Xiu Xiu have a real busy 2006 ahead of them with a mountain of projects ready to be unleashed. The band has finished their 5th LP with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier behind the boards. Titled The Air Force the record is due for release on September 15. Jamie Stewart and company also have a covers EP/7″ package in the works, which will see stripped-down versions of tunes by Nina Simone, Bauhaus, and Elliott Smith. What’s more, the mopey noise-makers will be releasing a collaborative effort with ambient wonder Grouper as well as another XXL (Xiu Xiu and Larsen) effort. And if that wasn’t enough, Stewart is helping compose music for a McSweeney‘s DVD of early 20th century animation. Phew! All that’s left for Xiu Xiu is perhaps a feature film. Maybe A Hard Day’s Night with attempted suicides and analog static?
From what I hear the LP has 11 tracks and you can check out more on this band at: http://www.xiuxiu.org