February 16, 2014 – 5:04 am

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Hamburg 2003 [no label, 2CD]

Live in Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany; April 22, 2003. Excellent satellite broadcast.

While Joey Burns might have gotten his start with Giant Sand, he then moved on to Friends Of Dean Martinez before forming Calexico. The group’s Black Light album in 1988 was such a “visual” experience conjuring the desert of Arizona and northern Mexico that one tends to think of Tex-Mex and Americana while referring to Calexico. Some refer to the band simply as “indie-mariachi”. While HBO’s True Detective, with its southern-fried accent, being set in Louisiana and featuring the music of T-Bone Burnett, The Handsome Family and The 13th Floor Elevator, one wonders when Calexico will make an appearance.

To the question, “Do you feel restricted by people’s idea of Calexico as a South-Western band?”, Joey Burns tells Uncut magazine: “Rare is the occasion where people really understand that this band started off encompassing many different world cultures. It really is an eclectic thing. When we played shows with Beirut and A Hawk and a Hacksaw, with their use of accordions, I felt such a connection with it, because we had started off with accordion polkas and waltzes. Both John [Convertino]’s dad and my grandfather played accordion, and passed their instruments on to us.”

John Convertino adds: “We have this regional quality to our music which caused writers and even our fans to lock us into this region, and the desert. But when you listen to the record [Garden Ruin, 2006] there’s a lot of references to the ocean. Both Joey and I grew up near to the ocean - he the Pacific and me the Atlantic. It’s just amazing when you get to the sea how that changes the way you think and feel about so many things. It’s interesting for a band that’s seemingly landlocked to the desert to have this feel coming across that’s really aquatic.

“Joey and I have a real similar background, growing up in the ’60s and having a lot of music in the house, but I think our parents are really connected to that Depression era. My grandfather was an Italian immigrant, and they didn’t have much money. I remember my dad telling the story of him playing the accordion and my grandfather passing the hat around. It’s romantic, but it’s really important to keep that spirit alive, that feeling where music is happening in the moment.”

Thanks to mjallen who recorded and shared the show at Dime. Thanks also to Rolf and Wolf.

DigiSat BC > HD > Digital Remastering > shn (no DAE)
Tracking and master by Rolf
Remastered by Wolf

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Disc 1
Track 101. Across The Wire 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 102. Gypsy’s Curse 6:39 (11.2MB)
Track 103. Sonic Wind 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 104. Not Even Stevie Nicks 2:41 (4.5MB)
Track 105. Frontera/Trigger 5:28 (9.2MB)
Track 106. Sunken Waltz 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 107. Spokes 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 108. El Picador 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 109. Jesus And Tequila 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 110. Bloodflow 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 111. Si tu disais 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 112. Stray 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 113. Woven Birds 4:01 (6.7MB)
57 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Quattro (World Drifts In) 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 202. Lost In Space 4:49 (8.1MB)
Track 203. Minas de Cobre 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 204. Corona 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 205. Guero Canelo 6:44 (11.3MB)
Track 206. Convict Pool 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 207.  Neon Golden/Ohio/Black Heart 6:06 (10.2MB)
Track 208. Dub Latina 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 209. Alone Again Or 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 210. Cancion del Mariachi 2:43 (4.6MB)
Track 211. Crumble* 5:34 (9.4MB)
Track 212. Crystal Frontier 7:44 (13.0MB)
59 mins

Joey Burns - v, g
John Covertino - dr
Paul Niehaus - pedal steel, g
Jacob Valenzuela - tr, vib, keyb, v
Martin Wenk - tr, vib, keyb, g
Volker Zander - b

Guest: Thomas Leboeg - synth *

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  1. 5 Responses to “CALEXICO - HAMBURG 2003”

  2. Aww, Thanks Big O. Love me some Calexico and the notes are interesting too in that I didn’t know so much about their roots and history, Giant Sand and liveing by the seaside(!?) and all

    All I know is I enjoy there multi-cultural roots and frankly any band who covers ‘Alone Again Or’ is all right with me!

    P.S ever any chance of finding any Arthur Lee and the fabulous Baby Lemonade?

    By swappers on Feb 16, 2014

  3. love the music
    hate the vocals.

    By Sir Gruntsforth Andhow on Feb 16, 2014

  4. i used to go to this site where they offered all the calexico music as it was released and then various performances and even other peoples music from time to time then suddenly the site got slower and slower and ultimately seems to have died. i tried to get them to wake up and keep going but for some reason they musta lost interest. i thought it was in fact run by people very closely related to the band themselves. it seemed for a while that many of the people involved on the site werent english speaking so that kinda changed my mind on who was running things. im glad u are offering this.

    By darth on Feb 17, 2014

  5. it seemed for a while that many of the people involved on the site werent english speaking so that kinda changed my mind on who was running things

    I`m sure they appreciated your jingoistic concerns .

    By Sir Gruntsforth Andhow on Feb 17, 2014

  6. I can’t download the files. Are unavailable

    By Joshua on Jul 29, 2019

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