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Jamie Stewart’s bleak, evocative art-pop’s always had an element of catharsis, a figurative purging about it. As of today it also has an element of literal purging about it. Here he is talking about his (great) new album’s title track:

The title came from a night a literally being on my knees and speaking these words in a prayer to God. It is about the tension between feeling hopeless but also feeling as if spiritual love is possible and there for you if you want it. The drum programming is a result of 1,000 hours of tiny, tiny edits and ruminations. However, the lyrics in a rare, present instance came all at once in about five minutes.

What he doesn’t say is that the track’s synth-injected gothic bleep and thump was done primarily on a Nintendo DS. He also didn’t mention Xiu Xiu’s new full-time member Angela Seo, who is credited for the record with “piano, synth, and drum programming,” although that leaves out the very special skill she’s showcasing in the video for “Dear God, I Hate Myself”: self-induced vomiting. Meanwhile, true to another track’s title (“Chocolate Makes You Happy”), Jamie contentedly munches a Hershey’s by her side. Polarity in motion. Be warned. Now watch:

Dear God, I Hate Myself is out 2/23 via Kill Rock Stars.

Pre-order at xiuxiu.org. There’s also “Gray Death.”

On tour:
03/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
03/07 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree #
03/10 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Productions #
03/11 – Dallas, TX @ The Cavern #
03/12 – Houston, TX @ The Studio @ Warehouse Live #
03/13 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 #
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03/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo $
03/19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place $
03/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill $
03/23 – Olympia, WA @ Northern ^^
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Holocene ^^
03/25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux @
03/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge !!
03/27 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive !!
03/29 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon !!
03/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center !!
03/31 – Iowa City, IA @ The Picador !!
04/01 – Northfield, MN @ The Cave at Carleton College !!
04/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry !!
04/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ##
04/05 – Oberlin, OH @ The Dionysus Discotheque !!
04/07 – Cleveland, OH @ The Spot !!
04/08 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place ^^
04/09 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom %%
04/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs ^^
04/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^^
04/14 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel ^^
04/15 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 ^^
04/17 – Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
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Comments (83)
  1. Kori   |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 -1

    i would hate myself if i were in xiu xiu too.

  2. I LOVE THIS SONG (and the whole album) though the video makes me feel sort of in between youporn and 2girls1cup

  3. jbean  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 -3

    why does anyone like this band?

    • shoo shoo fly  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 -3

      do we even know for a fact that someone does indeed like them?

      • jbean  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 -3

        well stereogum always posts about them like they’re important…which i just can’t understand…fill the space with better tunes…seriously

    • I like Xiu Xiu/Jamie Stewart for his ongoing attempt at shocking people, and creating reactions like the aforementioned. There are a lot of people who HATE Xiu Xiu, but at least in that, he has succeeded in creating a reaction better than the blithe once-overs that most music creates.

  4. Luis  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 0

    Can’t you see this is a most ludic commentary on corporate post-colonialism and it’s consequences? Moreover it’s a very sincere attempt to give ontological consistency to a whining proper of a fifteen year old smashing a mirror in slow motion.

    Or it could just be FUCKING BULLSHIT.

    Be intelligent and choose the first option

  5. megan  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 +2

    You are all stupid, and Xiu Xiu is fucking amazing. Sorry if they’re a little different than Vampire Weekend or whatever the fuck you listen to. The video is quite nauseating, but it could not have been any other way; it fits the song perfectly.

  6. zoe  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 -1

    Yea, real ludic. It’s about as playful as pencil in my ear. It is, in fact, total bullshit, just like your pathetic pseudo-intellectual comment. Christina Aguilera makes more potent social commentary than this.

    • Luis  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

      You’re right! I was trying to sound like a pathetic pseudo-intellectual.
      I guess mission accomplished! I wasn’t saying anything coherent there. Just wanted to imitate the nauseous jargon SOME art students love to use.

      Even though I wasn’t being serious there, I agree with you that Christina Aguilera makes more potent social commentaries than I do. I really suck at it.

      Cheers!

    • Lol  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

      Shut up you stupid hipster.

  7. Does this video nauseating fit the song?
    Yes, can you think of a better depiction of self-loathing than inducing your own vomit repeatedly?

    Will I ever watch this again?
    Heck no!

