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

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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.

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Heron King Blues album artwork

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)

Watch :: Japanese Breakfast Performs on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

What a lovely day it is. Japanese Breakfast stopped by NPR Music‘s Tiny Desk while on tour, and today you get to watch the session – you lucky duck. Featuring a string trio, the set gives an intimate glimpse of three tracks from Soft Sounds From Another Planet . Of the set, NPR Music said, “Like much of Japanese Breakfast’s music, the performance shows Zauner looking unblinkingly at fear and pain, daring us to do the same.” Watch it for yourself above.

Be sure to catch Japanese Breakfast on tour! All dates can be found here.

Kevin Morby Shares Two Versions Of New Song “Baltimore” Benefiting Believe In Music

Listen to/Purchase “Baltimore” on Bandcamp

Today, Kevin Morby has shared a new song, “Baltimore,” in two different iterations. “Baltimore (Sky At Night)” was recorded during the Singing Saw sessions, while “Baltimore (County Line)” was recorded during the City Music sessions. All proceeds from the sale of this digital single will benefit the local Baltimore non-profit Believe In Music. Below are statements from Kevin about both the song and the organization and why they are both dear to his heart, as well as a statement from Believe In Music.

Kevin Morby:

I love Baltimore. It is a city with a giant heart and has remained one of my favorite places to keep returning to on tour. It is unique and beautiful and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else in the world – Baltimore is one hundred percent Baltimore. All proceeds from both my and the label side will go to the Believe In Music education program, which provides “an innovative music education for Baltimore’s youth”. I do hope you enjoy both versions of the song and if you do decide to donate – thank you for contributing to what I believe to be a great cause.

I wrote Baltimore at the time I was conceiving both Singing Saw and City Music and recorded a version during both sessions with two different bands. I love the song dearly, but in the end thought that thematically it didn’t belong on either album, and thus have been waiting for this moment to release it as what it has always been meant to be – a single.

Believe In Music:

Believe in Music is so grateful to generous and talented Kevin Morby for the donation of proceeds from his new release, “Baltimore.” We feel strongly that both versions of the song reflect the character and unique vibe of Baltimore City. Having the support of successful, working musicians is incredibly meaningful for our students as they aspire to succeed through an education in music.

Listen To/Purchase “Baltimore”

YouTube –
“Baltimore (Sky At Night)”
“Baltimore (County Line)”

“Baltimore (Sky At Night)” features Sam Cohen on bass, Nick Kinsey on drums and Marco Benevento on piano. Recorded April 2015 at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY by Daniel Goodwin.

“Baltimore (County Line)” features Meg Duffy on bass and Justin Sullivan on drums. Recorded October 2015 at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA by Drew Fischer.

Kevin Morby Tour Dates
Sun. Oct. 29 – Nantes, FR @ Festival Soy
Tue. Oct. 31 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Wed. Nov. 1 – Leffinge, BE @ De Zwerver / Autumn Falls
Thu. Nov. 2 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Paris
Fri. Nov. 3 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique/ Autumn Falls
Sat. Nov. 4 – Wangels, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
Sun. Nov. 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Mon. Nov. 6 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Tue. Nov. 7 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser
Wed. Nov. 8 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Thu. Nov. 9 – Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
Sat. Nov. 11 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?

Praise For Kevin Morby & City Music

“His best album yet.” – Pitchfork

“City Music marks Morby’s most ambitious album yet, as he expands his palette well beyond his previous work.” – Consequence of Sound

“The rumbling din of urban landscapes and the millions of stories that unfold there are, collectively, a kind of ‘city music.’ For singer Kevin Morby, it’s a sound he celebrates and romanticizes on his new album” – NPR Music

“…one of the most prolific musicians in indie rock.” – UPROXX

“Kevin Morby is a tasteful songwriter whose music sometimes feels like the work of someone older than his 29 years.” – SPIN

City Music is a levitating glimpse into the city experience in general, with an expansion of urban ambience that feels physical and interactive through these vintage tunes enhanced with modern amplification.
Under The Radar

Tom Rogerson Shares ‘Idea of Order at Kyson Point’

Tom Rogerson is pleased to share a second offering, ‘Idea of Order at Kyson Point’, taken from Finding Shore – a collaboration with Brian Eno – out December 8th. The track opens the record beautifully, acting as a perfect sonic introduction to the 13-track album – an album full of surprises and cohesive too.

We recently welcomed pianist Tom Rogerson to the roster with the stunning track ‘Motion in Field’, which you can stream here. Be sure to catch him play Mirrors Festival in London this weekend as well as an intimate headline show at St Pancras Old Church on December 4th.

Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
Finding Shore
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Tom Rogerson Tour dates:
28 October – Mirrors Festival, London
4 December – St Pancras Old Church, London

Destroyer’s New Record, ‘ken,’ is Out Today

Destroyer records warrant rituals. Be it pouring yourself a glass of wine, cracking open a nearby window to let the last of the day’s light in, moving furniture around so you can dance in the living room, lighting candles. Drop the needle once the mood’s right and you’ll unlock a world built by Dan Bejar himself.

Today we’re given another realm to explore. ken, the twelfth album by Destroyer, is out now. Bejar broke down the new record track by track with Pitchfork – we recommend following along with the piece as you listen.

Stream and/or Purchase ken

Just a reminder that ken is available on CD, LP, and via digital outlets. A limited deluxe edition of the LP pressed on opaque yellow vinyl includes a bonus 7-inch containing solo acoustic versions of the album tracks “A Light Travels Down the Catwalk” and “Stay Lost.” Both the standard and deluxe versions of the LP include a lyric insert and download card.

A full band incarnation of Destroyer will begin their European tour in mid-November, with their London date on December 7th. Full dates below.

Destroyer Tour Dates:
Nov 12 Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
Nov 13 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
Nov 14 Oslo, NO – John Dee
Nov 15 Stockholm, SE – Fasching
Nov 16 Copenhagen, DK – Vega
Nov 17 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
Nov 18 Munich, DE – Ampere / Muffatwerk
Nov 19 Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
Nov 21 Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Nov 22 Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
Nov 23 San Sebastián, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
Nov 24 Lisbon, PT – Mexefest
Nov 25 Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
Nov 26 Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
Nov 27 Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
Nov 29 Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Nov 30 Brighton, UK – Patterns
Dec 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 03 Dublin, IE – Button Factory
Dec 05 Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
Dec 06 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Dec 07 London, UK – Scala
Dec 08 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
Dec 09 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Dec 10 Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels
Jan 10 Portland, OR – The Wonder Ballroom
Jan 11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
Jan 13 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jan 15 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Jan 16 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Jan 17 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Jan 18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 20 Chicago, IL – Metro
Jan 21 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Jan 22 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan 23 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Jan 24 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Jan 27 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Jan 28 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Jan 29 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
Jan 30 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan 31 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Feb 01 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Feb 02 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Feb 03 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Feb 05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Feb 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Feb 07 Boise, ID – Olympic Venue
Feb 08 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Feb 09 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

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