Xiu Xiu | Lawrence Liquors

Thank the stars for Xiu Xiu. While the rest of music world slumbers away under the cushy and continuous waves of Radioville, U.S.A, this band stretches out the definition of what music means and how it could sound in the future. Jamie Stewart’s efforts don’t always work, but we’re all the better for his grasping…

Xiu Xiu | Born to Suffer (Video)

A new video for Xiu Xiu’s song, “Born to Suffer’, from off its latest 12-song album, “Always” — out now via Polyvinyl Record Co. in the U.S. and Bella Union for the UK and Europe. Video was directed by Adriana Alba. For a closer look at the record by Their Bated Breath, click here. —…

Xiu Xiu | Honeysuckle (Video)

Xiu Xiu have a new video for their song, “Honeysuckle”, from their latest release, “Always”. Amir Shoucri directed the video — which should be titled “A Day In the Life of Angela Seo”. Read a full review of the album here in the Their Bated Breath archives. You can purchase the record at Polyvinyl. —…

XIU XIU | Always

By David D. Robbins Jr. | Their Bated Breath Xiu Xiu “Always” (Polyvinyl Records) Release date: March 6, 2012 It could be said Xiu Xiu and lead singer Jamie Stewart wear weird like a badge of honor. This is a band that loves to wallow, giving morbidity a kind of religious reverence. Let’s face it, Xiu…

XIU XIU | Hi (Video)

A Their Bated Breath favorite, Xiu Xiu, has a new video for “Hi” from off the upcoming LP release “Always”. “Always” follows 2010′s release, “Dear God, I Hate Myself”. Pre-order “Always” in the U.S. here at Polyvinyl. Click here to pre-order in the UK and Europe. Video for “Hi” is directed by Jamie Stewart and David…

XIU XIU | Hi (Album Version)

I think someone’s going to have to take away my Xiu Xiu fan-club card. Not sure how I missed this one from more than a week back, but Xiu Xiu posted a free track called “Hi” from off the upcoming LP release “Always”. At the end of last year I posted a link to an…

POLYVINYL | 15-YEAR SAMPLER

Just wanted to put this 30-song Polyvinyl sampler on your radar. In celebration of the record company’s 15th anniversary, Polyvinyl posted 30 free tracks from a variety of their artists for you. It includes a song from Casiokids, Deerhoof, 31Knots, Joan of Arc, Architecture in Helsinki, Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin and others. It…

IN DEFENSE OF ART | Xiu Xiu

PICKING SIDES: Mention the band Xiu Xiu (pronounced shoe-shoe) among indie fans and you’re bound to get a passionate response. Love them or hate them, they’re not an easy band to understand. But Xiu Xiu fans will tell you the band is easy to love. Theatrical frontman Jamie Stewart is a masterful shape-shifter. A sly…