    Am I looking forward to the album and tour?
    Heck yeah!

  8. g  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 -2

    “Dear God, I hate myself but rather than keep that to myself and work on being a person that I’m actually happy with, I’m going to package it sensationally and sell it and hope that lots of people buy it and love me.”

  9. william  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 +2

    im really sorry i have to give the typical “u guise just dont get it/its art” but seriously? obviously Jamie (or anyone that listens to this stuff) expects everyone to like this. but if you’ve heard anything from them or knew anything about their mission in their music, you would realize they are much less shallow than a band that is based in shock value. how typically jaded-hipster to take the pretentious route of “oh this is so stupid” because you dont want to take the time to emotionally invest or learn anything about what they are trying toconvey to you?

  10. I don’t know; it was kind of cute. Not! Haha, but how really cares?

    This album is effing awesome. So glad to have an incredible xiu xiu cd at my side! I think some of you take this stuff wayyyy too seriously. It’s really not that big of a deal. Although, I do feel bad for her throat; that’s not healthy.

  11. I love the carefree juxtaposition between the new girl throwing up and Jamie gleefully dancing next to her. Xiu Xiu is a polarizing thing, you either love it or hate it. It’s the Tom Goes to the Mayor of music.

  12. I don’t know; it was kind of cute. Not! Haha, but how really cares?

    This album is effing awesome. So glad to have an incredible xiu xiu cd at my side! I think some of you take this stuff wayyyy too seriously. It’s really not that big of a deal. Although, I do feel bad for her throat; that’s not healthy.

  13. Amazing video paired with a pretty good song.
    His description of the song was a little emo, and serves as a pretty good example of why an artist should never explain their work. BUT OUTSIDE OF THAT, this rules.

  14. just great. haunting/disturbing video with beautiful music. just like elephant.

  15. strangelet  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 0

    vomit rules xiu rules fuck da haters

    • sulfuric   |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 -1

      vomit rules? you’re a sad clown.

      pretty sure i was the first comment on here yesterday and now it’s not there…very weird. is it because i said “dear god, i hate jamie and his puking friend.”?

      oh and this is not art. this is brainless. it’s not creative or smart to juxtapose someone making themselves puke next to someone dancing whil they eat…it’s cheap. saying things like “he succeeded in creating a reaction” is fukin lame, that’s the lowest form of “art”. he must love marilyn manson and jackass videos. and most importantly, the song’s not good anyway.

      • Bro. It has been my experience that ‘The Gum’ has a notoriously horrible comments section feature. So I’m sure it’s not some indie-rock conspiracy to silence the haterz.

        AND, shocking people via art is a pretty remarkable feat, these days. Jamie Stewart has been able to do that musically and visually (eg album cover art) for years, in a scene which is uncomfortably devoid of such things. How many other bands/musicians make you feel a marked sense of discomfort the way Xiu Xiu does?

  16. artimusmaximus  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    Xiu Xiu is okay. If he made of an album full of songs like “I Luv the Valley OH” you lot would be all over it.

    But really? What’s with this video?

    I mean, it just had to be his hot Asian bandmate making herself throw up. Where does he get off? The nerve.

  17. the red feather  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 -1

    ugh, that was one of the worst things i’ve ever seen. the way she looks into the camera, tears in her eyes. after a big expulsion and she looks as though she’s fed up with this, she just stuffs her hand back in there to fill out the length of the song. asshole is probably egging her on from off camera. i can’t stand shit like this – this is where the line between art and exploitation needs to be drawn.

  18. Ipecac Jones  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 +1

    Ipecac syrup would speed this process up. Kidding, obv. It’s a great song, amazing band and of course the video is disturbing…also kind of fascinating and compelling. Jamie’s usually gone for the unsettling, more power to him.

  19. Ho  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    what is it with Asian girls and puking? they’re all about it! web serach it if you don’t believe me…

  20. Kim  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 +1

    I wonder if the girl was not asian, but a white male or even female, that some would still say that she was being exploited. I am an asian american female, and i see no reason to assume that the new full time band member did not have all the say and will in making this video, and is being “Exploited.”

    As for asians and throwing up, wtf? I didn’t look it up on the internet, but those are probably some fetishized things, just like any other asian-pee-poop-whatever stuff you find online. just because she is asian, you immediately tie in her actions to some fetish??

