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  • Stitches Stitches Quick View

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    Stitches

    Stitches, the new album from Califone, touches on all permutable definitions of the word, its episodes of discomfort and healing rendered with exquisite beauty and craftsmanship. Archetypes and mythological figures rub shoulders with bruised civilians throughout this odyssey. Intimate timbres, garage sale drum machines, slack guitar strings and 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.
    1. Movie Music Kills a Kiss
    2. Stitches
    3. Frosted Tips
    4. Magdalene
    5. Bells Break Arms
    6. moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy.fool
    7. Moses
    8. A Thin Skin of Bullfight Dust
    9. We are a Payphone
    10. turtle eggs/an optimist
    Califone
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  • Roomsound Roomsound Quick View

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    Roomsound


    Long Out-Of-Print Reissue Of Califone's First Full Length


    Califone's debut album Roomsound - Originally self released in April of 2001. Roomsound covers the same rustic, slightly ramshackle back forty that Tim Rutili has been ploughing through since his previous band Red Red Meat. Only this time the tilled bedrock unveils the most vividly colored, luring crop of songs Rutili has ever harvested. The sleepy, country-blues picking and autumnal backwoods melodies are accented with striking splashes of electronic tone color, obsolete keyboards and off-kilter percussion. Lyrically, Roomsound penetrates the breath of pirates, poison apples at a tango contest and the waiting room between death and canonization where missionaries have quit and 19th-century prostitutes have been rescued for all the wrong reasons.


    Masterfully produced by Brian Deck, the album is vaulted far beyond the sum of its parts. Roomsound is a hauntingly unique and distinctive record of crafted and sculpted beauty.

    LP 1
    1. Trout Silk
    2. Bottles and Bones (Shade and Sympathy)
    3. Fisherman's Wife
    4. Porno Starlet Vs. Rodeo Clown
    5. Tayzee Nub
    6. Slow Rt. Hand
    7. St. Augustine (A Belly Full of Swans)
    8. Wade In The Water
    9. Rattlesnakes Smell Like Split Cucumber
    10. New Black Tooth


    LP 2
    1. Mittens (4-track version)
    2. Stanza VIII
    3. Cluck Old Hen
    4. Wade In The Water (4-track version)
    5. Silver & Gold

    Califone
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  • Quicksand / Cradlesnakes (Deluxe) Quicksand / Cradlesnakes (Deluxe) Quick View

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    Quicksand / Cradlesnakes (Deluxe)

    Deluxe Reissue Of Quicksand / Cradlesnakes - Califone's Second, Critically Acclaimed Full-length That Has Been Long Out-Of-Print


    Includes Bonus LP With Previously Unreleased Tracks


    In the summer of 2002, Tim Rutili and the rest of Califone had just come out of a busy year that included touring with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco and collaborating with Issac Brock's alter-ego project, Ugly Casanova. With new creative energy unlocked, the band began work on the follow-up to their breakout full-length debut, Roomsound. The result, the much-celebrated Quicksand / Cradlesnakes, brims with earned confidence.


    Here, Califone began to master the mix of blues, country and technical glitchery so oft-referenced today, all the while creating something timeless. Quicksand / Cradlesnakes is rugged and elegant, dark and optimistic, familiar and entirely new. In a word it is beautiful.

    LP 1
    1. One
    2. Horoscopic.Amputation.Horny
    3. Michigan Girls
    4. Cat Eats Coyote
    5. Your Golden Ass
    6. (Red)
    7. Million Dollar Funeral
    8. When Leon Spinx Moved Into 3. Town
    9. Mean Little Seed
    10. Vampiring Again
    11. Slower Twin
    12. Stepdaughter


    LP 2
    1. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town (6.18.03 - VPRO Radio, Amsterdam)
    2. Slowness (califone + oRSo)
    3. Ro (califone + oRSo)
    4. Wednesdays (califone + orzo)
    5. Kissing Cousin Wikkan (9.02 Cicero)
    6. Sciabolato
    7. The Machines I Your Stomach Have Everything To Do With Your Dreams
    8. Cat Eats Coyote (unedited)

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  • All My Friends Are Funeral Singers All My Friends Are Funeral Singers Quick View

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    All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

    Califone's releases are full of layers and textures, offering endless depth, entire universes to lose yourself in, and beyond the thick spectrum of sound, they do something even more important: they write great songs that will stand the test of time. The band is at the peak of its powers on All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, its sixth song based album. The long-awaited follow-up to 2006's acclaimed Roots and Crowns, the album is the strongest collection of songs in a career with no shortage of strength. The subtlety and detail of Califone's previous work is present here; the atmospheres are carefully nuanced, the percussion is both rattling and melodic, and the melodies are rich and soulful.


