I never really got into Volcano Choir‘s first album, but this new track they just released has me really looking forward to their sophomore release. Repave is the name of the new album and it is set to hit stores next month. If you aren’t familiar with Volcano Choir, they one of several side projects for Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
4AD and Jagjaguar have teamed up to bring us a unique acoustic session of songs from Bon Iver. The recording features Justin Vernon and his Bon Iver band-member Sean Carey on piano and vocals. These stripped down versions are a fun alternative to his usual multi-layered orchestral performances. The session includes several songs from last year’s self-titled sophomore release, “Hinnom, TX”, “Wash.”, and “Beth/Rest”, one from his Blood Bank EP, “Babys”, and a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s classic heart-breaker “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. What’s amazing about this performance is how full a sound these two still manage to create in a “stripped down” session. I really enjoyed hearing Sean Carey, step out of his usual backing role and take the lead on a few tracks. I think that their version of “Beth/Rest” that closes the session was the highlight for me. I loved this song from the get-go, but I fully understand why many people were turned off by it’s cheesy 80’s feel. The album version sounds like it should be included in the closing credits of John Hughes film, but that is part of why I love it. But I don’t know how anyone could not love this version of the song, captured here at in it’s purest form, just Vernon’s voice and a piano.
Recorded in AIR Studio‘s Lyndurst Hall back in October, this is quite the treat.
While in New York for his appearance on SNL, Justin Vernon was kind enough to drop by Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night studio and record a quick little session with everybody’s favorite late night house band. With the help of ?uestlove and The Roots, Bon Iver delivers a very cool and groovin’ version of one of my personal favorite tracks from last year’s self-titled sophomore effort. Spanning over 8 minutes long, they really stretch it out and create something unique that stands on it’s own, while keeping the integrity of original. It really makes me wish that they would go into the studio together and recreate the entire album.
Indie rock band, Miracles of Modern Science, have given the internet world a fun little treat with their new mini-project, Bon Joviver. They have taken the musical stylings of Bon Iver and combined them with the classic 80’s pop tune, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, written by, of course, Bon Jovi. Thus, giving us the name, Bon Joviver. Short and silly, but very entertaining. I’m pretty surprised that Jimmy Fallon hadn’t already come up with this.