Posted in TV | music on June 21, 2011


The Colbert Report kicked off its "summer concert series" last night (6/20) with Bon Iver. Colbert interviewed Justin Vernon about disease-influenced recording, majoring in religious studies and women's studies, and more. Justin and his 9-piece band then took the stage to perform the recent single "Calgary," off the self-titled (which by the way, is an idea that Stephen Colbert finds incredibly egotistical) album that drops today via Jagjaguwar/4AD. Justin also performed a web exclusive of "Skinny Love" with his band providing harmonies and stomps/claps. The band that played with Justin was in factMatt McCaughan, Sean Carey, Mike Noyce, Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Reggie Pace, Mike Lewis, and Colin Stetson aka all the dudes who will also be out on tour as Bon Iver soon. You can watch all of it below.

The "concert series," or StePhest Colbchella '011, continues tonight (6/21) with Florence and the Machine. Talib Kweli plays Wednesday (6/22), and the Black Belles play Thursday (6/23). As Colbert pointed out, Jack White will also be there all week. The label clears that up a bit:

Here at Third Man HQ we imagine that people probably think of us as a bunch of record nerds sitting around discussing our favorite Dutch freakbeat albums and mono Texas psych pressings...Well, that's only partially true. We like all kinds of non-musically related stuff... Comedy, current events, television, records..damn, did it again.

ANYWAY, long story short, we'll be combining some of our favorite things this week when Third Man will be featured on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. That's right, two titans of comedy collide when Stephen Colbert meets Jack White here at Third Man Records in a series of segments to air this week starting on Tuesday the 21st. And what's more, our own rarely spotted creatures The Black Belles will perform live on The Colbert Report this Thursday the 23rd. We're so proud of our little garage rock goths.

So tune in this week, starting on Tuesday at 11:30 pm ET for a week of music, TMR and the Black Belles on The Colbert Report. Amazing... Stay tuned for more updates on this late breaking development.

As mentioned, Bon Iver plays Fallon again tonight (6/21). Colbert videos below...

The Colbert Report 6/20/11 Intro

StePhest Colbchella '011

Justin Vernon Interview

Bon Iver - "Calgary" Live on The Colbert Report

Bon Iver - "Skinny Love" Web Exclusive

Bon Iver -- 2011 Tour Dates
7/22 - Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
7/23 - Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
7/24 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
7/25 - The Murat Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
7/27 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
7/28 - Cobb Energy Performing Arts - Atlanta, GA
7/29 - Raleigh Ampitheatre - Raleigh, NC
7/30 - The National - Richmond, VA
8/1 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
8/2 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
8/3 - Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA
8/5 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
8/6 - Mountain Park - Holyoke, MA
8/8 - The Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
8/9 - The United Palace Theatre - NY, NY
8/10 - Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell - Brooklyn, NY
9/7 - Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
9/8 - Stir Cove - Council Bluffs, IA
9/9 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
9/11 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
9/12 - Winspear Opera House - Dallas, TX
9/13 - The Long Center for the Arts - Austin, TX
9/15 - Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
9/16 - Spreckels Theatre - San Diego, CA
9/19 - Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, CA
9/22 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
9/24 - Edgefield Amphitheater - Troutdale, OR
9/25 - Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver, BC
9/25 - The Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA



Comments (30)

Most annoying indie musician on Twitter?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 11:34 AM

As someone who adores Emma..., I think the new album is boring, annoying and not pleasurable. The voice manipulation is tired and obnoxious. Honestly, I don't get the adoration it's receiving....and like I said, I'm a big Bon Iver fan.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 12:23 PM

oh and also, that Colbert performance was horrendous and borderline unlistenable.

Posted by @12:23 guy | June 21, 2011 12:23 PM

people want him to keep making For Emma over and over again. If you want to listen to that album, go listen to that album.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 12:39 PM

amazing performance, so excited for Prospect Park!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 12:40 PM

That sax solo at 2:20 on Calgary is really good!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 1:02 PM

Who needs Clarence Clemons when you have the sax solo at 2:20 on Calgary??

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 1:14 PM

Haters gonna hate
Lovers gonna live the life

new album is dope

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 1:26 PM

I don't get Bon Iver.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | June 21, 2011 1:51 PM

People need to acknowledge that Bon Iver is, somewhat miraculously, a more boring Bruce Horsnby. Seriously, listen to this new track, "Beth/Rest" -- even the Range would disown this one. Disapprove!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 1:58 PM

I noted that in another thread, the song is absolutely dreadful and an embarrassment. You could easily drop that into a cheesy 80s movie love scene and it would be perfect. Just terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 2:23 PM

wtf @ that sax

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 2:25 PM

let face facts. Bon Iver suck.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 2:28 PM


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Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 2:54 PM

sax made me lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 3:06 PM

people that don't like Bon Iver = people that are jealous that Bon Iver is doing it and they are just wanking off to Bonnie Prince Billy records in their Williamsburg shithole

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 3:07 PM

Does he really need EIGHT FUCKING PEOPLE behind him in the band. And that percussionist playing weird objects thing is pretty silly.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 3:21 PM


I saw him open for Elvis Perkins back in the day and it's irritating that Perkins is still playing small venues while Bon Iver has become a huge star despite being boring and repetitive.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 3:26 PM

Both of these performances are miles better than that awful B. Raitt cover on Fallon. The new album isn't Emma, but it's good and gets better with repeated listens. Considering the amount of pressure on Justin to create another Emma, I'm almost surprised he didn't just retire the Bon Iver moniker to focus on shite projects like Gayngs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 3:45 PM

He did retire the Bon Iver moniker. He's now working under the name "Christopher Cross".

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 3:53 PM

Bon Iver > LCD Shitstorm > Butthole Prince Billy

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Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 5:34 PM

The sax solo at 2:20 was an inside joke right?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 5:58 PM

I'm the same guy that did comments #2 and #3 and I can tell you I didn't want another Emma. I just wanted another good album to listen to. This is not that. And having seen Bon Iver live a couple of times, I know he's capable of amazing stuff. And again, this album is not that. It's a giant wank and he should be embarrassed to be putting performances like he did on Colbert last night. Fuck Calgary and fuck the new record and fuck that bullshit baritone sax pukeshow.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 7:00 PM

commenter #2, #3, and above here. just eating a can of tahini right now. i'll keep you posted on any other opinions i have the moment they occur to me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 8:23 PM

Sax solo was Colin Stetson doing his thing. Dude is amazing. It's a bass sax not a bari.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 9:36 PM

i keep rewinding to 2:20 because it's the best part

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 9:46 PM

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