Posts Tagged ‘Sufjan’

November 7, 2017

Everyday we inch towards the release of Sufjan Stevens’ new outtakes and unreleased tracks mixtape, The Greatest Gift, but we still have nearly three weeks to wait before it arrives to sooth the soul with the esteemed artist’s delicate chamber pop and intricate folktronica. It seems like a long time to wait still, but we now also have Visions Of Gideon and Mystery Of Love to tide us over until late November. Though they’re not from the mixtape, these brand new songs are from a fresh soundtrack for a movie arriving soon named Call Me By Your Name. Both tracks emit the usual tender, wistful, heart string tugging beauty that we’ve traditionally come to associate with this versatile artist and multi-instrumentalist. You can stream the full soundtrack album for Call Me By Your Name on Spotify, here.

January 7, 2016

I must be dreaming right now, because one of the most talented artists with the most sensational voices to come out of the emerging act pool of 2015 has teamed up with a long time brilliant favorite for this amazing cover video. Los Angeles’ Gallant, one of my top ten artists to watch of 2016, covers Sufjan Stevens’ Blue Bucket Of Gold alongside Sufjan himself for the first in a series of collaborative videos Gallant is releasing. He aims to pay tribute to and create something special with the artists that inspired him most. Why am I not surprised that the great Sufjan is an influence on Gallant? Take a deep breath before you dive into this first episode of In The Room, because it might just leave you in a heap of sobbing ecstasy. After watching this many times over today, I’m about ready to crown Gallant as the best new voice in the scene right now. The Blue Bucket Of Gold cover was recorded live in one take on December 10th, 2015 in New York City. It’s also streaming exclusively on Spotify. If you pay close attention to festival news as I do, then you likely know that both Sufjan Stevens and Gallant (as well as his Mind Of A Genius label mate ZHU) are playing Coachella this April. They’re obviously acts you can’t miss if you’re heading out to the desert.

Sufjan Stevens – No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross

February 16, 2015

In my opinion, Sufjan Stevens is one of the most brilliant musicians of our time. His album Illinoise is a timeless work of art, and I’m proud to own it on vinyl. As most of us have come to realize, the musician is very much versatile, having dropped some very interesting music with many collaborators in past years, ranging from hip hop to folktronica to tongue in cheek Christmas music. I was incredibly happy when I found out recently that Sufjan will be returning to his lush folk roots with new album Carrie and Lowell, due out March 31st. Now, we get to listen to a first offering from the album, the tender and stringy No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross. It’s a hushing, gentle, and poignant song, exactly the delicate lullaby I had hoped and wished for from Sufjan. 

March 24, 2014
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I swear things tend to go in circles sometimes. One of the first times I featured Los Angeles singer songwriter Jaymes Young, I was blabbing about how he was opening soon for London Grammar at Popscene, and how I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to catch his set since I was rushing over from seeing Lorde’s San Francisco debut (supported by Until The Ribbon Breaks). Well, I didn’t get to catch his set. Sniff. The genre blending musician has returned with something quite incredible, and guess what? I’m seeing London Grammar again on Thursday! Sadly, Jaymes isn’t opening this time (Highasakite is!), but hey, he’s forgiven, because here’s his STUNNING new song Habits Of My Heart, a remake of Sufjan Stevens’ dazzling, flittery song “Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland Illinois. It takes some balls to flip or sample something by Sufjan Stevens. If you’re going to do it, you’re taking a risk, and you’d better do it well. Jaymes Young does just that, drawing from the style of the original tune, taking it apart, and rebuilding it with more of an R&B/soul-pop vibe, though it does start off sparkling and soft. Get ready for that jaw to drop wide open. It’s brilliant what he’s done here. Sufjans’ beautiful song is still obviously detectable within, yet it’s something entirely new, too. What just happened here? Amazeballs.

