Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell with string quartet will be playing the Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville, North Carolina on October 26. Also on the bill are Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective, Godspeed You Black Emperor, The Bug, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Actress, Bosnian Rainbows, Delorean and Sorne. Zola Jesus will be releasing the album Versions on Aug 20 on Sacred Bones Records, which is produced by JG Thirlwell, who also wrote the string arrangements. The album consists of the cream of Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova) songs from her illustrious past, rearranged and re-recorded for string quartet and electronics, as well as a JG arrangement of the unreleased track “Fall Back”.
2/11/12 marks the opening of “A Celebration of Music Videos in the New Millenium” at Secret Project Robot gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The opening will feature the premiere of the new K-Holes video by Sebastian Mlynarski plus a performance by Knyfe Hyts. Videos in the exhibition include Foetus / JG Thirlwell, Animal Collective, Black Dice, YeahYeahYeahs, Panda Bear, Maya, Mirror Mirror, Aids Wolf, Psychic Ills, Cult Of Youth, Brian Chippendale, Pendu NYC, Ssion, Hair Jail, Pop 1280, Danny Perez, Black Bananas, Pterodactyl and many more.
Here’s what Secret Project Robot say about the show….”Reality TV did not kill the video star! They have reemerged, healthy, safe and in greater number than ever- on your computer screen. Indeed the internet has created a renaissance and a new specificity for music videos with a new cultural identity of active participants, consumers, creators and critics all trading places.
Music videos are no longer simply ingenious marketing devices. The internet and the proliferation of inexpensive audio video technology be it a smart phone or a digital camera opens the playing field for any producer or band to make a video that unlike the past- may go mass at any moment without the help of conventional media outlets.
The music video in the 21st century is a hybrid of forms and purposes, at first glance an impersonal piece of media clutter a reminder of our daily dose of sensory overload but on second thought a unification of art forms and a communal experience of music… Technology allows that making music videos be fun.”
Secret Project Robot is in Brooklyn, NY, located at 389 Melrose between Knickerbocker and Flushing/Irving, near Morgan or Jefferson L subway.