Marfa Myths Festival: A Photo Diary By Quilt’s Anna Fox Rochinski

by Anna Fox Rochinski

My band Quilt was invited to play the 3rd annual Marfa Myths festival in March 2016. We had been lucky enough to play in its inaugural year, back in 2014, and it was great, but this time really took the cake because of how truly chock-full of good times it all was. Like, holy shit. Highlights include seeing Lower Dens and Parquet Courts, making avocado toast in the morning at the house on the hill, singing with Connan Mockasin, ordering pizza late at night and sitting in front of the fireplace, chilling with some horses, perusing rocks and crystals at Moonlight Gemstones, eating the worst microwaveable mozzarella sticks of all time in a group of people who were all simultaneously experiencing how terrible they were, watching a moth almost die in the ketchup, driving to the Marfa Lights and seeing lots of stars, playing with Mary Lattimore, and watching Dungen live score a phenomenal animated film from 1926. Phew!

Here are some pictures, mostly of me and the Quilt members, taken on disposable cameras and my Nikon EM to help document this bizarre journey.

0001 00AHere I am outside El Cosmico with Rachel Barnhart from Mexican Summer. She’s a really great gal. I like the stripey lighting that is falling over us.

0002 0ALadies and gentlemen, June West.

0003 1ANatalie Mering and Shane Butler, two dear friends of mine, doing their trademark photo poses.

0005 3AI saw this exhibit during Heron Oblivion’s set on the first night of Marfa Myths. There was a fog machine inside this little room, so you had to peer through the smoky mass to see the paintings and drawings.

0006 4AKeven strolling along the train tracks during sunset.

0007 5AThe sunset, view from the house on the hill.

0008 6ARachel, John and Shane on the porch.

0009 7ARachel, again.

0010 8A copyThe house on the hill, featuring many cacti, three horses, two dogs, and two roadrunners fucking in the backyard (seriously).

0010 8AJohn Joseph Andrews, Jr.

0011 9A copyHere I am with the handsome white horse that lived in the backyard of the house we stayed in. He spent most of his time in this little hut, but he didn’t seem to mind.

0011 9AThis picture makes me laugh because a.)the light happens to just be illuminating the entirety of John’s face, and b.) the shadow on this ceramic ball makes it look like I’m holding a giant butt.

0012 10A copyThe little dog in the backyard that wouldn’t shut up, but in kind of a cute way.

0012 10AHere I am again, rolling along in the desert on a disembodied Kardashian ass.

0013 11A Mr. Horse doing what he does best.

0014 12AJune and the other two horses.

0015 14AAlex the photographer. I took this right before he took a photo of us sitting on the mantle in the house.

0016 14A Keven bought these weird yellow leather gloves for $15 at a gas station and was so into them.

0017 15A I could say this is “the squad”, but I’m not going to because I’m getting soooo sick of the word “squad”.

0018 16AMary Lattimore, harpist and human extraordinaire.

0020 18AJohn and I stumbled into the Marfa radio station to look around after we got some coffee, and they asked us to do some “radio drops”, which is when you take a deep breath and say, like, “This is so and so and you’re listening to….” in your best cool-calm-and-collected NPR voice.

0020 19AJohn, Keven and Rory just having a laugh like a couple of regular old chaps that have laughs together all the time.

0021 19AJohn n’ June.

0021 20AI grew up in New England in a granite house built in 1823, so southwestern architecture will always look exotic to me no matter what.

0022 20A We were in a Walmart for sooooooo long, and then finally got to Marfa and someone took this picture of me.

0022 21AApproaching El Cosmico.

0023 22A Moonlight Gemstones — like heaven on earth.

0024 22AShane ‘n’ June.

0024 24AI hope I never own a car larger than our tour van, but if I had to, I’d get an RV.

Screen Shot 2016 04 27 at 1.00.23 AM copyHere I am with Connan Mockasin the night our bands played at El Cosmico. We also played “Hissing My Plea” together, which was completely nuts.

0027 25ABonus pic: John reading the Shining in the backseat and getting emotional.

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