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

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this guy is unfuckwitable

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

gets the chicks

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

make me happy

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

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

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

i vote 'eureka'

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

Man, this is tough.

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

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

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

'Insignificance' is a solid classic.

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


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 (eleven 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.


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 (eleven years ago) Permalink


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

did LL see that the Creeping Garden soundtrack she was asking about showed up on bandcamp? https://steamroom.bandcamp.com/album/steamroom-35

tylerw, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:16 (one year ago) Permalink

i bought the DVD which came with the soundtrack! It was like $16 and worth every penny! i was just talking about this movie/soundtrack with some strangers at a show and i got that sneaking feeling that they were like "will she ever stop talking about this...?" lol
i stopped! the performance i saw had a dance component and there were visual and sonic elements that reminded me of this movie.

anyway now everyone can listen to it

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:21 (one year ago) Permalink

We caught him doing the "prelude" at the Fillmore West, in 1998. Went to see Sonic Youth on their ATL tour, first time in SF, didn't know Jim O'Rourke was opening. Just walking in, and hearing this pleasant drone going on (no vocals) in the main room (we were still out by the merch tables), "sublime" is a good word for it.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 20:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Can I just commend EvR for returning to this forum solely to update the Jim O'Rourke thread? Closest and most dedicated follower of all things O'Rourke imo, it's greatly appreciated Eric! :)

The soundtrack is great, I have to seek out the film.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

You're welcome Gerard :-)

Another find, this time on iTunes: Magnetic Reconnection, a 12-minute documentary with an O´Rourke soundtrack

EvR, Thursday, 31 August 2017 14:44 (one year ago) Permalink

is there much jimbo discussion in leech's fearless?

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 31 August 2017 15:31 (one year ago) Permalink

^would also like to know this

reminds me, i rented the Wilco doc I Am Trying to Break Your Heart a few months ago on amazon, mostly to see that one brief scene of JimO hysterically screaming "Everyone always says I ruin records!!!!!!! I come into mix a record, then everyone hates it!!!!!!!!!!!" but it wasn't in there... maybe the DVD i used to have was another cut.

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:08 (one year ago) Permalink

reminds me, i rented the Wilco doc I Am Trying to Break Your Heart a few months ago on amazon, mostly to see that one brief scene of JimO hysterically screaming "Everyone always says I ruin records!!!!!!! I come into mix a record, then everyone hates it!!!!!!!!!!!" but it wasn't in there... maybe the DVD i used to have was another cut.

This fragment is from a bonus disc (which I happen to watch more often than the actual documentary).

EvR, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:20 (one year ago) Permalink

that's so strange because i specifically remember not having the 2 disc version & being bummed after i bought the DVD. whatever i'll just find one on eBay. totally worth it just for that brief scene of Jim screaming about how everyone hates him. ha ha ha. the movie itself is really great, though. one of my favorite music docs.

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:36 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...


PBK / Jim O'Rourke: Unidentified Again [2LP]
Released May 2015. Gatefold cover.

link to picadisk website

EvR, Monday, 20 November 2017 20:40 (one year ago) Permalink

A recent find: Calder Walk by Jim O'Rourke

EvR, Saturday, 25 November 2017 17:23 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

new album Sleep Like It's Winter out June 6. instrumental album, 46 minutes, somewhere in between the Drag City records and the Steamroom recordings. https://www.stereogum.com/1992335/new-jim-orourke-album-sleep-like-its-winter-reportedly-out-in-june/news/

flappy bird, Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

This fantastic news obv, and I've enjoyed every single one of his steamroom releases, but my heart yearns for a new (Eureka/Insignificance like) singer-songwriter album.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah me too. but i'd love a Bad Timing/The Visitor style thing. not even necessarily with guitars, just not as amorphous as most of the Steamroom releases.

flappy bird, Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

has anyone heard anything more about 'Sleep Like It's Winter'? I emailed the Japanese label but haven't heard anything.

JonR345, Saturday, 19 May 2018 21:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Still no news about the new album? It's meant to be out on Wednesday. The label website won't even load for me.

JonR345, Friday, 1 June 2018 19:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

Assuming it’ll be a Steamroom-esque release if there hasn’t been any additional press. But yeah still psyched to hear it. Vinyl import only or ...?

flappy bird, Friday, 1 June 2018 20:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

Pic from Tower Records in Tokyo from Twitter today:

EvR, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 07:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

You can hear a (tiny) sample here, by pressing the play button in front of the (only) song on this.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 13:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

clearly the new singer-songwriter album you were rooting for!

willem, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 14:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

hahaha, yeah I imagine the clip just being the intro until it all kicks off 'Insignificance'-style ;-)

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 14:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

A new interview with Jim talking about the album in Japanese (site has more JOR content).

EvR, Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

heard the new one — not terribly different from the steamroom stuff, but very good!

tylerw, Thursday, 7 June 2018 16:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

I´d say it´s more melodical than most of the Steamroom things, but granted there are no vocals or songstructures. By far one of the most beautiful things he has done. But why not an international release (say, Touch or Mego)?

EvR, Sunday, 10 June 2018 14:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile there a new O'Rourke remix up on Spotify of postrock outfit Tangents' new song 'Terracotta'.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

wow, this full set was uploaded in february, setlist is amazing, only live performance of 'Life Goes Off' i've ever heard. his 'Fast Car' cover from this show has been up on youtube for a while.


00:00 - Untitled
11:46 - There's Hell in Hello, But More in Goodbye & Movie on the Way Down
16:10 - Halfway to a Threeway
20:37 - Life Goes Off
26:25 - Good Times
30:52 - Fast Car

flappy bird, Friday, 22 June 2018 18:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

Just heard and savored this whole thing. That droning 30+-minute "Fast Car"!

... (Eazy), Friday, 22 June 2018 21:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is an amazing find, flappy. his voice is so good here, too.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 25 June 2018 10:35 (six months ago) Permalink

I really enjoyed this. Thanks. :)

Allen (etaeoe), Monday, 25 June 2018 15:59 (six months ago) Permalink

ooh looking forward to listening to this. that version of fast car is fascinating.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:24 (six months ago) Permalink


just sayin, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 08:02 (six months ago) Permalink

nice interview, thanks for sharing! only wish it was longer

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 20:39 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah it's good! Did you see there was a second page?

just sayin, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 20:53 (six months ago) Permalink

holy crap that 'fast car' cover is great

iatee, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:12 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah it's good! Did you see there was a second page?

omg no

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:55 (six months ago) Permalink

thank you!

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:55 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

nice p4k review https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/jim-orourke-sleep-like-its-winter/

flappy bird, Friday, 3 August 2018 17:34 (five months ago) Permalink

this new one goes to some pretty incredible places. it's a single 44-minute track that continuously develops in unexpected ways while still belonging to the same sound environment.
the section that starts about 21 minutes in gave me some goosebumps the first time i heard it, for example, although i may just be subconsciously and existentially craving stars of the lid deep bass

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 19:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Entertaining interview:

willem, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:54 (five months ago) Permalink

Is the new album available on vinyl?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:31 (five months ago) Permalink

No, don’t think that’s planned. This was made specifically for CD, which is still the dominant format in Japan.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:49 (five months ago) Permalink

From that interview ^^

STEREOGUM: A lot of people don’t realize you taught the kids in Richard Linklater’s 2003 movie School Of Rock.

O’ROURKE: Yeah, I taught them how to play, I taught them the songs, because except for one scene, that’s actually them playing. So for those scenes I’d be on set to keep the music part off of Mr. Linklater’s mind, sort of on the side music-directing, you know? That was a fun experience. I was supposed to be in the movie, but there was a Sonic Youth tour during the shoots so I couldn’t go back to do it.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah I did not know that! The story about him abt to give a signed cd to this boy and then refraining bcz of his own artwork :D

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:09 (five months ago) Permalink

o'rourke seems like a weird choice to teach a bunch of kids to play classic rock

tylerw, Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:15 (five months ago) Permalink

i applaud his teaching skills if he took them from 0 to whatever we see in the movie

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:08 (five months ago) Permalink

xp idk have you seen him do karaoke of Thanks But No Thanks by Sparks

flappy bird, Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:17 (five months ago) Permalink

I think there's some footage of him with the kids on one of the DVD extras

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Love the children's choir on Smog's Knock Knock too, which he produced.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:24 (five months ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure all the kids in School of Rock were music school students?

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:26 (five months ago) Permalink

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