Tortoise

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Post Rock from Chicago.

Tortoise's almost entirely instrumental music defies easy categorization, and the group gained significant attention from their early career. The members have roots in Chicago's fertile music scene, playing in various indie rock and punk groups. Tortoise was among the first American indie rock bands to incorporate styles closer to Krautrock, dub, minimalism, electronica, and various jazz styles, rather than the standard rock and roll and punk that had dominated indie rock for years.

Some have cited Tortoise as being one of the prime forces behind the development and popularity of the post-rock movement. Others, however, have characterised Tortoise's music as being heavily indebted to progressive rock.

Other groups related to Tortoise include The Sea and Cake, Brokeback, Slint, Isotope 217, and the Chicago Underground Duo. Tortoise records on the Thrill Jockey label.

The group's origins lie in the late 1980s pairing of Doug McCombs and John Herndon, who imagined themselves as a freelance rhythm section (like reggae legends Sly and Robbie). That idea never saw fruition, but their interest in grooving rhythms and recording studio trickery led to partnerships with drummer John McEntire and bassist Bundy K. Brown (both formerly of Bastro) joining, followed by Dan Bitney. Though songs are credited to all the musicians, McEntire quickly became perceived as, if not the acknowledged leader, the group's guiding force. In reality his extra contributions mainly took the form of being the recording engineer and mixer.
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Tortoise - Tortoise album art Tortoise Tortoise (Album) Thrill Jockey US 1994 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters album art Tortoise Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters (Album) Thrill Jockey Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die album art Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Album) Thrill Jockey Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise - TNT album art Tortoise TNT (Album) Thrill Jockey Poland 1998 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Standards album art Tortoise Standards (Album) Thrill Jockey Japan 2000 Sell This Version
Tortoise - It's All Around You album art Tortoise It's All Around You (Album) Thrill Jockey UK 2004 Sell This Version
Tortoise - The Brave And The Bold album art Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Brave And The Bold (Album) Overcoat Recordings UK 2006 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Beacons Of Ancestorship album art Tortoise Beacons Of Ancestorship (Album) Thrill Jockey US 2009 Sell This Version
Tortoise - The Catastrophist album art Tortoise The Catastrophist (Album) Thrill Jockey US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Tortoise - Lonesome Sound album art Tortoise Lonesome Sound (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1993 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Mosquito album art Tortoise Mosquito Torsion Music US 1993 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Gamera / Cliff Dweller Society album art Tortoise Gamera / Cliff Dweller Society (EP) Duophonic Super 45s UK 1995 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Why We Fight album art Tortoise Why We Fight (Single) Soul Static Sound UK 1995 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Galapagos 1 / Reference Resistance Gate album art Tortoise Galapagos 1 / Reference Resistance Gate (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Djed / Tjed album art Tortoise Djed / Tjed (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Vaus / Speedy Car album art Tortoise / Stereolab Tortoise / Stereolab - Vaus / Speedy Car (Single) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks UK 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise - The Taut And The Tame / Find The One album art Tortoise The Taut And The Tame / Find The One (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Music for Work Groups EP album art Tortoise Music for Work Groups EP (EP, Single) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Tour 1998 album art Tortoise Tour 1998 (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1998 Sell This Version
Tortoise - Derrick Carter Vs. Tortoise album art Tortoise / Derrick Carter Tortoise / Derrick Carter - Derrick Carter Vs. Tortoise (Single) City Slang Germany 1998 Sell This Version
thrill 12.11, 12.11 Tortoise - Adverse Camber / To Day Retreival album art Tortoise / Autechre Tortoise / Autechre - Adverse Camber / To Day Retreival(12") Thrill Jockey, Thrill Jockey thrill 12.11, 12.11 US 1998 Sell This Version
Tortoise - In The Fishtank album art Tortoise + The Ex Tortoise + The Ex - In The Fishtank (EP, MiniAlbum) Konkurrent Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
THRILL 12.22, THRILL 1222 Tortoise - Gently Cupping The Chin Of The Ape (Tortoise Tour 2001) album art Tortoise Gently Cupping The Chin Of The Ape (Tortoise Tour 2001)(CD, EP, Enh, Ltd) Thrill Jockey, Thrill Jockey THRILL 12.22, THRILL 1222 US 2001 Sell This Version
thrill 12.34 Tortoise - High Class Slim Came Floatin' In - Eyeremix / Gigantes Version - Mark Ernestus album art Tortoise High Class Slim Came Floatin' In - Eyeremix / Gigantes Version - Mark Ernestus(12", Ltd) Thrill Jockey thrill 12.34 US 2009 Sell This Version
RZCM-46520 Tortoise - Why Waste Time? album art Tortoise Why Waste Time?(CD, EP, Enh) Commmons RZCM-46520 Japan 2010 Sell This Version