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Sufjan Stevens – A Little Lost (Arthur Russell Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

Master Mix

On October 21 Red Hot will release a tribute album to Arthur Russell (Via Yep Roc) that is titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. The compilation features covers from the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, and Phosphorescent.

Sufjan Steven covered “A Little Lost” and he works his typical Sufjan Stevens magic on it, gearing it more towards his Age Of Adz sound. It’s a magical listen, a cover that does right by the original while still finding its own voice. Not an easy task, although Sufjan makes it seem that way.

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Sisyphus

Sisyphus, the trio collaboration consisting of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti, are releasing their debut self-titled album March 18 via Asthmatic Kitty/Joyful Noise.

We already heard one cut from the album called “Calm It Down.” Over the weekend the trio shared a video for the track “Alcohol.” The track is a five and a half minute collection of various musical ideas combined to one interesting whole. The video shares this idea, collecting various images from pop culture to the very random.

Check it out below.
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Sisyphus – Calm It Down (Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux & Serengeti)

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2013 — with 1 comment

Sisyphus

Last year Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux & Serengeti got together to release a EP under the moniker S/S/S. They’re back at it but are now know as Sisyphus.

They’ve released a new song called “Calm It Down.” It’s off their self-titled debut album Sisyphus, which is out March 18 via Asthmatic Kitty and Joyful Noise. The album was originally just going to be another EP, but Sufjan said there was a “wellspring of mad ideas”, which resulted in a full album.

Check out “Calm It Down” which starts as a jittery rap track but soon travels into a world more reminiscent of what Sufjan has been doing lately. It’s a trip.

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[new/old]: Sufjan Stevens – Take Me

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2013 — with 1 comment

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It’s been some time since we’ve heard new (non Christmas) music from Sufjan Stevens. Almost three years, to be exact. So we’ll take anything we can get this point.

With that said, I was happy to see that Sufjan released an old demo of his called “Take Me” earlier in the week. Now with the madness that is CMJ out of the way, I finally can post. He shared the song on his tumblr saying:

Sloppy lo-fi demo I found on an old hard drive. It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive.

It’s a mix of his older work with the electronic experimentation that he explored on 2010’s Age Of Adz. There’s some Thom Yorke/recent Radiohead influence in here, for sure. It’s one hell of a track, shame that it’s only a demo.

Take a listen below.

Sufjan Stevens – I’ll Be Home for Christmas

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2012

Sufjan Stevens offers a hypnotic feeling on his cover of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. It’s a stunning version of the Christmas classic, one that I could actually see myself enjoying come Christmas time (is that already?). It’s off his new Christmas collection, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Volumes 6-10.

The video for it is equally hypnotic. Watch that below.
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Sufjan Stevens – The Star Spangled Banner

By Will Oliver, November 7th 2012

Sufjan Stevens is so good, I’d be down to hear him play anything, even say….the “Star Spangled Banner”. Well apparently Sufjan agrees, as he has released his Sufjan’d version of that. He posted it on his blog today, in celebration of Obama’s reelection. The post was titled “DEMOCRACY NOW.” Amen.

Take a listen below.

[music video]: Sufjan Stevens – Mr. Frosty Man

By Will Oliver, October 24th 2012 — with 2 comments

So Sufjan Stevens is releasing another Christmas themed album Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Volumes 6-10, and it comes out November 13 via Asthmatic Kitty. He’s released a violently hilarious claymation video that definitely takes a nice spin on the whole Christmas spirit thing. Definitely more in tune with Halloween than anything.

The song isn’t your typical Sufjan Stevens either. It’s more of a 90s rocker than anything. Watch/listen to it below.
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Sufjan Stevens @ Prospect Park (August 2, 2011)

By Will Oliver, August 3rd 2011 — with 4 comments

Sufjan Stevens absolutely dazzled me tonight. When I saw him perform an early Age Of Adz show last November at The Beacon Theater, it was a great show but one could tell that the tour was just getting started. This time the Age Of Adz themed tour was in full force, better than ever before.

Age Of Adz, the latest album from the soon to be legendary singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens has only gotten better with time. The same can be said with it’s accompanying tour, that ends tomorrow night. Sufjan makes good use of the $35 ticket that he charged. It features an incredible light show, a huge screen, trippy effects, and costumes for his larger than life backing band.

The setlist was obviously Age Of Adz dominated, with colorful costumes and lights enhancing their already bright glow. Everything from the bands performance to their eccentric dancing worked even better than last time. The band seemed to have figured out what worked, and pushed it to its delightful limit. “Impossible Soul” was once again a highlight of the set.  They nailed it perfectly, all 25 glorious minutes of it.

The true highlights came from Sufjan’s earlier, folkier side. At the end of his set Sufjan comforted the crowd with the notion that he will always be a folk musician at heart. One can’t argue with that statement after his triumphant performances of “Seven Swans” (the opening song), “Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland” and the always faithful, “Casmir Pulaski Day”.

Was there any other song for him to leave us with but “Chicago”? I can still remember the magical senation that overcame me when I discovered it oh so many years ago. The feeling still hasn’t left me. Goosebumps were once again raised during the emotional finish that proves that “Chicago” is not only a modern classic, but a masterpiece. It was the cherry on top of a wonderful evening, an unforgettable show that will have me back for more once he delivers more music.

Hopefully it won’t take five years again.

(My Brightest Diamond opened. I only caught the 2nd half of her set but I’ve definitely been missing out on her. Pretty great voice. Going to look into her.)

Setlist:
1. Sevens Swans
2. Too Much
3. Age Of Adz
4. Heirloom
5. I Walked
6. Now That I’m Older
7. Get Real Get Right
8. Vesuvius
9. I Want To Be Well
10. Futile Devices
11. Impossible Soul

Encore:
12. Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland
13. Casimir Pulaski Day
14. Chicago

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Last week Sufjan shared with us his music video for “Get Real, Get Right”. It’s a treat, visually, effectively capturing the vision that Sufjan brings to life on his Age Of Adz tour.

To those of you wondering if I’ll be at his Prospect Park show, the answer is a enthusiastic yes.




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