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I would like nothing more than to share with you the new Bill Callahan track “Diamond Dancer” off the single I received in the mail from Drag City a couple of weeks ago; but being a single release that would entirely defeat the purpose. So, if you’re a Smog fan, go buy that shit. While I am not certain why Callahan ditched his longtime nom de plume, I am certain that his upcoming Drag City release Woke On A Whaleheart (April release) is one of my most anticipated albums being released this Spring.

But enough about Whaleheart, let’s talk about Smog’s 2003 album Supper. Supper did not enter my consciousness until late 2006 when I picked it up on a whim at the record store in the mood to hear more Smog. It has since found itself in heavy rotation in 2007. I knew it was a winner from the first tune when I heard Callahan’s east Texas drawl sing “you spend half of the morning just trying to wake up, half the evening just trying to calm down.” That line rang especially true here. If you’re new to Smog, eMusic has the catalog if you want to immerse yourself in all things Bill Callahan before the new LP drops. Here are two from the Supper LP.

Elsewhere: You Ain’t No Picasso posted a track off the upcoming Woke On A Whaleheart album

Download:
MP3: Smog :: Feather By Feather
MP3: Smog :: Vessel In Vain
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Amazon: Smog – Supper
www.dragcity.com ++ www.myspace.com/toomuchtolove

+ Smog catalog available through eMusic’s 25 Free MP3 trial offer.
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7 Responses to “Bill Callahan :: The Artist Formerly Known As Smog”

  1. Totally diggin’ the new layout. Big ups!

    Head on over to mine.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. While really enjoying “Feather By Feather”, “Bathysphere” is tops in my book…

  3. Now this is seriously good news. I didn’t even know it was coming, but I loved Supper and A River Ain’t Too Much To Love.

    In a similar vein, also really looking forward to new Richmond Fontaine.

  4. […] ——————————————————————————————————————————— Chan Marshall’s in the Bathysphere, folks. Having discussed Bill Callahan’s latest adventures, sans his Smog moniker, earlier in the week, I was inspired to que up Smog’s “Bathysphere” along with Cat Power’s equally impressive cover back to back. Listening to them next to one another only further solidified my opinion that Chan Marshall may be the present queen of song (re)interpretation. […]

  5. I’m also just discovering Smog, also through Emu. What a great writer!

    Good post!

    Sweeny

  6. […] Before I even start this post I am going to have to apologise profusely to both An Aquarium Drunkard and Matt at You Ain’t No Picasso because the only reason I have even the faintest idea this album is coming out is because of their posts, and to make matters worse, I have also pinched and posted an mp3 of teaser track Day from Matt’s post as well. […]

  7. […] Bill Callahan’s new LP Woke on a Whaleheart has been heavily anticipated around these parts since we first heard the “Diamond Dancer” single back in February. […]

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