There’s a joke going around the Current offices that there are so many Bon Iver developments coming out on a weekly basis that we could practically devote an entire blog to Justin Vernon’s wherabouts and collaborations. At the risk of becoming the Bon Current Blog (I already managed to mention him this morning in my post about the Minneapolitan filmmaker behind Kathleen Edwards’ new music video), here’s a quick rundown of some recent developments in Iver Land.
Last week, Vernon announced that he would be launching a new record label, Chigliak (yes, that’s a Northern Exposure reference), under the umbrella of Jagjaguwar, and plans to use the imprint to re-issue underappreciated and out-of-print gems — including records from Minneapolis cult favorites 12 Rods and Eau Claire’s Amateur Love. We also learned that Bon Iver will be performing on Saturday Night Live on February 4, and will be collaborating with the Flaming Lips for a special Record Store Day release that will also feature Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, and Edward Sharpe.
Oh, and just to throw a cherry on top of that busy week, he was also nominated for two BRIT Awards: one for International Male Solo Artist alongside Ryan Adams and Bruno Mars, and one for International Breakthrough Act with Nicki Minaj and Foster the People. The BRIT Awards show airs on February 21.
Get all that? Good. There’s more.
Today, we have some actual new music to share, as Bon Iver will be appearing on an upcoming 50th anniversary collaborative record from traditional Irish band the Chieftains. Vernon appears on the track “Down in the Willow Garden,” and it’s currently streaming exclusively via Pitchfork here. Other collaborators on the new album Voice of Ages include Imelda May, the Decemberists, and the Civil Wars; you can see the full list below.