Entries tagged with: Sufjan Stevens
(photo of Sufjan as Santa from NOW Toronto)
Of the zillion Sufjan Stevens shows I've seen since Michigan was released, this acoustic-solo-benefit show at Bowery Ballroom (Oct. 2, 2005) was probably the most special. No band. No costumes. No theatrics. Just Sufjan, a banjo, and a guitar. He opened with a cover of REM's The One I Love. He played a cover of The Innocence Mission's The Lakes of Canada (because Michigan and Canada are best friends). He played John Wayne Gacy and Chicago from Illinois, and a bunch off Seven Swans and Michigan including Seven Swans and an encore of Romulus.
Sufjan acoustic speaks for itself, it's been a while since Adam Green played a NYC show (not counting the last hurricane benefit he did something at), I keep missing Akron/Family, Grizzly Bear was just recommended by 'brown' (in the comments), Other Passengers is one my favorite local bands, and "special guests" are fun....
Monday, October 3 (7:00 PM doors)
HURRICANE KATRINA BENEFIT: Sufjan Stevens (Acoustic) / Adam Green / Akron/Family / Grizzly Bear / Other Passengers / plus special guests
at The Bowery Ballroom, New York City
Tickets on Sale
(thx to everyone who let me know about this)
I didn't go to Movable Hype last night (Monday, August 22, 2005). I had a ticket to see the Kid Dynamite reunion at CBGB which I figured would be over by 9:00. Then someone out of the blue offered me a free ticket to see Sufjan Stevens & Bunky at Bowery Ballroom again. I accepted. Unfortunately CB's added unannounced openers. The reunion show ran later than expected. That meant I missed Bunky :(, but I did make it to Bowery in time to catch Sufjan's entire performance. It was the fourth of five sold out NYC shows. It was fake tattoo night.
This time I got the chance to see the show from the back of the room. Sunday night I was up front. I can't say if one was better than the other. I can summarize the criticisms I've read in the comments and heard people say (both in actual conversation and while eavesdropping):
* It's hard to tell when and if Sufjan is being ironic
* Too many pauses between songs, too unrehearsed, instrument changes take too long, trying too hard, etc...
It would of been nice to see Bunky perform again. Next time.
John Wayne Gacy, Jr. is one of my favorite songs on Sufjan Steven's Illinois. Hearing him sing it live gave me chills.
Above photo of Sufjan taken at fake tattoo night (NYC show 4/5) @ Bowery Ballroom on Monday night August 22, 2005.
To differentiate five back-to-back shows at Bowery Ballroom, Sufjan Stevens instituted a theme each night.
Sunday night (August 21, 2005 & night 3) was pirate night.
Arrgh! Welcome to Pirate Night.
One Louder was there Friday night. Wes was there Friday too. Stereogum was there Saturday night" I forget the order, but there's also fake accident night, and the last night is homecoming (formal attire).
Dear amNewYork newspaper,
The intro. to your interview with Sufjan Stevens this morning incorrectly stated that "Come on Feel The Illinoise" was Sufjan's second album. You further goofed by calling "Say Yes, Michigan" his first.
I hope that clears things up a bit. You probably meant his second state-themed album. Regards, -bv
* With Friday, Saturday & Sunday all sold out, Sufjan added yet another night at Bowery Ballroom in August. Monday, August 22nd - tickets on sale.
* My Mean Magpie posted live Sufjan MP3s from 2001. (via LHB)
* Radar Magazine interviewed Sufjan.
WTTM also has the MP3s from Stars' recent performance on KEXP.
* Devendra Banhart (with his "Hairy Fairy Band") is playing Webster Hall on October 20th. Bunny Brains is opening.
If by Bunny Brains, they mean this band, then "the band formerly known as BunnyBrains 88 and before that just The Bunny Brains, is now ULTRABUNNY." (on sale at noon)
* The third Sufjan Stevens date at Bowery Ballroom was added. Castanets are opening. No offense to Castanets, but the Bunky and Smoosh dates are the ones to be at (unless you're going to all three). (on sale at noon,
but not even one of the shows is sold out yet)
I haven't stressed enough how much I love the new Mountain Goats record.
