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|Thursday, September 1st, 2011|
Today is the first of September!
|Tuesday, January 4th, 2011|
Sorry for the late review on the new Feotus album Hide. I thought I was going to get it for Christmas so I waited and then did not get it! I ordered it after Christmas and it came in the mail today. This won't be a complete review as I have only listened to it one time through, but it may give you an idea of my first impressions. I will go track by track.
Track 1. Cosmetics. Huge sound, reminds me a bit of early Liabach. Operatic vocals, a militant symphony of sound. It might be the best song on the album. It is a long song at over 8 minutes. This does not sound much like other Foetus songs, more like Steroid Maximus plus vocals (female vocals at that). This song is also sang by Abby Fisher, she sings on half of the songs on this album. One interesting thing with this song is that it sounds almost like two songs, at about the 5 minute mark there is a bit of silence and then it restarts and does not sound the same song as what was playing previously, it works, but has the feel of a movie/play changing as an event occurs.
Track 2. Paper Slippers. After the huge sound of cosmetics, the simple piano and distorted vocals of this song seems too tame. Taken by itself it is a good song and it does build up by the end of the song. I really like use of the snare drum.
Track 3. Stood Up. Sounds like recent Foetus. I found this song to be a bit whiny in the vocals and lyrics. I really liked a few of the sounds inserted into the song along with the orchestral sounds that have are a staple of Foetus music, there are a few more less traditional noises that make quick appearances.
Track 4. Here Comes the Rain. Slower song. Reminds me a bit of Mon Agonie Douce from Love. This song will take a bit of getting used to.
Track 5. Oilfields. Haunting sound, heavy bass, lyrics are dark and touch on religion which is unusual for Foetus. This song goes back to sounding like he is writing a musical or opera.
Track 6. Concrete. Noisier then the rest of the album, kind of reminds me of a Neubauten songs opening but then doesn't go anywhere. On the whole this sounds incomplete and maybe reminiscent of a Nurse With Wound song in its in-cohesiveness.
Track 7. The ballad of Sisyphus T. Jones. I like this song, it is pulsing and intense and then goes into a traditional spaghetti western sound in the middle, like a Foetus mash up of Foetus and Wall of Voodoo. Then it goes back into soundtrack mode, then into a militant march before going back to the spaghetti western. The way I am describing this song makes it sound like a hot mess, but it actually all works together pretty well.
Track 8. Fortitude Vincemus. 45 second song. Highly operatic.
Track 9. You're Trying to Break Me. Growling vocals and a sound much like “how to vibrate”.
Track 10. O Putrid Sun. Slow. Lots of violin. Picks up towards the end. On first listen I am having trouble understanding the lyrics.
Overall I think this album seems a little hit or miss so far. However, the songs I consider misses may grow on me with time. If you don't really like anything since Nail, this is not for you. If you like Love and Steroid Maximus then you will like this album.
|Tuesday, October 5th, 2010|
New Foetus album HIDE now available
New Foetus album HIDE now available
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of the long awaited new studio album by Foetus, entitled HIDE.
HIDE features ten new compositions by JG Thirlwell, who describes it as a “neo-symphonic avant-psychedelic concept album informed by the culture of fear”. Kicking off with a nine minute operatic opus featuring the guest vocal talents of opera singer Abby Fischer, HIDE is an immersive album infused with strands of progressive and contemporary classical, as well as Thirlwell’s twisting cinematic journeys, bombast and sombre interludes.
Thirlwell produced the album and performs most of the music. Also guesting on the album are long time collaborator Steven Bernstein on trumpet and Leyna Marika Papach from Thirlwell’s Manorexia ensemble on violin. In addition Elliot Hoffman of Carbomb plays drums on a track, and there are appearances from Ed Pastorini, Jeff Davidson and Christian Gibbs (Lucinda Blackbear).
|Wednesday, September 1st, 2010|
TODAY IS THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER!
(also, new album soon!)
|Friday, May 28th, 2010|
Steroid Maximus live in New York
JG Thirlwell will be performing his Steroid Maximus project as a twenty piece band with brass section and strings at Prospect Park for the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival on June 18. Steroid Maximus will be performing the Ectopia album and selections from the score of The Venture Bros. Rain or shine, and it’s free - mark your calendars for this once-in-a-lifetime show! JG will be joined by long-time colleague Steven Bernstein as musical director and on trumpet; the rest of the musicians will be announced shortly. Dr Lonnie Smith will support.http://foetus.org/content/news/steroid-maximus-live-in-new-yorkThe sad part is that I am going to New York next week, but leave before the 18th so I will miss this and it sounds great.
|Wednesday, April 21st, 2010|
|Thursday, April 1st, 2010|
|Tuesday, December 1st, 2009|
Venture Bros soundtrack on Youtube
Last April I posted that I received the LP instead of the CD for the Venture brothers soundtrack. I ended up keeping the vinyl record, but using a USB turntable to record it onto my computer. This was a workable solution, even though recording from the turntable is a bit of a pain in the butt. I still recommend ordering the CD, however, because the MP3 downloads you get when you buy the album are 4 songs that are supposedly the missing songs from the album, but two of the four were really songs already on the album.