    I do admit that when I was growing up, middle school, high school time, a lot of my peers, and a lot of asian girls had very unhealthy body image issues. And bulimia is a huge issue. It is disturbing and gross, but it is fact that many girls, out of low self-esteem and self-hatred, do throw up. That does not mean that asian girls are being exploited to throw up. That’s another complete social issue.

    There just seems to be an undercurrent of racial stereotypes and prejudice here. Just in terms like “using the hot asian girl”–not many would say “using the hot white girl.” Just because she is asian does not mean she must be being exploited and does not have full command of her actions and is being used by the first white dude that comes around.

    • the red feather  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 -1

      I never brought race or gender into this – are you blind to human suffering? Does this not feel like hazing to you? Read her face, read the tears, read the horrific stare, read the shame in knowing all of this is going to be broadcasted on the indie music blogs for privileged college kids to comment on “how artistic it all is.” The way its shot and her natural, emotive responses indicate there was a certain level of coercion involved, and I can’t support that.

      • kim  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 +1

        but people suffer on camera/film and in public all the time, and induce all sorts of self-torture all the time, for whatever the reason that may not involve exploitation. i mean, the whole point of the song is self-hatred, and self-induced vomiting, for some, is exactly the physical manifestation of such self-hatred. and of course she is going to look miserable. i think that was the whole point she wanted to get across.

        and really, i don’t believe that if it was the white male vomiting, and the asian female eating chocolate, no one would say, he is being exploited and she is egging him on, not in this context. we woudln’t say that he was being exploited by her or us, the consumers of media and art, or whatever. i know there are instance when we should definitely be wary of forms of exploitation, but she is a full member of the band, not just some homeless stranger from a developing country that he picked off of the road and beat and fed until she puked herself on film.

      • mmhmm  |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2010 +1

        again: seriously? if you knew one god damn thing about xiu xiu you would know that they dont kidnap random asian girls to join their weird art-rock band and make gratuitous videos. reading things angela has posted on xiuxiu.org and just seeing her interaction with the band in general is enough to convince me she is totally involved with this project of her own free will.

    • Tammy  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

      in no way do i mean to gang up and i am not a racist but it does in fact seem like asians, more than any other denomination of people, are into films involving females vomiting. its not your fault, im sure…but its reality. call it “fetishized” or not, it’s all people intentionally filming people intentionally vomiting and it’s disgusting.

  21. i like the idea behind this band, i just cant fully get into the music. ._.

    • sympathyforthemusicindustry  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

      “the idea behind this band”?? what’s that supposed to mean?
      bands are supposed to exist to make music…anything else is just bullshit to market themselves. so lame

  22. Well, I guess I’m not going to drink this smoothie I just made.

  23. Whoa there, ‘Dear God’ is right…

  24. i like xiu xiu a lot, but this video is a bit much. yes, you win the visceral award, congrats. high on the narcissism totem pole too, though. what’s next for xiu xiu: a bme olympics video or a 2 xiu’s in 1 cup vid? serious.

  25. soundFiend  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 +1

    grow up!
    performace art involving human waste or excresion has always been and will always be taboo, get over it
    there are far worse things out there than a person self-inducing vomit
    it happens, a lot of people do it for the sake of vanity or a false sense of comfort or just because they drank too much
    self-loathing is also a part of all of us
    awareness is the key

  26. I miss Caralee

  27. hannah chan  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

    caralee is a sell out
    fuck cold cave and their stupid fucking xiu xiu rip off songs and her lame ass radio shack ad
    what a fucking lame wanna be
    anyway,
    just because some one is asian does not mean that if they do something perverted does not then mean that they are being oppressed.
    angela, i am sure, decided to do this as an adult of her free will and if she did not want to, then would decide not to.
    fuck all you assholes who think that if you are asian you are feeble and can’t do or not do what ever you want.
    and as to the asians like puke dude, fuck you too! white people like to murder arabs all over the world and film it and send it to their fucking foot ball bros back home. how you like them apples shit head?

