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Xiu Xiu releasing album, taking tUnE-yArDs on Spring U.S. tour

on January 08, 2010, 12:30pm

As Pitchfork reported Wednesday, veteran experimental Bay Area rock group Xiu Xiu offered very limited deluxe edition copies (some with t-shirts) of Dear God, I Hate Myself LP, its newest album and first not featuring multi-instrumentalist Caralee McElroy. Pitchfork wasn’t kidding — copies were so scarce they are now sold out. The news should come as no surprise to die-hard fans, especially those with a soft spot for merchandise drenched in blood. No joke — 21 of the shirts contained the phrase “Xiu Xiu for Life,” written in crimson ink. Twilight fans, eat your heart out.

But never fear — while you may not have your hands on the bloody t-shirt, you’ll be able to pick up the standard edition of Dear God, I Hate Myself in stores February 23rd. As Exclaim notes, the effort shouldn’t see much of a diversion from the band’s eclectic style. Included on the tracklist is a cover of an Appalachian folk song “Cumberland Gap”, as well as four songs performed primarily with a Nintendo DS. Yes, as in a video game. For the album, Xiu Xiu teamed up with  Deerhoof’s John Dieterich and the Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra. Yes, as in an elementary school orchestra. Awesome.

Better yet, see the band live on its upcoming tour. Xiu Xiu will be embarking on a nine-date UK tour starting February 20th, returning to the States in March. It’ll start in the south in Atlanta, GA, heading west and hitting up small clubs along the way. New England musician tUnE-yArDs will join Xiu Xiu in California and they’ll make their way to New York before splitting after a Chapel Hill, NC date April 15th.

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.

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“Gray Death”

Dear God, I Hate Myself Tracklist:
01.Gray Death
02. Chocolate Makes You Happy
03. Apple For A Brain
04. House Sparrow
05. Hyunhye’s Theme
06. Dear God, I Hate Myself
07. Secret Motel
08. Falkland Rd.
09. The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10. Cumberland Gap
11. This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12. Impossible Feeling

Xiu Xiu 2010 Tour Dates:
02/20 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
02/21 – Glasgow, UK @ NiceNSleazy
02/22 – Edinburgh, UK @ Electric Circus
02/23 – Manchester, UK @ Islington Mill
02/24 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
02/25 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff Arts Institute
02/26 – London, UK @ The Luminaire
02/27 – Brighton, UK @ Freebutt
02/28 – Coventry, England @ Taylor John’s House
03/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
03/07 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
03/10 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Productions *
03/11 – Dallas, TX @ The Cavern *
03/12 – Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live *
03/13 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
03/16 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture *^
03/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *%
03/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo *%
03/19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *%
03/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *%
03/23 – Olympia, WA @ Northern %
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Holocene %
03/25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux %&
03/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge %$
03/27 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive %$
03/29 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon %$
03/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center %$
03/31 – Iowa City, IA @ The Picador %$
04/01 – Northfield, MN @ The Cave at Carleton College %$
04/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry %$
04/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall %$@
04/05 – Oberlin, OH @ The Dionysus Discotheque %$
04/07 – Cleveland, OH @ The Spot %$
04/08 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place %
04/09 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom %@
04/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs %
04/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church %
04/14 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel %
04/15 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
04/17 – Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

* = w/ Noveller
^ = w/ Extra Life
% = w/ tUnEyArDs
& = w/ Scout Niblett
$ = w/ Talk Normal
@ = w/ Zola Jesus

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