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Thrill Jockey's plans for its 15th anniversary have been slowly trickling out. A little while back the label announced Plum, a seven-inch box set of Thrill Jockey artists covering other Thrill Jockey artists. Now word's gotten out about the real party: two nights at Chicago's own Logan Square Auditorium on December 14 and 15. Seventeen acts are on the bill so far and surprise guests are guaranteed—there are some fairly strong hints of one-off collaborations and other hijinks—but exactly who's playing when or on what night is top secret, so if there's anyone in particular you have to see, you're going to have to show up early.
The label also handed their entire back catalog over to Trey Tell Em—a duo that includes Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk—to create the Super Epic Thrill Jockey Mega Massive Mix, a blend of pretty much everything TJ's ever done. The Trans Am megamix available here bodes well for the project. When the full disc is released I could find myself in the perplexing position of actually enjoying something by Girl Talk, which makes me shudder just a little.
Tickets are $50 for the weekend, and should be available through the Empty Bottle's site soon-ish.
Here's the lineup so far:
Fred Anderson Trio
Eleventh Dream Day
The Fiery Furnaces
Pit er Pat
School of Language
The Sea and Cake