JG Thirlwell in John Duncan's choir at Mike Kelley's Performa event

JG Thirlwell was a member of the choir in a piece by John Duncan on Nov 21 titled “A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality: A Select History of Experimental Music”

A mini-festival of noise music curated by visual artist Mike Kelley. Staged over two days, the festival will present both historic works from artists such as John Cage, Fred Frith, Fluxus, Bruce Nauman, Stockhausen, and Max Neuhaus as well as performances by contemporary proponents of experimental music including Airway, Joan La Barbara, Tony Conrad, Jad Fair & Lumberob, Arto Lindsay, Genesis Breyer P.Orridge, z’ev, John Zorn,Destroy All Monsters, Extended Organ, Thurston Moore, Ryan Sawyer, Christian Marclay and Shelley Hirsch, John Duncan, And More.

Curated by Mike Kelley. Organized and co-curated with Mark Beasley. Produced and presented by Performa.

Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, 6pm – midnight

Tickets: $30 One Day / $50 Both Days / $25 Performa Members One Day / $40 Performa Members Both Days

Foetus International Shirt Series #2 – From Russia with Love

JGT_RUSS_6Ectopic Ents has released the second in a series of “International Foetus Attire” T-shirts -now in Russian. The shirt is printed on a white “ringer” shirt, with red bands on the arms and neck. Shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton and will be available in S, M, L, XL and XL2.

The first shirt in the series, featuring Foetus expressed phonetically in Arabic, is now sold out. This Russian shirt release will be followed by a design in Japanese .

These designs are strictly limited editions so if you want one, dont delay! The Russian shirt is available now from The Shop.

The Venture Bros Season Four Premiers

Season Four of The Venture Bros premieres October 18 2010 at midnight on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network. This season will air in two parts – the first eight episodes this year, followed by eight more in 2009. There is a lot of exciting new music scored for the show by JG Thirlwell. Here is a sneak preview. You can purchase the soundtrack album of The Venture Bros on CD here at the shop.

Ectopic Ents Presents "BAIT": an exclusive digital compilation

bait_1Ectopic Ents presents Bait -A digital compilation, exclusive to Other Music. It will be available only until Nov 11, 2009, and it costs just under five bucks!

On Bait you lucky people can score a heaping helping of Ectopic goodness – over an hour’s worth of  tracks by Foetus, Steroid Maximus and Manorexia( -all alter egos of JG Thirlwell), dating from 1981 up until 2006. It’s not a career overview -but it casts a broad net.  There is early experimental work, tracks by Foetus (features many sides of the Foetus monster, -from cinematic orchestral bombast, to breakneck bigband, to cathartic cacophony) a live track, two tracks each by Manorexia and Steroid Maximus and even a remix by Amon Tobin.

The unveiling of Bait is to celebrate the digital release of thirteen Ectopic Ents titles: Flow, Blow, Damp, Limb, Deaf, Ache, Rife, Male and Null/Void by Foetus, Radiolarian Ooze and Volvox Turbo by Manorexia and Quilombo and Gondwanaland by Steroid Maximus Outside of Other Music (and, of course, www.foetus.org) these titles will also be available digitally via Itunes, Other Music, Emusic, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, ILike, Zune and Medianet. In addition, in Europe they will be available via VidZone, 247, Finetunes, 7Digital, Halcyon, HMV (UK), Peoples Music Store, Word and Sound, Phonomonkey and Spotify.

Also, only until Oct 27, Other Music will be selling the Ectopic catalog for just $7.99 per title ! So act now and stock up quickly.

Having said that, Ectopic Ents loves physical media and will continue to print physical media. You will find eight CD titles in the CD shop, including the superdeluxe double disc release Limb (with 48 page book and slipcase). There will be three brand new albums in 2010 – the new Foetus studio album Hide, a brand new Manorexia studio album (in stereo and 5:1 surround sound) and finally,  the Manorexia chamber album which will be released on John Zorn’s label Tzadik.

Ectopic Ents presents Bait | Track listing:

  1. Suspect (from Foetus FLOW )
  2. Cirrhosis Of The Heart (Amon Tobin mix) (from Foetus BLOW)
  3. I Hate You All (from Foetus DAMP)
  4. Toxodon Mourning (from Manorexia VOLVOX TURBO)
  5. I’ll Meet You In Poland Baby (from Foetus MALE)
  6. Te Deum (from Foetus LIMB)
  7. Verklemmt (Vid mix) (from Foetus NULL/VOID)
  8. Life in the Greenhouse Effect (from Steroid Maximus QUILOMBO)
  9. Gums Bleed (from Foetus ACHE)
  10. Fluorescent Radiation (from Manorexia RADIOLARIAN OOZE)
  11. I Will Love You Always (from Steroid Maximus GONDWANALAND)

JG Thirlwell at Carnegie Hall with U2 and more for Gavin Friday

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JG Thirlwell appeared at the Gavin Friday and friends concert at Carnegie Hall on October 4th 2009. Curated by Hal Wilner to celebrate Gavin’s 50th birthday, this stellar concert  featured Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johannson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen Jr, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Chloe Webb, plus special guest Lady Gaga and more. It was a benefit for the RED charity and a portion of the proceeds went to help eliminate AIDS in Africa . Here’s what they say in Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

The slow birth of Hydroze Plus

Hydroze Plus is a new project which is a collaboration between JG Thirlwell and Fred Bigot of Electronicat. Recorded in Berlin in spurts over the last few years, their debut record is finally being prepared to be unleashed. It will be a four track clear vinyl ten-inch which will be released by in the near future by the French label Optical Sound. Watch here for further details.

Foetus International Shirt Series #1 -Arabic

JGT_Arabic_comp_2EEctopic Ents is launching a series of “International Foetus Attire” T-shirts. The first shirt in the series features Foetus expressed phonetically  in Arabic on a red shirt. This will be followed by a Russian shirt and a Japanese shirt. All shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton and will be available in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes. All these designs are strictly limited editions so if you want one, dont delay! The Arabic shirt is available now from The Shop.

Thirlwell's remix of Excepter out on 12" vinyl

JG Thirlwell’s remix of NYC band Excepter has just been released on FRKWYS records . The 12″ also contains mixes by Chris and Cosey. A video for JG’s remix has been created, featuring JG himself. Directed by Frankie Macias, the psychedelic clip features spirals painstakingly created with thousands of hours of rendering and creates a kaleidoscopic complement to JG’s mix. The digital version of this release also includes a mix by Jack Dangers.

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The Pinch of the Baboon at Galapagos Art Space

The Pinch of the Baboon (JG Thirlwell, Ed Pastorini, Oren Bloedow and Ben Perowsky) will take part in the ISSUE Project Room 6th anniversary benefit, happening on Tues 19th May 2009 at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Also on the bill are Elysian Fields, MV Carbon, Mountains, members of Excepter, Ray Sweeten (live video and performance), Brock Monroe (live visuals [of the Joshua Light Show]), Straight and Narrow (1970) film screening by Tony Conrad with soundtrack by John Cale and Terry Riley, films by Martha Colburn & Marie Losier, DJ Fabio (from WFMU’s “Strength through Failure”), Robot Movie by Jim Sharpe with soundtrack by Lary Seven, and more TBA. More info here.

Get $10 off the general admission ticket price if you purchase before May 9th, by using the promo code Fidelio at this link.