Thrill Jockey Box Set

Available December 4

The Sea and Cake
Fifteen years ago, Thrill Jockey Records was founded on the Lower East Side of New York City. In other words, it was 1992, so Thrill Jockey did as many new labels of those days did and released a number of 7" singles, with now-familiar names like Tortoise and Freakwater, and some now-less-familiar early Thrillers like Sugarshock and Gorilla.

In the fifteen years since 1992, the 7" singles have been fewer and farther between, but with some definite gems from time to time. Brokeback made its debut with a fine delight of a single called Returns to the Orange Grove. The Lonesome Organist bended minds with his 7" and its pop-up deluxe cover, and The National Trust made it happen with a 7" of their own too.

Now Thrill Jockey is looking back to that tradition for a way to celebrate fifteen years of making records for our favorite bands. Inspired by the delicious Devil's Jukebox 7" box set released in 1989 by Blast First, Thrill Jockey will release a limited edition, 180 mg 7" box of our own: Thrill Jockey bands covering their favorite Thrill Jockey songs.

The collection is planned as a set of 9 singles with some bonus goodies. The bands were allowed to cover any song by any Thrill Jockey band, and here's some of what they chose.

The Sea and Cake covered "Spider's House" by Califone from their most recent album, Roots and Crowns. The vocal styles of The Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop bring an entirely new feeling to the song. Califone and The Sea and Cake are touring this fall and will both be performing at Thrill Jockey's Anniversary shows in London and Chicago.

Tortoise chose to cover "Falls Lake" by Nobukazu Takemura, a Japanese musician whose ground breaking albums are delicate combinations of live instrumentation (largely played by Takemura himself), analog synths and computer manipulated or simulated voice recordings (on one record he used a computer program designed for those who are speech impaired).

Arbouretum recorded "Bus Stop," a dark beauty by Thalia Zedek, a Boston musician also known for her work in the bands Come and UZI. Thalia will be recording her second Thrill Jockey record this fall for release in early 2008, and also makes a contribution to the box set. Special guest on Arbouretum's recording is Victoria from Beach House, with whom Arbouretum are touring Europe this fall.

Pit er Pat selected a gem by Lonesome Organist, "Flew Out my Window," from his album Cavalcade, re-interpreting it with a killer calypso feel. Pit er Pat's Butchy Fuego recently performed as drummer number 7 in Boredoms' 77 Boadrum performance in New York. Pit er Pat are touring in North America this fall with The Fiery Furnaces.

Directions in Music covered "Toy Boat" by Jeff Parker, reminding us very much of the first Tortoise singles when Bundy Brown was in the band. Also, Pullman covered "3 am" by the Chicago Underground Quartet.

David Byrne covered "Ex Guru" by The Fiery Furnaces
Archer Prewitt covered "Mrs. Turner" by The National Trust
Bobby Conn, Califone and Thalia Zedek covered Freakwater songs - "Washed in the Blood," "Jewel" and "Flat Hand," respectively
Freakwater covered "Passengers" by the Zincs
The Zincs covered "Blue Marble Girl" by Giant Sand
Howe Gelb covered "Boxers" by John Parish
John Parish covered "Vampiring Again" by Califone
Sue Garner & Rick Brown covered " UMO" by OOIOO
Adult. covered "Underwater Wave Game" by Pit er Pat
Angela Desveaux covered "Two Moons" by Arbouretum
Eleventh Dream Day covered "I Like the Name Alice" by Sue Garner

[Published on: 10/8/07]

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bigfro Mon 10/8/2007 04:20PM
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HoodooVoodoo Mon 10/8/2007 04:48PM
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are you? Who who who who. Who are you? Who who who who.

Marcsmall Mon 10/8/2007 10:08PM
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Harmonium Tue 10/9/2007 04:55AM
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hmm... first, thrill jockey is a record label out of chicago, not a 'band that nobody's ever heard of.' second, groups like tortoise, the sea and cake, and chicago underground contribute more groundbreaking work than most groups covered on this site. let's try scratching the surface of alt. music before knocking some key playas.

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 06:25AM
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aint heard of this label? too bad for you...if you are growing an ear for all that pretenda-indy that sony is pushing on our faorite websites theesedays or even some of the electronic sounds people are intergratig into jam ~ you simply must check out all of the thrill jockey recordings you can. tortise...isotope 217...trans am...all that shit blows me away! honestly...anyone who loves music in its most creative form needs to get ahold of some of this stuff.

Cleofus Tue 10/9/2007 07:37AM
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too bad some have not at least heard of Thrill Jockey. Get your head out of your crusty ass and start discovering some music.

j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 07:39AM
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Come on people - David Byrne, Tortoise, Sea and Cake - these are some of the great "independent" bands that have cross polinated with the so called jam scene. Although I haven't heard Freakwater who seems to be covered multiple times on this set... I'll definitely have to check them out. Anyway can't wait for this to come out!

peaton Tue 10/9/2007 01:57PM
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I had never heard of the sea and cake prior to this past summer. A friend offered me a ticket and I decided to go. I was surprised by the huge following they have, especially considering that they are an underground chicago band and they sold out a boston venue. They have a really different live feel and their drummer can really cook. I bought an album afterwards and although it dind't initially garner my interest, I grew to like it. While they arent really a jam band, this is a good example of expanding your horizons and catching a cool band.