Calexico

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

98-99 Road Map
New - LP - 127
Sealed 2011 First Vinyl Pressing From The Road Atlas 1998-2011 Box Set. more
Algiers
New - LP - 87208
Sealed 2012 Original. Includes CD Of Album. more
Algiers
New - LP - 87208
Sealed Latest Reissue. No Hype Sticker, Unable To Confirm If It Contains Copy Of The Album On CD. "Calexico Had Intended To Record The Follow-up To 2008's Gorgeous Carried To Dust Somewhere In Europe, But When Those Plans Fell Through, They Chose America's Most European City, New Orleans, As Their Destination. The Change Of Scenery Is Definitely Felt In Algiers, Named For The Neighborhood In Which They Set Up Shop. While Joey Burns And John Convertino Haven't Suddenly Thrown Cajun And Zydeco Into Their Repertoire, There's Still A Rich Stew (Or Should That Be Gumbo?) Of Sounds Here. Calexico Are Never Obvious, And Their Homage To The Big Easy Is Neither Grandiose Nor Simple; Instead, They Incorporate Subtle Hints Of The City's Storied Musical Heritage Into Their Own Distinctive Style. Algiers Is Bookended By Songs That Allude To "The House Of The Rising Sun" In Their Pedal Steel Melodies; Convertino Emphasizes The Jazz Side Of His Formidable Percussion Skills; And "No Te Vayas" Is A Fitting, And Dramatic, Tribute To New Orleans' Latin And Jazz Musical Roots. This Time, However, Calexico's Attitude, While Not Exactly Boisterous, Is A Lot Less Studied And Restrained Than It Has Been In Years, Resulting In A More Down-to-earth Set Of Songs Than They've Delivered In Quite A While. "Splitter"'s Big Brass And Drums Make It Louder Than The Band's Past Few Albums Combined; "Sinner In The Sea" Strikes Sparks With Its Mix Of Blues And Latin Rhythms, Marking The First Time In A Long Time That Burns' Voice Has Risen Above A Whispery Croon; And While "Maybe On Monday"'s Bitter But Ambiguous Farewell To A Lover May Not Be A True Murder Ballad, It Has The Sharp Sting Of One. However, The Band Still Deals Largely In Shadows And Echoes, And Algiers Has Plenty Of Those. "Puerto" And The Title Track Feel Like They Could Be A Part Of Calexico's Catalog From Way Back When, While The Single "Para" Shows Off Their Eerie, Hypnotic Side And The Lovely Americana Pop Of "Fortune Teller" And "Hush" Recalls Garden Ruin's Folky Idylls. While These Tales Of People Trying To Escape Their Pasts Aren't Quite As Masterful As Carried To Dust, Algiers Has Some Great Songs And A Vitality That Calexico Should Try To Hang Onto In The Future." AMG Review By Heather Phares. more
Black Heart
New - LP - 20237
Sealed 2004 6 Song Mini LP Original. more
Black Light
New - LP - QS 52
Sealed 1998 Original. "Deeper And Richer Than Their Debut, Spoke, Calexico's Second Album Expands Upon The Sun-Baked, Cinematic Sound Of Before With The Addition Of Latin Jazz Rhythms, Mariachi Trumpets, And Pedal Steel; In And Of Themselves, The Group's Songs Are Not Exactly Compelling, But They're Produced With Such A Fine Sense Of Texture And Atmosphere That The Black Light Still Makes For Intriguing Listening." - AMG more
Black Light
Colored Vinyl - New - QS152LP-C1
Sealed 2018 180gm 2LP Clear Vinyl Embossed Gatefold Reissue With Obi. This Limited Edition Celebratory Anniversary Edition Includes All New Artwork By Victor Gastelum, Extensive Liner Notes, And 11 Bonus Tracks. more
Carried To Dust
New - LP - qs108
Sealed 2008 Original. "From Its Beautiful, Spray-painted Stencil Artwork (Courtesy Of Longtime Calexico Cover Artist Victor Gastelum) To The Sounds Within It, Carried To Dust Recalls Previous Calexico High Points Like The Black Light And, Especially, Feast Of Wire. Considering That Joey Burns And John Convertino Reunited With Many Of The Feast Of Wire Players For These Songs, The Similarities Shouldn't Come As A Surprise -- Nor Should Calexico's Skill At Revisiting Older Territory And Finding New Outcroppings In It. "Victor Jara's Hands," A Tribute To The Chilean Poet/musician/political Activist Who Was Murdered