Trials + Tribulations

January 9, 2012, 11:05 am
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Xiu Xiu has a new lineup, a new label, and you know what that means: a new album! Always will be released in the US on march 6th via PolyVinyl Records. Here’s the first single, simply titled “Hi.”

Preorder the album here.

UPDATE: When you preorder the album (I just preordered the album) you get an acoustic version of “Hi” on a PolyVinyl sampler. You know how much you love acoustic Xiu Xiu.

Xiu Xiu – Hi (Acoustic)

Careful Who You Dance With
July 6, 2011, 1:04 pm
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Xiu Xiu recently gained two new members and have been working on their follow-up album to last year’s Dear God I Hate Myself but now they’re releasing a single called “Daphny” dedicated to a close friend of theirs “who—following an arrest for shoplifting—was raped by an officer while in police custody.” Yikes. The B-side is a cover of Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World.” The 7″ is up for preorder now at Polyvinyl.

Xiu Xiu – Only Girl in the World (Rihanna Cover)

The group also remixed a track by Parenthetical Girls, as part of a free remix EP (Parenthetical Girls singer Zac Pennington is part of Xiu Xiu’s new line-up). Grab that for the price of an e-mail here.

Parenthetical Girls – Careful Who You Dance With (Xiu Xiu Remix)

Razor Scooter / Sashay Away
October 15, 2010, 10:18 am
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Xiu Xiu just dropped a new digital 7″ with two songs written about children Angela Seo worked with at an AIDS orphanage in Africa. You can buy the two songs plus the liner notes and artwork here for $3.

♫ Razor Scooter

Grunt Tube
September 28, 2010, 7:46 pm
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The follow video surfaced the other day for Blue Water White Death‘s song “Grunt Tube’ from their forthcoming album. If you don’t remember, Blue Water White Death is Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater’s collaboration. Check out the stark video below. It looks and sounds a lot like a Xiu Xiu video, with Stewart singing/speaking over piano chords and reverb.

Their self-titled album is out October 12th on Graveface Records.

New Love
September 24, 2010, 9:51 am
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Last year saw the formation of Former Ghosts (Freddy Rupert, formerly of This Song is a Mess But So Am I, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus) and the release of their excellent debut Fleurs. This fall they’re releasing a second album of tortured yet vaguely danceable tracks entitled New Love. I’ve been in love with the following song since I heard the demo version, and still am.

Former Ghosts – New Orleans

Check out the video for the song over at

New Love is out October 18th on Upset the Rhythm. The band is also going on tour with Xiu Xiu and Zola Jesus in Europe this fall.

Oct 28 – Dijon – Novosonic Festival
Oct 29 – Dublin – Darklight Festival
Oct 30 – Bristol – Arnolfini
Oct 31 – Leeds – Brundenell Social Club
Nov 01 – London – XOYO*
Nov 02 – Kortrijk – De Kreun*
Nov 03 – Groningen – Vera*
Nov 04 – Hamburg – Kampnagel*
Nov 05 – Malmo – Debaser*
Nov 06 – Stockholm – Fritz Corner at Debaser*
Nov 07 – Oslo – Cafe Mono*
Nov 08 – Copenhagen – TBA*
Nov 09 – Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg*
Nov 10 – Prague – Club Matrix*
Nov 11 – Munich – Rote Sonne*
Nov 12 – St Gallen – Palace*
Nov 13 – Vavey – Rocking Chair*
Nov 14 – Schorndorf – Club Manufaktur*
Nov 15 – Milan – Tunnel*
Nov 17 – Lyon – Grrnd Zero*
Nov 18 – Paris – Fondation Center*
Nov 19 – Luxembourg – Exit07*
Nov 20 – Amsterdam – Paradiso*

* w/ Xiu Xiu and Zola Jesus

Dear God, I Hate Myself
November 12, 2009, 11:25 am
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deargodihatemyselfHere’s some more info about Xiu Xiu‘s new album Dear God, I Hate Myself out next year. That’s the cover art and the tracklist is below.

1. Gray Death
2. Chocolate Makes You Happy
3. Apple for a Brain
4. House Sparrow
5. Hyunhye’s Theme
6. Dear God, I Hate Myself
7. Secret Motel
8. Falkland Rd.
9. The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10. Cumberland Gap
11. This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12. Impossible Feeling

Handsome Devil
October 30, 2009, 7:06 am
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pg_300dpiSecond Xiu Xiu-related post in a row? Sorry. Anyway, this is worth it. Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls are putting out a new split single covering a Morrissey and a Smiths song, respectively.

Parenthetical Girls – Handsome Devil (The Smiths cover)


On the flipside is Xiu Xiu’s take on “I am Hated for Loving.” You can get the 7″ from Upset the Rhythm.