bill callahan (post-smog)

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cannot find much or really any discussion of either 'woke on a whaleheart' or 'sometimes i wish i were an eagle.'

i get the distinct feeling that tastemakers have decided he is passé. his lyrics are definitely getting odder, insofar as they seem to alternate absolute limpidity (faith/void) and near-total inscrutability. not obscurantist inscrutability à la dylan, just... elliptical.

but i really like the last record, 'sometimes.' 'whaleheart' is spotty -- the neil hagerty production isn't my favorite.

amateurist, Sunday, 9 August 2009 17:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Whaleheart is definitely the Callahan album I listen to the least--you are OTM about the production making Callahan sound like something he's not, all muddled and distracted. I couldn't pick one song off there that I really dig.

Sometimes isn't bad at all. It sounds like a continuation from River. "All Thoughts Are Prey To Some Beast" is a great tune.

the who cares (okamax), Sunday, 9 August 2009 18:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

I really, really like both of these albums.

'day' 'diamond dancer' 'a man needs a woman or a man to be a man' are all GRATE - I don't get the whaleheart hate.

iatee, Sunday, 9 August 2009 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, forgot that Diamond Dancer was on Whaleheart. Still definitely better live than not, though.

the who cares (okamax), Sunday, 9 August 2009 21:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle is top 3 for 2009 easy for me - I don't think "tastemakers" (who are they?) have decided he's passe so much as you sort of run out of things to say about somebody who reliably writes good, interesting songs. This is kind of a deeper critical problem in my opinion, not an easy one to solve: unless an artist reaches icon status (Dylan, Neil Young) & is thereby afforded automatic coverage by all when they release something, then critics (on the blogs or otherwise) are going to feel at a loss to say much; people don't really do much lyrical analysis, even less melodic/musical analysis since the gonzo sort of how-I-felt-while-listening/synaesthetic-response style of criticism is the overall rule. I am trying not to say anything qualitatively about whether that's good or bad, though yeah, my opinion is that writers like Callahan would be better served by a tendency in critics toward more formal analysis (which needn't be as dry as it sounds) and away from, you know, purple prose tbh

as guilty as the next guy on the Tyranny of Subjective Response obv but that's my opinion on why this guy doing some of the best work of his career can't seem to attract much att'n

the evil genius of Zaiger Genetics (J0hn D.), Sunday, 9 August 2009 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've gone back and forth on this album. I'm fond of "My Friend" and "All Thoughts..." Some of the other song-poems sound melodically uninteresting, and that's when his croak bothers me.

Anatomy of a Morbius (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 9 August 2009 22:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

I actually think that formally as a singer he's like leagues ahead of pretty much his entire generation of singer-songwriters

the evil genius of Zaiger Genetics (J0hn D.), Sunday, 9 August 2009 22:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

Really like the last two and I Wish We Were An Eagle is prob the better of the two, but not by miles.

It's top 3 for me too. and my most fave cover of teh year too

http://www.jamrecords.co.uk/image/bill_callaghan_sometimes.jpg

wilter, Sunday, 9 August 2009 22:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

ach a lot of "two" and "too" in there. still half asleep

wilter, Sunday, 9 August 2009 22:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

J0hn OTM; I liked Whaleheart and love Eagle (have never really heard much by him before) but if I was still writing I'd not have a clue what to say about him.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 10 August 2009 09:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

"get the distinct feeling that tastemakers have decided he is passé. "

i don't know about the tastemakers but:
1.Eagle is one of 2009 best record (and there arent many great record in 09 so far imo)
2. i think it's his best record to date: the songwriting is a lot more interesting and complex than in the Smog era,his voice sounds better (and different!)than ever with the deep baritone sound, and the production is perfect.

the only problem i have with Eagle, is that sometimes Callahan's irony prevents some of the (potential) emotion impact of the songs.
thats also true for some Will Oldham's songs btw.

Zeno, Monday, 10 August 2009 10:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

i don't think either of these albums are as good as "supper" or "a river...". i wish he hadn't changed his name, maybe the albums would be better.

xpost. i do think his voice continues to improve.

jed_, Monday, 10 August 2009 10:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

theres a discussion about Eagle here as well:

Classic or Dud: Smog

Zeno, Monday, 10 August 2009 10:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sometimes... is definitely one of my albums of the year. Much darker and more cohesive than any of his previous records I feel. Some great moments. I love the slowly revealed sentence in Too Many Birds. I think he's getting better and better. Will Oldham is kind of becoming Woody Allen-esque in terms of quality and quantity!

