–DAN DEACON AT CHINATI OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND MARFA, TEXAS:
This was a fun, yet puzzling, show. I consider myself to be a fan of electronic music, but I found the cheeriness and extremely rapid tempo of this show to be off-putting. Also, I am a born contrarian, so being told to point out members of the audience who were not following his instructions felt like a kindergarten exercise in conformity.
Despite my misgivings, there was a great deal of excitement and energy in the crowd. The dance contest was a high point, but the excitement really came to a head when the ‘human caterpillar’ crossed the road and the Presidio County Sheriff’s office made sure no one was injured. Their flashing lights only added to the psychedelic atmosphere. Everyone at Chinati (staff and volunteers) did an excellent job of ensuring a fun, safe environment. This is definitely the social high-point of the year for Marfa.
— To me, opening act Nuclear Power Pants was more accessible. Their mixture of cutting-edge progressive rock and poppy synth sounds reminded me of the great 70s Ohio bands; Pere Ubu or Devo comes to mind. They successfully combined spastic, jerky rhythms with infectious Key-tar riffs all the while performing in Pac Man heads.
–Congratulations to Rachel Osier-Lindley. Lonn Taylor has profiled her excellent KRTS show on vintage American music at the Big Bend Sentinel. Click here to read that article.
–Chris (above) of Republic of Austin interviews Julie Speed. Click here to read the accompanying article about Open House Weekend and El Cosmico. Click here to see some photos that Chris took from Marfa and its environs.
–The delightful and eccentric Evi Quaid is once again back in the news with another sign. This sign (painted on a moving truck in front of their Marfa home) critiques Presidio County Sheriff’s Deputy James Davis in a back-handed way; it reads “James Davis is a Deputy with Underrated Intelligence”. A suit has been filed against Evi for her prior sign. You can criticize Randi and Evi all you want, but they are fitting into West Texas society well. I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if the folks I grew up with in Terlingua did something like this.
–A GREAT SHORT VIDEO FROM CBS NEWS ON THE TERLINGUA MEDICS. KUDOS TO ALL OUR LOCAL EMS PROVIDERS. YOU ARE LIFESAVERS!
–I speak with artist Juliana Johnson about a particular canvas on display in the lobby of the Paisano during Chinati Open House Weekend:
–A reader has sent in an especially funny photo that was captioned: “Douchebag Who Can Tell Time”. I have so many questions about this photo: why does the girl have a balloon crown? Why is that man festooned with gold chains? Is the weight of the chains making him lean to one side?
–Thank you to Tim Wilde for placing a subliminal plug for me in the Big Bend Sentinel. He has a screen shot of a forced quit in his article on computer safety. What’s one of the open Internet Explorer windows? West Texas Weekly.
–Our Quote of the Week comes from visionary and inventor Buckminster Fuller: “Reality” is the only word in the English language that should always be in quotes.
—Bradford Hardie made a short film about his trip to Marfa for El Cosmico and Open House Weekend. It’s set to some music he made:
R.I.P. Captain Lou Albano: