Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Blown away so far
So, Calexico. I started listening to Calexico many years ago while living in the Chicago area. About three years ago, I moved to Tucson where they are based. [As a side, John Coinman (Long Hot Night) is also from Tucson] I have had the chance to see them in concert at some very small venues many times since moving here. I love the texture of their songs. They have the ability to play many different styles so I felt that the three Calexico songs on this album were okay. The two founders of Calexico are Joey Burns and John Convertino. The dirty little secret of this November CD is that these two guys (and in some cases, others from the group) are involved in four of the other songs on this CD. They make one of the B’s and the C in the group ABBC, they are a part of the Giant Sand group that recorded “Shiver,” they played on Neko Case’s CD (recorded in Tucson), and they played in the Los Super Seven group on the latest CD and Joey Burns co-wrote “The El Burro Song.” Whew, I’m glad to get that off of my chest.
Even though you didn't intentionally give your mix a southwest theme it certainly has that nice feeling to it. Excellent job! I listened to it over and over again while cooking for a houseful over the Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for helping me through the prepping of many pounds of stuffing!
This made me laugh.
I love love love your cd. I listen to it all the time.
The nuts and bolts of compiling for me went as follows
went through itunes and pulled out every song I thought might work. this gave me (like jim said) days worth of songs. Then started editing out. Did not want to repeat but having just discovered eva cassidy and being totally mesmerized, I decided to go with two. Then it was hours of seeing how things matched up with one another, back to back. Flow was important and there was a lot of tweaking involved. I think Jim and I probably had what seemed like very similar approaches.
With that said, i still have jims cd in the stereo at work. It has amazing staying power and never seems to get old.