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Bill Callahan sings “I Was Sleeping” from “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase”

This is Bill Callahan singing “I Was Sleeping” from Brian Beattie’s “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase”, part of a live performance at Austin’s State Theater (The Stateside at the Paramount) on November 8th, 2014. 

ブライアン・ビーティ、一家総動員のプロジェクト”Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase”、劇場版より。

Taken from the track 24 of Brian Beattie’s “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase”. Bill Callahan as “Everything”, a Supreme Deity. He’s been sleeping, so he’s very groggy.

Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase

“An abbreviated journey through the creation and manufacturing of “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase”, an Illustrated Earmovie Musical by Brian Beattie, illustrated by Valerie Fowler. “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase” is a 72 minute musical audiodrama that comes in a fully illustrated 62 page book, featuring Daniel Johnston, Bill Callahan, Will Sheff, K. McCarty, James Hand, and starring Grace London as Ivy Wire.”

taken from the track 14 of Brian Beattie’s “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase”. Will Sheff is Mister Kirby (Okkervil River), the busy 3 headed chief admissions officer for the Eternal Incarceration System. Grace London is Ivy Wire. She puts him to sleep with her mysterious song.


‘Surgery’ is a new music and photography project by American songwriter and folk musician Amy Annelle.  Amy recently underwent major surgery for a chronic medical condition. This project has been set up as a fundraiser, with proceeds going towards medical expenses.
Please make a donation of any amount to the medical fund: HERE.

Grace London Bandcamp

Michael Chapman began his career on the Cornish folk circuit in 1967.
Signed to the Harvest label, home to Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, he
recorded four quasi-legendary albums. The influential ‘Fully Qualified
Survivor’ was John Peel’s favorite record of 1970, and featured future
Bowie collaborator Mick Ronson. After decades of recording and touring,
Chapman remained an obscure figure in the States until his profile was
raised by a lengthy 2009 interview with big fan Thurston Moore in
Fretboard Journal. He toured extensively with the late guitarist Jack
Rose, and more recently, with Bill Callahan. Seattle-based indie label
Light in the Attic began a reissue campaign of his Harvest work, and
Tompkins Square released the internationally acclaimed double disc, ‘Trainsong : Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010‘.
–Tompkins Square Records 

“Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done : Friends Play Michael Chapman,” compiled by Michael’s wife Andru and Tompkins Square’s Josh Rosenthal, is due out on May 29th via Tompkins Square.

“No Song To Sing” by Meg Baird by TompkinsSquare

Track listing : 
1. Black Twig Pickers – Life on the Ceiling 
2. D. Charles Speer – Expressway in the Rain 
3. Lucinda Williams – That Time of Night 
4. Thurston Moore – It Didn’t Work Out 
5. Meg Baird – No Song To Sing 
6. Maddy Prior – The Prospector 
7. Hiss Golden Messenger – Fennario 
8. Rick Kemp – Vanity and Pride 
9. Two Wings – You Say 
10. Nick Jonah Davis – Little Molly’s Dream 
11. Bridget St. John – Rabbit Hills 
12. William Tyler – Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime

Bill Callahan – Heaven Help The Child
taken from the b-side of Mickey Newbury & Bill Callahan split 7”, now available via Drag City. ‘Heaven Help The Child’ was originally appeared as the title track on Mickey Newbury‘s 1973 album.

Bill meets Mickey on the street of impossible, unstuck-in-time dreams — as the late Mickey sings his back in ’73, while Bill sings his “today.” Both these master songsters put their own inevitable brand on Mickey’s peerless original, but it’s a new thrill hearing Bill cover a tune, something he rarely does. When it comes to the great Mickey Newbury, the answer should always be “yes.” Help your own heavenly inner child by picking up and playing the grooves of these two sides of the same story. –Drag City

Oupa and Tony Crow – Backwords (Porcelain Raft Cover)

Oupa, a solo project by Daniel Blumberg of Yuck, has covered a song ‘Backwords’ from Mauro Remiddi aka Porcelain Raft’s recently released debut album “Strange Week” (Secretly Canadian). It was performed for the live session, Oupa on guitar and vocal / Tony Crow (Lambchop, ex-Silver Jews) on piano, recorded by Mark Nevers (Lambchop) at Beech House Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be released as a hand stamped limited edition run of 300 7 inch vinyl on March 12th.
Pre-order, HERE.

Porcelain Raft – Unless You Speak From Your Heart

taken from Porcelain Raft’s debut record “Strange Weekend” for Secretly Canadian, now available.

Oupa – It’s Rough
Music by Oupa / Song by Smog (Bill Callahan) from his album “Wild Love” (Drag City, 1995) / Video by Porcelain Raft

Bill Callahan – Riding for the Feeling

Music video for the song “Riding For The Feeling” from Bill Callahan‘s album “Apocalypse”,  released April 19, 2011 via Drag City. Video by Archie Radkins, based on artwork from Max Galyon.

Bill Callahan – Baby’s Breath

WATCH more :: Bill Callahan – America (Dublin 5 May 2011)

“Apocalypse” (Drag City)


The latest video for the title track from Gil Scott-Heron‘s long awaited new album “I’m New Here” (XL Recordings).  The song was written by Bill Callahan for his “A River Ain’t Too Much To Love” album under the name of Smog (Drag City/2005).  Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.  Accompanied by a guitarist, Pat Sullivan of Oakley Hall.


Gil Scott Heron – Johannesberg

From Bill Callahan‘s forthcoming “Rough Travel For A Rare Thing,” 
a collection of live recordings, due out 3/23 from Drag City.

Bill Callahan – Bowery (Live)   (via MBV)

“Rough Travel For A Rare Thing” Track list :: 1. Our Anniversary  2. Diamond Dancer  
3. Bowery  4. Held  5. Say Valley Maker  6. In The Pines  7. Cold-Blooded Old Times  
8. Rock Bottom Riser  9. Let Me See The Colts  10. The Well  11. Bathysphere 

via FADER TV: Bill Callahan Live at Other Music (April, 2009)

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