Blood Bank (EP)

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Blood Bank
EP by
ReleasedJanuary 20, 2009
RecordedDecember 2006 – June 2008
GenreIndie folk
ProducerJustin Vernon
Bon Iver chronology
For Emma, Forever Ago
Blood Bank
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AbsolutePunk.net91% [1]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [2]
The A.V. ClubB+ [3]
Drowned in Sound4/5 stars[4]
The Observer(favorable) [5]
Paste85% [6]
Patrol magazine6.8/10 [7]
Stereokill4/5 stars [9]

Blood Bank is a 2009 EP by Bon Iver. It was released on January 20, 2009,[10] and features four tracks, three of them recorded for the release. The EP is a follow-up to the band's award-winning debut album For Emma, Forever Ago, self-released in 2007 by Bon Iver frontman and founder Justin Vernon, and re-released in 2008.


The title track was written with the previous album but didn't "feel right" and was not released.

"Woods" was sampled in Kanye West's single "Lost in the World" from his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and re-recorded as "Still" by Justin Vernon's side-project, Volcano Choir, for their debut album Unmap. It was featured in a Series 3 episode of Skins.

Jagjaguwar has said the following about the content of the EP:

As much as Emma is about the cold, the Blood Bank collection is about the warmth that gets you through it. You can feel the air move. Like a fire you've been stoking for hours and finally got to sustain itself, the heat blisters your face while your back is frozen solid.

The EP entered the Billboard 200 at No. 16 with 23,000 copies sold. 79 percent of the sales were digital.[11] As of October 2009 it has sold 89,000 copies in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Justin Vernon.

1."Blood Bank"4:45
2."Beach Baby"2:40
Total length:16:54


Bon Iver

Additional personnel

  • Mark Paulson — nylon guitar (track 3), recording
  • Lauren Hudgins — front cover photo
  • Ashley Farland — back and inside photos


Charts (2009) Peak[13]
Irish Singles Chart
UK Indie Chart
UK Singles Chart
U.S. Billboard 200


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  3. ^ Martins, Chris. "Review: Blood Bank EP". Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  4. ^ Tudor, Alexander. "Review: Blood Bank EP". Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  5. ^ Warren, Emma (18 January 2009). "Review: Blood Bank EP". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  6. ^ Enstad, Chris. "Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  7. ^ "Bon Iver, "Blood Bank" EP | Patrol — A review of religion and the modern world". 2009-01-28. Archived from the original on 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  8. ^ Petrusich, Amanda. "Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP". Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  9. ^ "Account Suspended". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  10. ^ "Bon Iver — Blood Bank". Jagjaguwar. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  11. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2009-01-28). "Romance And Indie Rock Hit The Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
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  13. ^ Blood Bank UK & Irish chart info from