Goodbye, Farewell, Amen.

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It has been 4 years.  4 wonderful years, I might add.  An entire presidential term ago, I started this little site you are looking at today as sort of “something to do” after I had done all I could to get my book project (Children of Mercy: Tales and Teaching From the World of Independent Music) off the ground, and was simply doing a bit of publicity during that summer of 2011.

For those who are unaware, this site actually began in a hotel room at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.  Pretty much Biloxi, MS.  I was spending the summer doing to re-training for a my new job, and had the “opportunity” to spend 6 weeks hanging out in the south.  Overall, it was pretty good.  I finally got to visit New Orleans, and even did a bit of radio promotion of CoM.  I was also contacted to by College Magazine to do an interview about the book, via E-mail….and that is really where this whole damn thing got started.

Actually it all started when I was alone, bored, drunk off Kentucky’s finest vodka, watching a shitty SyFy movie about robot alligators or something.  I had also just finished taken a dip in the disgusting Gulf of Mexico and touring around a weird segregated cemetery, when I realized what my next step was going to be.  Washed clean from the sins of common decency, I decided it was time to move forward.  At that point, I had spent the last 3 years or so writing album reviews and features for the single greatest indie music site of all time, .   I loved and learned so much from and about that site that I almost felt disgusting when I decided to branch out on my own (although my fearless leader Andy was very encouraging).   Disgusted so much so that I actually continued to write for the site even after I was trying to manage my own.  So why the break off?

It’s really a simple answer.  I just wanted to do a bit more.  Fensepost is the greatest MUSIC site the world will ever know.  Some of the bands/artists that I learned about from this site alone have shaped my life in ways I could never explain.  If it weren’t for Fensepost, there would be no Blitzen Trapper or Bodi or Asectic Junkies or Jared Mees or Soul Distraction etc.  And to me, the people behind these wonderful projects are not simply people who I listen to, they are genuine wonderful folks that I have had the distinct pleasure of interacting with in some form or another over the years.  But, as I seem to do, I fucking digress….

I wanted to be involved in the entire aspect of entertainment.  Mostly the film world.  I’ve always been an avid film lover since I was 10 years old and first discovered Woody Allen.  And after CoM was successfully funded, published, and released, I was feeling on top of the world at the time and figured I could try anything and make it fucking happen.  Thus, Trainwreck’d Society was born.

TWS was never meant to be a huge hit.  My goal for the first year of existence was to reach 1,000 views a month.  And I was proud to say that we hit that (almost spot on, just hours before the goal deadline).  And then it just sort of expanded.  To date, we are here, 4 years later, sitting at a site that started on a whim, now looking at over 150,000 hits.  And there is no doubt in my mind that this is owned to the stunning and stellar artists, writers, actors, bloggers, etc. that contributed to the success of this site in so many ways.  I really feel as though I was just the pusher of this beautiful nonsense, and YOU all made this happen.  And I am so proud to have been the facilitator of such beauty.  $100 in domain fees has been totally worth it!

But alas, it has to come to and end.  And for a site that was started on a lonely July 4th night, the 4 year mark seems entirely appropriate.  I have loved making this site happen.  In fact, it has moved around with me so much over the years.  From Biloxi, to Spokane, to South Korea, to pit stops all across America, and finally ending in southern Spain.  It has been something that has followed me so closely over the years, and it certainly always will.  I say that is has followed “Me”, but really the content of this site has been produced all over the world, even beyond my own locations.  We have been fortunate enough to have contributions from folks from the Pacific Northwest, to the snowy lands of Minneapolis, to trailer parks in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, and so many other great places across the globe.  So, at this point in this far too long eulogy, I have to thank the great people who contributed to the content of the blog:

Christopher Eaves, Adam Mattson, Ray Wiggington, David Minne, Dusten Retcher.

You motherfuckers are just some amazing cats that I can’t even begin to explain who thankful I am for what you have given me and the Trainwreck’d Society community.  I seriously love all of you for everything you have done.  Thank you so much.

And then, as trite and cliche as it may seem, there are just so many other great folks to thank that it would take forever to truly appreciate you all.  So let me do the “right” thing, and clump you all in to one big group so basically make myself feel like I said all I could:

To all the Guest Wreckers, publicity folks like XO Publicity or Green Light Go or Principato Young or October Coast who gave some of the greatest tips imaginable, musicians/actors/writers who didn’t suck and sent me e-mails, musicians who DID suck but still sent the e-mails, the wonderful musicians/actors/writers who saw our site as something they would like to be a part of, for reasons I still don’t understand, DJ’s and Podcasters across the globe who showcased our work, basically anyone who helped make this content available and accessible to our readers.

And, yes I have to do it, thank you to the readers.  Whoever the hell you are, and wherever you are from….. Thank you.  Without you there is no reason for us to have ever existed.  Although, I am pretty sure you are more than likely a part of the aforementioned crown, in which case I thank you twice as much.


So, it seems like all that needs to be said as been said.  Trainwreck’d Society is officially completed, but obviously not depleted.  Until I am in my grave, the site shall exist, and we will always have a great catalog of interviews, album reviews, features, book reviews, etc. for you to love and enjoy.  You can always scout out or INDEX to see the impressive list of fine folks we have featured on the site, I promise you it will always be available.

And as for me personally, I’m not really sure where I am going.  I am indeed hoping that TWS will simply be the second part of the trilogy of my “career” (can you call it a “career” if you’ve never made any money?).  The final installment should be underway, as soon as I figured that out.  Until that begins, you can always find me somewhere in the digital universe.  I’m on Twitter now (@rontrembath), always supporting the folks who have supported me for so long.  Our wonderful friend Adam Mattson is co-host of the ground breaking podcast Four Guys Drinking (as well as regular guest and former TWS contributor Christopher Eaves), so you can always expect me to be pimping this wonderful show out to the world.  I don’t really know.  The next goal is out their to reach somewhere, and I raise a glass to everyone who has had the courage to strive towards reaching that goal.  I know that when I figure out what that is, I will strive towards it with the tenacity of a freshly stabbed bull in the ring of glory.

Since I’ve never considered myself an “original” writer, and have always loved to bite off , or “quote from”, those who do things so much better than me, I will leave you with this quote from my newest and most favorite show host, the great Sir Scott Lawrence:

“Have a great evening, and a wonderful tomorrow.”


Fin/Mic Drop.




Ron Trembath
founder/editor, Trainwreck’d Society




Racism Exists. Gun Control Does Not. by Alexander Hallett [Guest Wreckers]

Alex HalletThere are no words that can adequately express how heartbreaking, devastating, and sad what happened in Charleston yesterday really is. Nine innocent people are dead. Nine innocent people who have moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Nine innocent people who were murdered by a racist, grown-up, white male simply because of the color of their skin. Nine innocent people who were murdered because racism, and gun culture, are institutionally endemic in our society.

As much as Fox News would like you to believe that gun control wouldn’t have prevented this, or that racism doesn’t exist because we live in a “post-racial society because we have a black president”, they’re not true. (Hours after the shooting occurred, Fox was already live with coverage lambasting President Obama for understandably mentioning that the conversation about gun control needs to happen. They referred to the shooter as a “troubled boy” who was specifically targeting Christians, even though the shooter specifically said he was doing it because he wanted to murder black people.) And though it would be easy to write a tomb about Fox News being a cancer in our society and the public discourse, because they are, this isn’t about them. This is about us.

This is about how racism exists, and is allowed, in two ways: actively and passively.

Racism is active in the fact that the Confederate flag, a symbol of racism, slavery, hatred, and oppression, still flies high above the South Carolina Capitol.

It’s active when police officers pull someone over because they’re committing the crime of driving while black, or pull a gun on black teenagers for attending a pool party, or choke a black man to death for selling loosey cigarettes.

It’s active when Tamir Rice was shot to death, and not given CPR, for holding a toy gun.

