Posted in music | tour dates on June 20, 2011

DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - "Calgary" (MP3)

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver's long anticipated followup to For Emma, Forever Ago comes out Tuesday, June 21 via Jagjaguwar/4AD. Maybe you've got the leak or more-legally streamed it on NPR or even pre-ordered it. If not, or if you just can't get enough of the album, there will be listening parties at tons of record stores all over the country tonight (6/20) and tomorrow (6/21). NYC gets one tonight at Other Music. The store will be playing the album between 6 and 8 PM. They will also have the album and the 12" single of "Calgary" way ahead of its July 5th release date. That's the single cover art above.

The "Calgary" single's b-side is a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Nick of Time", which Justin performed on Fallon. Stream the album version of the Bonnie Raitt cover below. You can grab "Calgary" above, and also watch the video for the track below.

Bon Iver performs on The Colbert Report tonight (6/20) and returns to Fallon on Tuesday (6/21). This time we can assume he'll play a Bon Iver original.

Though Bon Iver will play Colbert and Fallon this week, their headlining tour doesn't start until late July. The Rosebuds, who Bon Iver opened for in 2007, open the entire tour. They'll hit NYC on August 9 at United Palace Theatre and August 10 at Prospect Park. Both NYC shows are sold out.

Meanwhile, Bon Iver member S. Carey's tour with David Bazan hits Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/22). If Justin is still in town, we can assume he'll at least be in the audience to support. Tickets are still available.

Last but not least, as already being hotly discussed in the comments, Pitchfork gave Bon Iver, Bon Iver a 9.5 today (that's .5 less than the Kanye album Justin also appears on).

Video, soundcloud stream and list of record stores below...

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Bon Iver - "Calgary" Official Video

Bon Iver - "I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time" (Bonnie Raitt cover)
I Can't Make You Love Me, Nick Of Time by New Music

Bon Iver Listening party locations
Amoeba Hollywood: Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba San Francisco: San Francisco, CA
Boo Boo Records: San Luis Opispo, CA
Bull City Records: Durham, NC
Bull Moose: Portland, ME
Bull Moose: Portsmouth, NH
Bull Moose: Scarborough, ME
Bull Moose: Brunswick, ME
CD World: Eugene, OR
Criminal: Atlanta, GA
Dave's: Chicago, IL
Decatur CD: Decatur, GA
DiHi Records: Columbus, IN
Dimple Records: Sacramento, CA
disc Exchange: Knoxville, TN
Ear Candy: Missoula, MT
Ear X-Tacy: Louisville, KY
Electric Fetus: Minneapolis, MN
End of an Ear: Austin, TX
Euclid Records: St. Louis, MO
Exclusive Co: Milwaukee, WI
Good Records: Dallas, TX
Graywhale: Taylorsville, UT
Grimey's: Nashville, TN
Guestroom- Norman: Norman, OK
Guestroom-OKC: Oklahoma City, OK
Homers: Omaha, NE
Horizon: Greenville, SC
Indy CD & Vinyl: Indianapolis, IN
Jackpot Downtown: Portland, OR
Jackpot Hawthorne: Portland, OR
Ka-chunk Records: Annapolis, MD
Landlocked: Bloomington, IN
Love Garden: Lawrence, KS
Luna Music: Indianapolis, IN
Lunchbox: Charlotte, NC
M-theory: San Diego, CA
Mad City Music: Madison, WI
Melody Supreme: Charlottesville, VA
Monster Music & Movies: Charleston, SC
Music Millennium: Portland, OR
Music Saves: Cleveland, OH
Neat Neat Neat Records: Fort Wayne, IN
Origami: Los Angeles, CA
Other Music: New York, NY
Park Ave. CDs.: Orlando, FL
Paul's: Pittsburgh, PA
Phono Select: Sacramento, CA
RamaLama: Toledo, OH
Rasputin: Berkeley, CA
Reckless: Chicago, IL
Record Archive: Rochester, NY
Record Exchange: Boise, ID
Redscroll: Wallingford, CT
Repo Records: Philadelphia, PA
Revival Records: Eau Claire, WI
Silver Platters: Seattle, WA
Slowtrain: Salt Lake City, UT
Sonic Boom - Market Street: Seattle, WA
Sonic Boom - Capitol Hill: Seattle, WA
Sound Fix: Brooklyn, NY
Speakertree Records: Lynchburg, VA
Spoonful Records: Columbus, OH
Stinkweeds: Phoenix, AZ
Strictly Discs: Madison, WI
The Local Store: Eau Claire, WI
Twist & Shout: Denver, CO
Vertigo Music: Grand Rapids, MI
Vintage Vinyl: St. Louis, MO
Waiting Room Records: Normal, IL
Waterloo: Austin, TX
Wax n Facts: Atlanta, GA
Wazoo Records: Ann Arbor, MI

