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Sisyphus – “Rhythm Of Devotion”

Sisyphus (formerly known as s / s / s) is the unlikely trio of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti, and after releasing the Beak & Claw EP a couple of years ago, they'll give us their self-titled debut full-length next month. They've already shared the album tracks "Calm It Down" and "Alcohol,"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2014

Sisyphus – “Alcohol” Lyric Video

The line between music video and lyric video has blurred to the point that "Alcohol," our second taste from the upcoming self-titled album by the Sufjan/Son Lux/Serengeti trio Sisyphus (fka s / s / s), has a "lyric video" without any lyrics in it. Instead, it features a collage-like slideshow of global scenes, celebrities, and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 17, 2014

Sufjan Stevens To Cover Arthur Russell For Red Hot Comp

A few years ago we heard about This Is How We Walk On The Moon, a crowdfunded Arthur Russell tribute from the Red Hot Organization. Robyn, Laurel Halo, Hot Chip, Washed Out, and Twin Shadow were all announced as participants. While the project was not successfully funded on Kickstarter, it looks like it's still… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 20, 2014

Sisyphus (Sufjan, Son Lux, & Serengeti) – “Calm It Down”

Almost two years ago we heard about the formation of s / s / s, a band featuring Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti. The trio released an EP called Beak & Claw then disappeared. In the meantime, Son Lux released this year's superb, Sufjan-reminiscent Lanterns, and Serengeti has released three (3!)… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2013

With Sufjan Laying (Ahem, Lying) Low, Son Lux And Mutual Benefit Conjure His Spirit

Son Lux's Lanterns begins with a flurry of orchestral trills and an impossibly precious celestial chorale, all of which gives way to a doe-eyed tenor trembling over sparse, moody tones. It would sound otherworldly if it didn't sound so familiar. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of indie-pop this past decade can easily recognize these… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 1, 2013

Sufjan Stevens – “Jamila”

Sufjan Stevens estimates that "Jamila," the dusty old four-track demo he posted to SoundCloud today, was recorded circa 1998 in tribute to his sister, a half-decade before Michigan rocketed him to wide acclaim. As such, it's recognizable as Sufjan's work but lacks the grace and grandeur he would later get a handle on. Hear… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013

Listen To A Rare, Early Version Of Sufjan Stevens’ “Impossible Soul”

Sufjan Stevens has uploaded "more obsolescence found on old hard drives" to his SoundCloud. This song is an early living room recording that eventually turned into the final section of "Impossible Soul," the 25+ minute closing track o… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 22, 2013

Sufjan Stevens – “Take Me” (Demo)

Earlier this week, Sufjan Stevens was in the news for writing Miley Cyrus a silly grammar-nerd open letter, so it's nice to see some actual new music -- or new-old music, as the came may be -- from him. Stevens's long-lost demos, like "Give A Little Love," can often be more fleshed-out and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013

Sufjan Stevens Writes Open Letter To Miley Cyrus: “You’ve Been LYING”

Lately, Sinead O'Connor, the most controversial pop star of 1993, has been writing a ton of open letters to Miley Cyrus, the most controversial pop star of 2013, mostly conveying sentiments like this: "You will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped." It's been a whole thing. Cyrus has been somewhat dismissive i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2013

Sufjan Critiques Savages LP Typography

Late last night/very early this morning, Sufjan Stevens took to Tumblr to lambast the type design on the cover of the critically-beloved Savages' LP Silence Yourself. In the brief post, he wrote:… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 24, 2013

Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State Turns 10

Before Michigan, Sufjan Stevens was a footnote within a curiosity. In 2003, the Michigan-raised Brooklyn transplant was best known as part of the entourage surrounding Daniel Smith’s off-kilter Christian rock collective Danielson Famile, a group whose costumed insanity presaged the drama club-meets-cheerleading squad shtick that later defined Sufjan’s live show. He’d already released two album… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 1, 2013

National’s Trouble To Feature Sufjan, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten

The National's sixth full-length album, Trouble Will Find Me, is due out on May 21st via 4AD. It's their first album since 2010's High Violet. Drummer Bryan Devendorf recently spoke to Gothamist about the new album, revealing that it will feature contributions from Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, and others. "There are… More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 23, 2013

Sufjan Stevens – “Give A Little Love” (Demo)

On his Tumblr, Sufjan Stevens shared an unfinished song; apparently, he'd forgotten that it existed. To hear Sufjan tell it, he found "Give A Little Love" on an old hard drive, and thinks it may have been intended for his 2010 All Delighted People EP. It's a soft but jittery ballad with a full… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2013

Check Out Sufjan’s “Redford” In A Red Bull Commercial

From Sufjan's very own Tumblr site (aka sufjan.com) comes news of the estimable Mr. Stevens's first post-Xmas project of the new year: Turning over the keys to "Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)" to the energy drink industry. Per Sufjan, whose spin on "selling out" is decidedly playful:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 7, 2013

Sufjan Stevens – “Which One Are You?”

"Which One Are You?" is a leftover from Sufjan Stevens's 2009 multimedia project the BQE. The track was not originally included on the project due to legal issues. According to Sufjan, he "could not clear melody w/ ELP publishers. The Endless Enigma of intellectual property. One person's homage is another lawyer's annoyance, I… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 3, 2013

Download Sufjan Stevens Chopped & Scrooged Mixtape

Oh boy. Oh jeez. We can do this, everybody. We can get through this. The fact is this: Sufjan Stevens has just released a mixtape. Of rap songs. About Christmas. It's called Chopped & Scrooged. It has a Das Racist song on it. And a Kitty Pryde song. And Nicky Da B and Busdriver. Joh… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2012

“Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long” @ The Georgia Theatre, Athens 11/26/12

Sufjan Stevens delighted fans in Athens, Georgia Monday night when his "Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long" came to town bringing yuletide cheer, inflatable unicorns, a cappella hymns, and his giant "Wheel of Christmas." The show went on for well over two hours and though it consisted mostly of songs and carols from his ten volume More »

By: Stereogum / November 28, 2012

Sufjan Stevens – “Joy To The World” Video

Sufjan Stevens has already given us some freaky videos for songs from his new Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas EP box set, but the newest, for his way-out version of "Joy To The World" may be the freakiest yet. It pretty much just shows a chattering video-game chipmunk, its image looped and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2012

Watch Sufjan’s Wacky Silver & Gold Infomercials

Sufjan channels his inner Paul Rudd for this suggestive Silver & Gold infomercial, a riff on the Time Life infomercials of yore. It's the first of a series of seven (including a Between Two Ferns homage called "Betwixt Two Furs") and you can watch them all below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 20, 2012

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don't know if it's a seasonal affective disorder thing or what, but this is the week when almost all the really good videos got all dark and twisty and Lynchian and strange. Other than the Best Coast video, which stands in stark counterpoint to all the others, the videos below are what happens whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2012
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