xiu xiu has always been one of those acts that some truly love, some pretend to love but secretly can’t stand/understand, and some flat out hate because of the 2nd type. on his upcoming release, dear God, i hate myself, i don’t think jamie stewart & co. are going to be changing minds in any of said directions. on “gray death”, the album’s opening track, stewart lets out his melodic quiver over a more textured version of the xiu xiu we’ve all come to love/pretend to love/hate. dear God, i hate myself is out february 23rd. hit the cut for the behind the scenes video in which mr. stewart takes us on a tour of his studio/home and the various instrumentation used for the album (including a hello kitty nintendo ds).