Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Sky Clipper -- new short story

The wonderful editors at Quip Literary Review have published my short story "Sky Clipper" in their yearning summer Issue 5. Very grateful for their caring treatment. Read "Sky Clipper" here! I wrote this story over many drafts some time back, but suddenly the latest iteratrion feels timely and true in a new way. Strange how often that happens. 

For those following along, this short story is set in the same fictional Ozark town and narrative universe wherein my late unpublished novel The Weightless Machine takes place. But I try something different with perspective, style, and voice in every text, and "Sky Clipper" is no different. I'm glad to have these stories in the world, available, so I may move on. 

You may also download a stylish PDF of the entire issue at the Quip Literary Review website!

Friday, November 05, 2021

Either Raygun Or

Wonderful news! My short story "Either Raygun Or" appears in the Fall 2021 issue of storySouth — their 20th Anniversary issue! Many thanks to a fine publication, exceptional company, and super super cool fiction editor! "Either Raygun Or" remixes early 80's Ozark punk, Ronald Reagan, Brian Wilson, and Neil Young into something I find sweet and strange. I'm deeply glad it has gone wild in the world. 

Read it here:

Other than that, I don't know. All my love.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

They Once Had Horses

 Charles Horak, producer/co-writer of the short film "They Once Had Horses," gifted me this sweet print taken on set. We shot in the wild desert hill country east of El Paso, a desolate canyon, and the day- and night-long production effectively simulated the events of the short film. Lucky McKee is a deeply artistic and weird writer/director, and it was a pleasure to work with my old friend in new ways. 

The Deathcember film anthology is now available on all major streaming and video services. Twenty-four bizarre holiday-themed horror shorts, including our horror-western "They Once Had Horses." Check it out! It's a buddy movie really, and those who have watched or read my work will know that's one of my favorite genres. Acting alongside the great thespian Sean Bridgers (Deadwood, Get Shorty) is a highlight of my life. As always, the most important thing is that I learned a lot, made new knowledge to apply in future opportunities.

Other than that, I'm still working, singing, teaching. Putting out fires. I wish you well.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

They Once Had Horses

 I have been away a long time. Another away, another long time. You may have wondered what ridiculous thing I'm doing now. Family, teaching, holding it together, hoping and working for some kind of breakthrough in what (I am afraid) seems like a historical and/or maybe epistemological human wrongness.

But I'm still scratching things in walls, putting ink to paper, mind to puzzles, notes to birds.

I wanted to let you know, mom, that the last real movie I acted in is streaming RIGHT NOW from the El Paso Film Festival. "They Once Had Horses" is a western-horror short film made by one of my longtime hard-road buddies, Edward Lucky McKee. The movie falls under my personal favorite genre, the dark and funny and strange buddy movie (producers, again I remind you, like screaming into a black hole: I have a pile of specs, you dingbats, get in before the bidding starts (or don't, wait for the bidding, actually (start the bidding, please, I'm begging you))). The movie is sweet and stylish. A kind of departure. The process was a thrill not only because of the smart material and direction, but also because I got to act opposite one of my favorite performers, the truly talented Sean Mackenzie Bridgers (Deadwood, Get Shorty). We filmed "They Once Had Horses" with a tight local crew of friends in an actual desolate canyon east of El Paso.

And we have more good news. "They Once Had Horses" is part of the Deathcember film anthology, which is coming to you this year. Shout Factory / Scream Factory will release the film on all major digital platforms on November 24, 2020, and then on cable on demand on December 1. The fun, strange Deathcember is an advent horror anthology, 24 short films, 24 doors to hell. Thus, pure documentary street realism for the 21st century. 

There are some other things. I signed an option for one of the old screenplays, but who knows how such things play out. The novel's still looking for a wise friend and has since kind of become the world, a long arc of my work. A few short stories are circulating. My focus today as a teacher (facilitator really, when it works) is on other writers, other readers, the world, the worlds. Reading, listening, learning. But I hope to keep creating where and when the work matters.

More than anything I wish the world wasn't on fire. And that is on us. 

I love you. Thank you.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

They Once Had Horses

The cool team behind the upcoming holiday horror film anthology DEATHCEMBER have released some images from "They Once Had Horses," a dark western written and directed by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) in which I act alongside Sean Bridgers (Deadwood, Get Shorty). It was good to perform again, stretch the mind, soul, and bones. I dove deep making this flick, way out in the middle of a cold rural canyon with a small but mightily creative crew, and I think the results work. The movie is sweet, scary, and moving. I'm excited for people to see it. You may follow DEATHCEMBER on out the Youtube, TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Gateway to the Rest

Yes, yes, yes. My short story "Gateway to the Rest" appears in the new summer issue of Eclectica Magazine, one of the most venerable online literary publications. I'm still stunned about this. I wrote the first of many drafts of this story in 2013. Since then everything and nothing has changed. I am so happy Maizy's story may be read.

You may read "Gateway to the Rest" by clicking here.

A neat coincidence is that my story and the others are accompanied by the artwork of an El Paso friend, artist/writer Belinda Subraman.

Many, many thanks to editor Tom Dooley for the keen eye, good decisions, and dynamic venue.

Another great thing is that today I also finished what might be the final draft of another long-in-process story with which I am wildly happy. Each story is completely different from the others in consciousness, point of view, universe, etc, and the new one is again something/someone singular. Hopefully I may share it soon.

