100 Words Or Less: The Podcast

By Ray Harkins

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Host Ray Harkins dives deep with creators of independent culture from musicians, artists and other interesting people to find out what inspires them, how they came to be and many other unexpected places.

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Ryan Clark from Demon Hunter, Focal Point and Training For Utopia
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A huge band for me fresh into the metalcore scene, was Focal Point. Their blend of everything I love lyrically and musically about the genere was all there and today I have the pleasure of bringing you a discussion I had with Ryan Clark, the guitarist of that band plus Demon Hunter and Training For Utopia. We dive in to discuss the proper etiquette of X'ing up at school, early band life and rabid fandom. Enjoy! 

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May 22, 2019
Jay Pepito from Reign Supreme and END
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I am excited to bring you this deep conversation with my friend, Jay Pepito. He sang for Reign Supreme and currently plays bass in END but more importantly, is a good human. We discuss the concept of self reflection, careers and perception vs reality. There is a lot to learn from this conversation, so take note.

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May 15, 2019
Issac Hale from Knocked Loose and Inclination
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Please to present to you this rad discussion with Issac Hale from Knocked Loose and Inclination. Both of his bands are really, really good but Inclination specifically knocked my socks off since the release of their demo a few years ago and I had to have Issac on the show on the release of their new EP on Pure Noise Records. We discuss straight edge, context for hardcore and how important his parents were in building the local scene. Enjoy!

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May 08, 2019
Arun Bali from Saves The Day
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My new friend Arun Bali is on the show this week discussing his life in and around the Detroit area, the beauty of shoegaze music and his career in writing music for commercial purposes. It's a fun discussion that I am glad to bring you!

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May 01, 2019
Mike Minnick from Curl Up and Die
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Curl Up and Die is back! One of my best friends, Mike Minnick is on the show this week to discuss the reasons why CUAD is getting back together as well as the idea of nostalgia and legacy. It's a very insightful conversation that I gained a lot of new perspective out of. Won't you join us? 

Apr 24, 2019
Tim Singer from Deadguy and Kiss It Goodbye
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Boy oh boy, one of my favorite vocalists of all time decided to hang out with all of us and I couldn't be more excited. Tim Singer was the vocalist for Deadguy, No Escape and Kiss It Goodbye. We discussed a ton of stuff including anger, stability and playing against the grain. Pull up a chair and enjoy the in depth discussion!

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Apr 17, 2019
Trish Chisholm from The End of the Ocean
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Post-rock. Just the name of this genere of music is soothing and I for one, love it. Trish plays in a band called The End of the Ocean that just recently released an extremely compelling LP and I had to have her on. We discuss the concept of playlisting (it's an extremely interesting and influential aspect of the music industry that doesn't get discussed very much), sexual identity and more. Trust me, even if you aren't familiar with the band you will like this discussion. 

Apr 10, 2019
Ryan Tuck from Fit For A King
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Ryan and I get in a heated debate right off the top of the show about Kacey Musgraves, so you know this episode will be rad! Ryan plays bass in Fit For A King and we have a great discussion about faith, relationships on the road and being fit. A fun discussion that covered a lot of ground. Enjoy! 

Apr 03, 2019
Aram Arslanian
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Episode 345 - Konichiwa! Just because I am in Japan doesn't mean you don't get a new episode. In the final episode of our deep dive into Seattle, I have Aram Arslanian from Champion/Betrayed/The First Step on the show. We get real deep on issues of identity, growing up in Winnipeg and running a record label. It's a wide ranging discussion and one that I was glad to have and share. Enjoy! 

Mar 27, 2019
Coady Willis from Big Business/Murder City Devils & Aymen Saleh from Holy Pinto
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Episode 344 - A super sized episode with not, one discussion but TWO! The main conversation is with Coady Willis from Big Business/The Murder City Devils as we continue our discussion about Seattle and figures from that music scene. He gets in depth with us on surreal moments, sarcasm and life as a drummer. Secondly, we have my friend Aymen from the band Holy Pinto that has a unique story in DIY music relocating from the UK to Milwaukee (?!). Enjoy the discussions! 

Mar 20, 2019
Ian Shelton from Regional Justice Center & Seattle’s New Gods
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Episode 343 - Another entry in our month long focus of the Seattle music scene and this week, it's Ian Shelton from Regional Justice Center & Seattle's New Gods. We discuss creative drive, the divided music scenes he experienced and another huge passion of his, filmmaking. I loved the perspective and experience he shared in our conversation, so check it out and enjoy! 

Mar 13, 2019
Dann Gallucci from Murder City Devils/Modest Mouse
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Episode 342 - SEATTLE MONTH! All during the month of March we take a deeper look at the Seattle punk/hardcore/indie scene from the people who have helped create it! Dann Gallucci was a gem of a person and a great conversation. He played guitar in Murder City Devils, Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids, Area 51, Death Wish Kids and more! He also creates incredible podcasts with his production company called Little Everywhere. A compelling conversation about the Seattle scene, different levels of "success" and fatherhood. 

Mar 06, 2019
Rob Pennington from By The Grace of God, Endpoint & more
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Episode 341 - What a pod!  Today we have Rob Pennington from Louisville hardcore legends, Endpoint and By The Grace of God. We discuss Louisville hardcore, viewing bands as a living and his life as a teacher. It was a very insightful chat and one I am glad to share with you! 

Feb 27, 2019
Best of 2006 w/ Jeremy Bolm and Joey Cahill
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Episode 340 - It's that time where Joey, Jeremy and I travel back in time to re-visit our best of 2006 list and see if it holds up. It's a fun time and hope you re-discover some records or find out about them in the first place!

Ray Harkins

  1. Underoath - Define The Great Line
  2. Mogwai-Mr. Beast
  3. Khoma-The Second Wave
  4. Isis-In The Absence Of Truth
  5. Fucked Up- Hidden World
  6. Agollach-Ashes Against The Grain
  7. Cult Of Luna-Somewhere Along The Highway
  8. Norma Jean-Redeemer
  9. Pelican-The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
  10. Saosin-S/T

Joey Cahill

1. POS – Audition 
2. Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor
3. AFI – Decemberunderground
4. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
5. Owen - At Home With Owen
6. Underoath - Define the Great Line
7. The First Step - What We Know
8. Nas - Hip Hop Is Dead
9. Justin Timberlake - Future Sex / Love Sounds
10. NoFX - Wolves in Wolves Clothing

Jeremy Bolm

  1. Converge - No Heroes 
  2. Mewithoutyou - Brother, Sister
  3. POS - Audition 
  4. The Bronx - II
  5. Kevin Devine - Put Your Ghost To Rest 
  6. Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit 
  7. Tragedy - Nerve Damage 
  8. Envy - Insomniac Doze 
  9. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
  10. Thursday - City By The Light Divided 
Feb 20, 2019
Lex Marshall from Daughters
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Episode 339 - This week we have Lex Marshall, the vocalist from Daughters on the show. I adore their newest LP and once it became a favorite of mine, I had to have him on. We discuss the Providence hardcore scene, being confrontational and life paths. He's a great hang and I promise you will enjoy him as well.

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Feb 12, 2019
Pat Flynn from Have Heart and Fiddlehead
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Episode 338 - Yes! Finally, we have Pat Flynn from Have Heart and Fiddlehead on the show. He's been on my guest list for quite awhile and it's nice to tick him off. We go deep into his life as a teacher, unexpected outcomes and being encouraging to younger kids in the scene. We go everywhere and it was super fun. Check it out!

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Feb 06, 2019
Fantasy Band Draft w/ Dave Defeo and Justin Smith (Graf Orlock)
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We have an incredibly fun episode today in which two of my close friends, Dave Defeo and Justin Smith (Graf Orlock) discuss our draft picks for putting together the best band we could within the punk/hardcore ecosystem. Listen to our reasoning for these picks and listen to the incredible band names that get revealed later in the episode.

Ray Harkins

Vocalist - Tim Singer from Deadguy/Kiss It Goodbye   
Lead Guitar - Chris Hannah from Propagandhi 
Rhythm Guitar - Jay Palumbo from Elliott 
Bassist - Sergio Vega from Quicksand/Deftones 
Drummer - Dave Whitte from Discordance Axis, Municipal Waste, Burnt By The Sun 
Utility Player -  Yannick Lorrain from His Hero Is Gone/Tragedy and Union of Uranus 

Justin Smith from Graf Orlock 
Guitar: Adam Nathanson from Born Against
Guitar/vox: Todd Burdette from His Hero Is Gone/Tragedy
Vox: Chris Colohan from Cursed/Left for Dead
Drums: Bill Stevenson from Descendents 
Bass: Chuck Dukowski from Black Flag
Utility: Brian Baker from Minor Threat

Dave Def
Vox: Brendan Murphy - Counterparts/END
Guitar: Michael Schleibaum - Darkest Hour
Guitar: Todd Jones - Nails
Bass: Craig Setari - Sick Of It All
Drums: Justin Graves - A Life Once Lost
Utility: B. Scot Rousse - Jud Jud


Jan 30, 2019
Mani Mostofi from Racetraitor
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Episode 336 - Variety is the spice of life and today, we have Mani Mostofi from politically charged hardcore band, Racetraitor. It’s a wide ranging discussion that tackles how he grew up in a politically infused scene, being a “big” band and being deliberate with your time. Enjoy!

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Jan 23, 2019
John K Samson from The Weakerthans
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Episode 335 - White Whale guest alert! I have the John K. Samson from The Weakerthans on the show today. I can’t even believe I am typing this but we spoke on the phone and my life is complete. We discuss community building, songwriting and mental health. I love him and his band so so much so this was a dream come true. Enjoy the discussion!

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Jan 16, 2019
Matt Pryor from Radar State/The Get Up Kids
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Episode 334 - WELCOME TO 2019! Our first episode of the new year is actually, a return guest! Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids plays in a new band called Radar State that is really, REALLY good and I had to have him back on. We discuss dad life, playing in a supergroup and touring Brazil. Trust me, don’t miss this episode.  

Jan 09, 2019
TJ Bonnette from As Cities Burn
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Episode 333 - Happy Holidays everyone! We have a fun chat today with TJ Bonnette from As Cities Burn about him growing up in Louisiana, balancing priorities in life and staying creative. The band is definitely an interesting story and TJ is able to lay it all out for us! Enjoy and see you next year. 

Dec 26, 2018
Best of 2018 w/ Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
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Dec 19, 2018
Jeremy Stith from Fury/Gem
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Episode 331 - You like hardcore right? You should and you should also love this band from my backyard called Fury. The vocalist Jeremy Stith comes on the podcast today to wrap about a ton of things including a subject that I bring up about how terrible 7 inches are. More importantly we also discuss soccer, his metal core roots and the importance of expression. It’s a wide ranging and reflective conversation we had on a Saturday morning so pull up a chair and enjoy. </a><br><br><a href="https://music.youtube.com/">Dive into YouTube Music and their new app, it’s the BEST place to stream all of your favorite music and discovering your new favorite bands.</a>

Dec 12, 2018
Norman Brannon from Texas Is The Reason/Anti-Matter Zine
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Episode 330 - The hits keep on coming. One of my favorite writers around in punk/hardcore, Norman Brannon from Anti-Matter Zine and a little band called Texas is the Reason, is on the pod today. We discuss his philosophy on writing, how nostalgia sits in his life and the simple but crucial concept of survival. PLEASE check this episode out, it’s an important one for me. 

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Dec 05, 2018
Nate Newton from Converge/Jesuit/Old Man Gloom/Doomriders
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Episode 329 - Oh boy, what an absolute treat do I have in store for you today. Nate Newton, the bassist of Converge/Jesuit/Old Man Gloom/Doomriders and more, is hanging out today. I spoke to him about confidence, the business of being in a band and how he has viewed/dealt with hecklers over the years. It’s a fun and insightful conversation with a dude who has been involved for many years in this rad community. Enjoy!  
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Nov 28, 2018
Justin Maranga from Ancestors and Dune Alter Records
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Episode 328 - BURIED TREASURE ALERT! I have my friend Justin Maranga from the band Ancestors and  the label Dune Alter Records on the show to discuss a bunch of stuff including some records or bands that you listed to at one point, thought sucked but are actually really good. Dive in and enjoy! <br><br>Ray<br>
New Bomb Turks - Nightmare Scenario<br> 
Iceburn - Firon<br>
The National - S/t <br>
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TSOL - Change Today<br>
Leatherface - Mush<br>
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town<br>
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Nov 21, 2018
Luis Aponte from Jesus Piece
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Episode 327 - My new friend Luis Aponte from Jesus Piece is on the show today. Jesus Piece are an incredible hardcore band from Philadelphia that you must check out. We discuss his life in and around Philadelphia, Krishna consciousness and using visual influences to affect art. It’s a really great chat and I urge you to check out. 

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Nov 14, 2018
Ben Nichols from Lucero
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Episode 326 - This is a big one for me, Ben Nichols from Lucero comes on the show today to talk about the DIY scene in Little Rock, AR (where he grew up), making adult like decisions and owning your own business. We also discuss his contributions to his brothers films (Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special etc…) and how the band has been able to remain relevant for as long as they have. I loved, loved, LOVED this discussion and I know you will as well. Enjoy! 

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Nov 07, 2018
BE SPECIFIC: Episode 5 - MAILBAG SPECIAL
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BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 5: Mailbag Special! I answer your questions about all things related to the music industry as asked by YOU, the listener. I got a lot of rad questions and was able to get deep on a lot of different subjects and offer advice for bands asking if they need a manager to the conflict of separating art vs the artist and SO much more.  Hope you enjoy!

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Oct 31, 2018
BE SPECIFIC: Episode 4 - Finn McKenty on Media Sponsorships and how they work
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BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 4:  Media partnerships? How the hell do they work? My good friend Finn McKenty who is head of marketing at URM Academy and runs the great YouTube channel called PunkRockMBA dives deep with me on this. He speaks specifically about his work with Alternative Press while he was at a company called Creative Live and worked with their award show. We get super nerdy but I hope you enjoy! 

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Oct 24, 2018
BE SPECIFIC: Episode 3 - Shawn Carrano from Headphone Management
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BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 3:  Shawn Carrano from Headphone Management joins me today as we get in depth with what it’s like to grow a band from local act, to a nationally recognized touring band. The steps in which most bands and managers have to take in the first few years have always been incredibly interesting to me as I have lived through it and have attempted to help bands through it. Shawn has done the same to a much higher degree and he walks us through that process. 

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Oct 17, 2018
BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 2: Wayne Pighini from Fly South Management on Rammstein's rise
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BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 2: Wayne Pighini from Fly South Management on Rammstein’s meteoric rise to become one of the biggest bands in the world. Wayne is a close friend and he worked hand in hand with a band at the label that initially exposed them here in the US. Very few of us have a front row seat when a band is exploding and Wayne walks us through a lot of the intricacies of what he was doing at the label. Tons of rad details in this chat and you will undoubtedly enjoy. </a><br><br><a href="https://music.youtube.com/">Dive into YouTube Music and their new app, it’s the BEST place to stream all of your favorite music and discovering your new favorite bands.</a>

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Oct 10, 2018
BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 1 - Shane Told from Silverstein
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BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 1: Shane Told from Silverstein hops on the show to discuss the business of being in a band and tells stories about how he lost a briefcase of cash, the intricacies of touring and ultimately, did Silverstein ever sell more merch than the Deftones? This series is all about shedding a light on things that people are sometimes afraid to talk about and ultimately, to be specific.

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Oct 03, 2018
Paul Shirley, former NBA player and writer
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Episode 325 - Do you know what it’s like to play in the NBA? My guest this week Paul Shirley does. He’s a professional writer and podcaster these days but is also, a huge music fan! I sat down with him at his apartment to discuss music as therapy/comfort, what you process when you are going through an identity crisis and annoying trends in music.

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Sep 26, 2018
Donovan Melero from Hail The Sun
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Episode 324 - A drummer, that sings! What a shock! I am being sarcastic but Donovan Melero is on the show today. He plays in a post-hardcore band called Hail the Sun who is quite the anomaly in their slow but gradual growth and Donovan has a very compelling back story. We discuss his multicultural upbringing, his battles with addiction and the very act of singing and drumming without verging into horrible stereotypical questions. Dive in!

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Sep 19, 2018
Misha Mansoor from Periphery and 3Dot Recordings
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Episode 323 - We have a great episode in store for you today in the form of Misha Mansoor from Periphery and 4 Seconds Ago. He also recently started a record label called 3Dot Recordings that will be releasing some pretty cool stuff. We get in depth with being technical for technical sake, what it means to be a gear head and the realities of the music industry. It’s a very comprehensive look at all things about making a living as a musician and more.

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Sep 12, 2018
Aaron Harris from Isis (the band) and Palms
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Episode 322 - Oh my, this is a big one for me. Aaron Harris, who is the drummer of one of my favorite bands of all time, Isis, is on the show today. I went over to his home studio and we rapped about his formative years in playing drums, difficult decisions that Isis had to make over the years in regards to tours/business and his life after Isis in scoring/composing for films and other visual arts. It’s a wide ranging discussion that reveals a lot of info even a super dork like me didn’t know. Pull up a chair and enjoy!

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Sep 05, 2018
Leander Gloversmith from KMGMT Management
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Episode 321 - Hello everyone! I have a treat of an episode today for those who are looking to work in the music industry! My good friend Leander Gloversmith works at KMGMT taking care of bands like Neck Deep and As It Is but also has a long history in PR as well as playing in bands himself. He has a very interesting career and one that I think many of you can learn from. Not to mention, he’s an incredibly great human to boot. Listen and learn!

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Aug 29, 2018
Lauren Kashan from Sharptooth
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Episode 320 - STRAP IN, this episode is quite a journey. I have Lauren Kashan, the vocalist from hardcore band Sharptooth, on the show today. What starts off as a conversation getting to know her, takes a very dark turn and she discusses her substance abuse issues and her admission into a “rehab clinic” that essential, acts like a cult. It’s an incredibly powerful story and one that I was really appreciative for her sharing here. You must listen to this week, no joke it’s one of my favorite chats I have done to date.

Reply All “Pain Funnel”

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Aug 22, 2018
Sunny Singh from HateFiveSix
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Episode 319 - Today was an episode long coming, I have the man/myth/legend Sunny Singh from HateFiveSix on the show today! He’s responsible for documenting MANY bands via his website HateFiveSix and all around the internet. Essentially, he’s an archivist for all of your favorite punk/hardcore/metal bands. We discuss trolling, his passion for documenting bands and living in between two worlds. It’s a real insightful conversation that I am stoked to share.

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Aug 15, 2018
Christina Michelle from Gouge Away
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Episode 318 - My goodness, the Summer is almost over but let me bring you a great chat with Christina Michelle from Gouge Away. She is the lead vocalist for the band and has a lot of interesting things to say. We talk a lot about South Florida, building communities and her life as being a teacher. Beat the heat, stay inside and listen to this episode.

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Aug 08, 2018
Mike Hill from Tombs, Anodyne and Everything Went Black podcast
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Episode 317 - Coffee, lifer status and solitude. All of these things I discuss with today’s guest, Mike Hill from the band Tombs, Anodyne and the Everything Went Black podcast. Mike had always lingered in my life in music and he has led a very interesting life dedicating himself to his craft in the arts. His unrelenting work ethic and focus I always admired so he was a perfect guest to have on the show! Dig in!

