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Xiu Xiu Improves Upon the Music of Twin Peaks

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Let me tell ya’ll about the greatest regret in my life. In anticipation for Record Store Day, I went through all of the releases and was pretty disappointed as I scrolled down the list. But when I saw the final item on the list, it made 18 years of suffering all worth it. American experimental noise pop group, Xiu Xiu, (pronounced ‘shoe-shoe’), was releasing an exclusive Record Store Day pressing of Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, which is exactly what it sounds like. For those of you who have lived under a rock your whole miserable lives, Twin Peaks is a 1990s murder mystery television show that has a very strong cult following. I immediately began creating my Record Store Day plan of attack. I had exactly a month to go to call every record store I knew of and ask if they were ordering copies. I planned it out perfectly: I would go to Spin Cycle in Cap Hill, and if they didn’t have it, I would run as fast as I could to Everyday Music. All the record stores were opening early on the day, like, 5 AM early. So I planned to set my alarm for 4 and bus over and wait.

T-minus 1 day until Record Store Day, and my friends and I decide to go to a party that Friday night. Completely forgetting I needed to wake up at 4 the next morning, I consumed several illicit substances, and fell asleep at 2 with a dead phone. The next morning when I woke up at 11, I felt like this:

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They were completely out of Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks. Unfortunately, it seems that you cannot listen to this album anywhere. It isn’t on ITunes, Spotify, Amazon, or even Tidal! I did find a way to completely-not-illegally download it, and it just made me even more disappointed.

This album is like all the greatest feelings you have ever had, the cutest dogs you have seen on the street, Citizen Kane, and your parents’ love and acceptance all wrapped into one amazing album. The Twin Peaks soundtrack itself is a pretty damn good album, so Xiu Xiu had a lot to live up to when recording this, but I would say they improved upon the original album. The general feeling of mystery still comes across in the new recordings, but with a Fabulous Muscles-era Xiu Xiu sound. The recordings themselves have a very muddy sound to them that I think adds to the tracks, but I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, I would have to listen to the vinyl to know for sure.

The album starts out with one of the more well known tracks from the soundtrack: “Laura Palmer’s Theme”, a dreary yet hopeful sounding song in honor of Laura Palmer herself. The Xiu Xiu version doesn’t sound all that different, just more bells and ominous banging in the background. “Audrey’s Dance” is a little more interesting, with more distinct countermelodies than the original song. Both this track and “Nightsea Wind” seem to have a heavy noise influence, reminiscent of Xiu Xiu’s old collab with Merzbow. I was interested to see how Xiu Xiu would interpret “Dance of the Dream Man”, which is a jazz song, and I was impressed. The song starts very heavy with lots of noise and harsh sounds, but as it moves into the jazz melody, it becomes softer, as if you are listening to it in the back of a speakeasy drinking absinth or something like that. The original “Love Theme” from Twin Peaks is a simple, yet beautiful song. Xiu Xiu manages to interpret it in a way that maintains the beauty, but makes it much more complicated and interesting. The echoey choral vocals make it sound like a song from Lord of the Rings or Halo. And of course, the most well known song from Twin Peaks, “Falling”. Before the album was released, Xiu Xiu actually released this track on Soundcloud. It features Jamie Stewarts’ breathy vocals and a slower tempo than the original song. If a song could sound like walking through fog, it’s this one.

So if you’re now convinced you can’t live your life without this album, don’t worry! Due to popular demand, Xiu Xiu is releasing a second pressing that is now available for preorder and will be released sometime in August!!! You can also listen to it track-by-track here.

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Kirsten Anders


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New Twin Peaks Song, “Walk to the One You Love”

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If you’ve been following Twin Peaks you know them as the up and coming garage rockers from Chicago. Their previous 2 albums established their sound as laid back, youthful and just the right amount of messy. But now a third album titled Down in Heaven is set to release this spring and it might just break your expectations. At the end of last month they shared the first song off the album, “Walk to the One You Love”. 

It features so many great new things – horns! Harmonies! Rock n roll guitar solos! It seems like the boys might be moving away from the signature lo-fi sound of their earliest days and towards a more crisp classic rock vibe. It’s clear that there are some new musical influences in play like blues (possibly inspired by their Chicago heritage?) and maybe even rockabilly. At the same time, “Walk to the One You Love” definitely sounds like a Twin Peaks song. Uplifting guitar riffs and gritty vocals act like musical fingerprints for the band.

This new song is undeniable proof that there are cool things in store for the Twin Peaks dudes. Down in Heaven will be released on May 13th by Grand Jury Music.

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Chloe Hagans



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Music To Surf To – A Playlist

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Fellow Huskies, do you have a case of the winter blues? Are you already using sunbreaks as an excuse to skip class? Feeling an overwhelming urge to go south? As The Mamas & The Papas famously sang in “California Dreamin’”, “All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey… I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.”

Bad news: There’s more rain in the forecast. Good news: I’ve compiled a playlist that might help you mentally escape the drizzle! This playlist is made up of some rad songs and artists that take their inspiration from early 60’s surf bands like The Beach Boys and Dick Dale. I hope it invokes memories of sun and sand and water that doesn’t fall from the sky. Cowabunga, dude.

