Still don’t know who Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy is? Listen to WFPK today and you can hear some of his music, which the station will play throughout the day. Oldham is the featured performer for Connect at Bernheim this weekend.
Will Oldham and The Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelly recorded a couple of tunes for The Spirit of Akasha, an Albert Falzon-directed documentary commemorating the 1971 classic Australian surf film, Morning of the Earth. Now they’re releasing a seven-inch with a couple of them via Empty Cellar Records, under the moniker of Bonnie Prince Billy and The Cairo Gang/ Here’s “We Love Our Hole” from that 7-inch:
You can preorder it here.
Will Oldham gets the role of Elise DuRant’s father in her new autobiographical drama, Eden. The film was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival on January 25. Read a review here.
Elizabeth Kramer has a piece in today’s C-J about “Troublesome Houses,” an art exhibit that will be on display at the Louisville Visual Art Association, beginning on Friday. The artist and curator in question, Kevin Titzer, has assembled series of works by 26 different artists inspired by the music of Will Oldham. Details are here.
1) Idle Hands Are the Devil’s Playthings – The Gallery Singers at the Electric Church of the Tambourine
2) Long Before- Plastic Bubble
3) I Tried to Stay Healthy for You – Brick Pitino
4) The Cellar Song – Cheyenne Mize
5) (I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit – Wax Fang
6) There is No-One What Will Take Care of You – The Deloreans
7) O Lord Are You In Need -Ben Mundane (Glen Dentinger, Joe Manning And Rachel Grimes cassette release)
8) Merida -Tender Mercy
9) King Me – Lydia Burrell
10) I Had a Good Mother and Father – Black birds of Paradise
11) Riding – Second Story Man
12) O Paul – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Here’s a promo for the project:
Additional details are at www.louisvilleisforlovers.com/there-is-no-one/
It’s hardly news that Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy) is a guest on another artist’s record, since Oldham is a serial collaborator. This time, he adds what he can to Mark Kozelek’s new Sun Kil Moon project, Benji. There’s a stream of “Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes” from the new record at Pitchfork.
Syd Bishop has a Q&A with Daniel Duncan, sometime musician and owner of The Greenhaus, which stages occasional shows for children and their parents, featuring performances from such folks as Will Oldham, Norah Jones and Rachel Grimes. Read it here.
Nick at Backseat Sandbar has a story about a short film, “West African Stowaway,” that will feature Will Oldham. Best let him tell the story, though.
OVer at the Never Nervous blog, Syd Bishop has the story of the Liberation Living Room series, which features invitation-only shows at the Greenhaus on Preston, hosted by Jacob Duncan of Liberation Prophecy. Said shows have featured Ben Sollee, Tyrone Cotton, Rachel Grimes and Norah Jones, plus Will Oldham and Liberation Prophecy. You should go read Bishop’s story for how to get on the invite list (good luck). Meanwhile, here’s a video for kids, with Will Oldham: