the (second) Bon Iver album

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FUCK. SO GOOD. HOLOCENE is giving me a boner.

Crooked Lust (thebingo), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 22:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gorgeous stuff. It doesn't quite haunt me the way For Emma did, but this is only my first listen.

Alex in Montreal, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 22:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

The last half of this is really beautiful, almost baby making music.....

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

peter cetera?

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

maybe fields of gold?

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

very nice after I got over the 'wtf' factor. compare to last iron and wine album which is beyond fucking awful.

akm, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

What are the lyrics to holocene, gorgeous. I think somewhere in there he says "you fucked a friend"

Crooked Lust (thebingo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 00:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

I can't stop listening to that song. It's hitting me hard

Crooked Lust (thebingo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 00:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

That is Peter cetera in Beth/rest. I'm waiting for Daniel lorusso to make love to ally

Crooked Lust (thebingo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 01:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

At first I was really shocked at how different this album is compared with For Emma, even Blood Bank, but the songs I liked at first listen I'm really loving and the songs I didn't like at first are growing on me. Beth/Rest even in it's 80's bedroom glow is my favorite. My girlfriend and I have listened to it repeatedly.

JacobSanders, Thursday, 19 May 2011 03:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

and made sweet sweet receda california love in shower costumes.

Crooked Lust (thebingo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 13:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

i've listened to this like 5 times in the past day so that must mean I love it.

akm, Thursday, 19 May 2011 13:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

lyrics posted for those who are into lyrics.

http://jagjaguwar.com/blog/2011/05/bon-iver-bon-iver-the-lyrics/

Crooked Lust (thebingo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 14:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

i've listened to to the new bon iver several times this morning, motivated by the same sort of experimental curiosity that brought me to the fleet foxes last week. prior to this moment, i've deliberately ignored both artists, kept away by the sense that their music belongs, somehow, to another tribe (where indie's concerned, i typically affiliate myself with grubbier punk/psych/noise). did like gayngs, tho.

anyway, this is beautiful, a vague shimmer of sound that reminds me more than anything else of grizzly bear's veckatimest - another lovely psychedelic pop album that can seem overly abstract at first. i say that because, for the all the time i've spent with bon iver, i can't remember a single song, can't even quote a lyric. i'd usually find fault in that, but the album clearly intends to get by more on mood than on hooks, and in this case, i'm willing to accept the tradeoff. there's absolutely no fire here, nothing raw, challenging or insistent, nothing to break the golden, narcotic haze of voice and instruments, and i imagine that people who depend on more violent musical enticements will reject it as boring, safe or unimaginative. it is safe, prizing a pillowy sort of sensual comfort over all else, but it goes awfully well with warm sun and slow hours.

can't imagine it'll go down as a favorite, but it strikes me as quite successful on its own terms.

contenderizer, Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

I just discovered I have been mispronouncing this band's name

I HAVE ISSUES (DJP), Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Bon Scott"

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

i imagine that people who depend on more violent musical enticements will reject it as boring, safe or unimaginative. it is safe, prizing a pillowy sort of sensual comfort over all else, but it goes awfully well with warm sun and slow hours

Uh, what if you like both extremes?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, there aren't really any hooks here. Lotta nice sounds though.

Number None, Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

i could do without Hinnom, TX. though.

Crooked Lust (thebingo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

best thing about this record: when it ends, the next thing that comes up in itunes = flying squad edit of boney m's "night flight to venus"

contenderizer, Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ hooks! beats! words!

contenderizer, Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

eh, that sounded snarky/critical. didn't mean it that way. i just love boney m!

contenderizer, Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

boney ver

Number None, Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

A+

adult music person (Jordan), Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lyrics read like Finnegan's Wake refrigerator magnet poetry

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 19 May 2011 23:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

wife's thoughts on this dude -

"i thought "bon iver" was his name and he was some french/italian foreign guy and he was all *in* with the hip-hop crowd and doing experimental music, but he's just some lame folky indie guy with three groups [bon iver, volcano choir, gayngs]... sounds like elevator music, boring.... reminds me of the colors gray, white and tan... and other neutrals."

*makes THUMBS DOWN symbol in the air w/ hand*

"oh also, gayngs sounds like a group based around wham! "careless whisper".... so lame."

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've listened to this twice since last week. Lady Gaga has been occupying all my time.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

A group based around wham! "careless whisper" !!!!

JacobSanders, Thursday, 26 May 2011 07:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

beth/rest is great. I'm getting some kind of 90's emo vibes from some tracks (especially the first) in an owls/ghosts and vodka way.

owenf, Thursday, 2 June 2011 19:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have trained myself to not change "Calgary" on the iPod.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 June 2011 20:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

damn, "calgary" is the shit

J0rdan S., Thursday, 16 June 2011 03:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

i keep seeing snippets of lyrics and it makes me never want to listen to this, because this man seems like he is the single worst lyricist ever

thomp, Thursday, 16 June 2011 09:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

9.5 on P4K

groovypanda, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

let's be honest...it could've been an album of morse code, and as long as it had the Bon Iver name on it that score was inevitable.

I still like this album btw. Don't listen to it often, but it's certainly good when I do.

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Johnny OTM, he's one of PF's prime darlings.

Still, I fucking love this album, and think it totally warrants all the praise it gets.

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

i keep seeing snippets of lyrics and it makes me never want to listen to this, because this man seems like he is the single worst lyricist ever

vocals too. if it were someone else singing different words i'd be keen to buy into it, but ugh! that voice. ew! those lyrics.

i love the smell of facepalm in the morning (ledge), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is there really a song on this that sounds like Africa? I might be tempted to actually listen then.

