Posted in music | pictures on July 13, 2011

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

""Slit, my throat, Callahan!" So shouted one fan mid-set at Bowery. He was right. Bill Callahan killed everyone in that room." - Hammer to Nail

Bill Callahan

Ed Askew started things off with a set of songs sung with a raspy-yet-gentle voice over keyboard accompaniment.

Bill Callahan and his two bandmates took to the stage shortly afterwards... to play a set drawing heavily from Callahan's most recent post-Smog releases, Apocalypse and Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle.... The set also included many golden-oldies from classic Smog albums such as Supper and A River Ain't Too Much Love. -[Plastic Impossible]

Bill Callahan and folk legend Ed Askew hit Bowery Ballroom (7/12) and Music Hall of Wiliamsburg (7/11) this week as part of an ongoing tour headlined by the Smog mastermind. Pictures from the Music Hall show are in this post.

Bill Callahan, whose album Apocalypse dropped on Drag City earlier this year, will wrap up his current tour and ready for an appearance at the previously discussed Pickathon in Happy Valley, Oregon in early August. The "indie roots music festival" will take place over three days and will also feature appearances from Mavis Staples, Black Mountain, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Califone, and many others.

All tour dates, pictures from MHOW and some videos from Bowery below...

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Ed Askew - Boy With Brown Eyes @ Bowery Ballroom 07-12-11

Bill Callahan - "Too Many Birds" @ Bowery Ballroom - 07-12-11

Bill Callahan - "Our Anniversary" @ Bowery Ballroom - 07-12-11

Bill Callahan - "Say Valley Maker (Medley)" @ Bowery Ballroom - 07-12-11

BILL CALLAHAN - 2011 TOUR DATES
7/13/11 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC w/ Ed Askew
7/15/11 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC w/ Ed Askew
7/16/11 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta GA w/ Neal Morgan
7/17/11 Mercy Lounge Nashville TN w/ Neal Morgan
7/19/11 The Loft Dallas TX w/ Neal Morgan
8/5/11 Pickathon Happy Valley OR Woods Stage
8/6/11 Pickathon Happy Valley OR Mainstage

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Comments (24)

The guy who yelled "Slit My Throat" was a fucking drunk idiot, rude, asshole. the only blemish on an otherwise perfect show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 5:30 PM

.. have to agree. That bunch were off their gourds.I ignored them.But it was kind of funny in that if you were talking (too loudly) somebody was going to give you a severe tongue lashing(and talk even louder).I heard it happen a few times through out the evening.A great show delivered by Callahan and his band.For me, they hit the zone a couple of times during the evening.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 5:42 PM

Did he play an encore after In the Pines?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 5:47 PM

They played The Well, Sycamore and Bathysphere as the encore on Monday.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 5:51 PM

The MHOW show was so great!

Posted by amorse | July 13, 2011 5:59 PM

Bowery show was a little shorter than the Music Hall. They didn't play In The Pines, Bathysphere or The Well at the bowery but they did play River Guard and One Fine Morning.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 6:02 PM

He is pretty great live. I was at the MHOW show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 6:18 PM

A lot of pretty girls were at the MHOW show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 6:20 PM

damnit, wish he added a third show / i was so slow buying tickets

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 6:27 PM

Bill is looking sharp in the seersucker. This is how you do it tattooed hillbillies...

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 7:18 PM

Bill Callahan's been making the best music and putting on the best shows of the last five years. Take note, this is what a real artist looks like.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 7:41 PM

meh. never liked the guy since he dumped chan marshall for joanna newsome.

(seriously)

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 8:08 PM

I'm pretty sure he wasn't with Chan Marshall anymore when he met Joanna Newsome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 8:45 PM

^he wasn't. Years between the two.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 9:07 PM

Pfft. I never liked the guy since he broke up with Lisa Suckdog!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | July 13, 2011 9:33 PM

Just so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle: The guy playing guitar with him (Matt something...?) was making some incredibly beautiful noise.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 10:56 PM

I was at that show and adored the rowdy crowd and so did Callahan. What is wrong with a fan, asking his mentor to kill him with his music? Even if it is gory, "slit my throat" is a classic line... I thought it was a nice added feature for a Callahan show.

Posted by carl | July 13, 2011 10:59 PM

Who were the guitar player and drummer? both amazing musicians

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:27 AM

Neal Morgan is a singer and drummer. He is the drummer of Joanna Newsom’s Ys Street Band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 6:07 AM

Matt Kinsey's is a guitat player in Li'l Cap'n Travis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTHP5cgSJcA&feature=artist

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 6:12 AM

Pfft. I never liked the guy since he dumped Lily Cartwright in the 2nd grade.

Posted by Soul Deserter | July 14, 2011 8:47 AM

CARTWRIGHT... CARTWRIGHT????

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:31 AM

I was with the guy who yelled. Believe it or not, he's been going to shows since Red Apple Falls. He s a serious fan. Me? This is my favorite artist in music. Maybe period. More great records and shows please Bill.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 2:50 AM

Great to see such a young attentive crowd taking in the culmination of years of experimentation and sort of swimming as an artist. I wonder what the young lady from Brooklyn in front of me would think of Drunk at Your Wedding. Love it most likely. Like I did years ago. Honesty goes a long way. Keep it coming Old Friend , I say.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2011 7:27 AM

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