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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
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4
Jason 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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