Well the deluxe edition of the album just came out today (Nov. 29) on Jagjaguwar (available at The Local Store), can you tell me a little about that?
Basically I wanted to have some visual accompaniment to the record. Not necessarily music videos, because music videos are hard. They’re not a medium that I necessarily love all the time. Even for Bon Iver with the music videos that we made, the official ones, aren’t from me in the classic sense. It’s all part of this whole swirling pop thing. And for Bon Iver it isn’t as easy to make those connections without giving too much context because the songs are so open to interpretation and so you can’t just make an image without pigeonholing it. So I was excited to have really some talented people make these videos. We just got together a bunch over the past year-and-a-half a few times – and took film I had and they had and took new things at the house – to make videos that didn’t give too much context, but allow you to have your eyes zone out, kind of. Give you something to look at without a literal story. So kind of as open to interpretation just as much as the songs. …
"Yeah. It’s happening. We’re gonna put out Amateur Love on vinyl – I believe in late February or early March. So it is happening. And we have plans to do a 12 Rods at some point, a Sarah Siskind, maybe some Happy Apple stuff. But it’s definitely happening."
So you mentioned Shouting Matches and other side projects, and the possibility of the music venue, but is your mind still on kick-starting Chigliak (Vernon’s planned imprint label)?
Yeah. It’s happening. We’re gonna put out Amateur Love on vinyl – I believe in late February or early March. So it is happening. And we have plans to do a 12 Rods at some point, a Sarah Siskind, maybe some Happy Apple stuff. But it’s definitely happening. I’m really excited about it, and might even re-release some of my old solo sh** on there. It’s just gonna be really fun. It’s gonna be vinyl and mp3’s only. So people will be able to grab Amateur Love on wax for the first time ever – and with some unreleased stuff, too. They were making a record when they broke up … so there’s about five songs that kind of got finished-ish, re-recordings of old ones, and three new ones that are gonna be downloads for people that buy the album.
You touched on this a little before, but where are your creative energy levels at now compared to the beginning of a tour?
Well it’s interesting, man. I’m kind of in a new place, and it feels kind of primordial or like a zygote or something. What I have right now for Bon Iver ideas I couldn’t really even call ideas yet. They’re kind of sonic ideas, like we’re selling old instruments and getting new ones to build new sonic palettes. Like what was successful and fun for the last record was starting with colors, if you will, or sounds, and building songs from there rather than sitting down with a guitar. It’s become really hard for me to be a good songwriter that way. So I think we’re gonna sit down and start putting things together. Hopefully it takes three years again, because it was awesome to take that much time to make an album (laughs). We’ll see, though.
If there’s anything else you want people around here to know, feel free now.
Well we’re planning on having a special guest at the Eau Claire shows. Somebody who’s a mentor of mine, so be surprised. In general, I’m just feeling excited about the tour. We get to play a really famous venue in Toronto, we get to stop in Madison, which is always a crazy time, but I’m so looking forward to the shows in Eau Claire and the fact that people lined up and got tickets like they did. It’s gonna be a really emotional night, and I’m really looking forward to it.