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Aug 27 2009   11:52AM GMT

Mike’s Music: Jim James and Calexico – Goin’ to Acapulco

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

I first heard this song whilst watching the movie “I’m not there”. It’s the film where Kate Blancet (amongst) others plays Bob Dylan and his various incarnations. It’s really a terrific movie, well, its if you a Bob Dylan nut like I am. It encouraged me to go through my Dylan back catalog and rediscover him as one of my early influences.

Anyway, Jim James and Calexico did this wonderful cover of “Goin’ to Acapulco” for the movie. I really wish I could show you the segment of the film – but unfortunately it isn’t the complete song and quality is not good enough. In the film the Richard Gere character stumbles upon a band of disposed peoples about to be driven from their land. It has such moving atmosphere. In the end I plumbed for this “video” (there actually no video elements to it!) because the quality of the recording is much better!

Also in my play list for sometime there is Club Thing by Yoav. I first saw this Isreali guitarist on Jools Holland’s “Later” and was bowled over by his abilities – sure there are digital effects and delays – but the sheer sonic array of sounds this guy makes is impressive.

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