Bon Iver..Free.

Yes tickets sold out a long time ago, yes his debut album was composed in a snow covered Wisconsin cabin, yes Pitchfork and others rave, and yes we will put two fortunate folks on the Bon Iver guest list.

To win both spots: Comment with your top 3-5 songs or albums to listen to in the winter and why – Our fave will be announced before noon Tuesday and perhaps we’ll all survive a bit better this season with a few musical suggestions.

Can’t see the show?  Watch the video for Flume

Download a ridiculous handful of mp3s at Daytrotter

or listen to the NPR SXSW interview.

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12 Responses

  1. El Guincho – Palmitos Park
    Panda Bear – Take Pills
    Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend
    The Dirtbombs – Fire in the Western World
    Crystal Stilts – Prismatic Room

    mmmmm, warmth.

  2. Grave’s Disease, Matt Pond PA – reminds me of growing up in the Northwoods: “This cold here is one of those I wish not to defend.” I can’t defend it either; it sucks. But then there’s a reminder that summer’s coming, when finally “off come the sweaters, and who are you to stop it.”

    RIver, Joni Mitchell – it’s that ambivalent holiday feeling you get when you’re grown up — it’s not all magic and toys and flying reindeer anymore. “I wish I had a river I could skate away on.” Aww. Gets me every time.

    John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Christmas — cheesy as it is, it instantly takes me back to when being out in the snow was actually fun and waiting to open those presents under the tree was unbearable … and it’s always fun to listen to “Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” and wonder, what the hell?

  3. Top songs to listen to in the winter:

    1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – the Postal Service (it’s a “wintery” song…it starts out slow, like when you first start your car, and then the beat kicks in right when the heater kicks in. Sexy).

    2. Atomic – Blondie (This song is warm! Dancing and beaches and beautiful necklaces and arms raised in the air. Can’t you just feel the warmth?

    3. Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy (Sometimes you need a good little cry in the winter – this one will do it to me every time)

    4. Appetite for Destruction – GNR (Um…this is my favorite album to listen to during any season. I’m just being honest)

    5. Waiting for the 7:18 – Bloc Party (The chime-y instruments are icicles. Period).

  4. joy division closer
    david bowie low
    brian eno music for airports
    the cure disintegration
    red house painters
    each of these albums evoke the isolation
    and calm of the winter for me,
    all essential listening.

  5. My three favorite winter songs (in no particular order):

    Trapeze Swinger (Iron and Wine)
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland: Live at Carnegie Hall)
    This Must Be The Place [Naive Melody] (Shawn Colvin remake of the David Byrne classic)

    -What do I love about all three of these songs? I love there yearning melancholy, I love there musicality, and I love their warming tenderness. They remind me that while it may be frigid outside, close friends, family, love, hope, and spring are all just around the corner. Seriously, what could be more warming than that?

  6. The First Song – Band of Horses (Just beautiful. It is a great one to play on the first snowfall.)

    Winter – The Rolling Stones (perfect for that winter heartbreak, which always tends to happen in the middle of winter… sigh, this song helps you make it through the winter)

    Hotel Chelsea Nights – Ryan Adams (“strung out like some christmas lights…” another good one for lamenting the lost loved one, with lovely guitar riffs)

    Something Vague – Bright Eyes (Puts that mid-winter depression into words, enough said)

    Blizzard – Say Hi To Your Mom (who doesn’t want to stay inside and play twister in the middle of a snow storm!?!)

    We’ve Been Here Before – Sean Na Na (The perfect song to get you energized to throw a party in the midst of a crappy winter!!)

  7. Top three winter albums:
    Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack
    This is hardly needs any explanation, but there is no better feeling on a freezing cold night, than to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and listen to the comforting and invigorating jazz sounds of a holiday classic.

    Cloud Cult – The Meaning of 8
    This band from Minnesota blends electronic, powerful guitar riffs, and violins to create something wholly their own. The hopeful lyrics don’t come off at all trite and are comforting in a long winter months.

    Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
    The haunting, yet soothing voice of Bon Iver captures something of the midwestern life which is impossible to enunciate. When I listen to the album I feel at home.

  8. This is the music that you need to survive a Wisconsin winter:

    – Waters of March – a wonderful promise of what lies ahead of all this cold, gray misery (and if you want to get local about it, this is one of those songs that sticks in my head as being an outstanding live piece from Madison’s Pagee Go Go). This is the song that will make you start longing for those certain times of year

    – Pixies – Winterlong – Only the Pixies could be so synonymous with surf-rock yet still speak so ridiculously and masterfully deeply to love lost over winter months

    – The Polyphonic Spree – Days Like This Keep Me Warm – When you’ve lived in Wisconsin as long as I have, you NEED to do things like this in order to survive – listen to songs like this Spree tune during those wonderfully idyllic summer days and
    subconciously store them in your mind to pull out during long cold nights like tonight

    – 2Pac – California Love – Oh hey you, you got over that bullshit emo crying about winter phase? Get your ass moving NOW. You are powerless to try and keep your fat Wisconsin winter ass stationary to this song.

    – Stan Bush – The Touch – Are you kidding me? There is no way in HELL you can let winter touch you after this song comes up on the playlist. I mean really, if I know you well enough, that means that you’re at your best when when the goin’ gets rough, and you’ve been put to the test, but it’s never enough. If that can’t get you through a brutal Wisconsin winter, then I don’t know what the hell will.

  9. Castanets – First Light’s Freeze – The haunting vocals and guitars combine to create a powerfully sparse atmosphere. Although Ray Raposa’s other albums are also emotionally effective, FLF chills one to the core a la Will Oldham’s “I See a Darkness”, yet the final instrumental track allows for the smallest glimmer of hope for the future. Put on your noise-canceling headphones, wrap up in a blanket, and allow yourself to become absorbed.

    Radiohead – Kid A – The album as a whole conjures up sights seen from a helicopter flying over snow-swept, barren landscapes, the crisp beats join with Thom Yorke’s apocalyptic poetry to produce a perfectly compelling score to this flight. That, or I’ve seen the video for Motion Picture Soundtrack one too many times. Regardless, there is no better musical accompaniment to the visuals resulting from driving through a snowstorm, the barrage of soft flakes pummeling (or drifting past) your windshield.

    Burial – Untrue – Although this is only my 2nd winter with this album, it is another bona fide frigid weather headphones classic. The eerie samples and cold, precise dubstep beats blend perfectly in creating a profoundly moving record, a triumph for a purely electronic construction. On more than one winter evening, I’ve sat alone on my porch, listening to Untrue on my iPod, ignoring the frosty feeling creeping across my skin, content as possible.

    The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2 – For many of the same reasons as listed for the Castanets above, this is a mind-blowing work of art. It’s epic scale (and length) differentiates this from FLF, and makes it a better album as a whole. Do sip on coffee or tea while listening.

    Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas – This needs no introduction and is not open for debate.

    • This one was impossible to choose a winner for! We now have ample material to see us through this (presently occurring) snowfall. We asked TE folks to choose their 3 faves and we picked Jeremy’s (see above) as the most agreed upon winner. Congrats Jeremy and please send your last name to us through the about page or to MJ@trueendeavors.com. No need to stop posting though if others would like to share their favorites- we’ll make it through this cold together…

  10. Even though the contest is over, these cool responses made me think about my own mini winter playlist.

    Some essential listening as the snow falls:

    Salesman at the Day of the Parade – Rogue Wave
    Michigan Girls – Califone
    All You Do Is Talk – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Ooh La La – The Faces
    Just Like A Woman (live at Royal Albert Hall ’66 version) – Bob Dylan

    Gentle, easygoing, sometimes fittingly depressing sounds to compliment the season.

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