Will Oldham does get around – this time, he’s a character in Plastic Bubble’s video for “Neanderthal Man.” Also making appearances are Mark Kramer (Tender Mercy), Katy Hartman (Black Birds of Paradise, Lady Pyramid) and Alex Glasnovic (Solendon). Watch it:
Syd Bishop at Never Nervous reveals himself to be an average Louisvillian – he only had the vaguest idea of who Will Oldham is before deciding to review Oldham’s latest, Singer’s Grave – A Sea of Tongues. Read his take on the record here.
If you, too, are an average Louisvillian, here’s a vido of “New Black Rich (Tusks)” from Singer’s Grave.
Over at Spin Magazine, Will Oldham has a long interview with Yusuf/Cat Stevens, brought about by the release of a new record from Yusuf, which also features vocals by Oldham.
Read it all here. Here’s the audio/video track for the new version “The Devil Came From Kansas”:
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.