I guess Sufjan Stevens has kept very busy since he released his watershed Illinois album way back in 2005. But I haven’t really noticed. The Age of Adz didn’t do anything for me, ditto the All Delighted People EP or The BQE. However, the Suf’s coming back this year with part two of his extraordinarily classic collection of Christmas music. The first volume,Songs for Christmas came out in 2006, in the peak of Stevens’ post-Illinois heyday. It’s a five-disc collection of Christmas staples as well as a bunch of really good and often really weird Christmas originals. It still gets played at my house every Christmastime.
So, despite how bored of Sufjan I’ve become, I’m very excited about this new collection of Christmas music, entitledSilver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10. Like the first collection, it contains 5 EP-length discs, comprised of 18 (!) originals (!) and numerous Xmas covers. The tracks here were apparently recorded between 2006 and 2010. It comes out (on CD and digital) on November 13 via Asthmatic Kitty.
In addition to the EPs themselves (which all have their own great-designed covers and titles), the box set comes with stickers, temporary tattoos, an poster, photographs, a Christmas tree ornament, lyric sheets, and chord charts.