Thursday, February 25, 2010

See Xiu Xiu and Donate to a Great Cause

When Xiu Xiu return from the UK, they’ll head out on their US tour. On the road, the band will be fundraising for At The Crossroads, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps street youth through counseling, outreach, and other services.

The band is asking for donations of any amount, and certain amounts of donation will come with specific prizes.

$1 (show only): Everyone who donates a dollar or more at the show will get together at the end of the show for a big group picture. The band will then post these pictures online.

$5: The band will mail you a postcard, probably made by Xiu Xiu, sent while on the road.

$10: Xiu Xiu will email one of a kind picture of the band on the road + description of what's going on before and after, not during.

$30: The band will mail you any random thing bought at a gas station, thrift store, or anywhere! from the road

$50: The band will mail you a special David Horvitz collection of Xiu Xiu photos.

If a collective total of $5000 of donations is reached, Xiu Xiu will release a never before released song, a collaboration with Mary Pearson (High Places), for free to download.

Please note: Everything but the group pictures will be offered online and at the show.

At the end of fundraising, the band will read out the names of everyone who donated on camera and will put the video online.

mar 05 - Greensboro, NC - Guilford College
mar 06 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
mar 07 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
mar 09 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
mar 10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Productions (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
mar 11 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
mar 12 - Houston, TX - The Studio at Warehouse Live (w/ Noveller)
mar 13 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (w/ Noveller, Jonathan Mieberg of Shearwater)
mar 15 - Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn (w/ Noveller)
mar 16 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture (w/ Extra Life, Noveller)
mar 17 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
mar 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
mar 19 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
mar 20 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
mar 23 - Olympia, WA - Northern (w/ Tune-Yards)
mar 24 - Portland, OR - Holocene (w/ Tune-Yards)
mar 25 - Boise, ID - Neurolux (w/ Tune-Yards, Scout Niblett)
mar 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
mar 27 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
mar 29 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
mar 30 - St. Louis, MO - Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Norma, Br'erl)
mar 31 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
apr 01 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
apr 02 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
apr 03 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal, Zola Jesus)
apr 05 - Oberlin, OH - The Dionysus Discotheque (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
apr 07 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
apr 08 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place (w/ Tune-Yards)
apr 09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (w/ Tune-Yards, Zola Jesus)
apr 10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs (w/ Tune-Yards)
apr 12 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College Red Barn
apr 13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (w/ Tune-Yards)
apr 14 - Washington, DC - DC9 (w/ Tune-Yards)
apr 15 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club Downstairs Lounge (w/ Tune-Yards)
apr 16 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 (w/ Tune-Yards)
apr 17 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
apr 29 - Krems, Austria - Donaufestival (w/ Deerhoof performing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures)

flier of the day

thao at vera project in seattle next friday
(benefit for hollow earth radio)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

quasi at jackpot

last night was the first time i'd seen quasi since they opened for elliott smith at la luna in portland--- way back in may 1998. i was a sophomore in high school at the time. some how i was able to let my mom talk me into going to the show with some friends (i think my dad was out of town at the time or something...) my friend dennis did a u-turn on the burnside bridge! haha... anyhow, quasi was awesome last night. fun times. see them on tour!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

XIU XIU - Gray Death

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

stream the new quasi and xiu xiu albums!!!!

Help the All-Ages Movement Project win $50,000

Everyone come together to help support all-ages music everywhere! 

Pepsi is offering a $50,000 grant to ten ideas/organizations voted on by the public. The All-Ages Movement Project (AMP) is a non-profit that aims to advocate for and support people nationwide in starting, running and maintaining all-ages arts and music spaces. These kinds of spaces are critical to the kind of art and community we all care about, but there is not a lot of infrastructure in place to help people learn how to do this, or to help them network with and learn from one another beyond their own towns, typically. AMP is currently in 10th place, a testament to how supportive its various constituent communities have been given that they're up against well-funded national organizations like AmeriCorps that have large budgets and staff to help them succeed. 
As we all know, the Pepsi factor can be sensitive in DIY/punk communities, but AMP made the decision to participate in this grant competition only after taking advisement from its board of all-ages venues, organizations and activists.  There would be no branding or logo obligations - just a donation that would make a lot of cool shit possible. People can vote once a day for AMP at:

