quicksand/cradlesnakes deluxe dbl LP reissue!

califone // quicksand/cradlesnakes deluxe dbl vinyl reissue now available for preorder here! 


Side A
01 “One”
02 “Horoscopic.Amputation.Honey”
03 “Michigan Girls”
04 “Cat Eats Coyote”
05 “Your Golden Ass”
06 “(Red)”

Side B
01 “Million Dollar Funeral”
02 “When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town”
03 “Mean Little Seed”
04 “Vampiring Again”
05 “Slower Twin”
06 “Stepdaughter”

Side C
01 “When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town (6.18.03 – VPRO Radio, Amsterdam)”
02 “Slowness (califone + oRSo)”
03 “Ro (califone + oRSo)”
04 “Wednesdays (califone + oRSo)”

Side D
01 “Kissing Cousin Wikkan (9.02 Cicero)”
02 “Sciabolato”
03 “The Machines In Your Stomach Have Everything To Do With Your Dreams”
04 “Cat Eats Coyote (unedited)”

new califone songs

we have some new califone songs here:


when the air runs out in yer gold elevator                                                                                         peopled by:  Tim Rutili guitar & vocals . Joe Westerlund drums . Wally Boudway bass .                     Ross Andrews guitar . Keith B. Kelly horns   // recorded and mixed by Michael Krassner at the Ship in Los Angeles,CA & the Chateau in Phoenix,AZ // this one is something it is very true feelings and unedited thoughts. making it was very therapeutic. it is available here as part of a subscription of songs put together by Rough Trade Publishing to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.


comedy (v1)                                                                                                                                                 peopled by: Tim Rutili – piano, vocals, guitar, arp, percussion  . Craig Ross – bass, harmony vocals .           Conrad Choucroun – drums  // recorded and mixed by Craig Ross in austin,TX . this one is a waltz. like, “funny how?” ..  it is available here as part of a subscription of songs Our First 100 Days   All profits raised from Our First 100 Days will go directly to organizations working on the front lines of climate, women’s rights, immigration and fairness.




so happy this music is now available. https://www.jealousbutcher.com/produc…/here-chicago-sessions
via Hired Hand & The Boxhead Ensemble

The new 20 track double LP from The Boxhead Ensemble is available for preorder here now. The players include Michael Krassner, Tim Rutili (Califone – Official Page), James Becker, Shahzad Ismaily, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Jim R White (Dirty Three) These sessions were originally recorded for Braden King’s movie HERE and run the gamut from sparse and atmospheric to abrasive and transcendental. We’ll be hosting a proper release show on March 24th in Chicago at Constellation Chicago, but for those of you who cannot make it, we’ve got you covered here. As with all our releases the physical version is hand made and limited, this time to 261 copies. // friday March 24th THere is a boxhead ensemble 20th anniversary celebration at constellation in chicago.. info & tickets here


guitars tuned to air conditioners LP . roomsound tour & reissue vinyl .

here’s a new LP guitars tuned to air conditioners // Tim Rutili  Craig Ross                                                 Side A 17:03 PILLOWS BREAK IN FROZEN LAKE                                                                                         Side B 16:08 SPRING SPECIAL APE                                                                                                          For this release Tim & Craig compiled a collection of 50 photographs they had taken. We took these photographs and created 6 numbered 10” archival prints of each, one of which is included with every record. The vinyl is limited to 275 copies. It is housed in a numbered, hand-screened jacket, accompanied by a digital download of the music and a digital booklet of all the photographs. release date is 7/22/2016 . more info and pre-order here

this is a beauty.  It is exactly what the title claims. This is one of my absolute favorite records that I’ve ever been a part of. amazing process. beautiful packaging. I don’t listen to records I make too much after they’re finished but find myself going back and listening to this one quite a bit and always hearing something a little different in the music. this one is a scientific abstract painting.



roomsound reissue and tour dates: https://califonemusic.com/shows/
(to celebrate the 15th anniversary re-issue of our debut album- roomsound)
we will be performing Roomsound in full.
band will be: Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella and Brian Deck, with Wally Boudway, Ross Andrews and some other very special guest musicians. very much looking forward to playing the entire record in sequence (15 years later) with the gentlemen that i made the record with. (don’t miss it-this’ll never happen again) – hope to see you there!

Thu. Sept. 22 & Fri. Sept. 23 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s  // tickets
Sat. Sept. 24 – Brooklyn, NYC @ Rough Trade  //  tickets
Thu. Oct. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Highland Park Ebell  w/ Slow Moses //  tickets
Fri. Oct. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ Slow Moses  // tickets
Fri. Oct. 14 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset    w/ Slow Moses
Sat. Oct. 15 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios  w/ Slow Moses   // tickets

I will have more words about this very soon because I have words & more info about the deluxe re-release & vinyl coming very soon via our lovely friends at dead oceans



insect courage EP

limited 10inch vinyl: future oak                                                                                                                  mp3 or .WAV file download: here


peace & love, TR


califone // insect courage EP & living room tour


very proud and happy to say we have a new 10inch vinyl EP available now via our friends at future oak record co. it is called califone // insect courage ..it plays at 45rpm. each record comes with a letterpress insert, each jacket run through an industrial press labeled boldly. included, as well, is a wooden nickel which can be used to access a digital download of the songs, because you should be able to touch digital downloads, too.  you can order it right here!

April – May Tourdates!  floor

25 – Dallas, TX (Richardson) tickets
26 – Tulsa, OK tickets
27 – Oklahoma City, OK  tickets
28 – Springfield MO  tickets
29 – Memphis, TN  tickets
30 -Murfreesboro, TN  tickets
1 – Knoxville,TN  tickets
2 – Chapel Hill, NC  tickets
3 – Baltimore, MD  tickets
4 – Philadelphia, PA  tickets
6 – Brooklyn, NY  tickets
7 – Winooski, VT – Waking Window Festival 
8 – Beacon NY  tickets
9 – Buffalo NY  tickets
10 – Toronto ONT  tickets
11 – Pittsburgh PA  tickets
12 – Cleveland OH  tickets
13 – Chicago IL (Oak Lawn)   tickets
14 – Chicago IL   tickets
15 – Madison     tickets

16 – minneapolis  tickets
17 – Minneapolis   tickets
18 – Omaha NE  tickets
19 – Lawrence KS  tickets
21 – Denver CO   tickets
22 – Santa Fe NM   tickets

LIVING ROOM SHOW TICKETS  These shows are being hosted in privates spaces and each one is limited to 40-60 tickets. All tickets must be purchased in advance. The full address to the secret location will be sent to you after purchase is complete. Don’t delay… these shows always sell out quickly.

+ some notes thoughts on insect courage EP:


tripped on your cape. this is a cover of a sin ropas song from their first record 3 cherries. i absolutely love this song. it’s been stuck to my brain since i first heard it all those years ago. this song reminds me of game of thrones but microscopic. this was recorded at home with Griffin Rodreguez, Joe Westerlund on percussion and mixed by Michael Krassner.

burn the sheets.bleach the books. this is a section cut from an hour long abstract improvised piece recorded with Joe Westerlund and 2 mics in my living room. almost immediately a melody and words came. again, small against the sky. night time, squinting down from up here makes the city look like embers. we wish on every passing light in the sky.

insect courage #14. the red electric guitar that’s not plugged in recorded with the telephone outside on my back porch. the bugs are exaggerated and the piano notes are an overdub.

mother of violence. this is a peter gabriel song. I first heard it when i was in was a kid hanging out in loftus’ room smoking weed. i got an education in how to hear music in that room. this song scared the daylights out of me and also struck me as beautiful and true. too high, getting hit in the belly by a song and trying not to cry in front of people. layers and layers of top with no safe bottom in sight. this one floats by. added recordings of my neighborhood’s fourth of july celebration to the end to mix with Joe Westerlund’s beautiful fragmented percussion work.