The work continues.

My contributor notes may be read here.

"Justin David Stone grew up in rural southern Missouri but lives now with his wife and daughter in El Paso, Texas, a community he cherishes. 'Gateway to the Rest,' which he describes as set in a landscape between dirt realism and bruised myth, below past, present, and future, is his first publication. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Texas El Paso Bilingual Creative Writing Program and a BA in film/video production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has taught creative writing and first-year writing at UTEP. He writes novels, stories, poetry, screenplays, and songs. He wrote and directed the DIY feature Motel, Glimpse. He produced one season (so far) of the performative podcast Rookie Night Radio Theater. He's acted in numerous movies, music videos, and stage productions. He plays with prose, poetry, and comedy many places online, including Justin Stone's Creekbed."

Saturday, July 13, 2019

They Once Had Horses

Super excited to announce that I act in the forthcoming holiday horror anthology Deathcember. Click here to see the teaser trailer and read about the film's acquisition by Epic Pictures. Even better, my short is written and directed by Lucky McKee, whom I consider one of our wild eyed auteurs. Even better better, I work alongside one of our best actors, Sean Bridgers (Deadwood, Get Shorty). I think ours is a pretty, weird, moving film, and I'm glad it's coming into the world. Get up under the Christmas tree.

You may follow Deathcember on their Twitter and Facebook and probably other places I know nothing about.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Squeegee your third eye, ready blankets and water: my story "Gateway to the Rest" comes your way next week from a sweet, wise publication. Been a long time.

Monday, May 06, 2019

One of my short stories was a finalist for Ruminate Magazine's 2019 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Many tantalizing near landings these late years. Here's to the ground. You.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Weightless Machine

If you are in possession of The Weightless Machine please be advised that all former models—machines spanning the years 2015-2018—have been recalled. Please do not climb inside those machines. We repeat: ***Do not get inside The Weightless Machine.*** Thank you for your feedback; please use that pile to kindle a fire or sop a flood. After many months of renewed 4 a.m. experiment, we believe we have optimized the experience. We believe this The Weightless Machine that works. The novel in the novel in the novel. In any event, it is all it can be, anachronism or hulk or  flame-out or silence comedy.

As it turns out, I needed my daughter to figure missing calculations. She utilized something she calls Vertigo's Cure. I don't know. 22nd Century New Philosophy, she says. Weird. Probably a lie. But it cured! I woke to the ghost writing, laughing, crying. Floating. If you're a publisher or a producer, my daughter asks what the frig you're waiting for? Some kind of mechanical goddang third eye? Not going to happen until it's too late, friend. Squeegee what you got. Me, she's ordered to move along, please, finish the new thing, any frigging thing but. And I agree.

"If I talked I would become like any other comedian." —Charly Champlin

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Weightless Machine

"They all talked at once, their voices insistent and contradictory and impatient, making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words."

The Sound and the Fury

This was one of the epigraphs to my new novel but it's an epigraph to every worthwhile novel.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Beast, Bakhtin

Ravaging Bakhtin, revising The Beast. Ready the contracts, sanitize (please) the gold pen.

(I'm in a lot of trouble.)

Thursday, February 28, 2019


"Flicker" is one of the older songs I've demoed in several versions but haven't refined. I like this take raw and ugly. Recorded at Winter House. Burnpile's album Burnpile.

all these gods, these baubles, these forget-me-nots—they get lost
all these farthingales and ruffs and cuffs and other pretty things—they gather dust

Other song demos at my soundcloud page:

Among the other dreams is the doubled album.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The unwritten. Play me the one that says I love you.

Does anyone know where we can get these Bright Starts Automatic Bouncer tracks on vinyl? Where we can hear the dust and feel the light? We already miss these sweet, melancholy, sun-limned days. Being and dreaming. Like a narrative universe in Miranda July’s mind. Me and you and everyone we do not know. Our old beds and worn rockers. Our bright woodsheds and unread stories. The unwritten. Play me the one that says I love you. I love you.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

I guess the thing is

I guess I should start out by telling you I'm four months old. I'm coming to appreciate the practice of critical re-reading. Just like writing's in the re-vision and learning's in the listen, reading's in the careful re-read. A thing can be both overvalued and undervalued, if you know what I mean. Both too read and misread. Take for example the whole goddamn world. Most of the guys I know are a first draft, half glance, clumsy-tongued gang of liars.

My old man's not really the worst guy in the world. He's just a little wet in the shoes, you could say. A bit battered about the ears.

Every time I think I figured anything out I haven't. I guess the thing is I wish for others even more than myself. That we can sleep and dream and be in the world all at the same time.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

nice work

The work is so silent even the shortest handwritten note on a formal rejection from a favorite literary magazine—Zoetrope: All-Story—feels almost like a human connection:

nice work

Things never worked out for my old man

My 8-day old daughter was talking in sleep and she said, " . . . things never worked out for my old man . . . " She's brilliant.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Greasing Up the Third Eye

I appear in the music video for Tim Rutili and Craig Ross's song "Greasing Up the Third Eye." Ghettoblaster Magazine debuts the video here. Longtime collaborators Zach Passero directs and Lucky McKee gives chase. Moreover, I've been seeking refuge in Tim's music (CalifoneRed Red Meat, much more) for many years. So this one is goddang special to me. Tim and Craig's new album 10 Seconds to Collapse is available now from Jealous Butcher Records. If you don't know Tim's music, seek out.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

By the River

Kevin Ford's By the River: Further Downstream is a "supplemental extension of the non-fiction film" that "artfully weaves together a wide variety of extended scenes". You may find some of me in these searching documentations and you may also find some of my poetry read into new life by Ellar Coltrane. Much love to Ford, Coltrane, and Adrien Brody for opening windows and wormholes.

