Monday 10 January 2022

CALEXICO - The KCRW Sessions (2008-18)


Ten years ago Calexico were featured on one of the very first posts I made to the blog on 11 January, 2012. Yes, we've been here that long! 

As I featured the earlier band from the Roskilde Festival.

That post is available here:

We now take a look at the latter band and this post gives you a flavour of the background behind each album, via the informative interviews. It includes the last three KCRW sessions that the band have performed. The period 2008-18 takes in four album releases but only the 'Algiers' album didn't have a promotional visit to the KCRW radio studios.

The four albums were Carried To Dust (2008), Algiers (2012), Edge of the Sun (2015) and The Thread That Keeps Us (2018)


CALEXICO - Live in Session on MBE KCRW FM

KCRW Radio FM Broadcast
Santa Monica, California.
Live in studio session at time of broadcast
Stereo Capture

Aired: Tuesday September 30, 2008

Tucson’s Calexico explore and expand the sound of the Southwest when they return to Morning Becomes Eclectic

01. intro
02. Two Silver Trees
03. Red Blooms
04. Inspiracion
05. Nic Interviews the band
06. The News About William
07. Slowness
08. Victor Jara's Hands
09. Writer's Minor Holiday
10. outro
The Band:
Joey Burns - Vocals, Guitar
John Convertino - Drums, Percussion
Paul Niehuas - Pedal Steel, Guitar
Jacob Valenzuela - Keys, Trumpet, Vibes, Vocals
Martin Wenk - Trumpet, Guitar, Vibes, Harmonica, Vocals
Volker Zander - Bass
Jairo Zavala - Guitar, Vocals

Lineage: FM> Onkyo HT-R520 > Analog Out > Sony RCD W500C  > Audio CDR.WAV > TSSTcorpCDDVDW SH-S202N > EAC > CD WAVE(Tracking-Flac.8)->





KCRW Radio FM Broadcast
Santa Monica, California.
Source: FM Broadcast
Aired: Tuesday January 15, 2013

Calexico has always had a distinctive Southwestern influence to their music, but their latest album was inspired by a stint in New Orleans. We hear the new songs live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

01. Intro
02. Splitter
03. talk
04. Dead Moon
05. talk
06. Maybe On Monday
07. Interview
08. Fortune Teller
09. talk
10. Puerto
11. talk
12. The Vanishing Mind
13. outro
14. Epic (incomplete-outro overlap)

Last song stepped on by DJ - As per usual

Lineage: FM > Onkyo HT-R520 > Analog Out (2 - RCA Mono Out) > 2 - 1/4 Inch Mono Phone Jacks In > Zoom H4n > r8Brain 24bit-96KHz - Dithered to 16bit-44KHz > CD WAVE Tracking > TLH Checksums Flac.8)

The Band:
John Convertino - Drums,
Joey Burns - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar,
Paul Niehaus - Pedal Steel, Electric Guitar,
Ryan Alfred - Upright, Electric Guitar,
Sergio Mendoza - Piano, Keys, Vocals,
Jacob Valenzuela - Trumpet, Vocals, Vibes,
Martin Wenk - Trumpet, Vocals, Keys, Baritone Guitar, Accordion




CALEXICO - Live In Session on MBE KCRW FM

KCRW Radio FM Broadcast
Santa Monica, California.
Source: FM Broadcast
Aired: June 4, 2018

Calexico returned to KCRW to promote their ninth studio album 'The Thread That Keeps Us'. The set included seven new album tracks ending with 'Stray' from 'The Black Light' album, recently re-issued as a 2 disc set, marking its 20th year anniversary of release. The final track is one of the best versions of the song I've heard. The band are still performing at the highest level artistically & musically. Be sure to check this one out, better still go see them live when you get the chance.

01. End Of The World With You
02. Under The Wheels
03. Unconditional Waltz
04. The Town & Miss Lorraine
05. Interview
06. Voices In The Field
07. Flores y Tamales
08. Music Box
09. Stray

FM Receiver -> CDRW700 -> EAC -> Soundforge -> FLAC


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