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S. J.’s new CD for 2015 is a sultry sip of Folk and Jazz, topped off with a taste of Fairytales and Southern Folklore. Dive on in. Lose your heart without losing your head. Chase ghosts in the Delta. Steal into the heart of Winter, carrying Summer’s last light! Shake your tail! Spread your wings! Tear the temple down!
This physical pressing of the album includes a CD nestled inside a nifty Digipak case, and features a 6-page booklet with art by Chaz Kemp and Elizabeth Jordan Leggett, plus photos by Kirk Lanier and Sandra Buskirk. The whole package was deftly designed by Kevin K’ Wiley, whose graphic design chops have long been enjoyed by Sooj’s fans.
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“A fanciful collection of upbeat songs inspired by Catherynne M. Valente’s novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making! Guitar, cello, drums, flutes, fiddle and soaring female vocals guide this wild adventure.”
Is it the Wonders that you’re after?
S. J.’s 2013 release is inspired, from start to finish, by Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making! Get ready for a wild ride on the back of a big red Wyverary, or a Wild Velocipede, or a Glashtyn-powered ferry, across such majestic vistas as the Worsted Wood, the Barleybroom River, and the Perverse and Perilous Sea! It is our fondest hope that you will return from these adventures better than when you left.
This physical pressing of the album includes a CD nestled inside a nifty Digipak case, a 4-page booklet, and lots of art by Chaz Kemp, Matt Hawk, and Elizabeth Jordan Leggett. The whole package was deftly designed by Kevin K’ Wiley, whose graphic design chops have long been enjoyed by Sooj’s fans.
S. J.’s first film score, for indie film Ember Days, hits hard and takes no prisoners! For the first time, S. J. shows her producer chops on something bigger and badder than her usual folk and fun! Showcasing lush new instrumentals, goth-industrial elements, and even a shadow of dubstep here and there, this album also features new songs by S. J.’s friends Bekah Kelso and Alexander James Adams, composed exclusively for the film. What’s the sound of Greek gods, Faery queens, and fallen angels all getting tangled up in each other’s dirty work? Feast your ears on Ember Days and be inspired. Listen for free at the download page!
“Known largely for her folk-based material, Tucker uses the [Ember Days] project as a way to experiment and grow as a composer, dipping into neo-tribal, electronic, and industrial sounds. The results are refreshing. The listener is opened to depths only hinted at in previous albums; a darker sonic tapestry that Tucker obviously enjoys playing in. Tucker, an artist who usually exudes joy and a fey sense of fun, drops the smiles here to excellent effect on tracks like “We Were Angels Once (Wake The Fallen)” and “We Are Shangri-La (Emerald City Mix).” In addition, we are reminded through the many instrumental tracks that Tucker can write compelling arrangements without having to rely on her able and road-tested voice.”
-Jason Pitzl-Waters, Wildhunt.org
LIMITED EDITION: until further notice, the Ember Days album is a limited edition printing of 1,000 copies, and 1,000 copies only. Once these copies are gone, the album will only be available for download, and not for physical purchase. Also, the physical CD includes tracks which the digital release does not: “Crossroads” by Bekah Kelso and “Ice Storm” by Alexander James Adams are exclusive to the physical album. Get your copy now!
Watch the Official music video for “Neptune”
Mischief, living up to its name, is an album full of fun and roguish tunes, including Salad of Doom, The Truth about Ninjas, and Cheshire Kitten. It also includes the long-awaited studio cut of Ravens in the Library and features the first original Sooj song to get an official music video: Neptune.
Blessings is a purely spiritual work of art. This daring album is entirely dedicated to the pagans in S.J.’s fanbase, and most of the songs were directly inspired by S. J.’s pagan fans and associates in Tennessee. For those open to alternative spiritual paths, this album is not to be missed. Blessings opens with an invocation and includes other musical passages which are both powerful and functional, such as a moving piece about the power of the labyrinth, a hymn dedicated to the male deity Herne, a pair of highly energetic tunes devoted to dance, and two playful numbers relating to S. J.’s friend and teacher, Mama Dragon. Ginger Doss of Dreamtrybe and Velvet Hammer fame describes Blessings as follows: “The most sacred, most highly evolved body of pagan work I have ever experienced. S. J. walks her path, and it shows.”