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Aug 01, 2018
Josh Robbins from Late Bloomer (Metal Core Buried Treasure Episode)
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Episode 316 - METALCORE! This episode was an incredibly fun romp through the beautiful pastures of 90’s and 2000’s metal core but not your “typical” bands that you may think of. I had my friend Josh Robbins from the band Late Bloomer on the show to discuss 8 records that need your attention. Find your new favorite record in this list and enjoy!

RAY
Torn Apart “Nothing Is Permanent”
Focal Point “Suffering of the Masses”
Excessive Force “In Your Blood”
Curl Up and Die “Unfortunately We Are Not Robots”

JOSH
Burnt By the Sun “Perfect is the Enemy of the Good”
Premonitions of War “Left in Kowloon”
A Perfect Murder “Cease to Suffer”
Martyr AD “On Earth As It Is in Hell”

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Jul 25, 2018
Yvette Young from Covet
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Episode 315 - If you like technical math rock (like I do) this week will be your jam! I have Yvette Young from Covet on the show. If you haven’t heard of her band, that’s totally fine as they JUST released their debut EP on Triple Crown Records (and it’s really good). She’s an incredibly compelling guest and we discuss tons of stuff like competition, building communities and the word “hella” in the Northern California eco-system. In all seriousness, we discuss some pretty important things and I’d love for you to come listen.

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Jul 18, 2018
Matt Coplon from Reversal Of Man
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Episode 314 - Please welcome my new friend, Matt Coplon to the show today. He’s the vocalist from “screamo” (the original description) heroes Reversal of Man and a professional BMX rider. I have wanted him on the show for quite some time and was excited that we finally made it happen. We talk about BMX riding (and if it is still considered lame by skate culture), poetry and unsustainable touring. It’s a glorious chat and you must listen!

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Jul 11, 2018
Neeraj Kane from Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File, Hesitation Wounds, Beginners
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Episode 313 - HAPPY 4th of July! Talk about a dude who’s played in some great bands, my friend Neeraj Kane joins us today on the pod. He’s played in The Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File, Hesitation Wounds and much more. We talk in depth about his life in the Chicago suburbs, being politically active and engaged as well as the notion of playing in a “full time” band. Enjoy!

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Jul 04, 2018
Jason Gleason from Further Seems Forever/Action Reaction
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Episode 312 - FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER. I am happy to welcome my old friend, Jason Gleason on the show. He sang on the incredible FSF record, “How To Start A Fire” and was able to convince him to come on the show. The reason I say convince is that Jason hasn’t had the best experiences with press, but fortunately this was a walk in the park. We discuss his upbringing in Minneapolis, his time in Further Seems Forever and public vs private life. I really dug this chat so, DIG IN!

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Jun 27, 2018
Michael Grodner, director of The Icarus Line Must Die
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Episode 311 - Film and music. The two have been passions of mine and the guest this week for quite some time and I was excited to talk about it with the director, Michael Grodner. He most recently finished his first feature length film called The Icarus Line Must Die which is an incredible piece of work combining the LA punk scene and a film noir look at life in a band. He also directed many music videos that you have probably seen from bands like Planes Mistaken For Stars, Brazil and more. It’s a fascinating discussion of creating art in 2018 and beyond. Dive in and enjoy!

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Jun 20, 2018
Dan Butler from Lume
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Episode 310 -NEW BAND YOU MUST LISTEN TO ALERT! Dan Butler, the vocalist/guitarist of post-hardcore/rock band Lume jumps on the line to talk about a ton of interesting topics like how slow growth has helped the band last longer, the tragedy that has molded this new LP and of all things, Sugar Ray (!?). I love this band and you should jump on board now.

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Jun 13, 2018
Jake Brennan from Cast Iron Hike/Disgraceland Podcast
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Episode 309 - It’s podcast on podcast love, but of course our guest this week has a long history with independent music. Jake Brennan, who is the host of the incredible True Crime/Music podcast called Disgraceland and vocalist for Cast Iron Hike, is on the show this week. We dive into his past with Cast Iron Hike, his unconventional vocal style, creative pursuits and of course podcasts!

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Jun 06, 2018
Lisa Garelick from Equal Vision Records
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Episode 308 - Label talk! I have my good friend Lisa Garelick who works at Equal Vision Records as a project manager on the show this week. She has a ton of experience in all the comings and goings in the music industry from management, booking, PR and more. We have a in depth chat about street punk, some behind the scenes music industry talk and how hustle plays an important role in her development. Enjoy this pleasant chat!

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May 30, 2018
Brianna Hunt from Many Rooms
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Episode 307 - Oh boy, what a chat I have with the musician Brianna Hunt who is known as Many Rooms. Her debut LP There Is A Presence Here is a staggering piece of work and I had to have her on the show. We discuss the intersection of faith and music, emotions and navigating the music industry. Even if you have NO idea who she is, trust me and get onboard with this conversation and her music.

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May 23, 2018
Shawna Potter from War On Women
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Episode 306 - The month of focusing on awesome women is in full swing and today we have Shawna Potter from War On Women hanging out with us. We talk about “working in the system” like what the band experienced on Warped Tour, trying to have a meaningful impact and part time band life.

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May 16, 2018
Mom and Son
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Episode 305 - Happy pending Mother’s Day. I thought it would be interesting to speak in depth to my Mom who has had some cool musical experiences in the past as well as getting her take on what her thoughts were of her son, getting into weird independent music. I also thought it’d be interesting to speak to my 7 year old son and his passion for music. I think it’s a very interesting juxtaposition of how, generationally speaking, music has played a part in different people’s lives. Dive in and hear some crazy stories of The Beatles, Elvis and more!

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May 10, 2018
Erica Lauren, photographer
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Episode 304 - This entire month is dedicated to focusing on the incredible women that make up this rad independent music scene and first up, is Erica Lauren who is a photographer extraordinaire. We discuss her upbringing in the Los Angeles area, punk rock and of course we get in depth with photography and her rad traveling photo exhibition called To The Front. Listen and learn!

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May 02, 2018
Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath
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Apr 25, 2018
BONUS EPISODE - On Tour with Taken
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BONUS EPISODE - Want to go on tour? Well, that’s hard for ALL of you to fit in the van but I wanted to bring you this chat that I had with the rest of the guys in my band, Taken while we were on the road in December in Canada. We are releasing a new EP next week on Other People Records and while this is a little self-promotional of me, I think it was a very insightful chat with my friends about why music is important, what it means to stay involved in independent music and other memories. Dive in and join us on tour!

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Apr 20, 2018
Stuart Ross from Comeback Kid and Misery Signals
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Episode 302 - Let’s go! My dude Stu Ross who plays guitar in Comeback Kid and Misery Signals jumps on the show this week to talk about playing in a ton of local bands, cartoons/illustration and what life is like touring as a grown adult. We went to places I haven’t gone in this show (which I know, sounds like a cliché but I promise it’s true) and it was great! Dive in! /a>

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Apr 18, 2018
Howard Jones from Light The Torch, Killswitch Engage and Blood Has Been Shed
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Episode 301 - We are NOT slowing down after our celebratory 300th episode, today I have my old friend Howard Jones from Light the Torch, Killswitch Engage and Blood Has Been Shed (!!!) talking about the old touring days, making friends in the music world, depression and being the odd man out. I adored this discussion and I hope you will too.

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Apr 11, 2018
Chris Taylor from PG. 99 & Pygmy Lush
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Episode 300 - LET’S PARTY! I can’t believe it’s been 300 episodes but here we are and thank you very much for listening and continuing to support this project. We have Chris Taylor hopping on the show this week. He is the vocalist for recently reunited and original “screamo” legends Page 99 (or otherwise known as Pg. 99). We dive deep into the intricacies of navigating the reunion show world, empathy and being intentionally unconventional. It’s a long one so settle in and enjoy the nuggets of wisdom that are contained within.

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Apr 04, 2018
Dave Smalley from Don’t Sleep/Dag Nasty/Down By Law/DYS/All
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Mar 28, 2018
Tom Weaver from Casey
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Episode 298 - NEW BAND YOU NEED TO HEAR ALERT! I had Tom Weaver from Casey on the show this week. If you dig bands like Touche Amore, La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth…dive in and thank me later. We tackle the topics of confidence, health issues and learning from past mistakes. It’s a fun chat!

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Mar 21, 2018
Carlos Ramirez from No Echo (Buried Treasure Episode - Powerviolence)
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Episode 297 - BURIED TREASURE EPISODE ALERT! I have my friend Carlos Ramirez from the site No Echo over to discuss our love for the music genre known as POWERVIOLENCE. We dig deep into bands that we feel may be slightly overlooked and talk about why they are important to us. We also discuss interviewing tactics and why we both love context. Enjoy the deep dive and hopefully you find a new band or two that you can revisit.

 Bands discussed:
Guyver One
 Acrid
 Assuck
 Monster X
 C.R.
 S.O.B.

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Mar 14, 2018
Aric Improta from Night Verses/The Fever
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Episode 296 - Do you like drumming? I do, and the guest this week is an excellent one at that! Aric Improta plays in Night Verses and The Fever and came over to my place to hang out and talk about drumming as an art form, performance and punk ethos. He shares some incredible stories of how long he’s worked in his bands and also his Guitar Center National Drum-Off win. Dive in!

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Mar 07, 2018
Chris #2 from Anti-Flag
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Episode 295 - It’s Anti-Flag time on the podcast this week! Chris #2 from the band hops on the show and we get into discussions about how their major label experiment worked (in short, the stories are insane), empathy and their longevity as a band. I know I say this every week, but this chat is deep and enlightening. I learned a lot and I hope you do as well.

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Feb 28, 2018
Finn McKenty from URM Academy
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Episode 294 - My boy Finn McKenty is on the show this week. He works with an incredible company called URM Academy and is a very thoughtful guy. He was in town for work and rolled over to my place and this is what transpired. We discussed positivity, business moves and the online teaching program that he helps build with URM. It’s a great and wide ranging chat. Let’s dive in and enjoy!

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Feb 21, 2018
Matt Scottoline from Hurry & Everyone, Everywhere
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Hurry! Download this rad chat I had with Matt Scottoline from Hurry & Everyone, Everywhere (see what I did there? We discuss the ever popular topic of art vs commerce, unconventional ideas and the Philly music scene at large. His bands are awesome and we had a very fun discussion!

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Feb 14, 2018
Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail
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Episode 292 - Three times you say? My friend Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail comes on the show to chat about his new record called “If There Is Light, It Will Find You” coming out soon on Pure Noise Records as well as his new life in Arizona and being a father. We get deep on mortality, the impact of art and more. Like all conversations with Buddy, they are deep and insightful. Dive in and enjoy!

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Feb 07, 2018
Best of 2007 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
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Episode 291 - Let’s travel back in time okay? The year is 2007 and my good friends, Joey Cahill and Jeremy Bolm, are today, in 2018 discussing our best of list from that year. We dive in deep making sure our music taste didn’t suck too much back then (or confirm that it always has sucked). In all honesty, this was a lot of fun and hopefully you find some records that you forgot about or find out about a new band. ENJOY!

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Jan 31, 2018
John Franco from By A Thread
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Episode 290 - HELL YES I GET TO TALK TO JOHN FRANCO FROM BY A THREAD. Sorry, now that I got that out of my system…but seriously, very happy to be bringing you this chat with the guitarist and vocalist from By A Thread. They are a severely underrated post-hardcore band from Vancouver, BC and do yourself a favor and look them up. We discuss the city of Vancouver, unrealized potential and the music biz.

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Jan 24, 2018
Stacy Hilt from The Casket Lottery/Coalesce
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Episode 289 - Stacy Hilt from The Casket Lottery/Coalesce is on the show this week and it’s a real fun discussion. We talk about being dependable, the creative balance you have to strike in your life and his early life playing in Coalesce. I’d consider myself pretty knowledgable about the bands he’s played in, but there are details that blew my mind during this chat.

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Jan 17, 2018
Nicky “Money” Palmero from Nothing/Death To Lovers
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Episode 288 - Oh boy, this is a RAD chat with none other than Nicky Money from Nothing/Death To Lovers and Horror Show. He’s an incredibly interesting individual with a long history in independent music that has been prolific and tumultuous. We get in DEEP with his chaotic upbringing, life in jail and ultimately, finding value in yourself. Enjoy!

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Jan 10, 2018
Ricky Singh from Backtrack
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Episode 287 - Welcome to 2018 and hope it’s going well for you. We have Ricky Signh who plays guitar in Backtrack on the show this week talking about growing up as a first generation immigrant, the music business and being open minded. I had such a positive conversation with him that I figured, what better way to ring in the new year on this front. Enjoy!

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Jan 05, 2018
Donny Phillips from KHIL Studios and The Warriors
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Episode 286 - Merry Christmas! We have a rad chat with designer Donny Phillips this week about playing in the band The Warriors, his design work with HUGE artists like Eminem and many others and finally, what it’s like to grow up with a twin brother in the high deserts of California. DO IT UP!

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Dec 21, 2017
Best of 2017 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
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Dec 14, 2017
Tony Rettman, author of Straight Edge and NYHC
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Episode 284 - Books! I love them and especially when they are about things I love, like hardcore! Tony Rettman is the author of two incredible books entitled NYHC and Straight Edge. We discuss writing as a profession, the process of making a book and the importance of context. A really interesting dive into the literary world and how it collides with our independent subculture.

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Dec 06, 2017
Christopher Browder from Mansions
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Episode 283 - My new friend, Chris Browder from Mansions is on the show this week. We discussed a wide variety of topics like growing up in the south, how identity plays out when you are in a band and flying under the radar. Even if you have NO idea who he is or his music, it’s an incredibly insightful conversation to delight anyone who is creating art. DIVE IN AND ENJOY!

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Nov 29, 2017
Jimmy LaValle from Tristeza & The Album Leaf
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One of my favorite musicians/composers, Jimmy LaValle from Tristeza & The Album Leaf is on the show this week! We get in deep to San Diego hardcore and the scene in the mid to late 90’s, surreal moments with The Album Leaf and how the DIY mentality still sticks with him today. I can’t stress enough how you have to listen to The Album Leaf and Tristeza.

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Nov 22, 2017
James Hart from 18 Visions
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Episode 281 - Today’s episode is a doozy with James Hart, the vocalist for 18 Visions. We get in DEEP with his love of sports and the intersection of punk/hardcore with it, his personal experience of being bullied and the process of finding yourself. I don’t want to bury the lead but the final 20 minutes of this podcast are incredible. Enjoy!

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Nov 15, 2017
Andrew Klein from Strife
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Episode 280 - STRIFE! A huge influence on me personally and I am excited to bring Andrew Klein from Strife on the show. We discuss the simple beginnings of the band, art vs commerce and surreal moments with the band. Download, enjoy and mosh!

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Nov 08, 2017
Ryan Downey from Burn It Down and music journalist
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Episode 279 - Sorry for the delay, but it’s a good chat with my friend Ryan Downey who is a journalist extraordinaire as well as owner of Superhero Management and many cool podcasts (No Prize from God, Speak and Destroy & PopCurse). He’s also the vocalist for an incredible hardcore band from the 90’s/early 2000’s called Burn It Down. We get in deep with what it’s like to work with friends, his midwest upbringing and credibility. Enjoy!

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Nov 03, 2017
Dave Walker from Harvest, Season of Fire
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Episode 278 - One of my favorite vocalists of all time, Dave Walker from Harvest/Season of Fire, is on the show today. We hang out one afternoon on the phone to discuss the emotional impact of art, rural vs city life and anthems. We get a little emotional in the middle of the show, so don’t mind us. Enjoy the listen!

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Oct 25, 2017
Marissa D'elia from Small Circle
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Episode 277 - NEW INCREDIBLE BAND ALERT. I have the pleasure of bringing you this conversation with the lead vocalist of Small Circle, Marissa D'elia. This debut LP smokes and you have to pay attention to what they have going on. We discuss life in the suburbs of Philly, representation within independent music and being intentional with your actions. Enjoy!

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Oct 18, 2017
Chaka Malik from Burn
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Episode 276 - We are back! Hope you had a nice week off from the show. This week we have Chaka Malik from Burn/Orange 9mm and Ghost Decibels. He’s an intense dude and we had a chat that rivaled that intensity. It was a really enlightening and insightful talk about all things NYC, the value of silence and life around the music business. Listen and enjoy!

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Oct 10, 2017
Nathan Ellis from Coalesce/The Casket Lottery and Able Baker Fox
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Episode 275 - I am stoked to bring you this rad convo I had with Nathan Ellis from Able Baker Fox/The Casket Lottery and Coalesce. We went deep on his bands, early tour life, the definition of “success” and technicality. It was a wide ranging chat that felt like we were old buds, even though we just had met. Enjoy!

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Sep 27, 2017
Buried Treasure: early 2000’s Hardcore w/ Joey Cahill
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Episode 275 - Special Episode alert! I wanted to throw some different types of shows in the feed and I love me some Buried Treasure discussions with trusted friends. This week I bring on one of my best friends, Joey Cahill from 6131 Records to discuss early 2000’s hardcore. We focused on bands that could be loosely defined as “traditional” hardcore and not specifically metal core that was so pervasive at that time. Listen in and hopefully you will find a gem or two that you haven’t listened to for awhile or even know about in the first place!

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Sep 20, 2017
Mike Herrera from MXPX
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Episode 274 - A fellow podcast buddy is on the show this week, oh and he also plays for one of the most notable punk bands around in the form of MXPX, Mike Herrera. We get into the weeds with podcasting, spirituality and the dogma attached to it. Really fun stuff that I am happy we were able to hit on. I HIGHLY suggest you listen to this week, whether you are a fan of MXPX or not. Jump in!

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Sep 13, 2017
BONUS EPISODE - Ray Harkins on Straight Edge/Religion
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I appeared on my good buds podcast, Bad Christian, in which I discussed straight edge and how it intersects with religion and a lot of anecdotal thoughts that are related to straight edge as well. It's a real fun discussion that I thought you'd enjoy!
Sep 08, 2017
Jonathan Howell from Less Art & Kowloon Walled City
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Episode 273 - BOOM! This week a new friend of mine jumps on the show, Jonathan Howell from Less Art & Kowloon Walled City. We chat about his upbringing in the midwest, eclectic music tastes and Excel grids. You should absolutely own the new Less Art LP, so hop on that!

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Sep 06, 2017
Sierra Kusterbeck from Neaux and Versa Emerge
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Episode 272 - Happy Wednesday! This week we have an engaging conversation on the rise, fall and rise story with Sierra Kusterbeck from Neaux and Versa Emerge. She rose to prominence as the singer of pop/rock band Versa Emerge in the early 2000’s at an early age, but ran into a wall and has now taken a more nuanced view of creativity and playing music in her band Neaux. It’s a really eye-opening episode that I hope you dive deep into!

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Aug 30, 2017
Roger Miret from Agnostic Front
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Episode 271 - An absolute banger of an episode today with the man, Roger Miret. He’s the vocalist for NYC hardcore stalwarts, Agnostic Front and recently an author! His new book is out next week and we got to chat with him about Dad life, what it’s like to write a book and being in prison. For a guy that’s done a million interviews over his life, he was incredibly open and honest about all aspects of his life. A real treat!

