IT TURNS out he wasn’t joking.

Last week’s announcement of a new Bill Callahan record in September included a cryptic passage, chatty and hyperbolic, stating: “Ten Whole Weeks until Gold Record drops? Why, that sounds like an eternity!

“Thankfully, the Gold Record rush begins much sooner than that – if you think of every weekend as a rainbow along which to travel, then your Mondays will inevitably land you in a pot of gold, yeah?”

“And in our lucky world, that means you can expect each pot to be filled to the brim by one giant Gold Record single every Monday from now ’til September!”

And this afternoon, music journalists across the land have stirred from their Monday drowse to bring you this classic slice of Callahan wisdom and delicacy, the paint still wet.