They proably didn't gut a deer together, as Justin Vernon is known to do. But the Eau Claire indie-rock hero better known as Bon Iver reportedly got along famously with Kanye West when he recently travelled to Hawaii to lay some vocals on the rapper's upcoming album, due in November. Vernon told Pitchfork that he sang on at least 10 tracks that might wind up on the album, including one called "Lost in the World" that is being eyed as a single and is apparently based off of "Woods," the last track on Bon Iver's 2009 EP "Blood Bank." West reportedly first approached Vernon about sampling that song, which turned into this full-blown collaboration. The rapper told Rolling Stone he and Vernon played a lot of basketball together outside the studio. Working inside, West said, "He's similar to me, like where he just does sh-- just so people would be like, 'Oh sh-- how did you do that? How did that happen?' He's just a really cool guy to be around."
Between onstage collaborations with David Byrne and Peter Gabriel's cover of his song "Flume," and now this, 2010 has turned out to be a pretty fruitful year for Vernon even without anything new by Bon Iver. He's still finishing the long-awaited sophomore album in Eau Claire and planning to release it next year. In the meantime, Vernon is hitting the road with Ryan Olson and a some of the Gayngs gang for two weeks starting Sept. 29 and ending at the Austin City Limits Festival.