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Calexico — Cruel
Album: Garden Ruin
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Released: 2006
Length: 3:57
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Cruel, cruel grounds
Leak truths never found
Torturous ways
Whisper from the grave
A slow spun song of distortion

Bitter, bitter mouth
Spitin' out seeds of doubt
Rituals seek root
Razed before they're told
Stories break like branches in the cold

Seasons trial finds man's mistakes fair game

Careless hand
Lay and law of the land
Falls by the side
Silenced sentient cries
All within the lines of divine right

Better bury the tracks in an unclosed case
Weeds of discontent choke a broken ghost landscape

Cruel, heartless reign
Chasing short term gains
Right down to the warning signs

Birds refuse to fly
No longer trust the sky
Drifting out beyond the signals

Even the horizon is gone
Weather flees underground
Future's left to wallow in fortune's waste
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 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
What a purdy song.
 

Baja here I come ~ surfs UP!
 bindi wrote:
I hear a lot of people complain about this CD being a bit commercial for Calexico - and I kind of agree, but this, and Quattro are still my favorite songs they have ever done. 

They did a very nice video of Cruel as well - on youtube. 
 
Guess someone forgot to tell the commerce world that this was commercial. 
What a purdy song.


               Zoltan leaves the garden ruin
               Zoltan is  in a crowded house
              Why yes, a network overloads,
                 So only feedback is a rave
                        Back to back
 Proclivities wrote:

That's what the surviving members of the Donner Party said.

 
Please pass the fava beans.
very nice song!
Saw them last night live in Eindhoven (NL, hoe ist?)
most excellent 
 zllama wrote:
Yes, those are members of Calexico as well as guest horns, probably from one of the Mariachi (spelling?!) bands that regularly play with Calexico.

2nd Calexico song of the day . . . most heavenly !! 

  Yes, they often do have "guest" mariachi bands....I have seen them 4 times...2 times with guest horn players.... But the point is... They are not CALEXICO. the band Calexico has 2 horn players, Jacob and Martin. The horn players pictured are neither. Just for clarification, not trying to be a dick. 

 underarmor wrote:
There is something about this song that I really dig. I'm not sure what it is, but it might be the hopeful, energetic sound of the horn juxtaposed with the sad sound of the voice.
 
The horns are all kinda sad, too...all minor chords and all...still it feels upbeat...cool arrangement.
 squidish wrote:

It's a West Coast thing, you wouldn't understand...
 
That's what the surviving members of the Donner Party said.  Good tune, by the way.
Yes, those are members of Calexico as well as guest horns, probably from one of the Mariachi (spelling?!) bands that regularly play with Calexico.

2nd Calexico song of the day . . . most heavenly !! 
I don't know who these guys are, they don't look anything like the Calexico members that I have ever seen!  See the real band here.....https://www.casadecalexico.com/band
 
calypsus_1 wrote:

Calexico - 03 by ~photo-grafitti
©2010 ~photo-grafitti

Calexico
Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
12.20.2009
 


Meow meow, meow meow meow meow meow meow
Nice!
Yay! my FAVORITE Calexico song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}
Making my day much better...  {#Roflol}  Thanks!

Calexico - 03 by ~photo-grafitti
©2010 ~photo-grafitti

Calexico
Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
12.20.2009


{#Dancingbanana} Love the horns!

I hear a lot of people complain about this CD being a bit commercial for Calexico - and I kind of agree, but this, and Quattro are still my favorite songs they have ever done. 

They did a very nice video of Cruel as well - on youtube. 
There's some interesting drumming going on in that one.
That's a James Jean album cover, ladies and gentlemen.
These guys really paint a picture in my mind with their music, from the sometimes almost wisper vocals, to the wispy brushes on the drums, then the trumpets, blowing in like the dry winds of a desert storm.  They have such range.

Then, the lyrics. . . .

I have to turn them off sometimes, I almost start to cry.