Wax Cat, Monday, 10 August 2009 11:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

I love the slowly revealed sentence in Too Many Birds

y'huh, that's converted people i know who never liked smog.

would also be worth doing a s/d on non-lp smog; there's probably only five more songs, but everything he's done outside of the albums is terrific; there's a b-side called taken which is as good as anything on whaleheart (which i like, too - honeymoon child and day, particularly); all the covers he's done in the past few months and the couple that are forthcoming.

the heart is a lonely hamster (schlump), Monday, 10 August 2009 12:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

my opinion is that writers like Callahan would be better served by a tendency in critics toward more formal analysis (which needn't be as dry as it sounds) and away from, you know, purple prose tbh

i agree entirely (but then, i'm predisposed to agree, having mounted similar arguments elsewhere). i don't think it would be all that hard to do a good, attentive analysis of bill's music, since it's not notably intricate.

i think your analysis of why critics don't have much to say about his new LPs is spot on, as well. there haven't really been any negative reviews of his recent work, just a general sense of, "oh hi here's a new excellent bill callahan record now didja hear about the wavvvvvvves guy throwing a hissy fit?!"

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

drag city figures may but this idea to rest, but i can see bill gradually gaining more and more of a following and his records selling a bit better (accouting for overall continued drop in record sales) despite relative lack of press. at least, his last show here was sold out.

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

i still think "supper" might be my favorite record, but the last one is excellent. i like "whaleheart," too, it simply doesn't stick in the mind as much or as long.

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

still liking A River Ain't Much Too Love best from his (sort of) recent work.

Ludo, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

supper is the meisterwerk (oh no: smog discussion). the words are so playful.

the heart is a lonely hamster (schlump), Monday, 10 August 2009 20:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

If...
If you...
If you could...
If you could only...
If you could only stop...
If you could only stop your...
If you could only stop your heart...
If you could only stop your heart beat...
If you could only stop your heart beat for...
If you could only stop your heart beat for one heart...
If you could only stop your heart beat for one heart beat.

jed_, Sunday, 10 January 2010 15:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

live, btw

Norman Mail (schlump), Friday, 12 February 2010 17:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

is it new material?

iatee, Friday, 12 February 2010 18:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

seems unlikely given that it's live and he just put out an album a few months ago

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 12 February 2010 18:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

almost a year ago!

iatee, Friday, 12 February 2010 18:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

is old; there was an interview with him around the time eagle came out saying he was mixing the thing:

Our Anniversary 7:13
Diamond Dancer 4:00
Bowery 5:59
Held 5:00
Say Valley Maker 6:52
In The Pines 5:51
Cold-Blooded Old Times 5:38
Rock Bottom Riser 7:10
Let Me See The Colts 6:54
The Well 9:05
Bathysphere 5:59

Norman Mail (schlump), Friday, 12 February 2010 18:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

I am a fan of that tracklist.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Friday, 12 February 2010 20:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also I like how several have two minutes appended to them--broken things with a front of composure stretched to further breaking.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Friday, 12 February 2010 21:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

i've seen this dude in concert a dozen times dating back to 1996. he is never less than good. sometimes the long atonal blooze or velvet underground-style raveups are real boring, sometimes they hit the spot.

only two older songs on that list. but happily some stuff from "supper" (my favorite of his LPs).

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 12 February 2010 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

is this one solo acoustic? don't know how he's been touring recently ... anyway, tracklist looks pretty a+.

tylerw, Friday, 12 February 2010 22:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

nuh uh, will be with band. i wish it was from a little later, since the line up from the last tour were sweet, drove previously kinda stark a river ain't too much to love songs into the ground. think the last line up had a violinist?, and thor drumming, not sure.

i could swap in the pines for river guard or something but yeah it looks good. cover lovely too.

Norman Mail (schlump), Friday, 12 February 2010 23:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

bill is looking sort of beefy lately

http://www.dragcity.com/system/artists/photos/74/large.jpg?1250785302

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 12 February 2010 23:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

a bit like aged david carradine no?

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 12 February 2010 23:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

best smog look recently was wilderness bill:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3485/3200528911_4dcc5e9ea3.jpg

recent setlists look rad- playing distance

Norman Mail (schlump), Friday, 12 February 2010 23:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh god i LOVE distance.

jed_, Friday, 12 February 2010 23:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

"how can something be in any empty box?"

love this dude so much. hilarious.

by another name (amateurist), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 19:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

If...
If you...
If you could...
If you could only...
If you could only stop...
If you could only stop your...
If you could only stop your heart...
If you could only stop your heart beat...
If you could only stop your heart beat for...
If you could only stop your heart beat for one heart...
If you could only stop your heart beat for one heart beat.

