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Exclusive Video: Calexico Play a Song from Their New Album

January 25th, 2013

Emblematic of the California border town from which they take their name, Calexico have long fused together Americana and Latin music to make their own unique sound. And while the group has recorded most of their albums in Tucson, Ariz., they decamped to New Orleans to craft Algiers, their seventh LP, which, according to the AV Club is filled with “strange, sad tales told as sparse vignettes.” Here, Calexico perform one of its singles, “Maybe on Monday,” in a Lower Manhattan studio for The Bowery Presents Live.

While the band plays an instrumental version of “Fortune Teller,” Calexico frontman Joey Burns discusses their writing process being backward, recording their new album in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, and that city’s connection to Havana. Watch the video: http://tbp.im/RXkWos. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to watch more performances and interviews like these, and the latest info on our next live-streaming show.


With a New Album, Calexico Play Webster Hall on Saturday

October 11th, 2012

Joey Burns (vocalist and guitarist) and John Convertino (drummer) have led the musical collective Calexico, based out of Tucson, Ariz., since 1996. Now a six-piece, alongside Paul Niehaus (guitarist), Jacob Valenzuela (multi-instrumentalist), Martin Wenk (multi-instrumentalist) and Volker Zander (bassist), they’ve expertly combined country and Latin music, often in songs about “dusty deserts and the loners that inhabit them.” But their seventh studio album, Algiers (stream it below), reflects the place it was recorded: the 17th Ward of New Orleans. When you think of NOLA music, Professor Longhair, Dr. John and the Meters come to mind, “But when you are there on Algiers Point or on the river or standing outside the chain link fence at Congo Square,” said Burns, “You go back across the water to Haiti, Cuba, Africa.” Of course, even with a new album based on different influences, as a touring band, Calexico (above, playing “Fortune Teller”) remain as tight as ever. See them on Saturday night at Webster Hall.