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Bill Callahan - Dream River FLAC album

Performer: Bill Callahan
Genre: Rock
Title: Dream River
Country: US
Released: 2013
Style: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Indie Rock
FLAC version ZIP size: 1313 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1541 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1909 mb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 926

I see the true spring is in you, he sings at one point, and it might just be the happiest moment on the record. For once he’s not wishing he were an eagle or a tempest or a sunset. He is just Bill Callahan, flying his small plane with a co-pilot by his side, and for the moment at least, that is enough.

Bill Callahan (born June 3, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today.

Like his similarly aloof and baritonal contemporary Nick Cave, long-suffering singer-songwriter and former Smog frontman Bill Callahan figured out a few years back where his particular skills lay, and has since proceeded to make roughly the same record over and over again. Regular listeners hoping for a break from mid-paced ballads, cosy semi-electric instrumentation and bone-dry lyrical observance are going to be disappointed with ‘Dream River’

In This Article: Bill Callahan. Artist You Need to Know. Song You Need to Know.

Dream River, the newest album by Bill Callahan, finds that musician putting everything in his songs: love, death, fear, patience, transfiguration. Mr. Callahan is now 47 and has been based in Austin, Te. for almost a decade. In the frequently scrappy or bitter music he made under the name Smog beginning in 1990, and then since he started using his own name on records in 2007, he’s been changing ensembles, sounds and strategies, making his work more country or less, more minimal or less, more disruptive or less.

Album · 2013 · 8 Songs. Bill Callahan: Live at Third Man Records. Woke On a Whaleheart.

Bill Callahan, Album. Other albums by Bill Callahan. Heaven Help the Child. Bill Callahan (Live at Third Man Records). Have Fun With God. Bill Callahan 9/16/2013. After the urgent sound of 2011's Apocalypse, where Bill Callahan turned his wry gaze outward to examine America's physical, psychological, and cultural geographies, he returns to a more familiar interior landscape on Dream River

Dream River Tracklist.


A1 The Sing 4:32
A2 Javelin Unlanding 3:48
A3 Small Plane 3:57
A4 Spring 5:10
B1 Ride My Arrow 5:03
B2 Summer Painter 6:30
B3 Seagull 5:39
B4 Winter Road 5:30

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Drag City Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Drag City Inc.
  • Published By – Your/My Music
  • Recorded At – Cacophony Recorders
  • Mixed At – Public Hi-Fi
  • Mastered At – SAE Mastering
  • Pressed By – Record Technology Incorporated – 22122
  • Pressed By – Record Technology Incorporated – 22218


  • Artwork [Front Painting] – Paul Ryan
  • Artwork [Ink Drawings] – Bill*
  • Bass, Organ [Wurlitzer], Organ – Jaime Zuverza
  • Congas, Claves, Drums [Kit] – Thor Harris
  • Fiddle – Chojo Jacques
  • Flute – Beth Galiger
  • Guitar – Matt Kinsey
  • Mastered By – Roger Seibel
  • Mixed By – Brian Beattie
  • Mixed By [Assistant] – Brad Bell
  • Percussion, Upright Piano – Brian Beattie
  • Recorded By – Erik Wofford
  • Vocals, Guitar – Bill Callahan
  • Written-By – Bill Callahan


Includes printed paper inner paper sleeve with lyrics.

All songs by Bill Callahan.
Your/My Music (BMI) 2013

Recorded by Erik Wofford
at Cacophony, Texas
in January 2013.

Mixed by Brian Beattie
at Public HiFi, Texas
in February 2013. And March. I mean, April.
Assisted by Brad Bell.

Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE.

Front painting by Paul Ryan.
Ink drawings by Bill.

Thanks to Drag City.
Love to friends and family.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker (Text)): 7 81484 05531 0
  • Barcode (Sticker (Scanned)): 781484055310
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): 22122.1 ... DC.553-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): 22218.2 ... DC-553-BRE-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A & B, stamped): SAE MASTERING
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DC553CD Bill Callahan Dream River ‎(CD, Album) Drag City DC553CD US 2013
HN1114CD Bill Callahan Dream River ‎(CD, Album) High Note Records, Drag City HN1114CD Taiwan 2013
DC553CD Bill Callahan Dream River ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Drag City DC553CD US 2013
URA435 Bill Callahan Dream River ‎(CD, Album) Spunk URA435 Australia 2013
none Bill Callahan Dream River ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Drag City none US 2013

No problem with this pressing. Everything sounds great, no distortion issue here..fine warm sound! Highly recommended! And excellent music!

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... although it appears, at least based on my my copy of Dream River, that Drag City may be improving the quality control of its pressings... or should I say RTI, the generally respected pressing plant, which appears to have pressed all of Callahan's records and most of Smog's... my beef has mostly been with poor pressings of Smog releases, as my copy of Apocalypse is decent as well.

Agreed on both... this record continues Bill Callahan's seemingly endless fountain of creative genius, and Drag City continues to press vinyl of dubious quality, so much so that I've instead pursued the superior Domino UK vinyl pressings of Callahan's recordings where applicable (mostly Smog).

Poor pressing on two LPs I encountered. Bad quality can be recognized with the naked eye: Streaks and runmarks on both sides. Sounds ugly, surface noise and distortions, galore. Don't buy.

Bill Callahan just keeps producing strong material. A personal favorite from 2013. As always with Drag City on vinyl, my only complaint is that it doesn't come with a digital code. The label is really holding out on giving out that perk.