The Missing Records Haul - Calexico -Hot Rail
As I fessed up when I featured Feast of Wire in my 50 Americana Albums You Should Hear Before You Die series that although I consider myself a fan I have long owned more burns than physical copies of their albums.
I've now gone a small way to redressing that balance by replacing my burn of Hot Rail with the real thing. From 2000 on Quarterstick Records it was the third album from the band led by Joey Burns and Jon Convertino the erstwhile rhythm section of Giant Sand. It is the one that precedes the masterpiece that is Feast of Wire
It ticks all the required Calexico boxes. Desert noir, traditional sounding Mexican grooves,mariachi, some crashing percussion and assorted squiggily noises.
Whereas they are great on record I must confess to having been extremely disappointed following the one time I saw them live at Glasgow's Carling Academy. It put me off them for a while but they are gradually sneaking back in there