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stitches – Stream the title track from the new album + some autumn tour dates

stitches cover

you can stream the title track of our new album Stitches right here .

Stitches will be released September third on dead oceans. a little more info can be found right here . Stitches was recorded in Los Angeles with Griffin Rodriguez, Phoenix with Michael Krassner and Austin with Craig Ross. Lots of new sounds and deeper steps on this one.

Many friends contributed – Ben Massarella, Tim Hurley(red red meat, sin ropas), Wil Hendricks(blues oblique, lofty pillars), Eric Heywood(son volt, calexico, richard buckner), Jessie Stein(luyas), Joe Westerlund(Megafaun), Stella Mozgowa(warpaint), Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev, Keith B. Kelly, Rob Doran(pit er pat), Tim Young, Robin Vining, Christian Kiefer, Adam Busch.

fall tour dates so far – More shows will be announced as they’re confirmed.

6-28 Chicago, IL – Big Star’s “Third” at The Vic Theatre
9-07 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9-08 Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House
9-09 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
9-11 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
9-12 Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live at The Queen
9-14 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live Upstairs
9-15 Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
9-17 New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine
9-19 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
9-20 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

So happy and thankful to be able to share this music with you – TR

+ LOFTUS ON VINYL!!! Pre-order it right here ! feel the sandpaper love.

loftus on vinyl – pre-order it now! + (big star’s third at the vic6/28)+ more

Loftus is finally coming out on vinyl for the first time ever. we are very very happy and excited with the look, sound and touch of this beautiful thing.

Loftus was recorded in 1996. it felt like magic when we made this. it was Tim Hurley, Ben Massarella, Brian Deck and Tim Rutili from Red Red Meat/Califone with Curtis Harvey, Doug Scharin and Phil Spirito & Bundy K. Brown from Rex/oRSo/HIM/Tortoise. This is one of those projects that opened us up and changed our concepts of ourselves and what we could do both musically and collaboratively. big stuff. pre order it here! Thanks Jealous Butcher!



Thank you to our hosts and all the lovely people that came out to the living room shows. It was an amazing experience for us to be able to present the music to you in this intimate way and we really appreciate it. we have house shows in the SF bay area and Los Angeles area this week. hope to see you there.


Big Star‘s iconic Third turns 35 this year(!). In celebration of that, and in memory of the late Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens (Big Star), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star),Tim Rutili (Califone), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Chris Stamey (The dBs), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Ken Vandermark, and many more will gather at the Vic Theatre on June 28 to perform Third (and some older material) with a twenty-piece chamber orchestra. Tickets available here . this is definitely not one to miss.

Big Star’s Third is one of my favorite records. honored and excited to sing with them. hope to see you there! info.

vic theater in chicago June 28.


more news about stitches very very soon.

New album



Hello people, a few things:

A new califone record is done and mastered. It’s called stitches. We’ll have more information about the official release very soon.

So excited to have you hear this one. making this thing has been an incredible, beautiful, frightening and healing trip. I’m not sure how people will perceive the music but this is the most personally honest songwriting I have ever done and I hope people can relate to it and find some comfort, joy and beauty in it.

.feeling really lucky that I still have the opportunity to make records. Truly appreciating all of it right now. so…thanks.

lion/bear.boss wishes.

hello- a few things-

we have some of these classic califone lion/bear tshirts back in stock right HERE . the fabric will feel good against your skin and the bear/lion man will give you a bit of warm courage to face this sometimes terrifying holiday season. try wearing it to bed or underneath a festive sweater.

or, visit the webstore and buy yourself a nice gift

santa loves you.

+ sometimes good weather follows bad people vinyl is here –

+roomsound vinyl is here

+ we have a new song collaboration with brian reitzell on the soundtrack album from the starz tv show ‘boss’. really really good music front to back.

available right here: here’s the track listing.  heavy hitters.

01 Robert Plant: “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” (Boss remix)
02 “Lizard Dream” [ft. Michael James of Explosions in the Sky] *
03 “Who Done It?” [ft. Jim James of My Morning Jacket] *
04 “One Overlord” [ft. Jonathan Meiburg and Lucas Oswald of Shearwater] *
05 “Express” [ft. Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit of Air] *
06 “Ceiba” [ft. Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never] *
07 “Punishment/Moonlight Sonata” *
08 “O’ Cordelia” [ft. Tim Rutili of Califone] *
09 Mark Hollis: “Arb Section 1″
10 “Tell Me What You Saw” [ft. Jim James of My Morning Jacket] *
11 “The Conversation” [ft. Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit of Air] *
12 “Falling Pine” [ft. Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never] *
13 Wilco: “Black Moon”
14 “Swan Lake Michigan” [ft. Paul Buchanan of the Blue Nile] *

* collaboration with Brian Reitzell

+ thanks again to all the wonderful folks who came out to the shows in portland and seattle. really fun playing the new songs. looking forward to finishing this new califone record and playing a bunch of shows in 2013. feels like starting from scratch. feel like a brand new baby. new adventures. awesome. best wishes for happy holidays and a great new year. thanks & best- TR