Jam of the Day

Mar 07
JotD is not really on the Bon Iver train (I hate to be the hater, but his latest album is good but not great and that falsetto is overused in all of his vocal performances, and not always pleasant to listen to … end rant).
That said, I like Bon Iver conceptually, and I think they did a great job working with the folk duo Bowerbirds on their latest LP. They’ve got the same spirit/beauty of Justin Vernon’s finest work but manage to just feel pleasant rather than pleasant/annoying.
Below is the video for “Tuck the Darkness In” as well as two free downloads from the album.

Click to download: "Tuck the Darkness In""In the Yard"

JotD is not really on the Bon Iver train (I hate to be the hater, but his latest album is good but not great and that falsetto is overused in all of his vocal performances, and not always pleasant to listen to … end rant).

That said, I like Bon Iver conceptually, and I think they did a great job working with the folk duo Bowerbirds on their latest LP. They’ve got the same spirit/beauty of Justin Vernon’s finest work but manage to just feel pleasant rather than pleasant/annoying.

Below is the video for “Tuck the Darkness In” as well as two free downloads from the album.

Click to download:
"Tuck the Darkness In"
"In the Yard"

Feb 15

I neglected to post Bon Iver jamming with the Roots last week on Jimmy Fallon. Am I regretful? Not really. They sound great, but JotD is so, so, so, SOOOOO sick of Justin Vernon’s overused falsetto (and don’t get me started on his attitude problem).

Jan 09
Coachella lineup. Not bad.

Coachella lineup. Not bad.

Dec 16
Pitchfork jumps on the runaway Bon Iver train. See the full list.

Pitchfork jumps on the runaway Bon Iver train. See the full list.

Dec 05

quote A musician’s ‘art is compromised’ if he/she desires a Grammy. But endor$ing a product with proven devastating health risks is ok?

The Avalanches, over Twitter (where else?), giving shit to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon for calling his Grammy nominations "ridiculous" and "not important" last week. The product he’s referring to is Bushmills.

After examining the full exchange, JotD is ruling on the side of the Avalanches. Last I checked, you as the artist have to submit your music to the Grammys. They’re oftentimes a joke of an awards show, true — but what awards show isn’t? If you are so against them, don’t put your name in for consideration. And don’t sound so effing ungrateful when you’re nominated … he may change his tune when he checks his album sales this week. Just ask Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons how this year went for them on the “importance” scale.
Nov 29
Q and Paste magazine have kicked off the best-of albums lists for 2011. Expect to see a lot more of these, but this is the first I’ve seen. Unsurprisingly, Bon Iver is near/at the top of both lists. I would expect this trend across the board. I was surprised to see that Florence + the Machine tops the Q list (in fact, the top 3 are all females).
Also, this should serve as a reminder that JotD does not really do best albums lists. We keep things focused on the individual Jams themselves, as that’s what we’re about here.
Update: Let’s add Uncut's list to the mix.

Q and Paste magazine have kicked off the best-of albums lists for 2011. Expect to see a lot more of these, but this is the first I’ve seen. Unsurprisingly, Bon Iver is near/at the top of both lists. I would expect this trend across the board. I was surprised to see that Florence + the Machine tops the Q list (in fact, the top 3 are all females).

Also, this should serve as a reminder that JotD does not really do best albums lists. We keep things focused on the individual Jams themselves, as that’s what we’re about here.

Update: Let’s add Uncut's list to the mix.

Nov 29

Watch all 10 'Deluxe Edition' videos from Bon Iver's 'Bon Iver' > Disco Naïveté →

… read more about the Deluxe Edition (out now) of the band’s highly regarded sophomore LP over at Time.

                      

Aug 18

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

The latest single from Bon Iver’s self-titled album is a perfect fit for this clip, which features incredible shots of Iceland and a young lad with his eyes wide open to his surroundings.

