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Calexico - iTunes Live Session [17 Sep 2008|04:16pm]



I search this release of Calexico. I can't buy this release on iStores because i'm from Russia . Can somebody help me?

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new album time! [04 Sep 2008|02:36am]

So I take it the Livejournal Calexico group is dead? So sad! There's so much new stuff we should be talking about. New album comes out next week, the band is still touring like mad, there's that cool new video up on their website (an excellent homage to my hometown Tucson) and they're apparenly even in the rotation on XM50...I heard one of the new songs on there tonight, anyway.

Anyone seen any shows? Excited (or not so much) about Carried to Dust? I'm personally digging what I've heard so far, and can't wait for the new album. I'll be hitting up Amoeba Music the day it comes out, sad that they won't be there playing a set like they were around the time Garden Ruin was released. I'm thinking this will be a far better album though, so that should mostly make up for it :)

Also, there's a video spot from NPR's All Songs Considered here, for those of you who might not have seen it yet. It's brilliant and beautiful and Joey Burns is very insightful about all the reasons we love Tucson. And I don't care what people from Phoenix say!

PS--Let's revive the group.

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calexico on austin city limits [05 Nov 2006|02:10am]

Hey, did anyone catch Calexico's performance on Austin City Limits on PBS Saturday? It just ended here now (Bay Area, KQED) and it was so, so good. If you get a chance to catch a re-run on your local affiliate station (or if it doesn't air until Sunday), definitely take it! They perform the second half hour of the show.

Also, you can see the short setlist and the interview with Joey Burns that they excerpt during the credits of the show at the website, here.

They opened with an outstanding "Across the Wire," and also have Salvador Duran and Iron and Wine guest with them on "He Lays in the Reins." It's quite a production. Also, "El Picador" and "All Systems Red" were right on.
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oakland 09.03.06 [04 Sep 2006|12:53pm]

Just discovered this community, thought I'd share a little on the Oakland Art & Soul festival performance yesterday.

I'm from Tucson, so Calexico's original sound means a lot to me. Say what you will about Garden Ruin, but I'm sure there's little argument that it's a departure from the usual Calexico. I did find out yesterday that new songs + old favorites like "Across the Wire," "Crystal Frontier" and their amazing cover of "Alone Again Or" make for a fantastic setlist. To my surprise, they only played three songs off Garden Ruin: "Roka," "Deep Down" and "Letter to Bowie Knife". "Roka," by the way, is an awesome opening song.

They've been on tour for a really long time, and from what I could tell, they were loving it. Smiles all around from the band members throughout the whole show. The energy level was a bit subdued, no doubt because of the relaxed outdoor street fair setting. Most importantly, they sounded GREAT. Fairly short performance (forty-ish minutes) and no encore, even though the audience clearly would have loved one. Oh, those strict music festival schedule rules.

What surprised me the most was the crowd. I got to the stage to also hear the first band, an hour before Calexico (I know, hardcore) and sat right up front. There was pretty much no one there, so I figured that's how it would stay. No such thing. People came flooding in as Calexico began setting up, and as soon as the band took the stage everyone up front got up on their feet. Fine by me, as I didn't want to SIT through a Calexico show, and I got to be up front at the railing. They are such an amazing group of performers, great rapport with the fans. Pretty sure most in the crowd were familiar with the music, too, so it was just plain fun. But even those who'd never heard of the band (and I know there were a few near me) were having a good time. Maybe they were sold.

Also of note, I think the ladies really love Jacob Valenzuela. I know I do, I do very much. But it was amusing when he sang a few notes into his mic during the sound check and several girls in the audience did the giddy-girlie-shrieking thing.


