100 Words Or Less: The Podcast

100 Words Or Less: The Podcast

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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.


Tom Damiano from Trail of Lies
Jul 17 • 68 min
What a killer chat with Tom Damiano from Trail Of Lies. We dive into his early metalcore years, aesthetics of the band and responsibility. Not to mention we discuss why the band chooses not to commit their lives to the road and how that helps …
Jonah Matranga from Far/One Line Drawing
Jul 10 • 77 min
The man, Mr. Jonah Matranga is on the podcast today. He’s the frontman of Far and his solo project OneLineDrawing, but now known as just his namesake. We engage in a conversation about music as a commodity fork in the road decisions and cult of pers…
Drew DiJorio from Stray From the Path
Jul 3 • 72 min
This was a real treat to have my friend Drew DiJorio the vocalist from Stray From the Path on the show. We discussed keyboard warriors, ego and the influence of “Jackass” on the youth of a certain age. Enjoy!
David Kelling from Culture Abuse
Jun 26 • 79 min
Happy Wednesday! It’s time to bring you another compelling conversation from a person who is profoundly influenced by punk/hardcore/indie rock and today, we have a great one. David Kelling the vocalist from bay area rockers Culture Abuse hangs out w…
Brendan Murphy from Counterparts/END
Jun 19 • 79 min
I tend not to do repeat guests, but I will grant exceptions for certain circumstances and frankly this was one of them. Considering it’s been 6 years since I checked in with my friend Brendan Murphy from Counterparts, it was about dang time. We disc…
Ian Fike from It Prevails
Jun 12 • 70 min
Today we have Ian Fike the vocalist from melodic hardcore band It Prevails on the show. It’s an important and honest conversation about his struggles with addiction, how ego plays a role in his life and of course, melodic hardcore and the passionate…
James Bulloch aka Human Furnace from Ringworm
Jun 5 • 71 min
Happy June! Today on the podcast we have the legendary vocalist of metal/hardcore heroes Ringworm, The Human Furnace (aka James Bulloch). We dive deep into why breaking up the band was the best thing they could have done, life as a tattoo arti…
Chris Popadak from Hawthorne Heights and The Story Changes
May 29 • 70 min
Happy Wednesday and here is another great conversation I get to bring to you, this week with Chris Popadak from Hawthorne Heights and The Story Changes. We discuss becoming straight edge as an adult, Midwest roots and accepting the space you are in….
Ryan Clark from Demon Hunter, Focal Point and Training For Utopia
May 22 • 79 min
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 guitari…
Jay Pepito from Reign Supreme and END
May 15 • 81 min
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 realit…
Issac Hale from Knocked Loose and Inclination
May 8 • 81 min
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…
Arun Bali from Saves The Day
May 1 • 63 min
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!
Mike Minnick from Curl Up and Die
Apr 24 • 65 min
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 n…
Tim Singer from Deadguy and Kiss It Goodbye
Apr 17 • 87 min
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 an…
Trish Chisholm from The End of the Ocean
Apr 10 • 57 min
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 playlis…
Ryan Tuck from Fit For A King
Apr 3 • 75 min
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…
Aram Arslanian
Mar 27 • 78 min
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 …
Coady Willis from Big Business/Murder City Devils & Aymen Saleh from Holy Pinto
Mar 20 • 97 min
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…
Ian Shelton from Regional Justice Center & Seattle’s New Gods
Mar 13 • 79 min
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 &
Dann Gallucci from Murder City Devils/Modest Mouse
Mar 6 • 75 min
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 Mu…
Rob Pennington from By The Grace of God, Endpoint & more
Feb 27 • 63 min
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 o…
Best of 2006 w/ Jeremy Bolm and Joey Cahill
Feb 20 • 89 min
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 Harki…
Lex Marshall from Daughters
Feb 12 • 84 min
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 a…
Pat Flynn from Have Heart and Fiddlehead
Feb 6 • 83 min
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 …
Fantasy Band Draft w/ Dave Defeo and Justin Smith (Graf Orlock)
Jan 30 • 68 min
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 t…
Mani Mostofi from Racetraitor
Jan 23 • 81 min
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 d…
John K Samson from The Weakerthans
Jan 16 • 79 min
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 h…
Matt Pryor from Radar State/The Get Up Kids
Jan 9 • 54 min
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 St…
TJ Bonnette from As Cities Burn
Dec 26, 2018 • 48 min
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 …
Best of 2018 w/ Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
Dec 19, 2018 • 149 min
Episode 332 - BEST OF 2018Plain and simple, one of my favorite episodes of the year to record and discuss. Thank you as always to my brothers Joey Cahill and Jeremy Bolm for hanging out and talking music.
