Jim O'Rourke

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um so i'm listening to "i'm happy and i'm singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4" right now. it still sounds amazing. the last track is kind of a masterpiece imo. no one talks about this guy anymore, probably because he was part of what lots of people found annoying about late-90s chicago indie and wilco and stuff and they'd rather forget about most of it (i don't blame them). then there's gastr del sol, which mostly sounds forced and obvious to me (except a couple of inspired moments on "camofleur") -- faust did it better and thirty years before, you know? i'm not sure i'd like "eureka" as much as i used to if i listened to it again, but oddly enough, "insignificance" has taken over this weird place in my mind and it hits pretty hard sometimes--after bad sex, on airplanes (do not combine those prepositional phrases as it would be misleading). "bad timing" is another favorite of mine. i really haven't heard anything before "terminal pharmacy", which i think is pretty good.

anyway, a poll. i know there's a buttload of run-of-100 L@@K OOP releases and collabs and soundtracks that i'm missing, and i'm including "halfway to a threeway" just for the hell of it. i just want to get a general idea of what everyone else thinks about the guy, an unfashionable 10 years later. classic for turning a lazy indie snob (me) onto whitehouse, van dyke parks, charles ives, luc ferrari very late in the game and it all opened up from there.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Eureka 11
Bad Timing 11
Halfway to a Threeway 9
Insignificance 5
I’m Happy and I’m Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4 4
Tamper 0
Disengage 0
Scend 0
Remove the Need 0
Use 0
Terminal Pharmacy 0
Happy Days 0
Two Organs0


strgn, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

this guy is unfuckwitable

Wrinklepaws, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

gets the chicks

strgn, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'm including "halfway to a threeway" just for the hell of it

or because it's probably in my top twenty albums of all time

tremendoid, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

make me happy

tremendoid, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Quit apologizing for liking Jim O'Rourke. He's great.

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

out of the ones i've heard -- Bad Timing, Eureka, Halfway..., Insignificance, 1234 -- i would give the nod to Eureka for some of the better orchestral flourishes i've heard on record. i could really do without Bad Timing and 1234, but the middle three are essential for me, all strong songwriting etc., but the production on Eureka wins out.

stephen, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

but then I'm one of those people who actually likes all the stuff most people find annoying about 90s Chicago indie.

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 04:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

i vote 'eureka'

sam500, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 04:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Man, this is tough.

jaymc, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 05:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

tamper's really underrated, imo, but i have to go with a "i'm happy and singing" followed shortly by "halfway to a threeway". listen to roberto cacciapaglia if you're into the "i'm happy record", it's basically the same sound. arturo stalteri for the bad timing record.

o'rourke gets a lot of extra props for having the best name dropping in the biz for sure. so many good recommendations to be had by looking through his interviews.

oo, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 06:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Why won't he make a new album??? =(

Davey D, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 06:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh, and I'm listening to "Sonic Nurse" right now 'cuz of the other thread and it's really just making my evening

Davey D, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 06:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've only got the first five on the list (i.e. the most recent ones), but they're all great. I'm not sure I could pick an out and out favourite, given how different Eureeka, say, is from I'm Happy...

Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 08:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

'Insignificance' is a solid classic.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 08:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

I love how dignified AMG's bio blurb sounds:

American post-classical composer Jim O'Rourke has been a key component in the increasing overlap of the American and European experimental music avant-garde, working in everything from jazz and rock to ambient and electro-acoustic and building many a bridge in between

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 08:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wow. Spooky etc. I was listening to Insignificance this morning for the first time in ages. I vote Eureka, because of Prelude...

Matthew H, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 09:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Eureka for me too. Haven't heard all of these, though I hope to soon...

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 12:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can someone give a VERY brief precis (like a sentence) on each of the albums re; what style / genre it is?

Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 12:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Like...

I’m Happy and I’m Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4 = improvised melodic electronica
Insignificance = guitars and singing, post-rock-ish but with songs
Halfway to a Threeway = as below, but less ornate
Eureka = strings, songs, lush, odd, pop
Bad Timing = strung-out guitar-led instrumentals

Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 12:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

Francois Couture at AMG describes Scend really well. It's good and it's the only album I've heard on this list! I love Tomorrow Knows Where You Live, his collaboration with Henry Kaiser.

