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 (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

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 (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.

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 (twelve years ago) link

Eureka!

(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 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (five months ago) link

Shit did anyone grab it??

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 January 2020 18:33 (five months ago) link

I did.

EvR, Thursday, 2 January 2020 19:18 (five 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, 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 (five months ago) link

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_xo2R-ozqA

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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

I found this *free* Bandcamp compilation today, it features a 19-minute JOR track: https://schwebung.bandcamp.com/album/scale

EvR, Thursday, 2 April 2020 08:03 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

The album he recorded for/with Cynthia Dall is a bit of a mystery to me but I keep coming back to it. Lovely to hear Jim singing on Holland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGrxW6gkyzI

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 16 April 2020 17:57 (one month ago) link

That is her former boyfriend Bill Callahan on vox there.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 16 April 2020 17:59 (one month ago) link

He also sings on "Grey & Castles" from that record.

And she sings on a ton of his (Bill's) songs from that period: "Renee Died", "Wine Stained Lips", "Prince Alone In The Studio" & (my favorite) "Lize":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMAs_-DsXno

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:03 (one month ago) link

I totally assumed it was Big Jim. What a beautiful song.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:21 (one month ago) link

Was wondering if anyone bid for this in the recent Cafe Oto auction:

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/auction/covid-19-fundraiser-auction/jimorourkesingleeditionalbum/

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:51 (one month ago) link

Once Upon A Time In Yamanashi

Cysteine Chapo (Craig D.), Thursday, 16 April 2020 20:20 (one month ago) link

I've never heard of Cynthia Dall, to my dismay. Gorgeous song. Where do I start with her music? Bill's vocals are perfect for 'Holland'.

Yeah she was completely unknown to me, too. Chinaski's post made me check out the debut and I fell in love with it immediately, such an wonderful/idiosyncratic album. The follow up from 2002 is also great but I'd recommend starting with the former.

She seems to have been (I was so saddened to find out that she'd died in 2012) a wonderful person, too. There's some words from her on the reissue of the debut and a nice obituary on Drag City's website.

willem, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:30 (one month ago) link

Chinaski's post made me check out the debut and I fell in love with it immediately, such an wonderful/idiosyncratic album

Thanks, sounds like we spun the same record this morning! :) I've played the untitled debut twice and am loving it already. Idiosyncratic is the word, it's very unique in terms of sound. I also, sadly, learned she's no longer with us. Will hit up the follow-up later today.

Not this morning but I've been listening to it a lot in the past two weeks :)

willem, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 12:47 (one month ago) link

Hooray for the Cynthia Dall love. Unless there's something in the vaults, it seems she produced relatively little recorded music. Stonkingly high hit-rate though.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:38 (one month ago) link

There was a short thread when she passed: cynthia dall

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:26 (one month ago) link

The Tone Glow Newsletter announced an upcoming interview with Jim.

EvR, Friday, 1 May 2020 15:16 (one month ago) link

oh nice tone glow is excellent

adam, Friday, 1 May 2020 16:40 (one month ago) link

Holy cow, IMO the Tone Glow interview did not disappoint!
https://toneglow.substack.com/p/014-jim-orourke

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 03:00 (one month ago) link

yeah that's a really fascinating interview

ufo, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 03:31 (one month ago) link

This is a great interview - thanks for the heads up.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 08:01 (one month ago) link

top reading cheers

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 08:39 (one month ago) link

Oh, so *that's* why I saw so many cut-out ECM LPs! (But this was the early '90s for me)

This is great stuff.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 10:03 (one month ago) link

I suspect Jim's upcoming Mego-release will be in posted here soon, as it's a new series.

EvR, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 11:45 (one month ago) link

Blimey, that list of 25 at the bottom has quite the rabbit hole potential. (I would love to know a bit more about how he lives and funds his life now he's not producing.)

Just idly wondering: who are the people who have the time/tenacity to stick with Jim through the Steamroom series? I've barely dipped my toe in that particular pond.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 12:31 (one month ago) link

The fugue one which gets mentioned (and which was impressive enough musically, nevermind that process of AI reverse-engineering Glenn Gould which he reveals in the interview!) was the first one in quite a while that grabbed my attention, but even that one I have yet to fully dive into.