The other day I noticed that someone has posted all of the songs to Youtube. So enjoy, if you want to hear all of the songs, just search for JG Thirwell on Youtube and they all come up. Here is "In a Spaceage Mood":
|Tuesday, September 1st, 2009|
|Saturday, April 11th, 2009|
Coupon for full download or just the missing tracks on LP?
Hey can anyone help me out here? I ordered the Venture Bros soundtrack and I thought I ordered the CD, however when it arrived I had been sent the LP. I already have a shit load of vinyl that I never listen to and really would have preferred the CD. However, I do have a record player and could listen to the LP if I wanted.
Here is the dilemma: I could open the record and listen to it as a record and download the album in digital format to play on my computer, etc. (the way I play all of my music these days) or I could return the album and exchange it for the CD. The original press release said that if you bought the LP you would get a coupon to download the album for free. However, I read a review of this album where the reviewer said that even though the whole album was promised for download, the reality was that she was only able to download the four tracks that are missing from the LP, but are included on the CD. Has anyone had experience with this and what is the real story here? I am willing to keep the LP if I can get a full digital copy in MP3 format that I can put on my MP3 player and my computer, but if it is a crappy secure WMA or a partial album or something else funky than I would prefer to send the album back and get the CD which I can copy to my MP3 player and computer.
|Saturday, March 7th, 2009|
Venture Brothers soundtrack album being released
Received this and am reposting because it is great news. I am looking forward to getting this in my hands:
The long awaited Venture Brothers soundtrack album, by JG Thirlwell, will be released by Williams Street Records on March 24 2009.
It will be available on CD, vinyl and download.
Pre-order is up now; the album ships on March 24.
The CD will only be available from the Williams Street online shop. Why?
The vinyl, however, will be available in retail! What?
The Venture Brothers is a hit cartoon series aired on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network. The pieces on the album are reworked and drawn from the first three seasons of the show.
This album is blistering.
If you dig Steroid Maximus and Foetus, you are probably going to love this album!
The track listing is as follows -
1. Brock Graveside
4. 13 BigMon / Boys as Transformers
5. Node Wrestling
9. Mississippi Noir
10. VB1 Spag
14. Warped Carousel
15. Sexy Sultry
16. In a spaceage Mood
17. X1 Krashi / woozzy
18. Warped Span
20. VB Theme
The vinyl omits four tracks to provide great sound fidelity; however it should come with a coupon giving the purchaser access to a free download of the album.http://www.williamsstreet.com/
Also I am sorry about the Spam that keeps being posted. I check LJ everyday so I will get it deleted promptly if it happens again.
|Saturday, November 1st, 2008|
who was jim thirlwell for halloween?( i was.Collapse ) Current Mood: barftacular
|Monday, September 1st, 2008|
Today is the first of September!
|Friday, June 6th, 2008|
The Venture Brothers
The third season of The Venture Brothers begins airing on Sunday night, June 08 2008 on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network.
It features brand new score by JG Thirlwell.
Foetus myspace has a preview of the new season, I haven't watched it yet, I think I would rather have a soundtrack CD personally.
|Thursday, May 1st, 2008|
|Wednesday, February 27th, 2008|
Feotus T-Shirts now available at foetus.org
I am too fat to fit into even an extra large shirt, but for more avarege sized people this is pretty cool, also personally I think the DVD with Love was cool and am sad that it is not part of the second pressing, here is the release info:
We are proud to announce we are making Foetus t-shirts available for the first time at the Foetus shoppe.
We are offering just one design for now : the classic Foetus "arrow" logo on a black or gray
shirt. Supplies are extremely limited.
There are men's L and XL and some girls sizes.
The Foetus couture shoppe is linked at the top of the main shoppe page.
Act now - when they're gone, they're gone.
At the moment you can't combine shipping with CD's as the rates are different . Just go to www.foetus.org and go to shop on the navigation bar.
The classic Foetus LOVE CD has been reissued and is back in stock in the shoppe. This time it doesnt come with a DVD (that was only for the first pressing), so the price has dropped to $13. To some this is considered the best Foetus album yet!!
I like Love, but I am not sure who thinks it is the best Foetus album, but I am glad some people think it is the best.
|Monday, February 18th, 2008|
Manorexia live video
I saw this on Myspace and decided to xpost it here. The video is not what I would call action packed, but for a Manorexia live show that is what is to be expected:
Manorexia in live performance for the JG Thirlwell composer spotlight at the Whitney Museum 11/2/07. The players are Leyna Marika Papach on violin, Elena Moon Park on violin, Karen Waltuch on viola, Felix Fan ..o, David Cossin on percussion, David Broome on piano and JG Thirlwell - composer, laptop. Filmed and edited by Jeff Davidson.http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=28357693
|Thursday, November 1st, 2007|
This Friday FREE at the Whitney Museum NY-JG Thirlwell
For anyone in NY NY, this looks cool. Sorry if you have already seen this info elsewhere.
