Entries tagged with: Sufjan Stevens
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
We're happy to announce that BrooklynVegan is part of Spotify's "In Residence" series where we'll not only curate a monthly playlist, but premium users can hear us talk about it too. Head to Spotify HERE now and click "follow" to make sure you never miss an episode.
For our first show, BV editors Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Dave sat down to talk about some of our favorite music of 2015 so far, and other digressions. We taped the show in late July, so keep that in mind if any of it sounds slightly dated. (A segment where Bill bets Dave a million dollars that Lush will never ever reform was cut.)
Anyone can listen, though you will need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to hear our lovely speaking voices.
Other Spotify In Residence shows/hosts include former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, dance act Jungle, and UK grime artist Big Narstie.
Stay tuned for a brand new BrooklynVegan episode in December. Meanwhile, listen to November's...
photos by P Squared
Drake, Gallant & Drake's face / Left Shark
Sufjan Stevens continues to tour in support of this year's intimate, heartbreaking Carrie & Lowell. He already played three NYC shows earlier in the year, and on Halloween he was nearby NYC for a Jersey City show at Loews Jersey Theatre. He and his band played mostly off the new album with a few other career-spanning favorites, and Sufjan ended the set by bringing out opener Gallant to cover Drake's unstoppable "Hotline Bling" in front of a giant backdrop of Drake's face. (He did it in Baltimore the next night too.)
More pictures, a video of the Drake cover, and the setlist below...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.
Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."
More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...
by Andrew Sacher
Hoferlanz is the project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Lanz, who's played in The National, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens' band, Gabriel & the Hounds and more. He's releasing an album this week and celebrating with a release show on Wednesday (9/2) at Union Pool in Brooklyn. The National's Scott Devendorf and Helado Negro will be DJing. Tickets are on sale now.
So far two singles are out from the album. "Karla's Retreat" the kind of orchestral indie rock you might expect from someone with a resume like Ben, but "Visitaa" brings a harder, distorted edge to that sound. Check both out below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: Sufjan Stevens at Kings Theatre in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The tour doesn't bring him back to NYC (which he played three times this year), but it will be nearby for a Jersey City show on Halloween at Loews Jersey Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (7/23) at 10 AM.
Check back here Thursday morning for the password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
All dates are listed, with a stream of his recently-released song "Harsh Noise," below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sufjan Stevens @ Kings Theatre - 5/1/15
After playing NYC's Beacon Theatre back in early April, Sufjan Stevens brought his tour in support of his fantastic new album Carrie & Lowell to NYC last night (5/1) to begin a two-night stand at Brooklyn's recently-reopened Kings Theatre. After opening with the delicate instrumental "Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou" from 2003's Michigan, Sufjan proceeded to play 10 of Carrie & Lowell's 11 tracks all in a row, almost in the exact order as the album tracklist. He didn't talk at all during that section, and he and his backing band (including Dawn Landes, who's playing with him on this tour) kept things mostly as bare-bones as the album. After that part, he played a couple of his more recent songs that fit the stripped-down vibe of this show ("Futile Devices" from The Age of Adz and "The Owl and the Tanager" from All Delighted People), as well as a few Seven Swans cuts, before wrapping up the pre-encore set with Carrie & Lowell closer "Blue Bucket of Gold." Then he returned for an encore of all early-mid '00s songs, including set-closer "Chicago."
The Kings Theatre really was the perfect atmosphere for this kind of show, and both Sufjan and opener Naomi Shelton said on stage how good it was to be on Flatbush Ave. Sufjan ended up telling a story of living in the area and going by Cortelyou Carpets to take a picture of the sign every day.
