Archive for the 'Will Oldham' Category

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Revisiting Will Oldham and Tortoise’s 2006 collaboration, The Brave And The Bold, last week spawned some interesting offline chatter about what it means to cover an artist. While much of the discussion was centered around familiar positions and attitudes, the consensus was (not surprisingly) that most everyone tends to prefer an interesting re-interpretation to a […]

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) In January of 2006, Will Oldham, under his working guise of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, released a collaborative ten track covers album with the comparatively abrasive post-rock quintet Tortoise. They called it The Brave And The Bold. I loved the […]

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The muse that is ‘Summer’s end’ has long served as an allegory for countless pieces of prose, poetry and, of course, song. From the Beach Boys to Don Henley (“Boys of Summer,” anyone?), the bittersweet transition from the warm, […]

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Will Oldham’s career has more or less been a series of collaborations. His name is most often been attached to the work, and more times than not, he’s the primary artistic driver behind the wheel. But he employs a shifting troupe of musicians whose influence is not lightly wielded. The result allows the consistency of […]

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Will Oldham’s next long player (with the Cairo Gang) is out March 23rd on Drag City. He and Emmett Kelly have dubbed this one The Wonder Show of the World. I have yet to hear a note of it, but the pair did issue this non-album teaser—a stark, bare bones, reworking of Conway Twitty’s “Play, […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Former Frente! vocalist, Angie Hart, duets with Bonnie “Prince” Billy on “Little Bridges” off her 2009 disc Eat My Shadow. The Juxtaposition between Hart and Oldham’s off-kilter vocals works perfectly here. MP3: Angie Hart & Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Little Bridges ———————— + Download Angie Hart / Bonnie “Prince” Billy via eMusic’s 25 free MP3 […]

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

What is it that makes us want to deconstruct art by units of time? Lists. We love making them. We love arguing over them. And here, on the verge of a new decade, we’re in a position to do the same again. What were the best albums of the past ten years? Here at AD, […]