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Jan 10, 2013

The Wonder Show of the World

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang, “Troublesome Houses,” off Wonder Show Of The World (2010)

My friend Hawk had this record on when we were over at his house the other night and it was so lovely I had to get my hands on it. Soundtrack to the end of my week.

Filed under: Will Oldham

(Source: allthingsamericana)

Dec 12, 2012

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “I See A Darkness”

I love this re-recording of one my favorite songs for the EP Now Here’s My Plan. (Here’s the original.)

well I hope that someday, buddy
we have peace in our lives
together or apart
alone or with our wives
that we can stop our whoring and pull the smiles inside
and light it up forever
and never go to sleep…

(Source: youtube.com)

Sep 24, 2012

Will Oldham: “The ears that are listening make more difference than the way the music sounds.”

Man, I’m excited for the US release of Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy:


Today we publish Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy—a long, illuminating interview with Will Oldham on everything from the way he understands his songs to meeting R. Kelly. To celebrate, we’ll be posting our favorite snippets from the book all week long.

The Paris Review has a great excerpt up.

On when songs are “finished”:

I think that a song, for the most part, is completed by the listening experience. It enters into people’s brains and mutates and then might get completed again—in their dreams, in mix tapes that they make, or in new listening experiences that they have. So it isn’t ever finished because there’s never going to be a definitive listening experience.

(cf. Brian Eno)

On audience and art vs. entertainment:

I feel the value of my work is determined very precisely by the audience. What does entertainment mean, anyway, and what’s the difference between that and art? I would say the main difference is that art isn’t necessarily funded by the consumer, but entertainment always is. In that way, entertainment is a million times more important to me than art, and being an entertainer is more important to me than being an artist.

…My absolute, purest particular taste would not be something that could be appreciated on a grand scale. It just wouldn’t. If I really made a record just to serve myself I would end up alone in a dark, wet room, you know? That’s not really where I want to be. That’s why it’s more important to me to make a record that serves itself and its audience well. A good record should involve my needs, the listeners’ needs, and the needs of the other people who worked on the record. If I manage that, I feel I’ve accomplished something.

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Feb 08, 2011

Ask Forgiveness

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy covering R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest,” off Ask Forgiveness (2007)


Probably my favorite cover of all time (other than Bonnie Billy’s cover of Phil Ochs “My Life”), BPB gets into the soul of this song, deeply and intensely, he turns this into Johnny Cash.  Amazing.


Will Oldham interviewed R. Kelly for Interview.

OLDHAM: I love that song “The World’s Greatest.” We perform that song onstage sometimes. We do sort of like a country version of it.

KELLY: Yeah? I would love to hear that.

Dec 03, 2010

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