You might be familiar with Bill Callahan from the song "Cold Blooded Old Times," which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 movie High Fidelity. (At the time, Callahan was still recording under the name Smog.)
But the 46-year-old Callahan had been active for more than a decade before that, and has released nine albums--five as Smog, and the last four under his own name--since 1999's Knock Knock, on which "Cold Blooded Old Times" first appeared. His most recent, Apocalypse, on Drag City, was one of the best of 2011, a powerful collection of rough-edged, meaty, and grown-up folk-rock songs that slowly reveal their charms only on repeated listens.
Eric Dawson interviewed Callahan for Metro Pulse in 2009, when Callahan played at Pilot Light in support of his album Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle. Tonight, also at Pilot Light, you can catch the just-released film from the Apocalypse tour, directed by Hanley Banks and aptly titled Apocalypse: A Tour Documentary. Pitchfork has a preview/review here. There will be two screenings, at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Admission is $5. (18 and up only.)