posted June 20th, 2024

The date was March 6, 2023. Bill Callahan strode onto the stage at Chicago’s Thalia Hall, flanked by Matt Kinsey on guitar, Dustin Laurenzi on alto sax and Jim White on the kit. They all were feeling good, and it seemed like the crowd was also. But that wasn’t all. They had some special surprises planned… Take it away, Bill

“This is a live album that was taken from the tour for YTI⅃AƎЯ. Songs tend to mutate after they’ve been recorded. These songs were mutating faster than usual. Like whatever happened to Bruce Banner in the lab — I knew these songs were about to get superpowers. As far as I was concerned, this change needed to be documented. The best thing about documenting something is that it gives the creator permission to move on should they wish to move on. I usually prefer to move on.

These songs were recorded in Chicago, America’s heart. And at one of the best clubs in the country — I try to only work with venues that are not entangled with Live Nation/Ticketmaster. Thalia Hall, baby. Stay free.”

Bill Callahan

Yes‘n’deed! This here’s 10 tracks from that fateful night, from a piping hot mid-point in the tour — not too green, not too brown. Throughout the show, Bill brought a smattering of Chicago players on stage: Nathaniel Ballinger on piano for “Planets”, Pascal Kerong’A from the opening band adding vocals for “Naked Souls” with Nick Mazzarella on alto sax — and of course, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to invite Joshua Abrams (on guimbri) and Lisa Alvarado (on harmonium) to play on “Natural Information”. A night to remember, no doubt, but one that lives and breathes on Resuscitate! — out July 26, 2024 on 2xLP, CD, and digital platforms! Pre-order HERE.

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan