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Empty Cellar has announced the latest single by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang, “We Love Our Hole” b/w “I’ll be Alright”.  It was recorded for “SPIRIT OF AKASHA”, a film/soundtrack celebrating 40 years of the classic 1971 Australian surf film “Morning of the Earth.”  Pre-order, HERE.  Released 17 June 2014.



Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Bad Man,
off his self-titled record.
Video made by Claudia Crobatia

from A.O.



The Cairo Gang “Tiny Rebels”
from the forthcoming mini-album “Tiny Rebels,” out on July 23rd via Empty Cellar and The Disneyland Reform Party.  Pre-order, HERE.
Music Film by Angel Olsen

“Tiny Rebels” is a new collection of songs by The Cairo Gang. they are about awareness. They show a new economy in the work of The Cairo Gang’s leader Emmett Kelly, conjuring up quick and defined songs un-housed in the shimmering of two burning electric 12-string guitars. –Empty Cellar



COMFORT MUSIC: The Cairo Gang,
live at Comfort Station, Logan Square, Chicago 8/2/12 
The Cairo Gang a.k.a. Emmett Kelly is well known as a Will Oldam/Bonnie Prince Billy’s current collaborator.


Cairo Gang:
Emmett Kelly: Guitar, vocals
Sam Wagster: 12 string
Ben Boye: harmonium
Evan Hydzik: percussion, vocals
Adam Wozniak: bass



taken from the forthcoming album “The Corner Man” by The Cairo Gang, due out on October 23rd via Empty Cellar Records. Available for presale, HERE.

On this effort Emmett is joined by Chicago musicians Leroy Bach (The Boogie Band, Wilco), Ben Babbitt (Pillars and Tongues, This Is Cinema) Sam Wagster (The Father Costume), avant-garde pianist Ben Boye. Mixed with worldly recording wizard David Vandervelde and mastered by Paul Oldham. 

Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang will release an exclusive 10″ single “Island Brothers” for supporting Edge Outreach’s efforts in Haiti providing them with pure water and education, the single features two previously unreleased songs (Island Brothers / New Wonder), out on February 22nd via Drag City.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang – New Wonder, from the single.
Directed by R. Alverson whose second feature film “New Jerusalem” starring Colm O’Leary and Will Oldham will make its North American debut at SXSW.


























Scott Tuma – Red Rose For Me

Scott Tuma – Hope Jones (Jason’s Song)

Both tracks are taken from Scott Tuma’s latest full length “Dandelion” (Digitalis Industries / Limited Vinyl edition, still available at here / Artwork: Chris Koelle).  Scott Tuma is best known as the former member of Chicago’s Souled American in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s, then his solo works and Boxhead Ensemble, also collaboration with Matt Christensen and Mike Weis of Zelienople, Good Stuff House.

WATCH :: Scott Tuma, May 7th, 2010 at Enemy in Chicago (via Acid Marsh Mallow)


Strobe Session #6
Jim Becker and Joe Adamik (Califone), Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Scott Tuma perform at Strobe Session #6 on August 18th, 2008. This was recorded in front of a live audience.


























Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang “The Wonder Show of the World”

10-Song Album, Out on March 23th via Drag City








Daytrotter session, March 15th/2010
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Sound engineering by Mike Gentry


Bonnie Prince Billy And The Cairo Gang (aka Emmett Kelly) plays Conway Twitty Cover ‘Play, Guitar, Play’ (non-LP).  Upcoming “The Wonder Show Of The World” album  is out 3/22 via Domino (UK) and 3/23 via Drag City (US). Now The Cairo Gang‘s going on a UK tour with Baby Dee.



Bonnie Prince Billy And The Cairo Gang – Play Guitar Play (via MBV)

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