Recent Posts in holiday music

December 19, 2012

photos by Matt Ziegler

Sufjan Stevens @ Metro on 12.15.2012
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On Saturday night (12/15) Sufjan Stevens brought his The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice tour with Sheila Saputo through Chicago for a performance at Metro. Sufjan had planned out part of the set, but most the song choices were up to his giant "Wheel of Christmas." He also played a four-number encore of songs from 2005's Illinois: "Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois," "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.," "Casimir Pulaski Day," and finally "Chicago."

Check out more pictures from the 12/15 show at Metro at BrooklynVegan, and the full setlist is below...

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December 14, 2012

Jeff Tweedy @ A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party in September (more by Sara Pieper)
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Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples are at it again. The pair are currently in the studio working on the follow up to their 2010 Grammy-winning collaboration, You Are Not Alone. The currently untitled LP will hit stores sometime next year via Anti-. On Thursday night (12/13) Tweedy and Staples played the final episode of The Colbert Report's 2012 season. They were joined by Sean Lennon and the Harlem Gospel Choir, and performed the John Lennon // Yoko Ono tune "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Interestingly enough, the original recording features backing vocals from children of the Harlem Community Choir. You can check out the Colbert footage below.

As discussed, Jeff Tweedy will be performing at The Second City's annual Letters to Santa benefit on December 18. One of the major auction items up for grabs is a 30-song living room concert from Tweedy. If you walked away with the prize would the Black Eyed Peas' "I Got A Feeling" be one of the 30 you'd ask him to play?

Footage of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" from Colbert is below...

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October 9, 2012

Sufjan Stevens @ Prospect Park in 2011 (BKLYN) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As seen on BrooklynVegan, Sufjan Stevens is set to release more Christmas tunes this year. The five-EP box set, dubbed Silver & Gold: songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, is due out on November 13 via Asthmatic Kitty, and features collaborations with Aaron and Bryce Dessner (of The National), Cat Martino, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), and more. You can download the 12-minute box set closer "Christmas Unicorn" via bandcamp and/or stream it below. You'll also find the set's cover art and tracklist down there.

In support of his holiday release, Sufjan will head out on a US tour after Thanksgiving, which he's calling "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice." Yeah. The "...Christmas Sing-A-Long..." tour includes a Chicago show at Metro on December 15. Tickets go on sale this Friday (10/12) at noon CST.

All known 2012 tour dates, a stream of "Christmas Unicorn," and the boxset's tracklist are below...

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