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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


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)

LISTEN // Califone + S. Carey Share Snow Panda Mashup, Pre-Tour Voicemails, Joint Tour Starts Tomorrow

With their upcoming tour just a day away, S. Carey and Califone have shared a shimmering end-of-summer mashup of “Frosted Tips” and “Glass/Film” by Snow Panda via Stereogum. As an added bonus, the two artists have released behind-the-scenes access. While prepping for the dates, S. Carey and Tim Rutili of Califone played a candid (and hilarious) game of phone tag. Check it out here via Brightest Young Things. The first stop of the tour is tomorrow in Pittsburgh at Club Cafe. Full dates are below

S. CAREY + CALIFONE TOUR DATES
Thurs. Sept 4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Fri. Sept 5 – New Haven, CT @ Ballroom at Outer Space
Sun. Sept 7 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Mon. Sept 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Tues. Sept 9 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Thurs. Sept 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House (Sanctuary)
Fri. Sept 12 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording
Sun. Sept 14 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

FULL CALIFONE TOUR DATES
[all tour dates / tix: http://bit.ly/calif_tour]

Thurs. Sept 4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
Fri. Sept 5 – New Haven, CT @ Ballroom at Outer Space *
Sun. Sept 7 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge *
Mon. Sept 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
Tues. Sept 9 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
Thurs. Sept 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House (Sanctuary) *
Fri. Sept 12 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording *
Sun. Sept 14 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Mon. Sept 15 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre %
Tues. Sept 16 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall %
Wed. Sept 17 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall %
Fri. Sept 19 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues %
Sat. Sept 20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater %
Sun. Sept 21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater %
Mon. Sept 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue %
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/ S. Carey
% = w/ The War on Drugs

WATCH // Califone Shares One-Shot Video for “Movie Music Kills a Kiss”, Tour Starts January 5th



Last year Califone premiered three unique and beautiful videos for songs Frosted Tips, Bells Break Arms, and We are a Payphone. All three came from the band’s 2013 release, Stitches, which the Boston Globe called “Americana at its most haunted” and Pitchfork said “[Stitches] is exactly the sort of Americana record that can act as antidote for what’s happening in the genre right now.”

To ring in 2014, Tim Rutili shares a truly stunning and dreamy one-shot short film at 96 frames per second for “Movie Music Kills a Kiss” featuring Rutili and Angela Bettis in the fourth visual off last year’s album. On the song and visual, Rutili says, “Movie music can add or subtract emotional weight or fool you into thinking nothing is something and something is nothing. Movie music really can kill a kiss.” Watch the slow motion love story above or here on YouTube.

Click read more to see Califone’s 2014 tour dates with The Luyas and then William Tyler starting this Sunday at Soda Bar in San Diego and the past three videos Califone released in 2013.

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WATCH // Califone Premieres “Payphone” Video, On Tour in 2014

Last month we shared the Califone fans today live tour video for “Bells Break Arms” shot in Santa Fe on the band’s fall Living Room Show tour (watch the video on Youtube here / Vimeo here). Today, we share another video from his newest album, Stitches, for the track “We are a Payphone”.

Stitches is available now on iTunes, Amazon, at your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

Watch the video, made by Amber Benson and Angela Bettis, above or here on YouTube.

Click read more to see Califone’s tour dates for 2014.
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ALBUM RELEASE // Califone’s ‘Stitches’ Out Today, Touring Through October

After playing a fantastic Labor Day in-store at Nashville‘s iconic record store Grimey’s yesterday, Califone‘s new album, Stitches, is finally out today in stores and online!

Stitches is the band’s 7th album, a followup to 2009’s All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, and the band’s first completely made outside Chicago. Califone’s Tim Rutili explains that the writing and recording began in Southern California and then finished the album in Arizona and Texas saying “those dry landscapes and beaches and hills and shopping malls all made it into the music”. Enchanting, complex, and emotionally driven songs will satisfy diehard fans while bringing new fans to Califone’s established sound and storied history.

You can get Stitches on iTunes, Amazon, your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

Read more below for buy links, early reviews, and upcoming Living Room Show tour dates and dates with Richard Buckner.
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