[OT] Sufjan Stevens gets the ToString treatment
My good friend Sufjan just released another brilliant album, Illinoise, as the second installment of his 50 States project. Not surprisingly, it's been very well received. It was a very unexpected honor to be asked to remix one of the best songs on the album, Chicago, for an iTunes only release.
Here's the iTMS link to what I came up with: Chicago (JonGalloway ToString remix) 
I'm pretty happy with how the remix turned out given the time and other challenges. My computer died on me the night before it was due, so I had to reinstall until midnight and mix until dawn, then go to work and crank out some TPS reports.
My brother Brian helped out with some drums, mandolin, vocals, and live instrument recording. My rokken wife, Rachel , added some cool vocals (as well as ukulele and flute parts which were cool but didn't fit in the mix). I got busy with some envelope-filtered bass, Fruity Loops, and Sonic Foundry (Acid and SoundForge).
The original song is a folky-pop-rock number. The remix is dance-pop with a bit-o-glitch for fun. If you've got 99 cents burning a hole in your pocket, give it a spin.
And definitely check out Sufjan Stevens's Illinoise - it's really good. NPR just did an interesting feature on Sufjan, with an NPR exclusive Sufjan track.
 I did a lot of the electronic / computer stuff in a band (Soul-Junk) many moons ago. We toured with Sufjan before he became a big star.
 iTunes required to hear an iTunes exclusive release, of course.
 Sony bought both Acid and Sonic Foundry, but I've got the old SF versions.