Published Feb 12, 2009If you've been looking to stock up on some soon to be ultra rare Xiu Xiu material, do we ever have good news for you. The band's Jamie Stewart has announced he's launching his very own subscription series, which will find the ever-emotive songwriter mailing out a year's worth of releases to those act quick and sign up over at the band's website.
Apparently, Stewart has piles of "ambient, experimental and minimalist works" that he's looking to share, and for $100, he will send you one CD per month of the stuff for a year. Each will be hand-numbered, hand-wrapped in felt and yarn, and with a different leaf delicately placed under the CD tray. You can even get a "deluxe edition" of the series for an extra $10, which will include an additional CD and, perhaps the best part, some homemade chocolate. However, there are only 50 of these subscriptions available so you many want to get on that pre-ordering, like, now.
In addition to this very personalized project, Stewart also has a bunch of solo shows lined up for April. They will mark his first solo tour in five years and will feature the Xiu Xiu man drawing his vast repertoire of past recordings, plus a few new ones from an upcoming Xiu Xiu record called Dear God, I Hate Myself, which is due out sometime in 2010. He also plans to deliver all the tracks on-stage with a guitar, a bird call whistle and an old-school, pen-played synth called a stylophone.
All these live dates, which entirely avoid Canada, come as part of an art project run by frequent Xiu Xiu collaborator David Horvitz, who intends to take photo portraits of each and every concertgoer whether they like it or not. Afterwards, all the photos will go up on Xiu Xiu's website and eventually the top 300 will be published in an upcoming book. And if you're at all worried about your hair coming out all weird in the snaps, don't worry: "Xiu Xiu combs" will be at each show, the press release says.
Here are all those Jamie Stewart tour dates, which also come with overloaded merch tables featuring hand-decorated mix CDs, chocolate and "a poster series of his massive collection of stuffed animals":
4/2 Greenville, NC - The Spazzatorium
4/3 Norfolk, VA - The Boot
4/4 Richmond, VA - The Triple
4/5 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
4/6 Brooklyn, NY - Monkey Town
4/9 Durham, NH - The Stafford Room
4/10 Chicago, IL - Ronny's Bar
4/11 Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge (Grinnell College)
4/14 Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
4/15 Portland, OR - Backspace
4/17 San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
4/18 Los Angeles, CA - Echo Curio
4/19 Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
4/21 Austin, TX - Salvage Vanguard Theater
4/23 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
4/24 St. Augustine, Florida - Cafe Eleven
4/25 Atlanta, GA - Wonderroot