Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine interpret the movies on 'A Beginner's Mind' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Every song on Stevens the album is connected with a movie, inspired by late nights watching films during a month-long stay in upstate New York.

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine interpret the movies on 'A Beginner's Mind'

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Back To Oz"
  • "You Give Death A Bad Name"
  • "Fictional California"
  • "(This Is) The Thing"

What do the films Night of the Living Dead, Point Break and the rival cheerleading sequal Bring It On Again have in common? Besides being pillars of cinema in their own unique way, they also serve as inspiration for songs on A Beginner's Mind, the new album from Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine. Every song on the album is connected with a movie, inspired by late nights watching flicks during a month-long stay in upstate New York.

I caught with up De Augustine and Stevens to hear about how the idea came about and how they picked some of the album's movies – and we spend a good chunk of time, perhaps too much time, letting Sufjan advocate for the excellence of Bring It On Again. But that's the fun of watching movies with your friends.

Episode Playlist