Jeremy Stith from Fury/Gem
Dec 12, 2018 • 74 min
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 terri…
Norman Brannon from Texas Is The Reason/Anti-Matter Zine
Dec 5, 2018 • 80 min
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 si…
Nate Newton from Converge/Jesuit/Old Man Gloom/Doomriders
Nov 28, 2018 • 73 min
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 …
Justin Maranga from Ancestors and Dune Alter Records
Nov 21, 2018 • 95 min
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 suck…
Luis Aponte from Jesus Piece
Nov 14, 2018 • 77 min
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 vis…
Ben Nichols from Lucero
Nov 7, 2018 • 74 min
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…
BE SPECIFIC: Episode 5 - MAILBAG SPECIAL
Oct 31, 2018 • 60 min
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…
BE SPECIFIC: Episode 4 - Finn McKenty on Media Sponsorships and how they work
Oct 24, 2018 • 52 min
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 specificall…
BE SPECIFIC: Episode 3 - Shawn Carrano from Headphone Management
Oct 17, 2018 • 60 min
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 t…
BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 2: Wayne Pighini from Fly South Management on Rammstein’s rise
Oct 10, 2018 • 63 min
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 he…
BE SPECIFIC - EPISODE 1 - Shane Told from Silverstein
Oct 3, 2018 • 61 min
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 th…
Paul Shirley, former NBA player and writer
Sep 26, 2018 • 74 min
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/comfo…
Donovan Melero from Hail The Sun
Sep 19, 2018 • 77 min
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 compe…
Misha Mansoor from Periphery and 3Dot Recordings
Sep 12, 2018 • 72 min
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 wi…
Aaron Harris from Isis (the band) and Palms
Sep 5, 2018 • 72 min
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 dec…
Leander Gloversmith from KMGMT Management
Aug 29, 2018 • 77 min
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 …
Lauren Kashan from Sharptooth
Aug 22, 2018 • 79 min
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 …
Sunny Singh from HateFiveSix
Aug 15, 2018 • 73 min
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 arch…
Christina Michelle from Gouge Away
Aug 8, 2018 • 67 min
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, buil…
Mike Hill from Tombs, Anodyne and Everything Went Black podcast
Aug 1, 2018 • 66 min
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 inter…
Josh Robbins from Late Bloomer (Metal Core Buried Treasure Episode)
Jul 25, 2018 • 85 min
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 dis…
Yvette Young from Covet
Jul 18, 2018 • 70 min
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…
Matt Coplon from Reversal Of Man
Jul 11, 2018 • 63 min
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 excite…
Neeraj Kane from Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File, Hesitation Wounds, Beginners
Jul 4, 2018 • 72 min
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 …
Jason Gleason from Further Seems Forever/Action Reaction
Jun 27, 2018 • 96 min
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 Jaso…
Michael Grodner, director of The Icarus Line Must Die
Jun 20, 2018 • 61 min
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 Icaru…
Dan Butler from Lume
Jun 13, 2018 • 78 min
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 mo…
Jake Brennan from Cast Iron Hike/Disgraceland Podcast
Jun 6, 2018 • 69 min
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…
Lisa Garelick from Equal Vision Records
May 30, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Brianna Hunt from Many Rooms
May 23, 2018 • 62 min
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, e…
Shawna Potter from War On Women
May 16, 2018 • 75 min
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 meanin…
Mom and Son
May 10, 2018 • 65 min
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 independe…
Erica Lauren, photographer
May 2, 2018 • 73 min
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 r…
Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath
Apr 25, 2018 • 71 min
Episode 303 - Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath is on the show this week. We dive really deep on his upbringing in North Carolina (including a formative show experience with the band Catharsis!), addiction and the struggles of growing up in public….
BONUS EPISODE - On Tour with Taken
Apr 20, 2018 • 70 min
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…
Stuart Ross from Comeback Kid and Misery Signals
Apr 18, 2018 • 73 min
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 …
Howard Jones from Light The Torch, Killswitch Engage and Blood Has Been Shed
Apr 11, 2018 • 72 min
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, d…
Chris Taylor from PG. 99 & Pygmy Lush
Apr 4, 2018 • 91 min
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 reunite…
Dave Smalley from Don’t Sleep/Dag Nasty/Down By Law/DYS/All
Mar 28, 2018 • 73 min
Episode 299 - Damn, we have a legend on this week in the form of Dave Smalley from Dag Nasty/DYS/Down By Law and most recently, Don’t Sleep. We dive into his musical legacy, the notion of being a professional musician and the highs/lows of touring. It’…
Tom Weaver from Casey
Mar 21, 2018 • 70 min
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…
Carlos Ramirez from No Echo (Buried Treasure Episode - Powerviolence)
Mar 14, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Aric Improta from Night Verses/The Fever
Mar 7, 2018 • 70 min
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…
Chris #2 from Anti-Flag
Feb 28, 2018 • 68 min
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 …
Finn McKenty from URM Academy
Feb 21, 2018 • 70 min
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, b…
Matt Scottoline from Hurry & Everyone, Everywhere
Feb 14, 2018 • 61 min
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 aweso…
Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail
Feb 7, 2018 • 87 min
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…
Best of 2007 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
Jan 31, 2018 • 77 min
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 …
John Franco from By A Thread
Jan 24, 2018 • 71 min
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 p…
Stacy Hilt from The Casket Lottery/Coalesce
Jan 17, 2018 • 63 min
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 pre…
Nicky “Money” Palmero from Nothing/Death To Lovers
Jan 10, 2018 • 62 min
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 …
Ricky Singh from Backtrack
Jan 5, 2018 • 62 min
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 …
Donny Phillips from KHIL Studios and The Warriors
Dec 21, 2017 • 67 min
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…
Best of 2017 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
Dec 14, 2017 • 89 min
Episode 285 - BEST OF 2017 COMING AT YOU! It’s that time of the year in which myself and my two close friends, Joey Cahill (6131 Records) and Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) discuss our favorite records of the year! Sit back and enjoy!
