October 29, 2009 – 3:19 pm

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Transfigurations Festival 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC, August 14, 2009. Excellent soundboard.

Will Oldham aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy aka Palace Music et al could be a lo-fi’s answer to alt-country/folk, a kind of a Sebadoh in a parallel lo-fi universe. With a voluminous output (as in Sebadoh) that will prove daunting to everyone except the dedicated, Oldham proves himself continually charming in his off-kilter vocal style that ranges from yelps to yodels, whenever he feels like it.

Oldham would well take melody lessons from fellow alt-country mate, Lambchop, but it’s perhaps Oldham’s unpretentious intimacy that’s his charm. Listen to New Partner if you don’t believe me. It’s the alternative Always on My Mind without ol’ Willie’s whine. Instead young Will confesses his new love interest to his old one with a whispery humility and gets away with it.

There are the classics such as I See A Darkness (which Johnny Cash covered) and even an odd-ball tribute to the current recession with a cover of the Frank Sinatra chestnut, Cycles. It’s strange that Oldham’s cover versions are so incredibly heartfelt because his cover of Chris Knox’s My Only Friend (done here to generate royalties for Knox’s recent stroke) is the most memorable track at this gig. Part of the Transfigurations Festival hosted by Harvest Records, this is an excellent soundboard recording. - Philip Cheah

Thanks to threelobed for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Careless Love (4.9MB)
Track 102. My Only Friend (Chris Knox) (8.4MB)
Track 103. Willow Trees Bend (7.0MB)
Track 104. Beware My Only Friend (5.9MB)
Track 105. Easy Does It (10.4MB)
Track 106. Love Comes To Me (7.7MB)
Track 107. You Remind Me Of Something (The Glory Goes) (5.0MB)
Track 108. Wolf Among Wolves (5.0MB)
Track 109. Cursed Sleep (7.6MB)
Track 110. Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone (5.2MB)
Track 111. 2/15 / New Partner (9.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Nomadic Revery (All Around) (7.7MB)
Track 202. Cycles (5.6MB)
Track 203. I See A Darkness (7.7MB)
Track 204. You Are Lost / Same Love Makes Me Laugh (7.0MB)
Track 205. A Minor Place (4.7MB)
Track 206. Face Him (4.8MB)
Track 207. I’ll Be Glad (Shannon Stephens) (3.0MB)
Track 208. I Won’t Ask Again (6.8MB)
Track 209. Only Someone Running (4.5MB)

Click here to order Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s latest album, Beware.

  1. 5 Responses to “BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY - ASHEVILLE, NC 2009”


    By Ryan on Oct 30, 2009

  3. Great sound!

    Amazing show!


    By Davey on Oct 30, 2009

  4. Thank you very much - I saw him in Paris and it was great

    By Lisa on Oct 30, 2009

  5. Superb, thank you


    By Collie on Oct 31, 2009

  6. Thanks very much for posting!! Please keep posted!!

    By Sidney on Nov 19, 2009

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