Sufjan’s Songs for Christmas Out on Vinyl on November 9th

September 14th, 2018 , by

From 2001 through 2010, Sufjan Stevens recorded an annual 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. Later 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 proud to finally release Songs for Christmas: Volumes I-V as a 5-piece vinyl boxset. The boxset arrives November 9th, 2018 with all 42 songs from the original CD boxset, including fan favorites like “Sister Winter,” “That Was The Worst Christmas Ever,” “Only At Christmas Time,” and “Put The Lights on the Tree.”

You can preorder the vinyl boxset at our store, here, or at your favorite local or online record store.

Use code SUFMAS2018 for $10 off our boxset if you order from our store.

The 5-vinyl boxset includes all original package design with illustrations by Sufjan Stevens, Stephen Halker, and a family portrait painting by Jacques Bredy, as well as lyrics, chord charts, and full recording credits for all the songs. Stickers, essays, and the Sister Winter comic strip from the original CD boxset are not included (but you can still buy CD boxsets with everything in it here.)

 

Sufjan’s Avalanche Out Now on Vinyl

July 12th, 2018 , by

Asthmatic Kitty Records has released Sufjan Stevens’ 2006 Avalanche on vinyl on August 31st, 2018. The 2xLP is available in limited edition colors and through AKR’s store, or through your favorite record record store.

Initially conceived by Sufjan as part of a double album version of Illinois, Sufjan and Asthmatic Kitty Kitty instead released Avalanche as a follow-up companion album on CD and digital.

Fans have requested a vinyl pressing of Avalanche ever since its release.

To celebrate the album’s release to vinyl, Asthmatic Kitty Records is releasing a special colored edition, with the first of the 2XLP in “Hatchback Orange,” and the second LP in “Avalanche White.” The edition is limited to 10,000 units worldwide.

You can purchase the 2XLP on the AKR store here. Or, here:
US: Amoeba / End of an Ear / Landlocked MusicTurntable Lab / Rough Trade /
International: Fat Beats

video by Deborah Johnson/CandyStations (footage by Sufjan)

 

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“Carcassonne:” New Music and Tour from Angelo De Augustine

June 12th, 2018 , by

Thousand Oaks, CA-based Angelo De Augustine today announced his new, limited edition 7” Carcassonne will be released on June 29th, 2018. The tender, title track A-side debuted via NPR Music’s All Songs Considered podcast earlier, and can now be heard here. In a voice message, De Augustine explained to NPR Music that“Carcassonne” is a gift to his first love who always wanted to visit this medieval town in France.“I was coincidentally about to go on my first EU tour [when she told me about it] but I didn’t have enough funds to bring her along with me, so I wrote this song for her so that she could go to Carcassonne anytime she’d like.”

“Carcassonne” is out worldwide on Friday, June 15th.The sky-blue 7”, limited to 500, will be available on June 22nd through our store, or at local record stores. Pre-order now here.

De Augustine also announced a co-headlining summer tour with Many Rooms, beginning July 9th in San Diego and including stops at LA’s Lodge Room and Brooklyn’s Union Pool before wrapping on August 18th in Minneapolis. Tickets are on-sale now; see below for a full itinerary.

Angelo is currently finishing a new album produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) at NYC’s Reservoir Studios.

Angelo De Augustine 2018 Summer Tour:

07/09 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah (TICKETS)

07/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room (TICKETS)

07/12 – San Francisco, CA @ McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (TICKETS)

07/13 – Portland, OR @ The Old Church (TICKETS)

07/14 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center (TICKETS)

07/15 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett (TICKETS)

07/18 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall (TICKETS)

07/20 – Dallas, TX @ Regal Room (TICKETS)

07/21 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk (TICKETS)

07/22 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (TICKETS)

07/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar (TICKETS)

08/03 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (TICKETS)

08/04 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (TICKETS)

08/05 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (TICKETS)

08/06 – Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub (TICKETS)

08/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (TICKETS)

08/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (TICKETS)

08/10 – Boston, MA @ Red Room, Cafe 939 (TICKETS)

08/12 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel (TICKETS)

08/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Funhouse (TICKETS)

08/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s (TICKETS)

08/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Pike Room (TICKETS)

08/17 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern (TICKETS)

08/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse (TICKETS)

Sufjan to Perform “Mystery of Love” at Oscars

February 23rd, 2018 , by

Sufjan will perform “Mystery of Love” at the Oscar Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4th. Read more here.

