":: DAVID HORVITZ PHOTO BOOK RELEASE PARTY
:: Xiu Xiu ------------------------> Jamie Stewart solo
:::: Transformation Surprise --> Mary from High Places
:::::::: Ches Smith's Cong For Brums
[ LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH ]
129 Russell St @ Nassau | Greenpoint, Brooklyn
G-Nassau or L-Graham | 8pm | all ages | $8 | no phone"
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS A WAY TO GET TICKETS BEFORE THE NIGHT OF THIS?
i would die 3 times to make sure i and my croonies are going to this.
anyone else plan on making this happen?
Hope you guys dig!
Women As Lovers: An interview with Jamie Stewart of "Xiu Xiu"
Article and Interview by Courtney Fathom Sell, southcoast247.com correspondent
With assistance by Xavier St. Valentine
Hailing from Oakland, California, Xiu Xiu is a four piece experimental pop band whose dramatic and abrasive sound has captivated listeners for nearly eight years. Consisting of Ches Smith on drums, Devin Hoff on bass, front man Jamie Stewart and his cousin Caralee McElroy, Xiu Xiu's latest album, Women As Lovers was released on January 29th. With contributions from Greg Saunier and John Dieterich from label mates Deerhoof; Michael Gira of the "Swans" and "Angels of Light"; and saxophonist Howard Wiley, Women as Lovers conveys an often somber, chaotic and multifaceted experience.
Recently, southcoast247.com interviewed Stewart about his new album, musical past, and where Xiu Xiu plans to go from here.
SC247: I think this album is so fantastic and I'm totally floored!
JS: Thank you! That means a lot to me coming from you.
SC247: Did you have any musical training as a child?
JS: Well I had a few bass lessons in high school, but that was more or less it aside from playing baritone in 3rd grade. But my dad was in the music business and gave me good records to listen to. We never really played much together until I was in my late 20s, but he made sure I did not get sucked into hair metal which I am eternally grateful for his having made sure I never had to expunge from my system.
SC247: Your song "Mike" off of Promise about your father's death in 2002 was, for me (and probably, many others), a song that I found a lot of personal solace within. Is this what you aim to do with Xiu Xiu? That is, connect with people sharing similar losses? Or is this purely for your own cathartic release?
JS: One thing my dad told me, and when it became clear to me that I wanted to be a "for real" musician, (i.e. mean what I was playing, not jerking around with slap bass show off crap), was the point of music was to touch people. It is corny but I do not care. We try to make music that someone can get something from.
SC247: Women as Lovers seems as if it settles somewhere between the pop accessibility of The Air Force and the amorphous moodiness of La Foret, is this something you agree with? Do you think that your latest album is a good representation of where you want to be musically?
JS: It is hard for me to make an assessment, mostly out of not wanting to think too hard about what we are doing for fear of feeling like we have keep doing something for the sake of worry for losing it. Women as Lovers does seem related to those two records more so than the previous ones in terms of structure of the songs and arrangements, but the emotional approach I think is closer to a promise and fabulous muscles. There is more happening personally that is similar to that time. I just went further than I ever want to with thinking about our records.
SC247: Was Caralee sharing vocal duties with you your idea or hers? Does she write any of the lyrics now or is it still all on you?
JS: It depends on the song. Greg Saunier really encouraged her to sing more. She has such a great almost old tyme country voice. She is such a natural musician and so easy to sing with. Our long hours in a van and Motel 6 together over the last few years, has fundamentally bonded us musically as you would imagine. I still hog all the lyrics but I am certainly open to anyone else giving it a go.
SC247: It seems like you've embraced a lot of often untouched aspects of music and you certainly take "confessional" lyricism to a level rarely seen. Do you feel like you are running out of ideas, especially with the practically annual full-length release? Are you worried about "what comes up next"?
JS: Sometimes but then life never stops does it? For better or worse. Something intensely great or intensely awful always happens to humans, n'est-ce pas??
SC247: I remember reading somewhere that you scored a play. I know nothing more about it than that, even after some internet research. Could you tell me if this is true, and if it is more about it?
JS: A couple. By a playwrite in your area named Ken Urban. He is brilliant and ultra creative. You have actually been in the same room as him.
SC247: What is your favorite band right of the moment?
JS: Common Eider, King Eider
SC247: What is your favorite instrument?
SC247: Covering Queen is a really bold move. Did you feel any sort of hesitation about it? (A cover of "Under Pressure" will be featured on Women as Lovers)
JS: Fuck yeah. I have been thinking about doing it since 2003.
SC247: What does the future hold for Xiu Xiu? What do you want to accomplish?
JS: The future is that we will become less and less physically attractive as we get older. I hope we can always make records that we put our whole hearts into.
Xiu Xiu's LP, Women as Lovers was released on January 29th, and is available to order at www.buyolympia.com. You can check out the band's MySpace at myspace.com/xiuxiuforlife.
whats up with the site? xiuxiu.org that is.
I know the name Xiu Xiu is taken from the movie, but I am curious as to what the meaning of the original movie title meant. Does anyone know? Here is a list of possible translations for the word xiu in Chinese:
修 xiū to decorate; to embellish; to repair; to build; to study; to write; to cultivate
咻 xiū call out; jeer
庥 xiū protection; shade
滫 xiū water in which rice was boiled
羞 xiū shy; ashamed; shame; bashful
脩 xiū cultivate; repair; teacher's pay
茠 xiū to weed; to eradicate
貅 xiū (leopard)
饈 馐 xiū delicacies
髹 xiū red lacquer; to lacquer
鵂 鸺 xiū owl
宿 xiǔ (a) night
朽 xiǔ rotten
糔 xiǔ to wash (rice; etc.)
嗅 xiù sense of smell
宿 xiù constellation
岫 xiù cave; mountain peak
溴 xiù bromine
珛 xiù quickly-deteriorating jade
琇 xiù (jade)
秀 xiù handsome; elegant
繡 绣 xiù to embroider
臭 xiù sense of smell; smell bad
袖 xiù sleeve
褎 xiù sleeve; ample flowing robes
鏽 锈 xiù rust
what happened to xiuxiu.org????
I went without interenet acess for like a little over a month and its gone.
Someone let me know.