Both Justin Vernon and Leslie Feist have popped up in recent days as contributors to that heavily stacked Dark Was The Night compilation, and both will again for their collaborations with Aaron Dressner and Grizzly Bear, respectively. (If that double LP was pared down to one disc it would be an album of the year candidate, but that’s a digression for another day.) Today we brandish the Bon Iver and Feist tags for Mr. Vernon’s falsetto take on The Reminder lullaby “The Park,” live on Australia’s Triple J radio. During the session Justin tells the DJs about his love for Feist’s breakthrough (“It hit me as the first record I heard when i came out of the woods, it was so good and so normal … to hear some thing that was so well produced and professional and lasting and honest, and it’s still on all the time at my house”). He also shares the Sesame Street character he’d like to see take on a Bon Iver tune (Mr. Snuffleupagus, but not on “Skinny Love” because “he’s a fat bastard”). Let’s start with the cover:

Thanks for the tip, Brett. More banter and a live “Creature Fear” over at JJJ. Fun fact: Justin Vernon’s mom is named Justine. Cute.

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Comments (20)
  1. hmm  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2009 0

    decent take on it. He’s a bit too “precious” to me

  2. Bon Iver is a worst musician in da world. he’s a fake.. you know.. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

  3. Bov Iver always looks like he’s itchy. I guess it doesn’t hurt that he’s perhaps in mid-itch here.

  4. Joe the Blogger  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2009 0

    I think your confusing precious with fragile, but each his own. Better than anything I’ve ever heard Fiest sing.

  5. That would be a hot indie couple. Wisconsin is basically part of Canada anyway.

    • jess  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2009 0

      alas…i think feist is taken by fellow broken social scener kevin drew. i’m digging the cover though.

  6. Bob  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2009 0

    I’ve always thought he should sing this song.

    Other songs Justin should cover:


    That is all.

  7. dude can do no wrong at this point

  8. Carrie  |   Posted on Jan 25th, 2009 0

    I don’t know if this is a retarded question or not, but is there any way for Stereogum to splice the track so that it’s just the Feist cover and none of the radio talk? I would love to have that to listen to all the time.

    • grabulasa  |   Posted on Jan 25th, 2009 0

      get an mp3 editor and DIY a splice……not that hard really. richard kingsmill has a nice dj voice.

  9. Diwali Singh  |   Posted on Jan 25th, 2009 0

    Don’t love it, but didn’t love the original either….Feist can be a bit hit and miss

  10. Fez  |   Posted on Jan 26th, 2009 0

    Isn’t there a better quality version of this cover? It’s pretty low.

  11. tennessee  |   Posted on Jan 26th, 2009 0

    seems like home to me…

  12. jvernon  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2009 0

    i think this is a perfect song for him to cover, the melody screams justin vernon and he in turn belts it back. when i read that he would be covering a song by feist, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be this song. i would give my first born child, and a kidney to see justin and leslie perform a duet of this song in person. i don’t care if it’s in an abandoned cabin.

  13. Great song, great cover, great tune all round. One to listen to again and again and again….. Yummy!

    I can’t wait for more of the same from these 2…


  14. i like love the lead singer and guitarist on the band bon iver. Wow, you had really amazing voice most especially in your song “A song for a lover of long ago”. you really captures my heart. Thanks for the post. I love this band!


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