In case you're unaware, Record Store Day is just around the corner with several local independent music retailers including Slowtrain, Heavy Metal Shop, Graywhale, Randy's Records and Positively Fourth Street Music throwing big celebrations full of live music, sales and other glorious goodies. In other cities, high-profile artists are donating their time and creative energy to the cause. But what about every other day of the year?
It warms the cockles to know that Bill Callahan, an experimental deep-bottomed-voiced artist on Drag City known widely for his work as Smog, is devoting the entire month of April to in-store performances at independent record stores across the country. Callahan, whose new album Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle comes out next Tuesday, April 14, will also hit the bar circuit this summer, stopping by The Urban Lounge on June 24. Perhaps someone could convince him to extend his in-store run with a show at one of our city's fine record purveyors?