Timeline: 2000-2009

2000

  • 01/06: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Knitting Factory, NY, NY, USA (prior to and between performances by The Living Jarboe (ex-Swans), Backworld (featuring former Foetus live band member Joseph Budenholzer), and Knoxville Girls (featuring Kid Congo Powers of Cramps, Gun Club, Bad Seeds; Bob Bert of Sonic Youth and Pussy Galore; and Jerry Teel of Honeymoon Killers and Chrome Cranks).
  • 01/19-20: WHRB FM 95.3 Harvard College Radio broadcasts 33 consecutive hours of Foetus and related (incl. Steroid Maximus, Garage Monsters, Wiseblood, Clint Ruin, remixes, guest appearances, collaborations etc), as one of their winter 2000 Orgies. The radio broadcast, also available in streaming audio online, commenced at ~ 4am ET 19 Jan and wrapped up ~ 1,980 minutes later.
  • 02/01: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Galapagos, Williamsburg, NY, NY, USA.
  • 03/28: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Barmacy, NY, NY, USA (an event dubbed “Go-Go at Glitterati”, with guest go-go dancers Viva Knievel and Miss Eliesha).
  • 04/13: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Lucky Cheng’s, NY, NY, USA (private party).
  • 04/28: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Chicane, West Chester, PA, USA (with OSCILL8 and Sweetie) organized by L.A.D.
  • 05/11: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at The Polish National Home, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, USA (a 3-day event dubbed “Beer and Sausage at the Polish National Home”, with Electrophilia, Flux Information Sciences, Speedranch^Jansky Noise, To Live and Shave in L.A., Matt Wand (Stock, Hausen and Walkman) and Vicki Bennett (People Like Us). Additionally: (10 May) DJ Bill Bronson, Andrew W.-K., Irene Moon, The Melted Men, People Like Us, Mr. Quintron & Miss Pussycat; (12 May) DJ Fabio, Larry Seven, Electro-Putas, Pita/Christian Fennesz, Ed Quist, Pan Sonic).
  • 05/15: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Irving Plaza, NY, NY, USA (with Pan Sonic and Wire).
  • 05/30: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Irving Plaza, NY, NY, USA (with The The and Macha).
  • 05/31: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Beauty Bar, NY, NY, USA (Nicole Blackman “Blood Sugar” book release party; also spinning were DJ Bic Pentameter (Alexis Fleisig of Girls Against Boys) and DJ Cat Chow (Jimmy Cohrssen)).
  • 06/02: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Threadwaxing Space, NY, NY, USA (Jetset Records release party for Arab Strap).
  • 07/24: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Bowery Ballroom, NY, NY, USA (with Arling & Cameron, and Thunderball).
  • 08/24: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Parkside Lounge, NY, NY, USA (in celebration of the new Flux Information Society independant release “Summer”; with DJ’s MissDNA, Nikki*Z, Jaxon Hites; and acts Electrophilia, The MO Hair, Toy Synth Orchestra and Statass).
  • 09/12: Foetus live show (start of the “Clams On Brillo 2000″ tour) (line-up this tour: J. G. Thirlwell, Brian Emrich, Vinny Signorelli, Christian Gibbs and Jim Coleman), Ottobar, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • 09/14: Foetus live show, Upstage, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • 09/15: Foetus live show, Knitting Factory, NY, NY, USA.
  • 09/19: Foetus live show (with Coil), Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK.
  • 10/20: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at CBGB’s basement, NY, NY, USA (with Botanica and Kid Congo Powers).
  • 09/11: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at the lightship Frying Pan, NY, NY, USA (private function).
  • 12/13: Thirlwell appeared as part of a tribute to Ronnie James Dio at Don Hill’s, NY, NY, USA (Thirlwell covered Deep Purple’s “Mistreated”, which was performed live by Dio when he was vocalist for Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Also appearing were Dr. Israel, Bebe Buell, Cathy Cervenka and 12 other vocalists. Opening the event were Wastoid, Bad Wizard and The Brought Low. David Wilson (from Broadway’s Cats) narrated, and the event was hosted and DJ’d by Steven Blush (publisher of Secondsmagazine, as a special version his regular Röck Cändy DJ gigs at DonHill’s).
  • 12/31: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Knitting Factory, NY, NY, USA (with Suicide & Pan Sonic).

2001

  • 04/02: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at the Parkside Lounge, NY, NY, USA. The evening’s festivities also included films by Lary 7 with a live soundtrack by Brian Dewan, a live performance by Unitard, and the MC efforts of Akio.
  • 04/12: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Bar d’O, NY, NY, USA as part of the “In Hi-Fi” series. Subsequently webcast from luxuriamusic.com on 26 April. Also spinning was Peter Principal (Tuxedomoon).
  • 04/13: J.G. Thirlwell performs a song at a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, The Cooler, NY, NY, USA. The evening was hosted by Congo Norvell, with Botanica as the house band. Also featured were performances by Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow, Esther Balint, Kid Congo, Sally Norvell, Little Annie, Les Sans Culottes, Coco & Co., and others. Gainsbourg videos from the 50’s and 60’s were screened throughout the night.
  • 05/08: Thirsty Ear releases the Flow recording (North America).
  • 05/31: Foetus live show (start of the “Tour” tour in support of the Flow release) (line-up this tour: J.G. Thirlwell, Paul Bonomo, Brian Emrich,Vinny Signorelli and Howard Pyle) (with Arab On Radar), Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ, USA (also webcast and archived on www.dcn.com).
  • 06/??: Ectopic Ents releases the Manorexia Volvox Turbo recording.
  • 06/01: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at The Cooler, NY, NY, USA (with Suicide, James Chance and the Contortions, Michael Karoli (of CAN), Aural Dyslexia (featuring Jim Coleman), Lary 7 and others; in celebration of the last days of The Cooler).
  • 06/02: Foetus live show (with Swarm Of The Lotus and Mill), Ottobar, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • 06/03: Foetus live show (with Tone), Black Cat, Washington, DC, USA.
  • 06/04: Foetus live show (with Clang Quartet), Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, USA (also webcast and archived onwww.dcn.com).
  • 06/05: Foetus live show (with Drill Team), Echo Lounge, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 06/06: Foetus live show, Shim Sham Club, New Orleans, LA, USA.
  • 06/07: The online Foetus Shoppe opens for business.
  • 06/07: Foetus live show (with Stoma), Metropol, Houston, TX, USA.
  • 06/08: Foetus live show (with USS Friendship, Switchhitter, Nervedeath), Emo’s, Austin, TX, USA.
  • 06/09: Opening of The LP Show at Exit Art in New York City, where the album cover artwork of JG “Foetus” Thirlwell is displayed alongside ~2,500 works; also featured are Joseph Lanza, Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Principle, Jim Flora, Frank Kozik and others. The exhibit running 09 Jun – 17 Aug 2001, installation artists included Christian Marclay, DJ Spooky, Thurston Moore and John Zorn. Exit Art, NY, NY, USA.
  • 06/09: Foetus live show, Gypsy Tea Room, Dallas, TX, USA.
  • 06/11: nois-o-lution releases the Flow recording (Europe).
  • 06/12: Foetus live show (with Babyland and Crib), Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA, USA (also webcast and archived on www.dcn.com).
  • 06/13: Foetus live show (with Blectum from Blechdom), Slim’s, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 06/15: Foetus live show (with Brooklyn Solipsist Society), Cobalt Lounge, Portland, OR, USA.
  • 06/16: Foetus live show (with Hog Molly and Shizit), Graceland, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • 06/18: Foetus live show (with Immortal Domain), Fox Theater, Boulder, CO, USA (also webcast and archived onwww.dcn.com).
  • 06/19: Foetus live show (with Tiny Graves), Pyro Room, Kansas City, MO, USA.
  • 06/20: Foetus live show (with Bantam Rooster), 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN, USA (also webcast and archived on www.dcn.com).
  • 06/21: Foetus live show (with Easy Action and X-27), Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • 06/22: Foetus live show (with Hedra and PPDB), Millvale Industrial Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • 06/22: Foetus live show (with Easy Action and Alien Crime Syndicate), Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, USA.
  • 06/24: Cancelled by promoter: Foetus live show at the Agora Ballroom (previously scheduled for the Euclid Tavern), Cleveland, OH, USA.
  • 06/28: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Beauty Bar, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 06/30: Clint Ruin appears at the 11th annual Fetish Ball, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Clint performed two songs, the New York Dolls’ version of “Frankenstein” and Alice Cooper’s“Billion Dollar Babies”, and later joined Lydia Lunch for a rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil.” Also appearing were Gen (from Genitorturers), Jack Atlantis, and others.
  • 07/12: Foetus live show (with Stendahl and Nodal), Trocadero Balcony, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • 07/13: Foetus live show (with Dream Lovers and The Centuries), Mercury Lounge, NY, NY, USA.
  • 07/14: Foetus live show (with Bee & Flower and Flux Information Sciences), Mercury Lounge, NY, NY, USA.
  • 08/09: J.G. Thirlwell / Foetus spotlighted on CBS Radio One programme Brave New
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    , 12am-6am ET.
  • 09/12: Foetus live show (start of the “No Creampuff For You!” European Tour autumn 2001) (line-up this tour: JG Thirlwell, Paul Bonomo, Vinny Signorelli, Chris Haskett and Jeff Davidson) Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 09/13: Foetus live show, Vera, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • 09/14: Foetus live show (with Wish), 013, Tilburg, Netherlands.
  • 09/15: Foetus live show, Cafe Glocksee, Hannover, Germany.
  • 09/16: Foetus live show (with 2nd Gen), Star Club, Dresden, Germany.
  • 09/18: Thirsty Ear releases the Blow recording (North America).
  • 09/18: Foetus live show (with 2nd Gen), Underground, Köln, Germany.
  • 09/19: Foetus live show, Schwimmbad, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 09/20: Foetus live show (with 2nd Gen), Die Röhre, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 09/21: Foetus live show, Reitschule, Bern, Switzerland.
  • 09/22: Foetus live show, Gaswerk, Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • 09/23: Foetus live show, Cox 18, Milano, Italy.
  • 09/24: Foetus live show, Mercati Generali,Catania, Italy.
  • 09/25: Foetus live show, Naima Club, Forlí, Italy.
  • 09/26: Foetus live show (with Very Expensive Porno Movie), Mocvara, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 09/27: Foetus live show, Orto Club, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 09/28: Foetus live show, Posthof, Linz, Austria.
  • 09/29: Foetus live show (with DJ Patrik Pulsinger and DJ Herbst), Flex, Vienna, Austria.
  • 09/30: Foetus live show, Backstage, Munich, Germany.
  • 10/02: Foetus live show, Rockhaus, Salzburg, Austria.
  • 10/04: Foetus live show, Loppen, København, Denmark.
  • 10/05: Foetus live show, Knaack, Berlin, Germany.
  • 10/06: Foetus live show, Gleis 22, Münster, Germany.
  • 10/07: Foetus live show, Forum, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • 10/08: Foetus live show, Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 10/09: Foetus live show, VK*, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 10/11: Foetus live show (with Leech Woman and Techno Animal), Scala, London, UK.
  • 10/13: Cancelled by promoter: Foetus live show at the An Club, Athens, Greece.
  • 11/16-17: JG Thirlwell performs “We Are The Dead” as part of the Losers Lounge tribute to David Bowie, Westbeth Theater Centre, New York, NY, USA. Also performing were James Iha, Ann Magnuson, Nick Danger, Joe Budenholzer and Nada Surf, along with other guests and house band The Kustard Kings.
  • 11/26: nois-o-lution releases the Blow recording (Europe).
  • 12/08: JG Thirlwell live online chat hosted by www.scooler.de.
  • 12/13: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Bar d’O, NY, NY, USA.
  • 12/20: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Open Air, St. Mark’s Place, NY, NY, USA (private function).
  • 12/31: Foetus live show (line-up: JG Thirlwell, Paul Bonomo, Vinny Signorelli,Chris Haskett and Jeff Davidson) (with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Dream Lovers), Mercury Lounge, NY, NY, USA.

