Archive for November, 2007
DEAREST HEART, YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!BREATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!November 28th, 2007 by xiu xiu | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized
xiu xiu chronological biography
july – jamie stewart records the first xiu xiu song “homonculous” and continues to record for the rest of year
first show in november in portland, OR at the north by northwest festival line up yvonne chen, cory mcculloch, miya osaki and jamie stewart
this would be miya’s only show
xiu xiu play 5 songs – “suha”, “dr. troll”, “jennifer lopez”, “homonculous”, and “poe poe”
lauren andrews, who had been a friend of the band, joins.
the rest of this year is spent recording the remainder of what would be “knife play” with cory, yvonne, lauren and jamie
ches smith, who would later join xiu xiu and greg saunier, who would later produce 2 xiu xiu records play together on one song.
xiu xiu goes on 3 very short tours for 3 or 4 days on the west coast, plays shows throughout california and sends out knife play to labels. don dias plays 2 or 3 shows with this line up
the first xiu xiu release “jennifer lopez” is on a “cool beans” magazine cd comp.
xiu xiu is on a few more comps this year.
the first xiu xiu interview is in copper press.
greg saunier gives “knife play” to slim moon of kill rock stars/5 rue christine and he asks xiu xiu to release it with them
xiu xiu begin to record songs for the EP “chapel of the chimes”
yvonne decides not to play shows anymore to start a vegan indie rock store called “otsu” in san francisco.
lauren, cory and jamie go on the first real tour in january for 10 days. the minivan is named PROTOTYPE
“knife play” is released in february on 5 rue christine and absolutely kosher(LP)
this line up does 2 more national tours and write and records songs for “a promise” the back cover photo is taken at a wal mart in salt lake city, utah.
“chapel of the chimes” ep is released in october on absolutely kosher.
cory and lauren decide to stop touring. lauren to go to school and cory for personal reasons.
sam mickens and jherek bischoff of the dead science join to do a national tour afterwards jamie beings to write songs for “fabulous muscles”
jamie’s father, who was involved in the recording of “knife play”, commits suicide.
cory, lauren, jamie, sam and jherek meet in seattle to being recording “fabulous muscles” afterwards lauren quits recording with the band.
with cory producing, jamie records the songs for “fag patrol”, an ep of acoustic versions of the band’s 3 records.
“a promise” is released on 5 rue christine and collective jyrk (LP)
cory, sam, jherek and jamie work on “fabulous muscles” in seattle
“fag patrol” is released by free porcupine society.
devin hoff makes his first appearance on this record.
with devendra banhart, jamie does a national solo tour and jamie finishes fabulous muscles.
jamie does solo tour in japan
jamie does solo tour in a station wagon named CHATTY KATHY
releases the audio diary “thanks japan”
caralee mcelroy joins xiu xiu
“fabulous muscles” is released on 5 rue christine, tomlab and free porcupine society (LP)
caralee and jamie play first show together opening for deerhoof in seattle after this caralee and jamie spend most of the rest of the year touring north america and europe in a minivan named MORPHEUS and station wagon named DAS OMEN
the first european date is in vienna. they also play moscow this year and being to write songs for “la foret”
ches smith, devin hoff, john dieterich, miya osaki, cory and jamie work on la foret in the bay area
jamie moves back to california and caralee stays in seattle.
caralee and jamie tour north america and europe several times this year.
caralee comes to oakland to work on la foret along with cory mcculloch.
“la foret” is released on 5 rue christine and acuarela. xiu xiu self releases the vinyl on a double 10-inch.
cory rejoins the touring line up for a single tour. the tour is of canada. this is his last work with the band.
xiu xiu plays in mexico city and serbia
jamie begins to write songs for “the air force”
caralee moves to the bay area
caralee and jamie tour north america and europe. and play in mexico again with greg saunier producing, caralee, devin and jamie work on “the air force”
devin hoff allows his piece “gita” to be edited into the track “wig master”
“the air force” is released on 5 rue christine
“tu mi piaci” is released on acuarela. it is a covers EP
ches smith joins the band full time and does his first tour with caralee and jamie
ches, caralee and jamie begin writing “women as lovers”
xiu xiu release the covers EP “tu mi piaci” on acuarela
grouper and xiu xiu release the collaboration “creep show”
david horvitz begins the poloroid project documenting xiu xiu tours with attendees providing the film.
again with greg producing, xiu xiu finish “women as lovers”
ches, caralee and jamie tour north america and play a handful of festival dates in europe. in a van called CRAZY WITCH these are the first scandinavian dates.
xiu xiu play in taiwan
“remixed and covered” is released on 5 rue christine. it is a record of people covering xiu xiu songs and of remixes. it is the last release by 5 rue christine
devin hoff joins the band full time and will be a touring member in 2008.
david has the poloroid project published by mark batty.
