EVENT: Sufjan Stevens comes caroling

October 29th, 2012 (04:02 EST) · Got a Comment?

This isn’t the type of music I typically write about, but I can’t help but share my love for Sufjan Stevens. The Detroit-native studied at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, then Hope College, and eventually attained an MFA at The New School. But besides his impressive resume, Sufjan (which means ‘comes with a sword’ in Persian and Arabic) writes, sings, and plays more instruments than you can count on your fingers — oftentimes playing the parts of his pieces himself, overlapping the recordings and merging them into one painstakingly-tedious, beautiful work of art.

This year, the usually quiet and inconspicuous Sufjan announced a tour titled, “The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster” (tickets after the jump!) to promote the expansion of a 2006 album, “Songs for Christmas: Vols. 1-5”, this part entitled, “Silver & Gold”, to be released by his label Asthmatic Kitty Records November 13. Here are some of my favorites of his previously-released carols, followed by some super-sweet mixes… So be sure to catch him live — it’s a lucky chance!

★ Sujfan Stevens – Sister Winter
♬ Sufjan Stevens – Amazing Grace

Can’t get over how good the Shigeto mix is…and always diggin’ the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

★ Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices (Shigeto Remix)
♬ Sufjan Stevens vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps To Chicago (Radioface Edit)

Some bigtime dates…

11.23 – Philly @ Union Transfer
11.24 – D.C. @ 9:30 Club
12.21 – NYC @ Bowery Ballroom (onsale 12/19)
12.22 – NYC @ Bowery Ballroom (onsale 12/19)

More on Sufjan’s Asthmatic Kitty page.

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