You won't get emailed by Pepsi or anything unless you check a box saying you want to.  You click "Vote", which then opens a log-in window.  After you're logged in, you click "Vote" again, and then it registers.
***Vote daily through February to help bring all-ages music and art to every town.***

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dear God, I Hate Myself released in UK

the new xiu xiu record
dear God, i hate myself
is released in the U.K.
as of TODAY

xiu xiu tour of UK will commence as of~

20 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
21 - Glasgow, UK @ NiceNSleazy
22 - Edinburgh, UK @ Electric Circus
23 - Manchester, UK @ Islington Mill
24 - Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
25 - Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff Arts institute
26 - London, UK @ The Luminaire
27 - Brighton, UK @ Freebutt
28 - Coventry, UK @ Taylor John's House

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Did the guy really sing this flat in the commercial? It gives me strange childhood feelings but I like it. No wonder "the kids" are so obsessed with the 80's

The Official Bikini Kill Archive

yes it's official. bikini kill is inviting you to share your story about the band here

from the press release:

We are collecting stories of how people got into the band/shows they saw/memories/testimonials etc.

It would be awesome if you wanted to contribute. It doesn’t have to be fancy or well-worded, we’d just like you to leave a record of your experience and get an idea of what Bikini Kill means to you. Maybe it’s your reaction to a song we wrote, something weird that happened at one of our shows, a personal anecdote or just WHATEVER. Send yr story to and we will post it or just leave a comment somewhere on the site. You can also send us images to post.

Please help us spread the word. To document the history (or herstory) of the band it is necessary to include an oral history from “the fans”. We say fans for lack of a better word—a more expansive term would be inclusive of friends, peers, comrades, co-conspirators and imply participation rather than an audience separate from the band—which is what we hope to achieve with this interactive approach.

Also, if you have video/film footage of the band, please contact us, Thanks!

check out Victoria's Bikini Kill story, I Formed my Own All Girl Band

I remember I was dating this guy when I was 13 in like, 1995, and we got really competitive over who knew more about music. Then I bought the first Kill Rock Stars compilation and was like, ‘fuck it, I’ll take my own music for myself.’ I’d discovered Bikini Kill and he couldn’t have them. I bought every 7″ and album I could find, as well as anything else the band members were in (The Frumpies, Suture, The Fakes, etc.). The songs validated every twisted, sticky teenage girl experience I went through and anti-pleasure dissertation was the only thing I needed when said guy betrayed me in the most high school possible way. When I was 15 I wrote a letter thanking Kathleen Hanna, and she sent me back all her fanzines and ‘The Most Beautiful Girl is a Dead Girl’ and a bunch of stickers and a note that said “Don’t let them get you down.” That year I formed my own all girl band, and now I treat adolescent girls who are trauma survivors. It’s always extremely hard for me to stop myself from making them mix CDs starting with White Boy. It’s 15 years later and I still tell people that Bikini Kill is my all-time favorite band. Particularly my clients.


The Thermals - Canada by killrockstars
check it out on itunes! i think it's the free download of the week if you live in canada, too.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dear God, I Hate Myself available in iTunes

the new XIU XIU record
is available on iTunes with 2 bonus tracks +
lyrics and liner notes

it wants to tie you to a tree and make you promise to carrion masage it in the face when you are free.
thank you!
the new XIU XIU record
is available on iTunes with 2 bonus tracks +
lyrics and liner notes

it wants to tie you to a tree and make you promise to murder glove it in the face when you are free.
thank you!

the new XIU XIU record
is available on iTunes with 2 bonus tracks +
lyrics and liner notes

it wants to tie you to a tree and make you promise to glue wrench it in the face when you are free.
thank you!

Thursday, February 4, 2010



Tuesday, February 2, 2010

question of the day

have you ever bought an album because a band harassed you (or asked you to be their fan or sent you messages or whatever) on facebook or myspace or some social networking site?

just curious.

UPDATE: the change of people asking you to be a "friend" on myspace and people asking you to be a "fan" on facebook is what made me think about this. it's esp. weird when it's from friends. aren't they happy enough with me being a friend? i got to be a fan too?

well that and the combination of logging into my old band's myspace for the first time in forever and seeing that all the messages were from bands i had never heard of telling me to buy their album on itunes.

3rd xiu xiu single up on itunes

the 3rd single from the new xiu xiu record

Dear God, I Hate Myself
is out on itunes today it is called
This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy)

crouched in a thicket of bamboo, it will spring upon you!

Monday, February 1, 2010