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DOWNLOAD: Bill Callahan - "Baby's Breath" (MP3)

Bill Callahan

"A couple of years ago," [Bill Callahan] explains, "I realised that I was an entertainer" - he pauses for a moment, as if waiting for an unseen drummer to round off a punchline - "and that helped me immensely. From the first time you can look in the paper and you accept that you're the entertainment for some people that night," he continues, "it becomes so much more enjoyable to play live. Before that I was always wondering, 'What am I?'"

Callahan's moment of clarity has benefited both audience and performer. First, he abandoned the wilfully off-putting stage name Smog (on the characteristically gnomic grounds that "hanging on to it any longer didn't seem healthy"). Then 2009's Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle - the second album released under his own name, and one of his most accessible records to date - struck a chord with a wider audience. -[The Guardian]

Entertainer Bill Callahan is welcoming a new LP via Drag City on 4/19. The LP, ominously titled Apocalypse, features "Baby's Breath" which is available for download above/streaming below.

In May Bill kicks off a European tour followed by a tour of the U.S. in June that brings him to NYC for a pair of appearances: Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday, 4/6, at noon, and then general sale two days later (Friday, 4/8).

All tour dates and the song stream are below.

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Bill Callahan - Baby's Breath


BILL CALLAHAN - 2011 TOUR DATES
04-10 Austin, TX - Book People (book reading)
05-02 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05-05 Dublin, Ireland - Academy *
05-06 Manchester, England - Central Methodist Hall *
05-07 Glasgow, Scotland - School of Art *
05-09 London, England - Barbican *
05-10 Bristol, England - Bristol Trinity *
05-12 Cologne, Germany - Stadt Garten *
05-13 Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik *
05-14 Hamburg, Germany - Cafe Keese *
05-15 Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus *
05-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif *
05-19 Lille, France - Aeronef *
05-20 Paris, France - La Cafe de la Danse *
05-21 San Sebastian, Spain - Teatro Principal *
05-23 Barcelona, Spain - Bikini *
05-24 Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken *
06-14 Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
06-15 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
06-16 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
06-17 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
06-18 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06-19 Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
06-22 Seattle, WA - Neumo's
06-27 Denver, CO - High Dive
07-01 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07-03 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07-08 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
07-10 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
07-11 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-12 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08-05-06 Portland, OR - Pickathon
* with Sophia Knapp

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Comments (28)

YES!!@@!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 3:04 PM

Has this guy ever made a bad album? Thay are all awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 3:05 PM

Oh fuck, Bowery Ballroom is gonna be awesome

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 3:15 PM

Callahan is amazing!!! Can't believe I've never seen him live!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 3:17 PM

See you in July

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 3:18 PM

so far i like the cover album \(**)/

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 3:18 PM

bv you need to tell your readers that they released more tickets for the strokes show. julian tweeted like a half hour ago. you're welcome

Posted by bobby the rookie | April 1, 2011 3:24 PM

The album has been pushed up to the 5th and is fucking awesome. I cannot wait for the shows. BC destroys.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 4:08 PM

How I envy Mr Callahan.. Amazing prolific songwriter and he has bedded both Chan Marshall and Joanna Newsom..
..not too shabby , Bill, not too shabby...

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 4:11 PM

Bill Callahan is like Lee Marvin in "The Great Escape," he's digging tunnels.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 4:12 PM

I saw him in Phila. around the time of knock knock. Pretty good. Before the show he kept going to the bar and getting shots of maker's mark with the little drink tickets. Then he would go back to this side room. I wanted to talk to him but he looked pretty miserable.

Posted by j'accuse boys | April 1, 2011 4:43 PM

Genius. Always has been, always will be.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 5:39 PM

the poor mans Will Oldham

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 5:45 PM

more like will oldham is the poor's man bill callahan

Posted by loganstreet | April 1, 2011 6:07 PM

more like will oldham is the poor's man bill callahan

>> more like they are two different people..

The comparison is inaccurate and lazy

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2011 9:18 PM

Bill Callahan is the weak sauce Will Oldham put on his balls for flava

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 10:53 AM

They are both inaccurately lazy in a similar way.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 10:54 AM

The Smog records are cool. The newer albums aren't so cool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 10:56 AM

Im stoked for Callahans new album. I loved the last one.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 11:10 AM

Which show will be better, Music Hall or Bowery?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 11:22 AM

The Smog records are cool. The newer albums aren't so cool.

>> dumbo.. his last solo record was one of the best of his career
also there isn't a whole lot different between the last few Smog records and the BC records..

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 1:38 PM

He's no Beach Fossils!

Posted by Anonydog | April 2, 2011 2:52 PM

Anyone comparing Oldham and Callahan, and touting Oldham, is clearly just doing some serious Will Oldham dick sucking. You sound lame.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 3:11 PM

I like both Will Oldham and Bill Callahan equally.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 5:13 PM

bill callahan is amazing

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 9:27 AM

^ agreed

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 9:32 AM

Always some sophomore on here when it comes to Bill Callahan who thinks he's slick for mentioning Cat Power/Newsom and then giving "Bill props." Try again next semester.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 8:17 PM

The Smog records are cool. The newer albums aren't so cool.

>> dumbo.. his last solo record was one of the best of his career
also there isn't a whole lot different between the last few Smog records and the BC records..

Posted by Ejercicios para mejorar la vista | July 16, 2011 10:09 PM

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