Belly Kids: Xiu Xiu

Categorised as INTERVIEW., MUSIC.

Belly Kids are teaming up with Mint Magazine to talk with our favourite musicians about food, cooking and all things eating. It’s something of a passion of ours and I know we aren’t alone. Ever since I put together The Mona Pizza recipe book, investigating the food culture behind music, it has become an obsession.

Disturbing, emotional, delicate, schizophrenic, odd. Whatever overblown term you want to throw at Xiu Xiu, one thing is definitely true, they’re Goddam prolific. When remembering the music of the noughties XIU XIU will go hand in hand with Animal Collective, Liars and Deerhoof. Jamie is an awesome guy, a poet and a devilishly handsome rogue. His second collection of haiku’s, Onliest, will be released by Belly Kids early next year (awesome illustrations by Sophie Alda). As I usually end up doing, I spoke with Jamie about food.

The obvious first question has to be – how good are you in the
kitchen? King of the Knives?

I am king of the dish soap.

Anything in particular you like to cook at home?

Worms, grubs, moths, crickets, rhinoceros beetles, wasps and silverfish.

You’ve had the opportunity to tour around the world, where’s best for eating out?

Impossible to pick one: Korea, Mexico, China, Italy, Vietnam and Los Angeles

Favourite condiment?

Khimchi, fennel seeds and A SONIC BOooo0ooooOM! Think of how good that must taste.

Your least favourite food?

Mayonnaise, ranch dressing, sour cream, cottage cheese. All tangy, white foods gross me out to the max.

We’re releasing a book together! It’s exciting and when you finally come over to the UK it’s dinner by candlelight, but red or white wine?

Fucking bourbon and absinthe.

More Belly Kids here.



Mike Coley, Belly Kids.

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