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[News] Bon Iver Announces Remix Competition

 If you've ever wanted to take the emotional, falsetto sounds of Bon Iver, then it's your lucky day. Justin Vernon and co. have announced the launch of a remix competition for their top-scoring sophomore album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Starting right now, you can head here to download stems for all ten songs from the band's sophomore effort, and it's up to you what to do with it. The incentive? Each song will have a contest attached to it, and the prize is $1,000 per song for a total of $10,000. All of the submitted remixes will go up on Indaba Music, with the public being able to vote on their favorites. From there, the band will take the highest voted remixes and decide on the definite winners. The top ten remixes (one per song), will be compiled into a full album released exclusively through Spotify.

The contest will be running until August 29th, after which the winners will be announced in the third week of September. The top ten chosen will receive $1,000 and a place on the remix album. To give fans an idea of what they could do for the competition, S. Carey has let loose his remix of "Minnesota, WI", which you can stream below if you have a Spotify account.

[Listen] S. Carey - 'Hoyas' EP (Full Album Stream)

In late March, S. Carey, the backup vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in Bon Iver, let loose "Two Angles," the first track from his forthcoming Hoyas EP. Now, the entire EP is available to stream courtesy of Stereogum. Each of the four tracks on the EP display a fantastic maturation in Carey, whose debut LP All We Grow was highly overlooked by many. Give it a listen below.

Hoyas is out on May 8th via Jagjaguwar.


[News] Astronautalis and Bon Iver Form Band, Recording Collaborative Album

This morning, Minneapolis music blog Gimme Noise revealed that Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis, aka Andy Bothwell, and close neighbor and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon turned a whiskey-fueled weekend into a series of intense, creative recording sessions. With the help of Bon Iver member and multi-instrumentalist S. Carey as well as producer Ryan Olson, the group took to Vernon's April Base recording studio and got to work.

When speaking on the process of recording at April Base, Bothwell said, "[b]y the time I got there, they had about eight pieces of music done, or roughed out into song form. Then I just got down there and freestyled for eight hours over everything. When I work with Ryan, it's the exact opposite of how I work on my own records. I just give him tons and tons of material. He takes it back to his house, and dangles a cigarette out of his mouth, and works for hours on end." He went further to say, "[w]hat sparked this was that he and I are obsessive and lose our minds working on albums. Stressing out over lyric choices, and getting one word right and worrying about it for weeks on end. Whereas, Ryan is this amazing personality who motivates people to enjoy the process of making music. You just do it, and if it doesn't work, it'll get cut out."

For those who are fans of either Bon Iver or Astronautalis separately, Bothwell teased what the album will sound like, saying, "[a] lot of my fans are like, 'Oh this is going to be amazing: Astronautalis rapping and Justin singing choruses.' It's not going to be that. I'm sure that all of Justin's fans are going to be like 'Oh, it's a new Bon Iver record and there's these other guys.' Everyone's fans respectively are going to expect certain things." In regards to the album's sound and possible release date, Bothwell went into greater detail, saying, "I think you'll hear it sooner than you think, and I kinda just wanna leave it at that. It's such a far stretch for a lot of us musically. I think everyone should abandon their expectations of what it's going to be, because it's probably going to be very far off."

Expect to hear more regarding the Astronautalis and Bon Iver collaboration in the coming months.

[Listen and Download] S. Carey - "Two Angles"

Last month, after Justin Vernon and S. Carey's 4AD-shot footage of their live, barebones in-studio session made its way onto the web, people took notice of the incredible falsetto that was gracing their ear drums, a falsetto that did not belong to Vernon. The Bon Iver head honcho said it best himself via his Twitter: "maybe some peeps get why @scareymusic is the fucking best now." The video reminded us that Bon Iver doesn't consist solely of Justin Vernon, and that the Wisconsin native is backed up by some incredible talent. S. Carey is exactly that, he is incredibly talented, and his 2009 solo debut All We Grow is something that should be revisited immediately.

Now, S. Carey is back with a brand new EP, titled Hoyas, that is being produced by Justin Vernon and is set for release on May 8th via Jagjaguwar. Today, you can listen to "Two Angles," the first track from the album, which premiered earlier on Check it out below.

[News] S. Carey Announces New EP 'Hoyas'

Eau Claire musician S. Carey, who serves as the back-up vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for Bon Iver, is set to return with a new solo effort titled Hoyas. The four-track EP is set for release on May 8th via Jagjaguwar, and sees the artist collaborating with friend and A.A. Bondy member Ben Lester. According to a press release, the EP was recorded in an attic "using a single laptop and not much else… Some sounds were composed by handcrafted instruments and others by junk. At times, Carey tracked vocals using nothing more than his laptop’s internal microphone, and most of the beats and synthesized sounds were sequenced and arranged using stock-software," and, from there, was mixed by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Brian Joseph and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Studios in Boston.

For now, there is no audio sample from the album, so, instead, head here to watch S. Carey and Justin Vernon's amazing 25-minute 4AD studio session, and after the jump you can take a look at the EPs tracklisting.

Hoyas EP Tracklist:
01. Two Angles
02. Avalanche
03. Inspir
04. Marfa

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