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Adz And It Shall Be Given Unto You: Sufjan Stevens Interviewed
Jeremy Allen , October 12th, 2010 08:54

Jeremy Allen pulls up a pew and listens to Sufjan Stevens talking about his new direction and the lord...

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The Age of Adz is freaky, phantasmagoric and far out (said in one's best David Bowie voice). Sufjan Stevens says it is built from experimentation and that "the pop songs themselves [are] kind of imposed over sequences of sound" but it’s so much more. While he calls it a real trial and error project that saw him "mutating sounds through effects pedals”, the result is complete, coherent and yet otherworldly. The track ‘Too Much’, for instance, is like Paul Simon in his pomp but with his acoustic guitar replaced by the soundtrack from Walt Disney’s Fantasia mixed by Aphex Twin. It’s visionary and fresh and audacious and you should listen to it.

Prior to the release of this record Sufjan brought out an hour long EP called All Delighted People which wasn’t quite as well received. The Brooklyn-based singer songwriter is certainly not afraid to try things and put them out there. His attitude to music and to life is modern and forward thinking; his take on things, idiosyncratic and truly original. Even his Christian faith, which he takes some stick for, is indicative of a rebellious soul. Even in this he is somehow out of keeping with the herd. He’s neither a step ahead or behind everyone else. He is simply operating somewhere else entirely from them. He might be making tracks that seem to last forever, but Sufjan Stevens has a punk heart.

The Quietus speaks to him 9am Brooklyn time. He’s setting off for the practice studio, where he will work for ten to twelve hours with his band in an attempt to somehow eventually bring The Age Of Adz to a venue near you.

How is the practice going?

Sufjan Stevens: It’s kind of an interpretation and right now we’re at the point where we feel like a covers band. At the moment it sounds like a parody. We’re trying to stick closely to the record but there’s a lot of improvisation and sound experimentation that happened in the process of making the record that’s really difficult to render in a live show. There are a lot of moments where we’re just going to have to make it up - there are a lot of synthesisers and samples and drum machines.

Are you going to attempt to play 'Impossible Soul', the climax of The Age of Adz, weighing in at approximately 25 minutes?

SS: Yeah, if we can. It’s been an Olympic event but we’ve been rehearsing it. I don’t know if that’s going to communicate or whether people are going to lose patience.

<a href="/web/20101130151047/http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/track/too-much">Too Much by Sufjan Stevens</a>

Prog bands and Old Grey Whistle Test regulars made a virtue out of how long they could make their songs. Is everything shorter now because of how we’re fed information and how much information there is?

SS: I think to an extent people are forced to reckon with a proliferation of information because of the internet and in terms of the way the media is. It does affect the public consciousness in a way, but I don’t think we’ve lost the capacity for patience and long-term investment. I still think we have the potential for that. It’s interesting because there’s kind of a weird irony to it all. In the past we’ve been limited by media; because records were limited to 40 minutes, the CD was limited to 70 or 80 minutes... an MP3 can last as long as you want it to last. So I think it’s ironic that attention spans are lower and songs become shorter when there’s so much more potential there.

I was listening L’Histoire de Melody Nelson again yesterday, which is 28 minutes long, whereas the EP you recently put out, All Delighted People, weighs in at an hour. It’s interesting that chose to call it an EP, because it’s very long.

SS: Well for me an EP is no longer about length of time but more about the embodiment. The general consensus about what an album is more about whether it’s complete or fully realised, and I feel an EP isn’t about being comprehensive or complete, it’s more like a short story. It’s sort of like a series of musical gestures, not necessarily related but they feel good together.

In olden times there were things like chart restrictions, where if something was over a certain length it wouldn’t qualify, though I guess nobody really sits by a radio on a Sunday listening to the hit parade anymore.

SS: Categories are outdated, they’re all antiquated. They’re not relevant to the age of the download.

Didn’t you sell it for $5? That’s a very generous price. Was that because people might download it for free anyway?

