June 1st, 2009

June 1, 2009

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…
03. Spokes
04. Man Made Lake
05. Bisbee Blue
05. Bend To The Road
06. Slowness or Quattro
07. Two Silver Trees
08. Fractured Air
09. Scout
+Slowness and Bend To The Road (w/ Craig Schumacher- harmonica) Denver
+In The Reins (with Jon Rauhouse – pedal steel) Salt Lake City and Tacoma

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 26th, 2009

Jan 24-26, 2009 : Torino, Luzern and Ulm

I sent some photos from Torino, Luzern and Ulm today to Josh at TGREC. Thanks Josh and Celia at casadecalexico.com for helping transfer the transmissions. Tour is going really well. Torino was a dream and a welcomed change from the chill of Bologna. Thanks to Francesco for being our guide to all that is beautiful about touring in Italia. Happy Birthday to Valentina P as well. Nice comments from the folks after the show and the dinner moments before at the ristorante across the street from the Teatro Colloseo was sublime. Spaghetti vongole, vino rosso, espresso…boom! Run back to the Teatro to play to an enthusiastic and warm audience.

Serious partying on the bus leaving Torino thanks to Oliver and Jelle’s bartending prowress. Slammer = vodka and champagne mixed spells disjointed dancing on the bus and queezy sleep across the border and into Switzerland. We survived and there are photos on Valerie’s camera. Should we post them?

Better stick to the lofi cell phone shots for now.

Luzern’s KKL Theatre is super modern and kickass. In the adjacent hall under the same roof Mischa Maisky is rehearsing a Haydn cello concerto with small ensemble. I am blown away and taken to a deeper level of inspiration. Later that day we rehearse with violinist, Anna-Sophie Mahler who we’ve been playing with in Europe for about ten years. She brings a whole different vibe to songs like “The News About William” and “Minas de Cobre”. John and I recently recorded some original material for a verison of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” that she is directing in Biel Switzerland (www.theater-biel.ch and www.theater-solothurn.ch). After the show Anna-Sophie and the whole cast present with us a gift of wine, cheese, olives, flowers as a thank you.

We arrive in cold, grey Ulm the next day. Time for laundry at the nearby washerei. Paul goes to the Apotheke for some supplies for Katja back home. Martin is on the street talking with his birthday gal Lena. Jelle rents a bike and rides of in search of crackers for our wine tasting night off. Patrick and I meet our friend Guni for espresso and pretzels. I sent some photos from the walk around town as the sun began to finally break from the clouds. We saw some old gates and buildings from the 1100’s and 1400’s. A man was taking his three greyhounds on a walk. There were decorations being hung for Mardi Gras. Tomorrow I will try to climb the gothic cathedral and get a bird’s eye view of what the legendary Schneider von Ulm might have seen. Apparently, recent scientists figured out that he would have succeeded in flying across the Donau if he had tried flying 200 meters south from his original point of departure.

wishing you all a safe flight
all those winged and webbed
a good night and sweet dream

January 24th, 2009

Jan 23, 2009 : Bologna, Italy

It´s cold outside. We are playing at Estragon outside of the city of Bologna. It´s even colder inside the industrial style hangar. Spirits are up. I stock up on vitamins and honey-lemon hot liquids. Seems like we are far away from everyone and everything. Where are we? Bologna? Italy? I think about the times when people ask us, what we see when we are on tour. I would love to have gone into town, but energy is low, and we are far from the city center. So we huddle round a spaceheater and do our best to stay warm. Hoping the show tonight brings some good kinetic energy and direction. Missing the old streets and small shops, ristorantes, cafes, etc. Jacob just sneezed himself awake. Jairo is waiting for a call from home to wish his son a Happy Birthday. John looks ready to connect with his Italian roots, Martin was online and is now missing, Volker on the bus? Paul is laying low. Late night show and hours to wait around. Best wishes to all.

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

January 23rd, 2009

Jan 22, 2009 : Lyon, France

Epicerie Moderne

I wake up late cuz I stay up late. Hard to roll to sleep when the bus drives off down the cobble stone. There’s movies in the upstairs lounge and drinks/food/discussion with the occasional DJ momento downstairs in the galley. Ray likes coffee at 3am. The chill settles in hard today in Lyon. Val, Jairo and I cab it into town for a look and walk around. We climb with the funiculaire to the top of the mountain overlooking the valley filled with buildings and the Rhone running through it all. Off in the distance the Alps pierce the low lying clouds with a touch of blue sky and shining mountaintop in the sun. It helps to get outside of the backstage. Seems like hours disappear easily there. It might snow tonight Ray says. I bundle up as best as I can and dig into to some rehearsing with band, “Cruel” and “Stray” are some of the cuts we run thru.

I sent some photos from my phone, sorry if they’re fogged or muddled. Must be my pockets full of dust and such that give the gloomy glow. Anyways I sent a photo of the Cathedrale de St Jean hi atop the hill overlooking the sprawl of Lyon, also sent an interior shot of a votive candle I lit for you all especially Jacob Jr, Maurio, y Juanito. Did I send the photo of the Salon du Thé? It was great. Simple and sweet. Chocolat eclaire and tarte de pomme. Merci beaux coups.

January 22nd, 2009

Jan 21, 2009 : Bordeaux, France

School of Rock Barbey

I know I know it’s a funny name for a rock club. Well, it is a school too. And they have a wicked UK red double decker bus for catering and the food was outta this world. Today feels like Monday after the big celebrations last night in Barcelona and watching/feeling the energy in Washington DC with Obama becoming our new President. People here are very proud of us. Feels good. Nice comments from lots of folks tonight and the air seemed much more relaxed. Now, can we repair relations with Cuba? I really wanna go sometime. Alright back to Bordeaux. The audience was so attentive and quiet that we were wondering if they were breathing or not. They were and gave us a wonderful welcome back. This place is special. Ever since we played here in 1998 at the famous 60’s club Le Jimmy’s we have had a strong connection. Tonight we played “Letter To Bowie Knife” and the folks dug it. The show end was one of my favs too “Red Blooms”. Loving the ambience more and more on these late nights in the Mediterranean. Merci Bordeaux.
ps. Really enjoyed singing “Deep Down” tonight as well.