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Video Clip of The Week: Xu Xu Fang, “I Crave”



Ah, sweet nostalgia. This week’s Video Clip, “I Crave” by Mar Vista, California’s Xu Xu Fang, takes me right back to my glory days as a recovering goth, and many, many blissful Saturday night’s spent in the vault-like confines of the late, great NYC dance club The Bank. There, I danced until dawn to classic, spooky tunes by Bauhaus, Ministry, NIN, The Cure and others, while my eyeballs were nearly seared shut by thick clouds of acrid cigarette smoke, and boys in makeup up were just everywhere. Good times. “I Crave, with its chugging industrial guitar, insistent, electronic drum beats and ethereal, siren-like vocals is exactly the kind of song that would have packed The Bank’s tiny dance floor. God, I miss that place.

Visually, it’s the dry-ice fest that allows me to easily imagine Xu Xu Fang right on The Bank’s stage as well, in a live performance that seduces both aurally and visually, while compelling you to wonder just why in the hell the band members are wearing those…rubber masks? Who else reading this sees rubber masks and automatically thinks of  the Keanu Reeves / Patric Swayze Bank Robbing Surfer adventure classic, Point Break? It can’t be just me.

“I Crave” comes from Xu Xu Fang’s wildly anticipated debut full-length album, Daylong Secret, which will be released on March 4th, 2016 via The Sound Ranch. Trivia: Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age joined the band in the studio, recording bass and duet lead vocals on several new songs! Enjoy!

Xu Xu Fang Band
Xu Xu Fang Band Photograph By Piper Ferguson

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Queens Of The Stone Age to Reissue 1998 Debut Album

Queens of the Stone Age are one of the few modern rock bands that get the Gail Seal of Approval for rocking hard enough to crack a skull. I swear, I could listen to “Go With the Flow” a million billion times and never get tired of it. So naturally I am excited to hear that the band is reissuing their long out of print debut album with three additional tracks that were initially cut from the record. The track listing for Queens of the Stone Age, a reissue of the band’s critically-lauded 1998 debut, reflects their original vision for the album.

The much sought-after album arrives in-stores on January 11, 2011 via Joshua Homme’s own Rekords Rekords, and will be available in two formats: a traditional CD release as well as a special bundled package featuring the album both as a 180 gram double-gatefold, double LP and a digital download card.

The three additional songs are “The Bronze,” “These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For,” and “Spiders and Vinegaroons.”

Queens of the Stone Age track listing:

1.  “Regular John”

2.  “Avon”

3.  “If Only”

4.  “Walkin’ On The Sidewalks”

5.  “You Would Know”

6.  “The Bronze”

7.  “How to Handle A Rope (A Lesson In The Lariat)”

8.  “Mexicola”

9.  “Hispanic Impressions”

10.  “You Can’t Quit Me Baby”

11.  “These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For”

12.  “Give The Mule What He Wants”

13.  Spiders and Vinegaroons

14.  I Was A Teenage Hand Model

Gail In Print, Modern Drummer September 2009

MD Cover 9_09

Wow, September is a huge month for me in Modern Drummer magazine. First of all, I’m really excited about and proud of my feature on Jon Karel of the experimental mathcore band, The Number 12 Looks Like You. In my ten-plus years of interviewing drummers, Jon was one of my very favorite interviews. I predict we will see him on the cover of Modern Drummer within two years. Also in this issue, I’ve got an update with Sib Hashian of Ernie & The Automatics. Sib is perhaps best known as the original drummer of the legendary classic rock band Boston, so everybody knows his licks. Lastly, I have a profile with Eric Green of Riverboat Gamblers, a truly innovative modern punk band that hasn’t forgotten where the melody is. Their latest CD, Underneath The Owl, is one of my favorites of the year so far. Three great articles all in an issue that has Josh Homme and Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age) on the cover as well as interviews with Bun E Carlos, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and local hero Chris Pennie of Coheed and Cambria. Be sure to pick up a copy of September’s Modern Drummer, which you can find on newsstands next week!