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Tortoise

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Why We Fight Tortoise 04:23
I Set My Face to the Hillside Tortoise 06:08
Swung From the Gutters Tortoise 05:52
Gamera Tortoise 11:53
Dot/Eyes Tortoise 03:46
Gopher Island Tortoise 01:13
The Source of Uncertainty Tortoise 03:42
Ox Duke Tortoise 04:49
Everglade Tortoise 04:21
Blackbird Tortoise 05:01

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TNT

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TNT
Swung From the Gutters
Ten-Day Interval
I Set My Face to the Hillside

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Tortoise is one of the leading independent, experimental and instrumental rock bands of the 1990s. Their polymorphous, free-spirited music is based on an exceptional rhythmic drive, carried by musicians who are almost all bassists and percussionists. Inspired by dub(Tortoise, 1994), electronic music (with krautrock at the forefront) and jazz(TNT, 1998), this Chicago-based collective can boast of having released an album in 1996 that marked the moment when progressive rock became post-rock. Millions Now Living Will Never Die paved the way for many other bands in the following century. The band, revolving around multi-instrumentalist John McEntire, let go of David Pajo (ex-Slint), who embarked on a solo career in 1998. After TNT (1998), Tortoise continued in a more jazz-rock direction with the arrival of guitarist Jeff Parker for the albums Standards (2001), It's Around You (2004), The Brave And The Bold (2006), Tortoise And Hair (2008), Beacons Of Ancestorship (2009) and The Catastrophist (2016). In 2006, the boxed set A Lazarus Taxon summed up his career.