Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cover Thursdays - Justin Vernon edition

Coming at ya live outta southern Denmark[*], a (very) quick Cover Thurdays edition to keep you interested.

Most of you probably know Justin Vernon as the brains, voice and talent behind Bon Iver. If you didn't, well now you do.

[Note: I was tempted to say "shame on you", but we're trying not be judgemental here at The Corral. However, I highly recommend that you remedy any unfamiliarity with today's subject ASAP. Seriously. Start here and then head here to get idea of what we're dealing with. You can thank me later]

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, Nic R showed me a very cool cover of Sade's "By Your Side" by Gayngs, which is another Justin Vernon project. However, since I've made it a habit of putting together a pair of songs for these CT posts, I've been waiting for the right companion piece before posting it...

Now, thankfully, the wait is over. Earlier this week on the Jimmy Fallon Show, Justin delivered a quite sublime performance of the Bonnie Raitt classic, "I Can't Make You Love Me". With apologies to Jónzi Birgisson (Sigur Rós) and Matt Bellamy (Muse), you won't have been this moved by a falsetto, since the first time you watched Saturday Night Fever...


[*] As mentioned previously, I'm here for an econometrics conference. I'm not expecting this to be barrel of laughs, but looking forward to some feedback on a paper I've been working on and will be presenting. More importantly though... Legoland IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD! Yes, my friends, childhood dreams do come true...


  1. I know this will put me in line for abuse, but I don't get Bon Iver.

    Don't get his jerk off name, his jerk off singing of backing vocals for himself or why, exactly, okes lose the plot for him.

    Each to their own I suppose.

  2. Ya, it probably does set you up for abuse... But things could be worse!

    On a serious note, not even that live version of "Skinny Love" convince you that there's something to get excited about?

    Don't like all his/their stuff myself TBH... But there are some brilliant tracks that easily compensate for weaker ones.


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