SS: Yeah there’s definitely an awareness of the value of music today. There isn’t any standard by which to measure work, the work of a song or the work of an album because everything is accessible now through filesharing. I’m not really too concerned about that but I do think that it’s fine to make concessions to the consumer, you know, and I don’t think an album has to be $10 or $15, it’s sort of been devalued and there’s no way of determining its worth anymore. I’d rather sell my records for cheaper if I could get away with it.

And being so prolific it’s not a surprise that you embrace new technology.

SS: I think it’s exciting because it kind of allows us to be less anxious about the album as an event and its considerable aesthetic and economic leverage. I think the album now can be much more casual. There are a lot more opportunities now to create more, produce more and release more and not be so hung up about the event of the album. Pirating, downloading, filesharing culture has deconstructed the album as an event.

Though I spent my childhood buying LPs and invested time and money and devotion into them and it never did me any harm. Some of that has been lost.

SS: There’s an accountability to an object if there’s an investment in it. There’s a correlation between accountability and value and investment and now there’s absolutely no investment, or time or money or even attention. So the song and the album has been disarmed, it no longer has the strength and economic power as before. But I don’t think that’s true of the experience, the listening experience. I still think the music is a force and that the consumer is moved and persuaded by music. It’s just not all caught up in a fixed economic relationship anymore.

It demystifies the artist as well. The deification of the musician is becoming a relic of the past.

SS: I think that’s a good thing. For too long the corporate structure controlled the industry and it created a weird dynamic between musicians and their audience where they were given celebrity status. I think now the focus is more on the music itself and musicians have been brought down from their idol status. It’s healthy. I’ve always invested more in the material than the musician and I believe regarding the distribution of my work that the music is no longer mine anyway, it’s an experience that I participate in. I contribute to it and obviously I’m producing it but the song itself is a third party and I believe it has greater force and power and strength and sustainability than I do. The song is going to live a lot longer than I will.

If you look at the Live Aid generation they come across as pretty pompous. Musicians seem to have been humbled.

SS: Which is true, though it’s not that true of hip hop. Ego is still the centre. Haha.

Kings of Leon seem to be losing touch a bit.

SS: Yeah. Well, it’s a religious experience and the people on stage are Gods. They can choose to act like that or they can choose not to.

You produced a great little album by Welcome Wagon, the husband and wife team of Revered Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique. Any plans to do something similar?

SS: I would love to. That was one of my proudest moments. I know it’s a funny, folksy, idiosyncratic little project but to me it was really exciting. We really hit it off together. Really fun people. You know they’re not ambitious, they’re really modest people. They’ve got a kid and he’s got a church, they have other ambitions. That was more just a little hobby project. They do some shows once in a while but it’s pretty ramshackle.

<a href="/web/20101130151047/http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/track/i-walked">I Walked by Sufjan Stevens</a>

Is it good to work with people who have faith? I guess it wouldn’t be as easy working with drug addled lunatics right?

SS: Hahaha. [Pause] What’s the question?

I should probably rephrase it. You’re a Christian, so it’s probably easier to work with Christians than some heathen hoovering up cocaine every day...

SS: Yeah. [Long pause] What?!

What I’m asking is, is it easier to work with somebody in the same faith instead of somebody of a secular disposition?

SS: [Pintersque pause] Ahhh no, not at all. I don’t draw lines when it comes to my work. People I work with come from all over the place. There’s heathens and potheads in my band. I love them all, so...

Being an artist of some repute do you find the calling to spread the Good News sits awkwardly with your profile? Is it difficult?

SS: Not necessarily, you know, I think the Good News is about grace and hope and love and a relinquishing of self to God. And I think the Good News of salvation is kind of relevant to everyone and everything.

I find as I get older due to a sequence of events spirituality becomes more intriguing, though having been indoctrinated with the hard line dogma that I’d go to hell if I didn’t follow certain practices and believe very specific things, I was quite angry about Christianity for a while.

