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48 Bands That Took 20 Or More Years Between Albums

What’s a legacy to a legend? For some, it’s a thing to be actively patrolled: endless tours, obligatory records, the noblesse oblige of the bassist getting to do the occasional side project. Constant existence, in other words. For others, it’s an ambient gift. You’ll always have a band to join; awestruck journalists will check o… More »

By: Brad Shoup / May 21, 2015 - 11:40 am

Stream Bill Fay Who Is The Sender?

Bill Fay’s simple, rhetorical question to the universe probes at cosmic significance on Who Is The Sender? It’s a record constructed around the strange impulses and ideas that enter our lives, using little emblems of the physical world to dig into the essence of mortality. “Something Else Ahead” looks toward an eternity that may crumble… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 20, 2015 - 10:48 am

Bill Fay – “A Page Incomplete”

Sometimes on Who Is The Sender? it sounds like British singer-songwriter Bill Fay is a kindhearted soothsayer from the future, sent back to us to administer gentle warnings before some final doomsday hammer comes smashing down. Who sent him? How does he possess such effortless, simple wisdom? These remain mysteries, but his delicately probing piano… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Bill Fay – “Something Else Ahead”

British singer-songwriter Bill Fay recently announced his new album Who Is The Sender? and shared the first song “War Machine.” He’s followed that one up with “Something Else Ahead” a slow-revolving meditation on the way we blithely rush through life, blind to the beauty all around us. Fay begins with the image of fish i… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 3, 2015 - 4:42 pm

A.C. Newman – “Be Not So Fearful” (Bill Fay Cover)

You wouldn’t expect there to be much crossover between grim, violent, zombie-apocalypse scenarios and warm, sprightly power-pop, and yet here we have New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman contributing a song to the soundtrack of The Walking Dead. Newman has tempered his natural instincts toward chipperness on his contribution, a cover of Bill Fay’s 1970’s folk-po… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Bill Fay – “This World” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Last week, the British singer-songwriter Bill Fay broke a 40-year silence and released his new album Life Is People. Califone frontman Tim Rutili directed the video for Fay’s Jeff Tweedy duet “This World,” and in the clip, we see the faces of different people — one of whom is Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow –… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2012 - 11:40 am

Bill Fay – “This World” (Feat. Jeff Tweedy) & “Jesus, Etc.” (Wilco Cover)

Next week, the cult-favorite British singer-songwriter Bill Fay returns with Life Is People, his third album overall but his first in 40 years. On the warm, lonesome chug “This World,” Wilco frontman and longtime Fay admirer Jeff Tweedy shows up to lend vocals. And elsewhere on the album, Fay offers a weathered, elegiac cover of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 16, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Bill Fay – “Be At Peace With Yourself” Video

After a 40-year absence from the recording studio, the cultishly beloved British singer-songwriter Bill Fay is back with a new LP called Life Is People. “Be At Peace With Yourself” is a piece of pretty, plainspoken gospel-folk from the album. And for its video, director Dan Huiting gets his Terrence Malick on, giving us a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 9, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Bill Fay Life Is People Details

Bill Fay is a British singer-songwriter who got together with a bunch of London jazz session players in the early ’70s and released a pair of cultish albums, loved by adventurous rock types like Wilco and Nick Cave. He hasn’t released an album in more than 40 years. But Fay is, all of a sudden,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 31, 2012 - 2:07 pm