    All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is a dense collage of sounds, expertly formed into fully realized pop songs and it's the record that the great Roots and Crowns hinted at. The songwriting is fleshed out, the musical vision is boiling over, the sonic experimentation is indulgent and dense, yet there's a great cohesion, a sense of purpose and a newfound focus to this Califone effort. Never has the band felt so vibrant and so alive!


    This double LP edition contains music exclusive to the vinyl edition of the release on side 4.

    1. Giving Away the Bride
    2. Polish Girls
    3. 1928
    4. Funeral Singers
    5. Snakes Tooth = Protection Against Fever And Luck In Gambling
    6. Buñuel
    7. Ape-like
    8. A Wish Made While Burning Onions Will Come True
    9. Evidence
    10. Alice Marble Gray
    11. Salt
    12. Krill
    13. Seven, Fourteen, Or Twenty Knots
    14. Better Angels
    Califone
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  • The Great Despiser The Great Despiser Quick View

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    The Great Despiser

    Colored Vinyl


    The Great Despiser, the new album from celebrated singer/songwriter Joe Pug, is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed full-length debut, Messenger, and his wildly popular word-of-mouth EP, Nation of Heat. The 11-track release was recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Califone). In addition to Pug, the album features various acclaimed musicians, including Sam Kassirer (Jos Ritter, Langhorne Slim) on piano, organ and marimba as well as backing vocals from The Hold Steady's Craig Finn on the album's title track. Pug has toured alongside Steve Earl, M. Ward and Josh Ritter and has recently performed at both Lollapalooza and the Newport Folk Festival.


    Not only does Chicago-based singer have a beautifully mature voice, but the lyrics possess wisdom seemingly beyond his age. Pair that with his powerful songwriting and it's nearly impossible to avoid drawing comparisons between Pug and folk legends like Bob Dylan or contemporaries like Josh Ritter. - NPR Music

    1. Hymn #76
    2. Those Thankless Years
    3. The Great Despiser
    4. A Gentle Few
    5. Ours
    6. Silver Harps
    7. Stronger Than The World
    8. One of Many
    9. Neither Do I Need A Witness
    10. The Servant's Ace
    11. Deep Dark Wells
    Joe Pug
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  • Mirepoix and Smoke (Discontinued) (On Sale) Mirepoix and Smoke (Discontinued) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Mirepoix and Smoke (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Limited Edition Vinyl LP + Digital Download Card


    For 31-year-old Minnesota-native Ben Weaver, the follow-up to his lauded 2008 album, The Ax in the Oak, was literally cooked up in the kitchen. Weaver was working as a prep cook in a farm-to-table restaurant in Minneapolis, where the songs on his latest album, Mirepoix and Smoke, started to take shape.


    While The Ax in the Oak was more complex in its sound, the result of a collaboration between Weaver and Brian Deck (Califone, Iron and Wine, Mirepoix and Smoke is a decidedly more bucolic affair; its songs are barely accompanied by more than Weavers guitar or banjo and his voice, allowing for a more sensory experience of Weavers signature lyrical poetics. You just dont hear Mirepoix and Smoke, you smell it, taste it, feel it and see it.


    As with Weavers previous two releases, Mirepoix and Smoke was recorded at Chicagos Engine Studios, and was engineered by Neil Strauch (Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron and Wine, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos). Erica Froman, formerly of the dream-pop collective Anathallo, joined Ben on vocals and piano.

    1. Grass Doe
    2. City Girl
    3. Drag the Hills
    4. East Jefferson
    5. While Im Gone
    6. Maiden Cliff
    7. Split Ends
    8. 22 Shells
    9. Roosters Wife
    Ben Weaver
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  • Ghost On Ghost Ghost On Ghost Quick View

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    Ghost On Ghost

    Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost. Ghost on Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim.


    Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that "pop music hadn't seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens," while Pitchfork said it "more closely resembles the lush, gold-toned singer songwriter records of the late 60s and early 70s-Astral Weeks, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."


    For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his two previous records. "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says.


    Helping achieve Beam's vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost. For the album's cover, Beam, who is also a visual artist, chose an image from the series "Private Views" by noted photographer Barbara Crane.


    This LP also includes a bonus CD.

    1. Caught in the Briars
    2. The Desert Babbler
    3. Joy
    4. Low Light Buddy of Mine
    5. Graces for Saints and Ramblers
    6. Grass Windows
    7. Singers and the Endless Song
    8. Sundown (Back in the Briars)
    9. Winter Prayers
    10. New Mexico's No Breeze
    11. Lovers' Revolution
    12. Baby Center Stage
    Iron & Wine
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