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Sufjan Interviews Cryptacize

Stevens is "star struck," but manages a Q&A with current tour/band-mate Nedelle Torrisi -- "her exotic Italian pout, her '80s housewife attire" -- covering Judas Priest, Lebanon, pimped-out tour buses, ESL, and Joaquin Phoenix. It's at Asthmatic Kitty. More »

By: brandon / October 9, 2009

Sufjan Stevens/Cryptacize @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 10/6/09

Recently Sufjan revealed he's "at a point where I no longer have a deep desire to share my music with anyone, having spent many years imparting my songs to the public." Later that day, high-quality video of three mind-bending new Sufjan Stevens tunes took over all the websites you read. Add those to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 7, 2009

New Sufjan Stevens – “There’s Too Much Love”/”Age Of Adz”/”Impossible Souls” (Live In Ithaca)

Scott tells me that when he lived in Ithaca the only live music there was ska. Well, now the live music includes expansive glitch-y songs by Sufjan Stevens. No sooner did we post the man's interview with Shannon Stephens, then a live version of this new song "There's Too Much Love" pops up and… More »

By: brandon / September 25, 2009

Sufjan Stevens Talks Songwriting With Shannon Stephens

As he does from time to time, Sufjan Stevens has upped his thoughts on a new Asthmatic Kitty signing. This time it's an interview that feels especially personal. The discussion takes place with ex-Marzuki band mate, folksy Seattle singer-songwriter Shannon Stephens. (Bonnie "Prince" Billy covered her "I'll Be Glad" on Lie Down In The Light.)… More »

By: brandon / September 25, 2009

ATP NY 2009: Wayne’s World

Our second year at Kutsher's was rainier than the first, but that didn't matter so much to us or, seemingly, the other attendees: If anything, this year felt more celebratory (and debauched) than 2008. You wouldn't be faulted for noting a certain hippie vibe. Visually, there were the tie-dyed shirts and hoodies (purchased at… More »

By: brandon / September 14, 2009

Sufjan Singing Seven Swans Saturday

ATP NY organizers have announced Stevens will perform Seven Swans in its entirety this weekend at Kutshers. Also, last-minute cash-only day and weekend tickets are available on-site. More info at ATP. More »

By: brandon / September 10, 2009

New Sufjan Stevens Video – “Interlude I – Dream Sequence In Subi Circumnavigation” (From The BQE)

After its initial three-night run at BAM and the subsequent DVD's brief trailer, you're likely more than familiar with Sufjan Stevens The BQE. Stevens will be at ATP NY this weekend, so here's some more dreamy footage from the hula-hooping/wheel-spinning ode to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The photography's by Reuben Kleiner and Sufja… More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2009

New Osso – “Enjoy Your Rabbit” (Stereogum Premiere)

As we mentioned, it was Bryce Dessner who first approached Sufjan Stevens about re-arranging the 2001 Chinese Zodiac song cycle Run Rabbit Run for the New York string quartet Osso. They were likely on his radar because they'd previously done string arrangements for Illinois and My Brightest Diamond's Bring Me The Workhorse. Since Stevens liked… More »

By: brandon / August 14, 2009

Sufjan & Cryptacize Announce Fall Tour

There's been some action in camp Sufjan lately, though much of it's a retread/revisiting of past material. Good news, then, that the man's hitting smaller east coast venues with Cryptacize ("refreshingly coherent!" -S. Stevens) this fall and, as Asthmatic Kitty lets us know, it "has nothing to do with" The BQE. Perha… More »

By: brandon / August 10, 2009

Sufjan Stevens’ The BQE Trailer, Release Info

After announcing the release of Run Rabbit Run remix album and an ATP NY appearance, we have more news from camp Stevens, though it's still not the news you likely wanted: We enjoyedThe BQE a couple years back during its three-night run at BAM and now we can watch his orchestral homage… More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2009