“women as lovers” is released on kill rock stars.
jamie!!! how fucked is that sign? seriously, what the fuck? seriously times infinity. it’s a mind fuck. it needs to go on a posthumous collection of edward said writings. it’s in a heavily russian area of brooklyn. agggggggggggg. i wonder what the process of changing a sign name is? i’m on the border of williamsburg and bedstuy, i wonder when the streets: malcolm x, harriet tubman, marcus garvey, martin luther king jr. will get renamed to freak-folk singers.
oh my goodness. david based on the street sign alone, you are right.
i think because of that sign anything you ever say again as long as you live and love i will think is right.
i am in a different type of world: burned down desert from a fire years ago, meth labs, hot springs, trailers, tract homes, nudist colonies, prefab houses, glass houses, trash, waste, wind-mills. jim said that he hired someone from a prison rehab to fix his floors, the guy had nazi swasticas all over his body, but supposedely there was a tiny tattoo that negated all of the hate.
i am talking about something that is effective, something that makes something happen. i remember my friend told me, “i couldn’t go to the protest, i had class.” it wasn’t about reaching an end, it was about filling an hour on a daily schedule, about doing something so watered down. i’ll go to class, then go to the protest, then go to a movie later. it’s not like going to a protest means entering a state of sponteneity where anything can happen, where you enter a moment where all of the past and present is in question and no one knows what the future may hold – even one minute into the future. the sun comes down, put my sign in the trash, get in my car, go see a movie. i was just making a parallel between today’s society and the past. maybe using tactics of yesterday created change in yesterday’s world. using tactics of yesterday in today’s world – that is idiotic. you can’t change the world using yesterday’s strategies. holding a sign and marching down a street doesn’t disrupt anything – it doesn’t seize time and hault anything. cities don’t have physicality anymore – everything is online and global. i am asking the question: what are new strategies? it’s sad to say, but i seriously believe online activism as more potential. or, unless, you bring back violence into the streets. weather underground?
(i am speaking from the point of view of the united states, from an industrialized country – however, old forms of resistence probably still work in what people refer to as “third-world” countries, which i think is a stupid term)
update: someone just sent me this, they said it was related, i haven’t read all of it yet: HERE THIS NOW GO
update from angela in kenya. if you went to the benefit, these are the people that you helped. thank you.November 26th, 2007 by xiu xiu | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized
I went to the Kibera slums today. I walked around with a social worker from Lea Toto and visited families and homes and walked through the streets talking to people.
There can be no euphemisms for this place, and even the word “slums” fail to do it justice. It is a hillside covered with shantyshacks, trash, mud, goats, children, trains, debris, and millions of unaging plastic bags embedded into the roads. It smells like rotting food, urine, shit, burning bone. The slums are actually “owned” by members of the Parliament, who buy the land, build thousands of what one may barely call “houses” and rent out the rooms for 1000 Kshs per month. Most of the time, entire families and their extended families live in one room. And a government employee comes around every month to collect rent, and if it goes unpaid, the family easily gets kicked out. The residents must pay for everything. You have to buy clean water, and also the charcoal to heat them. If you must use actual toilets, you have to pay to take a shit too.
The children roam the streets, mostly because the parents can’t afford schools. The private schools are at least 300 Ksh per month, and even at the “free” public school, the child needs uniforms, books, supplies, and so much more that the family just cannot afford. One of the worst consequences of the street kids is child “prostitution” or put more plainly, child rape. As the parents are out looking for food, the children are cajoled with 5 Ksh coins, if not just brute force, to follow strangers. To make things worse, there is an unbelievably frightening myth, that having sex with a child will transfer your HIV/AIDS to the child, and make you “clean.”
Back at the Lea Toto clinic, I am struck by the look of death on the children. I don’t exaggerate or poeticize. I look at them, and it seems plain that they are going to die. Every week, many do. The virus kills them in more ways than one. Too many times is a child killed simply for being found out that she has the virus. An uncle would cut open his niece for fear that she would infect his own children.
Talking to the families, their stories inevitably lead to poverty and death. In the book “My name is Red”, Pamuk writes that the meaning of life is mystery and mercy. There is no mystery here in Kibera. I guess all we can hope for is mercy.
david do you really think that protest is an ineffective social event?
it seems like something that the right would pay you say, are you on the cheney pay roll?
this winter alone
can i last fifty more days?
each growing shorter
i just read this:
In a recent lecture at the ICA (26 October) on the futile rhetoric of resistance, Slavoj Zizek criticised the ineffectiveness of political anarchism, the fashionable strategy championed by academics and activists who levy attacks on governments from the sidelines. Such activists, he argues, operate safe in the knowledge that, in the case of anti-war demonstrations for example, their actions will not affect policy, and furthermore that the tedious, bureaucratic business of governing their nation will continue unaffected.
i’ve thought of this a lot, many “acts of resistence” are mere performative gestures of traditional ways of making change. going to a “protest” is like going to the theatre or going to a show. it’s just a social activity (maybe different from other things because of the meaning it holds) but it doesn’t actually do anything (maybe it did in another time). or maybe b/c everything is so watered down. voicing opposition is good, but making something happen is better. i don’t know, i don’t really care b/c my friend told me that the honey bees are dying and once they die humans will only be able to survive for 3 more years on the planet – and that they will probably all be dead in one year – and that is 2009, and 3 years later is 2012 – THE END OF THE MAYAN CALANDAR. WE ARE FUCKED!