Sufjan returns to Kings tonight (5/2) with Moses Sumney, which is sold out. More pictures from last night's show, and Sufjan's setlist and a couple videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
There are several references to places within Oregon throughout Carrie & Lowell; it's where Stevens spent three summers, between ages 5 and 8, with his mother and stepfather. These early memories are not just important because they came at a formative point in Stevens' life--they're actually some of the only recollections he has of his mother, who abandoned his family when he was just a year old. Her five-year marriage to Lowell Brams in the early '80s seemingly marked a high-point in a life struck by hardship; Carrie suffered from depression, schizophrenia, and alcoholism, and her contact with Stevens and his siblings, who grew up in Michigan with their dad and stepmother, was intermittent up until her death. [Pitchfork]Sufjan Stevens is a week away from releasing his new album, Carrie & Lowell (due 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty), and he's now streaming it in full. It's his most bare-bones album yet, with little more than acoustic guitar, piano and atmospheric textures; and also one of his heaviest lyrically. Much of the album is about the death of his mother Carrie, who as the quote above from Pitchfork's feature on the album points out, didn't have much contact with Sufjan throughout his life. "It was so terrifying to encounter death and have to reconcile that, and express love, for someone so unfamiliar," he said. "Her death was so devastating to me because of the vacancy within me. I was trying to gather as much as I could of her, in my mind, my memory, my recollections, but I have nothing."
Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar took us by surprise when he revealed that his highly-anticipated followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city would be out in less than three weeks (3/23), but it turns out he's surprised us once again: It's out now!
The album's called To Pimp A Butterfly and it features contributions from George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Ronald Isley, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, Rapsody and Anna Wise, with production from Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da and more. "Hood Politics" samples Sufjan Stevens' "All For Myself" and "How Much A Dollar Cost" appears to be sampling Radiohead's "Pyramid Song." That's the artwork above.
Download yours on iTunes, and stream it via Spotify below...
Sufjan Stevens already revealed "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" off his bare-bones new album, Carrie & Lowell (due 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty), and now he's put out another, "Should Have Known Better." Listen below.
He'll be on tour soon, playing three NYC shows, and openers have now been announced for those. April 11 at Beacon Theatre is with Cold Specks, May 1 at Kings Theatre is with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and May 2 at Kings Theatre is with Moses Sumney (tickets). Those three open various other dates too. Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Dirty Projectors in Chicago in 2013 (more by Stan Golovchunk)
André de Ridder of Berlin collective Stargaze will be conducting Ensemble LPR at their homebase, LPR aka Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (3/11) for the premieres of two new pieces by indie musicians. One is by Mica Levi of Micachu & the Shapes and the other is by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. Both Longstreth and Levi will be in attendance but will not be performing. Tickets are on sale.
Dirty Projectors are also on the new MusicNOW - 10 Years compilation with Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, My Brightest Diamond, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Sharon Van Etten and more. The comp is a collection of recordings from Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Festival. This year's takes place this week, March 11-15. The comp is out today (3/10) and you can stream six of its tracks below.
Sufjan Stevens' new album, Carrie & Lowell is out 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty, and the folky lead single "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" has us very excited for it. TODAY (2/28) you'll have a chance to hear the album in full in NYC at the "Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party" at Other Music from 5-7 PM. Here's the details:
Other Music is excited to be participating in the Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party for his upcoming album, "Carrie & Lowell." Fans who pre-order the album from us will have the opportunity on Saturday evening (5-7pm), February 28, to listen to a copy of the LP test pressing through headphones -- and for such an intimate album, that's how it's meant to be heard! Sound Off Experience are providing the transmitter and headphones that will be lent to the group of pre-order customers for this exclusive event at Other Music. These silent listening parties are the only way for fans to hear "Carrie & Lowell" this far out from its March 31 release date, long before any on-line album streams appear or radio stations get a copy of the record. Add to this, the first 25 customers who pre-order the LP will be guaranteed a limited colored vinyl pressing.You can pre-order the LP from Other Music HERE.
It's one of a few listening parties happening worldwide between now and mid-March. You can check out the full list of dates for those parties (with still more TBA) below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sufjan Stevens has said his new album Carrie & Lowell (due 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty) would be a return to his folk roots, and its first, just-released single "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" definitely seems to be proof of that. It's mostly him and an acoustic guitar, and it's as gorgeous as much of his early work. Check it out below.