I hope you are well. I know it's difficult. But it ought not be. Things need not be as they are. You deserve to be happy. We are not in a race, we are not in a market, we are not in a fight. We are human beings and much has conspired to limit our being. Let us value and invest one another, our shared existence, our planet. Rather than endless impossible nightmare tasking let us help each other live for experience and wonder.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Return of Rookie Night Radio Theater

Thanks to our founding friends at Freekradio. . .

Every episode from the first season of Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater is available now for on-demand listening. You need not even demand. You may listen to other good stuff too, including the By the River podcasts which also contain pieces of me.

You can put your fist through this whole lousy beautiful town.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Legs & By the River (Kevin Ford!)

Much of the recent, resonant Kevin Ford cinematic catalog is now available here on Amazon prime. I appear in the creative documentary By The River, as do many pieces of my poetry/prose read by Ellar Coltrane. In the narrative feature Legs I act alongside Eddie Steeples, Angela Bettis, Jesse Hlubik and others. Legs also features great music by No Surrender and Califone. Both of these very different movies are personal favorites of those I've been lucky to be part of the collective. I also highly recommend The Bomb, Ford's stunning, timely and unfortunately necessary documentary collaboration with Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser. One may keep up with Ford's multifaceted good work via the Mo-Freek twitter (I don't like typing that word).

By The River and Legs are also available via Vimeo: You may experience Legs here and By The River here.

Other updates for mom, dad and the hummingbirds: I'm sending out a new poetry/prose collection called The Sky Is Wet (publishers? are you my secret timely reader?), and the new screenplay may have momentum.

Autumn's turning and you know what that means. I love you. Thank you. Please further the good fight, the fight for good. We are in trouble but we can be incredibly resourceful, creative and collaborative.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Dozens of Stellar's jays shecking in the woodsy end of the arroyo right now if you know what I mean

"If you do not use language you are used by it." — C.D. Wright

"Shadow boxing
when I heard you on the radio
I just don't know"
— James Todd Smith

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Getting back out there. Available NOW for office parties, birthday,s, pic-nics, data entry, substitute, writing. Needs insurance. Plz share. Been a long road, thnx

Saturday, September 23, 2017

American Short Fiction

One of my short stories was selected semifinalist in American Short Fiction's Fiction Prize. I love this practice, this craft, this life process — the wondrous intersection of reading, writing, learning, being. I will work always to realize more effectively, more vividly.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Inky, Viscous, Halfway-There

Agents from I don't know where (National Geographic? NASA? HUAC? Chillax Brothers Reunion Committee? Sundance Film Lab? Kubrick's estate?) murdered me minutes after the sun snapped this photograph. I'm afraid there will be a podcast or docudrama this fall. Don't tune or dial or drop or click or dip or check or buzz in. Please. Remember me as I was: inky, viscous, halfway-there, compromised, sometimes scratching, sometimes soughing.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Justin David Stone — Songs, Songs

I posted a new batch of old song demos over at the Justin Stone Soundcloud page. These worn friends weren't going anywhere anytime soon and needed some air. Raw, rough, discordant, searching. I'm glad I got these down when I did, though the whole works keep evolving.

Carry song, friends.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

scrambled toast and legs (part three)

Justin Stone video art — sometime early 2000s (?) — excerpted from a longer piece titled scrambled toast and legs — edited between hi8 video camera and an Orion 4head/digital audio tracking VCR

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

By The River available on Vimeo On Demand

Kevin Ford and Ellar Coltrane's creative documentary By The River is now available to buy or rent via Vimeo On Demand:

Many pieces of my poetry appear, read by Ellar over the course of the narrative, and I do too. A unique work. Many thanks to Kevin and Ellar for making us part of this good project and for carrying fire.

From Vimeo: "By The River is a an experimental feature length documentary following a young man (Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood) as he travels cross-country on a train gathering sounds and recording conversations about life, creativity, and personal growth with people he meets along the way. Featuring original music by Don Piper, Califone, and poetry by Justin David Stone. Also available with purchase, two bonus features: Further Downstream is a one hour companion film made up of additional scenes from the movie and By The River - Lomokino is a seven minute short film collage on a hand-cranked 35 mm camera."

"For an even deeper dive, please check out the official By The River Podcast, featuring extended conversations from the film, as well as original music by Brian Dillon and Michael Barnhart. Available free on iTunes:"

Filmmaker Richard Linklater said, "So searching and feeling . . . the film is a brave and sincere attempt at communication."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Ten Thousand Swamp Things

These old (what? poetry? prose? creative nonfiction? confessional?) manuscripts vex me. Written prior to any focused literary study, hard wisdom, or sense of the publishing "business," today I can bring myself neither to revise the material nor pass it to anyone, and yet I have an undeniable fondness for each one. The Ten Thousand Swamp Things.