Tony Rettman, author of Straight Edge and NYHC
Dec 6, 2017 • 71 min
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 …
Christopher Browder from Mansions
Nov 29, 2017 • 61 min
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 wh…
Jimmy LaValle from Tristeza & The Album Leaf
Nov 22, 2017 • 76 min
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 mental…
James Hart from 18 Visions
Nov 15, 2017 • 84 min
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…
Andrew Klein from Strife
Nov 8, 2017 • 68 min
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!
Ryan Downey from Burn It Down and music journalist
Nov 3, 2017 • 75 min
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 th…
Dave Walker from Harvest, Season of Fire
Oct 25, 2017 • 76 min
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 emo…
Marissa D’elia from Small Circle
Oct 18, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Chaka Malik from Burn
Oct 10, 2017 • 59 min
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 insigh…
Nathan Ellis from Coalesce/The Casket Lottery and Able Baker Fox
Sep 27, 2017 • 63 min
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 t…
Buried Treasure: early 2000’s Hardcore w/ Joey Cahill
Sep 20, 2017 • 65 min
A deep look at undiscovered hardcore bands from the early 2000’s.
Mike Herrera from MXPX
Sep 13, 2017 • 71 min
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. Re…
BONUS EPISODE - Ray Harkins on Straight Edge/Religion
Sep 8, 2017 • 35 min
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!
Jonathan Howell from Less Art & Kowloon Walled City
Sep 6, 2017 • 63 min
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…
Sierra Kusterbeck from Neaux and Versa Emerge
Aug 30, 2017 • 74 min
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 …
Roger Miret from Agnostic Front
Aug 24, 2017 • 60 min
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 …
Jake Smelley from Gideon
Aug 16, 2017 • 75 min
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 fo…
Mike Olender from Endeavor/Burnt By The Sun/River Black
Aug 9, 2017 • 77 min
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 commer…
Chadwick Johnson from Hundredth
Aug 2, 2017 • 76 min
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 …
Brett Detar from The Juliana Theory
Jul 27, 2017 • 75 min
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 …
John Porcell from Youth of Today/Shelter/Judge
Jul 19, 2017 • 81 min
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 …
Dave Lombardo from Slayer, Dead Cross, Suicidal Tendencies and The Misfits
Jul 12, 2017 • 71 min
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 mor…
Charlie Kaplan from Cymbal.FM
Jul 5, 2017 • 62 min
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 dis…
Al Brown from Dangers
Jun 28, 2017 • 78 min
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 head…
Mat Kerekes from Citizen
Jun 21, 2017 • 102 min
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 M…
Buzz Osborne from The Melvins
Jun 14, 2017 • 68 min
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 …
Chris Colohan from Sect and Vegan Magic
Jun 7, 2017 • 67 min
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…
Keith Barney from 18 Visions/Throwdown/Adamantium
May 31, 2017 • 76 min
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 s…
Bryan Garris from Knocked Loose
May 24, 2017 • 81 min
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…
Aaron Lammer from Longform Podcast and Stoner
May 17, 2017 • 70 min
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 i…
Josh Scogin from ‘68/The Chariot/Norma Jean
May 10, 2017 • 74 min
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 ac…
Cameron Boucher from Sorority Noise/Old Grey
May 3, 2017 • 74 min
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….
Portia Sabin from Kill Rock Stars
Apr 27, 2017 • 56 min
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 …
Rachel Rosen from Most Precious Blood/Indecision
Apr 19, 2017 • 71 min
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 …
Evange Livanos from Synergy Management
Apr 13, 2017 • 77 min
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 man…
Sara Taylor from Youth Code
Apr 5, 2017 • 65 min
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 indus…
Bonus Episode! - Buried Treasure of Skate Punk w/ Shane Told (Silverstein, Lead Singer Syndrome podcast)
Apr 2, 2017 • 62 min
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…
Chris Enriquez from On The Might of Princes
Mar 29, 2017 • 79 min
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 t…
Ian Miller from Kowloon Walled City and Less Art
Mar 22, 2017 • 76 min
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…
Tom May from The Menzingers
Mar 15, 2017 • 71 min
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…
Kevin Jordan from This Wild Life
Mar 9, 2017 • 72 min
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 …
Casey Aylward from Astronoid
Mar 1, 2017 • 63 min
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 …
Jack Grisham from TSOL and The Joykiller
Feb 25, 2017 • 64 min
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 hou…
Blasko from Ozzy Osbourne/Mercenary Management
Feb 15, 2017 • 65 min
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…
Carley Coma from Candiria
Feb 9, 2017 • 63 min
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 gro…
Stephen Cobucci from Wolves at the Gate
Feb 2, 2017 • 63 min
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 …
Val Loper from Bear Hands/Rubbing Alcohol and In Pieces
Jan 25, 2017 • 76 min
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 k…
Josh Brigham from Hopesfall
Jan 19, 2017 • 70 min
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 some…
Jake Ewald from Modern Baseball & Slaughter Beach, Dog
Jan 11, 2017 • 68 min
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…
James McKean from Departures
Jan 5, 2017 • 61 min
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…
Best of 2016 w/ Joey Cahill and Jeremy Bolm
Dec 15, 2016 • 122 min
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 Am…
Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy/Sect
Dec 7, 2016 • 81 min
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 after…
Billy Rymer from The Dillinger Escape Plan
Dec 1, 2016 • 57 min
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 peopl…
Jeff Rosenstock
Nov 23, 2016 • 65 min
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…
Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It.