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Aug 24, 2017
Jake Smelley from Gideon
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Episode 270 - Let’s do this! I get really philosophical with this weeks guest, Jake Smelley, the drummer for Christian hardcore band Gideon. We talk about the S Town podcast for a bit as he was raised in that particular town, what it’s like to be on the hustle for 10+ years and a deep dive into faith and one’s ability to question their beliefs. Be safe out there everyone. br>
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Aug 16, 2017
Mike Olender from Endeavor/Burnt By The Sun/River Black
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Episode 269 - One of my all time favorite vocalists is hanging out on the show this week, Mike Olender from Endeavor/Burnt by the Sun and most recently River Black, hangs out as he waits for a ride to the airport. We get into politics, art as commerce and weird vocals. We definitely go to places I haven’t on this show before, so listen up!

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Aug 09, 2017
Chadwick Johnson from Hundredth
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Episode 268 - Boom! Don’t let the dog days of summer get you down, here’s another rad chat for you fine folks. Chadwick Johnson from Hundredth is on the show this week to discuss many things including evolving as a human being, playing a different style of music and the early years of playing in bands. It’s a very open and honest discussion that I was glad to have with him while he was on his tour bus. LISTEN AND LEARN!

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Aug 02, 2017
Brett Detar from The Juliana Theory
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Episode 267 - One day late, but NEVER leaving you hanging! Happy dog days of summer but we aren’t slowing down, Brett Detar from The Juliana Theory (and Zao!) is spending time with us to discuss dispelling rumors (that I bring up!), living the life of music and the business behind music. The band has been through it all and Brett is definitely game to be incredibly transparent with his experience. Hope you dig!

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Jul 27, 2017
John Porcell from Youth of Today/Shelter/Judge
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Episode 266 - Happy Wednesday! Today we have hardcore hero, John Porcell on the show. He’s played in every band ever included Youth of Today, Shelter, Judge, Project X and many more. Not only is he extremely musically talented, he’s a great dude to boot. We hung at his apartment one afternoon and discussed his early upbringing, life on a farm and ego. It’s a wide ranging discussion that I am very happy to share with you!

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Jul 19, 2017
Dave Lombardo from Slayer, Dead Cross, Suicidal Tendencies and The Misfits
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Episode 265 - A true gentleman is on the show this week in the form of an incredible drummer, Dave Lombardo. He plays in Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross and The Misfits. Needless to say, this dude has done a million interviews but he was more than willing to go down roads that he hadn’t before and we got in depth about playing in high pressure situations, being a dad and finding stillness. It’s a great look inside of the mind of a person who shows up to work every day behind his drum kit.

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Jul 12, 2017
Charlie Kaplan from Cymbal.FM
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Episode 264 - This week is a rad chat with Charlie Kaplan who works at Cymbal.FM which is an incredible app that makes it extremely easy to discover, share and enjoy music in ways that I haven’t experienced before. We discuss Web 2.0 culture, music discovery and journalism (as he spent some time at NPR prior to this). Enjoy!

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Jul 05, 2017
Al Brown from Dangers
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Episode 263 - Happy pre-Fourth of July for those US listeners. My guest this week is the vocalist from punk provocateurs Dangers, Al Brown. He’s also the man responsible for an amazing festival in the early 2000’s called Sink With Cali. We dove headfirst into teaching, the in’s and out’s of running a music festival and speaking your mind. It’s a really interesting insight to a person in the middle of people having strong opinions about who he is as a person. I loved the chat and hope you will to.

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Jun 28, 2017
Mat Kerekes from Citizen
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Episode 262 - I have a SUPERSIZED episode for you today with not one, but two chats! The first is a quickie w/ Ty Brooks from melodic hardcore band Conveyor talking about tour life and Eau Claire, WI. Then, we unleash the awesome conversation with Mat Kerekes from Citizen. We get SUPER nerdy about video games, online criticism and his relationship with touring. Pull up a chair and hang out for a bit.

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Jun 21, 2017
Buzz Osborne from The Melvins
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Episode 261 - The hits just keep on coming! We have the legend, Buzz Osbourne on the show today. Buzz is the vocalist/guitarist of The Melvins who have played a large influence on all things related to independent and are still making some of their most vital music in their career while never sticking to one formula. Buzz and I go deep on his love for golf, politics and mainstream thought. He’s a character and in this conversation it really shines through. br>
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Jun 14, 2017
Chris Colohan from Sect and Vegan Magic
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Episode 260 - We did it. 5 years of shows. I can’t believe it but thank you for joining along in this fun experiment in audio! Our guest this week is a repeat but one of my favorite vocalists of all time, Chris Colohan. He sings in the band Sect and owns the incredible company, Vegan Magic. He previously sang for the bands Cursed, Left For Dead, Burning Love, Countdown to Oblivion and more. He’s basically the realest of the real dudes you can ever meet. It had been a few years since our last chat, so I decided to celebrate and have him on the show. We get deep on what it’s like to run a business, the Southern Ontario hardcore scene and principles. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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Jun 07, 2017
Keith Barney from 18 Visions/Throwdown/Adamantium
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Episode 259 - YES! Today is a rad show with my old friend Keith Barney. He plays guitar currently in 18 Visions and was previously a member of Adamantium, Throwdown and Death By Stereo. To say he was active in and around the Orange County hardcore scene is an understatement. Him and I hung out one evening at his house, had coffee in his backyard and this is what happened.

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May 31, 2017
Bryan Garris from Knocked Loose
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Episode 258 - Oh boy, this episode is a doozy! We have Bryan Garris from Knocked Loose on the show, who is the vocalist of the much discussed hardcore band. It’s a deep conversation about Louisville music, popularity and education and the importance of it. Many people have an opinion on this band, let this conversation guide you and give more context for where these young upstarts are coming from!

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May 24, 2017
Aaron Lammer from Longform Podcast and Stoner
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Episode 257 - This is another one of my favorite type of guests, what I affectionately refer to as a “secret punk”. Aaron Lammer hosts the incredible podcasts Longform and Stoner as well as a contributing member of Francis & The Lights and we go deep into music listening habits, journalism and weed (which is a subject that I have no existing knowledge of but am really interested in the subculture). I loved this chat and hope you do as well.

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May 17, 2017
Josh Scogin from ‘68/The Chariot/Norma Jean
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Episode 256 - The hits keep on coming! We have Josh Scogin from 68’/The Chariot and Norma Jean on the show today discussing the importance of the live show to him, his family life and the balance he tries to create as well as his lack of business acumen. He really is the epitome of hard work and an artist. I loved this conversation and so will you.

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May 10, 2017
Cameron Boucher from Sorority Noise/Old Grey
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Episode 254 - WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE! Great news everyone, we have an awesome chat to bring you this week with my new friend Cameron Boucher from Sorority Noise/Old Grey! We get in deep with talks about depression, musical naivety and spirituality. I love everything about this episode so join us, won’t you?

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May 03, 2017
Portia Sabin from Kill Rock Stars
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Episode 254 - In the last episode of our themed month, amazing women in music, we have Portia Sabin from Kill Rock Stars on the show. We dive into her first experiences with independent music, playing in bands and education. It’s a rad discussion that treads on topics we don’t get the chance to explore on the show very much. Listen and learn!

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Apr 27, 2017
Rachel Rosen from Most Precious Blood/Indecision
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Episode 253 - Happy Wednesday! On the show today is the guitarist from awesome hardcore bands Indecision, Most Precious Blood and The Wage of Sin, Rachel Rosen! I went over to her house one evening to discuss her involvement in all of those bands, her early life dealing with tragedy and the medical field. You also get the added bonus of hanging out with her dogs on microphone as well. This conversation is part of our ongoing focus of women in independent music which will come to a close next week, but until then ENJOY!

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Apr 19, 2017
Evange Livanos from Synergy Management
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Episode 252 - My month of pure women awesomeness continues as I have my friend and business associate, Evange Livanos from Synergy Artist Management. She’s responsible for managing the careers of bands like Citizen, Real Friends, Superheaven and many more. She’s been in the game for awhile and we had a great conversation about all things in and around the music industry, booking bands and choosing your own path.

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Apr 13, 2017
Sara Taylor from Youth Code
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Episode 251 - Happy April! This month I am focusing on rad women who are involved with independent music and shaping our culture for the positive with their creative focus. I am happy to welcome on the show Sara Taylor, who is the vocalist for industrial duo Youth Code. We discuss her upbringing in Hawaii, the life of a road crew and being a goth kid. It’s a breezy and insightful discussion that I am happy to bring to you.

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Apr 05, 2017
Bonus Episode! - Buried Treasure of Skate Punk w/ Shane Told (Silverstein, Lead Singer Syndrome podcast)
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BONUS EPISODE! - Skate Punk Buried Treasure w/ Shane Told (Silverstein, Lead Singer Syndrome podcast): Surprise, here is a rad chat that I had with my good friend and fellow podcaster, Shane Told, about the beauty that is skate punk and some bands that are often overlooked in the genera. Hope you find some undiscovered gems in here!

Bands/Songs played in the episode
Millencolin - “No Cigar”
Diesel Boy - “Titty Twister”
Guns N Wankers “Skin Deep”
Bigwig - “Dent”
Hi Standard “California Dreaming”
Rufio - “In My Eyes”
Straight Faced “Show Me Your Gun”
Donuts N Glory
Apr 02, 2017
Chris Enriquez from On The Might of Princes
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On The Might of Princes was an incredible band. Chris Enriquez played drums in that band. So, logic would dictate that I should speak to him and guess what, I DID! We get in real deep with his upbringing in Long Island, being bullied and we get to the bottom of the band signing to Drive Thru Records…or did they? Do the damn thing and listen up to this rad, wide-ranging interview.

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Mar 29, 2017
Ian Miller from Kowloon Walled City and Less Art
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Episode 249 - My dude, Ian Miller is on the show this week. He plays in bands like Kowloon Walled City, Less Art, Redemption 87, Skankin Pickle and many more. He has incredible stories and a wild journey to where he is at now. A true definition of a lifer and I am stoked to have him on the show.

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Mar 22, 2017
Tom May from The Menzingers
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Episode 248 - Every week it blows my mind you all keep listening, but thank you. We have a great chat today with Tom May, the guitarist/vocalist from Scranton, PA’s punk hero’s, The Menzingers. We dive into his life in the suburbs, his early touring life and preconceived notions about the differences between the punk and hardcore scene. Their new LP, “After The Party” is one of my favorites of this year and it deserves your attention.

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Mar 15, 2017
Kevin Jordan from This Wild Life
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Episode 247 - Yahoo! Kevin Jordan from This Wild Life is hanging out with us today. We turn over every rock and speak about how the band got hooked up with Epitaph Records, this being his “last” chance to make it in music, intimacy at shows and the secret behind being in a band (spoiler alert: hustle). Frankly, this was a nice and relaxing chat that I didn’t expect to have with Kevin but I am sure glad I did. Enjoy!

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Mar 09, 2017
Casey Aylward from Astronoid/Vatnett Viskar
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Episode 246 - Boom! NEW FAVORITE BAND ALERT! Before you listen to this podcast, please listen to Astronoid’s LP entitled “Air” and you will thank me. Then, come back and listen to this insightful discussion between myself and Casey Aylward from Astronoid/Vatnett Viskar. We get in depth on what it’s like to be a mid-level touring band, the promise of a bright future and tour life in general. Love it!

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Mar 01, 2017
Jack Grisham from TSOL and The Joykiller
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Episode 245 - Better late than never! One of my musical heroes, Jack Grisham is on the show today. He’s the vocalist for legendary punk provocateurs, TSOL, as well as one of Epiptah’s most underrated bands, The Joykiller. We hung out in his haunted house (for real!) and we discussed his life in and out of punk, how he remains engaged and never growing tired of finding new avenues of self-expression. We go deep into all areas of his life so strap in and enjoy!

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Feb 25, 2017
Blasko from Ozzy Osbourne/Mercenary Management
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Episode 244 - As strange as it is to say it, it’s equally as strange for me to type it but Blasko the bass player of Ozzy Osbourne is on the show today. He’s a good friend of mine from us working together when I was at Century Media Records. He also manages a ton of bands including Black Veil Brides and hosts his own podcast called MANAGEMETAL that I urge you to check out. In any event, we discuss surreal “rock” moments, playing as a hired fun and determination. He’s got a great attitude and I loved having this discussion. Enjoy!

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Feb 15, 2017
Carley Coma from Candiria
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Episode 243 - This guest has been on my “to speak to” list for quite some time and finally, I got him. Carley Coma the vocalist from hardcore/metal/jazz band, Candiria hung out with me over Skype and we really got into it. We spoke about living and growing up in New York City (the REAL city), his bands horrific van accident and diverse musical influences. He’s an incredibly compelling individual and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Feb 09, 2017
Stephen Cobucci from Wolves at the Gate
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Each day is one day closer to the end of our 45th president. Fortunately, we have a great discussion with Stephen Cobucci from Wolves at the Gate on the podcast today. We dive deep into poor Christian music substitutes, the balance between tour and “real” life back at home and the life of a mid-level band. Please relax for a moment with me while we all distract ourselves from the nightmare onslaught of news. Enjoy!

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Feb 02, 2017
Val Loper from Bear Hands/Rubbing Alcohol and In Pieces
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Episode 241 - We survived the inauguration and are back for another week of insightful conversation with people involved in independent music. This week we have my old friend, Val Loper on the show. He plays in a rock band called Bear Hands (and a killer solo project called Rubbing Alcohol) and once upon a time, played in a melodic hardcore band called In Pieces. We talk the strange experience of playing radio festivals, playing in the indie rock world and drinking. It’s a frank and honest discussion of all things being in a band and I loved it. Have fun!

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Jan 25, 2017
Josh Brigham from Hopesfall
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Episode 240 - Great show today with Josh Brigham from Hopesfall talking to me about melodic hardcore, religion and ultimately, not fitting in. Hopesfall was an important band to me and many others in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that were doing something slightly unconventional in combining atmospheric rock with melodic hardcore and pulled it off with great affect. Dive in and enjoy!

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Jan 19, 2017
Jake Ewald from Modern Baseball & Slaughter Beach, Dog
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Episode 239 - Happy Wednesday! Coming at you is a great conversation that I had with Jake Ewald from Modern Baseball/Slaughter Beach, Dog about SO many things including religion, how Modern Baseball has grown and metal-core. It was quite an in depth and introspective conversation that surprised me in many places, so I hope it does the same for you.

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Jan 11, 2017
James McKean from Departures
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Episode 238 - Happy 2017! As we enter the 6th year of this podcast, I am continually humbled by all of your support so THANK YOU! On the show this week is James McKean the vocalist from hardcore band Departures. They put out one of my favorite records of last year and I was delighted to speak to him. We talk about life in Scotland, his love for musicals and his feelings on Brexit to a dumb american (me). Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and lets dive in! Use our Amazon Affiliate Code to support the show!
Jan 05, 2017
Best of 2016 w/ Joey Cahill and Jeremy Bolm
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Episode 237 - BEST OF 2016. It’s the huge one that many of you were waiting for. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this lengthy conversation about our favorite records of the year. Myself, Joey Cahill (6131 Records) and Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) talk about the best music, movies and podcasts. Ray Harkins: 1. Daughter - Not To Disappear 2. Touche Amore - Stage Four 3. Tycho - Epoch 4. Stranger Things Soundtrack V.1 & V.2 5. Departures - Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love 6. Moose Blood - Blush 7. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book 8. Bon Iver - 22, A Million 9. Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow 10. Wojciech Golczewski - End of Transmission Jeremy Bolm: 1. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker 2. Culture Abuse - Peach 3. Conor Oberst - Ruminations 4. Angel Olsen - My Woman 5. Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow 6. Angel Du$t - Rock The Fuck On Forever 7. Sun Kil Moon / Jesu 8. John K Samson - Winter Wheat 9. Deftones - Gore 10. Planes Mistaken For Stars - Prey Joey Cahill: 1. Dmas - Hills End 2. Lapsley - Long Way Home 3. Touche Amore - Stage Four 4. Pup - The Dream Is Over 5. Panic! At the disco - Death of a Bachelor 6. Bon Iver - 22, a Million 7. Conor Oberst - Ruminations 8. Jimmy eat world - Integrity Blues 9. Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service 10. Minor Victories - s/t

Dec 15, 2016
Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy/Sect
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Episode 236 - The year is closing but that doesn’t mean we can’t have an amazing discussion with arguably one of the biggest guests in the shows history. Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy, Sect, RaceTraitor and many more jumps on Skype with me one afternoon to discuss SO many things including but not limited to dealing with fame, friends as family and radical politics. It’s a wide ranging discussion that even uncovers a rumor that had been floating around since 2008 and we finally have it confirmed.

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Dec 07, 2016
Billy Rymer from The Dillinger Escape Plan
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Episode 235 - Do you like drums? You should. It’s my favorite instrument. Billy Rymer is one talented dude who plays for The Dillinger Escape Plan, behind the kit naturally. I was able to geek out with him about drums, how he collaborates with people and why a huge drum kit is a pain in the ass.

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Dec 01, 2016
Jeff Rosenstock
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Episode 234 - An absolute renaissance man, Jeff Rosenstock, is on the show today to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. Well, not really but we do talk about punk ethics, ska and his youth spent in Long Island, NY. It’s an uplifting chat and I am glad you are “tuning in”. Please have a safe holiday and don’t eat turkey!

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Nov 23, 2016
Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It.
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Episode 233 - Hooray! It’s my good friend Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It. (and a million other bands) on the pod today. We hopped on the phone one afternoon and talked about technology, sports, growing older and DIY culture. It’s wide ranging, positive and thoughtful which is something that I know we all need at this point. Also, you can hear about my personal struggles going on in my life currently. Please keep me and my family in your thoughts/prayers moving forward as we absolutely need it.

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Nov 16, 2016
Bonus Episode - Political Discussion w/ Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
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This is a bonus episode in which my good friend and I, Joey Cahill, discuss the election and our feelings towards what happened and how we should move forward from this.
Nov 13, 2016
Max Bemis from Say Anything/Two Tounges
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Episode 232 - More on the election and my feelings next week, but in the meantime let’s all enjoy this deep conversation with the enigmatic and engaging frontman, Max Bemis. He’s the vision behind Say Anything and Two Tounges and we go DEEP on mental health, religion and comics. Strap in and get ready!

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Nov 09, 2016
Colt Cabana, professional wrestler
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Episode 231 - Professional wrestling and independent music? Is there a correlation or connection? I set out with the incredible personality/wrestler Colt Cabana to prove just that. We discuss his life as a wrestler in and out of the “big leagues”, entertaining and tour life. He’s an incredible guy with some great stories. Please enjoy and discover the amazing world of indie wrestling.

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Nov 02, 2016
Matt Mixon, filmmaker/7 Angels & 7 Plagues
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Episode 230 - Every week I feel so lucky to speak to creative and inspiring individuals, and today is no different. Matt Mixon is a filmmaker and the vocalist from 7 Angels 7 Plagues who also put together an incredible documentary about his close friends in Misery Signals entitled, “Yesterday Was Everything”. It’s truly a special look at not only that band but how people’s lives are profoundly impacted by music. We also discuss early tour life and the importance of nostalgia. Dive in and enjoy!

