Venture Bros has been nominated for an Annie Award in the “Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production” category. The other shows competing in that category are Bojack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers, Big Mouth and Human Kind Of. The Annies are the Oscars of animation, honoring the best in the field. JG Thirlwell creates the musical score for Venture Bros, which airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block of programming. Go Team Venture!
Xordox will perform on October 6 2018 at the inaugural Adult Swim Music Festival in Los Angeles . The Festival stretches over then weekend of October 6 and 7, and includes performances by Run The Jewels, Zola Jesus, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Dan Deacon, T-Pain, Big Freedia, Mastodon, Com Truise, High On Fire and many more. The festival will be held at ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda st Los Angeles 90021. Single day or weekend pass tickets are available here.
For this iteration of Xordox, Thirlwell will be joined by long-time musical collaborator Simon Hanes (of Tredici Bacci) on additional keyboards. They will play in front of a visual backdrop created exclusively by Swedish artist Sten Backman. The Xordox album Neospection was released by Editions Mego and is available here.
Publisher Dark Horse will release the deluxe hard cover art book Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros., a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the Adult Swim fan-favorite. Written by journalist Ken Plume in conversation with series executive producers Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer—and featuring an introduction from Wonder Boy himself, Patton Oswalt—Go Team Venture! spans the entire history of the show, from early concept sketches to future teases.
“The Venture Brothers is one of those shows, like Archer, 30 Rock , and Arrested Development , that stands up to repeated viewings,” said Oswalt. “It practically demands them. And this book more than enriches your repeated visits.”
“Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros. hardcover hits the shelves 0n July 18 2018.
The cult hit series from creator Jackson Publick (The Tick) scored No. 1 rankings among adults and men 18-24, 18-34 and 18-49 for its timeslot when the hotly anticipated sixth season first aired earlier this year, after a 2 ½ year hiatus.
The home entertainment release contains all eight epic episodes from season six, plus the new-to-disc 2015 All This and Gargantua-2 45-minute special. Thirlwell’s musical score for this special was nominated for an Annie Award, the highest accolade in the field of animation.
Episodes included are: “Hostile Makeover,” “Maybe No Go,” “Faking Miracles,” “Rapacity in Blue,” “Tanks for Nuthin’,” “It Happening One Night,” “A Party for Tarzan” , “Red Means Stop” plus “All This and Gargantua-2“. Bonus material includes commentaries for every episode and deleted scenes.
We are thrilled to announce the release of the second volume of JG Thirlwell‘s soundtracks to The Venture Bros. The album is released on Thirlwell’s Ectopic Ents label in an arrangement with Adult Swim / Williams Street Records, and is available on CD, vinyl and digitally. The CD version contains 16 tracks and there are 13 tracks on the vinyl LP version. The vinyl also comes with a download code so the buyer may obtain the full album digitally.
The album is available NOW exclusively from the Foetus Shoppe and will be in retail stores, distributed by Virtual thru Sony Red, from June 3 2016.
JG Thirlwell is creating the musical score for the new season of the critically acclaimed hit show Archer. Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around a former spy agency turned private investigation firm and the lives of its employees. The new season, which is Archer‘s seventh, begins airing on March 31 2016 in the US on the FX network. Until now Archer has been using stock music for their score, and this is their first season with a composer. JG will also continue work on Venture Bros for Adult Swim / Cartoon Network, and will be releasing Volume 2 of Venture Bros soundtracks on his Ectopic Ents label through an arrangement with Adult Swim very soon. Thirlwell was recently nominated for an Annie Award for his work on the Venture Bros, which is the highest honor in the field of animation.
“Space. The final frontier, where no one can hear you scream, revenge is only served cold, and the drinks are comped in the casino. Join the Ventures—and pretty much everyone they’ve ever crossed paths with—as they rocket to the Gargantua-2 space station for an epic, hour-long adventure that will change the Ventureverse as we know it forever.”
This double episode will feature a ton of new music by JG Thirlwell. The rest of season six will be airing at a later date.
