Today is a sad day because it marks the last of my Seven Days of Sufjan. It was a fun trip while it lasted and I hope I provided you all with some Christmas cheer and some harder to find tracks. Thanks for all the comments everyone. Also, merry Christmas to you all. Over the past week I’ve been getting hits on this blog from every continent but Antarctica, but I’m sure that’s just because it’s summer for them right now so they’re probably off sipping cocktails and chasing penguins.
Enjoy this track from Sufjan’s Songs for Christmas. If you’re interested in the man you should take a second and read the bio posted on his label’s website. here . It’s really a rather interesting biography.
mp3 : Sufan Stevens – It’s Christmas Let’s Be Glad
And as promised some harder to find tracks for you all to enjoy.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – Borderline
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – The First Full Moon
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – The Star Spangled Banner
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – Variation on Commemorative Transfiguration and Communion at Magruder Park
[up next: one stop shop, new forgather songs, page france]
Sorry kids but I’m strapped for time right now. I’m posting this real quick before I head out into the place some people refer to as the real world. Amazing, I know.
Something else that is amazing is this song by Sufjan. Yesterday I posted the instrumental ditty that is derived from this full length song. Both are great and worthy of space on your hard drive, but this one has words, you know, if that’s what you’re into.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – O Come O Come Emmanuel
[up next: the last day of sufjan, one stop shop vol 1]
Everything this man plays is golden. Here’s a clip of him playing Chicago; a simple and yet stunningly beautiful song.
I’m not sitting at my own computer right now so I cannot honor the comments I received yesterday with extra Sufjan songs right now. But fear ye not, I am a man of my word and tomorrow I will upload some extra rare tracks from the man who once called Michigan his home. For today I am posting a track that I’m not sure anyone else has put online yet. Probably because it’s an instrumental track that’s rather short and rather simple. But it’s precisely these musical interludes that make Sufjan who he is. These musical leftovers are what flesh out his albums and give us all a reason to actually buy full albums instead of settling for single song downloads.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – O Come O Come Emmanual
[note, the spelling of the song is not a typo]
[the next post will contain some bonus tracks, thanks for the comments]
This is a video of Sufjan playing an impromptu version of “For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti” at SXSW in 2004. And yes, he was famous then too. Watch the video, it’s simply wonderful.
Another day has come and another Sufjan song is posted. This puts us just over half way through Seven Days of Sufjan and I must say it has been an enjoyable run. As I stated in the first post, if there are comments left during this time I’ll post more than one song per day. On top of the Christmas music I also have some rare and largely uncirculated Sufjan songs that I think you all would enjoy. If I don’t get any comments I’ll just keep posting one song a day. Enjoy it while it lasts.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – Only at Christmas Time
Today we look into the grab bag and we find a track from Mr. Stevens that is quite honestly the best Christmas or winter themed song I’ve heard. I know I’m prone to exaggerations, but this is one time when you must take me seriously. Download this track immediately, put it on one song repeat, and let your mind escape into the type of song that put Sufjan on the map.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – Sister Winter
Easily the best winter song ever recorded. I challenge you to find anything as poignant and as lyrically beautiful as this. I dare you.
Let us be honest for a moment. Sufjan Stevens was the single driving force that brought music blogging to the prominent position that it now holds. He was the indie darling we all loved and craved and he’s the only reason you might be skimming this skimpy post.
He’s one of the most prolific songwriters of this millennium and his Christmas tunes are simply amazing. And so I bring to you the second installment of Seven Days of Sufjan. Enjoy the music and check back tomorrow for another song.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – We Three Kings of Orient Are
As I try to sort out why Hype doesn’t recognize mp3’s stored over at gigasize I’ve decided to begin my Seven Days of Sufjan a couple of days early. For the next seven days, beginning now, I’ll be posting a Christmas song by Sufjan once a day. If I get requests or I get enough comments I might even up it to two or three songs a day, depending on the traffic this gets.
Here’s the first track, keep coming back for more.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – What Child Is This Anyway?
Oh, and please make sure to take the files from the previous two posts about Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. Everyone needs a little classic Christmas music in their lives and those two guys are essential to anyone’s holiday collection.
I might have the coolest younger brother on the face of the earth. He has great taste in music and occasionally he makes a mix for some various or sundry reason and ships it out via the internet to me. Granted, he is a younger brother, so some of his musical choices are a little sketch, but for the most part he puts together solid music. This mix of his is a little skewed because he made it for his girlfriend and every song in this selection apparently reminds him of her in some way. I figure the kid must be in love because I cannot fathom any other reason he would be listening to Fergie.
Enjoy the mix my brother made. I’ll have some more tunes up in a couple of days. As per usual the mix is available as a single download as well as individual songs.
download : Everything Reminds Me of Her
01 : Doveman – Dancing
02 : Architecture in Helsinki – What’s In Store
03 : Elliot Smith – In the Lost and Found (honky bach)
04 : Sufjan Stevens – To Be Alone With You
05 : Daft Punk – Something About Us
06 : Fergie – Fergalicious
07 : The Postal Service – Nothing Better
08 : Billy Talent – Pins and Needles
09 : Weezer – My Best Friend
10 : Phantom Planet – On My Mind
11 : Ben Folds – The Luckiest
Every so often I conform to the adage “give the people what they want.” In other words I sell out for page loads. After all, if I average 600 hits a day for the rest of my life I’ll make almost 20 dollars a year in ad revenue. And that’s worth it to me. If I wasn’t Dutch I wouldn’t be much.
Ok, enough of that. I really just wanted to post some rare Sufjan Stevens Tracks. That’s really all I’m doing these days. And if it keeps the hyperactive indie kids happy [and leaving comments] then it really is worth my time. Enjoy the music and have a happy Christmas.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – God’ll Ne’er Let You Down
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People
I’m basically posting to say that The Hype Machine has finally sorted out whatever issue they were having with my blog. Well, allegedly they’ve sorted it out. So that’s good news.
In other randomness the next installment of the EA Mixes is ready to go, expect thirteen songs of yummy goodness to appear up here before this weekend. I’ve been working on that a lot lately so I haven’t really had a chance to write small articles. Check below this post for some great stuff by Forgather, Zach Williams, and a weird Jay Z / Chris Martin collaboration.
Oh, and so as not to leave you high and dry, here’s a little bit of music to hold you over.
mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – Woman at the Well