September 9th, 2010 , by John Beeler
The internet is an amazing place, yes? We are able to transmit music quickly and efficiently in ways previously unheard of.
Here, for example, is "Too Much," the second track from Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz.
If you preorder the album now, you can get the entire album similarly transmitted in digital form two weeks early. Do that right here.
August 26th, 2010 , by John Beeler
Last week we had the pleasure of releasing the All Delighted People EP (available for download for $5 and free stream right here). And the week before we announced a fall tour (tickets are still for sale here, but selling quickly).
And today, we are proud to announce the upcoming release of The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds), the first song-based full-length from Sufjan Stevens since 2005's Illinois. The Age of Adz will drop on October 12th (CD, MP3) with a double-LP following on November 9th.
For the next three weeks you can preorder the CD and LP and receive an MP3 download on September 28th, two weeks before the release date.
Preorder it all right here.
It’s much too soon to cast descriptive lots, but we can say the new album sounds nothing like the All Delighted EP (although it shares similar themes of love, loss, and the apocalypse). Nor is this new album built around any conceptual underpinning (no odes to states, astrology, or urban expressways).
We can say it shows an extensive use of electronics (banjos and acoustic guitars give way to drum machines and analog synthesizers), and an obsession with cosmic fantasies (space, heaven, aliens, love), to create an explicit pop-song extravaganza, augmented by heavy orchestration, and maybe even a few danceable moments. Enjoy Your Rabbit meets the BQE. But with songs. Verse, chorus, bridge, backbeat. Gated reverb. Space echo. Get your boogey on.
The “Adz” of the title loosely refers to the apocalyptic paintings of outsider artist Royal Robertson (1930-1997), whose work is used for the album cover, interior design, and as general inspiration for the tone of the album.
August 20th, 2010 , by John Beeler
August 9th, 2010 , by John Beeler
Photo by Denny Renshaw
March 30th, 2010 , by John Beeler
Last year, we released Sufjan Stevens' The BQE, a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (and the Hula-hoop) and released by us two years after its initial performance.
February 10th, 2010 , by John Beeler
With LuvInIdleness, Sufjan Stevens has continued exploring his marital fetish and recorded another husband and wife duo (cf. The Welcome Wagon). The record is a lush pop EP from his old friends Ben + Vesper, the hard-scrabble, working-class artist parents from West Orange, New Jersey. Inspired by both Xanadu and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Luvinidleness is a healthy bonanza of five songs that render the woes of ordinary life (work, rent, mouths to feed! oh the mouths!) into glorious (and psychedelic) orchestrations of bubalicious pop. Sufjan described the recording process as "high-velocity, instant chemistry, rowdy fun, tag-team multi-tracking, vocal genuflecting, drum-fill whimsy, space-station bass synth, and vocal harmony madness." B+V calls it one of the "funnest" [sic] recordings they've ever done, and that it involved peanut butter cookies. They recommend a subwoofer for best listening experience.
November 24th, 2009 , by John Beeler
We’re not the kind to usually leapfrog to Christmas goose before we’ve turked our turkey. Still, what with shipping time, Friday being the first Christmas music day of the year, etc et al, we thought we’d let you know a few things about Sufjan Stevens’ wonderful Songs for Christmas.
We’ve dusted off our Christmas site for the season. It’s at xmas.asthmatickitty.com.There, you can stream the entire 5-CD boxset for free until Christmas day, play a videogame designed by up and coming animation superstar Tom DesLongchamp, download ringtones (now for iPhone!), watch videos, and download ornaments. The site is just like last year’s, but now with more tradition!
And we know some of you are thinking of giving Sufjan’s Songs for Christmas boxset to friends. We’d like to help! For the next few weeks you can buy one for just $15 (it’s normally $19), two for $25, or 3 for $30 (each additional boxset is just $10) – plus shipping & handling. Simply add the boxset to your cart by clicking here, change to appropriate quantity level, and away you go, merrily enjoying Christmas!
October 28th, 2009 , by John Beeler
October 25th, 2009 , by John Beeler
October 20th, 2009 , by John Beeler
Sufjan Stevens The BQE is out today. Suffice it to say, the number of product options is multiplicious. To catalog them all in one place, we made a nice handy summary right here. This page lists purchase options for digital video, including the only way to get the film in QuickTime HD and iPhone/iTunes playable. Read more about The BQE right here.