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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 ‘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 »

WATCH // Califone Shares Video For “Moonbath.Brainsalt.A.Holy.Fool”, Tour With The War On Drugs Continues

In the midst of a string of dates with The War On Drugs, Califone has shared with us a video for “Moonbath.Brainsalt.A.Holy.Fool” (dir. Andrew Peyton) from 2013’s highly-reviewed Stitches. The video follows an ex-football stud who now takes his aggression out on healthy food. Catch Califone tonight in Omaha at The Waiting Room or this weekend with a trio of shows in Texas. Full dates are below.

If you are late to the listening party, pick up Stitches now on iTunes, Amazon, at your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

CALIFONE TOUR DATES
[all tour dates / tix: http://bit.ly/calif_tour]
Wed. Sept 24 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room %
Fri. Sept 26 – Dallas, TX @ Grenada Theater %
Sat. Sept 27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues %
Sun. Sept 28 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s %

% = w/ The War on Drugs

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