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Sufjan On Retiring His Shtick

Looking at the discussion around The Age Of Adz, a lot of you loved the album for all the ways it wasn't like Illinoise. It's vulnerable, raw, and immediate, and not as immediately pretty. Stevens's recent interview with the Irish Times confirms that he had the same things in mind when he… More »

By: jessica / October 11, 2010

Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz Premature Evaluation

Sufjan Stevens makes songs the length of EPs, and EPs the length of albums, so after a few listens you realize it’s hard to get in a few listens of the nearly hour and a half long Age Of Adz. But is it worth the extra time and the extra money? Yes. More »

By: Stereogum / September 28, 2010

Age Of Adz: Worth More Than A Latte?

A post today on The Guardian's website talks about a recent email that Asthmatic Kitty sent to its mailing list, asking that anyone purchasing digital copies of Sufjan Stevens's The Age Of Adz please buy from indie upstart Bandcamp or another independent retail site instead of Amazon. Writes Asthmatic Kitty:… More »

By: jessica / September 21, 2010

Sufjan Stevens – “Too Much”

One song further into Sufjan Stevens' The Age Of Adz and it looks like the bed of electronics will only grow more complex. You got a sense of the new approach on "I Walked," basically a standard Sufjan song with different instrumentation. He opens it up on the more ambitiously sprawling "Too Much,"… More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2010

Sufjan Stevens – “I Walked”

Here's "I Walked," the fourth track from Sufjan Stevens's upcoming The Age Of Adz. You'll get a small taste of what the press release said would be "... deliberately electronic, synthesized (and occasionally danceable!)" stuff on the album. Have a listen:… More »

By: jessica / August 27, 2010

Sufjan Stevens The Age Of Adz

So it's a double surprise. After going years without a new studio release, Sufjan Stevens dropped the All Delighted People EP on us on Friday. And today Asthmatic Kitty announced that a full-length record from Stevens, titled The Age Of Adz will be out October 12. It is, as they point out, his first… More »

By: jessica / August 26, 2010

Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People EP Out This Instant

It's been a while. Today Sufjan Stevens released a new, eight-song EP, titled All Delighted People, on Bandcamp. You can stream the tracks for free below, or download the whole thing for $5. According to Asthmatic Kitty, the album will be on other digital retail sites on August 23, and will be out in physical… More »

By: jessica / August 20, 2010

Sufjan Stevens 2010 Fall Tour Announced

Here we go, the man who won't complete the 50 States project will instead visit a good deal of them, for the first time in a long time, with a proper tour of "historic theaters and venues" he "personally structured," which I believe is code for prepare to be emotionally moved (or bitchesMore »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2010

The National Bring Sufjan To Letterman, Release Bonus Track “Walk Off”

The National's performance of "Fake Empire" with Doveman on David Letterman a few years ago was one of those rare instances where Late Night television actually made me feel something. Now, a couple of days after Matt showed off his dance skills for the "Bloodbuzz Ohio" video, the band brought Sufjan Stevens along… More »

By: brandon / May 14, 2010

The National – High Violet Premature Evaluation

We talk a lot about "anticipation" when it comes to new releases, but it feels like folks have been awaiting the National's High Violet with a special excitement, one that's picked up with each leaked (or officially released) track or live performance. The band's longer, slower climb from their 2001 self-titled debut to their… More »

By: stereogum / April 20, 2010

The National – “Afraid Of Everyone” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens)

In Brandon's beautiful review of the National's excellent show at Bell House last month, he mentioned "Runaway," a song that will be the slow jam of 2010. We're still waiting on its studio form, but until then there is "Afraid Of Everyone," which is another previously previewed in concert track and follows "More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 13, 2010

Sufjan Stevens On Jimmy Scott

Sufjan Stevens stopped by The Guardian to praise jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. Scott sings in a youthful soprano, and finds unusual phrasings and emphases inside every song (Stevens talked about this in his interview with Brandon too). Notes Stevens: "Pop music is so structured, and I'm excited to try and challenge that in my… More »

By: jessica / March 8, 2010

Ben + Vesper – “Singing Swords” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Ben + Vesper are a married couple in Northern NJ. They have kids. They also write that they "have almost exactly the same hair color in the right light and definitely both have curlz in any light." They also "paint pictures and have cell phones to call their friends and work at home and eat… More »

By: brandon / February 8, 2010

More People Should Be Rapping Over Sufjan Stevens Songs

Perez Hilton is holding auditions for his new boy band reality show, and comedian Joe Mande is a lock with his sick version of "For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless in Ypsilanti (Silly Bitch Remix)." Like an X-rated Netflix. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 20, 2010

Obscure Sufjan Song Soundtracks Babies

The Avalanche's "The Perpetual Self, Or 'What Would Saul Alinsky Do?'" brings the joy in the trailer for the year-in-the-life-of-four-infants documentary Babies. Cute, yes, but a lot funnier if you think of it as a prequel. To anything. More »

By: brandon / December 2, 2009

Sufjan Stevens On Art, The Internet, And, Yes, The 50 States Project

I recently sat down with Sufjan Stevens at the Diner on 9th Avenue in Manhattan to talk about the release of The BQE CD/DVD for a piece in Art In America and Interview. We touched on the new project, but also got into a discussion of some of Stevens's recent interviews (see ShannonMore »

By: brandon / December 1, 2009

Is Sufjan Done With The 50 States Project?

In an interview with Paste Stevens said "the whole premise [of the project] was such a joke," a joke maybe he took too seriously: "I started to feel like I was becoming a cliché of myself." He recently told us he won't rule out another state LP, though, so keep dreaming. More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2009

Paste‘s 50 Best Albums Of The Decade

The decade recounting started with Pitchfork handing top honors to Kid A and Uncut lusting after Jack White. Now it's Paste's turn to list their favorite albums of the '00s and, as you might expect, they add some different names to the mix. For anyone keeping track, Animal Collective beats out Grizzly Bear… More »

By: brandon / November 2, 2009

Sufjan Plans Song-Based LP For Next Year

Or, as Stevens puts it, "I'm trying to dissuade any kind of conceptual framework and just write music, love songs, pop songs, and just forget all that conceptual mess..." Learn more in Vish Khanna's latest excerpt from a forthcoming Signal To Noise Q&A. More »

By: brandon / October 23, 2009

Sufjan Is Having A Creative Crisis

While he makes it clear he's not retiring, Stevens does say he's "sick of [his] conceptual ideas" and wondering what his songs mean in light of his "creative" and "existential" battle. One he feels he's losing! Those new songs suggest otherwise, Sufjan. Read it. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 14, 2009