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Sufjan Stevens - Star Spangled Banner

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Every morning at 6am we will be posting a video of someone singing or playing the "Star Spangled Banner".

Back in the day television stations would end their "broadcast day" with an instrumental of the National Anthem accompanied by video of horses running through a field, and olde fashioned Main Street, the Statue of Liberty, and eagles in slow motion.

When the song was over, the screen would flicker and a test pattern would appear, followed by a steady, annoying tone, waking you up if you had fallen asleep with the tv on. Again. Drunkard.

The Internet, though, never goes to sleep, it only gets cheaper each day.

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And when you wake up, you should have some music to be freaked out by.

This morning we bring you Sufjan Stevens from last year's Sasquatch Festival. We are featuring Sufjan because later this morning we are reviewing his BFF's movie "Danielson" in which Sufjan appears several times since he played with the Daniel Smith for two years before getting super famous.