Sufjan’s Greatest Gift Out in November

October 11th, 2017 , by

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.

Swim Inside the Moon from Angelo De Augustine Out Now

August 25th, 2017 , by

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.

It’s available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.The first run of vinyl is in bone color and available for purchase at our AKR Store, or your local record store as of  September 8th.

Angelo is on tour in Europe throughout the fall. Tourdates below.

Crossing Border Festival
The Hague, Netherlands

Bootleg Theater
Los Angeles, CA

Café Du Nord
San Francisco, CA

Songbyrd Music House
Washington, DC

World Cafe Live Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
New York, NY

La Loge at Pitchfork Avant-Garde
Paris, France

Theatre Der Wohngemeinschaft
Cologne, Germany

Haldern Pop Bar
Haldern, Germany

Maastricht, Netherlands

Baumhaus Bar
Berlin, Germany

Botanique / Rotonde
Brussels, Belgium

Lending Room
Leeds, United Kingdom

Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Grand Social
Dublin, Ireland

The Castle Hotel
Manchester, United Kingdom

St Pancras Old Church
London, United Kingdom


“Haze,” a New Song from Angelo De Augustine

July 26th, 2017 , by

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:

10/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (tickets)
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord (tickets)
10/17 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd (tickets)
10/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Upstairs (tickets)
10/19 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (tickets)
11/01 – Paris, France @ Pitchfork Avant-Garde
11/02 – Cologne, Germany @ Theatre Der Wohngemeinschaft
11/03 – Den Haag, Netherlands @ Crossing Border Festival
11/04 – Rees-Haldern, Germany @ Haldern Pop Bar
11/05 – Netherlands, Maastricht @ Lumiere
11/06 – Berlin, Germany @ Baumhausbar
11/07 – Belgium, Brussels @ Botanique / Rotonde
11/09 – Leeds, UK @ The Lending Room
11/10 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Broadcast
11/11 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Grand Social
11/13 – Manchester, UK @ The Castle Hotel
11/15 – London, UK @ St Pancras Old Church

Watch Angelo Play “Crazy, Stoned, and Gone” Live

June 22nd, 2017 , by

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.

Planetarium Out Now

June 10th, 2017 , by

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

Announcing Swim Inside the Moon, from Angelo De Augustine

May 22nd, 2017 , by

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.

You can preorder the record here. Read more about how Angelo recorded Swim Inside the Moon here.

Sufjan animated the stop-motion video for “Crazy, Stoned, and Gone.” You can watch it above, or at YouTube.

Watch Sufjan’s Carrie & Lowell Live Now

April 28th, 2017 , by

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.

Track listing

side A
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)

side B
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)

Introducing Angelo De Augustine

April 26th, 2017 , by

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.

THE DECALOGUE: A Ballet by Justin Peck with Music by Sufjan Stevens

April 14th, 2017 , by

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.

Happy Birthday Lowell!

March 31st, 2017 , by

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
Futile Devices
Blue Bucket of Gold
Blue Bucket Outro

Hotline Bling* (featuring Gallant)

*audio streaming and download only

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