortoise’s third album, first released in 1998. Double LP in a gatefold sleeve (with that simple simple artwork tipped-on), pressed to pristine white vinyl.

Various (Tortoise, Mountains, White Hills etc)
12.30 Records Toreism


Tortoise
Standards

To overlap with the forthcoming new record, Thrill Jockey are getting classic Tortoise albums back out into the world on lovely wax. Standards doesn’t contain many standards, but it is full of amazing post-rock that genuinely sounds like it comes after rock. Pressed onto white-with-red-splatter vinyl in a screen-printed PVC outer sleeve: how beautiful and stylish!

Brokeback
Field Recordings From The Cook County Water Table

Brokeback, the solo project of Douglas McCombs of Tortoise, The Sea And Cake and various other outlets, released debut album Field Recordings From The Cook County Water Table in 1999. It’s a gorgeous listen, combining natural noises with subtle instrumentation from musicians including John McEntire and Rob Mazurek. Reissued on vinyl for the first time! On Thrill Jockey.

Tortoise/ The Ex
In The Fishtank

Dutch imprint Konkurrent have this great little series called In The Fishtank where they give bands 48 hours of studio time and ask them to come out with an EP of new material. Some of the entries are one-act projects (Snuff, June Of 44), others match up acts like Sparklehorse and Fennesz or Low/Dirty Three. Perhaps the most intriguing collaborative In The Fishtank offering is The Ex and Tortoise’s 1999 set. The Ex’s lithe, lumbering post-punk style is embellished with all sorts of stylised sounds by the Chicago post-rockers. The result kind of brings to mind The Lounge Lizards if they were fronted by Pete Shelley.
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  • Tortoise

Bjork, Tortoise, Albini, Various
Looking For A Thrill


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Lambchop, Tortoise, Calexico, Various
Grand Slang


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Tortoise
Tortoise

You'll need this. A re-issue of the debut album by Chicago post-rock clever clogs Tortoise. It shows the band finding their feet, beginning to lock into the grooves that would merge together perfectly on the now-classic follow up Millions Now Living Will Never Die. Some of their wilder experimentation was a few years off but sometimes Tortoise sounds better off because of its relative simplicity. Re-issue on Thrill Jockey with lovely screen-printed chipboard sleeve in the style of the original.