Jackie-O Motherfucker

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Jackie-O Motherfucker
OriginPortland, Oregon, United States
GenresExperimental rock, post-rock, improvisational, psychedelic folk, drone, space rock
Years active1994–present
LabelsImp Records, U-Sound Archive, ATP Recordings, Very Friendly, Fire Records, Ecstatic Peace!
MembersTom Greenwood
Honey Owens
Nick Bindeman
Brooke Crouser
Danny Sasaki
Past membersJef Brown
John Flaming
Nester Bucket
Jessie Carrot
Josh Stevenson
Theo Angell
Barry Hampton
Adam Forkner
Natalie Mering
Josh Diamond
Samara Lubelski

Jackie-O Motherfucker is an American experimental music group that formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994.


Jackie-O Motherfucker began as a duo consisting of multi-instrumentalist Tom Greenwood and saxophonist Nester Bucket.[1] The group has had more than forty members drawn from the U.S. experimental scene. As of 2008, the core of the group is founding member Greenwood.

Jackie-O Motherfucker's music draws from a variety of subgenres including various folk musics of the world (American folk and blues, Native American song, Traditional English folk ballads, etc.), drone, free jazz, and space rock, and is heavily improvisational in its nature. Because they are a collective, rather than a consistent band or group, the sound of their music can change from performance to performance. The group operates its own label of CD-R live recordings, the U-Sound Archive, which features concert recordings from Jackie-O Motherfucker as well as like-minded subterranean artists such as Double Leopards, Sunroof!, Decaer Pinga, and Vibracathedral Orchestra.

The group's first three albums were limited-run vinyl-only releases on now-defunct Portland label Imp Records. Since then, the group has had recordings released by many different labels from around the world before settling down with the London-based label Fire Records.

The group has been on several international tours, including several performances at All Tomorrow's Parties Festivals by way of Sonic Youth. The band played the 2002 and 2004 festivals curated by Sonic Youth and the 2007 festival curated by Thurston Moore. The band has released their work through the ATP label and Moore's own Ecstatic Peace! label. Several albums released by the group are from live shows, which stand apart from their other releases due to the improvisational nature.


  • Alchemy... Shit to Gold (1995), Imp Records
  • Cross Pollinate (1996), Imp Records
  • Flat Fixed (1998), Imp Records
  • WOW (1999), Fisheye
  • Fig.5 (2000), Road Cone
  • The Magick Fire Music (2001), Ecstatic Peace!
  • Liberation (2001), Road Cone
  • split with Vibracathedral Orchestra (2001), Textile
  • Change (2002), Textile
  • Europe 2002 live album (2003), Cast Exotic
  • From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 3 with My Cat Is an Alien (2005), Very Friendly
  • Flags of the Sacred Harp (2005), ATP Recordings
  • The Grave (2006), DotDotDot
  • America Mystica (2006), Very Friendly
  • Freaker Pipe (2007), U-Sound
  • Valley of Fire (2007), Textile Records
  • Fig.5 (2007), ATP (reissue of 2000 album)
  • The Blood of Life Live Album (2008), Fire Records
  • Ballads of the Revolution (2009), Fire Records
  • Earth Sound System (2011), Fire Records
  • Bloom (2018), Textile Records


  • Tom Greenwood – guitar, turntables, percussion, vocals
  • Eva Salens – vocals, keyboards, viola, tapes
  • Nick Bindeman – guitar
  • Brian Mumford – guitar, electronics
  • Jed Bindeman – drums

Previous members[edit]

  • Jef Brown – guitar, saxophone
  • John Flaming – saxophone
  • Nester Bucket – saxophone
  • Michael Henrickson – Drums
  • Jessie Carrot – drums
  • Barry Hampton – drums, percussion
  • Adam Forkner – guitar
  • Natalie Mering – vocals, guitar
  • Josh Stevenson – bass, keyboards, guitar
  • Theo Angell – vocals, guitars, tapes
  • Honey Owens – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Dana Valatka – drums, electronic percussion, vocals
  • Brooke Crouser – guitar
  • Samara Lubelski – Violin
  • Josh Diamond – Guitar


  1. ^ "Jackie-O Motherfucker". The Wire. 226: 26–31. December 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-15.

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