2002

  • 01/01: Foetus live show (line-up: JG Thirlwell, Paul Bonomo, Vinny Signorelli, Chris Haskett and Jeff Davidson) (with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Dream Lovers), Mercury Lounge, NY, NY, USA.
  • 01/04: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at The Asylum (at The Chamber), Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 01/24: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Star Shoes, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 01/25: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at The Parlor, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 01/25: The LP Show exhibition opens at the Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA, USA, and runs through 14 Apr (featuring the LP sleeve artwork of JG Thirlwell as part).
  • 03/18: Baby Zizanie (JG Thirlwell + Jim Coleman) debut live show, Tonic, NY, NY, USA.
  • 03/23: Baby Zizanie live show, le Lieu Unique festival, Nantes, France.
  • 03/27: Baby Zizanie live show, MAD, Athens, Greece.
  • 03/28: Baby Zizanie live show (with Sonia Brex), Taxi Driver, Catania, Italy.
  • 03/29: Baby Zizanie live show, Hexo Club, Pilzone d’iseo (Brescia), Italy.
  • 03/30: Baby Zizanie live show, Link Club, Bologna, Italy.
  • 04/01: Baby Zizanie live show, Dachstock (Reitschule), Bern, Switzerland.
  • 04/02: Baby Zizanie live show (with Norscq), Batofar, Paris, France.
  • 05/28: Ipecac releases the Steroid Maximus Ectopia recording (US).
  • 06/23: The LP Show exhibition opens at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and runs through 18 Aug (featuring the LP sleeve artwork of JG Thirlwell as part).
  • 06/23: Baby Zizanie live show, Southbank Complex / Queen Elizabeth Hall (Meltdown ‘02 Festival), London, UK.
  • 06/25: The The featuring JG Thirlwell live show, Southbank Complex / Queen Elizabeth Hall (Meltdown ‘02 Festival), London, UK.
  • 06/26: Baby Zizanie live show, Dingwall’s, Camden Town (North London), UK.
  • 08/29: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at The Party at Rififi, NY, NY, USA (with go-go dancers Jaiko and Gina Rififi).
  • 08/31: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at the North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA, USA (with Sweetie) organized by L.A.D.
  • 09/12: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Le Lieu Unique festival, Nantes, France.
  • 09/15: JG Thirlwell one-off performance with Chloe Delaume at ChronOrganIIc festival, La Cigale, Paris, France.
  • 09/25: JG Thirlwell solo electronic serial performance, Yale University, USA (the piece entitled “Threnody pour une Sucette”, based loosely on Gall’s theory of revulsion and convergence– an electronic meditation on France Gall’s mortification at the realisation of the true lyrical content of “Les Sucettes”). JGT was joined by Luz of Amoeba Productions on visuals. Also on the bill was Genesis P.Orridge’s Thee Majesty.
  • 10/03: Murnau live show, Tonic, New York, NY, USA (Murnau consisted of Oren Bloedow – Guitar/FX; Ed Pastorini – Piano and Guitar; Brian Geltner – Drums; and JG Thirlwell – Samples/Electronics).
  • 10/17: Steroid Maximus live debut, The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA, USA (two shows; performed were the Ectopia release and the track “Quilombo!). The line-up for these two shows was: Steven Bernstein -Trumpet, arrangements; Pablo Calogero – Flute, Bass Flute, Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet; Bruce Fowler – Trombone; Phil Teele – Bass Trombone; Sal Cracchiolo – Trumpet; Jon Fumo – Trumpet; D.J.Bonebrake – Concert Percussion, Xylo, Marimba, Vibes, Timpani; Danny Frankel – Latin Percussion, Congas; Nels Cline – Guitar; Devin Hoff – Bass; Scott Amendola – Drums; Jimbo Ross- Viola; Nia Stein-Ross -Cello; Ruth Bruegger – Violin; John Wittenberg – Violin; Robert J. Anderson – Violin; Wayne Peet – Keyboards; Steve Weisberg – Keyboards; and JG Thirlwell conducting.
  • 10/21: DJ OTEFSU DJ’s at Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ, USA (opening reception for “Two Decades of Underground Music Photos by Bob Bert”; the showing period 20 Oct – 08 Nov).
  • 11/??: Ectopic Ents releases the Manorexia Radiolarian Ooze recording.
  • 12/14: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at Ex ‘n’ Pop, Schöneberg, Germany.
  • 12/19: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at Magnet, Berlin, Germany.
  • 12/26: JG Thirlwell takes part in Christmas Purgatory,Hufeisenhaus, Berlin, Germany (a live crash / recording session with JGT joining Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Gordon Monohan, Gordon W., J.J. Jones (Fuzzy Love), XaverNaudascher (Racoon Brothers), Boy From Brazil, and Danielle De Piccioto providing visuals).
  • 12/31: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at the El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA, USA (as part of Liberation New Year’s Ball 2003, featuring Nina Hagen, DJ Lydia Lunch, DJ Leo 9, Eye Of Newt Circus, and others)

