Artist: Justin Vernon

Jason Feathers is certainly a mysterious project. Even though it's been reported that the band consists of Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, and S. Carey (as well as a few others), the official press release doesn't mention any of their involvement. Instead, it appears that all the members have adopted pseudonyms: Astronautalis goes by Creflo, “a red-chested god-bassed Southern rapper in a fancy white suit,” Toothpick is most likely S. Carey: “a drummer-hype-piano-man all in one,” and that leaves Vernon as Ephasis: “a heavily-seasoned guitar-crooning lost-cowboy.” The other two mentioned in the press release are the engineer and an unnamed bass player. You can read the entire press release (which includes the band's detailed backstory). Jason Feathers' De Oro is now streaming over at Pitchfork.
Let’s be honest here, this week belongs to Weird Al. There was really no need to even put a list together. That being said, we did it anyways but we left out the Weird Al because it simply wasn’t fair to everyone else. From a pop star cementing themself in an ever-changing landscape, to the return of a brilliant, forgotten artist, to a certain artist’s influence having a positive effect on an aimless band. Regardless of Weird Al’s dominance on mainstream music, this week was still pretty great. Check out the 10 best songs of the week below.
It's been some time since we've heard from The Rosebuds, but they are coming back with their sixth album, Sand + Silence. Apparently, the song was recorded in Justin Vernon's studio and he can be heard playing keyboards on the album. They've previously shared the first single, "In My Teeth", and they've now provided us with another sample of their unique style of rock. It's titled "Blue Eyes" and it's awesome. Listen and download it here.
While taking in everything Bonnaroo has to offer as well as performing there, James Blake also sat down recently with Billboard and shared that he's nearly halfway finished with the follow-up to 2013's Overgrown. Blake also went on to say that the record will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon, and a third secret collaborator that he was "really excited about". Blake's new record is currently slated for an early 2015 release. Watch the full interview below, as well as the singer's full Bonnaroo set.
When you think of Justin Vernon, you more than likely think of snow, right? Well if you don't, it might be time to start making that connection. Since Justin Vernon both lives in Wisconsin and retreats to cabins on the daily, he more than likely needs a quality of pair of boots with him to handle the snow. Maybe that's why he's being featured in promotional videos for Red Wings Boots. Vernon stars in the first installment of their “Made In the Land of Wheat and Maize” video series. In the video, Vernon goes through his life story, in addition to some very manly activities, like building a fire and fixing a pickup truck. It'd be hard to imagine a man not wanting to buy some Red Wings Boots after this video.
On last night's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon", the Roots had a special guest musician with them: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. He performs "Woods" at the 14:45 mark and sings an introduction for David Beckham at the 21:15 mark.
A record that, predicated entirely on isolation, consumes itself in its own world and almost feels invasive to listen to.