Best Of 2009: By JG Thirlwell

Published on December 22nd, 2009 in: Best Of Lists, Movies, Music |

Mainly I listen to classical, contemporary composition, soundtracks, and prog rock, and I spent most of the year writing new music of my own.

Tyondai Braxton, Central Market

Contemporary albums I enjoyed:

Tyondai Braxton, Central Market

Koenjihyakkei, Angherr Shisspa/Viva Koenji!!/Hundred Sights of Koenji/Nivraym

Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

White, White

Elysian Fields, The Afterlife

Muse, The Resistance

Fuck Buttons, Tarot Sport

Beirut, March of the Zapotec

No Age, Weirdo Rippers (2007: heard it this year for the first time)

Noveller, Red Rainbows

Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion

Broadcast, Microtronics, Volumes 01 & 02 3″ CDs

Whales and Cops, Great Bouncing Icebergs

Oh yeah, another song I liked:
“Skeletons” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best concerts of 2009:

1/29: John Adams at Peter Sharp Theater

2/6: John Zorn’s Bar Kokhba at Abrons Art Center

3/10: Boulez conducts Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, and Varèse at Carnegie Hall

4/16 and 4/28: Throbbing Gristle

5/29: Wolfgang Voigt performs GAS at Miller Theatre

6/9: The Psychic Paramount at Santos

6/21: Van der Graaf Generator at Nokia Theatre

7/10: Konono N°1, Sant’Arcangelo Festival

7/16: Kronos Quartet in Prospect Park

7/30: Grace Jones at Hammerstein

8/7: Child Abuse and Ga’an at Silent Barn

8/21: Extra Life/Little Women at DBA

9/9: Boredoms BOADRUM 9 at Terminal 5

9/12: Z’s/Normal Love/Pygmy Shrews at DBA

10/4: Gavin Friday’s 50th at Carnegie Hall

10/18: Lucky Dragons at Roulette and earlier in the year at Sculpture Center

11/12: Futurist Noise Intoners at Town Hall

11/18: Mike Kelley, Day is Done at Judson Church

11/20: Devo perform Are We Not Men? album, Irving Plaza

11/24: Felix Kubin at Santos and lecture at Brooklyn College

12/18: Tristan Perich, Piece for one bit chips and harpsichord, Galapagos

Movies I dug:


Sin Nombre

Cargo 200 and Balabanov’s other films Zhmurki, Brother, Of Freaks and Men


Fando and Lis


Pusher II

JG’s strangest performances of the year:

Gavin Friday’s 50th birthday with U2, Lady Gaga, Courtney, Lydia, Rufus, Antony. . .

Singing at Carnegie Hall and sharing a dressing room with Flo and Eddie

Kronos Quartet performs JG Thirlwell’s “Nomatophobis” in Prospect Park

JG’s Ecclesiophobia solo sound installation in a crypt from the Middle Ages in Italy

Performing naked in John Duncan’s choir at Performa, Gramercy Theater

JG Thirlwell has been featured in Popshifter several times, most recently in Issue 011.

8 Responses to “Best Of 2009: By JG Thirlwell”

  1. paul gregory:
    December 22nd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Wow: Foetus , The Phosphorecent Leech and Eddie all in the same room. Hope they were cool with you and vice versa, LOVE THE 3 OF YEZ !!!

  2. Rob:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 12:57 am

    I had a fabulous Foetus moment this year, after 22 years of buying Foetus albums on Vinyl then Cd and now in MP3 format. I sent an order for Vein and cheekily asked if JGT could sign it. It arrived 7 days later in Tasmania with a message to ‘look inside’ on the reciept Inside my CD was written in gold pen JG Thirwell.. totally chuffed.

  3. RevDL:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Jealous that you saw Devo. And that you’re FOETUS! BTW please consider doing a Foetus “rock” band tour… I only got to see one and it was radical, man.

  4. Julian:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Walked by me ass naked at A Superimposed Reality Preforma, event last November at the Gramercy Theatre. That was weird.

  5. Joly MacFie:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I got that Psychic Paramount show..

  6. Popshifter » We Want To Thank You:
    December 24th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    […] Thirlwell posted a link to his “Best Of 2009″ list on his website and his Facebook […]

  7. BlackMagic:
    April 19th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    ugh, no-balls overrated hipster crap like animal collective….still love Foetus tho

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    December 24th, 2010 at 9:02 am

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