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Sufjan Stevens – "Chicago" (Acoustic)

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been without internet for the past couple or few days (I don’t even know, because without it I feel like I’m just frozen in a timeless black hole. Just kidding, kind of.) Anyway, I learned that I could tether my Droid to my computer and get internet (whoa), so that’s how I’m doing this post. It’s pretty slow since my reception has always been shitty in my room, but I’m pretty tech-retarded (meaning slow – no offense) so this makes me feel really 2010.

I hate to think that I’m dependent on the internet, but I have become obsessed with keeping up with new music and without the internet, it’s really difficult to do that. I’m visiting my parents in FL so I keep hearing the same Plies song on Florida radio stations and I don’t even know what channel MTV is here. Oh well, it’s probably healthy to have a little break every now and then. When I finally do get internet back I can promise you that I will be back with an enraged, rabid compulsion to blog.

To test out this Droid-enabled blogging, I’m giving you this great acoustic version of Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago”. When Come On, Feel The Illinoise! came out, it was instantly one of my favorite albums. It still sits high on my list of top albums of the decade. Somehow I missed this acoustic version of “Chicago” until recently. Check it out.

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Acoustic) | YouSendIt


Video! Sufjan Stevens Performs A New Song

Here’s some footage of Sufjan Stevens performing a new song called “There’s Too Much Love” in Ithaca, NY thanks to IGIF. It seems as if Sufjan is such a musical arrangement mastermind that he gets bored with entertaining our simple minds. In the past years, he has put out some extraordinarily weird shit. This one is a nice balance. Good song, but definitely drawn out and taken down some alleys that I’d rather avoid. I don’t think it would be too incredibly hard for Sufjan to put together another album that lovers of his past music would eat up, but that doesn’t seem to be what he wants to do. Yeah, it’s frustrating, but you have to respect him for doing whatever he wants. I guess.


Aesop Rock vs. Sufjan Stevens

I posted about that Illinoize mixtape a while ago, but I don’t think I ever took the time to listen to this track. I saw it posted recently at AW and decided to share. It’s Tor’s mash up of Sufjan Stevens and Aesop Rock and it’s pretty excellent.

Aesop Rock vs. Sufjan Stevens – None Shall Wonder | ZShare


Mash Ups! Sufjan Stevens vs. Aesop Rock, Outkast, Brother Ali, Gift Of Gab, DJ Premier, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock & CL Smooth and Grand Puba

Illinoize is a free remix tape put together by Montreal-based producer Tor, sampling songs from multi-instrumentalist and indie hero, Sufjan Stevens. Enough said, right? Check out a couple songs (the big blue ones) or download the entire tape below. Much credit to Luis at Pretty Much Amazing.

I always knew “…Night Zombies…” could be a good hip-hop backdrop.


1. Tor / Sufjan Stevens – Star of Wonder / None Shall Pass (f. Aesop Rock)
2. Tor / Sufjan Stevens – Dumb I Sound / ATLiens (f. Outkast)
3. Tor / Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy Jr. / Specialize (f. Pete Rock & CL Smooth)
4. Tor / Sufjan Stevens – The Tallest Man / I Like It (f. Grand Puba)
5. Tor / Sufjan Stevens – Kill / Any Type of Way (f. Big Daddy Kane & DJ Premier)
6. Tor / Sufjan Stevens – Night Zombies / Talkin’ My Shit (f. Brother Ali)
7. Tor / Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice On You / Make You Feel That Way (f. Gift Of Gab)

Download The Entire Mixtape


New! Sufjan Stevens – "You Are The Blood" + Dark Was The Night Tracklisting

Dark Was The Night is a compilation to be released February 17th to benefit the Red Hot Organization, an HIV/AIDS focused charity. Check out the tracklist below, plus the Sufjan Stevens song, which is an epic Castanets cover unlike any Sufjan I’ve heard before. Still haven’t wrapped my head around it.

