Journalists talk about Giant Sand and Calexico as if the desert informs and sculpts their recorded output, but I'd like to point anyone looking for some really lost-in-the-high-desert music towards these cats and their damaged tunes. Captivating and fun to listen to, these tracks jump around and cover a bit of sonic territory. Recorded by Mike Stanioch at The Barn Recorder, Questa, NM (a cool adobe building, see issue # 4!). Co-produced and mixed by band stalwarts David Costanza and Anne Speroni. Mastered by the dashing Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. ( -LC

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