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Wild Love

This album is very beautiful and very depressing. It will take you a while to appreciate this album, but once you get what Bill is trying to say on this album you will be blown away. The album is full of synth and string lines with hauntingly dead pan lyrics. I read a Jim O'Rourke interview once where he said that his favourite thing about Bill ...view item »
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Bill Callahan
Live at Third Man Records

The latest record in Third Man Records’ Live At Third Man Records series finds the label/shop/Jack White vanity project hosting famed alt-country sadster Bill Callahan. The autumnal poetry of The Artist Formerly Known As Smog is magnified in his spare live show. T...view item »


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A River Ain't Too Much To Love

A River Ain't Too Much To Love is Callahan's first pretty straight forward country record, a sound he's kept pretty much in tact ever since. The whole thing is somber and delicate, but bursts of melody shine through on each track and (more importantly) Bill's gut-wrenchingly brutal lyrics are here in full-swing. Tracks like "Say Valley Maker", "...view item »


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Supper

Smog or (Smog) hasn't been a favourite of mine since he slept with my mates girlfriend. All a bit nasty that and coupled with his dreadful recent output I had kind of given up on him. But against all odds the Harrogate born song minstrel comes good. This new album stands up well with his earlier...view item »
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Julius Caesar

This treat from the early Smog years was looking sad without a review, so I thought I would extol its virtues for the benefit of any passing shoppers. Monsieur Callahan doesn't have his wise-old-country voice here, nor the obtuse, elegant lyricism that carries his later albums. This is a record full of blunt edges and ...view item »


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A River Ain't Too Much In Love

New album from Smog and its an excellent bleak work rather like Bonnie Prince Billy's 'Master and Everyone' or anything by Leonard Cohen. Mainly just acoustic guitar and that lovely dark brown voice this is an album to put on in deepest winter. Really great almost filmic songs. ...view item »
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Forgotten Foundation

Haha, this is from before I'd even heard of the guy; his pre-Julius Ceasar second album full of rattly lo-fi miniatures; fuzzy bedroom folk; broken wonky ballads smothered by a younger version of that cracked burr; reedy scrawly little distorted songs and free-form amateur jams that will ...view item »
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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 »


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Rain On Lens

The new Smog LP  (Rain On Lens) is in and I've only heard the 1st few tracks but this is shaping up to one I like. The 2nd track sounds like Captain Beefheart/ Birthday Party. That was the stand out track out of the few I heard. Unlike most Smog LP's I shall be giving this some furth...view item »
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Rock Bottom Riser

Smog now... Yep ole Bill is back with a new CD EP on Domino. 4 tracks in total. The first 2 are the strongest tracks off the last album in my opinion and they be Rock Bottom Riser and I Feel Like The Mother of The World. The other 2 tracks are new ones as far as I'm aware. If not, you're being skanked and you should get on the b...view item »
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Red Apple Falls

Like all Smog albums, "Red Apple Falls" is good. I've always found it to be Bill Callahan's most Nick Drake-ish album, it's not that much like Nick Drake, but the opening track "The Morning Paper" could almost be on "Five Leaves left" or "Pink Moon" - but a more wonky version of either. Like lots of good albums, ...view item »
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Dongs of Sevotion

Dongs is not what fans of Smog's early work will be looking for. It is loaded with songs that nuzzle up to popular song styles, with decent production (compared to the 4 track stuff on most of the old albums). Still, this album isn't selling the staunchly DIY Callahan out. Quite the contrary. The songs are still insightful and slightly weird. Fo...view item »
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Knock Knock

Despite achieving greater critical acclaim since recording under his own name, this is arguably the best album Bill Callahan has recorded. The magnificently lazy glam rock stomp of "Held" and "No Dancing" and the typical Callahan semi-groove of "Cold Blooded Old Times" are all marvellous. The absolutely brilli...view item »
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The Doctor Came At Dawn

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Accumulation None

Smog. That's a stupid name. Makes me think of London Village. Then again it's probably a catchier name than Bill (his real one). Never rated this feller but he seems to have 10000's of acolytes ready to hoover up his prolific output so i'll leave it to you lot to decide.....Clint's an authority on S...view item »
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