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* ''Edge of the Sun'' (2015)
* ''The Thread That Keeps Us'' (2018)
* ''Years to Burn'' (2019) (with Music/IronAndWine)


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The band's origins go back to 1990, when founding members Joey Burns and John Convertino met. Convertino was playing drums for Music/GiantSand, and Burns was studying music (and would subsequently join Giant Sand's rhythm section himself). In 1994, they decided to start a band on the side--Friends of Dean Martinez, a westerny-lounge collaboration with Bill Elm (of Naked Prey). Then in 1996, Burns and Convertino parted ways with Elm and began recording by themselves, first under the name Spoke, then renaming themselves Calexico.

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The band's origins go back to 1990, when founding members Joey Burns and John Convertino met. Convertino was playing drums for Music/GiantSand, Giant Sand, and Burns was studying music (and would subsequently join Giant Sand's rhythm section himself). In 1994, they decided to start a band on the side--Friends of Dean Martinez, a westerny-lounge collaboration with Bill Elm (of Naked Prey). Then in 1996, Burns and Convertino parted ways with Elm and began recording by themselves, first under the name Spoke, then renaming themselves Calexico.


* RearrangeTheSong: "Trigger" (from ''The Black Light'') started as a dark, stripped-down folk song. On ''Carried to Dust'', they rework it as an instrumental (reminiscent of the theme from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'') and rename it "El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)".

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* RearrangeTheSong: "Trigger" (from ''The Black Light'') started as a dark, stripped-down folk song. On ''Carried to Dust'', they rework it as an instrumental (reminiscent of the theme from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'') ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'') and rename it "El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)".


In addition to their original soundtrack work, Calexico's instrumental tracks are sometimes used as background music or interstitials on ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife''. Creator/CartoonNetwork fans may recognize their song "Minas de Cobre" from the WesternAnimation/CartoonNetworkGroovies short "[[QuickDrawMcGraw El Kabong]] Rides Again".

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In addition to their original soundtrack work, Calexico's instrumental tracks are sometimes used as background music or interstitials on ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife''. Creator/CartoonNetwork fans may recognize their song "Minas de Cobre" from the WesternAnimation/CartoonNetworkGroovies short "[[QuickDrawMcGraw "[[WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw El Kabong]] Rides Again".

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* TheCameo: Several artists from the indie rock, folk, and Latin music genres have cameoed on Calexico songs over the years. Taking this idea to the extreme, nearly every track on ''Edge of the Sun'' brings in a guest vocalist and/or instrumentalist.
** IronAndWine deserves a special mention for collaborating on an entire EP with Calexico, as well as a few of their album tracks.


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* ListingCities: "Cumbia de Donde", in keeping with its theme of a person not being from any singular place, lists a bunch of cities in Latin America and the southwestern part of the U.S. that the singer identifies as being from or headed to.


* RearrangeTheSong: "Trigger" (from ''The Black Light'') started as a dark, stripped-down folk song. On ''Carried to Dust'', they rework it as an instrumental (reminiscent of the theme from ''TheMagnificentSeven'') and rename it "El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)".

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* RearrangeTheSong: "Trigger" (from ''The Black Light'') started as a dark, stripped-down folk song. On ''Carried to Dust'', they rework it as an instrumental (reminiscent of the theme from ''TheMagnificentSeven'') ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'') and rename it "El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)".


* FlipFlopOfGod: The vinyl version of ''Feast of Wire'' can't make up its mind about several of the song titles. For example, the first song is "Sunken Waltz" on the back cover, but "Sunken World Waltz" on the disc label. The seventh song is "Close Behind" on the cover, but "Close Behind You" on the label. And the 14th song is "Whipping the Horse's Eyes" on the cover, but "Cello and Steel" on the label.


In addition to their original soundtrack work, Calexico's instrumental tracks are sometimes used as background music or interstitials on ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife''. Creator/CartoonNetwork fans may recognize their song "Minas de Cobre" from the CartoonNetworkGroovies short "[[QuickDrawMcGraw El Kabong]] Rides Again".

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In addition to their original soundtrack work, Calexico's instrumental tracks are sometimes used as background music or interstitials on ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife''. Creator/CartoonNetwork fans may recognize their song "Minas de Cobre" from the CartoonNetworkGroovies WesternAnimation/CartoonNetworkGroovies short "[[QuickDrawMcGraw El Kabong]] Rides Again".

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* BilingualBonus: Snippets of Spanish crop up in their lyrics from time to time. Occasionally an entire song will be sung in Spanish.


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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jacob Valenzuela takes over lead vocals on the Spanish-language songs "No Te Vayas" and "Inspiración" (the latter being a duet with Amparo Sanchez).

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* ChangedForTheVideo: "Minas de Cobre" was used for a Creator/CartoonNetwork Groovies short, "El Kabong Rides Again". Unlike the original version (from the album ''The Black Light''), this version had an extended intro with more acoustic guitars, and omitted the song's bridge entirely.


In addition to their original soundtrack work, Calexico's instrumental tracks are sometimes used as background music or interstitials on ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife''. Creator/CartoonNetwork fans may recognize their song "Minas de Cobre" from the short "[[QuickDrawMcGraw El Kabong]] Rides Again".

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In addition to their original soundtrack work, Calexico's instrumental tracks are sometimes used as background music or interstitials on ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife''. Creator/CartoonNetwork fans may recognize their song "Minas de Cobre" from the CartoonNetworkGroovies short "[[QuickDrawMcGraw El Kabong]] Rides Again".


** ''Ancienne Belgique: Live in Brussels'' (2008)

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** ''Ancienne Belgique: Live in Brussels'' tour CD (2008)




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** ''Spiritoso'' live album (2013)
** ''Ancienne Belgique Vol 2'' tour CD (2013)
** ''Maybe on Monday EP'' (2013)



* CoverAlbum: The ''Convict Pool EP'' is all cover songs.

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* TalkingToTheDead: "Maybe on Monday" has the speaker trying, and failing, to write to his beloved. The final line implies she's been dead all along. "I'll carry this song with me everyday / 'til I lie down at your side."


* BurnBabyBurn: "Maybe on Monday": "Carved into the bark a final love song / then I carried the words to the fire."



* FlipFlopOfGod: The vinyl version of ''Feast of Wire'' can't make up its mind about several of the song titles. For example, the first song is "Sunken Waltz" on the back cover, but "Sunken World Waltz" on the disc label. The seventh song is "Close Behind" on the cover, but "Close Behind You" on the label. And the 14th song is "Whipping the Horse's Eyes" on the cover, but "Cello and Steel" on the label.



* TheIllegal: "Across the Wire" seems to be about two Mexican brothers illegally crossing the border into the US. (Or maybe it's about them being turned away when they attempt to enter the country legally. It's pretty vague.)

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* HomemadeInventions: "Sunken Waltz" mentions Carpenter Mike, and "Puerto" mentions Rigo, both of who build flying machines in their garages.
* TheIllegal: "Across the Wire" seems to be about two Mexican brothers illegally crossing the border into the US. (Or maybe it's "Sinner in the Sea" is inspired by stories about them being turned away when they attempt Cubans using homemade boats to enter cross the country legally. It's pretty vague.)Gulf of Mexico.


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* MurderBallad: "Trigger", ending with the blunt lyrics, "And he shot every one."

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