Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold songs for christmas volumes 6 -10 What a treat for Christmas! Sufjan Stevens's brilliant Silver & Gold boxset. CD Version is a 5 x CD box set. LP Version includes: Five EPs on 6 vinyl discs Christmas stickers Temporary tattoos A paper ornament 40-page Christmas songbook with vocal and piano reductions A Christmas coloring book Hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design Extensive liner notes Originally intended as gifts for family and friends, these musical snapshots have been re-mixed and re-assembled for the public in an exquisitely-designed gift box containing all the yuletide pleasures money can buy - a veritable christmas feast for the eyes and ears. The album(s) features collaborations with a running line-up of friends and musical peers, including Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), DM Stith (the Revival Hour, Asthmatic Kitty recording artist), Cat Martino (sufjan's right-hand woman on all things age of adz), Sebastian Krueger (Inlets), Gabriel Kahane, Vesper Stamper, and members of Danielson (Daniel, Elin, Lilly, and Ida) Asthmatic Kitty CD
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People EP New Sufjan Stevens mini album. Mailorder Ollie will be very excited. Available on CD +LP (with MP3 code) The "All Delighted People" mini album is built around two different versions of Sufjan Stevens’ long-form epic ballad "All Delighted People", a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s "Sounds Of Silence". The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s Autumn 2009 tour. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam for single mothers "Djohariah", and the gothic piano ballad "The Owl And The Tanager", a live-show mainstay. www.myspace.com/sufjanstevens Asthmatic Kitty 12" | CD
Sufjan Stevens Songs For Christmas 5 x cd set !! Disc One - Noel: Songs For Christmas, Vol. I 1. Silent Night 2. O Come O Come Emmanuel 3. We're Goin' To The Country! 4. Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming 5. It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad! 6. Holy Holy, etc. 7. Amazing Grace Disc Two - Hark!: Songs For Christmas, Vol. II 1. Angels We Have Heard On High 2. Put The Lights On The Tree 3. Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing 4. I Saw Three Ships 5. Only At Christmas Time 6. Once In Royal David's City 7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! 8. What Child Is This Anyway? 9. Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Disc Three - Ding! Dong!: Songs For Christmas, Vol. III 1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel 2. Come On! Let's Boogey To The Elf Dance! 3. We Three Kings 4. O Holy Night 5. That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! 6. Ding! Dong! 7. All The King's Horns 8. The Friendly Beasts Disc Four - Joy: Songs For Christmas, Vol. IV 1. The Little Drummer Boy 2. Away In A Manger 3. Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time! 4. The First Noel 5. Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!) 6. The Incarnation 7. Joy To The World Disc Five - Peace: Songs For Christmas, Vol. V 1. Once In Royal David's City 2. Get Behind Me, Santa! 3. Jingle Bells 4. Christmas In July 5. Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming 6. Jupiter Winter 7. Sister Winter 8. O Come O Come Emmanuel 9. Star Of Wonder 10. Holy, Holy, Holy 11. The Winter Solstice Rough Trade
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche Released in 2006 as a follow-up to Sufjan Stevens' 2005 Illinois, Asthmatic Kitty Records is finally releasing Avalanche on vinyl. Initially conceived as part of a double album version of Illinois, Avalanche instead became a "companion" (a polite word for "b-sides") to Illinois. Since its release, fans have had mixed reactions. "3 versions of Chicago?!?! Enough already," wrote ‘biografiend" on Sputnik. But "cravenmonket," who gave the album 4.5 stars on rateyourmusic, suggests that we all "stop thinking of The Avalanche as more Illinois. It actually owes more to Michigan." Cravenmonket may be right. Take "The Mistress Witch" or "Saul Bellow," both of which could have lived on the 2003 Michigan as much as on Illinois. One can hear Sufjan's 2004 Enjoy Your Rabbit in "The Undivided Self." And the band jam on "Springfield" looks forward to 2010's All Delighted People. Then there's "Pittsfield," which, at least lyrically, foreshadows the more personal themes of 2015's Carrie & Lowell. All that to say, a vinyl release of Avalanche is long overdue. With gratitude, we happily present Avalanche as a 2xLP a mere twelve years after its release, complete with all 21 songs from the original release, including the three versions of "Chicago" (you're welcome, biografiend). Rough Trade LP
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Sufjan Stevens returns to his folk roots with Carrie & Lowell an album inspired by life, death, love and loss and named after his parents Carrie & Lowell sounds like memory: it spans decades yet does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Each track in this collection of eleven songs begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. Sufjan recounts the indignities of our world, of technological distraction and sad sex, of an age without neither myths nor miracle—and this time around, his voice carries the burden of wisdom. Carrie & Lowell accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days: By seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone. Asthmatic Kitty CD | LP
Sufjan Stevens Tonya Harding A new 7" single from the legendary Sufjan Stevens, written about the former figure skater Tonya Harding. I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs—sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all. Asthmatic Kitty Records 7"
Sufjan Stevens Blue Bucket of Gold / Hotline Bling (Feat. Gallant) 12" on translucent blue coloured vinyl. Includes a download code to a 16-song Carrie & Lowell live show. A 12" single from Sufjan Stevens, featuring Blue Bucket of Gold and his awesome cover of Drake's Hotline Bling. the full digital 16-track set from his ‘carrie & lowell’ live show is possibly even more exciting than the stunning translucent blue vinyl belonging to this very sleeve! the download’s performances carry the emotional arc of a memorial, celebrating carrie’s life and meditating on her death with a sweeping transcendence that gave testament to sufjan’s central thesis of mourning: that in spite of death, we must go on living in fullness and joy. 12"
Sufjan Stevens Greatest Gift A companion piece to Sufjan Stevens' live version of Carrie & Lowell Audio Visual Album. The release includes a number of unreleased songs from the albums sessions as well as some iPhone recordings and remixes. Asthmatic Kitty Records LP
Sufjan Stevens The Age Of Adz Released 11th October Highly anticipated new album from Sufjan Stevens available on CD + LP The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005's civic pop opus Illinois. Take a moment to set aside all preconceptions, as this is Sufjan as we've never heard him before. This new album is notable, and unusual, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. There are few narrative conceits or character sketches; there are no historical panoramas, no literary manoeuvres, no expository illustrations drenched in cultural theory, no scene setting, conflict resolution or denouement. The themes developed here are personal and primal: love, sex, death, disease, anxiety and suicide make appearances in a tapestry of electronic pop songs that convey a sense of urgency and immediacy as never before seen in this songwriter. The idea of unmitigated love runs deepest, often with shameless candour. Whether singing about old age, illness, or the Apocalypse, Sufjan can't help but render everything through the lens of love and affection, the desire for contact, closeness, and connection. The cosmic themes are only more augmented by the obvious sonic shift on this album to an electronic palette. Acoustic guitars and banjos have been replaced by drum machines and analogue synthesizers. Loops, samples and digital effects gurgle and hum underneath every verse, chorus and bridge. For those familiar with Sufjan’s earlier work, specifically the 2003 electronic album Enjoy Your Rabbit, this foray into the digital pop world shouldn't be so startling. Indeed, The Age of Adz is heavily arranged with brass, strings, woodwinds and a lush choir of backing voices, like the soundtrack to the most astonishing cosmic musical ever created. The live elements create vivacious juxtapositions against the montage of synthesized sounds, evoking their own kind of literal "sonic theory" — that is, the conflict and resolution between Real and Unreal, or Ordinary vs. Extraordinary. www.myspace.com/sufjanstevens Asthmatic Kitty CD | LP