Bon Iver album out June 21

Rejoice, Bon Iver fans. Three years after the release of “For Emma, Forever Ago,” Justin Vernon is finally giving us some new ear candy.

The self-titled release will drop on June 21. Until then, check out the track list here:

  1. Perth
  2. Minnesota, WI
  3. Holocene
  4. Towers
  5. Michicant
  6. Hinnom, TX
  7. Wash.
  8. Calgary
  9. Libson, OH
  10. Beth/Rest

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30 Days of Music: Tracks 21-23

Track 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Listen to this while you’re happy and everything is right with the world. Listen to it when you’re down, and in three minutes and seven seconds, all will be right with the world.

Track 22: A song that you listen to when you’re sad

This song is literally painful for me to listen to sometimes.

“I’m crippled and slow / for the agony / I’d rather know / cause blinded I am / blindsided”

Track 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding

Forget “At Last” and “Unchained Melody.” There will be no Celine, and plenty of this:

Justin Vernon Gets Auto-Tuned

I think I might be in love.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has a new project in the form of a 23-person supergroup called Gayngs.

Their debut disc, “Relayted,” was released in May and is a fantastically crafted album. I might be a little biased because Vernon’s vocals always make me melt, but seriously. It’s amazing.

As for the auto-tune part, the following video is from a show the band played a few months ago. A show where Vernon apparently decided to take a cue from T-Pain.

Strangely enough… it kinda works.

Watch them perform “The Gaudy Side of Town” here:

Bottom line? Gayngs make all run of the mill, four-member indie bands look weak.

Holy Justin Vernon!

Get ready to do a happy dance, Bon Iver fans.

Justin Vernon hit the stage with Brian Moen the other day to play a show with The Shouting Matches in Wisconsin. The result? A bluesy, effin’ fantastic departure from his usual painfully gorgeous falsetto. Emphasis on the effin’ fantastic part.

Please don’t take my word for it, as you must see this magic for yourself.

With that, I give you The Shouting Matches performance of Son House’s “Death Letter.”

Bon Iver + Peter Gabriel = Magic

This collaboration was easily the best thing to come out of Record Store Day this year.

Gabriel (left) and Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon, right)

The (unlikely) duo teamed up to create an EP covering each other’s songs. Bon Iver’s rendition of “Come Talk to Me” is just as powerful as any of his original songs and Gabriel tackles “Flume” with grace.

While I’m partial to anything Bon Iver touches, I genuinely think the collaboration works.

Released as a split 7-inch EP on Saturday, chances are if you didn’t get it then, you won’t be getting it period. The record had a limited release, but never fear… you can snag the mp3 of both songs on iTunes.

Check out “Come Talk to Me” here:

While Bon Iver recently collaborated with Anais Mitchell for her March release, “Hadestown,” Gabriel just put out an album of cover songs called “Scratch My Back.” There is a rumor that Gabriel is now trying to find artists to cover his own songs, which would be released on an album titled “I’ll Scratch Yours.”

OK, Peter Gabriel…

Song of the Day: “Blood Bank”

Track: “Blood Bank”

Artist: Bon Iver

Just because I feel like it.

Just because Justin Vernon could sing the phonebook to me and I would be in complete heaven.

Just because I don’t care if people say it’s not as good as “For Emma, Forever Ago,” because he can do no wrong.

Just because I could say a lot more.

Just listen.