Blue Blades, a New Video From Lily & Madeleine

February 25th, 2015 , by

“Blue Blades” is one of our favorite songs from Lily & Madeleine’s Fumes. A dystopian jazz-ish piece that sounds like it marched off the set of Blade Runner, “Blue Blades” features the low growl of Lily until sister Madeleine chimes in on harmony half-way through the song.  But the harmony doesn’t raise our spirits much; we’re too busy being hopeless about everything:

Bluebird’s body lies and no one’s mourning
Nothing in his eyes, his feathers blowing
The cold air stings and with it comes a warning
The wind rips through the night and kills the morning

The newly released music video, shot by director Laurel Cohen, captures the song’s loss and mystery and resignation. Why is Lily in the middle of the arctic (actually, it’s the shore of Lake Michigan)? Is it all a dream (maybe!)? What is that boat horn in the background at beginning (a tugboat?) Is it even possible to sing underwater (it is)? And where did Lily get that incredible coat (we don’t know)?

If we were to guess, this is the ending of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, only with women, instead of men, making it to a frozen wasteland (instead of a beach). We’re ok with that.

Thanks to NPR for premiering this gorgeous video.

Lily & Madeleine are on tour now.

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Cry a Salty Tear With Mozart’s Sister

February 19th, 2015 , by

“Beauty’s ordinary, I’m bored,” sings Montreal’s Mozart’s Sister in “Salty Tear,” the next video from Being. Jordon Minkoff animates the video, with additional shooting by Strawberry Jacuzzi.

“There’s a sense that a battle is going on beneath the bubblegum-neon kaleidoscope of her music,” says Line of Best Fit, who reviewed Being when it came out late last year.

Big thanks to Noisey for premiering the video, and talking to Jordon. “I like to think that there’s a secret narrative going on between the wind and Adobe Premiere,” Jordan tells Noisey. “In the last part you can see the wind blow it’s final blow and completely ruin the video. So I guess we kinda fucked up but who cares, right!? It looks cool!”

Here’s Mozart’s Sister at Bar Le Ritz PBD:

No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

February 13th, 2015 , by

“No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross” is the first single from Carrie & Lowell, the new album from Sufjan Stevens available at the end of March. Lyrics posted below.

You can get the song on iTunes when you preorder the album, on Bandcamp, or when you preorder the record through Asthmatic Kitty Records.

PS: In concert with record stores around the world, we’ve set up headphone listening parties so you can hear Carrie & Lowell early. See those dates and locations here.

 

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Helado Negro Touring, to Open For Sufjan in June; New Video

February 12th, 2015 , by

It’s an AKR Double Whammy. Sufjan Stevens is touring North America on the heels of his new record, Carrie & Lowell. In June, Helado Negro will join Sufjan for a run down the west coast.

Helado Negro is also playing in NYC at the Ecstatic Music Festival on February 18th, and at the Liquid Music Series with an 18 piece ensemble in St. Paul on March 21st.

Also just released is an incredible music video to Helado Negro’s “Ojos Que No Ven.” This project was hand crafted by a talented group of 9 to13 years olds during a very intense 2 week summer camp with the NYCICFF (New York City Independent Children’s Film Festival) and the @TheGoodSchool. Art Teachers helping out were William “Zoe” FitzGerald & Maya Erdelyi.
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Sufjan to Play Eaux Claires Festival

February 11th, 2015 , by

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) are curating a music festival in Vernon’s hometown of Eau Claire, WI. Sufjan is slated to play. Tickets are available here.

Says Justin Vernon, “That the barriers between the stage and the audience altered, and expression and experience put above all. We have put so much thought into who should collaborate at this festival, from musicians to actors, filmmakers to visual artists. We will all share and revel in this collision of artistic force while performing in the arms of our own Chippewa River Valley.”

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Sufjan Stevens to Tour US

January 23rd, 2015 , by

To celebrate the release of his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens will tour North America beginning in April. The headline dates include stops at New York’s Beacon Theater and Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall. Stevens will also headline the U.K.’s End of the Road festival this September.

Click here to get details and tickets.

EDIT: Just added shows to Philly (April 9), Brooklyn (May 1).
EDIT2: Added second shows to Austin (May 13), and Seattle (June 11).

SUFJAN STEVENS LIVE

April 9     Philadelphia, PA    Academy of Music
April 10    Philadelphia, PA    Academy of Music
April 11    New York, NY    Beacon Theater
April 12    Hartford, CT    The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
April 14    Portland, ME    Merrill Auditorium
April 15    Albany, NY    The Palace Theater
April 16    Cleveland, OH    Cleveland Performance Arts Center
April 17    Columbus, OH    Palace Theater
April 18    Indianapolis, IN    The Murat Theatre
April 20    St. Louis, MO    Peabody Opera House
April 21    Kansas City, MO    Midland Theater
April 22    Minneapolis, MN    Northrop Auditorium
April 23    Milwaukee, WI    Riverside Theater
April 24    Chicago, IL    Chicago Theatre
April 25    Chicago, IL    Chicago Theatre
April 27    Detroit, MI    Masonic Temple
April 28    Grand Rapids, MI    Covenant Fine Arts Center
April 29    Toronto, ON    Massey Hall
April 30    Montreal, QC    Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Place Des Artes
May 1    Brooklyn, NY    Kings Theatre
May 1    Brooklyn, NY    Kings Theatre
May 4    Boston, MA    Citi Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre
May 5    Washington, D.C.    DAR Constitution Hall
May 6    Richmond, VA    Altria Theater
May 7    Durham, NC    Durham Performing Arts Center
May 9    New Orleans, LA    Saenger Theatre
May 10    Dallas, TX    Majestic Theatre
May 11    Houston, TX    Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
May 12    Austin, TX    Bass Concert Hall
May 13    Austin, TX    Bass Concert Hall
June 2    San Diego, CA    Copley Symphony Hall
June 3    Los Angeles, CA    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
June 4   Los Angeles, CA    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
June 5    Oakland, CA    Fox Theater
June 8    Portland, OR    Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
June 9    Vancouver, BC    Orpheum Theatre
June 10    Seattle, WA    The Paramount Theatre
June 11    Seattle, WA    The Paramount Theatre

