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Califone's Tim Rutili Talks About Making Music With Irrational Elements
Tim Rutili embraces the irrational. It's not just that he's comfortable with it. He almost relies on it. Rutili, the songwriter and singer and creative spirit behind Califone, deploys absurdism and jarring juxtapositions as part of the songwriting process as well as in the instrumental textures of his recordings. He's one part songwriter/poet with a guitar and notepad, and one part wild experimentalist, plugging bits of wire into the outlet to see it they spark or catch fire, if the machine takes off or lurches to a stop. Stitches, the latest album by Califone, was just released earlier this month, and Rutili, a former Chicagoan now living in Southern California, spoke to the Advocate from the road, somewhere between Arkansas and Nashville as he was making his way east with his bandmates, performing a series of "living room shows," intimate concerts played in people's homes.
By John Adamian
September 12, 2013