Sufjan Stevens to release “BQE” Multimedia set
A View-Master reel and a comic book are involved.
Back in November 2007, Sufjan Stevens unveiled a multimedia performance inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway called “The BQE”. By all accounts, it was an over-the-top affair with an orchestra, artsy footage of the highway, and hula hoops. And now, Sufjan is putting out a purchase-able “BQE” package to satisfy bloodthirsty fans still waiting for his official follow-up to Illinois, which– believe it or not– came out four years ago this month.
Due out October 20 in the U.S. on Asthmatic Kitty (October 19 in the UK via Rough Trade), “The BQE” set is not half-assed– it really may have taken him a couple years to put this thing together. The regular edition includes a CD of the show’s soundtrack, a DVD of Brooklyn-Queen Expressway footage that accompanied the original performance (not a film of the performance itself), a 40-page booklet with liner notes and photos, and– wait for it– a stereoscopic 3D View-Master reel! Finally, a reason to dig that old View-Master out of the attic.
For those truly enamored with Sufjan on a semi-frightening and obsessive scale, there’s a limited edition version that features the soundtrack on 180-gram vinyl and a 40-page BQE-themed comic book starring the show’s hula hooping wonder women, the Hooper Heroes.
Check out the Wes Anderson-y trailer for the DVD portion of the package– which will screen at New York’s 92YTribeca October 24 with an introduction by Stevens himself. (via pitchforkmedia)