Listen to the album online at the Blessings download page
Tricky Pixie is S. J.’s pixie-pirate-Celtic side project with cellist Betsy Tinney and multi-instrumentalist AJ Adams, and Mythcreants is their first full-length studio album, featuring songs by all three band members. Mythcreants runs the gamut from goofy original to lush traditional- fans are especially raving about the trio’s streamlined and highly engaging rendition of Tam Lin. If you like Crooked Still, the Punch Brothers, Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span; if you groove on fairytales and folklore; if you love music that will draw you into its story, heart and soul, then Mythcreants was made for you.
Listen to the album online at the Mythcreants download page
Sirens, released in 2006, features S. J. at her pixie-punk and pirate best! Her third full-length album, and the most beloved of the lot by many Sooj-fans, Sirens’ tracklist crosses realm after realm and tells story after story. We open with an a cappella piece, just as on Sooj’s first album Haphazard, and then we take no prisoners, going straight into S. J.’s pagan punk anthem, “Go Away, God-boy!” The surprises continue, with S. J.’s beloved song series The Wendy Trilogy, in which Peter Pan’s Wendy learns how to be a pirate and eventually overthrows Captain Hook! This album also features the original recording of Sooj and Betsy’s classic tango, “Alligator in the House”, and “Cold Sunshine”, which was the first Sooj song that Betsy ever wrote a cello part for. S. J.’s home rag, the Memphis Flyer, named Sirens “the perfect mix of witty and weighty”, perhaps because near the end we have to grab the tissue box to get through “Valkyrie Daughter”, a memorial piece concerning Norse gods and the bond between fathers and daughters.
With S. J.’s customary whimsy and deep doses of truth, Sirens teases the shore of cold, hard reality, dancing on a tide of riddles and fantasies.
Note: the current print run of the Sirens CD will be the last before the album & several songs undergo revision by Sooj. That means less than 1,000 unclaimed copies of this CD currently exist, and that’s all.
When S. J. met author Catherynne M. Valente in 2006, they had no idea what fond collaborators they would soon become. For the Girl in the Garden is S. J.’s first book soundtrack, and the first of many song collections inspired by Valente’s work. Currently, S. J. has a very few copies of this limited edition album left, and your best bet is to either download it or pick up a copy at one of her shows. As soon as the last few copies are gone, S. J. plans to reprint this disc as part of a double album with its sister, Solace & Sorrow. Both of these albums feature songs inspired by Valente’s two novels, The Orphan’s Tales: in the Night Garden and The Orphan’s Tales: in the Cities of Coin & Spice, interspersed with Sooj’s own remarkable readings from the Tales. You can read all about the book here.
Listen to the album online at the Girl in the Garden download page
S. J.’s second full-length album features “love songs, myths and sticky situations.” Released in 2005, Tangles includes what are still some of Sooj’s most popular and most-requested songs: “The Pixie Can’t Sleep” and “Baba Yaga” among them. Each track was selected for recording because it was an absolute favorite of many fans. Tangles was recorded partly in Memphis, partly in Austin with Sooj’s now foremost friend and producer, Ginger Doss. The magic in S. J.’s and Ginger’s first time working together is very apparent here. If you like layered vocal harmonies and sparse-yet-masterful musical accompaniment, then you want some Tangles in your life.
Listen to the album online at the Tangles download page
S.J.’s very first album, released on her Mom’s birthday in 2004, Haphazard is a fun, raw, masterful ride. Many happy owners of this album claim to “never get tired of listening to it” and several claim to have “nearly burned a hole in the disc, from playing it so often.” Starting with the unapologetic a cappella piece, “Cross-section”, hanging out “In the House of Mama Dragon” for a minute, getting us back in touch with our “Heart Beat” and ending with the wild grace of “Eulogy Song”, Haphazard was recorded in what amounts to a single week, in Memphis, Tennessee. Accessible, fun, and honest, there’s nothing lacking in this first release. In 2014, Haphazard will celebrate its tenth birthday, and S. J. will celebrate a decade as a full-time indie artist. That’s definitey something to sing about.
