Last night I had the pleasure of watching Bon Iver close out the inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival. During the set, the band performed not one but two new songs, which you can watch fan-shot video of in the replies. There was no formal confirmation from Justin Vernon regarding an upcoming album, however.
"As far as putting a record together, I don’t really know what’s happening," he said. "Our show is our main focus. We don’t have anything booked after this. We don’t have any plans. We’re not being secretive — we just don’t have any plans. It’s just about, Play the show and put all of our energy into one show — for once in my life, let’s just play one fucking show and care just about this one show for a goddamn change."
“It’s the perfect platform for us to be like this is how we’re starting this new cycle, this new life of the band. It makes so much sense to start it here, right where it all started” Vernon explained to Minneapolis’ KARE 11.
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and The National's Aaron Dessner have put together the Eaux Claires music festival. The greatest festival of all time will take place this July 17th and 18th in Eau Claire, WI. Some bands on the bill include both curators aforementioned bands, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Doomtree, and many more.
UK artist Sivu is streaming his debut album, Something On High, a week ahead of its release and you can hear it in full in the replies. If you're a fan of Bon Iver, Bombay Bicycle Club and an orchestral slant then do yourself a favour and check it out.
Head to the replies to hear the last track, which is titled "Flaws", from Vancouver Sleep Clinic's forthcoming Winter EP. The 17 year old artist form Australia is heavily influenced by Bon Iver and Sigur Rós, so fans of those should check out this artist.
In case you missed it, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform "Woods" and a whole different version of "Holocene" with The Roots. You can watch the web-exclusive version of the latter here.
According to Entertainment Weekly, not only is the new Zach Braff helmed movie, Wish I Was Here, good, but it also features new music from Bon Iver and The Shins' frontman James Mercer.
“In this case, it was unique because we sent [music supervisor] Mary Ramos to Wisconsin to show the movie to Bon Iver, and they wrote a song pretty much on the spot,” Braff said. “She sat there in Wisconsin while they wrote a song.”
In the replies, you can watch Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) join The National on stage to perform "Terrible Love" and "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" at an after-show performance on Saturday at Stubb's in Austin, TX.
Don't expect Justin Vernon to write another Bon Iver record anytime soon. He recently told TripleJ that he doesn't "really write songs anymore." Vernon's other project, Volcano Choir, released its new album, Repave, today.
"I don't really write songs anymore," he said. "The last Bon Iver record was a very 'sitting down with a guitar and writing' kind of record. I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I'm just not there. I'm really honoured that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there's only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I'm not in...
Both of Bon Iver's albums, For Emma, Forever Ago and Bon Iver, Bon Iver have gone gold. What's interesting is that the albums, released two and a half years apart, crossed the 500,000 mark at basically the same time.
There's a video in the replies where Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips describes the new blood-filled vinyl pressing of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Only 10 of these records are being made and they include real-life blood from Ke$ha, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), a couple members of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Chris Martin (Coldplay). Each of the vinyl cost $2,500 and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the Oklahoma Humane Society and the Academy of Contemporary Music.
According to Astronautalis' facebook page, he has "started a new band this week with my friends Arson Only, S. Carey, and Bon Iver [Justin Vernon]...already finished tracking for the album. so excited about this."