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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 so-called “post-rock” movement. Others, however, have criticized Tortoise’s music as being derivative of progressive rock and argue that Tortoise have been subject to much undeserved hype for such a relatively new ensemble.

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

The group’s origins lie in the late 1980’s pairing of McCombs and Herndon, who imagined themselves as a freelance rhythm section (like reggae legends Sly And Robbie). That idea never saw fruition (but in the summer of 2007 they formed the group Bumps and released a record with the same name on indie hip-hop label Stones Throw records, their interest in grooving rhythms and recording studio trickery led to McEntire and Brown (both formerly of Bastro) joining, followed by Bitney. Though songs are credited to all the musicans, McEntire quickly became, if not the acknowledged leader, then the group’s guiding force, at least via media perception. In reality his extra contributions mainly took the form of being the recording engineer and mixer.

Their first single was issued in 1993, and their self-titled debut album followed a year later. Instrumental and mostly mid-tempo, Tortoise slowly garnered praise and attention, due in part to the unusual instrumentation (two bass guitars, three percussionists switching between drums, vibraphones and marimbas). A remix album followed, Rhythms, Resolutions and Clusters.

Brown left and was replaced by Pajo (formerly of Slint, who plays mostly bass, but offers Tortoise’s first recorded guitar, as well) for 1996’s Millions Now Living Will Never Die, a breakthrough, both in quality and attention. The album blended many genres, yet never seems like a pastiche. Millions showed up on many year-end best of lists, and the 20 minute Djed was described by critic John Bush as proof that “Tortoise made experimental rock do double duty as evocative, beautiful music.”

In 1998, Tortoise released TNT, arguably their most jazz-inflected album. Pajo had been replaced by Parker, who has a strong jazz background. 2001 led to Standards, where Tortoise incorporated more electronic sounds and post-production into its music than in previous works. 2004 saw the release of It’s All Around You, and in 2006 they collaborated with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on an album of covers titled The Brave and the Bold.

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Artist - Tortoise Album - Hot Coffee Release Date - 2012 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 01 - HOT COFFEE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Hot Coffee -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Tortoise Artist - Tortoise Album - Tortoise Release Date - 1994 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 01 Magnet Pulls Through 4:38 02 Night Air 3:50 03 Ry Cooder 7:07 04 Onions Wrapped in Rubber 6:41 05 Tin Cans & Twine 4:24 06 Spiderwebbed 8:34 07 His Second Story Island 2:42 08 On Noble 4:10 09 Flyrod 3:29 10 Cornpone Brunch 4:45 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Tortoise Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die Artist - Tortoise Album - Millions Now Living Will Never Die Release Date - 1996 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 1 Djed 20:53 2 Glass Museum 5:23 3 A Survey 2:51 4 The Taut and Tame 4:59 5 Dear Grandma and Grandpa 2:58 6 Along the Banks of Rivers 5:52 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - TNT Artist - Tortoise Album - TNT Release Date - 1998 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 01 TNT 7:34 02 Swung From the Gutters 5:54 03 Ten-Day Interval 4:45 04 I Set My Face to the Hillside 6:11 05 The Equator 3:44 06 A Simple Way to Go Faster Than Light That Does Not Work 3:36 07 The Suspension Bridge at Iguazú Falls 5:40 08 Four-Day Interval 4:47 09 In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, and Beethoven There Were Women and Men 7:31 10 Almost Always Is Nearly Enough 2:44 11 Jetty 8:23 12 Everglade 4:21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - TNT Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Standards Artist - Tortoise Album - Standards Release Date - 2001 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 01 Seneca 6:20 02 Eros 4:26 03 Benway 4:46 04 Firefly 3:56 05 Six Pack 3:11 06 Eden 2 2:09 07 Monica 6:30 08 Blackjack 4:07 09 Eden 1 2:36 10 Speakeasy 6:16 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Standards Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Its All Around You Artist - Tortoise Album - It's All Around You Release Date - 2004 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 01 It's All Around You 4:09 02 The Lithium Stiffs 3:59 03 Crest 4:21 04 Stretch (You Are All Right) 5:14 05 Unknown 5:38 06 Dot/Eyes 3:46 07 On the Chin 5:21 08 By Dawn 1:51 09 Five Too Many 4:33 10 Salt the Skies 4:45 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - It's All Around You Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship Artist - Tortoise Album - Beacons of Ancestorship Release Date - 2009 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 01 High Class Slim Came Floatin' In 02 Prepare Your Coffin 03 Northern Something 04 Gigantes 05 Penumbra 06 Yinxianghechengqi 07 The Fall of Seven Diamonds Plus One 08 Minors 09 Monument Six One Thousand 10 de Chelly 11 Charteroak Foundation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Gamera Artist - Tortoise Album - Gamera Release Date - 1995 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist A Gamera 13:43 B Cliff Dweller Society 13:41 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Gamera Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Gently Cupping the Chin of the Ape - Tortoise Tour 2001 Artist - Tortoise Album - Gently Cupping the Chin of the Ape - Tortoise Tour 2001 Release Date - 2001 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 1 Waihopai 4:15 2 Peering 5:11 Enhanced content: 1 Seneca [music video] 6:25 2 Tortoise 98 [live tour footage in Japan/Australia, 1998] 3:50 3 Rehearsal 2001 [shot Feb. 23, 2001] 3:17 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Gently Cupping the Chin of the Ape - Tortoise Tour 2001 Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In The Fishtank 5 Artist - Tortoise + The Ex Album - In A Fishtank 5 Release Date - ??? Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 1 - The Lawn Of The Limp 2 - Pooh Song (Christopher Robin's Nightbear) 3 - Central Heating 4 - Pleasure As Usual 5 - Did You Comb 6 - Huge Hidden Spaces -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise + The Ex - In A Fishtank 5 Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise + Binie Prince Artist - Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy Album - Brave and Bold (Promo CD) Release Date - 2005 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 1 - Cravo é Canela 2 - Thunder Road 3 - It's Expected I'm Gone 4 - Daniel 5 - Love Is Love 6 - Pancho 7 - That's Pep! 8 - Some Say (I Got Devil) 9 - Cavalry Cross 10 - On My Own -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Brave and Bold (Promo CD) Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Tortoise Album - Why Waste Time? Release Date - 2010 Genre - Electronica, Instrumental, Krautrock, Experimental Tracklist 1 - Ruba'iyat 4:03 2 - Passerine 6:24 3 - Gigantes (Mark Ernestus Version) 6:36 4 - Ice Ice Gravy 12:57 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tortoise - Why Waste Time? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Apse | Cougar | Air | Neu! | Muzak --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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