Nov 16, 2016 • 73 min
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, pos…
Bonus Episode - Political Discussion w/ Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
Nov 13, 2016 • 51 min
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.
Max Bemis from Say Anything/Two Tounges
Nov 9, 2016 • 76 min
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 menta…
Colt Cabana, professional wrestler
Nov 2, 2016 • 75 min
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”, e…
Matt Mixon, filmmaker/7 Angels & 7 Plagues
Oct 26, 2016 • 72 min
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 fr…
Chris Conley from Saves The Day/Two Tongues
Oct 19, 2016 • 75 min
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…
Anthony Lucero from Cult Leader
Oct 12, 2016 • 79 min
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 Cit…
Mike Judge from Judge/Youth Of Today
Oct 5, 2016 • 70 min
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…
Kevin Devine
Sep 29, 2016 • 81 min
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…
Meghan O’Neil from Super Unison and Punch
Sep 21, 2016 • 80 min
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 i…
George Hirsch from Blacklisted/Harm Wülf
Sep 14, 2016 • 78 min
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 …
Patrick Kindlon from Self Defense Family
Sep 7, 2016 • 89 min
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 o…
Cory Brandan from Norma Jean
Aug 31, 2016 • 63 min
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 ve…
Greg Antonni from The Bouncing Souls/Play Date
Aug 24, 2016 • 74 min
Holy wow! 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…
BONUS REBROADCAST - Tom & Dan Searle from Architects
Aug 22, 2016 • 62 min
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…
James Vitalo from Backtrack
Aug 17, 2016 • 79 min
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 att…
Brad Boatright from Audiosiege/From Ashes Rise
Aug 10, 2016 • 80 min
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 pr…
Luke Pate from Frameworks
Aug 3, 2016 • 64 min
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 a…
Lee Overtree from The Story Pirates
Jul 27, 2016 • 63 min
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 tur…
Andy Othling from Lowercase Noises
Jul 20, 2016 • 83 min
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 get…
Thomas Pearson from Foundation
Jul 13, 2016 • 76 min
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 Atlant…
Eddy Brewerton from Moose Blood
Jul 7, 2016 • 65 min
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 t…
John Pettibone from Undertow, Himsa, Heiress
Jun 29, 2016 • 65 min
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 …
Vinnie Caruana from The Movielife & I Am The Avalanche
Jun 22, 2016 • 76 min
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…
Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage
Jun 15, 2016 • 69 min
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 …
Jasamine White-Gluz from No Joy
Jun 8, 2016 • 69 min
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 kno…
Tom Williams from Stray From the Path
Jun 1, 2016 • 83 min
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 po…
Daryl Taberski from Snapcase
May 25, 2016 • 87 min
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 i…
NBA Shootaround with Benny Horowitz (from The Gaslight Anthem)
May 18, 2016 • 68 min
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 m…
Astronautalis, hip-hop artist
May 11, 2016 • 62 min
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), freesty…
Matt Johnson, author and ex-Preacher Gone To Texas
May 4, 2016 • 66 min
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 p…
Benny Horowitz from The Gaslight Anthem
Apr 27, 2016 • 81 min
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 …
Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail (Friendversation)
Apr 20, 2016 • 66 min
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 …
Sammy Siegler from World Be Free, Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Glassjaw etc…
Apr 13, 2016 • 77 min
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 …
Kliph Nesteroff, author
Apr 6, 2016 • 65 min
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 wit…
Damian Abraham from Fucked Up & Turned Out A Punk podcast
Mar 30, 2016 • 82 min
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 a…
Bo Thomson from Das Bootleg & Donnybrook
Mar 23, 2016 • 80 min
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 whi…
Steve Kleisath from Further Seems Forever, Strongarm, Shai Hulud
Mar 16, 2016 • 76 min
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 tourin…
Sam Means from The Format, Hello Merch
Mar 9, 2016 • 72 min
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 th…
Damn Fine Cast Conversation
Mar 2, 2016 • 77 min
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…
Allison Weiss
Feb 24, 2016 • 81 min
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 confid…
Cameron Miller from Seizures
Feb 17, 2016 • 68 min
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 …
Mike Minnick, Friendversation
Feb 10, 2016 • 63 min
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 projec…
Jon Bunch from Sensefield, Reason To Believe, Further Seems Forever & War Generation (REBROADCAST)
Feb 8, 2016 • 77 min
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 incredibl…
Josh Coll from Foxing
Feb 3, 2016 • 77 min
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 s…
Leroy Payne, my grandfather
Jan 27, 2016 • 75 min
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…
Stephanie Marlow, indie PR
Jan 20, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Best of 2015 w/ Joey Cahill
Jan 13, 2016 • 107 min
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…
Nick “Biggie” Grimaldi from Good Fight Management
Jan 6, 2016 • 79 min
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, T…
Gavin Van Vlack from Burn & Absolution
Dec 30, 2015 • 71 min
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…
Friendversation w/ Joey Cahill
Dec 23, 2015 • 47 min
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…
Paul Koehler from Silverstein
Dec 16, 2015 • 73 min
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…
Mark Palm from Supercrush, Devotion and Go It Alone
Dec 11, 2015 • 58 min
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 call…
Colin Frangicetto from Circa Survive
Dec 3, 2015 • 78 min
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 w…
Phil Jamieson from Caspian
Nov 27, 2015 • 76 min
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…
Andy Williams from Every Time I Die
Nov 18, 2015 • 77 min
