Fred Armisen’s Guide To Music And SXSW 1998

Through his ThunderAnt collaborations with Carrie Brownstein or his various SNL skits — recently as Obama — Fred Armisen’s no stranger to Stereogum readers. One extended skit you may not have seen is the short film he made at SXSW ten years ago. It’s generally viewed as his official transition from being the drummer in Chicago punks Trenchmouth to being a comedian who also played drums in Chicago punks Trenchmouth. The plot’s simple: Armisen poses as various journalists (blind, German, mentally challenged, deaf, a college kid from Hofstra, a dude with rabbit teeth and great hair, etc.) and interviews or shouts questions to band folks and industry types including Steve Albini, Janeane Garofalo, members of Pavement, the Aluminum Group, and the Mekons, etc. Plus, Gary Gersh. He also manages to make panels look exciting. We thought it was strange that the footage wasn’t on the web, so we spoke to Fred who kindly sent us the entire shebang to share exclusively with the Internet. Enjoy…

Safety is #1! “I’m not really that familiar with the Beatles.” Albini, you cad. Did you notice who did that camera work? There’s a reason the Mekons interview has a more familiar feel to it.