Chicago-based independent record label Thrill Jockey are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a bunch of reissues from seminal artists, plus some new releases too.
All six of Tortoise's albums and two 7"s (Mosquito, Lonesome Sound), six Sea and Cake records, four Trans Am LPs, the Fiery Furnaces' I'm Going Away, Califone's Roomsound and Heron King Blues, and many more releases will be repressed this year. New releases from Golden Void, Golden Retriever, Barn Owl's Jon Porras, Yob's Mike Scheidt, Plankton Wat, kandodo, and Man Forever will all hit the stores in 2012.
Speaking of Tortoise, tickets are still available for their January 24th performance at the Empty Bottle. As mentioned, band member John McEntire is keeping busy this month, recording Anatomy of Habit at Soma Studios.
In semi-related news, Chicago indie label Drag City's preview party for their film Dragonslayer is TONIGHT (1/18), at Rodan. The documentary will premiere at The Music Box on the 24th, along with performances by Mayor Daley and Bitchin Bajas (members of CAVE). More information HERE.
All 2012 Tortoise dates and some videos, below..
TORTOISE - 2012 TOUR DATES
01-24 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04-27 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
05-02 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
05-04 Minneapolis, MN - Walker Arts Center
06-02 London, England - Field Day Festival