Friday, January 30, 2009

You Have All Let Me Down


Seriously. All y'all need some thinkin' time in the corner, because I am severely disappointed in you. A brand new Sufjan Stevens song is released, and no one tells me? Just... HOW COULD YOU? I am ashamed. Deeply ashamed of every single one of you. I don't know if I can look you in the face right now. Just... just leave me alone. No... don't say you're sorry, I said just leave me alone. I need time to... NO... I have to think. God. Via:

"Today's Dark Was The Night track comes to us from a guy named Sufjan Stevens. It's a cover of the Castanets' "You Are The Blood," originally on Ray & rotating Co's 2004 album Cathedral (keeping it in the Asthmatic Kitty family, see). For his updated take, Stevens replaces the original's minimal gothic atmospherics with crazed keyboarding, carnival percussion, high-pitched vocalisms, and layers of general instrumental zaniness until a soft, Sufjan-y return. Take a listen. It sounds like he decided to put every piece of equipment in his studio to use."

Dark Was The Night is a charity compilation - a kick-arse compilation - that comes out on February 16th. Because it's for charity - AIDS, y'all - I'm not gonna offer any free downloads, but you can listen to the Sufjan song right at this link.

There's also a new Arcade Fire song on it, which you can hear here. Other tunes on the compilation are by Grizzly Bear, Feist and Ben Gibbard, Bon Iver, My Brightest Diamond, The Kronos Quartet, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, Beirut, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Cat Power, Blonde Redhead... AND MORE. Seriously... that list blows my mind.


Anonymous said...

When is Sufjan going to put out another album of his own?!?! All it seems he does these days is collaborate on and produce other people's releases and write pretentious articles that I avoid because they DO NOT endear him to me. (Honestly, I don't know if he's still writing stuff on the web these days, because I love him too much to subject him to my own pretensions regarding pretentious people.) [Say that three times fast.]

Then I go listen to Illinois, and all is forgiven.


Jason Adams said...

Ugh, I know exactly what you're talking about, CT. He stills writes stuff over at Asthmatic Kitty every so often and I usually just ignore it too.

And I was listening to this new tune of his on repeat last night and became very nearly enraged that it's been so long since I've had the opportunity to see him perform live. I think he probably was feeling a little ubiquitous there for a bit and felt the need to step out of the spotlight for a bit, which I can understand, but the time has come to step back, man. Your fans are past anxious, now just annoyed.

Anonymous said...

Feist and Grizzly Bear song FTW!

sparky2379 said...

Apropos of nothing, at first glance Sufjan looks like Chris Evans.