November 19th, 2018 , by John Beeler
For nearly twenty years Lowell, Karin, and Ed (and many others through the years) have been working out of a little house in Lander, Wyoming, managing the nuts and bolts of Asthmatic Kitty Records, doing everything “in house”—ordering, shipping, receiving, accounting, bookkeeping, corresponding, taking out the garbage, etc., and, most importantly, handling the byzantine task of mail order: making countless trips to the post office or UPS to ship out all those records (and apparel, and show posters, etc.) to our loyal customers, fans, and friends. It’s been a ton of work—blood, sweat and tears—and a labor of love, and we’re proud to have been able to run things ourselves all these years (and from the center Wyoming, no less). It hasn’t always been easy (or totally without hiccups), but we wouldn’t have done it any other way (and we couldn’t have done it without Lowell, Karin, and Ed). Thank you!
So it is with a deep pang of pride and wistfulness that we announce the end of that chapter of Asthmatic Kitty. We will be closing the Lander office by the end of the year, and will now be managing our mail order through an incredible company in Michigan (AKR’s original home state) called Whiplash. Whiplash is independently owned and operated by a team of music enthusiasts who are fastidious about customer care. We’re excited to work with them as we move through these changes.
(Asthmatic Kitty will still be in business as usual. John Beeler will continue to manage the label through his office in Atlanta, GA, and Sufjan will continue as house DJ from his office in New York City.)
In the meantime, we need to clean house. With gusto, we are pleased to announce:
The Asthmatic Kitty Black Friday Final Warehouse “Crazy for Coupons” Clearance Sweepstakes
Here’s the details:
- All coupon codes will work starting Tuesday November 20that 11am EST.
- Buy one record on vinyl, get one free. Coupon code: BOGOVINYL
- Buy one CD, get one free on CDs. Coupon code: BOGOCD
- Buy one t-shirt or hoodie, get one free. Coupon code: BOGOWEARBLES
- Buy one vinyl grab bag (4 randomly selected records), get one free (for a total of 8). Coupon code: BOGOVINYLGRAB
- Buy one CD grab bag (5 randomly selected CDs), get one free (for a total of 10 CDs). Coupon code: BOGOCDGRAB
- Buy one T-shirt grab bag (2 randomly selected T-shirts), get one free (for a total of 4 T-shirts). Coupon code: BOGOGRABAPPAREL
- You can use the coupon codes as many times as you like (ie. buy 10 records, get 10 records free).
- Sale ends and AKR Warehouse will close on Tuesday, November 27that 11am EST.
- Due to volume we may take a few extra days to ship, but we will make sure everything arrives by Christmas.
You can visit the warehouse store and preview the inventory by clicking here.
And the usual AKR store is here.
Thank you for your participation! And thank you Lander for being our cornerstone for so many years. XOXO
November 13th, 2018 , by John Beeler
Angelo De Augustine today shared a video for the title track of his new album, Tomb, along with a video directed by Jess Collins, featuring shots of Angelo in the hills of California.
The video follows The FADER premiere of an intimate live video of lead single “Time,” featuring Sufjan Stevens on grand piano and filmed in Manhattan’s Reservoir Studios (where Tomb was also recorded), released alongside the album version.
Tomb, the album, arrives in stores and on streaming platforms in January. We have limited edition red and yellow vinyl available for preorder here.
We’re also pleased to announce a tour in February
Angelo De Augustine tour dates:
02/17/19 – Bristol, UK @ The Folk House (Tickets)
02/18/19 – London, UK @ Oslo
02/20/19 – Stockholm, SE @ Obaren
02/21/19 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
02/23/19 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg, Club Nine (Tickets)
02/24/19 – Ghent, BE @ Democrazy (Tickets)
02/25/19 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up du Label (Tickets)
02/26/19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Upstairs at Paradiso (Tickets)
02/27/19 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub (Tickets)
02/28/19 – Malmo, SE @ Babel (Bar) (Tickets)
November 8th, 2018 , by John Beeler
On November 9 we are proud to release two versions of Sufjan Stevens’ song, “Lonely Man of Winter,” along with Alec Duffy’s song, “Every Day is Christmas” on digital platforms. On December 7 we will release a limited pressing on seven-inch vinyl featuring the two versions of “Lonely Man of Winter.”
Proceeds will benefit Brooklyn non-profit performance venue JACK (of which Alec Duffy is founder & artistic director) in its mission to fuel experimentation in art and activism and help it serve as a launch pad for the next generation of artists. Pre-save on your favorite streaming platform here, or pre-order the limited edition 7-inch vinyl here.
In 2007, Alec Duffy won Sufjan Stevens’ Xmas Song Xchange Contest with his song, “Every Day is Christmas” and exchanged the rights to the song for Stevens’ “The Lonely Man of Winter,” (a song that Stevens wrote and recorded specifically in response to Duffy’s song). Using the opportunity to recreate a time before the internet, Duffy and his friend, composer Dave Malloy decided to create an experience in listening to the song. They held listening sessions, which started at their homes and soon expanded across the country, as well as a few sessions in Europe.
By 2012, Duffy had founded JACK, and soon found himself without time to continue the sessions. He approached Asthmatic Kitty to see if they would release the song as a way to raise money for JACK.
In addition to the song by Duffy, the release includes Sufjan’s own newer version of “Lonely Man in Winter” recorded in 2018. This new version is produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and features a performance by Melissa Mary Ahern.
October 16th, 2018 , by John Beeler
AKR is proud to announce Angelo De Augustine newest album, Tomb — his first recorded in a studio and produced by musician Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman; credits include work on albums for St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, and Rhye). We will be releasing the album on January 18, 2019.
Tomb is a beginning for Angelo, both emotionally and in his career. It’s a motion towards positivity, addressing lost love, the worthwhile cost of honesty, and the ramifications of regret. Tomb isn’t about burying or hiding something away, it’s about opening the seal and letting something new emerge. The album’s title reveals these sentiments: “Throughout our lives we bury many dead things in our hearts and minds,” says Angelo about the record. “There they go to rest and hopefully are reborn as something beautiful for the world to behold.”
Read more about the story behind this record here.
We’ve released two visual versions of “Time,” the first single from the record. The FADER today premiered an intimate live video of lead single “Time” featuring Sufjan Stevens playing grand piano and filmed in Manhattan’s Reservoir Studios, where Tomb was also recorded. The second visual, directed by Jess Calleiro, features the studio version of the album. They’re also over at FADER.
A limited edition, first-pressing in two variants, red and yellow, is available for preorder here.
September 14th, 2018 , by John Beeler
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 order the vinyl boxset at our store, here (quantities limited), or at your favorite local or online record 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.)
July 12th, 2018 , by John Beeler
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.
video by Deborah Johnson/CandyStations (footage by Sufjan)
tbt (shaky cam by ???):
June 12th, 2018 , by John Beeler
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)
February 23rd, 2018 , by John Beeler
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.
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.
December 25th, 2017 , by John Beeler
“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.
December 8th, 2017 , by John Beeler
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.