23 May 2008

The Complete Sufjan Stevens


So you finally broke down and bought Enjoy Your Rabbit--and actually really liked it!--finally completing your collection of albums, and now you're wondering, what's left? After scouring Hype Machine for some nummies like "The 50 States Song" and the EPIC "Majesty Snowbird," you might begin to wonder what else you can get your feverish paws on.

Fear no more, for we have blazed this trail for you. In the past few months we've made a couple other posts of pure, non-album-y, Sufjan-y goodness. Perhaps it all seems a bit heavy-handed of late, to try and fill the void we're left during his period of becoming a Jeff Mangum-esque recluse much-deserved rest between projects. Perhaps it's sheer selfish indulgence. But more than that, it feels like a call of duty, to leave these beacons of amazingness in the vast black ocean that is the internets. Come, come to the light and indulge this weekend.

Michigan B-sides:

Other rarities:

Collaborations:

By the way, have you seen the video for Say Hello? The soft, sweet song is paired with a mission-impossible-style assassination action sequence in a subway, where Sufjan throws punches, gets in a knife fight and hurls a grenade. No, really.

Mash-ups:

(Non-Christmasy) Covers BY Sufjan:

Covers OF Sufjan:

Oh, and if you're unfamiliar with Brad Mehldau, he's an amazing modern jazz pianist who does some incredible extended covers of contemporary music, along with his own brilliant creations.

13 comments:

boyhowdy said...

This post is a thing of comprehensive beauty.

I expect nothing less here, of course. Kudos.

annie said...

freakin' heck! thank you muchmuchmuch for posting that "saginaw, michigan" cover. been searching for that. :)

also, i think it's rather funny that you fail to mention that the "say hello" video is animated. it'd be about a million times more epic if a real-life suf actually went all tom cruise for a video. heh heh.

June said...

I think i wrote in the first draft that it was animated and then must have left it out? Sorry. Yeah, it would be totally epic if someone, somehow got Sufjan to put on the Chuck Norris hat.

CAP ASP said...

could you re-up the brad mehldau cover? thanks!

Katie said...

Just wanted to say thank you for posting these!

A.A. Dowd said...

Hey,

Thanks for all the links! I'm really glad I stumbled upon this blog!

I know you posted these a while ago, but would it be possible for you to re-post the links to the banjo version of He Woke Me Up Again, Free Man In Paris, and (especially) the acoustic Vito's. They are expired and I really want them!

Uncle Jim said...

Thanks, again, June! Will any of these ever be posted again? I've been on an epic quest for all Sufjan b-sides, but some of them I haven't been able to find anywhere! Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

Volume Knob said...

Uncle Jim (and everyone else!)

YES, while I've had an unfortunate fire in my library of music, I am rebuilding. I have backed-up sources to get all these back, but it might be a week or two. When they're back, you'll know!

Thanks so much for your patience, and for reading VK.

Steffen said...

Hey, hey! On my adventuresome mp3-collecting-mission (I'm from Germany) I just found your great blog. The best thing is this one here ("The Complete Sufjan Stevens"). Unfortunately, I always have to read this: "THE FILE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LINK HAS EXPIRED.." Is it possible to update that stuff? I would be so, so happy!

Alejandro said...

Would it be possible for you guys to re-upload the songs in this post, the Michigan b-sides, the collabos, covers he's done and covers of him? I know it's a lot, but I would be so grateful...

Anonymous said...

This is awesome - please repost songs!

Anonymous said...

Could you please repost this? Most of the links have expired and so I can not experience all this lovely rare Sufjan-ness :(

Anonymous said...

This is amazing, but can you repost the songs?