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of Bon Iver.

Nov 4, 2008 1:10pm
Nov 4, 2008 1:09pm

America

"Happy Election Day."


Thats the text message I’ve got from more than a few friends this morning. 

I just want to share my own joy and pride to be alive and to be a part of this country on this day. 

This is our time. We are entering our Golden Age. 

When we look back at this when we are old, we will know it as the time when America got its transfusion; with the red blood of the fore fathers of this young country and true patriots running through us again.

Cheers to hope.  … and to not think of us as prospering until those hopes are realized. Untill people are treated as people, and the dream of this America can actually put its shoes on and walk out of door its been behind for too long and smell the morning. 

Happy Election Day.

Eau Bama.

love from Bon Iver headquarters,

Justin

Oct 29, 2008 11:57am
Oct 29, 2008 11:56am

Cold is Here

Its here. This is why we live here. 

Its been announced: we are playing our final show of this crazy year, in the only place we could: Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

I don’t know when tickets go on sale or anything, but soon… We are playing the State Theatre downtown on Dec. 22nd.

I can’t wait to be there and share the show with anyone of you that can make it.

Can’t wait.

In the meantime, I am working on a remix of Lykee Li’s “Dance Dance Dance” and I have to say, its been really exciting to work on. I don’t know when it’ll be out, but I am, for now, dubbing it the ‘Hoosiers mix’.

And in the other meantime, we are having bon fires in the backyard.

Oct 20, 2008 8:31pm

We are Home.

We are home. And you may or may not know how incredible it is to say.

Sean gets married this weekend. 

We are drinking coffee at Racy’s. 

We are drinking beer at the Joynt.

We are eating at Egg Rolls Plus.

We are driving in the sun, the sumac red trees and golden mazes. 

We are home.

Wanted to add to the “year end thanks” list previously talked about:

My friend Beth Urdang, who runs her own music supervision company in new york called Agoraphone, heard the album almost before anyone in the world did, and she believed in it and helped us, in no small way, believe in it.  Thanks, Beth.

Oct 4, 2008 6:31am

Here we are. Whoa.

So.

We are in Groningen, Holland. Just woke up and walked into this indoor festival we are playing called Take Root. AND… I’m blown away. 

I had no idea where we were even playing today, let alone a festival, let alone in this AMAZING room. Then I looked at the posters, and realized John Hiatt is playing. And I may get to meet him today. 

I cannot tell you how many times, in Autumn, I have listened to “Have a Little Faith in Me” in my life.

Count: Excited.

Oct 4, 2008 6:21am
Another picture from the End of the Road festival. “Backstage”. It was awesome.

Another picture from the End of the Road festival. “Backstage”. It was awesome.

Oct 2, 2008 11:49am

Year End Thanks. Early.

Hi.


…was thinking today that there are so many people to thank and that I should make a list and put it out at christmas, just saying… you know, “We owe you our life”, kind of thing.

But was also thinking whats better than the moment of thanks, to give that thanks. 

So, today, I was thinking about Ryan Matteson. The man behind the Muzzle of Bees blog. 

Now, we’re thankful for alot of people, and plan on thanking all of them at some point; publicly as they come. But today, Ryan has just been in mind.

He first me when Bon Iver was just a ‘demo’ in the back pocket at South-By in 2007, when I was playing with the Rosebuds there.  We kept in touch, which rarely happens when you meet people out on the road, but we had a super Wisconsin bro-down, with beer in hand.

Ever since, Ryan has been a champion and a friend. And now he is even working with unbelievably wonderful crew at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, doing great things to create art and atmosphere in our state. The Pabst, in our humble opinion is quite possibly, the most beautiful venue in America.

Bon Iver says thanks Ryan.

See you on State St. soon.

Love,

Bon Iver

Oct 2, 2008 11:30am
Not a cabin in the woods.

Not a cabin in the woods.