Ceci Est Ma Main

January 23rd, 2015 , by

“Ceci Est Ma Main” is a French spin on “This Is My Hand,” the title track from My Brightest Diamond’s latest album. Though song simplifies the instrumentation down to a drum and guitar, this version feels more pressing and immediate. “Ceci Est Ma Main” arrives just as MBD makes a run through the Netherlands and France in February. See those tour dates here.

Lyrics below.

 

Ceci est ma main, ceci est mon poignet.
Ceci est mon bras, ceci est mon poing.
Comme une vigne entortillée, s’enveloppe et s’entrelace

Ceci est mon visage, ceci est ma bouche.
Ceci est mon œil, ceci est mon sourcil.
Comme le vin de lilas, se déversant de toi, pour toi.

Ceci est ma forme, ceci est mon moule.
Ceci est mon âge, ceci est ma charpente.
Ceci est mon esprit, ceci est ma voix.
Ceci est mon coeur, ceci est mon choix.

Ceci est ma cuisse, ceci est mon sexe.
Ceci est ma hanche, ceci est mon sein.
Ceci est mon ombre, ceci est ma haine.
Ceci est ma ligne, ceci est mon doute.

Ma mélancolie, ma flamme, ma joie, mon but d’aimer, aimer, aimer…

Ceci est ma forme, ceci est mon moule.
Ceci est mon âge, ceci est ma charpente.
Ceci est mon esprit, ceci est ma voix.
Ceci est mon coeur, ceci est mon choix.

Ceci est mon temps, ceci est mon souffle.
Ceci est ma droite, ceci est ma gauche.
Ceci est mon ombre, ceci est ma haine.
Ceci est ma ligne, ceci est mon doute.

Ma mélancolie, ma flamme, ma joie, mon but d’aimer, aimer, aimer…

 

Words With the Craig Bros. About Sufjan’s ROUND-UP

January 20th, 2015 , by

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Announcing “Carrie & Lowell,” a new record from Sufjan Stevens

January 12th, 2015 , by

We’re proud to announce that on March 31st (March 30th in the EU) we’ll be releasing Carrie & Lowell, a new Sufjan Stevens record.

THESE ARE AGGRESSIVE TIMES. Each morning we awaken to a psychic blitz of breaking news, social outrage, and millions of images and voices shrieking look at me and this onslaught does not cease until late at night when the last glowing screen fades to black. This world demands our attention with one hand and destroys it with the other. That such a noisy age can deliver an album as graceful and honest as Carrie & Lowell should reassure anyone losing faith these days. Let no one say philosophy is dead, for here is a 44-minute meditation on mortality, memory, and faith.

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 either myth or miracle—and this time around, his voice carries the burden of wisdom. Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait. If youth knew, if age could.

Our limited edition first pressing is in clear colored vinyl, which is available for preorder now. It’s also available in black vinyl, CD, and digital. The first single, “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross,” arrives mid-February. You can be one of the first to hear it by preordering the album on iTunes or Bandcamp.

Thanks to Pitchfork who premiered the trailer today. We also put the trailer on a little website along with a write-up and pre-order links. Visit carrieandlowell.com for more information.


 

EDIT: We’re out of clear vinyl in our webshop and Bandcamp page, but black vinyl is still available. Here’s a list of retailers currently selling the clear vinyl:
EU:  VinylTap / Norman Records
US: Amoeba / Origami

ROUND-UP by Sufjan Stevens and Yarn/Wire

January 8th, 2015 , by

City planning, outer space, and now the rodeo: at the end of January Sufjan Stevens will perform what has become an ongoing series of multimedia performances premiering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and incorporating collaborations with stellar performers and video artists into new classical compositions by Stevens himself.

His live electronics, along with percussion and piano duo Yarn/Wire, will be accompanied at the premiere of ROUND-UP by a new film shot Aaron and Alex Craig, at the BAM Harvey Theater from Jan. 20-25.

Previously, Sufjan Stevens collaborated with Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly to compose Planetarium, a set of hymns to our solar system, for a BAM premiere in 2013, and at 2007’s BAM Next Wave Festival he unveiled The BQEa symphonic poem about the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway. ROUND-UPthrough the Craig Brothers’ slow-motion footage, is a chamber piece that takes the audience to the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up in Pendleton, Oregon to explore the roping, riding, and ritual of the rodeo.

Buy tickets here.

A new trailer is available for viewing now. See it above or here.

Indiewire premiered the trailer and interviewed Sufjan and the Craig Brothers. Said Sufjan on the topic of the composition and film: “Round-ups are steeped in a lifestyle of cattle ranchers, and they take place on these grounds — it’s a way of life that still exists. The film is part of a much bigger argument about the domestication of plants and animals and man’s relationship to the earth. It’s an existential issue that I think is crucial to have conversation about: man in modern society.”

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