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  • Audio CD (7 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00H3PY2ZE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Dub is a spiritual, abstract, visceral, mystical thing. Finite and Infinite at the same time. Deeply rooted in the earth and embracing outer space. Don't be fooled by names, Dub has come and gone. Dub is a ghost, a duppy. A duppy of a childhood guppy. Flushed and thriving in the sewers and the swamps. Bill Callahan, no stranger to a good flushing, has thus taken his #1 Album of the Year, Dream River, and turned it dub! The whole thing now, dub- not just a coupla songs, like you thought. Now MC B.C. brings the whole production, and calls it, Have Fun With God. The tantalizing, liquid flow of Dream River as you know it will cease to exist; except, that it won't. It will exist in its earthly form and intergalactic, or heavenly, form. For a while. Or for a bit... we'll see! How does Dream River sound when it's off this earthly plane? Time to Have Fun With God and find out - the riddim riddle begins, on LP and CD..

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I love the music, but the quality of the vinyl pressing was a joke. Expect crackles and groove noise throughout.
I sent 5 back before giving up and enjoying the cd. I informed the record company who didn't bother to reply.
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Country Dub, a new genre has been invented.
I was a bit unsure about this album as I could not see how the two styles would combine.
But in typical Callahan style it is melodic and slightly unsettling and I cant stop playing it.
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Waited some time after originally ordering but certainly worth the wait, great quality , interesting versions of earlier album and a great addition at a great cost.
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This is sublime, think Steve Mason [Beta Band] with Dennis Bovell - Ghosts Outside [Dub] you'll get the gist, I just love it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill's Dub Trip 14 Mar. 2014
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Whether recording under his own name or, in earlier times, as Smog, Bill Callahan has always been enigmatic, a cowboy philosopher with a booming tenor that could make almost anything sound important. His new project finds him as dreamy as he's ever been, in the sense that dreams can be confusing, disturbing, pure fun, and kind of mind-expanding. Have Fun with God, a collection of dub remixes of songs from last year's Dream River, is an intriguing proposition - and fully realized with all its holes and deep-bass pulses that swallow much of the lyrics. A stunning space-country ode to Love And What It All Means, Dream River has the kind of conceptual and sonic depth that can lend itself well to reinterpretation. It creates whole worlds out of a woodblock, some flutes, and a lone murmuring guitar, making Callahan's talks of romantic epiphany sound like they're coming from a confessional booth in the ionosphere.

It's ideal fodder for dub. Dream River's personality comes from the richness of his storytelling and, easy to forget, from the sparse sounds in the surroundings, the ascetic guitar figures, the suggestions of a groove. The ability to create silences is not the only connection with the old Jamaican invention of Dub. When you crank the reverb, delete a lot of the verses, and open the spotlight to the bass and drums, it sounds like a new world that casts valuable shadows on the original material. "Dub is a ghost, a duppy. A duppy of a childhood guppy," reads the album's press release. It's like an old echo that brings back distant memories and nearly lost vibes. Bill Callahan albums are go-tos for profundity, for mystery, for connection.

This little session can easily be misunderstood as a clever joke (and for sure it will get some thumb-down reviews), but it's far more than the artist's private playground or a non-sensical exercise for its own sake. It shows that you can dig deep even when most verses are fragmented, suspended in air. You, as the listener, are part of the game, ready for detecting clues, enjoying moments of clearness - and even strolling in the shadows! Bill Callahan's Dream River is a masterpiece, and this companion album inspires a deeper appreciation of its source material's beautiful bones, illuminating elements that were hiding in plain sight, like the pretty Fender Rhodes licks on "Ride My Dub." If the album ultimately succeeds, it's because it is a joy to follow this new document of ancient landscapes, old stories and dream texts that deliver new shades of meaning with every listening session (preferably at nighttime), every distant beat of a conga, and every breath they take.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New angle on DUB 23 Jan. 2014
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This might sound odd, but I've never been a fan of regular reggae and yet am a HUGE FAN of Dub Reggae! My favorite Dub artist is Scientist, followed by Lee "Scratch" Perry. I've lots of Adrian Sherwood, King Tubby, Trojan Dub Boxes. Then of course all those Dub inflected punk and post punk albums of the 80s. Despite a lot of great Dub influenced albums and tracks by groups like P.I.L., The Slits, Pop Group, Nina Hagen, Flying Lizards, The Police and Clash - very rarely do you have non-roots based dub albums by white artists. There always seems to be some kind of Dub bubbling in the underground. In the early 2000's it was Rhythm and Sound and Mikkel Metal exploring these sounds thru electronica. There was also the Michelle Shocked dub toss-off. Now there seems to be a full swing dub revival in indie circles with all the smudgy-ass chillwave, "witchhouse" scene and dubstep infiltrating EVERYTHING. But there have been a few albums that have come out that align very closely to authentic dub albums production-wise, like Anika's debut album, Peaking Light's "936" and the many releases by Sun Araw. Then you have this new Bill Callahan record, a lovely meeting of folk and dub, his dry voice complimenting and skittering around great sounds and textures. So it is pretty unique and fresh sounding. If you are a fan of dub it offers a new flavor to the proceedings.
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