asthmatic kitty records release (another!) christmas box-set extravaganza by the implacable singer / songwriter sufjan stevens - 'silver and gold: songs for christmas, vols. 6-10', a compilation of 5 eps recorded between 2006 and 2010. expanding on the tradition of the first box-set (songs for christmas, vols. 1-5 from 2006), 'silver and gold' is a generous document of five more years of holly-jolly jubilee - christmas caroling, sleigh-bell-ringing, collaborative songwriting - undertaken by sufjan and his various musical cohorts. originally intended as gifts for family and friends, these musical snapshots have been re-mixed and re-assembled for the public in an exquisitely-designed gift box containing all the yuletide pleasures money can buy: christmas stickers, temporary tattoos, lyric sheets and chord charts, a paper ornament, an apocalyptic pull-out poster, photos, illustrations, and extensive liner notes - a veritable christmas feast for the eyes and ears. the album features collaborations with a running line-up of friends and musical peers, including aaron and bryce dessner (the national), richard reed parry (arcade fire), dm stith (the revival hour, asthmatic kitty recording artist), cat martino (sufjan's right-hand woman on all things age of adz), sebastian krueger (inlets), gabriel kahane, vesper stamper, and members of danielson (daniel, elin, lilly, and ida).