Sufjan Stevens – You Are The Blood


  1. “Knotty Pine” – Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
  2. “Cello Song” – The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
  3. “Train Song” – Feist and Ben Gibbard
  4. “Brackett, WI” – Bon Iver
  5. “Deep Blue Sea” – Grizzly Bear
  6. “So Far Around The Bend” – The National
  7. “Tightrope” – Yeasayer
  8. “Feeling Good” – My Brightest Diamond
  9. “Dark Was The Night” – Kronos Quartet
  10. “I Was Young When I Left Home” – Antony with Bryce Dessner
  11. “Big Red Machine” – Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
  12. “Sleepless” – The Decemberists
  13. “Stolen Houses (Die)” – Iron & Wine
  14. “Service Bell” – Grizzly Bear + Feist
  15. “You Are The Blood” – Sufjan Stevens


  1. “Well-Alright” – Spoon
  2. “Lenin” – Arcade Fire
  3. “Mimizan” – Beirut
  4. “El Caporal” – My Morning Jacket
  5. “Inspiration Information” – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  6. “With A Girl Like You” – Dave Sitek
  7. “Blood Pt. 2” – Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
  8. “Hey, Snow White” – The New Pornographers
  9. “Gentle Hour” – Yo La Tengo
  10. “Amazing Grace” – Cat Power
  11. “Happiness” – Riceboy Sleeps
  12. “Another Saturday” – Stuart Murdoch
  13. “The Giant Of Illinois” – Andrew Bird
  14. “Lua” – Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch
  15. “When The Road Runs Out” – Blonde Redhead & Devastations
  16. “Love Vs. Porn” – Kevin Drew

New! Sufjan Stevens – Tracks from his newest Christmas album!

Here are a few of my favorites from Sufjan’s new Christmas EP, Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage, Volume VIII. You can get the whole thing here. There are only 7 tracks, and here’s your warning: most of them are filled with 1980’s space movie sound effects. Kind of what you might expect based on the title and cover of this album. Here are my picks.

Sufjan Stevens – Do You See What I See
Sufjan Stevens – Christmas In the Room
Sufjan Stevens – The Child With The Star On His Head (13 Minutes Long)


The Welcome Wagon – Half A Person (The Smiths Cover)

Here’s a cool version of The Smiths’ “Half A Person” by new Asthmatic Kitty artists who go by the name of The Welcome Wagon. It’s hard for me to talk about The Welcome Wagon without talking about Sufjan Stevens, because he produced their debut Welcome To The Welcome Wagon and his sound is instantly recognizable in their music. I really enjoy The Welcome Wagon’s music and I hope I hear more from them in the future. If you missed it, check the P&P interview. Thanks to MOKB.

The Welcome Wagon – Half A Person (The Smiths Cover)


Happy Thanksgiving!

Some random songs for Thanksgiving.

Fleet Foxes – Oliver James
One Day As A Lion – One Day As A Lion
Sufjan Stevens – Borderline
Jack Johnson – Girl I Wanna Lay You Down (live)
Foals – Cassius

and some hip hop.

Jedi Mind Tricks – I Against I
Lil Wayne ft. Lil Boosie – Lousianimal
(He finally disses 50 Cent in this one)
De La Soul – Keepin the Faith
Handsome Boy Modeling School ft. J-Live – The Truth


Interview with Vito from The Welcome Wagon

The Welcome Wagon got my attention because they have been working with Sufjan Stevens on their debut album Welcome to the Welcome Wagon, which will be out Dec. 9th on the Asthmatic Kitty Label. Their music is often described as gospel/folk, but you don’t need to be a religious hippie to appreciate it. Vito Aiuto, the male half of The Welcome Wagon, was kind enough to answer a few questions for Pigeons and Planes:

P&P: I know you started out making music with your wife in your home. This struck a chord with me because I really enjoy making music with my girlfriend. How did it start with you two? Were you both very open to the idea, and who does what during the song-writing process? Did you record and keep any of those early musical endeavors?

