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October 5, 2012

VitaminWater uncapped + Fader

Did a similar audience sing-a-long to this song at his ACL set in 2009. One of the most memorable moments of any concert I’ve been to. Soul-shaking.

Bon Iver is having a Remix contest for his album “Bon Iver” check out link for details.  $1,000 prize for each song.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project – Indaba Music.

 

♫ Minnesota, WI (S. Carey Remix) – Bon Iver, Bon Iver  

Yes, it’s true. I just posted a Kanye West vid on my blog. Just showing my dedication to the Donda Initiative…and Bon Iver.

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Bon Iver – Live From #Coachella, April 14, 2012, posted with vodpod

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bon iver dropped a new video for “towers” directed by nabil

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Recorded in AIR Studio’s Lyndurst Hall – a building that was originally a church and missionary school designed in 1880 by the great Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse (designer of the Natural History Museum) – Vernon was joined only by Sean Carey, with the pair positioning themselves opposite one another at two grand pianos. Although neither Justin nor Sean’s first instrument is piano, they were able to remodel the songs in a way that showcases their complimentary vocals and, perhaps more strikingly, a seemingly effortless ability to experiment with form and structure.

As such, fans are treated to jaw-dropping interpretations of several songs from both the new album and the Blood Bank EP, as well as a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’. And interpretation is an apt word, as these songs are artfully abstracted from their original incarnations. Rather than layer the sound as on Bon Iver, Bon Iver, the focus is on paring back, in part evoking the minimalist approach of contemporary classical music, while remaining true enough to the source material to retain those elements characteristic of Bon Iver.

As on ‘Babys’ and ‘Hinnom, TX’, Justin’s trademark falsetto is positioned centre stage, framed by subtle and unexpected instrumental flourishes that render the performance simultaneously weighty and airless. It’s quite an achievement that songs so widely-known and loved in their recorded form are able gain in emotional impact, and stands as testament to Bon Iver’s singular talent.

Bon Iver 4AD Sessions

  1. Hinnom, TX
  2. Wash.
  3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
  4. Babys
  5. Beth/Rest

The 99 percent………

February 13, 2012

#BonnyBear  At least they’re asking. Now lets just get the name straight. It’s BON IVER!!! pronounced like BONE and EEE VARE.

my question is WTF is a JCole?

poor justin.

These are from the who-is-bon-iver tumblr

Justin on Q (interview)

December 11, 2011

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During an interview with The New York Times, Justin Vernon addressed the subject of winning Grammy’s which he explains is not the reason he makes music. He mentioned a letter Nick Cave wrote to MTV after being nominated for an award which resonated with his own feelings on the subject (see letter below). Vernon was asked this question by NYT several months ago so who knows if he feels the same way after being nominated for 4 Grammy’s, but I think if bands like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver are finally being recognized in an industry filled with corporate manufactured artists who haven’t sung a real note live in their entire career then they should show up and honor their success and show the world what a real musician looks/sounds like because everyone seems to have forgotten. It’s time to turn what was starting to become a discouraging joke into a well-respected award again. Independent artists need to show up and respect the efforts and honor the change so it will continue. Think of it, not as a competition or as a trophy but as a way to open doors for your genre and your peers. No you’re not selling out you’re just taking ownership of what these awards should be about.

 
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TO ALL THOSE AT MTV,

I WOULD LIKE TO START BY THANKING YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME OVER RECENT YEARS AND I AM BOTH GRATEFUL AND FLATTERED BY THE NOMINATIONS THAT I HAVE RECEIVED FOR BEST MALE ARTIST. THE AIR PLAY GIVEN TO BOTH THE KYLIE MINOGUE AND P. J. HARVEY DUETS FROM MY LATEST ALBUM MURDER BALLADS HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED AND HAS BEEN GREATLY APPRECIATED. SO AGAIN MY SINCERE THANKS.

