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The Goliad Monitor: Margaret Chavez, “A Loupe”

Coming soon: Marcus William Striplin’s solo project, “A Loupe” available on LP from Goliad Media.

The Goliad Monitor: Margaret Chavez, "A Loupe"

The newest solo project by Marcus William Striplin. Available late January 19, 2018.

Denton, TX—Goliad Media Group, LLC is releasing the first album from Marcus William Striplin’s solo project Margaret Chavez.

“A Loupe” collects the history of Striplin’s recording life in the spirit of country strums, Texas prairies, howling feedback, thick riffs, multi-part harmonies, and stories about every kind of explosion and schism a heart can fathom. According to Striplin, the name is a tribute to Striplin’s mother, and it’s a memorial tribute in more ways than one. “You raise a child / you make it smile / just for a little, little while,” Striplin sings before bidding her—and what sounds like other pains in his life—”Gone, Gone, Gone.”

Striplin emerged from the burgeoning Texas music scene in the ’00s and ’10s, alongside artists like The Polyphonic Spree and experimental acts such as Lift to Experience and Derek Rogers. Striplin combines the ideas and sounds of his best peers and contemporaries in a sound that he describes as “heatstricken and reflecting chrome in the sun.”

“A Loupe” will be available on vinyl or as a digital download from Goliad Media on January 19, 2018.

 

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The Goliad Monitor: Will Johnson’s “Little Raider EP +2”

Remastered for the first time on vinyl, Will Johnson’s Little Raider EP is now available as a full LP with two new tracks.

Little Raider EP +2

Now remastered for vinyl, the original “Little Raider EP” includes two additional tracks, “The Treaty/Loose Talk” and “Waiting Here for the Light to Rise.”

“Little Raider EP +2” brings new attention to Johnson’s solo work as he is experiencing a renaissance among fans and critics. Widely known as the front man for Centro-matic and South San Gabriel—as well as his collaborations with other musicians like Jason Molina, Vic Chesnutt, Patterson Hood, and others—Johnson has recently redoubled his solo touring and songwriting. According to Johnson, “Revisiting this release definitely helped me re-embody and re-work some of the songs over for the live shows. It also inspired me to write a handful of songs in a similar sonic and instrumental vein.”

TRACKS

“Little Raider”

“To Coupland Lines”

“One More Dreamer for the Summer”

“To Place Me on a Stone”

“Tangle for the Less”

“Devil on the Interstate Line”

“The Treaty/Loose Talk”

“Waiting Here for the Light to Rise”


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The Goliad Monitor: Deafening Silences and Other Desert Contradictions

Polaroid by Rima Abunasser
Polaroid by Rima Abunasser

“Deafening Silences and Other Desert Contradictions”—An Excerpt

From the travelogue accompanying Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History, the new photography exhibition by Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette.


I’d grown tired of hearing about borders—who draws them, who protects them, who defines them, who defies them. I’d become weary of the tragedy of refugees, of the anger of nationalists, so exhausted by ignorance and fear, so defeated by the unshakeable hold of hatred in a world that clings so tightly to imaginary lines on ever-changing maps. I dreamed of empty spaces.
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The Goliad Monitor: Stoneware Stars

Photograph by Christi LaViolette
Photograph by Christi LaViolette

Denton-based sculptor and potter Ashley Young joins Leslie Hartman and Camille Green as visiting artists for the opening of “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History,” the new photography exhibition by Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette. In anticipation of her showcase at the event, Young tells us a little bit about family, work, and hard lessons.
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The Goliad Monitor: Gravity and Color

Photograph by Christi LaViolette
Photograph by Christi LaViolette

Camille Green shares a few words with us about painting, inspiration, and art itself in preparation for her appearance as a visiting artist at the opening of 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette’s new photography exhibition, “Life Looked Over: a Picture of West Texas History.” Green’s original artwork will be available at the event, which runs from 12:00-4:00 on Saturday, April 9 at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, TX.
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The Goliad Monitor: Glass Woman

Photograph by Christi LaViolette
Photograph by Christi LaViolette

Glassworker and jeweler Leslie Hartman, owner of Hartman Glass Studio, joins our 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette as a visiting artist at the opening of LaViolette’s new photography series “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History” on April 9 at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, TX. Hartman, who works largely with stained glass and sculptural glass jewelry, will showcase selections from her collection from 12:00-4:00. Her original work, which is popular in and around Denton, will be available for purchase.

We sat down with Hartman for some perspective on her craft and what we can expect to see.
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The Goliad Monitor: Snapshot of a Photographer

Photo by Christi LaViolette
Photo by Christi LaViolette

In anticipation of the opening of Christi LaViolette’s new series “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History,” we asked her how she felt her series fits in with Goliad’s fascination with empty spaces — as well as what we can expect to see on April 9th.

The tie between Goliad’s fascination with empty spaces and Life Looked Over was a great fit because I was already interested in capturing the landscape as opposed to the people. It felt intrusive to hinder the people by photographing them personally. The emptiness of the landscape is a perfect tool to try to convey the history and culture of west Texas.

I think artistic value can be seen in any aspect of life when one looks at the right perspective. I find myself particularly fond of cities such as those in west Texas because they are so unique and beautiful but yet have been largely abandoned.

For this series, I really wanted to accentuate the inherent art in the landscape, so I used Kodak Endure Premier metallic paper for the black and white images. This paper produces remarkably clean whites and rich blacks, so the contrast in each images becomes very powerful. The reflectivity of the paper also adds an element to the contrast that helps capture the striking emptiness of the region. For the color images, I used a combination of Kodak Endure Premier paper and Photo Rag archival paper. Both offer very rich color ranges and deep, rich blacks

Learn more about Christi and her work at christilaviolette.com

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The Goliad Monitor: Goliad Showcase at 35 Denton

On opening night of the 2016 35 Denton music festival, Goliad hosted a showcase at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas—decidedly one of the most popular events of the evening. Chris Welch and the Owlettes opened the lineup and were followed by the Kody Jackson Band, a first-of-its-kind solo set by Scott Danbom, a Will Johnson and Danbom duo, RTB2, and the Daniel Markham band. These Goliad- and Goliad-adjacent artists showcased our first year of releases as well as hinting at projects to come. Stay with us. Remember Goliad.

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