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To Spirit Back the Mews: An Asthmatic Kitty Compil

  • 1. Do You Remember? - Jason Brouwer
    2. He's Not the Swindler We Are - Half-Handed Cloud
    3. Rebirth in Three Crude Parts - Roman Bolks
    4. Popcorn - Chatty Munchkin
    5. First Full Moon, The - Sufjan Stevens
    6. Run Me Out of Town - Jason Brouwer
    7. Noonhitsinglenoone - Peter Mills
    8. Guitar Guitar - Liz Janes
    9. My Brother Is the Meatman - Royal City
    10. Bells - Lowell Brams
    11. Ordinary Guy - Lifestyles&Vistas
    12. Dear John - Half-Handed Cloud
    13. [Untitled] - Marzuki Stevens
    14. More to Speak Of - Shannon Stephens
    15. Prophet of Glory - Radio Evangelist
    16. Walker Percy - Con Los Dudes
    17. God'll Ne'er Let You Down - Sufjan Stevens
    18. Search Warrant - Chatty Munchkin
    19. News in Repetition, The - Roman Bolks
    20. Christian Boltanski Takes Down His Christmas Tree - Matthew Haseltine
    21. Done Gone Fire - Liz Janes
    22. 13 Bar Blues - Marzuki Stevens
    23. Cot-Roof - Half-Handed Cloud
    24. It's What You Know So Well - Jason Brouwer
    25. My Father Fits Like a Dirty Shirt - Roman Bolks
    26. Kedge - Therefore
    27. Burnt Rubber - Chatty Munchkin
    28. Bushwick Junkie - Sufjan Stevens
    29. Brooklyn - Lifestyles&Vistas
    30. Hot Party Beats for When You Want to Get Your Groove On - Calcutronicasoris
    31. Was He Really Doubting? - Half-Handed Cloud
    32. Song of Sparrows - Birthday Cakes
    33. Storm, The - Marzuki Stevens
    34. Genene - Matthew Haseltine
    35. I Can't Even Lift My Head - Sufjan Stevens
    36. Big Room - Lowell Brams
    37. There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood - Welcome Wagon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4

  • Credits
    EngineerJason Brouwer; Sufjan Stevens

    Compilation producers: Lowell Brams, Sufjan Stevens.
    An advance on proceeds from this album will go to New YorK Firefighters 9-11 Disasters Relief Fund. Also, a portion of the proceeds will be directed to the Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary.
    Personnel: Jason Brouwer (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, drums, drum programming, background vocals); Liz Janes, Shannon Stephens (vocals, guitar); Matt Morgan (vocals, acoustic guitar); Roman Bolks (vocals); Lowell Brams (organ); Sufjan Stevens (glockenspiel).
    Photographers: Lowell Brams; Sufjan Stevens.
    To Spirit Back the Mews is a compilation surveying the Asthmatic Kitty roster, as well as related projects. Thirty-seven tracks and a budget price are incentives for any fan of skewed indie pop, which is probably the most apt description of this material. Roman Bolks' "Rebirth in Three Crude Parts" is acoustic psych pop linked to freaky loudspeaker loops; he also gets credit for the set's best song title, "My Father Fits Like a Dirty Shirt." "Guitar Guitar" is a pretty, Jolie Holland-esque number from Liz Janes, and Half-Handed Cloud appear every now and then with their brand of kooky bedroom electronica, which sounds dipped in Crunch Berries. Asthmatic Kitty is the sometime home of Sufjan Stevens, so there's material from him as well as his friends. These include former Marzuki bandmates Shannon Stephens ("More to Speak of") and Matthew Haseltine, whose "Christian Boltanski Takes Down His Christmas Tree" is a twittering acoustic instrumental indebted to avant folk. Overall it's a pretty solid comp, especially given the price. Fans of Asthmatic or its fellow travelers should find plenty to dig on here. ~ Johnny Loftus

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