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Flannelgraph Records will release Yuuki Matthews‘ 4-track 12″ record “Funny Morning,” a remix of the song by Richard Swift, as well as two instrumental pieces, “Generations” and “Chrysanthemum (Slow)”.  Due out on September 30th.  A former member of Crystal Skulls, Seldom, currently a member of The Shins and Teardrops (with Richard Swift), Yuuki Matthews is a Seattle-based via Hollywood (Burbank), Californian musician. …. also he has been known as a contributor of David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) and Sufjan Stevens. 

SIDE A
1. Funny Morning (LP Version)  2. Generations
SIDE B
1. Funny Morning (Richard Swift Remix) 2. Chrysanthemum (Slow)


現在、ザ・シンズの新メンバーとして(リチャード・スウィフトとのプロジェクト、ティアドロップスも進行中)、そしてスフィアン・スティーヴンスやデイヴィッド・バザンのコントリビューターとしても知られるシアトルのマルチ・インストゥルメンタリスト、ユーキ・マシューズ(ex. Crystal Skulls, Seldom, Pedro the Lion)。下記の音源は2011年のデジタル・リリースした際の「Funny Morning」で、フランネルグラフ・レコーズから9/30にリリースされる12″には、同曲のスウィフト・リミックスを含む新ヴァージョンが収録されて〼。



from Digital Delivery Device, released 07 June 2011




from Asthmatic Kitty’s “Library Catalog Music” series
released 08 December 2009





original version appeared on Wake Owl‘s latest album “The Private World of Paradise” (produced by Richard Swift), this remix was done by Teardrops (Richard Swift and Yuuki Matthews).




from Bazan Monthly: Volume 1 / Number 2 /August 2014
Produced and Mixed by Yuuki Matthews
Guidance and Mastering by TW Walsh, Artwork by R. Swift
“Two new David Bazan songs will be released every month for the next five months.”

Order, HERE (UNDERTOW).


WATCH :: Official video for “Mr. Frosty Man” by Sufjan Stevens from his upcoming Christmas Box Set “Silver & Gold,” due out on November 13th via Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-order is available on HERE or HERE.  Clay-mation video by Lee Hardcastle



Sufjan Stevens – Mr. FROSTY MAN



Chris Cohen – Optimist High,
the song is taken from his first solo full-length “Overgrown Path” LP/CD/MP3 available now on Captured Tracks.

Chris Cohen – Caller No.99
taken from “‘Overgrown Path’” album.




Chris Cohen is a 37-year-old native of Los Angeles currently residing in the farmlands of Vermont. He is the child of a former music business executive and a former Broadway actress. His resumé of prior musical projects is a long one: as a contributing member of The Curtains, Cryptacize, Deerhoof, and Natural Dreamers, he released 10 full-length albums between 2002 and 2008. Along the way, Cohen was also a touring player with White Magic, Cass McCombs, Haunted Graffiti and Danielson, among others, for stints both short and long. All of this has culminated in his first release under his own name, and his first for Captured Tracks, Overgrown Path. –Captured Tracks


The Curtains – Go Lucky
taken from the 4th album “CALAMITY” (Asthmatic Kitty, 2006) by The Curtains founded by Chris Cohen and Trevor Shimizu in San Francisco, California in 2000.

Cryptacize – Cosmic Sing Along
taken from the Cryptacize debut album “Dig That Treasure” (Asthmatic Kitty, 2008), the band was founded by Nedelle Torrisi and Chris Cohen in 2006. Recently Nedelle has formed her new band called Paradise featuring her friend Kenny Gilmore (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti).


Influences :: Robert Wyatt, Cass McCombs, Mayo Thompson, Sun Ra, Terry Adams (‘Rollercoaster Rider’ reminds me of this…), Syd Barrett, and Jerry Garcia

LISTEN more :: Chris Cohen’s VT-Drives mixtape through IMPOSE.



