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Watch: Bon Iver’s brilliant Bonnie Raitt turn for Jimmy Fallon

Watch: Bon Iver’s brilliant Bonnie Raitt turn for Jimmy Fallon (photo)

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Last night, Justin Vernon brought an iteration of Bon Iver to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that sounded neither like the muted folk of his 2007 breakthrough or the layered majesty of his forthcoming follow-up. Instead, he sang beside pianist Phil Cook–his best friend and former bandmate in DeYarmond Edison, and now a multi-instrumentalist in Megafaun–to play a beautiful and simple medley of hits by other people: “A Song for You,” by Leon Russell via Donny Hathaway, and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It was one of the smartest television appearances by a band I’ve seen in a bit.

After he collaborated with Kanye West for last year’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Vernon told Pitchfork Media that he was only “a dude in a t-shirt who smells like shit.” Last night, in a short interview with Fallon before he played, he was the mumbling manifestation of that idea, sheepishly smiling and nodding through his host’s hyperbolic questions and praises. In explaining “Beth/Rest,” the new album’s grand pop finish, he simply said, “Man, there’s not enough Hornsby in my scene.” Even after props from Rick Ross and a Coachella set with West he seemed casually but coolly uncomfortable with the star treatment (a not-so-subtle point of the Russell verse he sang), the sort of dude who’d just stumbled into a sound that made him famous. It was a look that–paired with his choice of songs, and the initial shock of a bearded white boy singing in that voice–should earn him plenty of intrigue from the unfamiliar.

After all, his voice was the embodiment of yearning–in the first half, of wanting an escape that couldn’t come easily enough, and, in the second half, of wanting desperately for something that didn’t want you back. When Vernon released For Emma, Forever Ago, his “neo-folk” music was often tagged for its “neo-soul” voice. Last night, he sang songs by the greats as though they were his own, as if these were the problems he’d himself put to page. It was at once a beginning and an extension.

Of course, this choice of songs and instruments also means that he can save the premiere of his big band and the new record’s stack-of-strands songs for Letterman and the like. Vernon’s medley was a good business decision that, thankfully, is too beautiful to be considered as such for too long.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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