Mexicali Loves Music: Iron Lion Zion Reggae Grooves

Ease into the beginning of your week on a daydream drift of dandelion fluff with the mellow reggae groove of this Iron Lion Zion #MusicMonday playlist!

(Mad props to Mexicali warehouse manager Jess for having terrific taste in music and putting this playlist together!)

Mexicali Loves Music: Dig Our Groovy Tuesday Playlist!

Rock your Tuesday with some seriously groovy tunes!

 

Mexicali Loves Music: Reflecting on our Summer of Concerts

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We’ve had a full and fabulous summer of marvelous adventures and magical music! Thanks to an awesome collaboration with Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion and the Maine State Pier, we were able to share our passionate love of live music by giving away over 200 free concert tickets! There’s not much better to do on a hazy summer night than rock out at an outdoor concert on the breeze-swept waterfront,and we are SO grateful for these two terrific venues and the amazing artists they host! Slightly Stoopid, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Hall & Oates. . . we were there rocking out with you at these shows and more, digging the melodies and the positive vibes of the concert community that forms at each show to embark on a sonic trip together.

Dark Star Orchestra rocked the Pier a couple of weeks ago with their fun and funky cover of an incendiary 1976 Grateful Dead show, and all those kind and joyous vibes we’ve been swimming in at each concert were gloriously and visibly abundant. Love was ALL around: for the music, for the people, for the magic of it all. . . and we’re so thrilled to have been a part of it!

We’d love to hear your summer concert memories, too! What live music have you experienced and loved most in the past few months?

“And the fields are full of dancing,
Full of singing and romancing–
The music never stopped!”

Music We Love: Putumayo World Music! PLUS Tuneful Travel Playlist

Travel around the world with Mexicali Blues and Putumayo!

A groovy playlist featuring cool & unique videos from the fantastic global musicians who do their tuneful thing on the awesome albums you can get right here: http://ow.ly/gZGHA

Music We Love: Hippie Tunes from Back in the Day! PLUS The Retro Rock Poster Playlist

Woodstock PosterIt’s no secret we love music at Mexicali, and we are always psyched to show that love in as many ways as possible!  Our retro concert posters are the ultimate awesome way to highlight your home with that tuneful vibe–each durable cardboard poster is a reproduction of an actual concert poster from back in the day!  From the Grateful Dead Prohibition Ball to Nirvana at the Roseland Ballroom, these posters are a retro-fabulous way to celebrate the best of bands and concerts that we’ve seen or wish we had!

Check out our sweet playlist of tunes by the bands featured on our concert posters; you just might discover something cool that you’ve never heard before!

Jerry Garcia: Happy Birthday! We still miss you!

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Jerry Garcia was an inimitable presence and amazing musician, with a voice and guitar style that stands out like no other–you hear just a couple of notes, and you know that’s Jerry playing!  Today, August 1st 2012, would have been his 70th birthday. Here’s a round-up of some cool stuff we’ve found in honor of the leader of the “heart of gold band!”.

Today (like most days) is a very good day to rock out to the Grateful Dead, so break out those old bootlegs and get your groove on!  We LOVE the Winterland Concert movie, and this version of “Eyes of the World” in particular:

Mexicali has a sweet reproduction poster from the last show played at the Winterland venue, as well as several fantastic Jerry t-shirts to add to your collection!

Check out this cool backstage pass from the 1983 show in Portland! The Grateful Dead performed many concerts at the Cumberland County Civic Center here in our favorite state.

5 Facts You Maybe Knew about Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead:

  • Jerry lost most of his middle finger when he was a young boy
  • The Steal Your Face logo (from the 1976 June album) has inspired many spinoffs; one of which is our officially licensed Steal Your State logo, which has the state of Maine in place of the lightening bolt. (Available exclusively here and here!)
  • Jerry chose the name Grateful Dead from a dictionary.
  • He is #13 on Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of 100 Greatest Guitar Players
  • Ben & Jerry’s #1 selling ice cream flavor, Cherry Garcia, is a tribute to the one and only Jerry Garcia!

On Friday, August 3rd there is a FREE webcast live from bandmate Bob Weir’s TRI Studios, with a growing lineup of musicians performing. Check it out here.

Remember the late Jerry Garcia today and all year long with any of our sweet Grateful Dead merchandise; don’t forget the baby!

Music Monday: Hanging Out with Young Jerry!

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It’s no secret that all of us at Mexicali love the Grateful Dead and their unimitable frontman, Jerry Garcia. Today we want to share with you a bunch of cool videos of Jerry from back in the day!

Here Jerry talks about the hippie culture of the 60’s at the Playboy Mansion, and joins the rest of the band to play “Mountains of the Moon”:

Here’s a rare clip of him jamming with friends at Woodstock in 1969:

In an interview, he describes what making music feels like for him:

Awesome clip of singing/jamming with Rick Danko, Janis Joplin, and more from the awesome documentary Festival Express :

Another clip from Festival Express; the Dead performing “Don’t Ease Me In”:

Some final words of wisdom from the man:

We miss you, Jerry!