Matt DC, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nah, Toto yes, but not Africa. It's the last song, 'Beth/Rest'.

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

im w/ ledge, the vocals really put me off

just sayin, Monday, 20 June 2011 10:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

trim your facial hair son, makes you look like a rapist

Not quite as sociopathic as Dom Passantino (King Boy Pato), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Vocals seem a bit more natural than say, Woods, but what I really fall for is his compositions. Never much of a listener to lyrics either.

Wacky Way Lounge (Evan), Monday, 20 June 2011 13:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

9.5????

markers, Monday, 20 June 2011 14:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

haven't heard the record but that's super high

markers, Monday, 20 June 2011 14:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

this album is great! no clue what "9.5" means in the world of pitchfork people but i would recommend this album

☂ (max), Monday, 20 June 2011 14:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

in the world of pitchfork people 9.5 is terrible

just sayin, Monday, 20 June 2011 14:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've said it before, I'll say it again, but the politics of small differences that surrounds the decimal points system used by PF is the single thing I hate most about internet music stuff. As if grades and grading weren't reductive and desultory enough without giving reams of asshole hipster pricks yet more fuel for their nasty little anal bullshit. I hate it. I fucking hate it. Even more than the everything-gets-three-stars-when-you-mark-out-of-five system. wtf does 9.5 MEAN? It means NOTHING. It's an expression of an opinion, but the decimal point makes it maths which makes it TRUE which makes it IMPORTANT. Fuck you, decimal point lovers, fuck you to death.

Argh.

Vent over.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 20 June 2011 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Marry me, Nick <3

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 20 June 2011 14:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

I listened to half of this last night and it sounded pretty amazing

J0rdan S., Monday, 20 June 2011 14:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

I know next to nothing about Bon Iver, but this Onion headline made me lol:

Man Just Going To Grab Guitar And Old Four-Track, Go Out To Cabin In Woods, Make Shittiest Album Anyone's Ever Heard

Duke Manfist: Action Hero (Dan Peterson), Monday, 20 June 2011 14:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is like a soggy-potato-chip-mouthed chillwave Grizzly Bear....DO NOT LIKE.

Davek (davek_00), Monday, 20 June 2011 14:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

They are a couple now (she divorced her longtime ... guitarist?). He produces, collaborates and plays a bunch of stuff. And Norah Jones is on the record, too.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 18:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

The songwriting and melodies are fine. Some of the production choices in regards to mixing levels for certain tracks, what sounds to use and arrangement, seem really random and jarring to me.

John Lennon, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 18:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

guys I don't know if you heard but it's hard to make a living selling records these days

just fyi

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 18:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

It represents a pretty big change, I think, maybe not for the better but I bet better for her.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 18:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Of course aero. I have an aesthetic gripe about that particular ad not an ethical one with Justin taking the money. There are good ads and bad ads.

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 19:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

this album is really fucking good

i will be listening to it a lot this winter

J0rdan S., Friday, 28 October 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

guys I don't know if you heard but it's hard to make a living selling records these days

Sure, fine, fair enough, but big money booze strikes me as pretty gnarly to get in bed with. Bushmills' parent company does some pretty heinous lobbying. Not everybody's gotta be Fugazi, but sheesh.

Besides - he seems to be doing just fine selling records (and selling out multi-night stands at very big venues) all over the place.

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 28 October 2011 23:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

(I know, it's all pretty tiresome to get into. This one just bummed me out a little bit, between the gross press release speak, the bro-out vibe, and the fact that admittedly this time it's a dude I kind of like).

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 28 October 2011 23:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

At least in the one in my neighborhood, he's wearing a Jagjaguar shirt and giving those guys some exposure.

― She Got the Shakes, Sunday, October 23, 2011 11:18 AM (5 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

didn't he give "those guys" some exposure when he released his very successful albums on jagjaguwar?

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 October 2011 23:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

"kanye told me, go 'head change ya style up - and if they hate then let 'em hate and watch the money pile up"

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 October 2011 23:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I suppose so. I guess I thought it was a cool gesture, since I've always thought of it as a little American label, and seeing it on a huge billboard by the A4 motorway is pretty insane. (He's on a different label here in the UK, btw).
Wait, why did you put "those guys" in quotes?

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 28 October 2011 23:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

i guess it just read weird, like that's his label, your post made it seemed like he was coming down off the mountain to give some little label props...

i guess it's probably pretty small, but i guess these days it doesn't much matter.

anyway i didn't mean to phrase it unduly snarky, but i guess i think of him as the big jagjaguwar artist (rip the wilderness)

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 October 2011 23:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ah, I see - I didn't mean it that way. I suppose I admire 'label pride,' though I have no idea what that is based on and can come up with no examples outside of the Nick Lowe tune! Maybe Tad wearing the Sub Pop "Loser" tee? (Reaching...)
He's on 4AD here.

She Got the Shakes, Saturday, 29 October 2011 00:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

I heard a little voice it said 'fuck you' it was little

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 4 February 2012 05:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://vimeo.com/36365467

40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is that what goes on in those "cool" churches?

Johnny Fever, Friday, 17 February 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://vimeo.com/36365467

Nothing like religion to ruin a perfectly good song; although it would've been nice to see a pit form when they kicked it into "Oh, Night Divine".

suspecterrain, Monday, 20 February 2012 09:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://soundcloud.com/jagjaguwar/s-carey-two-angles

djh, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

!

http://boniverotica.tumblr.com/

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

Bizarre S Carey packaging question: the CD packaging looks like it has space for two things - a CD and a booklet, I suppose; possibly two CDs - should it come with a booklet or is it just a packaging quirk?

djh, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:22 (7 months ago) Permalink


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