Jim O'Rourke – Eureka
Drag City, 1999
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2007
I love this record just as much as Bad Timing. Somehow, I've only now noticed that there was a poster hidden in the sleeve! It features a young boy, standing bareass naked in a field before a pair of numchucks, a red bicycle, and the upper half of Bruce Lee in the clouds. It's pretty insane looking. I love it. I love the art for this one too. It features a fat, balding cartoon man fellating himself with a stuffed bunny. Wilco's Glenn Kotchke (though this was before he joined Wilco) plays drums on this record, and he's a pretty excellent drummer so all the percussion here is way good. Unlike Bad Timing, Eureka is much more song oriented. That is, there are 8 tracks instead of 4 and most of them have vocals. Musically, though, it's not that much different from Bad Timing. There's lots of minimalistic guitar fingerpicking stuff, but the tunes are more melody based. It tapers off a little at the end but for the most part it's a super solid listen and a record that tends to get a lot of play when I want something that's good but not going to be too distracting. That's a compliment, by the way.