Calexico’s Record Store Day Vinyl LP Gets Digital Release


By Blurt Staff

Previously issued for a limited pressing on this year’s Record Store Day, Calexico’s Spiritoso is now being made available digitally starting June 11 via their label Anti-. It presents Calexico performing live in Germany backed by Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. The set features the Tucson band performing songs from their entire career including tracks from their latest record Algiers which Mojo pronounced “the album of their lives” and BLURT enthused, “No two songs are alike, yet all of the dozen here are interrelated in vestigial ways, lending it an uncommon weight and heft and rendering yet another sense of place for Calexico. That place is the ethereal America, the idealized America, the subliminal America, the aggregate America, and while it ultimately is yours to find (or overlook), Calexico’s steady musical hand will guide you.”

Of Spiritoso? In our roundup of Record Store Day must-owns, we wrote:

“This live symphonic recording reconfigures some of the Tucson band’s best material without sacrificing any of the original magic. Sometimes re-cutting tunes with an orchestra drains the mojo right out of ‘em, but not in this instance, as evidenced by the lump-in-throat majesty of “The News About William” and the emotional urgency of “Two Silver Trees.” It also makes you wonder why nobody ever thought of pairing up Mariachi horn players with symphony musicians before; it’s as simpatico a fit as I’ve heard all year.”

See below for the latest Calexico video, plus current tour dates, and meanwhile check out our recent interview with the band, “Why They Fight,” by longtime contributor John Schacht.



Calexico Live Dates:
Mon 6/3 Chicago, IL @ City Winery w/ Joe Pug
Tue 6/4 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Joe Pug
Thu 6/6 Tarrytown, NY @ The Tarrytown Music Hall w/ Arc Iris
Fri 6/7 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall w/ Arc Iris
Sat 6/8 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Café w/ Arc Iris
Sun 6/9 Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall @ Babeville w/ Depedro
Tue 6/11 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre w/ Depedro
Wed 6/12 Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club w/ Depedro
Thu 6/13 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue w/ The Sheepdogs & Depedro
Fri 6/14 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
Sat 6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! w/ Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble
Sun 6/16 New Haven, CT @ International Festival of Arts & Ideas w/ Susana Baca


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