Bonnie “Prince” Billy: December 7, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 3, 2011

[Photos by Barry Yanowitz. Visit his website for these and many other excellent photos]

Will Oldham is one of those musical old souls, whose sound is impeccably ageless. With songs that incorporate elements of Americana, folk, country, rock, punk, blues, and a tinge of gospel, he is the consummate American artist, carrying in his haunting voice the sound of six generations’ worth of hardscrabble and heartbreak. Oldham has recorded in recent years under the moniker Bonnie “Prince” Billy, with this particular roster of players dubbed Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang. Although they were opening for Yo La Tengo on the seventh night of their incredible Hanukkah run at Maxwell’s, Oldham and the band treated us to a full-length set that leaned heavily on Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang’s current release on Drag City, The Wonder Show of the World, but also showcased some rare and unusual numbers, including a cover of Willie Nelson’s “In God’s Eyes”, and the Hasidic spiritual “Dark’cho”. The players comprising the Cairo Gang gave each song the benefit of rich, full arrangements that highlighted Oldham’s unforgettable vocals. In particular, I was blown away by the soulful “Teach Me To Bear You” from The Wonder Show of the World, with an extended, more rocking closing than on the record. Having enjoyed Oldham’s records for years, it was truly a holiday gift to finally experience this incredible artist and songwriter’s live show.

Special thanks go to Will Oldham for approving this recording.

I recorded this set from the same spot as the other sets we have posted from this concert series, using a soundboard feed and the Schoeps supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Teach Me To Bear You”:

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Hoboken, NJ USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41+Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, clamp to soundboard booth, mics at 7.5′, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (EQ AUD source, mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang are:
Will Oldham, voice
Emmett Kelly, guitar/voice
Danny Kiely, bass
Van Campbell, drums
Angel Olsen, voice
Ben Boye, keys

Tracks [Total Time 1:06:09]
1. The World’s Greatest [R. Kelly]>Island Brothers
2. Easy Does It
3. Someone Coming Through
4. -banter-
5. Teach Me To Bear You
6. Troublesome Houses
7. In God’s Eyes [Willie Nelson]
8. New Wonder
9. Go Folks, Go
10. I Never Thought My Love Would Leave Me
11. -banter-
12. Merciless and Great
13. Darkecho Elokeino
14. The Sounds Are Always Begging

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Will Oldham’s other projects, visit his website, and purchase his official releases from Drag City records here.

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5 Responses to Bonnie “Prince” Billy: December 7, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

  1. Sam
    January 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks. What a beautiful performance.

  2. January 9, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Wow, this is wonderful. Many thanks.

  3. baru rian
    January 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Really excellent sound quality! Thank you for sharing this. We don’t see enough of him in Japan so this is a real treat.

  4. Keychain
    March 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

    This is simply an instant classic. Beautiful, funny, touching, chilling…

    Thanks for recording and sharing this!

  5. July 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Really excellent work, NYTapers! I’m a 2+ decades fan of Will Oldham … going way back to the first Palace recordings … and these are fantastic.

    I’m also a taper hack, myself (here in Houston and wherever I might find myself with a few mics and my H4N) and I have to commend you on the quality. So noise free and the ambient sounds (in large part due to a killer crowd I’m sure) are perfectly captured for giving an impression of the room.

    Mad applause. So happy to have found this.


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