Entries tagged with: Justin Vernon
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Volcano Choir (aka Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the members of Collections of Colonies of Bees) are releasing their sophomore album, Repave, on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. We heard a little clip of it in the album trailer, and now they've revealed the full song, titled "Byegone." From the sound of things, this is already shaping up to a stronger album than Volcano Choir's debut. Check out the new single below.
by Andrew Sacher
We're still waiting til Tuesday (6/18) for one of the most anticipated albums of the year -- Kanye West's Yeezus -- to drop, but something tells us it may have surfaced on the internet a little early. Assuming what going around is the final version of the album, it's pretty consistent with Kanye's mini-rant at Governors Ball about not caring about the radio anymore; this is some of his most anti-commercial music yet. Rather than the lush string/horn arrangements he used on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the melodic R&B-style beats of 808s and Heartbreaks or the borderline-electropop of Graduation, on Yeezus Kanye is all about dark, distorted synth maximalism. On "On Sight" those synths were reportedly worked on with Daft Punk, he's got a TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) track on "Blood on the Leaves," and that's Evian Christ on "I'm In It."
Update: It also includes production from Gesaffelstein, Arca and more.
He's pretty dark, lyrically, too and dominates most of the vocals on the record. Ye's been known to get heavy on the guest spots, but they're pretty low-key here. Not that they're coming from low-key people of course. The full version of "New Slaves" features Frank Ocean crooning at the end, a track called "Hold My Liquor" transitions from a Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) hook into a Chief Keef hook, and rumor has it that "God" appears on "I Am a God." I guess he really is talking back.
Kanye also brought in outside producer/Def Jam founder Rick Rubin (who just discussed the album at length) to help him out.
What may very well be the official tracklist for the album is below. Check that out and let us know your thoughts on Yeezus.
You may have already heard new Poliça track, "Tiff," that features vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. That song is from their new album, Shulamith, which will be out later this year, date TBA. That's the cover art above, you can check out the tracklist below and the lyrics to all the album's songs are up on Poliça's website. The band just released the video for "Tiff" which was directed by Nabil (Kanye, Bon Iver, James Blake) and finds singer Channy Leaneagh at odds with herself. It's intense and you can watch it below.
Maybe you caught Channy last night (6/10) at Mercury Lounge where she made a surprise appearance with Marijuana Deathsquads (like we said she would) which also featured both of Poliça's two drummers. Did you go to that show? How was it?
Poliça, who also just played Governors Ball, will next visit NYC opening for The xx at their recently-announced show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23. Tickets go on presale Wednesday (6/12) at 10 AM and the password is "coexist."
All Poliça tour dates are listed, along with the "Tiff" video and album tracklist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver at Angel Orensanz in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Volcano Choir (aka Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the members of experimental band Collections of Colonies of Bees) have announced that they'll release the followup to their 2009 debut, Unmap, this year. The new album is called Repave, and it's due out on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. The band just revealed an album trailer for the new record which features about two and a half minutes of new music, and it's sounding like some pretty great stuff. Check it out below.
Volcano Choir will also be supporting the new album with a short North American tour after its release which hits NYC on September 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show
are not on sale yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates. go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/29) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the album trailer, artwork and tracklist, below...
The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Town Hall, 5/17/2013 (via @danatrixieflynn Instagram)
The Blind Boys of Alabama tour hit NYC on Friday (5/17) at Town Hall with Betty LaVette. The group have just announced they've signed with Sony Masterworks who will release their new album this fall. "We are thrilled to be on our new label, and we have a real surprise on the way with this new album. I think it's the coolest thing we've ever done," says 80-something singer Jimmy Carter who is the last original member still touring with The Blind Boys. That surprise, or at least one of them, is that Justin Vernon of Bon Iver will produce the album. Special guests are promised too and we'll just have to wait to find out what's in store.
In the meantime, Blind Boys of Alamaba's tour rolls on. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Polica w/ Justin Vernon at Coachella 2013 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
At Coachella 2013 this past week, Polica were joined on stage by singer Channy Channy Leaneagh's Gayngs bandmate Justin Vernon (who was there not with Bon Iver, but with his side project The Shouting Matches) to play a new track, "TIff," which they've just released the studio version of. It's a great track that should appeal to any fans of their debut album, Give You the Ghost, and it probably comes as no surprise that Justin's cameo fits the song perfectly. The track will appear on their second album, which is due at some point this year. Meanwhile, you can stream it below and purchase it on iTunes. Also below are videos of Polica playing "Wandering Star" and "Amongster" at Coachella.
Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).
Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.
Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's probably not news to fans of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon that he is a man of many collaborations. Just ask Kanye West, James Blake, St. Vincent, or the guys in Collections of Colonies of Bees, to name a few.
Another of his many collaborative projects is The Shouting Matches, a blues rock duo which features Justin on guitar/vocals and Brian Moen (of Peter Wolf Crier and Laarks) on drums. They formed pre-Bon Iver, but regrouped this year (and the lineup now includes Phil Cook, who played with Justin in DeYarmond Edison and is also in Megafaun) for their first official full length, Grownass Man. The album's rooted in classic American blues but played with the distorted take on that rich history that became popular with groups like Cream and Led Zeppelin, and has been revived pretty strongly recently by guys like Jack White and The Black Keys. Grownass Man is due out on April 16 via Middle West, but you can listen to it in its entirety now on NPR.
The Shouting Matches' only upcoming dates scheduled at the moment are the two Coachellas that happen this weekend and the one after that. The Shouting Matches play on the Fridays (April 12 & 19), so if you're headed to that festival, it's worth checking out their set.
Watch a video of the band performing live as a duo in 2010 below...
DOWNLOAD: Colin Stetson - "High Above A Grey Green Sea" (MP3)
Colin Stetson w/ Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, sax machine Colin Stetson is set to release a new solo album this year, and since we last spoke, more details on that have been revealed. The album is called New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light and it will be out on April 30 via Constellation. It features guest vocals from Justin Vernon on four tracks (Colin's been a Bon Iver member for a while now) and was mixed by Ben Frost, who also worked on New History Warfare Vol. 2. You can download the avant-garde album track, "High Above A Grey Green Sea," above or stream it below. The album art and tracklist are also below.
Colin will be supporting the album with an extensive international tour which hits NYC on May 8 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Most of the surrounding shows are with past collaborator Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), but no support has been announced for the LPR show yet.
UPDATE: Neufeld plays LPR too, and Rafiq Bhatia as well.
A list of all dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bon Iver at Radio City - 9/21/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
"Cool!" exclaimed Justin Vernon, as 6,000 or so people tremendously applauded for the third (9/21) of four Bon Iver shows at Radio City, in the same awkwardly humble manner he said, "sweet hookup," when he won Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys. As massive as Bon Iver continues to get, Justin's sense of modesty never seems to fade. He even still prefaces "The Wolves" with asking the crowd to join in on "what might've been lost" (I think by now it's safe to assume they would regardless). I guess it's what they say: you can take the boy out of the abandoned cabin the woods, but you can't take the abandoned cabin the woods out of the boy. (They say that, right?)
From the opening notes of "Perth," the band's atmospheres took over Radio City, and in typical Bon Iver fashion, their command over the audience didn't let up once throughout the show. Their pre-encore set included all of 2011's excellent Bon Iver, Bon Iver, with the only For Emma, Forever Ago song being "Creature Fear" (whose reworked live version fits best with the newer material), and the rest of that album's inclusions were saved for the encore. My personal highlight of the show was "Woods," the only song of the set I've never personally seen them perform before (and not a song they play often). Justin performed the song solo with just a mic and vocal manipulations. And like James Blake, who is perhaps most directly influenced by "Woods" than any other Bon Iver song, Justin did a pretty great job of keeping the room dead silent on those pauses, save for a few "woohoos!" here and there.
In this fast moving internet world, excitement for bands tends to rise and fall pretty quickly, and if it's been a while since they've released anything, tour announcements will inspire comments like "people still listen to this band?" We need constant reminders that a band is good, create absurd expectations for most of them, and will jump at any opportunity to decide an artist we love isn't good anymore. When Bon Iver decide to stroll through NYC for four Radio City shows over a year after their initial Bon Iver, Bon Iver tour brought them here, they continue to show that they don't fit this formula. The excitement felt throughout their entire show parallels that of the one felt upon first discovering their music.
Bon Iver's final night of the Radio City run is tonight (9/22) with Polica opening. (Folk singer Doug Paisley opened last night.) Tickets for tonight's show are still available. If you missed last night's show, did you stream it online? If you missed that stream, it will rebroadcast for 48 hours, starting this Monday (9/24) at the Bowery Presents Youtube channel. In the meantime, some fan-filmed videos and the setlist from last night's show are below...
