Sufjan Stevens is giving us all an early gift from Santa today with a video for "I'll Be Home For Christmas" which features on his huge Christmas collection Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Volumes 6-10. It's a monsterous compilation which is out now via Asthmatic Kitty. I'm completely over being a grinch now and the lights in Manchester *kind of* put me in half a good mood on a daily basis. I'm also pretty excited to get my drink on with some mulled wine once the market opens, so let's keep the good vibes flowing with this video. Hit play on it above and join me in the festive spirit.
On Record Store Day, Sufjan Stevens will be releasing a split 7" single with friend and frequent collaborator Rose Thomas, with a reimagined version of "Where Were You?" acting as the a-side and "Here I Am!" as the b-side. "Where Were You?" was included on Thomas' recently released album With Love, and "Here I Am!" is Sufjan's answer to that question. Both songs were recorded and mixed by Mr. Stevens, who, as is evident from this song and his recent s / s / s collaboration, seems to be really into auto-tune as of late. Check out the reimagined version of "Where Were You?" below.
Just over a week ago, reports surfaced with mention that Sufjan Stevens was teaming up with two artists, Serengeti and Son Lux, from the Anticon rap label to form a trio called s / s / s to release an EP titled Beak & Claw. Today, we get to hear "Museum Day," the first song from the album, which is set to release on March 20th. Listen below for some auto-tuned Sufjan.
Philadelphia-based hip hop/soul group and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots recently announced their thirteenth studio album undun. Along with the announcement came the unveiling of the first single from the album, titled "Make My." The first single also showed us the first at the first guest artist on the album would be Mississipi rapper Big K.R.I.T. Now, courtesy of 2dopeboyz, we have the entirety of the albums tracklisting, which also reveals who the remainder of the guest artists are. Frequent collaborators Phonte, Dice Raw and P.O.R.N. will be making appearances on this album, but, in an interview with SPIN Magazine, ?uestlove revealed that none other than Sufjan Stevens would be contributing. Here's what he had to say about Mr. Stevens role:
“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. Dare I say that undun is probably as good as it's going to get for the Roots."
undun is out on December 6th via Def Jame Records. You can check out the tracklisting for the album after the jump.
Happy Sufjan Steven's Christmas, Everyone! Courtesy of Rawkblog you can stream Sufjan Stevens’ collaboration with the National’s Dessner brothers, Gloria! Songs for Christmas, Vol. 6 below.