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Bill Callahan (Smog) – Black Cab Sessions

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The great Mr Smog himself.

Singing in the back of London cab.

Yap, singing in the back of a cab!

More goodies from the wonderful Black Cab series!

YOU KNOW HOW WHEN YOU’RE ABOUT TO MEET ONE OF YOUR HEROES, YOU KIND OF GET A BIT ANXIOUS THAT MAYBE THEY’LL BE A RIGHT NASTY PIECE OF WORK, AND THEN THAT ONE EXPERIENCE WILL FOREVER SOIL EVERYTHING YOU’VE ALWAYS LOVED ABOUT THEM? WELL WE NEEDN’T HAVE FEARED AT ALL WITH MR CALLAHAN HIMSELF. WHEN WE FIRST MET BILL, WE FOUND HIM IRONING A SHIRT ESPECIALLY FOR THE SESSION. THAT MELTED OUR HEARTS. AND THEN HE WAS KIND, AND POLITE, AND JUST A REAL GENTLEMAN. AND THEN HE GETS IN THE CAB AND PULLS OUT THE STOPS WITH RIVERGUARD FROM THE ALBUM KNOCK KNOCK. AND THEN THAT VOICE, IT’S EVEN MORE HAUNTING IN THE THE FLESH.. AND THEN HE LEAVES AND GOES SMILING ON HIS WAY, AND SO DO WE, MORE SURE THAN EVER THAT BILL CALLAHAN IS WORTHY, VERY WORTHY, OF OUR WORSHIP.

Some amazing artists have performed in the wonderful Black Cab series!

The Black Cab Sessions is a series of one-song performances by musicians and poets recorded in the back of a black cab and filmed for an internet audience. A black cab is a type of hackney carriage (taxicab) common to Britain. The sessions are recorded while the black cab that serves as the studio travels through city streets, usually in London, England. Most of the performances feature rock bands, ranging from popular acts such as Death Cab for Cutie, The Kooks and My Morning Jacket to lesser known acts such as the Cave Singers. Other performances stray from the rock music scene, featuring poetry and beatboxing, for example.

The motto of the Black Cab Sessions is “one song, one take, one cab.” These intimate performances embody the lo-fi ethos of the indie rock scene and have have gained a cult following of viewers both on their own website and on YouTube.

The following artists have performed in the Black Cab Sessions:

Fleet Foxes
Beach House
Micah P Hinson
Bon Iver
My Morning Jacket
Sunset Rubdown
The Futureheads
Fireworks Night
Phosphorescent
Lykke Li
Charlie Siem
Baby Dee
Pete And The Pirates
Killa Kella
Hot Club De Paris
Spoon

Johnny Byers
Stephen Fretwell
Benjamin Zephaniah
Okkervil River
The Felice Brothers
The Kooks
Lightspeed Champion
The Ravonettes
Scout Niblett
Noah and the Whale
Laura Marling
Cold War Kids
Fanfarlo
The National
The Brightlights
Elvis Perkins

Seasick Steve
Jeffrey Lewis
The New Pornographers
Langhorne Slim
St Vincent
Vincent Vincent and The Villains
The Mules
Death Cab For Cutie
Bill Callahan
Eugene McGuinness
Daniel Johnston
Nic Dawson Kelly
Luke Toms
Freddie Stevenson
Emmy The Great
Johnny Flynn

October 12, 2008 Posted by | Bill Callahan, Music_Alternative, Smog, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Bill Callahan (Smog) – "Strawberry Rash"

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Meet strawberry rash
One on each cheek
Coins in the crack
Meet strawberry rash

It’s the banquet of a starving girl
It’s the banquet of a starving girl

She’s gonna swallow glass

Meet strawberry rash
Red eggs and brown apples
She’s gonna swallow glass
Meet strawberry rash
Coins in poison in the crack

It’s the banquet of a starving girl
It’s the banquet of a starving girl
She’s gonna swallow glass
meet strawberry rash
Coins in the crack
And beggin’ her to piss


Grab it here:
julius-caesar

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October 2, 2008 Posted by | Bill Callahan, Smog, _MUSIC, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY | Leave a comment

Smog – Julius Caesar (1993)

Smog – Julius Caesar
Audio CD (August 31, 1994)
Original Release Date: July 13, 1993
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Drag City
ASIN: B0000019PM
Mp3 @ 256 kbps cbr


47 push ups
in a winter-rate
sea side motel

I feel like Travis Bickle
I’m listening to Highway to Hell
It’s a shitty little tape I taped off the radio

39 push ups
in a winter-rate
seaside motel

32 push ups
in a winter-rate
seaside motel

Not looking too good
Not feeling so well

37 push ups
in a winter-rate seaside motel
I’m going up again
I’m going up again

Goin’ up to go down again

An amazing early outing from the renegade maverick genius Bill Callahan, in the guise of Smog!