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, wh…
Mark Brickey from the Adventures In Design Podcast
Nov 12, 2015 • 119 min
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…
Adam Blake from H2O & Shelter
Nov 5, 2015 • 72 min
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 record…
Daniel Fang from Turnstile, Mindset and Praise
Oct 30, 2015 • 66 min
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 educatio…
Lennon Livesay from Blistered/Ecostrike
Oct 23, 2015 • 52 min
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…
Evan Wivell from Mindset and React Records
Oct 14, 2015 • 55 min
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 th…
Brendan Garrone from Incendiary
Oct 9, 2015 • 66 min
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 conversat…
The Story of Washed Up Emo
Oct 1, 2015 • 74 min
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 ex…
Tom Sheehan from Indecision/Most Precious Blood & Axe To Grind Podcast
Sep 23, 2015 • 71 min
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 t…
Will Potter, author of Green Is The New Red & TED Fellow
Sep 20, 2015 • 61 min
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
Steve Moore, composer and member of Zombi
Sep 11, 2015 • 65 min
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 lif…
Ben Pobjoy from Hot Charity Records
Sep 3, 2015 • 71 min
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 Re…
Kevin Dye from Gates
Aug 27, 2015 • 65 min
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. …
Alex Goldman from the Reply All Podcast
Aug 22, 2015 • 62 min
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 …
Patrick O’Connor from The Dan Patrick Show
Aug 12, 2015 • 69 min
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 …
Jake Round from Pure Noise Records
Aug 6, 2015 • 86 min
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 …
Kevin Bergeron from Waxwork Records
Jul 29, 2015 • 54 min
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 an…
Graham Nixon from Resist Records & Manager of Parkway Drive
Jul 22, 2015 • 57 min
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 ma…
Chris Wrenn from Bridge 9 Records
Jul 10, 2015 • 65 min
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 indepe…
Fred Feldman from Triple Crown Records
Jul 3, 2015 • 67 min
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…
Karl Buechner from Earth Crisis
Jun 24, 2015 • 47 min
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 vocali…
Alan Day from Four Year Strong
Jun 17, 2015 • 78 min
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 h…
John Vanderslice from Tiny Telephone Studio
Jun 10, 2015 • 66 min
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 impo…
John O’Callaghan from The Maine
May 28, 2015 • 58 min
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, perse…
Reba Meyers from Code Orange & Adventures
May 21, 2015 • 49 min
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 w…
Eyal Levi from Unstoppable Recording Machine & Daath
May 15, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Nick Steinhart from Touche Amore
May 7, 2015 • 61 min
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 …
Toby Morse from H20 & One Life, One Chance
Apr 30, 2015 • 55 min
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 …
Shane Told from Silverstein
Apr 23, 2015 • 68 min
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…
Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World
Apr 16, 2015 • 59 min
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 m…
Dallas Green from City And Colour/Alexisonfire/You+Me - Episode 152
Apr 10, 2015 • 65 min
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 wa…
Scott Shriner from Weezer - Episode 151
Apr 1, 2015 • 50 min
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 wher…
Beau Burchell from Saosin
Mar 26, 2015 • 77 min
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 conv…
Nathan Gluck from Ensign - Episode 149
Mar 19, 2015 • 77 min
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 h…
Valentino Arteaga from Of Mice & Men
Mar 11, 2015 • 71 min
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…
Jeff Casazza from Run For Cover Records - Episode 147
Mar 6, 2015 • 51 min
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 int…
Grey Gordon - Episode 146
Feb 26, 2015 • 53 min
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 des…
Branden Steineckert from Rancid - Episode 145
Feb 19, 2015 • 74 min
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, buil…
Daniel Wonacott from Finch - Episode 144
Feb 11, 2015 • 44 min
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 …
Kevin Duquette from Topshelf Records - Episode 143
Feb 5, 2015 • 65 min
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 …
Chris Hannah from Propagandhi - Episode 142
Jan 29, 2015 • 50 min
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 t…
Greg Bennick from Trial
Jan 21, 2015 • 74 min
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 …
Jon Louden from Restorations - Episode 140
Jan 14, 2015 • 58 min
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…
Rocky Votolato - Episode 139
Jan 9, 2015 • 65 min
THIS EPISODE BROUGHT TO YOU EXCLUSIVELY BY ENJOY THE RIDE RECORDS (www.enjoytheriderecords.com). On the show this week is the hardworking singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato. Many may remember his incredible band Waxwing or his solo career that he’s be…
BONUS HOLIDAY EPISODE - David Anthony from The AV Club
Dec 24, 2014 • 49 min
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 tha…
Tom Capone from Quicksand/Beyond/Bold
Dec 17, 2014 • 63 min
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 …
Jake Snider from Minus The Bear - Episode 137
Dec 11, 2014 • 42 min
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 ope…
Best of 2014 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records)
Dec 4, 2014 • 131 min
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…
Jake Mcelfresh from Front Porch Step - Episode 135
Nov 26, 2014 • 82 min
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 lik…
Nick Bogardus, ex-Thrice manager & Cross Of Christ Church
Nov 19, 2014 • 71 min
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 200…
Eddie Breckenridge from Thrice
Nov 13, 2014 • 63 min
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 g…
Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail - Episode 132
Nov 5, 2014 • 93 min
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 c…
Calvin Philley from Xerxes - Episode 131
Oct 29, 2014 • 77 min
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 …
James Shotwell from Under The Gun Review & Haulix - Episode 130
