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Calexico — Two Silver Trees
Album: Carried To Dust
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7.5

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Total ratings: 1920









Released: 2008
Length: 3:45
Plays (last 30 days): 2
There are code breakers with lines well tapped
Traces sweeping out across the static night
You are draped in white like the blossoms of the tree
Looking down a glass elevator
At your father signing the papers for
Two silver trees, two silver trees
Two worlds in need, two silver trees

Branches falling down
From sources underground
False identities
Stranded in each single seed

False sense of warning no poisoned cup
Just deception crawling up like a snake
Decay of the blossoms and roots well hacked
Spoil the hidden waters dying at the base of
Two silver trees, two silver trees
Two worlds in need, two silver trees

Branches falling down
From sources underground
False identities
Stranded in each single seed
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Calexico is the best, coolest songs, great guitar and and one of the best drummers for touch and accents. Seen them in concert a couple of times - and just as good live. Was scheduled to see  them again this summer...then COVID messed up my summer concert schedule 
One of my favorite bands ever. In the whole wide. World. For those who don’t get it.... I’m truly sorry. Thank RP for introducing me to this band. Probably the number 2 reason I am a monthly donor!! ❤️❤️❤️👏🏼👏🏼
I used to like Calexico.  Somehow now when I hear them I get an incredible anxious feeling and the hair stands up on the back of my neck.  I don't know why.  It's not bad music.  I just seem to react with a lot of anxiety.  Same thing has happened with Iron and Wine.  I used to like both of these, but now they're both instant PSD or I start to feel my stomach turn in knots.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Silverculture?

(Just testing to see if there are any forestry grads in the RP audience.)

The Silver Trees refer to cell phone towers.  


I here  "Song for you"  at begining (piano part). usajpl wrote:
Does anyone else hear Dancing Barefoot in the verse of this song? Maybe just up too late.
 

 Grammarcop wrote:

It's a play on words: Silviculture + Two Silver Trees = Silverculture.

My wife regularly tells me to stop making obscure jokes that other people will not understand or find funny just because I do. She's right as usual. 

Merci.  
 
Joli jeu de mots, as me say in french !
 gmichaelt wrote:

Without peeking, it's "silviculture". Peeked. Oh, boy! Right again. I'm a TESL grad, BTW.

 
It's a play on words: Silviculture + Two Silver Trees = Silverculture.

My wife regularly tells me to stop making obscure jokes that other people will not understand or find funny just because I do. She's right as usual. 

Merci.  
 Grammarcop wrote:
Silverculture?

(Just testing to see if there are any forestry grads in the RP audience.)
 
Without peeking, it's "silviculture". Peeked. Oh, boy! Right again. I'm a TESL grad, BTW.
 Avaless wrote:
Saw Calexico this year in Germany, great concert with Gaby Moreno as supporting act.
 
 
What you missed out on was their perfect rendition of Bowie's 'Five Years'!
Too much reverb
It's a challenge not to rate this a 10.  But I'm sure someone else will do it for me.
8->9, I keep hearing it, here on RP, at home because I bought the CD, and just the other day in a restaurant - and it keeps getting better. They were just here at Womad, but sadly I could not justify the trip between islands and $259 ticket. But one day I hope to hear it in person.


                                     Before we was met,  I didn't even know a GUI  from Thelonious.
                                             And my friend taught me what it means to be in her,
                                                 And to be with the best part of  her swansongs
                                                                   In the best of both worlds.
Saw Calexico this year in Germany, great concert with Gaby Moreno as supporting act.

Thank you Dortmund!!!

Holy Guacamole! Dortmund Konzert Haus was glorious. Thank you for the sold out show and Danke Schön für alles

 
 

 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
This is a great album overall- well worth the purchase

 
Agree—not to mention one of the coolest album title/covers I have seen in a while
Great version of this on Spiritoso.
 easmann wrote:

Yep, just across the border from its sister city in Mexico: Mexicali.

 
Indeed, as in Cal(iforniaM)exico and Mexi(co)cali(fornia).
Beautiful song.  Haven't caught all the lyrics yet.  I sent it to my twin daughters on their birthday. (just read the lyrics: very true to life)
This is a great album overall- well worth the purchase
very, very nice song!
Silverculture?

