Watch the exclusive video premiere for Xiu Xiu’s “You’d Be So Nice,” from its album of Nina Simone covers

Watch the exclusive video premiere for Xiu Xiu’s “You’d Be So Nice,” from its album of Nina Simone covers

Avant-garde songwriter Jamie Stewart’s project Xiu Xiu will release an album of Nina Simone covers on Graveface Records entitled Nina on December 3. Recorded with musicians Ches Smith, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Mary Halvorson, and Andrea Parkins, the record was inspired by a tour date opening for Swans in Austin, where Stewart and Swans frontman Michael Gira discovered a mutual love of Simone’s music. Below, the video for “You’d Be So Nice,” a version of Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” which Simone recorded for the live album Nina Simone At Newport in 1960. If this first track is any indication, the album is sure to be full of loose and experimental takes on Simone's arrangements.

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