The holiday season inspires a special kind of madness in baroque-pop busy bee Sufjan Stevens. He's got his second boxed set of Christmas tunes coming November 13 — Silver and Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10 — and he's now hitting the road in support.
Befitting a set of songs that includes titles like "Christmas Unicorn" and "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling," the month-long jaunt spanning November and December has been dubbed "Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice."
Since the venues listed are not actual skating rinks, we can only assume Stevens has developed a taste for Walter White's cool blue sconte. Iron and Wine collaborator Rosie Thomas will join for all dates under her standup comedy alias Sheila Saputo.
No details as to the lineup of Stevens' band, but Silver and Gold includes collaborations with members of the National and Arcade Fire. Plus, it comes with temporary tattoos, an ornament, and "hallucinogenic photographs" by Stevens, so expect more than your average caroling sesh.
Check out the stop-motion clip for "I Am Santa's Helper," and dates (via Pitchfork) after that.
Sufjan Stevens, with Sheila Saputo:
11/23 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/24 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/25 Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
11/26 Athens, GA - The Georgia Theatre
11/27 Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
11/28 Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
11/30 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12/01 Austin, TX - Emo’s East
12/03 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
12/04 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre (formerly The Music Box)
12/05 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
12/06 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
12/08 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
12/09 Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
12/12 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights (Formerly The Brick)
12/13 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
12/14 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre
12/15 Chicago, IL - Metro
12/16 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12/18 Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall @ Babeville
12/19 Providence, RI - Fete
12/20 Boston, MA - Royale
12/21 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12/22 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom