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Photos: Øyafestivalen 2014

Øyafestivalen has now entered its 13th year, and last week, the Norwegian festival’s 2014 iteration filled Oslo with excellent artists. There were folk musicians like Angel Olsen and Bill Callahan alongside electronic artists like Todd Terje and Darkside alongside major headlining acts like Outkast, Robyn, and Queens Of The Stone Age. We sent photographer ClintMore »

By: Miles Bowe / August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Bill Callahan – “Javelin Unlanding” Video

Bill Callahan travels through the solar system in the deliciously weird animated video for “Javelin Unlanding” from last year’s album, Dream River. Callahan takes on the role of the moon in his journey through space, looking over a desolate desert landscape and, of course, the stars. Watch the video below. More »

By: James Rettig / July 30, 2014 - 10:41 am

How To Dress Well – “Teenage Spaceship” (Smog Cover)

Lately, lo-fi avant-R&B explorer How To Dress Well has taken to recording music at home and posting it online, which is really how he got everyone’s attention in the first place. For his latest offering, he’s recorded a version of Smog’s 1998 song “Teenage Spaceship,” one of Bill Callahan’s most iconic odes to isolation. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 26, 2013 - 9:02 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Hear Bill Callahan On The Adam Carolla Show

Bill Callahan recently came onto Adam Carolla’s podcast to chat for a bit about his recent album Dream River (if you haven’t heard it, check out his incredible performance of “Small Plane“). The former Man Show host doesn’t really seem to know anything about Callahan’s career (which actually runs longer than Carolla’s own) and i… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 12, 2013 - 1:31 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were so many music videos this week. It was out of control. I could just barely watch all of them, and that glut means that fascinating things like MGMT’s alien-abduction dance party and Kirin J Callahan’s upside-down command performance didn’t make the list. Half the bands in our Twitter feed had to make their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2013 - 11:01 am

Bill Callahan – “Small Plane” Video

The incisive veteran songwriter Bill Callahan released his new album Dream River last month, and now he’s made his first music video from the album. It’s for “Small Plane,” the same lovely sigh of a song that he played in a community garden for NPR’s cameras. Callahan co-directed the video with Hanly Banks, and it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2013 - 8:54 am

Watch Bill Callahan Play New “Small Plane” In A NYC Community Garden

Bill Callahan recently was asked to do a one of NPR’s Field Recording sets in New York City. He decided on a community garden, which is just about perfect when you think about how much nature plays into the man’s music. So in this intimate little garden, with cars honking and other noise coming through,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 11, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Bill Callahan – “Expanding Dub”

When Tom posted the details of upcoming Bill Callahan album Dream River, he noted that its accompanying press photo (which you can see above) was probably the first instance he’d ever seen Callahan smile in one. Tom suggested that maybe the album wouldn’t “showcase the dark, mordant wit that made him indie-famous” and while we… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 6, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Bill Callahan Dream River Details

Bill Callahan has been in the game a long, long time; he released his first album as Smog 23 years ago. But until this moment, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a press photo of him smiling. Take that as an indication, then, that Callahan’s next album won’t showcase the dark, mordant wit that made… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2013 - 9:20 am

Stream McSweeney’s Flaming Lips Radio Show Feat. Ed Droste, Will Sheff, Bill Callahan & More

Here’s another thing that Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne can cross off of his increasingly insane to-do list: Record an hour-long radio drama about the human-head-shaped tumor on the inside of his leg. Coyne teamed up with McSweeney’s, KCRW, and producer Richard Parks to put together the show, entitled Wayne Coynes Human Head Shaped Tumor. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2012 - 9:57 am

Bill Callahan – “Heaven Help The Child” Video

Indie survivor Bill Callahan recently covered “Heaven Help The Child,” a history-minded 1973 song from country-music outsider Mickey Newbury. And now Callahan’s version has a video, a black-and-white single-shot thing that transposes Callahan’s face with an image of a tree. The video itself is minimal, but more than anything, it’s an excuse to hear Callahan’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 28, 2012 - 10:45 am

Bill Callahan Covers Leonard Cohen

The celebration of Leonard Cohen’s new album Old Ideas continues in the new issue of MOJO which comes with a disc of The Songs Of Leonard Cohen covers from the likes of Bill Callahan, Father John Misty, Cass McCombs, Field Music and others. Stream Callahan’s contribution below, a rendition of Cohen’s “So Long Marianne.”… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 6, 2012 - 10:09 am

Bill Callahan – “America!” Video

Bill Callahan’s not-entirely-patriotic “America!” now has an entirely cool animated video just in time for Independence Day. It’s premiered as part of the fourth episode of Friday Night Somewhere, so skip ahead to 7m30s if you don’t have time to watch Cabby interview tattoo artist James Jacobs. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 1, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Bill Callahan – “Riding For The Feeling” Video

The resurgence of Bill Callahan, a truly classic underground American songwriter, is appreciated — New Yorker and NY Times profiles; positive, historicizing Pitchfork review for newest dispatch Apocalypse — but it’s strange that his early, noisy, and especially dark albums have, more or less, been left out of the discussion. The cleaned-up, buttoned-down version of… More »

By: brandon / May 12, 2011 - 11:27 am

Progress Report: Bill Callahan

NAME: Bill Callahan
PROGRESS REPORT: One of music’s most mysterious songwriters talks about the Apocalypse, explores writing songs with a quill, and addresses the apparent futility of hope.

Bill Callahan is the kind of musician that — even if you don’t happen to enjoy or understand what he’s doing — makes music… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 2, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2011

April’s mix is female heavy and thematically clustered. It tips off with a track from each of our three most recent Bands To Watch. The remainder features a few songs that are numerically fixated (Brenmar’s “Be The One,” the return of pulseprogramming with “First They Fire,” and Italians Do It Better boss Mike Simonetti’s “Third… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 8, 2011 - 5:18 pm

Bill Callahan – “Baby’s Breath”

“Baby’s Breath” is the first taste from Bill Callahan’s upcoming album Apocalypse. The first sound you hear is a quick uptake of breath. The next several minutes are Callahan’s beautifully rich voice up close. The tempo speeds up and slows underneath his vocals, while he picks out a hypnotic, sparse guitar melody. I could hear… More »

By: jessica / March 23, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Gil Scott-Heron “I’m New Here” Video

In February Gil Scott-Heron released his first new record in about 16 years. It’s almost all new, original material, save for a couple songs, like the title track. “I’m New Here” comes from Bill Callahan’s A River Ain’t Too Much To Love when Callahan was still recording under the Smog name. Maybe Scott-Heron couldn’t resist… More »

By: jessica / June 7, 2010 - 12:54 pm
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