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Hailing from Oakland and Seattle, Xiu Xiu are a sonic experiment in sad, harrowing, politically dark, often confrontational pop songs. Life and Live is an exclusive release only on the Italian label Xeng -- the band historically has been strongly associated with 5 Rue Christine in the U.S. This is their fifth release, and was recorded before La Forˆt and after the incredible Fabulous Muscles album (which has been featured on many Best of 2004 lists). In Life and Live you will find a brilliant collection of acoustic songs, recorded with Devendra Banhart. This album guides you through the essence of the melancholic and twisted universe of Xiu Xiu. Painfully autobiographical, morose, histrionic, and deeply influenced by modern classical, improvisation, British pop and post-punk, techno beats, and the gamelan orchestra. Strained and aggressively somber politico/personal indie-rock/folk as influenced by Bauhaus, New Order, and The Smiths.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 20, 000 Deaths for Eidelyn Gonzales, 20, 000 Deaths for Jamie Peterson
  2. Sad Redux-O-Grapher
  3. King Earth, King Earth
  4. I Broke Up
  5. Thanks Japan!
  6. Sad Pony Guerilla Girl
  7. Asleep
  8. Jennifer Lopez
  9. 20, 000 Deaths for Eidelyn Gonzales, 20, 000 Deaths for Jamie Peterson
  10. Helsabot
  11. Dr. Troll
  12. Brooklyn Dodgers
  13. Nieces Pieces
  14. Clover
  15. I Broke Up


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xeng
  • ASIN: B0009WHAX4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By somethingexcellent VINE VOICE on November 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Xiu Xiu is one of those rare bands that seemingly makes albums without any regards to what people expect and/or want from them. Fabulous Muscles is about the closest to date that they've gotten to a pop record, and this years La Forêt seemed to find Jamie Stewart recoiling from the large amount of positive press that the previous album got by delving into even more extreme quiet and noise.

Life And Live isn't exactly a new album from Xiu Xiu, instead it's a collection of live recordings (mostly stripped-down) made by Devendra Banhart when the two were on tour together. The result is something that is musically completely different than the studio recordings from the group, but still has all the confrontational, emotional, and raw edges that you would expect. In some ways, the release feels like a continuation of the limited Fag Patrol release that came out, but in addition to acoustic tracks, Life And Live also contains some rather spirited performances from Stewart (and bandmates)

The long release actually contains multiple versions of a couple tracks, including the opener "20,000 Deaths For Eidelyn Gonzales, 20,000 Deaths For Jamie Peterson." Like "I Broke Up" (the other track that is featured in two different versions on the release), the two different versions provide unique glimpses into the emotional state of Stewart at the time of the performance, as both tracks range a great deal in terms of vocal inflections and how much force he puts into playing his instrument.

There are only a couple tracks on the release that feature instrumentation more than a single piece and vocals, including the clanging "Jennifer Lopez," and the electric guitar and accordion of "Dr. Troll.
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