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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, the… More »

By: brandon / January 27, 2009 - 11:11 am

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 the… More »

By: brandon / December 22, 2008 - 8:54 am

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 - 12:19 pm

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 - 9:46 am

Sufjan Stevens And St. Vincent Cover Phil Collins @ BAM

On Saturday night, Sufjan Stevens returned to the site of his BQE suite — the Brooklyn Academy of Music — for the latest installment in the BAM Takeover series. Suf was listed only as event curator, selecting rising composer Nico Muhly and St. Vincent among others to regale an audience comprised of, as some attendee… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2008 - 11:21 am

Sufjan Stevens On Scoring Natalie Portman’s New Film

Natalie Portman, aka Devendra’s better half, is making her directorial debut with Eve, a 22-minute short film that stars Ben Gazzara and Lauren Bacall and a soundtrack by Sufjan Stevens. According to The Playlist, who had a tipster at the Venice Film Festival, where Eve premiered:

The short is evidently about a about a… More »

By: brandon / September 2, 2008 - 11:28 am

Sufjan Digs Cryptacize’s Dig That Treasure, Maybe Isn’t So Into Vampire Weekend

We’ve posted a couple of original tracks by Asthmatic Kitty trio Cryptacize, as well as their cover of Steely Dan’s “Peg” (for which, they were taken down a few pegs in the comments). That said, the smartest way for a young (or old) band to get their name out there is to have a band… More »

By: brandon / June 10, 2008 - 9:44 am

Grizzly Dan Is Blessed With Patrick Stewart, Paul Simon, And Makes A Fan Out Of Groban

Earlier this year, some sad news developed for Polaroid-loving hipsters (after the requisite wrist waving and blowing, of course): Polaroid is ceasing production on all instant film, thereby obsoleting your blog. So Tumblrers and Typepadders alike will want to consume their remaining stock selectively and judiciously. If you’re looking for some pointers on how to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 13, 2008 - 9:39 am

New Sufjan Stevens Video – “Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake”

One of the more magical aspects from Sufjan’s The BQE were the colorfully morphing backdrop projections: Towards the end of the night, there was one that looked a lot like the psychedelic vines in Deborah Johnson’s mesmerizing video for The Avalanche instrumental “The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake” (you can catch a fragment of… More »

By: brandon / February 5, 2008 - 10:58 am

Sufjan Selects An Xmas Xchange Winner, Has Little Fans In Taiwan

We already brought you Sufjan news today, but it’s close to Christmas and Santa Stevens has selected the winner of his Xmas Xchange. You can hear the prize tune by Alec Duffy over at Asthmatic Kitty. That said, the best part of the whole thing is SS’s description of the the other 600-something entries, and… More »

By: Stereogum / December 20, 2007 - 12:32 pm

Sufjan Performs “The Mistress Witch from McClure,” Talks Faulkner

This past Monday, Sufjan partook at Pen American Center’s “PENultimate Lit: An Evening on Music & Literature” at Southpaw in Brooklyn. When not talking books, Stevens took to the stage and played some stripped-down ditties. For instance, here’s the man sporting some ragged facial hair, tuning his banjo a while, before moving into a moving… More »

By: Stereogum / December 20, 2007 - 9:09 am

Sufjan Stevens Wishes You A Merry Christmas

Although we’re still waiting on hearing the identity of the lucky someone who’ll get the greatest Sufjan gift of all (their very own Sufsong!), and although this is not quite as large an Xmas offering from St. Stevens (with a rose, in and out of the garden he goes) as we’ve had in years pastMore »

By: Stereogum / December 17, 2007 - 12:05 pm

Sufjan’s Xmas Xchange

That’s a lot of X’s, but this has nothing to do with a civically proud elf and candy cane porn (despite Sufjan’s interest in perpetual motion). As you all know, Santa Stevens brought the Holiday spirit in Christmas Past. Now he’s back with a new bag of goodies. This time, though, it’s up to you… More »

By: Stereogum / November 9, 2007 - 10:09 am

Sufjan Stevens’s BQE @ BAM, Brooklyn 11/2-11/3/07

We spent a couple nights this weekend with Sufjan Stevens and The BQE. It’d be easy enough to pull out classical/sound theory, a double dose of Koyaanisqatsi, or a laundry list of loopholes, but we’ve always heard Glass in his pop songs, weren’t expecting perfection, and don’t see the point — largely because there wa… More »

By: Stereogum / November 5, 2007 - 4:56 pm

Sufjan Gives A Tour Of The BQE

Last night Sufjan Stevens’s 30-minute orchestral piece The BQE opened its three-night BAM. We’re gonna check it out tomorrow — expect our reaction next week — and figure we should have as much background info in mind before listening to those suite sounds. Perfect timing, then, that Mr. Stevens and friends have upped a all… More »

By: Stereogum / November 2, 2007 - 10:08 am

New My Brightest Diamond – “Rock N Roll Will Never Die”

Who says blog threads aren’t productive? As some of our close readers may have noticed, buried in the lively discussion following the “Rock Is Dead” post, our favorite “Lucky“-covering karaoke singer Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond posted a link to a new song called “Rock n Roll Will Never Die.” We dropped Shara a… More »

By: Stereogum / October 25, 2007 - 12:04 pm

Sufjan Previews The BQE

Rock may be dead, but classical music will live forever (just ask Bach). We posted recently about Sufjan Stevens’s new orchestral suite for 38 musicians (and one 16-mm film), The BQE, which opens next week (11/1) at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music’s Next Wave festival. The three performances are already sold out, but you ca… More »

By: Stereogum / October 25, 2007 - 10:13 am

Sufjan Stevens: “Rock Is Dead”

In the current issue of New York Magazine, Dylan-friendly Sufjan Stevens talks about his new orchestral suite for 38 musicians (and one 16-mm film), The BQE, which premieres for a three-night stand at Next Wave Festival, starting the first of November. We get some great behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of what it’… More »

By: Stereogum / October 19, 2007 - 8:28 am

Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, And Jim James & Calexico Cover Dylan

You can stop watching the I’m Not There trailer now and get listening to some of the soundtrack for Todd Haynes’ mucho anticipated, shape-shifting Dylan flick. Check out the album art below — A Bobby double looming large. Sufjan, Chan, and Jim James & Calexico streams after the jump. More »

By: Stereogum / October 18, 2007 - 4:24 pm

New Grizzly Bear Video – “Central And Remote”

The second clip from the still-incredible Yellow House LP sees Grizzly Bear opt for a new director (Jesse Ewles), while keeping somethings constant: namely, bizarre, adjective-defying characters amidst interactive, sentient elements of nature. Last time rocks formations sprang to life and conducted vaginal excavations, and here a rabid autumnal bouquet mercilessly devours a Predator-meets-scarecrow hybrid… More »

By: Stereogum / July 6, 2007 - 11:34 am
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