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Gold Record
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2020 (2020-09-04)
LabelDrag City
Bill Callahan chronology
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
Gold Record
Singles from Gold Record
  1. "Pigeons"
    Released: June 29, 2020[1]
  2. "Another Song"
    Released: July 6, 2020[2]
  3. "35"
    Released: July 13, 2020[3]
  4. "Protest Song"
    Released: July 20, 2020[4]
  5. "The Mackenzies"
    Released: July 27, 2020[5]
  6. "Let's Move to the Country"
    Released: August 3, 2020[6]
  7. "Breakfast"
    Released: August 10, 2020[7]
  8. "Cowboy"
    Released: August 17, 2020[8]
  9. "Ry Cooder"
    Released: August 24, 2020[9]

Gold Record is a studio album by American musician Bill Callahan, released on September 4, 2020 by independent record label Drag City.[10] It is the seventh studio album released under his own name, and eighteenth overall when including studio albums released as Smog.[11]


Gold Record was first announced on June 25, 2020. It was also announced that beginning on June 29, 2020, a new single would be released every week until the September 4, 2020 release date.[12] Each weekly release was accompanied by a sketch drawn by Callahan. The sketches, which differed every week, were completed during preparations for a Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest tour.[13]

The album, which is named after the RIAA Gold certification, consists mainly of some of Callahan's old and unfinished songs.[14] The album includes a revisitation of "Let’s Move to the Country", the opening song from Callahan's 1999 studio album Knock Knock.[15]

Gold Record, which was recorded in one week,[14] features accompaniment by guitarist Matt Kinsey, bassist Jamie Zurverza, and drummer Adam Jones.[12][16]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[20]
The Guardian5/5 stars[10]
Loud and Quiet6/10[21]
Mojo4/5 stars[22]
NME4/5 stars[23]
PopMatters6/10 stars[25]
Record Collector5/5 stars[26]

Gold Record received positive reviews from critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 86, based on fifteen reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[19]

Kitty Empire of The Guardian praised the album and highlighted it as her album of the week. Empire noted that the writing in Gold Record is more oriented on others, as compared to Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, which she described as personal and introspective. She writes, "Continuing one of music’s great about-turns, the undersung one-time misanthrope releases an album abundant in warmth and empathy."[10] Mike Goldsmith of Record Collector similarly praised Callahan for his shifting attitudes. Goldsmith also expressed, "While the album is intended as 10 individual slices of life, collective themes quickly emerge and turn it into more than the sum of its parts."[26]

In a mixed review, Justin Vellucci of PopMatters suggested that the album has a sparse and very dry recording tone. According to Vellucci, one of the biggest shortcomings of Gold Record is that it "makes the distance between Callahan's hangdog narration and the music that accompanies it all the more obvious and all the more a chasm."[25] In a more positive review for AllMusic, Heather Phares claimed that "Gold Record is especially satisfying for longtime fans as part of a bounty of great work from Callahan since his return, but there's plenty here to delight anyone who loves brilliant songwriting and down-to-earth performances."[20]

Year-end lists

MojoThe 75 Best Albums of 2020
UncutThe Top 75 Albums of the Year

Track listing

All tracks are written by Bill Callahan.

2."Another Song"3:15
4."Protest Song"3:58
5."The Mackenzies"5:03
6."Let's Move to the Country"3:19
9."Ry Cooder"3:51
10."As I Wander"3:56
Total length:40:17


Chart performance for Gold Record
Chart (2020)Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30]19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31]74
UK Albums (OCC)[32]94


  1. ^ Yoo, Noah (June 29, 2020). "Bill Callahan Shares New Song "Pigeons": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Minsker, Evan (July 6, 2020). "Bill Callahan Shares "Another Song": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (July 13, 2020). "Bill Callahan previews new album with third single "35"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Rettig, James (July 20, 2020). "Bill Callahan – "Protest Song"". Stereogum. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Small, Samantha (July 27, 2020). "It's Monday Again; So Here's Another Bill Callahan Track, "The Mackenzies"". Under the Radar. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  6. ^ Eede, Christian (August 3, 2020). "Bill Callahan Covers Himself On 'Let's Move To The Country'". The Quietus. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 10, 2020). "Bill Callahan – "Breakfast"". Stereogum. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Small, Samantha (August 17, 2020). "Bill Callahan Shares New Song "Cowboy"". Under the Radar. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 24, 2020). "Bill Callahan – "Ry Cooder"". Stereogum. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Empire, Kitty (August 29, 2020). "Bill Callahan: Gold Record review – time to join the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters". The Guardian. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Bobkin, Matt (September 2, 2020). "Bill Callahan Carves Out His Place Among the All-Time Greats on 'Gold Record'". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Sodomsky, Sam. "Bill Callahan Announces New Album Gold Record". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  13. ^ Small, Samantha (August 17, 2020). "Bill Callahan Shares New Song "Cowboy"". Under the Radar. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (August 26, 2020). "Bill Callahan — the 'miserabilist' steps into the light". Financial Times. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  15. ^ Barton, Laura. "Bill Callahan: 'Having a kid changed my whole perspective'". The Independent. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  16. ^ Rascoe, Rachel (September 18, 2020). "Bill Callahan Finds an Elder Perspective on New Album". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  17. ^ "Gold Record by Bill Callahan reviews | Any Decent Music". AnyDecentMusic. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  18. ^ "Bill Callahan - Gold Record". Album of The Year. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Gold Record by Bill Callahan". Metacritic. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  20. ^ a b Phares, Heather (September 4, 2020). "Gold Record - Bill Callahan | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  21. ^ Cashin, Cal (August 31, 2020). "Bill Callahan - Gold Record - Album Review". Loud And Quiet. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  22. ^ Mulvey, John. "Bill Callahan - Gold Record". Mojo. No. 323 (October 2020 ed.). p. 85.
  23. ^ Clarke, Patrick (September 3, 2020). "Bill Callahan – 'Gold Record' album review". NME. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  24. ^ Powell, Mike. "Bill Callahan: Gold Record". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  25. ^ a b Vellucci, Justin (September 1, 2020). "Bill Callahan's 'Gold Record' Offers Snapshots of Moments in Time". PopMatters. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  26. ^ a b Goldsmith, Mike. "Gold Record - Record Collector Magazine". Record Collector. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  27. ^ McKay, Alastair. "Bill Callahan Gold Record". Uncut. No. October 2020. p. 28.
  28. ^ "The 75 Best Albums Of 2020". Mojo. No. 326. January 2021. p. 54.
  29. ^ "The Top 75 Albums Of The Year". Uncut. No. 284. January 2021. p. 79.
  30. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  31. ^ " – Bill Callahan – Gold Record". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  32. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 11, 2020.


