Listen to Xiu Xiu cover Nina Simone’s “Don’t Smoke in Bed”



This winter, art-rockers Xiu Xiu will pay tribute to Nina Simone with a new album consisting entirely of covers of the late jazz legend. Simply titled Nina, the 11-track effort came to fruition following a conversation band leader Jamie Stewart had with Swans’ own Michael Gira.

Stewart explained in a press release:

The idea came being back stage in Austin TX, opening for Swans and feeling like I did not play well. Michael Gira and I had the night before talked about our mutual love for Nina Simone and how her intensity and crazy political truthfulness always pushed us to try harder. After watching the Swans that night and knowing the difficult ups and downs of their history and now their epic and beautiful persistence, they made me want to try harder as well. Nina Simone’s singing is way over my head and while I was back stage feeling like i blew it that night, hearing the swans be amazing and thinking of Nina made me want to not give up. The idea came from wanting to honor her, challenge myself to be better than I think I can be and to say thank you to music. Ches Smith is the only person i know who could understand this in his heart and also handle the technical side of fearlessly reorienting such wonderful music.

Below, listen to Xiu Xiu’s tortured rendition of Simone’s 1958 song, “Don’t Smoke in Bed”.

Nina arrives December 2nd via Graveface.

Nina Tracklist:
01. Don’t Smoke in Bed
02. Don’t Explain
03. Wild Is the Wind
04. Where Can I Go Without You
05. See Line Woman
06. Just Say I Love Him
07. Four Women
08. Pirate Jenny
09. You’d Be So Nice
10. The Other Woman
11. Flo Me La