Vito: Monique and I started playing music together soon after we were married in 1998. I wanted to have music in our home, I wanted us to sing hymns and folk songs and such together, along with any children we may have. So, I bought a guitar and started teaching myself to play. I’ve never gotten very good at the guitar, but we did start to sing together. And I started to write songs almost immediately. But that was out of necessity, really. By “write songs” I mean I wasn’t able to read music, so I’d simply play and sing what sounded good to me rather than what was written on the pages of the hymnbooks I found.

In terms of how we write, I’m the one who does almost everything, but sometimes Monique throws things in. And I end up writing with her in mind, or her singing bends and cultivates things, so I do think of it as something we do together.

We started recording almost immediately, and we do have some of that early stuff. One of the first songs I ever wrote, “Deep Were His Wounds, and Red” is on the record. The basic tracks were recorded in our home in 2001.

P&P: What is it like working with Sufjan Stevens? How much of a role does he play in the process?

Vito: Sufjan has played a collaborative role in our music from the start. Monique and I wrote the music for our songs, then we brought them to him to begin the recording process. At that point we would work together on arrangements and instrumentation and everything else.

What Sufjan has given us is pretty immeasurable. He is a very generous person. But it’s hard to identify the specific ways he has helped and influenced us. In terms of who does what, at the end of day what matters most to us is the quality of the music and that people enjoy it and that it brings glory and joy to God. At the risk of sounding affectedly pious, we basically think that God made this music. The Holy Spirit is the real author and actor, and he was willing to use all the people who are on the record.

: After beginning in such an intimate setting (that being your home), what is it like to play for larger audiences? Do you change anything about your music to try to appeal to more people?

Vito: We haven’t played many large venues. We played for about 100+ people once at a seminary, and that was scary and fun. Mostly we have played for small crowds, and many of the people in the crowd are usually our friends, so to play in a larger venue for people we do not know, I don’t know We’ll see. Sometimes we play in small clubs, and then we play just the two of us, quietly, just a guitar and a glockenspiel and the two of us whisper-singing out of tune. But as we have moved to slightly bigger venues some of the people who play on the record have joined us.

P&P: Last one. I’ve heard your music described as gospel. It doesn’t sound like gospel to me. Is it classified that way solely because of the subject matter, or do you draw from the gospel genre musically? I don’t like to classify music generally, but if you had to, what would you call your music?

Vito: Yes, I am not sure what to call our music. You’re right, it’s not “gospel”, strictly speaking. I think our music, genre-wise, is pretty undefinable, but I don’t think of that as some kind of badge of honor. It’s just not working within one specific tradition. Some good music can be easily located in a genre (Jay-Z is hip-hop) and some can not (what kind of music did Neutral Milk Hotel make?)

P&P: Good luck with everything and I’ll be keeping my eye out for you! Tell your wife I say hello!

Vito: Thanks for your time and interest.


Sufjan Stevens will produce Welcome Wagon’s debut + Rare/Unreleased Sufjan

The album will be called Welcome and the tracklist looks like this:

Track listing:
1. Up On A Mountain
2. Sold! To The Nice Rich Man
3. Unless the Lord the House Shall Build
4. He Never Said A Mumblin’ Word
5. Hail To The Lord’s Anointed
6. But For You Who Fear My Name
7. American Legion
8. You Made My Day
9. Half A Person
10. Jesus
11. I Am A Stranger
12. Deep Were His Wounds, And Red

The Welcome Wagon seems cool, and they’ll get a chance to prove themselves with time. But I think the reason most people are interested in this is because of Sufjan Stevens’ involvement. So for those who aren’t ready to welcome the new guys yet, here is some rare/unreleased Sufjan.

Sufjan Stevens – Borderline

Sufjan Stevens – The One I Love (R.E.M. Cover)
Sufjan Stevens – I Can’t Even Lift My Head
Sufjan Stevens – Woman At the Well