    • funnyhat  |   Posted on Feb 22nd, 2010 0

      just because some one is caralee does not mean that if they do something caralee does not then mean that they are being oppressed.?caralee, i am sure, decided to do this as an adult of her free will and if she did not want to, then would caralee not to.?fuck all you assholes who think that if you are caralee you are feeble and can’t do or not do what ever you want.?and as to the caralee like caralee dude, fuck you too! caralee people like to caralee caralee all over the world and film it and send it to their fucking caralee ball bros back home. how you like them apples shit head?

  28. Sadie   |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

    This is a great song. This is an insane and stupid and brilliant video. Hilarious and Punk ROCK!
    Xiu Xiu is one of the most important bands that has ever recorded art music.
    They have made something original and I thank them for it. So many bands owe them everything.

    • wow  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 -1

      “most important bands that has ever recorded art music”
      haha that’s hilarious…but also a bit sad. you’re an idiot.

    • artimusmaximus  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 +1

      Not so important or anything. But defs creative and on some other s—, can’t deny that. Who sounds like them? Really.

  29. thanks a lot, i was just eatin

  30. Matthew Melchionne  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 -1

    It’s kind of silly that people say that Xiu Xiu push boundaries or are saying something special or good because they make you uncomfortable. They are not pushing boundaries or saying anything special. The notion that making yourself throw up because of image issues is a disgusting, pitiful and reprehensible act is really, really old news. I mean, I got tired of hearing it when I was in the 7th grade, you guys.

    On the final count, while art may not always be pleasant, just because it is intentionally unsettling does not make it good. You want to know what else makes me uncomfortable? Marilyn Manson. I think we can agree that his tirade has been tired for a while.

    Let’s face it, Xiu Xiu’s music is completely lacking in tact or finesse and really ought not to be on this blog.

    • Whether or not you think it is ‘good’ or is inclusive of ‘tact’ or ‘finesse’, whatever those things mean, you are still here, moved enough to post comments on how much tact and finesse Xiu Xiu are lacking. Which, I can only imagine, is some overt nod to music I would rather not have anything to do with, but probably do, of my own volition or otherwise-although I won’t remember.

      Something tells me you won’t forget this one.

  31. bobby-o  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 +2

    dear lord i hate every fucking college-age asshole who enjoys animal collective, dirty projectors, & grizzly bear & still thinks they have a voice, and then posts that voice in a stereogum comment box underneath a xiu xiu video as if they had a choice.

  32. Alvin  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 0

    As much as I love Xiu Xiu and the music they put out, this video was a bit much. I couldn’t get through more than 15 seconds before feeling a little queasy. But maybe I’m just squeamish.

  33. Adrienne  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 0

    NO.

  34. kiara  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2010 +1

    I’m not going to lie, I laughed.. Mostly because of the back-and-forth strangely sexual fingering motion into her throat… but then again, I’ve never see anyone induce vomiting. Even so, I didn’t find it gross, it’s just throw-up. As for people saying this is not art, and that it is cheap for showing a lazy dichotomy: this video represents more than that. It’s not a simple black/white dichotomy because eating food and vomiting food do not exist as stark opposites of each other. The act of vomiting is dependent upon eating. It is a response to eating, and it negates it as well. However, eating is not always an innocent act- chocolate is often associated with gluttonous behavior, and Jamie’s apparent complacency towards Angela’s actions only encourage this sentiment.
    The way I interpret it is that Angela, through her willingness to induce her own pain and discomfort, represents the individual who courageously acknowledges their own self-hatred. Jamie, however, ignores Angela and decides to indulge in chocolate instead. Through this act of taunting, Jamie’s behavior represents self-hatred as well- though his remains less obvious, and manifests itself through ignorance and denial. Jamie’s position in this video reminds me a lot of your run-of-the-mill, cubicle sitting, SUV driving WASP, who secretly hates themselves yet will insist they’ve found “happiness”. However, Angela confronts the camera, with tears in her eyes, and vomits, knowing there is nowhere to hide from this self-loathing act. To me, that is what this song and video are about. There is something beautiful about turning to God and saying, “I hate myself”. It can be liberating to acknowledge that part of yourself, rather than keeping it buried. It may not be as good as telling God you love yourself, but at least it’s honest.

  35. xiuxiu.org  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2010 +1

    “once more regarding the vomit
    The video was my idea. Jamie didn’t exploit me or coerce me or anything like that.