It's only February, but Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) is already having a characteristically busy year. He's currently on tour as a backing musician for past collaborator Glen Hansard, along with his fellow Sufjan Stevens/The National/Justin Vernon collaborator Rob Moose and his fellow Rufus/Martha Wainwright collaborator Brad Albetta. That tour wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates and a video from Wednesday's (2/10) DC show, below.
Ahead of that tour, Glen Hansard joined Doveman for one of his Burgundy Stain Sessions in Dublin in December, his second session ever to take place outside of NYC. The next session will be back in NYC on May 14 at Le Poisson Rouge. Guests are still TBA, but tickets are on sale now.
In between the Glen Hansard tour and the LPR show, Doveman will be on an international tour with the mostly-Irish supergroup he's part of, The Gloaming. It begins in their home country, where fellow Irish musician Glen Hansard's band The Frames play their 25th anniversary shows this July. All Doveman and Glen Hansard-related dates are listed below.
Doveman also played on and helped mix the upcoming Sufjan Stevens album, Carrie & Lowell, which comes out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. Sufjan was just announced for the Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner-curated Eaux Claires Music Festival happening in Wisconsin on July 17 & 18 with Bon Iver, The National, Spoon, The Tallest Man on Earth and more. Tickets are on sale now. Sufjan will also be in NYC three times on his upcoming tour, which ends two days before Doveman's show in Sufjan's hometown.
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
Sufjan Stevens will be touring this spring, hitting NYC for shows at Beacon Theatre on April 11 and Kings Theatre on May 1. Those shows went on sale last week and immediately sold out, but Sufjan's now added a second Kings Theatre show, happening May 2. Tickets are on presale now (password: KINGSFAN) and the general on-sale starts 10 AM on Friday (2/6).
Updated dates are listed below...
The music is performed by Mr. Stevens, on keyboards and electronics, and Yarn/Wire, a contemporary chamber group of two pianists and two percussionists. Although one segment had a beat on drum and rattle, vaguely suggesting Native American music (the rodeo includes a Native American parade in traditional costumes) the score avoided Oregon's local color for what might be BAM's local color: minimalist contemplation. It was full of glimmering sounds -- bowed vibraphone, pretty piano chords -- with, now and then, something staticky or sprockety from Mr. Stevens's electronics. For each segment -- concentrating on one rodeo event, intercutting various competitors and performers -- Mr. Stevens chose a strategy and stuck to it: a certain texture, a certain beat, perhaps with chromatic meanderings, perhaps not. Calf roping got running, Bachian counterpoint, while a segment with a lone calf had Yarn/Wire singing a cappella harmonies. [NY Times]Sufjan Stevens wrapped up the world premiere of his new piece, Round-Up, earlier this week, which ran from January 20-25 at BAM. The quote above is from NY Times' review of one of the performances. Did you catch one?
As you may know, Sufjan's next project is his upcoming album, Carrie & Lowell, which is due out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. He's calling it a return to his folk roots, which is what made us fall in love with him in the first place. Tickets for his tour in support of it go on sale at 10 AM local time today (1/30). The NYC shows happen at Beacon Theatre on April 11 (tickets) and at the newly refurbished Kings Theatre on May 1 (tickets).
Tickets for the Sufjan Stevens shows at Beacon Theater and Kings Theatre already went on a Ticketmaster presale yesterday that sold out quickly. Today venue presales for those shows, and the entire tour, begin at 10 AM.
The Local/venue presale password is LOWELL for Beacon and Kings Theatre. and other tour dates. Some cities still have "EUGENE" as the password (which was the password for yesterday's presale too).
The Beacon Theatre show also has a Chase cardmember presale starting at 10 AM.
The general on-sale for all dates starts 10 AM on Friday (1/30). All tour dates listed HERE, and again below....
