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?
Joey Burns featured on arte.tv
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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.
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 SebastiÃ¡n, 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
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NPR Music “Favorite Sessions”:
Calexico on Morning Becomes Eclectic, Sept 30, 2008:
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Recent Press Quotes:
“From opener ‘Victor Jara’s Hand’ to the sunset afterglow of ‘Contention City’, it’s an evocative soundscape.” – The Guardian (UK)
“The best damn thing you hear this year.” – Blurt
“A beauty from start to finish.” – Paste
“Joey Burns and John Convertino’s sonic translations of dust-caked mythologies and hostile sandscapes modernize and polish everyday narratives into gleaming vignettes… Bouncing from South American political icons to snowy Russian cities, Carried to Dust’s songs travel a trail that seems carved out of ancient echoes.” – Spin
“Restraint, skill, rage at injustice and sudden flowering into melody – it’s Calexico’s best formula.” – Dusted
“It may be the band’s best album. It’s an elegantly produced collection of songs, with some wonderfully haunting moments.” – NPR
The new record ‘Carried to Dust,‘ is now out in all territories, on Quarterstick in North America, City Slang in Europe, via Traffic in Japan, and on Spunk in Australia.
So the reviews have been stellar : Record of the month 4 stars (UNCUT), ‘an album of quiet authority and considerable beauty’ 4 stars (Time Out London), “this one is a beauty from start to finish” (Paste) “CALEXICO retrouve les grands espaces de la fiction dans un album lumineux, qui cristallise tous ses talents mÃ©lodiques”. Les Inrockuptibles, France (sound good to us!)
If you are as excited as we are, please check out the series of Calexico video shorts that NPR has posted on their All Songs Considered blog. There are more chapters to come in this love story to Tucson – stay tuned!