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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Afternoon Bites: Guy Picciotto Interviewed, Shane Carruth Returns, Will Oldham’s Soundtrack, and More

Guy Picciotto was interviewed by Daniel Ralston for The Low Times. Mira Ptacin talked with Katherine Boo. Fans of Will Oldham, surfing, or gender studies may have an interest in this documentary… The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is holding a conference next month. Lindsey Zoladz on the first of Bikini Kill’s reissues. Jerry Saltz looks at Glenn Beck’s forays into the art world. (Spoiler: he is unimpressed.) Slate spotlights the overlooked books of 2012. Alissa Guzman on Now Dig This! Art […]

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