General Info

November 25th, 2006

Ca·le·xi·co (geographical name) from California and Mexico

1. City in the Sonoran desert, in California, U.S.A., bordering on Baja California, Mexico. Sister city to Mexicali in Mexico. Incorporated in 1908, population 18,633 (Census 1990), ZIP code 92231.

2. Rock band from Tucson, Arizona, which straddles the boundaries of modern independent rock and traditional Southwestern and Mexican music styles and which topicalizes the landscapes, lores and idiosyncrasies of the Sonoran desert and its inhabitants in their music. Incorporated in 1996 by Joey Burns (git, vox) and John Convertino (dr) as side project to –› Giant Sand, and joined on tours and other occasions by Martin Wenk (tr, vib, git, acc, etc.), Volker Zander (ac bass), Jacob Valenzuela (tr, vib, vox), Paul Niehaus (ped st) and an ever-evolving collective of friends and collaborators (see –› 106 Degrees of Calexico).

So·no·ra (geographical name) from Latin sonorus: producing sound, resonant

1. State and river in Northwest Mexico; city in California, U.S.A.

2. Politically divided, geologically indivisible and culturally intermingled desert area in Western North America, between U.S.A. (California and Arizona) and Mexico (Baja California and Sonora). Rich in history, geological formations and indigenous fauna and flora but also beset by heavy agricultural, industrial and military usage and by suburban sprawl.

Po·sa·da (noun) from Spanish posar: to lodge

1. An inn, a hostel, a place of hospitality.

2. José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913): Mexican printmaker, born in Aguascalientes, died in Mexico City. Famous for his calaveras (skeleton) engravings used in Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, November 1-2) celebrations, but also a prolific illustrator for newspapers and broadsheets depicting political, social and religious events. Politically engaged, Posada repeatedly got into trouble with the authorities for his unflattering and caricaturizing portraits of contemporary rulers. Forgotten by the time of his death, Posada’s legacy was restored by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and the Taller de Gráfica Popular, and he is now widely considered the forefather of modern Mexican art.

Lo·te·ría (noun) Spanish for lottery

1. Lottery in Spanish-speaking countries.

2. A game played in Mexico similar to bingo that uses monitos (pictorial cards) and tablas (picture boards). A caller draws monitos and announces them in the form of a rhyme or riddle, and players mark them on their tabla with tokens. The player who can first fill all fields on his or her tabla wins.

Ca·li·po·sa (name) from Calexico and Posada

1. An artificial word meaning nothing.

2. Web archive incorporated in 2002 to collect the setlists of Calexico live shows and the lyrics to Calexico songs.

Obtaining Live Shows etc.

1. Calexico has two live recordings available for purchase: Scraping, which contains tracks from three shows: San Francisco 2002, Tucson 2001 and Roskilde 2000; and World Drifts in, a DVD of the Barbican show in London from November 2002 with Mariachi Luz de Luna and Françoiz Breut.

2. A number of shows handpicked by the band and mastered by Calexico archivist Jim Blackwood are available for free download at‘s live music archive. You need broadband and the ability to convert shn files into wav files to download these shows. Info on shn can be found there as well. Also look out for shows by Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, the Nick Luca Trio, and other Tucson stalwarts.

3. If you’re interested in a recording of a particular show listed on Caliposa (or otherwise), or just generally interested in trading Calexico live shows, please sign up for and inquire at the Calexico mail list.

4. Under no circumstances buy or sell any live bootlegs that are not authorized by the band, meaning anything other than Scraping or World Drifts in.

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