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
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 LISTENmore :: Chris Cohen’s VT-Drives mixtape through IMPOSE.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week we had the pleasure of releasing the All Delighted People EP (available for download for $5 and free stream right here). And today, we are proud to announce the upcoming release of The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds), the first song-based full-length from Sufjan Stevens since 2005′s Illinois. The Age of Adz will drop on October 12th (CD, MP3) with a double-LP following on November 9th. (Asthmatic Kitty)
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