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#MelbRecital Mixtape: Calexico

#MelbRecital Mixtape: Calexico

Joey Burns of rock outfit Calexico curates a playlist of songs he's listening to & loving right now

Fusing the dusty sounds of the American Southwest with spaghetti western soundtracks, Mexican mariachi themes, vintage surf music, cool jazz and a broad spectrum of Latin influences, Calexico make their way to Melbourne Recital Centre for two shows this January. Before they take the stage, Joey Burns, the band's lead singer and one half of Calexico's core, shares a playlist of songs he's listening to and loving right now.

"At home I listen to local community radio station and have been turned on to some new artists that I really love." Joey tells us more below.

Phoebe Bridgers: 'Killer'
Phoebe is a great songwriter and carved out scenarios and emotions that cut deep and go into the heart of life’s fragile moments. 

Rayland Baxter: '79 Shiny Revolvers' 
I hear a faint connection to Harry Nilsson when I listen to Rayland’s music and his sense of humor and style is a welcomed warm breeze in the current flow of songs and sounds. 

Rosalía: 'Malamente'
This is her second album which still showcases her amazing flamenco vocals paired with more experimental arrangements, beats and production as her first album. More great things to come from Rosalía. 

Kurt Vile: 'Check Baby' 
Not much music makes me feel like I’m sliding sideways but Kurt’s does and I’m down for the ride. 

La Misa Negra: 'Pistola'
We met this amazing group this past year at a tequila festival in California and I’ve been a big fan ever since. Great Latin rhythms and vocals to carry you the whole night through. 

Andrew Bird: 'Bloodless'
When I first heard this track I immediately fell in love with the groove and the room sound. Then the vocals came in talking about the state of things in this era of extremes. Great work from one of my favorite musicians. 


In 2018 Calexico released their ninth studio album The Threads That Keep Us. Check out NPR and Pitchfork's reviews here and here, and view their video for 'End Of The World With You' below.

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