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.
Ectopic 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.
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.
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.
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.