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Encyclopedia > Smog (band)

Smog, at one point briefly renamed (Smog), is the musical alias of Bill Callahan, born in Silver Spring, Maryland. Callahan pioneered the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with homemade tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he signed a record contract with the label Drag City. Look up Alias in Wiktionary, the free dictionary The term alias may refer to— an assumed name, or pseudonym. ... Silver Spring is an urbanized, but unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the United States. ... Lo-fi — from Low Fidelity — describes a sound recording which contains accidental artifacts, like distortion, or environmental noise, or a recording which has a limited frequency response. ... A genre is a division of a particular form of art or utterance according to criteria particular to that form. ... A legal agreement (commonly called a record deal) between a record label and a recording artist (or group), where the artist makes a record (or series of records) for the label to sell and promote. ... Drag City is an independent record label in the United States. ...

Callahan started out as a highly experimental artist, utilizing sub-standard instruments and recording equipment. His reason for using the lo-fi approach was not so much an aesthetic choice, rather it came from his lack of knowledge of recording studios, and fear of giving up control to professional engineers. Aesthetics (or esthetics) (from the Greek word αισθητική) is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty. ... A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ...

His later work saw him overcoming his fear of studios and producers, and in this period he recorded two albums with the influential producer Jim O'Rourke and musicians from the circles around Drag City, as well as collaborating with the similar-minded Neil Hagerty. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album from the 1960s. ... ORourke in Stockholm 2005 Jim ORourke (born 1969) is an American musician and producer. ... Neil Michael Hagerty is the author of Public Works and a musician in Pussy Galore, Royal Trux and The Howling Hex. ...

His songs are based on simple, repetitive structures, strikingly characterized by his baritone vocal. His lyrics are often centered around themes of spiritual searching and the complexity of emotions, with the use of subtlety and dark irony in the classic sense. There is also a broad swathe of joy throughout Callahan's work. He is a keen storyteller using simple words to project large and deeply echoing tales.

Callahan is widely seen as one of the important figures of American rock in the '90s. He currently resides in Austin, TX where he recorded his most recent album, A River Ain't Too Much to Love. Skyline from Town Lake Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, within the United States of America. ... A River Aint Too Much To Love is Smogs eleventh album, released in 2005. ...

Callahan has been romantically linked to Lisa Crystal Carver (and contribued to her famous Rollerderby zine), Chan Marshall and Joanna Newsom. Lisa Crystal Carvers (AKA Lisa Suckdog) writing in Rollerderby, made her one of the most well known writers of the zine boom in the early 90s, along with scribes like Pagan Kennedy. ... Roller derby is an American contact sport—and historically, a form of sports entertainment—based on formation roller skating around a track. ... Cat Power is the stage name of singer Chan (pronounced Shawn) Marshall. ... Joanna Newsom (born 1982 in Nevada City, California) is a San Francisco harpist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter. ...




  • Macramé Gunplay
  • Cow
  • A Table Setting
  • Tired Tape Machine


Wild Love is Smogs fourth album, released in 1995. ... The Doctor Came at Dawn is Smogs fifth album, released in 1996. ... Red Apple Falls is Smogs sixth album, released in 1997. ... Knock Knock is Smogs seventh album, released in 1999. ... Dongs of Sevotion is Smogs eighth album, released in 2000. ... Supper is Smogs tenth album. ... A River Aint Too Much To Love is Smogs eleventh album, released in 2005. ...

EPs, singles and compilations

  • Floating (7" EP) (Drag City, 1991)
  • "My Shell/"Astronaut" (7" split with Suckdog) (#1 Hits!, 1991)
  • Burning Kingdom (12"/CS/CD EP) (Drag City, 1994)
  • "A Hit" (7" single) (Drag City, 1994)
  • Kicking a Couple Around (12"/CD EP) (Drag City, 1996)
  • "Came Blue"/"Spanish Moss" (7" single) (Hausmusik, 1997)
  • "Ex-Con" (7" single) (Domino, 1998)
  • "Held" (7" single) (Drag City, 1998)
  • "Look Now" (7" single) (Drag City, 1999)
  • "Cold Blooded Old Times" (7" single) (Domino, 1999)
  • "Strayed" (7" single; full length CD contains early cassette-only release Cow) (Drag City, 2000)
  • The Manta Rays of Time (EP) (Spunk, 2000)
  • 'Neath the Puke Tree (12"/CD EP) (Drag City, 2000)
  • Accumulation: None (rarities compilation) (Drag City, 2002)

Sources and external links

As a collaboration project the two German labels Schinderwies Productions and keplar released a split single subtitled "a tribute to smog" in 2003. Tripophon(schinderwies) and Radio Magenta (keplar) contributed their versions of "I Was a Stranger" and "Ex-Con" from the "Red Apple Falls"-album.

  Results from FactBites:
Smog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (958 words)
Victorian London was notorious for its thick smogs, or "pea-soupers", a fact that is often recreated to add an air of mystery to a period costume drama.
Classic smog results from large amounts of coal burning in an area and is caused by a mixture of smoke and sulphur dioxide.
Smog is a problem in a number of cities and continues to harm human health [1].
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