(Just testing to see if there are any forestry grads in the RP audience.)
Good Music
Does anyone else hear Dancing Barefoot in the verse of this song? Maybe just up too late.
         ..............fabulous song   {#Crown}    beautiful vocals too....
Yep

Yep 

 

Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

{#Heartkiss} ...........  "Outstanding"
 


 aspicer wrote:
What are the best Calexico albums for someone wanting more?! I expect this is one of them?

 
'Feast of Wire' and 'The Black Light'
 aspicer wrote:
What are the best Calexico albums for someone wanting more?! I expect this is one of them?

 
......... for me this is the best
{#Heartkiss} ...........  "Outstanding"
Maybe they should call themselves the Shells or Mobileyes.

 
lshinkawa wrote:
Good music, but a terrible name for a band.  Sounds like an oil company / gas station.

 


Sounds like the Cowboy Junkies...ZZZZZZZZ


 
gazinroze wrote:
I don't usually comment on stuff I dislike, but... Dull. Formulaic. Soulless.

 


nice {#Dance}
 dig wrote:


Hot Rail, Feast of Wire and this one. Also the DVD "Live at the Barbican" is awesome.

 

The new Algiers is very good also.
 aspicer wrote:
What are the best Calexico albums for someone wanting more?! I expect this is one of them?

 

Hot Rail, Feast of Wire and this one. Also the DVD "Live at the Barbican" is awesome.
What are the best Calexico albums for someone wanting more?! I expect this is one of them?
This is just very, very good.
very nice!
I fucking love Calexico!
 ick wrote:

Was Lindsay Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac at the time of Bare Trees?  I'm not sure he was even with the band then.

 
Lindsey Buckingham was not in Fleetwood Mac until a few year after "Bare Trees" was released.  Interesting connection made in that other post, though.
My favorite band,,,,new album due out early this Fall!!!!! preview:
https://stereogum.com/1107712/calexico-splitter-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
gazin you got up on the wrong side of the bed. On the other side you'll find the soul.{#Good-vibes}
Marvelous album. Listening to some of the songs, I had a feeling that I knew them for years.
Very nice!
I don't usually comment on stuff I dislike, but... Dull. Formulaic. Soulless.
Just (finally) picked up this album, Wonderful!
 Foot wrote:

Agreed, and no attempt to denigrate RP, and you're right, we all have our favorites.  But Calexico has never gotten 1% of the airplay of Foo Fighters, Led Zepp or any other band you can name.  I guess I just like something I can hear on RP that isn't (but they play just about everything) mainstream.

Yeah, give the Foo Fighters & Led Zepp a rest & more Calexico any day of the week...

 

 cohifi wrote:

Give RP some slack already.  They can't keep everyone happy all the time!  Hang in there.....We could do worse, believe it or not.

 
Yeah, give the Foo Fighters & Led Zepp a rest & more Calexico any day of the week...


 Bosami wrote:


It's actually a border town in your own sunny state of California.
 
duh
 lshinkawa wrote:
Good music, but a terrible name for a band.  Sounds like an oil company / gas station.
 

It's actually a border town in your own sunny state of California.
Good music, but a terrible name for a band.  Sounds like an oil company / gas station.
Really nice transition from Subterranean Homesick Alien.  But, Bill, you really need to get a life. Oh, wait ... this IS your life! :-)
Lucky, mine too, AMAP.

 Stingray wrote:
What are silver trees...?
 
According to Google, Silver Tree can be a resort in Aspen, an apartment complex in Atlanta, a video game company, a film producer from Petaluma, and those cheesy Christmas decorations made from aluminum.

As for trees covered in snow and ice, my skiing buddies and I call those things snow ghosts. 
 fingerpin wrote:



that was tough

 
Looks like right behind my house!!

RP introduced me to Calexico and I never looked back... {#Tongue}

Saw them perform live last March at WOMAD in Adelaide, Australia. Yes, I fought my way to the stage and it was well worth it. Quite an intense, spirited performance!! 
 Stingray wrote:
What are silver trees...?
 


that was tough

To the person who thought it was Lindsey Buckingham.
No, it was Danny Kirwan from 1972.
Bare Trees was one of their better albums.
What are silver trees...?
Anything Calexico...keep it coming!  This is when RP is at its best...


