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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 with them… More »

By: brandon / May 14, 2010 - 10:05 am

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 fifth… More »

By: stereogum / April 20, 2010 - 5:14 pm

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 “Bloodbuzz Ohio” a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 13, 2010 - 6:03 pm

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 ow… More »

By: jessica / March 8, 2010 - 11:17 am

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 - 10:52 am

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 - 10:36 am

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 - 3:35 pm

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 Shannon Stephens), the… More »

By: brandon / December 1, 2009 - 1:32 pm

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 - 11:10 am

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 once again. More »

By: brandon / November 2, 2009 - 12:20 pm

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 - 2:28 pm

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 - 2:46 pm

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 - 12:28 pm

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 the pending… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 7, 2009 - 9:17 am

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 out. More »

By: brandon / September 25, 2009 - 12:58 pm

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 - 9:59 am

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 the… More »

By: brandon / September 14, 2009 - 10:42 am

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 - 9:25 am

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 Sufjan Stevens. Stevens edited… More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2009 - 12:58 pm

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 - 12:51 pm
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