Countdown to the End of TIMJ #17: Another of my favorite artists whom I haven't posted on the site yet is Bill Callahan. This Maryland-born singer-songwriter recorded a dozen albums from 1990 to 2005 under the name Smog. These recordings saw him progress from a self-taught bedsit experimenter to an elegant songsmith; the transition is startling if you only know his newer music and then dip back into his earliest works without context. In 2007 he started using his given name for his albums; this comes from his second Callahan-credited LP, 2009's Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle. I would wager the song is named for hardboiled crime novelist James M. Cain; its sound, though, is a million miles from the worlds of Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. Eagle is Callahan's lushest LP, its string arrangements and calming atmosphere perhaps most effective on this particular tune. Callahan has since released two further studio LPs, a live album, and a remix record (!).