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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

LISTEN // Califone Detail ‘Roomsound’ Reissue, Out October 14th ; Listen to “Mittens (4-Track Version)”

15 years after its initial release, Califone’s seminal album from 2001, Roomsound, will be reissued on October 14th. Beginning as a Red Red Meat album, this record, born of a particularly brutal Chicago winter, would become Califone’s first proper album (2 EPs in 1998 and 2000, notwithstanding). “Roomsound was a real beginning. By listening. By letting it be, by force,” says the band’s Tim Rutili. “I remember the stomach ache and winter tense in my shoulders. Computers were new to me. We chip away at it. All of us were discovering new ways to work and use the room. On and off over the course of about 6 months, we finished it. It sounded enormous and important to me. I feel like we made something good.”

Today, the band is excited to share the tracklist for the reissue, which is available for pre-order today, and which includes a bonus LP of five songs that are being widely released for the first time. Hear the leadoff track from this bonus LP, “Mittens (4-Track Version).
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ANNOUNCE // Califone Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘Roomsound’ With Tour & Re-issue

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15 years after its initial release, Califone (namely, Tim Rutili) is very happy to announce the 15th Anniversary re-issue of Roomsound, out later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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