SS: Oh dear.

I suppose you could call it Protestant guilt.

SS: The church is an institution and it’s incredibly corrupt obviously, but that’s because it’s full of dysfunctional people and people who are hurt and battered and abused. It’s very normal in any institution to have that kind of level of dysfunction. That’s unfortunate. I find it very difficult, I find church culture very difficult you know; I think a lot of churches now are just fundamentally flawed. But that’s true for any institution you know, that’s true for education, universities and it’s definitely true for corporations because of greed, and I think part of faith is having to be reconciled with a flawed community. But the principles, I don’t think the principles have changed. They can get skewed and they can get abused and dogma can reign supreme, but I think the fundamentals, it’s really just about love. Loving God and loving your neighbour and giving up everything for God. The principles of that, the basis of that is very pure and life changing.

Do you believe that God can be reached through other faiths? John 14:6 categorically states Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life" and nobody can get to the Father except through him. A lot of people take that very literally and don’t believe you can find spirituality through Buddhism or Islam or whatever...

SS: Yeah, I mean who can know the mind of God and who can be his counselor? It’s not man’s decision, you know. If God is infinite and he’s in all of us and he created the world then I feel there is truth in every corner. There’s a kind of imprint of his life and his breath and his word and everything. You know, I’m no religious expert, and I don’t make any claims about the faith. All I can account for is myself and my own belief and that’s a pretty tall order just to take account of myself. I can’t make any claims about other religions. There’s no condemnation in Christ, that’s one of the fundamentals of Christianity.

The Gospels are a good read, and then you get Paul ruining everything with his right wing attitudes.

SS: Well Paul is a good reference for the character of church institutions, the setting down of cultural principles. Because God is the church and the church is an institution and the institution is culture; you have to reckon with all the trappings of culture and that’s kind of what Paul designed. You know, that was his role. You can’t read it without looking at it in the cultural context of the time and place, it’s inherent you know.

Church originally was a body of people and it had nothing to do with a building.

SS: I mean it’s weird. What’s the basis of Christianity? It’s really a meal, it’s communion right? It’s the Eucharist. That’s it, it’s the sharing a meal with your neighbours and what is that meal? It’s the body and blood of Christ. Basically God offering himself up to you as nutrition. Haha, that’s pretty weird. It’s pretty weird if you think about that, that’s the basis of your faith. You know, God is supplying a kind of refreshment and food for a meal. Everything else is just accessories and it’s vital of course, baptism and marriage, and there’s always the sacraments and praying and the Holy Spirit and all this stuff but really fundamentally it’s just about a meal.

And there’s the cross of course. It’s an extremely powerful symbol and it has permeated into some of the greatest art and literature of the last couple of thousand years, but it’s peculiar that people wear an object that represents the putting to death of their Lord.

SS: It’s really morbid. It’s a really morbid symbol you know. It is very grotesque when you start thinking about it. But it’s also beautiful you know, it’s the ultimate sacrifice. And I think it relates to the meal as well because it’s Christ giving up his blood and flesh as food and that then itself is the giving up of his body for eternal life, therefore salvation. Whatever that means...”

I don’t know. It’s all a bit of a mystery to me.

SS: It’s the most important thing to me really but it’s also really important I don’t get too caught up in it. There’s a necessity for casualness, you know, because I think fear and anxiety are not elements in faith. And I think doubt is important and questioning and all that. I think there’s been too much made from fear and condemnation to manipulate people. I think that’s an atrocity really.

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David M
Oct 12, 2010 3:17pm

very human interview, thankyou

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Ryan
Oct 12, 2010 3:41pm

In reply to David M:

Probably because it's with a human, mate.

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Mr. Knowitall
Oct 12, 2010 4:10pm

The scripture the guy quoted is wrong. John 3:16 is: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

I think the writer meant John 14:6

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OhNoYouDidnt
Oct 12, 2010 5:44pm

In reply to Ryan:

You don't know that. You have no empirical evidence.