    Although this was a while ago, I grew up around a lot of people who were bulimic. Well not just bulimic, but had a lot of various issues with self hatred that were expressed in a million various ways, including cutting and drug use. Although I still encounter all various sorts of self-loathing, perhaps because bulimia was the most visible, prevalent, and even normalized form of self-destruction at a very impressionable age, I will always think of it as a major form of self-hatred. There is also something very physically torturous and viscerally disturbing (aka gross!) about the act of vomiting that strikes my fancy, I guess.

    I remember one night that one of my friends was completely fucked up on a few different drugs. Then she went through the pantry and fridge eating all kinds of shit. She’d then throw it up, eat more, throw up, eat more throw up. After a couple of hours of this, I told her that she was fucking stupid and dumb and left. I never saw her again, but found out she died a couple years later from overdose. I felt stupid and dumb for calling her pain stupid and dumb.

    So yes, me vomiting my brains out on video was gross as hell and it made me feel like shit afterward. Those tears and the “what the fuck is going on” look is sincere. But just because I look like shit does not mean that I didn’t have a choice in doing that.

    I don’t know why so many people are assuming that I didn’t have any agency in making of this video. I guess because I’m a young Asian female? Or perhaps some people don’t understand that one can voluntarily choose to hurt themselves physically. Maybe some think it’s just so stupid and dumb that one had to have been forced to do it?

    I apologize for the rambling, but I guess I’m just trying to say, please don’t attack Jamie for anything. It was my idea and I chose with full agency, undrugged, uncoerced, to do it. Also, I guess I am trying to explain a little bit why such a gross and stupid act is my way of showing self-hatred — but then again, when is an act of self-hatred ever not gross and stupid?

    oxoxoxox
    please direct personal attacks, reproaches, unfounded racists/sexist comments, exclamations of outrage to xiuxiuangela@gmail.com

    posted by angela “

  36. I literally could only take 1:06 of this video. I love Xiu Xiu’s music but as far as the video goes… the line has to be drawn somewhere. I’m all for freedom of expression and everything but it’s stuff like this that might encourage viewers (who don’t know any better) to do other more extreme things simply by misinterpreting the idea behind this music video. Some things are just not meant to be in front of a camera. Just my two cents on that. Stick to what you are actually good at… making music.

  37. Steve  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 +1

    I’m with Kiara. I found myself laughing at first. Especially with Jamie chowing down on a chocolate bar while groovin’ to the beat. Then I almost threw up watching it. And then I thought it was great. Much good art is meant to make people passionate — whether that means loving it or hating. And let’s face it — Xiu Xiu is a love ‘em or hate ‘em kind of band. I happen to think they’re very good. You can’t listen to “FTW” and not think it’s a fantastic song. As is “Boy Soprano” and many others. I’m just starting to listen to some of the new album … and I like that too. I think this feeling of love or hate over Xiu Xiu says more about us than it does the band. It’s not the band that is annoying — it’s listening to one group of people so snobbish they think Xiu Xiu are gods argue with another group that are so brainless and impatient that they can’t even contemplate music beyond John Mayer. And somewhere in between are guys like me who dig much of their work, but don’t like all of it. In other words, reasonable. As far as the video — I am more induced to vomit reading people’s comments about being aghast. Not only have I seen worse — but what to you want? You want a video police? You want to crack down on expression? Get real, commies.

  38. kiara  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 0

    Well said, subsickalien. Also, I think it’s funny that both this band and this video are so divisive, and you’ve got people screaming “art!” and others screaming “not art!”, but very few are using it as an opportunity to discuss why there seems to be such a discrepancy. It’s hard to argue that this video isn’t compelling, but people seem to get allegedly caught up in the disgustingness of vomit (which I don’t even believe, I mean, we’ve all seen 2 girls 1 cup, which isn’t even all that bad but makes this look tame). I just feel like many people treat music listening as a passive activity in which they’re the neutral recipients and the band has got to “pass the test”- it’s got to be easily understood, melodic, make you feel good, etc. This is really the only reason why I can justify in my mind how Coldplay has so many fans. So you’re really doing yourself a disservice and being lazy by saying “Xiu Xiu is cool, so this is cool, so that makes me cool”, or “I have no frame of reference for this and don’t want to take the time to try understand it, so let me throw in a quick XIU XIU SUCKS and go back to listening The Shins”. I admit, I’m a huge Xiu Xiu fan, but I also enjoy some albums more than others because I can relate to them more. I also know the albums which I don’t like as much are not Xiu Xiu’s fault, but a result of my lesser ability to connect to them. However, I can still appreciate them because I don’t let that occasional disconnect affect my every opinion about them. You can learn something from all bands, even the crappiest ones, as long as you give them the credit and acknowledge your own bias.

