The Mindeater is a collaborative project birthed by ever-prolific Drag City recording artist Bonnie
"Prince" Billy and Dominic Cipolla, multi-instrumentalist and main brain behind the elusive
Phantom Family Halo. While Mr. Billy needs no introduction, his seemingly unending contributions
to the presentation of contemporary "folk" music have continued to surprise and impress audiences
for the better part of two decades.
Having met each other through mutual friend/local video store-owner/former SLINT bassist, Todd
Brashear (whom, by no coincidence, was more than happy to nail down some harmonies on their
version of I Wonder If I Care As Much), The Phantom Family folks hit it off quite nicely with Bonny
Billy last year when he joined them for a performance of the song at an anniversary party they were
asked to play with Roky Erikson.
That was summer of 2010 in their shared hometown of Louisville, KY. Since then, the two forces
have joined again, not only to record their psyched-out, full-band, live-in-studio rendition of the
Everly BrothersÍ classic, but also to cast a few spells of their own. The resulting tracks, The
Mindeater, Roki for Now, and Suddenly the Darkness, were stripped to the bone and recorded to
tape on the second floor of a funeral home where Cipolla lived until recently relocating to Brooklyn.
The Mindeater 10" is a limited run of 1000 copies (700 on opaque blue/300 on special "haze"
coloring) and will only be available on vinyl from Sophomore Lounge. A corresponding CD/digital
version will be available from our friends at Partisan Records in summer of 2011.