11 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bill Callahan’s first live album captures an interesting point in his career, recorded as he was transitioning from his dark, lo-fi work as Smog toward a folkier sound presented under his given name. Rough Travel for a Rare Thing displays Callahan in all of his morbid poignancy, delivering fiddle-laden versions of his classics such as “Held” and “Bathysphere” as well as newer material like the melodic, funky “Diamond Dancer,” making for a wonderfully rootsy set from the utterly idiosyncratic songwriter.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bill Callahan’s first live album captures an interesting point in his career, recorded as he was transitioning from his dark, lo-fi work as Smog toward a folkier sound presented under his given name. Rough Travel for a Rare Thing displays Callahan in all of his morbid poignancy, delivering fiddle-laden versions of his classics such as “Held” and “Bathysphere” as well as newer material like the melodic, funky “Diamond Dancer,” making for a wonderfully rootsy set from the utterly idiosyncratic songwriter.

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