Before this most recent Xiu Xiu outing Jaime Stewart popped up in Former Ghosts and his former bandmate popped up in Cold Cave (and holiday RadioShack ads). Now, after doing his best Morrissey impression, Stewart’s set to release the cheerfully titled Dear God, I Hate Myself. It’s Xiu Xiu’s seventh full-length in one form or another. The first with new member Angela Seo. Regardless of the lineup shift, at this point you know what to expect (i.e. its still Stewart’s handsome mug on the cover). See, for instance, opener “Grey Death.” Personally, I like the second track “Chocolate Makes You Happy” even more, but this is a more than nice start. Before you listen, though, let Jaime explain its dense sound.
The string parts of this song were recorded by the Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra … There were not enough headphones so we gave the conductor the kick drum tempo and they synced the strings with the track. The timpani was recorded in the stairwell of a lame, stippled painted track home in the cul de sac that I lived in for a year. Ches Smith dropped the timpani in the mud carrying it to my door. That’s an odd instrument to see covered in mud.
Xiu Xiu – “Gray Death” (MP3)
Behind the scenes:
Dear God, I Hate Myself is out 2/23 via Kill Rock Stars. You can pre-order it today in both regular and Deluxe versions. The Deluxe Edition, of course, involves real chocolate and real blood. It limited to 100 copies. Get the info (hand numbered, letterpressed, etc) here. KRS has 50 copies. If they sell out, no worries: Starting 2/7, you can head to xiuxiu.org to grab one of the remaining 50 copies. Confused? No worries. Just go see them play with Noveller, tUnE-YaRdS, Extra Life, Talk Normal, and/or Zola Jesus. Basically various forms of win/win.
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 #
03/16 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture %
03/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah $
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
# w/ Noveller
% w/ Extra Life, Noveller
$ w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller
^^ w/ Tune-Yards
@ w/ Tune-Yards, Scout Niblet
!! w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal
## w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal, Zola Jesus
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