Jul 01
Looks like P4K (pitchfork) really is going global these days. This late October festival will be Bon Iver co-curated; “Confirmed bands in addition to Bon Iver include  Jens Lekman, Wild Beasts, Cut Copy, Kathleen Edwards, and Pantha du  Prince, with many more to come.” Read full details here.

Looks like P4K (pitchfork) really is going global these days. This late October festival will be Bon Iver co-curated; “Confirmed bands in addition to Bon Iver include Jens Lekman, Wild Beasts, Cut Copy, Kathleen Edwards, and Pantha du Prince, with many more to come.” Read full details here.

Jun 29

JotD, 6/29/2011

I’m on a bit of a time crunch (the weather’s too nice to sit in front of this computer! There are miles to be run, calories to be burned, sun to be soaked up and ice cream to eat when that’s all done). I suggest you do the same this summer, and grab a dose of JotD when you are kicking your feet up at the end of the day.

Summer may be in full swing, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you a LIGHTNING quick Cover Jam Wednesday roundup. Here’s the best of the best of what popped up this week (aka, everything I could type up and hyperlink you to in a matter of 20 minutes!):

               

#8 Canadian veterans Sloan take on Gary Numan’s new-wave gem “Cars” for this week’s A.V. Club Undercover installment.

#7 Wilco announced a new single and announced a new album in the last few days, and if you paid attention you also noticed this b-side Cover Jam.

#6 People are still going crazy over this Bon Iver cover of Bonnie Raitt’s classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me” as well as “Nick of Time.” It’s delightful, indeed, but this might be the most OVERhyped cover ever. I’m not hating, but I’ll take the originals any day.

#5 Remember me telling you about that Tropicália tribute album recently? Beirut put out this charming video of their contribution.

#4 JotD artist to watch Tennis put out this great Brenda Lee cover this morning. (Runner up: Fellow artist to watch Hooray for Earth did justice to a recent Owen Pallett track.)

#3 Beyoncé runs the world this week. She dropped her new album, which is getting quite a bit of praise. And she’s getting twice as much praise for her groundbreaking Glastonbury closing set, which included a medley of covers including Prince and Kings of Leon. If the clip is pulled, just Google for it. I don’t know why they’re trying so hard to keep us from seeing the Queen Bee do her thing!

#2 The hippest cover of the week award has to go to Deerhunter and Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss for this cover and remix combo of Georgia underground legends Pylon. If you said, “Who?” that’s OK. I wasn’t cool enough to know either. But it sounds great!

#1 It’s not perfect, but there’s a ton to love about this joint effort from Brit songstress newbies CocknBullKid and Eliza Doolittle. They’re sitting in a hair salon singing “Bills, Bills, Bills” together! What more could you want? (See more work from this cover project here.)

Now, we need an actual JotD still, huh? If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Here’s Bon Iver with “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (2011).



And because I just can’t do this in good conscience without naming Bonnie Raitt’s version as well, we’ve got ourselves the original to enjoy today, too. It’s a twofer! Here’s the original (#18, 1991), one of the more magnificent pop performances of the last … well, ever.

Jun 16

Bon Iver, “Calgary”

The imagery is sensual, sometimes powerful. But what does it mean? You decide.

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Jun 13

Hear the new Jill Scott album > NPR →

… new albums from YACHT, Bon Iver, Marissa Nadler and Fucked Up and JEFF the Brotherhood also currently streaming over at First Listen.

                          

Jun 09

Stream the new self-titled Bon Iver album — right here, right now! You can’t purchase it until June 21, I fear.

#bon iver  
Jun 05

Kanyé West ft. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Justin Vernon – “Monster”

Months after this video first leaked onto the web, we now have the official video release for the GOOD FRIDAYS project’s finest moment.

May 24

Bon Iver took Bonnie Raitt’s classic "I Can’t Make You Love Me" head on at Jimmy Fallon last night. The track is the b-side to the group’s awesome new single, "Calgary", and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Falsetto doesn’t ALWAYS work, and this may just be the case here. I give him an A for effort, though. It’s a tough song to sing, and the emotion is captured.