Sufjan Stevens

Posted May 30, 2011
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  1. Sufjan Stevens

    Sufjan Stevens


    Sufjan Stevens (/ˈsfjɑːn/ SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to wider recognition with the 2000 album, A Sun Came, which was released on the Asthmatic Kitty label he co-founded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album, Illinois, which hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the single "Chicago".

  2. Chicago

    Chicago (2005)


    "Chicago" is a track from Sufjan Stevens 2005 concept album Illinois, released on Asthmatic Kitty. The song tells the semi-autobiographical story of a young man on a road trip, and his youthful idealism. The track is Stevens' most popular song, and he usually ends his live shows with a version of this song. The song has been recorded in four different versions by Stevens himself, the versions not on Illinois being included on the collection The Avalanche. The track has also been sampled by Chiddy Bang on their single "All Things Go".

  3. A Sun Came

    A Sun Came (2000)


    A Sun Came is the debut folk rock music album by Sufjan Stevens, released in 2000 on Asthmatic Kitty. It was reissued four years later. Among Stevens' back catalog, A Sun Came is notable for being recorded on four-track.

  4. Marzuki Stevens

    Marzuki Stevens


    Marzuki Stevens (born February 16, 1974) is a professional long distance and marathon runner from Detroit, Michigan. Marzuki finished 5th among Americans at the Chicago Marathon on October 10, 2004, and 20th overall at the Boston Marathon, 2006. He qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials.

  5. Seven Swans

    Seven Swans (2004)


    Seven Swans is a folk rock music album by Sufjan Stevens. It includes songs about Christian spiritual themes, figures such as Abraham, and Christ's Transfiguration. The songs are primarily "lush acoustic compositions" with Stevens' banjo. The album was released on Compact Disc and vinyl LP; the vinyl was released by Burnt Toast Vinyl.

  6. Illinois

    Illinois (2005)


    Illinois (styled Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel the Illinoise on the cover; sometimes written as Illinoise) is a 2005 concept album by American indie folk songwriter Sufjan Stevens. It is his fifth studio album, and features songs referencing places, events, and persons related to the U.S. state of Illinois. Illinois is Stevens' second based on a U.S. state—part of a planned series of fifty that began with the 2003 album Michigan that Stevens has since acknowledged was a gag.

  7. The Welcome Wagon

    The Welcome Wagon


    The Welcome Wagon is a Gospel/indie pop band from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. The group consists of Presbyterian minister Vito Aiuto and his wife, Monique. Their debut album, Welcome to the Welcome Wagon (2008) was produced by Sufjan Stevens.

  8. Songs for Christmas

    Songs for Christmas (2006)


    Songs for Christmas is a box set of five separate EPs of Christmas-related songs and carols recorded by independent musician Sufjan Stevens between 2001 and 2006. The EPs had been given as gifts to friends and family of Stevens over the past six years, except for 2004 where he was too busy recording the Illinois album. Though the first three EPs have been available on Sufjan Stevens-related fansites for several years, Songs for Christmas is the first official release of these EPs. Most of the tracks are versions of traditional Christmas songs, with a number of original compositions such as "Sister Winter" and "Star of Wonder". Sufjan Stevens has developed a reputation for being a devoted Christian and many of the songs he chose for inclusion on Songs for Christmas are religious in nature, including his original compositions.

  9. The BQE

    The BQE (2009)


    The BQE is a mixed-medium artistic exploration of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway by Sufjan Stevens. The project originally manifested in the form of a live show, performed on November 1–3, 2007. The show consisted of an original film, directed and written by Stevens, accompanied by an orchestra performing a live soundtrack.

  10. The Age of Adz

    The Age of Adz (2010)


    The Age of Adz (pronounced /ɒdz/) is a 2010 album by American singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, released on October 12, 2010 by Asthmatic Kitty. It is Stevens' sixth studio album and his first song-based full-length album in five years, since the release of Illinois in 2005.

