If you’re familiar with Xiu Xiu, you know that the band is always pushing limits. Songwriter and frontman Jamie Stewart is drawn to dark and uncomfortable subject matter, from the depths of self-hatred to the traumatic taboo of incest. So, when we asked him to curate an episode of the Flavorpill Fix , we expected he’d have some challenging recommendations in store.
The resulting episode, anchored by gorgeous Xiu Xiu performance footage and Stewart’s intelligent observations about his band and the wide range of music that influences it, exceeded even our high expectations. Featuring a rare and epic performance by underground avant-garde heroes Master Musicians of Bukkake, a beautiful, animated video by folk enigma Larkin Grimm, and a kaleidoscopic, electro-pop Fischerspooner clip, this edition of the Fix is as strange, original, and absorbing as the band that curated it. As always, New Yorkers can watch this episode Wednesday night at 10:30pm on NYC life, channel 25 — minus the Larkin Grimm video, which was deemed too hot for TV. See what all the fuss was about after the jump.
Xiu Xiu “Boy Soprano” & “Dear God I Hate Myself” Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 9.26.10
Master Musicians of Bukakke “Schism Prism” Live at Issue Project Room, 8.15.10
Larkin Grimm “Parplar” Directed by Rebecca Schoenecker
Fischerspooner “The Best Revenge” Directed by Jason Cacioppo and Adam Dugas
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