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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! 3-13-15

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How Mexico Learned To Polka

Bill Richardson, who as governor of New Mexico saddled some of its poorest counties with a tax to build a spaceport, is now lobbying for a group building a competing spaceport in California. Meanwhile, the New Mexico spaceport is still vacant with an uncertain future.

The Tigua tribe had a pretty nice casino, and used the money they made from it to do a lot of good for their community. The Texas Legislature shut them down and now the Feds are accusing them of violating that injunction. 

What I’m Listening To

Ryan Culwell-Flatlands Steeped in West Texas heart, shot through with echoes of Springsteen and as atmospheric as an abandoned house out on the plains. Flatlands covers a lot of ground, stylistically, but maintains the high-plains heart of The Flatlanders. I can’t wait to play this through my truck speakers while heading north out of town, out where the mountains finally give way to the plains. Out there, there’s nowhere for anything to hide, just the bare earth, light and shadow, and the ever present wind. That’s kinda how this album works, you get the same feeling of space and honesty.

What I’m Drinking

Protein shake. Off to the gym. Have a good weekend.