Califone

There are many kind of stitches: seams to secure sleeves into armholes ... sutures closing wounds and deep incisions ... loops or crosses of embroidery floss ... a sudden pain in the side. Stitches, the new album from Califone, touches on all these definitions, its episodes of discomfort and healing rendered with exquisite beauty and craftsmanship. Intimate timbres--garage sale drum machines, slack guitar strings, hushed vocals--offset the album's cinematic inclinations. The listener moves through a landscape of Old Testament blood and guts, spaghetti Western deserts and Southwestern horizons, zeroing in on emotions and images that cannot be glanced over. Motes of dust dance briefly in afternoon sunlight. "This is the only record I've made in my life where none of the work was done in Chicago," says Califone's Tim Rutili. The writing and recording began in Southern California, then continued in Arizona and Texas. "Those dry landscapes and beaches and hills and shopping malls all made it into the music," he acknowledges. Uniquely homespun elements are interwoven into the songs, too, including sounds Rutili recorded in his backyard during rainfall and while driving in his car. Brass, pedal steel, and strings color in the edges and outlines songs like "Frosted Tips," "We Are A Payphone," "Moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy.fool" and "Moses," yet Stitches is no Ennio Morricone-meets-Cecil B. DeMille pastiche. Gritty electronics, the mesmerizing thrumming of tablas, and eerie keyboards also pepper these ten new selections. A cartographer could spend lifetimes mapping the terrain of Stitches. Archetypes and mythological figures rub shoulders with bruised civilians throughout this odyssey. Though Rutili is not a religious man, episodes from the Bible in particular kept entering his psyche as he wrote. "I'm fascinated with why some stories and characters resonate and last for thousands of years, and are so easily transposed onto all our lives and rites of passage, no matter how absurd or surreal they are." Rutili has not been idle in the years since the release of Califone's critically acclaimed 2009 album All of My Friends Are Funeral Singers. He wrote scripts and painted and collaborated on the music for several films, including the score for the 2012 documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing and the Starz TV series BOSS. He lost a few band members and stopped all Califone activity for about a year. "Then one day I woke up and started writing songs again." At first he churned out a lot of songs that didn't make the cut. He kept moving. The larger themes that would eventually reach fruition on Stitches began to emerge. "During this process, I started to really look at myself and find a clearer, more honest voice," he reveals. "I forced myself to write as much as possible. I allowed myself to be crabby and vulnerable as much as I could stand it ... and slowly the songs got better." Eventually Rutili commenced recording with Griffin Rodriguez in Los Angeles, Michael Krassner in Phoenix, and Craig Ross in Austin, along with a raft of guest musicians. "We treated each song as its own particular planet. Bringing in different people and recording in different places helped bring some tension to the whole thing. I wanted this to be a more schizophrenic record, stitching together conflicting textures and feels." Rutili's old Red Red Meat colleague Tim Hurley stayed with him for a few months and they recorded together for the first time since Califone's eponymous 1998 debut EP. In some regards, Stitches harks back to those earliest days of Califone. There was more home recording, and musicians came and went as the songs dictated. "It was a much more solitary process, and that freed me up to feel less self-conscious about singing and writing more personal lyrics." Yet the ultimate outcome sounds like the work of an artist reborn. "I tried to keep the songs visual and poetic, but it was more important to allow myself to feel and be vulnerable and not hide in the music," Rutili says. "Instead of writing from my balls and brain, this time I wrote from the nerves, skin, and heart." Stitches--the word and the album--can mean different things to many people. Your own interpretations are welcomed and encouraged.

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

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 “Magdalene” Animated Video, Living Room Tour Starts April 20th

Califone released their newest record, Stitches, last year and we have already seen multiple cinematic videos for tracks “Frosted Tips”, “Bells Break Arms”, “We are a Payphone”, and “Movie Music Kills a Kiss”. Today, Califone shares a new stop-motion video for ““Magdalene” directed and animated by Jessie Stein (of The Luyas) and Amanda Bonaiuto.

Bonaiuto describes the setting for “Magdalene”:

“There is a woman who lives on a lake. She is always there in her boat where she stares up, and only up at the stars. The stars are her sole friends and her only fascination. She has never noticed the merman who lives in the lake and probably never will. A watery scene filled with empty wine bottles and colorful hair gives us a view of their world”

If you haven’t picked it up already, Stitches is available now on iTunes, Amazon, at your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

Califone continues their tour with living room shows starting April 20th in Hadley, Massachusetts.


TOUR DATES:
[all tickets/tour dates: http://bit.ly/1drhsEu]
04/20 – Hadley, MA – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/21 – Allston, MA – Living Room Show
04/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Living Room Show
04/24 – Baltimore, MD – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Living Room Show
04/26 – Columbus, OH – Living Room Show
04/27 – Akron, OH – Living Room Show
04/28 – Cleveland, OH – Living Room Show
04/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Living Room Show
05/01 – Chicago, IL – CIMMfest
05/02 – Madison, WI – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT

WATCH // The Luyas “Montuno” Paper Bag Records Session, On Tour Now With Califone

If you’ve missed The Luyas we have a double gift for you today. First, we’re psyched to share a mezmerizing Paper Bag Records Session with The Luyas performing “Montuno” from their 2012 album Animator. Watch the session above or here on YouTube.

Secondly, the band started their tour with Califone last night in Lost Angeles and head up the West Coast in the US before playing handful of dates in Canada. See all tour dates below.


TOUR DATES:
01/07 – San Francisco, CAThe Chapel w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/09 – Portland , ORMississippi Studios w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/10 – Seattle, WAThe Crocodile w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/11 – Vancouver, CAElectric Owl w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/15 – Saskatoon, SKAmigo’s Cantina
01/16 – Winnipeg, MBUnion Sound Hall
01/23 – Montreal, QC – Le Divan Orange

* = with Califone

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Hasselt, Belgium
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