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DOWNLOAD: Rafter - Anthropomorphic (MP3)

Photograph by Lizeth Santos

about the project...
hi, i'm rafter (www.myspace.com/rafterroberts & http://asthmatickitty.com/musicians.php?artistID=7), and these songs are from a project i'm doing with my sweet and rad girlfriend lizeth - we both were feeling unproductive, and somehow ended up daring ourselves to finish 1 art project a day. we take turns giving the day a theme, and we both do something for it. for her, that's photos (www.lizethsantos.com) and for me it's songs. so i've been writing and recording a song a day... here's one of them, and her corresponding photo...
Here's another one and another one and another one and another one and another one and one more from Rafter and Lizbeth.

Rafter (Bunky)'s Asthmatic Kitty labelmate My Brightest Diamond is playing her show with Tim Fite at the Gramercy Theatre on Saturday (Nov 17). I have two pairs of tickets to give away. Do you want one of those pairs? E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: diamond) with the name of the Christmas song you wrote for Sufjan (or just tell me the last show you saw) (or recommend a song I should listen to). Include your first and last name. Two winners will be picked at random and notified ASAP.

Castanets are in this family too. Check out that beard.

and last, but not least (ok, maybe least)....

DOWNLOAD: Indie Blockedappela - Yes/No (Bunky)
DOWNLOAD: Indie Blockedappela - Golden Star (My Brightest Diamond)
DOWNLOAD: Indie Blockedappela - Come on Feel the Illinoise (Sufjan)
DOWNLOAD: Indie Blockedappela - Decatur, Or, Round of Applause For Your Step Mother! (Sufjan) (MP3)

DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - That Was the Worst Christmas Ever (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Ding Dong (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Com on! Let's Boogie to the Elf Dance! (MP3)

"Asthmatic Kitty is proud to announce..."
Sufjan Stevens Christmas

It's Christmas time again! That means tightly bundled scarves, lively debates on the merits of real/plastic trees, a litany of Christmas television specials, and finding the perfect retro Christmas wrapping paper.

And gifts of course! Who could forget the gifts!

That's why Sufjan Stevens is busy working on a very special gift right now, for a very special person. And in the spirit of Christmas, that person will give Sufjan a similarly special gift.

Here's how it works: write an original Christmas song, record it, and email the song to us. Asthmatic Kitty will pick a winner, and that person will trade rights to their song for rights to Sufjan's song.

Just like a gift exhange, Sufjan's song becomes your song. You can hoard it for yourself, sell it to a major soft drink corporation, use it in your daughter's first Christmas video, or share it for free on your website. No one except Sufjan and you will hear his song, unless you decide otherwise. You get the song and all legal rights to it. We get the same rights to your song.

By submitting your song, you also give us permission to stream it online.

Interested? Click here . . .

It's hard to believe that this is the fourth year in a row that I've posted about Sufjan's Christmas music.

Sufjan Stevens just performed the "BQE" for three nights at BAM.

outside Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC - Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)

Though the event had been promoted as a wild night of partying, music and movies, the overbearing rules made it more of a hostile takeover. It seemed that everywhere we went we were doing something wrong. No photos! No beer in the Opera House! No beer in the movie theater! (No seats, either.) You can’t stand here, you can’t go in through that door, you can’t go up to the café because we’ve let so many people in that human sausage links are now tumbling down the escalator! (No eating the human sausage links!)

This was BAM’s first time hosting this ambitious event – the Times describes BAM’s executive producer Joseph V. Melillo as “looking somewhat overwhelmed amid a sea of hipsters”, saying “We lost our virginity tonight.” – so we really ought to be more gentle. In theory, Takeover was an inspired and well-programmed use of the building’s superb facilities. We just hope that if and when we takeover again, they let a lot less of us in. [Gothamist]

Earlier in the evening, Sufjan Stevens performed "BQE".
Next up for BAM: The National.

Sufjan Stevens @ BAM - Nov 2, 2007 (CRED)
Sufjan Stevens @ BAM

The first set of pictures was pretty limited, so here's some more....

