Video: Sufjan Stevens – “The Greatest Gift” From The Greatest Gift Mixtape – Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie & Lowell, out now on Asthmatic Kitty. The mention of Asa Lovejoy (founder of the city of Portland) in this song is further evidence to prove the theory that Carrie & Lowell was indeed the “Oregon” … Continue reading New Sufjan Stevens video solidifies theory of 50 States Project
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Why does Sufjan Stevens hate pop music? Why’s a guy with such a talent for writing evocative pop music gotta get all arty and jazzy on our asses and make seven-plus minute long jams with long, cacophonous freakouts? Why? Because he’s apparently “at a point where [he] no longer [has] a deep desire to share … Continue reading Three New Sufjan Stevens Songs (Live)
Over on the Asthmatic Kitty‘s Sidebar, Sufjan Stevens tells the story of how he almost changed his name, and how in college he started writing a “series of songs for names.” And he shares a charming little banjo song that’s well worth streaming. My older self, glancing back over simple chords and hazardous poetry, likes … Continue reading New Old Sufjan Stevens – Sofia's Song
Sufjan Stevens and Asthmatic Kitty Records wish us all Happy Holidays with a fun little interactive mini-site where you can: • Play Sufjan Stevens’ A Christmas Game • Create a Sufjan Elf E-Card • Print some ornaments for your tree They’ve also got some free ringtones and the following MP3s: • Sufjan Stevens – “That … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Sufjan Stevens
Casimir Pulaski was a hero of the American Revultionary War. Born in Poland on March 4, 1747, according to Wikipedia, he “is known for his contributions to the US military at the time by training its soldiers and cavalry.” George Washington loved him. Here in Illinois, Pulaski Day is a state holiday celebrated on the … Continue reading Happy Pulaski Day!
Hot on the heals of “GGBB,” Sufjan Stevens writes a column about Friend Rock: “Consider carefully your motivations for being at the show in the first place. Are you bringing to the performance an anxious, pathological obligation (by sheer, relational proximity) and an unfaltering, unquenchable desire to chatter, gossip, and talk about said friend onstage, … Continue reading Sufjan Stevens on “Friend Rock”
Sufjan Stevens – “Casimir Pulaski Day” (demo). In celebration of Pulaski Day (March 5, this year), Asthmatic Kitty posted this early home demo of the best song on Sufjan’s Illinois album, with “clumsy banjo and slightly different lyrics.” Compare it to the original (mp3). I wrote about it before, but this song still breaks my … Continue reading Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day (demo)
A Case Against Sufjan Stevens: “His pretension — his convoluted song titles, his cloying song about Saul Bellow, his adolescent fascination with John Wayne Gacy, Jr. — all comes across like a precocious high school student in his senior year, where he’s smug enough to want to prove that he’s smarter than the rest of … Continue reading All Music Guide’s Case Against Sufjan Stevens
“The Henney Buggy Band” by Sufjan Stevens from The Avalanche, out July 11 on Asthmatic Kitty.