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Nate Dogg III

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

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Blood Bank's leaked? Oh man. Cheers for the heads-up.

A cracking live set for the French (I presume) radio show Live De La Semaine appeared on what.cd the other week and vanished almost immediately, but I managed to grab it first. I'll upload it in a bit, really brings back memories of the live show. Forgot how amazing Creature Fear has become, epic stuff.

Best album I've heard this year by a long, long way. Just had this immediate impact on me and it doesn't go away. Mojo got it right for once: instant classic indeed.
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The third track from Blood Bank (Babys) is great, it sounds like something that fell out of Steve Reich and bumped into Boards of Canada on the way down.
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It's all fantastic. Nice to hear some new stuff. You can get 'Wisconsin' off iTunes, it was the b-side to For Emma. Just Justin and an organ, beautiful.

Anyway I uploaded that Live De La Semaine thing:

[url="http://www.mediafire.com/?enyxxmdeyuz"]http://www.mediafire.com/?enyxxmdeyuz[/url]
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Awww, I need to her this e.p

When is it out?

I've hunted for the leak, but had no joy.

My life needs more Bon Iver in it.
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I really like the album a lot.

But the weakness of the lyrics has a HUGE impact.

Skinny Love is my current fave (obvious as a fairly newcomer to the album I think), but it has terrible lyrics. Death Cab and Frightened Rabbit just blow him away on that front.
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[quote name='Marzipan Travolta' post='5646826' date='Dec 6 2008, 10:36 AM']Frightened Rabbit :) They best be fucking massive next year.[/quote]

Phew! It's not just me then? :)
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Frightened Rabbit + We Were Promised Jetpacks has been one of my gig highlights of the year. Seriously pissed off that I missed them when they supported Deathcab. What kind of band comes on at 6:55pm!
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I listened to this album to death around late-August to mid-September. There's just something about the arrangements. Obviously he was feeling quite a bit of pain when he wrote those songs, and I think that that really comes across to the listener. So when I listen to it I feel like we're sort of comrades.

Is this EP everyone's on about the For Emma Single?
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No, it's called Blood Bank and is four new songs.

The last song has a nice use of vocoder. By which I mean it's hideous. The rest is great though.
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[quote name='Nate Dogg III' post='5644023' date='Dec 5 2008, 12:25 PM']It's all fantastic. Nice to hear some new stuff. You can get 'Wisconsin' off iTunes, it was the b-side to For Emma. Just Justin and an organ, beautiful.

Anyway I uploaded that Live De La Semaine thing:

[url="http://www.mediafire.com/?enyxxmdeyuz"]http://www.mediafire.com/?enyxxmdeyuz[/url][/quote]
Thanks for this. I've been wanting to get hold of a live show since the Manchester gig as the live versions of the songs are so different from the record, I want to hear them again.
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[quote name='cleandemon' post='5656468' date='Dec 9 2008, 07:21 PM']Thanks for this. I've been wanting to get hold of a live show since the Manchester gig as the live versions of the songs are so different from the record, I want to hear them again.[/quote]

You have a copy or are looking a copy of the Manchester show?
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I don't have a copy of it, no. I just meant I was pleased to get hold of any live show recording.

Of course, the Manchester show would be great, if anyone has it.
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I'm a little disappointed with it to be honest (the Blood Bank EP), but I did have doubts before listening. I don't think he'll ever top 'For Emma, Forever Ago', just as Beirut will never come up with a better album than 'Gulag Orkestar'. They'll continue writing OK songs, but nothing great.

Blood Bank (the song) is quite good, but I think it just tails off after that really. I've not even been able to listen to the last track entirely, as in, I don't really want to!
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[quote name='cleandemon' post='5657165' date='Dec 9 2008, 10:30 PM']I don't have a copy of it, no. I just meant I was pleased to get hold of any live show recording.

Of course, the Manchester show would be great, if anyone has it.[/quote]

Wouldn't it.

