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Xiu Xiu

Taking their name from the 1998 Chinese film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, Xiu Xiu formed in San Jose, California with Cory McCullough, Yvonne Chen (publisher of the indie zine Zum), Lauren Andrews, and Jamie Stewart. Before forming Xiu Xiu, McCullough and Stewart played in the band Ten in the Swear Jar. Prior to the 2002 release of their first full-length album, Knife Play (released on vinyl through Absolutely Kosher and on disc through 5RC/Kill Rock Stars), the band made appearances on numerous compilations. Shortly after Knife Play's release, Springman released a 10" collaboration between Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof. Vocalist Stewart has earned comparisons to the Cure's Robert Smith, while the band itself draws from post-punk, synth pop, and avant-garde music as well as directors and authors including David Lynch, Todd Solondz, Elfriede Jelinek, V.S. Naipaul, and Yukio Mishima. In 2002, the band issued the Chapel of the Chimes EP. The following year, A Promise and the limited-edition, mostly acoustic F*g Patrol EP arrived, and early 2004 saw the release of one of their most accessible albums, Fabulous Muscles.

Xiu Xiu kept busy in 2005 with the full-length La Forêt and a split single with Devendra Banhart. The group's fifth album, The Air Force, which was produced by Greg Saunier, arrived in fall 2006; an EP of covers, Tu Mi Piaci, was also released that year. Issued in 2008, Women as Lovers was some of Xiu Xiu's catchiest and most abrasive work, and featured Michael Gira on a cover of "Under Pressure." Caralee McElroy, who had joined the group for The Air Force, left Xiu Xiu in 2009 and became a member of Cold Cave; she was replaced by Angela Seo, who worked with Stewart and Saunier on 2010's more overtly poppy and electronic Dear God, I Hate Myself. Two years later, the band commemorated its tenth anniversary with Always, which tackled war atrocities ("Gul Muldin"), the plight of Chinese female migrant workers ("Factory Girls"), and the right to choose ("I Luv Abortion"), and was dedicated to the band's devoted fans. Sal Mineo, a collaboration with Oxbow's Eugene S. Robinson, released its self-titled debut album in April 2013 on Important Records. While touring with Swans, Stewart was inspired to cover the songs of Nina Simone; Nina, which featured the talents of jazz and avant-garde players Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Mary Halvorson, and Andrea Parkins, as well as longtime collaborator Ches Smith, arrived late in 2013. Soon after, Angel Guts: Red Classroom -- which took its name from a Japanese erotic film from the '70s and was touted as Xiu Xiu's darkest album to date -- appeared in January 2014. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Nina

1. Don't Smoke In Bed

2. Don't Explain

3. Wild Is The Wind

4. Where Can I Go Without You

5. See Line Woman

6. Just Say I Love Him

7. Four Women

8. Pirate Jenny

9. You'd Be So Nice

10. The Other Woman

11. Flo Me La

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Track List: Always

1. Hi

2. Joey's Song

3. Beauty Towne

4. Honey-Suckle

5. I Luv Abortion

6. The Oldness

7. Chimney's Afire (Mickensian Suicide)

8. Gul Mudin

9. Born To Suffer

10. Factory Girl

11. Smear The Queen

12. Black Drum Machine

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Track List: Dear God, I Hate Myself

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

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Track List: Women As Lovers

1. I Do What I Want, When I Want

2. In Lust You Can Hear The Axe Fall

3. F.T.W.

4. No Friend Oh!

5. Guantanamo Canto

6. Under Pressure

7. Black Keyboard

8. Master Of The Bump (Kurt Stumbaugh, I Can Feel The Soil Falling Over My Head)

9. You Are Pregnant You, You Are Dead

10. The Leash

11. Child At Arms

12. Puff And Bunny

13. White Nerd

14. Gayle Lynn

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Track List: Remixed & Covered

Disc 1

1. Mousey Toy-Larsen

2. Saturn-Oxbow

3. Apistat Commander-Sunsetrubdown

4. Clowne Towne-Marisa Nadler

5. Sad Pony Guerilla Girl-Good Forcows

6. Fabulous Muscles-Kid 606

7. The Wig Master-Why?

8. I Luv The Valley Oh!-Her Spaceholiday

9. Support Our Troops-Devendrabanhart.

Disc 2
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Track List: The Air Force

