Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The FADER, Issue 45 Podcast

The FADER helped put together one of the best events during SXSW, featuring Redman, Amy Winehouse, the Fratellis, and a bunch of other good acts on each day of the festival. Their newest issue features Bill Callahan, Austinite of about three years now, as they discuss his new album Woke On A Whaleheart and the shedding of his stage name of many years, Smog. FADER has a nice podcast to go along with the new issue (which you download as a PDF here,) featuring a few bands I've discussed here previously like Panda Bear, Black Lips and the Presets.

The FADER - Issue 45 Podcast (40:03)

Here's the tracklist + linkage:
On the covers:

Bill Callahan
"I don't think I write in character as much as Randy Newman does, but it's probably closer to being in character [than being me]. I always think I'm telling universal stories."

Polow Da Don
"I've become the main guy, that means producers are following me. What that means is real music comes back, because what I do is real music. When that happens, then I did my job."

Between the pages:

Noah Lennox
"I feel like when I listen to an Animal Collective album, I can be like, 'This part of the song, there's a lot of me in that part.' But with Person Pitch it's just like flooding with me--me-ness."

"I'm not the artist to separate from music. Wherever I hear music, ears dem cock up. Like Shabba say: Deejay ears cock up when they hear boom riddim."

The Black Lips
"We ended up singing Lynyrd Skynyrd with the cops and stuff, joking around. They had to take us to jail because the mushrooms were a felony. But we made them laugh--we played Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who was gonna take the charge."

"We were like, 'We gotta bring back that feeling.' Not bring back the old music, because we never go backwards with that, but if we could capture the old vibe..."

New York, NY: The FADER magazine, the definitive voice of emerging music, releases its 45th issue, putting Smog genius Bill Callahan on the cover after 20 years of heartbreak evolved into his current album, Woke on a Whaleheart. It's the first album under his real name instead of the "Smog" moniker, and The FADER finds out the full story. Also gracing the cover is producer Polow Da Don: a not-so-secret weapon who has crafted cutting-edge sounds for everyone from Fergie, Ludacris, R Kelly and the Pussycat Dolls. You may have also heard his current monster smash "Throw Some D's" by Rich Boy. Polow is radio's next super producer. Also knocking socks off this issue are Noah Lennox, better known as Panda Bear from Animal Collective, and his new album flooding with "me-me-ness," Gyptian and his regal aura of roots reggae, the fantastic damage of Atlanta's snottiest punks known as Black Lips, the demented mindgarden of Mobb Deep's legendary Prodigy and intimate portraits from Kabul by photographer Stephen Dupont. As always, F45 will also be available via iTunes in its entirety, with corresponding audio podcasts, and as a free download at