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Quietly becoming one of the best bands of a generation?
Quietly, in a fairly noisy kind of way..
i love Xiu Xiu - have just received a tour diary from Jamie. he apologises for their tours not being as interesting as they used to be. cut to five seconds later and me exclaiming "you did what?' "she said WHAT?" etc.
They are a bit insane.
that's not supposed to happen!
the point is for us to premier it in print and then he can share it with whomsoever. um, off to try and sort this...
and I was gonna NOT READ IT so I could read it when i got round to buying Plan b (I am sad).
But then I got bored, so I did. gutted.
thankfully. insanely good, but i'd spent an age editing the thing into publishable form when i saw yr comment. anyway, all is now good.
he's declined after the first couple of albums, and the last two were a bit boring.
he's great lyrically, but lately he's been covering up the lyrics with a bunch of electronic noise that isn't very interesting. Fabulous Muscles was the best record.
improve with repeated listening.
As did his earlier ones.
but the earlier more delicate stuff was so much better. it's all restrained and so when the violent electronics come in they carry more weight.
is every big as delicate and beautiful as the earlier stuff, with some really lovely songwriting and so many different kinds of sounds. It's... pungent.
I just can't listen to them anymore, I don't know why.
the last couple of albums have been pretty disappointing for me.
never have managed to get into la foret
I never gave The Air Force much of a chance in fairness. I may go back to it at some point.
that I like
of white middle class indie/alt.rock fans
every gets any attention in music circles?
What are the best bhangra / Somalian folk bands / aboriginal beat combos then, since you bring it up?
Bhangra: Specialist N Tru Skool or Northern Lights
Somalian folk bands: Tinariwen (not Somalian but of that ilk)
Aboriginal beat combos: erm... you've got me there...
and you forgot Tuvan Throat singing- metal: Hun Huur-Tu
are from Mali innit.
i dunno. it was just an odd thing for you to say. you normally manage to avoid crap phrases like 'of a generation'.
you been reading too many press releases?
I just realised that Xiu Xiu is more creative and interesting than almost anything else I've ever heard.
him/them a listen then
I have a few mp3's and stuff. Which albu mis the best to start with?
if that is the right word which it almost certainly isn't, I think knife play is the most intresting and intense.
I Luv The Valley OH
they have become one of my all time favorite bands. I have every album and most other Xiu Xiu releases and I strongly disagree with people who say his last two were not that good.
La Foret is superb, very soothing in a Xiu Xiu type of way. I absolutely love it.
The Air Force is poppier, just shows another side and it's way up there with the rest.
I would have a very hard time coming up with my top xiu Xiu albums, it would change after each listen
am quite intrigued as to what happened when they last came to the UK, because they seem pretty intent on never coming back.
they coming back in autumn....keep checking their agents page www.puschen.net for the most up to date info on their tour
Which album is the best place to start,guys?
So Fabulous Muscles,La Foret or The Air Force?
in my opinion, is a bit crap. fabulous muscles is good though. that said, i'm no xiu xiu expert so you'd be wise to just disregard this post.
imho, at least. Fabulous Muscles is great, far outclasses La Foret
...listened to so much Jamie Stewart related stuff this week.
version of hives, one of the bleakest songs ever started of as a jig
i quite like that version (not as much as Xiu's though). i really like IBOPA's album, actually. it's pretty great.
The drums in hives are amazing. They take my breath away every time.
Sad Girl is so much better than Sad Pony Guerilla Girl in my humble opinion.
They are amazing. One day I will see them, and it will be awesome.
Have you heard their Remixed/Covered album? It's pretty damn good (mostly).
But 'Knife Play' is a masterpiece in its own right.
I never thought jamie stewart was capable of wacky but I was mistaken
and went by the name 'Fuck Machine'.
....didn't Jamie get sucked off on stage by a drag queen. If so, that would be doubly AWK-WARD.
I also saw a polaroid of him about to fellate a horse. SERIOUSLY.
On ILM. I loved how it ended up with in a huge debate, and in the end it was decided that it wasn't Jamie Stewart because of the ears.
It totally was. Sounds like the kind of disgusting shit he'd do.
is possibly the worst record I own..(and that's saying something because I still use the Zutons cd for a coaster)...
I remember packing it away 2 minutes into the first track...and I just flipped through it again...and maybe I'm just not cool enough to get it...
...seems to me Xiu Xiu is for fans of Laurie Anderson type avant garde, not for simple old me...
laurie anderson is actually my favourite human being.
(does that still exist?)
Xiu Xiu record has much stuff to get into on their. Fabulous Muscles is pretty perfect and reasonably accessible, La Foret is darker, The Air Force in between the two. A Promise is fucking acecakes innit.
are atrocious. an absolute joke. Promise and Muscles have few great songs - otherwise forgettable. The peak was La Foret.
on ever point
and thought it was fantastic. Really one of the most interesting, evocative and brutal albums ive ever heard.
But Ive never felt compelled to go out and buy something else of theirs. I think because it seemed so original as a record that I didnt want there to be any others even remotely like it.
Anyway, Where next?
Equally challenging and brilliant in different ways.
Knife Play and A Promise shit all over Fabulous Muscles. I don't think it's even in my Top 3.
is absolutely gorgeous, in the darkest possible way. Apistat Commander is possibly his best song.
I still don't have Knife Play, I really should get hold of it.
to call Xiu Xiu the avant-electropop Jandek.