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Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
This Dazzling, Genuine

Startling to note that this is already the eighth release from the free rock supergroup. The trio are masters at wrenching great textural and dynamic variety from the basic power trio format, which here is augmented with some unusual instrumental additions. O’Rourke plays EMS Synthi as well as often heavily-effected bass, ...view item »


Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke & U-zhaan
Hence

Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi are capable of producing stunning work at the drop of a hat, both solo and in many many combinations. Here they continue their dreamy series of duo albums, with the exciting addition of tabla player ...view item »


Jim O'Rourke
Sleep Like It's Winter

Startling long-form ambient work from Jim O'Rourke that seems to dissolve time as it elegantly unravels across forty-four minutes which feel like hibernating through the cold season. An air of melancholy is slowly revealed through rich layers of tender drones, delicate keys, electronics etc. The overall effect like dwelling inside some...view item »


Jim O'Rourke
Bad Timing

A classic from the infinitely capable Jim O’Rourke, treating the listener to four ten-ish minute guitar-led instrumentals, the guitar augmented with various other sounds. For all the noise-making found elsewhere in O’Rourke’s career, he certainly has a way with a melody, and each of these track...view item »


Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke
Behold

‘Behold’ is Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke’s second collaborative release. With Ambarchi mostly on Guitar and Drums and Jim O'Rourke playing a selection of Synthesizers and piano and both playing various other, sometimes unidentifiable things to create a minimalist, slow burning, repetitive, melodic rhythm....view item »
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Kassel Jaeger & Jim O'Rourke
Wakes On Cerulean

Not many have an output like Jim O’Rourke, with over a hundred albums and a collaborations list even longer. Wakes On Cerulean is his teaming up with french electroacoustic composer François Bonnet/Kassel Jaeger. The driving force behind the record being electronic processi...view item »
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Christian Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry

If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that Christian Fennesz on the guitar is going to sound beautiful and completely unlike a man playing the guitar. Working together with electronic-music scientist Jim O’Rourke, he’s made the lushest ambient of the summer, filled with gentle overdriven...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Old News #7

Strictly vinyl only, courtesy of Editions Mego, the Old News series dips into the as-far-as-we-can-tell bottomless archive of a certain Jim O’Rourke. #7 provides you with two works from the mid-90s and one from 2011. Modular synths are the name of Jim’s game here, and really it is a...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Simple Songs

Let’s be clear, Jim O’Rourke has never stopped putting out records. But it’s been over a decade since he released an album of ‘proper music’ rather than noise/improv/jazz/electroacoustic/drone wonder. But now he’s back on Drag City with an album literally titled Simple Songs! Eight tr...view item »


Fire! With Jim O´Rourke
Unreleased?

Bit of a supergroup, this. Obviously we've got Jim O'Rourke, who I won't patronise you by introducing because, well, you're on this site already, aren't you. You weren't born yesterday. If you don't know who he is, there's this excellent website called Wikipedia... Anyway, besides h...view item »
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John Duncan & Jim O'Rourke
YEAH

Veteran viscerally terrifying art sicko (look up his 1980 piece 'Blind Date' if you think that's hyperbole) John Duncan teams up with 'School of Rock' music consultant Jim O'Rourke here on an LP with two very different sides. It probably goes without saying that neither of these sides are exactly an easy listen. On side A is a lengthy pi...view item »
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Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke
Two Nice Catholic Boys

Those Two Nice Catholic Boys are also two highly creative guitarists: Loren Connors and Jim O’Rourke. This album on Family Vineyard provides three live improvisations plucked out from years of performing, and really it is just a pleasure to hear these two total pros responding to each other. Somet...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Old News #8

Old News #8, part of Editions Mego’s trawl through infinitely productive Jim O’Rourke’s archives, presents a single piece, ‘Mere’, over three sides of vinyl (the fourth side is the complementary ‘Merely’). An acoustic ensemble (including vocals!) are processed and by O&r...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Eureka

Sometime Sonic Youth guitarist and general all-round musical genius Jim O’Rourke likes to experiment with gentle, well recorded repetitive loops of musical phrases, immediately evident here on the opening track “Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World”. He will occasionally shock you with a bi...view item »
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Fire! With Jim O´Rourke
Released

I'm having terrible difficulty figuring out what speed this record is supposed to go on, so I'm reviewing it at 33. On side A we've got a flat bass groove with a few little whistles and creaks and squeaks chattering away in the background. It's all pretty relaxing, if a little noncommitt...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Old News #6

Here we have the second installment in this series of modular synthesizer archive recordings. There's so much to explore over the 70 minutes as Jim masterfully weaves a sonic cocoon. Once I'm in it feels like entering a secret world full of twists and turns. There's a lot to absorb and it really is just one of those electronic music experien...view item »
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Jim O’Rourke & Christoph Heemann
Plastic Palace People Vol. 2

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Jim O'Rourke / Carlos Giffoni
Japan Tour 2011

A limited Tour CD here from No Fun Productions main man Giffoni and old Jimmy boy. 3 tracks in all, one by each artist respectively and a collaboration. Jimbo's 'Canadian Bonus Track' opens the set with some lovely new age style analogue synth action that r...view item »
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Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke
Indeed

This is the first release of these guys playing as a duo, coming after their magnificent teaming with Keiji Haino. Two side-long electroacoustic workouts are the order of the day with Jim on synths, percussion and strings while...view item »
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Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
In A Flash Everything Comes Together

