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Calexico – Edge Of The Sun [Deluxe Edition] (2015)

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Edge of the Sun began with a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán. Working for the first time with Mexican collaborators, Calexico expanded their horizons as the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Sam Beam from Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case.

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Calexico – Circo (Original Soundtrack) (2010)

cal“When director Aaron Schock sent us an email describing his documentary film about three generations of a Mexican family circus, it peaked both John Convertino’s and my curiosity.
What angle would he take with the story, where would it lead, and how would it look and feel?
What we were subsequently sent, was an amazing close up on the Ponce family who we instantly fell in love with. Seeing the amount of work the whole family and animals had to deal with was astonishing. The children really are at the heart of it all and anyone who has seen it is touched in a very special way.
Aaron sent us a version of the film with mostly Calexico material temporarily placed to give us an idea of what he wanted musically and he encouraged us to get as creative as we wanted.
He wound up working very closely with us, which eventually led us all to become good friends. However, we had never met in person due to the low budget nature of the film.
So we sent musical sketches and shared ideas through emails and phone calls relating to the score. I must say I was pleasantly surprised when we finished the project at how much music we
made in a very short period of time and how effective it felt in its relationship to the Ponce family’s adventures.”

–Joey Burns

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Calexico – Convict Pool EP (2004)

Calexico quickly followed their excellent Feast of Wire album with the Convict Pool EP, a collection of covers and original songs that all bear the stamp of the band’s dramatic Southwestern sound. The EP kicks off with their version of the Love classic “Alone Again Or,” which, along with the title track, was also released as a single in Europe in 2003. Recruiting Swedish singer Nicolai Dunger, Calexico build on the mariachi theme of the original and also give their rendition a more subdued feel. It may not have the heartbreaking drama of Love’s rendition, but this version is more than just an experiment and works well on its own terms. The EP’s title track, meanwhile, is in keeping with the softer, more singer/songwriter-oriented side of their music, which they explored on Feast of Wire with great success. Joey Burns’ pleading vocals and John Convertino’s wonderfully expressive — but not flashy — drumming come to the fore on this track as well as their cover of Francoiz Breut’s “Si Tu Desais.” The second half of Convict Pool lightens up with the rowdy cover of the Minutemen’s “Corona,” a staple of Calexico’s live set, the Eastern European-inspired “Praskovia,” and “Sirena,” a theatrical original with Spanish backing vocals done by some lovely senoritas. These tracks have more of a “throwaway” feel than the first half of Convict Pool, but it’s still a joy to hear Calexico in a looser and more playful mood. That playful mood extends to the EP’s multimedia content, an animated short from The Cartoon Network called El Kabong Rides Again that features The Black Light’s “Minas del Cobre” as its soundtrack. While this isn’t quite as essential a Calexico release as Feast of Wire, Convict Pool is a lot of fun and one of the best short-format works they’ve issued yet.

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Calexico – Spoke (1997)

Calexico snatch up the bits of Americana turned out by a rototilling of the national music psyche. The 19 resultant tracks can be small as insects (the shortest being half a minute in length) and erratic in flight; there are lo-fi songs and themes that proceed without concern for what came before. One bit is held up by guitar, another by accordion, then one by vibes. A bit of desert dust sprinkled throughout may be the only constant theme — a Santa Fe rummage sale of sounds. Spoke is very intriguing and well worth exploring.

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Calexico – Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011 (2011)


Selections from Road Atlas: 1998-2011 is another example of how much care and thought Calexico take in presenting their music to their fans. A distillation of the limited-edition vinyl set of eight tour-only releases — itself a project the band embarked on because fans requested it — it plays like a travelogue through Calexico’s lesser-known musical territory, since many of these songs were never released anywhere else. The whispery, thoughtful Americana of “Half a Smidge” and “Griptape,” culled from 2005’s The Book and the Canal, share a link with the official Calexico albums surrounding it, Feast of Wire and Garden Ruin; the flamenco-surf of “Glowing Heart of the World,” from 98-99 Road Map, evokes the band’s earliest days. The collection favors one of the finest tour releases, Aerocalexico, including four tracks from it, including fan favorites such as the holiday song “Gift X-Change,” the hypnotic take on the traditional “All the Pretty Horses,” and the original version of “Crystal Frontier.” However, none of the tracks here could be called predictable; the version of “Lost in Space” (from Scraping) finds the band rocking out, while “Detroit Steam” (from Tool Box) could be from a blaxploitation movie soundtrack. Selections from Road Atlas: 1998-2011 does its job well: not only will it have fans who haven’t heard all of the tour albums hankering for more, it also reaffirms what a prolific, and consistent, bunch Joey Burns, John Convertino, and company are.

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Calexico – Algier (Deluxe Edition) 2СD (2012)

Tracklist:

CD 1 – Algiers
01. Epic
02. Splitter
03. Sinner In The Sea
04. Fortune Teller
05. Para
06. Algiers
07. Maybe On Monday
08. Puerto (4:24)
09. Better And Better
10. No Te Vayas
11. Hush
12. The Vanishing Mind

CD 2 – Spiritoso
01. Frontera/Trigger
02. Epic
03. The News About William
04. Black Heart
05. Minas De Cobre
06. Inspiracion
07. Two Silver Trees
08. Para
09. Quattro (World Drifts In)
10. Crystal Frontier
11. The Vanishing Mind
12. Fortune Teller

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Calexico – Algiers [Deluxe Edition] (2012)

Double gatefold digicase edition with bonus disc of live recordings with symphonic orchestras in Vienna and Potsdam** Everyone’s favourite desert-dwelling purveyors of lush Americana present their first new album proper in some four years with ‘Algiers’. The group originally wanted to record their latest LP in Europe, but living the country slow-life, as they do, they never got around to it and ended up in New Orleans. And that city’s influence is written deep into their sixth album, resulting a set of twelve worldly songs melding traces of country rock with deep-fried mariachi, twinges of bossa and the warm gulf currents of traditional Caribbean and Latin modes wafting in a certain sense of vintage Gallic charm. There’s a very good reason why the likes of Willie Nelson and Nancy Sinatra have worked with Calexico.

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