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Half-handed Cloud – The Cloud Became a Baby To Be With Us

Danielson – Visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Free download of Sounds Familyre‘s lovely Christmas compilation “A Familyre Christmas – Volume 4,” entirely, visit HERE.


Fantasia Faries – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Cut out from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” (1940)

A Familyre Christmas – Vol. 4

Ortolan – Christmas Auld Lang Syne
taken from A Familyre Christmas – Vol. 4, recorded by Ortolan, engineered/mixed by Daniel Smith at Familyre Studios, Clarksboro, NJ.

Half-Handed Cloud – A Favorite Christmas Gag Gift
taken from A Familyre Christmas – Vol. 3, (2010).

The tradition continues with a whole new batch of Christmas music from Sounds Familyre family and friends. As always, one free download (and occasionally two) per day from now until December 23rd, Christmas Eve Eve. Don’t forget to check in every day to hear what new sonic stocking stuffers await!!

And also, the previous series of “A Familyre Christmas” Vol. 1~3, it features Sounds Familyre’s artists including Sufjan Stevens, Ben + Vesper, Danielson, Half-Handed Cloud and more, are available on Sounds Familyre’s bandcamp.

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.