Posted in TV | music on February 5, 2012

a handsome-looking Justin Vernon on Saturday Night Live
Justin Vernon on Saturday Night Live

Though we won't see him/them performing at the Grammys ("We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else," Justin said), Bon Iver played two songs off their latest album on Saturday Night Live last night (2/4). Watch both songs below.

Earlier the same day, Wisconsin's WEAU profiled the Grammy-nominated artist on the evening news, interviews with Justin's parents and his co-manager Kyle Frenette included.

"Music was always around the house, we made all the kids take piano lessons," says Justine. "With Justin, he didn't really like the piano all that much, especially when I was teaching him for a while. That did not work out, but he asked if he could quit piano if he went to guitar. From that point on it was him and his guitar always."

Gil says he did what he can to make sure Justin had a place to practice.

"We actually partitioned a room in the basement right below us with sound proof in the wall, so we could actually sit in the room where we're speaking now and watch TV and have a full conversation in spite of the fact that we had nine kids down there with trombones, trumpet, two saxophones, three guitars and a keyboard all plugged in," he says.

Today, Bon Iver is also made up of nine musicians, but the Vernons didn't always know their now 30-year-old son and his band would make is this far.

"We always thought that he had talent but we're his parents, you have to take that with a grain of salt," says Justine.

Watch "At Home With the Vernons" and and both performances from Saturday Night Live, below...

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Comments (40)

Is it a coincidence that every music blog has these videos posted the Sunday morning after the broadcast? Or is the Bon Iver juggernaut just paying for play?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 11:33 AM

Looks like a nerdy James Hetfeld.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 11:35 AM

11:33 thinks its weird that music blogs are covering music. yeah I'm sure its a coincidence

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 11:44 AM

I still can't get into this guy... just makes me sleepy, boring stuff

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 11:55 AM

Really this music and stage show is a perfect blend of Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews...just goes to show you what sheep the general public are - when anything like this garbage can be marketed/sold as "indie"

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 12:18 PM

This was really pretty good. If you like stuff that sucks balls.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 12:27 PM

you can think its indie but its not. It was indie when his last album came out but now hes playing massive sized theaters so in my opinion he has crossed over

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 12:44 PM

^^

crossed over, sure, but if Pitchfork, and this site etc. hype this crap - they might as well be spooging over the new Marc Cohn lp (without irony)

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 12:49 PM

Dad-core

circa 1988

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 12:51 PM

YANN IVER

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 1:17 PM

Light rock.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 1:27 PM

too many people in that band

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 1:48 PM

"Really this music and stage show is a perfect blend of Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews...just goes to show you what sheep the general public are - when anything like this garbage can be marketed/sold as "indie"

Only a very small, stupid and insular subset of the population even gives a fuck about music being labeled as "indie." Normal people just like what they like, and for whatever silly reason, a lot of people like Bon Iver.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 2:10 PM

All I care about is that he doesn't ruin the new Kathleen Edwards LP. Fingers crossed. The guitar on that last Boner Ver record sounded like Stanley Jordan.

Posted by Hank | February 5, 2012 2:26 PM

"Really this music and stage show is a perfect blend of Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews."

Throw in the The Eagles and you're completely correct. It's like 1973 all over again.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | February 5, 2012 2:58 PM

Bushmills and now Miller Lite. At least he took a new press shot: http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000293884/polls_shamwow_3840_295105_poll_xlarge.jpeg

Posted by Billy Fuckjobs | February 5, 2012 2:59 PM

Wow, this is terrible. Was like a bad SNL sketch. I don't get the hype over this guy. Ff he had a normal name like Mike Kennedy, noone would care. Folks think its cool to say they like "Bon Iver".

Posted by Jdawg | February 5, 2012 3:21 PM

Stanley Jordan! You are so right, Hank. I'm riding on the subway and listening to this thing and thinking...wait...doesn't that sound like lite rock? It is so quiet and mellow and jazz fusion. I was thinking it is THIS close to Kenny G, Hornsby, Micheal McDonald, Toto, Journey, Dave Matthews...and now...Stanley Jordan or even Larry Carlton/Pat Metheny territory.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 3:44 PM

Seriously that first song reminds me of Tim & Eric spoof band Pusswhip Banggang.

Posted by Darwin's Greatest Hits | February 5, 2012 4:10 PM

Wasn't impressed...

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 4:21 PM

Who fucking cares? The puppy bowl is on, and my puppy is diggin' it!

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 4:30 PM

This would be great if I had a vagina circa 1984. But I don't, and it's not.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 4:44 PM

god beth/rest is awful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 5:18 PM

actually Beth/Rest was the best song on that album. you need to listen again

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 5:23 PM

i watched an hdr'd version of this in the early am. i could not make out the name of the band when intro'd. all i know is that was some god awful boring shit. needless to say, i watched about 20 seconds and skipped ahead. in fact most of this weeks snL sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 5:59 PM

Sounds like Chicago in the 80's after Terry Kath died or Mike and The Mechanics. I like how he's always dissing the grammys though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 6:18 PM

MMMEURRRGHHHH HUMMUS SAUSAGE OLD MEN HARDCORE METAL CLOWN MAKEUP CHILD RAPISTS IVER SAUSAGE SAUSAGE SAUSAGE BLAAAAAARRRRRGGHHHHHH I DO NOT LIKE IT BECAUSE IT IS LIGHT ROCK I DO NOT LIKE IT BECAUSE IT DOESN"T PLEASE ME I DO NOT LIKE IT BECAUSE IT IS I WILL SING IT AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS, OH INTERNET, THIS MUSIC - IT DOES NOT PLEASE ME!

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 7:17 PM

hahaha. 5:59 is trying to pretend he didn't already know who Bon Iver is. Nice try

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 8:02 PM

Just like Liz Phair above, this guy has one amazing album, so I will cut him a lot of slack. Nothing else he does will ever come close to his masterpiece. I can't even listen to the new album.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 11:12 PM

almost as bad as l.d.r.

i can't believe this was #1 on p4k and nominated for grammy's

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:29 AM

"a handsome-looking Justin Vernon on Saturday Night Live"

Um, he's balding.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:34 AM

Bon Iver was worse than Lana Del Ray!

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Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:08 PM

Castrato.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 1:01 PM

Jesus Christ, it just doesn't get any worse than this.

I really wish dudes rocking out like Bruce Hornsby and Steve Winwood's limp-dicked lovechild would be kept as Dave Matthews Band openers and not considered a part of "indie," "alt," or even rock'n'roll.

Why is this guy popular? What the fuck is wrong with people?

I'd rather listen to fucking Creed, 'cause at least they're HILARIOUS.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 11:46 AM

Most people now adays do not know good music if it were to smack them. Bon Iver is one of if not the best band out there, Justin Vernon's music is amazing and it seems that most of you are into that new age pop shit and dub step. You all are ignorant.

Posted by Yeeeaaaa | February 8, 2012 11:24 PM

11:24- I think you're the ignorant one. Bon Iver is the worst middling soft rock shit I've ever heard. Beyond boring and just as bad (or worse) as "that new wave pop shit and dub step."

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 3:44 AM

Why is this guy popular? What the fuck is wrong with people?

Posted by Engadget | February 28, 2012 7:24 AM

good stuff

Posted by hina khan | May 1, 2012 8:02 AM

all I can say is cool?

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 4:51 PM

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