Justin Vernon wants this image on his body
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.
Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.
Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).
Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).
more stuff below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Little Boxes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "One of These Days" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "Big Love" (MP3)
The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Mountain Goats are set to release a new album, Transcendental Youth, on October 2 via Merge. The album's lead single, "Cry for Judas," is a characteristically solid Mountain Goats cut and you can download it above or stream it below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.
The Mountain Goats will be supporting the new album with a fall tour which hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
The Mountain Goats also just covered "Little Boxes" aka the Weeds theme. The cover appeared in episode 5 ("Red in Tooth and Claw") of the show's eighth and final season. You can grab an MP3 of that above or stream it below.
All dates on the tour, including the two NYC shows, will be supported by Matthew E. White. Matthew is set to release his debut solo LP, Big Inner, on August 21 via Spacebomb/Hometapes. The album features contributions from Phil Cook of Megafaun, who opened the last time Mountain Goats were in NYC, and who Matthew has collaborated with in the past. Other past collaborators of Matthew's include Megafaun friends Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, who he performed with in his jazz band Fight the Big Bull (video of that below). So far, he's revealed two sweeping cuts from the LP, "One of These Days" and "Big Love." His voice is soulful yet gentle and the arrangements are flourishing but delicate and contained -- and the songs sound promising. You can download those above or stream them below. That's the Big Inner cover art above, and the tracklist is below. Matthew E. White will play his own NYC show one day before the release of his album, August 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
All lists of dates, video, streams, cover art and tracklists below...
Field Report @ Hotel Vegan (by Tim Griffin)
Many know the story of how when DeYarmond Edison broke up, Justin Vernon started Bon Iver and the remaining members formed Megafaun. Well apparently, there's a missing piece to that puzzle that the world recently learned about. The remaining DeYarmond Edison member, Chris Porterfield, "hung back in Wisconsin" while Bon Iver and Megafaun continued releasing records and touring, and began working on his project, Field Report which he has since expanded to a full live band.
Like Justin Vernon's early solo work, Field Report creates a sparsely textured, slow-burning take on contemporary folk, though Chris has far more of a rootsy twang in his voice than his fellow ex-DeYarmond Edison spinoffs. Check it out for yourself by downloading two tracks, "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" and "Fergus Falls," above or streaming them below.
Field Report, who have not played NYC yet but just finished a tour opening for Megafaun which brought them back to Austin, made their live debut at SXSW where they played Hotel Vegan on a stage with other folk artists including ex-Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman's new Father John Misty project. More pictures from Field Report's set, and the song streams (when Soundcloud stops being down), are below.
Justin Vernon & My Morning Jacket before the Grammys (by dariusjagjag)
Someone from Jagjaguwar tweeted the above picture not long before Justin Vernon shouted out "Jagjaguwar" to end his acceptance speech at the Grammys pre-show this evening (2/12).
Bon Iver won "Best Alternative Music Album", beating out Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People & Death Cab Cab For Cutie. Other pre-telecast winners include Adele, Foo Fighters (who beat Mastodon, The Decemberists and TV on the Radio), Skrillex (who won three already and beat Cut Copy, Robyn, Deadmau5 and others), Kanye West (who also won three already), The Civil Wars (who won two already and beat Fleet Foxes), Levon Helm, Alison Krauss, Tinariwen, Louis CK, Cee-Lo, and Booker T Jones who won "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for the 2nd time, and nervously thanked Biz Markie, Questlove, Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records), Matt Berninger (of the National), and Lou Reed.
Arcade Fire also won another Grammy already (for Best Recording Package).
And that was just all the stuff they don't show on TV. The regular show with all the big awards (and possibly more for Bon Iver) starts at 8pm EST, Whitney Houston tribute included.
* Jack Black makes "indie cred" joke that includes "Bon Iver" while introducing Foo Fighters
* Denise from PS22 in Adele commercial
a handsome-looking 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."Watch "At Home With the Vernons" and and both performances from Saturday Night Live, below...
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.
Bon Iver at The Long Center in TX in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Justin Vernon is currently in NYC, possibly just to "curse the Giants" (who won), or maybe he came to check out SNL musical guest Lana Del Rey (who lost) so that he he can become familiar with the SNL setup because Justin will return to NY next month when Bon Iver is the musical guest on SNL on February 4. They'll be playing songs off of the Grammy-nominated Bon Iver, Bon Iver (which was one of our favorites of 2011).
