Monday, 31 January 2022

2021 Latecomers: Bills

My electricity's been off most of the weekend after Storm Malik knocked over a power pole near our house and plunged us into darkness. This helpfully occurred on the very weekend Louise was going out with friends on Saturday night, and I'd been looking forward to having sole custody of the remote control. Instead, I spent the evening watching a tiny video on my phone in the cold, by candlelight, before the power briefly blipped back on, then it cut out again and stayed off for most of Sunday. It's amazing the things you take for granted, like heat and a kettle and warm food & water... I couldn't even do my ironing.

As I write this, late Sunday night, the power is back on... but Storm Corrie is currently raging outside. No offence to people called Malik or Corrie, but you'll know they've run out of names when Storm Rol rolls into town.

Bill 'Smog' Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy made a record together late last year, and it's a huge 19 track affair with guest contributions from a bunch of other people, most of whom I've never heard of... though as long as Mr. Callahan is involved, I'm happy. 

Here they are together with Bill Mackay and a sublime take on Steely Dan's Deacon Blues. The video clocks in at 4:50; the album version adds another two and a half minutes, but they could have carried on all day for me...


  1. Certainly a different take on the SD version. Great video clip - They got the period details just right.

    Sorry to hear about your lack of power - Our telly went off a few times last night and we all tied down our wheelie bins but no power cuts. Saturday Snapshots still went ahead thankfully.

  2. An acoustic version of Deacon Blues - it's different. Concentrates more on the lyrics which I love.

  3. Just getting round to listening to it
    I OD'd in Denver is brilliant


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