It’s active in the fact that the Charleston shooter was taken into custody without a scratch on him, which is more than can be said if you’re a black teenage girl at a pool party in Texas.

It’s active in the fact that people of color make up 30% of the population in the US, but 60% of the prison population.

It’s active when Richard Sherman is called a “thug” for raising his voice in an interview with Erin Andrews.

It’s active in more ways than can be listed here, unless you want to be reading for the next 7 months.

Racism is passive when people say “I don’t see color.” Certainly, most mean well when they say that, but…really? To portend not to see color is to deny the differences in our cultures that make us unique, that make us diverse, that make us beautiful.

Racism is passive when news anchors use the phrase “the n word.”

Racism is passive when the shooting in Charleston is talked about as an “act of violence by a mentally ill boy” and not, simply “a murder and hate crime by a racist, white man.”

Racism is passive when we deny the fact that racism still exists.

Racism is passive when you and I choose to stay silent rather than speak up at injustices done to our friends, neighbors, or strangers of color (Black, Hispanic, Native, Asian, Middle Eastern), because there are a lot of egregious, hateful acts committed toward minorities every day. To pretend otherwise is to condone the actions.

This is about how the murder of innocent children, women, and men may not ever be fully stopped, but the prevalence can sure as hell be reduced.

How many Charlestons, Sandy Hooks, Columbines, or Auroras need to occur before we admit we have a gun culture epidemic in our society? How many black kids need to be killed in Chicago, in Baltimore, in Washington DC before we actually have a meaningful dialogue about gun control? How much money do we need to drain from the politicians who accept lobbying money from the NRA before we take concrete action to diminish tragic deaths from a weapon whose only purpose is violence?

Gun control opponents don’t want a drastic overreach by the government into their personal liberties. I get it. (Hopefully they can empathize with women who want the same consideration from the government when it comes to personal control of their body). But this isn’t about “taking away your guns.” It’s about minimizing the chances that hate-filled people with vendettas will get their hands on one and murder someone’s child.

It’s about common sense safety measures designed to prevent more unnecessary death in our country. Sort of like vehicle safety measures. Who would argue that speed limits, seat belts, air bags, traffic lights, and laws against drunk driving are bad things that infringe on our rights as a society? We still have thousands die on the road every month, but can you imagine how many more would if we didn’t have those safety measures in place?

If you’re opposed to gun control, I don’t think you’re a bad person. But I’d like you to take a little test to check on your level of compassion, empathy, and love. Here’s a picture of the 20 children and 6 teachers murdered at Sandy Hook, and the 9 men and women murdered in Charleston:



Look for a few minutes. If it brings tears to your eyes, you’re a caring human – just as I thought. Please understand that, if you don’t believe in regulations to prevent someone from getting a gun and committing another atrocity like Sandy Hook or Charleston, then these innocent souls died in vain and, ultimately, you’re OK with something like Sandy Hook or Charleston happening again.

We can’t do anything about what happened in Charleston. But we can prevent another act of terrorism, hatred, and racism from happening again. It starts with us. It ends with us. It starts with being honest about the fact that racism exists and gun control does not. It ends with more innocent people dead, or with a society that acknowledges and embraces diversity and decides gun violence is an intolerable evil that must be vanquished.


This article originally appeared as a blog post on the Alexander Hallet’s site for his photography company Sattva Photo. Please inform yourself of his work as a hip hop mastermind and photographer. You will be happy that you did. Alex has always been an integral force in the Trainwreck’d world, and always will be. If, for some strange reason, you are only now becoming aware of our little world here at TWS, go here to learn more.

Kevin Smith – Vilification [Video]


I, like so many other out there, am a huge fan of Kevin Smith.  The man can seriously do no wrong in my eyes…. Hell, I even loved Jersey Girl (and to a lesser extent, Cop Out).  So, for those of you who have been wondering how I came up with the Top 37 1/2 Albums of 20__“, you need look no further than the seminal 90’s classic film of twenty-something angst, Clerks (Hey!  Now you get it, right?).