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Oct 26, 2016
Chris Conley from Saves The Day/Two Tongues
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Episode 229 - Get the hell out of here. Chris Conley from Saves the Day, on this very podcast? Yep, it’s the truth and it couldn’t have exceeded my lofty expectations more. We discussed what it’s like to truly live in the moment, records as chapters in one’s life and anxiety. It was deep, metaphysical and introspective. Please consume and enjoy.

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Oct 19, 2016
Anthony Lucero from Cult Leader
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Episode 228 - There’s heavy and then there’s Cult Leader. I love this band and you should as well. I had to have Anthony Lucero, vocalist of the band, on the show and we did it! In our lengthy discussion we spoke of his experience with Salt Lake City, the influence of religion and subculture. A real insightful chat, so please enjoy!

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Oct 12, 2016
Mike Judge from Judge/Youth Of Today
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Episode 227 - Mike Judge. Do I need to say anything else? I sure hope not but in case you aren’t aware, he is the vocalist for legendary hardcore band Judge as well as spending some time with another seminal hardcore band, Youth of Today. Mike opens up to me about stepping away from hardcore, rumors and finding family. It’s a deeply personal look at a man who’s life was changed by many aspects of this scene we hold dear. br>
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Oct 05, 2016
Kevin Devine
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Episode 226 - Kevin Devine. That name should mean something to you and if it doesn’t then listen up. He’s a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter-artist-cool dude that previously played in a band called The Miracle of 86. He’s incredibly thoughtful and I loved every moment of this conversation. We discussed radical ideas, the business of music and transitions. Really compelling stuff so dive in and learn a thing or two.

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Sep 29, 2016
Meghan O'Neil from Super Unison and Punch
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Episode 225 - Meghan O'Neil from Super Unison and Punch is gracing us with her podcast presence today. It was an absolute pleasure having her on the show to discuss being the “team mom”, coming from a musical family and evolving as a person. She’s incredibly insightful, the bands she’s played in are all incredible…what more could you want? Sit back, relax and enjoy this lengthy conversation.

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Sep 21, 2016
George Hirsch from Blacklisted/Harm Wülf
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Episode 224 - Some people I have on my “want list” for quite some time that they become a white whale for me and fall into another category of “that’d be nice if it would happen one day”. Today, one of those guests came to fruition and I am so glad to bring it to you. George Hirsch from Harm Wülf/Blacklisted spoke to me for about an hour on everything from conflict on tour to motivation and being vulnerable. I didn’t honestly expect George to be so forthcoming with his answers but he was an incredible guest and I can’t thank him enough for it.

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Sep 14, 2016
Patrick Kindlon from Self Defense Family
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Episode 223 - This is the most unique podcast I have done to date. Patrick Kindlon is the vocalist for Self Defense Family and Drug Church. He’s a man of many talents and was one of my most requested guests on social media and finally, we have him on. We have a wide ranging discussion about internet culture, context and racist music. No stone is unturned in this chat and we hardly address any of the questions I prepared for him, but the conversation was incredible nonetheless.

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Sep 07, 2016
Cory Brandan from Norma Jean
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What a cool looking number huh? I am excited to say that Cory Brandan, the vocalist of Norma Jean, is on the podcast today. We get in deep with his family life, building a career centered on music (at any cost) and never being comfortable. It’s a very introspective and revealing look at a person who has been doing this for quite some time. I love Norma Jean and hopefully you will after this chat (if you already don’t).

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Aug 31, 2016
Greg Antonni from The Bouncing Souls/Play Date
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Episode 221 - Holy shit! I can’t believe that the singer of The Bouncing Souls, Greg Antonni, is on the show today! If you don’t know who The Bouncing Souls are please check your pulse as they are probably one of the best punk bands around today and potentially of all time. Greg opens up to us about his life in and around New Jersey, the major label rush of the 90’s as well as his “kid music” project with his wife Play Date. It’s always refreshing to know that no matter how long you’ve been doing something, you can still be enthusiastic about the future and Greg is a shining example of that.

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Aug 24, 2016
BONUS REBROADCAST - Tom & Dan Searle from Architects
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Tom Searle passed away this weekend after a two year battle with cancer. It destroyed me to hear this and I had to publish a VERY early episode I did with Tom and his brother Dan to show how much life Tom had inside of him and frankly, how much I loved the guy. Please listen, enjoy and tell someone close to you that you love them.
Aug 22, 2016
James Vitalo from Backtrack
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Episode 220 - Hard work and hustle. That’s what I think of when I look at my friend, James Vitalo. He’s the vocalist of Backtrack and manager for the band Turnstile and a person who’s taken what he’s learned and built his life around it. We discuss how he was attached to one of the most traumatic events in my life, mischief and the grind of tour. James came ready to share and because of that, we have an incredible conversation.

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Aug 17, 2016
Brad Boatright from Audiosiege/From Ashes Rise
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Episode 219 - If heavy music is your thing, odds are that this man has had his hands on it. Brad Boatright is the talent behind the knobs at his studio, Audiosiege as well as the guitarist/vocalist of crust legends From Ashes Rise. We discuss his process of recording and mastering, the concept of “selling out” and being raised in the bible belt. Brad was very gracious with his time and I am proud to bring you this conversation. Dig in and enjoy!

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Aug 10, 2016
Luke Pate from Frameworks
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Episode 218 - Luke Pate is the vocalist for the hardcore band Frameworks and is on the show this week. We dive deep into the city of Gainsville and their incredible indie music scene, unplanned “success” and the expectations that come with it as well as the connection to the real world when you are off tour and not living the day to day existence in the band. It’s a shorter chat, but definitely worth your time.

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Aug 03, 2016
Lee Overtree from The Story Pirates
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Episode 217 - Do you like improv comedy? How about theatre? Well I love both of these things and was excited to speak to Lee Overtree, who is the creative director behind Story Pirates in New York City. His program takes stories written by kids and turns them into stage shows/radio plays. Lee also has a history within independent music and was influenced heavily by the DIY emo/punk scene. It’s what I like to call one of my favorite “secret punk” episodes in which a person who isn’t necessarily doing anything that you’d immediately define as punk, but under the surface is completely punk. We discuss how his life was changed by Jon Stewart (yes, THE John Stewart), making art for kids and the DIY mentality.

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Jul 27, 2016
Andy Othling from Lowercase Noises
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One of the more introspective and interesting conversations on the podcast I have ever had with Andy Othling from Lowercase Noises. He is a one man band from Albuquerque, New Mexico and his music is beautiful, haunting and trance inducing. After getting to know him a bit, I knew he’d be a great guest for the show and he did not disappoint. We speak in depth about solitude, computer science and the creative process. I urge you to listen to this episode as we go down roads that I think many people would be able to relate with. Enjoy!

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Jul 20, 2016
Thomas Pearson from Foundation
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Episode 215 - Foundation was one of my favorite hardcore bands in recent years, so I was very much looking forward to speaking to Thomas Pearson, the vocalist of said band. We hopped on Skype one afternoon and had a great discussion about the Atlanta hardcore scene, the process of being a teacher and frankly, why independent music is the best. While I am sad the band is no longer, they left a great legacy in their recorded music. Listen and enjoy!

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Jul 13, 2016
Eddy Brewerton from Moose Blood
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Episode 214 - Want to meet your new best mate? Listen to this chat we have with Eddy Brewerton who is the vocalist/guitarist for one of my favorite bands around now, Moose Blood. We discuss his upbringing in the UK, factory work (seriously) and being thankful. I love him and his band and hope that you do to after this conversation.

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Jul 07, 2016
John Pettibone from Undertow, Himsa, Heiress
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Episode 213 - A legend of Northwest Hardcore, John Pettibone is on the show today. He’s the vocalist for such bands as Undertow, Himsa, The Vows and most recently, Heiress. He invited me over to his house one morning in Seattle and we discussed why he still cares about hardcore, dedication and nostalgia. His son makes a special guest appearance and it was a very fun chat.

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Jun 29, 2016
Vinnie Caruana from The Movielife & I Am The Avalanche
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Episode 212 - Vinnie Caruana is my new best friend. We had such an awesome time chatting for the show I didn’t want to let him go at the end of our hour. He’s best known for being the singer of bands like The Movielife & I Am The Avalanche but also has an incredibly prolific solo output as well. We discussed Long Island hardcore, corporate songwriting and the early touring years of his life. As Vinnie states towards the end of the show, “Memory lane is a good place to visit”.

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Jun 22, 2016
Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage
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Episode 211 - Jesse Leach has always fascinated me. As the singer of Killswitch Engage I found his lyrics to be positive and uplifting in ways that most metal bands didn’t embrace and I loved it. I hop in the bands tour bus and pick his brain about anxiety, showing your roots and ultimately finding comfort. It’s a very special conversation that I am pleased to bring you.

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Jun 15, 2016
Jasamine White-Gluz from No Joy
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Episode 210 - No Joy! Sounds like a dour way to start a podcast but Jasamine White-Gluz from No Joy is on the show today. She is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Montreal based indie rock band. As you can hear from the chat, her and I have known about each other for awhile but finally were able to connect for this great discussion. We dive into the French/Canadian music scene, alt-rock beginnings and what it’s like to manage models (!). A wide variety of topics that I am happy to bring you.

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Jun 08, 2016
Tom Williams from Stray From the Path
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Episode 209 - It’s Tom Williams day on the pod! I speak to my old friend who plays guitar in the band Stray From the Path about many things including his early work ethic (and still today), why his band is so rooted in speaking about politics and politically charged issues as well as being professional and not coming off like a needy band when asking for help. It’s a really inspiring chat for a band that has been working for a long time to make an impact.

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Jun 01, 2016
Daryl Taberski from Snapcase
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Episode 208 - IT’S OUR 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! CELEBRATE! This week is very special for me as I bring on Daryl Taberski, the vocalist from Snapcase. They are one of my favorite bands of all time and I never would have had an excuse to talk to Daryl if it wasn’t for this podcast but we discuss many incredible things like the formation of the band, the days where the band was courted by major labels and the evolution of the bands sound. It’s a lengthy conversation but well worth your time. Please spread the word on this show and tell your friends about it. I want to make this one of the largest episodes in the shows history. Thanks for listening all of these years, I really appreciate all of you.

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May 25, 2016
NBA Shootaround with Benny Horowitz (from The Gaslight Anthem)
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Episode 207 - Basketball talk? On a music podcast? As part of my ongoing “friendversation” series I wanted to bring a recent guest back on the show to dive into one of my favorite sports, basketball. If you are looking for a discussion of independent music you will have to look elsewhere this week. Benny and I discuss how we both got into basketball, the current NBA playoffs, the upcoming draft and some quick “emotional response” questions I wanted to ask. I had a lot of fun with this and hope you enjoy this slight diversion from the norm. Next week, is our 4 year anniversary and I am incredibly excited about that. Have a good week!

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May 18, 2016
Astronautalis, hip-hop artist
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Episode 206 - Meet your new friend Astronautalis! He’s a hip hop artist from Minneapolis that has a rich history within independent music as you will hear from the show. We talk about his first tour ever, The Vans Warped Tour (which is insane), freestyle rap being a parlor trick and rave culture in the 90’s. It’s a bit of a different discussion than the show typically has, but a very engaging and interesting one. Check out his new LP on Side One Dummy called Cut The Body Loose as it is really, REALLY good. Enjoy!

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May 11, 2016
Matt Johnson, author and ex-Preacher Gone To Texas
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Episode 205 - Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like inside the Pentagon? Or what it’s like to write a book? Let me good friend Matt Johnson tell you. He was the vocalist for hardcore bands Preacher Gone To Texas and Ignite the Will and one of the smartest people I know. He knows how to tell a story and that’s exactly why he’s on the show this week. We discuss all of those points and life in the midwest.

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May 04, 2016
Benny Horowitz from The Gaslight Anthem
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Episode 204 - Meet your new best friend, Benny Horowitz, the drummer for The Gaslight Anthem. I have loved the band for quite some time and really found Benny to be insightful and funny on other interviews I have heard him do. I DM’d him on Twitter and now, you have this conversation as a result. We discuss MANY things including him putting on shows in New Jersey, the notion of “punk rock guilt” and being a new father. Settle in and enjoy!

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Apr 27, 2016
Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail (Friendversation)
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Episode 203 - In our monthly series of “friendversations” I bring on my good friend, Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail on the show to discuss how to exist in the internet. We speak in depth about the hatred that exists on the internet, expressing your opinion online and the unknowns of how this technology will affect us moving forward. We also discuss his new band (!!!), recently finding out he is going to be a father and MUCH more. I always love hanging out with Buddy and this conversation is no exception.

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Apr 20, 2016
Sammy Siegler from World Be Free, Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Glassjaw etc…
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Episode 202 - Hands down one of my favorite drummers, Sammy Siegler, makes his appearance on the show this week. He’s played in Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Side By Side, Glassjaw, Rival Schools, Limp Bizkit (!) and currently plays in World Be Free. Needless to say, the guy is prolific and we dive DEEP into his life in and around music from his days as a 12 year old in NYC, how he collaborates with such a wide range of musicians and keeping your eyes open for opportunities. Sammy was very gracious with his time and I hope you enjoy the conversation. - -

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Apr 13, 2016
Kliph Nesteroff, author
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Episode 201 - A spectacular episode this week with author, Kliph Nesterhoff. He wrote a book called The Comedians that examines the forgotten about history from the early 1900’s all the way up to modern day stand up comedy. Kliph also has a history with punk rock and hardcore and modeled his own stand up comedy after it. I am always excited to shine a light on the intersection of two things that might not be considered “connected” but this episode shows it in spades.- -

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Apr 06, 2016
Damian Abraham from Fucked Up & Turned Out A Punk podcast
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Episode 200 - I find it incredible that this thing has lasted for 200 episodes and we have quite a guest for you today in the form of Damien Abraham from Fucked Up (and incredible podcast, Turned Out A Punk). We’ve known each other for a long time and really dove deep into obsession, anxiety and what it feels like to “sell out” straight edge. No stone is left unturned and we even get some insight on what the mentality is like behind the unconventional band that Fucked Up is. What a time to be alive people, sit back and enjoy! - - - Check out Equal Vision Records and the new Say Anything record, called “I Don’t Think It Is” and get 15% off any order by using the code PODCAST!

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Mar 30, 2016
Bo Thomson from Das Bootleg & Donnybrook
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Episode 199 - Let’s face it, clothing brands are a dime a dozen and it takes a lot in this day and age to do anything unique or eye catching but fortunately, this weeks guest does. Bo is an old friend that runs a clothing company called Das Bootleg which does amazing music/pop culture references that you have to see to believe. It’s basically a calling card to the world that you are into some cool stuff. Bo, like many other guests has his roots in punk/hardcore and uses the same principals in running his business and we discuss that, hockey and pressing the reset button. It’s a must listen for anyone striving for creative outlets but struggling as Bo turned his idea, into something special. - -

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Mar 23, 2016
Steve Kleisath from Further Seems Forever, Strongarm, Shai Hulud
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Steve was on one of my very first lists of guests that I wanted to have on the show because of my massive love for his drumming and bands he played in (Strongarm, Further Seems Forever, Shai Hulud). We discussed in depth, those early years of touring in Florida, his passion for video games and unconventional drumming. --Use our Amazon Affiliate Code to support the show!

Mar 16, 2016
Sam Means from The Format, Hello Merch
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Episode 197 - Dive in and enjoy this conversation with Sam Means who was a founding member of The Format and now enjoys creating his own music under his solo project. Sam also runs the incredible merch company Hello Merch. We discussed a bunch of things but most notably pursuing a life in the creative arts, community and of course, aliens. Enjoy! --

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Mar 09, 2016
Damn Fine Cast Conversation
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Episode 196 - It's another podcast mashup! I speak to Scott and Tony of the amazing soundtrack focused podcast, Damn Fine Cast (a reference to Twin Peaks for those interested in the name). We discuss the beauty of podcasting, introductory soundtracks and the connection of punk/hardcore to this world. It's a great time and I hope that you enjoy!

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Mar 02, 2016
Allison Weiss
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Episode 195 - I love when I get to type the guests name and don't have to put anything else. Allison Weiss is an absolute gem of a human being and a great musician to boot. We spent the afternoon discussing being practical, developing your identity and the confidence that comes with that. Quite a fun chat so dive in! --

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Feb 24, 2016
Cameron Miller from Seizures
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Episode 194 - This week is a doozy. Cameron Miller sings for a band called Seizures who will pummel your ear drums with their Botch-esque metal influenced hardcore but more importantly, he has a crazy life story. Cameron and I discuss depression, a harrowing life experience and practicing happiness. It's a very deep and compelling conversation that I urge you to check out. I am very appreciative to Cameron for wanting to express these feelings on the show. --

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Feb 17, 2016
Mike Minnick, Friendversation
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Episode 193 - I am pleased to bring you another installment of the monthly "friendversation" series that will happen throughout 2016. This time I call up my friend Mike Minnick who you may know from Curl Up and Die, Puig Destroyer and his recent project, Less Art (which I forget in the intro like the true professional I am). We discuss the importance of live music, writing lyrics and a bunch of other stuff. Sit back, relax and enjoy. --

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Feb 10, 2016
Jon Bunch from Sensefield, Reason To Believe, Further Seems Forever & War Generation (REBROADCAST)
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This sucks. I didn't think I would have to consider rebroadcasting any of these interviews that I have done over the course of the past few years but Jon Bunch passed away recently and I immediately thought this was appropriate to revisit the incredible conversation I had at Jon's house back in 2013. My thoughts go out to his family and everyone affected by this tremendous loss. He was one of my favorite vocalists of all time and we should all collectively thank his memory for his contributions to our little scene.
Feb 08, 2016
Josh Coll from Foxing
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Episode 192 - Foxing are a great band. Their new record Dealer made my top 10 list for 2015 so it only made sense to me that I get to know them a bit better. Josh Coll plays bass in the band (and contributes a portion of the lyrics as well) and we spoke one afternoon over Skype. It was a delightful discussion about coping with attention being paid to your band, the military and the Midwest. Please do enjoy. - -

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Feb 03, 2016
Leroy Payne, my grandfather
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Episode 191 - This is a definite left turn for the show, but something I needed to do. My grandfather, Roy Payne passed away last week. I've been entrenched in emotion, cleaning out his house and processing the loss. I had an interview I conducted with him back in 2011 about his 95 years on this planet and regardless of the lack of personal connection you may have with him, his story is universal. People of "the greatest generation" have stories that will blow your minds and I didn't want this to be something only my family shared. Please enjoy and as a "bonus" you can hear my son and I be goofy at the end of the podcast. Thanks for your well wishes and next week, we will be back to our regularly scheduled program.
Jan 27, 2016
Stephanie Marlow, indie PR
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Episode 190 - I sat down with my long time friend Stephanie Marlow who has a long history with independent music and runs a very successful PR company of her own that has worked with everyone from Deafheaven to Pallbearer to Have Heart. She has a great story and I was excited to turn the tables on her and interview her which is a position she's not normally put in. Enjoy! - - - -

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Jan 20, 2016
Best of 2015 w/ Joey Cahill
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Episode 189 - It's that time of year again, our annual "Best of" episode! While we are missing a good friend (Jeremy Bolm) due to circumstances and timing, this is still a fun review on the best music, movies and TV (and podcasts) from the year that was. Joey and I run through our top ten records of the year and will hopefully give you enough listening for the next few months. Thanks again for all your support in 2015 and we have even more great shows lined up in 2016! 