2003

  • 02/??: Nail Records (Italy) releases the Baby Zizanie Thalassaphobia mLP, n=500.
  • 02/05: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at Intervention, BQE Lounge, Williamsburg, New York, NY, USA.
  • 02/16: Premier of The Venture Brothers cartoon on the Cartoon Network (US), for which Thirlwell composed the opening theme and supplied soundtrack music via Steroid Maximus, Foetus and Manorexia.
  • 03/02: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at TerrorSex Cabaret @ Luxx, Williamsburg, New York, NY, USA (with Botanica, Electric Turn to Me, and Masculine/Feminine).
  • 03/08: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at the National Arts Club, New York, NY, USA (private function, Jetset Records’ Spring Soirée, with The Flaming Sideburns, The Stratford 4, Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham).
  • 03/12: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at BQE Lounge, New York, NY, USA (with Electro Putas).
  • 04/05: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France.
  • 04/11:Steroid Maximus European live debut, le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France.The line-up for these European shows was: J.G.Thirlwell – composer / conducter / arrangements; Steven Bernstein – Trumpet / arrangements; Jan Orawiec – Violin; Faustine Orawiec – Violin; Guillaume Francois – Cello; Oene van Geel – Violin; Vincent DeBruyne – Viola; Renaud Pion –Reeds; Steve Arguelles – Drums; Noel Akchote – Guitar; Ashley Slater – Trombone; Didier Havet – Bass Trombone; Allie Delfau – Keyboards; Laurent Levesque – Keyboards; Jean-Philippe Morel – Bass Guitar, Double Bass; Xavier Mertian – Tuned Percussion, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Chimes, Timpanis etc; Iian Pattinson – Latin Percussion; Antoine Rousseau– High Trumpet; Noel Langley – Trumpet.
  • 04/12: Steroid Maximus live, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
  • 04/13: Steroid Maximus live, 013, Tilburg, Netherlands.
  • 04/27: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at CBGB’s Gallery 313, New York, NY, USA (as part of the Sex and Guts book release; with Lydia Lunch, Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, Gene Gregorits, Sturgis Nikides, Jonathan Ames and Mark Kramer. Otefsu joined Nels Cline during Cline’ssecond set, Otefsu “jamming” via his decks).
  • 05/16: Baby Zizanie (JG Thirlwell + Jim Coleman) live show, Scheune, Dresden, Germany.
  • 05/18: Baby Zizanie live show, Bastard, Berlin, Germany.
  • 05/20: Baby Zizanie live show, 93 Feet East, London, UK.
  • 05/22: Baby Zizanie live show (with The Streets, A Room with a View), Club Apolo, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 05/23: Baby Zizanie live show, Charlatan, Gent, Belgium.
  • 05/24: Baby Zizanie live show, Goudvishal, Arnhem, Netherlands.
  • 05/26: Baby Zizanie live show, Kulturbunker, Köln, Germany.
  • 05/27: Baby Zizanie live show, BOA, Luzern, Switzerland.
  • 05/28: Baby Zizanie live show, La Casa, Milano, Italy.
  • 05/29: Baby Zizanie live show, Init, Roma, Italy.
  • 05/31: Baby Zizanie live show, Fluc, Vienna, Austria.
  • 06/15: Baby Zizanie live set, Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York, NY, USA (as part of the Bang on a Can 2003 Marathon; also featured was music by Louis Andriessen, Aphex Twin, Eve Beglarian, Dennis DeSantis, Anthony Gatto, Michael Gordon, Carla Kihlstedt, David Lang, Lukas Ligeti, Frederic Rzewski, Giacinto Scelsi, James Tenney, Cenk Urgun, JuliaWolfe, Evan Ziporyn, and John Zorn. Other performers included Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Robert Black, Don Byron, Ethel, Gutbucket, LisaMoore, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Amy X Neuberg, Polygraph Lounge, So Percussion, DJ Spooky, Talujon, Two Foot Yard, and I Wayan Wija).
  • 06/16: JG Thirlwell takes part, as sound artist, in d!sturbances # 3 / freq_out, Charlotten Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 07/02: Lydia Lunch live show, JG Thirlwell joins as guest vocalist on “Stinkfist” and “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” (band members included Foetus live alumni Vinny Signorelli, Norman Westberg and Algis Kizys, and Steroid Maximus alumnus Nels Cline), NorthSix, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
  • 07/02: DJ Otefus DJ’s at Lit, New York, NY, USA.
  • 07/11,12,14: JG Thirlwell performs “Qui est in, Qui est out” at the Loser’s Lounge tribute to Serge Gainsbourg at Fez, New York, NY, USA.
  • 08/28: Baby Zizanie perform on radio WFMU,NJ, USA. The performance is archived at WFMU’swebsite.
  • 09/04: Baby Zizanie (JG Thirlwell and JimColeman) at the Knitting Factory, New York, NY, USA; with The Seconds and Electro Putas. Live visual mixes/light-arrays and installation for BabyZizanie’s performance was by Luciana Sanz, alias Lu(x)z from Amoeba Technology.
  • 09/05: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at Sin-e, New York, NY, USA; with fabulous live performances by TRZTN (Flux Information Sciences) FM Einheit (ex- Einsturzende Neubauten), Electro/Atomu, plus Lary Seven and Mazing Vids.
  • 09/06: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at Southpaw in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, USA; w/live appearances by Oneida, the legendary MetalUrbain (from France) and Mazing Vids.

