June 5th, 2007

Recording, resting and ready for more…

After an incredible time at New Orleans Jazz Fest we returned home inspired and wanting to make some new music. John and I went into Tucson’s Big Block Studio with engineer Mike Prado to record some new instrumentals for a tour cd we call “Tool Box”. The songs were written while tossing ideas around for a three day stretch and after we finished John suggesting asking Victor Gastelum if we could use one if his earlier works. So we called up Victor who said yes and also offered to help set the typography for the album artwork. The figure kind of has a tool box head which seems to fit our state of mind these days.

The instrumentation on the album features a wide range of instruments John and I have collected over the years including acoustic/electric guitars, drums, upright bass, cello, vibes, accordion, glockenspiel, cuatro, banjo and a new addition to the guitar collection, a waylacho from Mexico. For the recording process John and I ping-ponged parts and popped out the album in three days. We wanted to go back to basics and see what we could do with just a handful of instruments played between the two of us. It was fun and sounds good with lots of soundtrack worthy material and headphone friendly sounds for those who never leave home without their music bubble.

After recording we mixed the batch of tunes the next week with Craig Schumacher at Wavelab and mastered with Jim Blackwood at KUAT, all in all a speedy Tucson creation with much thanks to our Chicago pals Adam Reach and David Babbitt at Touch and Go Records.

We also ordered new calenders for 2008 and hope they’ll arrive before New Year’s Eve.

Tucson’s been beautiful. It’s great to be home and see the slow turning of Spring into Summer. We’ve been busy recording with a few friends both local and out of town as well as working on music for the Todd Haynes’ film “I’m Not There” about Bob Dylan. So far what we’ve seen of the film is really good, especially the parts featuring Cate Blanchett. A big thanks goes to music supervisor Randall Poster and Jim Dunbar for connecting us with the film.

Last week we played a benefit as a three piece (John, Jacob Valenzuela and I) for a local school, Gentle Hands, who help support families and kids in need of long term commitment and heartfelt care. An inspiring evening of good food and drinks, fancy dressed folks, and perfect summer evening temperature made this one of our favorite shows in a longtime not to mention the occasional horn blasts from the Santa Fe train in the distance.

We have a few weeks off before the European Summer tour begins. Time to work on some more new material and find some new cover songs for the tour. We’re all really looking forward to the trip since we’ve had a relaxing break at home. Hope to see you on tour.

Best wishes

April 24th, 2007

Summer/Fall 2008 Tour Dates Announced

Calexico announce their upcoming tour dates for 2008!

20 June – Southside Festival
22 June – Hurricane Festival
5 July – Comerica City Fest – Detroit, MI
6 July – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
7 July – Le National – Montreal, QUE
9 July – Ottawa Blues Festival – Ottawa, ON
11 July – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, MB
27 July – Robert Hawkins Amphitheatre – Reno, NV
3 August – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
10 September – Tripod – Dublin, Ireland
11 September – Queens Hall – Edinburgh, UK
12 September – Carling Academy – Oxford, UK
13 September – Leadmill – Sheffield, UK
14 September – End Of The Road Festival – Dorset, UK
25 September – World Music Festival 2008 – Chicago, IL
11 October – Forum – London, UK

April 7th, 2007

Calexico Concert – May 23rd – Tucson, Arizona

ariel benefit show
Mariachi Luz de Luna
Salvador Duran
Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School

Friday, May 23rd
Rialto Theatre
Tucson, Arizona

A benefit for Mariachi Aztlán and their trip to Washington DC on July 4 to represent Arizona in the National Independence Day Parade.

Advance tickets at Rialto Box Office or see links below.
$15 advance : $17 day of : $10 students
7pm doors, 8pm showtime

Ticket Links

Limited Reserved Balcony Seating Here
General Admission Floor Here

April 6th, 2007


jazzfest posterJazz fest is coming. Just spoke with writer and pianist, Noah Bonaparte Pias from the Gambit Weekly who was filling me in on the massive party that is Jazz fest. I counted 11 stages on the Jazz and Heritage website and was pleased to see a wide diversity of talent and music. Love the fact that it all started in 1970 when Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington among others were returning to the city of New Orleans. I think everyone should return this city to pay respect and continue the most rare and richest treasures our country has to offer, music for the soul.

-Joey Burns

March 19th, 2007

Salvador Duran CD available!


Salvador Duran -Solo Pasion
$16 US & Canada
$19 Worldwide

Available for a limited time in the Calexico store!

Born in Sonora, Mexico, musician and artist Salvador Duran has performed and toured with Calexico and was featured on ‘In The Reins’ EP with Iron & Wine.

Solo Pasion is Salvador’s first album and contains 14 tracks including some of his favorite classic Mexican and Latin American songs.

March 11th, 2007

Calexico ‘Javelina’ T-Shirt

Hey Ladies!

The Calexico Store has a limited quantity of Javelina shirts now available in size SMALL.

Calexico “Javelina” T-shirt
100% cotton, American Apparel
Womens style
Available in Small ONLY!
$20 US & Canada
$24 Worldwide

February 19th, 2007

Goin’ To The South Pacific

Today we embark on our second trip to New Zealand and Australia as Calexico. Gearing up for the long flight and friends have suggested all sorts of remedies for dealing with the jetlag and over-extended body crumple of being in a bucket seat. I will try them all and hope for the best.

I hear the first two shows, Wellington and Auckland, are almost sold out which is good news. Last time we played there was around 2003 when we released Feast of Wire and I remember the enthusiasm was especially noticeable from the shows. I remember the green hills and windy beaches of Wellington and the good friends we hung out with. I wonder if we will see fellow musicians, David Kilgour (The Clean), Robert Scott (The Bats) from Dunedin or Professor Graeme Downes (The Verlaines) and the lovely Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs) in Auckland.

in_nzJohn Convertino and I first toured New Zealand in 1997 with singer songwriter Barbara Manning where we played with the previously listed musicians and made an album altogether titled In New Zealand (The Communion Label). Barbara was so well planned that we got to enjoy many a sightseeing adventure including the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, the Kiwi Birdlife Park and the gorgeous coastline of Dunedin where we sampled the world famous Hokey Pokey ice cream (pronounced huggy puggy).

We will be thinking of Barbara and our european lighting engineer, James Murray, who was born and raised in Auckland. He is a huge fan of the All Blacks Rugby Team and their warm-up ritual Maori war dance called the Haka. Go James!

After New Zealand we head to Australia where I will be searching for some of those famous “Musk” flavored LifeSavers I heard about on today’s radio program Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Great gift to bring back home.

-Joey Burns