Thanks for the Ether is the debut studio album of Rasputina, released on August 6, 1996, on Columbia Records. Recording sessions took place at Sear Sound Recording Studio as well as Jimmy Boyle's House. Production was handled by Jimmy Boyle and Melora Creager. The album did not chart in any country and it did not sell many copies. It contains a quirky and eclectic collection of songs and spoken-word narration. It is also known for introducing the band's pioneering use of distortioneffects pedals on their cellos, single-handedly launching the underground genre known as cello rock. Upon its release, Thanks for the Ether has received very high ratings, including a four and a half out of five star rating from Allmusic.