Ray's Top 10
Top 10 Records 1. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
 2. Turnover - Peripheral Vision
 3. Zombi - Shape Shift
 4. Jamie XX - In Colour
 5. It Follows Soundtrack by Disasterpiece
 6. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
 7. Ex Machina Soundtrack by Ben Sailisbury and Geoff Barlow
 8. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
 9. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
 10. Foxing - Dealer
 

Joey's Top 10
1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
 2. Natalie Prass - S/T
 3. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
 4. Joanna Newsom - Divers
 5. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
 6. Royal headache - High
 7. Hop Along - Painted Shut
 8. Turnstile - Nonstop Feeling
 9. The Tallest Man On Earth - Dark Bird Is Home
 10. Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$

Jan 13, 2016
Nick "Biggie" Grimaldi from Good Fight Management
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Episode 188 - A long time friend is my guest this week in the form of Nick Grimaldi, or what many know him as "Biggie". He is a manager of most of your favorite bands like Between the Buried and Me, Every Time I Die, Circa Survive, Bless The Fall, Terror and MANY others. We dive deep into his introduction to working in the music industry as a merch slinger for Eighteen Visions and Throwdown and eventually Every Time I Die as well as his personal upbringing. It's a really deep conversation that I was happy to have and ultimately bring to you! -- -

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Jan 06, 2016
Gavin Van Vlack from Burn & Absolution
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Episode 187 - Happy new year! This week I hop on the phone with Gavin Van Vlack who is the guitarist for the much respected and revered bands Burn and Absolution. It was a very inspirational chat that hits on New York City hardcore, being a movement enthusiast and how to say engaged and inspired. A crucial listen. - - - -

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Dec 30, 2015
Friendversation w/ Joey Cahill
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Episode 186.5 - As a "bonus" episode during the holidays, I decided to try something a bit different with this. I gave my best friend Joey Cahill a call and we went off on a few different subjects like the death of Rdio, trademarking everything and the issues that are plaguing the vinyl pressing plants and record labels attempting to manufacture vinyl. We also bring up two buried treasures of bands that we feel need more attention. Pull up a chair and join us!
Dec 23, 2015
Paul Koehler from Silverstein
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Episode 186 - We have almost collected all of the members of Silverstein! This week we chop it up with the drummer, Paul Koehelr who is a very old friend and the main business focus behind the band. We discuss their longevity, the life of a drummer and how to find inspiration when you've been at it for so long. A very free flowing conversation that lead to some real interesting places. Enjoy! - - - -

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Dec 16, 2015
Mark Palm from Supercrush, Devotion and Go It Alone
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Episode 185 - Mark Palm is on the show this week and he has played in many bands including the seminal hardcore band Go It Alone as well as metal/thrash heroes Black Breath while also traveling the world on his own. He currently plays in a band called Supercrush while also still pursuing his solo project called Devotion. He's an incredibly interesting person and we dive deep into what the life of a wanderer is like, defying conventions and always pushing yourself. - - -

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Dec 11, 2015
Colin Frangicetto from Circa Survive
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Episode 184 - We have Colin from Circa Survive on the show this week! He plays guitar for the band and is also an incredibly talented artist and I've known him for over 10 years so he made it real easy for me to want him as a guest. We get in deep with discussions about his first bands, expanding your mind and pushing creative boundaries. It's a deep and engaging discussion that I enjoyed, so I know you will as well.

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Dec 03, 2015
Phil Jamieson from Caspian
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Happy Thanksgiving (or one day after)! Here is a holiday treat for all of you fine people in internet land, my discussion with Phil from Caspian. He plays guitar in the band and while the band is primarily instrumental, he has a lot of things to say. We discuss being introspective, finding the right fit and work ethic. Phil was ready to go deep, and we went there with him. Hope you enjoy! - - - -

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Nov 27, 2015
Andy Williams from Every Time I Die
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Episode 182 - We dive deep with one of the largest characters in independent music today, Andy Williams. He plays guitar in Every Time I Die and is a total diehard "road dog". We discuss the notion of being an entertainer while playing in a band, why he still likes touring so much and festivals. I also confront him on an old experience that I had with him some 15 years ago. It's a must listen so come on in. 

Nov 18, 2015
Mark Brickey from the Adventures In Design Podcast
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Episode 181 - A split 7" as it were! Podcast hosts collide and we have on the show today, Mark Brickey who hosts the spectacular show called Adventures In Design which focuses on design, art and the ability to make a living out of it. While the format may be a bit unconventional (we wander many different places) it's a discussion that enlightened me many times and I hope it does the same for you.

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Nov 12, 2015
Adam Blake from H2O & Shelter
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Episode 180 - Sometimes the most unexpected conversations are the best ones. I had hung out with Adam a few times before and he was a real charming lad, but little did I know his life story was incredible and his connection to one of my favorite records ever (Shelter's MANTRA) made this chat real deep. We discuss music being the center of our lives, manifesting your own destiny and personal training. It's a deep one, so buckle up and enjoy.
Nov 05, 2015
Daniel Fang from Turnstile, Mindset and Praise
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Episode 179 - Concluding our themed month is a conversation with one of the most prolific drummers around currently in hardcore, Daniel Fang. He splits his time up between Turnstile, Mindset and Praise. We had a very deep conversation about education, being active in so many bands and authenticity. It's a great conversation and one that deserves your time. 

Oct 30, 2015
Lennon Livesay from Blistered/Ecostrike
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Episode 178 - Part of our continuing "Faces of Modern Hardcore" series, I spoke to Lennon Livesay who is the vocalist of the hardcore band Blistered. We discuss the bizarre world of Florida, what it's like to build a scene and the hard work it takes to get your band out there. If you aren't familiar with the bands work, now is your time to jump in. 

Oct 23, 2015
Evan Wivell from Mindset and React Records
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Episode 178 - This week I speak with Evan Wivell who is the vocalist from the hardcore band Mindset as well as the owner of React! Records. We discuss what it's like being raised in a very rural area, architecture and the concept of "giving back" to the music scene.
Oct 14, 2015
Brendan Garrone from Incendiary
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Episode 176 - Straight from New York City, I sat down with Brenden who sings for the hardcore band Incendiary to discuss many things including loving school/education, suburban life and not being a "full-time" touring band. It's unlike any conversation I've had on the show in regards to the touring lifestyle and it's incredibly important so listen up!

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Oct 09, 2015
The Story of Washed Up Emo
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Episode 175 - The podcast world collides with this split episode on The Story of Washed Up Emo and my friend Tom Mullen. In this show, we talk about why we do both our shows, how to keep engaged in music and the TRUE meaning of screamo. It was a fun experiment and I hope you enjoy the conversation held within.

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Oct 01, 2015
Tom Sheehan from Indecision/Most Precious Blood & Axe To Grind Podcast
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Episode 174 - This episode was a long one in the making and shows how sometimes a really good idea falls by the wayside with some absentmindedness. Tom and I met up in New York City and hung out on my friends balcony to discuss early international touring, life in NYC and the transition out of road life. According to our illustrious producer, Tom Richfield, it's one of his favorite episodes so I won't argue.

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Sep 23, 2015
Will Potter, author of Green Is The New Red & TED Fellow
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Episode 173 - Will Potter is on the show this week and he's incredibly smart. He's a published author with a great book (called Green Is The New Red) on the animal agriculture industry and how the people who rally against it are considered domestic terrorists as well as an accomplished public speaker with two TED talks underneath his belt. In this episode Will and I discuss the romantic notions of some professions, high pressure situations and activism in general. It's a chat I am proud to present to you fine folk.

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Sep 20, 2015
Steve Moore, composer and member of Zombi
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This week is one of my favorite modern composers came on the show, Steve Moore. He's a member of the band Zombi and also has created some memorable scores most notably "The Guest" (a great find on Netflix currently). We discuss his rough touring life, composing scores and of course horror movies. Very introspective and insightful conversation. 

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Sep 11, 2015
Ben Pobjoy from Hot Charity Records
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Episode 171 - I am extremely excited to bring you this in depth conversation with an old friend and a person who's work ethic and artistic expression I hold in great regard. Ben Pobjoy runs a record label called Hot Charity Records (a division of XL Recordings) as well as working ad an ad agency in Toronto while also managing the band Single Mothers. Ben has a long history in punk/hardcore and played in some important bands like Spread The Disease and The Abandoned Hearts Club when he was younger. Our conversation goes all over the place but we discuss art, creativity and the concept of "faking it until you make it".

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Sep 03, 2015
Kevin Dye from Gates
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This episode is part of our "you have to hear this band" series (albeit very inconsistent) featuring Kevin Dye from the band Gates. The band is an incredible amalgamation of mid-90's emo with post-rock leanings of a band like Explosions In The Sky. For this very reason, I fell in love with the band early on and had to have Kevin, the lead singer/guitarist on the show. We discuss artistic validation, insecurity and roller coasters. Trust me in telling you that you won't regret checking this interview or his band out.

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Aug 27, 2015
Alex Goldman from the Reply All Podcast
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I am very pleased to bring you a fun discussion with one of my favorite podcast hosts around, Alex Goldman. He has a long history with punk and music in general that I heard him express a few times in his show and I knew that I had to speak to him. We discuss his musical origins, talent shows and DIY culture in general and how that directly applies to his work with Reply All.

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Aug 22, 2015
Patrick O'Connor from The Dan Patrick Show
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Sports and punk? The idea of both of these mixing may have seemed foreign many years ago but now, not so much. I had Patrick O'Connor on the show this week and he's a sports commentator/co-host on The Dan Patrick show which is arguably one of the most influential sports shows on today, and it's totally DIY. Patrick and I discuss jock mentality, his upbringing in New York/New Jersey and his guidance counselor's horrible advice.

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Aug 12, 2015
Jake Round from Pure Noise Records
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Episode 167 - I sat down with my old friend, Jake Round from Pure Noise Records, and discussed many things including the origins of the label, your own personal music taste being reflective of the music you put out and the struggles of gaining "legitimacy". As a bonus, I speak with our producer Tom at the top of the show about international touring and how different the experiences are.

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Aug 06, 2015
Kevin Bergeron from Waxwork Records
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In our ongoing series focusing on independent record labels, we have Kevin Bergeron from Waxwork Records on the show. Waxwork Records is an independent, soundtrack focused label that has put out some amazing titles like Friday the 13th, Creepshow and some more recent scores from Starry Eyes and Phase IV. Kevin comes from a punk/hardcore background so I had to have him on. We discussed DIY culture, living in New Orleans and of course, soundtracks.

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Jul 29, 2015
Graham Nixon from Resist Records & Manager of Parkway Drive
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Episode 165 - Sorry for the break last week, but I needed a break and well you just have to deal with it. We are back with glimpse at the life of a record label outside of the United States. I rang up Graham Nixon from Resist Records, as well as the manager of metal-core giants Parkway Drive, to discuss finding what you are passionate about, representing an entire country to the music world and one of my favorite subjects, golf. It's a great insight to how things operate on an international level within independent music.



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Jul 22, 2015
Chris Wrenn from Bridge 9 Records
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Episode 164 - Bridge Nine is an institution. Now, 20 years in the label is synonymous with hardcore, punk and above all, quality. The owner of the label, Chris Wrenn, and I spoke over Skype one afternoon about many things including dedication to independent music, guerrilla marketing in Boston to get the labels name out there and finally, hustle. It’s a very inspiring listen for anyone wanting to get their creative juices flowing.

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Jul 10, 2015
Fred Feldman from Triple Crown Records
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Episode 163 - We kickoff the month of record label profiles with one of the more interesting cases of success with Fred Feldman and his Triple Crown Records. We spend a lot of time discussing eclectic taste and how that reflected in the labels beginnings, working with hip-hop with his previous label and of course, Brand New. It's a really insightful conversation with a person who I have always admired and respected his work. Won't you join us?

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Jul 03, 2015
Karl Buechner from Earth Crisis
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This one was a long time in the making. I wasn't sure how willing Karl would be in wanting to open up about his musical upbringing, detailed experience with Earth Crisis and many other things but, he was nothing but accommodating. Karl is the vocalist for seminal hardcore band Earth Crisis who shaped the way people think about animals, straight edge and politics in general for the better part of 20 years. We talk about all of these things as well as Karl's experience teaching and more. I am humbled by this chat and hope you enjoy the places we go.

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Jun 24, 2015
Alan Day from Four Year Strong
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Episode 161 - A guest idea that originated from a listener, I had Alan Day the vocalist/guitarist from Four Year Strong on the show and we really connected. We spoke about putting in the work in whatever you do, bitterness and of course, beards since he is well known for his.

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Jun 17, 2015
John Vanderslice from Tiny Telephone Studio
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Episode 160 - I had the absolute pleasure of speaking to prolific indie rock musician and talented producer (Death Cab For Cutie, The Mountain Goats), John Vanderslice. He was very open in discussing his attitudes towards touring, drug use and how important hip-hop his in his life. It's a free flowing conversation that I think you will enjoy.

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Jun 10, 2015
John O’Callaghan from The Maine
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Episode 159 - This week we dive into a deep discussion with the frontman of the pop/rock band The Maine. It's a bit left of center guest but John loves the show and approached me about being on it. We discuss what it's like being a sensitive kid, perseverance and the positive side of fan fiction. It's a very introspective discussion that I wasn't expecting to have, but am glad we did.

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May 28, 2015
Reba Meyers from Code Orange & Adventures
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I had the pleasure of speaking to Reba from Code Orange & Adventures one afternoon about everything from getting along with dudes, the positive affects of creative tension and playing the flute. Reba is a very measured, thoughtful person so it was nice to have a very relaxed conversation. I am also always excited to have a female on the show to get their perspective on our independent music scene. A very insightful listen.

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May 21, 2015
Eyal Levi from Unstoppable Recording Machine & Daath
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Episode 157 - One afternoon I hopped on the phone with an old friend, Eyal Levi of the band Daath and producer at Unstoppable Recording Machine (unstoppablerecordingmachine.com) to discuss hustle & hard work, being under the microscope and burn out. This is a great episode for people looking to work in the music industry, but don't know where to start. Eyal is a hardworking guy that you can learn a thing or two from.

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May 15, 2015
Nick Steinhart from Touche Amore
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Episode 156 - Happy 3 Year Anniversary to the show! Thanks for hanging out on this awesome journey. I couldn't be more happy with how things have developed with the show. You are all beautiful. Nick Steinhardt plays guitar in the band Touche Amore as well as handling all of the visuals attached to his band and many other bands (Balance and Composure, Deafheaven). We had a cup of coffee in his apartment and discussed the creative process, first band experiences and fashion choices.

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May 07, 2015
Toby Morse from H20 & One Life, One Chance
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We have Toby Morse on the show this week. He is the lead vocalist from the hardcore band H20 and owner of the non-profit organization One Life, One Chance. We get very in depth with keeping a bands legacy intact, positivity and how important family is to him. It's a very revealing and often humorous chat with this gregarious front man.

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Apr 30, 2015
Shane Told from Silverstein - Episode 154
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This week I speak to my old friend and vocalist for the band Silverstein, Shane Told. For as long as I have known him, there were many things that I simply had no clue he experienced. We discuss managing expectations, his own identity and neglecting Canada at the beginning of the bands career. It's an incredibly open and honest discussion that I was glad Shane decided to have with me.

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Apr 23, 2015
Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World - Episode 153
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This is it, my number one guest that I had written down close to three years ago when I started this podcast was the vocalist/guitarist from one of my favorite bands of all time, Jimmy Eat World. Jim and I spent over an our on the phone discussing many things including subverting expectations, stability and never having a "plan" for the band. I feel like we got to some places that most interviews with Jim don't necessarily get to so I hope you enjoy.

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Apr 16, 2015
Dallas Green from City And Colour/Alexisonfire/You+Me - Episode 152
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This is a doozy. On the show this week is solo artist Dallas Green. He previously played in post-hardcore band Alexisonfire which is where I became really close with him. I've wanted Dallas on the show for quite some time but honestly, didn't really want to waste his time until this show grew organically. We discussed the idea of celebrity, anxiety and reflecting on his creative life. Highly personal and for me, deeply emotional. Thanks for listening.

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Apr 10, 2015
Scott Shriner from Weezer - Episode 151
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This week on the show is Scott Shriner who is the bassist of the rock band Weezer. Scott was kind enough to invite me over to his house to discuss his time in the marines, being open to change and how hard he had to work for years to randomly land where he is at now. Not to mention his time on the road with Vanilla Ice...yep, that one. He lends some amazing insight on what it takes to "make it" as a musician.

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Apr 01, 2015
Beau Burchell from Saosin
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This week I have the guitarist from Saosin, Beau Burchell on the show. He's one of my closest friends and we speak frankly about performing live, being an "asshole" and focusing on the creative process above all. It's a very reflective and open conversation about ego, attention and identity. 

Mar 26, 2015
Nathan Gluck from Ensign - Episode 149
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Hardcore. Punk. Cancer. One of these things is not like the other. Nathan Gluck I've known for awhile and his band Ensign was monumentally important to me in my formative years of going to shows. Recently, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and the hardcore community chipped in and raised over $100,000 for his medical expenses. It's a really incredible story and Nate was extremely candid about his time in Ensign and the fight he has going on currently. Very happy to bring this special episode to you.
Mar 19, 2015
Valentino Arteaga from Of Mice & Men - Episode 148
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This episode is an illustration. Many regular listeners of the program might think "Why is this guy on?" and the simple answer is that he's a hardworking dude. Of Mice And Men may not be your cup of tea musically but no one can deny the work that it takes to arrive in a band like this. Tino (as his friends refer to him as) and I unwrap his journey from the early touring days signed to Ferret Music, taking an unconventional role in the band and showing "fans" that you are indeed a nerd just like everyone else. Toss aside any preconceived notions you may have of the band and dig into this crucial episode, Tino is the epitome of hardwork.
Mar 11, 2015
Jeff Casazza from Run For Cover Records - Episode 147
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This episode was a long time coming but our schedules finally matched up and I was able to chat with Jeff Casazza, the owner of Run For Cover Records. We get in depth about failing miserably at the beginning of the label, being a "boss" and how the internet played a huge part in Jeff's upbringing. Jeff was very forthcoming in his answers and it was a real pleasure to shed some light on areas of the label that often get overlooked.
Mar 06, 2015
Grey Gordon - Episode 146
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I had the pleasure of bringing on solo musician, Grey Gordon from Indiana. While Grey isn't a household name, his music is incredible and his wisdom at a young age shows that he has a story to tell. We discuss his upbringing with a punk father, the desire for connection and defying stereotypes. I urge you to check this episode out, even if you aren't familiar with his music as many lessons can be learned from this chat.
Feb 26, 2015
Branden Steineckert from Rancid - Episode 145
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Today on the show we have Branden Steineckert, who is the drummer for legendary punk band Rancid and founding member of The Used. This is a pretty deep and heavy conversation but an absolute must listen as he shares stories of drumming as therapy, building a scene and how suicide affected his life. I really appreciate Branden being as open and honest as he was. Special thanks to a previous guest of the show, Jay Weinberg, for initially bringing this up and my friend Jeff Bradley for helping this along.
Feb 19, 2015
Daniel Wonacott from Finch - Episode 144
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Finch was always a very mysterious band to me, I generally had no clue where they came from and if they were born out of any "scene" so to speak. In order to solve that mystery, I spoke to Daniel Wonacott, the bassist of the band (please excuse the fact I called him the guitarist in the intro of the episode), about those very mysteries. We discussed isolation, challenging their own fans as the band progressed and golf. 

