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Though Fruit Bats are no more, main member Eric D. Johnson is now pursuing a solo career, which should hopefully fill that Fruit Bats void in our lives. He's releasing his self-titled debut album as EDJ on August 5 via Easy Sound. Here's a bit of what Eric said about the album's collaborators:

I had a bunch of my favorite people come and join me on this. Sam Cohen, Brian Kantor, and Josh Kaufman (all of Yellowbirds and a million other bands) made up the backbone of the band in the early part of the tracking. And then there were appearances by people from all the different chapters of my musical life - Andy Cabic from Vetiver and Tim Rutili from Califone dropped by to add stuff. James Mercer from The Shins sang some gorgeous high harmonies, and Nathan Larson of Shudder to Think (also my sometime film score collaborator) laid down some drone-y guitar vibes. And of course Thom Monahan, my usual studio co-conspirator, was there to make everything come together.
Stream two tracks from the album, along with a teaser video, below. You can also check out a recent Aquarium Drunkard session EDJ did where he covered Joe Jackson and Richard & Linda Thompson here.

EDJ is going on a tour with Delta Spirit soon, and though he's not opening their NYC shows, he'll play his own show here right after the tour ends on September 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the streams and video, below...

Continue reading "Fruit Bats' Eric D Johnson releasing a solo LP as EDJ feat. James Mercer & more, playing NYC after tour w/ Delta Spirit"

Califone at BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Long-running Chicago indie rockers Califone and S. Carey, aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver (who released a new album this year), will be going on a short co-headlining tour in September which hits NYC on 9/7 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.

Both artists also have many other tour dates throughout the year, including S. Carey's return trip to NYC to open for Owen and American Football. All dates are listed, with videos of both artists a stream of S. Carey's new cover of "Shiny Shoes" by The Pines who he also has upcoming shows with, below...

Continue reading "Califone and S. Carey going on co-headlining tour (dates)"


The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.
The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.

Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.

There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...

Continue reading "Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet, Max Tundra, YACHT, Rustie and more contribute to 'Everything is New' charity project (streams)"

Flaming Lips

A group of bands have teamed up to honor the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse by recording a tribute album, Last Box of Sparklers, which they're currently raising money for on Indiegogo. Those involved include The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Mark Lanegan, David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven), Mercury Rev, Califone, Margot and the Nuclear So-And-So's, The Joy Formidable, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Portgual. The Man and more. The Flaming Lips have just revealed their cover of "Sad and Beautiful World," which you can hear (via Pitchfork), along with the full list of contributors and the Indiegogo campaign video, below.

Continue reading "Flaming Lips reveal cover of "Sad and Beautiful World" from upcoming Sparklehorse tribute LP (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Califone at BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Earlier this year, Califone revealed that they had a new album in the works, and now that album's finally been announced. It's called Stitches and it will be out on September 3 via Dead Oceans. Take a listen to the title track, which is giving me serious David Bowie vibes, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.

Califone will be supporting the new album with a tour following their appearances at Chicago's Big Star "Third" tribute and Hopscotch. That tour hits NYC on September 15 at Littlefield. Tickets for the NYC show are not on sale yet but check Ticketfly for updates.

All dates are listed, along with the new song and album info, below...

Continue reading "Califone announce new album, tour (dates & song stream)"


One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Hopscotch announces 2013 lineup (Big Boi, Sleep, Spiritualized, Kurt Vile, Wolf Eyes, John Cale, more)"

Califone @ BVSXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Turns out Thurston Moore isn't the only one looking to play your house in 2013. Chicago's Califone are planning an entire living room tour which will hit NYC for two shows: Manhattan on May 8 and Brooklyn on May 9, living rooms TBA. It could be your apartment or house, as long as it meets some criteria. And as Califone are a gentle lot and this will be an acoustic tour, you don't have to worry about your place being "detonated."

Meanwhile, Califone are wrapping up recording their new album, which will be their first since 2009's All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Califone going on North American "living room" tour, looking for places to play; working on new LP"

Califone at BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Califone have added another NYC show in late January, this one a "regular" show on January 20th at Littlefield with Gem Club. Tickets are on sale.

The Brooklyn show is in addition to the previous discussed date at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center on January 19th that will see a live soundtracking of the 1925 Buster Keaton film Go West as part of the previously discussed the New York Guitar Festival (tickets are still on sale for that too).

Gem Club are just back from a European tour where they filmed a session for WatchListenTell which you can watch below...

