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Shrieks of Paradise, Correspondence&Rails#21: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009

In Being A Writer, media, Music, music journalism, Writing on February 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm

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10/26/09

Heather Shofner, Jackson Ellis
Editors, Verbicide Magazine
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Fun Fun Fun…won’t get fooled again…contact for bands and performers…PR contacts…Advice

Heather&Jackson!

Compared to Austin City Limits (ACL) and South By Southwest (SXSW), this one should be a blast.  ACL blew through town weekend before last.  Austin may boast itself as the live music capital of the world but this once homegrown concert series featured headliners Ben Harper and Pearl Jam.  Plus, fans had to deal with something called “dillo dirt”–a
combination of compost and treated sewage used as fertilizer for the fresh laid grass in Zilker Park, and the incessant rain we been under since the summer broke.  But what would a music festival be without over-hyped bands and mud?  Let’s not forget the port-o-potty situation either.

The horrors of ACL are nothing compared to the notorious South by Southwest Music Conference, which of course I’ll be pitching to you shortly.  To prime you, imagine a music festival as big as SXSW; featuring on average of over 1,800 bands for two warm&crazy weeks in March.  Now adjust yourself to the reality that although SXSW is hosted by a city with over 200 venues and an estimated 1,990 musicians, it is not kind or supportive to any of them.  Maybe it’ll make more sense when you discover that sponsors of SXSW include PepsiCo and Miller Lite.  If it doesn’t make sense and your as non-plussed as me then perhaps you’ll understand that the fuck-ton  of traffic that descends on this already small&congested town like a  nightmare hipster-parade is not okay even if some out of town band gets signed.

I would hope that a music festival created by those in “the scene”such as Fun Fun Fun Fest wouldn’t try to insult me with something as mundane as Ben Harper for $145.   I’d like to catch some sets from some great independent bands and see what these punkers
can do with a music festival.

Rest assured that between Cayte and me you will have a story on your hands.  

Port-o-Potty’s-Ahoy!

Your Writer,
Jim Trainer
Austin, TX
FFF 2009

Dave Grohl, South By Southwest 2013, Blues&Trouble in Paradise

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

Neurosis-it’s what’s for breakfast. Doesn’t help that the whole town’s on vacation and the whole fucking world is on Austin’s doorstep for the 27th Annual SXSW Music&Media Conference.
The construction crews on Rio Grande haven’t missed a beat. They’ve got some clever machines, including one that sounds like some kind of mechanical pick-axe. It chisels me from dreaming, it chisels me awake. My mornings usually begin with me fantasizing about climbing onto the roof of the mansion with a rifle and taking Mr. beep-beep-beep out, and the rest of his crew too.
I’m stuck on repeat, creatively speaking, and I’m just as neurotic about a poem submitted last Friday night as I was the last time I posted.
Uncle Dave Grohl will be delivering the keynote address for this year’s SXSW, at 12noon CST.  I don’t know how he could possibly hold a candle to last year’s address by the Boss. Bruce Springsteen’s Keynote Address for SXSW 2012 is one of the finest moments in the history of broadcast media. I strongly encourage you to listen to it sometime. The best thing about it? The Boss knows that all we are ever doing is standing on the shoulders of our ancestors. He never comes across as self-important or some hot shit rockstar. He talked about Son House and The Animals for christ. Other than Grohl’s work behind the kit, I’m not really impressed by the man. His work with the Queens and of course Nirvana are fine examples of hard rock drumming at its finest. The Foo Fighters on the other hand, are fratboy fare, nothing we haven’t heard again and again, repeatedly since punkrock’s incorporation. If his recent AMA on Reddit is any indication, this should at least be interesting. Bound to have more resonance&depth than his band-of-Dads’ sappy post-hardcore horseshit.
As far as SX is concerned, before day’s end I’m bound to see Freedy Johnston, The Joy Formidable and end it all with a little nightcap east side.
It’s impossible to get anything done around here with the whole town exploding and shit happening in every abandoned bus and bank lobby in Hippie Town.
And besides all that craziness I can’t get over the fact that I submitted a poem  that I am not proud of to an Anthology . I guess that’s life, right Brother? Some of us shack up in the high rooms with a bottle of champagne and rue our Artists’ plight while the streets are filled with Gilligan’s Island rejects wearing wristbands and drinking from plastic cups and jamming to the Foos.
Meanwhile the rest of the world’s awash about the appointing of another kiddie feeler as the head of an ignorant, hateful and dead religion.  1.2 billion people can’t be wrong, can they?

Between trouble&the blues, how will we ever survive?  See you on the streets motherfucker.  Rock and Roll can never die.

We live in a post–authentic world. And today authenticity is a house of mirrors. It’s all just what you’re bringing when the lights go down. It’s your teachers, your influences, your personal history; and at the end of the day, it’s the power and purpose of your music that still matters.
-Bruce Springsteen from his 2012 SXSW Keynote Address

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