Listen to the album online at the Haphazard download page
The story of Trickster who is looking for an animal representative to teach man. Written in rhyme, this book is a companion to the song of the same name on SJ Tucker’s album: Blessings. Trudy Herring’s imaginative story and S.J. Tucker’s lyrical ballad are complemented by W. Lyon Martin’s lively illustration, combined in a book that young and old readers will delight in for years to come. Find more information at Magical Child Books.
A compilation of S.J. Tucker’s first two EPs, recorded before Haphazard:
- The Nathan Sessions (2001)
- Skinny and the Semi-Pros (2003)
This disc is an exclusive peek at Sooj’s very early career. Its ten tracks include two songs that have not been re-released on any other albums.
This album is typically only made available to SJ Tucker’s most dedicated fans. The best way to purchase a copy is to ask about SJ Tucker or one of her merchandise minions at a live concert.
S.J. Tucker’s original live album, recorded in 2004. This is a tantalizing sample of Sooj’s early days on the road, featuring fourteen tracks (ten songs and four anecdotal clips of live banter with the audience.) A very special feature of this album is SJ’s anecdote explaining the origin of the band name Skinny White Chick.
This album is typically only available for sale at live shows.
A stunning collection of recordings, drawn from a pair of S.J.’s live performances. The bulk of this disc was recorded at an intimate concert in Ann Arbor, MI and features 21 tracks and an hour of music. The enhanced CD bonus section has half an hour of additional recordings garnered from an in-studio interview and performance on KRFC FM in Fort Collins, CO. The main audio will play in any CD player, while the extra material is encoded as MP3 data accessible via your computer.
This album is typically only available for sale at live shows.
When S. J. met author Catherynne M. Valente in 2006, they had no idea what fond collaborators they would soon become. Solace & Sorrow, sister album to For the Girl in the Garden, is S. J.’s second book soundtrack, inspired by Valente’s novel, The Orphan’s Tales: in the Cities of Coin & Spice. This album is currently out of print, but S. J. plans to reprint this disc as part of a double album with For the Girl in the Garden. Both albums feature songs directly inspired by characters and events from The Orphan’s Tales, interspersed with Sooj’s own remarkable readings. Most notably, Solace & Sorrow features both “Firebird’s Child” and a portion of the story that inspired it, “The Fire Dancer’s Tale.” You can read all about the book here, and listen to the album online at the Solace & Sorrow download page
What if there was a place beyond terror, beyond passion, where your obsessions come to life? Where your secrets walk the streets? Where the only law is desire? What would you do to get there? Past the edge of the world lies a city of the mind and of the flesh: Palimpsest. Let the music be your guide. This album is a companion to Catherynne Valente’s novel Palimpsest.
This album is available only as a digital download.
If I leave my grin behind, remind me…
We’re all mad here, and it’s OK!
Buy this t-shirt inspired by Cheshire Kitten, from S.J. Tucker’s album, Mischief. The art is by Sarah Smith.
An army of croutons comes crunching, while sinister spinach doth creep.
Invading the heart of your luncheon, and stirring your belly from sleep.
Buy this t-shirt inspired by Salad of Doom, from S.J. Tucker’s album, Mischief. The art is by Katie Tinney, the incredibly talented daughter of SJ’s favorite cellist, Betsy Tinney.
Our LGPA t-shirts with the latin motto have proven incredibly popular, so we’ve made a big order from our screen printer. You can now get these shirts directly through us, right here. We’ve got black t-shirts, tank tops, and even women’s fitted t-shirts for you curvy scurvy types! Brand new! We now have more fitted women’s styles in addition to fitted t-shirts: Fitted tanks and spaghetti straps! The fitted shirts are all American made.