That Bill Callahan character's on the road again. So what? Lots of people go on the road. Lord knows I've been on the road plenty of times. Couple people told me I spent too much time on the road, told me some day I'd need to get my priorities straight; don't talk to those people anymore. What I'm saying is Bill Callahan ain't the Alpha nor the Omega. Okay, dude had that thing with Cat Power a while back, props to him for that. Probably sauntered up to her, real cool, whispered some sweet, melodic nothings in her ear. At least that's what I would've done, had I been given the chance. And don't think I haven't. The number of soirees I've attended featuring high-profile indie artists? Let's just say it's not the type of number you'd use in everyday speech. Unless you're someone like me, who drops dangerously lengthy digits in all my conversations.
So this Callahan released "Rock Bottom Riser" on Drag City in June, his first single off last year's A River Ain't Too Much To Love [TMT Review], and I guess he thinks that's reason enough for a belated celebration tour. Whatever keeps the guy afloat. Again, okay, dude got Joanna Newsom to play piano on the track. Hi-fives all around. But I ask you: does having talented musicians swoon over a man make him more worthy of respect than someone who, say, spent last weekend in his underwear, watching early Pete and Pete episodes? And if so, might you at least have the decency to wipe away the tears now forming in the latter man's eyes?
Just... just give me a minute here:
09.05.06 - Austin, TX - Cactus Club *
09.06.06 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves *
09.07.06 - Tulsa, OK - Blue Dome Diner *
09.08.06 - Springfield, MO - Randy Bacon Gallery *
09.09.06 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
09.10.06 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.01.06 - New Orleans, LA - One-Eyed Jack's
10.02.06 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
10.03.06 - Atlanta, GA - Red Light Cafe
10.04.06 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
10.06.06 - Charlottesville, VA - Gravity Lounge
* w/ The Howling Hex