NEWS

2012, STREAMING NOW

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 13/08/18

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The B-Sides For Time To Be Clear - Streaming Now

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Now Here's My Plan - Streaming Now

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Dawn McCarthy - Christmas Eve Can Kill You - Streaming Now

More adventures for what we may call the Babblers Band (Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Emmett Kelly, Danny Kiely, Will Oldham and Angel Olsen), under the auspices of BonniePrince’ Billy.  There were two songs from the WOLFROY GOES TO TOWN batch of constructed jammers for which there was neither time nor psychological space to complete during the WOLFROY sessions.  However, everybody knew how to play the songs and wanted to track them, so Oldham booked time at David Ferguson’s Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville, and “Whipped” and “Out of Mind” were tracked and released as a 7”.  Both sides were called B-sides, the A-side being a virtual release of WOLFROY’sTime to be Clear”.  Fergie knocked the session out of the park, as continues to be his style to this very day.  The artwork for the single was an extension of Sammy Harkham’s work for the WOLFROY cover.

Book publishers Faber & Faber were publishing a book-length interview with Oldham and asked for some sort of musical release to help commemorate and promote the book.  Oldham picked six songs from various Bonny/Palace records and the Babbler band incorporated all six into their live repertoire, playing the songs every night on tour in the lead-up to a recording session with Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Recording studio in Chicago.  The songs were then recorded live-in-the-studio.  The title for the resulting EP, “Now Here’s My Plan”, came from a famous Shel Silverstein cartoon.  Ben Berman conceived of a new chapter in the life and work of Zombie Bonny for his memorable video clip for the revamped “I See a Darkness”, filmed in Glasgow, Scotland, where a mini-Babblers (Boye, Kelly, Oldham/Olsen) were performing.  The cover art for the EP was a leather ‘painting’, rendered by Sue Schofield, of a meteor hurtling our way.  The font and layout for the EP reminds us that it is the next entry in the Bonny live series, after SUMMER IN THE SOUTHEAST, WILDING IN THE WEST, FUNTOWN COMEDOWN, and IS IT THE SEA?

Oldham went into the studio again with Dawn McCarthy, this time to pay collaborative tribute to some of the works of the Everly Brothers.  More on that next week, but for now we’ll speak briefly about the advance holiday single, “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”.  In the USA the b-side of the single was “Walking the Dog”, in Europe it was “Lovey Kravezit”.  The single and the subsequent full-length record was recorded by David Ferguson at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, TN.  Magnus Johnstone did the cover artwork for the 7”.  Lara Miranda made a beautiful video clip for the song.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: UK PRODUCT MANAGER

10/08/18

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Domino seeks a Product Manager to join its London team.

Product Managers at Domino are in charge of running artist campaigns inside the company.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in working closely with recording artists and their managers while a proven track record in devising and delivering creative and notable marketing campaigns is essential

The candidate should have a solid general knowledge of the music industry, the marketplace, the digital space and how this informs all aspects of marketing.

The role also includes being responsible for the creation of all campaign content -  so the candidate will need to be confident in commissioning high quality music videos, remixes, artwork and all types of digital content / marketing assets.

Responsibilities include:

• Devising and implementing quality and highly creative marketing campaigns alongside the rest of the team, for a designated roster of artists.

• Delivering the campaign to the rest of the Domino global team.

• Formatting and origination of physical and digital releases and liaising with our distributer on all aspects of driving retail sales and retail marketing initiatives.

• Responsible for all content origination and commissioning and delivery of all video, audio and digital content, as well as marketing assets, to meet deadlines and relevant specs, liaison with management/licensors to ensure global co-ordination.

• Responsible for originating the overall timeline for the campaign and making sure the various deliverables are meeting designated deadlines.

• Making sure that all aspects of the campaign are communicated, objectives are set and followed up on by the wider Domino team, and in charge of getting input from the various members of the team on the project, including but not limited to A&R, Marketing/Digital Marketing, Promotions, International, Production, Digital Account Management.

• Managing of given budgets and liaising with the UK GM on budgets for all artists.

Minimum 3 years appropriate experience

Salary dependent on experience.

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to pmjob@dominorecordco.com before 5pm on September 7th, 2018.

 

SAM MEHRAN 1986-2018

30/07/18

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We are shocked and deeply saddened at the news that Sam Mehran has passed away.

Sam was a uniquely and supremely talented musician, songwriter and producer,  and a warm and  gentle soul. 

He will be missed by so many.

Sam's love of music was immense and inspiring, and we are blessed to have known him.

Rest in peace, Sam

 

2009 - 2011, STREAMING NOW

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 24/07/18

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Funtime Comedown - Streaming Now

It’s with great pleasure that we offer FUNTOWN COMEDOWN to the streamverse.  A live record born of good times and friendship, FUNTOWN COMEDOWN has had only  a limited availability up to this point. 

