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Photo Recap: Sufjan Stevens holiday revue tour kicks off at Union Transfer

Last night sufjan Stevens kicked off his 2012 holiday revue tour – The Surfjohn Stevens Xmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing – at Union Transfer. Check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above.

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Download “In Your Hands,” a new track from Denison Witmer; watch him cover Nada Surf’s “Your Legs Grow” with Devin Greenwood

Philly songsmith Denison Witmer travels along dusty highways and scenic country roads on his new single “In Your Hands,” a track from his new EP The Ones Who Wait Part 2. A followup to his last full-length record of almost the same name (self-released in May 2011, reissued by Asthmatic Kitty Records this past spring), the EP showcases new and unreleased tracks, alternate versions and a cover of his friend (and sometimes bandmate) Sufjan Stevens’ song “Abraham.”

The EP, along with his recent appearance in a video for The Voice Project, oughta tide fans over until Witmer releases his next full-length in February of 2013. For the video series, Witmer and former Philadelphia music guy Devin Greenwood worked up a cover of “Your Legs Grow” by Nada Surf Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sufjan Stevens’ holiday sing-a-long coming to Union Transfer next month

The seasonally-affected Sufjan Stevens, who regularly released annual holiday compilations throughout the 00s, is gearing up for his latest Christmas offering – the Silver & Gold box set. With the five-CD EP box set due out on November 13, Stevens just announced a Philadelphia show in support of it. The “Xmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice” takes place at Union Transfer on Friday, November 23; tickets to the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, October 12, at noon. Below, grab a free download of “Christmas Unicorn,” the closing song on the box set.

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Preview the next episode of Shaking Through with Cat Martino featuring Sufjan Stevens and Chris Powell of Man Man


This coming week will see the release of the next episode of Shaking Through, the “birth of a song” online music initiative from Weathervane Music and WXPN. Last month featured Boston’s Faces On Film that was curated by Marissa Nadler. Over two days, Faces On Film recorded “Waiting For GA.” The entire process was recorded and documented here. Next week’s episode featured singer-songwriter Cat Martino. She recorded her song “I Promise” with help from Sufjan Stevens and drummer Chris Powell from Man Man. The session was recorded at Miner Street Recordings on March 17-18th and was produced by Brian McTear. Below, watch a preview of the session.

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Sufjan Stevens to appear on The Roots upcoming album, undun (due December 6th)

In an interview with SPIN Magazine, The Roots’ Questlove officially announced that Sufjan Stevens will make an appearance on its new album, undun, due out Decmember 6th.

“We’ve always loved the song ‘Redford’ from Michigan. So we close the new album with a cover of “Redford.” We stretched it out into this four-part movement. Part 1 is Sufjan at the piano performing it. And then Part 2 is a string quartet that we had interpret it. Part 3 is myself and D.D. Jackson, who is an avant-garde piano player. He’s probably one of the most dangerous pianists — I don’t know how he doesn’t have carpal tunnel now. But he just destroys, literally, destroys the piano. The final movement, which ends the record, is essentially the beginning of the story. But it’s the last thing you hear. It’s a very powerful piece of work.”

He goes on to explain Sufjan’s influence on the new album and the concept behind it. Check out the whole interview here. The Roots also recently released a new video for the track “Tip The Scale,” which you can watch below. —Caitlyn Grabenstein