I also cannot deny: I once composed, and even revised, with an unfettered earnestness that is often difficult today to find. And these manuscripts do not include the screenplays.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gateway to the Rest

I am heartened my short story "Gateway to the Rest" was a finalist in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. You may see the list of winners and finalists here. Glimmer Train is a great literary journal, Susan and Linda are strong editors/readers, and it's nice know the work means something to someone. I feel a bit old to be in the running for anything called new, but such is the complex nature of literary fiction, late blooming, and life. The work continues. "Gateway to the Rest" remains in revision and I hope one day it finds a place to be, where you might read. A whole body of new stories and poems are in revision, searching for places to be.

Friday, January 27, 2017

By The River - The Podcast

"A young man, Ellar Coltrane, travels the Western U.S. with an audio recorder, gathering sounds of the world and conversations about life, creativity, and personal growth with people he meets along the way. This is the extended audio podcast version of By The River, a non-fiction movie by Kevin Ford. This podcast series features poetry by Justin David Stone. Source Audio by Ellar Coltrane and Kevin Ford. Sound Design and Original Music by Brian Dillon and Michael Barnhart."

Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Year Justin Stone Broke

The Year Justin Stone Broke

Friday, September 23, 2016

Motel, Glimpse

Nobody asked for it and now here it is. Unchain your dogs and hatch your chickens because Saturday night, September 23 (which, nicely, is Art House Movie Day) my movie Motel, Glimpse gives El Paso the weird-eye, the wet-foot, and the wobble. Many thanks to Mother of Pearl Film Festival and Alamo Drafthouse for making this happen and enabling my questionable habits.

The next public screening may be another decade so hire a housesitter and a fireman. Invite Confusion's second cousin.

Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo and Mother of Pearl invite you to the Mother of Pearl Film Festival

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


LEGS, a movie I acted in several years ago, is now available via Vimeo On Demand. Directed by Kevin Ford (Three Days, The Bomb), LEGS features great performances by Eddie Steeples (My Name is Earl) and Angela Bettis (May), with music by legendary NYC hiphop group No Surrender. I get to a play a familiar stranger named X. This one's a good movie and I'm glad it's out there.

LEGS from Legs on Vimeo.

Monday, June 06, 2016

By the River

BY THE RIVER is a great new film by Kevin Ford and Ellar Coltrane (BOYHOOD). I'm happy to be in the film but even happier that Ellar reads many pieces of my unpublished poetry and prose throughout. Coming later this year.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Another Thing

The new novel. I don't know.

Monday, March 07, 2016


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Europa Music Festival

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater — Episode 2!

Dog made Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater Episode Two (Season One) available here. (In this episode, you will remember, Doug wakes from a very weird dream and goes for a swim in the sea.)

Other than that

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Wedding of Hannah and Zach

(Photograph by Kevin Ford)

The Wedding of Hannah and Zach,
A Song for Hannah and Zach

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

LEGS (2013) - Official Trailer [HD]: starring EDDIE STEEPLES

Here is a new trailer for Kevin Ford's forthcoming movie LEGS, produced by and featuring my friends Eddie Steeples (My Name Is Earl) and Angela Bettis (May; Carrie; Girl, Interrupted), in which I play a character named "X." It is a good movie and I hope you may see it soon!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater — Episode 3! — The Very Special Rock and Roll Show!

A heady flashback. A falling down. Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater Episode 3 -- The Very Special Rock And Roll Show. A four a.m. walk outside Dead Shirt, Florida.

Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater, Episode #3

Sunday, April 21, 2013


I am happy to announce that I have been accepted by and will be joining the Bilingual MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. Additionally, I will be a Teacher Assistant with the English Department in the First-Year Composition Program, a 3-year Teacher Assistantship. I am grateful and honored to be allowed this undertaking in El Paso, Texas, a place I dearly love and am proud to call home. The journey continues.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater — Episode 1!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Photograph by Arianna Parsons

Thursday, May 10, 2012

This Present Songcraft

Here are easy links to performances of new songs last fall. These bootlegs feature not so great live audio sound but nonetheless I like these videos. Special thanks to Zach Passero for documenting this show. I am looking to play more shows now. These are glimpses of but a few of the songs comprising a kind of body of work that consumed me mid through late last year, and I am proud of the content.

Ambulant's Dream
Houston Zoo >> Earthlodge
Carry Ann
The Night Old Dixie Drove Off The Road

I have other song demos posted at Justin Stone's soundcloud page, and then more (mostly older demos) posted at Justin Stone and the Sea of Tuscumbia's myspace page. Here too is the Earthlodge music video by Burnpile.

In other news, the Dead Shirt city council recently voted to buy new (and much needed!) uniforms for the co-ed softball team Dead Shirt Dusk Devils in the wake of last year's breakout season. Great job, folks. Small ball. Way to put those bunts down and move about the bases. In the same meeting the city council, on a unanimous 5-3 vote, approved the new city motto: "That no one would know." Thanks for the submission, Doug. You have a touch with glyph.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Stone, Ford, Passero

Justin Stone, Kevin Ford, Zach Passero
Photograph Kevin Ford

As Kevin said, "The Boy Band is all grown up now."

Friday, April 20, 2012

LEGS, a film by Kevin Ford

One may see me in this trailer for the upcoming film LEGS:

Director Kevin Ford of Mo-Freek films says, "We are finally getting close to being finished with our latest Mo-Freek movie LEGS and hope to be screening the movie by late 2012."

