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Bon Iver — Minnesota, WI
Album: Bon Iver
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Released: 2011
Length: 3:47
Plays (last 30 days): 0
armour let it through, borne the arboretic truth you kept posing
sat down in the suit, fixed on up it wasn't you by finished closing

ramble in the roots, had the marvel, moved the proof be kneeled fine's glowing
storing up the clues, it had its sullen blue bruised through by showing

settle past a patience where wishes and your will are spilling pictures
water's running through in the valley where we grew to write this this scripture:

''never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
not for a part in any gamut of the dark''

doubled in the toes annex it, it minute closed in the morning
did not lose it in the stack's stow, imma lay that call back on ya

you know it won't beseech you, we're laying in an open field
I will let you grow, no need to know this

so carry on my dear, what is clear up in the daylight is we're hung here
fall is coming soon, a new year for the moon and the Hmong here

''never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
all that it seems
bellows tracing through the streams''

''never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
never gonna break
all at its seams
swallows swelling for the beams''
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Makes me think of Frank Zappa, strangely
That deep voice. Bobby Brown ;)
Oh man! All these comments had me cracking up. Made my day here in too-hot Utah: gateway to Nevada.

 

https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1260/3353734952_18ab0734d8_o.jpg 

Saw a picture of the Kewatin moored in Saugatuck, Michigan while listening to this song. But it's called Minnesota, Wisconsin. So I'm lost. Where are we really?
"Sat down in the soup which I hoped was a loop", "never gonna break no corncrake" - WTF? Sing clearly, guys!
What a unique talent. Love it.
I am usually a fan of "different" and while this is different, I'm not a fan.
Is this sh--- still popular?
 AliGator wrote:

I had to check to make sure I'd posted this video. It still cracks me up. 

 
Me too!
Very intersting arrangement
"Never gonna break no corncrake" - I should hope not, as they're rare and elusive creatures:

Photo of corncrake
I almost never care about the singer's voice in rock music, except when they constantly use a lame falsetto like this guy.  Nearly unlistenable for me.
AliGator wrote:
I had to check to make sure I'd posted this video. It still cracks me up. 
 
Funny, with marvelous harmonization!  What really cracks me up, is that these guys all look like a bunch of lumberjacks or ice fishermen or something.
Gaaaaaack!  I do not get the love for this dude/band. Then again, I may be an acquired taste as well.  {#Eek}
 AliGator wrote:
I had to check to make sure I'd posted this video. It still cracks me up. 
 
{#Roflol}
 AliGator wrote:


 
I had to check to make sure I'd posted this video. It still cracks me up. 
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
really?  Jeff Lynne's lost children are back to bore your ears.  Too bad Dad took all those quaaludes...
 
I'll take "Mister Blue Sky" over this any day of the week!
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
really?  Jeff Lynne's lost children are back to bore your ears.  Too bad Dad took all those quaaludes...
 
This doesn't sound like any Jeff Lynne work that I've ever heard - not that I know his whole catalog.
really?  Jeff Lynne's lost children are back to bore your ears.  Too bad Dad took all those quaaludes...
You're not supposed to hang the hips of your underwear on your shoulders, boys.
This caused a nasty flashback to Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips. Ugh.
Promising beginning but quickly turns into a bloodless bore.  This is the equivalent of sonic Unisom.
Hope I don't rub the ink off the "PSD" button . . . 
 NeuroGeek wrote:
If they would drop the falsetto I could get on board.  otherwise, PSD
 
my sentiments exactly!
If they would drop the falsetto I could get on board.  otherwise, PSD
 AliGator wrote:
 
O.K. That was really funny!  I had to go here   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZKE2Hd6Ck&feature=player_embedded to figure out what they were singing..
Having the PRECISE same reaction I had the first day I heard Talking Heads (how the hell can I remember that from 30 years ago but can't find my glasses? WTF?) Eerie, high-concept, good musicianship. Don't comprehend this at all—must stretch brain to hear. That's good. 7.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
I try and avoid negatively commenting on bands based on vocal styles, but I can't abide by what I hear from these guys. Their music stands on its own as interesting and creative. You're a band, not a boys choir. Your voice doesn't have to be on par with the other instruments in the band (of which there are, like, 20). The only person rock singers pay homage to when they sing falsetto is the late, great Tiny Tim.
 
Or Barry?  Maurice?  Robin?
 Swan_Jack wrote:
Sound like "TV on the radio".

 
A little bit, but not as complex or interesting to my ears.
Opens like Paul Simon & TV on the Radio

ya ya, I know, everyone says that... 
 dw wrote:
I honestly don't see the appeal. Or hear it, I guess.
 
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I honestly don't see the appeal. Or hear it, I guess.
Funny spoof of Bon Iver on SNL last weekend — towards the end of the Beyonce skit"...oh no, Bon Iver put himself to sleep...!"  {#Yawn}
Sound like "TV on the radio".

Very happy that they won some Grammys.      The appearance on SNL was very good too.
Love this song...and his voice
Really, really like this album. If you have not heard it in its entirety, I recommend taking a listen. Received a Grammy for Best New Artist and one for Best Alternative Album this past weekend. {#Chillpill}
 Sasha2001 wrote:
I try and avoid negatively commenting on bands based on vocal styles, but I can't abide by what I hear from these guys. Their music stands on its own as interesting and creative. You're a band, not a boys choir. Your voice doesn't have to be on par with the other instruments in the band (of which there are, like, 20). The only person rock singers pay homage to when they sing falsetto is the late, great Tiny Tim.
 

