Foetus Of Excellence shirt and tote available now

foe Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of the Foetus Of Excellence t-shirt , originally included in the long out-of-print Foetus Of Excellence box. The Foetus Of Excellence was released in 1985 as a box to hold all the Foetus vinyl releases that had been issued up to that point on Some Bizarre, and it included a shrink-wrapped t-shirt with the shield design printed on it. It was limited to 836 pieces, exactly enough to break even, and sold out immediately, making it the one and only release to make the UK independent charts without having a musical recording included. This classic iconic design has been selling for exorbitant prices, so we are thrilled to make this fine item available again. The Foetus of Excellence shirt has a three color design, including a metallic gold, red and white, making it perfect for formal occasions, and is printed on a black Canvas brand soft cotton shirt. It is available in small, medium, large, XL, XXL and XXXL. Please note there is no box!

foetoteAlso available is the Foetus Of Excellence tote bag,The cotton tote bag features the FOE logo in white on a black bag and is the perfect size for carrying vinyl, or anything else your heart desires. JG Thirlwell encourages you to use your tote instead of getting plastic shopping bags at your grocery store!

It’s available right here at the Foetus Shoppe.

JG Thirlwell dates in Australia and New Zealand

JGT13JG Thirlwell will be performing his Cholera Nocebo project on June 17 2016 at the Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania, Australia on a bill with Chelsea Wolfe and Jarboe. The concert will take place at the Odeon Theater in Hobart.

In addition, Thirlwell will be performing three Cholera Nocebo shows in New Zealand:
Thursday 30th June, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch
Friday 1st July, Bar Bodega, Wellington
Saturday 2nd July, Whammy Backroom, Auckland
Tickets for the New Zealand shows are available here or instore at Slow Boat and RPM in Wellington, or Flying Out in Auckland.

These will be JG Thirlwell’s first ever appearances in Tasmania and New Zealand. Cholera Nocebo is an electro-acoustic presentation performed by JG Thirlwell with electronics, autoharp and objects incorporating musique concrete and electronic sound along with live instrumentation.
 Thirlwell performs with a projection of a time-lapse car journey along the Long Island Expressway in NY, shot by gea*. JGT will finally be creating the Cholera Nocebo album later this year, in stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

Photo by Magda Blaszczuk

Classic Foetus NAIL shirt now available

NailEctopic Ents is proud to announce the release of a t-shirt  featuring the artwork from the Foetus album NAIL.  This acclaimed classic iconic design has been long-bootlegged on garments, so we are thrilled to finally announce the official availability of this fine item. The Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel shirt has a three color  design printed on a  red Canvas brand soft cotton shirt, and is available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL. It’s available right here at the Foetus Shoppe.

Classic Foetus THAW shirt and tote now available

Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of a t-shirt and tote bag featuring the artwork from the Foetus album THAW.  This acclaimed classic iconic design has been long-bootlegged on garments, so we are thrilled to finally announce the official availability of these fine items. The shirt has a three color 9″x9″ design printed on a Canvas brand cotton shirt, and is available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL. The cotton tote bag features the THAW logo in white on a black bag and is the perfect size for carrying vinyl, or anything else your heart desires. JG Thirlwell encourages you to use your tote instead of getting plastic shopping bags at your grocery store!

Foetus Interruptus: “THAW” T-Shirt $20.00 USD
Classic Three Color Design Available in S, M, L, XL & 2X
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Foetus Interruptus: “THAW” Tote Bag $10.00 USD
Classic One Color Design on Black Tote Bag
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JG guests at Kill Your Idols screening

kill_your_idolsIt’s the tenth anniversary of Scott Crary’s documentary about the New York music scene, Kill Your Idols. It’s being celebrated with two midnight screenings at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. JG Thirlwell will be a guest after the screening tonight, November 15, for a discussion and Q & A, along with Jim Sclavunos (Teenage Jesus, Bad Seeds etc), Chris Pravdica (Flux Information Sciences, Swans) and Aaron Warren (Black Dice).

Foetus "Soak" and JG Thirlwell "Blue Eyes OST" albums out now!

Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the simultaneous release of two new albums from JG Thirlwell: Foetus “SOAK” and JG Thirlwell’s “The Blue Eyes Original Soundtrack Recording

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.
SOAKsticker_5WHAT 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.

BlueEyes_newdig_4WHAT IS THE BLUE EYES SOUNDTRACK?

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.

JG Thirlwell meets Andrew Wyatt on EVRadio

avatars-000037542068-1mw8f1-cropOn Friday, Nov 29 2013, JG Thirlwell will guest on Andrew Wyatt‘s “Radio Ingrid” show on East Village Radio. JG will discuss his two new albums, Foetus “Soak” and JG Thirlwell “The Blue Eyes Original Soundtrack Recording“. Andrew Wyatt is perhaps known to you as lead singer of Miike Snow, and he recently released his first solo album, “Descender”. The show airs between 2pm and 4pm EST.

Ectopic Ents unleashes new Foetus and JGT albums in October

photo 3Now it can be revealed: JG Thirlwell will be releasing two albums on the same day on Ectopic Ents in early October 2013. The long awaited Foetus album, SOAK, which is a companion to 2010’s acclaimed epic HIDE, will finally see the light of day. The 11 track album contains a ton of new material, including the Foetus cover of “Warm Leatherette”, a remix of “Cosmetics” by Secret Chiefs 3 and more. It continues and expands on some of the themes explored on 2010’s HIDE and features guest appearances, including opera singers Abby Fischer and Natalie Galpern.

In addition, JG Thirlwell’s chamber soundtrack to the film “The Blue Eyes” will also be released. The original score was created for Eva Aridjis’ Mexican-lensed thriller, and is performed with an ensemble including violin, viola, cello, french horn, contrabass, tuba and bass trombone,  in addition to piano, percussion and electronics. Both albums will be exclusively available through the website www.foetus.org, and digitally soon thereafter. We will be taking orders around the middle of September. More info coming soon.

Manorexia at Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe

  JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will make a rare appearance with a performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe on November 18 2011. The concert will be an extended program of material, drawn from all the Manorexia albums, and admission is free.

The musicians is Manorexia for this performance will be JG Thirlwell (laptop / compositions), Leyna Marika Papach (violin), Elena Moon Park (violin), Karen Waltuch (viola), Isabel Castellvi (cello), Peter Wise (percussion) and David Broome (keyboards).

The latest Manorexia album is Dinoflagellate Blooms, which is a double disc with the album in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

JGT vs DJ Food

Nov 17 2011 marks the release of Magpies, Maps and Moons, the new EP by DJ Food. The EP includes the track “Prey”, a collaboration by DJ Food with JG Thirlwell. DJ Food wrote and performed the music, with lyrics and vocals by Thirlwell. Released on Ninja Tune, the EP will be on 12″ vinyl and download, and is a precursor to a new DJ Food  album to be released on Jan 16 2012 (which will also include “Prey”). The album will also feature Thirlwell compadre Matt Johnson.

DJ Food also remixed the track “Suspect” on the album 2002 Foetus remix album Blow .