October 11th, 2017 , by John Beeler
Sufjan Stevens’ “Wallowa Lake Monster,” from his forthcoming The Greatest Gift mixtape, premieres today. Listen above.
The Greatest Gift, a collection of outtakes, remixes and demos from Carrie & Lowell, is set for release on yellow cassette, translucent yellow vinyl and all digital formats on November 24. Check your local record store or favorite digital service for details.
A portion of the proceeds from the release will benefit the Cancer Support Community.
The Greatest Gift unveils new remixes by several longstanding collaborators: Roberto C. Lange (a.k.a. Helado Negro) remixes both “Death With Dignity” and “All Of Me Wants All Of You;” Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) remixes “Exploding Whale,” a song previously only available as a 7-inch single; and James McAlister (a.k.a. 900X) remixes “Fourth of July.” The album features Stevens’ own remix of “Drawn to the Blood” and includes alternate and/or demo versions of songs from the original album, including a fingerpicking version of “Drawn to the Blood,” and iPhone-recorded demo versions of “John My Beloved” and “Carrie & Lowell.” Finally, the mixtape features four previously unreleased new songs recorded at the same time as the Carrie & Lowell.
These include “Wallowa Lake Monster” as well as “The Hidden River of My Life,” “City of Roses” and “The Greatest Gift.” The new collection serves as a companion piece to the original album, alongside the Carrie & Lowell Live album released earlier this year.
This new material, in its investigation of love, life, death, God, and the beautiful state of Oregon, serves as a contemplative companion to the original album. We hope you enjoy.
August 25th, 2017 , by John Beeler
We’ve been waiting since February to finally release Swim Inside the Moon from Angelo De Augustine, and we’re happy to say today is the day. It’s been on repeat here at AKR HQ since we first heard it, and we hope you’ll give it similar residence in your house, bike, car, office, home, street, park, sidewalk, etc.
Angelo is on tour in Europe throughout the fall. Tourdates below.
AUG 25 FRI
Crossing Border Festival
The Hague, Netherlands
OCT 12 THU
Los Angeles, CA
OCT 15 SUN
Café Du Nord
San Francisco, CA
OCT 17 TUE
Songbyrd Music House
OCT 18 WED
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
OCT 19 THU
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
New York, NY
NOV 1 WED
La Loge at Pitchfork Avant-Garde
NOV 2 THU
Theatre Der Wohngemeinschaft
NOV 4 SAT
Haldern Pop Bar
NOV 5 SUN
NOV 6 MON
NOV 7 TUE
Botanique / Rotonde
NOV 9 THU
Leeds, United Kingdom
NOV 10 FRI
Glasgow, United Kingdom
NOV 11 SAT
The Grand Social
NOV 13 MON
The Castle Hotel
Manchester, United Kingdom
NOV 15 WED
St Pancras Old Church
London, United Kingdom
July 26th, 2017 , by John Beeler
CLASH has debuted a lovely new music video of Angelo’s “Haze.” Watch the video above or over at CLASH here.
Angelo illustrated the video and Matt Czap brought Angelo’s vision to animated life.
Robin Murray at CLASH interviewed Angelo about his songwriting:
‘Swim Inside The Moon’ could be the first many fans have heard of you, do you feel it’s reflective of your wider work? How close to Angelo does this record go?
We are constantly evolving beings, and as a result can never achieve an exact reflection of anything. Who is this Angelo? My intention is always to follow my instincts and listen to what the voice inside tells me, because it holds more truth than any external presence.
Swim Inside the Moon is out in just a few weeks. Preorder the first-run bone-color LP over at our store here.
Angelo is heading out on tour in November; tourdates:
June 22nd, 2017 , by John Beeler
Jessica Nicole Collins filmed this beautiful single-camera shoot of Angelo De Augustine playing “Crazy, Stoned, and Gone” live at Meditation Mount in the hills ofOjai, California.
Stereogum debuted the video, saying “De Augustine is a master of the spare, trembling guitar ballad.”
Angelo’s new record, Swim Inside the Moon, comes out in late August, and you can preorder it here.
June 10th, 2017 , by John Beeler
Planetarium, the concept album by Sufjan, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister, is out now via our friends over at 4AD.
Find it at your local record store, the 4AD store here, or your favorite digital purchase or streaming site. We also have some copies over at the AKR store here. Use the code “WEIGHTLESS” to get 20% off (good until June 17th).
Sufjan, Nico, Bryce, and James are touring Planetarium. See below for dates.
