Lyrics from This Insubstantial Pageant

Huckleberry Juju Huckleberry juju. Magnolia fire. Bayou flatboat. Palmetto moon. Black snake napping Up in a mossy oak. Hound in the swamp. Cottonmouth rainstorm. Sweetgrass baskets. Catching sense. Brotherhood mended Through taking of hands. Gospel elevation At backwoods church. Gullah conversation With the hoodoo man. Sip some sun-brewed tea, Barbequed…

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This Insubstantial Pageant

My first album, a very experimental and eclectic mix of electronic music from various subgenres, everything from 80s dance to alternative to modern techno. The project sort of grew organically out of my attempts to emulate two of my favorite bands: Cocteau Twins and Underworld. You can listen to songs…

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Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres

Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres is a series of nine instrumental pieces inspired by Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. You can listen to the tracks by clicking on either the titles below or the play button for each, or you can download a zipped folder containing…

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Lord Tlacuache Brings Fire to Man

Lord Tlacuache Brings Fire to Man from Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Rio Grande Valley Lord Tlacuache, the Great Opossum, ruled this land in ages past, when animals still spoke and mankind had not yet usurped the earth.  He was a kindly king who governed by…

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Ramayana, Volume 1

I have been fascinated for more than a decade by the Indian epic Ramayana, reading it in several translations and adaptations and pondering the lessons of the ancient poem.  Over the course of four years I crafted musical interpretations of scenes/themes in the text. The first twelve of these comprise…

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Iron Horse, Mythic Horn

Iron Horse, Mythic Horn from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge They was all four of them sitting in a cantina in Lordsburg when I found them, the queerest group of heroes you ever seen: a white man, in his forties, wearing a battered old slouch hat pulled low…

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The Black Dog

The Black Dog from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge The first time Charlie López saw the black dog was also his first day in the white kids’ second-grade class. But its seemingly supernatural form was just another in a string of amazing occurrences in the town of Driscoll…

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September 2012 Retrospective

Wow, the month of September was pretty busy for me. On September 16, I presented at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, discussing the role of culture and history in Mexican-American identity and tying Mexican Bestiary in to Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations. Awesome conversation with a receptive audience.…

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Top Shelf #26: Unique Voices Explore the Margins

My latest column (originally published in yesterday’s print edition) is up at The Monitor’s website. I review Brian Allen Carr’s Vampire Conditions and Javier O. Huerta’s American Copia.  

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Post-apocalyptic, Magical Africa

My latest Top Shelf review is up at The Monitor’s website. I take a look at Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death.  

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