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Sufjan Stevens shares new song “Exploding Whale” — listen

on April 13, 2015, 11:55am

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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