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Sufjan Stevens shares new song “Exploding Whale” — listen

Taken from a tour-only 7-inch

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    Sufjan Stevens is presently on the road supporting his excellent new album, Carrie & Lowell. While fans are being treated to material from the songwriter’s first new LP in five years, they’re also getting the opportunity to pick up even more new tunes. Stevens is selling a tour-exclusive 7-inch single called “Exploding Whale” at venues along the tour, and he’s now released the track online.

    Apparently, the plan was to keep this as a vinyl-only release, but then Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty had a change of heart. “No download card. Sorry about that,” reads a quote in the song’s Soundcloud description. “At first we thought it would be more interesting to let this be vinyl only. Then we realized that’s a dumb idea. Then we ran out of time. So no download? Of course someone will digitize and put on the internet, so good job internet! This is what happens when we all work together! Go team!”

    Kind of fitting considering the track’s lyrics: “Embrace the epic fail/ Of my exploding whale.” Check out the song below.

    Those interested in snagging the physical release can find Stevens’ remaining itinerary below.

    Sufjan Stevens 2015 Tour Dates:
    04/14 – Portland, ME @ Merrill Auditorium
    04/15 – Albany, NY @ The Palace Theater
    04/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
    04/17 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theater
    04/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
    04/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
    04/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
    04/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
    04/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
    04/24 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
    04/27 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
    04/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Convenant Fine Arts Center
    04/29 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
    04/30 – Montreal, QC @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
    05/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
    05/04 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
    05/05 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
    05/06 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theater
    05/07 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
    05/09 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
    05/10 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
    05/11 – Houston, TX @ Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
    05/12 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
    05/22 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
    05/23 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
    05/24 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
    05/25 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
    06/02 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
    06/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dorthy Chandler Pavilion
    06/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dorthy Chandler Pavilion
    06/05 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    06/06 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    06/08 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
    06/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
    06/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
    06/11 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
    07/17 – Eau Claires, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
    08/14-16 – Lyons, CO @ Rocky Mountain Folk Festival
    08/30 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh International Festival
    09/06 – Dorset, UK @ End of Road Festival

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