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June
Oct 12, 2010 8:31pm

Wow... this sounds like he most Sufjan has opened up about his views on spirituality in a long, long time. I wonder what's changed?

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Beth
Oct 13, 2010 1:34am

The interviewer seems to love speaking about himself.

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Brandon Andress
Oct 13, 2010 1:50am

not too sure about the questions...but I really appreciate the humble answers. as one who also follows Christ...it is good to hear someone articulate the heart and soul of the faith without all garbage that usually comes with it. thanks soof for opening up. I more than anyone appreciate it.

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kragnor
Oct 13, 2010 2:41am

great answers but the interviewer is so lame.

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jdilla
Oct 13, 2010 4:03am

Either the interviewer is a total idiot, or he's having a laugh at Sufjan's expense. Sufjan plays it straight. But damn, those questions are hilarious.

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Champ
Oct 13, 2010 4:50am

I'd love the chance to interview Sufjan so I could tell him how my dad's emotional distance has undermined all my attempts at closeness with others.

What's his fee, btw?

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wayne
Oct 13, 2010 5:31am

Love the interview! Not feeling the new album at all though

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landon
Oct 13, 2010 6:06am

wow. i wish he would have come right out and said the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.

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Laura
Oct 13, 2010 8:22am

Is there a recording of this?

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mike roy
Oct 13, 2010 2:54pm

Again, very interesting to hear Sufjan's responses to these questions, but it really would have been more applicable to hear him answer questions about the new album... It's such a vast and mysterious work, I would think anyone given the chance to ask questions would have plenty that actually pertain to the album mentioned in the interview's title. But I really appreciate Sufjan's candor. It will be interesting to see how these songs come across live.

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Oct 13, 2010 3:55pm

I was worried for a long time that Sufjan had gone away from the faith, but with this interview I find myself encouraged to know that he certainly has kept his faith. One of my all-time favorite tracks by him is "To Be Alone With You". It speaks of his intimacy with the Lord, and I am in a much better state of mind that Sufjan can still Stand by his Christian record, "Seven Swans".

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Oct 13, 2010 3:56pm

In reply to :

My name is Blake Stebbe, by the way.

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Jeremy Allen
Oct 13, 2010 5:38pm

There were some personal elements in the interview which I don't really need to justify, but had the quotes from Sufjan been isolated they would have come across weirdly like Christian polemic. I thought it best to represent the conversation pretty much as it happened to give a fair representation.

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AJ
Oct 13, 2010 5:47pm

In reply to landon:

Was rather disappointed about that as well. He really beat around the bush on that one.

That said, interesting interview & I'm loving the new record.

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Oct 13, 2010 5:53pm

thanks, sufjan.

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Oct 13, 2010 6:49pm

worst interview ever

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Oct 13, 2010 10:07pm

In reply to :

best interview ever

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Tony H
Oct 13, 2010 10:12pm

Yeah, effectively calling St. Paul a bigot isn't the best way to go about an interview.

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t.
Oct 13, 2010 11:45pm

i enjoyed this interview for sufjan's answers but yes the questions were mostly terrible

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Hope This Helps
Oct 14, 2010 2:07am

In reply to Jeremy Allen:

It's fine to ask him about his beliefs, but you went beyond good taste, turning it into a dorm room theological sparring match. That's why several got the feeling there was too much of you in this piece. It felt as though you were trying vet him as a non-fundie.

No doubt you're a fascinating guy, but your take on spiritual matters is not of great general interest.

I appreciate you leaving the embarrassing segue into the subject, however. That was stand up of you.

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lewis knudsen
Oct 14, 2010 4:22am

someone has an 'adz' to grind.

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Erin English
Oct 14, 2010 4:55am

In reply to lewis knudsen:

Oh Geez.