To properly position Callahan in the songwriting world, there’s no higher compliment than saying that he’s up there with Will Oldham – another renegade maverick genius !

I first knew of Callahan when I saw him perform in a small Dublin club around this time (93/94) – actually supporting Will Oldham – with a stark set of sparse, fucked-folk, no-fi songs performed like he was a baby Leonard Cohen. The event was truly amazing! I wasn’t sure then if this was the worst shit I’d ever heard or the greatest music imaginable! Now I know it was the latter!

His music is not for everyone though! It’s not exactly meant for the Robbie Williams crowd! Beautiful songs, expertly crafted, minimalist in the extreme with fucked-up wondrous lyrics! Perfect!!

The true poet of fucked-folk! No doubt!

Tracklisting

  1. Strawberry Rash
  2. Your Wedding
  3. 37 Push Ups
  4. Stalled In The Tracks
  5. One Less Star
  6. Golden
  7. When You Walk
  8. I Am Star Wars!
  9. Connections
  10. When The Power Goes Out
  11. Chosen One
  12. What Kind Of Angel
  13. Stick In The Mud

Here be Bill:

http://rapidshare.com/files/78392749/caesar.rar

Or
(not sure about bitrate)


http://www.zshare.net/download/19534684ade803de/

Big thanks to wharfinger



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October 2, 2008 Posted by | Bill Callahan, Music_Alternative, Smog, Will Oldham, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Bill Callahan (Smog) – Woke on a Whaleheart (2007)


Bill Callahan (Smog) – Woke on a Whaleheart (2007)

We do not know Lord, how things work

We do not know Lord, where you go

in the night, through the door

the door that holds you

out of the blue

Here’s last year’s mighty opus from one Bill Callahan, operating for the first time under his given handle instead of Smog.

According to Billy Boy, this LP touches upon “gospel, tough pop and American light opera.” Erm … OK!

Don’t worry. It’s another wonderful collection of great ditties about the sad wonder of the world and the human soul! And trying to get laid!

Here’s one of the most under-rated songwriters around today. Beautiful songs and wonderful lyrics. A magnificent album. Enjoy!

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When you leave, I go into our room
And lay me down on birds of paradise
It’s pretty womanly in here!
Roses noting every move
Nothing goes on except what should
A vast legacy of good
And I don’t know if I can uphold it on my own
I don’t know if I can uphold it on my own
I don’t know if I’m to be trusted
In our room
Alone


Woke on a Whaleheart
finds longtime lo-fi pioneer Bill Callahan stepping out under his own name for the first time from behind his nearly 20-year alias known simply as (Smog)–with or without the parentheses depending on the era.

This new liberation hardly finds the songwriter indulging in solo album bombast (not surprising, since Smog was essentially a one-man project the whole time). Instead, Bill Callahan keeps his feet firmly on the artsy-pop ground.

A haunting circular piano propels “Night” as if on an aerial starlit breeze, and “Diamond Dancer” could be an Ashes to Ashes-era David Bowie track, if the Thin White Duke handed vocals over to Lou Reed or the Jazz Butcher.

Instrumentation is soothingly unobtrusive, and Callahan’s conversational vocals are so relaxed, they occasionally threaten to fade away like a wisp of smoke. Oddly, his most impassioned singing comes on the country-shuffling “The Wheel,” which turns a blues call-and-response on its ear, preceding sung lines with the same line spoken-word, as if Callahan is reminding himself of which lyrics come next.

Make no mistake though–Bill Callahan knows exactly what he’s doing, and Woke on a Whaleheart is a fine and fulfilling listen.

-Ben Heege

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Her skin was sky blue
Her skin was sky blue
Under the lights
Diamond dancer, diamond dancer
She was dancing so hard
She danced herself into a diamond
Dancing all by herself
Dancing all by herself
And not minding

By Jess “E” (kentucky)

BILL CALLAHAN: Hey ATM card give me a 1000 dollars!

ATM CARD: Certainly. But first I demand that you serenade me with one of those marvelously “challenging” ditties of yours.

BILL CALLAHAN: “The goat waltzed drunkenly to the curious silence of an abandoned rape whistle.”

ATM CARD:Bravo!Take as much as you wish.(ATM Card performs sexually graphic action.)

STREET VAGRANT WITH A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS STEMMING FROM HIS MILLITARY SERVICE IN VIETNAM: Goat? Rape Wistle? Thats nothing! Hey ATM Card wheres my 1000 bucks,I’ve used those words to dissolve Canadian Parliament and emancipate myself from an endorsement contract with PUMA .