Sufjan, SFA Added To ATP NY

Sufjan Stevens, who should stop being so lazy and put out Welcome To New Jersey, Fuggedaboutit! already, will play his first proper US show in two years at the Lips-curated All Tomorrow's Parties on 9/12. (He's at Pop Montreal a week prior.) Also added: Shellac, Circulatory System, Crystal Castles, Super Furry Animals, and Boris. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 10, 2009

Sufjan Stevens Readies Run Rabbit Run Remix Record

It's not a collection of new material. Entirely. Some time ago, Bryce Dessner approached Stevens about re-arranging his 2001 electronic song cycle Enjoy Your Rabbit for the New York string quartet Osso, who contributed string arrangements to Illinois and My Brightest Diamond's Bring Me the Workhorse. Stevens was into the idea, Dessner commissioned them… More »

By: brandon / July 9, 2009

Sufjan’s Song For Sofia Coppola

Before Sufjan Stevens became who he is today, he was a nerdy college kid stuffing pillows and sheets into the air vents so folks couldn't hear him sing his tentative "assembly-line-style" songs. In an amusing, thoughtful post over at Asthmatic Kitty, Stevens explains the week his parents gave him the option to change his name… More »

By: brandon / April 24, 2009

Clogs/Bell Orchestre With The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sufjan Stevens & My Brightest Diamond @ BAM, Brooklyn 2/26/09

A few weeks ago rumors swirled about some Very Special Secret Guests slated to appear at last night's Shuffle Mode special at BAM. So you know, see above photo. The night's lineup was already expansively staffed, with Clogs (which features the National's Bryce Dessner) and Bell Orchestre (helmed by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 27, 2009

New Buck 65 – “Blood Pt. 2″

To create "Blood Pt. 2," Buck 65 used Sufjan Stevens' epic take on the Castanets' "You Are The Blood" as a base/starting point and then remixed it to feature himself, Stevens, and Serengeti. Considering all the ingredients he stuffed into his backpack, Buck's Dark Was The Night contribution doesn't come off sounding overloaded:… More »

By: brandon / February 5, 2009

New Sufjan Stevens – “You Are The Blood”

Today's Dark Was The Night track comes to us from a guy named Sufjan Stevens. It's a cover of the Castanets' "You Are The Blood," originally on Ray & rotating Co's 2004 album Cathedral (keeping it in the Asthmatic Kitty family, see). For his updated take, Stevens replaces the original's minimal gothic atmospheric… More »

By: brandon / January 29, 2009

Band To Watch: I Was A King

The Norwegian band I Was A King is the brainchild of Frode Strømstads. The new self-titled album, which follows 2007's Losing Something Good for Something Better, features Serena-Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen on bass, drums and a co-production credit, alongside guest spots from Sufjan Stevens, Danielson and Ladybug Transistor, among others. But even without "star" contributions,… More »

By: brandon / January 27, 2009

New Sufjan, It’s A Christmas Miracle!

Last year Sufjan Stevens held that Xmas Xchange. Previously, he released plenty of Holiday albums for your consumption. Even when he didn't put up those holiday songs for sale, he was still recording new Christmas albums and making them available to his friends. This year, one of his less scrupulous recipients leaked it to… More »

By: brandon / December 22, 2008

New Welcome Wagon – “Half A Person”

The Welcome Wagon, the betrothed duo of Reverend Thomas Vito and Monique Aiuto, sound a lot like Sufjan Stevens, the guy who produced and helped to arrange their debut album, Welcome To The Welcome Wagon. Stevens has a particularly distinctive/singular approach to composition. He's added his horn, string, piano, vocal, etc., patterns to Vito and… More »

By: brandon / October 30, 2008

Dark-Hearted EvanescenceAlts Sing Sufjan

This is really big because it finally establishes that you don't need to wear twee costumes with butterfly wings to play Sufjan songs, you can totally do it when you wake up with your dyed-black bangs covering your lip rings, too! See, no need to go out of your way and dress up to play… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 3, 2008
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