Continue reading "Califone add 2nd/regular NYC show (and with Gem Club)"

Califone @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Tickets are now on sale for the previously mentioned "NY Guitar Festival" shows taking place at the Kaufman Center in January. All shows have the artists performing scores to silent Buster Keaton movies. Those include a January 19th performance by Califone whose only other shows right now are taking place in October around the Design Harvest Festival. All Califone dates below...

Continue reading "NY Guitar Fest tix on sale, Califone included"

Lee Ranaldo @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

New York Guitar Festival is returning this January and has some upcoming events scheduled at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center. The guitarists will be premiering original film scores for silent films by Buster Keaton. Dan Zanes plays on January 10, Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and Kaki King on January 12, Keller Williams and special guest TBA on January 17, and Califone and special guest TBA on January 19. Tickets go on sale September 6 from Kaufman Center's website, at the Box Office, or by calling 212 501 3330.

Califone also plays the Design Harvest Festival in Chicago on October 1st.

Dan Zanes has other upcoming shows in the next few months including John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders on September 23 at City Winery and October 2 at NYU's Skirball Center. Tickets are on sale for the City Winery show and the Skirball show. All dates below.

Keller Williams has other shows coming up too including a kids matinee show on November 19 at Brooklyn Bowl where he will perform songs from his family album Kids. Tickets and Family 4 Pack tickets are on sale now.

All Dan Zanes dates below...

Continue reading "NY Guitar Fest announces 2012 shows (Califone, Kaki King, Lee Ranaldo, Dan Zanes & more)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Califone - "Ro" (feat. Orso) (MP3 premiere)
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - "I Couldn't Save You" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sam Amidon - "Cabin in the Corner" (MP3)

The Builder

The members of expansive Chicago group Califone have a soft spot for film. In 2009 they made one of their own, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, which they toured around the country (and which just came out on DVD on May 27th). So it's no surprise that they've lent one of their tunes, an unreleased number called "Ro," to filmmaker R. Alverson for a package of songs "for or inspired by" his debut feature film, The Builder. The song will be part of a digital-only series to accompany the film's July 27th DVD release on Jagjaguwar (it's the label's first movie release). That Califone song, which features fellow Chicagoan Orso, is posted above, as are two other songs from the series by fellow BV favorites Sam Amidon and Sharon Van Etten.

Music for the film itself is provided by Bon Iver, Gregor Samsa, Pan American, Robert Donne and Spokane (a group that features Alverson and the film's co-producer Courtney Bowles).

The Builder will be make its New York debut at a free screening hosted at cozy Brooklyn bar Zebulon on Wednesday, July 7th. Sharon Van Etten will be playing a set at that.

Filming on Alverson's second feature New Jerusalem, which stars Will Oldham and Builder actor/co-writer Colm O'Leary, finished earlier this year.

The trailer & synopsis for The Builder, along with a video interview with Alverson, and Califone's handful of tour dates (all in the Midwest, besides an August show at Mass MoCa in North Adams, MA) are below...

Continue reading "Califone (& Sharon Van Etten & Sam Amidon) on album inspired by 'The Builder' - MP3s & NYC debut screening info"

photos by Tim Griffin

Serena Maneesh
Serena Maneesh

"Not sure about the recorded stuff, but, live, Here We Go Magic's sound made for an enjoyable listen. It was rocky, bouncy, and sometimes outright dancey--but with enough complex time changes thrown in to keep listeners off-guard and from getting too comfortable in one place...

...The Middle East very much lived up to the hype it had earned at last weekend's NX35 conferette in Denton, where it went from a relative unknown to a much-buzzed-about-Denton act. This Austin crowd seemed relatively unfamiliar with the act as well--but also was eventually won over. Gorgeous stuff, indeed, if a little too mellow and unvaried." [Dallas Observer]

Dawes kicked off the BrooklynVegan showcase at Club Deville on the first night of SXSW 2010. They were followed by HWGM & The Middle East who played before a delayed (technical issues) Bowerbirds who managed to get a set in before Califone took the stage almost an hour after their posted set time. Of course that meant the night's closer Serena Maneesh also went on an hour late - 2am to be exact, and then were cut a bit short by the venue who wanted to go home. It was a long day that started at noon down the street at Emo's (on two stages). More pictures, reviews, and videos from the night below...

