July 25th, 2009

Summer Update

Calexico at Benicassim 09

July 2009 European Tour went really well. No one got lost or left behind, stuck at any airports or gas stations. We were all really happy with the shows especially the collaborations with Vinicio Capossela, Lambchop, Chris Cacavas and Depedro. Italy was the biggest surprise with some of the most amazing venues; 8th Century Benedictine Abbey of St Mary in Sesto al Reghena and the Villa Arconati in Milano were sublime and left us speechless.

Best bands on the festival circuit goes out to The Notwist at Cactus Festival in Brugges, Portugal The Man in Feldkirch Austria’s Poolbar and TV on the Radio at Benicassim Festival in Spain. Best food hands down goes to Milano’s Arconati. One of the most impressive festivals was Duisburg’s Traumzeit set in a 19th Century factory compound beautifully converted into some of the most stunning visual settings we’ve seen.

The shows in Finland and Poland were also really special since we rarely, if ever, get to play there. On that note, we are all really looking forward to playing Budhapest and Tel Aviv in August. Thanks to all the people who came out, said hello at the merchandise stand and took photos. Here’s to a glorious end of July and see you all in August.


June 25th, 2009

Vinicio Capossela with Calexico

Hello everyone,

Here is a link to a clip of the song “La Faccia della Terra” by Vinicio Capossela featuring Calexico. It was recorded and filmed in Tucson at Wavelab studio.

We have two shows together starting next week, Roma July 1 and Venaria July 2. We will be playing songs together for example “Polpo” and “La Faccia della Terra” throughout the evening and should be a lot of fun with lots of surprises.

– Joey

Vinicio Capossela | Alive

June 18th, 2009

New Calexico Tour CD Now Available!

The past ten months of touring the new album ‘Carried To Dust’ has been filled with a lot of great shows and experiences. We’ve met a lot of folks, seen a lot of friends and there’s been a bunch of requests for some live recordings of the new material to be sold at our concerts. So, with the help of the staff at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels we recorded one of the best shows of the tour. Thanks to Peter Verstraelen, our Belgian Promoter, Staf Verbeek who recorded the show, Craig Schumacher who mixed the recording, Jim Blackwood who mastered it, David Babbitt who did the art layout, and Adam Reach who coordinated the assembly. Thanks, too for all of the musicians, guests, crew, friends and families who helped with making all of this possible.

The artwork is comprised of photos from the band’s first tour of Santiago de Chile and South America which influenced some of the songs on ‘Carried To Dust.’ We would love to return to South America as we’ve yet to play Brazil, Peru, Uruguay… heck, we haven’t even played Mexico yet. Hopefully we’ll find some folks to help us find some festivals or shows there. This upcoming Summer Tour finds us playing some new cities and countries; Poland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Israel and Finland which we’ve only played once. Thanks again to all of you for contributing your support of the music and live shows.


Calexico Live In Brussels

Ancienne Belgique – Live In Brussels (2008)
$18 US & Canada
$21 Worldwide

1. Bisbee Blue
2. Roka
3. Bend To The Road
4. El Gatillo
5. Two Silver Trees
6. Inspiracion
7. Minas De Cobre
8. Man Made Lake
9. Alone Again Or
10. Fractured Air
11. Red Blooms
12. Victor Jara’s Hands
13. Crystal Frontier
14. Crumble [Bonus Track]

For a taste of what you’ll hear on the CD check out these videos!
El Gatillo – Ancienne Belgique – Live In Brussels 2008
Fractured Air – Ancienne Belgique – Live In Brussels 2008
Inspiracion – Ancienne Belgique – Live In Brussels 2008
Red Blooms – Ancienne Belgique – Live In Brussels 2008

May 20th, 2009

Recent Calexico News

What’s been going on lately:

Calexico’s song “Black Heart” from album Feast of Wire (2003) has been used in the European trailer to the film Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard. Interesting note that the film is about the life and times of John Dillinger who at one point was captured in Tucson Arizona on January 25, 1934 thru a connection to a fire at the Hotel Congress where some of his gang were staying.

Burns writes, “We met Michael Mann while working on the film Collateral (2004) and he, along with music supervisor Vicky Hiatt, had a good sense of our music and all the various moods and colors it evokes. I learned a lot from being on the set and watching Michael, the cast and crew work. We put in some serious hours just to get a single shot done right. I appreciate that sense of focus and paying attention to detail. He inspired everyone to dig deep and give their best. Public Enemies comes at a fitting time. Johnny Depp playing a Depression era Robin Hood who robs from the rich, gives to the poor.”

