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Friday, September 21, 2012

Bon Iver has a Good Time at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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In town for a concert on Monday, members of Bon Iver (French pronunciation bo-nee-VAIR, meaning “good winter”),who earlier this year won the Grammy for Best New Artist and for Best Alternative Album for the self-titled Bon Iver, were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the institution. Whether it was viewing a Babe Ruth scrapbook, a ball from the 1927 World Series or a bat Ted Williams once cracked in frustration, the musicians seemed genuinely enthralled.

“It was amazing to just see the operations and how it works,” said drummer Matt McCaughan. “And to be up close with direct contact to these old artifacts and to see them firsthand was just incredible.

“It’s certainly one of those things that – even though I don’t necessarily follow baseball – it was one of those opportunities I didn’t see how you could not come. I don’t know when I’d be in Cooperstown next.”

...Though he doesn’t have a big league team he follows regularly, McCaughan does attend games of the minor league Durham Bulls in the North Carolina city he now calls home.

“I don’t consider myself a historian but history is certainly an interest of mine,” he said. “And this was just one of those things where it didn’t even have to be baseball, as it is in this case, but you could have the Hall of Fame of anything and I’d want to come see it. In this case it just happened to be a very historic Hall of Fame.”

Repoz Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4242679)
drummer Matt McCaughan

Mac's little brother yes? Pretty sure I saw him in a little jazz combo once.

Still, French pronunciation bo-nee-VAIR, meaning “good winter" makes me not like the band already.
   2. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4242682)
Shouldn't it be Bon Hiver? It's been years since I studied French, but I've never seen the French word for winter written as "iver". It's possible that the band didn't want people calling them "Bawn HIGH-ver", but it seems odd to insist on a French pronunciation based on an incorrect spelling.
   3. Bruce Markusen Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4242711)
Never heard of this band, but glad they're in town! Everyone's welcome.
   4. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM (#4242712)
Eau Claire's finest.
   5. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM (#4242724)
Bon Iver is a very good outfit, though it's really a vehicle for Justin Vernon more than a solidified band. For someone interested in checking out their music, I'd recommend the songs 'Creature Fear,' and 'Blood Bank.' If you dig those, check out the two albums. The albums have some really lovely transitions connecting songs, real cohesive.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM (#4242730)
Bon Iver (French pronunciation bo-nee-VAIR, meaning “good winter”)

Winter is spelled "hiver" in French, not iver.
   7. Transmission Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM (#4242731)
Until recently I was a college prof. in the south, and all of my intelligent-sensitive-faux-hipster students LOVED Bon Iver. All over him. Or them. Or it. I have no idea. Just that it was THE NAME that everyone in this sort of sensitive-indie-lyrical-folk-rock crowd was listening to.

To me, it sounded like any of 1000 other groups that basically involve an emotionally fragile bearded man softly crying as he played his acoustic guitar.
   8. JoeHova Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM (#4242733)
Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) might be a bit pretentious but he recorded a live album with his old high school's band. That's pretty cool. Also, Blood Bank and For Emma, Forever Ago are good albums.
   9. GregD Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM (#4242742)
One should also take in the SNL Bon Iver spoof (by Justin Timberlake) here
   10. Voodoo Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4242743)
Also, Blood Bank and For Emma, Forever Ago are good albums.


Is that to say you didn't care for his more recent eponymous album?
   11. JoeHova Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM (#4242747)
Is that to say you didn't care for his more recent eponymous album?

Kind of. I listened to it a couple times when it came out but haven't played it since then. I thought it was a bit overproduced and lost the sort of DIY charm of the first 2. But a lot of people apparently liked it and I don't want to disparage it too much.
   12. Voodoo Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM (#4242751)
It's a different animal, for certain. I had to sort of "force myself" to like it -- and by that I mean listen to it repeatedly even though it didn't grab me on the first couple listens (unlike For Emma...). It worked. I love it.
   13. billyshears Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM (#4242755)
I tried. I can't do it. I hate Bon Iver with the fire of 1,000 suns. Bon Iver is now firmly ensconced in the category of music I like to think of as for people who don't really like music. It seems to be a very popular category nowadays.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM (#4242756)
Well, I'm pretty sure that "in excess" isn't spelled "inxs" either -- poetic license people!
   15. JoeHova Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM (#4242764)
Bon Iver is now firmly ensconced in the category of music I like to think of as for people who don't really like music.

Come on now, what is this ####? What if somebody were to say to you, "the Mets are now firmly ensconced in the category of baseball I like to think of as for people who don't really like baseball?" Wouldn't that be kind of crappy? People can't enjoy various genres? What music should people who like music listen to, in your view?
   16. Walt Davis Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM (#4242769)
"the Mets are now firmly ensconced in the category of baseball I like to think of as for people who don't really like baseball?" Wouldn't that be kind of crappy?

Perhaps, but undeniably accurate.
   17. phredbird Posted: September 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM (#4242778)
Come on now, what is this ####?


wait til sam stumbles on to this thread.
   18. eddieot Posted: September 22, 2012 at 05:51 AM (#4242788)
Trivia: Justin Vernon is the son of Gil Vernon, one of three arbitrators fired by the owners after awarding Derek Jeter $5 million in his first arbitration case. The Yanks offered $3.2 million. He was rehired in 2004 and still works cases today.
   19. billyshears Posted: September 22, 2012 at 07:45 AM (#4242799)
What if somebody were to say to you, "the Mets are now firmly ensconced in the category of baseball I like to think of as for people who don't really like baseball?" Wouldn't that be kind of crappy? People can't enjoy various genres? What music should people who like music listen to, in your view?


Well, if you said the Mets are now firmly ensconced in the category of baseball I like to think of as for people who don't really like themselves, I would have to agree. I was trying to be provocative and it was a bit of a joke, so I'm sorry if I offended. I just find Bon Iver boring and somewhat vacant. I like a little more life to my music. As you note, just a matter of taste.
   20. JoeHova Posted: September 22, 2012 at 08:02 AM (#4242803)
It's cool, I may have overreacted.
   21. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: September 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM (#4242867)
What if somebody were to say to you, "the Mets are now firmly ensconced in the category of baseball I like to think of as for people who don't really like baseball?"


That sounds more like the Cubs.
   22. Daunte Vicknabbit! Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4242923)
For all you dinos baffled by why kids my age like Bon Iver particularly over some other band of similar sound and skill, I'd point to Kanye West. Before "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" I doubt half of Bon Iver's fanbase even knew who they were.

I have friends who only know Cam'Ron from Kanye records, which is ####### shameful.

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