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Gold Record ¦ Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film By Hanly Banks ¦ Blind Date Party ¦ Ytilaer

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Bill Callahan im März 2007 im National Arts Club in New York

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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Veröffentlichungen von Bonnie “Prince” Billy die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Superwolves ¦ Blind Date Party

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Joseph Will Oldham (born January 15, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. From 1993 to 1997, he performed and recorded in collaboration with dozens of other musicians under variations of Palace (Palace, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, and Palace Music).[3] After briefly publishing music under his own name, in 1998 he adopted Bonnie "Prince" Billy as the name for most of his work.

Early life and education

Oldham was born on January 15, 1970, in Louisville, Kentucky.[4] His mother, Joanne Lei Will Tafel Oldham, was a teacher and artist.[5] His father, Joseph Collins Oldham, was an attorney and photographer.[6] Oldham graduated from the J. Graham Brown School in 1988. He attended Brown University sporadically while pursuing a career as an actor, and living between Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Bloomington, Indiana.[7] He began making music during this time, initially as a project for his professor Jeff Todd Titon, an ethnomusicologist at Brown University.[8]


Oldham in 2017

Oldham is known for his "do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty",[9] and his music has been likened to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk, and indie rock. He has been called an "Appalachian post-punk solipsist",[9] with a voice that has been described as "a fragile sort-of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition."[9]

Oldham first performed and recorded under various permutations of the Palace name, including Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, Palace Music, and simply Palace. Regarding the name changes during this period (1993–1997), Oldham said:

I guess the idea is that when you have a name of a group or an artist, then you expect that the next record, if it has the same name, should be the same group of people playing on it. And I just thought we were making a different kind of record each time, with different people, and different themes, and different sounds. So I thought it was important to call it something different so that people would be aware of the differences.[10]

Will stated in a 1995 interview with KCRW that the name Palace Flophouse was inspired by reading John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Beginning in 1998, Oldham has primarily used the moniker Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, which draws inspiration from several sources:

[T]he name has so many different references that it could almost have a life of its own. Bonnie Prince Charlie has such a beautiful ring to it, and I was very conscious of appropriating that mellifluous sound. And I was also thinking about the name Nat King Cole. But it wasn't until later, and this may have been subconscious, that I remembered that Billy the Kid was William Bonney or Billy Bonney.[10]

He has explained that "the primary purpose of the pseudonym is to allow both the audience and the performer to have a relationship with the performer that is valid and unbreakable."[11]

Critical reception

Some of his albums, such as There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You (1993),[12] Viva Last Blues (1995),[13] and I See a Darkness (1999),[14][15][16] have appeared on greatest albums lists.

Johnny Cash recorded a version of "I See a Darkness" on his American Recordings disc American III: Solitary Man (2000). Oldham provided backing vocals. Marianne Faithfull included Oldham's "A King at Night" on her 2003 Kissin Time tour. Steve Adey also covered "I See a Darkness" on his 2006 LP All Things Real. Mark Kozelek recorded a version of Oldham's "New Partner" on his 2008 disc, The Finally LP. Katatonia covered "Oh How I Enjoy the Light" on their 2001 EP Tonight's Music, and their song "Don't Tell a Soul" is about and contains an interpolation of the Palace Brothers song "You Will Miss Me When I Burn". In 2009 Mark Lanegan and Soulsavers recorded a cover version of "You Will Miss Me When I Burn". The release is a split single, backed with the Lanegan-penned "Sunrise" featuring vocals by Oldham. In 2011, Deer Tick's cover of Oldham's song "Death to Everyone" appeared in an episode of Hell On Wheels. Cadaverous Condition covered "Black" on their To the Night Sky album (2006).


Film and television

Oldham's first film acting role was as the teen preacher in John Sayles's film Matewan (1987), a dramatization of the life of Appalachian mining community in the 1920s and the Battle of Matewan. Following this, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actor.[17] He played the role of Chip McClure (father of Baby Jessica) in Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989), and the role of Miles in the film Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991). Oldham also played minor roles in Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), Junebug (2005), and The Guatemalan Handshake (2006).

In 2004, Oldham appeared as himself in the short documentary film Tripping With Caveh, wherein he took psilocybin mushrooms with autobiographical filmmaker Caveh Zahedi.[18][19] The project was intended as the pilot episode of a reality/documentary series, with the concept being that Zahedi would take psychedelics in the company of a different celebrity in each episode.[18] The project was never picked up by a television network, but the short with Oldham finally saw official release in the 2015 retrospective box set Digging My Own Grave: The Films of Caveh Zahedi.[20]

Oldham played a lead role as Kurt in Kelly Reichardt's film Old Joy (2006), and had a brief role in the director's next film Wendy and Lucy (2008). Oldham played Pastor Pigmeat in the "Horse Apples" episode of the second season of the MTV children's show parody Wonder Showzen and appeared in an episode of Chatman and Lee's subsequent television show, Xavier: Renegade Angel as a Reverend.[21] In 2007, he starred alongside Zach Galifianakis in a music video for Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing".[22]

Also in 2010, Oldham appeared in Jackass 3D as a gorilla trainer. As part of an agreement to play that role, he wrote a theme song, in the style of a Saturday-morning cartoon show, for filmmaker Lance Bangs.[23]

In 2011, Oldham played a father telling a bedtime story to his son in David Lowery's short film Pioneer.[24] In 2017, he appeared as "Prognosticator" in the feature film A Ghost Story, also directed by David Lowery.

Voice work

In 2009, Oldham narrated Madam and Little Boy, a documentary film about atomic weapons, directed by Swedish artist Magnus Bärtås. In 2010, Oldham narrated Music Makes a City, a documentary about the formation of the Louisville Orchestra, directed by Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler.[25] Oldham provided voice work and inspiration for the character "Will" in the video game Kentucky Route Zero, released in 2013.[26]

Personal life

Oldham married the textile artist Elsa Hansen Oldham in 2016.[27][28] They had a child together in 2018.[29]


Studio albums



1985What Comes AroundYoung Tom Hawkins
1987MatewanDanny Radnor
1990Thousand Pieces of GoldMiles
1999Julien Donkey-BoyUncredited
2005JunebugBill Mooney, scout
2006Old JoyKurt
2006The Guatemalan HandshakeDonald Turnupseed
2008Wendy and LucyIcky
2010Jackass 3DHimself
2011New JerusalemIke Evans
2017A Ghost StoryPrognosticator
2021Hands that BindBarkeep


1989Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClureChip McclureTelevision film
2006Wonder ShowzenPastor PigmeatEpisode: "Horse Apples"
2007Trapped in the Closet Chapters 13–22Sgt. PlatoonVideo
2008Xavier: Renegade AngelReverendEpisode: "Signs from Godrilla"
2018AnimalsFather FerretEpisode: "At a Loss for Words When We Needed Them Most or...

The Rise and Fall of GrabBagVille"

2020The Midnight GospelBubble MaxEpisode: "Vulture with Honor"


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