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 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 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 Songs for Christmas For over a decade, and almost every Christmas, Sufjan Stevens recorded a Christmas album that he gifted to friends and family. The recording process took place every December, for one week, usually at home, provoking collaborations with friends, roommates, and musical peers. In 2006, Stevens' label, Asthmatic Kitty Records, released Songs for Christmas, a CD boxset compiling the first five of these albums, Volumes I-V. And in 2012, the label released Silver & Gold, a CD and vinyl boxset compiling of Volumes VI-X. But the first five volumes have never been released to vinyl. This holiday season, Asthmatic Kitty Records is finally releasing Songs for Christmas: Volumes I-V as a 5xLP vinyl boxset. The boxset arrives November 2, 2018 and includes fan favorites like "Sister Winter," "That Was The Worst Christmas Ever," "Only At Christmas Time," and "Put The Lights on the Tree." Asthmatic Kitty Records 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 Mystery Of Love EP This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2018. Any remaining stock will be available online from Saturday 28th April, strictly one per customer. 10" featuring 3 new songs by singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens from the critically acclaimed movie "Call Me By Your Name". Exclusive for Record Store Day, only 5.000 individually numbered copies will be available worldwide. MOV 10" RSD 2018
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"