Jim O’Rourke

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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

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

More Jim O'Rourke stories

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

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

Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs Out Next Month

Jim O'Rourke's long-time label Drag City has released a teaser video for a new release called Simple Songs from the influential artist. His last conventional…
James Rettig | April 7, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Hear Sonic Youth’s “Creepers & Climbers,” Previously Heard Only By Plants

Plants are living things too, right? So why shouldn't they get music just like the rest of us? That's the goal of artist Peter Coffin,…
James Rettig | August 22, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Jim O’Rourke – “Low Bow”

Jim O'Rourke has been busy this week. After releasing eight albums' worth of rare material the other day on Bandcamp, he has a new track…
Miles Bowe | September 6, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Hear Eight Rare Albums by Jim O’Rourke On Bandcamp

Jim O'Rourke has joined Bandcamp in a pretty extravagant fashion. He has just released eight albums' worth of previously unreleased and extremely rare material. Titled…
Miles Bowe | September 4, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Neneh Cherry & The Thing – “Accordion (Jim O’Rourke Remix)”

A few months ago, we awarded Album Of The Week to The Cherry Thing, the volcanic covers collection from O.G. sassed-out polyglot-pop queen Neneh Cherry…
Tom Breihan | November 7, 2012 - 11:35 am