Dear God, I Hate Myself

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Dear God, I Hate Myself
Studio album by Xiu Xiu
Released February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
Recorded 2009
Genre Indie rock, experimental rock
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer Jamie Stewart, Greg Saunier
Xiu Xiu chronology
Women As Lovers
(2008)
Dear God, I Hate Myself
(2010)
Always
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[2]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[3]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[5]
PopMatters (6/10)[6]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[7]
Spin 4/5 stars[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[9]
Uncut 3/5 stars[10]
XLR8R 7/10 stars[11]

Dear God, I Hate Myself is the seventh studio album by American indie rock band Xiu Xiu released on February 23, 2010.[12] This is their first album since the departure of Caralee McElroy. The album features new member Angela Seo on piano, synthesizer and drum programming, with production by Jamie Stewart and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jamie Stewart except for "Cumberland Gap" (Traditional)

  1. "Gray Death" - 2:56
  2. "Chocolate Makes You Happy" - 3:55
  3. "Apple For A Brain" - 3:24
  4. "House Sparrow" - 2:39
  5. "Hyunhye's Theme" - 3:31
  6. "Dear God, I Hate Myself" - 3:06
  7. "Secret Motel" - 2:07
  8. "Falkland Rd." - 3:06
  9. "The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation" - 3:00
  10. "Cumberland Gap" - 1:34
  11. "This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)" - 3:34
  12. "Impossible Feeling" - 4:10 [14]

iTunes Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "The Ropes Have Pulled Tight" - 3:35
  2. "Cute Pee Pee" - 3:18

Credits[edit]

  • Recorded in Oakland, CA and Durham, NC
  • Mixed by Greg Saunier
  • Produced by Thee Fallings Out Brose
  • Design by Joe Stewart
  • Sticker by J. Morrison
  • Mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen
  • Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra conducted by Consolata Lopez
  • All songs published by Will It Burn Music BMI except "Cumberland Gap" (Traditional)

on "Gray Death":

  • Greg Saunier - mandolin, guitar, synth
  • Ches Smith - timpani, snare
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, guitar, the bass guitar, gongs, tambourine, electronic percussion, track whistles, bird calls, snare
  • Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra - strings

on "Chocolate Makes You Happy":

  • Angela Seo - piano
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, programming, guitar, the bass guitar, harmonium, synth, gongs, samples

on "Apple for a Brain":

  • Ches Smith - moog, cymbal
  • Angela Seo - vox
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, game boy, optigan, samples, desk bell, chamberlin, bird call

on "House Sparrow":

  • Ches Smith - moog
  • Greg Saunier - the bass guitar, electronic percussion, hand claps
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, programming, guitar, hand claps, synth, harmonium

on "Hyunhye's Theme":

  • Gabrielle Ataladye - cello
  • Angela Seo - programming
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, guitar, percussion, tenor recorder, samples, piano, synth

on "Dear God, I Hate Myself":

  • Greg Saunier - the bass guitar
  • Angela Seo - vox
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, game boy, guitar, the bass guitar, castanets, tambourine, optigan, percussion

on "Secret Motel":

  • Jamie Stewart - vox, game boy, guitar, samples, stylophone, synth

on "Falkland Rd.":

  • Caralee McElroy - the bass guitar, electronics
  • Greg Saunier - electronic percussion, samples
  • Ches Smith - snare, vibraphone
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, piano, programming, guitar, synth, optigan, electronics, celeste, glockenspiel
  • Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra - strings

on "The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation":

  • Caralee McElroy - bass synth, electronics, flute
  • Greg Saunier - drum set
  • Ches Smith - drum set
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, piano, programming, guitar, the bass guitar, electronics, bird call, percussion, organ, tambourine

on "Cumberland Gap":

  • John Dieterich - drum set, quatro, dobro, percussion, the bass guitar
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, banjo

on "This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy)":

  • Greg Saunier - guitar, synth
  • Angela Seo - synth
  • Ches Smith - bongos, kalimba, cymbal
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, programming, the bass guitar, organ, guitar
  • Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra - brass, woodwinds

on "Impossible Feeling":

  • Gabrielle Ataylada - cello
  • Greg Saunier - electronic percussion
  • Angela Seo - piano
  • Ches Smith - drum set, conga
  • Jamie Stewart - vox, string arr., the bass guitar, tuning forks, cymbals, harmonium[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather (2010-02-23). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ "The Boston Globe review". February 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ Gardner, Noel (2010-02-11). "Drowned in Sound review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ "MusicOMH review". Musicomh.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Pitchfork review". Pitchfork.com. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ "PopMatters review". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ "Slant Magazine review". Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  8. ^ Suarez, Jessica (2010-02-22). "Spin review". Spin.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  9. ^ Richardson, Brian. "Tiny Mix Tapes review". Tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  10. ^ "Uncut review". Anydecentmusic.com. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  11. ^ "XLR8R review". Xlr8r.com. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  12. ^ Lesikar, Trent (2009-11-19). "The Grizzly Life - A Music Blog For The Music Capital (And Beyond...): Xiu Xiu's 'Dear God, I Hate Myself' Tracklist and Cover Art". Grizzlylife.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  13. ^ "Kill Rock Stars". buyolympia.com. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  14. ^ "Album Review: Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  15. ^ "Liner notes - Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-23.