Posts Tagged ‘Sufjan Stevens’


Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz [2010]

October 9, 2010

Post #48. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz, to be released October 12. Sufjan drops a big one!  What’s he getting at with calling this The Age of Adz?  The age of advertisements? Is he really talking about an adze? Or is it the age of odds?  I stopped trying to interpret too much of Sufjan‘s lyrics when he explained that The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us has no underlying social or racial meaning, but is instead the story of him being frightened by a wasp as a boy.  The reason I love this album is the way it builds to I want to be Well and settles down for Impossible Soul.  Sufjan mixes swirling wind instrument patterns (used heavily in The BQE) and some new electronic tricks into his trademark flowing folk, which results in a fun and somewhat scatterbrained sound.

Stream the whole album until October 12 at NPR.

source: npr, dataless




Sufjan Stevens – The BQE [2009]

October 19, 2009


Album post #9. The BQE by Sufjan Stevensreleased tomorrow.  When will Sufjan get it?  We hipsters just want more Chicago!  Or something catchy or cute (like Christmas album #172) that we can shout at him when he plays for the first time in Portland, Maine the other weekend.  We don’t care about his new electronic or abstract music.  We’re drunk and flanneled and want to sing along!  “FREEBIRD! PLAY FREEBIRD!!”  What asses.

Well Sufjan’s orchestral suite about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is sure to lose their interest as well.  That is, of course, unless they shoot up and watch the accompanying original film by Sufjan, which features shots of BQE traffic and The Hooper Heroes (see videos below).  In fact, I bet we’ll see plenty of Hooper Hero Hipsters this Halloween. 

The BQE is intended as a mixed-media piece in which the audio and visual complement each other; however, the music is plenty strong on its own.  I suggest listening while driving since that is the theme afterall.  Do be sure to find a way to listen to Movement I – In the Countenance of Kings.  It is truly a moving piece and unfortunately I could not find a youtube link for it.  (see hint below).  For a short while you can listen to all of Sufjan’s BQE on spinner.

source: dataless and skallygren

hint: An easy way to listen to ANY full album 1x through is to get a lala account.  Another good place to listen to some quality albums is spinner, but each is only up for a couple weeks.