Debuting today is the new Xiu Xiu web site! http://womenaslovers.com/
It's got the first issue of Xiu Xiu's video magazine featuring an
interview with Greg Saunier from Deerhoof. It also features
instructions on how to get your very own Jamie Stewart penned
personal haiku, polariods, and your chance to sing on a Xiu Xiu song!!
Thanks to our esteemed colleague Lauren Ross for this exclusive
interview. It will be archived on our website as soon as Maggie is
back from France and I can ask her how to do that.
Ok, here it is, in it's entirety:
Thao: i think i left my laundry in the UK
Lauren: ok, ready Freddy?
Lauren: oh geez
Thao: which is all my good underwear
Thao: can we put that in?
Lauren: well, this ties in well with my first question, actually...
Lauren: So, you just got back from a mini tour in Europe with Willis
(drummer/tour manager), right? How was that?
Thao: well, it was great until i left my underwear
Thao: sucks cause those are at least 4 dollars a pair
Thao: the trip was realistically good
Thao: meaning it was stressful and multi-tiered
Lauren: in a realistic sort of way?
Thao: the way tour always is
Thao: but no disasters
Thao: and we came back
Thao: and we didn't lose anything over 50 dollars
Thao: and the shows went well and we are still talking, willis and I
Lauren: that sounds like an exceptional tour for you then!
Thao: I'm saying!
Lauren: Do you think it's thanks to Willis that nothing was stolen or
Thao: we decided touring is really just carrying things from one
place to another
Thao: i will say he is very organized
Thao: and probably has better karma than i do
Lauren: and it seems that after your Chicago experiences
(stolen/crashed van, stolen musical equipment), ya'll are basically
ready for anything
Lauren: Can anything thwart your momentum now??
Thao: i think our lack of discipline with taking multi-vitamins will
Thao: also maybe catching a staff infection or tapeworms
Thao: sometimes people tell me i have a tape worm cause i eat so much
Thao: i say it is my metabolism
Thao: i used to know a guy who had a shirt: "be skinny, poop a lot"
Lauren: oh dear god
Thao: edit at will
Lauren: speaking of multi-vitamins, this might be a good opportunity
for you to share some ideas of things that could save one's life
Lauren: note to readers: Thao is not a doctor and has little to no
Thao: thank you for the opportunity, i have been waiting for this
shade of lime light
Thao: additional note to readers: i ordered Healing with Whole Foods
and also my grandmother is 89 and stronger than me and I absorb
everything she says
Thao: OK WELL
Thao: taking a teaspoon of Spirulina/ Chlorella (blue green
microalgae) a day is really good for your cells
Thao: raw garlic to stave off illness. and booty, if you are not interested.
Thao: don't cut your fingernails too close to the quick, you will
affect your heart. (meridians)
Thao: don't use other people's towels, it will give you spots
Thao: (happened to me when i was 6)
Lauren: for real?
Thao: honey, the realest.
Thao: take lauren ross with you anywhere you can, esp. L.A.
Thao: hot water with cayenne pepper and lemon and honey for sore throats
Thao: walnuts and garbanzo beans have the most protein
Thao: eat quinoa instead of rice or pasta
Lauren: I made a rice last night called "Forbidden Rice". It was a
blackish/purple/red kind of color. Gorgeous and with a fun texture.
Thao: what was the forbidden part?
Thao: was it like those pop crystals in your mouth?
Lauren: according to the "legend" on the back of the packaging, it
was once grown exclusively for the Emperors of China
Lauren: I'm not certain that I would compare it to Pop Rocks, haha
Thao: ah yes, pop rocks
Thao: not crystals
Thao: wow, the packaging sounds epic
Lauren: the cover art is pretty epic, I must admit
Thao: is it the wall? the whole thing? big bag.
Lauren: it takes up my entire kitchen. we don't have a fridge
anymore. just a rice closet.
Thao: thousands of peasants were lost in the making of
Lauren: this is sad.
Thao: let's re direct.
Lauren: anway, you know, Xiu Xiu are really smart and healthy on the
road (plus they're all super super sweet people) -- I think you're
going to really love touring with them
Thao: i cannot even wait
Thao: and all my friends are quite excited to be on our guest list so
they can see xiu xiu for free
Thao: ingrid said they go running after shows
Lauren: Ingrid (production lady) is the real runner of the KRS family
Thao: we stretch kind of
Lauren: do ya'll play basketball?
