Archive for the 'Bill Callahan' Category

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Some friends and I drove out to the desert last week to see Bill Callahan, who is presently touring behind his latest LP, Dream River – yet another outstanding work, from a near peerless artist. As I’ve been proselytizing since that night, this is not the Callahan tour you want to miss. He and the […]

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Dream River is a display of Callahan’s peak powers, a masterpiece work documenting Callahan’s aesthetic as a refined craft. Over his 20 plus years of making music, his voice has matured, deepened, become more controlled. The farther back one listens into his catalogue, back into the Smog years, Callahan’s lyrical tone and delivery are more […]

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Bill Callahan’s dark country & western croon takes on “So long, Marianne,” the opening track off side two of Leonard Cohen’s 1968 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen. Slowing things down, Callahan and co. eschew the original’s violin and backing female vocals and in their stead add weeping pedal-steel and a dose of Texas heartache. The cover […]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“Once Bill was making extremely forward statements from behind a veil. Now he’s making veiled statements from a forward position. He’s fundamentally the same person, but stylistically almost everything has changed.” The above quote is pulled from last Friday’s New York Times piece on Bill Callahan. Quoted is Rian Murphy, former bandmate and office manger […]