Calexico DVD ‘Drifts In’

Release Date: July 5th 2004

Following their hugely successful UK tour, including a sold out performance at the Royal Festival Hall, and the release of a remix EP, Black Heart, CALEXICO have announced details of the release of a live DVD. WORLD DRIFTS IN: LIVE AT THE BARBICAN, LONDON will be released on July 5th and features a total of twenty songs recorded during CALEXICO’s stunning performance at the Further Beyond Nashville festival at London’s Barbican Theatre. Recorded in November 2002, the ninety minute show features Joey Burns and John Convertino joined by their standard multinational line up, further boosted by the appearance of the legendary Mariachi Luz De Luna and one of the stars of the new wave of French Chanson, Françoiz Breut. The full tracklisting for the live portion of the DVD is as follows:


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    Wash – Sonic Wind – Sunken Waltz – The Ride (Pt 2) – Frontera/Trigger – Woven Birds – Not Even Stevie Nicks… – Black Heart – El Picador – Across The Wire – Quattro (World Drifts In) – Ballad Of Cable Hogue – Si Tu Disais – Stray – Cancion Del Mariachi – Corona – Close Behind – Aires Del Mayab – El Cascabel – Crystal Frontier

In addition, the DVD will also offer a selection of bonus features, including interviews with the band, Border Horse – a documentary about the making of the band’s last album Feast of Wire (filmed in and around Tucson, Arizona by Bill Carter) – Shot & Mounted, an on-the-road film diary made by the band’s visual technician James Murray (who has formerly designed lighting for My Bloody Valentine and Flaming Lips, amongst others), videos for The Black Light, Ballad Of Cable Hogue, Crystal Frontier, a documentary made by Joey Burns entitled The Soul of Mariachi, which features extensive interviews with members of the Mariachi Luz De Luna, and a short cartoon entitled El Kabong Rides Again, which features music by CALEXICO.

Word Bites

“‘Feast of Wire’ is a classic in modern American music and should be considered one of the great albums of this and any year.” – Straight No Chaser

“(Feast Of Wire is)… quite possibly the album of last year…” – DJ

“Ay Caramba! It’s the Tex Mex Radiohead…” – The Guardian Guide

The Album Leaf news

New album features collaborations with Sigur Ros, Mum and The Black Heart Procession

CITY SLANG RECORDS are stoked (at the very least) to announce the signing of THE ALBUM LEAF, whose new album IN A SAFE PLACE is scheduled for a July 26th release. THE ALBUM LEAF is Jimmy LaValle, described in the US press as a “sound scientist” on more than one occasion, and whose CV includes the acclaimed American instrumental act Tristeza, noise punks The Locust, and recent bass playing duties for cult act The Black Heart Procession.

Taking the name from a Chopin piece, THE ALBUM LEAF’s first album for City Slang is actually Lavalle’s third under the name. IN A SAFE PLACE is remarkable not only for its songs of frail beauty and glacial textures, but also for the cast list LaValle gathered together for the recordings. Members of Sigur Rós, Amina (Sigur Rós’ string section) and The Black Heart Procession all joined the multi-instrumentalist for the three months of recording which took place last year at Sundlaugin Studio, Sigur Rós’ famous studio just outside Rekyjavik in Iceland. Maria Sigfusdottir, formerly of Mum, also guests on the record. LaValle had previously toured with Sigur Rós during their first US tours, and eventually ended up joining them on stage during later tours. Later this year he will support Mum on their forthcoming US tour.

The album sees vocal duties undertaken by LaValle for the first time, while The Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins and Sigur Rós’ Jon Thor Birgisson also take lead vocals for a number of songs.

The full tracklisting is as follows:

    Window / On Your Way / Twentytwofourteen / The Outer Banks / Over The Pond / Another Day (Revised) / Streamside / Eastern Glow / Moss Mountain Town

A highly collectable limited edition 12″ sampler will be released in advance of the album containing On Your Way / Over The Pond / Moss Mountain Town. The release date will be announced shortly.

Keep an eye on www.thealbumleaf.com for news, streams, exclusive downloads etc over the coming weeks.

Pennywise Headline Deconstruction 2004 and join the bill for Download

Southern California’s quintessential punk rock band, PENNYWISE (Jim
Lindberg- Vocals, Fletcher Dragge – Guitar, Randy Bradbury- Bass, Byron McMackin- Drums), returned in 2003 with their 8th studio album – the stunning, “From The Ashes” that reiterates their position at the top of the punk rock food chain. “From the Ashes” is a fourteen-track onslaught that hits you square in the face and doesn”t let up.

Songs like “Waiting,” “Holiday in the Sun” (previously featured on Epitaph’s Punk O Rama 8 compilation CD) and “God Save the U.S.A.” display this band’s seasoned, politically-informed writing style that just keeps getting better with every album. Formed by guitarist Fletcher Dragge and late bassist Jason Thirsk in 1988, PENNYWISE rose to prominence in the midst of the mid-nineties punk revival. Offering an alternative to their grunge-addled peers, PENNYWISE deliver a positive transcendental message of self-reliance. “Our music exists solely to inspire people,” notes singer and chief lyricist Jim Lindberg. “We want people to hear our music and feel empowered by it.”

Armed with the same belief it held when they started, that punk music can change the world, PENNYWISE have created a punk classic known as “From The Ashes”. And, once again, just to clarify matters, PENNYWISE is not your average, ordinary punk band – try fucking extraordinary.

See the band live at this year’s Download and headlining at this year’s Deconstruction festival:

    05-Jun – Donnington, Download Festival
    06-Jun – London, Brixton Academy (with 1208, Beatsteaks and Pulley)

Book tickets through ticketmaster.co.uk