Archive for the 'Will Oldham' Category

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Album artwork: Does it indeed affect our listening experience, and if so, how? Scratch the Surface is a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard that that takes a look at particularly interesting cover art choices. Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s The Letting Go is broadly considered, even in rare negative critique, as Will Oldham’s most unexampled result. The […]

Monday, December 15th, 2008

As Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy prepared to embark on what would become a very busy fall of 2006, he played two very special nights at Joe’s Pub in New York City. With brothers Paul and Ned Oldham (Will Oldham/BPB/Palace Music), the trio blistered through nearly 40 covers, nearly all traditionals – playing only one original (“Cursed […]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Have you been listening to Lie Down In The Light? I’m calling it my favorite Will Oldham release since the 2005 Superwolf collaboration with Matt Sweeney. Not to discount The Letting Go (which still stands very tall on my Best of 2006 list), but Lie Down conveys sides of Oldham that are both traditionalist and, […]

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Will Oldham fanatics (raises hand) can expect the new Bonnie “Prince” Billy album, Lie Down in the Light, out next month via the Drag City label. While there is no firm trackist yet, it looks like the album drops stateside May 20th. Excerpt from product description (amazon.com): “Lie down in the light’ is the follow […]

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

It’s 2008! What 2007 albums are you just catching up on now that it’s a brand new year? Leave ‘em in the comments. I have several I am working on, but the past week has seen a lot of concentration on Scout Niblett’s LP This Fool Can Die Now. Yup, that is Will Oldham in […]

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

It’s no secret Will Oldham likes a good cover, and just to prove it, see: here, here, here, here. What I particularly love (and respect) from Oldham’s cover choices is that he consistently executes them without irony, no matter the origin, making them his own. Sure, it would be easy to have turned R. Kelly’s […]

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Drunkard favorite Will Oldham has been tinkering around the lo-fi and alt-country scenes for the better part of two decades. Still, you almost forget his vast contributions given his multiple incarnations (Bonnie Billy, Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs) and roving collaborations (Jason Molina, Tortoise, to name a few). But to call his musical harvest […]

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

As a longtime Will Oldham fan, the 2006 LP, The Letting Go, recorded under his Bonnie “Prince” Billy moniker, quickly rose to the top, becoming one of my favorite albums of that year. What I was unaware of at the time, though, was that a limited number of copies, of the album, came with the […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Shortly after Friday’s Zach Galifianakis/Will Oldham video post, a reader sent over this little gem…it’s quite disturbing too. Here, Will Oldham, inhabiting his Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy persona, dutifully covers, a synth styled version of, Mariah Carey’s “Can’t Take That Away.” Consider this fair warning. If contemporary indie artists covering songs you probably can’t stand is […]