In 1973, Begins Carried To Dust In Quintessential Calexico Fashion With Intricate Rhythms From Convertino And Swells Of Mariachi Horns, But The Guest Vocals By Jairo Zavala Of The Spanish Band Depedro Add An Extra, Eloquent Depth. "El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)" Returns To The Rhythms And Melody Of The Black Light's "Trigger," But Transforms Them Into A Tense Spaghetti Western Theme. The Thoughtful, Whispery Pop Calexico Dove Into On Garden Ruin Also Gets Its Due Here; Unlike That Album, Which Was So Gentle That Its Charms Took Awhile To Unfold, Carried To Dust's Quiet Moments Are Often Just As Vivid As The Flamboyant Ones. "House Of Valparaiso," Which Features Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, "Writer's Minor Holiday"'s Twangy Pop, And "Slowness"'s Sweetly Ambling Country Duet Sound Even Brighter Next To "Inspiracion"'s En Espanol Lovelorn Drama Or "Two Silver Trees"' Gorgeously Shadowy Fusion Of Latin And Asian Elements -- Calexico Is One Of A Handful Of Groups That Would Think Of Combining Chinese Guizeng, Venezuelan Cuatro, And Omnichord On One Song And Make All Those Sounds Work Together In A Completely Natural Way. Carried To Dust Also Has Subtler Moments Of Innovation, Such As "Bend To The Road," Which Expands On Calexico's Southwestern Jazz Leanings, And "Contention City," A Collaboration With Tortoise's Doug Mccombs That Spins Toy Piano And Electronics Into A Haunting Finale. Carried To Dust Isn't Just One Of Calexico's Most Expansive Albums, It's Also Their Most Balanced, Channeling Their Experience And Potential Into A Subtly Dramatic, Chiaroscuro Tour De Force." AMG Review By Heather Phares. more
Descamino
New - LP - QS58
Sealed, Out Of Print 2000 Four-Track EP Vinyl-Only Release Of Mixes From "The Black Light" By Bundy K. Brown, Paul Of Lambchop And More. more
Descamino
Used - LP - QS58
This 2000 Four-Track EP Is A Vinyl-Only Release Of Mixes From The Black Light By Bundy K. Brown, Paul Of Lambchop And More. more
Edge Of The Sun
New - LP - 87380
Sealed 2015 180gm Original Featuring Guest Voclas From: Neko Case, Sam Beam (Iron & Wiine), Nick Urata (DeVotchKa), Gaby Moreno, Carla Morrison And Amparo Sanchez. Includes Free Download Card. Calexico's Follow-Up To 2012's Acclaimed Algiers, Edge Of The Sun Began With A Songwriting Retreat To The Historic Mexico City Borough Of Coyoacán. Working For The First Time With Mexican Collaborators, Calexico Expanded Their Horizons As The Guest List Grew To Include Musicians From A Myriad Of Backgrounds, Origins, And Genres, Including Sam Beam From Iron And Wine, Ben Bridwell From Band Of Horses, Nick Urata From Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, Multi-Instrumentalists From The Greek Band Takim, As Well As Neko Case. more
Edge Of The Sun
New - LP - 87380
Sealed 2015 180gm Original Featuring Guest Voclas From: Neko Case, Sam Beam (Iron & Wiine), Nick Urata (DeVotchKa), Gaby Moreno, Carla Morrison And Amparo Sanchez. Includes Free Download Card. Calexico's Follow-Up To 2012's Acclaimed Algiers, Edge Of The Sun Began With A Songwriting Retreat To The Historic Mexico City Borough Of Coyoacán. Working For The First Time With Mexican Collaborators, Calexico Expanded Their Horizons As The Guest List Grew To Include Musicians From A Myriad Of Backgrounds, Origins, And Genres, Including Sam Beam From Iron And Wine, Ben Bridwell From Band Of Horses, Nick Urata From Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, Multi-Instrumentalists From The Greek Band Takim, As Well As Neko Case. more
El Mirador
New - LP - 87909-1
