Buzz Mill Coffee
"...Dear Editor, I'd just like to say that you did a great job with the article about Troy Dillinger, “Confessions of a Mind on Overdrive” [Screens, Feb. 24]..."
"...You can call Troy Dillinger a lot of things – boisterous, headstrong, generous, selfish, talented, bawdy, crude, disciplined, scatterbrained, adolescent, libidinous, self-involved, self-obsessed, self-destructive, funny – as long as you realize that Troy Dillinger has beaten you to it...."
"...In a Save Austin Music e-newsletter sent March 26, SAM founder Troy Dillinger blasted the city of Austin for not yet creating a music department. In an article headlined "The Passive Attack on Our Industry & Why Words Aren't Working," Dillinger blamed the delay on "our fellow creatives," City Manager Marc Ott, Austin arts organizations, and the city's Cultural Arts Division – "a strong contingency within the City government that has built a firm power structure." Dillinger's allegations were not substantiated in the article; when contacted by phone, he declined to cite sources...."
"...That's the alarm sounded for 2008 by Troy Dillinger. The longtime Austin musician organized the Year of Austin Music to call attention to the dire economic realities of the local music scene..."
"...And they sure don't want any hippie singers there. They just tear down everything and build a condominium that I can't live in, and I don't know anybody who can afford to live in." That's part of the reason why local musician Troy Dillinger is campaigning for City Council to proclaim 2008 the Year of Austin Music..."
"...“We can’t have an article in the Chronicle every month, can we?” joked Troy Dillinger as he began Monday’s meeting of Save Austin Music. He was referring to the fact that attendance was down from the previous month when it had been given a boost by last month’s cover story on the city’s reaction to Dillinger’s claim that the Austin music scene was in crisis..."
"...Competing spaces find the ARC stiff competition, with rival rehearsal hall operators acknowledging the ARC's quality. Troy Dillinger says he modeled the main room at South Austin Rehearsal Studios to compete with room two of the ARC..."
"...Early guitarists included Big Guitars From Texas' Frankie Camaro and Joe Ely refugee David Grissom, later of Storyville. Poi Dog Pondering's Bruce Hughes, now of the Saxon Pub's Resentments, Joe Ely's Mike Robberson, D-Day's John Keller, Band From Hell's Troy Dillinger, and the Big Boys' Chris Gates numbered among the band's bassists..."
"...Ten close friends – or, at least, ten people who know him in one capacity or another – gathered to insult Booker (and each other) to smithereens. It's called a roast; it's a way of showing love. Tough love. Tough, excruciating love, the way a hammer loves a nail, the way Cortés loved the Aztecs & their clever chocolatl. Yeah. Ted Meredith, he of Esther's Follies fame, was the perfectly engaging master of ceremonies, leading off with a skillful skewering of each guest and the guest of honor. And then the others – Aden Kirschner, Asaf Ronen, John Ratliff, Michael Ferstenfeld, Kacey Samiee, Curtis Luciani, C.J. Allen, Troy Dillinger, and Jeremy Lamb – took their turns with the lambasting. And if you think improvisers can't handle non-improv gags?If you suspect they're improvisers only because they'd totally fail at stand-up? Then you haven't heard what these improvisers (and even odd-man-out, non-improviser, and weakest link Dillinger) came up with by way of slicing their pal Booker to ribbons. I tell you this: It was one of the most enjoyable shows I've seen in my (oh good lord) two decades of culture-vulturing in this overloaded-with-performative-goodness city. And that's not even counting Curtis Luciani. Good bleeding Christ, people I mean, the man's not infallible, okay? I mean, I've seen Luciani & his comedy partners Joel Osborne and Courtney Hopkin do their sketch stuff as the troupe called Your Terrific Neighbors, okay? And out of the six different things I've seen them do, one was kind of meh, three were yeah-that's-pretty-damned-funny, and only two – only two, goddamnit – were the sort of brilliance that devastate you and have you quoting them for years afterward, like you'd do with the best of SNL or Monty Python. But at last night's Tom Booker Roast at The Hideout, Curtis Luciani left even the best of the other bon-motsers in the dust and made his own YTN masterworks seem weak by comparison. One speaks of a rapier wit? One imagines a sort of cross between a rapier and a Gatling gun – and then can only estimate the number of such weapons this Luciani fellow must have embedded in the folds of his prodigious forebrain. But that's the thing, see? Because, the man being roasted? Tom Booker? Tom Booker, former M-list TV commercial and sitcom character actor? Tom Booker, who moved to Austin after a trainwreck relationship sent him packing from L.A.? Tom Booker, who runs the Institution Theatre with his friend Asaf Ronen and is not only truly, frequently hilarious but also one of the sweetest, most supportive and decent namedroppers in this drought-harried town? Tom Booker deserved nothing less than the best agony & adoration any group of people could provide. And, thanks to those righteously witty nine plus Curtis Luciani, that's just what he got. And if you missed it, I'm sorry, people, but you weren't part of one of the luckiest audiences of all time. Still, there is a video in the works, yes, and we'll be linking to it A-S-A-P...."
