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Jimmy Hooligan at SXSW: Day One

Jimmy Hooligan here, reporting from the insanity that is SXSW. Myself and my crew Big Mista and Aaron Gum aka Ion RayGun officially landed yesterday morning. (Tuesday, March 12) After picking up our 500 posters, 5000 flyers and five banners, we hopped out the Hoolimobile brushed our teeth in the street, sprayed cologne and immediatly hit the streets with two to three hours of "road sleep".

The first hour in...


SXSW Day One: Five Dollar Bet

As a kid, I lived by the honor code of the five dollar bet. Once the bet was made, all parties were bound to the principles of President Lincoln. These bets usually governed challenges to eat something gross, but they were also used when parties differed over facts or arguments on whether some future event would actually occur. This brings us to Omaha musician Mike Tulis, who is also my Austin carpool companion...


Gary Flanagan Tribute

Omahan Gary Flanagan was an ardent supporter of local musicians. After his untimely passing of an apparent heart attack in January, his funeral reception was held at Slowdown. A good 20 or so of Omaha’s most notable singer-songwriters were in attendance. They all had the same message, in nearly the same words. “Gary came to all my shows and he always sat in the front row.” “Gary knew the words to all my songs.”...


The Beat Goes On

During a tumultuous weekend in March of 1979 (the same weekend as the Three Mile Island nuclear incident) a little upstart band from the working class neighborhoods of Birmingham, England called The Beat played their first show. Playing an intriguing amalgamation of ska, punk-rock, pop, soul and reggae, The Beat was literally making music like never heard before. Decades later bands like The Mighty Mighty...


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