So I was doing another loop around the blogs looking for music when I came across a blog called Berkeley Place, which was featuring a genius idea. The blogger chose an album or a theme and made a post featuring news, music, and other things starting with the letters A through Z. I realized that this would be the perfect excuse to make the mega-Sufjan Stevens post I’d always wanted to make. Naturally I stole the idea and am doing it here, so enjoy. Thanks again to Berkeley Place for the inspiration.
A is for The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album, Sufjan’s follow up album to Illinois.
B is for “Borderline“, off of The Dress Looks Nice on You, a promo single released in the UK.
D is for “Decatur, Or Round of Applause for Your Stepmother” (off Illinois), rapidly becoming one of my all-time favorite Sufjan tracks.
E is for one of Sufjan’s first albums, Enjoy Your Rabbit, in which every song is titled “Year of the…”
F is for “For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti“, featured on Greetings From Michigan and the All Things Go Sleep Mixtape. (Here is a video of Sufjan playing “For The Widows…” solo)
G is for “All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!”, off of Greetings from Michigan (It’s a stretch but I had to find a way to include this song, as it’s my most played Sufjan track on iTunes).
H is for the “The Henney Buggy Band“, off of Sufjan’s newest album, The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album (Thanks to Stereogum for the track).
I is for “I Can’t Even Lift My Head“, off of To Spirit Back to the Mews.
J is for “Jacksontown“, mc DJ’s remix of the Illinois track, “Jacksonville”. mc DJ remixed almost every track on Illinois for his remixtape, appropriately titled Illin-noise. (Download album here)
K is for Asthmatic Kitty, The record label that Sufjan is signed to.
L is for “Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming“, a holiday classic featured on Sufjan’s first Christmas album, Hark! Songs for Christmas Volume 1 (Thanks again to Derek).
M is for another one of my favorites from Illinois, “The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts“.
N is for No more music from Sufjan for a while, according to this story.
O is for “The One I Love“, Sufjan’s live cover of the R.E.M. classic performed at SXSW.
P is for “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!“, off of Illinois.
Q is for the ridiculous Quantity of Sufjan songs and albums (over 110 songs in under 5 years)
U is for “The Upper Peninsula“, off of Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lake State.
V is for “Vito’s Ordination Song“, an overlooked but incredibly underrated track off of Greetings From Michigan.
W is for “Wolverine“, a B-Side from the Michigan album.
X is for absolutely nothing!
Y is for “Say Yes! To Michigan!” off of (duh) Greetings From Michigan.
Z is for Zombies!!!, or, more accurately, “They Are Night Zombies!!! They Are Neighbors!!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!!! Ahhhhh!!!” (off of Illinois)
I hope you enjoyed this A to Z post. Let me know if you want me to do more of these featuring other artists or themes. Remember to please buy all of these albums because, honestly, Sufjan deserves your money. I have added links below where you can purchase most all of these albums, so please do so if you haven’t already.