Category:Asthmatic Kitty artists
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The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Sufjan Stevens – Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His album, A Sun Came, was released in 2000 on the Asthmatic Kitty label which he cofounded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. Stevens makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of himself on the same recording. Though his songs are imbued with his Christian faith, he has stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music. Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lived there until the age of nine and he was raised by his father Rasjid and his stepmother Pat, only occasionally visiting his mother, Carrie, in Oregon after she married her second husband Lowell Brams. He attended the Detroit Waldorf School, Petoskey High School and Interlochen Arts Academy and he went on to attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts from The New School in New York City. Sufjan is a Persian name meaning comes with a sword and it predates Islam and most famously belonged to Abu Sufyan, a figure from early Islamic history. The name was given to Stevens by the founder of Subud, while in school, he studied the oboe and English horn, which he also plays on his albums. Stevens did not learn to play the guitar until his time at Hope College, Stevens currently lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, in New York City, where he makes up the Brooklyn staff of Asthmatic Kitty Records. His brother Marzuki Stevens is a formerly recognized road runner, who competed in the marathon, Stevens began his musical career as a member of Marzuki, a folk-rock band from Holland, Michigan, as well as garage band Con Los Dudes. He also played instruments for Danielson Famile. While in his final semester at Hope College, Stevens wrote and recorded his solo album, A Sun Came. He later moved to New York City, where he enrolled in a program at the New School for Social Research. During his time at the New School, Stevens developed a preoccupation with short story that he believed would lead him to write a novel, but ultimately returned him to songwriting. While in New York, Stevens composed and recorded the music for his album, Enjoy Your Rabbit. Stevens followed this with the first album to be released as a part of his Fifty States Project, the result, the expansive Michigan, included odes to cities including Detroit and Flint, the Upper Peninsula, and vacation areas such as Tahquamenon Falls. Melded into the scenic descriptions and characters are his own declarations of faith, sorrow, love, following the release of Michigan, Stevens compiled a collection of songs recorded previously into a side project, the album Seven Swans, which was released in March 2004
2. The Curtains – The Curtains is an American Music group founded by Chris Cohen and visual artist Trevor Shimizu in San Francisco, California in 2000. Their first three albums are instrumental music which uses electric guitar, Moog Concertmate MG-1 and drums. Initially influenced by film soundtracks, TV jingles, West Coast jazz, since 2002 The Curtains have released four full-length albums, one split CD, and several 7-inches on various labels, including a limited-edition lathe cut. The bands lineup changes often, with principal songwriter Chris Cohen being the only continuous member, the Curtains toured the Western U. S. with Maher Shalal Hash Baz in 2004 and recorded as members of that band on the record Faux Depart. They have also opened for bands as Red Krayola, Saccharine Trust, Young People, Joan of Arc, Glass Candy, The Dead C, Burning Star Core, Open City, Final Fantasy
3. Fol Chen – Fol Chen is an American electronic band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2009. The band is signed to Asthmatic Kitty Records and has released three full-length albums, in 2010, the band released Part II, The New December, described by the Los Angeles Times as screwball pastiche pop sounds like an algebra problem but feels like a come-on. Sinosa Loa joined the group at this time as keyboardist and vocalist, although the band favored group vocals, canada and Europe with other American bands, including Liars. and The Apples in Stereo. The bands third album was released March 19,2013, on the Asthmatic Kitty label, the music is in a style the band calls Opera-House, which they describe as beat-driven electronica with grand, operatic gestures and lyrically-dense storytelling. In a departure from their previous use of lead singers. The project allowed museum visitors to record their experience with a piece of art and have it converted into a song that they could take home, the band collaborated with Monome, a computer-manufacturing company, in late 2011 to make the Tetrafol, a motion-sensitive pyramidal sound device. The Tetrafol came pre-loaded with Fol Chen samples but allowed users to apply their own sounds, the band released two singles made with the device and sold a limited run of 100 units
4. Half-handed Cloud – Half-handed Cloud is a band from Berkeley, California. It was started as a band by John Ringhofer, who created the band name based on an occurrence in the Old Testament. Half-handed Cloud is under Asthmatic Kitty Records and his previous band was Wookieback with Matthew Vollmer and Brandon Buckner. Ringhofer, a vegetarian, lives rent free in return for his services at a church in Berkeley. John Ringhofer has collaborated with Sufjan Stevens on his Whats The Remedy, 7-inch, among other works such as Thy Is A Word And Feet Need Lamps. Daniel Smith of Danielson and Sounds Familyre is credited for helping to establish Half-handed Clouds early days, and has been a frequent collaborator with John Ringhofer
5. My Brightest Diamond – My Brightest Diamond is the project of singer–songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Nova. Nova has also recorded and performed with The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens albums Illinoise and my Brightest Diamond mixes elements of chamber music, and rock. While living in New York City, Nova began writing her own material, which had one foot in her classical training and she began performing and recording while a student at the University of North Texas in Denton. She released an album entitled Word in 1998 under the name Shara and she released an eponymous album, which was largely a reworking of songs from Word and is often referred to as The Orange Album, Quiet B-Sides in 2001, as well as a remix album in 2003. Shara Worden contributed xylophone, keyboard and backing vocals to the CD Recession Special of Bogs Visionary Orchestra in 2003. After meeting fellow transplanted Michigander Sufjan Stevens, she one of his Illinoisemakers. My Brightest Diamond toured with Stevens that fall in support of the album, in 2006 she did a Take-Away Show video session with Vincent Moon. In early 2007, My Brightest Diamond toured in support of the indie band, The Decemberists. A Thousand Sharks Teeth was released worldwide on Asthmatic Kitty on June 2,2008 and my Brightest Diamond contributed a cover of Radioheads Lucky for the 2007 Stereogum tribute album OKX. They recorded a cover of Gloria Jones/Soft Cells Tainted Love for Engine Room Recordings compilation album Guilt by Association Vol.2, theyve also contributed a cover of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse song Feeling Good to the Red Hot Organizations compilation, Dark Was the Night, released in 2009. She was featured on the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim 2010 album Here Lies Love, Shara Nova provided all the vocals for Sarah Kirkland Sniders song cycle, Penelope, which was released on New Amsterdam Records in 2010. Shara Nova provided all the vocals sung by Jane Lynchs character on Glee, the follow-up to their 2008 record A Thousand Sharks Teeth, entitled All Things Will Unwind, was released on October 18,2011. The album actually began as a project to compose music for a program called The American Songbook Series, the title was inspired by a conversation Worden had with a friend about the sun burning out. In 2014, My Brightest Diamond released their album, This Is My Hand
6. Linda Perhacs – Linda Perhacs is an American psychedelic folk singer, who released her first album, Parallelograms, in 1970 to scant notice or sales. The album was rediscovered by enthusiasts and reissued numerous times beginning in 1998, growing in popularity with the rise of the New Weird America movement. In 2014, she released an album titled The Soul of All Natural Things. Perhacs was born Linda Arnold in 1944 in Mill Valley, California, in her spare time, she wrote songs. One of her clients, Oscar-winning film composer Leonard Rosenman, was impressed by one of her demos and brought her into a studio during 1969-1970. When the album failed to make an impression, she returned to her dental career and it was reissued again by Sunbeam Records in 2008, by both Mexican Summer and Sundazed Records in 2010, and by Anthology Recordings in 2014. Following her rediscovery and the reissues, Perhacs returned to recording, in December 2013, Asthmatic Kitty Records announced the March 4,2014 release of Perhacs second album, The Soul of All Natural Things. The album was recorded in 2012 and 2013 with co-producers Chris Price, other collaborators on the album included Julia Holter and Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel. Her songs have been sampled, including Chimacum Rain and Hey. In 2007, her song If You Were My Man was featured on the soundtrack for the film Daft Punks Electroma, Perhacs has made several guest appearances on other recordings. She sang backing vocals on Freely from Devendra Banharts Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, in March 2016, Perhacs released a new single, The Dancer, as a preview for her third album, which is being produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco and Fernando Perdomo. In May 2016, her song River of God was selected by Lands End for use in a commercial for their Lands End Canvas line, an interview with Linda Perhacs Video by Louisiana Channel February 23,2014 interview on NPRs Morning Edition
7. Denison Witmer – Denison Witmer is a singer-songwriter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His first release, in 1995, was a cassette titled My Luck, witmers 2005 album, Are You A Dreamer. Produced by Don Peris of The Innocence Mission and featuring Sufjan Stevens, received acclaim, including reviews from Pitchfork Media. Witmer and Stevens appeared on Rosie Thomass 2007 album These Friends of Mine, an album which included Rosie Thomas version of Paper Doll, Witmer toured with Rosie Thomas in support of that album in venues across the US and Europe. Witmers style has been described as neo-folk and he has also been compared to 1970s-era singer-songerwriters, including Cat Stevens and Nick Drake. Witmers lyrics are poetic and thoughtful, his work, while simple-sounding. Denison Witmer was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and he was raised Mennonite and attended Lancaster Mennonite School. His guitar teacher was Don Peris, before becoming a full-time musician, Witmer worked in the greenhouse which his family owned. Witmers and all of his brothers full names have the initials DSW, Witmer released a cassette tape titled My Luck, My Love in 1995. The album was recorded as a project for an English class during Witmer’s senior year of high school, only 250 copies were made, and the album was given to family and friends. Though My Luck, My Love is Witmer’s first release, he does not view it as his true debut, Witmer released his first album Safe Away in 1998. The album, produced by Don Peris, was first self-released by Witmer and he began playing shows in an effort to sell the one thousand copies produced. The album sold out, and indie label Burnt Toast Vinyl approached Witmer, asking to re-release it. Safe Away received a review from Allmusic, “Witmer proceeds through the setlist with the confidence and generosity of a seasoned songwriter. Witmer attempted to make the more accessible and straightforward than his first, I feel a little bit more tangible. Its not another record breaking up with someone. Its not another record about losing that one particular person, the title Of Joy & Sorrow comes from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, “Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow. And he answered, Some of you say, Joy is greater than sorrow, but I say unto you, they are inseparable