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.

January 21st, 2009

Jan 20, 2009 : Barcelona, Spain

The Apolo Theatre

Today is an emotional one. Watching the events unfold in Washington DC from sunrise to afternoon from TV and computer. Loved Obama’s speech and the fact the sun was shining on the capitol. Everyone in the group is excited and ready to celebrate. What to play tonight? we start with “Gift X Change” which seems to set a meditative mood before the energy and dynamics build. The audience in Barcelona are very enthusiastic and listening to each phrase and line. Jairo of Depedro has a great set with several of Calexico members jumping in to back him up. Amparo Sanchez who was there in Madrid also adds some serious rockin’ to the set and helps elevate the whole place as she usually does. Many people on this whole tour of Spain have been so sweet to us and very appreciative of the concerts. I hope we can return soon. This is good soul food. Muchos Gracias!

January 20th, 2009

Jan 19, 2009 : Barcelona, Spain

Spent the evening at Amparo’s house with her family and friends. Home made dinner thanks to Francesco y Sergio, musica with Jairo, Jacob, John y Jordi. Beatiful casa Amparo, gracias! Now back at the hotel room and enjoying the media blitz on TVland before tomorrow’s inauguration of President Obama in Washington DC. Many people here in Europe are extremely excited and it is felt here on tour. Last night in Zaragosa someone handed us a sign that read “two days to go”. The shows so far have been amazing. Madrid, Vigo, San Sebastian…all amazing old theatres and crowds with inspiring energy/enthusiasm. Muchos gracias por todo. Tomorrow in Barcelona will certainly be an eventful evening. Apollo are you ready?

November 18th, 2008

On The Road

Calexico are on the road in the great US of A & Canada, and those in Philadelphia, PA got a special noontime treat last Friday, Calexico ‘Live at Lunch’ at WXPN’s World Cafe. It’s archived here and it sounds great.

You can also keep up with Calexico’s travel stories on their PASTE online tour diary. Check out their bonus stop over in the very special small town of Marfa, TX!

Lastly, the INSOUND 20 series is fantastic and is still for sale here.

November 6th, 2008

Calexico LIVE!

While off in Europe playing a slew of sold out dates earlier this fall, Calexico played the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and in typical fashion, they knocked it out of the park. Luckily, Fabchannel was there to document the whole show, which you can watch in stunning live video right here. (http://www.fabchannel.com/calexico_concert/) It’s well worth the time – trust us.

Now, after you watch that video, you’re definitely going to want to see Calexico live. Well, lucky for you, Calexico is hitting the road in the states starting Friday, November 7 in Austin, TX. They’ll be covering all sorts of ground, so make sure you get your tickets now. Fans know, especially if you just watched the Fabchannel video, that a Calexico show is not one to be missed.

Friday November 7 – Austin, TX – Antone’s *
Saturday November 8 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *
Sunday November 9 – St. Louis, MO – The Duck Room *
Monday November 10 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge *
Wednesday November 12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
Thursday November 13 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
Friday November 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts *
Saturday November 15 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall *
Sunday November 16 – Somerville, MA – Somerville Theater *
Monday November 17 – Montreal, QC – Le National +
Tuesday November 18 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre +
Thursday November 20 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom *
Friday November 21 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
Saturday November 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe *
Sunday November 23 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown ^
Monday November 24 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre #
Tuesday November 25 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre %

* with The Acorn
+ with Cuff the Duke
^ with Mal Madrigal
# with Gregory Alan Isakov
% with the Handsome Family

And, fresh from a December break, the band will head back to Europe for some very special shows:

Thursday, Jan 15. E- Madrid, Joy Eslava
Friday, Jan 16. E- Vigo, Centro Social Caixanova
Saturday, Jan 17. E- San Sebastián, Teatro Victoria Eugenia
Sunday, Jan 18. E- Zaragoza, Oasis
Tuesday, Jan 20. E- Barcelona, Apolo
Wednesday, Jan 21. F- Bordeaux, tba
Thursday, Jan 22. F-Lyon, Epicerie
Friday, Jan 23. I- Bologna, Estragon
Saturday, Jan 24 I- Torina Teatro Colosseo
Sunday, Jan 25. CH- Luzern, KKL (Luzerner Saal)
Tuesday, Jan 27. Ulm, Roxy
Wednesday, Jan 28. Leipzig, Conne Island
Thursday, Jan 29. A- Salzburg, Republicsaal (Szene)
Friday, Jan 30. A- Innsbruck, Treibhaus
Saturday, Jan 31. GR- Athens, Fuzz Club
Sunday, Feb 2. GR- Thessaloniki, Principal Club