Tireless O'Rourke At Work On Many Projects

Sonic Youth member/solo artist/producer Jim O'Rourke is at work on myriad projects, including at least three new albums.

Sonic Youth member/solo artist/producer Jim O'Rourke is at work on myriad projects, including at least three new albums and, as previously reported, a behind-the-scenes role on the upcoming film "School of Rock." O'Rourke worked with closely with the child actors, who play their own instruments in the movie and will do so during upcoming promotional appearances.

The artist tells Billboard.com he is making progress on a new Drag City solo album, but that after 18 months of work, there's "still a way to go." The set will be the follow-up to O'Rourke's 2001 album "Insignificance," which featured uncredited guest appearances by his Loose Fur bandmates, Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche of Wilco.

O'Rourke says Loose Fur is working on another album, on the heels of the group's January self-titled Drag City debut. Sonic Youth has also begun work on the follow-up to 2001's DGC set "Murray Street," and penned the score for the film "Demonlover," which opens Sept. 19 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

In October, O'Rourke will join his Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon for a five-date Japanese tour with Ikue Mori and DJ Olive. The trek begins Oct. 24 in Tokyo. On Nov. 7-9, he will team up with Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore on the bill for the Music Unlimited festival in Wels, Austria, and on Nov. 10 in Rome for a show with avant-garde saxophonist Mats Gustaffson.

Finally, a vintage O'Rourke item will be unearthed this fall. "Scend," an out-of-print collection of field recordings blended with original music, was released on CD in 1992 but will see re-release on vinyl by Three Poplars.