I'd want to be on the credits for my efforts in the background harmony. ^_^
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[quote name='Timmo' post='5665167' date='Dec 11 2008, 11:49 PM']I just realised that he sounds loads like Chris Martin in the song Blood Bank. :)[/quote]

I'd know if I had it ;)

When's it coming out?
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[quote name='mrzany' post='5664197' date='Dec 11 2008, 06:53 PM']I'm a little disappointed with it to be honest (the Blood Bank EP), but I did have doubts before listening. I don't think he'll ever top 'For Emma, Forever Ago'[/quote]

Was talking to the wife about this the other day - there is simply no way he can ever re-create the environment that album was recorded in. He might top it - maybe - but he's never again going to retire to a cabin heartbroken and skint etc etc etc.

At the same time a listen to the live stuff shows that he definitely has talent, and how successfully he challenges expectations by recreating the album's songs live bodes well enough for the future.

The EP's okay - only the third track really stands out for me, Blood Bank itself is okayish and that tune with the vocoder is appalling - and I don't expect to hear another album like For Emma in my whole life from anyone, never mind from him. Just an absolute instant classic, a product of an environment that can never be repeated, if that's not too hyperbolic.
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Not knocking the album at all, but after reading Nate Dogg's post I'm just struck by how cleverly marketed this record was. The whole heartbroken, skint, log-cabin thing was from the press release, no? I mean, it's a stunning record, a classic, but is nobody the slightest bit suspicious that the whole isolation story is just too convenient to be the actual truth? The album itself wasn't [i]recorded[/i] in isolation, was it?

It reminds me of when people talk about Heath Ledger's TDK performance affecting his mental health.
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[quote name='Clov' post='5665780' date='Dec 12 2008, 09:35 AM']Not knocking the album at all, but after reading Nate Dogg's post I'm just struck by how cleverly marketed this record was. The whole heartbroken, skint, log-cabin thing was from the press release, no? I mean, it's a stunning record, a classic, but is nobody the slightest bit suspicious that the whole isolation story is just too convenient to be the actual truth? The album itself wasn't [i]recorded[/i] in isolation, was it?

It reminds me of when people talk about Heath Ledger's TDK performance affecting his mental health.[/quote]

To be fair a story like that markets itself; you can't [i]not[/i] hang the album on it.

I have no idea where he actually recorded the final thing but I don't think it matters because to me it sounds like the whole thing was recorded in one sitting by the dim light of an oil lamp in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere at daft o'clock in the morning.

Sure, you can argue that the record wouldn't have got the same attention had the press release not borne the tale of its origin, but by the same token I don't think you'd have got anywhere near the same record if he wasn't in that situation to begin with.
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It wasn't a setup though, we at least know that he did it and released it on his own. It was only when the album was heard, along with the background to it that the release went big via marketing.

I'd like to think, hope, that they heard the album first, and the story just gave them a good angle.

Personally, I know that I heard the album without knowing anything about it. I got a message off my brother, who'd got a message of his friend to say give this bunch of bands a whirl (I can't remember the other bands). I got the album, sat on it for a while, then finally stuck it on as I was chilling out in this hostel room back in Malaysia. After the first song I decided I needed a shower, so I turned it up so I could hear it down the hall (There wasn't anyone else in the hostel).

I stood in the shower, listening, thinking just how amazing it was, I wanted to relisten to it before it had finished.
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[quote name='superpretend' post='5666335' date='Dec 12 2008, 12:36 PM']That crazy autotune a capella track is great.[/quote]

I agree, although I can see why people hate it. The EP is ok, not as good as the album, but then it was never going to be.
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Can't remember where I got this from now:

[url="http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=8bd3764176b35235d2db6fb9a8902bda"]http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=8bd3764...2db6fb9a8902bda[/url]

Bon Iver Live at the Parish.

Figured it's worth a share, always nice to hear a well recorded live set.
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