Shannon Stephens, a Seattle-based singer/songwriter who started her career playing with Sufjan Stevens in Marzuki and has had her music covered by Bonnie Prince Billy, has just released her third album “Pull It Together” via Asthmatic Kitty


DM Stith – piano & choir



Shannon Stephens – Care of You, from “Pull It Together”

Stephens’ increased confidence also transformed her method of recording for this third release. Where previously she added orchestral players to fill out her songs, this time she took a blues approach to her arrangements. Drawing together a new band of accomplished musicians, she gave them the freedom to explore and create. With Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Isobel Campbell) on guitars, James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion) on drums and Steve Moore (Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs) on keyboards, Stephens found herself discovering new facets of her own compositions.

Pull It Together is treated with warm, intimate production thanks to the contributions of Grammy winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg (Rose Thomas, Damien Jurado). Kruckenberg’s light approach to mixing preserved the spontaneity and the vintage spark of the band’s 8-track recordings. The album features a collaboration with DM Stith and backing vocals by Galen Disston of Pickwick.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham)- duet vocals



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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I’ll Be Glad
3/12/09 in Bloomington at the Buskirk
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy covered Stephens’ song ‘I’ll Be Glad’ on his 2008 album “Lie Down In The Light,” the song was originally appeared on her self-titled debut full-length (2000) from Asthmatic Kitty, Re-pressed on 2010.

Sufjan Stevens – Get Real, Get Right
Director/Animatio: Sufjan Stevens   Editing and Compositing: Deborah Johnson
Original Artwork: Royal Robertson

You can purchase MAKE on DVD, the documentary that inspired Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz and tells the story of several artists including Royal Robertson, HERE. Visit makedocumentary.com

Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
from “The Age of Adz” (Asthmatic Kitty/2010)

WATCH more :: “Get Real, Get Right” Live Visual, Video design from The Age of Adz live performances.



The documentary, MAKE, is an intimate journey into the lives of four American self-taught artists: Prophet Royal Robertson, Hawkins Bolden, Judith Scott and Ike Morgan. Isolated and struggling with the disabilities life has dealt them, these artists all find their most powerful voice through art. 

Available now on DVD from Asthmatic Kitty.

Pasajero (cover art by David Lekach The IV)



Helado Negro – Jurame (Roberto Carlos cover)

Helado Negro – La La (Eduardo Mateo cover)

Helado Negro – Deja

These songs were originally intended as a Christmas gift to Roberto’s parents but then he decided to share it with everyone. Just like an empanada, its quickly consumed but will linger in your memory.

Both tracks are taken from Helado Negro aka Roberto Carlos Lange’s free EP “Pasajero” on his bandcamp page.  This eight-track EP featuring two original songs and covers of South American tunes (Roberto Carlos, Eduardo Mateo, Leo Dan, Los Iracundos), also “Adios Maldito Mundo,” translated version of Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Cruel World.”  ‘Deja’ is taken from his 2009 Asthmatic Kitty debut full-length “Awe Owe.”


Half-handed Cloud – Armstrong’s Line


“As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth band name,” the new full length by Half-handed Cloud is available now on Asthmatic Kitty Records, a Digital download is available from Bandcamp page.  Half-handed Cloud aka Berkeley, California based John Ringhofer is also known as a trombonist for Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers, or as a occasional bassist for Danielson.

<a target="_blank" href="http://half-handedcloud.bandcamp.com/album/as-stowaways-in-cabinets-of-surf-we-live-out-in-our-members-a-kind-of-rebirth" >As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth by Half-handed Cloud</a>

Asthmatic Kitty Records presents the fifth Half-handed Cloud full-length album: As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth, or Stowaways for short. Connected with the lyrical tradition of 19th Century American hymns such as “Shall We Gather at the River?” “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?” and “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” these tunes splash about in cavernous spaces opened up by irregularly measured rhythms and pocket-orchestra arrangements integrated with creaky pianos, sound-loops, a tugboat of a church organ, guitars, and billowing banjos.


Half-handed Cloud’s John Ringhofer recorded this album on his half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine in the sanctuary and custodial quarters of a church in Berkeley, California, where he’s lived and worked as a custodian for the past seven years. He played most of the parts himself, joined by friends on cello, clarinet, violin, trumpet, and flute. Brandon Buckner, one-third of Ringhofer’s former band, Wookieback, is behind the drum-kit for the duration of this record. The album was mixed with Daniel Smith (Danielson) at Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, New Jersey.

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