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Bill Callahan
Expanding Dub / Highs In The Mid-40's Dub

What’s he up to now? What is he up to? Ol’ maudlin Bill, brought up in the lovely split level Yorkshire town of Knaresborough, likes the ladies, you know the fellow. He has a new album out soon and this taster contains two dub versions of tracks that will appear on it. I’ve really enjoyed Callahan’s recent work and I wasn...view item »

Bill Callahan
Woke Up On A Whaleheart

I still don't know why Bill Callahan dropped the Smog alias to record under his own name. At the time, before this came out I assumed it must be to mark a change in direction for him. That doesn't seem to be the case however. "Woke On A Whaleheart" is just another Smog album, really. You could point to songs like "Foot...view item »

Bill Callahan
Dream River

I was thinking this morning: "Why don’t I own more Bill Callahan records?"   I tend to always like what I hear of him (certainly post-Smog, who didn’t always do it for me). For the uninitiated, he has a rich, chocolate-brown voice and sings sad, slow laments which could eventually see him be...view item »

Mickey Newbury / Bill Callahan
Heaven Help The Child

I enjoyed what I heard of the Mickey Newbury box set, an under-appreciated American songwriter of that particular vintage which also brings to mind the likes of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Jimmy Webb. Here we have two versions of the same song, Newbury's early 1970's original and ...view item »

Bill Callahan
Diamond Dancer

BILL CALLAHAN appears to have dropped the Smog moniker and released a single as himself (as if Smog Wasn't himself!). Diamond Dancer is out on Drag City this week on CD only. I like ole Bill.... took me about 6 albums to warm to him but his voice does things for me now (not those kind of things). I'm not sure why...view item »

Bill Callahan
I Drive a Valence

Bill Callahan should write more books. The baritone poet has already released one, 'Letters To Emma Bowlcut' -- a collection of random thoughts, barely interconnected, collected into a novella. In true Callahan fashion, the book is a delight to read, even if the reader has no fucking clue what he's talking about: the sentences just sound nice. N...view item »

Bill Callahan
Have Fun With God

Now this may make me a few enemies but I've been tiring of Bill Callahan in recent years. Perhaps it's the fact that I have a job where I have to listen to every record, but while I don't struggle to tell that they're well-made and he does have a way with words, the sheer quantity and lack of variety of his Leonar...view item »

Bill Callahan
Apocalypse

Bill Callahan very rarely disappoints and 'Apocalypse' is not likely to dissuade me from the belief that he's one of America's finest singer/songwriters. You'll be pleased and not particularly surprised to hear that this is another solid collection of songs from Mr. Smogman. It's a livelier collection than last years rather somber yet completely...view item »

Bill Callahan
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

I'm not entirely sure why Bill Callahan dropped the whole Smog thing and decided to just be himself. If anyone knows let me know. I'm too lazy to look it up. 'Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle' is his 2nd album as himself (about his 20th otherwise) and it sounds delightful. The first time I heard it I thought it was great! Though his voice is start...view item »