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 (twelve years ago) link

this guy is unfuckwitable

Wrinklepaws, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:14 (twelve years ago) link

gets the chicks

strgn, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:18 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

make me happy

tremendoid, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:22 (twelve years ago) link

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

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:40 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

i vote 'eureka'

sam500, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 04:15 (twelve years ago) link

Man, this is tough.

jaymc, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 05:06 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

Davey D, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 06:55 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

'Insignificance' is a solid classic.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 08:47 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 12:09 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link


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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link


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

t**t, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 14:14 (twelve years ago) link

"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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

willem, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 18:05 (twelve years ago) link

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

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 19:09 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 19:36 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 21:21 (twelve years ago) link

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

strgn, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

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

Davey D, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 22:13 (twelve years ago) link

"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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

Scik Mouthy, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 06:18 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 17:03 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

I love all his records but Halfway to a Threeway is the one I'd keep from '99... and I think the world has adjusted to sound like Eureka: marimba, xylophone, strings, piano, brushes... it's the same sound palette as Illinois or Michigan, and all the car commercials and epiphany core that followed in the mid-late 00s.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 23:34 (eleven months ago) link

Same for me, that EP is the one from '99.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 23:36 (eleven months ago) link

It's "Bad Timing" for me above all else. I love the story about Jim recording that album and producing John Fahey's "Womblife" the same year, and John calling Jim all upset saying "it's not fair. your album is better than mine"

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 23:59 (eleven months ago) link

Ha, I hadn't heard that! :)

His best song-based solo effort is Insignificance for me, without a shadow of a doubt.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:09 (eleven months ago) link

I was so non-plussed by The Visitor that I never listened to Simple Songs :/

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:18 (eleven months ago) link

if you love Bad Timing you should really give The Visitor a second chance, it's basically a sequel. but I wasn't into Simple Songs at all, it was just Insignificance with less interesting songs and more obvious lyrics.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:24 (eleven months ago) link

I wish he would relent and allow his music onto streaming services. Bad Timing is up on youtube in full and so many of the comments are like "I'm here because of Jeff Tweedy, why can't I find this anywhere else??" I know you can buy them on Bandcamp, I've probably paid for his Drag City records three times over, but I'm obsessed. I wish more people could hear these records, I mean as it is most of them are up on youtube in worse quality than Spotify, Apple Music, etc. and no one is getting paid, even if it's pennies.

At least all of this is up too:


flappy bird, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 02:04 (eleven months ago) link

the second track "Not Sport, Marital Art" is my favorite piece of music ever. Still so elusive and utterly thrilling after thousands of listens.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 02:06 (eleven months ago) link

Xp to Goon
What song sounds like Ghost Ship in a Storm? I find it hard to believe that a similarly styled song can live up its standards and I worry that your idea of new, generic, Eureka-sounding music is 10x weaker but you still compare them like they are two sides of the same coin (a more approriate comparison would be a silver dollar to a dime).

٩༼ º෴º ༽۶ (FlopsyDuck), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 02:42 (eleven months ago) link

God I love the title track so much. His vocal delivery throughout this album is spectacular.

Only barely pips Bad Timing for me which is so perfectly formed.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 22:42 (eleven months ago) link

remember that japanese named after eureka that is also scored by jim o'rourke?

not sport, martial art is astounding.

what a cheeky little fucker jim o'rourke was, huh?

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:20 (eleven months ago) link

er japanese *movie

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:20 (eleven months ago) link

funny how o'rourke's album is named after a movie and then has a different movie name after it in turn.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:20 (eleven months ago) link

remember that japanese named after eureka that is also scored by jim o'rourke?


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:42 (eleven months ago) link

apparently Eureka was/is really popular in Japan- and JO always talks about how much he hates how it sounds!

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 February 2019 01:35 (eleven months ago) link

"really popular" is probably not the best choice of words, but Otomo Yoshihide (with Kahimi Karie on vox en francais) covered it:

live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khqCYnfuZt0

record: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcFeX-jnmlo

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 28 February 2019 03:59 (eleven months ago) link

remember that japanese named after eureka that is also scored by jim o'rourke?


― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:42 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thanks, couldn't remember the name ;)

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 06:16 (eleven months ago) link


affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 06:17 (eleven months ago) link

Not sure if you're twattish or dense, but if you click the link you'll find a thread about the Shinji Aoyama film.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 28 February 2019 13:42 (eleven months ago) link

in all sincerity, my last posts were made in a spirit of self-deprecating. you were reading stuff into them that was not intended.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:40 (eleven months ago) link

er, *self-deprecation

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:41 (eleven months ago) link

(the "joke" being that o'rourke's song/album was named after a film and then another film was named after it. i was joking about my not being able to remember the name, à la homer simpson struggling to remember the name of "speed" and meanwhile using the word "speed" numerous times. this has been your weekly joke explainer.)

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:41 (eleven months ago) link

but if you have to choose: twattish.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:42 (eleven months ago) link

I pulled out "Insignificance" recently and still love that record, I never fucked with "The Visitor" or "Simple Songs" when they came out, but I think "The Visitor" is pretty great, "Simple Songs" didn't do much for me

My 4 yo is OBSESSED with the cover to "Insignificance"

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:59 (eleven months ago) link

lol that has to be tricky to explain

new o'rourke here: https://boomkat.com/products/side-a-side-b

tylerw, Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:17 (eleven months ago) link

She is in this phase where she pulls records off the shelf and is convinced she wants to listen to them based on the cover, which...we usually make through about a minute before she tells me to turn it off.

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:25 (eleven months ago) link

xp i might have to bite the bullet and pay for shipping, those excerpts sound great

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:45 (eleven months ago) link


at least you don't have to explain "halfway to a threeway" to your kid!

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 19:52 (eleven months ago) link

"Dada let's listen to the frog record!"

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:26 (eleven months ago) link

read that as "frogs record" which would be at least as awkward


affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:42 (eleven months ago) link

For posterity, re: the cover of Insignificance

STEREOGUM: You’ve collaborated with so many accomplished musicians — what was it like suddenly working with kids?

O’ROURKE: It wasn’t like a music job at all, it really was a film job. I mean, the fun part was getting to be on set, meeting Mr. Linklater. If you get me talking about film you can’t shut me up, so I probably was annoying, but talking to the crew, just asking them technical things and talking to them about their jobs was really fun. I generally don’t like being around kids, so that was interesting. The kid who played guitar and the kid who played keyboards, they were really nice and genuinely very talented. I liked working with those two a lot. It’s funny because the guitar player kid [Joey Gaydos, Jr.] kept asking me, “Man, I want one of your records.” And I was like, OK. So actually the last day I saw him, they were at that place where they, the last scene where they’re playing at the, what do you call it?

STEREOGUM: A battle of the bands?

O’ROURKE: Yeah, they were setting up and it was my last day before I had to go on tour, and I brought a copy of Insignificance on CD for him. And I handed it to him and then I looked at the cover and remembered the pictures inside. And I said “Hey, you know what, I’m gonna sign this or something for you and get it back to you later.” And I took it back and then I left and went on a plane and never saw the poor kid again. But oh my god, if he had opened that, the parents and the film. They would have gotten sued or something.



flappy bird, Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:56 (eleven months ago) link

I generally don’t like being around kids,

this is the most jim o'rourke thing ever

that reminds me of the time my next door neighbor, a single mom w/ a 10-year-old kid, got locked out of her apartment and asked me, a guy in his early 20s, if i could watch her son for an hour while she went and got another pair of keys from the landlord. i forgot i had a copy of this cover


lying around on the table and this kid, whose mom was a devoted catholic, picked it up and his eyes went wide. not quite an octopus fucking a fat man but you know.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:05 (eleven months ago) link

Haha that O'Rourke story is classic.

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:21 (eleven months ago) link

the second half of "the workplace" is absolutely sublime and i wish it went on forever

J. Sam, Friday, 1 March 2019 02:06 (ten months ago) link

Here's a Bandcamp link to the Not Waving/Jim O'Rourke release: https://notwaving.bandcamp.com/album/side-a-side-b-diag049

EvR, Thursday, 14 March 2019 08:34 (ten months ago) link

I'm seeing Bastro/GastrDS tonight for the first time sans JimO.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:32 (ten months ago) link

five months pass...

A video clip with live footage from the latest Haino/Ambarchi/O'Rourke release:

EvR, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:58 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Got some gossip tonight from a mutual friend:

Since moving to Japan, Jim had not left the Japan until earlier this year! Eiko Ishibashi (his musical & ? partner) toured Europe and convinced Jim to come with her, which he did and kept it low-key.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 3 October 2019 05:18 (three months ago) link


flappy bird, Thursday, 3 October 2019 05:30 (three months ago) link

Jim O’ROURKE – “to magnetize money and catch a roving eye”
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A 4+ hours labyrinthine work, previously unreleased. Recorded at Steamroom 2017-2018.


cheese canopy (map), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 19:32 (three months ago) link


EvR, Thursday, 17 October 2019 06:24 (three months ago) link

I think you could make the case, that not only is The Visitor his greatest album, it's not even close

flappy bird, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 05:01 (two months ago) link

The Master pic.twitter.com/r5tzQYvVMG

— John Kolodij (@highaurad) October 30, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 31 October 2019 01:55 (two months ago) link

I gave Yankee Hotel Foxtrot a listen today for the first time in years and his mix work on that is just excellent.

akm, Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:59 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

There was a 38-minute free download on the Steamroom Bandcamp page the other day called "great addition to the music server collection- but not that satisfying as listening session material" but now it's gone...

EvR, Thursday, 2 January 2020 12:10 (three weeks ago) link

Shit did anyone grab it??

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 January 2020 18:33 (three weeks ago) link

I did.

EvR, Thursday, 2 January 2020 19:18 (three weeks ago) link

I gave Yankee Hotel Foxtrot a listen today for the first time in years and his mix work on that is just excellent.
― akm, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 7:59 PM

a ghost is born has its moments as well.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 2 January 2020 21:30 (three weeks ago) link

some nice footage of Jim in this (he was a musical consultant on the film)


Now that I think about it, this must've been when I saw Jack Black in a small video game store in the financial district in December 2002. They shot this on Staten Island iirc.

flappy bird, Sunday, 12 January 2020 01:11 (two weeks ago) link

The rehearsals from 5m23s - 9m02s were shot at Echo Canyon (51 Murray St, Tribeca) formerly Sonic Youth's studio from 1996-2006. Jim lived there for a few years, probably during the filming of that movie.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 13 January 2020 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

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