Tara Jane O'Neil

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Tara Jane O'Neil
Tara Jane O'Neil
TJO at Tonic in New York City, 6 October 2006
Background information
Also known asTara Jane ONeil, TJO
Born (1972-11-22) November 22, 1972 (age 46)
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, visual artist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, banjo, tambourine, keyboard
Years active1992–present
LabelsQuarterstick Records, K Records, Kranky
Associated actsRodan, Drinking Woman, Retsin, The Sonora Pine, The King Cobra, The Naysayer, Sebadoh

Tara Jane O'Neil (born November 22, 1972) (last name sometimes spelled "ONeil", sometimes known as TJO) is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, audio recording engineer, and visual artist based out of Los Angeles, California, United States.


O'Neil is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, audio engineer and visual artist. She creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with her friends. Her recordings and live performances range from solo songing to noise improvisations. TJO has composed and performed music and sound for films, theater and dance performances, and written large and small ensemble experimental architectures.

O'Neil is also a notable visual artist. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Barcelona, Tokyo, Kyoto, Louisville, and Portland, among other places. Her artwork has appeared on her solo record covers, on the record covers of many others (Retsin, Ida, The Naysayer, Castanets), in poetry books by Cynthia Nelson (Raven Days and The Kentucky Rules)[1] and Maggie Nelson (cover of Something Bright, Then Holes),[2] in the magazines Punk Planet, Magnet, The Wire, Venus Zine, Copper Press, and various international publications. Who Takes A Feather, a book of her drawings and paintings, was published in 2004 by Map Press out of Tokyo. In 2007, Wings. Strings. Meridians. A Blighted Bestiary was published by Yeti, including an album of live recordings, 4-track demos, and out-takes.

O'Neil starred in the 1994 indie film Half-Cocked as herself, credited as "Rhonda".




  • Peregrine (2000, Quarterstick Records)
  • In The Sun Lines (2001, Quarterstick Records)
  • TJO TKO (2002, Mr. Lady Records)
  • You Sound, Reflect (2004, Quarterstick Records)
  • In Circles (2006, Quarterstick Records)
  • A Ways Away (2009, K Records)
  • Where Shine New Lights (2014, Kranky)
  • Tara Jane O'Neil (2017, Gnomonsong Records)


  • The Joy Of... (2002, Acuarela Discos [Spain])
  • Who Takes A Feather companion release 3" CD-EP (2003, Map Press [Japan])
  • Vanishing Point original score for Naomi Izuka's play At The Vanishing Point (2004, self-released digital download)
  • Tracer (2005, Compass Tone [Japan])
  • A Raveling (2005, Acuarela Discos [Spain])
  • After A Dark Seven (2006, self-released CD-R)
  • Light Up Screen collection of short film scores (2006, self-released digital download)
  • Live & Covered European tour EP (2008, self-released CD-R)


  • "Tie A Ribbon" / "Another Sunday Saint" / "If Your Youth Is Green" (aka Troubleman Solo Singles Series #6) 7" single (2000, Troubleman Unlimited Records)
  • "April 3, 2009" live adaptation of the song "The Drowning Electric" (2009, self-released digital download)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Bones (2004, Preservation [Australia]) (compilation of demos, alternate versions, out-takes, and songs from singles)
  • Marrow (2004, self-released CD-R) (most songs also on Bones, hand-painted and numbered covers)
  • To Trace A Raveling EP (2006, Mississippi Records) (12" vinyl release combining Tracer and A Raveling EPs)
  • Wings. Strings. Meridians. companion release CD (2007, Yeti Publications) (compilation of home recordings, live tracks, and film scores)


  • Tara Jane O'Neil and Daniel Littleton: Music For A Meteor Shower (2002, Tiger Style Records)
  • Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi (2011, K Records)
  • Tara Jane O'Neil/ELEH Medusa Smack/100 Gongs For Arieto (2015, Important Records)


  1. ^ [1] Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Galatea Resurrects #9 (A Poetry Engagement): PUBLICATIONS by MAGGIE NELSON and Edited by JULIET COOK". Galatearesurrection9.blogspot.com. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-01.

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