There’s Xiu Xiu in the air. Yesterday we posted “I Do What I Want, When I Want”‘s grainy, backyard wrestling and mugging vid, but we already have bigger servings … so much more. As the headline suggests, reader types, you can stream the band’s sixth album Women As Lovers at MySpace. Just in time, too: A friend recently passed along Elfriede Jelinek’s Greed, which we’ll have to read alongside these 14 songs, since we don’t have the Jelinek novel that gave the band the name for the rekkid (produced, like The Air Force, by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier). Great stuff all around. We love the busybody, cheek tweaking sound. And Jamie and Caralee buttressed by drummer Ches Smith/bassist Devin Hoff. After the first dozen listens, the standouts are “I Do What I Want,” “Master Of The Bump,” “In Lust You Can Hear The Axe Fall,” “White Nerd,” “Gayle Lynn,” and the AWESOME cover of “Under Pressure,” which includes the brilliant, inimitable baritone of Michael Gira of Angels of Light, Swans, Young God Records fame. (Speaking of Gira and lovers, We Are Him deserved more ’07 love, lovers.) Anyhow, without further ado or highlight listing, get streaming; it’s up from now until 1/10. Then it’s bye bye Xiu Xiu.
Women As Lovers is out 1/29 on Kill Rock Stars.