Sep 28, 2008 4:11am
Hello All,
I just wanted to drop a line to everyone to talk about something not really related to Bon Iver Town, but related to Me-town; on a personal level. This is Justin, by the way. Expect some journal entries from other townies soon. Our town is growing.
Anyways, the point:
Last September I worked with these clowns (above.  these VERY VERY f*cking talented clowns at that) on a record. It was both one of the great pleasures of my life and THICK learning experience. That record spent the year finishing itself and becoming something that I think we are all very proud of and that I hope, many people will recognize.  I know that I am, in whatever small capacity I can be.  Im just proud to have been apart of it.  The record is the new Land of Talk record.
Its called ‘Some are Lakes’.  It stirs me, it makes me want to crush sh*t, it makes me LOVE rock music; find hope lining the strings of anger.  I don’t think a band since Fugazi, for ME, has done that. I have seen them do the same thing live to me, over 40 times.
Maybe never, have I enjoyed a record so much after working on it, so deeply and for so long.
 Im sitting in Berlin right now, next to a river who’s bank has “I LOVE YOU TOO” graffitied on it. 15 minute walk from the crumbled Berlin Wall. And there is no other record I’d rather listen to right now.
Im only sharing because this record is special and I want you to hear it. Sorry to be so self involved. Also, of note, Randy Pingrey who is a Bon Iverian and lived in EC, is featured on the albums closer, playing trombone.
"Some are Lakes’ comes out on Saddle Creek in the US on the 7th of October. Go out and buy it, order it from the website. But for now, pay 10 bucks and download it RIGHT NOW at iTunes.
It will put one my all time favorite bands on your speakers this morning.
Whatever its worth.

Much love,

Justin

Hello All,

I just wanted to drop a line to everyone to talk about something not really related to Bon Iver Town, but related to Me-town; on a personal level. This is Justin, by the way. Expect some journal entries from other townies soon. Our town is growing.

Anyways, the point:

Last September I worked with these clowns (above.  these VERY VERY f*cking talented clowns at that) on a record. It was both one of the great pleasures of my life and THICK learning experience. That record spent the year finishing itself and becoming something that I think we are all very proud of and that I hope, many people will recognize.  I know that I am, in whatever small capacity I can be.  Im just proud to have been apart of it.  The record is the new Land of Talk record.

Its called ‘Some are Lakes’.  It stirs me, it makes me want to crush sh*t, it makes me LOVE rock music; find hope lining the strings of anger.  I don’t think a band since Fugazi, for ME, has done that. I have seen them do the same thing live to me, over 40 times.

Maybe never, have I enjoyed a record so much after working on it, so deeply and for so long.

 Im sitting in Berlin right now, next to a river who’s bank has “I LOVE YOU TOO” graffitied on it. 15 minute walk from the crumbled Berlin Wall. And there is no other record I’d rather listen to right now.

Im only sharing because this record is special and I want you to hear it. Sorry to be so self involved. Also, of note, Randy Pingrey who is a Bon Iverian and lived in EC, is featured on the albums closer, playing trombone.

"Some are Lakes’ comes out on Saddle Creek in the US on the 7th of October. Go out and buy it, order it from the website. But for now, pay 10 bucks and download it RIGHT NOW at iTunes.

It will put one my all time favorite bands on your speakers this morning.

Whatever its worth.

Much love,

Justin

Sep 20, 2008 9:13am
Its been a while since anything has been written on here. But, much has happened.
We have been BLOWN away in the last few months by audiences and people (countless stories) and now that we feel like we have our feet under us (even just a little bit) it would be nice if we could update this thing more.
This is a picture of us at the End of the Road festival. It was like a magical wonderland, set in the English woods, with white pianos in the middle of light/art installations in the forest. It was an amazing festival, put on by some amazing people. EVERYONE wore these boots because it was muddy everywhere, so it was this nice equalization thing; everyone looked ridiculous and cute. “Wellies” they call them. Wellingtons. Met Kurt from Lamp Chop through our best friend Nathan Beazer (who some of you might have met in Eau Claire when he came to visit from London) , and have to say the dude is simply, a great man.
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Right now, a few of us are sitting in the green room at our venue in Denmark. We slept as our driver, Terry, drove through the night from Amsterdam, where we hung out with the Bowerbirds, again.  Its a second floor room, with a gaping window looking down on a river bank scattered with pockets of punk kids smoking cigarettes and juggling bowling pins and laughing and smiling. Its calming.

