On April 29th, I had the great opportunity to see Will Oldham and Alan Licht read passages from Rudy Wurlitzer's Slow Fade (along with Wurlitzer himself) with musical accompaniment from Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny and a slide show packed with a multitude of dazzling images. I was aware yet unfamilar with Wurlitzer's work as a writer and screenwriter, so to hear these words for the first time in this setting was an awesome experience.
After the reading, I saw Will Oldham outside and asked him if he would want to do a phone interview, a sort of follow-up to the e-mail one we did back in December. He said yes, and a week later we recorded this interview.
This has been a productive year for Oldham, as in addition to reading Wurlitzer's novel live, he's also recorded an audiobook of it, and crafted singles with Emmett Kelly and Matt Sweeney, with more to come on the way. Check it out after the jump!