Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I don't know how I let this blog go on so long without posting about the muthafuckin' man himself, Sufjan Stevens. This guy, who is currently busy working on the 3rd of his albums devoted to the 50 states (Michigan and Illinois being the first two), is one of the most prolific artists of our time. He doesn't just crank out simple singer/guitar jams either- Sufjan can play the oboe, recorder, banjo, guitar, vibraphone, bass, drums, piano and a number of other obscure instruments.
While growing up in a cult in Michigan, the young Sufjan was constantly writing and recording music with his family and friends whenever he could, but it wasn't until his release of Illinois in 2005 that he achieved notoriety in the "indie mainstream." The songs, ranging from the triumphant "Chicago" to the hauntingly melancholy "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." all fit together to tell tales of the state and it's famous sons. His music can move me like none other. I hope you enjoy, and maybe your state will be next to be Sufjan-ified, be on the lookout.
Download: Sufjan Stevens- Chicago
Download: Sufjan Stevens- For The Windows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
Download: Sufjan Stevens- Come On Feel The Illinoise
Download: Sufjan Stevens- Casimir Pulaski Day
Download: Sufjan Stevens- Jacksonville