Season Five of The Venture Bros is out now on DVD and Blu-ray. The release feature all eight episodes from its fifth season, (one of which is a double episode), plus the bonus episodes “A Very Venture Halloween” and “From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story.” You’ll also find deleted scenes and episode commentaries from creator / director Jackson Publick and fellow writer, director and executive producer Doc Hammer.
JG Thirlwell is particularly proud of the scores he created for the show on season five, so keep your ears open as well as your eyeballs peeled.
The albums are available on CD from the shoppe at foetus.org, where you can also listen to previews. The albums are also available digitally here, and also from iTunes, Amazon and regular digital outlets. The albums, however, are not available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora etc. All copies of SOAK come with a free sticker of a variation of the cover artwork, personally signed by JG Thirlwell.
WHAT IS SOAK?
The album kicks off with the beat-heavy “Red and Black and Gray and White”, a celebration of the color scheme of Foetus album covers and an opportunity to proclaim them in the patriotic style of cheer-leading and military cadence. The track employs the drumming of Jeff Davidson, where exuberant paramilitary rhythms collide with chain gangs, big band brass stabs and call-and -response vocals kick off the album in a blistering breathless blast, echoing JG’s intense action-packed scores for the Adult Swim cartoon Venture Bros. “Pratheism” continues JG’s voyage into opera which began with HIDE’s “Cosmetics”, this time abetted by mezzo soprano Natalie Galpern. In the multi-movement composition, which will also appear in Thirlwell’s forthcoming opera, heavy drums drive the bombastic orchestrations, propelled by urgent choral vocals and pulsing analog synthesizer. Singer Abby Fischer joins JG on the lilting seductive piece “Alabaster”, also written for the forthcoming opera, the track being a paean to the singer’s inanimate partner. JG’s version of The Normal‘s electronic post-punk classic “Warm Leatherette” originally appeared in the 7″ box set collection Recovery along with the likes of Johann Johannsson, Fennesz and Alva Noto. JG was commissioned to record a cover version of John Carpenter‘s “Halloween” while creating the sound design for the website of the remake of the classic horror film. JG decided to resurrect it, merging it with an original piece “Turbulence”. In the same way that Wendy Carlos‘ “Switched on Bach” took classical music and re-cast it in the electronic musical idiom, with his versions of “Halloween” and “Warm Leatherette”, JG is taking classics of electronic music and recasting them in a symphonic idiom, reconfiguring them from the minimalism that made them distinctive at the time into a bombastic maximalism. “Kamikaze” is a post-millennial psychedelic meditation on Japanese suicide pilots, evoking a classic romanticism in it’s Beatle-esque refrain. JG’s eccentric interpretation “La Rua Madureira” follows, complete with balkanized mid-section and dream sequence, summoning the author of the song, tragic french chanteur Nino Ferrer, who shot himself in the heart in 1998. Following the twisting cinematic opus of “Spat”, Secret Chiefs 3 remix the Foetus track “Cosmetics” , turning it on it’s head and infusing it with some of their style while retaining the mad collision of opera and prog. The album closes gently with the meditation-cum-lullabye “Mesmerin”, blurring the line between anti-depressants and religious awakening.
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JG Thirlwell’s chamber soundtrack to the film “The Blue Eyes” is also released on the same day. The original score was created for Eva Aridjis‘ Mexican-lensed supernatural thriller, and is performed with an ensemble which includes Manorexia alumni Karen Waltuch on violin & viola and Isabel Castelvi on cello plus Nathan Koci (Ensemble Modern, Bang On A Can etc) on french horn, James Ilgenfritz (Lukas Ligeti, Anthony Braxton ) on contrabass and Marcus Rojas (David Byrne, Steven Bernstein) on tuba and bass trombone, with JG on everything else, including piano, electronics and percussion. The film, set in Chiapas, Mexico, stars Allison Case (Hair, Mamma Mia, Nurse Jackie) and Zachary Booth (Taking Woodstock, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Darkhorse) and was released theatrically in Mexico.