There can be days that are lonely out here. Even when you are constantly amongst the safest, best people you could be.
But, today feels peaceful. Going home soon.

Photo by Andrew Chapman. (andrewchapman.co.uk)

Its been a while since anything has been written on here. But, much has happened.

We have been BLOWN away in the last few months by audiences and people (countless stories) and now that we feel like we have our feet under us (even just a little bit) it would be nice if we could update this thing more.

This is a picture of us at the End of the Road festival. It was like a magical wonderland, set in the English woods, with white pianos in the middle of light/art installations in the forest. It was an amazing festival, put on by some amazing people. EVERYONE wore these boots because it was muddy everywhere, so it was this nice equalization thing; everyone looked ridiculous and cute. “Wellies” they call them. Wellingtons. Met Kurt from Lamp Chop through our best friend Nathan Beazer (who some of you might have met in Eau Claire when he came to visit from London) , and have to say the dude is simply, a great man.

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Right now, a few of us are sitting in the green room at our venue in Denmark. We slept as our driver, Terry, drove through the night from Amsterdam, where we hung out with the Bowerbirds, again.  Its a second floor room, with a gaping window looking down on a river bank scattered with pockets of punk kids smoking cigarettes and juggling bowling pins and laughing and smiling. Its calming.

There can be days that are lonely out here. Even when you are constantly amongst the safest, best people you could be.

But, today feels peaceful. Going home soon.

Photo by Andrew Chapman. (andrewchapman.co.uk)

Jun 19, 2008 12:04pm
thats Mike on the left, and another giant soul, Sir Billy Krause

thats Mike on the left, and another giant soul, Sir Billy Krause

Jun 19, 2008 12:01pm

A Farewell to a House In New Auburn, WI

On Monday Night, I travelled to a house in New Auburn I’ve been too many times in the last 5 years.

It was 5 years ago that I first met Mike Perry.  It just so happens that this man, who I met through my best friends Phil and Brad (who were babysat by Mike when they were young) is a very, very well known author from said town. He wrote a book, Population 485, about.. .well, I could tell you what its about, but then I would have to tell you that is a book that most specifically and devastatingly defines my admiration and deep relationship I have for and with Northwestern, WI.

It was in this house, that my now friend, Mike, wrote this book. The book is soaked into the walls of this old house. Mike’s years of growing into the author he has become. On monday night, Mike, I and few musician friends got together to make an audio record of this house; before it gets sold here, coming up on thursday. We sat in the empty living room, in its magnificent reverberant glory and played a song that Mike wrote, called “Sweet Edge of Time”. Its safe to say this is one of my favorite songs. Its about waiting in the pines of Rusk and Chippewa counties, for a girl, until the sweet edge of time.  We played numerous times, which was good, because it was too short to take in the energy of such a historical moment, for me.

Over the years, Mike and I have made an album together, hung out at barbecues, talked on the phone, and I can say that he really has been one of the most important friends to me through some of my tougher times in the last few years. He is a pillar human guy, a joy to be around and a talent and soul that I draw inspiration from every time I see him.

I felt like it was really special to be able to say goodbye to his house with him.

Goodbye Main St.

Jun 16, 2008 3:42pm
Jun 16, 2008 3:38pm

Paris, Paris, Paris.

Hi Everyone,

we are home. we feel like we are resting. its good. we had an AMAZING time in Europe. We loved it. Everyone we met was incredible and so nice. In every city, little to big, we could have not had a more beautiful time. Impossible.

A highlight, not just of the tour, but of our lives, was playing for 30 or 40 people in a apartment in Paris. It was incredibly special, no amps, no pa, just a bunch of little instruments brought by our friends to the place. I can’t say enough about the beauty of the moments we endured there. 

Below is a link to the take-away shows we did the same day for WONDERFUL people at La Blogotheque. It was all them. We are proud of it. Check it:

 http://www.blogotheque.net/Bon-Iver,4255

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