Looking Elsewhere: Starring… American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Sundance, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Fairy Tales, Global Warming, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Marilynne Robinson, and More

American-Sniper-Movie-Poster

I'll conclude with a few words about the American Sniper hubbub.But first, here are some of the things that caught my attention on the Wild Wild Web in the last couple of weeks... … [Read more...]

Sufjan Stevens on rock gods, Almighty God, and the scandal of Christ’s love

It's amazing what Sufjan does with this interview. … [Read more...]

Two new albums by Sufjan Stevens, and one by Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips just tweeted this news for subscribers to her Long Play music club: Long Play EP #5, "Days of the One Night Stands", will be released tomorrow, August 27th exclusively to Long Play... http://fb.me/GpGPjaLF I love that title.It'll be a good Friday.Subscribers can now listen to a long conversation between Sam Phillips and Eric Gorfain at The Long Play's "Phone Booth," as they talk about their year of collaborations, and the future.But wait, there's more... … [Read more...]

Sufjan’s National Treasure

We interrupt this week of my writing-marathon vacation to bring you this thrilling news... … [Read more...]

Highlights from Image: Amazing Grace; Bono and Christian music

This new Image blog? I'm loving it. Brave, thought-provoking, substantial¬†new material every week.Check out A.G. Harmon's skepticism regarding the celebrated movie Amazing Grace.And Lukas Kwong's excellent consideration of church music and the Christian musician. Should Christian musicians be following Bono's example? Is Sufjan Stevens a good role model? … [Read more...]

Sufjan Stevens Plays The Innocence Mission

In this Pitchfork blog entry on Sufjan Stevens, there's a link to video of Sufjan Stevens (hooray!) performing a cover of The Innocence Mission's "The Lakes of Canada" (hooray!!!)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uceNZtKZAnc … [Read more...]

Have you heard? Sufjan Stevens has a new release.

Someone asked me why I hadn't blogged yet about the new Sufjan Stevens release, and my answer is, um, well, I've been too busy listening to it.In fact, Sufjan doesn't just have one new volume of material... no, he has FIVE new volumes of material. And they're all Christmas albums.They're new, that is, to those who haven't been tuning in through his fan club over the last few years. I've been listening to the first three volumes for a while now. But at last, they're packaged up with some … [Read more...]

Byrne Wowed by Sufjan

The great rock-and-roll pioneer David Byrne attended a Sufjan Stevens concert this month.What did he think? … [Read more...]

Erlewine asks: Is Sufjan Stevens Vastly Overrated?

Even as one AMG reviewer praises Sufjan Stevens' The Avalanche, another -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, one of AMG's most prolific reviewers -- has posted a strikingly different assessment of Stevens' work. … [Read more...]

Sufan Stevens talks (or doesn’t) to Busted Halo about his faith

Thanks to Heather for pointing out this link.Sufjan Stevens: I think it’s an inherent problem in any kind of public discourse. When you have celebrities talking about their failed marriages or their infidelities or their drug problems, it’s just something that’s not the public’s business. I don’t want to know about Christina…er…whatever…I don’t even know any of these names. I don’t want to know about Britney Spears’ baby. It’s personal. It’s none of my business. It’s her family. It’s her pri … [Read more...]


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