Trials + Tribulations

Bitchfork O Bitchfrok!
May 31, 2005, 9:18 pm
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Bitchfork sure has a lot of nice/redundant news today. What with three tours from three cool bands (White Stripes, Sleater-Kinney, Iron and Wine) none of which will touch Texas, and the tours of the equally awesome Spoon and The Killers, who will roll through Dallas June 24 at Gypsy Tea Room and August 17 at Nokia (respectively). Bitchfork also mentions something about Flowers & co. doing a horror movie? I read he enjoyed the Ring immensely…didn’t think he’d take it into his own hands though. Damn you Bitchfork!

Sooo today I think I may treat you. I will give you tastes of each of the bands I have mentioned today:

White Stripes-“Take, Take, Take”
White Stripes-“For Ever For Her (Is Over For Me)”

Sleater-Kinney-“Entertain” video (Quicktime Hi-Res)

Iron and Wine-“Sleeping Diagonally” (Six by Seven cover)
Iron and Wine-“Jezebel”

Spoon-“I Turn My Camera On”

The Killers-“Under the Gun”
The Killers-“Show You How”

Paris x2 engaged!! Congrats.

Sufjan Stevens

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Now children, I need to have a serious talk with you about Sufjan Stevens. I am a pretty recent convert myself. I picked up his album Seven Swans and fell in love, not instantly, but surely. As soon as I had listened to it a few times through, it was imprinted in my brain. I couldn’t stop listening. I heard about his magnificent promise to dedicate an entire album to each of the fifty states and was amazed. I couldn’t find his first, Welcome to Michigan, but continued to love Seven Swans.
And then I heard about his new album, Sufjan Stevens Invites you to: Feel the Illinoise!, slated for release July 7th.
Sufjan’s own label, the awfully cute Asthmatic Kitty, that released his first 50 States album and will release Illinoise experienced some minor difficulties. They had been taking pre-orders and soon realized their offices could not hold all of the packages that had been pre-ordered. So they decided to go ahead and send out the album to those that had pre-ordered it. I myself didn’t have the foresight to pre-order so I have no reward, but I do have mp3’s from it. I am pretty much sure that Illinoise will be number one on my year-end list for 2005.
Here’s a couple mp3’s from Illinoise:

Sufjan Stevens-“Casimir Pulaski Day”
Sufjan Stevens-“They Are Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!”

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