    • kiara  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 0

      woops I mean Steve. Not subsickalien.

    • Liz Murphy  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 0

      “I mean, we’ve all seen 2 girls 1 cup, which isn’t even all that bad but makes this look tame”

      This is the problem right here. The whole world does not revolve around YOU! Not everybody here has a perverted-mind in that we’ve all seen the “2 girls, 1 cup” or whatever. If watching a girl vomit is your thing, then you should get ready to have a talk with your daughter (or if you already have one) about the reasons why there’s nothing wrong with a woman doing such things to her body. People are so damn ignorant nowadays.

      • kiara  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 0

        Inducing vomiting does not automatically make you bulimic. We can all agree that people who have an eating disorder need to be helped before it is too late. But to appropriate those same emotions onto someone who is obviously doing it for symbolic purposes and not as part of a routine of bingeing and purging is missing the point. If I found out my daughter was bulimic I would do whatever it took to help her. However, if my daughter was an artist and presented this to me as a piece which discussed the various ways self-hatred manifests itself, I would commend her for creating such a compelling video. If I showed this to my mother she would do the same.
        Vomiting is a loaded action, and that’s why Xiu Xiu chose to use it. However, there’s nothing wrong with a woman choosing to do that to herself to make a statement- 3 minutes of vomiting is not going to kill her. Of course, I’d be saying something different if Angela committed suicide or something, because that’s real, irreversible harm. But puking? Come on.
        And I’m ignorant? Your placing your emotions on self-induced vomiting out of context onto this video, and using that as a reason to suggest that whatever Angela is doing is just as psychologically damaging as having a full-fledged eating disorder and therefore, just as detestable. Which is pretty ignorant.
        The only negative consequences I could see this video having is being used as some sort of pro-anorexia encouragement for a bulimic person. However, the song is called “Dear God, I Hate Myself”, so it doesn’t seem to be glorifying the behavior.

        • LIz Murphy  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 0

          “The only negative consequences I could see this video having is being used as some sort of pro-anorexia encouragement for a bulimic person. However, the song is called “Dear God, I Hate Myself”, so it doesn’t seem to be glorifying the behavior”

          This is the ONLY intelligent part of your comment. Read this to yourself several times and think really, REALLY hard as to why that is…

          Oh, and as far as the whole “this is art” point you are trying to make here, i’m sure there are many pornographic films out there considered to be art as well, but do you see any of them being openly displayed out for anybody to look at? At the end of the day it’s the own individual that has the right to “research” and find whatever types of films they choose to watch for purposes of being stimulated or even inspired, but for the rest of us that don’t share your sentiment and feel that a girl puking in front of a camera and calling it “art” simply because they feel like calling it “art”… is the worst form of expression. Plain and simple. I mean, whatever happened to people getting creative and using their imagination? ? Seriously, how long did it take these people to come up with the idea of having a girl puke while the guy next to her is dancing and ignoring her actions? I’m sure one day you’ll realize my point. I hope it’s sooner rather than later dear.

          Oh and btw, the second part of your comment up there totally contradicts the first, which proves to me your lack of comprehension and probably speaks more about yourself rather the point you were trying to make.

          • kiara  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

            Would it be okay with you if there was a warning about the vomiting before the video? This video may trigger negative emotions/flashbacks in recovering bulimics, I see that. It’s also a response to Angela’s own personal experiences, and she has every right to make it. So maybe our issue can be mediated with a warning, and that way, you wouldn’t have had to sit through it and see those things.
            I can call anything art as long as it functions as art to me. Same for you with the not art side, so I apologize as arguing art/not art is subjective and pointless, which I mentioned previously.
            How does the last half of that comment contradict the first half?
            If you want to talk about this video as a sociological image, then lets. If you want to argue that it perpetuates ED culture or is insensitive to recoverers or something else, than do it. The only thing I’ve read of yours which vaguely relates to that is this: “If watching a girl vomit is your thing, then you should get ready to have a talk with your daughter (or if you already have one) about the reasons why there’s nothing wrong with a woman doing such things to her body.” Which tells me little of why you have an issue with this video, and I’d love to read an articulate reason why.
            What I’m reading most of is “puke is gross” in this forum, and gross is not an inherent quality of vomit or any other bodily fluid, so it’s hard to take those commentators seriously. My response was a response to that. But I am more than open to speak about how the video functions beyond that.

