Calexico perform in The Current studio

Calexico perform the song, "Voices In The Field," from their 2018 album, "The Thread That Keeps Us," live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Calexico - The Town & Miss Lorraine (Live on The Current) 02:29
  • Calexico - Voices In The Field (Live on The Current) 04:20
  • Calexico - Under The Wheels (Live on The Current) 04:45

Critics writing favorably about Calexico's new album, The Thread That Keeps Us, use words like "freewheeling," "grit" and "aggression" to describe the music. "Because there's a couple guitars that have distortion, and we talked about it, and that's cool," explains Calexico frontman Joey Burns. "There's that element that's more prominent than ever before, if at all.

"We were just having fun, just messing around," Burns continues. "You go in [to the studio] and you want to try something new."

About five dates into their North American tour, Calexico — Burns, along with guitarists Connor Gallaher and Jairo Zavala; bassist Scott Colberg; brass and multi-instrumentalists Martin Wenk and Jacob Valenzuela; keyboardist Sergio Mendoza; and drummer John Convertino — are in town for a show at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis, but not before stopping at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia.

Much as the album has been described, today's conversation was also freewheeling, covering everything from Joey Burns' high school band names to his record collection to his fan letter to the Go-Go's. "It's really great chatting with you," Burns tells Lucia. "It's been a really casual and unusual interview, and so nice and refreshing for me!"

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete in-studio session, including the interview.

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Songs Performed


"The Town & Miss Lorraine"
"Voices In The Field"
"Under The Wheels"
All songs are from Calexico's 2018 album, The Thread That Keeps Us, available on Epitaph Records.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark and Brandon Smith
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources

Calexico - official site

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    Calexico perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Calexico perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Joey Burns of Calexico performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Joey Burns of Calexico performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Bassist Scott Colberg of Calexico performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Drummer John Convertino of Calexico performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Calexico perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jairo Zavala of Calexico in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Connor Gallaher of Calexico in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jacob Valenzuela of Calexico performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Connor Gallaher of Calexico in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Joey Burns of Calexico performs in The Current studio; keyboardist Sergio Mendoza is visible in the background. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Bassist Scott Colberg of Calexico performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Connor Gallaher and Jairo Zavala of Calexico perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sergio Mendoza and Joey Burns of Calexico perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Calexico perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Calexico perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Mary Lucia talks with Joey Burns of Calexico in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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