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Live Gig Video: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver duets with the National on ‘Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks’ in Toronto

By on Friday, 16th December 2011 at 2:00 pm

Recently for a special CBC show, the National (pictured above) teamed up with Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon for a unique duet on ‘Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks’, from the National’s last album ‘High Violet’.

For some of you, this is probably your wet dream (not mine, but diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks and all that), so enjoy it below.



Single Review: Kathleen Edwards (featuring Bon Iver) – Wapusk

By on Thursday, 29th September 2011 at 12:00 pm

Justin Vernon is a busy man these days. When he’s not working on his main project, Bon Iver, he can be found humbly stood to the side of the stage with one Kanye West or forming collaborations with James Blake. It seems you can’t avoid his sublime tones, whatever genre you prefer.

Due to his newfound status as an icon to the musical masses, it’s nice to see he’s still rooted to music at its heart as he’s now featuring on Kathleen Edwards’ new single ‘Wapusk’. The Ottawa-based singer/songwriter’s voice takes the lead role in this song, leaving Vernon in the background as her backing singer as her gorgeous sounds resonate through the track. It’s the perfect Autumn track, welcoming in the chill whilst warming you to the core at the same time.

I’m certain that to feel the complete benefit of it, I’ll need a hot chocolate and for the winter winds to be brushing against my windows, but coming in from what will inevitably be a blustery and chilling evening to see her open for Bon Iver in November will have to do for now.


‘Wapusk’, the new single by Kathleen Edwards, is out on the 17th of October on Zoë/Rounder Records. Keep an eye out for her album in the new year.


Bon Iver / October and November 2011 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 28th September 2011 at 5:30 pm

Bon Iver will be taking their new album – weirdly titled ‘Bon Iver’ – out with them on the road this October and November. Support will come from Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards, who recently collaborated with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in a single to be released in mid-October (the single review from Braden will post midday tomorrow).

Wednesday 19th October 2011 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Saturday 22nd October 2011 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Monday 24th October 2011 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Wednesday 9th November 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Thursday 10th November 2011 – Leeds O2 Academy
Friday 11th November 2011 – Bristol Colston Hall


Video of the Moment #566: Bon Iver

By on Friday, 2nd September 2011 at 6:00 pm

Bon Iver recently released their confusingly self-titled second album (you can read Braden’s review of ‘Bon Iver’ here), but I’m more interested in the video that was commissioned for ‘Holocene’, filmed by Nabil Elderkin. Its main focus is not the band but the stark natural beauty of Iceland and its people, which I would argue is more gorgeous than the music itself. Enjoy the video below.



PIAS Label Love #2: Three of Braden’s Favourite Albums, Ever!

By on Friday, 12th August 2011 at 11:00 am

Editor’s note: Braden has chosen three of his favourite albums – ever! – and hopefully this post will persuade you to buy these albums in digital format – or if not these three, others from the labels affected by the SONYDADC / PIAS warehouse fire. Read more about the labels affected in this article from the Guardian.

Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ (album’s page on JagJaguwar Web site | buy it from here with bonus track ‘Wisconsin’)
It’s hard to think that over 3 years ago that Justin Vernon sent himself off to a woodcabin in Wisconsin and wrote the masterpiece that is ‘For Emma…’ 2008, however gave us the beautiful record that has touched the lives and hearts of thousands. ‘Skinny Love’ is enough to break a heart and ‘For Emma’ is the kind of track that mends them again. If any album deserves to rise from the ashes in the same way that that it’s writer and listeners alike have, it’s this.

Frank Turner – ‘Love, Ire and Song’ (buy it from Xtra Mile here)
As far as albums that mean something me, Love, Ire and Song is one of the few that has ever truly moved me. From the beginning of I Knew Prufrock, in which Turner goes through his group of friends and describes life, a connection is built that never goes away and in something like Reasons not to be an Idiot, relating goes to a whole new level of cliche without ever feeling cheesy. Frank Turner is a man who knows how to get to me and his success is built upon years of relentless writing and touring, so for any of that to be lost due to what’s happening in London right now seems beyond tragic.

Johnny Foreigner – ‘Waited Up Til It Was Light’ (buy it from Best Before here)
With the minor Birmingham ‘riots’ and the London riots destroying much of Johnny Foreigner’s stock, it only seems right to feature their debut album. ‘Waited Up…’ is one of my favourite records and for good reason. From the start of ‘Lea Room’ all the way through, it’s power-pop at its finest from the Birmingham trio. ‘Salt, Pepa and Spinderella’ becomes something of an indie anthem and the JoFo following really set off from here. Especially if you haven’t heard Johnny Foreigner before, give this a listen and download it, you won’t regret it.


Album Review: Bon Iver – Bon Iver

By on Thursday, 23rd June 2011 at 2:00 pm

Three years ago, ‘For Emma Forever Ago’, Bon Iver‘s debut album, slowly but surely pressed itself from the mind of a broken Justin Vernon into the hearts of thousands. Peaking just outside the top 40 in the UK and at #62 in the Billboard charts, it’s safe to say it hardly made an immediate mark on mainstream music.

What has come since for Bon Iver, who are now very much a band and in a much better place, both financially and spiritually, has been more than cult-recognition. Stand-out shows at Glastonbury (see video below of the track ‘Skinny Love’), Green Man Festival and a recent Justin Vernon appearance with one Kanye West for his incredible show at this year’s Coachella have earned the band huge anticipation for new material from a huge array of dedicated fans. These fans have followed Vernon and Co. through their individual projects from solo records through to Mount Vernon and Volcano Choir. ‘The Blood Bank’ EP gave a taste of the halfway house Bon Iver were in, showcasing both new and old sessions from the group, yet it never really satisfied.


But let’s go back 1 month to mid-May and a few minutes of silence amongst my friends as ‘Calgary’ was first played over the airwaves. Everything about it shouts change. No longer locked up in a cabin in Wisconsin, Justin Vernon has made this record as a complete band. Keyboards mix with guitar throughout and soars through these trademark Vernon vocals. Truly, Bon Iver are back.

The record from start to finish encapsulates the change in sentiment in the artists involved and adds depth to what used to be a sparse timbre to the band’s sound. It’s intelligent to say the least. If the group had set out to replicate ‘For Emma…’, it could easily have ended in disaster: an attempt to falsely recreate both feeling and ideas. Even at its loudest, ‘Bon Iver’ is a peaceful record. It could be the soundtrack to a Sunday anywhere in the world, which is convenient considering that the tracks are named after places (Perth, Australia; Hinnom, Texas, etc.)

That said, I’d hardly call it a driving album or a record about being on the road, more a set of checkpoints in Vernon’s route to a more content way of life. If ‘For Emma…’ is the sound of love lost, then ‘Bon Iver’ is the sound of happiness rekindled for these brothers in sound. With ‘Calgary’ (as performed on the Colbert Report below) as a free download and the record ending in a Hawaiian guitar solo straight out of the ’80s (which I haven’t decided if it’s a good thing or not), I can see few reasons why anyone shouldn’t listen to this album. It’s not going to resound across as many heartstrings as their previous album nor affect anyone as much sonically, but it’s still one of the most musically adept records thus far in 2011.



Bon Iver’s self-titled – but second – album is available now from 4AD.


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