2004

  • 07/13: A Benefit for Markus Miller at Sin-e, New York, NY, USA; featuring The Secret Machines, Aurelio Valle of Calla, Electro-Putas, Excepter; and between the bands DJ Otefsu (Foetus) aka JG Thirlwell, The Dream Lover’s Soundsystem.
  • 07/14-16: JG Thirlwell performs “Qui est in, Qui est out” at the Loser’s Lounge tribute to Serge Gainsbourg at Fez, New York, NY, USA.
  • 07/27-29: JG Thirlwell performs as Cesare in Der Kastanienball (Chestnut Ball) at Prinzregententeater in Munich, Germany. Thirlwell acted and played theremin. Other musicians included Costes, Steve Beresford, and Steroid Maximus Euro-live alumnus Noel Ackchote. It was an “improvised cabaret-opera”; a new form of a stage production. Produced by Winter & Winter in collaboration with Festspiel + Prinzregententheater, Munich.
  • 08/07: Premiere of The Venture Brothers cartoon on the Cartoon Network, USA; the series being scored by JG Thirlwell.
  • 10/01: Losers Lounge tribute to David Bowie at Fez, New York, NY, USA; JG Thirlwell performs “We Are The Dead”.
  • 10/06: A “freq_out” concert at Blå.Oslo, Norway. Benny Nilsen and Jacob Kierkegaard performed solo sets, followed by a performance courtesy of the freq_out “orchestra” (all participants listed below), conducted by CM von Hausswolff. The Blå evening was part of the Ultima festival.
  • (09 Oct) Opening of freq_out 2, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvik, Norway. freq_out is a sonic installation adventure, perennially curated by CM von Hausswolff. The participants for Oslo were Petteri Nisunen, Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Pétursson, Jacob Kirkegaard, Brandon LaBelle, Tommi Gronlund, Michael Harding, Permagnus Lindborg, CM von Hausswolff, Maia Urstad, Benny Nilsen, Kent Tankred, Franz Pomassl and JG Thirlwell. The idea is that the frequency range is split into slices and each artist works within a frequency. These pieces are then looped and combined in a room and installed; the observer walks around the room experiencing it in the architectural space and how the frequencies interact with each other and by the listeners’ place in the room.
  • 11/02: Birdman releases the (notadam) recording.
  • 11/07: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at the WFMU record fair 3-5pm, New York, NY, USA.
  • 11/15-20: JG Thirlwell and CM Von Hausswolff conduct an audio workshop at the Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
  • 12/31: DJ Otefsu DJ’s at The Knitting Factory’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza, New York, NY, USA. Two sets were performed by John Zorn and Mike Patton, with Ikue Mori joining for the second set.

2005

  • 01/21: Debut of the film Sugar at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, directed by Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley, for which JG Thirlwell provided the soundtrack music, multiple screenings 21-29 Jan, Park City, Utah, USA.
  • 02/03: Bang on a Can All-Stars debut J.G. Thirlwell’s “Anabiosis”, and perform with special guest Philip Glass, Merkin Concert Hall, NY, NY, USA.
  • 03/04:Radio station WNYC-FM streaming broadcast over the internet of the 03 Feb Bang on a Can performance, including Thirlwell’s “Anabiosis” composition; John Schafer’s New Sounds program on WNYC originating from New York, NY, USA.
  • 04/11: JGT DJ’s the 6th Annual Pisces Blue party at Savalas, NY, NY, USA.
  • 04/22: Foetus and Steroid Maximus double bill as eighteen-piece orchestra at Donaufestival, Austria. The line up for the Steroid Maximus / Foetus show at Donaufestival was: J.G.Thirlwell – composer / conductor / arrangements plus singer on the Foetus set; Steven Bernstein – Trumpet / arrangements plus conductor on the Foetus set; Kaoru Asayama – violin; Sayaka Kira – violin; Gustav Krachler – violin; Tokio Takentchi – viola; Nikolaus Leopold – cello; Oliver Stotz – guitar; Andreas Pranzl -trumpet; Gerd Rahstorfer – trumpet; Martin Ptak – trombone; Charlie Wagner – trombone; Clemens Salesny – reeds; Josef Novotny – keys; Clemens Wenger – keys; Alex Meissl – bass; Christian Grobauer – drums; Luis Ribeiro – latin Percussion; Berndt Thurner – mallet percussion.
  • 06/14: LOVE release party,Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, Germany. Including DJ sets by J.G. Thirlwelland Princess Prollkoller. 22:00 hr. Presented by nneon.
  • 07/01: JG Thirlwell DJ’s at Kino Scala/BeatClub, where Bee & Flower performed, Berlin, Germany.
  • 07/04: Birdman releases the LOVE recording in Europe.
  • 07/19: Birdman releases the LOVE recording in the US.
  • 07/30: Release party for the LOVE album, NBI, Berlin, Germany. J.G.Thirlwell and Alex Hacke DJ’d, and there was a special performance by Electronicat with Miss Le Bomb.
  • 08/20: JG Thirlwell DJ’s at IssueProject Room in Brooklyn NY, for Convolution performance. Also on the bill was David Linton & the Bicameral Research Sound & Projection System.
  • 09/14: Bang On A Can performs JGThirlwell’s “Anabiosis” at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland. Also on the program are compositions by Thurston Moore, Louis Andriessen andothers.
  • 10/01-02: freq_out 3, Nuit Blanche festival, Paris, France. The participants for the sonic installation are Petteri Nisunen, Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Pétursson, Jacob Kirkegaard, Brandon LaBelle, Tommi Gronlund, Michael Harding, Permagnus Lindborg, CM von Hausswolff, Maia Urstad, Benny Nilsen, Kent Tankred, Franz Pomassl and JG Thirlwell. This event took place at the spectacular Centre Communiste building in Belleville, which was designed by Oscar Niemeyer. It was the first freq_out to integrate a light interface.
  • 10/09: JG Thirlwell DJ’s on the closing night of the Experimentaclub festival in Madrid on Oct 09 2005. Also appearing at the festival were Psychic TV, Richard H. Kirk, To Rococo Rot, Borbetomagus, People Like Us, and others.
  • 12/12: Release of JG Thirlwell’s remix of Snax’s “Hat Trick”.
  • 22 Nov 2005 – 07 Jan 2006) Sugar, a film by Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley in collaboration with Samara Golden, which debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Fest and features a soundtrack by JG Thirlwell; showing as an installation at Roebling Hall (Chelsea), New York, NY, USA.