Oct 24, 2014 • 68 min
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 gr…
Walter Delgado from Rotting Out
Oct 16, 2014 • 69 min
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…
Allen Epley from The Life and Times/Shiner - Episode 128
Oct 9, 2014 • 71 min
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…
Sam Carter from Architects
Oct 1, 2014 • 59 min
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 i…
Andrew Koji Shiraki from Koji - Episode 126
Sep 24, 2014 • 71 min
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 t…
Behind The Scenes with 100 Words - BONUS EPISODE
Sep 23, 2014 • 37 min
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 t…
Dan Carlin from Hardcore History & Common Sense Podcast - Episode 125
Sep 18, 2014 • 61 min
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
Mike Mowery from Outerloop Management - Episode 124
Sep 11, 2014 • 59 min
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 Of…
Nick Diener from The Swellers
Sep 4, 2014 • 72 min
THIS EPISODE BROUGHT TO YOU EXCLUSIVELY BY THE NATIVE SOUNDThe vocalist from The Swellers, Nick Diener, is my guest on the show this week and I c…
Taylor Madison from Superheaven - Episode 122
Aug 27, 2014 • 60 min
This episode brought to you exclusively by The Native SoundI 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
Roman Mars from 99 Percent Invisible - Episode 121
Aug 21, 2014 • 61 min
THIS EPISODE EXCLUSIVELY BROUGHT TO YOU BY NATIVE SOUND RECORDSI 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…
Hrishikesh Hirway from The One AM Radio and Song Exploder - Episode 120
Aug 14, 2014 • 88 min
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 …
Dan Smith, professional tattoo artist - Episode 119
Aug 6, 2014 • 70 min
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…
BONUS EPISODE #1 - Recommendations for Summer 2014 w/ Scott Arnold
Aug 5, 2014 • 46 min
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…
John Bradley from Dads - Episode 118
Jul 30, 2014 • 85 min
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 podca…
Brandan Schieppati from Rise Above Fitness/Bleeding Through
Jul 23, 2014 • 65 min
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 discussio…
Dave Quiggle, professional artist - Episode 116
Jul 16, 2014 • 75 min
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 …
Glenn Harvey from Moose Blood - Episode 115
Jul 9, 2014 • 62 min
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 wo…
Sacha Dunable from Intronaut - Episode 114
Jul 2, 2014 • 59 min
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 …
Sean Ingram from Coalesce and Blue Collar Distro - Episode 113
Jun 26, 2014 • 68 min
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 …
Justin Pearson from Retox/The Locust
Jun 19, 2014 • 67 min
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…
Dave Verellen from Botch/Narrows
Jun 11, 2014 • 76 min
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 gr…
Rob Moran from Unbroken/Narrows
Jun 4, 2014 • 75 min
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 exp…
Adam Elmakias, professional photographer - Episode 109
May 28, 2014 • 66 min
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 i…
Kelen Capener from The Story So Far - Episode 108
May 21, 2014 • 62 min
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 intros…
Brianna Collins from Tigers Jaw & Petal - Episode 107
May 14, 2014 • 53 min
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 ban…
Matt Miller, professional photographer & Most Precious Blood - Episode 106
May 7, 2014 • 86 min
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 a…
Brittany Drake from Pity Sex - Episode 105
May 1, 2014 • 66 min
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 …
Una Kim from Keep Company - Episode 104
Apr 23, 2014 • 73 min
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 …
Matt Carter from Emery - Episode 103
Apr 16, 2014 • 71 min
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 …
Matt Halpern from Periphery
Apr 9, 2014 • 52 min
I was very happy when the opportunity presented itself to speak to Matt Halpern as I have been a fan of his band and recognized the impact they’ve has had on the independent metal music scene (in which he is the drummer). A deep chat that focuses on…
Joe Marro from The Early November - Episode 101
Apr 2, 2014 • 67 min
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
Jordan Dreyer from La Dispute - Episode 100
Mar 26, 2014 • 66 min
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 o…
Tommy Green from Sleeping Giant - Episode 99
Mar 20, 2014 • 68 min
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 ho…
Andrew Wade from Wade Studios (A Day To Remember) - Episode 98
Mar 12, 2014 • 51 min
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 i…
Michael Craver from Seahaven - Episode 97
Mar 5, 2014 • 58 min
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 hi…
Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids/New Amsterdams
Feb 26, 2014 • 56 min
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 …
Ross Fararr from Ceremony
Feb 19, 2014 • 57 min
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 c…
Jordan Pundik from New Found Glory - Episode 94
Feb 13, 2014 • 69 min
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. …
Dan Lambton from Real Friends
Feb 5, 2014 • 70 min
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 b…
Steve Brodsky from Cave In/Mutoid Man - Episode 92
Jan 29, 2014 • 68 min
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 a…
Jon Vigil from The Ghost Inside
Jan 22, 2014 • 60 min
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 d…
Stephen Egerton from Descendents/All - Episode 90
Jan 15, 2014 • 62 min
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 introductio…
Elgin James, filmmaker - Episode 89
Jan 8, 2014 • 77 min
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 fr…
Best of 2013 with Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Joey Cahill (6131 Records) - Episode 88
Dec 25, 2013 • 105 min
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 …
Chad Peterson from Strife - Episode 87
Dec 18, 2013 • 82 min
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…
Kyle Durfey from Pianos Become the Teeth - Episode 86
Dec 11, 2013 • 72 min
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 …
Sean Bonner from Safecast - Episode 85
Dec 4, 2013 • 75 min
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…
Brendan Murphy from Counterparts
Nov 27, 2013 • 69 min
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 cha…
Jon Bunch from War Generation/Sensefield
Nov 20, 2013 • 74 min
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.