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lewis knudsen
Oct 14, 2010 8:30am

In reply to Erin English:

oh gosh, that's embarrassing...Hi Erin, what's up

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t.
Oct 14, 2010 5:48pm

In reply to t.:

"terrible" was pretty mean. sorry for being another jerk on the internet. but those questions were awkwardly phrased and a bit pushy and stuff! anyway, best regards

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Mikey Stearns
Oct 14, 2010 6:05pm

why does jeremy allen think sufjan cares about his opinions. stick to asking questions, not making controversial statements

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Nicolas
Oct 14, 2010 8:41pm

In reply to Jeremy Allen:

Jeremy, thank you for a unique interview with Sufjan. Your personal elements brought necessary context and for being vulnerable and honest in your questions, however "appropriate" they were, I think you recieved answers that, in turn, were also vulnerable.

I would prefer to read an honest conversation than a scripted, sugar coated, flaky interview anyday.

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terrellbrinlee
Oct 16, 2010 6:54pm

In reply to Mr. Knowitall:

it was right when I read it.

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Automaton
Oct 18, 2010 2:43am

Interesting interview. Thanks!

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annelise.
Oct 18, 2010 10:45am

I like The Age of Adz; I owed it to Sufjan to let it grow on me, even change the way I listen. I like him a lot. Still, perhaps I should grieve slightly to've missed him in concert before now! All is remade, we are always remade. I'm listening to Michigan, and have never liked it so well... But perhaps this is a good thing! :)

Dear Sufjan, you are a well good ring-giver. Thank you for the music! Thank you for the excellence!

So he's right that "Who can know the mind of God and who can be his counselor?" I would say that there's a difference between God's deep mercy and understanding, and any kind of permission to ignore him. One is the first reality, while the other is the first lie. Surely God knows those who see his reflection and love him, whose consciences defend them, however much we know and accept. But if Jesus be this God (involved in history to let righteousness and mercy kiss) then to ignore or reject him? "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father?'" Then there is no reason to fear that he lacks any piece of real goodness. If he spoke false, then I believe with my whole life that beauty is dead.

The bread given by Creator to created, by Saviour to his friends, is hardly weird. Perhaps to a secular assumption, but not one that understands how life is breath. It's mysterious that God would die to bring us back into complete life, where goodness matters intricately and yet we can obtain it... Yet the meal itself is simply that, a friendship. There is no 'tolerance', because there is no fear that any one of us isn't good enough for God or should be judged. The reality is that we are not, but we are to be loved. A gift like so ought not be edged around in conversation.

Oh, sleeping bear.

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Jonathan
Oct 19, 2010 12:01am

Good to see an interview as an actual spontaneous conversation rather than a stroll through PR-friendly anecdotes about a new album, well done Jeremy on getting him to open up!

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Rachel Navarro
Oct 19, 2010 6:11am

In reply to Mr. Knowitall:

It says 14:6. Pay attention before you correct.

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shall strive within me.
Oct 20, 2010 10:26am

This album reminds me of parts of 1 John 2, so I surmise that this is the interview of the moment! There are great parts of Beautiful lurking.

I enjoyed it, thanks :)

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Oct 21, 2010 3:48am

that interviewer is a douche

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Allison
Oct 23, 2010 2:57am

In reply to Brandon Andress :

Soof?

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Cassandra
Oct 24, 2010 3:16am

In reply to landon:

I concur about avoiding the whole John 14:6 thing. I guess this is one of those things where the majority of Americans are deeply religious Christians even though few believe in the exclusivity of salvation in Christ alone.

Also a sad reminder that most people can be dead on about some spiritual things when they totally miss the big picture.

With that said, glad the interview was posted, even though it is quite possibly the weirdest and most awkward interview I've ever read.

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Max Mullet
Oct 24, 2010 11:24am

Really enjoyed Sufjan's answers, but what kind of questions were these? The interviewer seems like an anxious, uneducated teenager. Solid responses from a solid guy.