HAVING SAID THAT, I FEEL THAT IT’S NECESSARY FOR ME TO REQUEST THAT MY NOMINATION FOR BEST MALE ARTIST BE WITHDRAWN AND FURTHERMORE ANY AWARDS OR NOMINATIONS FOR SUCH AWARDS THAT MAY ARISE IN LATER YEARS BE PRESENTED TO THOSE WHO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE COMPETITIVE NATURE OF THESE AWARD CEREMONIES. I MYSELF, DO NOT. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OF THE OPINION THAT MY MUSIC IS UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL AND EXISTS BEYOND THE REALMS INHABITED BY THOSE WHO WOULD REDUCE THINGS TO MERE MEASURING. I AM IN COMPETITION WITH NO-ONE.
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MUSE IS A DELICATE ONE AT THE BEST OF TIMES AND I FEEL THAT IT IS MY DUTY TO PROTECT HER FROM INFLUENCES THAT MAY OFFEND HER FRAGILE NATURE.

SHE COMES TO ME WITH THE GIFT OF SONG AND IN RETURN I TREAT HER WITH THE RESPECT I FEEL SHE DESERVES – IN THIS CASE THIS MEANS NOT SUBJECTING HER TO THE INDIGNITIES OF JUDGEMENT AND COMPETITION. MY MUSE IS NOT A HORSE AND I AM IN NO HORSE RACE AND IF INDEED SHE WAS, STILL I WOULD NOT HARNESS HER TO THIS TUMBREL – THIS BLOODY CART OF SEVERED HEADS AND GLITTERING PRIZES. MY MUSE MAY SPOOK! MAY BOLT! MAY ABANDON ME COMPLETELY!
SO ONCE AGAIN, TO THE PEOPLE AT MTV, I APPRECIATE THE ZEAL AND ENERGY THAT WAS PUT BEHIND MY LAST RECORD, I TRULY DO AND SAY THANK YOU AND AGAIN I SAY THANK YOU BUT NO…NO THANK YOU.

YOURS SINCERELY, NICK CAVE 21 OCT 96.

August 29, 2011

Right on Brotha!

This is reblogged from Bon Iver’s official site. Justin Vernon’s point of view on MTV and the VMA’s

You can find the original post here: Bon Iver

“there are great moments in awards shows. bruno mars sounded really good doing ‘valerie’ for amy winehouse. i don’t think anyone is bummed that adele is killing everything. her voice was real and focused when i went thru and watched highlights from tonight. kanye and jay z are always murdering. beyonce is pregnant. yes this is awesome as shit, culturally speaking. but can i just ask, the reader, us, we … as non-rhetorically as possible: don’t we seem dumb? didn’t MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn’t Rock’n’Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn’t our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom’s cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace… But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don’t we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don’t know. I don’t mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog. Sorry. Im with my girls on this one. Its becoming increasingly clear as I think about it more and more, that the dollars, if they ARE apart of why you are doing something… they are apart of why you are doing something. that’s fucked to me. that’s the absence of spirit, glue, fabric of what makes us a person. it distracts us from what we could be doing: WORK. on EARTH. Better say this: Forget what I say. If you even read this, you’ll probably say to yourself, who is this ass saying shit? It doesn’t matter what i say. it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. But this one last thought: What would Bill Hicks say?”

Absolutely gorgeous

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Bon Iver “Holocene”, posted with vodpod

Here is another take on Nick of Time/Can’t Make You Love Me and a little intro from Donny Hathaway‘s ‘A Song for You’.

Justin’s Bonnie Hathaway Cover MP3

Did you know Justin has a Blog? Check it out here

And Happy Release Day Bon Iver! Go buy this amazing album! Amazon

plus  a snippet of “Nick of Time” by Bonnie Rait

Download  02-I-Cant-Make-You-Love-Me

Bon Iver: New album “Bon Iver” is out this Tuesday!