Wade MacNeil from Gallows/Alexisonfire - Episode 82
Nov 12, 2013 • 70 min
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…
Dennis Lyxen from INVSN/AC4/Refused - Episode 81
Nov 5, 2013 • 65 min
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, credibil…
Davey Havok from AFI
Oct 29, 2013 • 87 min
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 handle…
Ryan Penagos from Marvel Comics - Episode 79
Oct 23, 2013 • 67 min
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 an…
Sean Moeller from Daytrotter - Episode 78
Oct 15, 2013 • 60 min
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 curat…
Steve Rennie, manager of Incubus & RenmanMB Music - Episode 77
Oct 8, 2013 • 73 min
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….
Chris Hornbrook from Poison the Well
Oct 1, 2013 • 73 min
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…
Jason Tate from Absolutepunk.net - Episode 75
Sep 24, 2013 • 62 min
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 l…
Ben Sharp from Cloudkicker - Episode 74
Sep 17, 2013 • 53 min
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 conjunctio…
Ned Russin from Title Fight
Sep 10, 2013 • 61 min
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 t…
Jeff Eaton from Modern Life Is War
Sep 3, 2013 • 61 min
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 ab…
Matt Miner, comic book writer/creator of Liberator - Episode 71
Aug 27, 2013 • 52 min
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
Tanner Merritt from O’Brother - Episode 70
Aug 20, 2013 • 49 min
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 eve…
Alex Henery from Basement
Aug 13, 2013 • 59 min
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 …
Sam McPheeters from Born Against/Wrangler Brutes
Aug 6, 2013 • 55 min
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 san…
Jessie Lee, adult film star - Episode 67
Jul 30, 2013 • 54 min
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 …
Danny Nash from Departures - Episode 66
Jul 23, 2013 • 53 min
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 m…
Spencer Hickman from Death Waltz Records - Episode 65
Jul 16, 2013 • 70 min
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. Brou…
Zack Zarrillo from PropertyofZack.com - Episode 64
Jul 9, 2013 • 56 min
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 Manhatta…
Vince Apostal from Loud & Obnoxious/Glad Rags Ink - Episode 63
Jul 2, 2013 • 55 min
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…
Greg Harbour, professional skater - Episode 62
Jun 25, 2013 • 57 min
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 …
Nathan Gray from Boy Sets Fire/I Am Heresy
Jun 18, 2013 • 75 min
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.
George Clarke from Deafheaven - Episode 60
Jun 11, 2013 • 61 min
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 conjunct…
Jon Simmons from Balance and Composure - Episode 59
Jun 4, 2013 • 54 min
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 Proper…
Frank Novinec from Hatebreed
May 28, 2013 • 44 min
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 y…
Mike Cheese from Gehenna - Episode 57
May 21, 2013 • 56 min
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 anyo…
Mike Hartsfield from New Age Records/Outspoken
May 14, 2013 • 67 min
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 wrestlin…
P.O.S. - Episode 55
May 7, 2013 • 48 min
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…
Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy - Episode 54
Apr 30, 2013 • 56 min
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 …
Kyle Kinane, stand-up comedian - Episode 53
Apr 23, 2013 • 62 min
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 …
Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore
Apr 16, 2013 • 74 min
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 l…
Sean Carlson from FYF Fest - Episode 51
Apr 9, 2013 • 66 min
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…
Jonah Ray, stand-up comedian - Episode 50
Apr 2, 2013 • 62 min
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…
Jon Contino from CXXVI Clothing - Episode 49
Mar 26, 2013 • 58 min
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. Br…
Doc Coyle from God Forbid - Episode 48
Mar 19, 2013 • 59 min
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
Ben Weinman from Dillinger Escape Plan - Episode 47
Mar 12, 2013 • 58 min
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
Aaron Turner from Isis/Hydrahead Records - Episode 46
Mar 5, 2013 • 62 min
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 ple…
Andy Greenwald from Grantland.com - Episode 45
Feb 26, 2013 • 49 min
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
Scott Vogel from Terror
Feb 19, 2013 • 64 min
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 …
Mike Minnick from Curl Up And Die - Episode 43
Feb 12, 2013 • 70 min
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 extre…
Mish Way from White Lung - Episode 42
Feb 5, 2013 • 59 min
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 podcas…
Derek Archambault from Defeater/Alcoa - Episode 41
Jan 29, 2013 • 90 min
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 conjunct…
John Feldmann from Goldfinger - Episode 40
Jan 22, 2013 • 78 min
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 t…
Jay Weinberg from Slipknot
Jan 15, 2013 • 82 min
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
Chris Colohan from Burning Love/Cursed/Left For Dead - Episode 38
Jan 8, 2013 • 58 min
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…
Tom Chiari from Hostage Calm - Episode 37
Dec 25, 2012 • 60 min
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 manag…
Best of 2012 Spectacular - Episode 36
Dec 18, 2012 • 89 min
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. Broug…
James Carroll from Make Do And Mend - Episode 35