Here’s how it happened: One summer, Oscar Lee Riley Parsons asked Will Oldham what it would take to induce Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to perform at a strange and special little place called Funtown, of which Parsons’ friend Brad Reinstedler was the mayor (and is still the mayor, by the way).  Oldham replied that all he needed was a rehearsed ensemble, and so Parsons put his own group, Thomas A Minor & the Picket Line (including Reinstedler, Bob Dixon, Jon Kempf, and Danny Kiely), to work learning a set of Bonny pieces.  Parsons enlisted Cheyenne Mize as fiddler and duet partner. They rehearsed the songs and soon invited Oldham into the rehearsal process.  Tickets were sold for the Funtown event, commemorative kazoos were purchased as giveaways (and to facilitate audience participation on “Goat & Ram”), folks gathered on a warm summer day outside of Louisville, and music and merriment went down a-plenty.  So much fun was had, in fact, that it was decided that this ensemble ought to play some more together before disbanding.  There had a been a handful of practice shows around Louisville, at Joe’s Palm Room, the Back Door, and the Nach Bar.  Now sights were set further afield...as far as Lexington, KY for a benefit show intended to raise awareness of the plight of the Kentucky Hemlock tree.  Hence the group learned Ralph Stanley’sHemlocks and Primroses”.  They were all invited out to San Francisco for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.  And then it was thought that they ought to record their efforts, and so one more show was arranged at the recording studio of bassist Danny Kiely.  Invitations were sent out, about fifty people gathered, and a little live show went down, recorded on high-fidelity multi-track recording gear by KielyOldham and Kiely spent a week or so mixing (during which time the King of Pop passed away; this will give you an idea of when all of this occurred.  Perhaps the timeline won’t match up precisely but you will forgive if a date is out of place here or there).  The record artwork is made up of photographs by Louisville photographer Dan Lubbers.  Yet another Merle Haggard song is covered by Bonny on this record, “Ramblin Fever”.  It will still be a few years before Bonny undertakes a full record of Haggard tunes, BEST TROUBADOR.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Beware - Streaming Now

In deep Kentucky winter, Will Oldham asked Cheyenne Mize and Emmett Kelly to come to his house and record a four-song EP.  The EP was to be called “Chijimi”, after a style of fabric crafted in northern Japan during snowy months.  It was just the three of them in the room together, and to Oldham it felt ideal.  Why weren’t all recording sessions like this?  The sounds of the room were captured by the microphones, the three voices worked very well with each other, the material was in turns poetic, evocative, outlandish and devotional.  It felt to Oldham like a new model had been established and that all could be right in the world of music-making from that point on.

The artist Thomas Campbell had recommended to Oldham that he apply for an artist residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts outside of San Francisco.  Oldham got himself a three-month stint living and working there in the Marin Headlands National Seashore.  It proved to be a productive time.  Among other endeavors, Oldham worked daily on new songs and planned the next performance journey (with booking agent David Viecelli and tour manager Jesse Fischler) and recording session and touring ensemble (with Emmett Kelly).  Oldham was assigned a small studio in the main building at the Headlands, but soon was able to secure a larger, more remote studio space overlooking a former missile launch site.  The building was huge and wooden with plenty of room for thinking and making noise.  The basics for all of the BEWARE songs were built here.  Oldham’s plan was to meet up with a group of musicians, assembled by Kelly, in Chicago; to tour extensively with this group; then to take a break, give all of the musicians demos of the BEWARE songs, and to reconvene in Chicago at a studio called Engine with knob-twiddler Neil Strauch at the board.  Oldham and Kelly constructed the set of songs to be performed on the tour, including four cover songs: Shaun Camp’s psychedelic country hit “Would You Go With Me?” (made famous by singer Josh Turner), the Gun Club’sCarry On”, Susanna’s “Stay” (foreshadowing the full-album cover of Susanna’s SONATA MIX DWARF COSMOS that Oldham and Kelly would record years later, in 2017, as WOLF OF THE COSMOS), and “One Day at a Time” by Yusuf Islam (known also as Cat Stevens).  The four covers would be performed every night on the tour and then recorded first at Engine, in order to get sounds established for the new songs.  The band that Kelly corralled included percussionist Michael Zerang and bassist Joshua Abrams; Oldham brought in Jennifer Hutt, a violinist he had met through Baltimore’s Dave Heumann.  All sorts of Chicago musicians contributed guest performances to BEWARE, including Azita Youssefi, Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Jim Becker and the Mekons’ Jon LangfordD.V. DeVincentis and Greg Leisz flew in from California to play their parts.  At one point, Kelly and Oldham decided that they needed to find a Mexican accordion player to play on one of the songs, so they scoured Chicago’s cantinas one night, coming away with a significant tequila buzz and a single telephone number.  They called the number, and the following day a gentleman came to the studio with a broken accordion and alarmingly primitive musical abilities.  It was decided to find a ringer instead, and Robert Cruz was called.  Once again, Katy Kolego was hired as production supervisor, and she kept things running solid and smooth.

Simultaneous to the BEWARE recording session, Susanna Wallumrod was in Scandinavia making her FLOWER OF EVIL record.  She asked Oldham to sing on two songs, Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” and Harry Nilsson’s “Without You”.  She sent the basic tracks to Engine and Oldham did his singing on Susanna’s songs near the beginning of the BEWARE time.

The cover art of BEWARE was dominated by a drawing of Oldham sent by artist Jeff Hamilton.  The back cover and LP/CD labels were painted by Sammy HarkhamOldham and Dan Osborn worked out the poster details together: Hamilton’s skull-like drawing of Oldham’s head with a staircase rendered in primary colors leading to the top of the head, where a village is seen being established by tiny figures.  Jennifer Parsons made a video for “I Am Goodbye” featuring Oldham walking through the streets of east L.A. with a Turkish t-shirt and black contact lenses.  TV commercials were made for the record by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, including one spot featuring Neil Hamburger.

The title for BEWARE was inspired principally by two things: the first was the EP by the Misfits released in the early 1980s of the same name, and the second was Oldham’s own warning to himself and everyone else that the ideas behind this record were moving him in the opposite direction from where he felt he should be going.  “Chijimi” had established a template of meager ambition and home-spun workings and here they were with a huge (for BPB) tour, and an expensive out-of-town recording session featuring a wild and wonderful assemblage of talents.