Written by Chris Sivertson and featuring performances by Eddie Steeples, Angela Bettis, Jesse Hlubik and others, as well as a score by Tim Rutili (Califone, Red Red Meat), LEGS is the latest in an intriguing and dynamic shared body of work between Kevin, Steeples and Angela. I love these friends and am honored to be a part of their lives and art!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Photograph by Walter Royall

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Justin Stone's Creekbed

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lauren & Kelsey's wedding

Check out the great photographs that Next To Me Studios, based in San Diego, produced at the wedding of Lauren and Kesley Brookes in September of this year, for which I wrote a long new poem and conducted the ceremony. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful moment in this life, and I still ring inside at the very thought of it all.

One may contact or find out more about San Diego's Next To Me Studios here on their Facebook page.

 Photography by Next to Me Studios

Friday, November 04, 2011

Campaign To Re-brand America

Campaign To Re-brand America

Freckle and Sons Media Consultants

Friday, October 07, 2011

Ambulant's Dream

Like a long vowel / you make your own name

Bootleg video of me performing my song 'Ambulant's Dream' at a very recent show. I apologize for the sound quality. 'Tis but a glimpse of the songwork I am presently doing.

I posted a few other of my songs from that night on my youtube page here:

Justin Stone's 1 Easy Pieces


Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Night Old Dixie Drove Off The Road

I offer you a little glimpse of me rehearsing among friends for my performance of this Friday evening, 30 September 2011, following a night of heady theatre by The Border Theatre as part of their ongoing series Exhibitions In Dis/Connection 2011. I attended Exhibitions this past weekend and it was really cool! Come to the Glasbox (1500 Texas Ave, El Paso) this Friday night. I will admit that I am prepping a songpoem cycle loosely called 'The Night Old Dixie Drove Off The Road,' or, 'You Look Like You're Losing Weight,' having accidentally deleted the songpoem cycle 'Read These Tits And Weep.' It's confusing, but we're gonna be there hashing things out, making amends, etc. Anything you can bring to prop this long body up, please do so; I'm suddenly very light-headed.


Dear Black Hole,

I am playing a set of mostly new songs tomorrow night, Friday, September 30, following a night of theatrical exhibitions being presented by the Border Theatre. I'm told I will play around 9:00 pm. Come see the plays starting at 7:00 pm. At the Glasbox. Beautiful El Paso, Texas.

I hear that you're building your little house deep in the desert. I hope you're keeping some kind of record.

j. stone

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Song for Lauren and Kelsey

In what was the most exhilarating and purposeful day of my life thus far, I conducted the wedding ceremony for my dear friends and beloveds Lauren Passero and Kelsey Brookes in San Diego, California in a park between a setting sun and a rising nearly full moon on Saturday, September 10, 2011. An electric evening and weekend, full and alive. Thank you so much, friends. I love you.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

A New Theater

I will be playing some of my songs on the evening of Friday, September 30, 2011, as part of El Paso's The Border Theatre's Exhibitions in Dis/Connection 2011. The Exhibitions run the last two weekends of September and promise to contain some compelling, vibrant theatre.

Myself, I will be performing songs on the second Friday, September 30, following the night's theatre. It will be wild, weird. Fun. Funny. Good. Come out and support! Tickets are very reasonably priced.

To get more information and/or purchase advance tickets you may click here! Thank you!

Things are building. Growing. Gathering strength and purpose.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Preston School of Industry's "Caught In The Rain" music video

Another era's delight -- here is the music video for the song "Caught In The Rain" by Preston School of Industry (aka Spiral Stairs) that Zach Passero, Chris Heinrich and I made a few years ago in the township of El Paso, Texas. This is a higher quality version of the video than has been on the Interbytes. The song is a great song and this video makes me happy.

Go rapture all the time.

I have gone again to sea

Friday, April 22, 2011

New song by Burnpile -- 'Coming In'

Coming In (by Burnpile) by justin stone

New song by our band Burnpile -- 'Coming In' -- featuring good friends Keith Kofoed on charango and Caroline Conroy on cello. More soon! Light a pile.

Another one of your Easter miracles....

Cousin Joey Wales, The Bunny, and Benmont Jefferson

...a glimpse of things to come...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Motel, Glimpse Special Edition DVD

A small reminder that one may purchase the Motel, Glimpse Special Edition DVD over at Tembloroso Creative Lab -- a very cool website/collective started by good friends of mine here in El Paso, Texas, truly one of the great cities of the United States. I kid you not. 'Tis a land of vibration.

Click here to go to Tembloroso's Motel, Glimpse page, where you may also glimpse the latest trailer for the movie. Over the years, there have been roughly five different versions of Motel, Glimpse, and while I miss things from each of them, the final final (for now) version on the Special Edition DVD I am quite happy with. The movie was scored by Jim Ward of the bands At The Drive-In, Sparta, and Sleepercar. As well, the Special Edition DVD features a quite long, fun outtake reel that contains a great many of the scenes that did not make the final version of the film. That reel, something we call Leftover Voodoo, offers a ride in and of itself. Also on the DVD is Episode One of Justin Stone's Rookie Night radio theatre. The DVD is only $10 and you cannot much go wrong with that. More, there will only ever be a finite number of this particular DVD edition.

As well, one may download and watch Motel, Glimpse online via Amazon's Instant Video. Click here to do just that!