Twin Pines Mall from the movie Back to the Future.
Presumably they would be silverish during the winter. ;)  
thanks horstman for the connections
 Tjerome wrote:

Nice catch re: Patti Smith! Might be a nice segue.
 


 rbschader wrote:
I saw this group a few weeks ago.  Another band worthy of fighting the Belly Up crowd to get up close.  I will always see Calexico when they play in SoCal.
 
I was at that show as well....timed our "business trip" to coincide with the Belly Up concert. Always a great band live!

There is this brief moment at the beginning, which always reminds me of Summer in Siam.
This was the first of many bands that RP introduced me to. How lucky we are to have it.
I saw this group a few weeks ago.  Another band worthy of fighting the Belly Up crowd to get up close.  I will always see Calexico when they play in SoCal.
Really like these guys but I think the vocals are weak (just a matter of taste)
 Aud wrote:


But Bare Trees was before Lindsey joined the band....
  

Got me there. . .  I like Bob Welsh nearly almost as much. . . .was it before him??

 bindi wrote:


wow - I never made that connection.  I was a big Lindsey fan and now, a bigger Calexico fan.  They are similar - and quite emotionally believable.

Joey is good on guitar,      but Lindsey . . . . !

 

But Bare Trees was before Lindsey joined the band....
 AZ_Bear wrote:
This reminds me of early Fleetwood Mac, around the Bare Trees era. The lead singer's whispery voice sure sounds a lot like Lindsey Buckingham.
 

wow - I never made that connection.  I was a big Lindsey fan and now, a bigger Calexico fan.  They are similar - and quite emotionally believable.

Joey is good on guitar,      but Lindsey . . . . !


Not 365:65 - Best album of 2008: Carried to Dust by Calexico  by hebedesign
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hebe/

I rarely make lists of my favorite this and that. And we've already put 2008 a bit behind us. But while humming and whisteling along to Calexico´s "Carried to Dust" album yesterday I thought "Damn, this was definitely my best musical buy in 2008!"

We also went to a Calexico concert last year, and it was amazing!



 tutakea wrote:
yeah it´s a nice song, but as with everything played too often: too much is too much. give this a little rotation-pause, pls!
 
Give RP some slack already.  They can't keep everyone happy all the time!  Hang in there.....We could do worse, believe it or not.

yeah it´s a nice song, but as with everything played too often: too much is too much. give this a little rotation-pause, pls!
 ick wrote:

Was Lindsay Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac at the time of Bare Trees?  I'm not sure he was even with the band then.

 

Ick...you're right on..he wasn't! {#Tongue}
 AZ_Bear wrote:
This reminds me of early Fleetwood Mac, around the Bare Trees era. The lead singer's whispery voice sure sounds a lot like Lindsey Buckingham.
 
Was Lindsay Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac at the time of Bare Trees?  I'm not sure he was even with the band then.

reminds me of the devil
This reminds me of early Fleetwood Mac, around the Bare Trees era. The lead singer's whispery voice sure sounds a lot like Lindsey Buckingham.
 horstman wrote:
I'm hearing a lot of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" in this, especially the refrain. It's still a great, catchy tune. And there is a lot of Iron and Wine Influence here. Got pick this one up.
 
Nice catch re: Patti Smith! Might be a nice segue.

Love Calexico.
 crockydile wrote:
Is this about Numenor and Minis Tirith? {#Ask}
 
Wouldn't that be "Two White Trees"?
 

 Bosami wrote:
Awesome song - and the album cover art is pretty cool too.
 
I have to agree..
They came to Omaha last year...   to the Slow Down...  played this one...   amazing show...  amazing night... 
Is this about Numenor and Minis Tirith? {#Ask}
Awesome song - and the album cover art is pretty cool too.
damn you spanish-eyed goddess...
 oppositelock wrote:
Like this.  Someone needs to upload Calexico doing Ocean of Noise.  It is a better version then Arcade Fire.
 
 
Ah, I was wondering why that melody sounded familiar. Thanks for the tip . . .

I saw these guys when the rolled into Omaha last year...  great band and put on a great show...  played this one, too...  thanks for taking me back to the moment..
Played too often.
another band, along with "built to spill" that I'm glad you play a lot because i've always wanted to hear more. this song's alright (not my favorite of theirs.)
Like this.  Someone needs to upload Calexico doing Ocean of Noise.  It is a better version then Arcade Fire.
Intervention  
 WonderLizard wrote:
Calexico - Two Silver Trees
The Shins - A Comet Appears
The Wailin' Jennys - Arlington

A neat set, all of which are among my desert island aglomeration—and all of which I heard first right here on RP.
 
Wonder how many others (beside moi) could have written the same thing for any number of sets. Thanks RP - Bill & Rebecca!


Calexico - Two Silver Trees
The Shins - A Comet Appears
The Wailin' Jennys - Arlington

A neat set, all of which are among my desert island aglomeration—and all of which I heard first right here on RP.
I think , this sounds nice everywhere!
 RadioDoc wrote:

Seconded.  I've had it for a couple of weeks now and it's uniformly excellent.

 
Sounds AMAZING on vinyl.

 pinklife wrote:

Calexico and Iron and Wine's collaborative effort is outstanding.  "He Lays in the Reins" is one of the best songs ever.

 
+1

 swissgraphics wrote:
OOOOH! Who had 1:48? Someone won the pool.

I think this is a good song, but do we have to hear it EVERYDAY?
 
If only that were true!

Just saw them a week ago in Solana Beach, CA. Excellent show. What an amazing wall of sound they put together.
All I have to say is
 
 {#Good-vibes}
{#Cowboy}
The cover artwork is perfect.
I'm leaving a large portion of my estate to RP for introducing me to Calexico, Porcupine Tree & Elbow... Sorry B&R, you'll have to be a little patient, unless of course my ex manages to bump me off sooner than I'm comfortable with.
 horstman wrote:
I'm hearing a lot of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" in this, especially the refrain. It's still a great, catchy tune. And there is a lot of Iron and Wine Influence here. Got pick this one up.
 
Calexico and Iron and Wine's collaborative effort is outstanding.  "He Lays in the Reins" is one of the best songs ever.  It reminds me of a Cormac McCarthy vista (hero slumps over his exhausted horse as the moon rises over the desert rocks...).

Thanx a lot to Bill and Radio Paradise for letting me discover this great band! The project of the spanish guy who sings with them, called Depedro is also very much worth checking out.

When i'll stop being a student and earn some money - i'll be sure to donate to RP, i swear!
I started out thinking Calexico was kind of meh, but the more I heard them the more I liked them, and now I like them a lot.
 RadioDoc wrote:

Seconded.  I've had it for a couple of weeks now and it's uniformly excellent.

 
Got it too.

I listen to a lot of Calexico and love them but let's face it, they usually tread a reasonably predictable track ... I don't mean that in a bad way - I just mean that if you listen to a lot of Calexico you kinda know what you're going to get. 

But every now & again they pull something quite special out of the bag.  And this is one of those.  The mandolin does it for me, big time, with that chugging bass.  Sweet.
!

This band has so many moods and sounds. Love the variety.
OOOOH! Who had 1:48? Someone won the pool.

I think this is a good song, but do we have to hear it EVERYDAY?
WonderLizard wrote:
Finally got the disc. Wow.

Seconded.  I've had it for a couple of weeks now and it's uniformly excellent.

Finally got the disc. Wow.
Ooooohhhhh!  This really caught my ear.  I have no idea what the lyrics are about, and I don't care.  I like it.
Calexaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahco.  {#Yes}
SEE
THIS
BAND
LIVE!
I'm hearing a lot of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" in this, especially the refrain. It's still a great, catchy tune. And there is a lot of Iron and Wine Influence here. Got pick this one up.
 narainmg wrote:
Saw them at Fillmore at a sellout show last weekend. It was a beautiful performance and the band seemed to enjoy playing as much as the crowd did being there. This is one of those bands that are perhaps more powerful live than in the records.
 
I saw the same show, and couldn't agree with you more - they bring it out best in person and live.

 BobSteinVisiBone wrote:
This belongs in a new genre, Choruses That Soar.
 
The chorus does indeed soar. Nice.

I've been on the fence about Calexico, but this track earns them some major points from me!
 Kittee wrote:
I think I need to pick up this album. Every song has been enjoyable.
 
Quite Right!


This belongs in a new genre, Choruses That Soar.
I think I need to pick up this album. Every song has been enjoyable.
I always enjoy the band -but (IMHO) the singing seems weak. These days it seems like the female singers have more powerful vocals. Not everybody can sing like Bowie, but a real singing voice can (not always) bring the music up to another level.