Continue reading "Serena Maneesh, Califone, Bowerbirds, Middle East, Dawes & Here We Go Magic @ Club DeVile (official BV showcase) - pics"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Califone - Funeral Singers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonoi - Micro-Coliseum (MP3)


Califone's SXSW schedule has filled out. They'll be in Austin for a week of shows, two of which will be screenings of their film All My Friends Are Funeral Singers with a live score. Those movie shows are at Alamo Lamar and Alamo Ritz on March 15th and 19th, respectively. Their other SXSW shows will be regular rock shows including the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 17th at Club DeVille. Also on the bill for that are Dawes, Bowerbirds, Here We Go Magic, The Middle East and Serena-Maneesh. Califone play that show at midnight, after Bowerbirds and before SM. Their full schedule is below.

After SXSW, Califone visits NYC for the previously announced show at the Bell House on March 30th with Sonoi. Tickets are still on sale. Califone are now also doing a show one night later with the movie at IFC Center (3/31). Tickets info to come.

Chicago band Sonoi, who open Califone's Bell House show, play beautifully composed, radiating folk-pop - they release their self-titled debut on April 27th through Low Transit Industries. Sonoi went into the studio with Weathervane Music, a non-profit that set the band up with free recording time (their previous session was with Sharon Van Etten). Daniel Smith (aka Danielson) curated and produced the session, which birthed the song "Micro-Coliseum," posted above. Two videos from the session, a video from their forthcoming debut and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Califone add live score shows at SXSW, in NYC & other places (dates) , Sonoi opens the Brooklyn show (MP3, video)"

DOWNLOAD: Califone - Funeral Singers (MP3)


Califone are currently on tour with Wilco. On Wednesday, March 17th, you can catch them at SXSW where they'll be playing the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Club DeVille along with Serena Maneesh and four more artists TBA.

After SXSW, Califone will head to NYC for a Tuesday, March 30th show at the Bell House with Sonoi. Tickets are on sale.

Though they won't at the Brooklyn show, or at the official SXSW show, Califone will be (and has been) playing along with their superb All My Friends Are Funeral Singers film on other dates (as they did at 92YTribeca when they were last in NYC during CMJ). The accompanying CD came out last year on Dead Oceans. The film just screened at Sundance in January and was picked up for release on DVD...

IndiePix Films announced today the acquisition of distribution rights to "All My Friends Are Funeral Singers", the film directed by Tim Rutili and executive produced by Glen Sherman. DVD release is scheduled for April 13. Zel is a fortune teller, sharing her home with a group of ghosts who help her remove clients' aches and pains, advise gamblers, and channel cranky spirits to check on their loved ones. When a mysterious light appears in the woods and the ghosts realize they are trapped, Zel is forced to come to terms with the origins of these spirits and let go of the only family she has ever known. Superstition, sound and the confines of Zel's claustrophobic house feed the film's construction, allowing the story to unfold like the music of Califone, who provide the lush original soundtrack. IndiePix will manage the distribution of this film in theatrical, DVD, digital and new media markets worldwide.
You can get "Funeral Singers" (the almost-title track) from that record above. Clips from All My Friends and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Califone playing Brooklyn & the BrooklynVegan showcase @ SXSW --- movie screened at Sundance, DVD out in April "

Glenn Kotche's Top 10 albums of 2009 (via)
1. Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
2. Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor
3. Alex Cline - Continuation
4. John Luther Adams - The Place We Began
5. Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
7. Frank Rosaly - Milkwork
8. Nels Cline - Coward
9. Bobb Bruno - Dreamt On EP
10. Chris Corsano - Another Dull Dawn


One of the CMJ shows I'll most regret missing tonight (10/23) is the "Evening with Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers" It's "a multimedia event" at 92YTribeca. And actually, I don't think it's part of CMJ, and tickets are still on sale.

Yesterday (10/22) Ted Leo could be found enjoying a set by his tour-mates JEFF the Brotherhood at the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos. Tonight (10/23) is his set at the Matador CMJ showcase at The Suffolk. Flyer below.

JEFF the Brotherhood also play tonight, and then four more shows on Saturday,

Also playing that Matador party are Cold Cave who so far also played the Stereogum party at The Studio, canceled their appearance at Public Assembly for Vice, and were just added to the Pitchfork party happening at Market Hotel. Flyer below.

Also playing the Matador showcase are Harlem who play the Vice party tonight (10/23) and haven't cancelled so far that I know of.

