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.

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).

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.


The 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.

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":

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.