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John Doran
Oct 24, 2010 2:24pm

In reply to Max Mullet:

Dear dim-witted Sufjan Stevens fans, the right questions are the ones that provoke the most interesting answers, therefore these are good questions. I, for one, am very pleased that we weren't subjected to yet another sickening work of hagiography and sycophancy by yet another hack who doesn't understand what the words 'objective' and 'critic' mean. For once, we get an interesting read out of the preposterously indulged babyman who believes in a ghost in the sky.

Plus, he hasn't been any good since he recorded 'Behind The Green Door'.

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Jake
Oct 24, 2010 6:55pm

We (as a culture) are very quick to take the spiritual opinions of our celebs too serious. As a Relevant magazine reader, I see misrepresented faith all of the time. Maybe Sufjan was beating around the bush, maybe he's more Unitarian in his beliefs, the point is we can't rely on him to spread the truth anymore than the rest of us.

As far as Paul being "fundamentalist right wing"...that simply shows a clear lack of understanding God's word. Yes, absolutely the Gospel is freeing, and even Paul said "everything is permissable, but for me not everything is beneficial", but Paul's letters are Spirit led truth, for now and eternity, not just in the context of a culture 2000 years ago. If you really look at history, there is "nothing new under the sun", so Paul was speaking against the same sins then that we think are new and progressive now.

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Oct 27, 2010 2:58am

In reply to landon:

he did- he said that the bible is inherent. That is straight out saying it dude.

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G
Oct 27, 2010 2:02pm

How the fuck did I miss this interview? Interesting read.I thought the interviewer did a pretty good job - anybody discussing religion or faith always sounds a bit mad though...Kudos to both of ya.

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Tanner
Oct 27, 2010 5:32pm

When referring to Paul, I guess Sufjan is a Pragmatist.

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G
Oct 27, 2010 11:11pm

In reply to John Doran:

What's the 'Behind the Green Door' ref? I was under the impression it was an arty porn film.

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Tina
Oct 28, 2010 2:09am

I see that Laura has asked a question that hasn't been answered, and I'd like an answer as well... is there a recording of this interview, and if so, can we possibly hear it?

Thanks.

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G
Oct 28, 2010 10:35pm

In reply to John Doran:

Ahh, very good...It took a bit of time to hit but very good nonetheless. The Sunsets were never the same after he left.

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Nathaniel
Oct 29, 2010 12:43pm

I find this interview to be a very interesting read, and to be incredibly on point as far as the new album goes... these questions are ones fans/listeners should want the answers to when one considers the content of the album. Also it is always good to hear something of where the artist is coming from and what else is going on with them.
I also really appreciate the references to The Welcome Wagon of whom I had not heard before, but I now think after a quick listen would be pleasing so Sufjan fans who also share his beliefs.

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photographerofdeadtoads
Oct 29, 2010 3:45pm

Thanks for your questions. I'm really glad I read this.

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Poet
Oct 31, 2010 2:16pm

Jeremy Allen: Insightful interview. Don't worry about agitated posters. In the digital world, people forget there is a person on the other end of the internet receiving their sharpened, poison-tipped opinions.

Posters: Especially Christian posters, think about what you say before you say it. Don't be numbed by digital anesthetic. Let the brothers be known by their love. A haiku I wrote called "Click":

A child with a gun.
We comment and browse and post.
We have not yet learned.

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Lalee Dot
Nov 1, 2010 7:08am

I was a part of the community of people that shared the experience of hearing Age of Adz live last weekend in L.A. and I have never been part of a happier audience. I am still soaking in the memory of how much I enjoyed the show! With that in mind, it was exceptional to read this interview, and learn more about the man whose art & music I let into my ears, eyes, and life! Grace & Peace.

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Andrew Martin
Nov 3, 2010 4:44am

Wow, what a great interview. I'm not a believer myself, but i find Stevens' sober approach very humanistic and powerful. I want him to be my friend. His new music is aaaaawesome. Lovin' it.

