September 4 2020 sees the release of a new star-studded tribute album to Marc Bolan, produced by the late Hal Willner. AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T.Rex is out September 4 via BMG. It features contributions from Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, U2 with Elton John, Joan Jett, Peaches, Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Todd Rundgren, Nick Cave, Kesha, Elysian Fields, Devendra Banhart and more. JG Thirlwell created arrangements of “Teenage Dream”, which is sung by Marc Almond, and “Ballrooms Of Mars”, which is sung by Emily Haines. Thirlwell’s arrangements were orchestrated by long-time Thirlwell collaborator Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci). The album was Willner’s final project before his untimely death from Covid 19 in 2020.
JG Thirlwell is proud to announce that he will be performing at a special benefit concert to celebrate the end of Roulette’s 40th Season on July 21 2019. Thirlwell will be performing a new solo set with electronics, prepared piano and theremin in front of an immersive backdrop of new visuals created by Sten Backman. The bill also includes John Zorn’s Simulacrum (featuring John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski) as well as a solo set by John Medeski plus Val Jeanty and Fay Victor.
The previous night of the two day festival will feature performances by Ikue Mori & Craig Taborn, Matana Roberts, Nels Cline with Zeena Parkins and the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio (with Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen).
Roulette is located at 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn NY 11217.
Tickets are available here.
Luke Younger is an electronic producer who releases music under the name Helm. For his new album,Chemical Flowers, he enlisted JG Thirlwell to compose string quartet arrangements for four of the songs. Thirlwell also recorded the parts at 30 Below in New York and sent them to Younger, who incorporated them into his pieces. The quartet consisted of Ludovica Burtone and Leah Asher on violins, Joanna Mattrey on viola and Clara Kennedy on cello. The album is released on May 17 via the Pan label.
An artwork by JG Thirlwell will be exhibited at Pulled In Brooklyn, the International Print Center New York‘s highly anticipated spring exhibition co-curated by Roberta Waddell and Samantha Rippner, in consultation with printer Luther Davis.
This exhibition is the first in-depth exploration of the vibrant network of artists, printers, and workshops that has developed and flourished in Brooklyn since the early 1990s.
The exhibition opens April 4 2019 and runs until June 15, and is located at International Print Center New York, 508 West 26 st suite 5A, New York 10001
Other artists in the show include Matthew Abbott, Michael Adams, Reed Anderson, Rosaire Appel, Donald Baechler, Glen Baldridge, Brian Belott, Anders Bergstrom, Mel Bochner, Matt Bollinger, András Böröcz in collaboration with Robbin Ami Silverberg, Tom Burckhardt, Brendan Cass, Lauren Clay, Ian Cooper, Lesley Dill, Alex Dodge, Angela Dufresne, Nicole Eisenman, Jonathan Fabricant, Elise Ferguson, Dan Flanagan, Rachel Foullon, Chie Fueki, Ellie Ga, Ellen Gallagher, Ignacio Gatica, Ava Gerber, Robert Gober, Joanne Greenbaum, Jennifer Grimyser, Justin Hager, Anna Haifisch, Michael Hambouz, Susan Happersett, Erik Hougen, Peter Hristoff, Jacqueline Humphries, Matthew Day Jackson, Butt Johnson, Dion Johnson, William Kaizen, Raeleen Kao, Matt Keegan, Shelagh Keeley, Eliza Kentridge, Andrew Kuo, Alix Lambert, Robert Lazzarini, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Sol LeWitt, Nicola López, Mikhail Magaril, Tim Maul, Kristen Martincic, Florian Meisenberg, Douglas Melini, Sean Mellyn, Michael Merck, Melissa Meyer, Jill Moser, Carrie Moyer, Robert Moskowitz, Sophy Naess, Michael Neff, Brittany Nelson, John Newsom, Jeanine Oleson, Sheryl Oppenheim, Claudio Orso, Jaime Palacios, Joe Peppe, Mylene Pionilla, Hanneline Røgeberg, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Jackie Saccoccio, Keris Salmon, Katia Santibañez, Isabelle Schipper, Dana Schutz, Dread Scott, Jonathan Seliger, Joan Snyder, Andrew Spence, Art Spiegelman, Ruby Sky Stiler, Donald Sultan, Keigo Takahashi, Craig Taylor, JG Thirlwell, Nicola Tyson, Jess Underwood, Joseph Velasquez, Charline von Heyl, Nathan Vincent, Kara Walker, Dan Walsh, Ouattara Watts, Mark Wagner, Michelle Weinberg, and Andy Yoder.
JG Thirlwell has been commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn to create a composition for their String Theories Festival. The piece will premiere at Roulette in NYC on April 10 2019, alongside premieres by John King and Lisa Renée Coons. Entitled ‘Exulansis‘, Thirlwell’s piece will feature the String Orchestra along with two french horns, two trombones and two percussionists. JG described the piece as “an urgent and cinematic work which explores escaping memories through the prism of the culture of fear and dread”. Tickets are available here
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.
The new video from Tredici Bacci is “Felicity Grows”, a song was written by JG Thirlwell and Tredici Bacci leader Simon Hanes. The video was directed by Hanes and Chris Shields, who also served as director of photography. Simon Hanes is a frequent collaborator of Thirlwell, and they have written many songs together for the female voice – this is the first one to see the light of day. It’s featured on the excellent new Tredici Bacci album, La Fine Del Futuro, on NNA Tapes. The album also features a version of the ancient hymn ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ reinterpreted in the style of a Morricone-ish gunfighter ballad and sung by Thirlwell. You can stream the album and order it on CD or colored vinyl at the Bandcamp page here.
In 2018, JG Thirlwell + Ensemble debuted with two songs at a private gala mounted by The Kitchen which honored Lydia Lunch and Nan Goldin. Now expanded to a full set, the project will make it’s public debut with a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn at 7.30 pm on February 28 and March 1 2019.
The repertoire will draw from Thirlwell’s Foetus and Wiseblood projects, including staples such as ‘I’ll Meet You In Poland, Baby’, ‘Throne Of Agony’ and ‘Someone Drowned in My Pool’, as well as never performed works ‘Here Comes The Rain’ and ‘Not Adam’, plus some new songs written by Thirlwell and Simon Hanes of Tredici Bacci. The new chamber arrangements of the material were created by Thirlwell and Hanes, for the instrumentation of harp, viola, piano, acoustic guitar and voice.
The February 28 show is sold out. Tickets for the March 1 show are available here.
We are proud to announce the issuing of the third limited edition silkscreen print by JG Thirlwell, entitled Nomoscape #3. This gorgeous art piece is a signed and numbered four-color screen print in Thirlwell’s signature palette of black, red, white and gray. It is printed on French 100lb cover paper, and is 24″ x 18.” which makes it easy to place in a standard sized frame.You can order the print here
The artwork is in a very small edition of 75, but only 60 copies will be made available in the Foetus Shoppe. The print sells for $75.00 plus flat postage and packaging fee of $15 in the US, $20 in Canada and $26 in the rest of the world. Since the print ships in a tube by itself, when ordering the print you cannot order other items in the same shipment. Other items (CDs, T-shirts, vinyl, tote bags, digital) must be ordered separately.
‘Candy Cane’ is a track that JG Thirlwell recorded with his friend Maya Hardinge under the name Angel Delight back in 2010 for a Xmas compilation entitled No Silent Night : The Second Coming. Hardinge assembled the compilation, which was was released privately. Ectopic Ents has made that track public for the first time on YouTube. The music is by Thirlwell, with vocals by Hardinge. You can listen to it here.