Monday, July 25, 2011

The Age of Adz: 2011 European Tour

About two months ago, I saw Sufjan Stevens for the first time. This is going to be a difficult post to write, because it won't be about just one thing. I don't think I can fit everything I want to say in a neat narrative or argument that has a beginning, progresses to a middle and finally reaches an ending. I want to talk about my relationship with Sufjan's music, more specifically the songs in The Age of Adz, as well as the live rendition of those songs; and I want to do that in a way that chronicles the experience of attending four shows on his 2011 European tour: first in Gateshead and Manchester, UK, then in Porto and Lisbon, Portugal. So this is going to be a look into Sufjan's music, but also an exercise in personal memory keeping.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Video Games: 1988 to 2001

I'm not much of a gamer anymore. The last console I owned was a Nintendo 64, and it's been nine years since I last bought a high-end PC. But video games were the one piece of pop culture that really marked my childhood--more than books, more than movies and television, more than anything. They remained a central part of my life all the way up to my late teens. So it seems fitting to write a tribute to all those games that made an impact on me.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Music: Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens

Last night I was listening to Sufjan Steven's Seven Swans for the first time in quite a long time, and I felt like expressing why I love it so much. Of course, to explain what this album means to me, I have to talk a little about my own life. So the enormous text I'm about to write isn't meant to be read as a review. It's more of a personal account of my relationship with the music; that is, i'm just going to ramble away.