Following a first run of their North American tour with multiple shows sold-out, instrumental group Tortoise are kicking off the second leg of their…Read More
Thrill Jockey Records is an American independent record label established in 1992 in New York City by former Atlantic Records A&R representative Bettina Richards.Richards started the label with $35,000 of personal and family capital, while working at a Hoboken, New Jersey, record store, and ran it from her apartment in Manhattan.
In 1995, she moved the label to Chicago, Illinois, where “rent and taxes are considerably cheaper.”
Thrill Jockey offers full-length streaming of every song on every release in its catalog. “I believe if people can listen to the albums, they tend to buy them,” Richards said in a 2006 interview with Chicago Reader.
Artists who have recorded on the label include Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, High Places, Trans Am, Mouse on Mars, ADULT., Nobukazu Takemura, Bobby Conn, Tom Verlaine, Freakwater, The Zincs, The National Trust, Eleventh Dream Day, Califone, Chicago Underground Duo, Howe Gelb/Giant Sand, Oval, Town & Country, Archer Prewitt, Sam Prekop, The Lonesome Organist, OOIOO, Pit er Pat, The Fiery Furnaces, Angela Desveaux, Liturgy, Boredoms, and Pontiak, amongst others. Artists on the label have often collaborated with other artists on the label to form spin-off groups.
Tortoise are set to embark on their first major North American tour in support of their new album, The Catastrophist, just out on Thrill…Read More
While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet, Tortoise, has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting…Read More
Liturgy have premiered the latest cut “Reign Away” from their forthcoming album The Ark Work, due out on Thrill Jockey March 24th. The band…Read More
Peals (William Cashion of Future Islands & Bruce Willen of Double Dagger) has a new video for the song “Belle Air”, from the new album Walking Field out this week. Peals has a few album release shows this week, and will tour more in June.Read More
Portland-based progenitors of aural horror The Body have signed with Thrill Jockey for a full length this fall. The duo of dummer Lee Buford and guitarist/vocalist Chip King use doom metal as a framework to explore the farthest reaches of music,Read More
Yesterday, Matmos released The Marriage of True Minds, their first new album in over five years, via Thrill Jockey. It follows 2012’s The Ganzfeld EP, which was the culmination of four years of parapsychological experiments based on the GanzfeldRead More
Last week, Baltimore electronic duo Matmos announced a North American tour ahead of their forthcoming album, The Marriage of True Minds, out Feb. 19 on Thrill Jockey.Read More
Covering the Buzzcocks’ “ESP” at Thrill Jockey’s 20th Anniversary show in Baltimore last September. The performance begins sinister and slow eventually speeding up to a fleet-footed jangle and climaxing with a spaced-out refrain.Read More
If you had never heard The Sea and Cake before and tried to envision their sound, you might get pretty close to what they actually sound like. Sweet and breezy is their operandi or at least it is with their 10th album release Runner. After 10 albums of moderate indie success, they are still progressing along on a trajectory that is actually quite impressive mainly because they have yet to break through with any kind of success, especially since they are a very accessible band. Accessible in the way that they are very easy to listen to but until now they have yet to capture mass attention with any of their songs, but there just may be one or two on this new record.Read More
Future Islands recorded ‘On The Water’ oceanfront. With crashing waves heard at a few points on the record and ‘Tybee Island’ whose vocals were recorded right on the beach, there is a theme to the record that’s not consistently audible.Read More