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Crazy Chief at The Bunk House, Aug. 29
by Andrew Kiraly | posted September 2, 2014
Wandered into the revamped Bunkhouse Saloon Friday to see what all the buzz was about. Revamped? It might be more accurate to say it’s been replaced. Hold on. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The old Bunkhouse was a thrift-store cowboy boot — beat-up but still sturdy, game for improvisation, adaptation, abandon. The shiny new Bunkhouse seems to come from a shoe store in the mall. But where you got it matters less than what you do with it. There’s no continuity of the Bunkhouse’s original funk, but it's a renewable resource: With every show, I like to imagine all those chords and beats, shouts and whoops slowly crusting up on the walls, the floor, the stage and the bar, aging the place like a cheese. It shouldn’t take forever: the new Bunkhouse’s sound is amazing. You don’t so much listen as get sonically lacquered.
 
I suspect Crazy Chief did more than their share to dirty up the place Friday night. They play a swampy, Southern-inflected stoner rock, but the particular songs — each one more swooning and hooky than the last — didn’t transfix me so much as their operational courage. Let me explain. Bands have invisible rules of style and practice that guide them: We always do this, but we never do that. The compelling proposition of Crazy Chief is in watching them navigate the rules they set up for themselves: We will fire and sputter our songs recklessly, but we will do so with near-military discipline. Sounds like a terrible idea, right? Those rules could be disastrous, resulting in something posed or precious or, worse, a calculated sabotage of their own talent. But with each sloshy lurch or woozy, aquatic riff, they maintain. As they writhe and ooze on stage — lead singer Drew Johnson occasionally stumbling out of frame like a broken marionette — the effect is like watching not a band, but an organism swell and stretch from a wholly improbable swamp. I went outside to take a break, and felt like I had come out of a deep hypnosis. It wasn't long, though, before I went eagerly back in.


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Looking back
by Andrew Kiraly | posted August 29, 2014

Looking back after a hike through Lake Mead's Anniversary Narrows. 



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Door
by Shaun Leonard | posted August 27, 2014

the bathroom door will not have a lock

I am right so I

sweat coldly narrow

knees touch tile

spread them and watch

wet circles breathe

droplets of me   bead

I race them to distract

the din in the bar is maddening I

wish to be among it I

in any stool or booth

with her to listen to the saga of

my outstretched leg

keeps me stops

any one

coming in



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