― jed_, Sunday, January 10, 2010 9:23 AM (1 month ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

otm

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 19:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

otm

jed_, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 20:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Gil Scott-Heron covers I'm New Here. i don't know what to make of it but it is... something.

http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/tu/tu100308gil_scott-heron_im_n?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:%20kcrw/tu%20%28Today%27s%20Top%20Tune%29&utm_term=Todays%20Top%20Tune

jed_, Thursday, 11 March 2010 23:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

"how can something be in any empty box?"

love this dude so much. hilarious.

lyrics on supper are so sharp and tense and funny and kinda hot throughout

werewolf congress (schlump), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

All this talk about Supper makes me want to check it out. It may be the only Smog record I don't own. Just haven't got around to it. My favorite Callahan/Smog record is the one I heard first - Knock Knock.

musicfanatic, Friday, 12 March 2010 00:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

supper is my fave; i am not a big listmaker but it's one of my favourite things that existed in the last ten years.

knock knock is kinda uneven to me; some of the best songs are on there but the slow loren connors jam and the weird no dancing upbeat stuff make it kind of too broad i think.

werewolf congress (schlump), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah, the lyrics from supper are fantastic. probably my favorite album as well.

a friend of mine at the time (who was a big smog fan) felt that he was moving into a too-elliptical and -obscurantist direction, but i actually don't think this is the case w/ supper. my friend cited the song butterflies drowned in wine. but that's a really easy to understand and evocative and inventive mashup of two metaphors (butterflies in the stomach/drowning your troubles in alcohol). i think in the last two albums he can maybe be accused of being opaque but i still love him.

i know it's a cliche but i can't think of a better contemporary lyricist. the guy from drive-by truckers is pretty good though their music isn't particular to my tastes.

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Robert Forster's better with tunes.

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

And he's a Callahan fan too.

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

you know, i haven't heard any of forster's recent (meaning past 15 years?) stuff. i'm not a huge go-betweens fan though i do like them. always found something a little too..emphatic around the edges about them for my taste. don't know if i could explain it better. both forster and mcclennan obviously wrote some deathless songs.

not sure how to express this, but although i actually think bill's more of a melodist than he often gets credit for being, i don't think the charm of music is principally about novel or tricky 'tunes'. i mean, the 'hooks' in his songs are often in his wry, often very very funny delivery. he tends to use variations on sort of stock, public-domain-type melodies; and typically his inventiveness comes in terms of the way he varies or suspends or elongates the phrasing. and sometimes in terms of his play with the larger form of the song.

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

btw thanks for that link! that's one of the best reviews of any of bill's albums i've read.

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

i love "supper" but my favourites of recent albums are this new one and "a river...". it's great that people claim any of the albums to be their favourites but still love another five so much that they can't really decide. i'd be surprised if someone told me "woke on a waleheart" or "rain on lens" were their faves but, unlike other artists, i'd listen again to try and work out why they liked them so much.. and i'd probably end up loving them too.

i agree that he's the best lyricist working now (that i'm aware of) and by some distance.

hm "distance", that's some track.

jed_, Friday, 12 March 2010 01:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

show last night was amazing. backed up by just a drummer and a guitarist, which i was a little concerned about, but it worked well on pretty much every song ("eid ma clack shaw" was the only one where the arrangement didn't work for me, but it might have also been a sound issue). the one-two punch of "america!" and "our anniversary" was especially devastating. it seems like he's not interested in playing old stuff at all, i think "our anniversary" was the oldest song in the main set, though he begrudgingly played "the river guard" and "bathysphere" as encores (he asked for requests, everyone was yelling out songs, he said "i'm glad you guys don't write the setlist.")

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 4 July 2011 13:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

sometimes i read bits of the novel that crop up somewhere online or whatever & they totally crack me up or floor me:

You are the reason I get out of bed. To tell you that I have gotten out of bed.

i have a recording of a reading from it that's incredibly compelling, sorta someway between what you get from reading it and the very tense, charged, unfurling kinda quality that you get from seeing him sing. & because i read it when it came out - and it has that kinda woolf-ish flow of just going through your head to serve the purpose of just momentarily passing through you & leaving you slightly adjusted by exposure - i've forgotten most all of what is said in the book, remembering just the mood and tone of it. and so it's striking anew to hear the lines read aloud. i will probably retrieve my copy and read it again & like it more, i think. also maybe i will put my copy in the bathroom (huge compliment, setting aside).

