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

February 2nd, 2007

Calexico on Late Night with Conan O’Brien – Feb 6

calexico and conanIn all of the preparations for leaving for NY this week we were asked yesterday if we could play Late Night with Conan O’Brien on February 6th prior to our Lincoln Center show on February 8th. We are all fans of the show and looking forward to hanging out a few extra days in NY. Thanks Conan! Paul Niehaus has performed on the show twice before with Lambchop and Vic Chesnutt recalling his meeting Larry King and Tim Robbins. Checking the NBC schedule it looks like we’ll be sharing the green room with Dr. Phil and the other mystery guest. I am thinking of writing out some horns parts for the Max Weinberg 7 and invite them to play with us. For sure Brooklyn’s virtuosic multi instrumental Rob Burger will be joining us on organ and we will try our best to coerce Conan to unwield his Fender Sratocaster. This is the first time we will be playing the show, Jim Pitt the talent and booking agent for the show has asked a few times in the past but our touring schedule has always prevented the opportunity. With a more open schedule this year we are all honored to be asked and to take part in one of our favorite late night TV shows.

-Joey Burns

February 2nd, 2007

American Songbook performance features special guests

As the week rapidly approaches anticipation builds for the upcoming show at the Lincoln Center February 8th as part of the American Songbook series.

calexicoWe are honored to be asked to take part in this tradition with fellow musicians like Sufjan Stevens, Stephen Merritt and Neko Case. What songs to perform and which covers to pull out are some of the questions floating
in our mind space and musical realm. The Allen Room looks like a beautiful space with good conjure complete with a massive glass backdrop unveiling the slow simmer glow of Manhattan’s skyline. I keep going back to earlier songs of ours like “Crooked Road and The Briar” and “Bloodflow” ones that have rarely been performed before as well as some cover songs by artists who have helped shape the eclectic side of the American Songbook such as David Hidalgo, Bob Dylan, Stephen Foster, Lalo Guerrero and Michael Hurley. We have two shows for two completely different sets of songs and tons of guests so the possibilities are endless which will no doubtedly be a lot of fun.

Joining us will be Johnny Contreras from Tucson’s Mariachi Luz de Luna playing vihuela, cuatro and vocals, Brooklyn’s own Rob Burger on piano and
accordion, and some of the members of indie-gypsy NY based band, Beirut (Jon Natchez-baritone and tenor sax, Kelly Pratt -trumpet and euphonium, Jason Poranski-ukuele and guitar, and Kristin Serrebee-violin.)

There are so many more friends and musicians we would love to invite to sit in with us this night, who knows maybe there will be more surprise guests, or maybe we should return to the NY area for a residency, something we’ve wanted to do for years.

January 24th, 2007

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook featuring Calexico

Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook returns for its ninth season celebrating the diversity and breadth of American popular song. For 18 nights of cabaret, folk, pop, country, rock, and bluegrass, the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards and today’s most dynamic contemporary songwriting. The 2006–2007 season will bring to The Allen Room stage some of today’s most gifted interpreters of song including Calexico! This season continues the tradition of presenting some of today’s most innovative singer-songwriters, from a variety of genres, who are expanding the American songbook in their own unique ways.


Thursday, February 8 (2 shows – 7:30pm & 9:30pm):

CALEXICO draws on influences as diverse as country, 50’s jazz, blues, rock, and even gypsy music, and Portuguese Fado, but you can also hear echoes of the indigenous music found around their home base in the American southwest. All of this lends an ecclectism to their driving indie-rock recordings, and it will surely be on display for their American Songbook double-bill debut.

In the intimate setting of The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located on the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center at Broadway and 60th St.

TICKETS for the general public can be purchased via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office beginning January 3, 2007.

Tickets are still available for the 7:30pm show HERE
Tickets are still available for the 9:30pm show HERE

January 24th, 2007

Japan #3

It’s Saturday, January 20th, 2007 and we all meet in the hotel cafe for breakfast. The mighty buffet has a selection of mostly western fare; scrambled eggs, rice, bacon, sausages, french fries, yogurt, muesli, french toast, hard boiled eggs, juice, soup, good coffee and espresso. However there are also some more Japanese selections like seaweed salad, miso soup and mackerel. The place reminds me of a French style cafe with octagonal tile floors and small tables.

Everyone is in good spirits as we pile into two very small vans with all of our gear and luggage. The drive today to Okayama is a long one, 5 hours. It doesn’t take long before we stop and try to rearrange the packing order, “stretch a leg” as Volker says. Paul’s new laptop has a camera with a house of mirrors function, so we wind up passing the hours making funny faces and photos that are later made into comics thanks to a new software program.

I shift over to the super cramped van with John and Sam. We try to read while swerving through mountainous highways dotted with a series of tunnels that make reading nearly impossible. We talk about the new Iron and Wine album which upon listen with computer and headphoniums sounds amazing. Both Paul and I played on a few tracks and the fully realized recordings are truly impressive. Sam really has a knack for not only delivering incredible vocals and harmonies, but also is bad, as in bad ass, at the building of rhythmic and melodic parts.

We arrive in Okayama to find the club John Bull is part of a boutique clothing and design store. It’s interesting to see how scenes in communities like this are coming together combining different avenues in art scenes, fashion and technology which reminds me of a shop in Paris called A.P.C. which sell blue jeans and have a record label and performance space. Like A.P.C. John Bull has a gallery and bar where they can have installations, have DJ’s and live music. We all have a great time here and the mood is high.

The people who work here are all very nice. They offer a spread of chips and salsa, sandwiches and drinks. We sound check and then head back to the hotel. Jetlag is kicking in strong. Sam, Sarah and I rehearse in their tiny little hotel room for a few songs before starting to get extremely drowsy.

Leaving the cocoon state is hard to do, but we manage and pull up to the club noticing there is a mobile hamburger/hot dog trailer parked out in front of the venue. Very Tucson. I wonder if they have green chili. We climb into the venue to catch the very exciting support band, Cyclops Marine Corps Band. They are a hearty bunch. Remind me of San Fransisco/Hamburg harbor hard core eccentrics.

Iron and Wine play mostly new tunes including one written a few days before at the airport. Some of the kids sit down on the clean wooden floor. The whole place is fairly new. Just built. Very modern and stylish. The night turns out to be one of the best Japanese shows ever. We are floating on a cloud of post-Lemurian Pacific Rim positive vibrations, either that or really good red wine and kitkats.

The night is full. Lots of the audience and staff want to say hey. I head back to the hotel and am asleep the instant my head hits the pillow. Tomorrow we venture to Kyoto for a day off…I dream about wandering through the temples and gardens there and becoming one
with the rake and broom. Zen Rock Gardeners.

-Joey Burns