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Sensitive 2000s indie kids are probably having a good day, because not only did Death Cab for Cutie announce a new album, but Sufjan Stevens did too. While it seems unlikely that the new Death Cab will actually sound like their aughts output, the press release says Sufjan's new album is a return to his folk roots. It's called Carrie & Lowell and will be out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester, and Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) all contributed to the album. That's the artwork above. Tracklist and trailer video below.

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Nedelle Torrisi

You may remember that onetime Cryptacize singer Nedelle Torrisi recorded a single and played a couple shows last year under the name Paradise. Reverting back to her own name, both sides of that single have now appeared on her new, self-titled album which was released last week (9/3). The LP was produced by Haunted Graffiti's Kenny Gilmore and features contributions from Nite Jewel, Dev "Blood Orange" Hynes, and Julia Holter. That's the cover art above and you can stream the whole thing below.

As mentioned, Nedelle opens for Julia Holter on her tour which hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 24. Tickets to that show are still available.

And just to connect dots a little further, Nite Jewel -- who not only played on Torrisi's new album but has collaborated with Holter too -- just released a new song, "Stay a Little Longer," and you can watch the video for that, along with the list of all Nedelle's tour dates, below.

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Julia Holter at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

Julia Holter was just in NYC previewing songs from her new album, Loud City Songs, ahead of her appearance at Pitchfork Festival. Following that album's release, Julia will be doing more North American shows, including a return to NYC on September 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Nedelle Torrisi. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with videos of two songs from the new album, below...

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by Bill Pearis


You may remember that former Cryptacize singer Nedelle Torrisi has a new project called Paradise whose debut 7" was just released. The b-side of that single is "Psychic Returns" and we've got the premiere of a delicate piano version of that song, which you can stream below. We're also giving away a copy of the 7" which comes in some elaborate packaging, including nine 7"x7" photos. Details on how to enter are below as well.

Paradise doesn't have any upcoming shows, because she's busy being part of Sufjan Stevens' current "Christmas Sing-a-Long" holiday tour whose sleigh pulls into NYC next week for shows at Bowery Ballroom on December 21 and 22 (tickets go on sale 12/19). She recently dished about preparations for the tour with Interview:

GILMORE: How are rehearsals going?

TORRISI: It's funny. You're playing drums, and I'm suddenly a keyboardist! But I'm terrible. I have to practice three times more than everyone else. I'll be like, "We wish you Merry Christmas!" and then I'm lost!

GILMORE: You're playing that song?

TORRISI: Half the set is Sufjan original Christmas songs, and then half the set is just normal ones that everyone knows. Those are going to be sing-alongs with the audience. It's pretty embarrassing when you can't get through "Jingle Bells" on keyboard. That's my challenge, is learning how to become a piano player.

Paradise song stream and contest details, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Nedelle Torrisi, who is one half of the Asthmatic Kitty-signed Cryptacize and has sung with Sufjan Stevens, Saturday Looks Good to Me and others, has a new musical project called Paradise and her first single under that name is out this week on Thin Wrist Recordings. Produced by Kenneth Gilmore (Ariel Pink), the record features vocal contributions from Ramona Gonzales and Julia Holter, as well some guitarwork from the ubiquitous Dev Hynes. It's lovely pop on the widescreen side of things and is refreshingly not awash in reverb. You can stream the A-side, "I Love Thousands Every Summer" (which has been floating around the internet for most of the year) below and you can check out the elaborate packaging for the 7" here.

Paradise plays two shows this week: Tuesday (11/13) at Glasslands with Field Mouse and WIM (tickets), and then Thursday (11/15) at Pianos with Andy Burrows, Catharsis and Cookies (tickets). While there is a five-piece band version of Paradise, these NYC shows will be just Nedelle and Ryan Keberle (of Catharsis) on piano.

Single stream is below.

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photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Andrew Frisicano

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens played his second night at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday (10/5). Today (10/6) and Wednesday (10/7) at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be the final two shows of his current tour.

After wading through the lines of confused people outside and the waterlogged Bowery basement floor, I managed to settle in for the quiet opening song, "The Mistress Witch from McClure," executed with Sufjan on banjo and french horn accompaniment. Someone nearby got shushed a minute in, but things loosened up as the show progressed. Sufjan's on stage demeanor did a lot to liven things up; he cracked self-deprecating jokes throughout (a few times with post-song IDs of "That was [name of song] by Sufjan Stevens").

Like others, I spent the better part of 2005 and 2006 listening to Illinois - and those were the songs that got the most reaction. Unfortunately, "Come on! Feel the Illinoise!" (an "old one" according to Sufjan) was also the most unpolished. It was nice to hear, but the execution suffered due to a poor mix (too many vocals, not enough of the four horns, which never really lived up to their potential). Afterwards he admitted that they hadn't played it in a while, and apologized with a clean, majestic version of "Casimir Pulaski Day."

One thing I didn't expect was just how in your face the new material is. It brushes up against the rest of the stage show in a stark but not totally unwelcome way. The new tunes are broad psych-rockish opuses that expand elements of Sufjan's usual light-rock shuffle with proggy guitar solos, jazz fusion-y improv passages, drum and bass style beats and glitch-pop blips. They seem made for a live setting (opposed to his complex woodwind-oriented arrangements) and loaded with plenty of testosterone (or at least some, which is a big jump). After the first encore, "Chicago," Sufjan quipped that the tune was "a little boring" and closed with new track "There's Too Much Love," a synth-driven indie-pop gem at first that descends into psychedelic anarchy over its seven plus minutes.

Sufjan's band expanded and contracted throughout the night, maxing out at eleven members with added horns. Bryce Dessner played guitar on some songs, while backing vocals were provided by opener Cryptacize's Nedelle Torrisi and Rosie Thomas, who came out between the set and encore as Sheila Saputo, her dorky, stand-up comedian alter-ego, to read a fangirl ode to the dreaminess of Sufjan.

Speaking of Rosie, she appears at John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders show on October 7th at (Le) Poisson Rouge (after the Sufjan MHOW show I guess?). She'll also be at 92YTribeca on Saturday, October 10th to do an acoustic performance and Q&A after a screening of All the Way from Michigan Not Mars, a documentary that features her as well as "intimate live performances with fellow songwriters Sufjan Stevens and Denison Witmer...the film is a lyrical examination of Thomas' quest for an expression of truth and her unique brand of performance." Tickets are on sale. 92YTribeca also hosts three of the four upcoming NYC Osso Quartet/BQE screenings later in October.

All photos, the set list and all Rosie Thomas tour dates are below...

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