INTRODUCING THE UNFAMILIAR

July 23, 2012 – 4:28 am

A quick one.

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CALEXICO (& The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg)
Algiers in Germany [no label, 1CD]

Live in Potsdam (Babelsberg) Germany, June 30, 2012. Broadcast by radioeins. Ex FM stereo.

These days bands not only have to be tenacious but have the stamina to go through long periods of drought before the harvest. Calexico are an American band with main members Joey Burns and John Convertino, who have been around since the mid-’90s, recorded eight albums and done session work for a number of indie heroes including Howie Gelb, Lisa Germano, Victoria Williams and others. Hopefully, they will break big with their eighth album, Algiers, due in September.

Currently in Europe, this radio show in Potsdam may be released in the future as a bonus live CD, which may explain the exceptional quality of this recording. The band are also performing in front of the Babelsberg Film Orchestra directed by Matt Dunkley.

Four new songs are introduced - Epic, the new single Para, The Vanishing Mind and Fortune Teller. If they sound “epic”, it’s because Calexico have hired an orchestra to give their Mexican-American flavored rock a huge lift. For the time being, the mariachis and the trumpets have faded in favor of the lush Hollywood sound and Joey Burns’ intimate vocals.

Calexico remain popular in Europe where their music is a reminder of the “new world” and the warmth of the old American west.

First shared at dime by volta. Thanks weebruce and erwe for the artwork; and volta for recording and sharing.
- The Little Chicken

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Track 01. (intro) (2.0MB)
Track 02. Frontera/Trigger (10.8MB)
Track 03. Epic* (7.4MB)
Track 04. The News About William (8.2MB)
Track 05. Black Heart (9.3MB)
Track 06. Minas de Cobre (6.4MB)
Track 07. Inspiracion (9.2MB)
Track 08. Two Silver Trees (8.6MB)
Track 09. Para* (6.5MB)
Track 10. Quattro (10.5MB)
Track 11. Crystal Frontier (15.2MB)
Track 12. (Solstice Of) The Vanishing Mind* (8.6MB)
Track 13. Fortune Teller* (8.6MB)
(TT: 69:52m)

*Studio versions of these songs found on the new Algiers album.

Calexico (likely lineup):
Joey Burns - vocals, guitar
John Convertino - drums, piano
Paul Niehaus - guitars
Jacob Valenzuela - trumpet, keyboards
Martin Wenk - trumpet
Volker Zander - standup bass

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  1. 19 Responses to “INTRODUCING THE UNFAMILIAR”

  2. Thanks for this, BigO. First live Calexico I’ve ever encountered. Burns and Convertino have a long history with several bands: Howe Gelb’s band Giant Sand, Friends of Dean Martinez, Calexico, and, with Gelb and Lisa Germano, OP8. If you like this be sure to check out the other bands I mentioned. Burns and Convertino aside, if you like desert music and want less vocals in your Southwestern soundscape, the instrumental bands Scenic and Lanterna are very good at painting a mental picture that puts you there.

    By aking on Jul 23, 2012

  3. i would have allowed this to go by but for aking’s posting. thanks to him i will now own it.
    incidentally.. aking i aking i have offered your bro all of the robert hunter albums and dennis locorriere ones i have gotten. i dont know if he has informed u or not or if u were interested in any of these. evidently these arent that easy to find. well the rh ones anyway. the 14 rh ones seem to be pretty damned difficult. i had no idea. when things are that hard to find i want them more than i did beforehand. haha. get in touch.

    By darth on Jul 23, 2012

  4. Darth - leave Robert Hunter alone. He’s done nothing to you.

    By Mirth on Jul 23, 2012

  5. aking: Calexico have a shit-ton of albums, many of them annual tour-only special releases. Some of them are all instrumental. Some are quiet, some are loud, some have the Mariachi sound, others are quite acoustic. This band is perhaps the only reason why I would like to live in Tucson, to see them live on their home turf with some frequency. But dig around, and you’ll find that instrumental stuff of theirs. (Also, check out their tunes on the ‘07 Dylan soundtrack ‘I’m Not There’. Great stuff.)

    By Rick on Jul 23, 2012

  6. …”when things are that hard to find i want them more than i did beforehand…”

    but I`ll never pay for a damn thing because it is what i do. steal.

    By matchdoctor on Jul 23, 2012

  7. Thanks, Rick
    I own albums by all the bands I mentioned, including Calexico, who in their early days had more instrumental songs than they do now. I’ll look into those special releases you mentioned. I’m pretty sure I saw “I’m Not There,” but I don’t have the soundtrack.

    By aking on Jul 24, 2012

  8. Here’s some great live music played by Calexico: http://archive.org/details/Calexico

    By Steve on Jul 24, 2012

  9. mirth.. i dont know what that means.
    match.. if theyre out of print and selling for $50-100 or more then theres no reason to pay that kind of money. the only one getting that money is the 2nd hand dealer. if i can dl it and own a copy of it which is all i care about then why not? the artist isnt losing anything. the album is out of print. when it goes up in price on the 2ndary market he isnt getting the exorbitant prices that they are going for. i doubt u are paying $100 for cds. dont attack me for not wanting to when u dont either. im not stealing.
    btw.. if it was in print..it wouldnt be that hard to find. put 2 and 2 together.

    By darth on Jul 24, 2012

  10. “im not stealing.”

    Really? Sounds like it to me.

    But thanks for finding another [to me] “unknown” worth hearing.

    You can always rely on Roio to come up with gems like these.

    Happy to have more legitimate Robert Hunter.

    By Michael Kenward (@michaelkenward) on Jul 24, 2012

  11. “put 2 and 2 together”

    stop telling me what to do

    By Mirth on Jul 24, 2012

  12. Darth -

    Did you ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?

    By Mirth on Jul 24, 2012

  13. aking,
    I might suggest Travelall. I have listened to most of these albums & EPs, and they are quite enjoyable, not in an in-your-face kind of way but in a mostly calming kind of way. Mostly.

    http://www.allmusic.com/artist/calexico-mn0000944293

    Rick

    By Rick on Jul 25, 2012

  14. michael.. what it sounds like to u doesnt necessarily mean it is. i have stolen nothing.
    mirth.. arent u telling me what to do when u tell me to ’stop telling me what to do’???
    i dont know what that means when u ask me about picking my feet in poughkeepsie.

    By darth on Jul 25, 2012

  15. Darth! you’re alive! banished from certain sites, but you’re alive! Remarkable.

    By The Lone Ranger on Jul 25, 2012

  16. he`s banished from more sites than anyone in internet history.

    By jack on Jul 25, 2012

  17. Thanks for this BigO.
    Can we have some Giant Sand.
    Please.

    By sking on Jul 25, 2012

  18. Thank you roio for presentating this great show in Postdam with orchestration

    By Herr Ärmel on Jul 25, 2012

  19. hey aking - check out the bonus disc on the new album, live summer ‘12, and very very tasty.

    By Rick on Sep 19, 2012

  20. Calexico are definitely one of the best live bands ever.

    By Walter on Sep 29, 2012

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