A seven inch tribute to David Bowie by Melvins will be released Monday April 14 2014. The lead vocal duties on both sides of the single are handled by JG Thirlwell. The tracks on the single are “Station To Station” and “Breaking Glass”. This limited edition of 500 on Amphetamine Reptile features cover art by HAZE XXL & Mackie. It’s on clear red vinyl with white splatters, and is already sold out. A longer version of “Station To Station” is available on the 2013 album Everybody Loves Sausages on Ipecac. The version of “Breaking Glass” is exclusive to the seven inch release.
On March 29 2014, JG Thirlwell will take part in Multiplex/DeMultiplex : An Evening of Radical Synthesis. The evening, curated by Gavin Russom, will feature with artists engaged in a collective improvisation on Moog electronic instruments. The participants are Sean Be, Tigga Calore, Aurora Halal, Jon Nicholson, Gavin Russom and JG Thirlwell. The event will take place in the Moog Music Installation at Rough Trade NYC, 64 N 9th street Brooklyn NY 11249. It runs from 7pm to 9pm and is free and open to the public.
Elysian Fields are releasing ninth album “For House Cats and Sea Fans”. They are celebrating with a record release concert at Saturday, March 22 at Rough Trade NYC 64 N 9th St, Brooklyn. JG Thirlwell, who appears in the album, will be sitting in with them for the track he contributed to, “Escape from NY”. Also on the bill are The Aspiring Me at 9:00 and the legendary Melvin Van Peebles at 10:00. Elysian Fields hit the stage at 11pm.
JG Thirlwell will take part in William S.Burroughs reading marathon presented by The Poetry Project as part of WSB100, New York’s month-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Burroughs, the iconic writer of Naked Lunch, Queer, Junky, and many other experimental works of great American literature. The event will take place at the sanctuary of St Marks Church in New York City, beginning at 8.30pm. JG will read with interpretive guitar accompaniment from Sam Mickens. Also on the bill are Anne Waldman, Bob Holman, Elliot Sharp, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Iron Dog, Lydia Lunch, Penny Arcade, Shelley Hirsch, Simon Pettet, Steve Dalachinsky, and David Grubbs, and many others.
A duo of JG Thirlwell and Sarah Lipstate (Noveller) will perform at The Stone on April 16 2014 at 10pm, as part of the William S.Burroughs centennial celebration. This is Thirlwell and Lipstate’s first collaboration.
Sarah Lipstate is best known for her solo electric guitar project Noveller project. Noveller creates evocative soundscapes and compositions with layered guitar phrases and sounds, both played and looped live. Lipstate is also a filmmaker and film score composer, and has released five full-length albums on such labels as No Fun, Important and her own Saffron Recordings imprint. She has previously collaborated with the likes of Carla Bozulich, Lee Ranaldo and David Wm Sims, and has been a member of the groups Cold Cave, Parts & Labor, and One Umbrella.
JG Thirlwell will be leading a conversation and Q and A with the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at an event on March 23 2014 at 2pm at the Rough Trade store in Brooklyn, NY. The event is to celebrate the publication of a new photographic book tracing P-Orridge’s life history. Genesis P-Orridge first rose to infamy as a member of Fluxus and Dada inspired performance art terrorists Coum Transmissions. He went on to form the highly influential Throbbing Gristle with Peter Christopherson, Chris Carter and Cosey Fannie Tutti. After their dissolution he formed the collective Psychic TV which were interested in fetish, magic and ritual. Genesis went on to transform his/her body as a devotee and exponent of pandrogeny, a ‘third gender’ project launched in the late 90′s with wife and life-partner, Lady Jaye, who died in 2007. At the event Breyer P-Orridge will also be signing the book and other related items on sale at Rough Trade.
JG Thirlwell will set foot for the first time in Morocco to perform at the fifth edition of the Marrakech Biennale. JGT will be performing his solo electro-acoustic project Cholera Nocebo on March 1, 2014.
In addition JG will be taking part in freq_out 10, the tenth installment of the freq_out sound installation, which will be executed in Theatre Royal in Marrakech. the particpiants for this edition of freq_out will include Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Franz Pomassl, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred & Leif Elggren), Mike Harding, Christine Ödlund, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, leif e. boman, BJ Nilsen, Brandon LaBelle, Kamarstudios and Jacob Kirkegaard. The freq_out installation will kick off the Biennale on Feb 25, 2014.
JG’s appearance at the Marrakech Biennale is made possible by support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and Harvestworks. The 5th Marrakech Biennial is curated by Hicham Khalidi.
JG Thirlwell will be making rare DJ appearance on New Years Eve at the New York Night Train New Years Eve Ball at Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie Street in NYC. The Ball will also take over the bar Fig 19 upstairs, where JG will be DJ-ing along with hostess Vashti Windish (of K-Holes fame), Cameron Michel (also of K-Holes/Golden Triangle) the inscrutable Matt Lyons and the dapper Johnny Scuotto. Downstairs the legendary Jonathan Toubin will hold down the decks with live sets by Vietnam, Shine Brothers, Bad Girlfriend and Thy Neighbors. Happy New Year, let’s hope it scuttles unlucky 13.
JG Thirlwell recently finished scoring a documentary about a family in Mexico with congenital hypertrichosis, a rare condition that results in extreme hairiness, including hair growing from the face. The family is actually the highest concentration of people in the world with this rare condition. The film, provisionally entitled “Chuy, The Wolf Man”, was directed by Eva Aridjis, who also directed “The Blue Eyes“, which JG also scored and recently released as an album. “Chuy, The Wolf Man” is currently in post-production stages. We will announce plans for screenings as the information becomes available.
JG Thirlwell has composed a piece for solo contrabass, to be performed by James Ilgenfritz. Entitled “Xigliox”, the composition will premiere at a concert by Ilgenfritz at Roulette in NYC on December 12 2013. Ilgenfritz will also be playing pieces from his recent CD, Compositions (Braxton), solo contrabass performances of the music of Anthony Braxton; plus Trio For Trumpet, Accordion, and String Bass, a classic mid-60s work from Pauline Oliveros; and a new piece that Ilgenfritz commissioned from Annie Gosfield. Thirlwell will accompany Ilgenfritz on his piece with “small intrusions of electronics”. To open the evening, Reinier Van Houdt presents a solo piano performance of Italian avant-garde composer Walter Marchetti’s new solo piano work Concerto per la Mano Sinistra in un Solo Movimento (Concerto for the Left Hand in One Movement).