Listen to a SNEAK PEEK from the new the new album, “Leaving California,” to be released on Cuneiform Records on May 28th, 2021!

This label has been a gold standard for new and adventurous genre-bending music for decades, and we couldn’t ask for a better affiliation. It involves the core quartet of myself (Damon Waitkus, vocals, guitars, etc.), Emily Packard (violins), Jason Hoopes (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums), plus some beautiful vocals by Thea Kelley, reeds by Ivor Holloway, and pedal steel by Myles Boisen


Damon Waitkus’ symphonic math-metal oceanscape,

“The North Pacific Garbage Patch,” written for the virtuosic electric guitar and percussion phenomenon The Living Earth Show, has just been released. Listen to and purchase the EP HERE.


VENTIFACTS is a microtonal songwriting duo comprised of Ben Spees (of The Mercury Tree) Damon Waitkus. This bicoastal recording collaboration has been developing since late 2019, and will be releasing a full-length album in the late summer of 2021. The duo make use of a wide array of instruments and several alternative tuning systems to create colorful and provocative songs that are at once mind-bending and accessible. Look for their first single early in the new year!


Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our fundraiser for foodbanks in The Bay Area and Vermont by purchasing

NO OUTLET, our compendium of unreleased material celebrating the band’s 10 years together in the Bay Area. We have collectively purchased several hundred meals for people in need. Many of our listeners went over and above the asking price, and for that we are very grateful.


Orchard Hill Studio is a new space for recording, mixing, mastering, and teaching, founded by myself (Damon) and Emily in our barn in Southern Vermont. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help with your project. (We are doing everything remotely at present, of course).

Some recent in-studio solo performances by the two of us, including a few old JOTC tunes as well as some new guitar solos, are posted on our Facebook Page.


Our live album, WITNESS, has made it into several people’s “best of 2019” lists, earning the #1 spot on the Finnish site Pienemmat Purot, as well as being named one of Avant Music News’ ALBUMS OF THE YEAR.

Mike Borella of Avant Music News, on WITNESS:

By distilling their work over the last several years to its core and then building anew on top of that, Jack O’ The Clock has managed to produce an indispensable live recording that has remarkably little redundancy when compared to the corresponding studio recordings...Witness includes brilliantly-executed long instrumental breaks as well as atmospheric folk-ish moments and vocally-oriented pieces sprinkled with sadness.

Roger Trenwith of The Progressive Aspect:

a 67-minute long trip into a surreal version of Americana that sounds like no-one else...The rhythm section in particular shines on this album, which is a perfect introduction for the uninitiated.

Jack O’The Clock’s studio albums are intricate works benefitting from layered production, but here, the songs are stripped bare and opened up for close inspection. Often grouped together to form song suites, a surprisingly feral ferocity is revealed...

Jon Davis of Expose:

All the performances are stellar, full of energy and superb technique. Violin and bassoon both get many moments to shine, and the arrangements include plenty of space for their melodic spite of their mostly-acoustic instrumentation and delicate chamber-like interactions, there is plenty of muscle in the rhythm section, and [bassist Jason] Hoopes’ playing gets several sections to take the lead in addition to providing firm support for the music. There’s not a weak track in the set, and as someone who witnessed the actual performance, I am thrilled to have this confirmation that Jack o’ the Clock really was every bit as good as they seemed at the time.

WITNESS is now available for DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, through Oakland’s GEOMANCY RECORDS.

Here are two videos from the same show:

The Old Man And The Table Saw

Guru On The Road/TheBlizzard/Ten Fingers


JOTC has no live performances planned for the time being, but future shows are quite possible, with planning.