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.