ATM Card:(spits into vagrant’s face) Yeah and how many hooches did you burn today?


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I guess I was a decent man holdin’ on
followin the river from above
like a bird
have faith in wordless knowledge
and the fallen stars they flew too
and I knew they were sewing something
something well made for me and you
we are swimming in the river of the rains of our days before we knew
and it’s hard to explain what I was doing all thinking before you

Tracklisting

1. From the Rivers to the Ocean
2. Footprints
3. Diamond Dancer
4. Sycamore
5. The Wheel
6. Honeymoon Child
7. Day
8. Night
9. A Man Needs a Woman or a Man to be a Man

Here be Bill :

Billy da Kid

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Bill Callahan, Music_Alternative, Smog, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Bill Callahan (Smog) – Woke on a Whaleheart (2007)


Bill Callahan (Smog) – Woke on a Whaleheart (2007)

We do not know Lord, how things work

We do not know Lord, where you go

in the night, through the door

the door that holds you

out of the blue

Here’s last year’s mighty opus from one Bill Callahan, operating for the first time under his given handle instead of Smog.

According to Billy Boy, this LP touches upon “gospel, tough pop and American light opera.” Erm … OK!

Don’t worry. It’s another wonderful collection of great ditties about the sad wonder of the world and the human soul! And trying to get laid!

Here’s one of the most under-rated songwriters around today. Beautiful songs and wonderful lyrics. A magnificent album. Enjoy!

http://thinkinpictures.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/smog2.jpg

When you leave, I go into our room
And lay me down on birds of paradise
It’s pretty womanly in here!
Roses noting every move
Nothing goes on except what should
A vast legacy of good
And I don’t know if I can uphold it on my own
I don’t know if I can uphold it on my own
I don’t know if I’m to be trusted
In our room
Alone


Woke on a Whaleheart
finds longtime lo-fi pioneer Bill Callahan stepping out under his own name for the first time from behind his nearly 20-year alias known simply as (Smog)–with or without the parentheses depending on the era.

This new liberation hardly finds the songwriter indulging in solo album bombast (not surprising, since Smog was essentially a one-man project the whole time). Instead, Bill Callahan keeps his feet firmly on the artsy-pop ground.

A haunting circular piano propels “Night” as if on an aerial starlit breeze, and “Diamond Dancer” could be an Ashes to Ashes-era David Bowie track, if the Thin White Duke handed vocals over to Lou Reed or the Jazz Butcher.

Instrumentation is soothingly unobtrusive, and Callahan’s conversational vocals are so relaxed, they occasionally threaten to fade away like a wisp of smoke. Oddly, his most impassioned singing comes on the country-shuffling “The Wheel,” which turns a blues call-and-response on its ear, preceding sung lines with the same line spoken-word, as if Callahan is reminding himself of which lyrics come next.

Make no mistake though–Bill Callahan knows exactly what he’s doing, and Woke on a Whaleheart is a fine and fulfilling listen.

-Ben Heege

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Her skin was sky blue
Her skin was sky blue
Under the lights
Diamond dancer, diamond dancer
She was dancing so hard
She danced herself into a diamond
Dancing all by herself
Dancing all by herself
And not minding

By Jess “E” (kentucky)

BILL CALLAHAN: Hey ATM card give me a 1000 dollars!

ATM CARD: Certainly. But first I demand that you serenade me with one of those marvelously “challenging” ditties of yours.

BILL CALLAHAN: “The goat waltzed drunkenly to the curious silence of an abandoned rape whistle.”

ATM CARD:Bravo!Take as much as you wish.(ATM Card performs sexually graphic action.)

STREET VAGRANT WITH A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS STEMMING FROM HIS MILLITARY SERVICE IN VIETNAM: Goat? Rape Wistle? Thats nothing! Hey ATM Card wheres my 1000 bucks,I’ve used those words to dissolve Canadian Parliament and emancipate myself from an endorsement contract with PUMA .

ATM Card:(spits into vagrant’s face) Yeah and how many hooches did you burn today?


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I guess I was a decent man holdin’ on
followin the river from above
like a bird
have faith in wordless knowledge
and the fallen stars they flew too
and I knew they were sewing something
something well made for me and you
we are swimming in the river of the rains of our days before we knew
and it’s hard to explain what I was doing all thinking before you

Tracklisting

1. From the Rivers to the Ocean
2. Footprints
3. Diamond Dancer
4. Sycamore
5. The Wheel
6. Honeymoon Child
7. Day
8. Night
9. A Man Needs a Woman or a Man to be a Man

Here be Bill :

Billy da Kid

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Bill Callahan, Music_Alternative, Smog, _MUSIC | Leave a comment