In related news, Bon Iver were recently confirmed as one of the collaborators on The Flaming Lips' Record Store Day release, which also includes collaborations with Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, and Prefuse 73, who they put out collaborative EPs with in 2011, in addition to Nick Cave, Death Cab for Cutie, Yoko Ono, Ghostland Observatory, Cloudland Canyon, and more TBA.
Bon Iver's most recent track from Bon Iver, Bon Iver to be chosen as a single is "Towers" and the single b/w "Bruise Orange (Chain of Sorrow)" (John Prine cover) comes out March 6 via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to both of those songs below.
All dates and streams below...
Megafaun at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Megafaun are heading out on an extensive international tour this year, starting with a European run in February and then coming to the US in March and April. The tour hits NYC on March 17 at Highline Ballroom with support from William Tyler, who also opens a few of the other US dates. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Megafaun's Phil Cook is one of the guests, along with Justin Vernon and Norah Jones on Kathleen Edwards' Vernon-produced full length, Voyageur, which comes out this Tuesday (1/17). You can stream the entire album on NPR.
Phil and his brother/bandmate Brad Cook were in a pre-Megafaun band together called Amateur Love. Their album, It's All Aquatic, is being reissued on Justin Vernon's new label, Chigliak Records, which is an imprint of Jagjaguwar. According to a post on the label's website, which has since been removed, Chigliak will release albums that were "never commercially released" or "locally released and never put on vinyl," in addition to new recordings. So far the label is set to release the Amateur Love album, and albums by Sarah Siskind and 12 Rods. Check out an Amateur Love video below.
All dates and video below...
photos by Tim Griffin
To complete this Gayngs trifecta (Polica HERE, Marijuana Deathsquads/Har Mar Superstar HERE), we though we'd report that Kathleen Edwards recently teamed with her tourmate (and Gayngs member) Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) for the new Wapusk 7" (out 9/27 via Zöe/Rounder). Justin produced the record and sings backup vocals on the new version of the title track which you can listen to at Pitchfork. The previous version of the song was recorded without Justin for the National Parks Project.
Bon Iver & Kathleen Edwards have been touring and played a sold out show at the 2000+ capacity theater The Long Center in Austin, Texas on 9/14. Pictures are on this post. The tourmates have since parted ways on the road (Other Lives have joined Bon Iver), but will reunite for a set of European dates on October that will include Pitchfork in Paris.
All dates and more pictures from the Austin show, below...
"The VMAs unite us as a people, a shitty, shitty people. #VMAs" - Dave Hill
Tyler's mom & Wavves @ the Video Music Awards (via Hipster Runoff)
"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?"If you missed the show, or didn't read about it already, Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator won Best New Artist, Adele (as Justin points out) is a good singer, (so is) Beyonce (but more impotantly, she) is pregnant, Lady Gaga does a great Ralph Macchio, and Justin Bieber loves God and Jesus....
by Andrew Sacher
After tons of speculation on what the James Blake & Bon Iver - "Fall Creek Boys Choir" would be, it aired on Zane Lowe's show (with host Huw Stevens sitting in) on BBC Radio 1 a few minutes ago, and we now know that the collaboration is a single song with the name "Fall Creek Boys Choir" (which we also know is a name Justin Vernon has used in the past). The collaboration features Justin on vocals and James on beats. Zane writes on his blog:
Hi, it's Huw in for Zane. Tonight's Hottest is from James Blake and Bon Iver. After a chance meeting at South by South West, the massive new music festival in Austin, Texas back in March, this collaboration came about after a mutual respect of each others music was displayed. Both incredibly special musicians, this track is as atmospheris, as low key and as stunning as you'd imagine from Blake, here on production duties, and Justin Vernon who sings on this song.According to James Blake's YouTube account, the song will be available on iTunes on Monday, August 29. The same post also says "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011." "Enough Thunder" is a new song that James has been playing live. Watch a live video of that and listen to "Fall Creek Boys Choir" below...
written with assistance from Andrew Sacher
UPDATE: "Falls Creek Boys Choir" is a song. Listen HERE.
