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San Jose, California (2002 – present)

Xiu Xiu began in 2002 in San Jose, California by original members Lauren Andrews, Yvonne Chen, Cory McCulloch and Jamie Stewart. Current members are Shayna Dunkelman, 
Angela Seo, Ches Smith and Jamie Stewart. They are based in Los Angeles and New York.

Over the life of the band, the music has taken influence from noise, modern classical, the dance floor, post punk, experimental, minimalism, Asian percussion musics and American folk music. Frequently noted as well are the influences of the
films of Todd Solondz, Shohei Imamura, David Lynch and Seijun Suzuki and the

books of Elfriede Jelinek, V.S, Naipaul, Yukio Mishima and Ingeborg Bachmann.

The subject matter of their songs has been taken from the personal experiences of
the band members, their families and from politics. They explore the topics of
depression, molestation, war, bad or amusing sex, crime, suicide, loneliness, body
image and dependence on cats. 

Critically, they are considered extremely divisive. The same albums often receiving
both 5 star and 1 star reviews. They inserted a poster into an LP sleeve of
photographs of Xiu Xiu related cuts, brands and tattoos listeners of the band have
sent them. As well, they collected and then inhaled the smoke from the burning
hair that fans donated at shows. 

To date, they have released well over 50 titles including albums, 7inches, books,
film works and composed for dance pieces. They have collaborated with a number
of artistic and musical luminaries such as Carla Bozulich, Michael Gira, Dahn Vo,
Monika Gryzmala, Grouper, Larsen, These Arches, Deerhoof, John Congleton, Dirty Beaches, Oxbow and Shearwater.

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  • sosadtoday

    Любимая группа

    22 Jul 9:01am Reply
  • Arkandast

    Не понравились...

    20 Jul 9:59am Reply
  • heyjax9

    Have you guys listened to them play the music of Twin Peaks yet? Its fantastic https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=222&v=xuEgLvsaH-Y

    15 Jul 7:59pm Reply
  • ifyouDie

    Очень... очень плохая "музыка"

    4 Jul 10:26am Reply
  • UCHalcyon

    new bandcamp, bunch of new releases https://xiuxiu69.bandcamp.com/

    30 Jun 9:14pm Reply
  • PhnomPencil

    You guys are free to like your Xiu Xiu and Dave Matthews tho, I won't judge you.

    30 Jun 4:39am Reply
  • PhnomPencil

    Oh... this might explain it... I find Dave Matthews pretty unlistenable as well. '**What is Dave Matthews listening to?** Matthews tells us about Xiu Xiu, the experimental indie project of Californian singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, who, Matthews says, Tim Reynolds turned him on to. “There’s something about it where you can’t put it down,” he says. “It’s like crazy person music, but it’s really slammin’ and it’s really beautiful. He’s a little bit precious maybe — and ‘a little bit’ may be understating it — but there’s something about it that I go back and I listen to it again, and I like it.”'

    30 Jun 4:38am Reply
  • PhnomPencil

    Most unlistenable band for me... which is probably a compliment, taste-wise.

    30 Jun 4:31am Reply
  • dudingston

    Excellent and unusual.I like it!

    20 Jun 8:18pm Reply
  • Lucky_Lungz

    God damn it Jamie now I have to scrobble a song called Black Dick

    14 Jun 4:36am Reply
  • tyf_martial

    фак зе обамас

    10 Jun 9:24pm Reply
  • HumanEvents

    fuck the russians

    7 Jun 1:55am Reply
  • ieatchildren_

    s02731, :)

    4 Jun 5:16am Reply
  • s02731

    ieatchildren_, чтобы потом их съесть? :<

    31 May 11:16am Reply
  • alba_serpent

    гетерасты, кыш отсюда >:c

    30 May 1:23pm Reply
  • ieatchildren_

    джейми стюарт я хочу от тебя детей

    24 May 6:14am Reply
  • Zombak39

    блевал с этой хуйни похлеще чем с палёной водки

    21 May 8:56pm Reply
  • China_Lake

    Вообще охуенно

    14 May 10:56am Reply
  • Vespertine713

    They're fine

    14 May 1:07am Reply
  • arthoe

    I'm 12 and what is this? [2]

    14 May 12:41am Reply
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