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Artist: Bon Iver

Postby Podge9 on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:58 am

First of all, hello all, I'm new to Electrical.
I've been a reader for quite a while, mainly of the Crap/Not Crap forum and was pointed in this direction originally by forum user and old workmate cjh.

So, for my first post, the nasal yet quite lovely Bon Iver. Mellowing my ears nicely over the past couple of weeks.
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Postby B_M_L on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:10 am

Hi Podge9

You know it's customary to ask Steve something first. You can't just go posting willy nilly anywhere without enquiring about microphones or summat like that.

I've only heard a couple of songs of Bon Iver - they were ok. But each time they were followed by someone telling how he hid out in the woods and killed to eat for months in order to record the album. I think he needs to get his PR to chill out.
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Postby tarkus on Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:40 pm

I really like the songs and the vibe in general. I haven't read more than one or two reviews of the record so I've missed the PR machine.... thankfully.
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Postby zom-zom on Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:57 pm

Fuck, that PR thing drives me nuts, the story about holing up in a cabin in NW Wisconsin..

Well guess what? I lived in NW Wisconsin too. It was one mile to get to our mailbox, 25 miles to town, which had 2500 people.

How come I don't wear flannel and have a beard and sing wistful songs?

I have a cabin in even farther NW Wisconsin. Perhaps I should "hole up" in it with my Acoustic Guitar and pen heartfelt jack-pine savage ballads reflecting my Up North Backwoods Heritage.

I don't like what I've heard, as far as "Bon Iver" goes.
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Postby Podge9 on Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:34 am

I knew very little about him before getting the album to be honest, which sounds like a good thing.
This is actually the first album I've bought after using Shazam (www.shazam.com) after hearing a track on the PA at the Explosions in the Sky ATP.
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Postby Red Square on Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:52 pm

based on what zom-zom's said, it sounds entirely too precious which entails a suckitude about it usually...
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Postby zom-zom on Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:02 pm

To be fair, I haven't heard more than two songs.

That was enough for me though, not my thing.

The worst was reading the press.
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Postby choppy on Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:21 pm

Hell of overrated, and not very good.
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Postby spanning time on Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:22 pm

Boring Starbucks background music for the medicated masses.
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Postby scott on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:39 am

This is only the second third I've heard mention of them. The first was when my best friend asked me if I'd heard of them because his band was going to be opening for them. The second was when a bandmate asked if I had heard of them, or mentioned something about them, I forget because I immediately said "yeah, that's that band that Mike's band just opened for!"

Mike said they were cool, and in talking with them he confirmed my suspicion that their name is derived from French, "Bon Hiver". They spelled it the way they do because if there was an H in the beginning there would be no chance any English-speakers would pronounce it correctly, which is with a silent H as is the French way.

Hey, my best friends band got to open for them and play a totally packed show, so that's good. I've not heard a single word of press or PR or whatever, so I have no opinion other than "best friend said they were nice".
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Postby aen on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:39 am

I disagree. I think it's some really good shit.

It's weird to see him blowing up though, I went to school with him, and sold him a fuzz pedal today.

And believe me, he'd rather not talk about "recordingtherecordatthecabinindunncountyaftermylastbandbrokeup" anymore.

That's the kind of shit people who talk about music LOVE TO TALK ABOUT though.
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Postby chairman_hall on Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:07 pm

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Postby placeholder on Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:49 pm

I'd never heard of this person/band before this C/NC appeared.

A few days ago, I heard a couple of Bon Iver songs on the radio and was not impressed. It sounded like bland folk-pop with a topcoat of calculated "quirkiness."

CRAP.
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Postby Red Square on Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:05 pm

this thread is useless without pics...
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Re: Artist: Bon Iver

Postby Intense Singer on Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:10 pm

Boring at best, unlistenable at worst. I think I'm biased, though, since I go to a liberal arts school and constantly hear people talk about how "amazing" this shit is.
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Re: Artist: Bon Iver

Postby Minotaur029 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:42 am

Fucking crap.
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Re: Artist: Bon Iver

Postby FuzzBob on Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:12 pm

I liked "Re: Stacks" up until the 57,233rd verse, then got bored and switched it off. Memo to Bon Iver dude: strophic song structures like that only work if a) the lyrics are engaging enough to hold my attention and b) I can tell WTF you're singing in the first place.

CRAP, waffle for the ironically wistful cover of The Outfield's "Your Love."
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Re: Artist: Bon Iver

Postby Earwicker on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:11 pm

I notice a few have scurried in, voted NC, and scurried out again without saying much.

I think this fellas album is very good.
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Re: Artist: Bon Iver

Postby SecondEdition on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:34 pm

Absolutely hated one song of his I heard.

Can't really judge until I hear more, but I'm not out to hear more of it. Sad, really, as I was hoping to at least like a little of his stuff.
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Postby Mason on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:58 pm

B_M_L wrote:I've only heard a couple of songs of Bon Iver - they were ok. But each time they were followed by someone telling how he hid out in the woods and killed to eat for months in order to record the album. I think he needs to get his PR to chill out.


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