Thrill Jockey Records founder Bettina Richards talks 20 years of music without borders.
Twenty years ago, Bettina Richards lived
in a cramped fourth-floor walk-up in a particularly heroin-infested
section of pre-Giuliani Manhattan. Out of that apartment, Richards, a
In this week's print edition of Willamette Week, we spoke with Bettina Richards, the founder of venerable Chicago-based independent record label Thrill Jockey, about the label's 20th anniversary. Here is an extended version of that conversation.Willamette Week: What was the impulse to start the label in the first place? Bettina Richards: I’ve always been a record geek and music fan. I sort of stumbled ...
Califone, Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (2003)Not only a Thrill Jockey fave, but one of the best bands
of the past decade, in my opinion. These dudes mix gorgeous folk
melodies with out-there noise like
This is what it sounds like when an experimentalist goes pop. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't sound much like what anyone else would label "pop." Nick Bindeman is probably best known in Portland as a member of space-rockers Eternal Tapestry and longstanding improv-freaks Jackie-O Motherfucker (whose new record, Earth Sound System, came out this week -- hear it here), but he has also produced a lot of music ...