Chicago’s venerable Drag City turns 30 years young in 2019. In perhaps typical fashion, the label doesn’t seem to be doing much in the way of commemoration — no star-studded festival, no limited edition boxed set, no self-congratulatory excess. Instead, Drag City is doing what it’s always done: releasing great records.
But those past glories deserve a little celebration, don’t they? That’s why the Aquarium Drunkard team has put together this eclectic guide to Drag City’s immense catalog: 30 masterpieces for 30 years.
No stranger to covers, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy returned to the fold earlier this month via his latest long-player, Best Troubador . An inspired collection of Merle Haggard covers, the vinyl edition of the double album arrived […]
It’s back. Welcome to the first installment of Aquarium Drunkard’s re-tooled podcast. Picking up where the Sidecar (Transmissions) left off, consider this new program a late night broadcast exploring pop culture through an esoteric lens, focusing on music, […]
Will “ Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy ” Oldham has a habit of materializing in interesting places: behind the camera, shooting the cover of Slint’s Spiderland ; behind Johnny Cash , singing background vocals on the Man in Black’s cover of his song, “I […]
This month often finds Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Dawn McCarthy’s warm and luminous cover of the Everly Brothers’ “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” on steady repeat. It’s perfectly cozy and bittersweet (Christmas in a nutshell) […]
Here I was given the great opportunity to interview Masaki Batoh . I became aware of some of Batoh’s work in the mid-1990’s when a relationship between Batoh’s band Ghost was begun with the Drag City record label […]
If you missed our interview with the Bonnie ‘Prince’ last month, you can find that, here . Below is the new video for “New Black Rich (Tusks)” 7″ , culled from Oldham’s 2014 LP, Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues , directed by Claudia Crobatia . Tusks, indeed. […]
Doug Paisley and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are individually responsible for two of this year’s most sublime collections of folk rock, Strong Feelings and Singer’s Grave A Sea of Tongues. In a gorgeous case of real recognizing real, the songwriters have teamed for “Until […]
On August 27th Chicago-based label Drag City announced a new Bonnie “Prince” Billy album, Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues , by uploading a staged interview with Will Oldham, the cryptic force and songwriter behind the “Prince” Billy moniker, dubbed […]
One thing fans of Chicago-based Drag City Records have always hoped for was a full-album collaboration by their two all-star players, Will Oldham and David Berman. To this date, that has yet to happen. However, […]
A retrospective journey through the ever-evolving world of Will Oldham – spanning the lo-fi, acoustic Palace recordings of the early 90s, to the polished country/folk of the very prolific Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Palace :: A Retrospective Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy :: A Retrospective
The second entry of our new cult film column, Videodrome , went live this week focusing on the 1977 revenge fandango, Rolling Thunder – a film I was initially turned onto in 2005 via the Bonnie ‘Prince’ […]
John Denver died in a plane crash in 1997 — several years later the compilation Take Me Home: A Tribute To John Denver was released via Badman Recordings. Guiding the artist roster, the compilation sonically concentrated on the somber stylings of the […]
No stranger to collaboration, Will Oldham (the Bonnie ‘Prince’) once again finds himself working with Dawn McCarthy on the pair’s new LP, What The Brothers Sang — a 13 track tribute to the Everly Brothers, out today via Drag City Records . […]