Thao: yes! and touch football
Thao: but i'm unreasonably paranoid about jamming my fingers
Lauren: that is a fully reasonable paranoia
Thao: sometimes i just bat the ball away, risk reduction
Thao: my teammates hate it
Thao: we get a nerf ball, but they get so dirty
Lauren: I always play on the opposing team, so I wouldn't know what
that feels like
Thao: i want to get sponsored
Thao: remember when we played in the street and it was dangerous
Thao: to really go for the ball
Lauren: it was totally dangerous!
Lauren: only mild injuries that day, luckily
Thao: mostly egos
Thao: not ours though
Lauren: certainly not
Thao: mine is invincible
Lauren: has your mom been working on something new for you to wear
for the next tour?
Thao: WELL since she strong armed me into wearing dresses, i've
acquired a few from retailers
Thao: she just finished making us a denim merch bag
Thao: and a little receipt holder thing
Thao: very finely and securely stitched
Lauren: that's sure sweet of her!
Thao: she is amazing
Thao: but nothing can compare to the rock and roll one sleever
Thao: with skulls and guitars on fire
Thao: and "rock and roll" in gothic lettering
Lauren: note to readers: yes, this garment truly exists
Thao: additional note: it is emblazoned on my mind
Thao: also there was a headband
Lauren: I forgot about that part!!
Thao: i have pictures
Thao: frank is wearing the headband though
Thao: i couldn't do both
Thao: amy ray liked it
Lauren: If it's good enough for Amy Ray, it's good enough for me
Thao: of course it would be
Lauren: that's how I feel about Jay-Z too
Thao: ok, me too.
Lauren: Beyonce approves, and thus, so do I.
Lauren: Jaz-Z is to your headband, not Amy Ray.
Lauren: We'll have to scratch this part.
Thao: what are you talking about. this is golden
Lauren: Ok, like, if your headband is good enough for Amy Ray, your
headband is good enough for me
Lauren: Jaz-Z is good enough for Beyonce, so he's good enough for me
Thao: beyonce is good enough for you , so she's good enough for me
Lauren: If for some insane reason you don't think Beyonce is AMAZING,
please go watch the official video and mtv live video for "Ring The
Alarm" and then talk to me.
Lauren: Hey, do you realize what today is???
Lauren: Ok, I'll tell you! Your album comes out today!
Thao: 9 days after my mom's birthday i forgot
Thao: i can get a copy!
Thao: i forget her birthday every year
Thao: i bet she's really bummed to know she birthed an asshole
Lauren: what do you do to make up for it every year?
Thao: um, well, i tell other people that i feel like an asshole
Lauren: that must make her feel loved
Thao: and i tell her : Mom, i'm so sorry. i'll remember next year
Lauren: do you know you're lying while you say that?
Lauren: well that's something
Thao: no i do not. cause that would be lying
Thao: i sincerely believe that i will remember the next year
Thao: what is life without hope
Thao: happy release day
Thao: you don't have to buy one
Lauren: note to readers: she's not talking to you
Lauren: are there any artists who you admire or grew up listening to
you who secretly (or not so secretly) wish would hear your album?
Thao: lucinda williams
Thao: debbie gibson
Thao: UM also-
Thao: andrew bird
Thao: gillian welch
Thao: and the voice of the queen puppet in mr. rogers
Lauren: (Thao, what do you think, do we have enough to pull good
stuff from? Do we need to find a nice thing to close with?)
Thao: (Lauren, what if we ended like this, under the assumption that
"(" and ")" make our discourse private
Thao: NO let's end on somthing else
Lauren: Why are you proud to call yourself a Virginian?
Thao: oh also can we talk on the phone about some business stuff after this.
Lauren: yeah, for sure
Thao: because once we played in shreveport louisiana and during load
in (around 6pm) this drunk man at the bar shouted VURGINA at me
everytime i walked through the door
Thao: also he said other amazing things
Thao: but maybe for another time
Lauren: we'll have to check in with you again when tour kicks off for Part II
Lauren: thanks, Thao!
Thao: of course, my pleasure