          • People- WOW  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

            So let me get this straight- you think puke ISN’T gross?? The smell, the taste? No? What about cum?

            Let’s hang out. Call me- 555-WOW-PUKE

          • Rob S.  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

            You apparently missed the Girls, Yeasayer, and Flaming Lips videos which all used nudity or pornography for artistic purposes. Porn as art was also pretty big in the ’70s with movies like Behind the Green Door receiving a wide release in legit theaters and not just sleazy grind houses. It’s also a very subjective term as people have considered stuff like Blue Velvet to be pornographic.

            And strange you should criticize someone for imposing their views of art on you, and then miss your own point completely. You don’t know the artist, and you don’t know the intentions. For those reasons, calling it the worst form of expression is ridiculous. Would Duchamp’s Fountain also be as terrible simply because it’s just a urinal the dude found?

  39. Richard  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    You people.

  40. Warsaw  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    2 girls 1 cup is fake. get a clue.

  41. Craig  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 -1

    Seriously? Give me a fucking break, Xiu Xiu. Shock is not art. I fucking dare this self-obsessed idiot to actually make a video or song worth anyone’s time, or with any depth at all.

    • bobs  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 -1

      agree completely. just because something makes you have a response that’s shocking it doesn’t mean it’s art.

      I can shit in cup and force it down the gas tank of my car. Record it. And post it, and as long as i make it seem like i put just a hint of thought behind it….some fool will come and interpret it for me and then I have made “art”.

      The thing about this video is that it doesn’t require much thought to figure out what’s going on.

      Which is why I hate music videos. I’m not saying that bands and musicians can’t make videos, but a lot of time the videos are not even close to being as strong as the songs themselves.

      Oh well. Time to shit in a gas tank.

  42. Seriously?! Seriously, Greg, I dare YOU to make a video or song worth anyone’s time!

    Xiu Xiu are amazing, this song is great and the video elicits an emotion and controversy, thus it still being one of the top commented stories, so it has done its job. Which is more than I could say for all the haters, trolls and ignorant people posting here.

    • Tess  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 -1

      where’s your song, johnny? you don’t get an opinion either until we hear your masterpiece.
      idiot.

  43. I’m kinda hungry now.

  44. Bobs  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 -1

    I personally think the statement would have been better made if he was the one vomiting.

  45. stlolth  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 0

    Asian chick vomiting? I’d watch hours of it! Best video ever! I can’t believe no one else here is a fan of asian chicks vomiting! It’s beautiful!

  46. I got over the whole shock-value-makes-it-good frame of mind by the end of my high school career. By now, I’ve been desensitized to the point where nothing can actually shock me – which means this is just a gross video of some girl throwing up. Pass.

  47. H8r  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 -1

    Xiu Xiu are the lonely self hating girls in art school with problems who only do performance art based on self destruction and nothing else. I basically live next to xiu xiu right now. This isn’t shocking, nothing they’ve done is good, being “weird” for the sake of being weird is the fucking most stupid, inartistic thing you can do today. So fucking annoying.

  48. it seems your all a bunch of pussies. this is hardly shocking. big deal. what is this the 50′s?

    bla bla the video bla..theyre a band. the music is what matters. and when it comes down to it, they have a distinct, signature sound which is hard to come by these days. they have very complex electronics/drum programming. every song sounds different. they are prolific. they are good live. they have good melodies. strip all the fluff away and theyre are good songs underneath. jamie is a good singer. theyre all talented.

    we’ve all felt what he’s singing before.

    this is art…everything is. you all are putting more thought into the video than the band probably did. they needed a video, she has this hidden talent, its cheap to make, it matched the song, done!

    xiu xiu = great!

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