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LET'S MOVE TO THE COUNTRY

posted August 3rd, 2020

Smog cover from the artist formerly known as Smog! Maintaining the original bounce but eschewing the star-crossed semi-tragic implications of his late-90s version,  Bill Callahan's new rendition finds fresh life, flexibility and freedom in the promise of the next chapter played out in the hinterland - but is it prequel or sequel? Heaven knows.
 


Listen to "Let's Move to the Country" on the DSP of your choice and remember, Gold Record... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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CONTORT YOURSELF

posted July 31st, 2020

With their one and only early-90s release, Fearful Symmetry, ad-hoc art freaks Box of Chocolate's secretly showcased music from a young Will Oldham, a figment of early Phish marination, an enthomusicologist, a 2019 Tony Award Winner, and more (weirdos)!
So consider Fearful Symmetry a time capsule bridging the gap between funky, post-punk 80s sounds and freewheeling, 90s college rock experimentation, and one its best songs, "The Writhe," a high energy track glimmering with new wave, tight grooves, layered guitars, and a heavy... (read more)

Artists in this story: Box of Chocolates

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LAND SPEED RECORD

posted July 29th, 2020

Summer 2020 keeps ragin' full on, and No Age keep firing on all cylinders. As our world descends into a perilous, unknown state, Dean and Randy have been channeling their live show energies into some extraordinary videos instead, wrapping as many Goons Be Gone (DC767) songs as possible with warm, comforting visuals, full of the action and color of the outside world - like deja vu, sunshine recollected from a dream. "Turned To String" is the latest case in point, with Jonn Herschend (who previously collaborated on ... (read more)

Artists in this story: No Age

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THE MACKENZIES

posted July 27th, 2020

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Of course, that's just not quite the reality for most of us right now, but Bill Callahan's folksy meditation on belonging not only assuages fears, but conjures what's needed most right now: a cross-the-driveway embrace of simple family values and connection.   
 
With "The Mackenzies," a broken-down car leads a man to adopt a new family next door. Shedding his trademark DIY bon mots with ease, Bill floats, alongside guitars and bass, through a dreamscape of deep... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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IT'S LUNCHTIME

posted July 24th, 2020

After the shutdown and accompanying production delays at COVID-challenged pressing plants, the long-promised deluxe vinyl edition of John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch will soon be ready to ship. This was a project founded to spread the wisdom of the youth to all ages, but with the advent of the contagion, we've seen a world more challenged to receive wisdom than we ever wished to guess. To more adequately serve the people in this current climate, we're marking down the limited autographed LP edition of ... (read more)

Artists in this story: John Mulaney

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A TIME FOR HEALING

posted July 23rd, 2020

Compassion is a cycle of music born of the need for healing.

Jim Becker has been playing music for several decades, in Chicago and around the world, with lengthy tenures in Califone and Iron & Wine and many additional production and playing credits to his name. Lama Lobsang Palden is a gifted energy healer, teaching Yantra Yoga and Buddhist meditation. As a young boy, he was recognized as a tulku - a reincarnation of a Nyingma guru yoga master. Following the path, he studied all... (read more)

Artists in this story: Lama Lobsang Palden and Jim Becker

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PROTEST SONG

posted July 20th, 2020

We know how you feel right about now, over midway through this tumultuous year: another week, another.... oh hold up, wait - it's another Bill Callahan song! With 2020 chock-full of unprecedented, fundamental shifts, it's only fitting that modern day Bill C would tackle the Gold Record reveal with a similarly conceptual yet seriously positive approach!
 


So, here we meet again. Bill's latest offering, "Protest Song" details a singer-songwriter aghast at the unreality of the... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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35

posted July 13th, 2020

A Meditation on "35" by Bill Callahan
by Patty Yumi Cottrell

Bill Callahan is a friend to everyone. A conjurer of mortal joy, he shows us how a song can be a mirror, a map of encounter, a shrine to solitude. We were thirty-five once, all of us, reading books by Herman Melville, David Berman, William Vollman (so many -man/men!), hoping they would tell us how to live or at least why. Why should we live? Listening to Bill's new song "35" I take a walk with... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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HARNESSING THE STORM

posted July 10th, 2020

The sonic resonance of Bill Nace's solo debut Both reverberates through the constant deluge of noisy assaults we've now become accustomed to in this post apocalyptic world. Since it's digital release in June, Both has expanded into ears like hot tar, encouraging continual alertness, to hear and feel each murky tone. With vinyl now available at brick and mortar locations (support your local!) and direct to consumer mail order, Both has the ability to burrow its sound into deep foundations.
 


The meditative hum of Bill... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Nace

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MAGIK MACHINE MUSIC

posted July 9th, 2020

Magik Markers never had the well-turned heels and precious 'tuning pedals' so many bands set their stock with; they were animals. Animals learn. Animals adapt. Animals develop an economy of means. Animals rarely lie, and here, "Isolated From Exterior Time 2020," Magik Markers are those animals! This new EP appeared out of nowhere last week, billowing into full-fi brilliance with prowling guitar, static and delay-whacked vocals. Or, if we may continue the narrative, like a newly discovered species of reptile escaped from some nearby rain... (read more)

Artists in this story: Magik Markers