So please, check it out. And if you care in the least, pass the word along to a friend. Mention the movie somewhere. Zach and I are developing a new film at this very moment, to be shot in the fall, and I think it is going to a fine surprise.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

'Earthlodge' music video by Burnpile

With the eyes and help of the incomparable Zeque Penya and Julian Quiamboa, Zach Passero and I just shot this music video for the song 'Earthlodge' by our band Burnpile. The 'Pile's heating up.

Burn a pile.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Jersualem -- 'Sleepwalking' video

My Jerusalem - Sleepwalking (Official Video) from My Jerusalem on Vimeo.

I appear in this video for the song 'Sleepwalking' by the band My Jerusalem. The music video was directed by Jess Carfield and shot by Chris Heinrich, the duo with whom I made the Spiral Stairs 'Cold Change' video.

More soon!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Return of Burnpile

Listen to a new song....

Earthlodge v2.1 by justin stone

"Earthlodge," written by Justin Stone, was recently recorded and produced by Zach Passero in El Paso, Texas. It is the first of a big batch of songs that will exist under the band name Burnpile.

These songs are gonna get walked around.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Motel, Glimpse

"Motel, Glimpse" Trailer from Zaebo Pasca on Vimeo.

You may now order the Special Edition DVD of Motel, Glimpse by Justin Stone and Zach Passero over here at the new and spiffy online collective that is Tembloroso Creative Lab.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tembloroso Creative Lab

"Tembloroso Creative Lab is a collaboration between Jim Ward, Kristine Ward, Armando Alvarez, and Brandon Silverstein. Our goal is to provide a worldwide voice for El Paso’s artists and musicians.

We started Tembloroso Creative Lab on May 1, 2009 with the release of Jim Ward’s “In The Valley, On The Shores”, which quickly sold thousands of copies around the world. In addition to music, we now sell posters, t-shirts, shoes, and other pieces of unique art."

Neat stuff! And a new place to order the Special Edition DVD of my movie Motel, Glimpse!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Karst Topography

I have begun newly posting some old art over at Karst Topography! I like the way it looks over there.

"I was bald, naked....
Quite lucky to be alive though"
--Bob Dylan, "Talkin Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cryin All the Time — Benmont & Bess

photography/design by Marlena G. Miller
Moving picture coming soon.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dispatches from the Sand Crab Independent League

A new screenplay is ready. Something that we think may be good.

Home there in your warm guts.

Doobie & Zig Zag, in what was a very long journey across the room.

Half in, half out of the water, your eyes were rafts.

A new screenplay is ready.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Everyone Is On The Moon

Produced circa 2002, this rustic video documents the recording of "Everyone Is On The Moon," a song by Clint Myers and Chris Heinrich. The setting is Justin Stone's Ozark compound, in low light. Song is produced by Zach Passero. Clint, Chris and Zach would go on to form the El Paso-based band Starbag. Later, Clint started the band Youngmond Grand in Austin, Texas. He can still be heard singing songs in the desert. Way out there. Heinrich has appeared on stage with countless bands and has cut a path that can probably be seen from outer space. Zach is still perched over glowing machines making stuff. The Ozark compound is.

I love this video.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater — download episodes now!

You may now download and listen to podcasts of the first six episodes of Justin Stone's Rookie Night radio theater via Freekradio Podcast. Click here to access the Freekradio Podcast Archive and listen to back episodes of Rookie Night. Miss not an hijink, huzzah nor exhalation of this auditory experiment in gut comedy.

Limber up, lumber yard!

UPDATE: Freekradio's got her a warm, well-lit, and velvety new media room over here. Go have a look-see. A listen-see. You will find episodes of Rookie Night for easy listen under the "talk" section of the media room. A lot of neat stuff over there. Kinda like an Atlantis bath-house, if you know what I mean.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Motel, Glimpse available via Amazon's Video On Demand

Our movie Motel, Glimpse is now available to watch by way of Amazon's video on demand service. Click here to instant watch Motel, Glimpse right now!

Of course you may still purchase the Special Edition DVD from the Motel, Glimpse website by clicking here. The Special Edition DVD comes with numerous bonus features, including a 30-minute outtake reel, the USC student short upon which Motel, Glimpse was based, and the inaugural episode of Justin Stone's Rookie Night radio theater.

You never know.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

"Long" -- a song collaboration with Ben Boyer

I've posted the demo of a song called "Long" over at Justin Stone and the Sea of Tuscumbia. "Long" started life as a lovely, urgent instrumental by Ben Boyer, who is one of good taste's last great hopes. As well, Ben is one of my primary spiritual benefactors; he sent the instrumental my way, asking if I might write and sing a song over it. What a gift! A story was composed.

I'd been holding back this admittedly lo-fi demo for a little while, but I've decided now to post it up. Too many good things get lost. What is a museum unused? And all I am is lo-fi. Find your headphones, headspace.

As an added bonus at the Sea of Tuscumbia I've also posted a cover my song "Ketchikan" by Ben. When I heard his version of "Ketchikan" I wept. No finer compliment than to have the work re-imagined by a good soul. I want folks to hear this song.

