Posted in music on August 26, 2010

Sufjan Stevens

"Sufjan Stevens is set to release The Age of Adz, his first full length collection of original songs in five years, October 12 on Asthmatic Kitty Records. The album is available for pre-order now until September 25, with pre-orders receiving music digitally two weeks prior to the physical release date. The Age of Adz comes on the heels of Stevens' All Delighted People EP, available for purchase now from most digital stores, and his 2009 film and musical suite The BQE. Stevens is planning a North American tour of large, elegant venues-including two nights at New York's fabled Beacon Theatre and The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles-in support of the new record. With a dozen dates already sold out, Stevens will tour with his large ensemble performing alongside projections. "
The retun of Sufjan Stevens started with a tour announcement which was followed by an instantly-available EP, and now this.

More album information including the tracklist (the 11th song on the album is over 25 minutes long), along with updated tour dates that list which shows are sold out (tickets are still available for Philly), below...


"The Age of Adz (pronounced "odds") differs from Stevens' previous works in its lack of conceptual underpinnings. The album relinquishes the songwriter's former story-telling techniques for more basic proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches, no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution or denouement. Rather, the themes developed here are neither historical nor polemical, but rather personal and primal: love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety and suicide all figure in the songwriting.

The title The Age of Adz is a reference to the apocalyptic art of Royal Robertson (1930-1997), a Louisiana-based sign-maker (and self-proclaimed prophet) who suffered from schizophrenia. Robertson's work depicts his vivid dreams and visions of space aliens, futuristic automobiles, eccentric monsters and signs of the Last Judgment. Portions of Stevens' album use Robertson's work as an idealistic springboard and a selection of Robertson's drawings (his primary media were poster board, magic marker, and glitter) appear throughout the album art." - Asthmatic Kitty

Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz tracklist
1. Futile Devices - 2:11
2. Too Much - 6:44
3. Age of Adz - 8:00
4. I Walked - 5:01
5. Now That I'm Older - 4:56
6. Get Real Get Right - 5:10
7. Bad Communication - 2:24
8. Vesuvius - 5:26
9. All for Myself - 2:55
10. I Want To Be Well - 6:27
11. Impossible Soul - 25:35

Sufjan Stevens - 2010 Tour Dates
October 12 Metropolis Theater Montreal, QC
October 13 Massey Hall Toronto, ON
October 14 Royal Oak Music Theater (SOLD OUT) Royal Oak, MI
October 15 Chicago Theater (SOLD OUT) Chicago, IL
October 16 Orpheum Theater Minneapolis, MN
October 17 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
October 19 The Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, TX
October 20 McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Dallas, TX
October 22 Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater Mesa, AZ
October 23 The Wiltern (SOLD OUT) Los Angeles, CA
October 24 The Wiltern (SOLD OUT) Los Angeles, CA
October 25 The Paramount Theater Oakland, CA
October 26 The Paramount Theater (SOLD OUT) Oakland, CA
October 28 Orpheum Theater (SOLD OUT) Vancouver, BC
October 29 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR
October 30 The Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
November 1 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
November 2 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
November 4 Hilbert Circle Theatre Indianapolis, IN
November 5 Bijou Theater (SOLD OUT) Knoxville, TN
November 6 The Tabernacle (SOLD OUT) Atlanta, GA
November 7 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, NC
November 9 The National Richmond, VA
November 10 Kimmel Center Philadelphia, PA
November 11 Orpheum Theatre (SOLD OUT) Boston, MA
November 12 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
November 14 Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT) New York, NY
November 15 Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT) New York, NY



Comments (21)

Hooray! This is wonderful news.

Posted by Steve Polychronopolous | August 26, 2010 10:27 AM

"It's pronounced 'odds.'"

Oh Christ on the cross....

Posted by soysalami | August 26, 2010 10:31 AM

Hopefully the longer stuff on the LP is better than the longer stuff on the EP, otherwise this thing will be unbearable

Posted by close to the edge | August 26, 2010 10:33 AM

woah! weird cover. seems dark too!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 10:34 AM

10:33 - hey drama queen with ADD, go eat a steaming pile!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 10:47 AM

Sounds dark!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 10:50 AM

Mufmeh Mehvmehns

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 10:51 AM

Sufjan Stevens: It's pronounced "I cannot smile."

Posted by soysalami | August 26, 2010 10:56 AM

Have we found out how big Sufjan's cock is yet? People are still guessing below on the Large Penis Support Group:

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 11:16 AM

this guy, still??

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 11:28 AM

So how big is this girl's dick again?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 12:03 PM

Sufjan's pussy is almost as tight as Feist's.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 12:09 PM

Looks like Mingering Mike gone sci-fi!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 1:15 PM

i hope the poor guy works out his many fraught relationships with many things this time

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 3:15 PM

I wonder if he makes a decent hummus platter?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 3:22 PM

@322, i think not, but his spesh is a decadent pittsburgh platter

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 3:34 PM

do most on here ever have time to be anything but a complete dimwit with these comments? (yawn)..... looking forward to hearing new music from someone who obviously puts all his time into creating it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 7:57 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 8:34 PM

So is this record going to include the new songs he played earlier this year? they were pretty good

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 8:46 AM

I am sure I probly won't be getting a real answer here, but I've loved his Majesty Snowbird song he played on tour a few years back.... has it still not ever been released? I want a quality version of that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 1:31 AM

the new album isnt very good. a poor move into crappy electronic sounds.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 2:49 PM

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