Tuesday, January 03, 2006
James Jean + Calexico
Process Recess was the best art/sketchbook I bought last year. James Jean is one of those artists who you hate for all the skill he has but love because of all the skill he has. I noticed on his website yesterday that he is doing cover art for the upcoming Calexico album, Garden Ruin!! Sweet rolling dustballs <Station Break>! One of my favorite artists and one of my favorite bands unite in Supertwin power activation!! You can currently download a live concert of Calexico and Iron and Wine from the NPR website. I must admit that I am disappointed with the collaberative effort between these two but if anything Calexico props up the thin vocal stylings of Sam Beane (whom I like and the Woman King EP was great). But it will be good to cleanse the 'have mariachi band, will travel' projects that have left a bitter after taste behind. Along with the beautiful art by James, Garden Ruin, is one of those promising records of 2006 that I am eagerly awaiting...and so should you!