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 16:58 (one month ago) link

Great interview! That "Steamroom 47" is gorgeous stuff.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 18:52 (one month ago) link

Yeah, his explanation of the process behind Steamroom 47 is so cool. Just an astonishing interview overall. He's lived the most interesting life. I haven't heard most of the records he recommends, but I was stoked to see him shout out Mike Oldfield's Incantations, imo one of the best combinations of prog and minimalism.

J. Sam, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 19:04 (one month ago) link

Had a listen to Steamroom 47 and agree it's lovely. Though I suspect he'd find that frustrating (at people responding to the surface loveliness of it, I mean).

The David Ackles seems like a bit of an outlier in that collection of 25 but it does make sense, particularly in the context of Simple Songs.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 19:59 (one month ago) link

When I’m down on myself, which is usually every five minutes, sometimes I remember that I recorded those two U.S. Maple records. And even though the fourth one is the best sounding one and the best one, I’m happy I did those first two.

Real heads know what's up

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 21:31 (one month ago) link

Brian Paulson earns his own respective indie-G production stripes on Acre Thrills, for sure

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 23:45 (one month ago) link

The interview strikes me as uh, a little too well-curated?

"When I was 4 years old, I would clock out of my factory job to begin sitting with the Art Ensemble at Mandel Hall"

But I like Jim, it was an entertaining read at any rate.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 00:20 (one month ago) link

The Kahimi Karie album he references (and produces/plays on) is nice. It's very soft and breathy but you can absolutely hear his trademark sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmEqEpzZPl0

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 08:28 (one month ago) link

Great interview. Jim mentions Nijmegen, the city where I studied. There's an online recording of one of those gigs from 1991, named Extrapool.

EvR, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 09:06 (one month ago) link

Extrapool being the name of the venue. I only visited it once around 2000 or even later, for a live electronics concert (I don't remember the bill).

EvR, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 09:11 (one month ago) link

Great read. I want him to write a book so he can go into all the other stories he hinted at, seems like he'd be a great storyteller.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:46 (one month ago) link

I'd love to hear more about his programming work when discussing the Steamroom 47 release. Too bad the latest Mego-collab with Kassel Jaeger wasn't mentioned, it's a very nice recording.

EvR, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 19:26 (one month ago) link

Fan-fic zombie movie set in restaurant starring Jim & Fahey vs. Nazis

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 19:33 (one month ago) link

would stream

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 19:39 (one month ago) link

Such a great interview. The factory story is obviously the most bonkers.

He's pretty easy to reach if any of you have questions or want to do an interview, I emailed him with a short question thru the Steamroom bandcamp email a few years ago and he got back to me in like 20 minutes.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 19:49 (one month ago) link

Fantastic interview. I've got 10+ tabs w/ albums and songs open to follow up on after that. Great read and a rare tell-all (well, nearly all) from the man. I'm glad he seems to be at a very happy place in his life right now.

Someone up here asked if anyone has kept up with the Steamroom records. Wish I could say I have. My uneducated guess would be that poster EvR has and knows all of them well!

I wish. I think I have heard most of them, apart from a few re-releases of things I already have/know (Two Organs, Long Night, Remove the Need, Mizo No Nai Umi).

EvR, Monday, 11 May 2020 08:08 (three weeks ago) link

Announcement on editionsmego.com:

INA GRM and Editions MEGO are pleased to announce the creation of a new collection of releases, the Portraits GRM series.
Perpetrating the fertile collaboration initiated in 2012 with Recollection GRM, the GRM and Editions MEGO have decided to offer a complementary series, no longer focused on the “classic” GRM repertoire but towards recent creations commissioned by the GRM to artists from all horizons.

...

This new series will come to life with the release of two records, the first devoted to the piece Shutting Down Here by Jim O'Rourke, and the second to the works Metabolist Meter (Foster, Cottin, Caetani, and a Fly) by Max Eilbacher and Forma by Lucy Railton.

EvR, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 06:52 (two weeks ago) link

Also Steamroom 49 went up today

https://steamroom.bandcamp.com/album/steamroom-49

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 13:55 (two weeks ago) link


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