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A Rad Reunion

September 27, 2011

I pedaled leisurely rather than furiously, making no quick turns, hopping over no jutting tree roots, never trying to weave in and out of the other riders. But there I was, on the Helltrack qualifying course, riding BMX with the likes of Eddie Fiola, Martin Aparijo, Kevin Hull and Everett and Beatle Rosecrans. Twenty-five years after the movie that changed BMX forever, I was celebrating …

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Outside Lands Festival: Interstitial Overdrive

August 25, 2011

A three-day music festival like Outside Lands is hectic and exhausting no matter how you approach it. So, I try to pare down the wish list, not rush from stage to stage to see every single band I’m interested in, and let the festival vibe take care of whatever other decisions need to be made. Recapping the experience without running over the itinerary isn’t much …

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The Art of Escape

July 8, 2011

“Green & Dumb,” any one of a dozen songs that could rightly serve as a calling card for Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, came late in the band’s 2011 Circus Mexicus set and as their fans have come to do, I joined my friends arm-in-arm, all of us swaying in time with the ballad. I had somewhere south of six Dos Equis cans still dangling …

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Desemboque – The sun, the sea, the sand

June 25, 2009

EL DESEMBOQUE del RIO SAN IGNACIO, Sonora — Somewhere near the crossroads of the sun, the sea, the dust and a fiercely guarded isolation is the essence of this tiny Seri village on the Sonoran coast of Mexico. El Desemboque is a wild study in contradictions, both rich and subtle, starting with its thudding juxtaposition of desert and sea. As well as I know and …

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