I have become a huge fan of these guys.  While it amazes me that so many have not discovered them, I'm kind of glad.  Commercial success might taint the magic they have.
 underarmor wrote:
There is something about this song that I really dig. I'm not sure what it is, but it might be the hopeful, energetic sound of the horn juxtaposed with the sad sound of the voice.
 
i like it too.

There is something about this song that I really dig. I'm not sure what it is, but it might be the hopeful, energetic sound of the horn juxtaposed with the sad sound of the voice.
Bono is that you singing in the steel tank??
He's soundin' twangymumbly like the Donna the Buffalo guy here on vocals. Which isn't really here or there.
mefrombrazil wrote:
cover art to put up on the bedroom wall. amazing!
Crow=magic
cover art to put up on the bedroom wall. amazing!
:yes:
Saw them once in Germany, they were fantastic! One of my favourite bands, nowadays!
Bitter, bitter mouth Spitin' out seeds of doubt Rituals seek root Razed before they're told Stories break like branches in the cold Goosebumps!
PurplePrincess wrote:
First heard them on RP, now I have all their CD's. They are fantastic. Thanks for playing them.
Here too! RP is the sure cure for blah radio. This album was fantastic for me. I love the latin touch throughout!
First heard them on RP, now I have all their CD's. They are fantastic. Thanks for playing them.
a_genuine_find wrote:
This is a perfect segue again....
Artist: Southern Culture on the Skids Song: The Wet Spot Album: Mojo Box Last Played: Nov 09, 2007 - 14:06 :cheers:
This is a perfect segue again....
too much herb :devil_pimp: heh...
Somebody get BillG a cough drop! Hope you're feeling ok! ;-)
Does anyone else hear "Thuuuhhh people will survive, in their environment" laced in this song? And ironically they cover that on another album. (*to spell it all out - the Minutemen song about beer that scorns society)
Hey, be careful with that broad brush Squid, I know a slew of Calexico fans back in Vermont. We're not all musical malcontents there in the Green Mts. Uh oh, feeling homesick, I could use a really good cheddar about now... squidish wrote:
It's a West Coast thing, you wouldn't understand...
Liked their previous albums better, but this still worked heading south on 101 and watching the whales in Depoe Bay.
revsully wrote:
God, I hate this.
It's a West Coast thing, you wouldn't understand...
God, I hate this.
tinybubbles wrote:
:drummer: :guitarist: :jump: this song is growing on me...
Mold grows too....but I'm guessing you mean you're liking it more as you listen to it. Me too.
westsound wrote:
First heard them on Radio Paradise and now collecting their cd`s. Waiting to see when they are due back here in the UK :motor:
Same here, except replae "UK" with "AZ"!
electronicthroat wrote:
I don't care for the intro. It reminds me of Gomez's "How We Operate." I like that song, but I just don't think it fits in with this song.
yes, I agree on your Gomez intro satatement. But I end up liking this song
I don't care for the intro. It reminds me of Gomez's "How We Operate." I like that song, but I just don't think it fits in with this song.
cool tune, thanks bill :/ :wave:
:drummer: :guitarist: :jump: this song is growing on me...
Calexico :). Best band of the moment, what should I say? Worst album so far, but still a 10 :)
:question:
bigB_3 wrote:
:sunny:
:cheers:
:sunny:
xkolibuul wrote:
Is it just me, or are the RP song commentaries dominated now by folks who insist on comparing every song and every vocal and every refrain and every chord with everything ever done before?
Ok, I must admit I'm guilty of this, but (in my defense), I am always curious whether others hear the same things in music as I do. I have actually breathed a sigh of release when, upon hearing a oh-my-gosh-so-familiar-but-I-can't-place-it bit on RP, I log on and see that someone has said "Oh, that sounds like the chorus of such-and-such song". Whew. It wasn't just me. ;-)
Is it just me, or are the RP song commentaries dominated now by folks who insist on comparing every song and every vocal and every refrain and every chord with everything ever done before? jdorn1 wrote:
