Thursday, November 30, 2006
Sufjan Stevens, who we posted about months and months ago, is still planning to do 50 albums for 50 states. He has done Illinois, Michigan, and... Christmas? What the.... Sufjan, in his spare time, somehow has managed to record a 5 disk holiday box set. How he does it, I have no idea. Six albums in six year, and now a new box set. Amazing.

The songs are very nice. I was raised Baptist and have somewhere along the time line of my life abandoned it for a more Buddhist approach to things. I still appreciate the songs as a celebration of the season, but maybe not the holiday.

The box set (titled “Songs for Christmas”) is chock full of surprises, including the following items (if you don’t mind us ruining the surprise):

• Five individually packaged CD EPs!
• Five Christmas stickers!
• Extensive liner notes and short stories by Sufjan Stevens!
• An original Christmas essay by Rick Moody! (Highly recommended reading)
• An animated music video and comic strip by Tom Eaton!
• A Christmas Songbook with lyric sheets and chord charts--so you can sing along too!
• An original Christmas Family Portrait painting of Santa Sufjan (with wife and kids!) by Jacques Bredy!

Buy the box set online here!

Songs from the holiday box set-
Joy to the World
Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance
Sister Winter
That was the worst Christmas ever

Songs from other albums by Sufjan-
Chicago (acoustic)
Year of the dog
All good naysayers
Niagra Falls

2 Thoughts:

Blogger Rich on 5:31 pm

Probably worth noting that these recordings have been floating around online for at least a couple years, so they probably didn't take much time/effort to compile. I imagine all they had to do for this release was some mastering and packaging. That's my guess, anyway. I have no inside info. I haven't actually heard the box set itself either, as my interest in Christmas music is on par with my interest in being repeatedly struck on the temple with a hammer.


Blogger Matt Blalock on 5:35 pm

That is true, some have been floating around. Most tracks were mastered, some were re-recorded, and many are new. Were talking 5 disks worth of music here, 40 some odd tracks. Many of them are very new. I think. Anyone have any inside info on this?


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