As previously mentioned, Sufjan Stevens is releasing a new album, Carrie & Lowell, on March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. He just wrapped up a run of his new piece, Round-Up, at BAM, and now he's announced a lengthy spring tour in support of the new album. It kicks off in Philly on April 10 and hits NYC the next night at Beacon Theatre (4/11), and then returns to NYC for a show at Brooklyn's newly refurbished Kings Theatre on May 1. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday (1/30) with a Ticketmaster presale starting 10 AM on Tuesday (1/27) and a venue presale starting 10 AM on Wednesday (1/28). Presale password is EUGENE.
All dates are listed below...
Sensitive 2000s indie kids are probably having a good day, because not only did Death Cab for Cutie announce a new album, but Sufjan Stevens did too. While it seems unlikely that the new Death Cab will actually sound like their aughts output, the press release says Sufjan's new album is a return to his folk roots. It's called Carrie & Lowell and will be out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester, and Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) all contributed to the album. That's the artwork above. Tracklist and trailer video below.
Sufjan Stevens at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sufjan Stevens will be presenting the world premiere of his new piece, Round-Up, in Brooklyn at BAM from January 20-25, part of BAM's 2015 Winter/Spring Season. Here's the premise:
In this BAM commissioned work, shown on the Steinberg Screen, Stevens turns his gaze to the rodeo, in all its bull-riding, calf-roping, and barrel-racing glory. With slow-motion footage shot by sibling filmmakers Aaron and Alex Craig at the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon--and featuring Stevens on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire performing piano and percussion--Round-Up is a musical and cinematic portrait of a classic American tradition.Subscriptions are on sale now to Friends of BAM and go on sale Monday (11/17) to the general public. Single tickets go on sale December 1 to Friends of BAM and December 8 to the general public.
Sufjan also appears in NYC sooner than that for Cyndi Lauper's 'Home for the Holidays' show at Beacon Theatre on December 6 which also includes Cyndi herself, 50 Cent, Patty Griffin, Salt N Pepa, STRFKR, Metric singer Emily Haines and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
photo by Amanda Gentile
Trombonist Ryan Keberle has played as a member of Sufjan Stevens' Age of Adz band, St. Vincent & David Byrne's band, and appeared with Sufjan, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly at their Planetarium shows. He's also played with Escort, The Welcome Wagon, Nedelle Torrisi, Alicia Keys and more. He leads his own Brooklyn-based group, Catharsis, who will release their new album, Into The Zone, on September 30 which features collaborations with Chilean singer Camila Meza. His time playing with Sufjan Stevens (and being a longtime fan) inspired him to cover "Djohariah" last year, and now he takes on another Sufjan song, "Sister" (from Seven Swans) as a bonus track to Into The Zone. Here's what Ryan had to say about his Sufjan influence:
I, like so many others, spent the majority of my 20's listening to the music of Sufjan Stevens. Most good music connects with me on a deep emotional level, but there are those rare composers whose music moves me in ways that I've only otherwise experienced through sex, drugs, alcohol, good friendship and great comedy. My list of composers with this kind of musical emotional power is short and includes the likes of Lennon and McCartney, Maurice Ravel, Duke Ellington, and Maria Schneider, and after listening to Sufjan Stevens' music for the past 10 years now, I have officially added him to this list. In 2010, I had the great fortune to not only perform with Sufjan, but tour the world with him, performing the music from his last LP, "Age of Adz". Aside from being a true dream gig, this time spent on the road with Sufjan was filled with poignant lessons about music and life that I've drawn from thoroughly as I continue to delve deeper into the art of songwriting and band leading.The track premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
This track, "Sister", the second Sufjan Stevens "cover" recorded by my band, Catharsis, is a culmination of these lessons learned, both musical and personal. The music, although delivered in a jazz context, has much more to do with the universal and emotional power of all styles of music than it does with current jazz trends. Both Sufjan Stevens tracks we've covered, "Djohariah" and now, "Sister", are songs he wrote inspired by his sisters which I personally relate to having two sisters of my own.
Ryan & Catharsis have shows coming up too, including a release show in NYC happening on October 7 at Jazz Standard (116 E 27th St). All dates are listed, with the new Sufjan cover, below...