On May 31st, the Space Shuttle Discovery took off toward the International Space station, carrying Commander Mark Kelly on his third flight into space. During shuttle flights, friends and family of astronauts are allowed to choose the music that is played to wake up the pilots from sleep in space. His wife, Gabrielle Giffords, a U.S. representative from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, has chosen songs to wake the crew on two days. One day will be the bugle call Kelly used to wake up to when he went to college at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the other – CALEXICO! Their song, “Crystal Frontier,” will be beamed into space, and waking up the astronauts! Come on – it’s pretty exciting. Read more about this story right here.
Our thoughts are with Kelly, Giffords, and all the rest of the astronauts and families for a safe mission and trip home – and thanks for the solar system shout out!
For more info about the mission, check this out.
So… if Martians and astronauts are going to get to hear “Crystal Frontier” for free, why not you, right? So, we’re pleased to offer up a free MP3 download of “Crystal Frontier” for the rest of the space mission, through landing day June 14.
You’ll be able to actually hear the astronauts waking up to Calexico on Flight Day 14, June 13, by checking out NASA TV live at around 3am EST (check your local provider). If you miss it, starting at 8pm every hour on the hour they run the highlights starting with the wake up song. Also, the whole thing is live on www.nasa.gov – just click on watch NASA TV live.
Special Thanks to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a big Calexico fan, and her husband, Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly for making this happen.
Two years after “Garden Ruin”, Calexico has returned and is offering up “Carried To Dust”, the new full-length record due September 9, 2008.
For “Carried To Dust”, Calexico co-founders Joey Burns and John Convertino called on a rotating cast of musicians and friends to help them create what is arguably their most varied and strongest work to date. The band lineup that solidified around “Feast of Wire” (Paul Niehaus, Jacob Valenzuela, Martin Wenk, Volker Zander) is back again, along with a number of guests, including Sam Beam, Douglas McCombs, and Pieta Brown.
This new record is a shining example of Calexico’s commitment to constantly molting and redefining who they are. A continued examination of their sources of inspiration, “Carried To Dust” is the next step in Calexico’s ongoing quest of moving forward while never turning its back on the past.
Along with extending the collaborative bridges with other artists, “Carried To Dust” also reflects Calexico’s amazing live shows, as well as underscoring the band’s restraint and beauty. A remarkably well-rounded album, “Carried To Dust” showcases every aspect of Calexico’s exceptional talents.
Calexico will be playing the following dates this summer and early fall:
June 20 – Southside Festival – Neuhausen O.E., Germany
June 22 – Hurricane Festival – Schessel, Germany
July 5 – Comerica City Fest – Detroit, MI July 6 – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON, Canada (w/ Wood Pigeon)
July 7 – Le National – Montreal, QC, Canada (w/ Wood Pigeon)
July 9 – Ottawa Blues Festival – Ottawa, ON, Canada
July 11 – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, MB, Canada
July 25 – Calgary Folk Festival – Calgary, Canada
July 27 – Robert Hawkins Amphitheatre – Reno, NV August 3 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
September 10 – Tripod – Dublin, Ireland (w/ Wood Pigeon)
September 11 – Queens Hall – Edinburgh, UK (w/ Wood Pigeon)
September 12 – Carling Academy – Oxford, UK (w/ Wood Pigeon)
September 13 – Leadmill – Sheffield, UK (w/ Wood Pigeon)
September 14 – End of the Road Festival – Dorset, UK
September 24 – Webster Hall – New York, NY (w/ Oakley Hall) TICKET LINK
September 25 – World Music Festival – Chicago, IL *FREE SHOW* (w/ Mariachi Luz de Luna and Salvador Duran)
September 26 – The Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA (w/ The Cave Singers) TICKET LINK
September 27 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR (w/ The Cave Singers) TICKET LINK
September 28 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA (w/ The Cave Singers) TICKET LINK
September 29 – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA (w/ the Cave Singers) TICKET LINK
October 9 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany (w/ Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar)
October 10 – E-Werk – Koln, Germany
October 11 – Forum – London, UK
October 13 – AB – Brussels, Belgium
October 14 – La Cigale – Paris, France
October 15 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 16 – Muffathalle – Munich, Germany
October 17 – Volkshaus – Zurich, Switzerland
October 18 – Rolling Stone – Milan, Italy
October 19 – Mousonturm – Frankfurt, Germany
October 21 – Gasometer – Vienna, Ausria (w/ Lambchop)
October 22 – Alter Schlachthof – Dresden, Germany
October 23 – Fabrik – Hamburg, Germany
October 24 – Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
October 25 – Nalen – Stockholm, Sweden
October 26 – Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway
Buy 2 Calexico 2008 calendars and get 1 FREE… while supplies last.
Since 1999 Calexico has been pressing and selling tour CDs exclusively at live shows and via the Calexico website. The CDs range from studio outtakes, to live recordings, to exclusive studio sessions, and consistently offer fans a unique perspective on the diversity and talent of Calexico. On December 4, 2007 Calexico is happy to make those tour releases available worldwide in MP3 form for the first time ever, via the store at www.casadecalexico.com and www.touchandgorecords.com, courtesy of the Touch and Go Digital Store.
You can also continue to buy the CDs at www.casadecalexico.com and from the band on tour.
For the month of December all Calexico store purchases over $100 USD will receive an automatic 10% discount. All items (except MP3’s) apply!
Calexico Calendars are now available for 2008! They make excellent holiday gifts.
2008 Calexico Calendar
Calendar image varies – if you order multiple calendars we will send different designs!
Please be aware – these are traditional Mexican Catholic calendars
Size: 27in x 11in
Enjoy all year long!
*Please Note: Calendars are shipped in a tube –
separate from other items ordered.
Multiple calendars will be shipped in one tube.
$10 US & Canada
A limited number of these incredible posters are now available! Each poster is hand-screened, signed by the artist and suitable for framing. All posters and calendars are shipped in a tube separate from other items ordered.
Poster by Judge
Limited Edition – Nov 3rd Bookmans Party in the Park concert poster
$24 US & Canada
Calexico are taking part in a special Bob Dylan tribute on November 7th at the Beacon Theatre in NYC as the Weinstein Company launches the new Todd Haynes film, “I’m Not There”.
Produced by Michael Dorf, Jim Dunbar and Randall Poster, the evening will feature many of the groups which performed on the soundtrack to the film including Sonic Youth, Catpower, Yo La Tengo, Mark Lanegan, John Doe and a number of other guest musicians. The evening will follow similar multi-artist tributes Michael Dorf has brought to NY in the past, but will include some of the actors and short clips from the film. Todd Haynes and other special guests will also be involved.
It will be an historic evening and will come 5 days before the New York release of the movie
JUST ANNOUNCED!! dates in Argentina and Chile, see tour page for details