Concert Review: Bill Callahan at the Japan America Theater 11/14/2013

by Matt Downes with pictures by Colin Rieser from Blue Kite Cinema

Approaching the gorgeous Japan America Theater in downtown Los Angeles I noticed some road closures. Apparently Anonymous had set of an alert stating that we were about to be attacked ala 9/11. The LAPD took this seriously, apparently, as the location in question was being investigated heavily (or was it just SWAT exercises?). No matter what, we were about to be protected by the music and songwriting talents of Bill Callahan.

Wanna learn a bit more about Bill?  Mark Richardson of Pitchfork just interviewed him here.

Bill Callahan brings lo-fi to the fore front with a mix of deep lyrics, washy guitars and simplicity. He kicked off the night with a dedication to the late Lou Reed and captured the 500ish-deep crowd with his stories of love, loss and childhood memories.


White Light/White Heat (Velvet Underground cover) (Dedicated to Lou Reed)
Javelin Unlanding
The Sing
Summer Painter
Small Plane
Winter Road
One Fine Morning
Please Send Me Someone to Love (Percy Mayfield cover)
Ride My Arrow
Too Many Birds

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TAGS: VU rules, RIP Lou, TY Setlist.fm, Banks at the Masonic Lodge, burgers, tents and skid row, Molly Malone’s, Vanessa Carlton