February 20, 2003

Test Spin: Calexico

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After listening to Calexico’s new album, Feast of Wire, I devised a little game to play with my fellow music geeks. I played two random tracks and asked whether they were both the same band. The results:

1. “Quattro (World Drifts In)” and “Crumble” — The pedal steel and front-porch strumming place the former somewhere between Memphis and Nashville, whereas the latter’s walking bass-line, swinging ride cymbal, punctuating trumpet, and smooth guitar beckon a junction of NYC ’50s be-bop,