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Bon Iver – Calgary (official music video), posted with vodpod

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The music of Justin Vernon offers exhilarating evidence that the rural really are different, and not in the pickup-drivin’, flag-fetishizin’ way that sells in Nashville. Five years ago, following the breakups of his band and his relationship, Vernon retreated from North Carolina to his native Wisconsin. Snowbound in a rustic cabin for the winter—or so the story goes—he produced a collection of quasi-religious hymns to the terrible beauty of heartbreak, which he self-recorded under the name Bon Iver, an intentional bastardization of the French phrase bon hiver (good winter).  For full story visit: Vanity Fair

Bon Iver‘s label JagJaguwar has posted the lyric’s to some songs of the new album.

I’ve reposted them below.

Perth

Iʼm tearing up, acrost your face
move dust through the light
to fide your name
it’s something fane
this is not a place
not yet awake, I’m raised of make

still alive who you love
still alive who you love
still alive who you love

in a mother, out a moth
furling forests for the soft
gotta know been lead aloft
so I’m ridding all your stories
what I know, what it is, is pouring – wire it up!

you’re breaking your ground

Minnesota, WI

armour let it through, borne the arboretic truth you kept posing
sat down in the suit, fixed on up it wasn’t you by finished closing

ramble in the roots, had the marvel, moved the proof be kneeled fine’s glowing
storing up the clues, it had its sullen blue bruised through by showing

settle past a patience where wishes and your will are spilling pictures
water’s running through in the valley where we grew to write this this scripture:

never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
not for a part in any gamut of the dark

doubled in the toes annex it, it minute closed in the morning
did not lose it in the stack’s stow, imma lay that call back on ya

you know it won’t beseech you, we’re laying in an open field
I will let you grow, no need to know this

so carry on my dear, what is clear up in the daylight is we’re hung here
fall is coming soon, a new year for the moon and the Hmong here

never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
all that it seems
bellows tracing through the streams

never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
all at its seams
swallows swelling for the beams

Holocene

Someway, baby, it’s part of me, apart from me.
you’re laying waste to Halloween
you fucked it friend, it’s on it’s head, it struck the street
you’re in Milwaukee, off your feet

…and at once I knew I was not magnificent
strayed above the highway aisle
(jagged vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

3rd and Lake it burnt away, the hallway
was where we learned to celebrate
automatic bought the years you’d talk for me
that night you played me ʻLip Paradeʼ
not the needle, nor the thread, the lost decree
saying nothing, that’s enough for me

…and at once I knew I was not magnificent
hulled far from the highway aisle
(jagged, vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

Christmas night, it clutched the light, the hallow bright
above my brother, I and tangled spines
we smoked the screen to make it what it was to be
now to know it in my memory:

…and at once I knew I was not magnificent
high above the highway aisle
(jagged vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

Towers

for the love, Iʼd fallen on
in the swampy August dawn
what a mischief you would bring young darling!
when the onus is not all your own
when you’re up for it before you’ve grown

from the faun forever gone
in the towers of your honeycomb
I’d a tore your hair out just to climb back darling
when you’re filling out your only form
can you tell that itʼs just ceremon’
now you’ve added up to what you’re from

build your tether rain-out from your fragments…
break the sailor’s table on your sacrum…
fuck the fiercest fables, I’m with Hagen

for the love, comes the burning young
from the liver, sweating through your tongue
well, youʼre standing on my sternum don’t you climb down darling
oh the sermons are the first to rest
smoke on Sundays when youʼre drunk and dressed
out the hollows where the swallow nests

Michicant

I was unafraid, I was a boy, I was a tender age
melic in the naked, knew a lake and drew the lofts for page
hurdle all the waitings up, know it wasn’t wedded love
4 long minutes end and it was over it’d all be back
and the frost took up the eyes

pressed against the pane could see the veins and there was poison out
resting in a raze the inner claims I hadn’t breadth to shake
searching for an inner clout, may not take another bout
honey in the hale could fill the pales of loving less with vain
hon, it wasn’t yet the spring

aiming and it sunk and we were drunk and we had fleshed it out
nose up in the globes, you never know if you are passing out
no it wasn’t maiden-up, the falling or the faded luck
hung up in the ivory, both were climbing for a finer cause
love can hardly leave the room
with your heart

