a quick one while i'm away (part two)

I'll be back tomorrow with a full post, but today I only have time for this:

MP3 Sufjan Stevens - "The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts"
I've been listening to this song a lot over the past couple of days, and I'm lovin' it. Sufjan & company really rock it out, a far cry from the whispered melodies of last year's Seven Swans LP. As you may (or may not) have heard by now, Sufjan's new album Illinois, which I've been looking forward to since it leaked back in April & was scheduled to drop tomorrow, has been put on hold (LHB suggests today we might expect it in early August). Apparently nobody at Sufjan's label Asthmatic Kitty bothered to clear the use of a certain superhero on the disc's cover art with the lawyered-up folks over at DC Comics. Doh. That hurts the team. Kudos to BT&E for being on top of the news. We'll all just have to wait a little longer for Illinois, which Pop Matters has already given a 9/10, though I'm hoping my local indie record store failed to get the memo. Before all this recent hubub began, Sufjan talked to both Dusted (via) & You Ain't No Piscasso, and apparently also wrote a song for NPR. Curious. My thanks to Kingblind for pointing me toward the download link, and of course to y'all for your patience of late.

ETA: RSL in the comments section of Tuesday's Chromewaves points out that Illinois (cover art & all) is available at iTunes, along with two bonus tracks (a remix of "Chicago" & a quieter song called "The Avalanche").

ETA (7/6/05): Pitchfork clears up the whole sordid mess, informing the masses that the superhero-emblazoned covers are not being recalled, but we'll have to wait about a month for the album's next pressing. So now you can stop putting all those extra copies on eBay & start looking for another money-making scheme. My thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the heads up.
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Blogger James H. @ 7/04/2005 12:38:00 PM:

Ugh... I really wish they'd hurry up and release this album. Ever since the first few MP3s you've posted on here I've been dying to get my grubby mitts on it.

Thanks for the new MP3 :)    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 7/04/2005 01:16:00 PM:

The album cover really looks weird w/o Superman on it. Too dull....    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 7/04/2005 02:17:00 PM:

With Superman being owned by Time Warner, you would think that someone in the Sufjan camp would have received some clearance before using the man in steel........    

Blogger solace @ 7/04/2005 02:41:00 PM:

wonder how many copies of the Superman one have shipped already. i've got one, just curious if it's "destined to be a collectors item" or something :P    

Blogger Kristi Joy @ 7/04/2005 03:49:00 PM:

He may be very sexy or even cute, but he looks like a sucker in a blue and red suit!

Thanks for the music, and hello to what looks like a fellow Minnesotan. :)    

Blogger WerdNord @ 7/04/2005 10:52:00 PM:

what i've always thought is kinda weird about the album art is how Chicago-centric it is despite the album itself being more geographically representative; maybe that's some kind of heady commentary on the perception of Illinois...

anyway, the rest of the state are the real losers of this legal battle. :P    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 7/05/2005 08:14:00 AM:

I managed to snag a copy of it that [unnamed Atlanta-area bookstore] had for sale. So anyone in the ATL might do well to check around.

As for filling in the space left by the Man of Metropolis on the cover, why not a flying Gacy? [Presuming you've heard the Suf's gorgeous song dedicated[?] to the serial killer.]    

Blogger mr gilbert @ 7/05/2005 09:54:00 AM:

i snagged two copies myself last nite. i suggest y'all check out your local record stores ASAP to see if they're selling the copies they already have & scoop one (or more) up - because it'll be a while before it's in stores again.

BTW: Pitchfork gives it a 9.2    

Blogger WerdNord @ 7/05/2005 09:42:00 PM:

Ebay's all lit up w/ em.

Snagged a couple (for friends, not profit) from the local record shop and debated whether to ask the owner if he was aware of the "recall"... which, I also realized may be the greatest ever guerilla method to combat the internet leak.

Has anyone NOT been able to get the album?    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 7/06/2005 11:06:00 AM:

I've been anticipating this album for so incredibly long that I get a sick taste in my mouth when i think of the lawyers and dc comics causing a big stir over something as little as a tiny artist's rendition of superman on the front cover of an indie god's cd that probably a good 90% of the world's population will NEVER hear. Fucking bastards. I cannot wait another month. I have all the songs on my winamp but it's an entirely different feeling to OWN the album and hear it right the way through on your very own stereo. God fucking bless corporate america. Bastards.    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 7/06/2005 09:40:00 PM:

Has anyone seen Daniel Johnston? I hear he's scared shitless over this whole comic convention, seeing as how he's got roughly 43 full art albums with Captain America somewhere in the leaf.

It's okay pal.    

Blogger mr gilbert @ 7/14/2005 06:14:00 PM:

as of right now, cheapo uptown in mpls just got a new shipment of illinois in, superman still present. odd, but good for those who missed out. unfortunately, they jacked the price up to $20. yikes.    

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