Sufjan Stevens gives you an 'Avalanche' of Illinoise Castoffs

Published: 2006-04-10
New Pantheon Prize winner Sufjan Stevens has taken 21 songs that didn't make it onto his prize winning album, Illinoise, and applied them towards a new album.

Due out on July 25, The Avalanche features demos, instrumentals, interludes, and unreleased songs that were recorded for Illinois but didn't make the final cut. According to Billboard, almost all of the tunes on Avalanche were originally rooted in an Illinoise track.

Illinoise is the second of Stevens' 50 'states project,' in which he plans to write an album for each of America's 50 states.

Here are the Avalanche tunes:

"The Avalanche"
"Dear Mr. Supercomputer"
"Adlai Stevenson"
"The Vivian Girls Are Visited in the Night by Saint Dargarius and His Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies"
"Chicago" (Acoustic Version)
"The Henney Buggy Band"
"Saul Bellow"
"Carlyle Lake"
"Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair"
"The Mistress Witch From McClure (Or, The Mind That Knows Itself)"
"Kaskaskia River"
"Chicago" (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version)
"Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne"
"No Man's Land"
"The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake"
"The Pick-Up"
"The Perpetual Self, or 'What Would Saul Alinsky Do?'"
"For Clyde Tombaugh"
"Chicago" (Multiple Personality Disorder Version)
"The Undivided Self (For Eppie and Popo)"

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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