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Bill Callahan, Irish Center

First gig of the year. Me Si and Ant in the Grove (Hudders branch) then an all too rare trip up the York road to the ace Irish center. Si on a school night so he parked in the surrounding neighbourhood that i never quite know what to call it. Is it Burmantofts? Osmondthorpe? Foz?

A pint of excellent Guinness as usual and on Bill came with his drummer, bass and rather brilliant guitarist. The Bar at the side shut on the request of Bill who doesn't want the clink and chatter interfering with the vibe. Got to agree with him as well

In any case the one at the back was open for those that wanted. Big crowd as well which surprised me. His popularity seems to have catapulted recently and about time. Maybe people are finally getting sick of the gloss and being saturated with production. I know i am.

Bill stood, his Strat hugged to is midfrift whilst his band sat around him. He's not one for talking is our Bill, a little anecdote about ironically being in the Leeds center in Dublin a few days ago was about it.  Maybe a dozen or more renditions of songs from the new album Dream Diver, last year's breakthrough album Apocalypse (or was it the year before?) a smattering of older stuff and no encore was enough.

His treacly tuneful baritone voice backed by some truly wonderful lead guitar playing absolutely floored the place full of idolising hushed fans. I like Leeds crowds, much less mouthy than the Mancs but just as appreciative.

Some of the songs went off on musical drifts almost falling into shambles before his beautiful brushed gossamer rhythmic guitar brought them back again. Have i mentioned the lead guitar? Mesmerising inventive dynamic perfectly judged and paced. Sometimes caressing the  songs, sometimes blowing them apart with volcanic eruptions of noise, the kind that only an electric guitar can bring.

At the heart of everything are the songs, deeply personal but poetically resonating. Drover was obviously inspired by the aggressive cows thread on here, no really, listen to it.

A Drover by Trade
When my cattle turn on me
I was knocked back flat

Sing is about one of my most favourite but dangerous past times,
drinking on my own

Drinking while sleeping people keep me company
looking out at a window that is not there
The only words I've said today are beer, and thank you

Dress Sexy for my Funeral is just fucking hilarious, quite brilliant but fucking hilarious.

Javelling, America, One  Fine Morning, and Riding for the Feeling are symphonies, lush slices of musical drama but live they take on an organic breadth that bury them into your being. Fabulous live music at its very best.
Forest

Re: Bill Callahan, Irish Center

Late Doors wrote:
First gig of the year. Me Si and Ant in the Grove (Hudders branch) then an all too rare trip up the York road to the ace Irish center. Si on a school night so he parked in the surrounding neighbourhood that i never quite know what to call it. Is it Burmantofts? Osmondthorpe? Foz?


I would say that side of York Rd. is East End Park, other side of the road would be Burmantofts.
Dock

I have been listening to the BC Dream River album that Mr. Doors kindly, er, 'taped' (I know all the lingo me) on to a cd for me and it's bloody brill. Just like with the last album it's packed with all this great imagery. It's like a really great collection of poems set to an enchanting Tex Mex musical jam. His writing reminds me very much of this faultless collection of poetry about the West by Sam Shepard. One book that'll never get put into the bag for the charity shop:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motel-Chr...p;sr=1-4&keywords=sam+shepard

Don't know if you have it LD but the 'Supper' album by Smog (AKA Bill Callahan) is worth a punt. Worth the cover price just for the anthemic song 'Vessel in Vain'.
Late Doors

I haven't heard that one. Got two others though , knock Knock and the river aint too much to love. He is a fab writer but the musicianship t'other week was brilliant as well
Dock

Got the Supper album on in the car this week. Great line in the song 'Feather by Feather': "If they made a movie of your life they'd have to get you to do your own stunts". That line could be applied to LD, bloody hedonist!
Late Doors

It's on my ever growing list that i just cant keep up to. The cd not the stunts
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
It's on my ever growing list that i just cant keep up to. The cd not the stunts


If you'd slow down for a second you might get around to listening to this and other stuff. Going to pop music gigs and the like, home and away matches watching that bunch of wally's at ER, propping up various bars etc. Bloody hedonist!

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