Feb 11, 2015
Kevin Duquette from Topshelf Records - Episode 143
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While Kevin was out on the West Coast scouting out some places for Topshelf Records to relocate, I was able to meet up and get to know him a bit more. Kevin runs Topshelf Records alongside one of his close friends, Seth. We discussed not concentrating on negativity, finding your role and competition amongst record labels. I found it to be extremely engaging and I hope you do as well.
Feb 05, 2015
Chris Hannah from Propagandhi - Episode 142
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This is a huge episode for me as Propagandhi is one of my favorite bands of all time. Chris and I discussed what it's like having academic papers written about your lyrics, nuance within one's life and being a parent. It got way more introspective than I thought it was going to be, but Chris was very open and ready to talk. He was one of the first people I wanted to speak to for the podcast, and 142 episodes later, we made it happen. 

Jan 29, 2015
Greg Bennick from Trial - Episode 141
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Greg Bennick is the vocalist from hardcore bands Trial and Between Earth & Sky as well as accomplished presenter and humanitarian. He's a jack of all trades and I was excited to speak to him about where he got his start performing, not having a day job and finding balance in a chaotic life. Greg has many life lessons to teach so pull up a chair and listen. 

Jan 21, 2015
Jon Louden from Restorations - Episode 140
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I had a very pleasurable chat with the lead vocalist/guitarist from Restorations, Jon Louden. He's a veteran of the Philly music scene and we discuss how he's learned from his past mistakes, stability in and out of a band and properly defining your own band.
Jan 14, 2015
Rocky Votolato - Episode 139
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Jan 09, 2015
BONUS EPISODE - Year End Update/Wrap Up
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Hey, just a simple episode today letting you know about the most popular episodes of the year, offering a simple thank you to everyone for supporting the show and some future guests on the show. THANK YOU EVERYONE.
Dec 31, 2014
BONUS HOLIDAY EPISODE - David Anthony from The AV Club
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Happy Holidays everyone! I wanted to get you this awesome bonus episode here with David Anthony, the digital manager over at The AV Club. For regular listeners, you will notice his voice as he occasionally contributes some records for us to discuss that he might not have the ability to write about on the site. I sit down with him to speak about how exactly he got started in his writing career, his background and what keeps him inspired. This episode is an absolute must listen for anyone interested in writing about music or frankly, how to express themselves.
Dec 24, 2014
Tom Capone from Quicksand/Beyond/Bold
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BROUGHT TO YOU EXCLUSIVELY BY ENJOY THE RIDE RECORDS (enjoytheriderecords.com).This one is a big one for me, Tom Capone is an incredible guitarist and I was extremely excited to sit down with him for a prolonged chat about his history in and out of music, black metal and his legacy as a guitar player in his bands. 

Dec 17, 2014
Jake Snider from Minus The Bear - Episode 137
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Brought to you exclusively by Enjoy The Ride Records (enjoytheriderecords.com). I called up Jake Snider from Minus The Bear to discuss many things including his earlier bands State Route 522 and Sharks Keep Moving, being political and how a band operates. 

Dec 11, 2014
Best of 2014 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records) - Episode 136
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The end of another year marks another massive conversation between myself and two close friends of mine. Joey Cahill from 6131 Records and Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore join me in a chat about our favorite records, movies and TV from 2014 as well as a criminally underrated record from each of us as well. Sit back, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy this extended conversation. Show notes are located at 100wordspodcast.com 

Dec 04, 2014
Jake Mcelfresh from Front Porch Step - Episode 135
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Raw, unfiltered, uncut. This conversation I had with Jake Mcelfresh, who plays under the moniker of Front Porch Step, is a person on the verge of something. I was really lucky to capture this moment and walked Jake through a lot of different topics like how to cope with loss, anxiety and religion. Nothing is off limits and I am glad that Jake was so open with me.
Nov 26, 2014
Nick Bogardus, ex-Thrice manager & Cross Of Christ Church
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Nick Bogardus is an extremely old friend and has lived most of his life directly connected to his passions, music & God. He managed Thrice, under his management company called New Noise, from their infancy to their meteoric rise in the early 2000's and beyond. He then walked away from the music industry to pursue his relationship with God and now is the pastor of his own church here in Orange County, CA called Cross of Christ. A very reflective conversation that I am glad to bring to you. 

Nov 19, 2014
Eddie Breckenridge from Thrice
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Late one evening, myself and Eddie (the bassist of Thrice) sat down to discuss many things including anxiety, being focused on the music alone and his father's passing. Eddie and I have known each other for awhile so this was very free flowing and given the time of night, a bit wandering. We get to some pretty deep places and his outlook on creativity is inspiring. 

Nov 13, 2014
Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail - Episode 132
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This is it. I never thought that this podcast would be a vehicle for such open and inspiring discussion, but here we are. Buddy Nielsen who is the vocalist for Senses Fail who for many years, was arguably one of the largest bands in the mid-aughts comes on the show to discuss his struggles. He opens up about his addictions, sexuality and the self-destructive behavior he inflicted on himself for years. He's never discussed these issues in a public form and it's incredible to hear the stories as well as the process of moving past that season in his life. I am extremely proud to bring this compelling conversation to you and thanks again to Buddy for wanting to share his story. 

Nov 05, 2014
Calvin Philley from Xerxes - Episode 131
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This week I was able to speak to the lead vocalist in the punk outfit, Xerxes. Calvin was more than willing to open up about his creative writing past, depression and anxiety that he suffers from. It's unlike most previous episodes as we dive in deep right away and I even get a little Dad like towards the end of the show. Dive in and enjoy!

Oct 29, 2014
James Shotwell from Under The Gun Review & Haulix - Episode 130
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Many apologies for the delay, the internet wasn't our friend this week. Fortunately, I have a very fun conversation with James Shotwell who runs the site, Under The Gun Review , as well as working for a great music industry service called Haulix. We get in depth with discussions on the Christian music scene, is multi-tasking really a good thing and how playing terrible music is actually good for you. James was a great sport and up for discussing anything.

Oct 24, 2014
Walter Delgado from Rotting Out - Episode 129
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In this very revealing episode we speak to Walter Delgado, the vocalist from the hardcore band Rotting Out. He had an insane upbringing and his life could have gone a completely different direction if it weren't for one specific show. We also discuss immigrating from Mexico, the horrific cycle of abuse and defying stereotypes. This is an absolutely crucial episode. 


Oct 16, 2014
Allen Epley from The Life and Times/Shiner - Episode 128
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Hey everyone! I am really excited to bring you this chat with Alley Epley, the guitarist/vocalist for The Life and Times & Shiner. While his bands aren't widely known, they are HIGHLY influential to indie rock, punk and hardcore. We discuss how to keep music fresh, The Blue Man Group and coming from a musical home. In this episode, we also check in with our contributor Dave Anthony (from The AV Club) about some recent releases that are worth your time to check out.

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Oct 09, 2014
Sam Carter from Architects - Episode 127
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Late one evening the vocalist for Sam Carter, and I hopped on Skype and had a spirited discussion hitting many topics that include getting in trouble with the press, what it's like to almost break a band up and not having a "backup plan". Sam is one of my good friends and I felt like we were really able to get somewhere with this discussion. I hope you enjoy!Please Donate to the Show!
Oct 01, 2014
Andrew Koji Shiraki from Koji - Episode 126
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The guest has been a long time coming but we finally have the incredible Koji a solo artist from Pennsylvania, on the show this week. He's an incredibly thoughtful guy that gave me a lot of time for us to discuss being an outsider, self-examination and continually keeping active. Not only does he create compelling music, but he is very passionate about creating communities around activism and ideas outside of music. He's a very valuable member of our independent music community and I hope you enjoy this conversation.

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Sep 24, 2014
Behind The Scenes with 100 Words - BONUS EPISODE
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Surprise! I wanted to toss this out here as a bonus episode for those of you who are interested in some of the behind the scenes stuff that happens with 100 Words, how the interviews are conducted and the amount of work it takes to pull these things together. My producer and I speak about some of our favorite moments in the previous episodes and other funny anecdotes. Thanks again for your support and continued listening!

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Sep 23, 2014
Dan Carlin from Hardcore History & Common Sense Podcast - Episode 125
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I was nervous. This was an extremely important episode to me as Dan Carlin is someone who's work I really respect and view him as a true professional. His podcasts, Hardcore History and Common Sense, are staples of my listening diet and he has a long history with the world of punk and independent music. We speak about being reckless, the world of newscasting and the early 80's punk scene. This is essential listening. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com.

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Sep 18, 2014
Mike Mowery from Outerloop Management - Episode 124
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I am pleased to bring you my chat with my old friend, Mike Mowery. He currently manages bands under the Outerloop Management company and is responsible for bands like Refused, We Came As Romans, Set It Off and many more. He also used to play in Good Clean Fun as well as organize shows at The Pickle Patch in Santa Barbara, CA. He's done a lot with his time and was eager to speak about his experiences to me. 

Sep 11, 2014
Nick Diener from The Swellers - Episode 123
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The vocalist from The Swellers, Nick Diener, is my guest on the show this week and I couldn't be more happy to bring you this raw and honest conversation. We speak about what it's like to break a band up, the transitions that he is going through in his own life and jealousy between bands (which is something very few bands/people discuss publicly). Nick was extremely gracious in sharing his thoughts and we deliberately let all of the coverage of The Swellers break-up subside before this episode was released. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

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Sep 04, 2014
Taylor Madison from Superheaven - Episode 122
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I was finally able to peg down a guy who I had been wanting to chat with for quite some time, Taylor Madison from the rock band Superheaven (formerly known as Daylight). He's a great dude with a very dry sense of humor so we got along swimmingly when we first met. In this episode we discussed how it feels and what it's like to change the name of your band, step-parents and social media frustrations. It's a very open and honest chat that I am proud to bring you.

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Aug 27, 2014
Roman Mars from 99 Percent Invisible - Episode 121
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I am extremely proud to bring you a conversation I had with the host of one of my favorite podcasts around, Roman Mars. His show is called 99 Percent Invisible and focuses on architecture and the undiscovered beauty of the world that surrounds us. We discuss punk culture, building a podcast and Dischord Records. This episode is essential listening, please do yourself a favor and check it out. Brought to you in conjunction with Property of Zack.

Aug 21, 2014
Hrishikesh Hirway from The One AM Radio and Song Exploder - Episode 120
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Today on the show is Hrishikesh Hirway from the band The One AM Radio and Song Exploder which is an amazing podcast you all should be listening to. I visited him at his house in Los Angeles to discuss being a nerd, choosing your own path and how he got the podcast off of the ground. I would encourage anyone who is trying to build anything to check this episode out.

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Aug 14, 2014
Dan Smith, professional tattoo artist - Episode 119
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One afternoon I had the pleasure of speaking with tattoo artist Dan Smith about his many life experiences including his stint on reality TV, coming to the US and playing in hardcore and punk bands in Australia/New Zealand. We spoke at his shop Captured Tattoo in Tustin, CA which is an amazing place if you are ever in the Southern California area, you must visit. A very lively chat and one I won't soon forget.

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Aug 06, 2014
BONUS EPISODE #1 - Recommendations for Summer 2014 w/ Scott Arnold
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This is the first BONUS EPISODE we will be releasing of many so get ready! They can come when you least expect it so please subscribe to the show. Here are a bunch of recommendations from the Summer of 2014 from records, movies and books, all from the mouth of contributor Scott Arnold.

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Aug 05, 2014
John Bradley from Dads - Episode 118
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One afternoon in Los Angeles, on the eve of their biggest tour to date, I met up with the drummer of the rock band Dads, John Bradley . Little did I know this conversation would be my most unscripted and off the cuff episode in the history of the podcast. We discussed controlling relationships, dealing with adversity and controlled humor. It's a chat that absolutely everyone should listen to. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

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Jul 30, 2014
Brandan Schieppati from Rise Above Fitness/Bleeding Through - Episode 117
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On this episode I have a very introspective conversation with frontman for Bleeding Through, Brandan Schieppati. He now owns a gym in Huntington Beach, CA called Rise Above Fitness and one afternoon I made my way to his gym for an in depth discussion about depression, the desire for control and intensity. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com.

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Jul 23, 2014
Dave Quiggle, professional artist - Episode 116
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I travelled out to the hot desert of Temecula to meet and hang out with professional artist Dave Quiggle. He's done some of your favorite record covers from Sick Of It All and Shai Hulud to artwork for Disney and Pee Wee Herman. We had a great chat in his home office about being an introvert, working at Facedown Records and being a father. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. Please donate to the show!
Jul 16, 2014
Glenn Harvey from Moose Blood - Episode 115
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Part of my "you need to know this band" series. I speak to the drummer of UK punk/indie band Moose Blood, Glenn Harvey about the difference between UK and US music scenes, a musicians career and being an introvert in a band. I promise this is a chat worth listening to and could potentially be your new favorite band. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. Please donate to the show!
Jul 09, 2014
Sacha Dunable from Intronaut - Episode 114
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I called up my old friend Sacha Dunable from the band Intronaut as well as his custom guitar company, Sacha Dunable Guitars, and dug deep into musicianship, being a "bands band" and the process of making guitars. It was a revealing chat about being in what I call a "working class" band and yet still focusing on being creative. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. Please donate to the show! 

Jul 02, 2014
Sean Ingram from Coalesce and Blue Collar Distro - Episode 113
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In this friendly and compelling chat with the vocalist of Coalesce, Sean Ingram, we discuss the factions that popped up between music scenes in the mid-90's, extreme beliefs and the most important legacy that he wants to leave on the world. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

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Jun 26, 2014
Justin Pearson from Retox/The Locust - Episode 112
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One fine afternoon in San Diego, I found myself sitting in Justin Pearson's living room discussing the process of writing books, provoking reactions and the life of a gypsy. Justin has been the front man for many bands including Struggle, Swing Kids, The Locust and All Leather. His current band is called Retox and he also runs the independent record label called 31G. It's an incredible chat and I am excited to share with you.

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Jun 19, 2014
Dave Verellen from Botch/Narrows
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One afternoon I had the pleasure of speaking to Dave Verellen, the vocalist of Botch and Narrows, over the phone. We discussed many different things like the unintended beginnings of Botch, legacy and continuing to stay involved with music as you grow older. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

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Jun 11, 2014
Rob Moran from Unbroken/Narrows - Episode 110
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I traveled down to San Diego for a day to meet up with Rob Moran, the bassist from influential hardcore band Unbroken as well as his current project, Narrows. Rob is an old friend and it was great being able to walk him through his early touring experiences, viewing time as a resource and being a minority in independent music.

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Jun 04, 2014
Adam Elmakias, professional photographer - Episode 109
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Professional photographer for bands like A Day To Remember, All Time Low and Pierce the Veil, Adam Elmakias sits down with Ray at his house to discuss midwest living, depression and his method for never planning ahead. Please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher or any other podcast catcher so you don't miss a show!

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May 28, 2014
Kelen Capener from The Story So Far - Episode 108
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Wow, we got really deep in this conversation with Kelen. He plays bass for The Story So Far who is one of the hottest bands currently around. We discuss math, suburb restlessness and introspection within creation. It honestly was one of the more introspective conversations I've ever had with this podcast and I hope you enjoy it Visit Property Of Zack and 100 Words Podcast

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May 21, 2014
Brianna Collins from Tigers Jaw & Petal - Episode 107
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I had an extremely pleasant chat with Brianna Collins from the band Tigers Jaw one afternoon about many things including her life outside of the band being a teacher, how she deals with having unwanted attention and her desire for being a full time band.

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May 14, 2014
Matt Miller, professional photographer & Most Precious Blood - Episode 106
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Matt Miller is my favorite photographer around right now and I was really excited that not only was he a fan of the podcast, but that he wanted to be a guest on the show. He came over to my house and we discussed skateboarding, the art of photography and finding what you are passionate about.

