TOKYO IS DREAMING is “a rich and evocative tableau of life in the Japanese capital, set to a beguiling score by Calexico’s John Convertino. Taiwanese-born artist filmmaker Peter Chang’s portrait of the bustling metropolis offers a modern-day take on the City Symphonies that flourished in early 20th Century cinema with films such as ‘Man with a Movie Camera’. Like those earlier opuses, ‘Tokyo is Dreaming’ uses the camera to observe the beating heart(s) of urban life – work, travel, leisure but also alienation and homelessness – subtly drawing a map of the city in which quiet contemplation and frenetic activity overlap. The absence of dialogue, subtitles or voice-over narration encourages a total submersion in this life of the city – a bewildering and fascinating journey.” The official world premiere is on Saturday Sept 19 at the 2009 Berwick-Upon-Tweed Film & Media Festival in England. Here are links to the trailers… nice work John!
Dear friend to Calexico and “Carried To Dust” studio and live contributor, guitarist/singer Jairo Zavala, just released his first full-length album under the moniker DePedro. The album is also the first release of the National Geographic Music label…exciting!
AND, to the album link on iTunes
Check it out, we think you’ll really like it.
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.
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.
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.
Ancienne Belgique – Live In Brussels (2008)
$18 US & Canada
1. Bisbee Blue
3. Bend To The Road
4. El Gatillo
5. Two Silver Trees
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
John and I are here in Seattle enjoying a day off with our booking agent, Ali Hedrick and her family. The Neko Case tour has gotten off to a great start. All of the crowds have been very receptive to the two piece version. I wish we could do more dates as we’ve been having a blast hanging with Neko and the whole band and crew. The last time we did the two piece two was in 1998 opening for the Dirty Three across The States. There’s an openness with playing as a two piece that allows for room to improvise that feels really good. You learn to appreciate the space and elasticity of time with phrasing, segues and tempo. I feel like we are just now finding our sea legs and sadly the portion of dates is coming to an end this evening at the beautiful Pantages Theatre in Tacoma. John has been sitting on ‘Red Tide’ and I have been playing some 12 string acoustic guitar on ‘This Tornado Loves’ you every night. The visuals on this tour have been stellar and all coordinated by the lovely Kathleen Judge. Hey does everyone know that Neko deisgned all the t shirt art? I try to help Kelly at the end of every night at the merch booth. Jon Rauhouse designed the tractor shirt. All in all an amazing touring team and super fun to hang with.
I hope we can all meet up again on the road with band and crew again soon. Thanks to Neko, Amy Lombardi, Ali Hedrick, Kong, Kathleen, Tim, Shelley, Kelly, Barry, Tom V Ray, Paul Rigby, Kelly Hogan (come to record at Wavelab!!) and Jon Rauhouse.
p.s. Go Lakers!!
setlist for the neko dates
01. All The Pretty Horses
02. Not Even Stevie Nicks…
04. Man Made Lake
05. Bisbee Blue
05. Bend To The Road
06. Slowness or Quattro
07. Two Silver Trees
08. Fractured Air
+Slowness and Bend To The Road (w/ Craig Schumacher- harmonica) Denver
+In The Reins (with Jon Rauhouse – pedal steel) Salt Lake City and Tacoma
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 “SeÃ±or (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!
A selection of albums are now available on 12″ vinyl including the following titles:
Carried To Dust
Feast of Wire
The Black Light
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|Date||Venue||City||State / Country|
|June 15||Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center||Atlanta||Georgia|
|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 10||Villa Arconati Festival||Milan||Italy|
|July 12||Cactus Festival||Brugge||Belgium|
|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 12||Sziget Festival||Budapest||Hungary|
|August 13||Rock Oz’Arenes||Avenches||Switzerland|
|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|