“Bill Cal­la­han: Live At Third Man Records (LP)”

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Out Now. Bill Cal­la­han, fka Smog, is si­mul­ta­ne­ously a sta­ple of strange Amer­i­can coun­try, lo-fi, folk and in­de­pen­dent mu­sic. His lyri­cism comes across as chal­leng­ing and deeply au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal, equal parts ‘’po­etry lean­ing on true-to-life dark­ness’’ and ‘’three chords and the truth.’’ So, it is fit­ting that Cal­la­han’s live set would com­mand the same sense of friend­li­ness with dif­fi­culty that the recorded songs do. With brief, can­did, and charm­ing in­ter­ludes be­tween older and newer ma­te­rial, an out­sider can hear that this per­for­mance was ob­vi­ously a full-bod­ied (and multi-era) en­gage­ment, no space left for dis­trac­tion. The full al­bum is an ex­pe­ri­ence; make it one you look after.

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