Chijimi” came out exclusively as a 10” vinyl record.  There were two editions, the first with a rubber-stamped plain white paper sleeve and the second as the BEWAREUltraload”.  At the time, Bonnie Prince Billy vinyl purchases did not come with a free download the way that many new releases did. In this instance, a compromise of sorts was made: you could buy the “Ultraload” package, which had the “Chijimi” EP slipped into a 10” BEWARE sleeve with a download code for BEWARE included.

The recording of “Stay” was released as a 7”, with Susanna’sPeople Living” (recorded live outside of Milan, Italy, performed by Kelly/Mize/Oldham) as the B-side.  The recording of “One Day at a Time” was released as a digital single.  Yusuf Islam heard it eventually, and proclaimed it his “favorite cover”.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show of the World - Streaming Now

Emmett Kelly (the Cairo Gang) writes:

I would receive a manila envelope at certain intervals. the envelopes contained finished works of lyric. completed music-less songs. I was living in the farmhouse that was once Will’s brother Paul’s home and studio. The house was somewhat of a husk of that previous existence placed in a small clearing inside of a 170 acre cornfield. I sought to live here as a come down from what had been the longest tour I had been on thus far. I was burnt out on people, and as what I find men in their late 20s tend to do, I had idealized the idea of being totally isolated from people. Live alone out in the nature, or.. on a farm. During this time, I would receive a manila envelope. In it would be 2 completed songs. And I would stand them up on my music stand and start playing guitar and messing about occasionally taking smoke(weed) breaks until my mind would start to sizzle, at which point I would ride my bike around the farms. i would ride and ride and ride until I was totally exhausted. No people anywhere, just bike, stop, bike. Ride to the taco stand, attempt to speak to the people working there(really good tacos in Shelbyville, KY!) ride home. Maybe veer off the path at times. Once I found a road I hadn't seen before and took it for a while to look at the tobacco fields turning brown as it was starting to get late in the season. There was a point when the road turned and there began this canopy of trees that covered the road like a tunnel. I rode and rode and when I reached the end of the tree tunnel, it was really starting to darken and I had no lights. I started riding back and of course got completely lost. Lost amidst endless tobacco and soybeans and corn. Old barns filled with tobacco. There was literally no hope of me finding the main road, and I rode in the dark for like 2 hours before I found some kids playing in their front yard. Straight out of a horror film, I rode up to them and asked hey, I'm really sorry, but I'm totally lost! Can you tell me how to get to the main rode.. the kids apprehensively walked up to me, saw that I was obviously confused and said. Yeah! You go that way for a little while and when you see a graveyard, turn left and take that road into Eminence, where you can meet up with the main road back to Shelbyville. Riding again, looking for a graveyard in the dark in the middle of nowhere, turn left, find Eminence! Get on the main road and ride along the shoulder with the semi-trucks and other trucks. Completely dark in the dark. I think I was wearing a straw hat. Eventually making it home, and exhausted went to sleep on the couch. Woke up to go and look at the words. Everyday it went on like this until one day I heard this noise outside the window. A huge and menacing noise, and when I went to open the curtain to look a giant machine came driving by. They were plowing the fields. And in a few hours, that enormous sizzling cornfield was no more. It was time to go. That was The Wondershow Of The World to me.

And this:

Recording the Wondershow was a wonderful respite from being in the studios we had been working in. Not that working the studios was particularly difficult or unrewarding, in fact they were all the opposite of that! But this was just us knowing that we could make our own record at home and do it how we wanted to, easily. Thats exactly what happened. It was immensely interesting to hear how Will would interpret the music I had written. I'm sure it was equally fascinating to him to hear how I imagined his words. But we never marry ourselves to a definitive version of anything. Everything is constantly morphing and changing. before this record, my experience making records with bonny was always an intense search party. We would be in a weird place, trying to do our best at being ourselves, which isn't exactly an easy task. Its like standing in front of a mirror naked, knowing that there is going to be a point when the rest of the world sees you standing there naked. you look there at your body thinking, yeah this is alright, its me, and no what the fuck, this sucks, I'm disgusting and back and forth. Everything you do comes back to you. My memory of The Wondershow was that it wasn't so much like this. It was us in “our” house. we are who we are. And it felt good. There were things I remember feeling during that session that are unusual to note. I remember cutting the drums for troublesome houses, we put the drum kit in the closet.. the drum kit was was one of those micro little I don't know what you call them, cocktail kits? But it fit right in there in the closet. This dead little room and I crawled in there and played it. I just remember feeling like I did as a kid making a clubhouse in my friend Jono’s weird little secret cupboard in the hallway. And the drums sound so good. Dead as dead can be just like I like them. i think that was a good moment for us in our paths making records. Because of course there are many approaches and many environments one can do this type of thing. But I think from that point, sorta it became the main place to make stuff. and its cool to realize you can do it sorta as good as anyone else can. haha. On the session we had with us Shahzad Ismaily mostly playing bass and some percussion and odds and ends. and for a little vocal addition our friend Phil Elverum was passing thru playing in town, and we convinced him to come and help us tell the “folks” to “go”.

Once we finished the album, we took a drive thru Oldham County and listened to it and signed off on it. I remember drinking a margarita with Will on Frankfort Ave once Shahzad left town. I said to him, “I cant believe its over!” To which he responded, “It’s only just started!” 

Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) says:

The title came from three places.  It’s the tagline for the Burt Lancaster movie TRAPEZE; it’s a mutation of the title of the awesome TV series WONDERSHOWZEN; and then our own brains loved and embraced it because it was always meant to be.  Emmett had been wrapping Bonny jams in brilliance for a number of years, and it felt like a good time to explore Cairo jams in a more fully collaborative approach, building the songs together from the ground up. I was spending a lot of time in Richmond, VA, working in a movie that eventually came out as NEW JERUSALEM, directed by Rick Alverson (who would soon direct a clip for the Bonny/Cairo jammer “New Wonder”).  In that film, I play a fundamentalist Christian, and the job required that I improvise all of my dialogue, so I was pretty deeply soaked in American Christianity at the time.  We recorded twelve songs.  In part due to the time limitations of a single LP and in part due to their sticking out a little bit, thematically and structurally, we cut two songs from the LP and simultaneously released a 7” single featuring those two songs, “You Win” and “Midday”.  My mom, Joanne, had made a lot of artwork over the years for various records.  At the time of WONDER SHOW, she was getting well into Alzheimer’s.  I asked that she make some work for the record that Emmett and I were making.  She was able to come up with a bunch of things, enough to use her spiral drawings for the full-length and a collage for the 7”.  Emmett’s dad, Chris, drew portraits of Emmett and I for the back covers of the LP and 7”.  Chris Kelly passed away soon after, and Joanne’s Alzheimer’s soon robbed her of her abilities to make further art, so the fine work that they did here represents, in tragic coincidence, the closing pieces of Chris Kelly’s and Joanne Oldham’s lives in art.

The last song on the record, “Kids”, was inspired by Piero Ciampi’sSporca Estate”, which we were asked to perform in Sicily in the year prior to the writing and recording of WONDER SHOW.

The record was made in the same little room where we made “Chijimi”.  The vocal/drum booth was a tiny cedar-lined closet that reminded us, sonically, of nothing less than the vocal booth in Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis, where the vocal sound of Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Syl Johnson was solidified.  Jim White had got us into that studio when we were in Memphis on tour.

Eventually, Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang toured the USA and then toured the Netherlands.  Simona Dalla Valle made a documentary of the latter tour called THE ROYAL DUTCH TOUR.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy with The Cairo Gang – Island Brothers – Streaming Now

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Must Be Blind – Streaming Now

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – There Is No God – Streaming Now

Will Oldham first heard Kevin Coyne and Dagmar Krause’s BABBLE record from friends Rich Schuler (the original drummer for Louisville’s King Kong). He becameengrossed and enchanted, maybe a little obsessed, to the point where he began to envision covering the entire record from beginning to end. The biggest issue Oldham faced in undertaking this endeavor was that the music required a skilled, emotional, dynamic female singing counterpart, and he hadn’t yet met someone to perfectly fit the bill. He played the record for Emmett Kelly and Kelly was similarly compelled. Then one day Kelly called Oldham to say that he might have found a singer up to the task, a musician living in Chicago named Angel Olsen. Olsen made a demo of one of the BABBLE songs and sent it to Oldham. Trusting Kelly’s instinct along with what was evident on Olsen’s demo, Oldham asked Olsen to join the Babblers, which was the name being assigned to the ensemble who would convene to make the BABBLE project real. The full band would be Kelly, Olsen and keyboard player Ben Boye, all based out of Chicago; then Oldham, bassist Danny Kiely (of the Picket Line) and drummer Van Campbell (of the Black Diamond Heavies), all out of Louisville. The first task at hand for this band was to tour the BABBLE record. Oldham bought patterned fleece hoodie-footie pajamas for everyone in the band. Each musician had to bring his or her own stage lighting. Then a tour was booked. It was billed as a Bonnie Prince Billy tour with openers The Babblers out of Shreveport, LA. Promoters along the way were told that the two acts would share gear, and that Bonny’s tour manager would handle business for both the headliners and the openers. Audiences were not informed at all about who or what the Babblers would be. The tour was a musical success.

Next up, Oldham wanted to record three singles, each single representing a significant branch of the Bonny musical story at that time. The first single was a Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang 10”, featuring two new songs, “Island Brothers” and “New Wonder” (a powerful video was shot for the latter song by filmmaker Rick Alverson). The aforementioned BABBLE sextet was the band, with a guest appearance from Rob Mazurek. The artwork was made up of photographs by New York Times photographer Damon Winter; the photos were from Winter’s coverage of the devastation wrought in Haiti by the massive earthquake of 2010.

Then, a Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy 10” single was recorded in Nashville at the studio of David Ferguson, who also played bass. Sweeney and Oldham had each separately met Ferguson during their respective workings with Rick Rubin on the Johnny Cash American Recordings. The single included “Life in Muscle”, originally conceived for (but not used in) Richard Linklater’s film FAST FOOD NATION. The other side of the record was a new song for which Oldham and Sweeney switched hats: Sweeney wrote the words for “Must Be Blind” while Oldham was responsible for the music. The great Ronnie McCoury played mandolin on the session. The back cover photo features Sweeney and Oldham at the New Orleans JazzFest, with Lionel Richie performing live on the JumboTron screen in the distant background.

Finally, a third 10” single, credited simply to Bonnie Prince Billy, was recorded in Nashville by Mark Nevers. “God is Love” had been written along with THE LETTING GO songs but never fully recorded. “There Is No God” was written for an Oldham Brothers EP that was never completed. Ben Berman made a video for “There Is No God”, introducing the character of Zombie Bonnie, who would appear in many an Oldham/Berman collaboration as the years rolled on. A ringtone was made available of Rachel Korine and Cassie Berman singing the chorus of “There Is No God”. The cover art for this single was made up of monochromatic paintings by Tracy Nakayama.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town – Streaming Now

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Quail & Dumplings – Streaming Now

In a first for him, Will Oldham scheduled a recording session and performed all of the material to be recorded PRIOR to the session itself. There was a free tour of Florida featuring Oldham with Emmett Kelly and Angel Olsen; all shows were at record stores and radio stations, no money changed hands. This helped the three singers work out some of their voice harmonies. There was also a show in Chicago’s Millenium Park at which all of the songs intended for WOLFROY GOES TO TOWN were performed. The band was the Babblers band: Oldham, Kelly, Olsen, Ben Boye, Van Campbell and Danny Kiely. For the recording, which took place in Louisville in the same small room that had previously hosted the recordings of “Chijimi” and THE WONDER SHOW OF THE WORLD, Shahzad Ismaily was brought in to oversee the engineering. The cover of WOLFROY was made by Sammy Harkham. The title comes from a painting by Lori Damiano. Two songs were recorded in Louisville later as B-sides to a “Quail & Dumplings” single (for which Ben Berman made a wonderful Polynesian video shot on Oahu). These were “Black Ice Cream”, which was written along with the LIE DOWN IN THE LIGHT group of songs but not recorded then, and “E Iesu”, a song sung in Hawaiian which was learned from a recording by Darren Benitez.



