Sydney grew up deep in burning man culture, so she was a pretty jaded burner when she was still in short pants. Take a trip through Syd's formative years, back when her dad, El Queso Grande, ran the greatest little bike shop in Black Rock City. Beth & Syd have some tent catastrophes in common. Big art? Big art! Coyote is like a rattlesnake. Also, we have the name of D-Day’s porno.
Relay & Frisky Whisky are joining Accuracy Third today with Friend-of-the-Show Xeno, as we delve into some really terrible things that happened at Black Rock City. Beth gets hurt by some great friends in quick succession. Water & pain meds do not help Relay’s headache. Frisky Whisky learns a lesson about gravity. Basically, some truly awful shit happens to everyone in Xeno’s orbit. D-Day makes some truly distressing noises, because he can’t control his empathy. In our first Playa Post segment, Rex reads a listener’s comment, who refutes our 2015 deep Playa experience. Also, we get promise rings!
Burning Man's Publisher, Jon, calls in to Accuracy Third from Israel, because that’s where he is. D-Day, Rex, & Beth hear a bit about Israel’s regional burn, Midburn, before we delve into the inner workings of the seasonal nature of being a Burning Man employee. Believe it or not, they’ve got a nonstandard corporate culture there. We also get a great story on how Black Rock City is objectively better than the streets of San Francisco, plus you’ll hear how you can get your very own job with the Burning Man Organization.
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Moose works for Gate, and she’s chatting with D-Day & Rex about goddamn near everything insider-Burning Man. You’ll hear all about the bullshit that goes down behind the scenes of Black Rock City, and then you’ll hear why Gate can’t have nice things. All that, a whole lot more, plus we’ll tell you how to volunteer for The Man.
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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.
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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
Featuring music by Midtown Social
Featuring Music by Vagabondage
Presenting for your reference, Accuracy Third’s completely unsanctioned advice on the best ways to prepare for, acculturate, survive, and enjoy Black Rock City. Whether you’ve been before or not, there’s a lot to learn–or at least disagree with–about the Accuracy Third crew’s opinions on how to do it right. We broke the Burning Man experience down into three parts: How Not to Fuck-Up Going to Burning Man, How Not to Fuck-Up Burning Man, and How to Un-fuck Your Burn. Absolutely all the things you need to know as far as we’re concerned!
Featuring music by Midtown Social