Hinnom, TX

(fall in
fall out
fall along)

in the first of light
past the Noachide
bodies wrapped in white

stranded every pain
baby, pasts are slain
“I got outta La Grange…”

in Hinnom

all this time
with your heart in mind
didn’t you edit

in Hinnom

go, the least
and the precious feast
the in-vetted

sand it starts to steal
dirt and ice imbed in cheeks
in the potter’s field

solar peace
well it swirls and sweeps
you just set it

strangers scattering
nether passage in the wind
off pennant tension ring

armor, down
on the wettest ground
not to vet it

Wash.

climb
is all we know
when thaw
is not below us
no, can’t grow up
in that iron ground
Claire, all too sore for sound

bet
is hardly shown
scraped
across the foam
like they stole it
and oh, how they hold it

Claire, we nearly forfeit

I… I’m growing like the quickening hues
I… I’m telling darkness from lines on you
over havens fora full and swollen morass, young habitat!
all been living alone, where the ice snap and the hold clast are known

home
we’re savage high
come
we finally cry
oh and we don it
because it’s right
Claire, I was too sore for sight

I… we’re sewing up through the latchet greens
I… un-peel keenness, honey, bean for bean
same white pillar tone as with the bone street sand is thrown where she stashed us at
all been living alone, where the cracks at in the low part of the stoning

Calgary

….
don’t you cherish me to sleep
never keep your eyelids clipped
hold me for the pops and clicks
I was only for the father’s crib

hair, old, long along
your neck onto your shoulder blades
always keep that message taped
cross your breasts you won’t erase
I was only for your very space

hip, under nothing
propped up by your other one, face ‘way from the sun
just have to keep a dialogue
teach our bodies: haunt the cause
I was only trying to spell a loss

joy, it’s all founded
pincher with the skin inside
you pinned me with your black sphere eyes
you know that all the rope’s untied
I was only for to die beside

so itʼs storming on the lake
little waves our bodies break

there’s a fire going out,
but there’s really nothing to the south

swollen orange and light let through
your one piece swimmer stuck to you

sold, I’m Ever
open ears and open eyes
wake up to your starboard bride
who goes in and then stays inside
oh the demons come, they can subside

Beth/Rest

errant heat to the star
and the rain let in
the hawser rolls, the vessel’s whole and Christ, it’s thin

well Iʼd know that you’d offer
would reveal it, though it’s soft and flat
won’t repeat it, cull and coffer’s that
for the soffit, hang this homeward
pry it open with your love
sending lost and alone standing offers

it is steep / it is stone
such recovery
from the daily press, the deepest nest, in keeper’s keep

all the news at the door
such a revelry
well, it’s hocked inside of everything you said to me

it was found what we orphaned
didn’t mention it would serve us picked
said your love is known
I’m standing up on it

aren’t we married?!
I ainʼt living in the dark no more
it’s not a promise, Iʼm just gonna call it

heavy mitted love

our love is a star
sure some hazardry
for the light before and after most indefinitely

danger has been stole away

Actually, I am not really sure if some of these came out in 2008 so I’m gonna cheat a little and say its what I listened to in 2009! Also, I didn’t translate these lyrics so if they are wrong please don’t blame me but feel free to add any corrections in comments if you’d like.

