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Asthmatic Kitty is selling the above two posters. The one on the left "was sold at Sufjan's Bowery Ballroom shows in August of 2005. The butterflies represent the bands that played with Sufjan (Smoosh, Half-handed Cloud, Castanets, Bunky, Feathers, Liz Janes and Danielson Famile.) Limited edition of 200 signed and numbered by the artist Jason Munn."

Standard Motion has Southpaw posters.

Previously
Sufjan spotted at Serena Maneesh 2 nights in a row
Sufjan Stevens @ Lincoln Center, NYC | Reviews & pics
Southpaw Posters For Sale | Standard Motion

Some of us were at the Winter Garden for a tribute to the Boss Saturday night. Others were packed into Tonic to see Mr. Alec Ounsworth. Then there were those catching either the 8:30 or 10:30 Sufjan Stevens show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room in NYC. The rest of this post is a compilation of reviews, photos, and links sent to me by you....

Sufjan Stevens @ Lincoln Center

Reviews @ Mesh Magazine, Village Indian, and Variety and one of the early show by Cioran Sellars right here: "Well I saw Sufjan Stevens at Lincoln Center tonight. Ah what can I say? I've seen Sufjan and co-horts once before at the Bowery ballroom, where I must admit I was somewhat distracted/transfigured by the luminous Katrina Kerns. I remember thinking that I've been looking for a cult worth joining, and if this cult was this intelligent and attractive I'm in. Back then they were all in cheerleading outfits, this time they looked dressed for the prom. Sufjan's babes were endearingly awkward in slightly geeky dresses and ill footing boots. Freed from the bondage of having to promote the last album (however much I like it) and with only an hour and fifteen minute set they concentrated mostly on my favorite songs (no John Wayne Gacy alas) with a good heaping from "Seven Swans" and the orchestra added to some songs (He Woke Me Up) and perhaps clouded others but there is something about seeing Sufjan and crew that awakens some urge to continue living in me......

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens @ Lincoln Center, NYC | Reviews & pics"

"As always, artistic director Philip Glass is gathering an amazing line-up of artists for the concert. The show presents well-known performers from around the world and features unique collaborations between them. To date, confirmed artists include Philip Glass, award-winning composer, well known for his gripping melodies which enchant listeners worldwide; Laurie Anderson, another long-time favorite of the Benefit Concert, who will be gracing the stage with her wildly creative musical talent; Damien Rice, an amazing artist who will be performing for the first time at the event, whose haunting and melodic music can be heard on the soundtrack of the movie Closer, in the title song, “The Blower’s Daughter”; Sufjan Stevens, another newcomer to the show, a talented, intelligent artist whose work brims with heart-wrenching melodies and orchestration; and singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer Allen Toussaint, one of America’s greatest musical treasures and a New Orleans native who has had a tremendous influence on American music reaching deep into the idioms of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues, and jazz.

There will be more artists performing at the show so check the website regularly as all new updates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. As many of you may already know, there is a wonderful reception after the concert, where the artists, honorary chair, and all of the benefit concert package ticket holders congregate for a buffet dinner party. Tibet House looks forward to seeing you at Carnegie Hall on March 1st, 2006."

Bowery Presents confirms the rumor that Sufjan Stevens is opening tonight's (12/5) Iron & Wine / Calexico show at Webster Hall. Tim Fite opens on Tuesday.

'Ear Farm' has the entire Sufjan Stevens concert from July 30, 2005 as MP3s for download. That includes "John Wayne Gacy Jr," "Casimir Pulaski Day," and "The Star Spangled Banner."

'You Ain't No Picasso' posted a song only available on the vinyl version of Illinois.

Previously
The Sufjan Stevens Christmas Album
Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom (show 4/5), NYC | pics

Sufjan Stevens as Santa

These MP3s were floating around last year. They're even more relevant now that Sufjan is the bee's knees. Download all 24 Sufjan Stevens Christmas songs at Irresponsible Jouralism.

(photo of Sufjan as Santa from NOW Toronto)

Previously
Sufjan Stevens is #1 in America
Sufjan nominated for Plug Awards
Sufjan #1 at Amazon

Wow. Five nights at Bowery Ballroom followed by a benefit at Bowery Ballroom followed by two shows at Symphony Space, and now a show at Lincoln Center too. It's January 14, 2006 to be exact, and tickets are already on sale. (thx Greg)

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

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.

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom (benefit), NYC | pics"

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)

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

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.

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

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...

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

It would of been nice to see Bunky perform again. Next time.

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom (show 4/5), NYC | pics"

John Wayne GacySufjan Stevens

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.

Lyrics and guitar tab at Stereogum.

Previously
Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom (show 3/5), NYC | pics

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

Sufjan Stevens and the Illinoisemakers played Bowery Ballroom in NYC Sunday night (August 21, 2005).

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

It was pirate night. Opener Bunky was on stage.

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

Gothamist reviewed Saturday's show. Sufjan ponders success.

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

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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.
sufjan stevens @ Bowery Ballroom

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).

Seven SwansEnjoy Your RabbitA Sun Came

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.

Check these out:
* Seven Swans
* Enjoy Your Rabbit
* A Sun Came

I hope that clears things up a bit. You probably meant his second state-themed album. Regards, -bv

Previously
Sufjan starts his five night run at Bowery Ballroom this week
Tickets on sale for Sufjan at Symphony Space

Sufjan Stevens is playing Symphony Space in NYC on October 7th, 2005. (via Central Village & Manic Mess)

From Symphony Space:
"Get your tickets today for appearances by Susanna Clarke, Sufjan Stevens, Paris Combo, Dan Zanes and many many more!"

August 19th - 22nd @ Bowery Ballroom in NYC = all sold out. August 23rd just announced. Tix not on sale yet. All Sufjan Stevens tour dates below...

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens Adds 5th NYC Night | All Tour Dates"

* 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.

Previously
New Sufjan Stevens & Stars live MP3s & Stream
Bunky Moved to Sunday | Smoosh playing Knit

Devendra BanhartSufjan Stevens

* 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)

Previously
Devendra Banhart "Cripple Crow" sampler | Stream
Mountain Goats, Sufjan, Spoon, Dredg & Smoosh MP3s

Welcome to the M!dwest! is an MP3 blog with the following MP3s for download:
The Mountain Goats + Spoon KEXP Performances
Sufjan Stevens Live @ WNYC
New Dredg
Smoosh

Also...
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.

Bunky 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.

Also
An interview with Bunky
The Kyndmusic Bunky review
Listen to Smoosh on KEXP
Watch a Smoosh video
A Sufjan Stevens MP3 @ Central Village

Previously
Sufjan Stevens Exclusive song for NPR | MP3
You can buy Sufjan Stevens' Illinois again
Bunky "BaBa" Video
Bunky | Born to Be a Motorcycle

"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"

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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)

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Sufjan Stevens' Illinois gets a 9.2

Although the release date is now delayed, Pitchfork gave Illinois a 9.2 today. Sufjan Stevens is now in the lead with the highest Pitchfork score of the year.

If you look at the comments of my favorite 5 CDs of the year post, you'll see many agree with the greatness.

Chromewaves says "the album is marvelous and still worth the wait." He also has an MP3.

Order Illinois at Insound.