Rejoice! This morning, via Pitchfork, comes the joyful news that recent ballet soundtracker Sufjan Stevens is bringing his "Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice" to the Neptune during a two month winter tour of venues that seem way too small for someone who usually sells out the Paramount. Appropriately, the tour coincides with the November 13 release of his recently-announced Silver & Gold, a second five disc collection of music featuring collaborations with friends like the National's Dessner brothers and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry that investigates the canon of devotional hymns and holiday pop songs with reckless abandon in an attempt to musically combat the "true horror-show catharsis of Christmas."
If this, as Pitchfork not so delicately puts it, doesn't give you "some idea of what you're getting into," here's a twelve minute epic track from the collection about the plight of a Christmas unicorn that will either sell you on the whole endeavor or send you running for the hills well before it hits its (SPOILER ALERT) Joy Division covering finale:
Nothing from the announcement mentions where and when tickets will be available; so to be safe we might all just chain ourselves together in the Neptune until Sufjan arrives to liberate us in song.