Watch a 25 Minute Bon Iver Studio Session

Posted: February 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , | Comments Off on Watch a 25 Minute Bon Iver Studio Session

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.

Bon Iver – Holocene


Bon Iver and Adele Both Cover Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

Posted: July 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cover of the Week | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Bon Iver and Adele Both Cover Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

So 2011 has been a phenomenal year for new music so far and both Adele and Justin Vernon are doing their darndest to help make sure it continues.  Each of them have released a brand new full-length that are both likely to end up on my year end “Top 10 List”.  And then in the past couple of weeks they each decided to bless us with their own take on the legendary Bonnie Raitt ballad, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”  I have been a fan of this heart-rending song for quite some time and each of these artists have rendered a cover that is both true to the original and to their unique musical stylings.  The National, if you could please follow their lead and give us your rendition next, that would be great.  Matt Berninger, your deep crooning voice would suit this tune quite well.  I’ll be waiting patiently.

Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time (removed 7/21/12)

Adele – I Can’t Make You Love Me