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Spoke

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01
Low Expectations
2:36  
02
Mind the Gap
0:52  
03
Mazurra
1:46  
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Sanchez
3:18  
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Haul
1:21  
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Slag
2:28  
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Paper Route
2:00  
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Glimpse
2:39  
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Navy Cut
0:29  
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Spokes
3:37  
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Scout
2:09  
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Point Vicente
3:56  
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Wash
2:35  
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Ice Cream Jeep
0:30  
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Windjammer
2:38  
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Mazurka
1:19  
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Removed
3:51  
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Hitch
2:53  
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Stinging Nettle
3:40  
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Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 44:37

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Flashes of genius

jtap66

Calexico's first album. It's a bit rougher and rambles some, but it still shows (many) flashes of genius. No Calexico collection is complete without it. What are you waiting for?

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fuck yeah, Calexico

akole822

Put on your best pair of attitude boots (not the hoochie kind) and follow the sunset.

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An impulse purchase that has paid off!

Tucsondeadhead

I was in the Zia Records at El Rancho Center some 9 years ago and came across Spoke. I was aware of Giant Sand, and wondered how John and Joey would do music-wise outside the shadow of Howe Gelb. No offense, anyone, but it turns out Calexico has turned out to be better than Giant Sand! Spoke has a spacey quirkiness that I've come to love over the years, and Calexico's every CD and EP has ended up being bought by me since spoke. Calexico is the second-best thing to come out of Tucson! No, no. 1 is not Linda Ronstandt (sorry, Linda), it's the green corn tamales from Lerua's on Broadway. The tamales are sweet and the taste lingers long afterwards -- just like the music on Spoke and Calexico's other releases. Classic stuff.

They Say All Music Guide

The back cover photo of Spoke is a furrowing farm machine, and in the context of this recording, one might imagine clouds of birds following the machinery to eat up the disturbed insects. Calexico snatch up the bits of Americana turned out by a rototilling of the national music psyche. The 19 resultant tracks can be small as insects (the shortest being half a minute in length) and erratic in flight; there are lo-fi songs and themes that proceed without concern for what came before. One bit is held up by guitar, another by accordion, then one by vibes. A bit of desert dust sprinkled throughout may be the only constant theme — a Santa Fe rummage sale of sounds. Spoke is very intriguing and well worth exploring. – Tom Schulte

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