Sufjan Stevens at The Orpheum, Vancouver (and I can die happy, officially).
October 28th, 2010:
1. Seven Swans 2. Too Much 3. Age of Adz 4. Heirloom 5. I Walked 6. Futile Devices 7. Vesuvius 8. Now That I’m Older 9. Get Real Get Right 10. Enchanting Ghost 11. Impossible Soul (Yes, all 25 minutes + and it was EPIC) 12. Chicago —————— 13. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois 14. Jacksonville
FYI: Impossible Soul, the closing song on Sufjan Steven’s new album The Age Of Adz, clocks in at over 25 minutes, and is really about 5 different songs. I have exercised my artistic license (yup, I have one) and taken the liberty to chopping off the final 3 minutes or so, or what could be perceived as “part 5,” because it’s just so beautiful. I get that it’s to be understood in the context of the whole body of work that is the whole song blah blah blah, but I was just fast forwarding it to hear this part anyways.
Anyways - this is marvellous! Give it a listen if you haven’t stuck the course yet and heard the end of this amazing song, and album.
Hilarious blog. I especially guffawed at the following ones: Fall retreats, Toms Shoes, Reading “love is patient” at your wedding, songs that sound Christian but aren’t, subtly finding out if you drink beer too, rooting for secret Christians on American Idol, calling things “postmodern”, using ‘let me pray about it’ as a synonym for no, wishing you had partied more before becoming a Christian & getting single people married as fast as possible.
the morning benders - Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
Beautiful cover. They are coming to the Venue on October 20th, and I want to go! If you are a secret tmb fan, let’s get together! It’s also the last tour to support Big Echo, and although it’s not official, word on the street is that Cults has been opening for them (love Cults).
Watched Charlie Chaplin’s final contribution to Hollywood silent film, Modern Times (1936), in a lecture yesterday, and just loved it. Besides the comical shtick of Chaplin, this movie is actually laden with metaphors revolving around class and inequalities (not intended to be synonymous).
Taking place during the darkest days of the depression, Chaplin looked at the relationship of class and power (who has it, and how is it exercised) in the midst of industrialism. Although it’s a silent film - he uses some clever technical tricks to communicate ‘power’ and ‘class’ (i.e. who has a voice - a literal voice - in this film says a lot).
Sadly this film was pegged as “Un-American,” and “Communistic,” and after it nearly dodged being banned, and Chaplin got in trouble with some vested interests in Germany, he fled the USA to Switzerland, where he died.
I urge you to watch this film of Chaplin and his lover as two anarchists against the world, and see if you can pick up on all the metaphors!
Today brings the release of compilation Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home, which features various current artists covering every song from Bob Dylan’s watershed 1965 album, as well as a bunch of associated outtakes. You can enter an email address to download one of the covers from that album, BNM’ed indie twitchers the Morning Benders giving “Outlaw Blues” a slow, spare, harmony-rich reading HERE.
“I have known you for just a little while / I feel I must be wearing my welcome, I must be moving on / For my intentions were good intentions, I could have loved you, I could have changed you / I wouldn’t be so, I wouldn’t feel so, consumed by selfish thoughts / I’m sorry if I seem self-effacing, consumed by selfish thoughts. It’s only that I still love you deeply / its all the love I’ve got.”—Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz