Red Light Management


September 19, 2018

An album about crossing physical and metaphorical borders that has never been timelier: Calexico’s classic album The Black Light turns 20 this year. This limited 20th Anniversary Edition includes 11 bonus tracks, extensive liner notes (including insightful commentary from Joey Burns and John Convertino themselves), and alternative artwork by Victor Gastelum.
The Double LP vinyl versions (black vinyl, and limited edition clear vinyl) are pressed on heavy 180g vinyl and packaged in a gatefold cover with an embossed silver logo, a large format 8 page booklet, and a download coupon.
The Double CD version comes in a 3 panel digipak with a 24 page booklet.
Each of the above formats is also available in pre-order bundles with a limited edition Calexico The Black Light T-shirt.
I’ve enjoyed revisiting “The Black Light“ and finding old sketchbooks from 20 years ago. The room sound and space in the performances remind me of the wide open feeling I had when first arriving to Tucson in the early 90’s. It’s a beautiful snapshot in time and place, and filled with heart. I always wanted to build a thrift store orchestra and this is the closest John and I ever got. A lot of it was made up along the way by assembling an assortment of sounds that turned into songs; some of which we exchanged over short but sweet phone machine messages. We couldn’t have done it without both record labels who are still close friends of ours to this day or without the immense help from the extremely talented Victor Gastelum. The community that was so small back then still has that close connection and small-town vibe today. We couldn’t have made it all this way without the listeners and supporters of independent music. Thank you.
From the heart of the city
Joey Burns
Tucson, AZ
“The Black Light“ is one of my favorites, maybe even myMartinez’, it was a time of experimentation with a lot of new instruments and what we could do with more than just four or eight tracks. Listening back now, I hear a lot of patience in the mixing and structuring of the songs. We put in long nights in the studio trying lots of different things out. I’m very excited that it has a re-release moment, a chance to show Victor’s amazing art in a different color, new bonus tracks, Joey’s notes – which are a fascinating read – and commentary written by our long time friend Wyndham Wallace. I’m super grateful that there is still so much interest in the record, and the band after 20+ years.
John Convertino
El Paso, TX
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1. Gypsy’s Curse
2. Fake Fur
3. The Ride Pt.2
4. Where Water Flows
5. The Black Light
6. Sideshow
7. Chach
8. Missing
9. Minas De Cobre (For Better Metal)
10. Over Your Shoulder
11. Vinegaroon
12. Trigger
13. Sprawl
14. Stray
15. Old Man Waltz
16. Bloodflow
17. Frontera
1. El Morro
2. Man Goes Where Water Flows
3. Glowing Heart Of The World
4. Too Much Sprawl
5. Rollbar
6. Minas De Cobre (Extend-o-mix)
7. Minas De Cobre (Spatial Mix)
8. Minas De Cobre (Acoustic Mix)
9. Lacquer
10. Drape
11. Bag Of Death
9/22 Littleton, CO – On Tap with KBCO Live Music at Breckenridge Brewery
9/23 Boulder, CO – eTown Hall
10/20 Charlotte, NC – U.S. National Whitewater Center
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