I highly recommend listening to more of Ben Boyer's music over here. He is one of my favorite voices, be it in song, literature or person.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, lovely

I wish you all the best in your life
I wish you


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Motel, Glimpse Special Edition DVD — like yage, but safe

A grass-stained comic odyssey for the mind in yr guts. If you like On The Road, Two-Lane Blacktop, Bottle Rocket, Dazed & Confused, The Last Picture Show, The Whole Shootin' Match and/or David Lynch's work, you might hold close this little work of independent folk-punk cinema.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Motel, Glimpse Special Edition DVD Available July 27

Cover artwork by Zeque Peñya
Cows sailing over the moon and needles diving up out of haystacks. The Motel, Glimpse Special Edition DVD will be available on Tuesday, July 27 from! The long-awaited is now. You may at this very moment go to the website and pre-order the DVD. Zach and I have put together a rather delicious little package for our mothers. Maybe for you too? Motel, Glimpse will also be available on Amazon, but that version will only be a bare-bones DVD package. To get your mitts on the Special Edition DVD, you may order straight from us. It comes in a purty little digipack, packaged in purty art by Zeque Peñya. Moreover, the Special Edition DVD contains some cool bonus features: a 30 minute deleted scene reel; the original 1996 Motel, Glimpse USC student film short written by me, featuring me and Zach, and shot by friend and filmmaker Chris Sivertson; and the first episode of Justin Stone's Rookie Night radio theater. The DVD will cost you $15, but that also includes shipping and handling. What a deal. The deals are hot this summer at Goongoon Chevrolet. All of you Justin Stone completists are going to want to come by some cash soon. Best pick up an extra weed-whacking gig this week; best start counting out the change you have stored in that giant Captain Morgan's bottle.

In all seriousness, Zach and I are thrilled that this years-in-the-work dreamtime movy is finally packaged up sweet and tidy, mixed and mastered, trim and beefy, surreal and real. Some of you may enjoy it. Some of you might like the ride. Some of you may in fact laugh your asses off. Believe you me, I'm long on to other stories, working on new movies, but to have this first one, this wild baby up and walking around on its's a personal landmark. If it seems like I've been talking about this movie for 10,000 years it is because I have. Some of you have seen various early versions of the movie, but you haven't seen it finished. 

Befriend Motel, Glimpse on Facebook and/or Myspace. If it is of interest to you, please help us spread the word about the movie. 

Place an order for the Special Edition DVD and watch the Motel, Glimpse trailer at 

The next leap is to be longer, higher. We have been working out, we have been meditating. Did you ever go clear? 

j stone

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater — the first three episodes!

Artwork by Zeque Peñya
I am going to make Episodes One, Two, and Three of Rookie Night radio theater available one week for download. Make the journey to Dead Shirt. These shows are best listened to late at night, at a remove of some sort.

Click here to download Rookie Night, Episode One. This show is approximately 52 minutes in length. May cause dizziness.

Click here to download Rookie Night, Episode Two.This show is approximately 43 minutes in length. May induce a sense of floating.

Click here to download Rookie Night, Episode Three -- "The Very Special Rock 'n' Roll Show". This show is approximately 58 minutes in length. May cause you to believe your hair is growing.

Rookie Night, Episode Four is currently airing on in the usual Wednesday and Sunday night time slots. Visit us at

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Justin Stone's Rookie Night Radio Theater

Justin Stone's Rookie Night radio theatrical experiment continues unabated over at Tonight, Sunday June 13th, sees the debut of Episode Three, the Very Special Rock & Roll Show. Wear your finest ears. Muss up your hair and jawline. Stop talking at yourself and changing the channels on every available surface in the known world for one little hour. Let us polish your expectant brain.

Following the Sunday night premiere, Episode Three will then re-run on Wednesday night. Every week this happens. Although I am trying to get a new episode out every Sunday, it is playing out to be more like every other Sunday. This experiment requires a goodly amount of detail and attention. But we are getting better. We are lighting candles, burning off the smell. The lights are appropriately low. Tune in tonight, see what you have been missing.

Rookie Night -- for what most things are not.

The Rookie Night radio theater broadcast schedule, this and every week:

8 pm pacific
9 pm mountain
10 pm central
11 pm eastern

10 pm pacific
11 pm mountain
Midnight central
1 am eastern

You may find details, contact information and more at

Sunday, May 16, 2010

LEGS -- a new movie from Kevin Ford & Eddie Steeples

Mo-Freek’s new feature - LEGS - is about a rock star in peril. This movie by Kevin Ford is now in the works and features Eddie Steeples, Angela Bettis, Tasha Guevara, Justin Stone, Jesse Hlubik, Tim Rutili, and many more…
Kevin Ford is one of my favorite people, a wonderful person and artist, and it is a blast to work with him and a great crew of individuals. This is going to be a fun flick. Check out the numerous projects at Mo-Freek and Freek Speek.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Justin Stone's Rookie Night radio show roll-out...

A new radio show. For the mid-night denizen, the peaked owls, the lost, the hopeful, the crooked of tooth. The voice of Dead Shirt, Florida.

Rookie Night world premiere takes place Sunday night, May 16, 2010. Get bruised.

You may tune in to the always interesting Freekradio at, where you may find numerous ways to listen, via app, iTunes, streaming, etc.

Justin Stone's Rookie Night broadcast schedule:

8 pm pacific
9 pm mountain
10 pm central
11 pm eastern

10 pm pacific
11 pm mountain
Midnight central
1 am eastern

Rookie Night, Episode One is now playing.

What we would like to have happen is new episodes play every Sunday, and then re-run on Wednesday. But it is difficult to know what exactly is coming out of Dead Shirt. Something will air every Sunday and Wednesday at Freekradio.

Eventually every episode will also be available as downloadable podcast. Stay tuned.

