Following 2002, the group would shrink in membership as Yvonne Chen left to focus on her vegan boutique Otsu and self-published magazine Zum, while Cory McCulloch also stopped touring, focusing instead on producing the band's next two LPs. Girl with Basket of Fruit, released February 8th, 2019, is a fairly contemporary release by Xiu Xiu’s standards. He said that the band was obsessed with Weezer's Blue Album and The Smiths's The Queen Is Dead while on tour, though the album does not reflect those albums particularly. When recording your vocals are you more likely to use a take that includes an unintentional standout moment? Xiu Xiu draws upon musical traditions of British post punk, 20th century classical, industrial noise, experimental and traditional percussion musics, 50s rock and roll, field recordings, queer dance pop and kosmische musik. I got a hold of him a couple days later, and he was generous enough to add his talent to the record. Saturday November 7th, 12-6 PM. At a glance, it feels extremely out of place with the tone of the rest of the album; the album as a whole is certainly dark, but not to the extent of the harrowing content on this track. With Titus, I will guide you on a journey through obscure songs that blend genres and contain weird lyrics. There are clunkers here and there, but usually people who are good make good work! Little to none. I suppose those will be older too soon and will make it back onto the set list. As the group’s only consistent member, Jamie has continuously utilized his project to perform, record, and release challenging music that, when combined with his distinctly emotive singing style and oftentimes polarizing lyrics, has garnered the band critical praise and a passionate following. It was just chance that I went on that night, though, and a world opened up. This looked dangerous. That Xiu Xiu had that effect on you – drawing you up out of your chair, hurling you across the room – is testament enough to what they’ve got.
How did your collaboration with Mitski come about?

Once again shifting motifs, Xiu Xiu would this time choose to experiment with video game-based programming, using the Nintendo DS to write many of the songs which appear on their 2010 release. Apr. Jamie graciously took a moment to answer some questions for Surviving the Golden Age regarding Xiu Xiu’s new record, their recent collaborations and projects, as well as what fans should expect from the band’s upcoming tour. In addition to the songs from FORGET will you be performing material from any of your recent projects on upcoming tour dates? Do you never want to know the difference between Jazz-Rock and Jazz Fusion? How far back in your catalog can fans expect you to go? [25]. Do you now or have you ever had similar aspirations for what Xiu Xiu can achieve in terms of global success and/or notoriety?

Sometimes “middle” period songs get over looked.

For example, on “Get Up” the word saxophone is somewhat exaggerated phonetically. After decrying the lynching of her husband, Turner fled from a mob until she was captured on May 19th. 22nd – Portland, OR – Holocene Seen as a return to Stewart's more dark and crabby demeanor, Xiu Xiu's fourth album La Forêt alluded to a frustration which Stewart had felt throughout the process of recording the 2004 record. Who/What were the bands and/or albums that inspired the songs on FORGET?
Has there been a conscious effort on your part to steer away from lyrics that may anchor your work to a certain period?

It’s a long drive home, why not listen to some great music from some absolutely brilliant artists while you’re at it? I just close my eyes and play the best I can. [20][21] Xiu Xiu released Always on these new labels in 2012.

Currently, the line-up consists of Jamie Stewart (the only constant member since formation) and … "[27], On November 16, 2016, the band announced their next album FORGET, set for release on February 24, 2017. [13] The Air Force would be supported throughout 2006 by a three piece ensemble, as Stewart and McElroy were joined by drummer/percussionist Ches Smith, who himself had previously worked with the group on Knife Play. 11th – Jersey City, NJ – Monty Hall Their albums often deal with darker subject matters – sex, self-loathing, and especially depression – and their production, with its heavy noise, drone, and glitch influences, can leave the listener feeling disoriented and anxious.

[18] The music video for the song "Dear God, I Hate Myself" received attention online in 2010. By far the most essential element of all is the heavy and varying percussion that bleeds out of every single track on this record. Here are just a few examples: She sits on a bicycle and floats in space, She is in love with The Angel of Stop Laughing, When The Life Promiser makes her say any word, It looks at its pocket watch and points a hoof, Bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl, bl-bl, bl-bl, bl-bl. Track 5 in particular does make some very clear references to social anxiety and fears of not fitting in, while track 4 takes an abstract glance at rape. Is FORGET an acronym? JS: I am personally interested in doing more...taking the different influences we have more, but doing them more extremely in explicit kind of ways. A personal loss would affect Xiu Xiu as well, as Jamie Stewart's father, musician and record producer Michael Stewart was found dead after an apparent suicide. [7], Xiu Xiu members Jamie Stewart, Angela Seo in Aarhus, Denmark, 2017, "No Show Joe Show: RedHeaded Stepchild makes a Front Street Pub crowd wait", "Rubber Soul: Los Dryheavers get into the protection racket", "Xiu Xiu Larsen Returns to Italy to Record ¿Spicchiology? Looking back, it’s hard to imagine lyrics and music that emanated from a place of such thoughtful, emotional sensitivity and sadness being ubiquitously embraced culturally. It is my quest to seek out creativity and provide the listener with a strange and…, Are you a fan of Indie rock?

[15], In May 2009, it was revealed that Caralee McElroy would no longer work with Xiu Xiu.

On this show we will cover indie rock, psychedelic rock etc. Xiu Xiu performed a long piece "Deforms the Unborn" based on the demonic possession of children at the Guggenheim Museum in May 2018. [7] Stewart considered it their best and most consciously pop album yet.

7th – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle 6th – Brooklyn, NY – Villain Apr. Thereafter, the group would begin work on its seventh LP Dear God, I Hate Myself, recording in both Oakland, California as well as Durham, North Carolina. Mar. The feeling is what would drive any choice. T is secret T. How did you discover Banjee Balls and Enyce Chanel? As long as there is a feeling there, even if it is not easy to define, then it is worth pursuing. 12th – New Haven, CT – Bar In the same email, Xiu Xiu also announced that a new Xiu Xiu album was being made. All of this blends into a disturbing depiction of fear and madness as Stewart belts out track after track of manic chaos while making no attempt to pause. The band's name comes from the film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl and has influenced the sound of their music according to Stewart. Industrial rhythms reverberate throughout the songs here, at times approaching danceability. Originating from San Jose in 2002 under frontman Jamie Stewart, the band has a long and colorful history of releases that defy definition and constantly push listeners out of their comfort zone. Produced by Greg Saunier, Stewart said that the album is about "making other people feel bad" instead of feeling bad oneself and the year it was released was "one of the first not dominated by personal tragedies"[7] Its major themes are "guilt and sex as opposed to sorrow and sex". However, the closing stanza is the piece that recontextualizes the story of Mary Turner with the overarching theme of the record: This is a very blunt statement, but it’s made immediately clear what thoughts Xiu Xiu is exercising. Only down. [8] The two would tour relentlessly throughout that year, releasing not only the group's third LP, but also split recordings with This Song Is a Mess But So Am I and Bunkbed, along with the "Fleshettes" single – which featured a rendition of the Ten in the Swear Jar track "Helsabot" by McElroy. Mar.