Features

Sage Harrington and Jared Putnam of Sage & Jared's Happy Gland Band

What’s Your Deal, Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band?

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Sage & Jared’s Happy Gland Band will be unleashing happiness upon Pyragraph’s ReLaunch party, and we’re feeling positively engorged. More

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Sini Anderson, Director of The Punk Singer

Burning Questions for Sini Anderson, Director of The Punk Singer Inga chats with her former flatmate about Sister Spit, sobriety and filmmaking

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Sini Anderson co-founded Sister Spit, the raucous spoken word tour, and directed The Punk Singer, an award-winning doc about Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna. More

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Cactus Tractor

What’s Your Deal, Cactus Tractor?

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Cactus Tractor is a multi-person Bohemian Pop Folk Disco (beau-pop-faux-disc) band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More

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Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses

Burning Questions for Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses How the project morphed from art to community revitalization

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Rick Lowe’s Project Row Houses began as 22 abandoned shotgun-style houses in Houston’s Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American communities. More

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Floozy by Anne Hallet

What’s Your Deal, Floozy?

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I’m telling you, people, Floozy is fun. I’ve played a few shows with them here in Abuquerque and never fail to enjoy their energy, their spark. The last show we did together was an all-women Lou Reed tribute—at the end of … More

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AJ Woods

What’s Your Deal, AJ Woods?

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AJ plays folk rock songs that are somehow both timeless and evocative of an earlier time; I’m not sure how he accomplishes that. More

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Brett Sparks in the studio

Burning Questions with Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family Brett shares his recording secrets and what he thinks of "True Detective"

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The Handsome Family’s spare, supernatural and timeless sound on their recordings is no accident. Brett Sparks shared how he captures that sound. More

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James Judd

What’s Your Deal, James Judd?

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James Judd is a monologist (a fancy word for “storyteller”) who lives in Manhattan. Years ago he and I shared an office at a legal publisher in Berkeley. More

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Marty Crandall and Nick Noeding Jr. of High Desert

Burning Questions for Marty Crandall of High Desert Marty takes a break from moving to answer questions and share a preview track

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It is time to rejoice again, for Marty is about to release a new album, this time with a project called High Desert. More

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Attitude Change: I Am An Artist #20

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If an artist finds commercial success, does it mean she’s necessarily sold out? Can money reliably be the result of authentic/natural art? More

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Burning Questions with New Orleans Gallery Owner Taylor Lyon

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I’ve known plenty of very talented artists who just couldn’t get their careers going cause they weren’t willing to go down to the mines and dig it up. More

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Burning Questions with Duct Tape Joe, New Orleans Sideshow Clown

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I first met him before all the face tattoos, back in Florida when he was 15, painting his eyelashes white and sewing other people’s hair into his own hair. More

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Panhandle Slim's workspace

Burning Questions with Artist Panhandle Slim Attracting both fans and vandals with his public art

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The painting of Barack Obama had been defaced with appalling graffiti. Stunned, I contacted Panhandle Slim to ask him a few Burning Questions. More

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Burning Questions for James Sturm, Center for Cartoon Studies Director

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James Sturm is director and co-founder of the Vermont-based Center for Cartoon Studies, a school devoted to cartooning and sequential storytelling. More

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HealthCare.gov website

Affordable Care Act Resources for Creatives Pyragraph's favorite sources of info on Obamacare

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Here’s our list of best resources for creatives on researching and choosing a health insurance product under Obamacare. Please share yours in the comments.

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Resources

Rich Stim

Dear Rich: How Do I Get Paid for Book Illustration?

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If a book deal is in the works, and you feel you are entitled to a cut of the earnings, you should seek to become a party to the publishing contract. More


Rich Stim

Music Licensing 101

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How do you get your music into the hands of music supervisors, those gatekeepers who decide whose music is heard during an episode of “Justified”? More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: My Documentary. Her Idea. Who Owns It?

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“Good ideas are common — what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.” More


Contracts and Agreements 101

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The more that you are actively working in your field — whether that means writing for magazines, playing music at clubs, hosting gallery events or building furniture for a hotel — the more you’ll find yourself needing to execute contracts with other businesses and people. More


Blogs

Eva Avenue

What Can Artists Do About Out-of-Control Cops? My creative response to the Albuquerque police problem

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In 2011 I curated a group show called I ♥ Cops in response to APD abuses of power, and similar abuses by out-of-control cops around the nation. More

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Alex McMahon

Telemasters of the Universe A community of Telecaster geeks in the heart of Albuquerque

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To play a well set-up guitar is almost intoxicating—but to be involved in the creation of the guitar, that’s sublime. More

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Billy McCall

How to Make Working Together Work

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I called up my buddy Eric, and asked if he would want to drive out into the middle of the desert to take dirty pictures of a sexy naked girl. (NSFW ahead.) More

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Jeremy Shattuck

Staying Organized, Busy, Inspired and Sexy: Part II

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The most significant lesson I’ve learned as a composer, film editor and writer is that disorganization kills inspiration and slows workflow like nothing else. More

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Antonia Montoya

No Skin off My Nose: Taking Criticism Without Losing Your Way

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It took many years of self-work to realize that my creativity had stagnated because of a two-minute interaction with a nun in the first grade. More

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Cristina Olds

How to Walk Away From a Sure Thing Drop out; move to Central America; name your career

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From the my office window, I watched red-tailed hawks hunting and mountain bikers riding single-track in the foothills. I longed for more. More

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Jed Alexander

Art Is Work

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To fully value it, people need to see art-making in the same light as their own work—with all its frustrations, labor and discipline. More

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Mia Kaplan

How To Inventory Artwork

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Archiving one’s work is a necessary component for sharing it in a larger context. More

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Alexandra Gjurasic

Gjurasic Factor: Climbing Out of the Creative Gulch

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Once I’ve moved to a new town, home or studio I am just unable to make art. I don’t have my mojo for a bit. I call it the Creative Gulch. More

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Alex McMahon

As Live as Possible Keeping the spark of live performances in our next studio release

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Some of my favorite albums are born in noisy rooms, with hard-soled shoes on wooden floors, and feel like the band’s playing in a living room, just for you. More

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Alexandra Gjurasic

Gjurasic Factor: Working on the Road A conversation with my house guest and silk painter, Erin Hilleary

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My friend Erin Hilleary arrived on my doorstep with her one-year-old son and pit-bull. I sat her down as an expert traveling artist, to get her advice. More

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Kato Pop

Voice vs. Branding for Artists

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I’m like, oh I need to have a “brand identity”; I should “brand” myself. But then I shudder. I’m not ready to commit to a scar burned into my haunches. More

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Mia Kaplan

Beyond the Canvas: Making Your Work Accessible How My Issues Turned Into A Dress

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Identifying your audience and making your work accessible is an important part of becoming a professional artist. More

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Mariah Fox

Tax Tips from a Math Moron

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How does a freelance artist who is especially challenged by numbers submit taxes every year with nearly no snags? Follow these tips to avoid math meltdown. More

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Jeremy Shattuck

Staying Organized, Busy, Inspired and Sexy: Part I

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It’s especially difficult to stay on task and meet deadlines on the road. That’s why I want to share some of the writing mantras I’ve learned. More

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