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Release Day: Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno & Califone Deluxe Reissue

Today’s your lucky day, well for all of us really. We have two new releases out in the world, ready for your ears. Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno’s Finding Shore is an immersive, expansive record – truly a world unto itself – born from a simple construct, Tom improvising at the piano and Brian twisting those signals with the Moog Piano Bar (an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focused on each piano key). We recommend you grab a seat, someplace comfy, and dive in headfirst.

Stream and/or Purchase Finding Shore
https://tomrogerson.lnk.to/FindingShore

Today also sees the release of Califone‘s Heron King Blues (Deluxe Reissue) after years of being unavailable on LP. Inspired by Califone founder Tim Rutili’s strange, recurring dream of a bird-man creature, Heron King Blues was produced by Michael Krassner and originally released in 2004 as the band’s third album. The deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues is a double album on black vinyl, including previously unreleased live tracks and outtakes.

Stream and/or Purchase Heron King Blues (Deluxe Reissue) –
https://califone.lnk.to/heronkingblues

Califone Announce Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue Out December 8th via Dead Oceans, Share “Electric Fence (Clava Live Version)”

Pre-order Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue –
https://califone.lnk.to/heronkingblues

On December 8th, seminal experimental rock band Califone will release a deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues after years of being unavailable on LP. Inspired by Califone founder Tim Rutili’s strange, recurring dream of a bird-man creature, Heron King Blues was produced by Michael Krassner and originally released in 2004 as the band’s third album.

Primarily improvised in the studio, Heron King Blues started with a broken four string acoustic bass guitar that Rutili pulled out of the instrument room at Clava // Four Deuces Studio in Chicago. Ben Massarella cleansed the doorways, corners, and other dark spaces with burning sage, while Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, and Rutili began to quietly circle the live room in a clockwise motion, a slow incantation in E. Over the course of the afternoon, the participants slowly made their way to their instruments and 15 minutes after the initial note had been cast, Heron King Blues was born.

Writer Amanda Petrusich summed it up simply in her 2004 Pitchfork review of Heron King Blues: “Thus, the serendipity of Califone: the accidental orchestration, the mysterious creaks, the bits of poetry, the eerie omnipresence, the perfect, unnamable noise.”

The deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues is a double album on black vinyl, including previously unreleased live tracks and outtakes. A digital download code for the album (containing 320kbps MP3s) redeemable on release day.

The announcement comes ahead of two special Chicago shows for The Empty Bottle’s 25th Anniversary – a sold out performance on November 22nd and a just-announced second show on November 24th.

A split between Red Red Meat and Califone, these show will feature players from both bands (Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella, Brian Deck, Tim Hurley, Wally Boudway, and Ross Andrews), and a set list culling from both projects’ catalogues. A few new songs will be thrown into the performance, too.

Tickets for The Empty Bottle’s 25th Anniversary Show on November 24th –
http://bit.ly/2gTcGrh


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Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue Tracklist
Side A
1 Wingbone
2 Trick Bird
3 Sawtooth Sung A Cheater’s Song
4 Apple

Side B
1 Lion & Bee
2 2 Sisters Drunk On Each Other
3 Heron King Blues

Side C
1 Outro
2 Electric Fence (Clava Live Version)
3 Sawtooth Sung A Cheater’s Song (10.11.03 – KRVX Radio, Austin, TX)
4 The Ocean Was Lungs (Faraway Bells) [0:05:37]

Side D
1 I Walk On Gilded Splinters
2 St. Martha (Clava Live Version)
3 Red (Clava Live Version)

Califone’s ‘Quicksand/Cradlesnakes’ Deluxe Reissue Out Today

Califone’s second full-length release, 2003’s Quicksand/Cradlesnakes, is re-released today, and we couldn’t be more excited. While all of Tim Rutili’s seminal works helped carve out the canon of indie music, it was with Quicksand/Cradlesnakes that Califone’s sound become more fully-realized. The end result is a rich, texted, and essential album – and we’re so excited to finally have it out today, after years of being unavailable on vinyl. The reissue also includes eight bonus tracks. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do – you’ll find a track list, links to purchase, and Rutili’s tour dates below.

Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Track List:
Side A
1. One
2. Horoscopic.Amputation.Honey
3. Michigan Girls
4. Cat Eats Coyote
5. Your Golden Ass
6. (Red)

Side B
1. Million Dollar Funeral
2. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town
3. Mean Little Seed
4. Vampiring Again
5. Slower Twin
6. Stepdaughter

Side C
1. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town (6.18.03 – VPRO Radio, Amsterdam)
2. Slowness (califone + oRSo)
3. Ro (califone + oRSo)
4. Wednesdays (califone + oRSo)

Side D
1. Kissing Cousin Wikkan (9.02 Cicero)
2. Sciabolato
3. The Machines In Your Stomach Have Everything To Do With Your Dreams
4. Cat Eats Coyote (unedited)

Purchase Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Deluxe Reissue:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/califone

Tim Rutili 2017 Tour Dates
with Tara Jane O’Neil and Rachel Blumberg

Wed., April 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg HIFI Bar
Thu., April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
Wed., April 26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Califone Announces Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Deluxe Reissue Coming March 17th via Dead Oceans, Shares Track “Slowness”

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Califone’s second full-length release, 2003’s Quicksand/Cradlesnakes, is possibly the most beloved of Tim Rutili’s seminal works. It was with this record that Califone’s thoughtful, off-kilter sound became more fully realized, woven together with strings of country blues, AM-radio pop, peculiar sounds and percussion, and opaque-but-visual lyricism. Rutili is generous with the space in his songs, allowing the collaborative players to come into the studio and occupy their own pockets of sound.

The end result is a rich, textured record, fleshed out by multi-instrumentalists Jim Becker and Joe Adamik, while longtime Rutili collaborator Ben Massarella holds down percussion, a drummer Rutili notes could “build a rhythm track out of a squeaky straw and a cup of ice.”

Ultimately, though, the brilliance of Quicksand/Cradlesnakes comes down to Rutili’s songwriting – “Vampiring Again” is easily the most pop song Rutili’s ever written (he likens it to the Smiths), rollicking, riff-heavy track “Your Golden Ass” serves as a study in falling apart, while “Michigan Girls” endures as a staple at Califone’s shows. It’s the sound of a band led by the vision of a leader, but one who offers sonic flexibility.

After years of being unavailable on vinyl, the forthcoming Quicksand/Cradlesnakes reissue will be out on March 17th via Dead Oceans, and will include eight bonus tracks. A link to listen to “Slowness,” as well as Tim Rutili tour dates, can be found below.

Praise for Quicksand/Cradlesnakes

“It’s a strange balancing act that Rutili and crew capably pull off, straddling the chasm between the straightforward and the self-consciously left of center.” – Billboard

“In a way, Quicksand/Cradlesnakes is like a summation of all that Califone is about, and the first three tracks alone touch on almost everything the band has done to date… In the end, the consistency of this album in the face of such diversity is inspiring. The songs, interludes, pacing and sequencing are all as they should be, helping to make Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Califone’s best record.” – Pitchfork

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Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Track List:
Side A
1. One
2. Horoscopic.Amputation.Honey
3. Michigan Girls
4. Cat Eats Coyote
5. Your Golden Ass
6. (Red)

Side B
1. Million Dollar Funeral
2. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town
3. Mean Little Seed
4. Vampiring Again
5. Slower Twin
6. Stepdaughter

Side C
1. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town (6.18.03 – VPRO Radio, Amsterdam)
2. Slowness (califone + oRSo)
3. Ro (califone + oRSo)
4. Wednesdays (califone + oRSo)

Side D
1. Kissing Cousin Wikkan (9.02 Cicero)
2. Sciabolato
3. The Machines In Your Stomach Have Everything To Do With Your Dreams
4. Cat Eats Coyote (unedited)

Listen to “Slowness”
Soundcloud – http://bit.ly/2kScicf
Youtube – http://bit.ly/2m5Fmi9

Pre-order Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Deluxe Reissue:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/califone

Tim Rutili 2017 Tour Dates
with Tara Jane O’Neil and Rachel Blumberg

Wed., April 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg HIFI Bar
Thu., April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
Wed., April 26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Califone’s ‘Roomsound’ Deluxe Reissue Out Now

You know that feeling when an old friend walks through the door? They’re familiar and new all at once? Well today our dear friend Califone has released the beloved record Roomsound as a deluxe reissue. And boy are we excited to share it with you. Initially released 15 years ago, Roomsound began as a Red Red Meat record. But a stolen car, a few lost notebooks, and a particularly brutal Chicago winter later – it became Califone’s first proper album. Grab (or stream!) your copy below.

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Purchase your copy of Roomsound (Deluxe Reissue):
Direct – http://smarturl.it/roomsound
iTunes — http://smarturl.it/roomsound_it
Amazon — http://smarturl.it/roomsound_amz

Stream Roomsound (Deluxe Reissue):
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4gk8bYSrbkHiehJODWuvcl

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