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Jim O'Rourke


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Chicago, United States (1993 – present)

American indie rock and avant-garde musician, composer and producer Jim O’Rourke (born January 18, 1969, in Chicago) has been a key component in the increasing overlap of the American and European music , working in everything from and to and and building many a bridge in between. He currently resides in Tokyo, Japan.

A Chicago native, O’Rourke’s work has found equal luck with experimental jazz and fanatics, room denizens, and bedroom experimentalists, and has had the resultant effect of cross-pollinating many otherwise isolated compositional communities. In early 1993, he formed an avant-rock group with Darin Gray and Dylan Posa called Brise-Glace. The band released one studio album, When in Vanitas…, in 1994.

Subsequently, O’Rourke has released a fair bit of material as a soloist, although more often in the electro-acoustic/musique concrète vein. Dealing most often with prepared guitar in improvisational group settings, he’s collaborated with such contemporary improv heroes as Derek Bailey, Henry Kaiser, Eddie Prevost and Keith Rowe (of English group AMM), KK Null, David Jackman (Organum), and early experimentalists Faust. O’Rourke is also engaged in an ongoing exploration of as a member of Gastr Del Sol, who’ve released albums through the Teen Beat and Table of the Elements labels.


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  • jort68

    add me hehe

    31 Aug 1:58pm Reply
  • iv-a-n

    Here's a group in facebook about jim.

    27 Feb 10:15pm Reply
  • batorgil

    steam room is too short to listen

    20 Feb 6:31pm Reply
  • batorgil

    because he has nothing to sing about

    20 Feb 6:30pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Why does Jim so rarely sing? It makes me sad...

    16 Feb 1:48am Reply
  • lennford

    while listening through my extensive backlog, I stumble upon JIm O'Rourke, often mentioned in interviews, highly rated on rym.. I realize what all the fuzz is about and get >dat feel when....

    6 Jan 9:57pm Reply
  • Goomba4001

    Anyone have Old News 9?

    9 Nov 2013 Reply

    Jim's the man

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • djkat

    Some old new (and new old) stuff for you to check out at his bandcamp page (yes he has a bandcamp page now!):

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Jacqu3z

    His lyrics, his tunes - his music.. makes me want to euphorically yell out recommendations of his albums from a balcony in the inner city with tears running down my chins, from the sheer amount of adrenalin that just pumps through my veins by the thought of his masterpieces. People will look up, and they'd wonder what could possibly be wrong with that young man, and discuss with one another whether or not he was contemplating suicide. The smile on his face indicated otherwise, but who would yell from a balcony with tears running down his face, if this were not the case, hmm? So pretentiously put, but sincere nevertheless. I fucking love his music!

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • aviaryplanetary

    Always down for some Jim, all day every day~~~

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • aviaryplanetary

    He's like Frank Zappa, that guy with the massive, varied discography. The one that you don't know where to start in, so you pick up everything with his name on it. He's amazing.

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    he's like one of those weird philosophy professors, a total genius but you're afraid he would cut you and eat your guts in an unwatched moment

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • plannetshh

    Huge last pic i saw of him

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jorgefuzzo

    Why the fuck isn't this dude huge? I mean, it's way more accessible than Sonic Youth for instance, and I'd dare to say it's almost as good as their best stuff.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    The Old News releases are great, especially Old News #5 and opener Pedal & Pedal.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BiskitFoo

    @bigbadapplejax Pitchfork's never right. Ever.

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BiskitFoo

    Jim O'Rourke is a better version of Beck. I'm convinced.

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • birdturd93

    Jim O'Rourke should make more albums like Eureka and Halfway to a threeway and less sound collage albums....only my opinion

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
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