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new album : Tim Rutili // (arroyo)Abstractions


(release date 9/28/2018 dangerbird/arthur king presents)

Track list:  01 —  coyote out of (lizard) sleep . 02 — a squid among peeling oaks . 03 — nine minutes before taken by earthquake . 04 — werewolves werewolf . 05 — parson’s weed wins devils gate . 06 — loves an albatross . 07 — zabriskie after midnight.morning coyotes.long ash(goodbye),CA

Made and played by Tim Rutili, Winter 2017/2018 

Recorded and mixed at Home, The ship, Dangerbird and Beltway Sound.

Los Angeles, CA

Jacob Ross – Mix Engineer/Co-producer – nine minutes before taken by earthquake, parson’s weed wins devil’s gate

Aaron Espinoza – Mix Engineer/Co-Producer – a squid among peeling oak, zabriskie after midnight.morning coyotes.long ash (goodbye), CA)

Michael Krassner – Mix Engineer/Co-Producer – coyote out of (lizard)sleep

Additional Musicians on zabriskie after midnight.morning coyotes.long ash(goodbye),CA)
: Peter Walker Grousbeck – Guitar, Percussion & Ted Espinoza – Percussion 

publishing : pastry sharp music/BMI administered by Rough Trade Publishing


this music is a place. a location or 3. the pictures that came while making this music were always about the abstraction of landscape.. after memory slightly,( or drastically) transforms the place into something it is or isn’t yet or was. &  the abstraction of man made structures after weather and time erodes and grows over an un-tended place.  part of the routine while making this record was a bike ride along the river. it’s not really a river. it’s a concrete ditch with a small stream of water running from South Pasadena down a few miles into LA. cracked concrete, scrubby weeds and moss growing where the water level rises in the rain and shrinks in the dryness of this place. tent encampments, scattered trash and the sounds of trees and dogs coming from the park mixing and swirling in the concrete ditch with sounds from the highway. usually relentless sunlight. i’m sure at night this place is filled with vague and insane coyotes. at night it’s probably a much different place. on that ride, picturing this place before people and after people. wondering what trees and birds are native to this beautiful but somewhat unnatural place and what trees and birds were brought from other places and planted or set free some 75 years ago to grow and breed. hope you enjoy this music. peace & love, TR

+ in case you missed it – new-ish hits right here. vinyl is beautiful & you should have it :

tim rutili & craig ross : 10seconds to collapse 


tim rutili & craig ross 10 seconds to collapse LP/CD/DIGI +videos+tour dates

Tim Rutili + Craig Ross // 10 Seconds To Collapse LP/CD/DIGITAL out now via jealous butcher

tour dates –

JULY 21 Austin, TX @ Beerland w/ knife in the water  – Tickets and info here
(the band will be, Tim, Craig, Thor Harris and Lindsey Verrill – playing songs from the new  album 10 seconds to collapse)

tim rutili & craig ross // 10 seconds to collapse LP + Living room shows

— Tim Rutili + Craig Ross // 10 Seconds To Collapse LP/CD/DIGITAL (release date June22)            Pre-order available here, now!

I’ve been making some music with my lovely friend and collaborator Craig Ross. We usually have quite a good time and come up with things together that are beyond what we would come up with alone. 

in 2016 we released our first Tim Rutili & Craig Ross record on the Jealous Butcher label – Guitars Tuned to Air Conditioners – 2 long form drone/meditations on texture, electricity, tension and time.   

On June 22nd we release our new collaborative album – 10 seconds to collapse – 

Craig and I wrote and recorded these songs over the last few years, a little bit at a time. mostly in Austin, TX, a little bit in Los Angeles and a bit in Chicago (with help from Angela Bettis, Brian Deck and Ben Massarella).                                                                                                                            The songs swing somewhere between the poles of early 70’s Am radio pop and deconstructed folk songs built up from drones and loops (though, you may hear something else and use completely different words to describe this music).. We love this record very much and are looking forward to sharing this music with you and possibly playing these songs in your house!

+ can we play music in your house?

Tim Rutili + Craig Ross living room shows

Do you have big living room, loft space, community space, art gallery, yoga studio, recording studio, coffee shop or other space where we can do a private show that can comfortably and safely host 40-50 people? If so, please read everything below and get in touch if you live in or near these areas and want to host. We’d love to have a show at your place!

Deadline for submissions: June 7
Tickets on sale: June 20 @ 2pm (CT) HERE

Mon, July 23 – Dallas TX
Tue, July 24 – Tulsa or Oklahoma City OK
Wed, July 25 – OFF / DRIVE
Thu, July 26 – Denver CO
Fri July 27 – Omaha NE
Sat July 28 – Kansas City MO
Sun July 29 –  St Louis MO
Mon, July 30 – OFF
Tue, July 31 – Indianapolis IN
Wed, August 01 – Cleveland OH
Thu, August 02 – Detroit MI
Fri, August 03 – Grand Rapids MI
Sat, August 04 – Chicago IL (suburbs)
Sun, August 05 – Milwaukee WI
Mon, August 06 – OFF
Tue, August 07 – Minneapolis WI
Wed, August 08 – Madison WI
Thur, August 09 – Chicago IL (city)

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for about 3 hours, check names off the list at the door… in return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.