 

ARCTIC MONKEYS SHARE VIDEO FOR TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO

Arctic Monkeys | 23/07/18

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Arctic Monkeys release the title track from their current ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ album, today, Monday the 23rd of July.  The video for the track was directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown and shot in and around Reno, Nevada.

 

Stream ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ HERE

Download ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ HERE

The band’s new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ is out now, via all outlets – and is not only the band’s sixth consecutive number one album but also the fastest selling vinyl album of the last 25 years.


Forthcoming Arctic Monkeys dates are as follows:

SEPTEMBER

6 Thu       Manchester, Manchester Arena

7 Fri          Manchester, Manchester Arena                 

9 Sun        London, The O2

10 Mon      London, The O2         

12 Wed     London, The O2     

13 Thu      London, The O2                          

15 Sat         Birmingham, Birmingham Arena

16 Sun      Birmingham, Birmingham Arena

18 Tue        Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena

19 Wed      Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena  

21 Fri        Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena      

22 Sat       Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena                                  

24 Mon      Dublin, 3Arena

25 Tues     Dublin, 3Arena

27 Thu       Newcastle upon Tyne, Metro Radio Arena

28 Fri        Newcastle upon Tyne, Metro Radio Arena

The Lemon Twigs will be special guests on the September dates.    

 

CAT POWER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'WANDERER'

Cat Power | 19/07/18

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Cat Power to release new album Wanderer on October 5th

Global tour dates announced

Watch album trailer here

 

Cat Power, the vocalist, songwriter, musician, and producer Chan Marshall, will release her new album Wanderer on October 5th 2018, via Domino.

 

Watch an introduction to Wanderer here.

 

Produced in its entirety by Marshall, Wanderer includes appearances by longtime friends and compatriots, as well as guest vocals courtesy of friend and recent tour-mate Lana Del Rey. Written and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles over the course of the last few years, the new album Wanderer is a remarkable return from an iconic American voice. 

 

Wanderer’s 11 tracks encompass “my journey so far,” says Marshall. “The course my life has taken in this journey - going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between.

They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.”

 

Cat Power will be touring internationally in support of the album. See below for all dates. Tickets will be on sale on Friday July 20th at 10am local from www.catpowermusic.com

 

Wanderer is available to pre-order now on limited pressing baby blue vinyl with exclusive 7”, CD, and digital download. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

 

Album tracklisting

  1. Wanderer
  2. In Your Face
  3. You Get
  4. Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)
  5. Horizon
  6. Stay
  7. Black
  8. Robbin Hood
  9. Nothing Really Matters
  10. Me Voy
  11. Wanderer / Exit


Cat Power Tour Dates

Sat Sept 15 - Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

Tues Sept 25 - Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre *

Thurs Sept 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts *

Fri Sept 28 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *

Sun Sept 30 - New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium ^

Fri Oct 5 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Sat Oct 6 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

Mon Oct 8 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

Tues Oct 9 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

Thurs Oct 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

Fri Oct 12 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

Sat Oct 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

Tues Oct 23 – London, UK @ Roundhouse

Thurs Oct 25 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon

Fri Oct 26 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

Sun Oct 28 – Berlin, GE @ Astra

Mon Oct 29 – Zurich, SW @ X-Tra

Tues Oct 30 – Lausanne, SW @ Les Docks

Thurs Nov 1 – Barcelona, SP @ Razzamatazz

Fri Nov 2 – Madrid, SP @ Circo Price

Mon Nov 5 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon

Tues Nov 6 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz

Sat Nov 17 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

Sun Nov 18 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Wed Nov 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Fri Nov 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC

Sat Nov 24 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

Sun Nov 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

Tues Nov 27 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Wed Nov 28 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

Thurs Nov 29 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

Wed Dec 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

* with The National

 

Cat Power Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

BLOOD ORANGE ANNOUNCES FOURTH ALBUM 'NEGRO SWAN'

Blood Orange | 19/07/18

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BLOOD ORANGE
Negro Swan

Out August 24th, 2018

 

Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes returns with his fourth album as Blood Orange, Negro Swan, released on Domino on August 24, 2018.

 

Raised in England, Hynes started out as a teenage punk in the UK band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion.  In 2011, he released Coastal Grooves, the first of three solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange.  His last album, Freetown Sound, was released to critical acclaim in 2016, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a black man in America.  He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Skepta, fka twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Blondie, and many other artists, and was recently one of four artists invited to the Kennedy Center to perform alongside Philip Glass.  In addition to his production work, he scored the film Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola.

 

Negro Swan was written and produced by Hynes. Says Hynes:

 

“My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color.  A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all.  The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of HOPE, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”

 

Negro Swan will be available on August 24th 2018, with LP to follow.  The Domino Mart deluxe double LP is pressed on limited edition gold vinyl with a double sided 24 x 36 poster, and comes with MP3s. The indie retail version deluxe double LP is pressed on orange vinyl. Pre-order the album  digitally here or from the Domino Mart here.

