Jim O’Rourke

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Catching Up With Jim O’Rourke

Jim O’Rourke is searching for a word he’s forgotten how to say in English. After more than a decade living in Japan, the experimental musician…
Miles Bowe | July 26, 2018 - 2:30 pm

2015 In Review

The 50 Best Albums Of 2015

We heard it again and again in 2015: This year in music is so good that any attempt to make sense of it is going…
Stereogum | December 1, 2015 - 8:58 am


The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How…
Stereogum | June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

More Jim O'Rourke stories

Hear An Excerpt From Hence, Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke’s New Album With U-zhaan

Experimental musicians Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke have collaborated a couple times over the years, resulting in two full-length albums, 2011's Indeed and 2015's Behold.
James Rettig | October 8, 2018 - 5:29 pm

Tangents – “Terracotta (Jim O’Rourke Remix)”

Convention is rare for experimentalist Jim O’Rourke. The Tokyo-based artist is sporadic; we’ve only been left with a spattering of singles and mini-albums since 2015’s…
Gil Green | June 6, 2018 - 2:57 pm

New Jim O’Rourke Album Sleep Like It’s Winter Reportedly Out In June

The last "proper" album we got from experimental artist Jim O'Rourke was 2015's Simple Songs, and it was his first album in almost 14 years…
James Rettig | April 19, 2018 - 2:28 pm

Drag City Records Now On Spotify

Chicago-based independent record label Drag City is sharing the majority of their discography with Spotify listeners after years of avoiding major streaming services. They moved…
Julia Gray | April 1, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Stream Jim O’Rourke Steamroom 33

For the past few years, enigmatic avant-pop mastermind Jim O'Rourke has been regularly and quietly posting long, sprawling instrumental pieces on his Bandcamp page; he…
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2017 - 1:15 pm

Steve Gunn, Jim O’Rourke, Phosphorescent, & More Cover Bob Dylan On New Blonde On Blonde Tribute

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's seminal classic Blonde On Blonde, MOJO is honoring Dylan with 22 pages of coverage in the…
Collin Robinson | May 22, 2016 - 10:59 am

Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke – “I Just Want You To Stay” (Excerpt)

Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke are two iconic avant garde musicians who both released their most popular and/or poppy albums in 2001: Fennesz's Endless Summer,…
Chris DeVille | April 1, 2016 - 9:34 am

Watch A Rare Jim O’Rourke Full Band Performance In Tokyo

Last year Jim O'Rourke released Simple Songs, the restless experimental luminary/Wilco whisperer/former Sonic Youth member's first pop-rock album since 2001's dope Insignificance, and it was…
Chris DeVille | March 24, 2016 - 3:23 pm


The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How…
Stereogum | June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

Jim O’Rourke Announces Unique Simple Songs Live Event In Tokyo

Tomorrow, the post-rock icon Jim O'Rourke will release Simple Songs, his first "pop album" in 14 years. (O'Rourke's definition of "pop music" is pretty far…
Tom Breihan | May 18, 2015 - 9:12 am

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Jim O’Rourke Simple Songs

Jim O'Rourke has always lingered on the margins, but there was a moment when it felt like he was at the center of the musical…
Chris DeVille | May 12, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Stream Jim O’Rourke Simple Songs

Jim O'Rourke is one of those behind-the-curtain masterminds; he recorded and mixed Joanna Newsom's remarkable sophomore album, Ys, and mixed what remains, in my opinion,…
Caitlin White | May 11, 2015 - 11:21 am

Jim O’Rourke’s Catalog Available Digitally For The First Time

The experimental composer and singer-songwriter Jim O'Rourke is perhaps best known for his stint as a member of Sonic Youth, or for his mixing and…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 5, 2015 - 5:15 pm