Friday, November 18, 2011

Natural Roots in Revolv

Here's an article I did for Revolv Magazine about the Salt Lake reggae band Natural Roots. There's a lot about them drinking Kava in there, so in the spirit of things I included a picture of my friend Brendan Wells (check out his blog) right after taking a big swig of Kava about five years ago.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Clock on Hollywood Blvd the Day She Left

Everybody is worked up to see Pearl Jam play in San José on Sunday, which is fine I suppose. I'm just stoked that X is opening. Billy Zoom will always be far cooler than Mike McCready and "Under the Big Black Sun" will always be sadder than "Jeremy."

Pearl Jam set to blow away San José
from The Tico Times.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


A few weeks ago I started working on a comic zine that I plan to finish in February or March when Kia and I get back in the states. Here's a preview (click to enlarge). I'm not much of an artist, but I also just finished the first draft of a comic strip to be drawn by Chad Danger Lindsay, who is a great artist. It's about the second greatest mutant bicycle club in the world: THE HATE LIZARDS. Join now or cower later.

Anchor Ink

I got my first tattoo at Anchor Ink earlier this year. Here's an article I wrote about the fine establishment for SLUG.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Issue #7 of Music That Doesn't Suck

I can't believe we've put out seven of these things. It's come a long way from the first issue which was just 12 pages of stolen art and lousy writing. Well, actually I guess it really hasn't come that far. Either way, read it online or email me at perkins(dot)nate(at)gmail(dot)com to get a print copy.

Art by Chad Danger Lindsay.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When You Looked into it Did You See What I Did?

This is the first interview I've ever done for a Podcast. It was with the dudes from Black Pyramid Recording for SLUG's Sound Waves from the Underground. It's a weird experience to not have much creative control over how the project is going to turn out. If I end up making an ass out of myself during the interview, I usually can just write my way out of it, but not when people are listening to the actual audio.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Mormon Worker

Here is an article I wrote about Cuba for The Mormon Worker. Rumor has it that the print version will come out sometime this week, but right now all the articles are only online.

Conveniently, here is an article I wrote ABOUT the Mormon Worker for SLUG. "Prophets of Anarchy."

Since I've been recently unemployed, I've had more time to write, and I've finished some short fiction. One is about a young man and his Tibetan singing bowl, and is inspired by JD Salinger, Edward Abbey, and the Twilight Zone, but, you know, not as good. It's called "Polytonal Hum, Inestimable Shadow." The other is a story that I bit from my good friend Jesse about his experiences working in a mall skate shop. It's largely inspired by the work of Robert Harris and Carlos Eire, and has all sorts of fun stuff including sex, drug use and plenty of thievery. It's called "I was Disappointed, but Keith was Pissed." Another that I started last fall and finished this week is called "Our Women and Some Sheep." A series of ironically prudish anti-travel writing I've been working on is also done. I call it "On Turkey (the Country) and other Dangerous, Immoral Destinations." I'll keep everyone updated on whether or not anybody thinks that they're good enough to publish, and I plan to put out a very limited pressing of my collected short fiction in zine format later this year.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Peelander Z

Peelander-Z at the Urban Lounge from

Monday, April 4, 2011

Rekkids an' Punx

I've been back in Utah for a while now, so I'd better change the banner at the top of this blog. Not right now though. L-A-Z-Y. I've been in school so I haven't been writing quite as much as I was last year, but here are a couple of things I've done recently.

Welcome to the Vinyl Cult: Buying a Half Decent Record Player (interview with Randy from Randy's records) from SLUG Magazine.

Star Fucking Hipsters at the Salt City Cellar

Also, Maximum RocknRoll ranked my zine, Music That Doesn't Suck #5 as one of the top 10 zines of the March issue. They said " ‎"Now THIS is a music fanzine! Chock full of fun travel stories (going to see the Mummies), fantastic article on current Latin American punk, article on Human Skab, brief interviews, some reviews and a whole heap of attitude. I always like to read a zine that has its own voice and brings something to the table you can't get from anywhere else. Nate has his own opinions and I dig that. This is well worth picking up if you are into music centered zines." Read MTDS#5 here. Read #6 Here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hotels and adobe

Here is a perpective I wrote for The Tico Times called "Intern experience invaluable for young writer." I especially like the bio at the end: "Nate Perkins is a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, U.S., a former Tico Times writing intern and an encyclopedia of obscure bands."

"Quepos hotel makes great home base for adventurers" from The Tico Times.

"Tzu Jan offers veggie food for body and soul" from The Tico Times.

"Happy happy at Bula Bula in Playa Grande, Guanacaste" from The Tico Times.

"Adobe love preserves architectural heritage" from The Tico Times.