John, Joey, Jacob have recorded tracks with Spanish singer/songwriter Amparo Sanchez as well as Danish pedal steel player Margethe Bjorklund at Wavelab Studio in Tucson AZ. Here’s a link to listen: http://www.myspace.com/amparotucsonhabana

Burns writes, “Amparo came to Tucson with a beautiful collection of songs after a breakup with her husband. She decided to end her project “Amparanoia” and record more minmal versions of her songs as Amparo Sanchez. She asked John Convertino and I to help back her up along with Spanish upright bass player Jordi Mestres and several guests, Jacob Valenzuela, Salvador Duran and Jairo Zavala. She has since then fallen in love and married a Cuban percussionist and has recorded several more songs in La Habana at the famous Egrem Studios including recording a duet with Omara Portuondo from the Buena Vista Social Club. I am sure this is going to be a great album. They plan on mixing in July and are currently looking for a label.”

Calexico have recorded and completely rewrote the music for a Chris Gaffney track for a tribute to the musician who passed away in 2008. A Man of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc Records). Burns offers,”We met Chris Gaffney with Dave Alvin in Boulder, Colorado. We shared a lot of similar aesthetics and musical background not to mention friends from Tucson. That night at the Boulder Theatre we performed a version of Bob Dylan’s “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)” with Dave and I trading verses and Chris playing button accordion. It was a special moment. Months later we heard the news of Chris coming down with liver cancer. John Convertino reached out to his family and the next thing we knew, he had passed away. It all seemed to happen quick. Mutual friend, Jeb Schoonover invited me over to his home in Tucson to listen to a bunch of Chris’ vinyl albums. I really liked the song “Artesia” which Dave Alvin covered and this tune called “Frank’s Tavern” about an old bar in South Tucson that Jeb and Chris frequented. I wanted to make the song our own musically and so wrote new music and melody with an arrangement that would fit our band. I really like the way this one turned out especially the way the accordion and pump organ are arranged. It’s our way of paying respect to Chris and his family.”
(note: it is the only Calexico track on that album)
Here’s a link to more info about Chris Gaffney and the album: http://www.helpgaff.com/

Calexico has recently played several major music festivals in the US including Coachella and Sasquatch. End of August the band will be playing the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, California.

Joey and John will be playing a few shows with Neko Case and the band will join them for more US shows with Andrew Bird… then it’s on to Europe for July and August tour dates. Visit the tour page for all the info!

May 10th, 2009

Vinyl Now Available!

A selection of albums are now available on 12″ vinyl including the following titles:

Carried To Dust
Garden Ruin
Feast of Wire
Hot Rail
Descamino EP
The Black Light

CLICK HERE to visit the STORE!

April 21st, 2009

Upcoming Calexico Tour Dates

Spring/Summer 2009

Date Venue City State / Country
June 15 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Atlanta Georgia
June 17 Sonar Baltimore Maryland
June 18 Radio City Music Hall New York City New York
June 19 Bank of America Pavilion Boston Massachusetts
June 20 Walker Art Center Minneapolis Minnesota
July 1 Ippodromo Le Capanelle Rome Italy
July 2 Reggia Venaria Reale Italy
July 3 Traumzeit Festival Duisburg Germany
July 4 Musiques en Stock Cluses France
July 5 Ruisrock Festival Turku Finland
July 7 Szczecin Music Fest Szczecin Poland
July 8 Zitadelle, Citadel Music Festival Berlin Germany
July 9 Muffathalle Munich Germany
July 10 Villa Arconati Festival Milan Italy
July 11 Wenkenpark Riehen Switzerland
July 12 Cactus Festival Brugge Belgium
July 14 Zeltival Karlsruhe Germany
July 15 Centralstation Darmstadt Germany
July 16 Piazza Castello Cortile Abbaziale Sesto al Reghena Italy
July 17 Nuke Festival Weisen Austria
July 18 Poolbar Festival Feldkirch Austria
July 19 Bennicassim Festival Spain
August 7 Big Chill Festival Eastnor Castle Deer Park UK
August 8 Nuits Secretes Aulonye Aimeries France
August 9 Heitere Open Air Zofingen Switzerland
August 11 Serenadenhof Nuremberg Germany
August 12 Sziget Festival Budapest Hungary
August 13 Rock Oz’Arenes Avenches Switzerland
August 14 Pavillon Hannover Germany
August 15 Way Out West Festival Goteborg Sweden
August 20 Den Atelier Luxembourg Luxembourg
August 22 Pstero Festival Trondheim Norway
August 23 Lowlands Festival Netherlands
August 28-30 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival San Francisco California Specific Performance Date TBA

April 11th, 2009

2009 Southwest Tour Poster

calexico sw tour poster
A limited number of these silkscreened posters are now available!
Design by Ryan Trayte, Hand-Pulled by Ironhorse Graphics

Calexico Southwest Tour Poster – April 2009 – Arizona/California/New Mexico
11″ wide x 17″ high

$25 US & Canada
$30 Worldwide

January 24th, 2009

Calexico Poster – Dec 29 : Tucson

Calexico KXCI

A limited number of these silkscreened posters are now available!

Calexico & Friends Poster – Dec 29, 2008 The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, Arizona
12″ wide x 18.5″ high

$25 US & Canada
$30 Worldwide