Little & Ashley and Sleepy Rebels Spread Christmas Cheer

Christmas time is upon us, which for some means eggnog and carols. We here at Modern Mystery cannot supply you with eggnog, but we can give you the music to brighten up your holiday season.

Little & Ashley, whose music you’ve likely heard in commercials for Amazon’s Kindle, released a dynamite Christmas EP, entitled Winter Night, last month. The title track from that EP is currently available for free download via Amazon’s 25 Days of Christmas, as are a number of other wonderful holiday ditties.

But wait, there’s more! NY based band Sleepy Rebels also dropped a Christmas record this holiday season. The full-length LP, entitled Bah! Humbug!, is filled with original tunes worth adding to your collection. One such tune, “California Christmas,” is available for free download HERE. The band also shot a video for their song “Sweet Things,” which I’ve included below.

Hear Sufjan Stevens’ Age of Adz

Sufjan Steven

It’s been almost five years since Sufjan Stevens released his state-themed album Illinois.

Fortunately (or not) Stevens has abandoned his effort to release an album featuring all fifty states (I’m sorry, but a North Dakota album?) and has instead decided that he really likes playing with electric effects. Of all kinds.

On display in Age of Adz are everything from drum machines to electro-funk samples, and Stevens seems to master them all. You can hear it right now on NPR’s First Listen (link at the end of this post).

Despite all the technical aspects of the album, Stevens has decided to deliver it in a low-tech way, but yes he will be offering it on Amazon.

Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty, said in a statement that while they appreciate getting good music into people’s hands “we also feel like the work that our artists produce is worth more than a cost of a latte.”

They do make a good point, lattes really should be cheaper than $5.00 anyway.

Sufjan’s Label Not Happy With Amazon Pricing

sufjanSufjan Stevens maybe excited that his album is being released, but his record label, Asthmatic Kitty, may not be as excited.

The label sent out a letter to fans, seemingly asking them to not buy Steven’s new album, The Age of Adz, from the massive online retailer, Amazon.

We have it on good authority that Amazon will be selling The Age of Adz for a very low price on release date, not unlike they did with Arcade Fire’s recent (and really terrific) The Suburbs,” reads the letter. “We have mixed feelings about discounted pricing. Like we said, we love getting good music into the hands of good people, and when a price is low, more people buy. A low price will introduce a lot of people to Sufjan’s music and to this wonderful album. For that, we’re grateful. But we also feel like the work that our artists produce is worth more than a cost of a latte. We value the skill, love, and time they’ve put into making their records. And we feel that our work too, in promotion and distribution, is also valuable and worthwhile.”
It continues, “That’s why we personally feel that physical products like EPs should sell for around $7 and full-length CDs for around $10-12 We think digital EPs should sell for around $5 and full-length digital albums for something like $8. So you might wonder why we’d ‘allow’ Amazon to sell it for lower than that. There are several reasons why, but mostly? It’s because we believe in you. We trust you and in your ability to make your own choice.”

The Age of Adz will be released October 12 via both physical and digital retailers.