Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (2019)

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Deserve a thread of it's own for obvious reasons

nostormo, Friday, 3 May 2019 03:59 (four months ago) link

01 Shepherd’s Welcome
02 Black Dog on the Beach
03 Angela
04 The Ballad of the Hulk
05 Writing
06 Morning Is My Godmother
07 747
08 Watch Me Get Married
09 Young Icarus
10 Released
11 What Comes After Certainty
12 Confederate Jasmine
13 Call Me Anything
14 Son of the Sea
15 Camels
16 Circles
17 When We Let Go
18 Lonesome Valley
19 Tugboats and Tumbleweeds
20 The Beast

nostormo, Friday, 3 May 2019 04:00 (four months ago) link

Twenty tracks! I entered a second period of fandom with the last two (conventional) albums and then... he went quiet. I'm a bit excited.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 3 May 2019 05:26 (four months ago) link

"The voice murmuring in our ear, with shaggy-dog and other kinds of stories, is an old friend so fine to hear from again. Bill’s gentle, spacey take on folk and roots music is like no other; scraps of imagery, melody and instrumentation tumble suddenly together in moments of true human encounter."

From the Drag City site. The album is about an hour long. Lots of short Songs.

nostormo, Friday, 3 May 2019 05:43 (four months ago) link

Album is going to be all-acoustic according to the pitchfork interview.

His last all-acoustic album was "River ain't too much to love" - his best record imo.

nostormo, Friday, 3 May 2019 06:14 (four months ago) link

does that mean he isn't working with the sick guitarist from the last few albums though?

na (NA), Friday, 3 May 2019 14:50 (four months ago) link

What does “all-acoustic” really mean, just him and a guitar?

A River Ain’t Too Much to Love had more than that in the mix.

circa1916, Friday, 3 May 2019 15:30 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Side 1 (6 tracks) of the album is on Spotify btw

Number None, Thursday, 23 May 2019 12:11 (three months ago) link

This is indeed going back to the "River aint to much to love" minimal style which is great.

nostormo, Thursday, 23 May 2019 16:24 (three months ago) link

New 5 songs are on spotify. Lovely.

nostormo, Thursday, 30 May 2019 16:10 (three months ago) link

Full album is on spotify too. I haven't listened to the whole thing, but I like what I've heard so far.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 6 June 2019 13:23 (three months ago) link

only up to side 3 ("circles") shows up on spotify for me

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 6 June 2019 13:46 (three months ago) link

Ahh, I didn't realize there would be more than 2 sides. Good news for me is that I can now add side 3 to my list.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 6 June 2019 14:10 (three months ago) link

After a few spins of sides 1+2, i came to the conclusion that sadly, it is kinda boring and monotonic.

nostormo, Thursday, 6 June 2019 17:56 (three months ago) link

as opposed to all of those edge-of-your-seat, thrill-a-minute Smog records released over the past quarter century

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:22 (three months ago) link

I doubt Nostromo was looking for that. Besides, I can remember being thrilled by The Well and Drover and Riding for the feeling. I've only listened to side one of this but had a dispiriting sense of him singing/saying exactly what I expected him to sing/say but I felt that on Dream River as well.

Shite New Answers (jed_), Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:29 (three months ago) link

he says the rhyme that seems so right but it's right and it's boring too.

Shite New Answers (jed_), Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:32 (three months ago) link

you can anticipate it on your first listen.

Shite New Answers (jed_), Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:32 (three months ago) link

"as opposed to all of those edge-of-your-seat, thrill-a-minute Smog records released over the past quarter century",:

Never liked Smog except for the last 2 records, where he invented himself as "Bill Callahan", which i love.

I think the new record has too many songs/sketches and the melodies are weaker. As a matter of fact, it's hard to distinguish between them.

I will give it a few more spins though.

nostormo, Friday, 7 June 2019 04:39 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

raaash decisionnns

j., Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:18 (one month ago) link

I've resigned myself to the fact that I don't really like this album all that much. The only exceptional or even memorable parts are the lyrics, and a lyric sheet does not an album make. Really wanted to like it, but every time I listen, nothing really sticks. It's also too long.

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 3 August 2019 15:05 (one month ago) link

Agree. Saw him a few weeks ago; his set was mostly the new lp. I was hoping that hearing them live would help, but nope.

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 3 August 2019 17:05 (one month ago) link

i haven't listened to this very intently yet - just catching it here and there on shuffle as i work through a backlog of 2019 listening. but it seems like the songs are meant to have this offhand quality that is a departure from the fundamentally dramatic mode he's preferred over his career: no matter how laconic or spectral or whatever he might have affected to be here or there, he generally lets the rise and surprise in the words tell the tale, and his appeal as a singer is to use a voice with strong presence and plainspoken lyrics to enhance the sublimity of the ordinary, usually by deferring or hiding what will then seem like it's being revealed, in unexpected or overlooked places. it sounds like the new songs are compatible with that but only if you allow him a bit more of a zen or parabolic quality, without so much of the implicit drama.

j., Saturday, 3 August 2019 17:26 (one month ago) link

Yeah, it's duff this album. Still, I think it's the only record he's put out I since 'Wild Love' that I haven't enjoyed (except 'Rain on Lens', maybe.)

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 3 August 2019 17:38 (one month ago) link

Ah figured I was in the minority on this one because it got great reviews but yeah, I think it’s got some of his strongest lyrical work yet, but the songs just don’t stick for me.

circa1916, Saturday, 3 August 2019 23:30 (one month ago) link

i don't listen to as much smog/bc currently as i used to, so periods come and go (it's probably a side effect in part of not feeling as attracted to the last couple few actually), but rain on lens was always the one i had a pronounced disinterest in.

thinking back to what i remember of it, it strikes me as a record where he had the idea to record a number of things in a style, deliberately, or happened upon that idea and committed to experimenting with it, which would not be his usual way, which seems to have been more a matter of working himself into, or finding himself in, a mood or attitude and naturally writing songs to fit.

maybe the new one has more of the exceptional deliberateness to it. though what we've seen of the process in his interviews/press materials for it suggests he just got displaced by life changes and wasn't quite sure how to recover his former processes/methods, but did do what he felt like was the most natural replacement/transformation of them, at present.

j., Saturday, 3 August 2019 23:36 (one month ago) link


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