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Alex_D
Nov 4, 2010 12:44pm

this is basically well good. nice one jeremy.

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Chris
Nov 11, 2010 7:36pm

Shitty interview.

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Captain Buzzcut
Nov 11, 2010 10:32pm

In reply to Brandon Andress :

More than Jesus?

For shame, Brandon.

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Rob
Nov 13, 2010 5:06am

In reply to annelise.:

That was a very intriguing and moving comment. Do you have a blog on matters Christian/spiritual? I also think that the new album is great. My wife and I just saw it performed live in Philadelphia. The album is probably twice as good now (and it was already very good).

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Rob
Nov 13, 2010 5:15am

In reply to Jake:

I agree. I guess it's sad that I only reply to people I agree with, because I don't like to fight online. But I'm backing you up on the fact that I believe "there is nothing new under the sun." Culture then and culture now both seem to reflect the tug-of-war between the flesh and the spirit. Sex has always been around; therefore, culture (or I guess the way of dealing with and compartmentalizing the life of the flesh) has always been around. That might be an extreme statement, but I believe it to be true to some extent. Sorry if this isn't hitting the mark, but it's what I thought of when I read Soofie's comment about the context of culture. It's just all the same. I can find an analogue for about almost everything I read in the New Testament, so I tend to take it very literally in my daily life. I guess I'm a real "fundie," as someone so eloquently put it above. That was a good comment too.

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ComposerForever
Nov 13, 2010 4:48pm

In reply to Poet:

Poet, well said.

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Mambo
Nov 17, 2010 11:20pm

"Is it good to work with people who have faith? I guess it wouldn’t be as easy working with drug addled lunatics right?"

What kind of question is that? Obviously it wouldn't be easy working with drug addled lunatics. I mean, seriously dude.

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Rob Wilson
Nov 18, 2010 3:23am

Your title doesn't fit. It's not Adz (adds) it's Adz (odds). The right wing attitudes comment is highly offensive. The fact that you would compare Paul to a political movement 2000 years removed is obtuse. And btw, Paul's role wasn't just to build the church, he was also a missionary. Meanwhile, I'm disappointed in Sufjan's responses. I guess it's too much to ask to have a creative musician who actually believes that God is the only true way.

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Nov 19, 2010 2:20am

the interviewer is one of those atheists that make atheists look bad. please stop.

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Kelsey
Nov 19, 2010 2:40am

There is a way of asking questions neutrally, and this does not fit that description. Instead of trying to trap Sufjan/lead him to say what the interviewer wants everyone to hear, try asking straight questions. Like "Do you prefer working with Christians or non-Christians?" instead of trying to make him answer a certain way.
That being said, I think Sufjan did an excellent job answering the questions. Regarding faith, I am really impressed that he was so candid, especially with some of the awkward questions he was being asked.

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Annelise
Nov 21, 2010 9:25pm

In reply to Rob:

Rob, I just chanced back here and saw your question. I don't have a blog, except one with mainly poetry (of questionable quality/comprehensibility, but enjoyable to write!).
http://iwearyourshoes.blogspot.com/ :)

Interesting conversation here. Isn't the Internet an astounding spectacle? A particular Hello to all ye real people out there. Enjoy the day!

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Heath
Nov 22, 2010 1:05pm

In reply to Kelsey:

i LOVE sufjan's music...but I did find it alarming that He thought that there was more than one way to God, besides Jesus. He seems to be following this new emergent church theology that there is no absolute truth...I'm sorry to sound preachy, but I'm not sorry to say that Sufjan needs to reexamine his faith. Jesus says that He is the only way for a reason. We have got to stop making Christianity a philosophy rather than truth.

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Mike Morrell
1 day ago

In reply to Heath:

Ahhh, not emergent!!! Anything but that. :) I liked Sufjan's answers just fine. They represent an active and considered faith in Christ rather than a rote recitation of what some fundamentalists think certain words mean.

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