Couture:

First released on CD by Divided in 1992 and reissued on vinyl 11 years later by Three Poplars, Scend is a beautiful piece of field recordings, very different from Jim O'Rourke's other albums (which already display a wide variety of styles and approaches). Field recordings of various nature are combined into a loose narrative. It sounds simple, but giving sense to the construction is where the art resides, and O'Rourke nails it with impressive results. In the first half of the piece you mostly hear water sounds and bowed metal. An accordion lets out a lone winding note, answered by the passing siren of an ambulance. Traffic noise is replaced by falling water drops in the very end of the first part. This assemblage runs smoothly and seamlessly, retaining the feel of field recording throughout (i.e., if electroacoustic transformations are involved, it doesn't show). The first half could be described as cold or devoid of human presence (save for the traffic sounds) compared to the second half. It begins with a playground recording. A passing airplane buries the children's laughter, soon abruptly cut by something (crate? door?) shut close. This sudden move introduces a section of electronic sounds, startling at first considering what came before but interesting and pertinent nonetheless, adding more human presence as the hand of the composer is felt for the first time. Church bells seep in for the finale. Recommended. [The LP edition is pressed on clear vinyl.]

Sundar, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 13:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Eureka!

(O'Rourke has an alb. titled Remove The Ned?? Oi shame on you, Jim!)

t**t, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 14:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Why won't he make a new album??? =("

one reason (that he told me a while back) is that he got pretty frustrated with working so hard on the production when most people these days just listen to things in MP3 anyway.

he's currently living in Tokyo and much more focused on breaking into the Japanese film industry (as a filmmaker, not a musician), his Japanese is supposedly superb.

jon abbey, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 15:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

and a lot of people watch movies on DVD, or on their iphone/ipod/laptop. i find it hard to believe that he'd give up and blame it on other people's lack of appreciation sincerely. i'm sure he knows he has plenty of adoring fans with proper hi-fi's

oo, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 15:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

hey, I'm just passing it on. he is still playing the occasional improv show there, in different combos with Otomo Yoshihide and Kahimi Karie usually (and he's on quite a bit of the recent Otomo soundtrack disc "Prisoner", which I have copies of for sale in the US), but I don't think he's too interested in music anymore, and that's one of the reasons, like I said.

jon abbey, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 16:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bad Timing. 94 the Long Way is one of my favorite pieces of music ever.

The best concert I've ever attended was O'Rourke at the Empty Bottle just before Eureka came out circa 1998. He played one song: "Women of the World." For 50 minutes. Just him, a guitar and a drum machine. The same riff, the same vocal lines, repeated over and over and over. It was the most sublime musical experience I've ever had.

I'm a huge fan and would love for him to continue with music, but I understand that sometimes you have to move on for a while.

Bill in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 17:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wow! I wish I could've been there, that sounds, well, sublime indeed.

willem, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 18:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

I thought this thread was gonna descend into p-rock / p-fork snarkiness. Glad it didn't.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 19:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

heh i just blubbed abt my love for Bad Timing on a ILE thread, probably still my favourite of his solo albs (esp for the ompa-pa-pa horn explosion at the end)

yeah, halfway to a threeway is prob the best 'song'-based disc he made, but I also have a fondness for Remove the Need (treated guitar) and Happy Days (hurdy gurdy noise drone). also think Jess is being v. harsh on Gastr Del Sol - I don't really see that much resemblance to Faust, more an attempt to marry indie-alt rock songwriting tropes with free improv/post-classical sound-styles/methods - no other rec sounds quite like 'Crookt, Crackt or Fly', imho

the recent Merzbow/Giffoni/O'Rourke noize summit released on No Fun sounds awesome, dude's still got it

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 19:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

'Get a Room' manages to be simultaneously one of the funniest and bleakest song I know.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 19:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah that last half of 'insignificance' is pretty dark and funny.

i was too hard on gastr up there. i still really love 'upgrade and afterlife' and 'camofleur' although it's been forever since i've listened to them, so the faust comparison was probably off the mark. still need to hear crookt, crackt, or fly.

and for the record i am not jess. should have chosen a less confusing login name!

strgn, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 21:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh im so confused...have you posted under another name on ilx?

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 21:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

fauxhemian -> struggin -> strgn. i mostly lurk.

strgn, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 22:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

I sure do love "Halfway to a Threeway." It even has the best cover art!

