I'm Not There is a meta-biographical film re-imaging the life of Bob Dylan as portrayed by six different actors - Marcus Carl Franklin, Ben Whishaw, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, and Cate Blanchett - in six different phases of the artists life and career.
The 4LP I'm Not There set features songs from and inspired by this film. The new interpretations of Bob Dylan songs are performed by an eclectic cavalcade of acclaimed and celebrated contemporary musicians including Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Sonic Youth, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Jack Johnson, Sufjan Stevens, Mark Lanegan and many others!
Many of the album's performances include backing from The Million Dollar Bashers, an ensemble created especially for 'Im Not There' by Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, featuring Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, Television guitarist Tom Verlaine, Wilco bassist Nels Cline, guitarist Smokey Hormel, keyboardist John Medeski and long-time Bob Dylan band bassist Tony Garnier. Other tracks on the album feature the alternative-country band Calexico backing up artists.
I'm Not There includes two versions of the enigmatic title track, a new interpretation performed by Sonic Youth and the original Bob Dylan recording, a rare often-bootlegged outtake from "The Basement Tapes" sessions which has been unavailable on any official release for a long time.
1. Eddie Vedder & Million Dollar Bashers, The - All Along The Watchtower
2. Sonic Youth - I'm Not There
3. Jim James & Calexico - Goin' To Acapulco
4. Richie Havens - Tombstone Blues
5. Stephen Malkmus & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Ballad Of A Thin Man
6. Cat Power - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
7. John Doe - Pressing On
8. Yo La Tengo - Fourth Time Around
1. Iron & Whine & Calexico - Dark Eyes
2. Karen O & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Highway 61 Revisited
3. Roger Mcguinn & Calexico - One More Cup Of Coffee
4. Mason Jennings - The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
5. Los Lobos - Billy 1
6. Jeff Tweedy - Simple Twist Of Fate
7. Mark Lanegan - Man In The Long Black Coat
8. Willie Nelson & Calexico - Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
1. Mira Billotte - As I Went Out One Morning
2. Stephen Malkmus & Lee Ranaldo - Can't Leave Her Behind
3. Sufjan Stevens - Ring Them Bells
4. Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico - Just Like A Woman
5. Jack Johnson - Mama You've Been On My Mind / A Fraction Of Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie
6. Yo La Tengo - I Wanna Be Your Lover
7. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
8. Hold Steady, The - Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
9. Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
10. Black Keys, The - The Wicked Messenger
1. Tom Verlaine & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Cold Irons Bound
2. Mason Jennings - The Times They Are A Changin'
3. Stephen Malkmus & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Maggie's Farm
4. Marcus Carl Franklin - When The Ship Comes In
5. Bob Forrest - Moonshiner
6. John Doe - I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
7. Antony & The Johnsons - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
8. Bob Dylan With Band, The - I'm Not There
Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For
the better part of two decades, eight albums, and
countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and
John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with
their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles.
For Edge of the Sun, the band’s keyboardist, Sergio
Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain
songs, ultimately co-producing the album along
with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate
Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested
that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a
songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough
In view of the fresh creative perspective provided
by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its
previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun’s Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact
on the album. The writing here shows Burns and
Convertino’s ongoing pursuit of the profound melody,
creating music at once hauntingly accessible
and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including
Sam Beam of 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, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry
from its international roster. “Madrid, Nashville,
Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix,”
says Burns. “This album is about pushing through
the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had
that element of hope, going back and forth between
a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark
themes that I think we all share.”
1. Falling From The Sky
2. Bullets & Rocks
3. When The Angels Played
4. Tapping On The Line
5. Cumbia De Donde
6. Miles From The Sea
8. Beneath The City Of Dreams
9. Woodshed Waltz
10. Moon Never Rises
11. World Undone
12. Follow The River
Fire Records is proud to be reissuing the complete works of Rainer Ptacek, the phenomenal and much beloved slide guitarist from Tucson, Arizona, who originated Giant Sand's sound from the band's inception, as well as creating many remarkable recordings as a solo artist and with his own band, Das Combo, before succumbing to brain cancer on November 12, 1997.
The reissues start with The Inner Flame, a compilation of accomplished and remarkably diverse artists who were brought together to honor Rainer's inspirational work, featuring talents such as Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Emmylou Harris, Evan Dando, PJ Harvey, Victoria Williams, Vic Chesnutt, Jonathan Richman, Madeleine Peyroux and of course Giant Sand.