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Gold Record ¦ Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film By Hanly Banks

Bill Callahan auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Bill Callahan im März 2007 im National Arts Club in New York
Erklärung der Daten
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
 UK8925.04.2009(1 Wo.)
 DE4922.04.2011(1 Wo.)
Dream River
 DE6104.10.2013(1 Wo.)
 AT6904.10.2013(1 Wo.)
 UK4428.09.2013(2 Wo.)
 US9405.10.2013(1 Wo.)
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
 DE5621.06.2019(1 Wo.)
 CH5623.06.2019(2 Wo.)
 UK3727.06.2019(1 Wo.)
Gold Record
 CH7213.09.2020(3 Wo.)
 UK9417.09.2020(1 Wo.)

Bill Callahan (* 1966[2] in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA) ist ein US-amerikanischer Sänger und Songwriter, der mit seinen anfänglich mit einfachster Produktion auf Vier-Spur-Rekordern aufgenommenen Songs als einer der Vorreiter des Lo-Fi gilt. Seit 1991 veröffentlicht er beim Label Drag City. Er trat zunächst unter den Namen Smog bzw. (Smog), seit 2007 aber unter seinem bürgerlichen Namen in Erscheinung. Callahan lebt derzeit in Austin, Texas.


Obwohl Callahan in Maryland geboren wurde, verbrachte seine Familie acht Jahre in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, und kehrte bloß für die Jahre 1969–1973 nach Maryland zurück.[2]

Callahans erste Veröffentlichungen erschienen unter dem Bandnamen Smog auf Audiocassetten. Diese waren von kargen Melodien und dissonanten Arrangements geprägt. Damit entsprachen sie in etwa Callahans damaligen instrumentalen und produktionstechnischen Möglichkeiten. Sein Debütalbum Sewn to the Sky erregte durch verstimmte Gitarren und repetitive Strukturen erstes Aufsehen und erinnerte an Arbeiten von Jandek oder Daniel Johnston. Mit Beginn der Arbeit bei Drag City erweiterte sich das musikalische Potential seiner Musik, die z. B. von John McEntire und Jim O’Rourke produziert wurde. Dabei entwickelte Callahan nicht nur seine lyrischen, oft schwarzhumorigen Fähigkeiten, auch seine Arrangements wurden zunächst reichhaltiger. Zwischen 2001 und 2003 nannte er die Band (Smog) und kehrte zu einfacheren Produktionen zurück, ohne aber die textliche Raffinesse, für die er mittlerweile stand, aufzugeben.

2006 entschloss er sich zur Nutzung seines bürgerlichen Namens und ließ das Pseudonym Smog fallen. So erschien 2007 mit Woke on a Whaleheart das erste Studioalbum als Bill Callahan, 2009 folgte Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle. Im Jahr 2011 erschien das Album Apocalypse und 2013 Dreamriver.



Als Smog bzw. (Smog)

  • Forgotten Foundation, 1992/1996
  • Burning Kingdom, 1994
  • Julius Caesar, 1994
  • Wild Love, 1995
  • Sewn to the Sky, 1995 (Wiederveröffentlichung)
  • The Doctor Came at Dawn, 1996
  • Red Apple Falls, 1997
  • Knock Knock, 1999
  • Dongs of Sevotion, 2000
  • Rain on Lens, 2001
  • Accumulation: None, 2002
  • Supper, 2003
  • A River Ain't Too Much to Love, 2005

Als Bill Callahan

Andere Formate

Als Smog bzw. (Smog)

  • Macrame Gunplay (Cassette), 1988
  • Cow (Cassette), 1989
  • A Table Setting (Cassette), 1990
  • Tired Tape Machine (Cassette), 1990
  • Sewn to the Sky (Cassette), 1990
  • Floating (EP), 1991
  • A Hit (Single), 1994
  • Kicking a Couple Around (EP), 1994
  • Came Blue (Single), 1997
  • Ex-con (Single), 1997
  • Cold-Blooded Old Times (EP), 1999
  • Look Now (Single), 1999
  • Strayed (Single), 2000
  • ’Neath the Puke Tree (EP), 2000
  • The Manta Rays of Time (EP), 2000
  • Rock Bottom Riser, 2006

Als Bill Callahan

  • Diamond Dancer (Single), 2007
  • Rough Travel for a Rare Thing, (Live-Album, nur Vinyl oder Download), 2010


Callahan veröffentlichte im Jahr 2004 drei Bücher mit Zeichnungen: Ballerina Scratchpad, The Death's Head Drawings und Women. Im Juli 2010 veröffentlichte Drag City auch seinen Briefroman Letters to Emma Bowlcut.


  1. Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK
  2. a b Ben Thompson: Bill Callahan spares nobody in his songs - himself least of all. In: The Independent, 11. Mai 1997, S. 18. 


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