Today’s video is just about perfect to represent Smith’s influence on all things Trainwreck’d, with it with dialogue and ultimate hilarity.  But, it also happens to feature two fine actors who have been kind enough to share a few words with us in our interview department – Scott Schiaffo and Marilyn Ghigliotti.

I could go on and on about Mr. Smith and how his films were a brilliant medium for bonding with my father, or how I could repeat every line from Chasing Amy without even having the film on….or how I once made a deck of playing cards in 11th grade that simply had names like Walt Flanagan, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson, and many more View Askew related names on them (This being 2001, long before he made them famous for being his indentured servants at a store he owned)….but, that would take an entire book in itself, or at least three hours of breath taking breaks between the preverbal dick sucking I would probably give Sir Smith if he demanded it of my very heterosexual self.  He’s just that great.

Just to throw in a few more links, I will mention that we were also graced with the honor of stealing a few words from the legendary “Holy Bartender” from Dogma, voice actor on the Clerks animated series, and a total creeper in the View Askewniverse’s classic flick and Bryan Johnson directed film Vulgar, Mr. Matthew Maher.

I always knew our little site here probably wouldn’t reach the heights of being able to get in touch with the every-so-busy Kevin, but thankfully a few of his friends were nice enough to digitally stop by, proving that Smith is not only a god damned genius in the realm of word to screen, but he would be shit in this life if it weren’t for the wonderful people he surrounds himself with.

So, Scott, Marilyn, and Matthew…..thank you for everything!  And Kevin…. thank you for winning in life for all of us who may never have that chance.


Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!

Matt Beat – Story Time with Mr. Beat [Video]


I have been following the work of Mr. Matt Beat for quite some time.  He was one of the first folks to jump in as a contributor for the book I developed entitled Children of Mercy, and I had already been a fan of his two piece band Electric Needle Room.  But, what became most interesting about Matt was that he was a indie pop mastermind by night…..but, a middle school social studies teacher by day.  And as a man who has been seen fit to grace our future’s children with the knowledge they deserve, it has been an honor to hear what he has to say.  This may very well be why he has been a Guest Wrecker here at TWS not just once, but twice!  He has also managed to make our Top 37 1/2 Albums list for the last 3 years (#31 in 2012, #21 in 2013, and #32 in 2014)

As the years drove on, Matt begun creating these wonderful albums entitled The Presidents of the United States of America.  3 volumes, each with a song about each and every president.  And he released them each President’s Day for 3 straight years (as well, as a bonus single for our current Commander in Chief.  Have you ever wanted to know more about Millard Filmore?   Where you actually unsure that he was even a president?  Well, Mr. Beat has you covered!

Matt’s latest ventures have lead him to create Story Time With Mr. Beat, a YouTube based format that he uses to making learning history, just a bit more fun.  Matt Beat is one of those rare beings in this world who has decided to use his talent and powers for good and to educate the youth about some of the most important events in American history.

I will always be a fan of yours Mr. Beat…..but, I am still waiting on that Al Gore track you promised.  Until then folks, check out Story Time with Mr. Beat!


Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!

Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits – Life Is Excellent [Video]


15 years ago, I fell in love with my friend Tyler’s bootleg CD (remember those?) of some band called Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits that had somehow migrated up to my shitty hometown from the exotic East Bay in Northern California.  I was absolutely smitten with their hilarity, but more so with their brutal honesty about life, love, and how fucking great it would be to be cat.

Several years later I had the distinct honor to do something that I still consider my greatest accomplishment.  I got to announce the band’s return with their first album review in several years over at Fensepost, almost 5 years ago!  Since then I also had the chance to fulfill a life long dream of seeing them live in 2012 at Backspace in Portland Oregon (and again a few years later at Powell’s Books!).  And the boys have not slowed down since.  They have since released their seminal album Trainwreck To Narnia (which hit our Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2012 list at #7), as well as the musical companion to the “children’s book” Meal Deal With The Devil (our #1 EP of 2013), a songbook of Bobby Joe Ebola lyrics and great stories, countless music videos, and hundreds upon hundreds of live performances.

