The long awaited LIMB is now available exclusively at the online shop on this website. LIMB is an archival release of experimental and minimalist compositions recorded from 1980-1983, from the early days of Foetus and pre-Foetus. Though the material is largely unreleased, some of the pieces have been previously released on the compilation albums by Coil and United Dairies. Released as a deluxe double disc package, the music disc contains 12 tracks at 50+ minutes with an additional 20 minute bonus mp3 track. On the second disc, director Clement Tuffreau kindly allowed us to include his 2005 documentary about JG Thirlwell, NYC FOETUS, with this package. The eighty minute film features interviews with JG Thirlwell, Matt Johnson, Alex Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Michael Gira, Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Martin Bisi and Elysian Fields along with a lot of never before seen footage of Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia and more. There is also 45 minutes of bonus extras, comprised of Steroid Maximus 18 piece ensemble live in France, Foetus live in Hannover, Manorexia live at The Stone NYC and a snippet of JG’s LEMUR commission at 3 Legged Dog in NYC. This deluxe package also contains a 48 page perfect bound book with minimal designs by JGT (all in his signature red, white, gray and black palette). This is all held in an attractive sturdy plastic slipcase printed with another of JG’s designs. Click the shop link for more details and audio previews.
JGT’s Manorexia performed two shows on 06 May 2009 at The Stone in New York City; 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $10, students age 13-17 admitted half price, and children age 12 and under are admitted free. No pre-sales, all tickets are sold at the door on the day of the performance, so get there early.
The long awaited Venture Brothers soundtrack album by JG Thirlwell has been released by Williams Street records. It is available on CD, vinyl and download. The Adult Swim website has additional information. Order here.
Track listing is as follows:
|01. Brock Graveside
04. 13 BigMon / Boys as Transformers
05. Node Wrestling
09. Mississippi Noir
10. VB1 Spag
14. Warped Carousel
15. Sexy Sultry
16. In a spaceage Mood
17. X1 Krashi / woozzy
18. Warped Span
20. VB Theme
The vinyl omits four tracks to provide great sound fidelity; it does however come with a URL/link to the download the 4 other tracks in mp3 format. Read reviews from Creative Loafing, North Bay Bohemian, Brainwashed, LA Weekly, Fazer, Popshifter.
J.G. Thirlwell continues work on new commissioned compositions for the Kronos Quartet, which will potentially premiere in 2010.
Thirlwell’s first commissioned composition for Kronos, entitled Nomatophobis, premiered 7th April 2006 at Zankel Hall in New York (alongside pieces by Terry Riley and Glenn Branca). Kronos will again perform the piece:
- 11th Mar 2009 as part of the MusicNow festival at Memorial Hall, Cincinnati OH
- 27th Mar 2009 at the University of Notre Dame
- 14th Apr 2009 at Cal State Sacramento
- 8th May 2009 at Palatia Jazz in Speyer Germany
- 5th Jun 2009 at The Sydney Opera House in Australia
- 6th Jun 2009 at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Australia
It was part of the programme on 24th Oct 2008 at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress in Uppsala, Sweden; and on 15th Nov 2008 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM. Previous performances have included Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco on 8th Jan 2007; Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles on 20th Jan 2007; at Theatre d’Arras in Arras France on 1st June 2007; on 22nd Jul at the CSU Summer Arts Festival in Fresno, CA; and on 27th Jul at Rancho Nicasio in California.
Nomatophobis is unrecorded as yet, and will be featured in future Kronos programmes as deemed appropriate.
A brand new Foetus studio album is slated to be released in the fall of 2010. Entitled “Hide”, it will be released on Ectopic Ents. More details soon…..
An album of chamber versions of J.G. Thirlwell’s Manorexia compositions will be released in 2010. It will be released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.