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Sufjan Stevens “Futile Devices” on WNYC

27th Jul 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

One of the most gorgeous songs from The Age of AdzSufjan Stevens plays “Futile Devices” on WNYC Soundcheck.

The video for “Pleasure Principle” was posted earlier this week.  The full show (audio) is available as a podcast and on  On the audio, he also performs “Heirloom” and talks with host John Schaefer.  The album, which came out last year, is for sale on Amazon for only $5 (digital version).

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Sufjan Stevens “Pleasure Principle” on WNYC

26th Jul 11 (Tue) 1 comment

Sufjan Stevens and his winning smile playing “Pleasure Principle” (a portion of “The Impossible Soul” on The Age of Adz) on WNYC Soundcheck with Bryce Dessner of The National

The full show (audio) is available as a podcast and on  On the audio, he also performs “Heirloom” and “Futile Devices” and talks with host John Schaefer.

~Dan – np: IncubusIf Not Now, When?

Shedding Light on New Sufjan Stevens LP

15th Jun 10 (Tue) Leave a comment


The National’s Bryce Dessner Sheds Light on New Sufjan Stevens LP
6/10/2010 By Ian Gormely

Sufjan Stevens’s Axl Rose-like recording pace is enough to get even casual fans wondering if the guy’s got another record in him following the triumph of 2005’s Illinois. In the five year’s since its release, he’s managed to produce an outtakes disc, an album of Christmas tunes and even a tribute to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. But he also admitted his 50 State project was just a promotional gimmick. And despite sneaking some new tracks into set lists last fall, in November he told Exclaim! that “I don’t really have as much faith in my work as I used to,” leaving a proper follow-up looking ever more doubtful.

Well, good news, kids: according to The National’s Bryce Dessner, Stevens is indeed hard at work on a new album and is currently recording in the band’s Brooklyn studio.

“We’ve played on some of the tracks and been listening to some of the stuff as he’s been working on it,” Dessner told Exclaim! in a recent interview.

Dessner, who described Stevens as “very solitary in what he does” and “one of my closest friends” didn’t want to reveal too much about the new as-yet-untitled Stevens album. But when asked if the new material sounded like Stevens’s older records, Dessner offered a resounding “no.”

“It’s going to be incredible,” he adds. “It’s going to probably blow people’s minds.”

I consider this to be most excellent news… any new Sufie on the horizon is a-OK with me.

~Dan – np: John LennonAcoustic

Clogs & Shara Worden on WNYC

24th Mar 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Clogs with Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond) hit the WNYC studio.  The WNYC Soundcheck podcast (from March 23, 2010) features interviews with Clogs’ Padma Newsome and Bryce Dessner (also of The National), and songs with Shara Worden on vocals.  You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes (for free).

The new album, The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, is out now.  Click the picture for Amazon options

the clogs

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Clogs w/ Sufjan & Shara

13th Jan 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

I got a chance to see Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond) and her singing debut with Clogs back in April 2007 at MusicNOW Fest in Cincinnati.  I’m stoked that this album is finally hitting the shelves with Sufjan Stevens and OSSO, too…

the clogs

When he’s not crafting epic indie rock in The National, Bryce Dessner teams up with Australian composer Padma Newsome to record hushed, intimate chamber-folk in the ensemble Clogs.

On March 2, Clogs will release their fifth album, the Newsome-composed song cycle The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, via Brassland. My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden sings on six of the album’s 10 songs, and Sufjan Stevens and National singer Matt Berninger contribute one guest vocal each. The Sufjan-affiliated string quartet Osso also contribute.

Read the rest on Pitchfork

Clogs – “On the Edge” [ft. Shara Worden]

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Music for Insomnia

6th Oct 09 (Tue) Leave a comment

I mentioned the Asthmatic Kitty Records‘ Library Catalog Music Series back here (yeah, buried amongst 8 other music stories).  Anyway, 900X’s will likely not be my only multiple-spinnable one (sidenote: I just got the 900X album on vinyl… yay!).

Coming out in December are three more in the all-instrumental series…

  • Lowell Brams: Music for Insomnia
  • Yuuki Matthews: Music for Savage Tropical Imagery
  • Roberto Carlos Lange: Music for Memory

Bryce Dessner (of The National) and Sufjan Stevens are all over the Lowell Brams: Music for Insomnia release.  Find out more on the AK webpage.

PSAimee Mann at Portland’s Aladdin Theater tonight.  Yay!  Look for a review (and hopefully photos) later this week.

~Dan – np: Finger ElevenGreyest of Blue Skies

Ty Tabor, MBD, Sufjan/Dessner/Brams

1st Nov 08 (Sat) Leave a comment

Ty Tabor, guitarist from King’s X, will have a new solo album out in early December.  Balance

It will be streaming from his MySpace page shortly.  Also for more info on his music, be sure to check out


Asthmatic Kitty (AK) just released a new My Brightest Diamond remix album digitally.  It’s called Shark Remixes Vol 1 – Alfred Brown.  It’s the first of four remix EPs.  The other three remixers are DM Stith, Son Lux and Roberto Carlos Lange.  For more info on this digital release, check iTunes or AK’s website.

AK also released a new compilation for Habitat for Humanity with a collaboration from Sufjan Stevens, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and AK co-founder Lowell Brams.  Their trio is called Tidal River.  For more information on AK’s Habitat compilation, go here.

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