Sufjan Stevens Hearts “Eternal Flame”

This being Stereogum, it’s our duty to keep you updated on the man behind both your favorite ’05 CD and indie rock fantasies. Spin recently caught up with Sufjan Stevens to find out what’s on his iPod. Well duh, Sufjan doesn’t have an iPod — when he wants to listen to music, he calls over a harpist and an eight-piece boys’ choir.

SUFJAN STEVENS: I don’t have the inclination to discover new music. Honestly, I don’t really care.

However, he does reveal The Music That Changed His Life. And it’s what you’d expect: Judee Sill’s Heart Food, Mike Oldfield’s Ommadawn, and a bunch of shit we never heard of. But Sufjan throws one curveball:

SUFJAN STEVENS: The Bangles’ Everything. This is the first tape I ever bought with my own money. They wrote great songs, were talented performers, and they were supermodels. I know they were ripping off early girl-punk bands from the ’70s, but there was something about the way they did it. It was so streamlined and well crafted. This is the one indulgence from the Top 40 that I still like.

Everybody now: Say my name, sun shines through the rain…

Speaking of Bangles, Matthew “Sid” Sweet and Susanna “Susie” Hoffs (who collaborated as Ming Tea in Austin Powers) are releasing an album of ’60s covers.

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs Under The Covers
01. I See The Rain (The Marmalade)
02. And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles)
03. It?s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan)
04. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (Fairport Convention)
05. Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young And Crazy Horse)
06. Alone Again Or (Love)
07. Warmth Of The Sun (The Beach Boys)
08. Different Drum (The Stone Poneys)
09. The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
10. Sunday Morning (The Velvet Underground)
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young)
12. Care Of Cell ..44 (The Zombies)
13. Monday Monday (The Mamas And The Papas)
14. She May Call You Up Tonight (The Left Banke)
15. Run To Me (The Bee Gees)

Stream three tracks here. The duo plays Hotel Cafe in LA on 3/1 and 3/8, then heads to SXSW for a show at The Drink on 3/18.

I have this so-crazy-it’s-awesome orchestral version of “Walk Like An Egyptian” by Henry Mancini I’ll upload later.