C – Calexico
I grew up in a town that begins with the letter C. Sadly, it’s about as far removed (literally and geographically) from the splendidly-monikered portmanteau that is Calexico.
Their 2015 album “Edge of the Sun” was one of those great finds and after a bit more rummaging around on Youtube, I eagerly added it to the episode list.
It never ceases to amaze me how many bands there are out there working, playing live, touring, and making interesting, unique, and ultimately really good music. Especially ones that show up on Breaking Bad soundtracks or have covered The Clash (in English and Spanish). You know you’re onto something good.
“Falling From The Sky” reminded me a bit like the The Jayhawks in their pomp. Bright and breezy but with a cleverly layered sound that set them apart. From what I remember (OK I cheated. I looked up the notes I’d cobbled together for the show) they added vintage mellatron strings, trumpets, and some sweet, pedal steel guitar to the mix. Nice.
Calexico combine that really cool vibe with a diverse back catalogue that’ll more than likely (or hopefully) keep you amused.