by Andrew Frisicano

Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart @ LPR (more by Zach Stern)
Jamie Stewart

It has been five years since Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu went on a solo tour...

The sets from this tour will be from a repertoire of over 80 songs plus several brand new pieces from a new Xiu Xiu record tentatively scheduled for a 2010 release to be called Dear God, I Hate Myself. The shows will be played in the most intimate of arrangements with just electric guitar, bird call whistles and a stylophone (a late 60s toy synth that one plays with a pen). Stewart will be playing several songs that have never been heard live before and some that haven't been heard in many years.

There will also be a parallel photo project in which long time Xiu Xiu accomplice/art brut David Horvitz and Stewart will take a solo photograph portrait of every single person at every single show. This includes the audience, the sound people, the promoter - everyone. These will all be posted on the Xiu Xiu blog and the best 300 will be published as a book. And don't worry about looking your best before you get there. Xiu Xiu combs will be available for you to fix up your hair. [Kill Rock Stars]

The first part of Stewart's tour runs through April, and includes a stop at NYC's Monkey Town on Monday, April 6th. Reservations (presuming the 50-person space hasn't filled) are available for that show's early and late sets.

For the second part of the tour, Stewart will head to Europe in May.

The photo project described above won't be David Horvitz's first time touring with Stewart/Xiu Xiu. Horvitz has been documenting Xiu Xiu tours for a while, and his photos of past tours have been distributed in book form (as Xiu Xiu: The Polaroid Project) and via your local Walgreens.

Recently, Stewart played a solo set at a Housing Works Bookstore &
benefit last December (Bjork and Dirty Projectors will play a benefit at the space this May.)

Stewart's also been playing with new group Former Ghosts, who have two recordings planned for '09: a "tba" full length on Upset the Rhythm Records and a split 12" w/ Felt Drawings on YoungCubs/Monsterhaus.

All tour dates and two videos from Xiu Xiu's 2008 Women as Lovers LP (Kill Rock Stars) below...

Xiu Xiu - "F.T.W."

Xiu Xiu - "I Do What I Want, When I Want"

Jamie Stewart solo - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 2 - Greenville, NC @ The Spazzatorium
Apr 3 - Norfolk, VA @ The Boot
Apr 4 - Richmond, VA @ The Triple
Apr 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church#
Apr 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Monkey Town #
Apr 7 - Durham, NH @ The Strafford Room
Apr 10 - Chicago, IL @ Ronny's Bar
Apr 11 - Grinnell, IA @ Gardener Lounge - Grinnell College
Apr 14 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
Apr 15 - Portland, OR @ Backspace
Apr 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
Apr 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo Curio
Apr 19 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
Apr 21 - Austin, TX @ Salvage Vanguard Theater
Apr 24 - St Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven
Apr 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot
May 9 - Cologne, Germany @ King Georg
May 10 - Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
May 11 - Lyon, France @ Grrnd Zero
May 13 - Napoli, Italy @ Galleria Toledo
May 14 - Milano, Italy @ La Casa 139
May 15 - Ferrara, Italy @ Zuni
May 16 - Carpi, Italy @ Mattatoio
May 18 - Istanbul, Turkey @ Arkaoda
May 19 - Prague, Czech Republic @ A-Studio Rubin
May 20 - Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
May 21 - Poznan, Poland @ Kisielice
May 22 - Warsaw, Poland @ Powiekszenie
May 24 - Brighton, UK @ Freebutt
May 25 - London, UK @ Cargo
May 26 - Tilburg, The Netherlands @ 013
May 27 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso
May 28 - Oslo, Norway @ Revolver
May 29 - Bergen, Norway @ Straedet
May 30 - Trondheim, Norway @ Blaest
# early & late shows

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