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!
JG Thirlwell‘s Xordox project will play a long-awaited New York City show on July 2, 2018 at Secret Project Robot at 1186 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
For this iteration of Xordox, Thirlwell will be joined by long-time musical collaborator Simon Hanes (of Tredici Bacci) on additional keyboards. They will play in front of a visual backdrop created exclusively by Swedish artist Sten Backman.
Opening act will be synth artist Faten Kanaan. Tickets are available here.
We are proud to announce the issuing of the second limited edition silkscreen print by JG Thirlwell, entitled Fomoscape #2. 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 65, but only 55 copies will be made available in the Foetus Shoppe, hence the price is slightly higher than the previous print. 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 off 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.
JG Thirlwell has completed work on the musical score for Season 9 of Archer. It premiered on April 25 2018 and is on the air now on the FXX network and various other networks around the world. Thirlwell has now scored three seasons of Archer, having begun on their seventh season.
JG Thirlwell’s Xordox project will make its debut performance in London at Corsica Studios on July 5 2018. For this live iteration, Thirlwell will be joined on keyboards by long time colleague and collaborator Simon Hanes of Tredici Bacci. The debut album by Xordox, Neospection was released in 2017 by Editions Mego. Teeth Of The Sea are also on the bill. Tickets are available here
JG Thirlwell will be making a rare DJ appearance on Friday June 15 2018 at Mercury Lounge as part of a bill headlined by Drums and Drones, the solo project of Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Also on the bill are 13 Million Year Old Ghost which is the ambient the solo project of Nik Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, plus inter-disciplinary artist, and musician MV Carbon. Drums and Drones will have visuals from video artist Ursula Scherrer. Tickets are available here.
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.