Davey D, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 22:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Halfway to a threeway" & "Bad Timing" are total classic, as is the newest collaboration with Merzbow & Carlos Giffoni "Electric Dress" - a live dismantling of analog synths. I still find the sampling of "Expecting to fly" by Neil Young profoundly touching on "Return of Fenn O' Berg".

Operator plug, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 22:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also, the while it is a group effort, the brise-glace album to the thread. Holy fuck. What an album that one is.... If you haven't heard it, track it down. Pummeling rock band with O'Rourke on guitar, recorded by Albini and then cut up, reedited and mixed down by O'Rourke.

Bill in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 22:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bad Timing >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> everything else I've heard by him. The guitar-playing is PHENOMENAL, and it doesn't even get boring, even though the songs are all like ten minutes long!

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 01:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

There was a period in maybe 2002 or 2003 when I listened to either Bad Timing or Dylan's Nashville Skyline every morning as I roamed about my crap apartment in Eugene making coffee and breakfast and what have you. Whenever it occurs to me now to play Bad Timing in the early AM I get this nice nostalgic "This is gonna be a good day!" feeling, even though those years in Eugene were just like the worst years of my life easy.

So, then, Bad Timing.

Clay, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 01:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

the ompa-pa-pa horn explosion at the end

This always reminds me of John Fahey's Old Fashioned Love record, which also busts out the horns toward the end, though not mid-song like on Bad Timing. I know he was into Fahey, but does anyone know if this thing on Bad Timing was inspired by that thing specifically?

dad a, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 01:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

The jazz band absolutely comes in mid-song on the title track of Old Fashioned Love, don't know if Happy Trails is a copy tho. I want to stick up for Gastr del Sol too, probably prefer those records to most of the solo O'Rourke that I've heard.

ogmor, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 05:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always tend to like his duo recordings the best. I've always felt that Jim just shines in a duo setting, maybe better than any other player I can think of. 'Slow Motion' with Müller. 'New Kind of Water' with Null. (I attended that 1992 show at Lounge Ax where the live portion was recorded.) 'Third Straight Day Made Public' with Prevost. that Kaiser disc that Sundar mentioned. even his hated 'Indicate' record with Hampson. These were some of the most thrilling records of the 90s for me. And hey, if Gastr counts as a duo them too for 'Upgrade and Afterlife' alone, which totally ruled.

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 06:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

This thread just cost me £7 on Brise-Glace.

Scik Mouthy, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 06:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah. That is a good disc too.

but of the *solo* stuff that comprises the poll ... i'm actually sorta ignorant of large chunks of it. I heard all the early Extreme label stuff back when it came out, and then 'Bad Timing' (great) and the Tzadik disc, and that's about it. always more to discover with him.

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 06:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh wait, shit, and 'Happy Days' of course, I have that one. Might even vote for that!

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 06:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

brise-glace is fantastic, i still listen to that pretty often (on cd, sold the vinyl like an idiot - apparently skin graft had a warehouse find of the lp a few weeks ago but they're all gone).

hstencil, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

the two Müller/O'Rourke duos are excellent. so are the Prévost, Null, Kaiser. two favorites were O'Rourke/Mats Gustafsson's Xylophonen Virtuosen(2000) - lots of fun, that one - and the O'Rourke/Loren MazzaCane-Connors In Bern on Hat Noir, which gets a bad rap but i like it. Müller/O'Rourke/Voice Crack is another great one. ahead of its time.

Brise-Glace seemed a lot less impressive after hearing the This Heat and Luc Ferrari. still sounds good, just not all that original in its execution.

who hates Indicate?

Terminal Pharmacy is a dud. Jim's big, formal 'i am a composer. take me seriously' statement, and it fell flat. heavyhanded and way too serious. even the experimental guitar albums - Tamper, Remove the Need, Disengage - are leavened with some humor.

what's Use?

how is The Ground Above Below Our Heads? i know Jim all but disowned his recorded debut. but if i really like his concrète pieces, a la Scend, is it worth a listen?

voting for... Bad Timing, i think. yeah.

Mr. Hal Jam, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 16:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

I know he was into Fahey, but does anyone know if this thing on Bad Timing was inspired by that thing specifically?

