Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vegetables and Commodities

Rejecting Tradition, Kids Leaving Family Farms Behind from The Tico Times.

Vegging Out Gets Easier in Costa Rica from The Tico Times.

Those are my last two stories that will come out before I leave Costa Rica. I've got a couple of Hotel Reviews and other things like that in the oven. If I can work it out, I'm going to write an article about Mormon anti-fascists in Honduras which I'll try to pitch to someone like The Mormon Worker.

Merry Christmas, dudes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wrasslin' with Communists

It's been a while since I've posted anything, but here are a few stories I've been working on. My time here at The Tico Times ends in a week and a half, but the articles will continue. I hope to go back to SLUG, and I've also landed a gig with The Daily Herald in Provo. Things are looking good. Love, love, love.

Get Ready to Rumble: WWE Takes on Costa Rica from ticotimes.net. I originally had mentioned the band Sevendust in the opening, but it got edited out.

Govt Looks for Quick Coffee Fix from The Tico Times.

Coffee Farmers Struggling, but Prices are High from The Tico Times.

Surfing the Concrete Wave in Costa Rica from The Tico Times.

A Havana Affair: Four Days in Cuba's Capital from The Tico Times. The photos for this story are the first I've ever had published. Take THAT, snooty aspiring photojournalists!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dirty Bag of Dukes

Costa Rican Musicians Demand Respect of Intellectual Property Laws from The Tico Times. It's just a little news brief, but these cats were cool.

Here are a couple of CD reviews I did for SLUG earlier this year.

Potential Wasteland
State of Mind Recordings
Street: 05.28
Reviver = American Nightmare + Suicide File
Reviver is indisputably one of the hardest-working bands in Utah, and their dedication shows in this latest EP. Potential Wasteland is a hardcore tribute to doing exactly what it is that you want to do without letting the totalitarian structure and guilt of the surrounding system hold you down. The EP is fast as hell and surprisingly melodic without being too embarrassing, and the whole thing is full of moving lyrics that range in emotion from furious and frustrated to triumphant and hopeful. Turn your volume to at least seven and lock your door so your roommates don’t walk in on you room-moshing. –Nate Perkins

Strange Boys
Be Brave
In the Red
Street: 03.16
Strange Boys = Mojomatics + King Khan and the Shrines + Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
You know that immediately post-orgasm buzz where just the smallest amount of further physical stimulation will send you over the edge into an uncontrollable, mushbrained fit? That’s how singer Ryan Sambol pushes out every word—like it feels so good it almost hurts him. His sensual howls are backed by beautifully sloppy guitar parts and low pressure drumming that hints that the whole experience is just seconds away from falling apart completely, but by some miracle, it never does. Though much of the album is plagued with that indie/neo-folk-influenced, softly strummed “quiet is the new loud” mentality, it redeems itself with a handful of solid garage tunes, all of which are infused with soulful blues and traces of bluegrass. Be Brave is full of the kind of dirty harmonica and saxophone solos that you might hear on a Jonathan Richman record. The loving, clever lyrics peak in the song “Laugh at Sex, Not Her.” (Urban Lounge 03.08) –Nate Perkins

Friday, November 12, 2010

Egg Raid on Mojo

I spent all last weekend at the site of the recent mudslide in the hills of Ezcazú. I´ve never seen anything like it in my life. I´m pretty pleased with the way this came out. The article, that is. Not the disaster. Amid Death and Disaster, Neighbors Move on from The Tico Times.

Here´s some good, ol´fashioned Tibetan Buddhism for ya. Tibetan Rinpoche Teaches "Great Perfection" from The Tico Times.

Chilamate Rainforest Retreat is an Eco-Eden from The Tico Times. This joint is wonderful.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Buy Local, Dudes.

Here's a quick one for ya.

Collective Bridges Producer-Consumer Divide from The Tico Times.

The next post will have articles about Tibetan Buddhism and the Escazú mudslide. Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Two Old Gems

Here's a CD review of a miserable band called Storming Stages and Stereos. I had forgotten about it, but I ran accross in SLUG.