man...that reallyt sounded like Mike Scott from the Waterboys at the beginning!
man...that reallyt sounded like Mike Scott from the Waterboys at the beginning!
First heard them on Radio Paradise and now collecting their cd`s. Waiting to see when they are due back here in the UK :motor:
I've seen 'em in London twice -- the first was an incredible barn-burner. They blew the Brits away. This album is incredibly depressing, actually, if excellent. What a great band.
xkolibuul wrote:
Just had to up my rating for those groovin' horns. Though I might hafta lower it again for the little a capella silliness at the end.
Yeah, that ending bugged me, too. Liked the rest of it, though.
Ooo! I know someone who's getting this disc for Christmas!! I just gotta be patient and wait. :angel:
Thank you RP! My favorite from what is a very solid release. And I had the pleasure to hear it performed live just last night in Albuquerque NM. If you enjoy Calexico please treat yourself to one of the best live performances you'll ever see. And give consideration to www.humaneborders.org
Great song, great band ... hope someday they come to Florida
See this band live if you ever get the chance!
Just had to up my rating for those groovin' horns. Though I might hafta lower it again for the little a capella silliness at the end.
I just saw them last Friday in Iowa City. They were outstanding. bluematrix wrote:
yea, i just saw them a few days ago and it was a really good show.
Krispian wrote:
These guys are great live.
yea, i just saw them a few days ago and it was a really good show.
These guys are great live.
lixy wrote:
The whole album is just delectable! :clap:
picked it up yesterday :)
The whole album is just delectable! :clap:
Great tune, I'm diggin it
Saw these guys in Pittsburgh last weekend - unbelievable! Especially this song.. Very happy about their new turn. Also, is it possible to hate on an accordion live? Yes, but not if it's Calexico.
Kind of a new sound for Calexico - it's really growing on me. Time for another Amazon order, me thinks. . . .
This album is really growing on me. Some of the other songs are imho lots better than Cruel, such as Deep Down, Roka and All Systems Red. :bananajam:
where's the dustbowl?.. different..but think i'll come around
ahoylola wrote:
me as well. i hope everyone who does is donating to the cause!
Donate, did someone say don... ...OK, I suppose, though Support is a better word and I can do that! Can't I? ...... Yea!
Jacksonstat wrote:
I noticed that as well ploafmaster. Tuning into RP is the first thing I do after logging on to my computer at work. Non-stop listening for 8 solid hours, RP is my saving grace!
hippiechick wrote:
Me too! Listen everyday, 9 to 5. Thanks for the new Calexico Bill. Just bought it yesterday but haven't really listened through.
me as well. i hope everyone who does is donating to the cause!
Jacksonstat wrote:
I noticed that as well ploafmaster. Tuning into RP is the first thing I do after logging on to my computer at work. Non-stop listening for 8 solid hours, RP is my saving grace!
Me too! Listen everyday, 9 to 5. Thanks for the new Calexico Bill. Just bought it yesterday but haven't really listened through.
ploafmaster wrote:
Wow, this is a day to hear two+ tunes each from several artists. Of course, since I pretty much listen non-stop from 8 - 4:30 EST, I'm probably one of the few to notice :-) Don't mind this, though - the new Calexico sounds really amazing!
I noticed that as well ploafmaster. Tuning into RP is the first thing I do after logging on to my computer at work. Non-stop listening for 8 solid hours, RP is my saving grace!
Wow! That's some of the best lyric writing I've seen in a long time, and great music too. More please!
Wow, this is a day to hear two+ tunes each from several artists. Of course, since I pretty much listen non-stop from 8 - 4:30 EST, I'm probably one of the few to notice :-) Don't mind this, though - the new Calexico sounds really amazing!
sweet!!! new calexico! love this band and can't wait to get a glimpse of them live.