The Fall Creek Boys Choir, according to a MySpace page created in 2007, are "An amateur singing group from Fall Creek, WI that gets together twice a month and rehearses, drinks 7up and Cranberry juice mixers, and sometimes records at the Cricket Gym," Its members are "Jeff Carter, Bonnie Bennett, Tom Olson, Rich Valvey, Pam Triton, Cal 'Jacket' Teely, Jennifer Teely, Sam Teely, Ashley Gunderson, Pat Robbins, Ashley Pessup, Matt Forser, Cole Perry." We don't recognize any of those names, but you can head below to hear some pretty beautiful harmonies that they created and posted to myspace.com/fallcreekboyschoir (last login October 21, 2008).
The choir once had a proper website. It's gone now, but the URL is still listed on MySpace. It's aprilbase.com ("Justin's website" according to DeYarmond Edison's breakup message). It's obviously not a coincidence that April Base also happens to be the name of Justin Vernon's recording studio in the same small Wisconsin town that the Boys Choir is from. An ApriBase MySpace with the URL Myspace.com/jdvernon (last login October 21, 2008) only further ties it all together (Fall Creek Boys Choir in jdvernon's top friends included). Myspace.com/aprilbase in turn takes you to a page belonging to "Vern" (and it's where we got the above picture).
Back to the Fall Creek songs for a second... We're not totally sure who the voices (or voice) in the mix are, but listening to those harmonies definitely makes us feel like we're listening to harmonies from any of the Bon Iver albums. Let us know what you think.
Update: One of the tracks, "New York (ball point)," contains the same vocal lines used in "Cool Knowledge" from Justin's Volcano Choir project. Remember that nobody had also logged into the myspace containing these four songs since 2008.
We do know that Justin likes to revisit his older work, considering the acoustic guitar intro to his recent single "Holocene" almost mirrors that of "Hazleton" recorded earlier under his own name, pre-Bon Iver.
Last but not least (and really what got us started on all of this)... Earlier today, James Blake tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir."" Is James Blake joining the Fall Creek Boys Choir? Did Justin get the old gang back together for a collaboration with Mr. Blake? Is Justin just reusing an old name, sort of like he did with April Base? It's a mystery for now, though we were able to get confirmation that the date in the tweet does not refer to a live show.
August 24, 2011 is in a week so it won't be long until we hear whatever it is these two great minds have up their sleeves. Fall Creek Boys Choir songs below...
by Andrew Sacher
Although Kanye produced most of the album, they also brought an impressive cast of outside producers incuding Q-Tip, 88-Keys, The Neptunes, The RZA, and Swizz Beatz. Kanye and his collaborators create a wide range of sounds touching on everything from classic soul to dubstep-infused electronica. The guest vocal spots are especially grabbing too. Jay-Z and Kanye, who have been two of the biggest names in hip hop for at least the last decade, bring in newcomer Frank Ocean of Odd Future on two of the tracks. Jay's wife, Beyonce, who also has Frank Ocean and Kanye on her new album, sings the chorus to "Lift Off." The album samples the vocals of legendary singers Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, and also features guest vocals by Mr. Hudson of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music. You can stream "Otis" at Jay-Z's Life + Times website and listen to "H.A.M" below.
Justin Vernon also wrote a hook for "That's My Bitch" and according to the album's liner notes, he also sings the part. Elly Jackson of La Roux sings the song's chorus and Q-Tip handled some production duties. Check the song out on grooveshark. Justin comes in at 1:45.
Speaking of Justin Vernon, he and his 9-piece version of Bon Iver played their first of two NYC shows with The Rosebuds at United Palace Theatre last night (8/9). They also play Prospect Park tonight (8/10). Both shows are/were sold out. More on last night in a bit.
Jay-Z & Kanye have two upcoming sold out shows at Izod Center and other dates too.
'Watch the Throne' tracklist and video below...
Sharon Van Etten at McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten has done a fair amount of impressive stuff since hitting the scene. She's released two amazing albums and contributed vocals to The Antlers' Hospice and to Beirut's upcoming LP The Rip Tide. Now she's working with Aaron Dessner of The National (who she recorded a track with for the movie Win Win) on her new album. We've just learned that album will be coming out in early 2012 on Jagjaguwar, home to Bon Iver, who covered Van Etten's "Love More" (congrats Sharon!).
Sharon has a few shows coming up in September including Bumbershoot and a September 23rd show in Philly. All dates and two recently posted videos: one of Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio talking about her, and another of her dueting with her labelmate Justin Vernon, below...