1. Please read everything below so you know how it works.

2. email this info:
– a. Your address.
– b. A few photos of your living room.
– c. Please put “Tim/Craig Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.

3. Sit tight and we’ll get back to as soon as possible if we can book the show at your place.

Here’s how it works.

1. You have a big living room, loft space, community space, art gallery, yoga studio, recording studio, coffee shop or other space where we can do a private show that can comfortably and safely host 40-50 people. There needs to be street parking, parking garage or public transportation nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your place. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a tiny apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. Sorry, we can’t do these shows outside.

2. Ticket price will be $20. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be no reselling or third-party tickets sales. All tickets sales are direct to fans from Undertow. Limit 4 tickets per person. These shows sell out quickly and we want everyone to have a fair opportunity to buy tickets.

3. We’ll provide the host with a list of everyone coming to the show. The host won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive. We ask guests to arrive between 7:00-7:45pm. The shows start at 8pm and we ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm.

4. The host gets 5 additional free tickets for the show. If you have other friends beyond your 5 guests who want to come to the show you should direct them buy tickets on-line.

5. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.

6. The shows will promoted on our websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth.

7. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter too. We’ll create a Facebook event for each show and make you a host of the event so you can easily invite your friends (Thank you!). Remember, please don’t post your address. The address only goes to people after they buy tickets. We need to keep the location private so random people don’t try to show up and pay at the door.

8. You don’t need any sort of sound system. All you you need is two chairs for Tim and Craig to sit on and some kind of ambient lighting like a lamp on coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer to help create a cozy mood.

9. You don’t need seating for everyone. If you have a bunch of chairs, great! But most shows are floor seating and we let guests know they should bring a cushion, pillow or folding chair to sit on during the show.

10. There will be no opening artists on the living room shows.

11. We love dogs and cats… we really do! But an excitable pet running around during the show can be distracting for the guests and performers. If you have curious and friendly 4-legged family members, would you be ok with putting them in another part of the house or sending them to a friend’s house during the show?

That’s it.

+ here’s the first video:

Monsters: Cara Corder, Angela Bettis, George McAuliffe, Tim Rutili :: Camera: Tim Rutili, Angela Bettis :: Art and masks: Cara Corder :: Directed by: Tim Rutili :: Special Thanks to Jared Varava for technical edit rescue, kindness and wisdom.

+ other shows happening –

Tim Rutili (califone solo)
JUNE 2 Buffalo,NY 14203 silo city reading series @ Silo City Row – info
JUNE 25 Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 w/little mazarn & alex rose @ Cosmic Dreamer House
Tim Rutili & Craig Ross
JULY 21 Austin, TX @ Beerland w/ knife in the water  – Tickets and info here
(the band will be, Tim, Craig, Thor Harris and Lindsey Verrill )


Craig Ross has worked with Lisa Germano, Spoon, Patty Griffin, Califone, Robert Plant, Shearwater, Daniel Johnston, made music for films by Steve Buscemi and Terence Malick and has released 2 solo albums “Dead Spy Report” and “The Greater Good”.

Tim Rutili is a musician, filmmaker and visual artist. Founder and principle songwriter for Califone and Red Red Meat.


hope you like the new music and pictures and hope to see you at a show very soon!                 peace &love, TR

heron king blues 2LP reissue + red red meat/califone nov.22&24 @ empty bottle chicago.

 red red meat/califone
NOVEMBER 22 & 24 . Chicago @ empty bottle – tickets 
– band will be Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella, Brian Deck, Tim Hurley, Wally Boudway and Ross Andrews (& possibly a few special guest players) – Set list will be pulled from both Red Red Meat and califone catalogs with a few new songs thrown in for good measure.  this probably wont happen again and will be the last show for quite a while. don’t sleep on it & hope to see you there! #EB25 celebrating the empty bottle’s 25 year anniversary!
Nov24 show is with the beautiful and all time great Joan of Arc . (we played a nye at the bottle with them in 1997/98. this will be the full circle embellished historical re-enactment)

califone // heron king blues deluxe 2LP reissue – release date dec.8. pre-order now!  –

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)

hkb is probably our strangest fever dream. our ugly baby. it needs to be absorbed. it is it’s own planet and doesn’t need you to love it but if you do it will love you back. So happy to have the experience and memory of making this music with those particular peculiar people. thank you. krassner, becker, benny, joe, brent, wil, fred, graeme, brian, mike, chris, stiltwalker, elisa, sheila, bettina, rich and jim. thanks to all at dead oceans for making this available again and thank you for listening.  more info here


califone // roomsound deluxe 2LP

califone // quicksand/cradlesnakes 2LP

Tim Rutili  Craig Ross // guitars tuned to air conditioners

& always stitches