Posted in books | music on March 25, 2011

Slow Fade

Will Oldham has a new release coming in the form of a Slow Fade audiobook...

Bonny reads Rudy! Sung and unsung heroes sink in the sunset in this 1984 novel. Until we put the print edition out this summer, you got to listen!

Read by Will Oldham with D.V. DeVincentis.

"The story alternates between [Wesley] Hardin in Santa Fe, Mexico, and New York --shooting a last-stand Western until the producer blows the whistle and shuts off the funds, generating a cinéma vérité chronicle of his own life--and A.D. and Walker writing their script on the road, so that each movement in the present is complemented by an additional piece of the past uncovered. Apart from generating a respectable amount of plot suspense, this narrative counterpoint allows Wurlitzer to pursue a satirical bent as he charts both fantasy trips, which becomes a contrast between the spiritual excesses of two generations: Yosemite Sam and Mr. Natural, each on a suicide mission." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum

Slow Fade is out digitally and on 5 CDs on April 19th via Drag City. A week later Will is hitting the road for a very short tour to help promote the book by reading from it live. On April 29th you can catch him at both Spoonbill & Sugartown in Brooklyn and at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. The latter's website points out that there will be musical accompaniment by Ben Chasny (SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE). All dates below..

Will Oldham Reading from the novel SLOW FADE by Rudolph Wurlitzer
4/26/11 The Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline MA
4/27/11 Montague Bookmill Montague MA
4/28/11 Basilica Hudson Hudson NY
4/29/11 Spoonbill & Sugartown Brooklyn NY
4/29/11 Anthology Film Archives New York NY



Comments (10)

there's only one fucking act I like less than the Strokes, it's Will fucking Oldham. I have a theory - the type of people that like Will Oldham are the same type that liked Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass, and Arthur Fiedler. Not music fans at all. Just morons. Drones. asleap, or if they keep listening they soon will be.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 3:57 PM

^ fool

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 4:27 PM

^^ Will Oldham / Herb Alpert / Boston Pops fan

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 4:31 PM

It's kind of funny to troll a Will Oldham thread.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 4:40 PM

just typing what i feel. this ain't fucking Russia yet.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 4:43 PM

Good point this isn't Russia

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 5:29 PM

In Communist Russia, blog trolls you!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 6:37 PM

Love both musicians. And Wurlitzer too. Not psyched about how overcrowded these events are going to be, however. Oh well, I'll chance it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 6:39 PM

I always lump Will Oldham in with the Strokes. They are the same exact kind of music and underlying ideologies.

I also think people who like Britney Spears are the same kinds of no-account assholes who love Captain Beefheart just because he's dead.

I'm going to go listen to some Minutemen and The DeFranco family now because I'm a hipster and hipsters like both of those bands a lot so I have to listen to them.

Posted by Dave | March 26, 2011 9:56 PM


What underlying ideologies (more than one?) do Will Oldham share with the Strokes? Pray tell.

Don't leave us hanging, dude...

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2011 6:10 PM

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