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Video: Sufjan Stevens – “Silver & Gold”

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From Silver & Gold, Songs for Christmas Vol. 10: Christmas Unicorn, available November 13th on 5xCD box set and digital, and later in a vinyl box set.

Almost Thanksgiving = time for Christmas music.

Sufjan Stevens announces new Christmas CD/LP boxset “Silver & Gold”

Great news from Asthmatic Kitty. Apparently all those Christmas teaser videos were a harbinger after all. (And no, it’s never too early for Christmas music.) Details:

“Happy Holidays! On November 13, 2012, Asthmatic Kitty Records will release (another!) Christmas box-set extravaganza by the implacable singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens—Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10, a compilation of 5 EPs recorded between 2006 and 2010.

Expanding on the tradition of the first box-set (Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5 from 2006), Silver & Gold is a generous document of five more years of holly-jolly jubilee — Christmas caroling, sleigh-bell-ringing, collaborative songwriting — undertaken by Sufjan and his various musical cohorts. 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: Christmas stickers, temporary tattoos, lyric sheets and chord charts, a paper ornament, an apocalyptic pull-out poster, photos, illustrations, and extensive liner notes—a veritable Christmas feast for the eyes and ears.
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Video/MP3: The Welcome Wagon – “Would You Come and See Me in New York”

MP3: Would You Come and See Me in New York

Here’s the first taste of the new album from Brooklyn husband-and-wife duo Vito and Monique Auito aka The Welcome Wagon. Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices releases on collaborator Sufjan Stevens‘s Asthmatic Kitty label June 12.

Listen to Sufjan Stevens’s new hip-hop project

As you may have heard last week, Sufjan Stevens teamed up with Son Lux and Serengeti to form a new hip-hop(ish) group called s / s / s. You can now hear the Auto-tuned first track, “Museum Day,” from the forthcoming EP.

Anticon will release the Beak & Claw EP March 20. It’ll also feature contributions from My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden.

Joel Oliphint’s Favorite Albums of 2010

If 2009 was the year of Larry Jon Wilson, 2010 was the year of Bill Fox and the Gibson Bros. I think I listened to Bill Fox’s two reissued albums — Shelter from the Smoke and Transit Byzantium — more than anything else. (Shelter got a deluxe vinyl reissue, and Scat promises a similar treatment for Transit in 2011.) Go get ‘em. And working on a story about the Gibson Bros. reunion show back in July occupied my brainspace and held my interest for months. I don’t know if CDR has any copies of the Build a Raft reissue left, but if they do, it’s required listening for any Columbus music fan or anyone with a passing interest in twisted, noisy country/blues/rock.

But in terms of new stuff, here’s what I liked this year, starting with national releases and ending with Cowtown LPs.


1. Strand of Oaks – Pope Killdragon
I didn’t immediately hit repeat when I heard this album, but once I came back to it, I never stopped. Who knew a record with songs about John Belushi (from the perspective of Dan Akroyd), a 12-foot man and JFK could be so engrossing. Devastating, too. If you think Tim Showalter is just another pretty-voiced folkie, the layers of synth and Sabbath-like riffs on “Giant’s Despair” prove otherwise. The best way to get Killdragon digitally or on vinyl is through Strand of Oaks’ Kickstarter page.


2. The Black Keys – Brothers
Ditto Duffy.
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Video: Sufjan Stevens – “Too Much” (official & live on Fallon)


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More Sufjan news: Full-length out Oct. 12 (+ mp3)

MP3: I Walked

Last week it was the All Delighted People EP, and now news of a Sufjan Stevens full-length, The Age of Adz, (pronounced Odds) which will be out on CD/MP3 Oct. 12, double LP Nov. 9. Preorder it here and get the MP3 download on Sept. 28. The scoop via Asthmatic Kitty:

It’s much too soon to cast descriptive lots, but we can say the new album sounds nothing like the All Delighted EP (although it shares similar themes of love, loss, and the apocalypse). Nor is this new album built around any conceptual underpinning (no odes to states, astrology, or urban expressways).

We can say it shows an extensive use of electronics (banjos and acoustic guitars give way to drum machines and analog synthesizers), and an obsession with cosmic fantasies (space, heaven, aliens, love), to create an explicit pop-song extravaganza, augmented by heavy orchestration, and maybe even a few danceable moments. Enjoy Your Rabbit meets the BQE. But with songs. Verse, chorus, bridge, backbeat. Gated reverb. Space echo. Get your boogey on.

The “Adz” of the title loosely refers to the apocalyptic paintings of outsider artist Royal Robertson (1930-1997), whose work is used for the album cover, interior design, and as general inspiration for the tone of the album.

Stream/download new Sufjan Stevens EP

Right here (iTunes, Amazon, emusic, etc. today too)

All Delighted People is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. 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 (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?).

Tour dates

Sufjan Stevens Announces October/November 2010 Tour

More information will likely be added here.

Tuesday, 12 October, 7pm ($35)
Metropolis Theater, Montreal QC
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Wednesday, 13 October, 7pm ($34-$40)
Massey Hall, Toronto ON
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Thursday, 14 October, 7pm ($30)
Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak MI
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Friday, 15 October, 7pm ($35)
Chicago Theater, Chicago IL
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Saturday, 16 October, 7pm ($35)
Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis MN
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Sunday, 17 October, 7pm ($27)
Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO
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Tuesday, 19 October, 7pm ($30-$35)
The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin TX
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Wednesday, 20 October, 7pm ($35)
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Dallas TX
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Friday, 22 October, 7:30pm ($35)
Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater, Mesa AZ
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Saturday, 23 October, 7pm ($35)
The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
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Tuesday, 26 October, 7pm ($35)
The Paramount Theater, Oakland CA
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Thursday, 28 October, 7:30pm ($25-$37.50)
Orpheum Theater, Vancouver BC
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Friday, 29 October, 7pm ($27.50-$35)
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland OR
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Saturday, 30 October, 7pm ($22-$32)
The Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
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Monday, 1 November, 6:30pm ($32-$35)
Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City UT
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Tuesday, 2 November, 7pm ($35)
Paramount Theatre, Denver CO
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Thursday, 4 November, 8:30pm ($30)
Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis IN
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Friday, 5 November, 7pm ($33.50)
Bijou Theater, Knoxville TN
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Saturday, 6 November, 7pm ($30)
The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
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Sunday, 7 November, 7pm ($30)
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville NC
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Wednesday, 10 November, 7pm ($35)
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia PA
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Thursday, 11 November, 6:30pm ($33.50)
Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA
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Sunday, 14 November, 7pm ($35)
Beacon Theatre, New York NY
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Monday, 15 November, 7pm ($35)
Beacon Theatre, New York NY
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