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Listen to a New Song from Sufjan Stevens' Silver & Gold Christmas Boxset

October 12, 2012  |  10:00am
Listen to a New Song from Sufjan Stevens' <i>Silver & Gold</i> Christmas Boxset

Update: We’ve already heard “Christmas Unicorn” from Sufjan Stevens’ soon-to-be-released five-EP Christmas boxset, and now another song, “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling,” has made its way onto the Internet. Despite its rather jolly title, the track is pretty dark by Christmas song standards, featuring ghoulish oohs and aahs, abrasive instrumentation and a lot of dinging and linging. Listen to both “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling” and the previously released “Christmas Unicorn” below.

On Nov. 13, Asthmatic Kitty will release Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10, a 5-EP Sufjan Stevens Christmas boxset. The nearly 60-track collection will follow up the 2006 boxset, Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5, and feature collaborations with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and several other friends of Stevens.

Silver & Gold will be available in CD and vinyl formats, as well as as a digital download. The vinyl edition, however, will not be available in stores until later this year or early in 2013. You can order a special mail order edition of the vinyl set, but Asthmatic Kitty cannot guarantee it will be delivered by Christmas due to the boxset’s elaborate packaging. The mail order edition will, however, included “special goodies.”

Below, you can listen to the 12-minute song “Christmas Unicorn,” which will be included in the boxset. Below that you can take a look at the complete treasure trove of contents to be included with the physical forms of the Silver & Gold.

“Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”

“Christmas Unicorn”

Silver & Gold Contents

CD Contents:
1. Five CD EPs (Gloria, I Am Santa’s Helper, Christmas Infinity Voyage, Let It Snow, Christmas Unicorn)
2. Christmas stickers
3. Temporary tattoos (non-toxic & safe for children)
4. A paper ornament (self-assembly with directions)
5. An apocalyptic pull-out poster
6. Song lyrics and chord charts (sing along with your friends and enemies)
7. Hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design (by Sufjan Stevens, drug-free since 1975)
8. Extensive liner notes (essays by Sufjan Stevens and Pastor Vito Aiuto)

Vinyl Boxset Contents:
1. Five EPs on 6 vinyl discs
2. Christmas stickers
3. Temporary tattoos
4. A paper ornament
5. An apocalyptic pull-out poster
6. A 40-page Christmas songbook with vocal and piano reductions
7. A Christmas coloring book
8. Hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design
9. Extensive liner notes

Mail Order Vinyl Boxset Edition Contents:
It’s a surprise!

Update: Following the news of the release of a new 5-EP Christmas boxset, Sufjan Stevens has announced a 24-date Christmas tour that will span the U.S.. Dubbed “The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Pageant On Ice,” the tour will kick off Nov. 23 at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and wrap up with a pair of performances at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on Dec. 21 and 22. Take a look at Stevens’ full touring schedule below.

Sufjan Stevens Tour Dates

November
23 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
24 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
25 - Saxapahaw, N.C. @ The Haw River Ballroom
26 - Athens, Ga. @ Georgia Theatre
27 - Chattanooga, Tenn. @ Track 29
28 - Oxford, Miss. @ The Lyric Oxford
30 - Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater

December
1 - Austin, Texas @ Emo’s East
3 - Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
4 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Fonda Theatre
5 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
6 - Portland, Ore. @ Aladdin Theater
8 - Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre
9 - Missoula, Mt. @ Wilma Theatre
12 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Mill City Nights
13 - Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Turner Hall
14 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Deluxe
15 - Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
16 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom
18 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ Asbury Hall
19 - Providence, R.I. @ Fete
20 - Boston, Mass. @ Royale
21 - New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
22 - New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom

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