NPR chose “The Witch” from UnrememberedSarah Kirkland Snider’s new record (release: Sept 4th), which was inspired by a set of my poems and illustrations–for their Songs We Love series. Click the link below to read a short piece on the record, view the illustration I made for the song, and hear the incomparable Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond )and the Unremembered Orchestra bring my childhood trauma to life!

Don’t be skeert:


ON THE PODCAST this week - Neil Gaiman with My Brightest Diamond

On this week’s Wits, author neil-gaiman presents the worst submissions to our Bad Gaiman Challenge – where we asked you to send in your poorest imitations of Neil Gaiman’s writing. We also hear Neil selling real estate, or rather, “unreal” estate, and in Pop Song Correspondence, Satan applies for a job at Radio Shack. Plus, music from My Brightest Diamond.


My Brightest Diamond: Pressure

A video premiere and interview with a dazzling singer-songwriter. By Sammy Maine.
Sufjan Stevens Teams With Son Lux and Rapper Serengeti as s / s / s, EP Due on Anticon

Sufjan Stevens has teamed up with two Anticon artists, Son Lux and the rapper Serengeti for a new project called s / s / s. They’ll release the four track Beak & Claw EP on March 20 via Anticon.
The six-minute track “Museum Day” features Sufjan singing Auto-Tuned lines alongside rap verses from Serengeti. The EP features vocal contributions from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond on closer “If This Is Real”, while Doseone from Subtle and Themselves appears on the opening track, “Octomom”.
Sufjan and Serengeti were introduced in 2009, when they worked together on Buck 65’s remix of Sufjan’s cover of Castanets’ “You Are the Blood” for the benefit compilation Dark Was the Night.

Beak & Claw EP:

01 Octomom
02 Museum Day
03 Beyond Any Doubt
04 If This Is Real


NEW SHOW: Saturday, November 8 - Neil Gaiman with My Brightest Diamond

Our friend Neil Gaiman is coming back to hang out with us! And we get to welcome with the amazingly talented My Brightest Diamond!!

More info!

Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of books for adults and children.  The recipient of many awards, his works have been adapted for film, television, stage and radio. Some of Neil’s most notable titles include The Graveyard Book (the first book to ever win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals), American Gods and 2013’s UK National Book Award’s Book of the Year, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. 2 million people follow him on Twitter.  Born in the UK, he now lives in the US with his wife, the musician and writer, Amanda Palmer.

As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden’s voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera house to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She’s performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dressner (The National), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson among collaborators and friends.  Her latest album, out September16, is titled This is My Hand.

I Have Never Loved Someone
  • I Have Never Loved Someone
  • My Brightest Diamond
  • All Things Will Unwind

I have never loved someone the way I love you

I have never seen a smile like yours
And if you grow up to be king or clown or pauper
I will say you are my favorite one in town

I have never held a hand so soft and sacred
When I hear your laugh I know heaven’s key
And when I grow to be a poppy in the graveyard
I will send you all my love upon the breeze

And if the breeze won’t blow your way, I will be the sun
And if the sun won’t shine your way, I will be the rain
And if the rain won’t wash away all your aches and pains
I will find some other way to tell you you’re okay.

You’re okay…


ON THE RADIO and PODCAST - Neil Gaiman with My Brightest Diamond, pt. 2

This week on Wits, acclaimed best-selling author neil-gaiman tells tales of his time in a teenage punk band, reveals the conversations he’s had while owning multiple talking animals, and tackles the role of a smooth jazz trumpeter tasked with saving the world from Murder Cat. Singer/songwriter Shara Worden joins us for a Wits Game Show about some of the most obscure comic books ever made, and we get beautiful eclectic music from My Brightest Diamond.


Annie Clark & Shara Worden - Freak Out!

um..hello adorable badass.


“The Lotus Eaters” by Sarah Kirkland Snider, ft. Shara Worden and Signal.

From the song cycle Penelope

Fear Of The Unknown And The Blazing Sun
  • Fear Of The Unknown And The Blazing Sun
  • Colin Stetson
  • New History Warfare: Volume 2 - Judges

Colin Stetson - Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun

Listening to Colin’s latest album “New History Warfare: Volume 2 - Judges” today I was struck that the man coupled with a suitable creative mind could create the most interesting acoustic (i.e. not programmed) dance music. That thought is only borne out here by his clear ability to use his sax to create a solid rhythm and mesmerising melodic riff. Over it, Laurie Anderson speaks about empathy and otherworldly things, and Shara Worden’s normally soaring voice is no less engaging at it intones its way through the latter half of the track, Stetson’s rhythm clacking and limping like faulty clockwork. Why can’t I stop listening to this?