“Growing up Mormon and being straight edge most of my life, I had these weird inklings to do hallucinogens,” says Tyler Densley. “I always, in the back of my mind, thought that I would like to hallucinate—be able to see outside of what I know, be able to see a cartoon in my head.” When Densley followed this desire, he found commonalities between what he liked about American traditional tattooing, his fondness for cartoons and his psychedelic experiences.
On Friday, Nov. 18, head down to the Urban Lounge to check out the spaced out, experimental Pretty Worms, the drug-dazed, dirty rock n’ roll of Dark Seas and opener The Rose Phantom. As always, a mere $5 gets you in.
With the DubSatch Collective's latest web videos, competition results and print coverage, the world is finally getting to see the latest talent that the Wasatch has cultivated. People have started to realize that these kids had the best lines, built the best jumps and appeared to be having the most fun. I was able to track these guys down and ask them some questions about SLC, the crew and what happens when you show you up to a film contest with no filmer.
In some ways, CMJ Music Marathon is similar to the athletic competition that it shares a name with. Five days of non-stop music requires endurance—a good set of earplugs helps, too. There are a plethora of day parties, industry panels and nighttime showcases crammed into these five days. It’s utterly impossible to experience everything that you want and equally as difficult not to wear yourself down with days that can span from 12 p.m. to as late as 4 or 5 in the morning.
Josh Martinez has become one of the most dedicated and motivated skate filmers in Utah. His everyday mission is to get up early and stay out all day, filming. He has spots from Las Vegas to Reno and is never short of an idea on where to go. “I just like filming. I love making skateboarding films and working with people that want to skateboard and make something happen,” says Martinez. It’s this type of determination that has lead to his third film, Let It Be.
Here's a comic about the time I interviewed The Queers for SLUG in 2007.