Come on down to the county fair at

Monday, March 29, 2010

Froggy Goes A'Courtin'...

Details of how it all went down are almost impossible to ascertain. Mass media paid the event no attention. Messageboard poets of idle, narcotized disbelief and decelerated-learning were caught with their pants on the keyboard. December 2012 is still too far away for the liking of some. An anonymous cinephile reputed to be one of the top research biologists presently stationed in Antarctica demanded it and now it has happened: Zach Passero, enigmatic tight-rope balletist, stained glass artisan, and medieval gamesman, has had a gonzo grindhouse feverdream one protean thinktank is calling Wicked, Wicked Lake.

"But to find religion is only one out of many ways of reaching unity; and the process of remedying inner incompleteness and reducing inner discord is a general psychological process, which may take place with any sort of mental material, and need not necessarily assume the religious form... For example, the new birth may be away from religion into incredulity; or it may be from moral scrupulosity into freedom and license; or it may be produced by the irruption into the individual's life of some new stimulus or passion, such as love, ambition, cupidity, revenge, or patriotic devotion. In all these instances we have precisely the same psychological form of event,--a firmness, stability, and equilibrium succeeding a period of storm and stress and inconsistency. In these non-religious cases the new man may also be born either gradually or suddenly." -- William James
"From out of the rabble and into a quiet expanse we had emerged. My friend was wearing some kind of suddenly-hewn loin cloth. Me, I had lightning in my hand." -- The Unexpurgated Journals of Honourable Captain Jeremiah Headframe

Saturday, March 20, 2010

"In the end, life is a private act." -- Lola Scobey

Updates from a Screamfest mixer...
"In attendance for the industry mixer (which was sponsored by Rachel Belofsky’s horror film festival Screamfest LA, which runs this year October 8 through 17 at Manns 6 at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, CA) were...Wicked Lake alumni Zach Passero, Justin Stone and Luke Thompson..."
As for Zach Passero, the director of the 2008 Fever Dreams/Media Blasters release Wicked Lake, he had some interesting news. It seems the filmmaker was given the opportunity to re-cut the entire flick, and he handed me off a copy of the director’s cut, which in the interim I’ve screened. Passero’s take is a completely different animal and realizes great steps in humanizing the film’s characters by eschewing much of the original cut’s exploitative elements for a more artistic and thoughtful approach. This edit is markedly more coherent and grittier than the original release and features improved pacing and a score which is complimentary to the narrative.
There is no word yet, however, on when we’ll see a DVD or Blu-Ray release of what is being titled Wicked, Wicked Lake, and the call I put in to one of the film’s producers this morning only yielded news of shifting release schedules. April is a possibility, I was told, and one can only hope as Passero’s Wicked, Wicked Lake is a welcome thing and suggests his talent for greater work."
Justin Stone, Zach Passero and Luke Y. Thompson inspire dread...


In other news, motel, glimpse, the Ozark gut-comedy dreamtime movy Zach and I created, ought to soon be available for purchase, rent or download. Stay tuned, nobody. You are alone, you are surrounded by a world. You are hairy, prone to laugh.

I been keeping me at arm's length. Making what might be called the opposite of a name for myself in TV. Completing my "bible of one-liners for awkward situations." Like a cross between Twitter and the Dark Ages. Like a cross between Facebook and a Russian penitentiary. Phone call from a solar storm. Maybe a podcast. Somebody keeps saying "franchise" and I'm hopeful but also nervously unsettled. Like my mom always says:
"Take a shower, try again."
"There's only so many knocks against you."
First day of spring, Chicken! Get some swings in. Throw the ball around. Certain injuries may make a spot available for you up in Double-A.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mystery Train & Engagement

Close enough to nuzzle!

New movie soon. Zach Passero and I. People. An original story. Blinking, delicious things. Belly rolls. Lightfacing windows. Mornings, Days and Nights of the Squirrel.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Spiral Stairs & Benmont Jefferson kiss with tongue -- the "Cold Change" music video

I appear as Benmont Jefferson in the music video for "Cold Change," a good new song by Spiral Stairs. The video, directed by Jess Carfield and shot by Chris Heinrich, is the second music video for a Spiral Stairs song in which I appear. You might remember the "Caught In The Rain" music video? No? Really? You don't remember Doug Doug? No? Nothing?? That's okay. Those were strange times. I'm not sure it actually happened. But you may find a link in this very blog, I think, and take a fresh look, and it might happen all over again, new-like, special.

Spiral is otherwise known as Scott Kannberg, and is also known as Preston School of Industry, and is also also known as a charter member of the recently reunited iconic rock n' roll band Pavement.

Benmont Jefferson is otherwise known as that guy who sleeps down there at the creek.

Update: if you prefer, you may now watch Spiral Stairs' "Cold Change" video on youtube.

Featured in the video are numerous photographs and album designs you've seen here before -- the results of my ongoing collaboration with the fine Marlena Miller.

You will also catch a nice glimpse of one of Benmont's records in the Spiral Stairs "Stolen Pills" video directed by Jess Carfield and shot by Chris Heinrich.

You may find more Benmont Jefferson over at

I am working on a number of other things over here. Life-sized models of lost civilizations, Kachina dolls, book-length prose poems. Nothing you'd care much about, I'm afraid. My back is getting worse and I'm having trouble sleeping (blog!) but most other things are doing alright. I'm trying to do good.

My apologies, Love....