The Swans Oral History, Sacrifice and Transcendence by Nick Soulsby, is out now. JG Thirlwell was interviewed extensively for the book about his involvement with the group. Thirlwell regards Swans as one of the most important groups of the last thirty years, and has a long friendship with their leader Michael Gira. There has been a lot of cross-fertilization between the Swans and the Foetus live bands, with many musicians being members of both, including Norman Westberg, Algis Kizys, Ted Parsons and Vinnie Signorelli. In addition, Thirlwell started his Wiseblood project with former Swans drummer Roli Mosimann. The Swans song “Jim” from the album My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky is about Thirlwell. You can buy it now at Amazon or wherever good books are sold, as they say!
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).
The All Tomorrow’s Parties “I’ll Be Your Mirror” music event, curated by Portishead, will occur in Asbury Park on Sep 30 – Oct 2. Manorexia will perform on Oct 2. To celebrate the event, All Tomorrows Parties are streaming a “mix-tape” of the artists that will appear.
Artists on the “mixtape” include Manorexia, Oneida, Portishead, Battles, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Cults, Neutral Milk Hotel, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Swans, Deerhoof, The Pop Group, Beak>, Chavez, DD/MM/YYYY, Hannibal Buress, Shellac, People Of The North, Anika, Earth, The Stars In His Head , Factory Floor, Company Flow, Thought Forms, and many more.
The lineup of Manorexia for the ATP show 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).
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.
JG Thirlwell appears in a new book by Cesar Padilla entitled Ripped : T-shirts from the Underground. Described as a “A visual history of counterculture music T-shirts, spanning the defining era of indie music.”, the book features several Foetus and Wiseblood shirt designs, as well as writings by JG Thirlwell about Swans and Lydia Lunch. Lydia also penned the introduction to the book, which also contains contributions from Thurston Moore, Betsey Johnson and more. You can purchase your very own copy here!