They are the guardians of one of the longest running continuous rituals of Black Rock City. The Lamplighters bring light to the playa, as well as their legendary 21 hour-a-day bar. Learn about how to volunteer for The Man, the parties they don't throw anymore and why, different uses for The Temple, and everything you didn't know about the rich history of the Lamplighters told to you by one of their own, a delightful man named Moonbeam. There's a lot about lanterns in this episode, though you'll find that D-Day and Rex can't manage to describe one.
For those who know The Volare, neither it nor its owner need any introduction. For those who don't, The Volare is Black Rock City's very own Batmobile/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang hybrid, and Coyote is its Dr. Frankenstein, as well as the superintendent of Black Rock City. He's the man behind the men and women of DPW, the author of Coyote Nose: Tales of the Early Desert Carnies of Burning Man, and an honest to goodness legend of the Playa, depending on who you talk to (D-Day & Rex talked to Coyote.)
In which your humble hosts tease you with tidbits of tales to come, and invite you to tell yours in our upcoming season.
Accuracy Third is a podcast collecting an oral history of Black Rock. We are looking for your very best stories from and about That Thing In The Desert. This episode introduces your hosts, Rex & D-Day, and our illustrious producer, Drunk Beth. Starring Smoke Daddy & Andale’.
Rex & D-Day interview Violet, who has a lot to say about different facets of passion at Burning Man, with her friend and D-Day’s wife, Creampie, piping up in the background, while Drunk Beth arrives to the recording session a little too late to contain D-Day’s poor voice modulation.
Drunk Beth’s boyfriend Jon tells Rex and D-day about his playa wedding and how burning man is like juggling festivals. There’s a lot about everyone’s weddings, actually, before Creampie shares a story about some very exclusive swings
O-Ring Von Brownflower talks to D-Day, Rex, and Drunk Beth about the life choices that you wouldn’t expect would bring you to Black Rock City. There’s also a quick discussion about non-standard Burning Man kites, and then boy, do we hear about an impressive playa injury.
Photo credit: John Moyers
The story of the conception and build of the beautiful Mazu Temple from 2015. We talk to Nathan (aka Witchdoctor,) about the behind-the-scenes pitfalls of getting entangled in a large-scale, transcontinental playa installation.
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Stories about going to Burning Man for the first time. Gummybear flees Yellowstone. How Nathan got hired for Black Rock City. Barbie says Burning Man is transformative.
Featuring music by Vagabondage!
DPW is in the studio today in the form of Xeno, the guy you want to talk to if you need a crew to build you official, DPW-certified shade structures. That’s if you can locate him, though, because there are some times when he finds himself more in need of rescue than anything else. But sometimes, it’s merely a misunderstanding of bloodstained proportions. We also hear from Relay, one of our skilled radio dispatchers, who shares pointed commentary during Xeno’s stories. We’ll highlight her own exploits and experiences in a future episode.
Today, we’re sharing stories about interactions with Law Enforcement Officers in Black Rock City. Foxtrot tells us how she became part of a staff vehicle. Creampie gets pulled over. Rex & D-Day get away with it, separately. Relay has been picked up by law enforcement. A lot. Xeno cannot be compelled. Beth assures us we’re good. We’re good.
Photo Credit: Gary Draluck Photography