 

Hynes will be touring in support of Negro Swan this fall.  The tour dates are below.

 

Sat July 21 - Chicago, IL - Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival

Sun Aug 5 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga Festival

Fri Sept 14 - Vancouver, BC - The Orpheum, Westward Music Festival

Sat Sept 15 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre

Sun Sept 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland

Thurs Sept 20 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre

Fri Sept 21 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

Sat Sept 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival

Wed Sept 26 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage

Thurs Sept 27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

Fri Sept 28 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

Mon Oct 1 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

Tue Oct 2 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

Sat Oct 6 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park, Austin City Limits

Sat Oct 13 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park, Austin City Limits

Mon Oct 29 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Tue Oct 30 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg

Fri Nov 2 - Paris, FR - Grande Halle de la Villette - Pitchfork Music Festival

Sat Nov 3 - Sun Nov 4 - Turin, IT - Lingotto Fiere, Club To Club Festival

Tues Nov 6 – Berlin, DE – Columbia Theatre

Wed Nov 7 - Sat Nov 10 -  Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival

Thursday Nov 8 – Copenhagen, DK – The Grey Hall

 

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: D2C CO-ORDINATOR

19/07/18

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Domino is looking for a D2C Coordinator to join our D2C team. This is a full-time role based in the London office.  The candidate will report to the D2C Manager and work across all D2C campaigns.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with strong communication skills who enjoys multi-tasking, organisation and working in a very busy environment.   Familiarity with Domino and its artists would be an asset. The role will suit someone who has existing retail or mail order experience/warehouse experience. 

Please read the job description below and send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before 5pm on Friday 3rd August, 2018. Please also state your salary requirements. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supplying in depth customer service and support
  • Processing and packing of all orders and organising the daily dispatch
  • Assist the D2C Manager on all campaign setups including project managing the marketing activity around launches and on-going campaigns
  • Assist the D2C Manager create and deliver set up assets, with social media, emails and website as well as developing templates for D2C newsletters
  • Assist the D2C Manager to compile all key data for D2C monthly reporting
  • Assist the D2C Manager on catalogue pricing monitoring
  • Work with the D2C Manager to develop D2C Dom Mart exclusives
  • Maintaining catalogue and stock levels and to evaluate sales trends
  • Report on campaigns and recommend improvements based on those findings
  • Provide general admin duties for the D2Cteam
  • Provide assistance to the Warehouse Manager to ensure the smooth overall running of the warehouse
  • You will be responsible for maintaining the Domino stock archive 

Desired skills and experience:

  • Two years of experience in customer services within E-Commerce in music or a related field
  • An understanding of the digital and physical supply chain
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • A professional manner with superior communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong computer competencies in the Microsoft package
  • An ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work to deadline and work under pressure
  • Able to build and maintain working relationships with a wide range of people and remain diplomatic and tactful in all dealings
  • Works collaboratively with others and is open and trustworthy
  • Responds calmly to pressure and challenge
  • Basic HTML, and web development experience is desirable but not essential
 

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCE NEW AUDIOVISUAL ALBUM TANGERINE REEF

Animal Collective | 16/07/18

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Tangerine Reef is a full-length audiovisual album by Animal Collective (Avey Tare, Deakin and Geologist), in collaboration with Coral Morphologic, to commemorate the 2018 International Year of the Reef. Tangerine Reef is a visual tone poem consisting of time-lapse and slow pans across surreal aquascapes of naturally fluorescent coral and cameos by alien-like reef creatures (note: no CGI or artificial enhancement was used in this film). Tangerine Reef is the sight and sound of a literal underwater collective of animals.

Tangerine Reef will be released on streaming audio services, CD, and 2xLP on August 17, 2018. The full-length film will be released on the same date at the band’s website myanimalhome.net. A limited edition color 2xLP is available to pre-order now from the Animal Collective Domino Mart store. 

Pre-order here.

Watch the music video directed by John McSwain and Coral Morphologic for “Hair Cutter” exclusively on Apple Music HERE.

 

1. Hair Cutter

2. Buffalo Tomato

3. Inspector Gadget

4. Buxom

5. Coral Understanding

6. Airpipe (To A New Transition)

7. Jake And Me

8. Coral By Numbers

9. Hip Sponge

10. Coral Realization

11. Lundsten Coral

12. Palythoa

13. Best Of Times (Worst Of All)

 

2006 - 2008, STREAMING NOW

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 03/07/18

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Letting Go - Streaming Now

If they hadn’t before, the Bonnie recording sessions by 2006 started to resemble the assemble-the-team movie genre a la THE DIRTY DOZEN or THE DOGS OF WAR.  Here’s how the LETTING GO team members, all experts in their own spheres of musical excellence, came to be a part of the recording session that yielded such a record.

Of course, Paul Oldham was deeply enmeshed in the Bonny zone, having recorded and/or played on almost all of the Bonny sessions up to this point.  Jim White had worked with Will Oldham on multiple tours and recording sessions.  The newcomers were Emmett Kelly, Valgeir Sigurdsson and Dawn McCarthy.

Oldham had met Kelly on numerous occasions, always in Chicago, always late at night at the Rainbo Club.  It’s not what you think, although it would be fine if it were.  It wasn’t until Kelly came through Louisville as part of Azita Youssefi’s touring band that Oldham realized what kind of power Kelly had at his disposal. He asked Emmett to join the session, sending him demos for the songs as well as a copy of WORLD LIBRARY OF FOLK AND PRIMITIVE MUSIC VOLUME V: YUGOSLAVIA and asked that Emmett attempt to fuse the two in his mind.

