Thirsty Ear Recordings

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Thirsty Ear Recordings
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Founded1977 (1977)
Distributor(s)Alternative Distribution Alliance
GenreJazz, hip hop, funk
Country of originU.S.
LocationNorwalk, Connecticut

Thirsty Ear Recordings is an American independent record label. It was founded in the late 1970s as a marketing company for the then-unnamed alternative music field, and expanded to issue its own records in 1990.

Thirsty Ear came to prominence in the mid-1990s with a series of CD reissues of early industrial albums by artists such as Foetus, Einstürzende Neubauten, Marc Almond, Swans, and Test Dept. The label also released new albums by alternative rock bands such as Baby Ray, Madder Rose, and The Church. Foetus would remain on the label, recording original music on Thirsty Ear through 2001.

More recently, Thirsty Ear has released jazz albums as part of its Blue Series. Enlisting Matthew Shipp as the artistic director. The Blue Series has released albums by artists such as Shipp, William Parker, Charlie Hunter and Tim Berne, while also inviting electronica artists DJ Spooky, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Spring Heel Jack, hip-hoppers El-P and Antipop Consortium, and even Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.


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