Want pictures? I took a few for your viewing pleasure: flickr
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[11 Apr 2006|08:54am]

grossly disappointed with "Garden Ruin". There just seems to be too many things not calexico about it, and, it really hurts me to say this, seems lacklustre and kinda typical. the one song i do adore is the itunes exclusive english version of non de plume - i actually like french sung a lot, but the the album version is all mumbly and not really that effective. the itunes version though is gorgeous

the artwork is pretty, but well out of keeping with the back catalogue. and no instrumentals? I used to complain that there were too many, but really, it was one of the things that made them them.

there are highlights, obviously it's joey and things can't get that bad. the end of all systems red is joyfully dramatic, and very good for blasting though headphones. Roka is nicely atmospheric, and closer to that Calexico sound one wants more of. But that's pretty much it. After the other albums (A Feast of Wire and Hot Rail especially) this is most annoying. It's not that they're underachieving - the new album has quality all the way through it. And I don't want to knock a band for broadening their sound. It's just, it was the mariachi tinted sound that made them unique, and it feels like they're conforming with everyone else's sound a bit. i'm just a bot sad with it.

I'm still looking forward to seeing them live in London later this month. Iron and Wine are with them too, which is a pity because I didn't actually like In the Reins that much. ho hum.
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[25 Jan 2006|08:25pm]

aw c’mon guys, the band’s been touring extensively recently and not one report or photo? :[ that makes me sad.


speaking of tours, anyone going to their los angeles show tomorrow? looks like they’re playing a showcase gig (whatever that is). i’ll be there pushing my luck and hoping to get in because i didn’t buy a ticket fast enough. lame i know. wish me luck, heh. & nice to be here!
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[03 Sep 2005|09:37pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Wow, this community sure seems to have died quickly...

Got Feast of Wire not too long ago and since I've gotten used to the great number of instrumentals on the album, I've been enjoying it a lot. Thought I'd see if there was an active Calexico community here on Livejournal, and this is apparently all there is...

Last post January? Man...

Anyways, I'm sure there is still somebody who will see this post in their friends page.

So, I was just wondering, if I wanted to get a second Calexico album, what would be the best one to get?

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[17 Jan 2005|09:18pm]

hello calexico fans!

just read on morrissey-solo.com that starbucks are about to release a new mix CD in a couple of days in the coffee shops, and on it is Calexico covering the wonderfully gloomy Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division.

other good stuff (such as joseph arthur and neko case) also feature.

tracklisting is thus:

1. Rufus Wainwright - My Funny Valentine (Rodgers & Hart- Ella’s)
2. M. Ward -Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend)
3. Neko Case -Buckets of Rain (Bob Dylan)
4. Calexico- Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)
5. Old 97s-She’s Got Everything (The Kinks)
6. Gary Jules- How Can I Tell You (Cat Stevens )
7. Madeleine Peyroux - Give Your Mama One Smile (Big Bill Broonzy)
8. Sondre Lerche-The More I See You (Cole Porter-Chet Baker)
9. Martina Topley-Bird -I Only Have Eyes For You (The Flamingos)
10. Jim White -Use Me (Bill Withers)
11. Joseph Arthur -There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)
12.Dean & Britta - Forever (Beach Boys)
13. Milton Mapes -Your Sweet Voice (Matthew Sweet)
14. Vinicius Cantuaria -Inutil Pasagem (Jobim)
15. Mindy Smith -Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
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a calexico fan from calexico [13 Jan 2005|03:19am]
hello. nice to finally see a calexico lj community. i've been a big fan of calexico since about 98' when i saw them on that hbo show 'reverb'. i was so surprised. a really good band named themselves after my little hometown. they actually played in calexico for the first time back in july. i was there and emceed the big community event. i got to talk to joey afterwards and he commented on my sleater-kinney tshirt(he's a fan). heh. he gave me the world drifts in dvd way before it came out. so, hello. and is there any news about a new album?
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[11 Jan 2005|07:29pm]

Welcome Everyone to calexico_fans! This community is still very
new - and very open to suggestions for improvement. I'm more than happy to see all fans here as well as eager to get any help with the community if interested!
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[10 Jan 2005|09:26pm]


massive fan of calexico. want to move home so i can have a spare room JUST for the calexico poster I just purchased. top band, top of my wanna see wish list (so peeved I missed them at somerset house - it was the same time as a stupid holiday!). nice to see a community for the wonderful little fellows. hope to see some news and stuff here, and hope to add whatever i can...

also, always keen to discover new acts who has a similar flavour... recommendations are always nice, methinks.

anyway, how do!

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