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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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.

 

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
Eugene
Vesuvius
Futile Devices
Blue Bucket of Gold
Blue Bucket Outro

encore:
Hotline Bling* (featuring Gallant)

*audio streaming and download only

Planetarium Available on June 9th

March 27th, 2017 , by

Planetarium will be out June 9th on 4AD. You can preorder the record here.

“Saturn” is the first single and video from the record. Watch it above, or stream or buy it here.

Originally a commission for Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, the piece has transitioned and evolved into a full length album co-composed by Bryce Dessner, James McAlister, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan. Flanked by a string quartet and a consort of seven trombones, the ensemble has assembled an expansive song cycle that explores the Sun, the Moon, the planets and other celestial bodies of our solar system (and beyond) through soundscape, song, science and myth.

Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition, out now

April 1st, 2016 , by

The officially licensed, totally legit, 100%, Marvel-approved a-ok Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition is available now. The release includes both discs in Antimatter Blue and Cape White colors. Every copy of Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition includes a red 12″ single of a demo version of “Chicago,” die-cut into the shape of the star on the Chicago city flag. Read details on the record here.

Sufjan is touring extensively this summer at festivals near you, starting with Coachella in just a few weeks.

Blue Marvel is currently heading up The Ultimates. Issue #05 is just out.

We’re currently out of stock at AKR HQ, but record stores everywhere should have the Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition.

You can also buy from these online retailers: Other Music / Amoeba Music / Zia Records / Barnes & Noble / CCVinyl / Oldies.com

Here are some lovely instagram photos of the edition:

Absolutely worth the wait. Everything is gorgeous. #sufjanstevens #illinoise #vinyl #nowspinning #bluemarvel

A photo posted by Ryan Haack (@livingonehanded) on

 

 

 

Demo Version of Chicago Available in Illinois Blue Marvel Edition, for Preorder

February 25th, 2016 , by

We’re happy to announce that every Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition will also include a die-cut, star-shaped 12″ vinyl based on Chicago’s city flag. 

Sufjan, who plays  guitars and organ on the song, recorded the track in 2004.

The Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition includes exclusive cover art featuring Chicago-born superhero Blue Marvel, licensed officially from Marvel. In addition to the “Chicago (Demo)” 12-inch, the double LP also includes  “Antimatter Blue” and “Cape White” vinyl colors for the two discs. The audio for the special edition comes from a 2014 remastered version of Illinois.

We pressed 10,000 of the Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition. The Special Edition will be available worldwide through your favorite local record store.

We’re also selling a slightly less special, misprinted 12-inch version of the song separately. The label on these 2,000 records incorrectly reads 45 RPM. The record plays best at 33 RPM.

You can preorder this misprinted 33 RPM single here. We’ll be shipping it out in April.

Sufjan To Tour Australia, New Zealand; Releases New Live Video

February 11th, 2016 , by

Sufjan has released a new live video of the title track from Carrie & Lowell. The video was filmed in North Charleston and directed by We Are Films. Long-time Sufjan collaborator Deborah Johnson edited the video.

Sufjan will be touring Australia and New Zealand in just a few weeks. You can purchase tickets here.

Monday 22 February – State Theatre, Sydney
Friday 26 February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (sold out)
Saturday 27 February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Sunday 28 February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (just added)
Monday 29 February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday 2 March – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth
Friday 4 March – Qpac Concert Hall, Brisbane
Sunday 6 March – New Zealand Festival, Wellington
Tuesday 8 March – The Civic, Auckland

Announcing Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition

November 22nd, 2015 , by

“Well, now. I guess that qualifies as a level eight.”

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