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Comments (43)

Said it in an earlier post, but I'll say it again since there's a post dedicated to the 9.5 specifically, I'll say it again. The 9.6 of Arcade Fire's Funeral was the death rattle for indie, the 9.6 for Animal Collective's MPP was the bemusing peak of the genre's ubiquity and to complete the arch, Bon Iver's 9.5 should be considered the nail in the coffin of whatever is left of indie music.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:27 AM

all i know is the last song is dreadful

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:31 AM

@11:27 Great story, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:33 AM

What's the difference between this guy and Michael Bolton?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:34 AM

This is kind of like what I wrote about the indian headdress guy picture in the Governor's Ball post: It's not even worth the effort making a quip about.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:35 AM

"@11:27 Great story, bro."

yea buddy no one cares what you think. listen to the record and make your own decision. bitchfork's reviews dont mean anything anyway so just relax

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:38 AM

It really is a poor write-up. It would be nice if influential websites actually reviewed music instead of the carefully constructed and perceived trends surrounding artists and their side projects/collaborations.

There's nothing new or interesting happening on this record, however pretty it sounds.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:39 AM

The good news is that Park Slope brunchwavers have found the soundtrack to mark their Sundays between the hours of 11am and 1pm when they meet up with their friends to discuss recent Steve Buschemi sightings.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:43 AM

I laughed out loud when I saw the rating for this album. It has its moments, but it's incredibly cheesy at times.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:52 AM

I Love the first Bon Iver album. This is effort is SO effing lame! Seriously wish JV woulda just locked himself in a cabin again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:53 AM

interesting how these pitchfork reviews don't even talk about the record for %70+.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:56 AM

I really like this record. There's no way Justin will ever, EVER capture the same thing he did on For Emma. He'll just never be in that phase of his life again for better or for worse.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:59 AM

11:38, Pitchfork reviews actually DO mean something. They may appear trite and ridiculous, but Pitchfork has a lot of influence in the indie music market. Unfortunately, a Pitchfork review can make or break indie hopefuls.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:02 PM

Pitchfork is a goddamn bellwether, and a scourge.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:12 PM

Agreed with 12:02. I think when an album that is fairly nice sounding but doesn't necessarily change the way music sounds gets a 9.5, it sets a dangerous precedent for current trends and expectations. Pitchfork knows the clout they hold and at this point, they abuse the trust of a less suspecting readership. What's in it for them? Money, of course. If the indie trend dies out in the grand scheme of the music industry, then their site traffic will suffer, their credibility will be unimportant and their importance will diminish. So, they give Bon Iver a 9.5, his $7.99 album at Best Buy/$3.99 mp3 album at Amazon sells over 100,000 to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts and Ryan Schreiber's job is safe.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:17 PM

@12:17 -- Brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:27 PM

Or maybe they just liked the album?

Posted by panopticon | June 20, 2011 12:40 PM

I wonder if they have big staff meetings at Pitchfork with Schreiber sitting on his throne, deciding what artists should get best new music. Do they all collectively agree? What if a reviewer hated the new Bon Iver and wanted to give it a 4? Would Schreiber allow a negative review, or would he reassign the review to someone he knows would give it a high mark. Either way Pitchfork is not conducting good music journalism, as long as they secured Bon Iver as a headliner for their festival in upcoming years! $$$$

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:46 PM

not only is that album not even CLOSE to a 9.5, but I'm mostly disappointed in Mark Riichardson who was one of the few writers there who's taste and opinion I mildly trusted. Shame on him.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:48 PM

You know what's an even bigger waste of time than reading Pitchfork? Debating its merits. I'm sure Schreiber and his minions are having a laugh right now about these comments. They're probably listening to the Bon Iver album and enjoying some red pepper hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:57 PM

"Bon Iver listening party"
Sounds like real fun party!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:07 PM

It's obvious that Pitchfork has a vested interest in perpetuating the careers of musicians to whom they give excessive coverage. Good reviews validate editorial choices validate good reviews. Those hoping for critical objectivity shouldn't visit the site.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:20 PM

"'Bon Iver listening party'
Sounds like real fun party!"

