September 8th, 2008

Victor Gastelum Art Opening!

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July 31st, 2008

Insound Limited Edition Calexico design!

Calexico are part of a design project, Insound20, that online retailer Insound.com has developed in collaboration with award-winning designer Jason Munn of The Small Stakes. Munn created designs for Calexico, and 18 other bands (including Spoon, The National, Grizzly Bear, Beirut and more) that will be sold as limited edition t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and silk-screened posters. You can pre-order yours at www.insound.com/insound20.

Insound has also extended a coupon code for you to use and get 10% off your order. To utilize the discount in the next 30 days, you will need to insert one of the following codes at checkout while on Insound20 (depending on which item you purchase):

For Calexico, enter code: insound20clxco

Insound Calexico

June 12th, 2008

Calexico goes into SPACE!

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.

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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.

CLICK FOR FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD OF “CRYSTAL FRONTIER”

June 3rd, 2008

Carried To Dust

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