2006

  • 07 – 24 Jan: Tony Oursler : Blue Invasion. Blue Invasion is a site-specific installation throughout Hyde Park North, Sydney, Australia. Oursler conceived the work as a kind of “psycho-landscape”, delving into our fascination with, and fears of, life beyond the stars. J.G.Thirlwell was filmed a reading which was projected as part of the installation. For documentation visit Tony Oursler’s website.
  • 25 Feb – April: Tony Oursler : Sound Digressions in Seven Colors. Sound Digressions in Seven Colors is the culmination of several projects that Tony Oursler has been experimenting with for a number of years. A perpetually changing piece of music, seven performers were recorded and then recombined in an installation setting to experiment with chance recombination. Once the performances were captured in high quality sound and video, they were projected upon a specially designed video screen that allows the viewer to see the image from both sides. Each screen is 4×6 feet and has speakers mounted directly into the surface of the screen; thus the music comes from the image of each player. In addition, graphic images of the actual waveforms being produced from the instruments, as depicted on computer editing systems, have been mixed into the video elements. The performers on this piece are Kim Gordon, Tony Conrad, Stephen Vitiello, Lee Ranaldo, Zeena Parkins, Ikue Mori and J.G. Thirlwell. J.G. Thirlwell plays the bowed instrument the Aquasonic, that, when electrified, combines with water within the instrument to produce haunting tones. Nyehaus at the National Arts Club NYC.
  • 03/24: JG Thirlwell / Dorit Chrysler Duet at Issue Projects Room Duets Festival. JG Thirlwell and Dorit Chrysler performed a duet on each others’ songs in a twenty five minute performance. Ms Chrysler also played Theremin. The songs performed were “Pareidolia”, “Tundra”, “Spring Breeze” and “Cirrhosis of the Heart”. Also on the bill were DJ Olive & William Basinski.
  • 04/07: Kronos Quartet premiere performance of “Nomatophobis”, composed by J.G. Thirlwell. Commissioned by UCLA live and the Carnegie Hall foundation. Kronos Quartet also played pieces composed by Glenn Branca and Terry Riley. Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall NY, NY, USA.
  • 04/28: The Kronos Quartet performs Thirlwell’s “Nomatophobis” at The Moore Theater in Seattle.
  • 05/04: JG Thirlwell spoken word performance accompanied by Angharad Davies for Lyrics in Libraries at the Brixton Central Library, London. Also on the bill : Steve Beresford, David Toop, Danielle Dax with Dave Knight, Skull Defekts with Mike Harding, Steve Lake and Project Adorno.
  • 05/06: JG Thirlwell DJ’s on the closing night of the Donaufestival festival in Korneuberg, Austria. Also appearing at the festival that night were No Neck Blues Band,Kammerflimmer Kollektif, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tralala band and Andrey Bartenev: Underpants on a Stick.
  • 06/??: freq_out 4 installation for the Sonambiente festival, Berlin. The sound installation took place in a crypt beneath Schlossplatz.
  • 06/03: The freq_out orchestra performed at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Theatersaal. This was a composed piece constructed of the frequencies performed by the members of the freq_out collective conducted by CM Von Hausswolf.
  • 06/25: Venture Brothers Season 2 premiere on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network. J.G.Thirlwell scored all thirteen episodes of this series.
  • 09/14: JGT and Dorit Chrysler perform a duet of “Summer Wine” backed by the Dreamsville Orchestra featuring Joe McGinty. At the Paris Bar housed at the legendary NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, on 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC.
  • 9/15: J.G. Thirlwell DJ set prior to a set by Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra, celebrating the release of their new album, “MTO Volume One”. Tonic 107 Norfolk Street, New York City.
  • 09/28: Manorexia live world premiere at the DOM Cultural Center in Moscow, Russia. The players for this performance were David Cossin – percussion; Andy Russo -piano; Igor Zalivalov – violin; Sonia Petrova – violin; Parvaz Salimov – viola; Felix Fan – cello; and J.G.Thirlwell -laptop. The set was drawn from material from both Manorexia albums, re-orchestrated for this instrumentation. J.G.Thirlwell worked on the new arrangements with Ted Hearne.
  • 10/01: Manorexia live at the Student Theater of the St. Petersburg Theater Academy, Russia. Same line up as Moscow.
  • 10/18: Manorexia played at two sets at The Stone, NYC. The members of the ensemble for the evening were David Cossin – percussion; David Hanlon – piano; Leyna Papach – violin; Elena Park – violin; Phillipa Thompson – viola; Felix Fan – cello; and J.G.Thirlwell – laptop. The evening was part of a series curated by Mike Patton.
  • 11/11: “Miasma : a meditation on dimensional densities through concurrent temporal passages”. A JG Thirlwell and Lary 7 collaboration on an audio-visual piece devised for the Habitats festival at the Brooklyn Lyceum. JGT provided a sound composition and Lary 7 supplied visuals. The piece was approximately thirty minutes long.
  • 12/01: Release of Foetus Damp, a website-exclusive album of unreleased material.

