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Fin De Semana! 8-7-15

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The contents of a wallet lost in WWII and recently returned to it’s owner.

What happened to the U.S. Camel Cavalry?

Quite possibly the least encouraging movie news in a while.

What I’m Listening To:

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats-“S.O.B.”

It starts off with a kinda Speedoo doo wop hum and just when you settle into that Nathaniel explodes into a hearty “Son of a Bitch!” complete with a swinging soul band horn section and towards the end gets to an impassioned gospel sorta vocal breakdown. And then the credits roll and you see that magic logo so many good records from guys like Chuck Berry in days past: Stax Records. Needless to say, I’m really into this song.

What I’m Drinking

San Patricio- The magic combination of Irish Whiskey, Lime Juice and Topo Chico that makes triple digit afternoon hear bearable.

Fin De Semana! 7-10-15

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I’m a finalist to represent El Paso on the Texas Taco Council. Super excited.

Speaking of El Paso, we had a UFO sighting.

On the heels (pun intended) of his talk about Mexico, Donald Trump gets an invitation to learn more about the border.

What I’m Listening To

The new Turnpike Troubadours song, which is a sneak preview of the self-titled album they’ve got coming in September. Find it here. I like the Troubadours because they’ve got an accessible, catchy, and essentially good-natured take on country. This song is no different and I’m really hoping this next album blows up and makes them huge(r). Listen here.

What I’m Drinking

A guest brought a bottle of this to our 4th of July cookout. I don’t normally like IPAs but damned if this one wasn’t smooth and not so hoppy it burned all your taste buds off. I guess they’re only for the 4th, so they might be hard to come by. Since the crisp, clear freshness of the beer is what made it so drinkable, it might be worth waiting until next 4th to pick up a new one. I know I’ll be keeping an eye out.

CultWestern Approved Summer Cookout Gear

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Its time for backyard cookouts and parties out in the hot summer sun.  Here are some items I’ve been enjoying that will keep your backyard cookouts and parties cool in even the hottest weather.

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The Guad cap from Sendero Hat Co.

A hat featuring El Capitan and Guadalupe Peak, the highest peak in Texas. This is a fine rendition of one of my favorite National Parks and a great way to show off West Texas.

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Tumbleweed Texstyles t-shirts

A lightweight cotton poly blend that stays cool and not clingy in hot weather. Lots of great designs and some really great customer service.

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American Hat Co. Straw Hats

Straw hats handmade in Texas, lightweight and airy to keep your head cool while blocking out a whole lot of sun. They’ve got a big range of hats from more tame options to really bright, busy models. First straw hat I’ve had that felt light but not brittle or plasticky. Worth the price.

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Smoke Meat Everyday Apron from West Elm

Out of stock at the store, but not too hard to find online. I got one of these aprons as a gift from my wife and it’s a good way to show your simultaneous devotion to delicious barbecue and Dr. Dre.

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Chipotle Texas chile powders and seasonings

A wide range of chile powders and seasonings grown in Hudspeth County Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande River. I use the dried Red Serrano Powder in place of cayenne or paprika (sprinkle a little on top of potato salad for a visual and flavorful kick). Great for making dry rubs, marinades or just perking up your eggs in the morning.

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Terlingua Gold from Big Bend Brewing

A bright, moderately hopped taste that goes oh so good with a shot of Tequila and a wedge of lime. Excellent hot weather thirst quencher.

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Don’t do it. Just don’t.

Fin De Semana! 2-13-15

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Digging up the past at one of Texas’ oldest missions.

Texans and their tie to the land.

Most of us saw this coming. That, is those of us who don’t hold office.

Remembering Waylon Jennings, who passed away on this day.

What I’m Listening To This Week:

J.D. McPherson-Let The Good Times Roll-McPherson makes straight-up, unabashed old-fashioned rock-n-roll like no one else. Taking a more R&B based tack than rockabilly, he breathes new life into one of America’s most vital art forms. Part of this is in the way he approaches what has traditionally been considered a hide-bound genre. Using modern production techniques that owe more to RZA than Sam Phillips, his songs are sneaky. They’re full of little modern ticks that ear doesn’t quite pick up, making everything sound fresh. It isn’t until you listen closely that you realize these aren’t straight up recreations of 50’s rock, but crafty homages. This is a long, fancy way of saying I love this record and I can’t stop listening to it.

What I’m Drinking This Week

Tecate, because it’s in the high 60’s and sunny out right now. We’ve got another cold front moving in, so better drink up and enjoy the sunlight while I can, right?

Fin De Semana! 2-6-15

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We’ve probably reached Peak Marfa.

Can’t wait until the Coen Bros make this into a movie.

A somewhat more sensationalistic look at el Valle de Juarez.

New Mexico’s favorite industry is back in business.

What I’m Listening To:

Dwight Yoakam-Secondhand Heart

Man, I am really glad to see Dwight Yoakam back on a major label and making new music. He’s going out on tour again, and Sam Outlaw is opening for at least one date if you want a great night of California country, that’d be the one to see. Dwight’s always played with form and sound, trying to meld a lot of different things. His newer stuff seems more ragged and rockin’ drawing more on Liverpool than Bakersfield. I’ll take it.

What I’m Drinking

Shiner Birthday Beer. I try to pick up a sixer of these every year. This is certainly one of the most memorable of their birthday beers, a chocolate stout that tastes pretty much exactly like a chocolate cake. This one’s good in small doses, since it’s heavy and rich. Definitely best enjoyed on it’s own or after dinner.

Cult Western Approved Christmas

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Orvis Badlands Sweater It’s cotton, so it’s warm, but still breathes. Perfect for fall and winter weather in the southwest.

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Topo Designs Mountain Shirt Layered under a sweater or a sport coat, or on it’s own, a chambray workshirt is an essential that will never let you down. This one has Western styling and is made right here in the US.

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Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Whiskey Smokey Mesquite balanced with just enough sweetness. “Texas Scotch” at its finest.

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The Last Kind Words Saloon Even when he’s aiming for something slighter than an epic, McMurtry’s vision of the West is never less than spellbinding.

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The Flatlanders: Now It’s Now Again The true tale of the guys who are more a legend than a band.

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The Shooting/Ride In The Whirlwind Criterion Edition Hypnotic, gritty, and absolutely riveting. Two top notch westerns made for the price of one.

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Counterfeit Blues Corb Lund and co. rip through road-tested classics in the legendary Sun Studios

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Dirty River Boys Their greasiest, grittiest greatest yet

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Art Of Manliness Shaving Kit Keep it clean

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The Hidden History Of Queer Country Music

New Music From Steve Earle!

Texas Monthly brings us a nice reminder that (gasp!) there’s still a whole lot of Texas west of Marfa.

What I’m Listening To This Week

This week’s #tweetcover theme is John Prine. You should probably go check that out on twitter. It’s good stuff. Those are all still coming together, so in the meantime, here’s one of my favorite Prine tunes.

What I’m Drinking This Week

Shiner Holiday Cheer- I don’t like sweet beers so why do I like this? I dunno. Tastes like peach and pecan pie and malty, malty beer. Really, I don’t know why I like this because it sounds terrible as I type this out, but damned if I don’t pick up a six pack of this every holiday season and enjoy it. Holiday Cheers!