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Been listening to a lot of Bill Callahan stuff recently, but never really heard much Smog, best place to start?
or Knock Knock
teenage spaceship <3
Great so far.
especially on his latest Apocalypse, big open country America, an old west kind of feel.
I'd maybe suggest lobbying for stronger environmental protection laws and going from there.
is the only one I have. It's good. Obviously the others might be better though so idk.
You really can't go wrong with any of his stuff, even the lo-fi early days. If you want a smooth transition from "Bill Callahan," start with a A River Ain't Too Much To Love.
Ambition, Vessel In Vain, Truth Serum, Our Anniversary, Guiding Light...
But, yeah. Hard to go wrong really.
It is EASY to go wrong: Rain on Lens.
(cue a million people leaping to the defence of this stonkingly below average LP)
Not heard Rain on Lens so I couldn't possibly leap to it's defence with any background knowledge whatsoever. But it's Bill so it's bound to be amazing. You're wrong, man.
THere's one or two good moments (mostly from the titular song) but there's a lot that's just forgettable.
You're probably still wrong though.
Might be the best pair of back-to-back albums I can think of. I'm less keen on the later Smog stuff like Supper and most of his Bill Callahan stuff is a bit dull for me, but I love Smog.
Top 5 bangers.
1 River Guard (Knock Knock)
2 I Break Horses (Accumulation:None version)
3 Cold Discovery (Songs of Sevotion)
4 Bathysphere (Wild Love)
5 Chosen One (Peel Session version)
All on youtube...
is this not a forum mostly populated by angry young men, bitter because women are rarely wooed by their exquisitely curated mixtapes?
should this Smog tune, and the albums it appears on, not be first in most people's minds?
I...don't understand. what's trollish about my post?
The Doctor Came at Dawn, Dongs of Sevotion, Knock Knock, Red Apple Falls...these are the best, in that order. Callahan's at hit best when he's at his darkest & most otherworldly.
earlier, more offbeat Smog records are good too, though..'Wild Love' and 'Julius Caesar'. And 'A River Ain't Too Much To Love' has some of his most beautiful moments.
some of his most beautiful moments...
'Permanent Smile' (Dongs of Sevotion)
the purest distillation of his morbid sensibility.
'All Your Women Things' (The Doctor Came At Dawn)
a rare, dignified break-up song, Bill at his most tender and wounded.
'Drinking at the Dam' (A River...)
I'd love to buy Bill a drink and hear him go off on one in that deep, dark voice...I wish he was my weird, estranged dad.
'Teenage Spaceship' (Knock Knock)
obviously. surreal but achingly poignant beyond the reach of more traditional songwriter tropes.
It is brilliant though,