Originally released in 1997, the album was conceived as both a tribute and benefit album, with the proceeds going towards Ptacek's medical bills. Reissued now as a celebration of his remarkable life and extraordinary talent, extra tracks have been added by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Grandaddy, Chuck Prophet, John Wesley Harding and Calexico's Joey Burns & John Convertino.
"We offer up this new version to pay tribute and celebrate the man, the likes of whom I've yet to ever encounter again, and allowing a glimpse now of what he had done here on the planet and to share that embrace for ever having known him at all."
The best way here to sum up the man is perhaps by his own quote. Near the end, during his final interview, when asked the impossible question of what he thinks we are all doing here in this life, Rainer answered without hesitation: "to love away the pain."
2. I Want You
3. Being Followed Home
4. Master Of The Universe
5. Life Must Be So Wonderful
6. There's No Emotion
7. Anorexic Beauty
8. The Never Ending Story
9. Don't You Know
10. They Suffocate At Night
1. Little Girl (With Blue Eyes) (bonus)
2. Simultaneous (bonus)
3. Blue Glow (bonus)
4. The Will To Power (bonus)
5. Dogs Are Everywhere (bonus)
6. The Mark Of The Devil (bonus)
7. 97 Lovers (bonus)
8. Aborigine (bonus)
9. Goodnight (bonus)
10. Tunnel (bonus)
11. Manon (bonus)
22 years and 6 albums since forming as a band, Calexico's latest album "Algiers" is recognizably classic Calexico but their style has been revitalized and reborn by the experience of recording in New Orleans. Conscious of the cliches that can sometimes afflict acts working in a city with such a strong identity, band members Joey Burns, John Convertino and producer Craig Schumacher chose to avoid the bigger, better known studios in favor of a smaller, more intimate setting. The result of this decision is arguably the most exciting and accessible record Calexico have made.
Sinner in the Sea
Maybe on Monday
Better and Better
No Te Vayas
The Vanishing Mind
US only vinyl pressing of their 1998 album of noir-infused dramatic power! Fans of Calexico have already come to expect the unexpected from Tucson, Arizona residents Joey Burns and John Convertino. Calexico?s influences have traditionally come from sources as diverse as Portuguese Fado, 50?s jazz, Gypsy or Romany music and its offshoots, 60?s surf and twang - from Link Wray to Duane Eddy - to the spaghetti western epics of Ennio Morricone. Recorded at Wavelab Studio, Tucson AZ by Craig Schumacher and Nick Luca. For fans of Roots, Folk, Blues and Country.
The Ride (Part II)
Where the Water Flows
The Black Light
Minas De Cobre (For Better Metal)
Over Your Shoulder
Old Man Waltz
There's always been intrigue and adventure at the heart of Calexico. Ever since they were a largely instrumental duo, Joey Burns and John Convertino have constantly imbued their music with an unparalleled sense of drama, calling upon the myths and iconography of the American West and its Spanish speaking neighbor Mexico. Equal parts Sergio Leone, Larry McMurty, Carlos Fuentes and Cormac McCarthy. Naming themselves after a town near the California/Mexico border in honor of this cultural melange, they've spent the eighteen years since they met in Los Angeles mapping out their musical territory.
For Carried To Dust, Calexico called on a rotating cast of musicians and friends to help them create what is arguably their most varied and strongest output to date. The band lineup that solidified around Feast of Wire (Burns, Convertino, Martin Wenk, Jacob Valenzuela, Paul Niehaus, Volker Zander) is back again, along with a number of guests including Sam Beam, Douglas McCombs and Pieta Brown.
The new record is a shining example of Calexico's commitment to constantly redefining exactly who they are. A continued examination of their sources of inspiration, Carried To Dust is the next step in Calexico's ongoing quest of moving forward while never turning its back on the past. A remarkably well-rounded album, Carried To Dust underscores the band's restraint and beauty while showcasing every aspect of the bands' exceptional talents.
1. Victor Jara's Hands
2. Two Silver Trees
3. The News About William
4. Sarabande in Pencil Form
5. Writer's Minor Holiday
6. Man Made Lake
8. House of Valparaiso
10. Bend To The Road
11. El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)
12. Fractured Air (Tornado Watch)
13. Falling From Sleeves
14. Red Blooms
15. Contention City
In November of 2011, Quarterstick Records released the limited edition box set Road Atlas 1998-2011, a collection of Calexico’s eight self-released tour albums in vinyl format for the first time ever (previously only available at Calexico’s live concerts as CDs). The box set also included a 40 page book of photos and notes as well as never before released bonus tracks encased in a screen printed slip case. As described by journalist Fred Mills, “you hold what the members of Calexico describe as their Road Atlas, and as a kind of alternate musical history of the band, it makes for quite a trip.”
