It's bizarre that this is happening, and it's also bizarre that XL, Gil Scott-Heron's new label, failed to mention it in their press release his album. The song, which is also the album's title, I'm New Here, is from Smog's outstanding A River Ain't Too Much To Love, where Smog aka Bill Callahan is told by a woman at a bar that he has "an ego the size of Texas." And he asks her, I'm new here, and I forget, does that mean big or small?. Scott-Heron, musical pioneer behind The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, activist and troubled soul, must have been taken with Callahan's simultaneous hubris and shyness. God knows where he heard it. XL has clips up from four tracks on the album, "I'm New Here" is the second track to play.
September 14, 2009