Here is a comment that one of the band members posted:

"Posted on April 29, 2010 by Dick
When will slug actually get open minded reviewers? If the only ska band you know is RBF..then i suggest you quit your job. Learn the genre before you try and review it."

I guess 10 years of listening to Prince Buster, The Skatalites and The Maytals doesn't count. Since when is RBF ska, anyway? Learn the genre before you try to play it, dudez.

I also did one for Blitzkrieg Witchcraft that issue. The response was a little more positive even though the review was probably overly harsh. Good sports.

Notice the review of my old band, Tijuana Bible, right under the SSAS review. Right on.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween, Zine and Coffee

Halloween in CR: Scaring up Business from The Tico Times. I'm stoked about the Marx and Megadeth allusions.

Fungus Affects CR Coffee Crop from ticotimes.net.

It's also worth mentioning that I have a blog for my zine, Music That Doesn't Suck. Check it out to see previews of issue #6 and a PDF of issue #5. I have fiction and band interviews in there, and there's a bunch of great stuff from other really talented writers and artists.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A couple of shorts

Not super important or even well-written, but they're on the internet. So back off.

Central Bank Retires Commemorative 500 Colón Coin from ticotimes.net

Pirate Attack on Sailboat in Quepos from ticotimes.net

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The damn lib´ral press

I guess that´s me.

Tico Libertarianism and the U.S. Tea Party from The Tico Times.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Garage Punk and Weirdness

Here´s one I did a few months ago for SLUG Magazine about the garage and punk scene in Utah County.

This is the first thing I ever did for SLUG. It´s an Alex Ounsworth show review that was put online in February. It´s mostly about mustaches.

Here are album reviews of Brimstone Howl and The Brains from SLUG.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Catching Up

Here are links to a few things I've written over the past couple of months.

Story about the Costa Rican metal band Sight of Emptiness. "Sight of Emptiness puts C.R. on Metal Map" Published in The Tico Times.

Article from the travel and tourism supplement for The Tico Times. "Planes, Twain and Automobiles: Travel in C.A."

"Tico Converts Seek Peace, Honesty in Islam" published in The Tico Times.

"International Guitar Festival Celebrates Strings" from The Tico Times.

"Animated Film Educates on Climate Change" from The Tico Times.

"'Prophet of Hope' Dies at 87" published in The Tico Times.

"Expat 'Beats the Crap out of Breast Cancer'"
from The Tico Times.

"Hotel Offers Hilltop Hideaway in Montezuma" from The Tico Times.

"New Website Completes C.A. News Experience"
from The Tico Times.

"New Met Opera Season Kicks off Saturday" from The Tico Times.

"Crime Sours Limón" from The Tico Times.

"Cahuita Matriarch Uses Food to Recover Values"
from The Tico Times.

"ICE Security Agency Accused of Espionage" from The Tico Times.

"British Troupe Brings 'Othello' to National Theater" from The Tico Times.

"Art Show Raises Money for At-Risk Girls"
from The Tico Times.

"Rosh Hashanah in Costa Rica, A Time for Solemnity and Rejoicing"
from The Tico Times.

"SPECIAL EDITION Limon: A Land of Diversity and Wonders"
from The Tico Times.

"Beat Boys in the Jet Age: Brigham's Bees Scooter Club" from SLUG Magazine.

Zine Review of "Bear With a Chainsaw #1" from SLUG.

Reviews of Magic Kids and Knights of the New Crusade from SLUG.

That's all for now. More to come later. Enjoy.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Go Now, indeed.

I thought that I ought to just have all of my writing in one place. Hope you dig it.

Here's an interview I did with John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon for the April 2010 issue of SLUG.

Here's a zine review from the same issue.

Here's an article I did about God's Revolver and Breaux for the March 2010 issue of SLUG.

That should be enough to get started. I'll do my best to keep this updated.