Will Oldham is coming to town as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, accompanied by players from his Chijimi EP: Cheyenne Marie Mize and Emmett Kelly. It’s a special performance — just one of three on this mini tour — that will likely incorporate a fair amount of songs the trio played at a sacred music festival in Milan.
I am super looking forward to Ty Segall’s new album TWINS which comes out on Drag City October 9th. Drag City just sent out a commercial that pairs footage from the Chicago Film Archive with songs called LAWNMOWER MAN 2:BEYOND CYBERSPACE, WHITE CHICKS and THE STUPIDS. This commercial was assembled by Kent Lambert so we can peep put the record. Watch it above. Tour dates after the jump.
It’s never a bad idea to head to Used Kids for “vinyl Monday,” at which you get 20% off all used vinyl all day. And tonight there’s even more reason to go. Drag City alums Magik Markers will play a free in-store show. Hometown scuzzies Psychedelic Horseshit will open, along with Ryan Jewell. Things kick off about 5pm. BYOB, hunt for some records, listen to some good/loud music and be reminded of how lucky we are to have a place like Used Kids.
Ty Segall’s first single “the Hill” from his upcoming album TWINS is below. You can buy it on I-Tunes. Or in physical form on a 7 Inch with “Major Lemonade” on the flip. “Twins” will be released on Drag City Records September 4th.
Here’s another one from Blues Control off the Drag City release Valley Tangents. According to The Quietus, director Clémence Hébert filmed this on the Danish island of Tunø in the Kattegat Sea. If you need a little nature in your life, or you’re in bonfire withdrawal but can’t get out of the office, this is a good substitute. And a good soundtrack.
Many are still mourning the passing of immensely talented and woefully overlooked country singer Larry Jon Wilson. But to celebrate his music, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Columbus’s the Black Swans “Sing Larry Jon Wilson” on this new Drag City seven-inch. The Bonnie Prince, with some help from Cheyenne Mize, tackles “Bertrand My Son” off Wilson’s 1975 Monument Records debut New Beginnings. Jerry DeCicca, who produced LJW’s self-titled “comeback” album released on Drag City last year (my fav of ’09), enlisted his Black Swans to do “The Man I Wish For You,” an unreleased song that DeCicca says he found “rotting away on a reel-to-reel in the EMI basement in Nashville.” (Drummer/Orchestraville alum Keith Hanlon recorded the session at the Grandview Heights Public Library.)
LJW is a particularly difficult artist to cover. His rich, Georgia baritone and singular guitar style gave all his songs an inimitable feel, and any songs he covered became Wilsonized so much that you’d think they were his songs all along. These two tracks succeed in much the same way while still paying homage and communicating a reverence to a man DeCicca and Oldham revered.
Artwork was screenprinted by Nick Nocera of Alison Rose. In Columbus, you can find several copies for $7 apiece at Yeah, Me Too coffee in Clintonville; the rest of the world will have to wait till Sept. 21 when Drag City will exclusively handle distro.