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Blair + Bill Callahan

I woke up around 5 this afternoon (I'm not kidding), I'll be up all night writing a paper so expect some more posts...

Blair: Pluto EP (June 4)
I'm not sure I'm doing justice to Blair by writing about her in the same post as Bill Callahan even though I love Callahan (also known as Smog). The reason why: Blair is 23 and Bill Callahan has been recording music for about as long as I've been alive.

Back to Blair - I've had "Mona Lisa" on heavy rotation for just over two months (I'm not quite sure how I got it, but I'm guessing that it was from reading Pop Tarts Suck Toasted), assuming Blair was an established singer-songwriter who'd I'd simply missed. This was clearly not the case - Pluto is her debut EP, and you'll find as you listen to it that the simple loveliness overwhelms you.

Catch this - being from New Orleans, she named her EP "Pluto" after scientists decided it was no longer a planet, thinking it was a good metaphor for the changes in her city. Secretly I just want to be friends and have her come play at Oberlin for the hippies, but I'm just dreaming. I don't care if you're broke, buy Pluto ($7 at CD Baby) instead of buying the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is EP or something.

Blair - Mona Lisa (download or die)
Blair - Wolfboy

Buy Pluto from CD Baby (or from iTunes)
Her myspace

Upcoming Live Dates:
July 28 - Saturn Bar in New Orleans, LA
Aug 2 - Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA

Bill Callahan: Woke on a Whaleheart (April 17)
I've never been a huge Smog fan (though I have an album or two on my computer), but I've had this song "Sycamore" from this guy named "Bill Callahan" on repeat for three months. Don't ask me how I never made the connection. I've really been enjoying Woke on a Whaleheart (finally got the whole thing a few weeks ago), which should please old Smog fans as well as the occasional M. Ward fan who never got into Smog.

Bill Callahan - Sycamore
Smog - Cold Blooded Old Times
Buy Woke on a Whaleheart from eMusic / Insound

Tour Dates:
Sept 2 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
Sept 5 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
Sept 7 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Sept 8 Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts
Sept 9 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
Sept 11 Toronto, Ontario - The Music Gallery
Sept 12 Toronto, Ontario - The Music Gallery
Sept 13 Grand Rapids, MI - The Breakroom
Sept 14 Chicago, IL - Lakeshore Theater
Oct 7 San Francisco, CA - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Oct 10 Seattle, WA - Triple Door

Update: YANP has more Bishop Allen tour dates.

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