NOV 2 : JG Thirlwell will perform with his Manorexia ensemble at the Whitney Museum of Art.
The material will be drawn from the two Manorexia albums, Volvox Turbo (2001) and The Radiolarian Ooze (2002)( more infoCollapse )
|Monday, October 22nd, 2007|
Thoughts about the new Foetus album Vein. I think it would be cool if others post a review of the album on this site as well. I bought my copy locally but it is available at foetus.org as well. I am not the best at reviews, but here are a couple of quick thoughts on each track.
Track by track:
1. Pareidolia remix by Fennesz. A little slow with an annoying static sound, stays too slow for my tastes. Not the best way to start the album in my opinion.
2. How to Vibrate, remix by Mike Patton. Sounds a lot like the original. A bit disappointing for me as I used to like some Mike Patton’s work in his own bands (Faith no more, Mr. Bungle).
3. mon agonie douce, remix by JG Thirwell. Finally a song I like the remix better than the original. He cut out the lyrics and sped it up in some parts and gave it feel that reminds me a lot of Nick Caves “the carny” but without any lyrics. I like it a lot. Figures this one is remixed by Thirwell himself.
4. L’Overture remix by Jay Wasco. It could be better, small snippets of several songs from Love. The main problem with it is that he didn’t use the samples to effectively create a uniquely singular song, instead it still sounds like a montage of the Love songs. I would have preferred he use the sounds to create a new song that can stand on its own as a cohesive unit and not sound like a montage of several songs, unfortunately I don’t think he made it.
5. Don’t want me Anymore remix by Tujiko Noriko. I like this one, again no lyrics. Just the music and it sounds good. It is more of a soundscape with elements of Manorexia present. I think if you like Monorexia, you will enjoy this track.
6. Not Adam remix by Jason Forrest, good remix, again he doesn’t include lyrics. The sound is a little harder than the version on love and not quite as accessible. I like this a lot and it reminds me of some of the early tracks that Foetus put out that contained no lyrics (think of the music only Sink material, a little more than Steroid Maximus).
7. Thrush remix by TRZTN of Services. The lyrics are done as a duet with Jennifer Charles. The track is a good one, but it doesn’t sound much like a Foetus track, I think it is the most club friendly track. JGT doesn’t even come in with his own Lyrics until after the song is half over.
8. Aladdin Reverse remix by Tweaker, Jim’s lyrics on this one. Sounds a lot the original. In fact I really cannot tell much difference, a bit more emphasis on the guitar parts.
9. Not in YR Hands remix by Matmos, The lyrics are sparse, just the Ba Ba Ba Ba, however there is an annoying high pitched sound towards the end that I am not liking. I am undecided on this one.
10. Corrodia Gravis remix by Tom Reccion, This again is a remix of several different songs, unlike L’Overature however I think this one accomplishes the task of being a unique and cohesive song. It is slow and textured and again reminds me more of Manorexia than Foetus.
Overall an album that I think has merit. It is not an album that most Foetus fans will be overly impressed with. I think if you really Manorexia and Steroid Maximus, you will like most of this. If you really liked love, you may like this one. If you are about the harder edged early stuff, you will not like this album. There is a new video for time marches on the disk. I had to install Quicktime which I don’t like in order to get it to play. The video is a cartoon and appears to be a slightly cleaned up version of the one jonathanchrist
posted on this site last year (July 13 ’06, if you want to go back and look for it).
|Saturday, October 13th, 2007|
Foetus VEIN - now in stock at the Foetus Shoppe!
Got this alert today:
We are thrilled to announce the long-awaited new FOETUS album VEIN is now in stock at the Foetus Shoppe!
You can order it now at http://www.foetus.org/shop
You can hear a trailer of the album at http://www.birdmanrecords.com
It is officially released on Ectopic Ents through Birdman Recordings next Tuesday , October 16, so also look for it in your local music retailer.
It will also be available thru the Birdman Records site, Amazon and other fine online retailers.
Coming soon to i-tunes and other digital sites.
To regard VEIN as purely a remix album is to underestimate its intentions and ambitions.
VEIN uses material from 2005's LOVE fractured and reimagined by some of today's most notable artisits.
It is an immersive, powerful and sometimes harrowing cinematic journey thru sound and emotion .
Includes contributions by Fennesz, Mike Patton, Jay Wasco, Jason Forrest, Tujiko Noriko, TRZTN (of Services), Tweaker, Matmos, Jennifer Charles, Tom Recchion and of course JG Thirlwell.
As a bonus, the album also features the award-winning animated video of Time Marches On by Swedish director Sam Sohlberg.
The sleeve of VEIN is once again designed by renaissance man Thirlwell in his signature palette of red. white and black. It juxtaposes design homages from Op art, constructivism and sportswear design via JG's unique vision, and represents the 18th instance of naming a Foetus album with a four-letter one-syllable title.( track listing and moreCollapse )