the last record is still doing it for me, also. i think the thing that's appealing about baby's breath, particularly in reference to the v speculatively biographical abortion reading of it that people discuss, is that it gives you a set of circumstances to assume that it's based on, and then use as a basis to see his transformation of the facts of - turning the thing into an extended gardening metaphor and seeing the craft in being able to do so. i feel bad for trampling into that kind of intense fan reading, but he is the only thing that i feel that awed by as to want to tear apart in search of better understanding.

bruce actual springsteen (schlump), Monday, 15 August 2011 22:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

you know that baby's breath is a flower though (the american name for Gypsophelia).

where did you get the recording of the reading, schlump?

as an aside i'll say that i've done a 180 on Apocalypse and now think it may be his best record.

jed_, Monday, 15 August 2011 22:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

did not know, thanks for that. adding that to my case files.

reading at: http://culture.wnyc.org/articles/talk-me/2011/feb/07/talk-me-bill-callahans-letters-emma-bowlcut/
there's this v amusing q & a, and i sort of set aside the reading for later; it popped up on my headphones unexpectedly & caught me at this appropriately blank, receptive, zoned-out moment as i was leaving work a few weeks back, it's really lovely to listen to , though i was more primed then than i usually might be to listen to an extended reading of letters, etc.

i'm v fond of the new one, though need to spend more time with the second side. i don't think i'd appreciated how distinct his last five years (the a river/bill stuff) have been from what came before, until this one compounded it. like i was listening back to supper, & then to the last one - i always loved truth serum so much, because it's so well plotted and clever & amusing, but even so i hear it and think that he wouldn't try that shit now - there's an appeal to it that he seems to be sort of beyond, a maturity now that comes through a confident breadth and a way with these elliptical stories (which i guess he was doing back then, too).

life sweatpants trajectory (schlump), Monday, 15 August 2011 22:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

his contribution to the Chris Knox compilation 'Stroke' just came up on iTunes--stunning.

nerve_pylon, Monday, 15 August 2011 22:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Thanks for this. Illuminating. Bill reads GQ! :)

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 15 August 2011 23:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

guys in shiny suits

sweatpants life trajectory (schlump), Monday, 15 August 2011 23:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh my he's a very bad reader alouder.

jed_, Monday, 15 August 2011 23:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

but thanks schlump.

jed_, Monday, 15 August 2011 23:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

ha! that's funny, i didn't think so. i guess he inflects the same way, each line, with that wavering flick.

sweatpants life trajectory (schlump), Monday, 15 August 2011 23:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to this reading, thanks!

I think there was talk about the recent shows on a different thread but I'll post this link to a great boot from the Bowery show here anyway...

http://www.nyctaper.com/?p=6622

prior, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Apocalypse is fantastically good! A bit slept on?

pass the duchy pon the left hand side (musical duke) (Hurting 2), Monday, 31 October 2011 02:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm listening to "Baby's Breath" in your honor.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 October 2011 02:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

anticipate APOCALYPSE, the new bill callahan record

mizzell, Monday, 31 October 2011 02:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

"I've taken the edge off so many times

[pause]

I'm round"

jed_, Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

that's from "Fools Lament" from the Rock Bottom Riser EP - a somewhat lost classic track.

jed_, Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

"My comeuppance, I embrace
Like a monkey dressed just like me"

jed_, Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

A bit slept on?

feel like i do this with most of his stuff. listen to it on release and think it's ok and then 6 months to a year later it finally hits.

circa1916, Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Playing at Lincoln Center!

Bill Callahan
Wednesday, February 8 at 8:30

He is one of the greatest lyricists of our time and a captivating performer, too, with a dry, sonorous baritone and driving, subtle guitar chords that make for a towering presence both in the studio and on stage. Callahan, who recorded for decades under the name Smog, comes to our stage to celebrate his acclaimed 2011 release, Apocalypse.
http://www.americansongbook.org/index.php/as-2012-bill-callahan

mizzell, Saturday, 12 November 2011 18:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

One of my favourite concerts ever.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 12 November 2011 18:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Who has read "Letters To Emma Bowlcut"?

De La Soil (admrl), Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

I read it a few months back, lent my copy out, haven't seen it since.

Clay, Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

How was it?

De La Soil (admrl), Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't remember it all that clearly which I guess is about the clearest thing I can say. I enjoyed it, found it very funny in that particular dry, dark and strange way Callahan makes me smirk. It's very weird, (set slightly in the future I think, and it's epistolary which means most of the details are left for the reader to fill in for themselves). I enjoyed it and it's a very very quick read. Actually thinking about it makes me want to go back nd try it again.

Clay, Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

i love Apocalypse, and just recently started listening to Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle. I like his Smog material as well, but his recent stuff is so, so good.

