By now some of you may know the story of Berkeley quintet Big Tree: falling under that common, often unexplainable, West Coast magnetic spell, one day suddenly leaving their Brooklyn roots behind and venturing to the Pacific to start anew. They had just completed their second LP at the time, This New Year, and we’ve enjoyed watching them get acclimated to the Bay, whether it’s been on stage at Noise Pop or creating Marin-inspired music videos.

On November 6th, the band released their first batch of fresh music since becoming California residents, in the form of the Little EP. It features three new tunes along with three live songs recorded from a past show at The Rickshaw Stop. Have a listen above and then grab it over on Bandcamp. Further “localizing” themselves, the Little EP was recorded at Oakland’s New, Improved Recording and produced/engineered by Eli Crews, who’s done work with tUnE-yArDs, Geographer, Nels Cline, and Deerhoof.

To celebrate, they’ll be hosting a release party at Cafe du Nord on November 15th, with support from French Cassettes and Chrystian Rawk. If you can’t make it, they’ll be ringing in the New Year at Bottom of The Hill on December 31st with Tumbleweed Wanderers and The She’s, and no doubt popping up much more in 2013.

Big Tree, French Cassettes, Chrystian Rawk
Cafe du Nord
November 15, 2012
8:30pm, $10

Tumbleweed Wanderers, Big Tree, The She’s
Bottom of The Hill
December 31, 2012
9:00pm, $22