Will Oldham Narrates a “Bats of the Republic” Trailer

Zachary Thomas Dodson’s ornately-strucutured novel Bats of the Republic is having a good couple of months: most recently, it was named as one of the competitors in this year’s Tournament of Books. And now there’s a new trailer for it, narrated by one Will Oldham. This isn’t Oldham’s first literary collaboration, either: a couple of years ago, he narrated the audiobook version of Rudolph Wurlitzer’s Slow Fade. (If you’re so inclined, you can also see the video for Bonnie ‘Prince’ […]

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Will Oldham, Craft Beer, and Bars’ Backyards

On Saturday evening, I staked out a spot at the Williamsburg bar Spuyten Duyvil, ordered a pint of beer, and waited for Will Oldham to show up. The occasion was a release event for an EP and a particular brew that served as a collaboration between Oldham, the band Watter, and Baltimore’s Stillwater Artisanal, a craft brewery who’ve done a handful of collaborations with musicians, including Lower Dens. The band, Bonnie Stillwatter, was doing a lightning round of appearances, stopping […]

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Afternoon Bites: Brontë in Miniature, Lonnie Holley’s Art and Music, Will Oldham’s Beer Songs, Bowie Collaborations, and More

  “Perhaps best known as a visual artist, Holley began his artistic endeavors in the late ‘70s as a sculptor, carving two gravestones from scavenged foundry stone for his young nieces who had recently died in a house fire. He branched out into painting and found-material collage, using discarded scrap metal, wire, wood, and whatever else he was able to haul. A creative polymath, Holley released Just Before Music in November 2012 on Dust-to-Digital, his first recorded work to see the light […]

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