Posts tagged “Sufjan Stevens

Stream Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz on NPR

With his show at the Orpheum Theatre on October 16 approaching ever closer, the melody lines of Sufjan Stevens have been playing over and over again in my head (and on my laptop). To make things even better, NPR is currently streaming his upcoming LP The Age of Adz which hits stores on October 12, just as he embarks on his Fall 2010 tour.

Upon a quick first listen of the new album, it sounds like Sufjan has gone down a path much more under the influence of synthesizers and electronica (but what hasn’t these days…) But beyond the computerized dissonances lie the melodic complexities in typical Stevens fashion. Sigh, thank goodness. It’s just not a Sufjan Steven tune without a million different things happening at once and somehow still managing to sound music (and good music at that).

Does this new robot-Stevens suit your liking? Will he ever revisit his banjo strumming days of Michigan? Why am I ending my post in question-style like I write for hipsterrunoff? I. don’t. know. Listen to The Age of Adz for free on NPR and see for yourself.

::Haley Rheinhart
haley.dustbowl@gmail.com

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What, something new from Sufjan?!

It’s been four years since Illinois and I think it’s safe to say that Sufjan Stevens fans are more than eager for something new. Luckily, we won’t have to wait too much longer. Set to release October 20th, 2009 is a multi-media set entitled The BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway). Check out more details at Pitchfork. Quite possibly my favorite part about this whole thing, Sufjan is kicking it old school and including a View-Master reel inside the regular edition cover! Finally, something to replace my Land Before Time reels…

— Haley Rheinhart —
haley.dustbowl@gmail.com


New Today: Dark Was The Night

Dark Was The Night

Dark Was The Night is a compilation of 31 great songs from great artists. Sales from the album go toward the Red Hot Organization, which strives to raise “money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture.” You may have heard some of the tracks on Myspace already – they’ve been streaming one song off of the album every day for the past month.

Still not intrigued? Here are just some of the artists you’ll find on the album…

  • Bon Iver
  • Ben Gibbard
  • David Byrne
  • The National
  • Iron & Wine
  • The Decemberists
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Arcade Fire
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Cat Power
  • Andrew Bird
  • Beirut
  • & more!

Brilliant.

— Haley Rheinhart —

haley.dustbowl@gmail.com