"...Hats off to the diligent folks at Save Austin Music. The local grassroots organization, led by veteran songsmith Troy Dillinger and working parallel to the City Council-appointed Live Music Task Force, recently gained non-profit status though sponsorship from the Austin Community Foundation..."
"...Fifth). Envisioned as a joint effort between Austin Swim's Troy Dillinger, Progress Coffee, 501 Studios' Richard Kooris, and Mike Henry of the Electric Lounge, the temporary venue would feature a 20-foot above-ground pool and multimedia performances four to seven nights a week..."
"...Mayor Will Wynn also proclaimed 2008 to be the Year of Austin Music, an extension of the annual Love Austin Music Month. "The movement is taking shape," Troy Dillinger responded on behalf of the grassroots local organization (www.theyearofaustinmusic.org), whose next step involves organizing different panels like venue owner/operators to discuss specific problems and solutions before reconvening at a second town hall meeting on March 5..."
"...Troy Dillinger and Jon Dee Graham are having a double birthday party next Thursday, Feb. 27, at La Zona Rosa..."
"...Ah, the magic of live television! It's not something you run across anymore, with most shows taped for your protection, but viewers of the Austin Music Network (cable channel 15) got an eyeful of spontaneity no one gambled on last Wednesday during a live performance by the Del Dragons. An e-mail from the Dragons summarizes the events that led to an on-air flip-out by hot-headed front man Troy Dillinger during the band's set on AMN's Breakin' In program..."
"...TROY DILLINGER & THE DEL DRAGONS: Good old-fashioned rock & roll that's kind to your soul. Central Texas' own, the Del Dragons put their own twist on Stones-esque gritty rhythm and Cosmic Cowboy blues..."
"...The two shows tap into a certain energy, a revival of once-ailing art forms like the old daredevil circus, vaudeville and burlesque, as epitomized by new institutions like Vintage Vivant, and Troy Dillinger's Austin Variety Show: KOOP Radio is even holding their own fundraising variety show on Saturday at the Swan Dive. For the performers, Ryan said, "There's this element of old school, of acoustic versus electric, and crossing between them is this neo-circus, neo-vaudeville." She added, "What's interesting is that people are finding new ways to express themselves, develop their craft and participate with other artists..."
"... Four members of the Live Music Task Force resigned from the advisory board for the grassroots nonprofit Save Austin Music this week in the wake of organizer Troy Dillinger's disparaging remarks against the city in Save Austin Music's latest newsletter. See "Disharmony at the Live Music Task Force," News, for complete details on the fallout...."
"...After all, Mayor Will Wynn proclaimed 2008 to be the Year of Austin Music, and City Council unanimously passed a resolution to create the Live Music Task Force. With support from Troy Dillinger's equally diligent grassroots campaign, Save Austin Music, the task force presented a massive 15-page report of findings and recommendations in November, including the creation of a Music Department that would essentially transform live music into an economic priority..."