Oldham had met Bjork through Harmony Korine, and eventually Bjork invited Oldham to join her tour as an opening act.  During this tour, Oldham got to know musician/producer/recording engineer Valgeir SigurdssonValgeir suggested that they tackle a project together, and the idea was filed away.  Oldham and Valgeir met again when Bjork and Matthew Barney asked Oldham to record the voice part for a piece on their collaborative film-and-music project DRAWING RESTRAINT 9Valgeir was the engineer on that session, and once again brought up the idea of working together on something.  Oldham had just been building the collection of songs that would be THE LETTING GO, and leapt at the chance to bring the songs to Valgeir’s Greenhouse studio in Reykjavik.

Dawn McCarthy’s main public musical endeavors existed under the name FAUN FABLES.  Oldham had first heard FF’s MOTHER TWILIGHT record in the house of a Seattle audience member who had allowed the Bonny band to pitch tents in his back yard after a show.  It was a life-changing moment for Will.  He soon contacted McCarthy and asked if Faun Fables might be willing and able to open some shows on a Bonny tour.  She agreed, and came along as a solo act, traveling in the Bonny van (the “Freedom Joint”) together with the whole band.  Will and Dawn worked out the Everly BrothersSo Sad (to Watch Good Love Go Bad)”, which they performed together during the tour.  Dawn the Faun’s mysteries only got huger, to Oldham, so he invited her to come work on a slew of new songs.  He sent her demos of the songs that he’d recorded onto a handheld cassette player.  She brought the demos with her on a Faun Fables tour and began to work out her parts, which she then laid down using a cassette 4-track machine.  When Oldham heard the first moments of Dawn’s demos, he knew the record was going to work.

On the way to Iceland, Oldham played a couple of shows in Venice, Italy with Current 93.  At one of the shows, he played most of the new songs about to be recorded in Rejkyavik.  It was winter of 2005, and the nights in Iceland were long indeed.  The assembled musicians got to work.  Once acceptable takes were gathered for all of the songs, everyone piled into a car and drove into the wilderness, to a cabin owned by Valgeir’s family.  Valgeir cooked a feast of whale meat, and the recordings were listened to.  There was satisfaction in this listening session.  It should be noted that each band member plays a keyboard solo on at least one song on the record.

Everybody flew home.  Oldham and Valgeir agreed that many of the songs called for string arrangements.  Oldham suggested his cousin Ryder McNair as an arranger, and Valgeir suggested composer Nico Muhly.  They compromised and sent the recordings to both arrangers, agreeing to listen to the results with open minds.  In the end, two each of McNair’s and Muhly’s were the obvious best choices, while the arrangements of both were put into play for “The Seedling”Oldham came back to Iceland for the recording of the strings and for the mixing of the record.

During the break between tracking and mixing, Oldham had found a book called GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT on a remainder table at a book store.  The title struck him, because Oldham recognized it as a lyric from the Mekons song “Oblivion” (he didn’t recognize it as an Emily Dickinson line, which is its original provenance).  He brought the book with him to the mixing sessions, and buried his nose in it while Valgeir twiddled knobs.  The record was originally going to be called WAI, but Oldham was concerned that such a title was more than a little confusing.  It was from the pages of Chip Brown’s GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT that the title for THE LETTING GO was fixed upon, as well as the title for the song “Then the Letting Go” (originally titled “Letting Go of a Little Girl”).  There were many Emily Dickinson tie-ins, many unintentional.  The last track on the record (not counting the ‘hidden’ cover of “Ebb Tide”) is “I Called You Back”; Oldham later learned that the epitaph on Dickinson’s headstone reads “Called Back”.

The cover photographs for THE LETTING GO were taken on the windward side of Oahu by Oldham.  British artist Becky Blair painted paintings for the artwork.  Three TV commercials were made with Neil Hamburger prior to the release of the record.  Videos were made by Oscar Parsons, Jennifer Parsons, and Will Oldham for “Strange Form of Life” and “Ebb Tide”, by Andy Bruntel for “Cursed Sleep”, "The Seedling" video by Aran Reo Mann and by Vernon Chatham and John Lee for “Lay and Love”.  Coincidentally, BPB was asked to perform on the Conan O’Brian show on the release day, September 11th 2006.  The band for this performance included Jim White, Matt Sweeney, Paul Oldham and Andrew WK, and they played “Strange Form of Life”.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Ask Forgiveness - Streaming Now

Like GREATEST PALACE MUSIC before it, ASK FORGIVENESS was more explicitly a master class than a regular record-building session.  In the case of the former, Mark Nevers facilitated an experience in which Will Oldham could butt heads, in the best of ways, with the seasoned and storied top-tier session musicians of Nashville.  And the meat of those sessions was that interaction and the subsequent interactions with Oldham’s friends and comrades on previously-recorded songs.  ASK FORGIVENESS was about working with Meg Baird and Greg Weeks, both then of the group EspersOldham had seen Espers perform in Santa Monica at McCabe’s, on a bill with Michael Hurley. Listening to the Espers records, he was particularly taken by their collection of covers THE WEED TREE.  And so he figured to ask Weeks and Baird if they’d join him in tackling a set of other people’s songs, just as an opportunity to working the same room with them on somewhat equal footing.  Further, Oldham thought it would be good to collect others’ songs that focused specifically on first-person identity themes, songs including Phil Ochs’My Life” and Glenn Danzig’sAm I Demon?”  These were songs that had been in Oldham’s brain for most of his life; a song Frank Sinatra had popularized, “Cycles”, had been in Oldham’s record collection since before his voice broke.  Oldham mashed up two Merle Haggard hits here, “The Way I Am” (written by Sonny Throckmorton) and “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am”, in the middle of which medley he jammed a line from the Mekons’ “(Sometimes I Feel Like) Fletcher Christian”. The record was recorded in Week’s studio in Philadelphia during a very hot summer.  The mastering engineer was Paul Hammond, who went over the sparse takes with a fine toothcomb with Oldham by his side, mouth agape.  Lori D drew some of the artwork elements and designed the poster.  The front cover is a pencil drawing of Oldham, intended to mimic the solipsism of the songs’ subject matters.  The pencil artist was a high school classmate of Oldham’s, Timothy StillOldham and Still had not seen each other in many years; Oldham found one of Still’s business cards advertising his artistic skills pinned to a bulletin board in southern Indiana.  Also featured in the artwork were photographs that Oldham had taken of kids in Kashmir and Ladakh many years earlier.

