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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

"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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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

Number None, Thursday, 23 May 2019 12:11 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

New 5 songs are on spotify. Lovely.

nostormo, Thursday, 30 May 2019 16:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 6 June 2019 13:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you can anticipate it on your first listen.

Shite New Answers (jed_), Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"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 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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