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Fin De Semana! 5-22-15

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Tex-Mex in the Big Apple? Apparently not going so well. I love a snarky restaurant review.

Active duty soldier survives two tours in Iraq, only to die mysteriously in the El Paso Jail.

Slow West is getting mostly positive reviews. When (if) it plays here I’ll definitely be seeing it. Fun fact: it was written and directed by a member of the Beta Band (from that scene in the movie High Fidelity)

What I’m Listening To

Has anyone heard The Rose of Roscrae yet? I’m curious. It’s a folk opera set in the old west. I collect those. (Yeah, there’s enough of them to collect.) It has a sprawling cast and the story seems interesting.

What I’m Drinking

As far as “cheap beers” go, I’ll always be partial to Coors Banquet Beer. Now it’s in stubby bottles which has absolutely no bearing on the taste whatsoever. There’s nothing like pulling a Coors out of an iced down cooler and drinking it next to a mesquite fire. Or, on your back porch. But seriously, next to the fire is best.

Fin De Semana! 5-8-15

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Banh mi on Cinco De Mayo.

The story of a bizarre murder in Big Bend NP.

Like tacos? Thank the Ottoman Empire.

Probably the sanest piece on Jade Helm

What I’m Listening To

Chris Stapleton-Traveller

This album is really good. I hate how everyone throws the word “soulful” around when ever someone throws a little flair into their vocals. When something genuinely soulful, like this record, comes around it makes it hard to describe it. Do you like music where the singer is really putting it all out there and the musicians are busting ass to make the music sound good? This is one o those records. Before everyone started trying to oversing like third rate Mariahs this is what we called soulful.

What I’m Drinking

An Arnold Palmer. Half iced tea, half lemonade. So good in hot weather. Good luck getting a decent refill though.

Fin De Semana 5-1-15

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Jade Helm has everyone riled up. 

Steve McQueen died in Juarez, in possession of Billy Graham’s Bible. If that’s not America…

Native American actors walk off your movie in protest of demeaning jokes? Break out the bronzer and make your extras faces brown!

What I’m Listening To

The O’s

We (Mrs. Cultwestern and I) got to see the O’s this week. It’s amazing how much music two guys can make. And what music! Banjos and steel guitar and fast paced playing that manages to be both expansive and toe-tapping. Also, they’re really hilarious between songs. I hope they come back soon.

What I’m Drinking

It’s the first warm, sunny day. Perfect summer weather. Better drink some sweet tea before it becomes brutally hot.

Fin De Semana! 4-24-15

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Bhutanese architecture in the Southwest? It’s really beautiful and oddly fitting with it’s surroundings.

It’s 2015 and these are the jokes Adam Sandler is making. No wonder the Native American actors walked off the set. Terrible.

A British journalist on the trail of some custom made cowboy boots.

What I’m Listening To

Kacey Musgraves- Follow Your Arrow Kacey Musgraves played a packed show in El Paso this week. I’ll have a review up next week. In the meantime, watch this video. Or don’t. I think that’s what she’d say.

What I’m Drinking

Nothing goes with an order of Chico’s Tacos like a Dr. Pepper. So I had one of those. Now I will fall into a food coma. See you next week!

Fin De Semana 4-17-15

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Texas Monthly wonders why El Paso doesn’t have good barbecue (it really doesn’t have great barbecue anymore) which is like wondering why Chinese food in America is different from what you’d get in Beijing. It’s not a native cuisine, the climate is much drier, the elevation is higher, and we lack the forests of mesquite needed to support barbecue culture. Of all the small, local cultures Texas is home to El Paso’s is the least understood.

New Mexico taxpayers bought at $200,000 sculpture to put in front of their 212 million dollar Spaceport no one is likely to use.

Despite what Alex Jones screams at you, ISIS is not on the border. Stop believing unnamed sources without independent verification.

What I’m Listening To This Week

Escondido I was pleased when this popped up on my iPod this morning. I was even more pleased to find out we’ll be getting another album of that woozy desert sound. Something about the hazy Mazzy Star vocals with Ennio Morricone horns and the Fleetwood Mac gallop make for great music to drive around the desert to.

What I’m Drinking

I’m not drinking Lone Star out of a tallboy can because I can’t seem to find those anywhere.

Fin De Semana 4-10-15

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An examination of the racial politics in the most iconic of Texas movies, Giant.

A quick Spanish primer for anyone headed to Texas.

Opening day down at the local ballpark.

What I’m Listening To

I’ve Got Standards-Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen

A surprisingly traditional and bouncy rejoinder to Nashville from two of the slickest (I mean that in a good way) guys in Texas Music. Good to know that no matter what, these two can fill a dance floor with two steppers and get a few licks in while they’re at it.

What I’m Drinking

In my own, personal version of opening day, the first Tecate of the spring has been cracked. It felt so good on my lips.

 

Fin De Semana! 4-3-15

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UFO Sighting in El Paso? Probably not, but hey, it’s something to look at.

Instead of doubling down on sports where they’re really successful, NMSU usually throws money at football instead, something they’re famously the worst at. Which is a shame, considering they’re doing it at the expense of students and parents who pay tuition.

Willie Nelson, Ertha Kitt and Dinesh D’Souza all have arrest records too, but I can’t help thinking if a Texas State Trooper took a picture with them he wouldn’t have to go to counseling. 

What I’m Listening To

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Justin Townes Earle-Call Ya Momma

Featuring a bit of a tougher country-rock sound than I’m used to hearing from JTE, this is the first single of his upcoming album “Absentee Fathers.” His earlier albums were steeped in pre-war blues, folk, country and classy R&B. If this is a grittier more country inflected record, I’m all for it.

What I’m Drinking

I don’t think you’re supposed to drink beer on Good Friday? I drank some water.