Friday, November 27, 2009


califone - funeral singers from Califone on Vimeo.

‘Funeral Singers,’ the single from Califone’s critically acclaimed album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (Dead Oceans). The album acts as a companion to Califone frontman Tim Rutili’s first feature film that he wrote and directed, also called All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. The highly anticipated film (starring cult indie actress Angela Bettis of Girl, Interrupted fame) is expected to screen at several film festivals early next year.

The music video for ‘Funeral Singers’ features footage from the film.
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.”

Primary songwriter and vocalist Tim Rutili’s artistic endeavors stretch beyond music and include the creation of surreal short documentaries, music video and film scores. He makes his directorial debut with All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. The screenplay for the film, also written by Rutili, draws on the same themes and inspirations as the album, and many of the songs were written at the same time and contain the same images and characters. The movie centers around a fortune teller named Zel (played by respected cult actress Angela Bettis) who lives in an old house crowded with ghosts, including a priest, a bride, a mute child, some washed up vaudvillians and a noisy, sight-impaired group of musicians (Califone), among others. The film will be submitted to film festivals in early 2010.


December 3 Husky Union Seattle, WA*
December 4 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, BC*
December 5 The Mission Theater Portland, OR*
December 7 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA*
December 9 Hammer Museum Los Angeles, CA*

Thursday, November 26, 2009



Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Think you know music? Prove it!

Just in time for the holidays, Universal Music is hosting an amazing giveaway highlighting some of our most exciting up and coming new artists. On the Educate Your Ears homepage, fans have the opportunity to check out tracks and video from artists like Shwayze, Kid Cudi, Parachute and Mika and enter to win an autographed guitar, lithographs, skateboards, Dakine backpacks and tons more

Go to and enter to win some great prizes, including: an autographed guitar, autographed skateboard, limited edition tour posters, limited edition lithographs, and Dakine backpacks!

Featured artists include: Shwazye, Parachute, The Noisettes, Love & Theft, Marie Digby, Sondre Lerche, Black Joe Lewis, Gary Go, Elizabeth & The Catapults, Kid Cudi, Owl City, N'Dambi, Mika, K'Jon, Stefon Harris & Blackout Enter the contest at:


The KCRW world was introduced to Lissie in 2007, when she came in to sing backup for Jesca Hoop. Now, she's opening for Ray LaMontagne and has just released a terrific debut EP.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Finally, the wait is over...The Sounds premiered their latest piece of brilliance, "Beatbox", directed by Manuel Concha /Concha Films.

When I got the tweet, I immediately headed over to Youtube to check it out. I have been waiting months and months for this new video.

The Sounds can do no wrong - this vid is H.O.T.


Yesterday, "Last Call with Carson Daly" dedicated an entire show to Brett Dennen. The acoustic performance and interview was taped at the intimate Library Ale House in Santa Monica—one of Brett's favorite haunts. Fans were invited via a last minute Twitter about the taping, turning the evening into an impromptu concert similar to the coffee house shows Brett was playing just six years ago before his grassroots explosion.

Brett is currently on tour with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - great photos from the show this weekend in NYC here:

Full tour details of the tour are attached including his New Year's Eve show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland with friennds Alo and SambaDa supporting.

Brett recently released a new EP with Brazilian versions of songs from Hope For the Hopeless and the new original "Joan of Arc" recorded with Forro in the Dark. Also on the EP is Brett's duet with Jason Mraz "Long Road to Forgiveness."

Listen to the EP here:

Monday, November 23, 2009



ThinkIndie is the brainchild of a group of CIMS (Coalition of Independent Music Stores) record store owners who banded together in the interest of keeping indie music and the independent spirit alive.

Their goal: Open a digital download store stocking what we need most: handpicked, 320kbps, DRM-free MP3s from non-lame artists.

ThinkIndie recreates the indie record store experience on the web with good deals, listen-before-you-buy booths and a variety of new and different music. They seriously have everything- from Hawaiian island music to freak folk to your favorite Oi! band. Check out their site and feel the ad-fueled, pay-for-placement sites of yore fade away to make room for your new favorite online music destination.

ThinkIndie is celebrating their opening with a very special contest - one to the tune of $1000. On December 20th, they will select one ThinkIndie account holder at random and credit that lucky individual’s account with $1000 bucks to spend whenever they want on whatever they want. All you need to do is sign-up, no purchase necessary!

If you haven't figured it out yet, ThinkIndie is not your every day digital download store. They like to think outside the [box] and focus on the bigger picture. In addition to their hand picked recommendations section, the site also features an ArtistPicked section that includes your favorite artists' most listened-to and must-buys. Past ArtistPicked features include Matisyahu, Mariachi El Bronx, Pelican, Mayer Hawthorne and even Missy Suicide (founder of Suicide Girls). Check out their picks HERE.

The site also has tons of exclusives (read bonus tracks, special cheap-o deals, etc.) And if you're into cheap/affordable, check out their FREE DOWNLOAD SECTION currently hosting 60+ downloadable MP3s from Nirvana, Willie Nelson, Obits, Girls and samplers from Matador, Park The Van and more.