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.[1]

In 1995, she moved the label to Chicago, Illinois, where “rent and taxes are considerably cheaper.”[1]

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.[2]

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.

The Body Signwith Thrill Jockey, announce summer tour

The Body Signs With Thrill Jockey

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,

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Matmos Shares New Remix

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 Ganzfeld

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Matmos Tour in Support of new Album

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.

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Review Of The Sea And Cake’s Runner

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.

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