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Roots & Crowns
Thrill Jockey
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Release Date
October 22, 2006
  • Vinyl 1×LP (Deluxe)


    Ice Age blue vinyl

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Press Release

Available on vinyl for the first time in 10 years, with new cover design by the band’s Tim Rutilli. “Uniting where you come from - your roots - with what you strive to be or what you reinvent yourself to become - crowns,” explains Tim Rutili. “At the bottom of these songs are the memories and images you sift through in the process.” Califone are Tim Rutilli (Loftus, Dirty Three, Red Red Meat), Ben Massarella (Loftus, Modest Mouse, Red Red Meat), Joe Adamik (Orso, Iron & Wine) and Jim Becker (Iron & Wine, Bitchin Bajas, Orso). “Califone have always been stupidly underappreciated, and the further we stumble into the 21st Century, the more this music starts to feel both familiar and necessary: ‘Roots & Crowns’ is bluesy and soulful without reverting to revivalist schtick, and experimental without relying on blind cut-and-pasting. It is old and new, dirty and clean, alienating and accessible, sweet and ugly, organic and industrial, doting and vicious. It is one of the most quintessentially American records imaginable.” - Pitchfork

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Pink & Sour 4:13 Buy
  2. 2 Spiders House 3:47 Buy
  3. 3 Sunday Noises 2:50 Buy
  4. 4 The Eye You Lost In The Crusades 4:42 Buy

    The Eye You Lost In The Crusades

  5. 5 A Chinese Actor 4:18 Buy

    A Chinese Actor

  6. 6 Our Kitten Sees Ghosts 2:47 Buy

    Our Kitten Sees Ghosts

  7. 7 Alice Crawley 0:37 Buy
  8. 8 The Orchids 2:55 Buy
  9. 9 Burned By The Christians 3:55 Buy

    Burned By The Christians

  10. 10 Black Metal Valentine 6:16 Buy

    Black Metal Valentine

  11. 11 Rose Petal Ear 2:09 Buy

    Rose Petal Ear

  12. 12 3Legged Animals 4:08 Buy

    3Legged Animals

  13. 13 If You Would 5:43 Buy


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