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Chloe Hagans



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Coming Up: Sasquatch 2015 (May 22)

It’s finally May, which means that the Sasquatch! Music Festival is only a few weeks away. Sasquatch! is held at the Gorge Amphitheater; a venue known for it’s scenic beauty that attracts music-lovers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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This will be my first year attending the festival, and I’m stoked. I wish I could be at the Gorge grooving to my favorite bands instead of studying for midterms, but since I have to wait a bit until May 22, I compiled a little list of acts that are on my must-see list in an attempt to contain my excitement.

Tame Impala

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I love Kevin Parker. Parker is the musical mastermind behind this unique psychedelic sound: he basically comes up and records all of the components of Tame Impala’s songs. Kevin Parker IS Tame Impala, though he does have a band accompany him for live performances. I first saw Tame Impala perform at the Outside Lands Music Festival in 2012— they played early in the day and didn’t have much of an audience. The small audience that was there probably suffered some severe ear damage after I yelled “I LOVE YOU KEV” as loud as I could for the entirety of the set. Anyways, their popularity has grown tremendously since 2012, so it’s gonna be a little harder to push my way to the front this time. I’m up for the challenge though. Anything for Kev.

Angel Olsen

Sometimes it seems like there isn’t a lot of room for female artists in the realm of garage rock. Angel Olsen is an exception. Her simple but messy music is absolutely killer. It goes fast, it goes slow, and it’s always balances pretty, soft vocals with a harder edge. Check out one of my favorite songs by her “Forgiven/Forgotten”

Fuzz

Fuzz creates some heavy, head banging tunes that are going to be so much fun to see live. I have a soft spot for this band because I adore Ty Segall, a staple artist of garage rock hailing from my own hometown of San Francisco, who plays drums for Fuzz. Seeing them jam will definitely be a crazy experience. (I hope I don’t die in the mosh pit.)

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Flume

I am usually not a big fan of electronic/house music, but Flume is a major exception. Harley Streten is Flume, an artist from the UK, who makes some of the best produced music I have ever heard. I’ve seen him live once before, and it was an awesome dance party.

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Twin Peaks

If you have been keeping up with the Rainy Dawg blog, you know my love for this band has no bounds. I might cry when I see one of my favorite garage rock bands perform. I’m going to need at least two people by my side to keep me from climbing on stage and kissing all of them.

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If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you can still buy them! So grab a friend, hitch a ride and I’ll see you at The Gorge.

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An Ode to Twin Peaks

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When you first hear the words Twin Peaks,” David Lynch’s 90s TV series investigating the murder of Laura Palmer might come to mind. Or maybe you think of the landmark identical hills in San Francisco.

Up until recently, whenever anyone said “Twin Peaks,” those were the two things that came to my mind. Then a couple months ago, my friend told me to check out an up-and-coming garage rock band that he claimed were “underrated.”

So I did. And ever since, whenever I hear “Twin Peaks,” I think of the dreamy four piece that stole my heart in mid- February.

Twin Peaks was formed in 2009 while the boys (vocalist/guitarist Cadien Lake James, vocalist/guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, and drummer Connor Brodner) were still in high school in Chicago. After graduating, most of them made their way to the West Coast where they studied at Evergreen in Olympia, probably chasing the remnants of the Seattle area garage/punk rock scene. Shortly after, all of them ended up dropping out to focus on pursuing music. And so it all began.

For ME, it all began when I watched the music video for “Making Breakfast”:

Okay, admittedly I was a bit distracted by the overwhelming cuteness of one of the lead singers, Clay (he’s just real cute). On a more serious note, this band is very awesome. Making Breakfast is my favorite song on their newest album Wild Onion, and it’s so great because it has a wonderful goofy, cheesy charm. 

They take their music seriously, but don’t take themselves too seriously. That, to me, is a perfect balance. And this attitude rubs off on listeners. You can’t take anything too seriously when listening to Making Breakfast: 

Nothing is forever, that’s right but don’t let it get you down

Thanks Twin Peaks! I won’t let it get me down! I can’t count the times I’ve been walking through campus on a gloomy day and I got an instant high from blasting that song in my headphones. It takes a huge effort to stop myself from dancing in the midst of hundreds of strangers.

Listen to it! You can’t help but start dancing. And then right in the middle of the album they just threw in a crazy sax solo! A garage rock band did that! What an interlude. It’s insane because it’s so random, and when I first heard it I thought I was imagining things but I promise it’s really there.

Get ready to hear a lot more of Twin Peaks. Lined up to play at giant music festivals like Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, Twin Peaks really has the potential to bring back the sound of danceable garage rock. They are relatable, hilarious, and their perfect mix of laid-back vibes and high energy could make them turn into icons for the slacker generation.

I love them. I love everything about them. (And I especially love Clay). You should love them too. Do something good for yourself. Download Wild Onion and listen to it on repeat for three months, because thats what I’ve been doing and it’s been going pretty damn well.

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