Published Oct 30, 2009The last we heard from disturbing art-rock stalwarts Xiu Xiu, the band had recently lost collaborator Caralee McElroy, and front-man Jamie Stewart was dealing with the loss by writing haikus. Apparently, the poetic release helped Stewart deal with the loss and move on because the band have bounced back with a new album.
Titled Dear God, I Hate Myself, the album is expected in stores towards the end of February 2010. Little other information has been given on the Xiu Xiu website, although Stewart did mention that the album will be available in a deluxe LP version, as well as the standard CD, LP and digital download formats. And Dear God, I Hate Myself will be released by Kill Rock Stars.
As if they weren't busy enough hating themselves, Xiu Xiu also remixed a track by Stephin Merritt's the 6ths for SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: THE REMIXES!. As previously reported, the band join Caribou, Four Tet, Junior Boys and a number of other artists in paying tribute to Merge releases on the compilation. Samples of the tracks can be streamed here.
On top of everything else, Xiu Xiu have also found the time to write new material for a play. The play is called Nibbler and will open at the Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles on November sixth.