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May 07, 2014
Brittany Drake from Pity Sex - Episode 105
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One of my favorite discussions is on this episode with Brittany Drake from Pity Sex where we speak about psychology, being a female in independent music and being positive. It's a very enlightening chat and showcases how you can have interests outside of the art that you create. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com Please visit my fundraising page to help the show: http://www.patreon.com/xpurposex
May 01, 2014
Una Kim from Keep Company - Episode 104
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Happy two year anniversary to the show! To commemorate, I had Una Kim from Keep Company who are an amazing shoe company in Los Angeles. Una has many roots within music and Keep has done cool collaborations with everyone from Bon Iver, Tegan & Sara and Animal Collective. We discuss the punk rock guilt trip, compartmentalization and DIY ethics. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 23, 2014
Matt Carter from Emery - Episode 103
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I am very pleased to bring you this very charming conversation that Matt Carter, the guitarist of Emery, and I had one afternoon. I will be the first to admit, I didn't follow the band that much in the past couple of years but was pleased to know they were still doing their thing and staying true to the convictions that they held when they formed the band. We discuss how NOT to start a band, being late to the game and how terrible Christian music is in general. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 16, 2014
Matt Halpern from Periphery/BandHappy - Episode 102
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I was very happy when the opportunity presented itself to speak to Matt Halpern as I have been a fan of his company BandHappy for quite some time and also recognized the impact his band has had on the independent metal music scene (in which he is the drummer). A deep chat that focuses on being creative, the purpose of life and slowing down when needed. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 09, 2014
Joe Marro from The Early November - Episode 101
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I had the pleasure of speaking to one of the founding members of The Early November, Joe Marro, about their disastrous first tour, finding your identity in art and nostalgia. This episode is brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 02, 2014
Jordan Dreyer from La Dispute - Episode 100
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In an extremely special show, I speak with Jordan Dreyer the vocalist for La Dispute. We openly discuss acting, the process of being creative and unintentional beginnings. For a man with very little social media presence, he's very candid and open in our talk. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Mar 26, 2014
Tommy Green from Sleeping Giant - Episode 99
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While his band was recording in Southern California, I was afforded an opportunity to speak to Tommy Green who is the vocalist for a metal/hardcore band called Sleeping Giant. We spoke about religion, acting awful and confrontation. It's an open and honest discussion that anyone can identify with and I encourage you to check it out. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Mar 20, 2014
Andrew Wade from Wade Studios (A Day To Remember) - Episode 98
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I jumped at the opportunity to speak with Andrew Wade who is one of the most sought after producers within independent music due to his work with extremely popular bands like A Day To Remember and The Ghost Inside. I speak to him about his upbringing in Florida, the Christian music scene and how much he hates invoices. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Mar 12, 2014
Michael Craver from Seahaven - Episode 97
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I am proud to bring you this episode because it's a perfect example of how I want this podcast to function. Michael was a listener of the show, emailed me and we started a dialog. I come to find out he plays in Seahaven and then I immediately invite him to be on the show. We discuss having focus, dealing with anxiety and being creative. It was a very "musical" chat since Seahaven doesn't particularly do a lot of press so it's an honor to have him on. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Mar 05, 2014
Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids/New Amsterdams - Episode 96
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I met up with Matt Pryor one evening at a show he performed here in Southern California so please forgive the background noise that you hear. Matt and I discuss balancing road life and family life, age gaps and selling out. It was a very insightful chat that I am happy to bring you. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Feb 26, 2014
Ross Fararr from Ceremony - Episode 95
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Ross is the lead singer of Ceremony and he was kind enough to hop on the phone with me while on break at school to discuss mischief, problems with authority and numerology. It was a very engaging chat from an enigmatic front man. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

Feb 19, 2014
Jordan Pundik from New Found Glory - Episode 94
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So excited to be bringing you this conversation I had with the lead singer of New Found Glory, Jordan Pundik. He invited me over to his house and we had a conversation in his backyard about singing, identity within a band and surreal moments he's had. It's an insightful chat that I encourage you to listen to. This episode is presented exclusively by Audible, the internets leading provider of audiobooks, visit audiblepodcast.com/100words for a FREE AUDIOBOOK.
Feb 13, 2014
Dan Lambton from Real Friends - Episode 93
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This episode is brought to you exclusively by Warby Parker so visit this link and signup for awesome premium eyewear: warbyparker.com/100words. Dan Lambton is the vocalist from Real Friends and I had the pleasure of meeting up with him on tour a few weeks ago and we discussed expectations, sensitivity and suburb living. I think it's a really honest portrayal of what it's like to be a in a band "on the rise". Visit propertyofzack.com for all of your independent music needs.
Feb 05, 2014
Steve Brodsky from Cave In/Mutoid Man - Episode 92
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I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Steve Brodsky one afternoon over coffee to discuss his life and musical outlets. It was a dream of mine to pick his brain about many things including his street performer days, the "style" of metal heads and productivity. It was a very compelling chat that brought to light many things I didn't know about him and I hope you enjoy! Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

Jan 29, 2014
Jon Vigil from The Ghost Inside
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I love the ability to bring you a wide variety of guests from all walks of the independent music scene and today is no different. On the show is Jon Vigil the vocalist from modern metalcore heroes The Ghost Inside. Jon came over to my house and we discussed staying interested in music, touring hardships and gut check moments. It's a very revealing and honest chat about all of those topics and more. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com 

Jan 22, 2014
Stephen Egerton from Descendents/All - Episode 90
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Presented exclusively by Audible, visit audiblepodcasts.com/100words for your free audiobook! I am proud to bring this amazing conversation I had with Stephen Egerton from one of my favorite bands of all time the Descendents. We discuss his introduction to independent music, his early touring life and the experience of being a touchstone for a lot of independent music fans.
Jan 15, 2014
Elgin James, filmmaker - Episode 89
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Welcome to 2014 and I have some amazing episodes to bring you this year! The first of the year I wanted to bring you a chat I had with Elgin James who is an independent filmmaker (Little Birds) with a LARGE history within the independent music scene from playing in Righteous Jams & 454 Big Block as well as his ties with the notorious "crew" FSU. We discussed transformations, gang life and being a product of your surroundings. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com.
Jan 08, 2014
Best of 2013 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records) - Episode 88
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Merry Christmas everyone! Here is a present from us at 100 Words, it's our year end special in which I gather some of my closest friends and we discuss our top 10 records of the year as well as some of our favorite movies and television shows. It's a long one so grab a cup of coffee, your favorite listening device and enjoy. Thanks everyone! Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

Dec 25, 2013
Chad Peterson from Strife - Episode 87
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In my very first late night recording, Chad and I caught up at his work after a show. I gushed to him about how important Strife is to me musically and he spoke to me about his unusual upbringing, selling out and keeping his faith in music. A very open and honest chat that I was glad to have, even if we were both pretty tired. Brought to you by Propertyofzack.com
Dec 18, 2013
Kyle Durfey from Pianos Become the Teeth - Episode 86
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This week I have Kyle, the vocalist from Pianos Become the Teeth, on the show. I have a strong affinity for the band and was excited to find out more about Kyle and his life. We discussed misconceptions of the band and Kyle specifically, how AWFUL the recording process is and growing up. This episode is brought to you exclusively by Topshelf Records and their upcoming release from You Blew It! Visit topshelfrecords.com for more information.
Dec 11, 2013
Sean Bonner from Safecast - Episode 85
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One of my only guests who has done a TED Talk, Sean Bonner is the guest on the show this week. He previously worked at Victory Records, ran a independent record label and now runs a radiation testing device company called Safecast. Needless to say, the dude has done a lot and he was kind enough to sit down with me to discuss context, hacking and record label life. Brought to you EXCLUSIVELY by Revelation Records and their three new releases from Down To Nothing, Title Fight and The Rival Mob.
Dec 04, 2013
Brendan Murphy from Counterparts
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I have the pleasure today of bringing you a great chat I had with Brendan Murphy, the vocalist from Canadian hardcore band Counterparts. We chatted about the impressions people get of being in a band, legacy and suburban living. It's an engaging chat and I am very happy to present this to you all! This episode is brought to you exclusively by Revelation Records and their three new releases from Title Fight, Down To Nothing and The Rival Mob. Pick up all three at Revhq.com! 

Nov 27, 2013
Jon Bunch from War Generation/Sensefield - Episode 84
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This is quite a special episode for me as I got to sit down with one of my favorite vocalists, Jon Bunch. We discuss his time with Sensefield and his "hit single" experience, touring with his new band War Generation and being present. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com and the show is part of the How We Are Podcast network (howweare.org).
Nov 20, 2013
Wade MacNeil from Gallows/Alexisonfire - Episode 82
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I called up my old friend Wade McNeil, the vocalist for Gallows and guitarist for the defunct Alexisonfire, to catch up. We went over topics such as finding the right fit, his punk rock roots and managing attention to stay rooted in reality. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. Our show is part of the How We Are Network (howweare.org).
Nov 12, 2013
Dennis Lyxen from INVSN/AC4/Refused - Episode 81
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I couldn't wait to bring you guys this great conversation I had with Dennis Lyxen, the vocalist for bandsINVSN/AC4/Refused & International Noise Conspiracy. It was a very enlightening chat about his surreal moments with Refused's reunion tour, credibility and never asking for permission to do anything. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. We are part of the How We Are (howweare.org) podcast network so visit the site!
Nov 05, 2013
Davey Havok from AFI - Episode 80
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In a very special episode presented by 6131 Records (www.6131records.com), I sit down with the vocalist of AFI, Davey Havok, for an extended chat. We speak directly about theatre, being creative regardless of your circumstances and how he has handled criticism over the years. I have never heard Davey open up this much about various aspects of his life and I couldn't thank him enough for this opportunity. Brought to you in conjunction with Property Of Zack (propertyofzack.com) and we are also part of the How We Are Network (howweare.org).
Oct 29, 2013
Ryan Penagos from Marvel Comics - Episode 79
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It brings me great pleasure to share with you the conversation I had with Ryan Peganos who is the Executive Editorial Director for Marvel Digital aka dude in charge of all things digital for Marvel. He's an old punk and hardcore kid from Long Island and we discuss camaraderie, hard work and outsider art. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. This show is part of the How We Are Network (howweare.org).
Oct 23, 2013
Sean Moeller from Daytrotter - Episode 78
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I am extremely excited to bring you this conversation I had with Sean Moeller, the creator of Daytrotter, one of the most prolific and important sites in documenting independent music. We discuss individual music tastes, small town living and the curation process. This episode is brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com and is part of the How We Are Podcast Network (howweare.org).
Oct 15, 2013
Steve Rennie, manager of Incubus & RenmanMB Music - Episode 77
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This episode is presented by No Sleep Records. On a bit of a departure from your "typical" guest on the show, Steve Rennie is the manager of major rock band Incubus as well as the curator/instructor of his own music industry course called Renman Music. He invited me over to his house and we discussed the music business in general, motivation and (to my excitement) golf. For anyone interested in the music industry, this is required listening. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com and is a part of the How We Are Podcast Network (howweare.org).
Oct 08, 2013
Chris Hornbrook from Poison the Well - Episode 76
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Chris invited me over to his studio for a chat about everything you ever wanted to know about drumming as a craft, major label conflict and his time in Poison the Well and beyond. It was a great chat and Chris was extremely open and honest about his experiences. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. We are part of the How We Are Network, visit Howweare.org for more information.
Oct 01, 2013
Jason Tate from Absolutepunk.net - Episode 75
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One afternoon I spoke to Jason Tate, the founder of Absolutepunk.net, about a variety of subjects including focus, handling criticism and where he gets inspired. It's a great look at how to start something and continue to build it into something long lasting. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. 100 Words is part of the How We Are Network, visit Howweare.org for more information.
Sep 24, 2013
Ben Sharp from Cloudkicker - Episode 74
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The man, the myth, the legend Ben Sharp appears on the podcast this week. I had a very deep and interesting chat with this prolific one man band about his professional versus personal life, teenage years and being creative. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. 100 Words or Less is part of the How We Are Network (howweare.org).
Sep 17, 2013
Ned Russin from Title Fight - Episode 73
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Ned was kind enough to speak to me not once, but twice as the original episode was lost in a hard drive crash. We hopped on the phone one morning to discuss tour life, DIY culture and being a 7 year old kid getting introduced to punk rock. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

Sep 10, 2013
Jeff Eaton from Modern Life Is War
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One afternoon the vocalist of Modern Life Is War, Jeff Eaton, and I spoke at length about small town living, reflection and reunions. We spoke before their appearance at the 2013 edition of This Is Hardcore. It's a very honest and reflective chat about many different issues that I hope you enjoy. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com 

Sep 03, 2013
Matt Miner, comic book writer/creator of Liberator - Episode 71
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Had an incredible chat with Matt Miner, the writer/creator of Liberator, about many things including motivation, bullying and radical beliefs. This episode is brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Aug 27, 2013
Tanner Merritt from O'Brother - Episode 70
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Happy new release day! A few weeks back I spoke to Tanner Merritt from O'Brother over the phone about expectations, religion and musical influences for himself. It was a refreshing chat and from a person who I had never spoke to before, it made it even more interesting how honest he was. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Aug 20, 2013
Alex Henery from Basement
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One afternoon Alex and I got together and chatted about his time in Basement and the formation of the band, how he tries to capture a "feeling" with his music video work and how religion plays a central part in his life. It was quite a pleasure and I hope you find it entertaining as well.  

Aug 13, 2013
Sam McPheeters from Born Against/Wrangler Brutes
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This show was a total mind blower for me as I got to speak to one of the more influential people within the mid-90's hardcore scene, Sam McPheeters. He fronted the highly polarizing band Born Against (as well as Men's Recovery Project) and later sang in Wrangler Brutes. He is also a highly prolific freelance writer and amazing author. Our conversation hit on perspective, anger and the writing process. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

Aug 06, 2013
Jessie Lee, adult film star - Episode 67
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I have always been intrigued by the adult film industry (mostly because friends have entered the profession) and I wanted to have a person who came from a music scene that is involved with that particular industry on the show. Enter Jessie Lee, one of the leading ladies of Burning Angel, who talks very openly about porn, defying preconceived notions and entertainment. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jul 30, 2013
Danny Nash from Departures - Episode 66
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Late one evening Danny Nash, the guitarist for the Scottish hardcore band Departures, and I spoke at length about living in rural Scotland, discovering music and battling cancer. It's a very enlightening chat that ultimately left a deep impression on me, not to mention the band is absolutely incredible. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com.
Jul 23, 2013
Spencer Hickman from Death Waltz Records - Episode 65
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I spoke with founder/owner of Death Waltz Records (and organizer of Record Store Day in the UK), Spencer Hickman, one fine afternoon in LA about our collective passion for vinyl, working at an independent record store and growing a small business. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jul 16, 2013
Zack Zarrillo from PropertyofZack.com - Episode 64
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You have heard me talk about the site forever now get to know the man behind the vision, Zack Zarrillo. He is the owner of Propertyofzack.com and I was able to catch up with him one afternoon and we discussed accidental starts, being raised in Manhattan and tabloid culture.
Jul 09, 2013
Vince Apostal from Loud & Obnoxious/Glad Rags Ink - Episode 63
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This was a long delayed episode (as I was dumb and made our first conversation unlistenable) but I had the opportunity to stop by the Loud & Obnoxious/Glad Rags HQ for a chat with the owner, Vince Apostal. We discussed hustle, hockey and the importance of family. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jul 02, 2013
Greg Harbour, professional skater - Episode 62
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I am pumped to bring you this interview with professional skater, Greg Harbour. We chat about his introduction to both independent music and skating at the same time, why falling is cathartic and relating to your parents. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jun 25, 2013
Nathan Gray from Boy Sets Fire/I Am Heresy - Episode 61
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In this episode I speak to Nathan Gray, the vocalist of Boy Sets Fire & I Am Heresy. We rap about growing up in Delaware (insert Wayne's World joke here), being political within the scene and real life transitions. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jun 18, 2013
George Clarke from Deafheaven - Episode 60
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This weeks guest is George Clarke, the vocalist of metal band Deafheaven. We discussed expectations, critics and the hazards of being broke due to playing in a band. It was a very compelling and honest look of creating music. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jun 11, 2013
Jon Simmons from Balance and Composure - Episode 59
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In a very special episode I sat down with Jon Simmons, vocalist/guitarist for Balance and Composure, for a chat. We spoke about spirituality, old guy music for young people and finding balance (pardon the pun). Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jun 04, 2013
Frank Novinec from Hatebreed
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Recently I was able to have a chat with the prolific guitarist Frank "3 Gun" Novinec from Hatebreed about consistency, the origins of the Cleveland hardcore scene and responsibility. It was a revealing and honest chat that I am proud to share with you. 

May 28, 2013
Mike Cheese from Gehenna - Episode 57
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I was able to catch up with an old friend and vocalist for the metal/punk band Gehenna. We spoke about music as a medium, artistic expression and what it's like to live in your car for months at a time. A very deep conversation that will appeal to anyone who is a fan of music in general.
May 21, 2013
Mike Hartsfield from New Age Records/Outspoken
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Mike Hartsfield is the owner of New Age Records (Unbroken, 1134, Spawn, Strife) and played the guitar for Outspoken. We caught up at his screen printing shop a few weeks ago and discussed bad business practices, zine culture and independent wrestling. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com 

May 14, 2013
P.O.S. - Episode 55
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We spoke to the hip-hop artist and all around amazing dude, P.O.S. about growing up in the midwest, the intersection of punk & hip-hop as well as fatherhood and how that impacts his decisions. It was a very inspiring chat that I hope you enjoy. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
May 07, 2013
Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy - Episode 54
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On this episode we speak to the vocalist of metal band Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz. She opens up about her anxiety, upbringing in Canada and her goals versus her actual life. It's a very compelling chat that hits on some universal topics. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 30, 2013
Kyle Kinane, stand-up comedian - Episode 53
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I was very excited to conduct this interview with Kyle Kinane, one of my favorite comedians around currently. We dive into his background of growing up in the Chicago punk scene, how the suburbs affect him and what a supportive family can end up doing to you. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 23, 2013
Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore - Episode 52
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I had the pleasure of spending time with my good friend Jeremy Bolm, the vocalist of Touche Amore, discussing everything under the sun. We discuss the by products of playing in a band, personal tragedy and how independent music has shaped both our lives. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 16, 2013
Sean Carlson from FYF Fest - Episode 51
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I sat down with an old friend, Sean Carlson, who runs the very successful music festival called FYF here in downtown Los Angeles and spoke about inspiration, pulling pranks and criticism. We hung out with his dogs and incoming calls about booking shows so please pardon any interruptions you may hear. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 09, 2013
Jonah Ray, stand-up comedian - Episode 50
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I had the absolute pleasure of getting to know the stand-up comedian (and Nerdist Podcast co-host) Jonah Ray a few weeks ago at his house and we were able to cover a lot of ground. We spoke of his punk rock roots, how his comedy is informed by that and how we continually define and refine our definitions of success. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Apr 02, 2013
Jon Contino from CXXVI Clothing - Episode 49
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I had the chance to speak to the man behind CXXVI Clothing and prolific graphic artist, Jon Contino, about being responsible at a young age, the idea of hustle and late 90's metalcore. This episode is a great listen for anyone in the creative field. Brought to you in conjunction with Property Of Zack.
Mar 26, 2013
Doc Coyle from God Forbid - Episode 48
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Today we get to know Doc Coyle, the guitarist from God Forbid, a bit better. I speak to him about race, longevity and the motivation to create art regardless of your surroundings. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Mar 19, 2013
Ben Weinman from Dillinger Escape Plan - Episode 47
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Had the pleasure of chatting with founder and guitarist of the New Jersey metal band Dillinger Escape Plan, Ben Weinman. We discussed reputation, legacy and most importantly, escalator mosh. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Mar 12, 2013
Aaron Turner from Isis/Hydrahead Records - Episode 46
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Aaron Turner is the vocalist/guitarist for the band Isis as well as the owner of Hydrahead Records. I was ecstatic that he agreed to appearing on the show and pestered him about perception, expectations and why we find ourselves always trying to please our parents. Brought to you in conjunction by Propertyofzack.com 

Mar 05, 2013
Andy Greenwald from Grantland.com - Episode 45
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Had the pleasure of speaking to music critic and all around good dude, Andy Greenwald about his book on emo called "Nothing Feels Good", music criticism and going to a Quaker school. Brought to you in conjunction with propertyofzack.com
Feb 26, 2013
Scott Vogel from Terror
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I had the pleasure of hanging out with Scott Vogel one afternoon at his house awhile ago and in short, it was awesome. Scott is one of the most prolific vocalists within the hardcore scene but most don't know anything about him beyond the energetic stage presence he has with his band Terror. We spoke about telemarketing, reputation and "lifers" within the scene. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com 

Feb 19, 2013
Mike Minnick from Curl Up And Die - Episode 43
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I sat down with my old friend Mike Minnick (the vocalist of Curl Up And Die) and discussed a great deal of things including why you are drawn to certain people, depression and transitioning into "real life" after being in a touring band. Mike was extremely candid and it's the first time he's talking about a lot of this stuff and I can't thank him enough for wanting to discuss it in a public forum like this. Brought to you in conjuntion with Propertyofzack.com
Feb 12, 2013
Mish Way from White Lung - Episode 42
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FINALLY! We have our first female on the show and I couldn't be more excited to bring this interview to you. Mish Way is the vocalist for the amazing band White Lung (which you heard me gush about on the 2012 recap episode). She is also a fellow podcaster and freelance writer for Vice and many other publications. In short, she's awesome and I was able to discuss going to college, ice skating and being the black sheep of the family. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Feb 05, 2013
Derek Archambault from Defeater/Alcoa - Episode 41
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Derek, the vocalist, from Defeater is the first guest to have sat down with me, more than once to complete this compelling chat about growing up punk, defining moments and how to keep your passion for independent music alive. Brought to you in conjunction with Property of Zack.
Jan 29, 2013
John Feldmann from Goldfinger - Episode 40
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I am extremely excited to bring you this conversation with John Feldmann, the vocalist of Goldfinger as well as multi-platinum producer. I went up to his studio to chat about pop music as how it relates to punk rock, fatherhood and rebellion. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jan 22, 2013
Jay Weinberg from Slipknot
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On this episode, I invited Jay Weinberg over to my house to discuss exactly what it's like to play with Bruce Springsteen, his desire to create and hockey. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com 

Jan 15, 2013
Chris Colohan from Burning Love/Cursed/Left For Dead - Episode 38
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The first interview I was pretty nervous to conduct as Chris Colohan is one of my favorite vocalists of all time. Chris was gracious enough to sit down with me at The Fest and talk about his upbringing, religion and the fire that keeps things alive for him with music and touring. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Jan 08, 2013
Tom Chiari from Hostage Calm - Episode 37
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Happy holidays everyone! I was able to sit down with Tom from Hostage Calm (one of my favorite "new" bands) and discuss his involvement in the independent Ska scene, the formation of Hostage Calm and his work with Run For Cover Records as a label manager. Brought to you in conjunction with Property of Zack.
Dec 25, 2012
Best of 2012 Spectacular - Episode 36
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I gathered a panel of esteemed past guests; Joey Cahill from 6131 Records. Chris Hansen from No Sleep Records and Mr. Scott Arnold, to discuss our favorite records, movies and TV shows of the year. Sit back, relax and enjoy as it's a long one. Brought to you in conjunction with Property of Zack. 

