Artist Profiles: Calexico

Calexico

Calexico is an influential band that plays border music, a mix of Tex-Mex and southwestern music, country and rock. Although the band founders, Joey Burns and John Convertino, originally met in California, Calexico was formed in Tucson, Arizona.

Each of their albums attracted attention, from their debut Spoke (1996) to The Black Light (1998), the breakthrough, mariachi-infused Hot Rail (2000), to their highly successful Feast of Wire (2003), that ventured into ambient electronica and Gil Evans influenced jazz.

In early 2004, Calexico released a live DVD, Calexico – World Drifts In, taken from a remarkable performance at the Barbican in London.

In 2006 Calexico released Garden Ruin, officially the band’s fifth album, aside from their numerous tour-only CDs. Written in Bisbee, Arizona; recorded in Tucson, Arizona; mixed in Brooklyn, New York; and mastered in California.

Discography

Spoke (Quarterstick Records, 1997)
The Black Light (Quarterstick Records, 1998)
Aerocalexico (1999)
Hot Rail (Quarterstick Records, 2000)
Feast of Wire (Quarterstick Records, 2003)
Convict Pool EP (Quarterstick Records, 2004)
Garden Ruin (Quarterstick Records, 2006)
Carried to Dust (Quarterstick Records, 2008)
Selections From Road Atlas 1998-2011 Quarterstick Records, 2011)
Algiers (Anti, 2012)
Spiritoso (2013)
Edge of the Sun (Anti, 2015)

Video

Calexico – World Drifts In, Live At The Barbican London (Quarter Stick)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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