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).
On Oct 22 2014, JG Thirlwell will be sitting in with the Great Learning Orchestra while they perform one of the graphic scores that he has created for them. This will take place at their A4 rum exhibition at Marabouparken in Sundbyberg, Sweden, where they are exhibiting many of the graphic scores they have commissioned or performed. They say of the exhibition, “a4 rum is a project that stretches the boundaries of visual art and music, initiated in 2004 by Leif Jordansson for the Great Learning Orchestra. What began as an open invitation to contribute a composition, which could be in the format of traditional musical notation, written instructions, graphic images or photographs, has now grown into a comprehensive archive of more than 140 compositions that each fits on an A4 sheet.”
Marabouparken, is located at Löfströmsvägen 8, Sundbyberg, Sweden.
JG Thirlwell will being making an exclusive appearance at a benefit for the NY Film Makers Cooperative on November 19 at Santos Party House. Also on the bill are Philip Glass, Bruce McClure, MV Carbon, Jonas Mekas, Optipus, Bill Morrison, Lary Seven, The Uzipisians, Zero Times Everything and Victoria Keddie/Rose Kallal . The evening is billed as “an evening of artists that fuse and fracture sound/image/light”. Tickets are available here.
JG Thirlwell contributes vocals to the new James Williamson (of The Stooges) album Re-Licked. Williamson was Iggy’s guitarist and collaborator on the classic Iggy And The Stooges Raw Power album, and returned to the live Stooges fold a few years ago. Re-Licked features “lesser-known Stooges tracks (written after Raw Power and before Kill City) properly recorded and mixed for the first time” with guest lead singers including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Mario Cuomo (The Orwells), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Ariel Pink and others. James is backed by live Stooges members Steve Mackay, Toby Dammit, and Mike Watt (also of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, etc) and that dog.’s Petra Haden provides backup vocals. The album’s due out on October 29 via Leopard Lady Records.
Thirlwell performs the song “Rubber Leg”.
“As far as the singers who come closest to mirroring Iggy’s snarl and charm, full marks go to Thirlwell” says Joel Gausten.
Graphic is a group show opening September 20th at Gallery Nine5, 24 Spring Street, NYC 10012. The exhibition includes Anne Senstad‘s video piece “The Lockerplant Projections“, which features sound by JG Thirlwell.The piece was previously shown at Centre Pompidou, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Beirut Art Center with Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid in 2011. The exhibition also contains works by Rubin415, Ye Hongxing, Desire Obtain Cherish, Jessica Lichtenstein, Jeremy Flick and Oona Ratcliffe and will run until October 29 2014.
JG Thirlwell has remixed a track for COH which will appear on the album “To Beat Or Not To Beat”. Along with new material, the album also features remixes by John Parish, Matmos, Ryuchi Sakamoto and Drew McDowall. ”To Beat Or Not To Beat” is an companion album to “To Beat”, which was released by Mego in May 2014. COH (pronounced “Son”) is the nom-de-musique of Russian-born Ivan Pavlov.
“To Beat Or Not To Beat” will be released by Mego Records on vinyl only November 24, 2014.
JG Thirlwell just completed a remix of a new song by Faith No More, which be released on a single preceding their first new album in 18 years. Entitled “Motherfucker”, the single will come out as a seven inch on Reclamation thru Ipecac Records on November 28 2015, with the band version on one side and the JG Thirlwell remix on the other.
The Great Learning Orchestra will take part in the exhibition No Sound Is Innocent at Marabouparken Konsthall in Sundbyberg, Sweden. In the exhibition they will show what they are referring to as the a4 room, where one page graphic scores will be displayed, along with corresponding recorded interpretations of them.
“a4 room is a cross-border project between visual art, composed music and improvisation which was initiated in 2004 by Leif Jordansson for The Great Learning Orchestra. It was initially an open invitation to contribute with a composition for orchestra, with the only restriction that it should be written to fit on an a4 sheet. Now it has now grown into an archive with more than 140 compositions made by artists and composers from different genres and from all over the world.” Included in the collection are by two scores by JG Thirlwell, as well as scores by LaMonte Young, Christine Ödlund, John Cage, Per Magnusson, Arnold Dreyblatt, Ebba Matz, Tony Harris, Hugh Shrapnel and many more.
On the opening night, August 29 2014, participants of the Great Learning Orchestra will perform one of Thirlwell’s scores.
The No Sound Is Innocent exhibition will also include Erik Bünger and Angelika Mesiti. The exhibition will run until November 30 2014.
The newly formed duo of JG Thirlwell and Sarah Lipstate which debuted at The Stone in NYC in April 2014, will return to NYC for a pair of shows in October. They will play at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan October 2 , and at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on October 4. The latter show is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation , which provides transcendental meditation training to those in need. Soft Pink Truth , the side project of Drew Daniel of Matmos, and JGT fave Dominique Leone are also on the Saint Vitus bill.
In this project, Thirlwell plays synthesizers and electronics and Lipstate (aka Noveller) plays guitar through a multitude of effects. Tickets for the Joe’s Pub show are available now. Photo by Robert Kenney.