Calexico Works On New Album

Arizona-based rock act Calexico is at work on its next studio album, which should be out in the spring of 2006 via Touch & Go. “We did some work here in Tucson earlier this summer,” group member Joey Burns tells “We’ll probably meet up again in August when we get back from doing European festivals.”

The group worked with producer J.D. Foster, who has worked with everyone from Dwight Yoakam and Marc Ribot to Nancy Sinatra and Alejandro Escovedo. Tracks being eyed for the set include “Bisbee Blue,” “All Systems Red,” “Deep Down” and “Lucky Dime.”

“The songs have that moodiness and ambience, but there’s also some more electric, rockin’ numbers,” Burns says of the new material, some of which Calexico will unveil during a spate of summer shows, which begin July 14 in New York.

The as-yet-untitled album will be the follow-up to 2003’s “Feast of Wire,” which debuted at a career-best No. 23 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart. An EP, “Convict Pool,” was issued last year, led by a cover of Love’s “Alone Again Or.”

“That cover worked out really well for us,” Burns says. “We were playing that song and covering it all last summer while [Love leader] Arthur [Lee] was touring with the Love reunion. We just kept missing each other, but we kept hearing reports of people who had seen him. We never ran into him. If he’s still living in Los Angeles, I’m sure we’ll cross paths at some point.”

In between the new Calexico album and a previously reported collaborative EP with Iron & Wine, Burns and drummer John Convertino have also contributed to singer/songwriter Neko Case’s upcoming Anti- album.

Here are Calexico’s tour dates:

July 14: New York (Castle Clinton/Battery Park)

July 16: Ottawa, Ontario (Cisco Systems Bluesfest)

July 17: Quebec City, Quebec (Festival D’Ete International)

July 20: Antwerp, Belgium (Rivierenhof)

July 21: Duisburg, Germany (World Games Plaza)

July 22: Lorrach, Germany (Marktplatz)

July 23: Jacetano, Spain (El Pireneus del Sur Festival)

July 27: Berlin (Popdeurope Festival)

July 28: Wien, Austria (Jazzfest)

July 29: Nurenberg, Germany (Bardentreffen)

July 30: Feldkirch, Austria (Poolbar Festival)

July 31: Roseto, Italy (Soundlab Festival)

Aug. 2: Alberobello, Italy (Experimenta Festival)

Aug. 3: Pula, Croatia (Open Air)

Aug. 5: Creete, Greece (Amphitheatre)


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