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

UPDATED / HOSTS NEEDED: Califone Living Room Shows April-May 2016


Hello friends!  We pushed the start date back and expand the living room tour! We have hosting offers in most towns and we’ll start getting in touch to confirm those shows this week. We’re still looking for hosts in the areas listed in BOLD below. Please get in touch if you live in or near one of these cities and want to host a show. We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your space for about 3 hours and check names off the list at the door. In return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

TICKETS GO ON SALE MARCH 18 at 2pm (CT) / 3pm (ET)



25 – Dallas *
26 – Tulsa *
27 – Oklahoma City – host pending
28 – Springfield MO *
29 – Memphis *
30 – Nashville *
1 – Knoxville *
2 – Chapel Hill *
3 – Baltimore *
4 – Philadelphia *
5 – OFF
6 – New York NY *
7 – Winooski RI – Waking Window Festival *
8 – Beacon NY *
9 – Buffalo NY *
10 – Toronto ONT *
11 – Pittsburgh PA *
12 – Cleveland OH *
13 – Chicago IL – HOST NEEDED
14 – Chicago IL *
15 – Madison *
16 – Minneapolis *
17 – OFF / DRIVE
18 – Omaha NE *
19 – Lawrence KS *
20 – OFF / DRIVE
21 – Denver CO *
22 – Santa Fe NM – HOST NEEDED
23 – Tucson AZ – HOST NEEDED


1. Read everything below so you know how it works.

2. email califone@living-room-shows.com this info:
– a. Your address.
– b. A few photos of your living room.
– c. Please put “Califone Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.

4. This email goes to the folks at Undertow. They will gather all of the emails, sort out the final routing and start getting back to hosts to confirm shows after the submissions deadline.

Here’s how it works.

1. You have a house, loft, small gallery, studio or other private space that can comfortably and safely host 40-50 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other interior space would be ideal. 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 house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small 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. We want everyone to have the same chance of getting 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. The shows will promoted on our websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.

6. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter too. We’ll create a Facebook event for each show 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 people don’t try to show up and pay at the door.

7. You don’t need any sort of sound system. All we need is a nearby electrical outlet for Tim to plug in some gear. It’s good if you have ambient lighting like a lamp on coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer to help create a cozy mood and a small table or counter top where Tim can sell some merchandise before and after the show.

8. 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 or pillow to sit on during the show.

9. There will be no opening acts on the living room shows.

10. 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.

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! http://www.bigstarstory.com/ info.

vic theater in chicago June 28.


more news about stitches very very soon.

lion/bear.boss soundtrack.best 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. http://califone.myshopify.com/collections/everything/products/califone-t-shirt-trumpeting-lionman

or, visit the webstore and buy yourself a nice gift

santa loves you.

+ sometimes good weather follows bad people vinyl is here – http://jealousbutcher.com/JB100.html

+roomsound vinyl is here http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Califone/Roomsound

+ 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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/boss-original-motion-picture/id584519292 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