Mixtape #76 by Jherek Bischoff

You might have noticed our ever growing soft spot for the multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff. A wonderfully talented and prolific musician, composer, arranger and producer, his numerous projects to date spans from prog rock to pop and classical music. Jherek's recently released album Cistern follows his debut, Composed, which swiftly made its way to our Album Picks of 2012. Rooted in ambient and modern classical music, Cistern is a profoundly beautiful and meditative orchestral album that will firmly tug at your heartstrings. So we're over the moon to unfold the mixtape he has lovingly assembled for CTD reflecting some of his extraordinary influences.


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Xiu Xiu release NSFW video for ‘Stupid In The Dark’

Xiu Xiu - Stupid In The Dark

Xiu Xiu’s new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom has just come out, and to coincide with its release, they’ve dropped a video for the first single ‘Stupid In the Dark’. The Amir Shoucri-directed video is quite bloody and violent as it portrays a murder taking place. You can watch it here.

Angel Guts: Red Classroom is out now in Europe via Bella Union and in North America via Polyvinyl.

Xiu Xiu share second single from upcoming new album

Xiu Xiu - Lawrence Liquors

Back in November, Xiu Xiu gave us the first taste from their forthcoming album Angel Guts: Red Classroom with the track ‘Stupid in the Dark’.
Marked by Stewart’s life in a dangerous Los Angeles neighbourhood, the album’s new single ‘Lawrence Liquors’ is unsurprisingly dark and creepy. Listen to it below and watch out for the release of Angel Guts: Red Classroom on February 3rd in Europe via Bella Union and February 4th in North America via Polyvinyl.

Xiu Xiu announce new album, drop first single

Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts: Red Classroom

Avant-rock experimentalist outfit Xiu Xiu are releasing Nina, a cover album of Nina Simone songs, next month. But there’s no stopping them and the brainchild project of Jamie Stewart have already announced the release of a new album of originals in early 2014. Entitled Angel Guts: Red Classroom, Xiu Xiu’s upcoming album arrives on February 3rd in Europe via Bella Union and the following day in North America via Polyvinyl.
Named after a Japanese erotic noir film, the album is described as “the beginning of Xiu Xiu’s descent from grayness into the deepest blackness endurable. It is the sound of Xiu Xiu’s death.” Heavily marked by Stewart’s life in a dangerous Los Angeles neighbourhood where he’d moved to, “the aura of his new home bleeds into every pore of the album, each lyric and note bearing traces of its essence: the terrible beauty, the despair, the violence, the ultra humanity, the uncertainty”.
‘Stupid in the Dark’ serves as the first taste from Angel Guts: Red Classroom. Listen to it now.

Xiu Xiu premiere video for second single off Always

‘Honeysuckle’ is the second single lifted from Xiu Xiu‘s recently released album Always and a video for it has emerged yesterday.

Always is out now via Bella Union in Europe and Polyvinyl in the rest of the world.

The brainchild project of Jamie Stewart is starting a North-American tour today, check all the dates and other info here.

Now watch the video for ‘Honeysuckle’ directed by Amir Stoucri and  featuring Xiu Xiu’s member Angela Seo as she goes about her day-to-day routine. Make sure you have finished eating because it gets pretty disturbing.

And after the video you can listen to the first single off Always, ‘Beauty Towne’, posted here a while back.