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November 14, 2008
Calexico at World Cafe Live

Calexico joins us for a Free At Noon Show on November 14 from World Cafe Live. A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

Calexico For Calexico, a mariachi-folk-indie band from Arizona, the cliche holds true: change is a constant. Since the band's formation by Joey Burns and John Convertino and the production of their self-titled album Spoke in 1996, changes in name, approach, and contributing musicians are evident in their EPs, compilations, and especially in their five previous studio LPs.

However, Carried to Dust, the band's sixth and latest release, has been given solid reviews across the board for its perceived return to the band's older style—more emotional and raw than their some of their later releases. Still, Carried to Dust shows the regular moodiness and blended genres that are always present in the band's work, as well as some new and returning contributors: Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Pieta Brown, Doug McCombs of Tortoise, Amparo Sanchez, and Jairo Zava.

Carried to Dust was released in September of 2008. Notably, during the previous summer, one of Calexico's new songs from the album, "Crystal Frontier", was used in the morning to wake the astronauts on the Discovery space shuttle. Certainly appropriate for a band that is constantly pushing at its own musical edges throughout the years.

Website: casadecalexico.com
MySpace: myspace.com/casadecalexico
Recent Release: Carried to Dust
Release Date: September 9, 2008
Label: Touch and Go/Quarterstick
Origin: Tucson, Arizona
Song Clips:
Alone Again, Or
Quattro
Two Silver Trees



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