Japandroids are back in town. Last night they gigged at Glasslands with Real Estate. Tonight they do it at The Bell House for the Polyvinyl showcase with Headlights and others. Flyer below.

Continue reading "Ted Leo, Califone, Cold Cave & Japandroids too (CMJ Friday)"

DOWNLOAD: Califone - Funeral Singers (MP3)

On the set of All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

Califone, whose latest album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is due out October 6 on Dead Oceans, has confirmed nationwide tour dates this fall including stops in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, among others. The album marks the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's Roots & Crowns, which The New York Times calls "enthralling." All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is the companion piece to a feature-length film of the same name written and directed by Califone frontman Tim Rutili. In select cities on the upcoming tour the band will incorporate a full-length presentation of the film into the shows, performing a live, interactive soundtrack to the movie.

The Chicago-based band consists of multi-instrumentalists Tim Rutili, Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, and Ben Masseralla. On All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, the band employs a wide range of instrumentation and electronic effects to create a dense collage of sounds. Instruments range from the traditional (guitar, violin, banjo, percussion) to the unusual (optigan, stylophone, baritone ukulele, mbira, thumb piano). Longtime collaborator and producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Gomez, Modest Mouse) says, "Califone have found a sound unlike anyone else, and are able to draw otherworldly sounds from very common instruments."

The NYC show is October 23rd at 92YTribeca (during, but maybe not part of, CMJ), and it is one of the mutlimedia events that will include the film. Tickets are on sale. New song for download above. Full tracklist, cover art, the movie trailer, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Califone - new album/soundtrack on Dead Oceans, MP3, 2009 Tour Dates (where sometimes they'll play with the film) "

Brent Green

Best known for his darkly humorous, stop-motion, animated films that touch on themes of love, death, salvation, and the underworld, filmmaker Brent Green performs live this evening, narrating a series of new and recent films which will be screened alongside a live musical score performed by three extraordinary musicians: Jim Becker (Califone), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (Wilco, Freakwater). A self taught artist from Pennsylvania, Green writes, directs, builds, and narrates his short film animations, combining handcrafted figures with drawings and found props to create haunting, atmospheric backdrops for his alluringly twisted stories. For this evening Brent will premiere several new films and screen related recent works, including Old Country Songs, Louisville/Gravity, Walt Whitman?s Brain, Carlin, and Paulina Hollers. [February 13th @ The Kitchen in NYC]
Jim Becker and Brent Green are also performing together in Houston, at Sundance, and in Saratoga, CA. All dates below....

Continue reading "Brent Green featuring Jim Becker (Califone) / Brendan Canty (Fugazi) / Fred Lonberg-Holm"

What did you do last night? First I went to the early Veils show at Mercury Lounge.

The Veils w/ top hat @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - June 7, 2007
The Veils @ Mercury Lounge

The Veils have great songs (even if one sounds exactly like a U2 song - even more so than that Polyphonic Spree song sounds like Blondie), and they were a lot of fun live, though at times I wished the band members could play better - especially during this one slower jazzy song that I like a lot on the album (the one he wrote in his mom's laundry) - it kind of fell apart.

Finn Andrews is an excellent frontman though. I was happy to see him wearing his hat - it may be permanently attached to his head - nobody knows for sure. Overall good stuff, and I'm still enjoying the new album. The cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper" was nice too. Music Snobbery has the whole setlist.

The Veils have Billy Corgan-like taste in bassists @ Mercury Lounge
The Veils @ Mercury Lounge

Then I ran to Gramercy Theater to see Calexico, I mean Califone (I always do that). The contrast was amazing - I was looking forward to both shows, and they were both great, but in different ways. Califone have that talent I was wishing for at the Veils. In fact Califone don't just have one ridiculously awesome drummer - they have two, and a whole band full of extremely talented musicians that put me in a trance - there were seats, and I was seated. Really, really nice....

Califone @ Gramercy Theater, NYC - June 7, 2007
Califone @ Gramercy Theatre

Tony was there. Really, really awkward....

Califone & Tony @ Gramercy Theater, NYC - June 7, 2007
Califone @ Gramercy Theatre

But more on that tomorrow (or feel free to leave the story in the comments).

The Sea & The Cake @ Paradise Rock Club in Boston - June 5, 2007 (CRED)
Sea and the cake in Boston

Two big indie rock tours hit NYC tonight - Califone is at the Gramercy Theatre, and The Sea & Cake is at Webster Hall. Which do you choose? Tonight is also The Veils and Dinosaur Jr.