Today’s “Featured Artist and Song of the Day” showcases Fall Creek, Wisconsin’s, Bon Iver, which is headed up by Justin Vernon, with their song, “Calgary,” off their album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, which was released June 21, 2011, through Jagjaguwar Records. The video below was directed by Andre Durand and Dan Huiting, produced by Daniel Cummings and Picture Machine Productions, and filmed in April 2011 in Fall Creek, WI.
When speaking about his band, Vernon has said, “”Bon Iver is often equated with just me, but you are who surrounds you, and for Bon Iver, Bon Iver, I wanted to invite those voices as musical catalysts.” Throughout the album, Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell) plays the pedal steel, Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire) plays the saxophone, Mike Lewis (Happy Apple, Andrew Bird) supports on vocals, and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens) is on the horns. Those talented musicians accompany Bon Iver regulars, Sean Carey, Mike Noyce and Matt McCaughan, who contributed vocals, drums and production, Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons, The National).
Recently, as many music fans know, Bon Iver was nominated for four Grammy Awards in the categories of Record of the Year (Holocene), Song of the Year (Holocene), Best New Artist, and Best Alternative Album. Bon Iver, to start, doesn’t need a “Grammy” to prove anything, as their music speaks for itself, but I am very happy that they are getting well-deserved recognition. I agree with the Record of the Year and Song of the Year nods, but really do find the other categories a bit comical. I am, however, proud of the music industry for catching up, for Bon Iver was founded in 2007, and it’s a travesty if it has taken them this long to hear “Skinny Love” from their debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago. I would also be interested to know who slotted them in the “alternative” category for their album, for let’s all be honest, Bon Iver deserves to be put into the overall Album of the Year category. All these awards, however, are nice, but don’t really matter, for the music is what’s important.
For what it’s worth, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, is The Troubadour’s Road 2011 Album of the Year. There is no trophy or award, but rather a 30-pack of Pabst and a bottle of whiskey, which can be redeemed on their next tour stop out West.
The 8th song on the album, which is “Calgary,” closes with these words,
“So it’s storming on the lake
Little waves our bodies break
There’s a fire going out,
But there’s really nothing to the south
Swollen orange and light let through
Your one piece swimmer stuck to you
Sold, I’m Ever
Open ears and open eyes
Wake up to your starboard bride
Who goes in and then stays inside
Oh the demons come, they can subside…”
For updates, tour dates, and other news click on their website, you can buy their music on iTunes, or follow them on their Facebook Page. Bon Iver has some tour dates in the Midwest in mid-December, and then head to Australia in February for some shows. Until the next time you’ll be able to see a show or listen to them, here is Bon Iver, with their song, “Calgary,” enjoy,