|Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tout Film|
“I think when I’m performing live, it’s really just the realest me there is,” says Bill Callahan (Smog) in this wonderful tour film that features intimate interviews and performances from the notoriously private Callahan’s 2011 tour.
The movie is a concert film with some commentary scenes in between songs. I must admit I have no idea who Bill Callahan is and that fact alone really made this movie uninteresting for me. The concert scenes are shot in various bars across the United States and the commentary is set in the backdrop of tour stops in that city.
Just in case you are wondering who Bill Callahan is let me save you a trip to Wikipedia – here is the entry on him:
Bill Callahan (born June 3, 1966), is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has also recorded and performed under the band nameSmog. Callahan began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today.
The movie feels out of place for Canadian Music Week (note the Canada part). A little bit too much American rah rah for me in the typical way Americans romanticize the good and the bad of their country. If I am going to watch a concert movie from an artist that I have never heard of at Canadian Music Week I would prefer it be a Canadian musician on the road across Canada. This movie simply did nothing for me. I guess fans of Callahan would enjoy watching this movie, but for non-fans its a really uninspiring way to spend 60 minutes.
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