2007

  • J.G. Thirlwell wrote lyrics and performed the vocals on a track entitled “Asphodel” by the group Strings of Consciousness. You can hear at at the Strings of Consciousness myspace page.
  • Foetus Vein, remix album released. Features Mike Patton, Matmos, Fennesz, Donna Summer (a/k/a Jason Forrest), Tweaker, Tujiko Noriko, Trztn (Services), Jay Wasco, Tom Recchion and J.G. Thirlwell. The album also includes a video of the track Time Marches On by Sam Sohlberg.
  • J.G. Thirlwell remixed the Current 93 track Black Ships ate the Sky. The video was directed by Cam Archer. It was released as a CD and 12″ in late 2007.
  • 01/08-13: freq_out 5 Chiang Mai, Thailand. The fifth installment of the freq-out sound collective with installations and workshops connected to the Land Art Foundation and Chiang Mai University, taking place from Jan 8-13. Participants included the members of the Belgian collective Building Transmissions.
  • 01/08: Kronos Quartet performs Thirlwell’s “Nomatophobis” at Music at Meyer series at Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco. This concert also featured works by John Adams, Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky and a San Francisco premiere by Meredith Monk.
  • 01/20: Kronos Quartet performs Thirlwell’s “Nomatophobis” at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles. Kronos also played pieces by Clint Mansell, Matmos and Einstuerzende Neubauten.
  • 02/19-23: freq-out 6 Mucsarnok Museum, Budapest, Hungary. The sixth installment of the Freq-out sound collective with installation and performance as part Dreamlands Burn exhibition at Mucsarnok, Budapest.
  • 04/21: J.G.Thirlwell DJ set for Donaufestival, Krems, Austria. Also appearing : Nurse With Wound, Six Organs of Admittance, Bonnie Prince Billy, Larsen w.Johann Johannsen, Pantaleimon, Little Annie and more.
  • 04/22: JG Thirlwell spoken word performance accompanied by Angharad Davies at Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 04/25: JG Thirlwell DJ set at Corsica, London, England. Also on the bill are HTRK, Shit & Shine and Guapo.
  • 05/16: JG Thirlwell DJ set at Nuits Sonores Festival, Lyon, France. Also on the bill : Stereo Total, Pierre Bastien, Super Jean Francois Plomb, Large Number, Charlie O and others.
  • 06/08: Thirlwell recently appeared in the Love’s Secret Domain, Contemporary Psychedelic Art show.
  • 05/19: Christian Marclay’s Screenplay project at Nuits Sonores Festival, Lyon, France. JG Thirlwell had a trio with FM Einheit and Frederic Le Junter performing to Christian Marclay’s video score. Also on the bill were Pierre Bastien, Marc Cunningham, Eric M and others.
  • 05/31-06/02:“Robosonic Eclectic: Live Music by Robots and Humans” at Three-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, New York, New York . A concert series consisting of works commissioned for LEMUR’s musical robots. Pieces were by J.G. Thirlwell, Morton Subotnick, George Lewis, John Flansburgh and John Linnell (They Might Be Giants) and others. Robosonic Eclectic was presented as part of the New York Electronic Art Festival (NYEAF), “a month-long celebration of cutting-edge electronic music”. JG Thirlwell’s piece, entitled “Prosopagnosia “, was composed for LEMURbots and string quartet with JG conducting. The string quartet consisted of Leyna Papach, Elena Park, Karen Waltuch and Okkyung Lee.
  • 06/01: Kronos Quartet performs Thirlwell’s “Nomatophobis” at Theatre d’Arras, Arras, France. Kronos also played pieces by Derek Charke, Clint Mansell, Dohee Lee, Sigur Ros, Hamza El Din and Einstuerzende Neubauten.
  • 06/03: Manorexia played at the Bang On A Can marathon at the Winter Garden, World Financial Center, NYC. The members of the ensemble for the evening were David Cossin – percussion; Andy Russo – piano; Leyna Papach – violin; Elena Park – violin; Karen Waltuch – viola; Felix Fan – cello; and J.G.Thirlwell – laptop. This was part of a 26 hour concert that featured performances by many artists including the Bang on a Can Allstars, Ethel, Real Quiet, The Books, Iva Bittova, Mashriq, ICE, Dalek, Yo La Tengo and many more. There were also performances of works by Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Louis Andriessen, Edgar Varese, Thurston Moore, Meredith Monk, Alvin Lucier, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and many more.
  • 05/25: JG Thirlwell performs with Marina Rosenfeld at Issue Project Room.
  • 09/18: JG Thirlwell DJ’s at E-Music private party at Angel Oransanz, NY. Also performing : Vampire Weekend and Budos Band.
  • 11/02: J.G. Thirlwell played a free Composer’s Spotlight concert at the Whitney Museum, NYC. He presented a set by Manorexia and a cycle of pieces for LEMUR robot instruments and string quartet, including several world premieres. The lineup of players for this Manorexia show were Leyna Marika Papach – violin, Elena Moon Park – violin, Karen Waltuch – viola, Felix Fan – cello, David Cossin – percussion, David Broome – piano and JG Thirlwell – laptop. The material was drawn from the two Manorexia albums, Volvox Turbo (2001) and The Radiolarian Ooze (2002). JG also presented several pieces he has composed with the LEMUR robot instruments and string quartet. LEMUR is an acronym for the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots. The robots are self-playing machines, including a four-necked guitar, xylophone, and numerous percussion instruments. In addition to a commissioned piece he premiered earlier this year at Three Legged Dog, Thirlwell presented a brand new piece and two new pieces adaptations for robot instruments and strings: the Steroid Maximus piece L’espion Qui A Pleure and a special rearrangement of the theme song for The Venture Brothers cartoon. For the LEMUR robots portion of the concert, the string section was Leyna Marika Papach – violin, Elena Moon Park – violin, Karen Waltuch – viola and Okkyung Lee – cello. JG Thirlwell served as conducter. The concert was a Composer Spotlight and part of the Friday Night concert series hosted by the Whitney Museum.
  • 11/18: JG Thirlwell DJ set at Corsica Studios, London, England. Also on the bill are Acid Mothers Temple.
  • 11/21: JG Thirlwell performed with a new Manorexia ensemble in a European premiere at St Giles in the Field in London’s West End on 21 Nov 2007. The musicians for this debut European show were Angharad Davies – violin, Anna Cleworth – violin, Julia Davies – viola, Jessica Cox – cello, Tim Parkinson – piano, Dan Gresson – percussion and JG Thirlwell – laptop. Also on the bill was Simon Fisher Turner and The Stargazer’s Assistant.
  • 11/22: Christian Marclay’s Screenplay project at Bush Hall, London. JG Thirlwell had a duo with Bevin Blechtom, performing to Christian Marclay’s video score. Also on the bill were Vicki Bennett with Ergo Phizmiz and Steve Beresford. The show was part of The Wire magazine’s 25th anniversary celebration.
  • 12/04: JG Thirlwell DJ set with Snax at Eschschloraque, Rosenthalerstr 39, Berlin, Germany.

