Posted in movies | music | tour dates on July 21, 2009

Sufjan BQE

"Sufjan Stevens premiered The BQE, a film and musical suite exploring New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in November 2007. The critically applauded performance featured 36 performers including a band, a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers. On October 20, Asthmatic Kitty Records will release The BQE (also available via Rough Trade in the UK, P-Vine in Japan, Spunk in Australia).

The comprehensive package features the CD soundtrack, the DVD of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway film footage, a 40-page booklet with extensive liner notes & photographs and an accompanying stereoscopic 3-D Viewmaster® reel. Furthermore, Asthmatic Kitty will release a limited edition double gatefold vinyl edition of The BQE on 180-gram vinyl with a large-scale 32-page booklet including liner notes, photographs and a black and white version of a 40-page BQE-themed Hooper Heroes comic book. View a video trailer of The BQE below.

On October 24, 92YTribeca will host the premiere screening of The BQE DVD with an introduction by Stevens. At the screening, the Osso Quartet will perform selections from Run Rabbit Run. Tickets for this event go on sale July 23."

Sufjan Stevens is playing ATP NY on September 12th. BQE trailer and more info below...

Photography by Reuben Kleiner and Sufjan Stevens
Music by Sufjan Stevens
Edited by Malcolm Hearn, Rueben Kleiner, and Sufjan Stevens

Released by Asthmatic Kitty Records on October 20, 2009

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The concept behind The BQE is based largely on the history of New York's Brooklyn-Queens Expressway-12.7 miles of urban roadway built between 1939 and1964 by master urban planner Robert Moses. The Viewmaster®, unveiled at the 1939 NYC World's Fair (the World's Fair being part of the motivation for the construction of the BQE, funneling New Yorkers to and from Flushing, Queens), was intended to promote 3-D panoramic illusions of the American landscape and serve as advertising for various tourist destinations and motivation for American drivers. The Hooper Heroes comic book, written by Stevens and drawn, colored and inked by collaborator Stephen Halker, follows three extra-terrestrial superhero sisters who use hula-hoops to combat "the Messiah of Civic Projects," Captain Moses.

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Comments (25)

He is so running behind on the state project...unless he considers the BQE a state.

Posted by The End of Irony | July 21, 2009 5:45 PM

The BQE is a state of traffic.

Posted by POSTY MCPOSTERTON | July 21, 2009 5:59 PM

He never really planned on completing the state project because it never was in fact a 'project.' He joked about it in a couple of interviews and now people expect it...can you imagine how many years that would take and how diluted it would get by the time he finished? Which would never happen, of course. Who cares about that, the man makes phenomenal compositions and is even more impressive live.

Posted by Una Bromita | July 21, 2009 6:31 PM

ONE FLAG.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 6:42 PM

Yes! Any tour dates reported?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 7:12 PM

Hey, it's been a while since Sufjan has been in the news. Time for some snarky BV comments on this sissy voiced Christ rocker.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 7:37 PM

this guy is to geography what snoop dogg is smoking herb.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 9:15 PM

I love Sufjan Stevens. What did all the 36 performers do? I've never seen a concert (will there be a tour soon?) but I randomly saw him on PBS once dressed as a butterfly...

Posted by Amanda Zheutlin | July 21, 2009 10:17 PM

"this guy is to geography what snoop dogg is smoking herb."

What the fuck does that mean douche?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 10:40 PM

this guy fucking sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 12:04 AM

"this guy is to geography what snoop dogg is smoking herb."

What the fuck does that mean douche?

the meaning of that joke is pretty simple, you fucking moron

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:44 AM

You people are miserable. I can't wait for another Sufjan concert to be announced.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:55 AM

if sufjan makes ep of small states (maryland, rhode island) and groups some of the common states (dakotas, virginias, center states), he might just make it to 50!

Posted by imkoreansowhat | July 22, 2009 9:43 AM

this guy's a total imperialist

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 10:13 AM

sufjan is great
go back to sucking trent's ego douches

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 10:46 AM

This is like waking up from a dream thinking you have a great idea and you need to create what you just dreamt about and bring it to the masses...but once the grogginess wears off you realize it's pretty pedestrian and not so great and don't waste you time on it. Unfortunately for the masses the grogginess never wore off.

Posted by Hex | July 22, 2009 10:52 AM

What time do tickets go on sale tomorrow for the release party?

Posted by Katie | July 22, 2009 11:19 AM

is that a real cd cover? whoever did it must be abused as a child.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 11:40 AM

"At the screening, the Osso Quartet will perform selections from Run Rabbit Run."

More info on Run Baby Run
http://asthmatickitty.com/run-rabbit-run

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 11:59 AM

Fucking Hemingway of music. Imperialist! Keroac apologist! There is no route 66 anymore. Rural sentimentalist

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 12:35 PM

Cool cover art. I like.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 12:39 PM

agreed. cover art = nice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:08 PM

This guy going to release a proper album again soon? Or play a show? Or is he turning into the next Brian Wilson?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 2:16 PM

Tix for Sufjan Stevens BAM event on Oct 24th are on sale. http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5PT01
Two shows are available 7 and 10 for $16 a ticket after fees.

Posted by arakias | July 23, 2009 9:34 AM

I wish there were a Sufjan Stevens Variety Show. I'd tune in faithfully every week.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 6:37 PM

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