Dec 18, 2012
James Carroll from Make Do And Mend - Episode 35
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Make Do And Mend is an awesome band. James is an awesome dude. He sings for the band. Through the transitive property, I had to interview him for the show and we did just that when I was in Gainsville, Florida for The Fest. We sat down on a park bench and discussed Warped Tour, the perils of being in a relationship while on tour and living in a house full of brothers. Brought to you in partnership with Property of Zack (www.propertyofzack.com)
Dec 11, 2012
Mark Beemer from Shirts For A Cure - Episode 34
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A few weeks ago I was able to steal the head honcho of Shirts For A Cure, Mark Beemer, away from The Fest in Florida for an hour to discuss the beginnings of the organization, the flood of non-profit organizations in independent music and being comfortable with success. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Dec 04, 2012
Billy Hamilton from Silverstein - Episode 33
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Had a great chat with the bass player, Billy Hamilton, from hardcore/screamo band Silverstein about the transitional life in between a touring band and real life. We also discussed the pitfalls of being a "punisher" as well as how the music you play doesn't always reflect what you end up being a part of. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Nov 27, 2012
Keith Latinen from Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) & Count Your Lucky Stars - Episode 32
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Here is an interview I wanted to bring you for quite some time with Keith Latinen, vocalist from the band Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) and owner of Count Your Lucky Stars. I didn't know him at all, but within 10 minutes we were discussing playing in a band with your wife, how one defines success and when does a band make the next "move" up. A very revealing chat from a band that doesn't do a ton of interviews. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Nov 20, 2012
Joey Cahill from 6131 Records/Sound and Fury - Episode 31
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I sat down with one of my best friends, Joey Cahill (owner of 6131 Records), to discuss how he keeps involved with hardcore and the inception of the record label among many other things. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Nov 13, 2012
Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace Gallery - Episode 30
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Art is something I have always enjoyed but never dove into. After this conversation I had with the owner/curator Andrew Hosner I want to. We sat down at the Century Media (his day job) offices and discussed his music industry life, how art really reflects our pop culture and the difficulties in maintaining a small business. Brought to you by PropertyofZack.com
Nov 06, 2012
Jonathan Diener from The Swellers - Episode 29
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We called up my good (and new) friend Jonothan Diener who plays drums for The Swellers and discussed many things including the fear one gets about the unknown, never really fitting in musically and many other great topics. Brought to you by Propertyofzack.com
Oct 30, 2012
Episode 28 - Jason Welsher from To Die For Clothing
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I had the pleasure of speaking with one of my oldest friends Jason Welsher, from street wear/graffiti art clothing company To Die For, about his musical beginnings, his most important lessons learned and how difficult it is to maintain a small business. Presented to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Oct 23, 2012
Episode 27 - Mark Capicotto from Glamour Kills
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Today we speak with Mark Capicotto from Glamour Kills (a popular clothing company from New York) about the beginnings of his business, his introduction to independent music and why he stares at shirts in public. Brought to you by Propertyofzack.com
Oct 16, 2012
Episode 26 - Cameron Argon aka Big Chocolate
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With this episode, I wanted to focus on the emerging electronic dance music scene and shed some light on one of the independent artists from that particular corner of the music world. Cameron and I discussed his unexpected life goals, his interest in law enforcement and how technology changes the way we communicate. Whether or not you like electronic music, this conversation was extremely engaging and honest. Brought to you by Propertyofzack.com
Oct 09, 2012
Episode 25 - Ray Harkins from Taken/Mikoto/Sound & Fury
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So, to "celebrate" the 25th episode of the show...I wanted to let people in on my life and who I am for better or worse. With the help of my good friend Scott Arnold, he interviewed me about advice to pass to younger generations (aka: my kid), my upbringing in Vegas and the breakup of Taken. Hope this isn't too self indulgent, and if it is...deal with it. (Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com)
Oct 02, 2012
Episode 24 - Jordan Blilie from The Blood Brothers
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I was extremely excited about chatting with one of the vocalists from The Blood Brothers, Jordan Blilie about all things relating to the band. I was a bit apprehensive initially as he hasn't really granted many interviews as of late about the band but he couldn't have been more gracious and willing to open up about signing to a major label, describing the hard times about touring and maintaining relationships on the road. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com
Sep 25, 2012
Episode 23 - Ryan Russell from Nervous Energies/professional photographer
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I had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Russell who is best known for his amazing photography as well as his awesomely fun music project, Nervous Energies. We spoke about his upbringing in the south, the continual battle of convincing parents you have a real job and relationships. Brought to you by Property of Zack (www.propertyofzack.com)
Sep 18, 2012
Episode 22 - Matt Pike from The Kenmore Agency
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One Monday morning, booking agent Matt Pike and I mixed it up and spoke about his first tour booking experience, how difficult of a balancing act growing up in punk & hardcore is and growing up on the east coast. Presented to you in conjunction with Property of Zack (www.propertyofzack.com)
Sep 11, 2012
Episode 21 - Wayne Wildrick from Man Overboard
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Wayne Wildrick, the guitarist of Man Overboard, dropped by my house recently to go over his upbringing in New Jersey, what he was thinking when he left the band for a brief time and we invent the term, "drinking the paper".
Sep 04, 2012
Episode 20 - Craig Ericson from Rise Records
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One afternoon I sat down with Craig Ericson (the owner of Rise Records) and discussed the misconceptions of the label, why he signs the bands he does and his previous career as a mapmaker.
Aug 28, 2012
Adam Vass from La Dispute
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One afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with Adam Vass, the bass player from La Dispute and independent artist. It was a great chat talking about his serendipitous inclusion in the band, confidence in your work and misconceptions of the band. 

Aug 21, 2012
Episode 18 - Alex Erian from Obey The Brave/Despised Icon
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One afternoon over Skype I chatted with the vocalist from Obey The Brave (and previous vocalist of Despised Icon) Alex Erian about misconceptions of himself, the intricacies of Montreal culture and his insane birth.
Aug 14, 2012
Episode 17 - Chris Hansen from No Sleep Records
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I had been looking forward to sitting down with Chris Hansen, the owner of No Sleep Records, for awhile as he is one of my close friends. He really opened about many things such as his social anxiety, his fathers passing and how No Sleep Records was born. It was a great chat and I hope you enjoy.
Aug 06, 2012
Episode 16 - Dan & Tom Searle from Architects
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Not only are these dudes my first international guests, but some of the only twins I know playing music in the same band together. Dan & Tom Searle from Architects (in the UK) stayed up late one night to discuss gossip oriented press, their humble beginnings and preconceived notions .
Jul 31, 2012
Episode 15 - Andrew Glover from Winds Of Plague
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I got a chance to have my old friend Andrew Glover (bass player for Winds Of Plague) on the show to discuss how bad ass his father is, how success can be defined and finally, Andrew has a bone to pick with ME!
Jul 24, 2012
Tommy Rogers from Between The Buried and Me
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I sat down with one of my old friends, Tommy Rogers, the vocalist from Between The Buried and Me to discuss his upbringing in rural North Carolina, how criticism hurts and the birth of his child. 

Jul 17, 2012
Jami Morgan from Code Orange
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Making history as being the youngest guest on the show, drummer/vocalist Jami Morgan from Code Orange is on the show today. He and I had a great chat one afternoon about embarrassing first bands, depression and being the "business man" of the band. 

Jul 10, 2012
Episode 12 - Forrest Kline from Hellogoodbye
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I had the pleasure of sitting down with all around good dude Forrest Kline from the band Hellogoodbye to discuss real estate, why touring isn't all it's cracked up to be and self preservation.
Jul 03, 2012
Episode 11 - Matt Fox from Shai Hulud
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In this episode I visit with Matt Fox, the driving force behind metalcore pioneers Shai Hulud. We discuss his love for thrash metal, why women are so much better than men and his South Florida upbringing.
Jun 26, 2012
Episode 10 - Brett Rassmusen from Ignite
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Brett is one of the nicest, down to earth and realistic dudes I have ever met. We had the chance to sit down one afternoon and discuss his post-punk upbringing, how Ignite operates as a band and his new band Nations Afire. Visit punknews.org for all the latest in music news and releases.
Jun 19, 2012
Episode 9 - Chris Bruni from Profound Lore Records
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I had the pleasure of speaking to Chris Bruni, the owner of Profound Lore Records, about his label, the concept of hipster metal and how buying records doesn't support satan.
Jun 12, 2012
Episode 8 - Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail
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In this episode I had a great conversation with Buddy Nielsen, the vocalist from Senses Fail about everything from his bands journey in and around the mainstream, being successful on your own terms and how he still keeps the excitement for new bands. This podcast is part of the Punknews network, visit punknews.org for all the latest news in independent music.
Jun 05, 2012
Chris Logan from Chokehold
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Episode 7 - I caught up with one of my oldest friends Chris Logan, the vocalist for (in my humble opinion) legendary hardcore band Chokehold, 78 Days and more recently Anxiety. We talked about his experience in creating a "scene" in Southern Ontario, growing up within the confines of the hardcore scene and his experience of running Goodfellow Records. 

May 29, 2012
Episode 6 - Sergeant D from Stuff You Will Hate
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I sit down with one of the most pervasive truth teller/shit talker on the internet currently (okay, I may be exaggerating a little bit) about how he formed his writing voice, why metal fans are dumb and how stupid it is to "grow up" out of certain musical styles.
May 22, 2012
Jesse Barnett from Stick To Your Guns
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Episode 5 - One fine Southern California afternoon, Jesse Barnett (the vocalist from Stick To Your Guns) and I spoke candidly about relationships, why they've never been "accepted" by the hardcore scene and religion. It's one of my favorite conversations I have had on the show thus far. 

May 15, 2012
Episode 4 - Gared O'Donnell from Hawks & Dove/Planes Mistaken For Stars
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I had the opportunity to have a very honest and open chat with Gared O'Donnell, the lead vocalist from Planes Mistaken For Stars/Hawks & Doves. We spoke about the need to create art, how life can mirror art and how he was raised in bars. 

May 08, 2012
Episode 3 - Justin Smith from Graf Orlock
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We sit down with Justin Smith, the guitarist from Graf Orlock, vocalist/guitarist from Ghostlimb and guitarist for Dangers (that is a mouthful). We discuss growing up in Orange County, the REAL story behind Graf Orlock and why the director of HEAT pre-ordered a 7".
May 01, 2012
Episode 2 - Jon Halperin from The Glass House/Chain Reaction/Vegas Records etc..
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In our second episode I speak with Jon Halperin, who is the main talent buyer for The Glass House in Pomona, CA, about his upbringing in suburbia, his fathers life as a spy and the worst part of his job. His dogs also make an appearance throughout the episode as well. Logo courtesy of Chris Hansen.
Apr 24, 2012
Episode 1 - Riley Breckenridge from Thrice
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With our first episode, we sit down with Riley from Thrice and talk about his bands farewell tour, his baseball career, why English was his default major and other pressing matters. 

Apr 17, 2012
Episode 25 - Best Of 2011 with Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore
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Seeing how much fun we had last year, we decided to bring Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore back into the studio and go over the "Best Of 2011" in music, movies, TV and podcasts. It's a long one, but filled with awesomeness.
Jan 04, 2012
Episode 24 - Diapers and Temco Bowl (Albert Mudrian from Decibel Magazine)
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In this episode we speak to Albert Mudrian, the editor in chief of Decibel Magazine about diapers, retrospective shows being "too soon" and one of the best film trilogies of all time. We also discuss new music from Mastodon, Tim Hecker, Childish Gambino and The Muppets.
Dec 08, 2011
Episode 23 - Girl Scream (Nick Beard from Circa Survive)
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In this episode we speak to Nick Beard from the rock band Circa Survive about what's it's like making a living off of the band, skewed expectations and how influential a record label really is. We also talk about Workaholics, The Other F Word and a bunch of new music.
Nov 28, 2011
Pre-teens vs. Old Man - Episode #22 (Josh Grabelle)
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In this episode we sit down with CEO of Bullet Tooth Records (previously known as Trustkill Records) Josh Grabelle and talk about his love for pop music, Israel and why labels are an easy scapegoat. We also chat about the new M83, Trash Talk, Four Year Strong and Paranormal Activity 3.
Nov 14, 2011
Episode 21 - Lawnmower Man (Ben Sharp from Cloudkicker)
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In this episode we sit down with Ben Sharp from the one man project called Cloudkicker and discuss celebrity, mormons and why Blink 182 hates each other.
Oct 31, 2011
Episode 20 - Child Acting and Dogs (a look inward)
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In this episode, we tried something different and interviewed each other! We figured since it was our 20th episode we should do something special. We discuss 6131 Records, kids, why college isn't important and everything in between.
Oct 20, 2011
Metallica needs to see free movies - Vigil from The Ghost Inside
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Episode #19 - We sit down with Jon Vigil from The Ghost Inside and talk about metalcore, what keeps him going in a band and what his most embarrassing TV show is. We also chat about Active Child, The Rapture, Crosses and Attack the Block.
Sep 19, 2011
There is tension in the room! - Episode #18
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This "return" episode, we have no guests and talk about everything from the new Set Your Goals to The Challenge: Rivals.
Aug 29, 2011
What's on Rage Against the Machine's rider? Freedom. - Alex Varkatzas from Atreyu
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In this episode we speak with Alex Varkatzas from Atreyu on if he thinks his band will ever play again, what his lowest moment on the road was and Game of Thrones. We also play media roundup and talk about the new Bon Iver, Super 8 and many other things. Visit us www.fwppodcast.com
Jun 22, 2011
Pregnant Pauses - Episode 16
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We try something different and have TWO special guests; Mike Minnick from the defunct band Curl Up and Die and Dave Gorum the lead designer at Carbon Made. Rather than reviewing records, we simply talk media and discuss The Bachelorette, Jesu, comics and a bunch of other things.
Jun 14, 2011
Carve a small X in your back - Billy Hamilton from Silverstein
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In our 15th episode we speak with Billy Hamilton, the bassist of Silverstein and discuss Chipotle, what he's scared of after the band ends and Disneyland. We also review new records from Balance & Composure, Fleet Foxes and Foundation.
Jun 01, 2011
I lived with my Grandma - Scott Crouse from Earth Crisis
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In this episode we sit down with Scott Crouse the guitarist from Earth Crisis and discuss new records from The Antlers, Fucked Up and Manchester Orchestra. We also discuss misconceptions surrounding the band, fatherhood and debut a new song called "Total War" off of their upcoming full length called "Neutralize the Threat" out on July 12th on Century Media Records.
May 23, 2011
First World Problems Episode #13
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In this show we speak to Evan Weiss from Into It Over It/Stay Ahead of the Weather and discuss new records from Explosions In The Sky and Title Fight. Evan opens up about how he'd never like to tour again, who he sings along to in the car on tour and prison burgers.
May 14, 2011
First World Problems Episode #12
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This time, we sit down with front man Brandon Schipetti from Bleeding Through and discuss black metal, the moment where he wanted to stop touring and why fitness is his life now. We also review new music from Deafheaven, Thursday and TV On the Radio as well as the movie Scream 4.
May 02, 2011
First World Problems Episode #11
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In this episode we sit down with the vocalist of Avenged Sevenfold, Matt Shadows. We review new records from Cold Cave, Rise Against and Trap Them as well as the movie Battle: LA.
Apr 06, 2011
First World Problems Episode #10
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This episode brought to you by Animal Style Records, we have Chris Hansen from No Sleep Records as our guest reviewing the new Darkest Hour, Defeater and Radiohead as well as the movie Hall Pass. We also preview the new Former Thieves record.
Mar 22, 2011
First World Problems Episode #9
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In this episode we interview Rob Moran (Unbroken, Narrows, Some Girls, Over My Dead Body), review new music from Bright Eyes, Rot In Hell and TIm Hecker. We also review the movie Cedar Rapids. Hilarity ensues.
Mar 04, 2011
First World Problems Episode #8
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In this episode we have Matt Wilson from Set Your Goals reviewing records from My Disco, New Lows and Off! as well as the movie The Fighter.
Feb 16, 2011
First World Problems Episode #7
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In this episode we review new music from The Get Up Kids, Mogwai and Mother Of Mercy as well as the movie The Green Hornet. Our special guest/interview is with Chris Sorenson from the band Saosin.
Feb 02, 2011
First World Problems Episode #6
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In this episode we review new music from Lemuria, Cave In and The Carrier. We also talk about the movie True Grit. FInally, we interview Andy Reitz from the band Defeater and Green Vans.
Jan 19, 2011
First World Problems Episode #5
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As we ring in the new year, First World Problems takes a look back at 2010 with our special guest Jeremy Bolm of Touche Amore. We pick our top 10 records. Top 3 Movies. And favorite TV shows.
Dec 31, 2010
First World Problems Episode #4
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In this episode we review new music from Agalloch, My Chemical Romance and Hauschka. We also talk about the movie Black Swan. FInally, we interview Jason Welsher from To Die For clothing.
Dec 21, 2010
First World Problems Episode #3
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In this episode we review new music by Tigers Jaw and Killing The Dream, review the movie Skyline, and talk with music industry insider and all around good guy, Roy Culver.
Nov 26, 2010
First World Problems Episode #2
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In this episode we review the movie Due Date and 127 Hours, new records by Kylesa, Underoath and Smoke or Fire. Also, an interview Riley Breckenridge of Thrice.
Nov 14, 2010
First World Problems Episode #1
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In this episode we review the movie The Town, new records by Terror and Interpol and discuss the true story of The Sound And Fury music festival.
Sep 23, 2010