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Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold

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    Audio Mixer: Sufjan Stevens. Liner Note Authors: Thomas Vito Aiuto; Sufjan Stevens. Recording information: Brooklyn, NY (02/2012); Brookyn, NY (02/2012); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (02/2012); Madison, WI (02/2012); Rochester, NY (02/2012); The New Jerusal......more

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Artist: Stevens, Sufjan
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Audio Mixer: Sufjan Stevens. Liner Note Authors: Thomas Vito Aiuto; Sufjan Stevens. Recording information: Brooklyn, NY (02/2012); Brookyn, NY (02/2012); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (02/2012); Madison, WI (02/2012); Rochester, NY (02/2012); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (02/2012); Brooklyn, NY (11/2006-12/2006); Brookyn, NY (11/2006-12/2006); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (11/2006-12/2006); Madison, WI (11/2006-12/2006); Rochester, NY (11/2006-12/2006); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (11/2006-12/2006); Brooklyn, NY (11/2007-12/2007); Brookyn, NY (11/2007-12/2007); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (11/2007-12/2007); Madison, WI (11/2007-12/2007); Rochester, NY (11/2007-12/2007); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (11/2007-12/2007); Brooklyn, NY (12/2008); Brookyn, NY (12/2008); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (12/2008); Madison, WI (12/2008); Rochester, NY (12/2008); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (12/2008); Brooklyn, NY (12/2009); Brookyn, NY (12/2009); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (12/2009); Madison, WI (12/2009); Rochester, NY (12/2009); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (12/2009); Brooklyn, NY (12/2010); Brookyn, NY (12/2010); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (12/2010); Madison, WI (12/2010); Rochester, NY (12/2010); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (12/2010); Brooklyn, NY (2007); Brookyn, NY (2007); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (2007); Madison, WI (2007); Rochester, NY (2007); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (2007); Brooklyn, NY (2011-2012); Brookyn, NY (2011-2012); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (2011-2012); Madison, WI (2011-2012); Rochester, NY (2011-2012); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (2011-2012); Brooklyn, NY (2012); Brookyn, NY (2012); Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY (2012); Madison, WI (2012); Rochester, NY (2012); The New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, NJ (2012). Silver & Gold, the 2012 follow-up to 2006's Songs for Christmas, offers up another five-EP set of schizophrenic seasonal cheer from one of indie pop's most prolific and maddeningly detail-oriented overachievers. Housed in an incredibly colorful box that yields volumes 6-10 of the series, they are presented in meticulously decorated, single cardboard sleeves that feel like part of a graphic design thesis, and are accompanied by an 80-page booklet filled with lyrics, chord charts, childhood photos, and personal and production liner notes peppered with rainbow headers, temporary tattoos that include a skeleton Santa, a Manga unicorn and an emo-Jesus, and a construct-it-yourself holiday ornament (comic book-style instructions are provided). Stylistically, it's a lot to take in which, not surprisingly, applies to the music as well. For the most part, Silver & Gold stays true to Stevens' predilection for kitchen sink, lo-fi chamber pop, but he plays fast and loose with the formula, offering up nervy, post-rock oddities like "Mr. Frosty Man" and "X-Spirit Catcher," progressive folk epics in "The Boy with the Star on his Head" and "Christmas Unicorn," and an Age of Adz-inspired rendition of yuletide favorite "Alphabet Street," by Prince in lieu of just standards. That's not to say that the Christmas spirit has been subverted, as Stevens provides plenty of traditional holiday cheer ("Joy to the World," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (which clocks in at 40 seconds and is performed only on recorders), and his band of disparate merry makers, who include Aaron and Bryce Dessner (the National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), and assorted members of the Castanets and the Danielson Famile, among others, who help to keep things lively and spontaneous, resulting in an audio experience that's akin to pressing your ear against the door of a rehearsal room in a church basement, or watching a Wes Anderson movie while listening to A Charlie Brown Christmas. ~ James Christopher Monger
See Also:
Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State, Illinoise, Seven Swans
See Influences:
Mouse on Mars, Van Dyke Parks, The Coctails, Emitt Rhodes, Stereolab, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Left Banke, Beat Happening, Elliott Smith, The Zombies, John Fahey, Randy Newman, Daniel Johnston
See Contemporaries:
The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Welcome Wagon, The Shins, My Morning Jacket, Birdy (Jasmine van den Bogaerde), Jim O'Rourke, Jens Lekman, Rilo Kiley, Denison Witmer, Gregory Alan Isakov, Timothy Monger, Jack White (White Stripes), Jeremy Warmsley, Stephin Merritt, Fences, Bon Iver, David Karsten Daniels, Cass McCombs, Joanna Newsom, The Choir Practice, Dylan Mondegreen, Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes, Andrew Bird, Owen Pallett, Tim Kasher, Castanets, Danielson (Indie), Elliott Smith, Eric Matthews, Levek, Chris Garneau, Musee Mecanique, S. Carey, Proud Simon, Nick Castro, Gabriel Kahane
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Silent Night
  2. 2 Lumberjack Christmas/No One Can Save You from Christmases Past
  3. 3 Coventry Carol
  4. 4 Midnight Clear, The
  5. 5 Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One
  6. 6 Go Nightly Cares
  7. 7 Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)
  8. 8 Auld Lang Syne
Disc 2:
  1. 1 Christ the Lord Is Born
  2. 2 Christmas Woman
  3. 3 Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light
  4. 4 Happy Family Christmas
  5. 5 Jingle Bells
  6. 6 Mysteries of the Christmas Mist
  7. 7 Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates
  8. 8 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  9. 9 Ah Holy Jesus
  10. 10 Behold! The Birth of Man, The Face of Glory
  11. 11 Ding-a-Ling-a-Ring-a-Ling
  12. 12 How Shall I Fitly Greet Thee?
  13. 13 Mr. Frosty Man
  14. 14 Make Haste to See the Baby
  15. 15 Ah Holy Jesus
  16. 16 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  17. 17 Morning
  18. 18 Idumea
  19. 19 Eternal Happiness or Woe
  20. 20 Ah Holy Jesus [A Cappella]
  21. 21 I Am Santa's Helper
  22. 22 "Maoz Tzur" [Rock of Ages]
  23. 23 Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way
Disc 3:
  1. 1 Angels We Have Heard on High
  2. 2 Do You Hear What I Hear
  3. 3 Christmas in the Room
  4. 4 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  5. 5 Good King Wenceslas
  6. 6 Alphabet St.
  7. 7 Particle Physics
  8. 8 Joy to the World
  9. 9 Child with the Star on His Head, The
Disc 4:
  1. 1 I'll Be Home for Christmas
  2. 2 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  3. 3 Sleigh in the Moon, The
  4. 4 Sleigh Ride
  5. 5 Ave Maria
  6. 6 X-Spirit Catcher
  7. 7 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  8. 8 Holly Jolly Christmas, A
  9. 9 Christmas Face
Disc 5:
  1. 1 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  2. 2 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  3. 3 Up on the Housetop - (featuring Vesper Stamper)
  4. 4 Angels We Have Heard on High
  5. 5 We Need a Little Christmas
  6. 6 Happy Karma Christmas
  7. 7 We Three Kings
  8. 8 Justice Delivers Its Death
  9. 9 Christmas Unicorn
Type:
Boxed Set
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Christmas
Label:
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Producer:
Sufjan Stevens
Number of Discs:
5
Format:
Compact Disc
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
167 : 1
Guest Artist:
Marla Hansen; Cat Martino; Vesper Stamper
UPC:
656605610023
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