All around beauty

1. Bon Iver – Re: Stacks -Album For Emma

Lyrics

This my excavation and today is kumran

Everything that happens is from now on

This is pouring rain, This is paralyzed

I keep throwing it down two-hundred at a time

It’s hard to find it when you knew it

When your money’s gone, And you’re drunk as hell

On your back with your racks as the stacks as your load

In the back and the racks and the stacks are your load

In the back with your racks and you’re un-stacking your load

I’ve twisting to the sun I needed to replace

The fountain in the front yard is rusted out

All my love was down, In a frozen ground

There’s a black crow sitting across from me; his wiry legs are crossed

And he’s dangling my keys he even fakes a toss

This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization

It’s the sound of the unlocking and the lift away

Your love will be, Safe with me

(pronounced Bon EE VARE)

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The Origins and Evolution of a Song

2. One Eskimo – Khandi (Ash Howes Mix) Album One Eskimo

One Eskimo samples Candi Staton He Called Me Baby, in this song.

Candi’s original song covers a soul version of a country song.

Candi Stanton, He Called Me Baby.

and the original country version.

Tennessee Ernie FordShe Called Me Baby

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Storytellers

3. The Duke and the King –If You Ever Get Famous-Album Nothing Gold Can Stay

Daytrotter Sessions

XPN David Dye’s World Cafe Live

(As written for XPN)

When faced with a recent personal tragedy, former Felice Brothers multi-instrumentalist Simone Felice had to make some tough choices: After the death of his first child, he decided to leave the band he’d founded with his brothers. Along with longtime friend and Parliament contributor Robert “Chicken” Burke, Felice formed The Duke & The King.

The band’s minimalist folk wades in the waters of nostalgia while retaining contemporary touches. Felice’s lyrics pine for the past alongside light acoustic guitar and drizzle of ambient effects, and it works: Instead of the loud, raucous energy of Felice’s former band, The Duke & The King favors contemplative ballads and rich storylines. The duo’s first album is titled Nothing Gold Can Stay.

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Withstanding the test of time

4. Lucinda Williams-Honey Bee-Album Little Honey

Musicians like Lucinda, make you think how do the Madonna’s of the world happen.

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American Roots

5. Felice Brothers-<a href=”//www.sendspace.com/file/gq7qrw”>The Big Surprise-Album Yonder is the Clock

Old Crow Medicine Show; The Big Surprise Tour was probably one of the most

entertaining concerts I have ever been to this year. If The Felice Brothers ever come

to your town go see them live you will have no regrets.

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Badass

6. The Dead Weather – I Cut Like a Buffalo -Album Horehound

I recently posted the “OFFICIAL” video on this site but check the link for the alternative version.

She Cuts Up Her Buffalo,” you know what that means, that means you’re dead.

Check out their You Tube Channel: The Dead Weather TV Jack directs a lot of his video’s. There is no end to his talent.

One of my favorite websites is The White Stripes site. Really creative and beautifully designed. I really want the Meg Diana Analog Camera. (Santa)

The Raconteurs site is pretty damn cool too. Check it out.

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Dirty Boys who can sing

7. Fleet Foxes- Oliver James -Album Fleet Foxes

Just an amazing sound, never a sell out, true to their roots. You would never see them pushing their own clothing line unless it was for Goodwill or Salvation Army. Not even a website-Luckily they do have a MySpace page. So old school I love it. Check out this video for some awesome acoustic and a cappella Fleet Foxes. Cannot wait for their next album .

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Raw Talent

8. J.Tillman-Crosswinds-Album-Year in the Kingdom

J. Tillman, the drummer for Fleet Foxes also has a solo career. I just think he’s a master with percussion as you can hear in Crosswinds.

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Bratty Talent

9. MGMT Time to Pretend-Oracle Spectacular

Time to express my humble opinion; I think Andrew Vanwhatsisname is an arrogant little brat who goes on about being a college graduate from a school that for a LOT of people is a safety school. Having said that, I do think this album has some really good songs. I wish these kids who have a hard time expressing themselves in a public forum without sounding arrogant or entitled would just shut up and sing.

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Bringing back Soul

10. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears –Sugarfoot-Album Tell Me What Your Name Is

I see Black Joe Lewis as this decades James Brown with a little bit of The Time thrown in (outfits and hair a lot less over the top). Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to see him in Austin but he sure knows how to put a little sizzle in your wiggle.

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