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out this week 6/14 & 6/21 & 6/28...bon iver...john maus...

Posted by Brad Schelden, June 30, 2011 11:46am | Post a Comment
Bon IverIt is hard to believe that it has been over three years since the first Bon Iver album came out. For Emma, Forever Ago was released by Jagjaguwar in February of 2008. This was just a month after I moved to Los Angeles. I will be the first to admit that I did not immediately fall in love with this album. It took a while. It just didn't hit me over the head and make me fall in love with it. I l know it had this effect on many of my friends. Maybe I just wasn't ready for it. Or I was trying to resist the cult of Bon Iver for some reason. But it slowly made its way into my heart. I never didn't like it. I just didn't love it. But it did grow on me over the year and the year following. I would find myself going back to it every once in a while. And I was strangely excited for the release of his new new album. It had been a while and I was ready for more Bon Iver. I also love that everybody has a different way that they say Bon Iver. Some people say boniver like it is one word. Others say Bon Iver like Bon Jovi. It is a bit confusing. It is based on the french phrase "Bon Hiver" which means "good winter." But I guess he didn't like the H and didn't want people to mispronounce it. But he should have spelled it "Bone E Ver" since that is really how it is pronounced. I instantly fell in love with the Bon Iver cover of "I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt. You can find this track on the new 12" for the single Calgary. It was also on an EP that wasbon iver calgary given away with the album on release date. I never thought that Bonnie Raitt would make me fall in love with Bon Iver. But I think this is what really did it. You might first think that a Bon Iver cover of Bonnie Raitt would be amazing. But it is. I am hoping that Bonnie Raitt, who seems to be in some sort of semi retirement, also loves the cover. How can she not. Maybe this will pull her out of retirement. Maybe she will cover a Bon Iver song! Maybe she will appear with Bon Iver on SNL!

The new Bon Iver album is simply titled Bon Iver. And while I am a huge fan of the artwork on the LP and CD. I am not a fan of the album title. I just can't really get behind a self titled album. Unless it is your first. If you are that lazy then at least just name the album after one of the album tracks. I think that Holocene or Michicant would have been great titles for the album. But this doesn't make me love the album any less. I actually like it better than the first. But like the first album. You may not fall in love with this album immediately. It is a relatively short album and it is pretty quiet. I recommend listening to it very loudly. Justin Vernon has an amazing voice. But I feel like it is best heard loud. He sort of sounds like some old folky singer from a different time. At times he can sound like Christopher Cross or the singer from Bread. But it works for him. The album is magical.

Watch Justin Vernor (Bon Iver) performing I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time...









Buy
the new album Bon Iver by Bon Iver. Out now on Jagjaguwar.







john mausAnother one of my favorites from the last couple of weeks is the new John Maus. I am a new convert to the genius of John Maus. His new album is called We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. This is his third official album. His first two albums were put out by Upset the Rhythm. Songs and Love Is Real came out in 2006 and 2007. But he has been around since the early 90s releasing all sorts of things over the years. But John Maus has finally made his way into my life. And hopefully into yours. This is the kind of album that I couldn't do anything but love. I fell in love with it during the first song. I knew right then that I would be listening to this album a lot this year. He is a bit spooky and gothy. Just the way I like my music. The music is synthy and has a sort dark circus sort of feel to it. His vocal style is not too different from Peter Murphy or Andrew Eldritch from The Sisters of Mercy. Imagine Peter Murphy or Brendan Perry signing on an album produced by John Carpenter or Klaus Schulze. It has that German 70s synth feeling to it. All of the things that I love. The songs on this album are not too far off from the best songs by New Order of Ultravox. Although the album is dark and spooky. It also has a sort of fun feel to it. Like the best goth and dark wave songs, it makes you want to dance around your house while listening to it. I am not sure why it took me so long to find John Maus. But this is a great album to introduce me to him. It also does not hurt that the cover art features a lighthouse. I have always been obsessed with lighthouses for some reason. Especially after my recent trip to New England. If you have not already entered the world of John Maus. Please do it now. You will not be disappointed.

Check out the video for "Believer" from We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves By John Maus...



I love absolutely every song on this new album but here is another one of my favorites...
"Head For the Country" by John Maus...







Buy
the new album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves by John Maus






also out 6/14...






It's All True
by The Junior Boys











Bakesale: Deluxe Edition
by Sebadoh











Dog Man Star: Deluxe Edition
by Suede











Errant Charm
by Vetiver






also out 6/21...






Bobby
by Bobby











Twist Again
by Bodies of Water











New Brigade
by Iceage











Seeing is Believing
by Nico Muhly











Goodbye Bread
by Ty Segall











Coming Up: Deluxe Edition
by Suede











Alpocalypse
by Weird Al Yankovic






also out 6/28...






Galactic Melt
by Com Truise











Horses & High Heels
by Marianne Faithfull











Game of Thrones
Soundtrack











Sound Kapital
by Handsome Furs











Better Day
by Dolly Parton











Rave on Buddy Holly
by Various Artists











SBTRKT
by SBTRKT











Harrow & the Harvest
by Gillian Welch





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