Limited to 1,100 copies worldwide, the Road Atlas 1998-2011 box set sold out instantly and sent fans searching the internet and local record shops in hopes of acquiring a copy of their own. Now, in response to such high fan demand, Quarterstick is happy to announce the release of each of the eight individual tour albums. Each album includes a coupon for a MP3 download of the album and comes packaged in the same full color cover art and color inner sleeves as those in the box set.
Soundtrack for Aaron Schock's 2010 documentary film Circo set within a century-old traveling circus. Recorded by Chris Schultz at Casa de Calexico, Tucson, AZ. Mixed by Craig Schumacher and Chris Schultz at Wavelab Studio, Tucson, AZ. Mastered by Jim Blackwood at AZPM.
1. Gran Circo México
2. Casitas Mexicanas
4. Moisés En Cadenas
5. Dueto De Ivonne Y Tino
6. Los Que Se Quedan
8. Tiempo De Lluvia
9. Globo De La Muerte
11. El Escape Del Circo
12. Don Gilberto
13. Los Sueños De Tino
14. Vals Escrito A Mano
16. Doña Lupe
17. Cuerdas Astrales
18. Dueto De Ivonne Y Tino II
19. Entrenando A Los Tigres
20. La Carga Hace Andar Al Burro
21. La Familia Ponce
22. El Hervir Rojo
23. Amor Adolescente
24. La Cuerda Floja
25. Pulsadas En Los Semáforos
26. El Cementerio
27. Escrito En La Piedra
28. Mi Vida Y El Ci
Here with Feast of Wire, Calexico provides drama, atmosphere, tension and tenderness in this 15 track extravaganza. Their music is an intoxicating evocation of the mythology of the American Southwest. Seductive, stirring songs about crushed hope and the corruption of beauty melted together with some of their most ambitious arrangements to date.
Quattro (World Drifts In)
Not Even Stevie Nicks
The Book And The Canal
Attack El Robot! Attack!
Across The Wire
Whipping The Horse's Eyes
Calexico is a band from Tucson, Arizona that shares a sun-bleached border with many performers and musical styles. Comprised of two core members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico became its own entity in 1996 with the release of the Spoke LP. Although that record marked the band's first official output, Joey and John had already been playing together as collaborating members of Arizona mainstays Giant Sand. A wide variety of tours, performances (including the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals) and recording sessions as Calexico and with other artists (Neko Case, Victoria Williams, Richard Buckner), as well as their continuing relationship with Giant Sand, allowed the band the opportunity to develop as artists. Over time, Calexico has featured a revolving cast of musicians and instruments, and the band's sonic growth can be traced through its varied releases.
Yours and Mine
Panic Open String
Letter to Bowie Knife
Nom De Plume
All Systems Red
Three years ago, Iron And Wine's Sam Beam entertained the idea of recording with Calexico founding members Joey Burns and John Convertino as the backing band for what would have become his debut record. Due to unavoidable situations, that recording didn't happen. Finally, after much acclaim for both bands, recording for In The Reins took place in December of 2004. It's a collaborative affair that features seven Sam originals with the backing of the full Calexico band and vocals by Joey Burns. A truly harmonious affair with equal parts Iron and Wine and Calexico to satisfy fans of either or both. These tracks offer something new and exciting beyond what the listener has come to expect from either act.
1. He Lays In the Reins
2. Prison On Route 41
3. A History of Lovers
4. Red Dust
5. Sixteen, Maybe Left
6. Burn That Broken Bed
7. Dead Man's Will
Vinyl version of Calexico's debut album from 1997. First time on vinyl in North America.
Nearly ten years has passed since we embarked on these initial home recordings on our trusty 8 track reel to reel. These were the first experiments of writing and recording with the newly bought thrift store instrumentation featuring marimba, vibraphone, accordion, cello, mandolin as well as the respective drums, guitar and bass. The songs have a certain lean to them and we appreciated the unusual character that came from this session. We started off minimal and one by one started adding instruments, both John and I as we saw fit, or adding vocals when we needed storyline. Spoke has an organic feel to it. In addition to these songs there are field recordings and outgoing tape machine messages that help to paint the picture of crooked adobe walls and empty downtown streets of Tucson. There's an element of space on this album that unfolds nicely upon the ear and it evokes the kind of late night aesthetic that holds up well to this day.ö - Joey Burns
1. Low Expectations
2. Mind The Gap
7. Paper Route
9. Navy Cut
12. Point Vicente
14. Ice Cream Jeep
15. Wind Jammer
19. Stinging Nettle