JG Thirlwell has created the original musical score for the short film Top Ramen, which will premiere on Sunday, May 13th at 2PM at the Beverly Hills Music Hall in Los Angeles as part of the IFS Film Festival. Tickets are available here.
Directed by Rebecca Hertz, Top Ramen was inspired by a true story, starring Tracie Thoms as a protestor whose activism lands her in jail, forcing her two young daughters to fend for themselves.
JG Thirlwell has created string arrangements for the next album by Helm, aka Luke Younger (pictured). JG recorded them at Thirty Below in NYC with engineer Brent McLachan. The quartet consisting of Ludovica Burtone (violin), Joanna Mattrey (viola), Clara Kennedy (cello) and Leah Asher (violin). The album will be released at a future date on the Pan label.
JG Thirlwell will make an exclusive performance at legendary NY arts performance space The Kitchen on the occasion of their Spring Benefit Gala Honoring Lydia Lunch and Nan Goldin on May 16 2018. Thirlwell will perform a short set with an ensemble consisting of Marilu Donovan on harp, Evan Allen on piano, Leah Asher on viola and Simon Hanes on acoustic guitar. The evening will also see performances by James Chance and Bush Tetras. Tickets for this very expensive benefit start at $1000 and are available here. Photo: Lydia Lunch at the Russian baths, New York, 1985 by Nan Goldin.
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of the Foetus HOLE t-shirt. Celebrating JG Thirlwell’s acclaimed album from 1984, the HOLE shirt is a two color design, with classic red and black printed on a white ringer shirt with red neck and sleeves, making the wearer resemble a walking Foetus cover. This design has been long-bootlegged on garments, so we are thrilled to finally announce the official availability of this fine item. It’s a perfect conversation starter for your next cocktail party or doctor visit. It’s printed on a Anvil brand soft lightweight 100% cotton shirt, and is available in small, medium, large, XL, XXL and XXXL.
They’re available right here at the Foetus Shoppe.
JG Thirlwell has been commissioned to direct and score a short film by the Gotland Film Lab in Sweden. Thirlwell is shooting the film in the New York area with director of photography Sebastian Mlynarski. The film will premiere at the Frekvens Symposium on April 22 2018 in Visby, Gotland, with Thirlwell in attendance to introduce the work.
JG Thirlwell‘s Xordox project will be opening for The The in Dublin on July 7 2018, as part of The The’s “comeback” tour. The The’s comeback dates coincide with the release of a triple album, Radio Cineola Trilogy : Cinema For The Ears. The The’s return to the concert stage has been hugely anticipated and dates have been selling out in minutes. JGT and The The’s Matt Johnson are long-time friends and colleagues.
The debut album by Xordox, Neospection, was released in July 2017 on Editions Mego. Tickets for the concert are available here.
“Sound Digressions : Spectrum” is a limited edition clear vinyl album produced by Gallerie Mitterand for Tony Oursler‘s sound installation of the same name. featuring JG Thirlwell, Tony Conrad, Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori, Lee Ranaldo, Stephen Vitiello and Zeena Parkins. The album is a limited edition.
For the Sound Digressions series, Oursler worked separately with the seven performers and combined these recordings in a perpetually phasing, playback system. The resulting installations have the effect of a living, ever changing composition for the viewer. These musical performances, shot in 2005, were originally conceived as raw material for the seven-part series, based loosely on the relationship between sound and the color spectrum. The previous installation, Sound Digressions in Seven Colors was shown at NYEHAUS New York in 2005.
freq-out is a sound art collective founded and curated by CM Von Hausswolff in 2003, and it primarily creates site specific sound installations. JG Thirlwell has been a member of the group since its inception.
The latest iteration of freq_out is freq_out 11, designed for interactivity on the internet through the Copenhagen based online radio station The Lake. It consists of a web-mixer and twelve unique and looped minor compositions that may be heard separately or altogether, depending on the mixer faders positions and the web-composer (this being the person behind the computer of course).
Participating artists are JG Thirlwell, Jana Winderen, Mike Harding, Maia Urstad, Permagnus Lindborg, BJ Nilsen, Christine Ödlund, Finnbogi Petursson, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Anna Ceeh & Franz Pomassl, Jacob Kirkegaard and Kent Tankred.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff created the concept for the web based version of freq_out and the web based mixer. The mixer was programmed and designed by Bjarke Rasmussen, and the project was facilitated by The Lake, aka Kasper Vang and Jan Stricker
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.