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July 6, 2013 9:06 PM   Subscribe

The Bon Iver Mashup Album is now available for download, and it's excellent. Check out the trailer for a preview.
posted by spiderskull (21 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Where's Yeezy?

Kidding, sure I'll like it.
posted by fungible at 9:25 PM on July 6, 2013


Nice. The ones with a Bon Iver backing track and someone else's vocal remind me, at the same time, both how beautiful some of Vernon's recent instrumental bits are and how old the whole falsetto / fully impressionistic lyrics thing is getting for me.
posted by threeants at 9:27 PM on July 6, 2013


I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.

Special doubt was put on the first track...I listen to the record on a regular basis, and had no idea how a mashup would play. Pleasantly surprised.
posted by furnace.heart at 9:43 PM on July 6, 2013


I had no idea this existed, so thanks for the pointer. Definitely need to check it out!
posted by immlass at 9:44 PM on July 6, 2013


I'm sure this is all perfectly listenable and the product of talented people, but personally if you had asked me yesterday what would be the most obnoxious musical idea I can possibly think of that doesn't exist yet, it would either be "Mumford & Sons Mashup Album" or "Bon Iver Mashup Album." So yeah, unfortunately I'm going to lie awake at night knowing this particular thing exists.
posted by naju at 10:21 PM on July 6, 2013 [8 favorites]


I said do you speak my language.
posted by iamabot at 10:33 PM on July 6, 2013


I'm sure this is all perfectly listenable and the product of talented people, but personally if you had asked me yesterday what would be the most obnoxious musical idea I can possibly think of that doesn't exist yet, it would either be "Mumford & Sons Mashup Album" or "Bon Iver Mashup Album." So yeah, unfortunately I'm going to lie awake at night knowing this particular thing exists.

I really like Bon Iver, but that's some funny shit right there.

Thanks for posting this.
posted by nevercalm at 10:45 PM on July 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


For those of you who, like me, haven't ever actually had reason to say 'Bon Iver' out loud, here's a handy pronunciation guide.
posted by carsonb at 10:57 PM on July 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Add a Cinnabon and two more Cinnabons $4.95
posted by mannequito at 12:54 AM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


here's a handy pronunciation guide .

It's pronounced "Bawn EYE-ver". "Ralf Fynes" is the lead singer.
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:08 AM on July 7, 2013


I mean, not to be all "your favorite band sucks", but who intentionally names their band something that difficult to pronounce? And you KNOW they did it just so they could say "well actually" - snort - "it's BONE EE-VAIR". And I just looked it up and they're from fucking Wisconsin, so it's not like they're French.
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:12 AM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Transgressive, in-groupy band names are nothing new. The The, Public Enemy, Dead Kennedys (doubly so, because the "real" fans knew that it wasn't The Dead Kennedys)...
posted by Etrigan at 5:29 AM on July 7, 2013


And I just looked it up and they're from fucking Wisconsin, so it's not like they're French.

To be fair, it was Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
posted by drezdn at 5:41 AM on July 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Looking forward to listening to this, but I'd hoped that there was a full version of Bon Joviver on there.
posted by entropone at 6:01 AM on July 7, 2013


The first time I heard Bon Iver was the last time I wanted to listen to the sort of music Bon Iver plays.

But I like this a lot. It's hilarious. It takes a lot of talent to make "Land Down Under" sound maudlin.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:39 AM on July 7, 2013


To be fair, it was Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Ew, Claire! Why?
posted by Going To Maine at 8:01 AM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


See also: Panama's Good Winter, a Bon Iver remix album. Free to stream and download from Bandcamp.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:23 AM on July 7, 2013


who intentionally names their band something that difficult to pronounce? And you KNOW they did it just so they could say "well actually" - snort - "it's BONE EE-VAIR".

I'll give you the first part. I myself said it incorrectly for like a year after I heard of them. To their credit, they've said they totally don't care how you pronounce it.
posted by saul wright at 11:09 AM on July 7, 2013


There is indeed something rather hilarious about the elegiac, maudlin "Land Down Under" mashup. One can't quite take it seriously. But I have to say, I found the "Lonely in Minnesota Tonight" mashup with INXS's "Need You Tonight" to be very pretty and genuinely, weirdly touching. The mashup turns "Need You Tonight" into something much more longing and desperate than the original.

No real opinions on the rest yet, but the download was definitely worth it if only for "Lonely in Minnesota Tonight."
posted by yasaman at 12:42 PM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you're looking for the full tracklist featuring credits for the original songs, it's in the included text file, and I've copied it here for convenience.
01 - SpareElbowSkin - Towers Down Under
	Bon Iver "Towers" 
	Men At Work "Land Down Under"

02 - ToToM - Beth Rest Play Video Games
	Lana Del Rey "Video Games"
	Bon Iver "Beth Rest"

03 - Fissunix - Settle down in Perth
	Kimbra "Settle Down"
	Bon Iver "Perth"
	+ TV Show samples from "Political Animals"

04 - SpareElbowSkin - Lonely In Minnesota Tonight
	Bon Iver "Minnesota"
	INXS "Need You Tonight"
	Also include extra instrumentation by SpareElbowSkin.

05 - ToToM - Short State + Long Dog = Minnesota
	Bon Iver "Minnesota" & Iggy Pop "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
	Cake "Short Skirt Long Jacket"

06 - Colatron - Une Bonne Erreur
	Moderat "A New Error" 
	Bon Iver "Wash"

07 - ToToM - Calgary me
	Bon Iver "Calgary" 
	Sia "Breathe me"

08 - SpareElbowSkin - De Ushuaia a La Quiaca con Beth, sin descanso
	(From Ushuaia to La Quiaca with Beth, without rest)
	Gustavo Santaolalla "De Ushuaia a La Quiaca"
	Bon Iver "Beth, Rest"

09 - Fissunix - Holocene for a night
	Florence + The Machine "Only If for a Night"
	Bon Iver "Holocene"
	+ TV Show samples from "Hell on Wheels"

10 - SpareElbowSkin - Fixing Perth
	Bon Iver "Perth"
	ColdPlay "Fix You"
	Also include extra instrumentation by SpareElbowSkin.

11 - ToToM - Bon Pop (a bonus track for the dancefloor)
	Bon Iver "Beth Rest" 
	Icona Pop "I Love It"

posted by filthy light thief at 1:58 PM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


On the name Bon Iver, from Wikipedia:

According to Vernon, it was during this time that the "Bon Iver" moniker first entered his mind; while bedridden with mononucleosis, he began watching the 1990s TV series Northern Exposure on DVD. One episode depicts a group of citizens in Alaska, where the show is set, emerging from their homes into the first snowfall of the winter and wishing one another bon hiver (pronounced: [bɔn‿ivɛːʁ], French for "good winter"). This was initially transcribed by Vernon as "boniverre"; however, when he learned of its proper French spelling, he elected not to use it, deciding "hiver" reminded him too much of "liver", the site of his illness at the time

Most things Bon Iver are less pretention, more thoughtful bits derived from introspection. And Northern Exposure.
posted by Muddler at 3:28 PM on July 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


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