Perhaps Justin just sings this way.  He's pretty talented.  But it's not all to my taste either I have to agree there.
I try and avoid negatively commenting on bands based on vocal styles, but I can't abide by what I hear from these guys. Their music stands on its own as interesting and creative. You're a band, not a boys choir. Your voice doesn't have to be on par with the other instruments in the band (of which there are, like, 20). The only person rock singers pay homage to when they sing falsetto is the late, great Tiny Tim.
Flatuent Poseurs would be a better name for this band.
 ziakut wrote:
{#Dance}
 

Watched Bon Iver on Satruday Night Live last weekend and was impressed with their performance. 
{#Dance}


 fredriley wrote:

Thanks to the Coen Brothers, I always think of their fine film Fargo when I see Minnesota mentioned, and of the weird americo-scandinavian accents of the locals, and of course of an awful lot of snow.

 
Me too!  Also anytime there is mention of wood chippers.....and on a lighter note, anytime I happen to enjoy the artwork of postage stamps.  Oh yeah - and this guy does sound like TV On the Radio. 


 Betta wrote:
Great song. First part reminiscent of TV on the Radio.
 
Indeed.
I respect Justin Vernon's talents as a songwriter, but I just can't warm up to his voice. There are some very good musicians whose singing voices just grate on my ear drums. Unfortunately Bon Iver is one of them.
Wow, I agree! Totally thought this was a TV On The Radio song at first - amazing....
 Proclivities wrote:
On a small scale, that cover art does look a little like some "found" art or old place-mat illustration, but it was actually commissioned from an interesting artist named Gregory Euclide, who often works in 3-D and incorporates items from nature, like moss, leaves, and seeds in his work.  Nice tune. 

Thank you for that tidbit of information about the art of Euclide, Proclivities.  Off to check out his work. I learn at least one new thing every day on RP - the education station! {#Mrgreen}
"Never gonna break no corncrake" - wtf? I should hope not - the corncrake's an endangered species, at least in the UK.

Photo of corncrake
 Betta wrote:
Great song. First part reminiscent of TV on the Radio.
 
yuppers
=) ...come on, it's just 1 planet people... we just make up the names. =)
 unclehud wrote:

edit:  Looks like there is a real town in Minnesota named Wisconsin, but that's Wisconsin, MN, and the opposite of Minnesota, WI.  How confusing.

 
Goodnight, California.


TV on the Radio + 1/2(Peter Gabriel)
 unclehud wrote:
Like this, and the cover art looks like a touristy placemat at the local roadside diner!

edit:  Looks like there is a real town in Minnesota named Wisconsin, but that's Wisconsin, MN, and the opposite of Minnesota, WI.  How confusing.
 
On a small scale, that cover art does look a little like some "found" art or old place-mat illustration, but it was actually commissioned from an interesting artist named Gregory Euclide, who often works in 3-D and incorporates items from nature, like moss, leaves, and seeds in his work.  Nice tune.
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 fredriley wrote:

Thanks to the Coen Brothers, I always think of their fine film Fargo when I see Minnesota mentioned, and of the weird americo-scandinavian accents of the locals, and of course of an awful lot of snow.
 
A lot of people mention Fargo as their window into our corner of the world. The Coen brothers hail from the Twin Cities area, so they have some experience with the accent.  They did exaggerate a bit. Well, ok then, a lot dontcha know.  {#Lol}
 Betta wrote:
Great song. First part reminiscent of TV on the Radio.
 

Totally.
I like this a lot, but then, I live near there!
Like this, and the cover art looks like a touristy placemat at the local roadside diner!

edit:  Looks like there is a real town in Minnesota named Wisconsin, but that's Wisconsin, MN, and the opposite of Minnesota, WI.  How confusing.

First thought that came to mind when you played this was, who is THIS?!  Wow!  Goose bumps! 
Great song. First part reminiscent of TV on the Radio.
 ehaflett wrote:
More from this album please, it's excellent.
 
Second that :-)

Not the first time I've had to look to see whether this isn't something new fro TV on the Radio. I like this!
 fredriley wrote:

Thanks to the Coen Brothers, I always think of their fine film Fargo when I see Minnesota mentioned, and of the weird americo-scandinavian accents of the locals, and of course of an awful lot of snow.

 

Ya, sure! ya betcha! We missed getting snow this past week but it's lurking about.
From MInneapolis

 chadlymn wrote:
Sure is peaceful here in Minnesota, Wisconsin! {#Shhh}
 
Thanks to the Coen Brothers, I always think of their fine film Fargo when I see Minnesota mentioned, and of the weird americo-scandinavian accents of the locals, and of course of an awful lot of snow.

 chadlymn wrote:
Sure is peaceful here in Minnesota, Wisconsin! {#Shhh}
 

And I am stuck down here in Iowa, Wisconsin.
...this is really cool!..

(um, no pun intended)
Growing on me very quickly.   Haunting and very original.   An 8 already.!
 daveshel4 wrote:
Uh, yeah, I didn't hear anything either.

Also, Bill, apparently it's pronounced "bone ee-vare", or so a friend of mine tells me (apparently he's French-Canadien)

 

And Kathleen Edwards' main squeeze!
More from this album please, it's excellent.
Love hearing this here...
One of the best albums of 2011 imho.   
Hey, we hear it this time!!
Thanks for the pronunciation advice. Yeah, it's based on the French for "good winter", so that pronunciation makes sense.

Oh, and yes, the next time this plays it will actually play...  Very sorry about that. 
Uh, yeah, I didn't hear anything either.

Also, Bill, apparently it's pronounced "bone ee-vare", or so a friend of mine tells me (apparently he's French-Canadien)

I thought I heard the sound of wind and bamboo chimes - it was coming from outside my bedroom window. {#Roflol}
Sure is peaceful here in Minnesota, Wisconsin! {#Shhh}
Minimalist
Mellow
Quietest song I've ever heard and it goes on a bit too long!

Dead air, Bill—where's the music?