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There’s Beer In The Jar: 8 Boundary-Pushing Brewer-Musician Collaborations

If you’ve spent any time watching television in the last several years, you’ve probably had the dubious pleasure of watching Pitbull try to sell you Bud Light. These ads tend to feature the hip hop star in a white suit and dark shades, holding a condensation-dripping bottle of Anheuser-Busch’s biggest seller, surrounded by women wearing… More »

By: Brad Sanders / April 23, 2015 - 10:36 am

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Gloria” (broeder Dieleman Cover) Video

Record Store Day is now only one day away, and like many others before him, Bonnie “Prince” Billy aka Will Oldham has decided to release something special for the occasion. Oldham and the Dutch singer-songwriter broeder Dieleman each selected one of the other’s songs to cover and will release the tracks on a limited editio… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 17, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Cabane – “La Gomera” (Stereogum Premiere)

Cabane is technically the latest project of Belgian composer and songwriter Thomas Jean Henri, but he functions more as a hub for the various spokes that are involved. Bonnie “Prince” Billy (Will Oldham) doesn’t collaborate with just anyone, so his presence here is a big co-sign, and Kate Stables — one of our new favoritesMore »

By: Caitlin White / February 4, 2015 - 9:52 am

Cabane – “Sangokaku” Video

Cabane is the French word for cabin, but it’s also the moniker used by Belgian composer and songwriter Thomas Jean Henri, formerly of Soy Un Caballo. As the album artwork suggests, his music doesn’t have a thick-of-the-woods feel, but is more reminiscent of the light, transient nature of the beach. On his first release “Sangokaku,”… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 29, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Blindlessness” Video

Later this month, Bonnie “Prince” Billy will put out a new 7-inch “Mindlessness” b/w “Blindlessness,” and he’s just shared a video for the B-side of that record. The video starts off with the singer performing with a blindfold on, sitting on a chair surrounding by bright lights. A cute dog looks around the stage curiously… More »

By: James Rettig / January 20, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Leave Me Alone With These Blues” (Hank Williams Cover)

Bonnie “Prince” Billy is one of the closest things we’ve got to a true modern folk singer-songwriter, and it’s an absolute joy when he takes on traditional and classic folk songs like he does in this new live session for Fogged Clarity. He plays Hanks Williams’ “Leave Me Alone With These Blues,” which Will Oldham… More »

By: James Rettig / January 16, 2015 - 10:55 am

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “New Black Rich (Tusks)” Video

The video for “New Black Rich (Tusks),” one of the originals from Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s mostly self-referential Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, finds Will Oldham rocking an exceptionally long walrus beard, donning a suit and top hat, strolling through town, dancing mystically, and romancing a lounge singer in a dive bar. It’s eerie, entrancing,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We did it, everyone! We came up with the least glamorous music video ever made. I don’t know what held the title before this week, but I do know that nothing else will ever hold it again. That piece of beautifully ugly anti-glamor is below, as are our other four picks for the week. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “Quail And Dumplings” Video

I’ve always thought water parks were a little weird: the whole idea behind them is fun, but there’s so many people and kids running around that it has the potential to become a totally miserable experience depending on what kind of mood you’re in. Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s video for “Quail And Dumplings” plays off thi… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 11:42 am

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) – “Dying To Live” (Edgar Winter Cover)

Next month, the newly honored Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Yusuf Islam, who used to be named Cat Stevens, will release a new LP, his first in five years, called Tell ‘Em I’m Gone. He’ll follow that up with an international tour that will, for the first time in 35 years, bring Islam to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 15, 2014 - 4:59 pm

New Bonnie “Prince” Billy Album Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues Out Next Month

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, aka Will Oldham, has announced the release of a new album called Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, out September 23rd via Drag City. Here’s the album description from the label’s website: “At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth… More »

By: James Rettig / August 27, 2014 - 11:12 pm

CFCF – “Strange Form Of Life” Video

Last year, the producer CFCF put out the album Outside and followed it this year with an odds-and-sods EP titled Outsiders. Now you can watch the Jared Raab-directed video for album track “Strange Form Of Life” (a Bonnie “Prince” Billy cover) which initially seems just like a long slow pulling back of the camera from… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 24, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Bonnie “Prince” Billy And The Cairo Gang – “We Love Our Hole”

Spirit Of Akasha is a new documentary, from director Albert Falzon, that pays tribute to Morning Of The Earth, a 1971 Australian movie about surfing that’s considered a classic in certain circles. For the movie, Will Oldham revived his working collaboration with Emmett Kelly, and the two recorded a pair of songs as Bonnie “Prince”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 19, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Bad Man” Video

Last year Will Oldham released a self-titled album as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, which is a bit surprising since he’s been using the moniker for nearly 15 years at this point. Now Dutch director Claudia Crobatia has shared a video for the song “Bad Man” which features Oldham singing directly to the camera in the center… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 12, 2014 - 11:53 am

Watch Bonnie “Prince” Billy Rework “Black Captain” For Greenpeace Activist Peter Willcox

The 30-person crew of Greenpeace’s boat the Arctic Sunrise was detained by the Russian government on piracy charges in September after they attempted to protest offshore drilling in the Russian Arctic. Now those detainees are finally being set free, and Will Oldham is among those celebrating their release. The folk iconoclast otherwise known as Bonnie… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 26, 2013 - 10:12 am

Will Oldham Albums From Worst To Best

In the 2005 film Junebug, Will Oldham’s character works for a Chicago curator, on the lookout for “outsider artists” in the backwoods of North Carolina for a big city gallery.

It’s not a bad metaphor for Oldham’s musical career. He’s spent much of the past two decades exploring the fringes of Southern musical… More »

By: David Holmes / May 10, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Backtrack: Palace Music Viva Last Blues

At the end of Louis CK’s recent interview in The New York Times, he talks about how Woody Allen went out on a limb to make Take The Money and Run, a mockumentary about a criminal who really sucked at being a criminal. His experiment paid off, and though the studio was apparently angry, the… More »

By: Sam Hockley-Smith / April 10, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “A Time To Be Clear” Video

Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s new video constructs a tale of rabbit love that careens into dark, bloody territory. It’s written by writer/journalist Mike Ayers and illustrated by cartoonist Dustin Glick. It’s basically a way more macabre version of the “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” video (rabbit version). Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 11, 2012 - 12:30 pm

The Kills – “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

By my count, we’ve now heard about a third of the forthcoming indie-rock Fleetwood Mac tribute Just Tell Me That You Want Me, and the tracks just keep on coming. Today, we get the Kills covering the iconic “Dreams.” I think Alison Mosshart is an excellent stand-in for Stevie Nicks, although the Kills’ raw minimalism… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 11, 2012 - 10:31 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This happens to be a great week for the low-budget video, full of immediate grainy cinematography and big cheap ideas and strong visual sensibilities. For whatever reason, it’s been especially great for energetic rap videos. I loved the offerings from Big K.R.I.T. and Big Baby Gandhi, but I couldn’t find room for either one o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 11, 2012 - 12:22 pm
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