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New Darlings

by Box of Baby Birds

Alula 04:24
Ribbons 01:27


2010’s single, “Crown of Bees,” was released with “New Darlings of the Silent Films” as the B-side through the hyper-cool online distributor Candy Dinner. “Crown of Bees” was James’ biggest song yet from a pop rock perspective, and also the first that was recorded live in studio. The song, remixed and remastered, now serves as a centerpiece in James’ 2012 release, New Darlings, which sees yet another large step in the songwriter’s evolution, as James has taken the hushed, beautiful reserve of his previous material and added an urgency that is sure to be welcomed by both the pop-loving public and the experimental folk niche.


released November 13, 2012

Written & produced by Gary Calhoun James and published by Orange Door Publishing (ASCAP)
tracks 1-4, 6-8 recorded by Gary Calhoun James at WOR, Austin, TX
track 5 recorded by Jamie Carter at Carter Co. Recording, Chicago, IL,
with additional recording by GCJ at WOR, Austin, TX
track 2 Drums recorded by Alance Ward
track 6 Violin recorded by Geoff Dolce
track 7 Harmonium recorded by Dan Mohr
Mixed by Jamie Carter at Carterco. Recording, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders, Austin TX
Cover by Danny Powell | Layout by Dan Mohr

GCJ Guitars, Basses, Mandolin, Keys, Harmonium, Vocals, Drums & Percussion

1. bear headed boy
Justin Wiles Electric Guitar, Claps

2. black throated sparrow
Alance Ward Drumset, Drum Machine
Joshua Thomson Alto Sax, Flutes
Nick Broste Trombone

3. alula
Joshua Halpern Drumset
Phil Ajjarapu Bass
Justin Wiles Additional Backing Vocals

4. complicated handshake
Jenni Wieland French Horns
Justin Wiles Acoustic Guitar
Luke Manas Cello
Ethan Vlah Tablas, Shaker
Joshua Halpern Cymbals, Tambourine,
Percussion, Snare
Joshua Thomson Monkey Caller, Flute
Carmen James Vocals

5. crown of bees
Dan Mohr Piano
Matt Focht Electric Bass
Alance Ward Drums
Phil Ajjarapu Backing Vocals

6. ribbons
Geoff Dolce Violin

7. new darlings of the silent films
Phil Ajjarapu Electric Bass
Dan Mohr Harmonium

8. cankicked & bottlespun
Jenni Wieland French Horn
Bob Hofnar Pedal Steel Guitar
Joshua Halpern Percussion


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Gary Calhoun James has been recording as Box of Baby Birds since 2006. Originally from Chicago, Box of Baby Birds is now located in Austin, TX.

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