Justin Vernon’s Chigliak label announces first release from Google Images-unfriendly Amateur Love
Since winning a pair of Grammys and getting lampooned by Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has been laying low. No Twitter meltdowns, no aborted jam sessions with The Roots, and no new workout DVDs. Instead, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based musician is finally getting around to releasing some music on his very own Jagjaguwar imprint, Chigliak. The label has confirmed its first release will be a reissue of It’s All Aquatic, a 2003 album from Eau Claire’s Amateur Love. The record is scheduled for a digital and vinyl release May 22. A download of the group’s previously unreleased 2004 “Ev Sessions” will also be included.
On the Chigliak site, Vernon has this to say about the little-known band:
What Amateur Love means to the history of Eau Claire music is representative of everything we set out to illuminate with this record label. Our goal is to release records that hold weight in people’s hearts. For us, it’s notable to point out that one person’s favorite record of all time may have only existed in bedrooms that were within 100 miles of each other... Amateur Love is the most popular band this town has ever known, and for good reason. It is not in our estimation that the re-issuing of It’s All Aquatic will project the band into that great popularity. No, we just hope to give the music a further chance to live on...for those who adored and those who never had the chance.
What Vernon doesn’t mention is that searching for “Amateur Love” on Google Images can lead to some decidedly NSFW shit. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.) Nevertheless, you can stream Amateur Love’s “Con/A Sewer/Cat” here. [via Pitchfork, VolumeOne]