As a blog based in the same city (hell, the same neighborhood) as the prolific Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy a.k.a. Palace Music a.k.a. Palace a.k.a. Slint’s Photographer a.k.a. El Guapo, we feel it’s our duty to aggregate all available information about what Will is up to at any given point obviously, regardless of its newsworthiness. This shall be in an effort to save the news media some time keeping up with who this whacky guy is collaborating with when and for what movie. A veritable one-stop shop, if you will! Luckily, this inaugural installment of YO! So What is Will Oldham Up To, Huh? features some important releases coming up.
Bonnie Prince Billy continues his hang time with the Cairo Gang, and for a good cause this time. The just announced Island Brothers/New Wonder 10”, which drops February 22 everywhere via Drag City, is a charity effort, with a huge portion of the proceeds benefiting Louisville-based non-profit EDGE Outreach. EDGE “trains, equips, and mobilizes ordinary people in sustainable solutions for clean water, health and hygiene, and sanitation, around the world,” and has spent most of their 2010 helping the devastated communities in Haiti. I’ve heard the record, and it’s expectedly weird, country-fried gypsy folk freewheelin’ rustic pop. Good jams, good cause… support this!
Sean from Buzzgrinder recently spotted Will Olham at Quill’s Coffee on Baxter Ave. in The Highlands. He got coffee. He proportedly paid for said coffee with a cash sum that included no less than two buffalo nickels. He was NOT dressed in his Crocodile Dundee best at this occasion.
Vinyl specialty label and best good friends Sophomore Lounge recently released some deets on the 10″ Mindeater – a split between Will Oldham, perennial TDT favorites The Phantom Family Halo, and Todd Breshear. Many know Todd Breshear as the gingerly bearded fellow who runs one of the freshest joints in town, Wild and Woolly Video. Learned ears, however, will recognize that name as the bassist and co-songwriter during Spiderland-era Slint. My guess is that this collaborative idea stemmed from their show together with the legendary Roky Erickson last June at Headliners (which I have some video). A serious meeting of the minds on this here Mindeater… look out for it this May.
Hey neat-o! Billy is scoring a flick with the man that has the funny voice, starring the fuckin’ rad surfer dude from Fast Times and the only likable character in Fargo. Despite the fact they just got straight up sold, Paste has the scoop you guys!
Bonnie Prince Billy was just added to the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ this fall. Of course, the big news is the stateside return of the aforementioned Portishead and just plain return of Neutral Milk Hotel, but that don’t mad dog Bonnie. Not one bit. He’ll hold his own.
Finally, Will was also recently spotted on The Island circa 1977 in this DHARMA new recruits file photo. Can you spot him?
Bonk! Until next time – namaste!
UPDATE 2.1.11 – Oh, of course Will Olham interviews R. KELLY. Two of the strangest motherfuckers in the world in the same room. The plot thickens! (via Interview)
KELLY: Alec Baldwin? Yeah! Don’t he have a brother and they all kind of look alike?
OLDHAM: They’re, like, four brothers.
KELLY: Steve Baldwin . . .
OLDHAM: Yeah, exactly. [laughs]
Less fun is the artwork for the aforementioned Cairo Gang charity 10″. It’s pretty intense actually.