Corbett has been hard at work in a different field these days. He has been hard at work creating the forthcoming documentary East Bay: By the Punx, For the Punx, About the Punx that promises to be nothing short of amazing.  He has also recently become a new father to a beautiful baby boy!  Of course Dan is in on the project as well (the documentary, not the baby…I don’t think?) And when not playing in BJE, he can be found with his other project Thee Hobo Goblins.

Without a doubt, being able to cover BJE over the last five years, whether at Fensepost or here at Trainwreck’d, has been one of the greatest honors of my “career”.  And with that being said, check out this awesome video for “Life Is Excellent”, one of my favorite BJE songs of all time, and the perfect embodiment of the BJE ethos: Just because we’re laughing, doesn’t mean we’re joking.


Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!

Michael J. Epstein & Sophia Cacciola – Magnetic [Video]


Few people have been a staple here at Trainwreck’d Society like Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, the brilliant Somerset based filmmaking/music making/just about anything making duo of artists we adore so, so much.

We have covered musical projects (there are several!) they have both been involved with, including Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and Darling Pet Munkee.  Michael has also been a our most viewed Guest Wrecker.  And the duo has landed on our year end lists on several occasions, including hitting the #16 and #13 spots on 2013’s Top 40 Songs list, as well as #15 on our Top 37 1/2 Albums list in the same year.  Sophia was kind enough to contribute to our 2013 With Friends Like These list, as well as in 2014 when we were also able to snatch of Michael as well!

Musically speaking, they are phenomenal.  But, we haven’t even gotten into their work in the world of film.  They have managed to create one of the most unique horror films of the last decade with their wonderful thriller TEN, that we have covered extensively.  From the film’s awesome soundtrack (previously mentioned as one of the best albums of 2013), produced by the wonderful Catherine Capozzi to the awesome novelization of the film written by our favorite poet/writer Jade Sylvan, there is just so much to love about this film and the work of Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, and the immensely talented folks they surround themselves with every day.

And that brings us to today’s video!  The duo is back at it again, this time with a psychological thriller entitled Magnetic featuring the talented actress Allix Mortis.  They have been working on the film for a while now, and have recently released this trailer!  Learn more about this awesome project at the film’s website, and if you find yourself in the Boston area on March 29th, be sure to watch the film’s premiere at the Boston Underground Film Festival.  Enjoy!


Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!

Trevor Moore – High In Church [Video]


If you’ve been following TWS over the last few years, you may have noticed that we absolutely love the Whitest Kids U Know.  We have been fortunate enough to have a few of the guys on the site over the years.  In fact, my very first interview was with the oh-so-hilarious cast member Timmy Williams (thinking about it more, most of my readers will probably remember him best from THIS).  And years later we got a few words from the equally awesome, vacuum fucking, Sam Brown.  Also you can find the immensely talented, and later star of the awesome show Guys With Kids that was cancelled because people don’t understand GOOD television,  Zach Cregger right here.

One guy we never seemed to be able to get in touch with was the undisputed “leader” of the pack, Trevor Moore (and Darren Trumeter, but not for lack of trying!).  But, that hasn’t stopped us from loving what he (they) does (do).  And Trevor has been on a roll lately.  You may have caught him as the “man in the street”, basically a trick on Jay Leno’s track on The Tonight Show.  But, more importantly, he has released two wonderful comedy albums in the last couple of years, Drunk Texts To Myself and the most recent High In Church.

High In Church has also spawned into a brilliant hour long comedy special that aired on Comedy Central recently.  The special featured several videos that have exploded on YouTube, simply because they are uniquely hilarious.

So with that, I thought it would be fun to share the video for the title track, “High In Church”.  And as a little extra special bonus, the video features another previous TWS interviewee, the brilliant comedian Johnny Pemberton.

So check out the video, and head on over to iTunes, and pick up the album High In Church.


Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July.  Enjoy!


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