This song has been swimming around in my head for a while. It’s Ultimately sad. Extremely visual. And terribly beautiful.
I remember the day/week(?) this record-Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois-came out. I spent the morning waiting to get my hand stamped for free admission to that night’s Pixies show at Summerfest and the rest of the day putting miles on my Volkswagen looking for a CD that was supposed to have been pulled from the shelves due to a Superman graphic on the cover. Apparently you’re not allowed to use images of the man of steel without express permission from the man of the steel himself. Good fuckin’ luck, right?
Well, after about nine record stores, including my favorite place to kill a day-Atomic Records (R.I.P) who actually had it but wanted $60 for it-I finally managed to get my cigarette stained fingers on it thanks to…(trumpets)…Borders. The case was cracked and I nearly ran out of gas, but June 25, 2005 was a pretty stellar day. I scored a treasure that’s God knows where, still in cellophane, and the Pixies opened their set with “Debaser.” T//