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Calexico Has Our Song Of The Week As We Revisit 2013


Mountain Stage is revisiting some of our favorite episodes from our archives while we wait to record new shows for our listeners. This week we go back to one of the first shows of our 30th season back in January 2013.

Calexico’s core duo, Joey Burns and John Convertino, relocated to New Orleans with co-producer Craig Schumacher for the bulk of the recording sessions for Algiers, living and working in a converted church in the outskirts neighborhood for which the record is named. It was the first time the band recorded outside of their home state of Arizona since forming in 1996.

Our Song of the Week is a performance of “Splitter,” a hard-driving song that builds to a horn filled crescendo.

The Arizona-bred band released their ninth album, The Thread That Keeps Us, in January 2018 on the ANTI- label and they’re most recent collaboration with Iron & Wine is called Years to Burn.

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Artists join Larry Groce for one last song to end the show.

Hear the entire performance from Calexico, plus more from Canadian groove-folk outfit Bahamas, revered songsmith Bonnie “Prince” Billy, alt-rockers Camper Van Beethoven and UK pop singer Piney Gir, on this week’s classic episode of Mountain Stage. Listen on these stations starting this Friday, and be sure to follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more great music.