March 24, 2014
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I swear things tend to go in circles sometimes. One of the first times I featured Los Angeles singer songwriter Jaymes Young, I was blabbing about how he was opening soon for London Grammar at Popscene, and how I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to catch his set since I was rushing over from seeing Lorde’s San Francisco debut (supported by Until The Ribbon Breaks). Well, I didn’t get to catch his set. Sniff. The genre blending musician has returned with something quite incredible, and guess what? I’m seeing London Grammar again on Thursday! Sadly, Jaymes isn’t opening this time (Highasakite is!), but hey, he’s forgiven, because here’s his STUNNING new song Habits Of My Heart, a remake of Sufjan Stevens’ dazzling, flittery song “Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland Illinois. It takes some balls to flip or sample something by Sufjan Stevens. If you’re going to do it, you’re taking a risk, and you’d better do it well. Jaymes Young does just that, drawing from the style of the original tune, taking it apart, and rebuilding it with more of an R&B/soul-pop vibe, though it does start off sparkling and soft. Get ready for that jaw to drop wide open. It’s brilliant what he’s done here. Sufjans’ beautiful song is still obviously detectable within, yet it’s something entirely new, too. What just happened here? Amazeballs.

Sufjan Steven’s Chopped and Scrooged mixtape

December 11, 2012

Ahh, that Sufjan, that mad genius who does some of the most random, oddest, most bizarre things, as well as creates some of the most incredible, gorgeous, wonderful music. His latest surprise for us is a mixtape titled Chopped and Scrooged. He does love Christmas, there’s no doubt about that. Chopped and Scrooged features a bunch of hip hop artists rapping over music from his latest Silver and Gold Christmas release. Artists include Kitty Pryde, Nicky Da B, Heems of recently broken up Das Racist, and several others. Stream it all below. This is for those that prefer their Christmas music a little grittier, a little harder, a little wonkier… Thanks, Sufjan!

Sufjan Steven’s Chopped and Scrooged mixtape

December 11, 2012

Ahh, that Sufjan, that mad genius who does some of the most random, oddest, most bizarre things, as well as creates some of the most incredible, gorgeous, wonderful music. His latest surprise for us is a mixtape titled Chopped and Scrooged. He does love Christmas, there’s no doubt about that. Chopped and Scrooged features a bunch of hip hop artists rapping over music from his latest Silver and Gold Christmas release. Artists include Kitty Pryde, Nicky Da B, Heems of recently broken up Das Racist, and several others. Stream it all below. This is for those that prefer their Christmas music a little grittier, a little harder, a little wonkier… Thanks, Sufjan!

November 8, 2012
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Umm. Ummmm. Is it unpatriotic to say that I love this version of Star Spangled Banner more than the usual? It is, isn’t it? I feel guilty. But I can’t help it! I mean, of course the Star Spangled Banner is one incredible piece of music that we’ve heard maybe a million times over the course of our lifetimes, at every ball game, on every televised sports event, at every important occasion, but…. HOLY CRAP LISTEN TO THIS! As I always say, SUFJAN STEVENS IS A GENIUS. His version of the Star Spangled Banner (cleverly released on election day 2012) is as amazeballs as it gets and the exact style of Sufjan I love sooo much. OK, I must agree, this new version is very, very far removed from the original Star Spangled Banner, it’s practically a brand new song that shares some similarity to the original and the same lyrics. I concede it’s pretty simple, but that’s the magic of Sufjan sometimes. The right guitar riffs at the right moments and the gentle vocals… and the somber melody… Fantastic! So, let’s be patriotic and let’s just say I love this and I love the original and I love America and, not to get political, but I’m not unhappy with the election results. Bah, who cares, this song is too good, I’m gonna play it on repeat later. Sufjan, you’re a god. Whoops. One nation under Sufjan. 😉

November 8, 2012
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Umm. Ummmm. Is it unpatriotic to say that I love this version of Star Spangled Banner more than the usual? It is, isn’t it? I feel guilty. But I can’t help it! I mean, of course the Star Spangled Banner is one incredible piece of music that we’ve heard maybe a million times over the course of our lifetimes, at every ball game, on every televised sports event, at every important occasion, but…. HOLY CRAP LISTEN TO THIS! As I always say, SUFJAN STEVENS IS A GENIUS. His version of the Star Spangled Banner (cleverly released on election day 2012) is as amazeballs as it gets and the exact style of Sufjan I love sooo much. OK, I must agree, this new version is very, very far removed from the original Star Spangled Banner, it’s practically a brand new song that shares some similarity to the original and the same lyrics. I concede it’s pretty simple, but that’s the magic of Sufjan sometimes. The right guitar riffs at the right moments and the gentle vocals… and the somber melody… Fantastic! So, let’s be patriotic and let’s just say I love this and I love the original and I love America and, not to get political, but I’m not unhappy with the election results. Bah, who cares, this song is too good, I’m gonna play it on repeat later. Sufjan, you’re a god. Whoops. One nation under Sufjan. 😉