America's 10 Best Indie Record Labels, Past and Present

Thrill Jockey

Roster highlights: Tortoise, The Fiery Furnaces, Trans Am, Mouse on Mars, and (as of today) Wooden Shjips

We’ve always found its name inexplicably disconcerting, but Thrill Jockey has been one of the best labels of the 1990s and 2000s. For a start, they put out the first Tortoise album (and all the band’s other work), thereby introducing the world to post-rock, and they’ve since been home to a pleasantly diverse range of artists that reaches across a range of genres and sounds. The label has also provided a US outlet for the work of Boredoms and OOIOO, for which we should all be very grateful indeed.