Spoon is playing the Siren Festival this Saturday.
Stevens Album Soars Despite 'Superman' Flap
Smoosh is opening for Sufjan Stevens in NYC.
Dredg is playing Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Aug. 17th, 2005.
Not everyone likes the Bunky album, but supposedly their live show is legendary in San Diego. The biggest complaint about the album seems to be the unsuccessful translation of that live experience. Now we (New York) can find out when they open for labelmate Sufjan Stevens at Bowery Ballroom on August 20th (Liz Janes also on that bill). (Tickets)
Bunky is playing one of the three shows Sufjan is headlining at Bowery. The August 21st one still hasn't been announced. The August 19th one has Smoosh & Half Handed Cloud on the bill. If you don't know who Smoosh is, then it's essential you check out this feature on NPR.
"He wrote a song about the ivory-bill, known as the "lord god" or "great god" bird because of its breathtaking appearance. Together, they offer a portrait of Brinkley in word and song"
""The Lord God Bird" is only available on NPR.org and does not yet appear on any album"
You can buy Sufjan Stevens' Illinois again
I hope you didn't buy Sufjan's Superman album on E-Bay for $75 because according to Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn (and confirmed by Pitchfork), "the 'cease and desist' order was rescinded. Sound Fix is selling "Illinois" for $10.99. Insound has it for $9.99. (plus 25% off for new customers)
Sufjan Stevens' Illinois gets a 9.2
If you look at the comments of my favorite 5 CDs of the year post, you'll see many agree with the greatness.
Order Illinois at Insound.
"If you have tried to pre-order the Sufjan Stevens: Illinois LP at Asthmatic Kitty, you will have difficulty, not because it is selling out (which it is or should be), but because DC Comics issued a cease and desist order to Asthmatic Kitty regarding the image of Superman on the cover of the LP!" [between thought and expression & you ain't no picasso]
1. His new Illinois album is not even out until July 5th. (although the record label is sending out orders anyway. see comments)
2. See what the OC can do.
3. Thank you Sufjan for not playing Webster Hall!
Catbirdseat posted two MP3s from Sufjan Steven's next album, Illinois.
Anyone who's seen Sufjan live (at least in NYC) over the past 1-2 years already knows the song Chicago. Pitchfork reviewed the track and posted it for download.
I posted yesterday that Sufjan announced tour dates (including two in NYC that are on sale)
As reported on Pitchfork and More Cowbell the other day, Sufjan Stevens is touring this summer in support of his new album Illinois. The revealed tour dates are in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona, so I didn't rush to post them.
Then today I found out Sufjan is playing August 19th and 20th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and that tickets go on sale today at noon. Up until now, Sufjan has stuck to the smaller venues (Southpaw, Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory, etc...) (not counting the Plug Awards at Webster Hall). I want to believe that two nights in a row at Bowery is the natural progression on his rise to fame mixed with the anticipated popularity of his next album, but I realize I can't discount the popularity he must have received from his association with the OC.
The lastest exciting album leak is Illinois by Sufjan Stevens. Pitchfork posted the track list a few weeks ago. No matter how you feel about leaks, it's hard to resist listening to the song TTIKTDA posted for download. You'll notice a Cloud Room demo song there too. As noted in my Gothamist post yesterday, people are talking about this band. Unfortunately I missed their free show at Knitting Factory last night in favor of the last of three Shins shows at Webster Hall. Actually it wasn't unfortunate. The Shins were great. I have pictures to post, but bed is calling. Read reviews of Sunday night's show at One Louder, Central Village, and Daily Refill. My last post had a link to some pictures and an animated video.
Sufjan Stevens, Saul Williams, RJD2 + Aesop Rock, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists, Dillinger Escape Plan AND DJs Tim Sweeney (DFA) and James F**king Freidman (Refuse' / Output Recordings)