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The Lonesome Organist

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Genre  Alternative/Indie
Music group  Five Style
Albums  Forms and Follies, Collector of Cactus Echo Bags, Ashes... Alas, Calvacade, Cavalcade
Record labels  Thrill Jockey, Mittensticks
Similar  Ryan Rapsys, Leroy Bach, A Grape Dope

The lonesome organist catching flies with teeth

The Lonesome Organist is the one-man band project of Jeremy Jacobsen, keyboardist for Chicago Post-rock combo, 5ive Style. He has released three albums on Chicago indie label Thrill Jockey; a fourth album, Ashes... Alas was self-released in 2015.


The lonesome organist rehearsal


According to Allmusic, influences for the project include film composer, Ennio Morricone and Psychobilly legend, Hasil Adkins.

A multi-instrumentalist, Jacobsen, uses guitar, keys, harmonica, steel drum, and various percussion instruments to get his unique blend of blues, rock, garage, Caribbean, and Appalachian sounds.

According to Thrill Jockey's official artist site, no more than 8 tracks are recorded for each song, allowing Jacobsen to preserve the authenticity of his live show in which he simultaneously plays two or more instruments at once.

An updated recording of The Lost Oar (first recorded on 1997's Collector of Cactus Echo Bags) can be found on 5ive Style's second full-length Miniature Portraits.

For Forms and Follies, Jacobsen added bassist Nick Marci, of Bobby Conn and Euphone, for two tracks.

Performances and Collaboration

The Lonesome Organist has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He performed at the 2002 Meltdown Festival, curated by David Bowie, at Royal Festival Hall in London and at the 2002 ATP Festival, curated by Shellac.

Jeremy Jacobsen has recorded with 5ive Style, Euphone, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Via Tania, Red Red Meat, Man or Astro-man? and Barbez, and has composed music for Redmoon Theater as well as the Chicago Complaints Choir.


  • Collector of Cactus Echo Bags, Thrill Jockey, 1997
  • Cavalcade, Thrill Jockey, 1999
  • Forms and Follies, Thrill Jockey, June 3, 2003
  • Ashes... Alas, self-released, Oct. 31, 2015
  • Songs

    The Lost OarCollector of Cactus Echo Bags · 1997
    Walking to Weston'sForms and Follies · 2003
    King of the Rail Model 1895 TrainsetCollector of Cactus Echo Bags · 1997


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