easter 82. bug song. spring-feverish. migration song. panic when the seasons change. started with layers of melodica amped and treated through guitar effects. recorded partly at home and partly in phoenix with Michael Krassner. instinct vs reason.stupidity as a survival mechanism. wanting what you have and loving who loves you. fear. bug dreams. how we get along and stay together.i dont know.

 insect courage #33. another section of that long improvised piece that became burn the sheets. me & Joe Westerlund in the living room. i can hear the sliding glass doors. Michael Krassner added a layer of beautiful guitar playing and mixed this in phoenix.


some years ago in chicago, my cousin called and invited me to join her for “discovery center” classes with a shaman. i was curious about that stuff and thought it would be a good excuse to hang with my cousin. the discovery center insert in the weekly paper made every experience they were selling look a little tacky but i decided to put cynicism away and give it a shot.

in a generic room above a tavern somewhere near lincoln park we all took our places sitting cross-legged on mexican blankets when the shaman came in. he and I were the only men in this room full of women. he wore a soft white cotton karate suit and had a distinctly wisconsin-ish bent to his words (wisconsin=opposite of peru). he lit some incense. there was a dana carvey/andy kaufman vibe about him as he sprayed us with rose water and chanted to the pachamama. he gave us rocks and told us to carry them around. rocks were our grandparents. he talked of his numerous trips to south america and his studies with the masters. he led us into a guided meditation with the intent that we would seek and make contact with our spirit animals.

i shut my eyes and listened to his voice mix with the sound of a dozen ladies breathing. i rolled with it. the room melts away. i sink deep into the earth and and feel the cold wet black soil surrounding me. keep breathing. the fertile soil covers me and i sink deeper. black rich dirt & a cold light. i’m an infant in that soil. i’m aware of my soft pale skin and a need for help. maybe i’ve never seen the sun? i will die without help. run out of air and starve. my hands don’t work. i can’t swim in this. sinking deeper into the dirt i feel a presence and know i am not alone. i have dreamed this before. there is someone here with me. the soil surrounding me begins to stir. something from outside of me says “breathe and stay here”. colder lights swell up and waves of soil move my body. a black ant the size of a german shepherd puts his face a millimeter from my face. he gives me air and takes some of mine. there is no emotion but i feel safe. held. the earth moves around me and hundreds of these enormous ants surround me. they crawl over me. i am fed. they give me air. a warmer light seeps in through the black ants bodies and moves through clumps of wet dirt. i feel a beautiful impersonal love. don’t question it. i’m safe. i’m ok.

“open your eyes” shaman says. “what did you see?”

most of my classmates saw giant pandas that talked to them or rode on the backs of eagles. beautiful majestic animals. a few dolphins. wild horses. my cousin was lead through a jungle by a telepathic panther. everyone in class talked about their animal spirit. i kept quiet. didn’t know what just happened or how to feel about it. in the car on the way home my cousin asks me i’m ok. she asks about my animal spirit. “bugs” i said.

this is a home made record. the bugs are still with me. peace and love, TR

April – May Living Room Tour! Tickets On Sale Now.




These shows are being hosted in privates spaces and each one is limited to 40-60 tickets. All tickets must be purchased in advance. The full address to the secret location will be sent to you after purchase is complete. Don’t delay… these shows always sell out quickly.

25 – Dallas
26 – Tulsa
27 – Oklahoma City OK
28 – Springfield MO
29 – Memphis TN
30 – Nashville TN
1 – Knoxville TN
2 – Chapel Hill NC
3 – Baltimore MD
4 – Philadelphia PA
6 – New York NY
8 – Beacon NY
9 – Buffalo NY
10 – Toronto ONT
11 – Pittsburgh PA
12 – Cleveland OH
13 – Oak Lawn IL
14 – Chicago IL
15 – Madison
16 – Minneapolis
18 – Omaha NE
19 – Lawrence KS