Friday, March 31, 2017

Let's Talk About Sufjan, Baby

2017 is turning into a big year for my favorite folkie Sufjan Stevens and his correspondent fans, of which I am certainly a big one. As previously announced this fall will bring us his "Music to Fuck a Peach By" soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino's homosexual epic Call Me By Your Name with Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet. 

But in the past week there's been two more bits of big news -- a couple of years ago Sufjan toured with a project called Planetarium, a collaboration with fellow musicians Nico Muhly, James McAlister, and Bryce Dressner (of The National) based on sci-fi spectacle . It was a big show with lights and a globe that floated over the stage; I saw it in Brooklyn in 2012 I think and I wish Instagram made searching easier because I know I took pictures but whatever; it happened. Anyway they're finally releasing the project - it hits in June, and here's the first video for the song "Saturn":

I thought that would be it for the year, which is plenty, but no, more news today - Sufjan's also releasing a live album from his last tour for his stellar last album Carrie & Lowell. His songs live tend to become bigger things than the small-scale intimacies of his records - he's usually got a fleet of musicians on stage, and so everything becomes kind of grand. 

Pitchfork has the playlist and he's including his cover of the Drak song "Hotline Bling" which got a lot of befuddled press - "Sufjan & Drake? What?" That's fine and all but I was really hoping he might've somehow included his song "Majesty Snowbird" - I don't think he even plays it anymore, I think it was from either the Illinoise or Michigan tours, but it's never gotten a real release and it's my favorite song of his and I hate that there's no proper copy in the world. Sigh.

Anyway as for what we are getting we'll also get to SEE the Lowell show too because he'll be releasing the live album in video form as well. Carrie & Lowell Live will be out on April 28th.

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