- Bill Callahan (musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Bill Callahan
Img_capt = Performing at ATP Festival, April 2007.
Background = solo_singer
Alias = Smog, (Smog)
Silver Spring, Maryland, nowrap| United States
Bill Callahan (born 1966 [cite news |author=Ben Thompson |title=Bill Callahan spares nobody in his songs - himself least of all |work=
The Independent|page=18 |date= 1997-05-11] ), also known as Smog and (Smog), is an American singer-songwriterborn in Silver Spring, Maryland. Callahan began working in the lo-fi genreof underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today.
Callahan started out as a highly experimental artist, using substandard instruments and recording equipment. His early songs often nearly lacked melodic structure and were clumsily played on poorly tuned guitars (possibly influenced by
Jandek, whom Callahan admired), resulting in the dissonant sounds on his self-released cassettes and debut album " Sewn to the Sky". Much of his early output was instrumental, a stark contrast to the lyrical focus of his later work. Apparently, he used lo-fi techniques not primarily because of an aesthetic preference but because he didn't have any other possibility to make music. Once he signed a contract with Drag City, he also started to use recording studios and a greater variety of instruments for his records.
From 1993 to 2000, Callahan's recordings grew more and more "professional" sounding, with more instruments, and a higher sound quality. In this period he recorded two
albums with the influential producer Jim O'Rourke and Tortoise's John McEntire, and collaborated with Neil Hagerty. After 2000's " Dongs of Sevotion", Callahan began moving back to a slightly simpler instrumentation and recording style, while retaining the more consistent songwriting style he had developed over the years. This shift is apparent in albums such as " Rain on Lens", "Supper", and " A River Ain't Too Much to Love".
Smog's songs are often based on simple, repetitive structures, consisting of a simple
chord progressionrepeated for the duration of the entire song. His singing is strikingly characterized by his baritonevoice and a style of delivery without being over-emotional. Melodically and lyrically he tends to eschew the verse-chorus approach favoured by many contemporary songwriters, preferring instead a more free-form approach relying less on melodic and lyrical repetition. Themes in Callahan's lyrics include relationships, moving, horses, teenagers, bodies of water, and more recently, politics. His generally dispassionate delivery of lyrics and dark irony often obfuscate complex emotional and lyrical twists and turns. Critics have generally characterized his music as depressing and intensely introverted, with one critic describing it as "a peep-show view into an insular world of alienation." [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:qlf6zfghehpk] Despite this there is also a broad swathe of joy throughout Callahan's work and more attentive critics have picked up on Callahan's tendency to black humour, a tendency often confused with a depressed mental state or a genuine obsession with the morbid, a confusion no doubt caused by his deadpanvocals. Cat Power(Chan Marshall) recorded Callahan's song "Bathysphere" on her 1996 album " What Would the Community Think". She covered him again in 2000 on her " Covers Record" doing the song "Red Apples".
Cold Blooded Old Times" appears on the "High Fidelity" soundtrack. The song "Vessel in Vain" (from "Supper") was also used on the soundtrack of the independent British film " Dead Man's Shoes" in 2004. In October 2007, Cadillacreleased a commercial which featured Smog's song "Held" and Bob Dylandriving a 2008 Escalade through the desert.
As of 2007 he lives in
Austin, Texaswhere he released " Woke on a Whaleheart". It was his first record release as "Bill Callahan".
Sewn to the Sky" (1990; LP on Disaster)
Forgotten Foundation" ( May 25, 1992; CD on Drag City)
*"Julius Caesar" (
July 5, 1993; LP/CS/CD on Drag City)
Wild Love" ( March 27, 1995; LP/CD on Drag City)
The Doctor Came at Dawn" ( September 10, 1996; LP/CD on Drag City)
Red Apple Falls" ( May 20, 1997; LP/CD on Drag City)
*"Knock Knock" (
January 12, 1999; LP/CD on Drag City)
Dongs of Sevotion" ( April 4, 2000; 2xLP/CD on Drag City)
Rain on Lens" ( September 18, 2001; LP/CD on Drag City; released as (Smog))
March 18, 2003; LP/CD on Drag City; released as (Smog))
A River Ain't Too Much to Love" ( May 31, 2005; LP/CD on Drag City)
Woke on a Whaleheart" ( April 17, 2007; LP/CD on Drag City; released as Bill Callahan)
ources and external links
* [http://www.pry.com/smog Bathysphere]
* [http://www.theotherjournal.com/article.php?id=192 The Other Journal interview (2007)]
* [http://www.seattleweekly.com/music/blogs/reverb/2007/07/interview_bill_callahan.php Seattle Weekly interview (2007)]
* [http://www.popmatters.com/music/interviews/smog-050926.shtml PopMatters interview (2005)]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17166030 Bill Callahan at NPR Music]
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