Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sufjan Stevens and stuff

In "To Be Alone With You" by Sufjan Stevens, you can hear the squeaks as his fingers slight across the acoustic guitar. Raw, lovely, beautiful [? ? ?] Yes. Yes. Yes. And authentic. Following a complaint [thanks Kyle] that it's impossible to get into an artist after only hearing one song [fairly true, except for when I heard one song by Anathallo and fell in love], I decided to post some more. These are all I could find hosted by the two record labels that he has belonged to [he may have belonged to more, but am I prepared to find out? not right now, no]...

Sufjan Stevens

Year of the Dog
All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace
*Note: right-click and save target as, if having difficulty.

Sufjan is good music to be listening to at the minute, since it's nice and sunny and it's been a pleasant day and I can't take anything all that seriously otherwise I'd go insane. Pretty much. So instead, let's all smile, and enjoy Sufjan's pretty voice. I like that idea. Do you? If so, I recommend going onto either elbows or the hype machine and searching for Sufjan Stevens. There are bound to be about a million posts [with a million songs], since last year every blogger fell in love with his album Illinois [and it topped many a best-album-of-2005 chart]. And now there's many a blogger gearing up to give his "new" album of outtakes from Illinois [called The Avalanche] the coveted title of album of the year. As it stands, these songs I've posted are not representations of why I love his music. But get searching...

Here's the tracklist for that new album:

1. The Avalanche
2. Dear Mr Supercomputer
3. Adlai Stevenson
4. The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies
5. Chicago (acoustic version)
6. The Henney Buggy Band
7. Saul Bellow
8. Carlyle Lake
9. Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair
10. The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)
11. Kaskaskia River
12. Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)
13. Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne
14. No Man's Land
15. The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake
16. The Pick-up
17. The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?"
18. For Clyde Tombaugh
19. Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)
20. Pittsfield
21. The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)

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