Bon Iver at Deer Lake Park
On the long list of things that are fucked up in this world, how about this: on February 12, 2012, Bon Iver took home the best new artist award at the 54th Grammy Awards. He also kicked the shit out of Radiohead, Foster the People, and My Morning Jackoff to scoop the best album trophy for 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver, but who gives a crap about that? What’s puzzling is that, correct us if we’re wrong, Justin Vernon has been making records under the mantle of Bon Iver since 2008, and performing his neo-folkie songs live even longer. How in the flying fuck is some dude who’s been at it for four fucking years, and headlining venues like Burnaby’s 10,000-or-so capacity Deer Lake Park on Friday (May 25), considered a new artist? In pop-music-hitmaker years, he’s almost as old as Abe Vigoda. And we’re talking the guy that played Fish, not the band. What’s he going to be up for at next year’s Grammy’s? Best extreme metal album by a female urban R&B artist? Because that wouldn’t make any fucking sense either.