Bon Iver – Skinny Love

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When making your debut album almost kills you

Scratching through the surface of the Bon Iver story and the immense influence of all the progeny that came after is worth your precious time. What can we know that has not already been explored?  The video short biopic, When Making Your Debut Album Almost Kills You, included above provides some insight, does WIKI fill in the gaps?  How important is Bon Iver to your musical soundscape?   I would argue forcefully Bon Iver is important to all of us who care about the ineffable, ineluctable obliqueness of spare emotively delivered lyrics,  electronic voice sampling, proto drumming, solo acoustic, orchestrally abundant, emotional soundscapes. Visit all the other sources on Bon Iver’s forced isolation (see remote cabin), intentional laziness, undiagnosed artistic depression, and orchestral wakeful dreaming. Here you will find the best available Iver live performances, full concerts, and one rare Bonnie Raitt Cover.

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Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick of Time


Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing a cover of I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick of Time in the studio.

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Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago | A Take Away Show


Bon Iver playing “For Emma, Forever Ago” in Montmartre, Paris, France”

[Justin] immediately responded that this is kinda what he dreams of: that his album is meant to be played in front of small crowds, and that he was looking forward to it…” Directed by Vincent Moon

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SET LIST 0:16 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ 2:59 33 ‘GOD’ 6:45 Heavenly Father 10:50 29 #Strafford APTS 15:34 Beach Baby 18:33 666 ʇ 23:43 715 – CRΣΣKS 26:20 Calgary 31:01 22 (OVER S∞∞N) 34:44 8 (circle) 40:54 Minnesota, WI 48:13 ____45_____ 54:15 Creature Fear 1:00:35 00000 Million

MUSICIANS Justin Vernon: vocals, guitar, keys, processing; Andrew Fitzpatrick: guitar, processing, vocals; Michael Lewis: bass, synth-bass, saxophone, vocals; Sean Carey: drums, keys, vocals; Matt McCaughan: drums, vocals; Nelson Devereaux: saxophone; Stephanie Wieseler: saxophone; Dustin Laurenzi: saxophone; Chris Thompson: saxophone; Cole Pulice: saxophone. CREW Michael Brown: production designer; Chris Messina: studio/stage manager. NPR CREDITS Director: Colin Marshall; Producers: Colin Marshall, Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann; Audio Engineer: Xandy Whitesel (from the Bon Iver crew); Technical Director: Josh Rogosin; Editors: Nickolai Hammar, Cam Robert; Videographers: Nicole Conflenti, Kara Frame, Nickolai Hammar, Claire O’Neill, Chris Parks, Cam Robert, Maia Stern. Special Thanks: Pioneer Works, The Bowery Presents, Jagjaguwar, Middle West, Shore Fire Media, Bon Iver Band & Crew.

Bon Iver: Full Concert | NPR MUSIC FRONT ROW


On Dec. 4, just before Bon Iver took the stage at Pioneer Works, an old ironworks warehouse turned nonprofit arts and culture space, these prophetic words from Union Army officer Sullivan Ballou echoed off the Civil War-era brick walls:

“Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break, and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield.”

A week after writing those lines, Ballou was mortally wounded, dying for a cause in which he firmly believed.

At first, these words struck me as disconnected from the evening’s music. Bon Iver’s new record, 22, A Million, feels so distant from the Civil War and the words of Sullivan Ballou. But there’s a very real kinship between the letter and this band. Believing in what you do is essential to Justin Vernon and the music he creates for Bon Iver, and impermanence and duality are prevailing themes of this album.

So, here in Brooklyn, at Pioneer Works, a space Vernon believes in and actively assists as a member of the Advisory Board, he and his team created a very special evening — a transcendent night of voices masked, faces hidden in darkness, and a performance aimed at soul-searching and purpose over pop and stardom.

This music was performed by a powerful big band, with two drummers and a sax ensemble backing upfront processed sounds, like vocal alterations and sampling, alongside electric and acoustic guitars. It was a visionary performance, fit perfectly to brilliant lighting and sound, seemingly executed down to fine detail by a guy in a Tipitina’s T-shirt, loose pants, and high-tops: unassuming, seemingly uncaring, but most certainly in control.


Bob Boilen

Creator and host of NPR's All Songs Considered.