1. Buzz Saw

2. Boy Soprano

3. Hello From Eau Claire

4. Vulture Piano

5. Pj In The Streets...

6. Bishop, Ca

7. Saint Pedro Glue Stick

8. The Pineapple Vs The Watermelon

9. Save Me Save Me

10. The Fox & The Rabbit

11. Wig Master

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Track List: Tu Mi Piaci

1. He Needs Me

2. Don't Cha

3. Kangaroo

4. Blueberry Mine Shaft

5. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

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Track List: La Foret

1. Clover

2. Muppet Face

3. Mousey Toy

4. Pox

5. Baby Captain

6. Saturn

7. Rose of Sharon (Grey Ghost Version)

8. Ale

9. Bog People

10. Dangerous You Shouldn't Be Here

11. Yellow Raspberry

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Track List: Fabulous Muscles

1. Crank Heart

2. I Love The Valley OH!

3. Bunny Gamer (b)

4. Little Panda McElroy (b)

5. Support Our Troops OH! (Black Angels OH!)

6. Fabulous Muscles (Mama Black Widow Version)

7. Brian The Vampire

8. Nieces Pieces (Boat Knife Version)

9. Clown Towne

10. Mike

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Track List: A Promise

1. Sad Pony Guerrilla Girl

2. Apistat Commander

3. Walnut House

4. 20,000 Deaths For Eidelyn Gonzales, 200,000 Deaths For Jamie Peterson

5. Pink City

6. Sad Redux-O-Grapher

7. Blacks

8. Brooklyn Dodgers

9. Fast Car

10. Ian Curtis Wishlist

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Track List: Chapel Of The Chimes

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Track List: Knife Play

1. Don Diasco

2. I Broke Up (SJ)

3. Luber

4. Hives Hives

5. Dr. Troll

6. Over Over

7. Anne Dong

8. Suha

9. Poe Poe

10. Homonculus

11. Tonite And Today (What Chu' Talkin' 'Bout)

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Track List: Angel Guts: Red Classroom

1. Angel Guts:

2. Archie's Fades

3. Stupid In The Dark

4. Lawrence Liquors

5. Black Dick

6. New Life Immigration

7. El Naco

8. Adult Friends

9. The Silver Platter

10. Bitter Melon

11. A Knife In The Sun

12. Cinthya's Unisex

13. Botanica De Los Angeles

14. :Red Classroom

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Track List: Daphny (Single)

1. Daphny

2. Only Girl (In The World)

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Track List: Life And Live

1. 20,000 Deaths For Eidelyn Gonzales, 20,000 Deaths for Jamie Peterson

3. King Earth, King Earth

4. I Broke Up

6. Sad Pony Guerilla Girl

7. Asleep

8. Jennifer Lopez

9. 20,000 Deaths For Eidelyn Gonzales, 20,000 Deaths for Jamie Peterson

11. Dr. Troll

12. Brooklyn Dodgers

13. Nieces Pieces

14. Clover

15. I Broke Up

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Track List: Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks

1. Laura Palmer's Theme

2. Into The Night

3. Audrey's Dance

4. Packard's Vibration

5. Nightsea Wind

6. Blue Frank/Pink Room

7. Sycamore Tree

8. Harold's Theme

9. Dance Of The Dream Man

10. Falling

11. Love Theme Farewell

12. Josie's Past

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Track List: Unclouded Sky

1. (Demerara)

2. Blood Of The Lamb

3. (Berbice)

4. I'll Fly Away

5. (Kaieteur)

6. Lonesome Valley

7. (Essequibo)

8. Wreck On The Highway

9. (Rupununi)

10. Church In The Wildwood

11. (Cuyuni)

12. Unclouded Sky

13. (Kanuku)

14. All Fo' You

15. (Guiana)

16. Let The Lower Lights Be Burning

17. (Pomeroon)

18. Just As I Am

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PAINFUL!
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This band SUCKS. Get offa my Pandora
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Caralee was in the band prior to Air Force.
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SAN JO REPREZENT!
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i love xiu xiu!!
wonderfully different music, very interesting and captivating
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the simple joy is that they make music and it almost always feels like they scotchtaped the lable on the tape just for you.

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