|As you probably already know, Sufjan Stevens is releasing The Avalanche on Tuesday. It's an album of B-sides from Illinois, which was regarded by many critics as last year's best record. Having listened to Avalanche several times now, I can tell you it's, eh, OK. There are some great songs on the album, like "Pitsfield," "Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair," and "Dear Mr Supercomputer." And there are several other tracks that make Avalanche sound like, well, an album of B-sides. |
At any rate, here are five Sufjan related items to tide you over until Tuesday:
1) Video of Sufjan performing "Casmir Pulaski Day" live.
2) Stream The Avalanche in its entirety.
3) Video of Sufjan and the Illinoisemakers performing "The 50 States Song" live.
4) Video of a capella group Carleton Singing Knights performing "Chicago" live.
5) Sufjan is touring with My Brightest Diamond this fall. Dates:
Mon. Sept. 11: Nashville, TN, Ryman
Tues Sept 12: Little Rock, AR TBA
Fri. Sept. 15: Austin, TX, Paramount Theater
Sat. Sept. 16: Austin, TX, Paramount Theater
Tue. Sept. 19: New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
Weds. Sept. 20: Atlanta, GA, Fox Theater (PASTE Fest)
Thu. Sept. 21: Chapel Hill, NC, Memorial Hall
Sat. Sept. 23: Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Theater
Sun. Sept. 24: St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
Mon. Sept. 25: Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
Tue. Sept. 26: Chicago, IL, The Riviera
Thu. Sept. 28: Philadelphia, PA, The Towers
Fri. Sept. 29: New York, NY, Town Hall
Sat. Sept. 30: New York, NY, Town Hall
Mon. Oct. 9: Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
Weds. Oct. 11: San Francisco, CA, Zellerbach Hall
Fri. Oct. 13: Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
Sat. Oct. 14: Vancouver, BC, St. Andrews Cathedral
Sun. Oct. 15: Seattle, WA, Paramount