Besides his many credits as a singer/songwriter, Will Oldham started out in the entertainment business as a child actor and has continued to act in a variety of films and videos. His latest role is in a independent film called “The Lonely Life,” produced by Austin, Texas musician and filmmaker Mike Aho. Audra Schroeder at the Austin Chronicle has a story and interview with Aho. The film will be shown in Austin on February 28, with Oldham and Aho in attendance.
Online zine Alarm Magazine has a short Q&A with Will Oldham about coffee, in which he says that he likes to go toe Quills or Sunergo when he’s not drinking his own branded coffee, Kona Rose. Read it here.
Will Oldham – Bonnie “Prince” Billy - played the Lincoln Center – with purple nails – last Thursday, according to Will Hermes, in a lengthy article at NPR.com. Hermes discusses Oldham’s recent “co-branding,” during which he has done a number of things that, given his previous alt.folk.outsider persona, are either a violation of that persona or simply ironically opportunistic. After all, Hermes asks, why should only Dr. Dre or Tim McGraw get to co-brand nice stuff? There’s that and more in Hermes’ story. Go read it.
The Rick Alverson film New Jerusalem, starring Will Oldham, opens at the Dreamland Film Center, 810 E. Market Street (across from the Mayan Cafe, behind Decca street parking), with showings on Thursday, January 17 @ 7 p.m., Friday, January 18 @ 7 & 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 19 @ 4, 7 & 9 p.m. Roger Ebert has a review. J. Christian Walsh has a review at LEO.
Director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English-language film, “This Must Be The Place” starring Sean Penn, with a soundtrack by David Byrne and Will Oldham ( which was noted in this blog back in November), is set for release on April 6. Check out this review at the British website thisisfakediy.co.uk. Here’s the teaser:
Will Oldham is across the pond at the moment, playing the British (and Irish) Isles. Check out this fairly lengthy interview he did with the Irish Times.
Apparently Will Oldham’s dopelganger of Bonnie “Prince” Billy has his own blend of coffee, which you can purchase for $20 at the Drag City website. The best part might be the description that comes with it:
“Overtones of chocolate, leather and non-wacky tobaccy pair favorably with Wolfroy Goes To Town, available for purchase here of courses, or fresh muskmelons, for which we recommend that you contact your local free-range melon farmer.”