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Bonnie Prince Billy – a new cover now, a new album coming, 2009 Tour Dates (Apollo Theater) & Wendy & Lucy

Will Oldham as Icky in Wendy and Lucy
Will Oldham

Kelly Reichardt’s latest film, “Wendy and Lucy,” is 80 minutes long — it would fit inside Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia” twice, with room to spare — and does not contain a superfluous word or shot. Like “Old Joy” (2006), Ms. Reichardt’s modest and critically beloved second feature, “Wendy and Lucy” takes place mainly outdoors and registers the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with unostentatious affection. [NY Times]

An icky looking Will Oldham plays Icky in the film that is playing now at Film Forum in NYC. Full list of theaters HERE.

When Will Oldham isn’t acting, he’s making usually-beautiful music – sometimes as Will Oldham, sometimes as Palace, and often as Bonnie Prince Billy. This week a new BPB song became available on iTunes and Amazon. It’s a cover of the Yusuf Islam song “One Day At A Time”. Consider the song a teaser for the full album of new material being released soon by Drag City & Domino…

On 16 March 2009 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is to release his new, biggest and most ambitious album ‘Beware’ on Domino (in the UK).

Joining Bonny deep in the mix of Beware, the roll-call of top players include the band (Josh Abrams, Jennifer Hutt, Emmett Kelly and Michael Zerang) and special guests (Dee Alexander, Leroy Bach, Jim Becker, Robert Cruz, DV DeVincentis, Jon Langford, Greg Leisez, Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell and Azita Youseffi)!

Drag City is still not listing a US release date. You can hear Will play the new song “You Can’t Hurt Me Now” live on WNYC. Full album tracklisting below.

Speaking of live, Bonnie Prince Billy has a bunch of shows lined up for 2009 including the just added May 21st show at the legendary Apollo Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday February 6th at 10am.

Like-minded artists Cat Power and M Ward also have shows coming up at the Apollo which is celebrating its 75th anniversary of holding “Amateur Night”. Ryan Adams, Antony, and Jenny Lewis all played shows there recently.

All BPB tour dates below…

Beware Tracklisting:
1. Beware Your Only Friend
2. You Can’t Hurt Me Now
3. My Life’s Work
4. Death Final
5. Heart’s Arms
6. You Don’t Love Me
7. You Are Lost
8. I Won’t Ask Again
9. I Don’t Belong to Anyone
10. There Is Something I Have To Say
11. I Am Goodbye
12. Without Work, You Have Nothing
13. Afraid Ain’t Me

Bonnie Prince Billy – 2009 Tour Dates
Thursday, March 12 – Bloomington, IN, Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Friday, March 13 – Urbana, IL, Independent Media Center
Saturday, March 14 – Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
Monday, March 16 – Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews
Tuesday, March 17 – Iowa City, IA, The Picador
Wednesday, March 18 – Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall
Thursday, March 19 – Minneapolis, MN, The McGuire Theater (Walker)
Saturday, March 21 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Pyramid Cabaret
Sunday, March 22 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada, Broadway Theatre
Monday, March 23 – Edmonton, AB, Canada, McDougall United Church
Tuesday, March 24 – Calgary, AB, Canada, MacEwan Hall
Wednesday, March 25 – Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Vogue Theatre
Thursday, March 26 – Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
Friday, March 27 – Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
Sunday, March 29 – Sonoma, CA, Sonoma County Historic Church
Monday, March 30 – San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
Thursday, April 2 – Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre
Saturday, April 4 – Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Sunday, April 5 – Denver, CO, The Bluebird Theater
Tuesday, April 7 – Lawrence, KS, The Granada
Thursday, April 9 – Omaha, NE, The Waiting Room
Friday, April 10 – St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
Saturday, April 11 – Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
April 20 – London, Royal Festival Hall
April 22 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
April 23 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
Thursday, May 21 – New York, NY, Apollo Theater
Saturday, May 23 – Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
Sunday, May 24 – Charlottesville, VA, Fry’s Spring Beach Club

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