Haha yes, a party where the only sound you'll be listening to are are the tears of a few dozen faux hipsters weeping over how "beautiful" this sad piece of Pitchfork approved garbage is.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:24 PM

when pitchfork bestows an album with a high score, they aim to stir the pot and get people riled up. that's the point of a ranking system, and based on these comments it is clearly working.

what's a faux hipster? sounds like a brand of cheap cologne.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:41 PM

while Pitchfork has many, many faults, they are, along with sites like this one, a great way to hear about new music. I'm 40, 2 kids, corporate job, etc. but still love underground music. Without sites like this one and Pitchfork and Stereogum, it'd be a lot harder to keep up with and discover new music. I've gotten turned on to a lot of good stuff via Pitchfork.

but yes, they definitely have an agenda, and the Bon Iver record is NOT a 9.5. It's fine, but nothing that hasn't been done before...

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:45 PM

@1:45pm Dad, I told you stay off BrooklynVegan while I'm on here!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:53 PM

11:27
Indie died about 30 seconds after the first time a college radio station played Radio Free Europe in 1982
Everything else is marketing
Sorry if you weren't there to see it's demise
It was a glorious moment
It will make a beautiful fossil

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:12 PM

@1:53 - sorry, i'm just making sure you are safe! ha ha. good response!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:39 PM

Heh, my comment just got filtered. Pitchfork isn't the only blog with a monetary interest in Vernon.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:47 PM

Damn 2:12, that was pretty heady. You blazed right now? You can admit it.

I enjoy listening to albums and THEN occasionally going to Pitchfork to see how they rated them. Kinda like how I enjoy reading news articles on Bloomberg or CNN and then heading over to Fox News to see what kind of completely ridiculous spin they decided to put on it. It's entertaining. Yes, it's a little frustrating that they have the power to influence so many ignorant people, but it is what it is. The sooner you can accept the fact that there are a ton of hopeless idiots out there, the easier it all is to swallow.

Posted by The Dude | June 20, 2011 2:48 PM

Frohawk is gonna be BNM'd in about a year.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:51 PM

2:48, that's what she said.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:54 PM

2:48
You get your news from CNN? So, you're the one!
CNN : News :: MTV : Music

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 3:13 PM

Cmon, CNN is the MTV of news? That's absurd.

Posted by Stop it | June 20, 2011 3:20 PM

if you can't see how far behind the curve CNN is, and how much of an agenda they spin each news story with, than you really need to wake up and start seeing the world how it really is. you can start by starting relationships with people from outside of your little liberal circle. your opinion is so far in the minority of the entire world it is scary that you hold onto it so tightly.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 3:26 PM

What does this have to do with hummus anyway?

Posted by Big Thumbs, Big Penis | June 20, 2011 3:30 PM

107 - my sentiments exactly. snore.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 4:18 PM

it's funny how you all think pitchfork is so relevant

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 9:11 AM

or...how about you just don't read pitchfork?

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2011 2:34 AM

It's a very good record but 9.5 did seem high. I'm less interested in the number and more about what people think of it. For what it's worth, here's another review:

"Gorgeous-sounding and elusive, Bon Iver, Bon Iver doesn't have the compelling back story of For Emma Forever Ago. But it still generates intense, personal emotions; like a mirror, these songs reflect what you bring to them."

http://ludditestereo.net/2011/06/21/bon-iver-bon-iver-bon-iver-album-review/

Posted by jeffort23 | June 22, 2011 2:35 PM

First off, FUCK P4k!!!! I don't give a fuck about 9.5 scores. Really. I hated Kanye's 10 album, and I claim to be a hip hop fan. As for Bon Iver, I genuinely believe this is an awesome album. Save me your bullshit justifications for why "bon iver is just pitchfork approved garbage for faux hipsters".... idiotic. I can tell 90% of posters on this are completely self-absorbed fools struggling to stay relevent to the every expanding indie blogosphere. If you don't like the album or the music, that's fine... but I am sorry to inform you that p4k has nothing to do with it. Stupid motherfuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 12:17 PM

Did Pitchfork help Bon Iver sell more than 100K in its first week?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 12:40 PM

I'm totally irrelevant and I hate Bon Iver.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:05 PM

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