Thrill Jockey bands old and new have recorded songs for a boxed set to celebrate the Chicago label's 15th birthday. Bands were asked to choose a song to cover by any other act on the roster; the resul

Thrill Jockey bands old and new have recorded songs for a boxed set to celebrate the Chicago label's 15th birthday. Bands were asked to choose a song to cover by any other act on the roster; the results will appear Dec. 4 on nine 7-inch vinyl singles.

The box is notable for the first appearance in years from Directions In Music and Pullman, both of which feature early Tortoise member Bundy K. Brown. Directions covers Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker's "Toy Boat," while Pullman tackles the Chicago Underground Quartet's "3 A.M."

Bobby Conn, Califone and Thalia Zedek all covered Freakwater songs, while the Sea & Cake offers up a version of Califone's "Spider's House." Tortoise reworks Japanese artist Nobukazu Takemura's "Falls Lake," and David Byrne turns in a cover of the Fiery Furnaces' "Ex-Guru."

As previously reported, Thrill Jockey will host anniversary shows Nov. 11-12 at London's Koko. The first day will run from early afternoon into the wee hours with performances by Trans Am, the Sea & Cake, the Fiery Furnaces, Califone and the Zincs. The next night, Tortoise, Bobby Conn, ADULT. and new roster addition KTL will play.

A Chicago anniversary gig is also in the works for December, with details to be announced.

Here is the song list for the boxed set (original artist in parentheses):

"Underwater Wave Game," ADULT. (Pit Er Pat)
"Bus Stop," Arbouretum (Thalia Zedek)
"Ex-Guru," David Byrne (Fiery Furnaces)
"Jewel," Califone (Freakwater)
"Washed in the Blood," Bobby Conn (Freakwater)
"Two Moons," Angela Desveaux (Arbouretum)
"Toy Boat," Directions In Music (Jeff Parker)
"I Like the Name Alice," Eleventh Dream Day (Sue Garner)
"Passengers," Freakwater (the Zincs)
"UMO," Sue Garner and Rick Brown (OOIOO)
"Boxers," Howe Gelb (John Parish)
"Vampiring Again," John Parish (Califone)
"Flew Out My Window," Pit Er Pat (The Lonesome Organist)
"Mrs. Turner," Archer Prewitt (The National Trust)
"3 A.M.," Pullman (Chicago Underground Quartet)
"Spider's House," The Sea & Cake (Califone)
"Falls Lake," Tortoise (Nobukazu Takemura)
"Flat Hand," Thalia Zedek (Freakwater)
"Blue Marble Girl," the Zincs (Giant Sand)