Did you think you'd get to listen to a brand new track today featuring Bon Iver? Nah, neither did we but that's exactly what is about to happen. Below you can listen to a track Justin features on from The Chieftains titled "Down The Willow Garden". The song's taken from on their album, Voice of Ages which is a celebration of their 50 year career. It isn't released until the 20th of February via Music/Concord, but below you can listen to the Bon Iver featuring track. Stop reading. Start listening. Thanks Pitchfork!
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Rounding out 2011 with an innumerable amount of collaborations, including collaborative EPs with both Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Lightning Bolt and Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips are already starting 2012 on a similar note. With plans to release a compilation featuring Death Cab For Cutie, Nick Cave, Ghostland Observatory, among others, on Record Store Day in April, Wayne Coyne and co. are set for another productive year. Today, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Coyne also revealed that Bon Iver has been added to the list of artists to be featured on the compilation, with the Wisconsin musician "sending the Lips two tracks to work on any day now."
With an already collaboration packed year, Coyne still hopes to record with Lykke Li, Erykah Badu, and Ke$ha. With what The Flaming Lips have accomplished in the last year, it would come as no surprise if those hopes came to fruition. For now, though, the Record Store Day 2012 compilation has no set release date, but Coyne hopes to release it in April.
Continuing the high praise and accolades he saw in 2011, Justin Vernon has announced that he and the rest of the Bon Iver outfit will be performing on Saturday Night Live on February 4th, with Channing Tatum serving as host. The performance comes as no surprise, as Bon Iver's self-titled sophomore album has received numerous year end accolades. The real question, though, is which song Vernon and co. will decide to perform, but seeing as "Towers" was recently announced as a single, the song has a good chance of making the cut.
Today, Bon Iver frontmam and overall superstar Justin Vernon announced the formation of his own record label, called Chigliak. The label is a subsedary of Jagjaguwar and, according to its official website, will release new material as well as reissue "albums that were never commercially released or locally released and never put out on vinyl.” The label's first reissue will be It’s All Aquatic from Amateur Love, which comprises of Vernon's former Megafaun bandmates Brad and Phil Cook. Along with Amateur Love, the label will represent Minnesota band 12 Rods and Sarah Siskind, among others. Expect more information from the newly formed record label to surface as the year goes on.
Continuing the success of his highly praised eponymous second studio album, which was our number one album of the year, Bon Iver has announced that the third single from the album, following "Holocene" and "Calgary," will be "Towers." The song will be released as a 12" and digitally on January 23rd via 4AD, and will feature a cover of John Prine's "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)" as a b-side. The b-side was originally featured on a John Prine tribute album back in 2010, but was done solely by Justin Vernon. It is unclear whether this will act as the b-side, or if, this time around, Vernon has the backing of the entire Bon Iver band. Either way, you can listen to the original cover below, courtesy of Listen Before You Buy, and look forward to the release of the "Towers" single on January 23rd.
Justin Vernon - "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)" (John Prine Cover)
Long gone are the days when you'd see Arctic Monkeys at The Boardwalk in Sheffield. 6 year later and with 4 albums under their belt, you can't deny how far the young boys from Yorkshire have come. The thing I love about the Arctic Monkeys is that they don't have an indefinite recipe for greatness, with each album they throw away whatever preconceptions they had for the last album and start fresh. Nothing could be truer for their latest LP Suck It And See, on which the band explore deeper the darker sounds that were dabbled with on Humbug some two years ago. Remember the days when Alex used to write about dickhead bouncers from clubs in Sheff? Well, they're long gone, as this album sees Alex grow once more as a songwriter, fathoming some psychedelic realm of subject matter. The opening lines to "Black Treacle" talk of him seeing "belly button piercings, in the sky, at night," whilst the albums title track sees him compare a girl to a can of "Dandelion and Burdock"; he's grown as a writer and this allbum is a perfect chance to show how far they've come since their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Start to finish, this album has you under a spell of time changes and beautiful sounding instrumentation. Ip, dip, dog shit, rock and roll guys, this album is a triumph! —Shey
Yesterday a visual for Bon Iver's "Hinnom, TX" appeared which was directed by both Isaac Gale and David Jensen. That was a nice little treat but this morning when I stumble upon Bon Iver's Youtube page to see if there's a stream without ads I notice that there's ten videos, TEN! Up at the top you can watch "Perth" whilst after the jump you'll find the video goodies that sit along side all tracks from Bon Iver. Take and hour from your day and enjoy one of the best albums of 2011 alongside some mind altering visuals.
Tomorrow, the digital deluxe edition of Bon Iver's self-titled sophomore album will be hitting the iTunes store, and packaged with it will be ten short films to accompany each of the album's ten tracks. Courtesy of TIME.com, you can check out the accompanying visuals for the song "Hinnom, TX," which was directed by both Isaac Gale and David Jensen. The video is simple enough, featuring a scenic, sun drenched drive along a highway, but, as the song builds in complexity, the visuals distort and morph along with it. Check it out for yourself in the player above.
Along with the digital release, the short films will be released as limited run DVDs, which will be given away at participating record stores or through Jagjaguwar's mail order starting in early December.