Manorexia "Dinoflagellate Blooms" surround sound album out now!

Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of the long awaited new Manorexia album, Dinoflagellate Blooms. The album features eleven compositions composed, produced and performed by JG Thirlwell. The package includes a CD of the album in stereo, and a DVD with the album in glorious, immersive 5.1 surround sound.

The album careens between soft plucked interludes to full blown symphonic frenzy, from musiq concrete nightmares to cinematic mindfields, with a meticulous marriage of samples and live instruments, distressed sounds and mysterious unknown quantities. You can hear previews of the album here.

Begun in Berlin in 2005, the album was recorded at Thirlwell’s Self Immolation studios in Brooklyn, and the 5.1 mixes were made at Harvestworks Studio with Paul Geluso. Manorexia will be performing in October 2011 with Portishead at All Tomorrow’s Parties event in Asbury Park, NJ.

Initial quantities come with a free 4×5 Manorexia sticker signed by JG Thirlwell. Available exclusively at foetus.org shop.

Manorexia confirmed for Portishead ATP event in Asbury Park

JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will be playing at the All Tomorrows Parties event curated and headlined by Portishead on Oct 2nd.

The event will span a three day weekend: Sep 30th, Oct 1st and Oct 2nd. Jeff Mangum (Ex Neutral Milk Hotel) will curate and play on the 30th. October 1st and 2nd will be curated by Portishead, and they will play both nights.

This event marks All Tomorrow’s Parties return to the USA in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J., bringing an “I’ll Be Your Mirror” event to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront. This will also mark Portishead’s first East Coast appearence since 1998.

Other acts confirmed over the weekend are Battles, the Pop Group, Swans, Deerhoof, Mogwai, Shellac, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ultramagnetic MCs, Beak>, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Cults, Earth and many more.

For full details and tickets vist the All Tomorrows Parties website.

The new Manorexia album, Dinoflagellate Blooms, will be released in May 2011 on Ectopic Ents. The special package will contain both stereo and 5.1 mixes of the album.

Manorexia to perform at concert to benefit Japan Earthquake Relief

JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will perform at Abrons Art Center in NYC on April 8 2011 in a concert to support recovery efforts in Japan. Organized by John Zorn, 100% of the money from the concert will be going to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. Tickets are on sale here. There will be two sets, with two separate admissions. Manorexia will be playing in the second set, which begins at 9.30pm.

6.30 pm

Thurston Moore
Matthew Shipp
Gyan Riley
Masada String Trio
Ned Rothenberg
Alhambra Trio with Rob Burger
Erik Friedlander
Lizzy Wright & Aya Nishina
Miya Masaoka
Jamie Saft And New Zion Trio
Ikue Mori & John Zorn
Elliott Sharp
Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier
Milford Graves
Jack Quartert

9.30 pm

Norah Jones
Jesse Harris
Vinicius Cantuaria
Buke and Gass
JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia
Elysian Fields
Sex Mob

Manorexia in concert NYC Jan 9 2011

JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will be playing a rare show on a bill with Californian string ensemble Calder Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge on January 9 2011. Manorexia will be premiering some new arrangements, including some works from the forthcoming surround sound Manorexia album “Dinoflagellate Blooms”. This exciting night of progressive contemporary chamber music is sure to sell out so get your tickets now!

JG Thirlwell on "NYFA 25" 5CD collection

The Innova label has released “NYFA collection : 25 years of New York New Music”, a six hour 5 CD set devoted to recipients of The New York Foundation for the Arts’ fellowships in Music Composition and Sound. Thirlwell, who received a fellowship in sound and composition from NYFA in 2010, is featured on this collection, with the track “Ten Ton Shadow”. This huge and stunning collection also includes works by Annea Lockwood, Aaron Jay Kernis, Pauline Oliveros, Annie Gosfield, Meredith Monk, Elliott Sharp, Stefan Tcherepnin and many more. “Ten Ton Shadow” will also appear, in a different form, on the forthcoming Manorexia album.

Manorexia Record Release show in NYC April 4

JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will be performing live at Le Poisson Rouge, celebrating the release of The Mesopelagic Waters on Tzadik. The show will be on April 4 2010 at 7pm and tickets are $15.00. This is the only Manorexia show scheduled for the US in 2010.
Buy advance tickets at Le Poisson Rouge’s site.
The group at the concert will consist of
JG Thirlwell – Keys / Samples / Electronics
Peter Wise – Vibraphone / Glockenspiel / percussion
David Broome – Piano / Toy Piano
Leyna Marika Papach – Violin
Elena Moon Park – Violin
Karen Waltch – Viola
Alex Waterman – Cello

Manorexia: The Mesopelagic Waters released on Tzadik label

The new album from Manorexia is out now on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Entitled The Mesopelagic Waters, the album is 50 minutes long and contains eight tracks, radically rearranged from the first two Manorexia albums. You can order the album here.
Mano_MesoIt is performed by the chamber ensemble version of Manorexia in the arrangements that JG has been performing and perfecting over the last couple of years. The album features the playing of David Cossin on percussion, Leyna Marika Papach on violin, Elena Moon Park on violin, Karen Waltuch on viola, Felix Fan on cello, David Broome on piano and JG Thirlwell on samples/keys, compositions.It was recorded and mixed at Eastside Studios in NYC and engineered by Marc Urselli.

Yet another Manorexia album will be released toward the end of 2010. As yet untitled, this studio album of all-new material will be released in stereo and 5:1 surround sound.

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)

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.