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Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

What does a Hula Hoop have to do with a crowded urban expressway? Much like the automobile, the hoop relies on the basic laws of physics administrated by the simple machine of the wheel, the greatest of human inventions. Notably, there are no macroscopic wheels to be found in animals or plants. It is a purely human construction. And yet the wheel has come to symbolize spiritual transcendence, reincarnation, yin and yang, Chakra, the wheel of life, the calendar, the seasons, astrology, and divinity. We are contained by the rotations of the planets and moons around the sun; we are all cosmically connected by vast circular motions in the solar system. Is it no wonder, then, that this geometric phenomenon has been appropriated both for the modern convenience of the automobile and for the amusement proffered by a plastic toy? [Sufjan Stevens (PDF)]
Continued below....

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DOWNLOAD: The Misfits - Halloween (MP3)


All Good Naysayers provides all the info you need to create your very own Sufjan Stevens-themed Halloween costume to go with your Sufjan Stevens pumpkin. And since the city was filled with people dressed up for Halloween this weekend (4-5 days before Halloween), it probably wouldn't be against the rules for you to wear your costume again 1-3 days after Halloween.

DOWNLOAD: Dead Kennedys - Halloween (MP3)

...but first, a pumpkin carved to look like Sufjan Stevens....

Sufjan Stevens

Thx Volume Knob for the pic! Cycle Sluts info below....

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Bridget St John, David Garland, Dave Deporis (CRED)
David Garland and friends

This Sunday, Oct. 28, Sufjan Stevens will premier a couple pieces from his new orchestral project "The BQE" on David Garland's radio show Spinning On Air. That'll be heard Oct. 28, 7- 8 pm on WNYC-FM 93.9 in New York City, and online. David will also interview Sufjan. David also threw a preview up on YouTube....

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens The BQE, Part 6 on WNYC (video)"

DOWNLOAD: Marla Hansen - A Friend Indeed (MP3)

Marla & friend
Marla Hansen

These songs are from my solo project, but I perform with lots of other groups too. I'm the violist for My Brightest Diamond, and I played viola for "Bring Me the Workhorse," her latest record. I also perform with Sufjan Stevens, and recently had the honor of being a member of the Magical Butterfly Brigade. You can hear me on "Illinois," and also on his new Christmas record (vol. 5, playing and singing!) I'm singing on "Boxer," the new record from the National, and I perform all over NYC with my good friend Sebastian Krueger's project Inlets. I have also worked with Devotchka, Clare and the Reasons, Oneida, The New Pornographers, Duncan Sheik, and many other bands in the New York area. I even got to rock it with Jay-Z at Radio City Music Hall last year, and with Kanye West on SNL. [Marla Hansen]
Marla Hansen - 2007 Tour Dates
Oct 12 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, opening for The National Brooklyn, NY
Oct 16 - Glasslands, Social Registry CMJ showcase Brooklyn, NY
Oct 20 - upstairs @ Pianos, Brooklyn Vegan party, NYC (1:45pm) w/ Doveman
Nov 1 - Sufjan Stevens at BAM Brooklyn, New York
Nov 2 - Sufjan Stevens at BAM Brooklyn, New York
Nov 3 - Sufjan Stevens at BAM Brooklyn, New York

Get to the National early tonight! Look for Marla in Sufjan's orchestra at BAM. Stay tuned for more info on the artists playing the BrooklynVegan party upstairs at Pianos on October 20th.

DOWNLOAD: Stylofone - Hotstepper (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marla Hansen - Wedding Day (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bowerbirds - In Our Talons (live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mekons - (sometimes I Feel Like) Fletcher Christian (MP3)

Jonah Ray & Darren Mabee @ Webster Hall, NYC - Oct 2, 2007 (CRED)
Jonah Ray & Darren Mabee

