Palace Brothers – There is No One What Will Take Care of You
Drag City, 1993
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2007
It is amazing how many Will Oldham records I own. I have like, 7 of them and I don't even really listen to Will Oldham that much. Regardless, they're all pretty fucking good and deserve more play. This is his first, released under the Palace Brothers moniker. This is a little more ramshackle than most Oldham records, and though produced by Steve Albini, it sounds a little off. Regardless, it's still pretty fucking good. It's got some pretty excellent jams on it, too. Such as “Idle Hands are the Devil's Playthings” and “(I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit.” He's from Kentucky, so the Appalachian Folk thing comes pretty naturally, but Oldham's always done an excellent job of running it through his own filter. He's always been a folk singer, but on his own terms. His own, weirdass terms. This record definitely has some Woody Guthrie in it, though, which is absent from the rest of his releases (Peep “Pulpit”). He sounds raw here, yet ready to become the creepy uncle of indie rock.