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Calendar, Night&Day Apocalypse

Apocalypse

How do you make a film about a man as famously elusive as Bill Callahan? Filmmaker (and future Mrs. Callahan) Hanly Banks certainly didn't expect him to explain the lyrical labyrinths that make up 20 years of Callahan's music.…
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Music, Hear This Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan's latest, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, splits the difference between his last record under his own name, Woke on a Whaleheart, and his albums as Smog. The songs are minimalist affairs comprising repetitive guitar lines accompanied…
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Music, Hear This Finntroll; Download Festival; Bill Callahan; Black Crowes; the Go-Gos

Finntroll; Download Festival; Bill Callahan; Black Crowes; the Go-Gos

In the forsaken hinterlands of Finland roams a band of evil trolls who sing in Swedish (one of the country's two national languages), and consume copious amounts of beer. Forging an unusual merger of grandiose black metal and bouncy, local…
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Music, Reviewed Cynthia Dall

Cynthia Dall

San Francisco resident Cynthia Dall first surfaced in the early '90s as a photo stylist and model for Lisa Carver's Rollerderby zine, creating salacious and disturbing images for the infamous mag. Dall made the jump to music around 1994, when…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Despite Bill Callahan's enduring penchant for lingering in the slender crannies between indulgent ennui and debilitating melancholy, the new album from his appellation Smog, Dongs of Sevotion, is funny. Not gut-busting funny; funny in the way that dejected, sharp-witted misanthropes…
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Farewell to the Pathetic Aesthetic

Ten years after his first tinkerings with a four-track recorder, Smog's Bill Callahan has traveled from Sacramento to Chicago to, on this day, a lounge in the Manhattan offices of his publicity company. He's here to describe the impetus behind…
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Hear This

Smog A cult of melancholy has grown up around the minstrelsy of Bill Callahan, guiding force behind Smog. His sixth full-length, Red Apple Falls, marks the denouement of an intense period of recording activity over the past year or so,…
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Hear This

Smog/Guv'ner/Cat Power Smog is Sacramento's Bill Callahan, a nice, quiet boy with a murderous streak as long as his dense discography. Cat Power is Chan Marshall, an anxious Southern-belle newcomer whose psyche seems to be made of fine china. Even…
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