Sealed 2022 Original Black Vinyl Versiojn. "During The Global Covid-19 Pandemic, Calexico Remained Busy, Issuing The 2020 Holiday Release Seasonal Shift And Working On El Mirador, Their Tenth Studio Album. Though Joey Burns And John Convertino No Longer Resided At The Band's Former Base Of Operations In Tuscon, Arizona, They Returned There To Record At Keyboardist Sergio Mendoza's Home Studio, And The Feeling Of Revisiting The Heart Of Their Music Resounds Through The Album. Frequently, El Mirador Feels Like A Summary Of Calexico's Core Strengths: The Slow Cumbia Of The Title Track Begins The Album With A Spooky And Playful Search For "That Buzzing In Your Corazon" That Calls To Mind The More Fantastical Style Of The Band's Early Days, A Feeling Cemented By The Warm Vocals Of Longtime Friend And Collaborator Gaby Moreno. "Turquoise," A Noir-ish Interlude With A Fabulous Trumpet Solo, Is A Welcome Reminder That An Instrumental From A Band With This Much Musical Firepower Could Never Be Filler. They Lend Some Of This Drama To The Smoldering Finale "Caldera," Which Along With "Rancho Azul" Delivers The Kind Of Character Sketch That Calexico Does So Well. It Only Makes Sense That Their Homecoming Would Extend To Praise For The People As Well As The Place That Made Them Who They Are, And They Express That Gratitude In Songs Ranging From The Communal Vocals Of "Liberada" To "Constellation," Which Traces The Connections Between People Over Winding Guitars And Flares Of Brass. The Pandemic Moved Calexico To Celebrate All The Good Things In Life, And This Celebration Includes The Latin Influences On Their Music. They Lay Down An Irresistible Groove With "Cumbia Del Polvo," One Of El Mirador's Highlights; Another, "The El Burro Song," Paints A Picture Of A Non-stop Fiesta With Joyous Trumpets And Merry Strings. While This Festive Tone Unites El Mirador, There's Also An Underlying Tension That Speaks To Calexico's Awareness That Blurring Boundaries Isn't Always Easy. Another Close Friend And Contributor, Depedro's Jairo Zavala, Appears On "Cumbia Peninsula," Which Describes A Place Where "Truth Is Taken Out Back And Beaten To A Pulp," While Burns Expresses This Unfairness More Literally On "El Paso": “fighting For A Border/that’s Hard To Understand/and Harder To Find/than The Truth In This Land.” This Kind Of Poetic, Complex Yet Approachable Music Is Pure Calexico -- Though They've Branched Out Over The Years With Plenty Of Success, El Mirador Shows Their Roots Are As Strong As Ever." AMG Review By Heather Phares. more
Feast Of Wire
New - LP - QS 78
Sealed 2003 2LP Original. more
Garden Ruin
New - LP - qs97
Sealed, 2006 Limited Edition LP. Includes A Coupon For A Free Download Of The Entire Album In MP3 Format. more
Garden Ruin
New - LP - qs97
Sealed, 2006 Limited Edition LP. Includes A Coupon For A Free Download Of The Entire Album In MP3 Format. more
Hot Rail
New - LP - QS 62
Sealed, Long Out Of Print 2000 Original. more
Scraping
New - LP - QS 130
Sealed, Out Of Print, 2002 2LP Original. more
Spiritoso
New - LP - 87260
Sealed, Numbered, Limited Edition 2013 Record Store Day Exclusive Gatefold With Custom Hype Sticker On Shrink. Includes CD Version Of The Album. “As The Healthy Number Of Live Albums In The Band's Discography Attests, Calexico Are Always A Solidly Entertaining Live Act And No Stranger To Documenting Their Performances. Still, Spiritoso Is Special Enough That The Group Made It A Record Store Day Exclusive For Its Original Release. Documenting German Performances With The Radio Symphonieorchester Wien And Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, The Album Boasts A Well-Chosen Set List Drawing From Algiers, Their Most Recent Album At The Time, As Well As 1998's The Black Light, 2003's Feast Of Wire, And 2008's Carried To Dust (They Even Perform "Crystal Frontier," A Hard-To-Find Track First Issued On The European Version Of Their Underappreciated Third Album, The Hot Rail). Hearing Calexico Perform Songs From A Large Portion Of Their Career Allows Their Strengths To Come To The Fore, And Spiritoso's Highlights Make The Most Of The Drama That Their Music Has Had Since The Beginning.” – Heather Phares, AMG more
Spoke
New - LP - QS51
Sealed 2009 Reissue. Their Debut Album Housed In A Gatefold Jacket with MPS download hype sticker. more

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