“Mystery of Love” is nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards, alongside “Mighty River” from Mudbound, “Remember Me” from Coco, “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall, and “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

Sufjan wrote “Mystery of Love,” as well as “Visions of Gideon,” and re-recorded “Futile Devices,” for the film Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on a book by André Aciman.

Call Me By Your Name is also nominated for Best Picture, and Adapted Screenplay. Actor Timothée Chalamet, who plays Elio in the film, is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role.

Listen to the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, or buy it on CD/LP here.

10,000 limited edition, translucent 10 inch vinyl with “Mystery of Love,” “Visions of Gideon,” and “Futile Devices” will be available through Music on Vinyl, at your favorite local record store, on Record Store Day. Details here.

Watch “Life With Dignity”

December 25th, 2017 , by

“Life With Dignity” is a music video set to Helado Negro’s remix of “Death With Dignity” from Sufjan’s recently released The Greatest Gift mixtape.

The music video captures moments from the lives of Roland, Justin, and Theresa. Roland is 85, a former jazz historian and a Korean War veteran. Justin is an eight-year old student. He loves Legos. Theresa is 35, a pasta chef, a drummer. All are facing cancer in very different stages, and facing it in different ways, but each is living their life with dignity.

We discovered these three people with the generous help of the Cancer Support Community. Proceeds from the sale of  The Greatest Gift are going to support the Cancer Support Community, and you can join us by giving here.

 

 

The Greatest Gift Out Now

December 8th, 2017 , by

The Greatest Gift, previously available on cassette and streaming/digital, is now available as a translucent vinyl LP in your favorite local record store.

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.

Also in stores: Sufjan’s Blue Bucket of Gold / Hotline Bling (Featuring Gallant), or via AKR here.

 

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December 5th, 2017 , by

A new song, in two keys, from Sufjan

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Carrie & Lowell Live 12 inch vinyl now available

November 24th, 2017 , by

The translucent blue 12 inch split of Carrie & Lowell Live is now in our store and your favorite local record store.

You can order it here.

The show is available on YouTube and Vimeo and as an audio download (and streaming) on most digital platforms on Vimeo here, or your favorite streaming/purchasing platform here.

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Live from Asthmatic Kitty Records on Vimeo.

Greatest Gift Out Now on Digital, Streaming, & Cassette

November 24th, 2017 , by

The Greatest Gift, a collection of outtakes, remixes and demos from Carrie & Lowell, is available today on yellow cassette and all digital formats.

Click here to pick your favorite listening venue.

Greatest Gift arrives in record stores in vinyl translucent yellow vinyl on December 8th.

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.

Also out today: Sufjan’s Blue Bucket of Gold / Hotline Bling (Featuring Gallant), available in stores on via AKR here.

 

The Gift of a Greatest Gift Video

November 23rd, 2017 , by

Sufjan has animated “The Greatest Gift,” the title track from his forthcoming mixtape.

The Greatest Gift comes out Friday on digital and cassette, and December 8th on vinyl, but you can listen to the full album now, thanks to NPR’s First Listen series. Hear it here.

Lyrics:

Praise the mountain and the rain
All the gifts that still remain
But the greatest gift of all
And the law above all laws
Is to love your friends and lovers
And lay down your life for your brothers
As you abide in peace
So will your delight increase

As the mystery of the cross
Asa Lovejoy lost the toss
And the fountain in the rain
Where my sorrow still remains
So I run to my friends and lovers
I lay down my life for my brothers
As I abide in peace
So will my delight increase

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