Faves of 2017: Composer JG Thirlwell

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JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His discography is extensive under many pseudonyms including Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, Clint Ruin and others. Thirlwell’s oeuvre stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and sound sculpture, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks – sometimes all in the same album. In addition, Thirlwell scores the TV series The Venture Brothers, and most recently, has also begun scoring the TV series Archer.

JG Thirlwell’s 25 Albums of 2017 (although not all of them came out in 2017)

Pan & Me, Paal (Denovali)
Oneohtrix Point Never, Good Times OST (Warp)
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador)
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest (Atlantic)
Claude Speeed, Infinity Ultra LP / Sun Czar Temple EP (Planet MU)
Lee Gamble, Mnestic Pressure (Hyperdub)
Kelly Moran, Bloodroot (Telegraph Harp)
Knower, Think Thoughts / Life / Let Go (Bandcamp)
Yves Tumor, Serpent Music (Pan)
The Crossing / ICE, Seven Reponses (Innova)
Shamblemaths, Shamblemaths (Bandcamp)
SHXCXCHCXSH, SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (Bandcamp)
Lawrence English, Cruel Optimism (Room 40)
Ellen Arkbro, For Organ And Brass (Subtext)
Fever Ray, Plunge (Rabid)
Lost World Band, Of Things And Beings (Bandcamp)
GAS, Narkopop (Kompakt)
Pan Daijing, Lack (Pan)
Sote, Sacred Horror In Design (Opal Tapes)
Daniel Bjarnason, Over Light Earth / Processions (Bedroom Community)
Free Salamander Exhibit, Undestroyed (Web Of Mimicry)
Konrad Sprenger, Stack Music (Pan)
CM Von Hausswolff, Still Life / Requiem (Touch)
Zeal & Ardor, Devil Is Fine (MVKA)
Gojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
Chino Amobi, Paradiso (Uno NYC / Non)

Notable Concerts:

I went to dozens of concerts and events in 2017. Here are some of the most notable. All in NYC except where noted.

Feb 01 – Feb 05: Simon Hanes, Residency at The Stone
Feb 23: Horse Lords, Alphaville
Apr 20: PJ Harvey, Brooklyn Steel
Apr 29: Kelly Moran, Joe’s Pub
May 02: Jean-Michel Jarre, Radio City Music Hall
May 06: Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble playing Louis Andriessen’s De Staat, Bang On A Can Marathon; Brooklyn Museum.
May 27: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kings Theater
Jul 25: Hans Zimmer, Radio City Music Hall
Aug 03: Melvins, Irving Plaza
Aug 16: Zeena Parkins, Supersense Festival; Melbourne
Aug 23: Zeal & Ardor, St Vitus
Sep 23: Stephen O’Malley, La Maroquinerie; Paris
Oct 11: Sparks, Le Poisson Rouge
Oct 13: Limpe Fuchs, Artists Space
Oct 18: Lost World Band, Spectrum
Oct 21: Roedelius; Steve Hausschildt, Ambient Church
Oct 24: Queens Of The Stone Age, MSG
Nov 01: Tredici Bacci, Roulette
Nov 03: Swans, Warsaw
Nov 05: Dedekind Cut, Warsaw
Nov 07: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings Theater
Nov 09: La Mar Enfortuna, Jewish Museum
Nov 15: King Crimson, Capitol Theater
Nov 02: Thomas Adès’s Exterminating Angel, The Metropolitan Opera
Dec 14: Bent Knee, Rough Trade
Dec 17: Vicky Chow at Stonefest; The New School


Heaven Knows What / Good Times (Safdie Bros)
Comrade Detective
The Florida Project

I also keep a Tumblr blog where I talk about events I check out and other cultural obsessions. 

Find out more on JG Thirlwell on foetus.org.

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