JG Thirlwell has remixed the song You Pay / Too Many Teardrops by Alan Vega. The frontman of the legendary electronic group Suicide, Vega died in 2016 at the age of 78, and this was his final recording. The song was produced and co-written by Vega’s friend and collaborator, Mr. Pharmacist (aka Gregg Foreman), and features Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Nick Zinner guesting on guitar. Released on Velvet Elk Records, the 12″ EP features the original mix of the song and a remix by JG Thirlwell as well as a remix by Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. You can stream and buy the EP on Bandcamp here.
Proceeds will benefit children’s Little Kids Rock, supporting music education programs nationwide.
JG Thirlwell will make a rare live appearance behind the mic, performing a song by Suicide at the Alan Vega tribute concert on January 25 2018 at Bowery Electric in NYC. Suicde’s Martin Rev will take part in the concert, as will The Cars’ Ric Ocasek (who produced Suicide’s 1980 sophomore album), Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Alan Vega’s son, Dante Vega, plus Kid Congo Powers (Cramps, Gun Club), Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Retrovirus), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Peter Zaremba (The Fleshtones), Jon Spencer, Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds) and more. Jesse Malin and Mr. Pharmacist (Gregg Foreman) and the musical directors for the show. Tickets are available here.
It’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).