2008

  • Some Bizzare, reissues classic Foetus recordings, SINK (Foetus Inc.) and THAW (Foetus Interruptus) in digipack sleeves.
  • Thirlwell writes the lyrics and performed the vocals on a track with Anubian Lights, entitled “The Puppet Prince”.
  • Thirlwell wrote an essay for Arcana 2, a book compiled and edited by John Zorn. In it, “thirty distinguished composer/performers illuminate and speculate upon method and practice in the process of making, experiencing and thinking about music.” It also includes writings by Uri Caine, Trevor Dunn, Annie Gosfield, Milford Graves, Lukas Ligeti, Jim O’Rourke, Marina Rosenfeld, Yamataka Eye, and many more.
  • 01/23: JG Thirlwell DJ set prior to a set by Lary Seven. Club Midway Ave B, New York City.
  • 02/14: JG Thirlwell/Jennifer Charles duet for Jennifer Charles Valentine duets show at The Hiro Ballroom, NYC. JG and JC performed “Bad bad World”. Also on the bill were Nina Perssons (The Cardigans), Jaleel Bunton (TV on The Radio), The Honorary Title, Marc Ribot, Steven Bernstein, Thomas Bartlett, actor Kevin Corrigan, Ed Pastorini, Erik Sanko, and many more.
  • 04/1-3: JG Thirlwell exhibited a new sculpture at the Teleport Färgfabfriken exhibition at the new Färgfabriken museum in Ostersund, Sweden. The sculpture is entitled “Narcissum Escenda.” It was constructed with plywood, Plexiglas, mirrors and two way mirrors, LED’s with circuit board and other materials. The opening was 1-3 April 2008. www.fargfabriken.se
  • 05/08: JG Thirlwell appeared with Marina Rosenfeld on 05 May 2008 at Merce Cunningham Dance Studios in New York, accompanying her for her piece titled Mirror Mirror. JGT provided vocal sounds and treatments. More info at the Merce site.
  • 05/18: FOR THE BENEFIT OF MYAT: JG Thirlwell appeared at a benefit for two-year-old Myat Moondog Haggart, who suffers from health problems relating to an undiagnosed brain disease. The fundraising event was at St. Mark’s Church on 18 May 2008, and was intended to help offset his medical bills being incurred by his musician parents, Scott Haggart and Kara Bohenstiel. Also appearing were David Grubbs, Backworld, Little Annie, Vito Acconci, Lary 7 w/Scott Haggart, Captains Sons and Daughters, and more. More info at the CMJ site.
  • 09/??: Thirty Days at the Stone: Highlights from a Month Curated by J. G. Thirlwell
  • 09/2: Manorexia plays Brainwaves Festival. Also on the bill: A stellar line-up this year, including JGT’s Manorexia, Threshold HouseBoys Choir (Sleazy’s latest venture), Meat Beat Manifesto, Matmos, Stars of the Lid, Little Annie, Silver Apples, Andrew Liles, Jonathan Coleclaugh, His Name is Alive, Steven Stapleton as DJ, and many others.
  • 09/13: In September 2008, JG Thirlwell travels to Belgium to take part in freq_out 7. The first freq_out debuted in Denmark in 2003, and has since been showcased in Norway, France, Germany, Thailand and Hungary. In addition to the standard sound-art installation, the freq_out orchestra will open the Happy New Ears Festival on 13th September.
  • 10/18: JG Thirlwell’s Venture Bros opening and closing themes were performed at Buddy Rich memorial concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom NYC. The new arrangements were made by Matt Harris and were streamed live on www.drumchannel.com. Along with Bozzio, the concert featured Neil Peart (Rush), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and many more. It will be released on DVD at a later date.
  • 10/24: Kronos Quartet performs JGT’s commissioned composition “Nomatophobis” Uppsala Konsert & Kongress – Main Hall, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 11/15: Kronos Quartet performs JGT’s commissioned composition “Nomatophobis”, Lensic Performing Arts Santa Fe, NM
  • 12/05-07: Manorexia plays All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Curated by Mike Patton and Melvins, which accounts for the wildly eclectic line-up this time around, including JGT’s Manorexia, Fantomas, The Dirtbombs, Melvins, Butthole Surfers, The Damned, Meat Puppets, Junior Brown, Kool Keith, Dalek, Mastodon, Black Heart Procession, Neil Hamburger, Boss Hog, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Fennesz, Rahzel, and many many others.
  • 12/08: J.G. Thirlwell DJ’s at Boss Hog gig at The Luminaire. London, United Kingdom
  • 12/17: J.G. Thirlwell DJ’s at Boss Hog gig at Bowery Ballroom NYC
  • 12/28: Murnau at The Stone, NYC. Murnau (J.G. Thirlwell, Oren Bloedow, Ed Pastorini and Brian Geltner) perform as the second act of the evening. First act is Elysian Fields (Jennifer Charles [who is also curating this month's worth of shows at The Stone], and Oren Bloedow), with special guests.

2009

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