NEW LIVE RECORDS FROM BILL CALLAHAN & WHY?
Available on all streaming services and on 12” LP HERE
WHY? — The hip-hop inspired indie-pop band fronted by Yoni Wolf — visited Third Man Records’ Nashville Blue Room two months after their first release in five years Moh Lhean hit record shelves. Despite no geographical connection, the night felt like a homecoming. The Wolf brothers and their prolificacy have long been on Third Man’s radar, and the quartet’s familial sensibilities radiated off the Blue Room stage and into the crowd, who sang along in harmony by the end of the night.
Recorded live-to-tape on May 3rd, 2017
Song of the Sad Assassin
The Vowels Pt. 2
The Barely Blur
Bill Callahan, fka Smog, is simultaneously a staple of strange American country, lofi, 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. “Jim Cain” is a phenomenal song in any iteration, no doubt about it, but this live recording is unabashedly disrobed, tender, and saved for a sympathetic ear. The full album is an experience; make it one you look after.
Recorded live-to-tape October 11th, 2017
Ride My Arrow
One Fine Morning
Riding For The Feeling