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Bill Callahan, born in Silver Spring, Maryland. Callahan followed the genre of underground rock, with homemade tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he signed a record contract with the label .

Callahan started out as a highly artist, utilizing sub-standard instruments and recording equipment. His reason for using the lo-fi approach was not so much an aesthetic choice, rather it came from his lack of knowledge of recording studios, and fear of giving up control to professional engineers.

His later work saw him overcoming his fear of studios and producers, and in this period he recorded two albums with the influential producer Jim O’Rourke and musicians from the circles around , as well as collaborating with the similar-minded Neil Hagerty.

His songs are based on simple, repetitive structures, strikingly characterized by his baritone vocal. His lyrics are often centered around themes of spiritual searching and the complexity of emotions, with the use of subtlety and dark irony in the classic sense. There is also a broad swathe of joy throughout Callahan’s work (and a singular obsession with horses that he shares with Will Oldham and Mark Linkous). He is a keen storyteller using simple words to project large and deeply echoing tales.

Callahan’s love life has been documented with vigor in numerous hipster publications, including his romantic relationship with Chan Marshall (Cat Power), who allegedly penned “To Be a Good Woman” in tribute to Callahan while referencing his song “To Be Of Use.” It has recently been rumored that Callahan is now involved with labelmate Joanna Newsom.


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  • Horse_Deceased

    Nothing hurts like Bill's songs.

    15 Nov 11:15pm Reply
  • jonesgenetics

    I break horses +++

    24 Sep 6:01am Reply
  • rewinddude

    Finally found them, someone has stuck them on youtube.

    15 Sep 11:26pm Reply
  • rewinddude

    There's 3!

    15 Sep 11:11pm Reply
  • Indyalanjones1

    Hold up... There's a smog peel session? I must hear this!

    13 Sep 12:26pm Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    Kicking a Couple Around is the best EP ever made.

    9 Aug 3:25pm Reply
  • rewinddude

    I agree, The Doctor Came at Dawn is one of his best, its so rich in emotion. There are days it can be too much to listen to.

    17 Jul 9:49am Reply
  • pinkcigarettepf

    the doctor came at dawn came into my life during the only time when i could fully understand the emotions behind that album. i think i might complete my life without meeting anyone else who understands that album in the same way that i do and it frightens me deeply. i love smog. i love bill callahan. i love everything. i wanted to express my love in a way that i'd hope someone would read this and love something in the same way that i love the doctor came at dawn. thank you, bill. thank you, smog. you really helped me.

    30 Jun 6:04am Reply
  • tonythepony11

    Yeah ok I wanted to die anyway So there

    19 Apr 8:24am Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Vessel in Vein fits really well at the start of Dead Man's Shoes, great track

    7 Apr 6:50pm Reply
  • autorretratos

    smog is life

    21 Feb 7:58am Reply
  • Chino09

    It's nice to start your day with Bill.

    7 Feb 6:04am Reply
  • Simon-1995

    smog is love [2]

    12 Jan 10:04pm Reply
  • Wondermoose

    Great stuff.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Skygazer1

    Respectfully, I couldn't disagree more sumit_hk. I've met and seen both perfom many times and it's night and day, I'm afraid. If anything they're polar opposites...

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • funereal_waif

    Hit the Ground Running is amazing

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lanoctem

    to be of use

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • johannez1

    Just amazing.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • iluapynna

    looking for "apocalypse: a bill callahan tour film (2012)". does anybody has the file? thks.

    29 May 2013 Reply
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