“I’m not really comfortable with being Man Man’s ‘biggest fan,’” says 22-year-old Darren Mabee, alleged superfan of the bouncy, post-pop Philadelphia five-piece, although the energetic, sweat-soaked sasquatch has been spotted and blogged about at many of their shows. “It’s just all about having fun. I don’t put too much thought into this.” [Paper Thin Walls]
* Roseanne Barr is at Comix
* Invite Them Up is at Rififi
* Mekons are at Gramercy Theatre
* Tigercity & Stylofone are @ Southpaw (free)
* Secret Machines are at the Annex
* Georgie James is playing Europa
* Bowerbirds are at Sound Fix
* Patrick Wolf and Bishi @ Webster Hall
* Bloc Party, Tokyo Police Club & Smoosh @ Theater @ MSG
* Boris, Damon & Naomi & Michio Kurihara are @ Music Hall
* Nina Nastasia & Jim White are @ Mercury Lounge
* Sufjan Steven's friends Denison Witmer & Marla Hansen are @ Knitting Factory
* Nightmare of You, Le Loup & The King Left are @ Bowery
* The Brunettes & Ferraby Lionheart are playing Maxwell's
* Dirty Projectors are at Zebulon
* Pop Montreal kicked off in Montreal

What else?

DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - She Is (Tim Buckley cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Dear Mr Supercomputer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - The Henney Buggy Band (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens vs. Christina Aguilera (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Jason (MP3)


The Sufjan part....

On November 1, 2 and 3rd Sufjan will be pairing orchestrated selections of both new and old material with the 25th Next Wave Festival commission/world premiere of The BQE-a symphonic and cinematic exploration of one of New York's least celebrated monuments: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Robert Moses' controversial 11.7-mile roadway tears through neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with the brute force of modern urban planning, and in Stevens' hands becomes an evocation of the intersection of intimate experience and the American Dream. Merging a virtual road trip shot on film with a live band and orchestral ensemble, The BQE discovers abstract patterns and stories in the snaking traffic, potholed pavement, billboards, badly marked exits, and beautiful city views, revealing what happens when Manifest Destiny converges with urban blight.

And everything....
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has announced the selections for the 25th Next Wave Festival, to run October 2-December 16, 2007

Theater highlights include the New York premiere of Hotel Cassiopeia, a meditation on the life of artist Joseph Cornell, written by Charles L. Mee, created and performed by the SITI Company, and directed by SITI founder Anne Bogart (October 9-13); Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin's drama Krum, presented by the Polish theater company TR Warszawa (October 17-20); German director Michael Thalheimer's production of Frank Wedekind's classic play Lulu (November 27-December 1); and French acrobat/actor/director James Thierree's performance piece Au Revoir Parapluie (December 4-16).

Other notable Next Wave offerings include the Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan (October 2-7); singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens' multimedia piece The BQE (November 1-3); Cast No Shadow, the first collaboration between visual artist Isaac Julien and choreographer Russell Maliphant (November 6-10); and composer Tan Dun's The Gate (December 5-8).

Subscriptions to the 25th Next Wave Festival go on sale to the public on June 18. (Friends of BAM and Subscriber Priority Sale begins June 11.) Click here for more information on ticketing.
La Blogoteque's new video of Sufjan performing "The Lakes of Canada" below....

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DOWNLOAD: My Brightest Diamond - Something of an End (MP3)

-- Stream the whole album --

My Brightest Diamond @ Town Hall

Shara Worden and band (string section included), aka My Brightest Diamond, were such wonderful openers that I would have been happy to leave before headliner Sufjan even took the stage (I'm happy I didn't though).

My Brightest Diamond played about a 45-minute set including an awesome full-band+special-guest-beatboxer cover of Prince's When Doves Cry (she's been known to do it solo too) (and she did it at Joe's Pub - get the MP3).

Then Shara came back to join Sufjan and band as a butterfly for the rest of the show - so did her string section.

My Brightest Diamond @ Town Hall

She was the only regular member of Sufjan's 12-person band that I recognized. What happened to Katrina Kerns? Sufjan dedicated a song to her -- one where she appeared in the video playing in the background -- I think she was in the audience.

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Antony & Sufjan

None of my pictures from the 2006 Tibet House Benefit Concert had such a clear view of Antony & Sufjan at once. That's Laurie Anderson on Antony's right.

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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.

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......

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"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.

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)

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.

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