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Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Wai Notes - Streaming Now

Dawn McCarthy’s work on the demos for THE LETTING GO are very special.  Though the sound quality is objectively poor, the artistry on display is epic.  It’s understandable that for a small but strong audience, audio fidelity is hardly a matter worth discussing; we get the music however we can, however it exists.  With this in mind, it was decided that a small run (though not small enough, as there are still physical copies available) of the Oldham/McCarthy demos be pressed as a CD, under the title WAI NOTES (WAI being the original intended title of THE LETTING GO).  The artwork is by Magnus Johnstone, then of Blue Hill, Maine.  Oldham had learned of Johnstone’s MANGA zine through artist Spencer SweeneyOldham had commissioned pieces from Johnstone before for t-shirts and for the Amalgamated Sons of Rest EP (made with Alasdair Roberts and Jason Molina).  WAI NOTES features most of the songs from THE LETTING GO, plus the song “God is Love” which was later rewritten, rerecorded, and released as the b-side of the “There Is No God” single.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lie Down In The Light - Streaming Now

When Will Oldham was working with Andy Bruntel on the “Cursed Sleep” video in Atascadero, CA, he got a telephone call from his mother announcing that his father had died very suddenly and unexpectedly.  This event began a distinct shift in color and practice for Bonny endeavors.  Oldham advanced to Louisville, KY to see what was what.  He decided to buy a house there, and to lay low for a spell.  The first time he ventured out of Louisville after his father’s death, it was at the invitation of Mark Nevers, who asked Oldham to come to Nashville to sing “Knoxville Girl” with Charlie Louvin for a new Louvin record.  Oldham went to Nevers’ Beech House studio and sang his parts on the same day that George Jones came in to sing with Louvin.  The experience reminded Oldham that Nevers’ place was a strong and safe fortress for music-making, and seeds were planted for the planning of the making of the next full-length record, LIE DOWN IN THE LIGHT.

Since THE LETTING GO, Oldham had done a tour of Switzerland and Italy as a duo with Alex Nielson playing drums (Oldham had met Nielson during the recording of Alasdair Roberts’ NO EARTHLY MAN in Aberdeenshire, Scotland).  At Bad Bonn in Dudingen, Switzerland, Nielson and Oldham played a show with Faun Fables, who were themselves touring as the duo of Dawn McCarthy and Shahzad Ismaily, with Ismaily on drums.  Faun Fables and Bonny Billy did a few Swiss shows together, and over that time a friendship and musical connection grew between Oldham and Ismaily.

Then on a longer and more ambitious tour of the western USA and Canada (documented somewhat on the live CD WILDING IN THE WEST), Oldham met Ashley Webber when she opened a show in Victoria on Vancouver Island.  He had never heard a voice quite like Webber’s.  Once home in Kentucky, he began to construct duets with the hope that Webber would be able and willing to record them with him.  They corresponded, and she agreed.

Also during this period, Oldham had played a small part in a film called WENDY AND LUCY, directed by Kelly Reichardt.  On set, he met Katy Kolego, who was working in the production crew.  He asked her to come to Nashville to be the production coordinator for the recording session.  She got everybody there and kept every body fed and comfortable.

Emmett Kelly (guitar), Paul Oldham (bass), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion), and Ashley Webber (voice) joined Oldham at Beech House for the recording of LIE DOWN IN THE LIGHT.  The songs tackled were all Oldham constructions except for “I’ll Be Glad”, which was written by Shannon StephensJai Agnish, of Flygirl magazine, had sent Stephens’ music to Oldham a few years before.

Marty Slayton returned to sing as part of the choir.  Nevers brought Pete Finney in to play pedal steel; it thrilled Oldham to no end learning that Finney worked regularly with one of Oldham’s heroes, Patty LovelessNevers close friend and colleague Tony Crow brought his keyboard magic to the table, and Oldham first worked with percussionist Ben Martin on these sessions as well.

Oldham was familiar with Scott Colburn’s work on Sun City Girls’ records and hired Colburn to master this new record.  Paul Oldham remixed “Keep Eye on Other’s Gain” in Shelbyville, KY.

The front cover of the record was drawn by Joanne Oldham, Will’s mother.  She had long been fascinated by Gauguin’s paintings of Jacob wrestling with the angel, demanding salvation.  It was Will’s intention to photographically pay tribute to Gustave Courbet’sL’Origine du Monde” for the inside artwork; ultimately he balked at the self-set challenge.  Still, he asked his mother to modify Courbet’sThe Wrestlers” so that it depicted, with a wildly unnatural color palette, the biblical Jacob story.

The whole idea behind the making of the record is wrapped up in its title; when in doubt, Oldham defaulted to a relaxed acceptance of good energy and momentum as often as possible.  The record was released quietly; most of the promotional capital was spent on bus-bench advertisements in cities around the country.  No review copies were sent out, nor announcements made in advance of the record’s release.


 
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