Justin Vernon has teamed up with his hometown friend and master luthier Gordy Bischoff to develop “The 1608″ – a custom baritone guitar made with original white oak wood from Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels. It’s all for Bushmills’ Since Way Back program, which pairs artists with other artisans and businesses to develop unique pieces that reflect each of their passions. Justin and Gordy tell you more about this special endeavor in the video above.
“The goal is to put art back on the map in Eau Claire. Far too many artists from this area have had to leave because what we want to do with our lives just isn’t possible here. That’s what the Confluence Project is: to build a center that can be a nucleus for art here in Eau Claire.” – Justin Vernon
Starting today until November 22, “The 1608″ will be auctioned off via ebay. Proceeds will benefit The Confluence Project, which intends to construct a new Community Arts Center at the confluence of Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in Eau Claire, WI. Bid on “The 1608″ guitar.
Bon Iver’s “Beth/Rest” is paired with an oddly stunning visual. Directed by both Dan Huiting and Justin Vernon, the video stars band member Mike Noyce in a dream-like world. In describing his treatment, Justin said, “It’s kind of about two people who are truly meant for each other and what happens to their essence. How they connect is some other thing that we don’t know how to really talk about.” The video was filmed in the Wisconsin woods surrounding April Base. Watch above or at Huffington Post.
In addition to the video, Bon Iver’s Beth/Rest 12″ is out today and available at SC Distribution! The A-side features the studio version of “Beth/Rest” while the B-side is a full-band recording of the same song from an August 2011 session at Rare Book Room. Beth/Rest will be released on November 12 in the UK.
If you missed Austin City Limits’ most recent episode featuring Bon Iver, you’re in luck! You can still stream the entire show for a limited time. Watch the ten-song performance above and the check out the setlist below!
After playing four consecutive nights at Radio City Music Hall, Bon Iver ended their New York City run with an incredible concert at the Lower East Side’s Angel Orensanz Foundation, a gorgeous venue housed in a gothic revival synagogue. Frank Ocean opened the night and Justin and the gang later took the stage for the last performance in The Fader and vitaminwater uncapped 2012 series. Watch the encore of “The Wolves (Act I and II)” above! Read more about the show HERE.
Beth/Rest by Bon Iver
Towers by Bon Iver
Holocene by Bon Iver
Calgary by Bon Iver
Wolves by Bon Iver
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