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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This column is a weird one because the quality of music videos tends to vacillate wildly from week to week. Some weeks, there are just no motherfucking good ones, so I have to go hunting through K-pop blogs to find something to fill out the list, or where I consider throwing a late-night performance into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Xiu Xiu – “El Naco” Video (NSFW)

“El Naco” is up there with “Support Our Troops” and “I Luv Abortion” in Xiu Xiu’s discography in terms of pure discomfort factor. It’s a dissonant, ugly song and now there is a fittingly unsettling video for it that continues the band’s recent trend of premiering videos in atypical places. While the porn and kitte… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 21, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Color War – “SOS (Xiu Xiu Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Color War make dark, moody synth pop that walks a fine line; it sounds like something you could expect to hear in a club, but also something that you could see being remixed by Xiu Xiu. This remix of “SOS” drains most of the color and rhythms out of the track, leaving dissonant drones and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 19, 2014 - 10:22 am

Xiu Xiu’s “Black Dick” Video Premieres On PornHub

Last week Xiu Xiu released their grisly, violent video for the Angel Guts: Red Classroom single “Stupid In The Dark,” and it ended up being our favorite video of the week. Now they have another one that needs some context before watching. Xiu Xiu just premiered their new video for the percussive, droning “Black Dick”… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 11, 2014 - 2:54 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Why did everyone release their darkest and most fucked vidoes this week? Is it just too cold for some fun, sunny music videos? Are we experiencing a collective dark night of the soul? Or is it just fun to put blood in videos? Our especially grim picks for the week are below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Xiu Xiu – “Stupid In The Dark” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

It says a lot about Xiu Xiu’s excellent new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom that the video for first single “Stupid In The Dark” is almost playful. The Amir Shoucri-directed clip captures a grisly murder in disturbing detail, but not nearly as disturbing compared to much of the subject matter and sound of “Dark” and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 3, 2014 - 11:41 am

Xiu Xiu – “Lawrence Liquors”

Last year Xiu Xiu put out an album of Nina Simone covers (inspired by a conversation frontman Jamie Stewart had with Michael Gira of Swans) shortly before announcing their new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom, named after a critically acclaimed Japanese “pink film” from the late ’70s (“pink films” or “roman pornos” were a type… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 9, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Xiu Xiu – “Stupid In The Dark”

Next month, the always-squirmy art-poppers Xiu Xiu will release their Nina Simone tribute album Nina, and we’ve posted their versions of “Don’t Smoke In Bed” and “Just Say I Love Him.” But Xiu Xiu won’t waste any time in getting back to cranking out original material. Early next year, they’ll give us a new LP… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2013 - 10:48 am

Shearwater – “I Luv The Valley Oh!” (Xiu Xiu Cover) Video

The great indie-prog falsetto-floggers Shearwater will soon release their all-covers album Fellow Travelers, and we’ve already posted their excellent versions of Xiu Xiu’s “I Luv The Valley Oh!” and Baptist Generals’ “Fucked Up Life.” They’ve now shared the video for their Xiu Xiu cover, and it’s got frontman Jonathan Meiburg playing an astronaut who’s stranded… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 10:36 am

Xiu Xiu – “Just Say I Love Him” (Nina Simone Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

“Just Say I Love Him” is another cut from Xiu Xiu’s upcoming Nina Simone covers album. We’ve already heard his rendition of “Don’t Smoke In Bed” when we also learned that the project was inspired by Swans’ Michael Gira, who Xiu Xiu-architect Jamie Stewart has previously worked on covers with before. Get into the dark,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 25, 2013 - 10:55 am

Xiu Xiu – “Don’t Smoke In Bed” (Nina Simone Cover)

Not too long after they released 2012’s excellent Always, Xiu Xiu are back with another album, but this one is pretty different even by their standards. The record is entirely made up of Nina Simone covers, and was inspired by a conversation Xiu Xiu mastermind Jamie Stewart had with Michael Gira while they were touring… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 20, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Shearwater – “I Luv the Valley Oh!” (Xiu Xiu Cover)

Shearwater love their friends. The next album from Jonathan Meiburg’s grandly clanging indie-prog project is Fellow Travelers, on which Shearwater will cover songs from bands with whom they’ve played shows. The first song we’ve heard from the album is “I Luv The Valley Oh!,” the epically passionate bug-out from the art-pop group Xiu Xiu and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2013 - 9:42 am

Starlight Girls – “7×3″ Video (Stereogum Premiere)

With the video for Starlight Girls’ noise-pop track “7×3,” we learn that the best way to prep for battle is to take a big bite out of a tomato. Dressed in matching throwback dresses and plastic pearls, two girls take to a Brooklyn roof to sword fight while the Xiu Xiu-produced track plays. I won’t… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 23, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Xiu Xiu – “Born To Suffer” Video

Xiu Xiu’s video for “Born To Suffer” starts as a pixelated, gray-scaled pastiche before blossoming into something much more color-rich and evocative, featuring — amongst other things — some passionate kissing. Adriana Alba directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 20, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Shearwater – “Immaculate” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Here’s the clip for Shearwater’s Animal Joy cut “Immaculate,” a quick-hit video that rifles through a carousel of still images, some of Jonathan Meiburg in full-on, PhotoBooth-documented despair, some of Victorian-era photographs, some of unsettling shots of natures. Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu directed. Basically, it’s got it all! Watch it below and scope tour… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 12, 2012 - 11:51 am

Xiu Xiu – “Honeysuckle” Video

You can always count on Xiu Xiu to make your stomach do funny things. The video for “Honeysuckle,” a dark twinkle of a synthpop song from their recent album Always, focuses on group member Angela Seo as she goes about the mundane business of her day. But somehow, the video finds room for about 20… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2012 - 9:04 am

Xiu Xiu Cover Erasure, Dirty Beaches Cover Françoise Hardy For Record Store Day

Tourmates Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches will release a split 7” for Record Store Day, featuring Xiu Xiu’s cover of Erasure’s “Always” and Dirty Beaches’ cover of Françoise Hardy’s “Tu Ne Dis Rien.” Head here to hear Xiu Xiu’s cover and here for Dirty Beaches’ (via Soundcloud). Tour dates below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 30, 2012 - 9:58 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2012

February’s Monthly Mix makes up for the grievous error in January’s Monthly Mix, namely having omitted Bear In Heaven’s “Reflection Of You.” No offense (none taken). That song’s great! Here it comes flowing out of Violens’ smooth and shifty new wave, and into Diplo’s bounce showcase “Express Yourself,” which in turn dives into Ceremony’s hardcore,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 23, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Xiu Xiu – “Beauty Towne”

Earlier this year, we heard the lead-off track to Xiu Xiu’s new record, a midtempo, manic track called “Hi.” Now, the third track from that release has surfaced; it’s a hazy stutter of a song called “Beauty Towne” and it’s available below. Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier produces Always and it’s out in March. UPDATE: The track… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 20, 2012 - 2:12 pm

How To Dress Well Covers Xiu Xiu

As a part of the fundraising effort for music journalism venture, the founders have put together a compilation (and a box set, for a larger donation) featuring artists like Beach Fossils, Pure X, Grimes, Blondes, JEFF The Brotherhood and many more. Today, How To Dress Well’s contribution, a cover of Xiu Xiu’s “Clowne Towne,”… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 8, 2012 - 3:46 pm
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