Music Monday: Broken Bells

Broken Bells is the musical duo of Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and The Shins frontman James Mercer. They describe their music as “melodic, yet experimental” with Mercer’s distinctively earnest and melancholy voice given buoyancy by Danger Mouse’s catchy beats and sparkling arrangements. Broken Bells has just one self-titled album that just came out on March 9, 2010, and it is definitely worth your time to give these songs a listen!

Here’s a sweet video for “The Ghost Inside”:

Check out their debut single, “The High Road”:

Check out the Broken Bells website for tour dates, pictures, and an amazing interactive music video for another great song called “October”.

Music Monday: Music Movies You Should See

The nights are cooling and crab-apples are thunking to the ground; the first whispers of Fall are in the air. Now don’t get scared; it’s still summer! But it is good to be prepared, and since Winter in New England is what it is, it’s getting to be about time to restart your Netflix subscription or at least update that queue. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite music movies you should definitely consider watching!

Stop Making Sense (Talking Heads)
Stop Making Sense is one of the best concert films we’ve ever seen, with striking imagery and direction and a flawlessly energetic performance by a great band. The movie was filmed over three nights on the band’s 1983 “Speaking in Tongues” tour, but is edited together so well it forms a cohesive story-like structure like the best singular concert experience of your life.

A Hard Day’s Night (The Beatles)

Part concert film, part mockumentary, A Hard Day’s Night describes a couple of days in the lives of the group as they perform, deal with celebrity, and get into trouble. It’s funnier than you would expect it to be, and the Beatles are at their charming best. If you like the band at all and haven’t seen it yet, do it!

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Daniel Johnston)

Artist, singer, and songwriter Daniel Johnston has written some of the most strikingly honest and clever lyrics we’ve ever heard. This documentary explores the life and creativity of a fascinating character who dances on the edge of what we would call ‘sanity’ and creates amazing art because of it. Never heard of him? Watch it. You won’t forget.

Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones)

Created by the amazing documentary filmmaking team of Albert and David Maysles (also responsible for the awesome movies The Beatles: The First U.S. visit, Grey Gardens, and Salesman), this film explores Rolling stones 1969 tour, culminating in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. With a lot of great footage of the Rolling Stones seriously rocking it, behind-the-scenes insights into what it was like putting a free festival together, and an unbiased look at the sinister events that transpired as the show went on, this is as much an important cultural film as a musical one.

The Last Waltz (The Band, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Muddy Waters and many more)
The Last Waltz documents The Band’s performance at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom in 1976. They perfomed with a ton of awesome singers/musicians all in their prime with amazing energy and stage presence, sublimely directed Martin Scorcese. Is this the best concert film of all time, as has been stated by many? We’re not saying no!

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Anvil)

Anvil?! Who is Anvil? Exactly. All of the bands that performed at Japan’s Super Rock Festival in 1984 made it big (Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Whitesnake) except for this Canadian metal band. This documentary explores what it is like now for the once-promising band to continue trying to ‘make it’ as they deal with middle-aged life. It is hilarious, charming, and surprisingly moving. Even if you have absolutely no interest in heavy metal music as a genre, you will still fall absolutely in love with this movie. (We did!)

We hope you enjoyed our music movie roundup, although it was by no means comprehensive. We would love to know what your favorite music movies are!

Music Monday: Arcade Fire

The Arcade Fire hails from Montreal and are fronted by married couple Win Butler and Regine Chassagne with an oft changing cast of super-talented multi-instrumentalist collaborators singing and playing piano, violin, hurdy-gurdy, French horn, and more. Their music is indie rock with an epic sweep, filled with lush instrumentals and heavily layered harmonies.

They released a sweet self-titled EP in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2004 that the released the absolutely amazing Funeral, a solid and moving album that was lyrically and tonally influenced by the deaths that year of several of the band members’ relatives. This album managed to be both somber and uplifting, and was extremely well-received, both critically and commercially. Here is the official video for the first song off of that abum, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”:

In 2007, the band released Neon Bible which was also universally praised and definitely awesome. Here is the first single off that album, called “Intervention”:

Here is an amazing acoustic performance of the song “Neon Bible”, played in an elevator, using a ripping magazine for (surprisingly effective) percussion. This is one of our favorite performance videos ever:

They recently released their newest album, The Suburbs, and once again, we think they have created an awesome piece of art! Give a listen to the titular song here:

The Arcade Fire is currently on tour, and just played a couple of days ago (August 5) in Madison Square Garden, a show that was to be directed by Terry Gilliam. They streamed it live on Youtube and you can see the whole thing here. We really like the claymation/puppet promo video they made for the event:

Sweet! We love the Arcade Fire and hope you do too. Check out their website here for all kinds of fun things to hear and see!