Xiu Xiu

Party Store Productions presents

Xiu Xiu

TEEN, Saajtak

Thu · May 16, 2019

8:00 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD

$13.00 - $18.00

Xiu Xiu
Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit - Xiu Xiu
It could be handfuls of reds
It could be turning Caravaggio’s Boy with Basket of Fruit to face the wall
It could be a commission by the Guggenheim entitled Deforms the Unborn
It could be the demon Vetis, whose friends call Him The Life Promiser
It could be that in 1918 a pregnant Mary Turner was hung upside down from a
tree by a lynch mob while they cut out her fetus & that this could happen
today, as it did then, without consequences for whitey
It could be handfuls of natural pearls
It could be collaborations with master Haitian drummers
It could be doing the wrong thing together forever
It could be long lists of how The Devil’s acts towards children before, during &
after their possession
It could be short lists of produce, insects & imagined blues musicians
It could be handfuls of an insane 9 year old's feces smushed on the lunch table
It could be a psychedelic Chicago house song about a pig & about your
It could be your dad’s new husband gave you his boyhood viola
It could be a collaboration with master Yoruba drummers
It could be handfuls of cactus spines & a poison dart
It could be your sister has cancer & they keep chopping parts of her body off
It could be a conscripted arco bass piece that was a dedication to Turkish
It could be Jack Smith has a film called Normal Love
It could be scisssssssors, air conditioner tubes, glasses of ice & seashells
It could be handfuls of hot pink Make Noise 1/8inch audio cables
It could be that Nature is making it clear to us that we deserve it and that we
are making it clear to Her that we are ready, ready to go
It could be a short novel called The Rhythm Section Talked about Drugs, The
Horn Players Talked about Ass & The Strings Talked about Money
It could be improvised vocals by Elliot Reed & orchestrated vocals by Eugene
It could be that European religious paintings of male martyrs depict them
surrounded by chubby, adoring angels, everyone’s tearful mothers &
converted sex workers dutifully sponging out their holy & shallow wounds
It could be that European religious paintings of female martyrs depict them
with their nipples being torn off, throats branded & their naked torsos flayed
while they are totally alone aside from the men torturing them
It could be handfuls of Diamanda Galás & Roy Orbison action figures
It could be that despite the confusion of this life, people who can still
truthfully call themselves human try to push through 2019’s collecting horror
It could be slowed down & fuzzed out field recordings of disappearing frogs
It could be flat purple & black or glossy black & purple
It could be mescal in a bottle & baby on a boob, hair dyed blonde for nobody,
nobody move
It could be handfuls of that you just have to stop being a wuss & deal with it
It could be…
Daniel Brevil - percussion
Devin Hoff - double bass, bass vi, bass guitar
Emmanuel Obi - percussion
Ayo Okafor - percussion
Elliot Reed - percussion, experimental percussion, vox
Eugene Robinson - vox
Greg Saunier - organ
Angela Seo - piano, vox, electronic percussion, organ, harmonium
Ches Smith - percussion
Ace Stewart - vox
Jamie Stewart - vox, synths, guitar, experimental percussion, viola
River Stewart – vox
Girl with Basket of Fruit
It Comes Out as a Joke
Amargi ve Moo
Ice Cream Truck
Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy
The Wrong Thing
Mary Turner, Mary Turner
Normal Love
Recorded by Butch Jenny Stewart at NURSE
Additional recording by Tara Jane O’Neil
Mixed by John Congleton at Elmwood West
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space
PRODUCED by Angela Seo and Greg Saunier
TEEN’s new album, Love Yes, explores the disharmony and empowerment that both sexuality and spirituality can create within the modern woman’s psyche. Universal ideas of loyalty, pleasure, purity, power, aging, and love are confronted with a knowable specificity. There is a quality of wholesomeness, but also an edge—a kind of wise anger and electricity.

After extensive touring behind The Way and Color (2014), the band had to keep traveling to find Love Yes. The group first went to Woodstock in the dead of winter to write new material. Here, keyboardist and singer Lizzie Lieberson created the stunning, autobiographical “Please.” But the band, and especially lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Teeny Lieberson, felt a crushing lack of creative energy. Recognizing the need to recharge, they took some time off. Teeny moved to a small lakeside cabin in Morehead, Kentucky. Surrounded by rolling hills, sparked with sudden thunderstorms, and inspired by the musical joy of uninhibited late-night bluegrass jams and barn parties, Teeny immediately began writing again.

Here she felt a new freedom in her songwriting; drawing on themes important to her identity as a woman, and exploring love, sexuality, and the tension between desire and the construct of desire that can exist within oneself, in relationship, and within society.

After three weeks in Morehead, Teeny returned to New York to workshop with rest of the band, including drummer Katherine Lieberson and bassist Boshra Al-Saadi. Acknowledging the benefits of being creative in a cocoon like the lakeside Kentucky country, the band decided to record at the Old Confidence Lodge, in secluded Riverport, Nova Scotia. Leaving the noise and relentless energy of the city behind, TEEN retreated into the nurturing stillness of Nova Scotia, the Lieberson sisters’ childhood home. Situated on the La Have River, the studio was hidden in a perpetual mist while the band recorded day and night. Fueled by new material, a change of place, and creative collaboration, the lull of the winter lifted and the band came together in a new way. Teaming up once again with producer Daniel Schlett, TEEN wanted to capture the energy of full band recording. Rather than multi-tracking, Schlett worked with the band as they played the songs relentlessly, waiting to achieve the right energy and take as a group.

The result is a beautiful, detailed album about womanhood and the embodiment of the sensual, played by a group fully in step with one another. Love Yes bursts into the static air with a vibrancy recognized by its confidence and power.
Venue Information:
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI, 48201