Petoskey, Michigan native Stevens began his musical life as a member of Marzuki (with now labelmate Shannon Stevens) and also played (and continues to play) various instruments for Danielson Famile. He concurrently recorded his debut solo album, A Sun Came, which he released on Asthmatic Kitty, a label he founded with his stepfather in 2000. Upon moving to New York, Stevens recorded Enjoy Your Rabbit a year later before embarking on the first of his 'fifty state project' Michigan in 2003. Seven Swans, a collection of previously recorded songs, followed and state number two, Illinois was struck off in 2005. The Avalanche - a selection of b-sides from the latter and the self-explanatory Songs For Christmas were released in 2006.
After an uncharacteristic break, Stevens announced in mid 2009 that he is to release a revised version of the largely electronic Enjoy Your Rabbit and a duel CD-DVD of his BQE performance, a 30-minute composition originally played by Stevens and a backing symphony over three consecutive nights in 2007 at the BAM Opera House.
MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter (2006)
MP3: Sufjan Stevens - This Was The Worst Christmas Ever! (2006)
MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Henny Buggy (2006)
MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Holland (2003)
MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Year Of The Dog (2001)
MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Jason (2000)
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A few years back, Detroit-born folkie Sufjan Stevens declared his intention to write and record an album for each American state. Illinoise (subtitled Come On Feel The Illinoise) is the second release in this series, following 2003's Greeings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State, the singer's...
Following the strange diversion of his BQE project that evidently left many fans scratching their concerned heads, Sufjan Stevens makes something of a further left turn with this ‘EP’ (clocking in at just under an hour in length, this is very much an extended play), albeit...