  11. Marzuki



    Marzuki was an indie folk rock band from Holland, MI, with a significant fan base in western Michigan in the mid to late 1990s. They were especially popular among Hope College, Calvin College, and Grand Valley State University students. Marzuki's members included Shannon Stephens on vocals and guitar, Jamie Kempkers on cello, Matthew Haseltine (brother of Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine) on guitar and bass, and Sufjan Stevens on guitar, percussion, and the more exotic instruments (especially the recorder). Their lyrics often explored spiritual or romantic themes.

  12. Michigan

    Michigan (2003)


    Michigan (styled Sufjan Stevens Presents... Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lake State on the cover) is a concept album by American indie folk songwriter Sufjan Stevens, released on July 1, 2003 on Sounds Familyre, Asthmatic Kitty and Secretly Canadian in the US, and on Rough Trade in Europe. It is Stevens' third studio album and features songs referencing places, events, and persons related to the U.S. state of Michigan.

  13. Enjoy Your Rabbit

    Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001)


    Enjoy Your Rabbit is a 2001 electronic music album by Sufjan Stevens. It is a song cycle inspired by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The album was reworked and rearranged for string instruments and released in 2009 as Run Rabbit Run.

  14. All Delighted People

    All Delighted People (2010)


    All Delighted People is an EP by Sufjan Stevens released online by Asthmatic Kitty Records on August 20, 2010. It is centered on two versions of Stevens' ballad "All Delighted People". According to the official release webpage it is an "homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s 'Sounds of Silence'". It debuted at #48 on the Billboard 200 and jumped to number #27 the week after.

  15. Should Have Known Better

    Should Have Known Better (2015)


    "Should Have Known Better" is a song by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens. It is the second track and second single from his seventh studio album, Carrie & Lowell, and was released digitally on March 11, 2015 on Asthmatic Kitty. A promotional CD was later released on Asthmatic Kitty but was not available for sale.

  16. No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

    No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross (2015)


    "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" is a song by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens. It is the tenth track and lead single from his seventh studio album, Carrie & Lowell, and was released digitally on February 16, 2015 on Asthmatic Kitty and as a 7" on March 3, 2015 on Joyful Noise Recordings.

  17. Carrie & Lowell

    Carrie & Lowell (2015)


    Carrie & Lowell is the seventh studio album by American musician Sufjan Stevens, released through Asthmatic Kitty on March 31, 2015. Unlike Stevens's previous studio album, the electronic The Age of Adz, Carrie & Lowell is sparsely instrumental and marks a return to the performer's indie folk roots. The album was given a one-week preview on NPR.

  18. Sisyphus

    Sisyphus (2014)


    Sisyphus is the debut studio album from Sisyphus, a collaborative hip hop project consisting of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti. It was released on March 18, 2014 through Asthmatic Kitty. The project was commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series to accompany an exhibition of the work of visual artist Jim Hodges, scheduled to run from February 14 through May 11, 2014.

  19. Silver & Gold

    Silver & Gold (2012)


    Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6–10 is a five-EP box set of Christmas-related songs and carols recorded by Sufjan Stevens between 2006 and 2010. It is a follow-up to Songs for Christmas, which was released six years prior. On October 2, 2012, it was announced that Stevens would release Silver & Gold on November 13, 2012 in digital format, CD and LP boxset. On October 24, 2012, a claymation music video, animated by Lee Hardcastle, was released for "Mr. Frosty Man".

  20. The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album

    The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album (2006)


    The Avalanche (styled The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album on the cover) is a 2006 album by indie rock singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, consisting of outtakes and other recordings from the sessions for his album Illinois, released the previous year. The title song "The Avalanche" was also a bonus track on the Illinois vinyl and iTunes release.

  21. S / S / S

    S / S / S

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    Sisyphus (formerly S / S / S) is a collaborative project between Serengeti, Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens.

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