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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!) LPs on hi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2013 - 12:20 pm

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 - 1:29 pm

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 it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013 - 1:05 pm

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 on… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 22, 2013 - 2:55 pm

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 orchestrated tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013 - 10:24 am

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 - 8:53 am

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 - 12:02 pm

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 - 12:11 pm

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 some… More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 23, 2013 - 3:35 pm

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 choir… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2013 - 10:22 am

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 - 5:06 pm

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 guess.” Check… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 3, 2013 - 10:13 am

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 - 12:18 pm

“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 ChristmasMore »

By: Stereogum / November 28, 2012 - 11:15 am

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 turned kaleidoscopic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2012 - 11:59 am

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 - 12:43 pm

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 - 12:45 pm

Deconstructing: Sufjan Stevens And Christian Music

Sufjan Stevens dropped 59 songs’ worth of existential Christmas crisis on the world this week in the form of a five-disc collection called Silver & Gold. The sprawling set is Sufjan’s attempt to reconcile the conflict he feels between the sanctity that supposedly defines the holiday and the vapid consumerism that has become its calling… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 16, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Stream Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas

Earlier today, Sufjan shared the video for “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” one of the tracks from his huge Christmas box set Silver & Gold. Now, his camp has made the entire collection available for streaming on Bandcamp. Have at it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 13, 2012 - 9:30 am

Sufjan Stevens – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Video

Sufjan Stevens’s holiday-themed EP box set Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas comes out today, and he’s already made two very, very different videos for songs from the EP: The splattery satire of “Mr. Frosty Man” and the familial warmth of “Silver & Gold.” Now, in the new video for his impressionistic version of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2012 - 8:55 am
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