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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

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


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.

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.

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

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.

Here’s the cover art for “Seven Swans Reimagined,” Sufjan Stevens “Seven Swans” tribute album, benefit for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  It will be released digitally on March 22nd via On Joyful Wings.  Artwork by Vesper Stamper.

Track List;
1. All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands [Bonnie 'Prince' Billy]
2. The Dress Looks Nice On You [The Gregory Brothers]
3. In The Devil’s Territory [Derek Webb]
4. To Be Alone With You [Joshua James]
5. Abraham [Damion Suomi]
6. Sister [Unwed Sailor]
7. Size Too Small [Wakey!Wakey!]
8. We Won’t Need Legs To Stand [Elin K. Smith]
9. A Good Man Is Hard To Find [DM Stith]
10. He Woke Me Up Again [Half-Handed Cloud]
11. Seven Swans [Carl Hauck]
12. The Transfiguration [David Crowder*Band]
13. I Went Dancing With My Sister [Jason Harrod]
14. Waste Of What Your Kids Won’t Have [Shannon Stephens with Gregory Paul]
15. Borderline [Inlets]

Shannon Stephens & Gregory Paul
- Waste Of What Your Kids Won’t Have (by Sufjan Stevens)

Danielson “Best of Gloucester County”

The bulk of Best of Gloucester County revolves around a completely new “team,” as Smith has put it himself (Patrick Berkery- drums, percussion; Evan Mazunik- piano, organ; Joshua Stamper- bass; Sufjan Stevens- banjo, vocal; Andrew Wilson- electric guitar), most of them local players from the Gloucester County, NJ, area where Smith lives and works and has his studio. 

Danielson – Grow Up

The first Danielson album in five years, “Best of Gloucester County” will be coming out on February 22nd, 2011 via Daniel Smith’s own Sounds Familyre label, on March 14th, 2011 via  Fire Records (UK).  Special guests include Jens Lekman, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh), Glen Galaxy (Soul-Junk), Mark Shippy (US Maple), and Chris Cohen (Cryptacize).

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.

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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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