With compliments… JG Thirlwell’s albums have received both year-end and decade-end accolades

Some of JG Thirlwell’s albums have been receiving both year-end and decade-end accolades.

Two Foetus albums are tied for the honor of number one album of the decade by the venerable website Popshifter: Foetus Love and Foetus Damp.

Spectre Collie names the Venture Bros album as one of the two best albums of the year .

And in the Brainwashed reader polls, JG Thirlwell’s The Venture Bros soundtrack was voted #27 album of the year, while Foetus Limb was voted #21 in “from the vaults” album of the year:

“An incredible record from one of the most talented composers still standing. I hope this achievement will serve as an appropriate intro to any cinematic producer as I will gladly see any Hollywood blockbuster film that this genius scores.” – Jon Whitney on The Venture Bros:The Music of JG Thirlwell

“I strongly feel that this deserves a much higher place on the list. J.G. Thirlwell released two very solid records in 2009, and this one came with both great music and a great video documentary. Anyone that cares about Foetus, or even Nurse with Wound, Coil, Swans, or Einstürzende Neubauten would do well to re-visit this. Thirlwell isn’t just a genius, he has to be one of the hardest working guys in the business. That fact shines through on this compilation. Limb also shows just how forward thinking Thirlwell has always been.” – Lucas Schleicher on Foetus Limb

Thanks to all the writers and voters for their support!

JG Thirlwell in John Duncan's choir at Mike Kelley's Performa event

JG Thirlwell was a member of the choir in a piece by John Duncan on Nov 21 titled “A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality: A Select History of Experimental Music”

A mini-festival of noise music curated by visual artist Mike Kelley. Staged over two days, the festival will present both historic works from artists such as John Cage, Fred Frith, Fluxus, Bruce Nauman, Stockhausen, and Max Neuhaus as well as performances by contemporary proponents of experimental music including Airway, Joan La Barbara, Tony Conrad, Jad Fair & Lumberob, Arto Lindsay, Genesis Breyer P.Orridge, z’ev, John Zorn,Destroy All Monsters, Extended Organ, Thurston Moore, Ryan Sawyer, Christian Marclay and Shelley Hirsch, John Duncan, And More.

Curated by Mike Kelley. Organized and co-curated with Mark Beasley. Produced and presented by Performa.

Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, 6pm – midnight

Tickets: $30 One Day / $50 Both Days / $25 Performa Members One Day / $40 Performa Members Both Days

The Venture Bros Season Four Premiers

Season Four of The Venture Bros premieres October 18 2010 at midnight on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network. This season will air in two parts – the first eight episodes this year, followed by eight more in 2009. There is a lot of exciting new music scored for the show by JG Thirlwell. Here is a sneak preview. You can purchase the soundtrack album of The Venture Bros on CD here at the shop.

Ectopic Ents Presents "BAIT": an exclusive digital compilation

bait_1Ectopic Ents presents Bait -A digital compilation, exclusive to Other Music. It will be available only until Nov 11, 2009, and it costs just under five bucks!

On Bait you lucky people can score a heaping helping of Ectopic goodness – over an hour’s worth of  tracks by Foetus, Steroid Maximus and Manorexia( -all alter egos of JG Thirlwell), dating from 1981 up until 2006. It’s not a career overview -but it casts a broad net.  There is early experimental work, tracks by Foetus (features many sides of the Foetus monster, -from cinematic orchestral bombast, to breakneck bigband, to cathartic cacophony) a live track, two tracks each by Manorexia and Steroid Maximus and even a remix by Amon Tobin.

The unveiling of Bait is to celebrate the digital release of thirteen Ectopic Ents titles: Flow, Blow, Damp, Limb, Deaf, Ache, Rife, Male and Null/Void by Foetus, Radiolarian Ooze and Volvox Turbo by Manorexia and Quilombo and Gondwanaland by Steroid Maximus Outside of Other Music (and, of course, www.foetus.org) these titles will also be available digitally via Itunes, Other Music, Emusic, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, ILike, Zune and Medianet. In addition, in Europe they will be available via VidZone, 247, Finetunes, 7Digital, Halcyon, HMV (UK), Peoples Music Store, Word and Sound, Phonomonkey and Spotify.

Also, only until Oct 27, Other Music will be selling the Ectopic catalog for just $7.99 per title ! So act now and stock up quickly.

Having said that, Ectopic Ents loves physical media and will continue to print physical media. You will find eight CD titles in the CD shop, including the superdeluxe double disc release Limb (with 48 page book and slipcase). There will be three brand new albums in 2010 – the new Foetus studio album Hide, a brand new Manorexia studio album (in stereo and 5:1 surround sound) and finally,  the Manorexia chamber album which will be released on John Zorn’s label Tzadik.

Ectopic Ents presents Bait | Track listing:

  1. Suspect (from Foetus FLOW )
  2. Cirrhosis Of The Heart (Amon Tobin mix) (from Foetus BLOW)
  3. I Hate You All (from Foetus DAMP)
  4. Toxodon Mourning (from Manorexia VOLVOX TURBO)
  5. I’ll Meet You In Poland Baby (from Foetus MALE)
  6. Te Deum (from Foetus LIMB)
  7. Verklemmt (Vid mix) (from Foetus NULL/VOID)
  8. Life in the Greenhouse Effect (from Steroid Maximus QUILOMBO)
  9. Gums Bleed (from Foetus ACHE)
  10. Fluorescent Radiation (from Manorexia RADIOLARIAN OOZE)
  11. I Will Love You Always (from Steroid Maximus GONDWANALAND)

JG Thirlwell at Carnegie Hall with U2 and more for Gavin Friday

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JG Thirlwell appeared at the Gavin Friday and friends concert at Carnegie Hall on October 4th 2009. Curated by Hal Wilner to celebrate Gavin’s 50th birthday, this stellar concert  featured Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johannson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen Jr, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Chloe Webb, plus special guest Lady Gaga and more. It was a benefit for the RED charity and a portion of the proceeds went to help eliminate AIDS in Africa . Here’s what they say in Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

The slow birth of Hydroze Plus

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.

LIMB CD + DVD + 48-Page Booklet Released!

limbpackThe 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.

Kronos Quartet Commissions: New for 2010 & Continued Performances for 2009

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:

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.