For some reason, I was under the impression that it was a Charles Ives homage, although I don't remember how or where I read that.

jaymc, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 16:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

jim always referred to b-g as being an homage to this heat, sometimes even as a "cover band," so originality isn't really the point.

hstencil, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 16:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Well then I must hear Brise-Glace, and soon.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 17:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

who hates Indicate?

Jim, apparently! I recall someone telling me that he "disowned" it.

Brise-Glace definitely a bit of a This Heat tribute. but hey, why not. don't forget to seek out the Brice-Glace track from the AC/DC tribute on Skin Graft! Jim goes wild with a razor blade and reels of AC/DC lps .. awesome.

Jim's big, formal 'i am a composer. take me seriously' statement

I remember browsing the classical section at the Tower in Chicago on Clark in the early 90s, and bumping into copies of Scend that were marked as consignment. I found that kind of funny, the mental image of Jim walking in there clutching a bunch of the CD and sort of going "These belong in your classical section."

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 17:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah, interview is odd, and o'rourke seems nice (if very nerdy).

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Sunday, 31 May 2015 19:02 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Hotel Blue sounding right today, haven't played this album in months. Also, don't understand the complaints about 'out of tune' bowed cymbals on The Visitor.. everything sounds in order, functional, on the album. Still love the 12 minute mark, or maybe it's 12'30"...

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 12 September 2015 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

"functional": exactly. it's a showreel extravaganza. not out of tune. just always imagine a better key for that passage. "better" is a subjective judgement. y'all free to love the key it's in.

massaman gai, Sunday, 13 September 2015 14:00 (one year ago) Permalink

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Sunday, 13 September 2015 21:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow the bit he plays starting at 8:57 sounds a lot like one of my own:

https://soundcloud.com/factual-1/open

Evan, Monday, 14 September 2015 04:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Now you just need a masked wrestler to preface your work with a personalized SWOT analysis.

doug watson, Monday, 14 September 2015 12:59 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

fuck

does anyone live in Tokyo?

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/jim-orourke-perform-simple-songs-and-bad-timing-their-entirety

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 October 2015 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

recent live show

sounds great, wonder if a world tour is in the works? :P
apparently he's got a solo acoustic LP coming out next year on VDSQ which is good news.

tylerw, Thursday, 1 October 2015 17:49 (one year ago) Permalink

all downhill from here live!!! fuck

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 October 2015 18:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks Tyler, that sounds great - really like the pretty droney swirly interlude about ten minutes in - very Dark Star! I miss this kind of stuff on Simple Songs.

Another slightly dispiriting interview here:
http://bombmagazine.org/article/9761825/jim-o-rourke

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Whoa, acoustic album eh? Would not have thought that was coming. Nice.

grandavis, Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Also, I am pretty sure that at this point I am not interested in hearing Jim talk about his own work. It just ... does not help.

grandavis, Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:38 (one year ago) Permalink

haha yeah...
no idea what to expect about the solo acoustic thing. for some reason i kind of doubt it'll be along the lines of the solo playing on bad timing, but who knows?

tylerw, Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:43 (one year ago) Permalink

he sounds like such a miserable bastard

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:59 (one year ago) Permalink

he sounds happy :)

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 October 2015 23:19 (one year ago) Permalink

god this performance is amazing

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 October 2015 22:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Three recent collabs here: (oh this looks so tempting)

EvR, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:48 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

oh holy SHIT

flappy bird, Monday, 9 May 2016 01:35 (one year ago) Permalink

i cant believe these were just sitting on youtube for 9 months before i saw them. super raunchy version of halfway to a threeway

flappy bird, Monday, 9 May 2016 01:42 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Never pegged him for a Dylan fan, but JO covers Sad Eyed Lady on this new Mojo giveaway CD:

http://www.mojo4music.com/23985/mojo-celebrates-bob-dylans-blonde-on-blonde/

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 13:21 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...


synth patches by Jim O'Rourke

EvR, Monday, 3 October 2016 20:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Cool retrospective review of Bad Timing by Mark Richardson: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22870-bad-timing/

This seesaw between mischievous subversion and slack-jawed beauty is the key to O’Rourke’s best music. His sense of humor is both generous and slightly dark; there’s irony in his touch, but it’s not a negating one. It’s more about being open to hearing every possibility in a given piece of music. In a 2001 interview O’Rourke was asked if Bad Timing had an element of parody. “Not a parody at all, or infatuation, it’s more like trying to reconcile what is imagined, learned, real, and imaginary.” And then he added, “Is it really that impossible to believe that something can be funny and sincere at the same time?”

flappy bird, Monday, 13 February 2017 00:08 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

UMMMM THIS IS NEW

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 March 2017 06:23 (two months ago) Permalink

^full band

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 March 2017 06:25 (two months ago) Permalink

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 March 2017 06:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Woah!

