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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. Perhaps a new song… More »

By: brandon / August 10, 2009 - 12:19 pm

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 to the Brooklyn-Quee… More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2009 - 12:24 pm

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. DetailsMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 10, 2009 - 10:51 am

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 for… More »

By: brandon / July 9, 2009 - 11:41 am

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 - 11:40 am

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 Parry and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 27, 2009 - 11:57 am

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: Listen at… More »

By: brandon / February 5, 2009 - 12:21 pm

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 atmospherics with crazed… More »

By: brandon / January 29, 2009 - 11:42 am

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
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