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Shaun Fleming of Diane Coffee Answers the Famous Proust Questionnaire

Two years after author Marcel Proust died, among his belongings they found a questionnaire titled Marcel Proust Himself, which was later used for interviews by Bernard Pivot and Vanity Fair. We loved it, and are happy to rejuvenate it here at Blown Speakers.

Before coming back to Cleveland on tour in support of his latest Diane Coffee album, Everybody’s A Good Dog, Shaun Fleming took the time to answer it for us, and we happily present it along with the photos by rock photographer Mara Robinson.

Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
SF: Honestly, THIS is. I have the love of a beautiful woman, I’m playing my music to people who WANT to listen, and I’m able to make a living off that music.

What is your most marked characteristic?
SF: I’d like to think my persistent positivity.

Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
SF: The release of my first record.

What is your greatest fear?
SF: The deterioration of my mind

Which living person do you most admire?
SF: My little brother Dan.

Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson

Who are your heroes in real life?
SF: David Wilcox, John C Reilly, Sam Cooke, Sufjan Stevens, Donovan, Paul McCartney, Steve Martin, Marc Cohn.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
SF: I can get lost in the task at hand… Lose sight of the bigger picture.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
SF: The inability to walk in others shoes.

Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson

What is your favorite journey?
SF: I love the trip all the way down the PCH.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
SF: I’d like to think I’m a man of virtue, I think they all have value.

Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
SF: Sick. But more like “siiiiiiiick.”

What is your greatest regret?
At the moment I can’t think of any. I love who I am and where I’m at.

What is your current state of mind?
Calm and ready to shut down for the evening.

Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
We would all be living closer.

What is your most treasured possession?
Maybe my ring? I never take it off.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
That’s too dark a question for me right now.

Where would you like to live?
Northern California. Maybe somewhere in the redwoods.

Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson

What is your favorite occupation?
Other than music? I’ve always loved the idea of cranberry farming.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Gentleness.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Toughness.

What are your favorite names?
Pierce and Ruth.

What is your motto?
Dream Big.

Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
Diane Coffee by Mara Robinson
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Live Review: Foxygen at the Rock Hall

For April’s Sonic Sessions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame brought glam rock group Foxygen to their main stage. Founded by duo Sam France and Jonthan Rado in 2005, the group has been touring in support of their album …And Star Power released in 2014. France’s unhinged dancing sprung him to the very edge of the stage to the screaming crowd while he and the equally enthusiastic back-up dancers kept up with the beat splaying their limbs wildly into the air. Rado focused on keyboards while occasionally standing on a chair to play guitar.

The group tore through their set with songs like “Hot Summer”, “Cannibal Holocaust”, and “Shuggie”. After a mock induction ceremony in honor of the Rock Hall’s Induction Week, Foxygen ended the night with a 2-song encore including crowd favorite “No Destruction” and “Everyone Needs Love”.

The show began with the extraordinary talent from Down Under, Alex Cameron, and his right-hand sax man, Roy Molloy. The duo impressed with synth-induced songs like “Happy Ending” and “Real Bad Lookin”. Molloy’s sax complimented Cameron’s Nick Cave-esque silky tenor and get-low-and-dirty dance moves.

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