Z S, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this is lovely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo0FSl3wOU4

kid steel (cajunsunday), Friday, 6 April 2012 20:49 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

via permanent smile:

[Austin Bat Cave] are hosting a Songwriting Workshop featuring Bill Callahan, and you are invited! Head over to our Workshop Sign-Up page and register your child for the three-hour songwriting workshop, which will take place on July 14th, from 1pm to 4pm, at the Austin Bat Cave, located at 1807 W 11th Street. It will be a fun, engaging writing workshop that will tackle songwriting and putting lyrics to music, the different ways a song can tell a story, the different stories that songs can tell. We’re super-excited to be working with a fabulous and highly-regarded musician such as Bill Callahan.

blossom smulch (schlump), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 17:21 (six years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

really enjoyed his show on the current tour. sort of extended, spacey versions of recentish songs. it was just bill plus a guitar player and a bass player and had a great quiet-but-intense feel.

circles, Friday, 10 May 2013 01:42 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

yes!
Dream River coming out Spet. 17

1. "The Sing"
2. "Javelin Unlanding"
3. "Small Plane"
4. "Spring "
5. "Ride My Arrow"
6. "Summer Painter"
7. "Seagull"
8. "Winter Road"

mizzell, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

i am psyched for the possibility of a bill callahan song called "javelin unlanding"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 15:50 (five years ago) Permalink

yesssss

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 15:51 (five years ago) Permalink

"easily the most sensual and soulful of Callahan's career"

tylerw, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

those are some delightful song titles. "The Sing", "Small Plane", "Spring". can't wait for this.

cajunsunday, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:44 (five years ago) Permalink

look forward to everything this dude does

except that coffee-table book, that is embarrassing

tour documentary is "available" now btw

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:01 (five years ago) Permalink

he really was pretty amazing during that last tour, kind of hope he keeps that band together.

tylerw, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:03 (five years ago) Permalink

ha, i'd really like that photo book

http://zero1magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/165925_537436852963717_1725660117_n.jpg

i actually was not keen on the doc, like there is something ill fitting about trying to get a p reserved guy to talk about stuff because what he's prepared to give up is not really so absorbing. it shoulda been a silent.

tyler otm re: his last group. he toured recently w/the same guitar player, minus neal morgan drumming but plus a bass player. he's playing electric guitar again, which is exciting for me.

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

that drummer was amazing though

i lost my shoes on acid (jed_), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 23:23 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

was hoping this was a new album bump!

marcos, Thursday, 9 October 2014 17:43 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Bill Callahan and Paul Ryan's creative partnership comes to Vivid Sydney stage

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/bill-callahan-and-paul-ryans-creative-partnership-comes-to-vivid-sydney-stage-20150526-gh9kdo.html#ixzz3iWpLpsZU

marcos, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 17:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Callahan, whose style has been compared to that of Leonard Cohen, came across Ryan's work when the painter sent his record company an email asking for permission to use his music in a documentary film about his art practice. Callahan said he would give permission if Ryan sent an artwork he could use on his next album cover, Apocalypse. He loved it so much, he asked Ryan for paintings for his next releases, Dream River and Have Fun With God.

marcos, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 17:28 (three years ago) Permalink

from back in may but i hadn't read much about before about their connection

marcos, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 17:28 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Fred Neil reminds me of him and vice versa.

nostormo, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 21:29 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i saw him play last night. it was not the best bill callahan show i've seen (there was no drummer and instead he played this annoying foot tambourine thing through all of the songs) but i'm glad he's still playing and touring with matt kinsey. that guy is a great guitarist and his playing adds a lot to the songs on the last couple of albums.

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 26 September 2016 15:13 (two years ago) Permalink

yea i hope he keeps kinsey around for a while

marcos, Monday, 26 September 2016 16:23 (two years ago) Permalink

i am ready for new callahan music though. dream river was three years ago exactly

marcos, Monday, 26 September 2016 16:24 (two years ago) Permalink

did he play any new music NA?

marcos, Monday, 26 September 2016 16:24 (two years ago) Permalink

he only played one song I didn't know but it sounded like it could have been a cover or a traditional song? something about how everyone has to walk this road alone, then every verse substituting my father has to walk this road alone, my mother, etc. before returning to everyone. thought it could be a cover bc it was more direct/simple than his recent songs. unfortunately i don't remember the lyrics accurately enough to search.

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 26 September 2016 16:31 (two years ago) Permalink

oh he played his grateful dead cover "easy wind" also

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 26 September 2016 16:35 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Have Fun With God is a fantastic record, massively slept on

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 6 January 2019 06:16 (two months ago) Permalink


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