Saturday, December 17, 2005

Free Album Friday #1 (Saturday Edition) - Sufjan Christmas

Casey Dorrell

Sufjan Stevens, the elf

'Tis the season? Can't say I'm a huge fan of the Christmas season, never have been (nor do I think it warrants being a "season"). I'm not Christian, so jesus's birth doesn't hold any deep personal meaning for me. Working my third christmas in retail, in music moreover, hasn't made me any more enthusiastic. I'm sure Christmas is fraught with meaning for true Christians, but for everyone else (i.e. all the people I deal with every day), it's simply a reason to shop with abandon and to give retail workers with a cynical view of the average intellect, fodder for their conviction.

And don't even bother with christmas music - repetitive in-store plays of the O.C.'s christmas album this year have made me question my allegiance to several bands . . . buuut, this year's indie-wonderkid, Sufjan Stevens, manages to actually make Christmas music that not only doesn't suck, but it's actually good. The set of three Christmas EPs were a limited 2002 release so until it's rereleased it's been generally treated as free for the taking in the blog community. With that said, if you like it, you should definately head over to Asthmatic Kitty and pick up one of Sufjan's other albums (they're only ten bucks US a piece).


Sorry, these EPs will soon be released commercially via Asthmatic Kitty.

Vol. I Hark! Songs for Christmas
1 - Silent Night
2 - O Come O Come Emmanuel
3 - We're Goin' to the Country!
4 - Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
5 - It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad
6 - Holy, Holy, etc.
7 - Amazing Grace

Vol. II Hark! Songs for Christmas
01 Angels We Have Heard On High
02 Put the Lights on the Tree
03 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
04 I Saw Three Ships
05 Only at Christmas Time
06 Once in David's Royal City
07 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
08 What Child Is This Anyway?
09 Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Vol. III Ding! Dong! Songs for Christmas
01 O Come, O Come Emmanual
02 Come On! Let's Boogie to the Elf Dance!
03 We Three Kings of Orient Are
04 O Holy Night
05 That Was the Worst Christmas Ever
06 All the King's Horns
07 Ding! Dong!
08 The Friendly Beasts

Alternate Downloads:
The EPs in compressed .rar format [via Confabulators]
The EPS in compressed .zip format [via Cawley Blog]
The EPs in compressed .zip format [via Chattablogs]

Comments on "Free Album Friday #1 (Saturday Edition) - Sufjan Christmas"


Blogger Moka said ... (17/12/05 4:12 pm) : 

will he ever stop!? Damn he's so good.


Blogger nerdalert said ... (18/12/05 8:50 pm) : 

Sufjan Stevens is a musical genius. I love his latest album 'Illinoise'..I actually first listened to it from start to finish in Chicago. Really awesome stuff.


Blogger homercat said ... (19/12/05 7:12 am) : 

overhyped, don't get this guy. Joey Ramone had more poetic and heartfelt songs than this guy.


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (19/12/05 1:42 pm) : 

I like him, but I can agree that he's probably overhyped . . . still, I'm not really getting the Ramone reference.


Blogger sarah said ... (19/12/05 7:54 pm) : 

I recently started reading your blog after I found your article on the C86 mix a couple of weeks ago, and I've really enjoyed it! I appreciate your tastes and how you manage to spread your coverage over a variety of genres.

Sufjan Stevens is one of my favorite artists, so thanks for sharing these albums and giving him a good review.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (20/12/05 3:30 am) : 

Pretty sure it's Asthmatic Kitty, not Asthmatic Kitten, but hey.


Anonymous Lukas said ... (20/12/05 11:57 am) : 

Oooh, this makes me happy! :D Thanks!


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (20/12/05 1:30 pm) : 

Thanks Emilie. :)

Anon, right, oops.


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The Bodine were short-lived, releasing only one album, broke 100 on the list (# 94) in 1987. Oh, and they were in some C86 compilations I've said is very influential. Is likely to mean much to many people when they were close, but like most indie bands that we like at this point, nobody will take care of them, let alone know who they are, in twenty years. I know. I work in music retail, and most people do not even know indie posterboy Sufjan Stevens in the real world. Arctic?

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