July 10 2017 / Philharmonie de Paris / Paris, FR /Tickets
July 18 2017 Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park Bandshell / Brooklyn, NY / Tickets
July 20 2017 / Hollywood Forever Cemetery / Los Angeles, CA / Tickets
July 21 2017 / Fox Theater / Oakland, CA /Tickets
May 22nd, 2017 , by John Beeler
We’re proud to announce that on August 25 we’ll be releasing Swim Inside the Moon, the second full length from Angelo De Augustine. We’re pressing the first run in limited edition bone-color vinyl to match the cover art, which includes illustrations from Angelo.
Sufjan animated the stop-motion video for “Crazy, Stoned, and Gone.” You can watch it above, or at YouTube.
April 28th, 2017 , by John Beeler
Asthmatic Kitty Records is pleased to announce Carrie & Lowell Live, an audio and visual document of Sufjan’s November 9, 2015 performance at North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina. The show is available on YouTube and Vimeo and as an audio download (and streaming) on most digital platforms starting April 28, 2017. Carrie & Lowell Live is available on Vimeo here, or your favorite streaming/purchasing platform here.
We are also releasing a translucent blue 12″ split with “Blue Bucket of Gold” (and its outro) on Side A, and “Hotline Bling” featuring Gallant on Side B.
The 12″ ships September 22, 2017. You can preorder it here.
We’re also happy to announce that later in the year we’ll be releasing The Greatest Gift Mixtape – Outtakes, Remixes & Demos from Carrie & Lowell. The release will be available on cassette/LP/digital on October 20th.
Wallowa Lake Monster (Carrie & Lowell Outtake)
Drawn To The Blood (Sufjan Stevens Remix)
Death With Dignity (Helado Negro Remix)
John My Beloved (iPhone Demo)
Drawn To The Blood (Fingerpicking Version)
The Greatest Gift (Carrie & Lowell Outtake)
Exploding Whale (Doveman Remix)
All Of Me Wants All Of You (Helado Negro Remix)
Fourth Of July (900X Remix)
The Hidden River Of My Life (Carrie & Lowell Outtake)
City of Roses (Carrie & Lowell Outtake)
April 26th, 2017 , by John Beeler
We’re proud to announce the signing of Angelo De Augustine to Asthmatic Kitty Records. Watch the video above to hear “Truly Gone,” the first music from Angelo released on AKR.
We’re also releasing a limited edition 7″ vinyl. It includes “Truly Gone,” which will appear on a forthcoming record, and “Magical,” a song exclusive to this release. There are only 100 of these available.
April 14th, 2017 , by John Beeler
On May 12th, the New York Ballet will premiere choreographer Justin Peck’s The Decalogue, with music from Sufjan. Additional shows will follow on May 14, 18, and 20. Buy tickets here.
This is the third time Justin has incorporated Sufjan’s music. In 2012, Justin choreographed Year of the Rabbit to orchestrations based on Enjoy Your Rabbit. In 2014 Sufjan composed music for Justin’s Everywhere We Go.
See above or here for a video directed by Rebekka Björnsdóttir and Yoonha Park. Sufjan did motion graphics for the video.
March 31st, 2017 , by John Beeler
Today, March 31, is a very special day: the birthday of our own Lowell Brams, co-founder of Asthmatic Kitty Records and Sufjan’s step-dad. As a gift to Lowell (and the rest of the world) Sufjan has decided to release Carrie & Lowell Live, an audio and visual document of his November 9, 2015 performance at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina. Release date is set for April 28, 2017.
Today is also the two-year anniversary of Sufjan’s seventh album, Carrie & Lowell, an album based, in part, on Sufjan’s childhood summers spent in Eugene, Oregon, when Carrie and Lowell were married.
The live show was shot and produced by We Are Films and the Art Counsel, edited by Keith Bradshaw, and mixed by Casey Foubert. The video will be available on YouTube and Vimeo, and the audio will be available for purchase and/or streaming on all platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, and Bandcamp, etc.).
As you may recall, Sufjan released one song from this show back in February 2016. We are excited to share the rest of it with you!
Stay tuned for more information. Happy birthday, Lowell!
This is the setlist:
Redford (For Yia-Yia and Pappou)
Death With Dignity
Should Have Known Better
All of Me Wants All Of You
John My Beloved
The Only Thing
Fourth of July
No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
Carrie & Lowell
Drawn to the Blood
Blue Bucket of Gold
Blue Bucket Outro
Hotline Bling* (featuring Gallant)
*audio streaming and download only