Second offering from this trio, gorgeously presented on Ambarchi's Black Truffle label in lush Stephen O'Malley designed gatefold sleeve - complete with band action photos. Here Haino plays guitar, voice, lap steel and air synths. Jim O'Rourke is an Bass and Oren plays drums and what a truly fuckin' awesome combo that is. The LP documets a l...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Old News #5

This is a compilation of old unreleased material by the little man. It's all in the analogue synth, tape manipulations and found sound category. It seems a long, long time since O'Rourke made pop records or even played a guitar and this is as far away from his major league albums as it's possible to get. The rec...view item »
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The Thing with Jim O’Rourke
Shinjuku Growl

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Jim O'Rourke & Christophe Heemann
Plastic Palace People Vol. 1

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Jim O'Rourke
I'm Happy And I'm Singing

Got both the vinyl and CD of the new Jim O Rourke album on Mego in. It's very much like Phillip Glass. In fact it's a dead ringer. Ambient repetetive loops, cyclical melodies and swooshing all over the place. You won't find a better review of what it sounds like and in so few words..... I...view item »
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Lee Ranaldo, Jim O'Rourke & Christophe Heemann
Bloomington, Indiana... Autumn

Yeah, you know how Lee Ranaldo gets. He starts on his poetry the only way to shut him up is to start droning all over the place. He hates that shit. It makes him run away and hide in his little cave. Jim O'Rourke and Christophe Heemann were among the first people to discover this tactic which they use to perfection on this here re-working of a l...view item »
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Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Tima Formosa

Oooh yeah we're among royalty here with Ambarchi on guitar (no surprises there) Jim O'Rourke tinkling away on the piano and Haino putting them to multi-tasking shame, on voice, flute, drum machines and electronics. As with almost every collaboration I've heard with Haino (except the brilliant Install festival set with Tony Conrad) the players tend ...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Despite The Water Supply

Jim O'Rourke is a man. He lives in a house. And he makes music of the experimental kind. Most people would love him to do another 'Eureka' but instead he's put out a 7" that sounds like a chamber orchestra on absinthe and mogadon. It's on Touch records and has some tranquil woodland on the sleeve. It makes me want to sit with an old battered v...view item »
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Sonic Youth / Jim O'Rourke
Invito Al Ĉielo

Invito Al Cielo By Sonic Youth and Jim O’Rourke is the third in a series of experimental albums by Sonic Youth released on their own SYR label. It was also the first time that the legendary New Yorkers would collaborate with O’Rourke. O’Rourke subsequently joined ...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Halfway to a Threeway

A classic EP from Jim O’Rourke’s sweetly melodic late 90s period. Halfway to a Threeway combines arrangements that you could hear on the radio with darkly comic lyrics. O’Rourke is sometimes critiqued as a pastiche-merchant, but you can’t listen to this without realising that he ...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
The Visitor

Drag City mainstay Jim O'Rourke's returned to his Nic Roeg obsession (see Bad Timing, Eureka and Insignificance) for new LP The Visitor, which takes its name from David Bowie's character in The Man Who Fell to Earth and is billed as a kind of sequel to Bad Timing. It's easy to see why, with its mixture of neo classical elements and vaguely country-...view item »


White Out w/ Jim O'Rourke & Thurston Moore
Senso

Some downtown NYC free improv-racket fun from White Out with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore is available on Ecstatic Peace. 'Senso' is a 2CD Set that was recorded at the Tonic Club New York back in 2004. It's totally all over the place clattering drums and oddball guitar and other unidentifiable sounds,effects. They sound like they're having a bla...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke
Long Night

I've long been a huge fan of drone music, which of course runs the risk of becoming sonic wallpaper. This piece is definitely one of the best I've heard in this genre: the subtly shifting tones, the way the overtones interact with each other, the evolution of the piece, are all fantastic. It's a surprisingly physical piece, if you listen to it l...view item »
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The New Blockaders / Thurston Moore / Jim O'Rourke
The Voluptulist

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Kim Gordon, Jim O'Rourke, Various
Perfect Partner

Perfect Partner Box Set Contents: A Signed and numbered A4 print by Kim Gordon. A signed and numbered print by Tony Oursler (11" x 11"). A 12" vinyl featuring Tim Barnes, Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori, DJ Olive and Jim O'Rourke. Recorded on the set of Perfect Partner. Mixed by Jim O'Rourke. Record...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke/ Thomas Ankersmit
Tochnit Aleph

By sheer coincidence the next thing on the deck is another one from the JIM O'ROURKE archive. 'Oscillators And Guitars' was composed and recorded in 1992 and like all quality music this has stood the test of time. This is a single 18min 25sec piece that would put a lot of the current drone stuff to shame. Listening to this makes you reali...view item »
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Nurse With Wound/ Jim O'Rourke
Angry Electric 1

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Lightning Bolt, Jim O'Rourke, Various
I Love Guitar Wolf Very Much

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US Maple, Jim O'Rourke, Various
The Miracle Of Levitation

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Jim O'Rourke
Disengage

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Jim O'Rourke, Hrvatski, Various
Voice Crack Remixes

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Jim O'Rourke
Insignificance

“Insignificance” may well be Jim O’Rourke’s best album. It opens with the magnificent “All Down Hill From Here” which has the crunchy guitars of “Monster”-era REM but O’Rourke’s vocal is much less intense than what Michael Stipe would have delivered. Then there’s the gentle musica...view item »
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Jim O'Rourke, FL Holm, W Walter
Tribute To Masayuki Takayanagi

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