Jim Trainer

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In Uncategorized on June 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

CONTACT: Jim Trainer: 512-203-6288, jamesmichaeltrainer@gmail.com

Austin Poet and Singer/Songwriter Jim Trainer Reads From His Full Length Poetry Collection

I don’t know why
between trouble&the Blues
we’re expected to function this way
some small window
some real gamble
we may have
day in the sun
we may ride high
some fearless Nights
we will have to come back down
we will have to hash it out
between trouble&the Blues.

-from between trouble&the Blues by Jim Trainer

June 10, 2013, Philadelphia, PA: Jim Trainer will read from his debut poetry collection, Farewell to Armor, on June 27, 2013, at Mugshots (
1925 Fairmount Avenue
 19130). The reading will also feature American Book Award winning poet Lamont Steptoe and visual artist, singer/songwriter and poet Bevan McShea (Pheonix Veil).

Jim Trainer is a communicator. Growing up in the hardcore punk scene of the early ’90s taught him everything he needed to know about real work. Trainer put in the work, playing a vivid mix of blues/folk music around venues up and down the east coast, across the country, and many, many Philadelphia bars, house concerts, and coffee shops. It gained him a following, becoming known for his intense style that rode the artistic fine balance of romantic longing and unexpected social commentary. Trainer also read his poetry out extensively, and one of the readings led to his first full-length poetry book, Farewell to Armor, published by local press WragsInk.

Trainer took inspiration from a Bukowski biography, learning that the great poet didn’t start writing until he was 35. That’s when he really got serious about getting the words down, on a President XII manual typewriter he bought for $17. “I devoted myself to the simple line,” says Trainer, who now resides in Austin, Texas, and plays a regular rotation of music and poetry there. “I remember mornings coming off a graveyard shift, just beat-to-hell tired, pulling into the Shell, getting a quart of beer and heading home where I’d type and drink into the 8-9-10 a.m. hours. Looking back, I think I was forging a new language for myself. I had to get those lines down simple, and quick, because I was working three jobs. It was my only release. Writing has always been a means of survival for me.”

He’s carried the torch for independent media, broadcasting as one of the early voices of Radio Volta 88.1FM while writing for the Philadelphia IMC’s wire in the early ’00s. He currently serves as contributor, editor and curator of Going For The Throat, a semi-daily publication of cynicism, outrage, correspondence and romance.

Philadelphia artist and musician Bevan McShea has been writing poems since childhood. He began performing spoken word poetry as Lightborn after the international success of two underground hip hop albums. Freestyle and a capella versions of the songs live on stage became more appealing than the lyrics over beats, due to the focus on the subject matter, and after a successful feature role at NuYorican Poets Cafe,  Bevan shifted his writing style to fit the spoken word format.

Lamont Steptoe is a poet, activist, Vietnam Veteran, photographer and founder/publisher of Whirlwind Press. He is the author of ten books of poetry. He was awarded the Life-time Achievement Award by the Kuntu Writers Workshop from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship in 1996 and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Steptoe was awarded the American Book Award in 2005. In 2004, rapper Mos Def, opened the Def Poetry Jam program on HBO with a poem from Mad Minute. He has collaborated with Sonia Sanchez, Allen Ginsburg, Ishmael Reed, Margaret Walker Alexander, and Sam Allen.

Promotional copies and book samples available upon request. For more information about the reading, or Farewell to Armor, please contact Jim Trainer: 512-203-6288, jamesmichaeltrainer@gmail.com


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Splendid Isolation III: Silent in America

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying. We can plant bugs in machines. Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place.
Edward Snowden

We’ve moved operations to the bedroom and setup a makeshift office by the window where we can smoke.   Our absence from this blog is no different from the absence of any outrage or protest from citizens in the Land of the Free.  What came downwire 5 days ago is some very dirty business, terrifying enough to make even the most paranoid conspiracist seem rational and sane.
We can deal with the recent revelations that America isn’t much better than China when it comes to protecting the privacy of its citizens in one of two different ways.  We can get wise, slowly move up the ranks of American democracy and ultimately become a government of, by and for the people.  We can take it to the street and protest while assembling the new party.  It will be a thankless struggle and it will take years.
Or, we can just let this whole thing blow over.  Get back to work.  Carry on with our punchdrunk lives and continue sleeping while the nightmare continues.  Shrug while the United States of America tightens its grip of Empire and the New World Order finally comes home to roost.
My money’s on the latter.  Life’s too good here in the states to be bothered by what the big bad government is up to.  Pass the pitcher of margaritas and turn up the corporate rock.
I’m kinda diggin this global warming thing
-Steve Earle

It’s hot out there and I’m tired.  We lost this battle on a dark day in October 2001 when a President we didn’t vote for signed away any rights we still had to our own privacy.  We lost it a long time ago and there is no turning back.  Obama’s a shill.  This country is fucked.  To think that just 15 days ago your flags were flying so high I couldn’t take a piss without it getting on your patriotism.  What do two dumbshit Chechnyans have to do with the reams of information the US government is collecting from our private lives every day?

We are no safer now. Abroad. In our own country.
-from the Philadelphia IMC’s Wire 

…the most crucial issue of our time is the regulation of information.
Splendid Isolation II, The Unemployable Journalist

I am saying that I told you so.  Let it crumble. Let it fall.  I’m perfectly happy up here in the high rooms, stupefied all day Sunday with a beer hangover and a hardon.  Go ahead, raise your voices and show your outrage (on Facebook), as we sink down into a life lived&handed over with ever diminishing returns.  Welcome to the Chinese Century.

See you in Hong Kong motherfucker.