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 11 March 2017 12:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I was at that show! So great.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 11 March 2017 12:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Lots of video from this tour on youtube, this was uploaded 10 years ago:

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 11 March 2017 15:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah those are the only live recordings I'd heard or seen before last year when a proshot video of full band Not Sport, Marital Art and Halfway to a Threeway showed up on YouTube. Having even more full band live versions of the Roeg records is blowing my mind.

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 March 2017 21:47 (two months ago) Permalink

New album with Kassel Jaeger (sp?) on Mego is truly gorgeous and strange and one of my favorite things this year.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 12 March 2017 01:31 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

already posted this in another thread but it needs to be seen - Jim singing karaoke of "Thanks But No Thanks" by Sparks in 2000. Thurston on Casio.

22:52

flappy bird, Saturday, 29 April 2017 00:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I never got into the Sparks but that is a very good impression with showmanship

the ghost of lorax past (FlopsyDuck), Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Has to be "Halfway to a threeway". "Not Sport, Martial Art" is unfuckwithable

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 1 May 2017 00:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Not Sport, Marital Art" is my favorite song of all time. I always thought the pun in the title was cool but confusing - so many people spell it "martial" despite the fact that every copy of the record spells it "marital." it's not a typo

flappy bird, Monday, 1 May 2017 03:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

but yeah i would've voted for Halfway to a Threeway - despite its length it has his best work on it. Insignificance is my favorite of the Roeg LP's - I think Eureka is massively overrated, maybe due to Women of the World.

flappy bird, Monday, 1 May 2017 17:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Eureka presaged a whole era of epiphany-core ukulele and xylophone filled corporate commercials and movie trailers.

flappy bird, Monday, 1 May 2017 17:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Behave - plenty of records can be accused of that, but how many people have actually heard Eureka? Anyway, it's long been my favourite (hence why I'm reacting so spikily!) but it's been overtaken by Bad Timing and Threeway in the last couple of years.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 1 May 2017 17:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i like eureka
my favorite recent jim o'rourke is the soundtrack he did for The Creeping Garden, which i strongly recommend for the music as well as the film

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 1 May 2017 18:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah eureka is great, though i suppose sufjan took quite a bit from it ... i haven't heard creeping garden, I'll have to check it out!

tylerw, Monday, 1 May 2017 18:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sufjan is definitely guilty of swiping Stereolab songs... compare "The Free Design" and the title track on Illinois. it's just ridiculous

flappy bird, Monday, 1 May 2017 18:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Me either. Is it readily available?

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 1 May 2017 18:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i know it's included with the UK release of the movie, but i don't have it either
i asked (via twitter) the people who made the movie if it was going to be released separately and they just offered me that but maybe he will release a version? it's really slow and droney. the movie is about slime molds <3

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 1 May 2017 18:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

you could probably email him, i think he gets back to fans p quickly

flappy bird, Monday, 1 May 2017 18:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

do you know his email? i don't!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 1 May 2017 18:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

you can reach him thru the contact on the Steamroom page

flappy bird, Monday, 1 May 2017 18:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://steamroom.bandcamp.com

flappy bird, Monday, 1 May 2017 18:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

helpful, thank you

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 1 May 2017 18:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

some of his soundtrack stuff shows up on steamroom, so it seems possible he'd put it out there ...

tylerw, Monday, 1 May 2017 19:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hope so! i really liked it. he does whatever he wants. i admire that.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 1 May 2017 19:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The best concert I've ever attended was O'Rourke at the Empty Bottle just before Eureka came out circa 1998. He played one song: "Women of the World." For 50 minutes. Just him, a guitar and a drum machine. The same riff, the same vocal lines, repeated over and over and over. It was the most sublime musical experience I've ever had.

I'm a huge fan and would love for him to continue with music, but I understand that sometimes you have to move on for a while.

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