Two New Albums by Sufjan Stevens!

Beverly Hills, CA | USA

Fictional track list for Sufjan’s California stylized as:

JOIN SUFJAN STEVENS IN RIDING SUNNY

CALIFORNIA’S

SERENE PACIFIC OCEAN AND IDYLLIC INLAND WAVES!

  1. Prelude Sailing the Sacramento River
  2. Eureka, or, The Last Bastion of Humanity Before the Road Takes You Out Yonder
  3. Friend, Gehenna Hath Nary an Opportunity to Prevail
  4. The Great San Francisco Earthquake
  5. Response to the Susanville Prison Warden (Let’s Discuss at Mt. Shasta if That’s Alright)
  6. Interlude #1 Floating Down Lake Nacimiento
  7. Towards a Resolution in Yosemite, and More Specifically, El Capitan
  8. This oboe trio can really hold a mariachi tune, don’t you think?
  9. Where the Almonds Grow For Now: A Salute! To the Central Valley!
  10. We Take a Moment to Recall Henry Gaylord Wilshire, Because in Some Ways He Inspired the Whole Operation
  11. Interlude #2 Feeling the Current in Morro Bay
  12. Aria for Arzner
  13. Solvang (Is There a Future Here for the Great Danes?)
  14. A Requiem for W. R. Hearst and William Mulholland, Who Despite Their Best Efforts Couldn’t Prevent Los Angeles from Becoming a World-Class Town
  15. Ave Santa Monica, a Prayer to Our Matron Saint of Temperate Microclimate Aristocratic Fancy
  16. Interlude #3 Undulating During a Rainstorm in Rio Hondo
  17. La Jolla’s Beaches (O Ezekiel, sing that psalm again)
  18. Delano y El Malcriado, Grapes of Righteous Wrath (Letter Addressed to Dolores Huerta and César Chávez)
  19. Postlude in a Catamaran Coming Home from Catalina Island

Fictional track list for Sufjan’s New York stylized as:

EXPLORE THE EMPIRE STATE’S SCENIC ROADS AND ICONIC DIALECTS WITH LOCAL MUSICIAN SUFJAN STEVENS IN HIS LATEST WORK INSPIRINGLY ENTITLED

“NEW YORK”!

  1. Demarcating Albany
  2. The Roosevelts Both Dropped Out of Law School, So Why Can’t We?
  3. George Clinton, Our American Knave(s)
  4. Poughkeepsie, Town Of, Dutchess
  5. Home of the U.S. Open, Though Which Sport, Nobody Knows
  6. Theme from the Bustling City of Buffalo, Bill 1: The Blizzard Mafia Has a Cantankerous Outlook but One Shouldn’t Take It the Wrong Way, Not Even on the Peace Bridge
  7. Great Neck, as Told by Diaspora Enthusiasts and LIRR Commuters
  8. Pastiche to reminisce on the anti-folk scene that really could have taken off if the stars had aligned
  9. Corning Glass Works, No It Really Does and I Can Prove It
  10. Greenpoint Poets
  11. Vigil in the Upper Bay
  12. Onward to the Set, Mr. Met! Stadium Ho! Joe DiMaggio!
  13. A lovely klezmer-fusion ensemble will briefly enter the foray as per union rules
  14. Theme from the Bustling City of Buffalo, Bill 2: The County Recorder of Assassinations Feels Ready to Make a Statement Regarding the Events of Friday, September 6, 1901
  15. Adirondack
  16. For Rochester, the Garbage Plate; For Myself, the Usual Please if You Would Be So Kind
  17. Riverside Park and What Have You (Noguchi’s Song)
  18. The Five Boroughs, or Rather, How the MTA Tries Its Best Every Day
  19. Margaret Sanger, Look at Us Now (It Ain’t Pretty)
  20. Port Authority (Exeunt Omnes)

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  • Mehrzad Farnoosh

    Mehrzad Farnoosh is an engineer and short-form writer from Southern California. He usually, but not always, enjoys awards seasons, testing internet protocols, and string sections in alternative music.

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