Dec 11, 2012 • 63 min
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 …
Mark Beemer from Shirts For A Cure - Episode 34
Dec 4, 2012 • 65 min
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 comfort…
Billy Hamilton from Silverstein - Episode 33
Nov 27, 2012 • 70 min
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 do…
Keith Latinen from Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) & Count Your Lucky Stars - Episode 32
Nov 20, 2012 • 80 min
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 pl…
Joey Cahill from 6131 Records/Sound and Fury
Nov 13, 2012 • 62 min
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
Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace Gallery - Episode 30
Nov 6, 2012 • 61 min
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 refle…
Jonathan Diener from The Swellers - Episode 29
Oct 30, 2012 • 63 min
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 Propertyofz…
Episode 28 - Jason Welsher from To Die For Clothing
Oct 23, 2012 • 82 min
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…
Episode 27 - Mark Capicotto from Glamour Kills
Oct 16, 2012 • 73 min
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
Episode 26 - Cameron Argon aka Big Chocolate
Oct 9, 2012 • 64 min
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 l…
Episode 25 - Ray Harkins from Taken/Mikoto/Sound & Fury
Oct 2, 2012 • 82 min
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 upbri…
Episode 24 - Jordan Blilie from The Blood Brothers
Sep 25, 2012 • 62 min
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 …
Episode 23 - Ryan Russell from Nervous Energies/professional photographer
Sep 18, 2012 • 68 min
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…
Episode 22 - Matt Pike from The Kenmore Agency
Sep 11, 2012 • 68 min
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 Pr…
Episode 21 - Wayne Wildrick from Man Overboard
Sep 4, 2012 • 58 min
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”.
Episode 20 - Craig Ericson from Rise Records
Aug 28, 2012 • 82 min
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.
Adam Vass from La Dispute
Aug 21, 2012 • 57 min
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…
Episode 18 - Alex Erian from Obey The Brave/Despised Icon
Aug 14, 2012 • 56 min
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.
Episode 17 - Chris Hansen from No Sleep Records
Aug 6, 2012 • 66 min
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 bo…
Episode 16 - Dan & Tom Searle from Architects
Jul 31, 2012 • 82 min
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 begi…
Episode 15 - Andrew Glover from Winds Of Plague
Jul 24, 2012 • 68 min
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!
Tommy Rogers from Between The Buried and Me
Jul 17, 2012 • 69 min
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.
Jami Morgan from Code Orange
Jul 10, 2012 • 82 min
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.&…
Episode 12 - Forrest Kline from Hellogoodbye
Jul 3, 2012 • 72 min
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.
Matt Fox from Shai Hulud
Jun 26, 2012 • 83 min
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.
Brett Rassmusen from Ignite
Jun 19, 2012 • 77 min
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.
Chris Bruni from Profound Lore Records
Jun 12, 2012 • 68 min
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.
Episode 8 - Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail
Jun 5, 2012 • 76 min
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. T…
Chris Logan from Chokehold
May 29, 2012 • 84 min
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…
Episode 6 - Sergeant D from Stuff You Will Hate
May 22, 2012 • 62 min
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 musi…
Jesse Barnett from Stick To Your Guns
May 15, 2012 • 82 min
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 conversa…
Episode 4 - Gared O’Donnell from Hawks & Dove/Planes Mistaken For Stars
May 8, 2012 • 71 min
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.
Episode 3 - Justin Smith from Graf Orlock
May 1, 2012 • 70 min
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-…
Episode 2 - Jon Halperin from The Glass House/Chain Reaction/Vegas Records etc..
Apr 24, 2012 • 45 min
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 1 - Riley Breckenridge from Thrice
Apr 17, 2012 • 69 min
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.
Episode 25 - Best Of 2011 with Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore
Jan 4, 2012 • 108 min
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.
Episode 24 - Diapers and Temco Bowl (Albert Mudrian from Decibel Magazine)
Dec 8, 2011 • 73 min
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 Gambin…
Episode 23 - Girl Scream (Nick Beard from Circa Survive)
Nov 28, 2011 • 77 min
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 bun…
Pre-teens vs. Old Man - Episode #22 (Josh Grabelle)
Nov 14, 2011 • 86 min
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…
Episode 21 - Lawnmower Man (Ben Sharp from Cloudkicker)
Oct 31, 2011 • 83 min
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.
Episode 20 - Child Acting and Dogs (a look inward)
Oct 20, 2011 • 99 min
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.
Metallica needs to see free movies - Vigil from The Ghost Inside
Sep 19, 2011 • 116 min
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.
There is tension in the room! - Episode #18
Aug 29, 2011 • 77 min
This “return” episode, we have no guests and talk about everything from the new Set Your Goals to The Challenge: Rivals.
What’s on Rage Against the Machine’s rider? Freedom. - Alex Varkatzas from Atreyu
Jun 22, 2011 • 97 min
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 thing…
Pregnant Pauses - Episode 16
Jun 14, 2011 • 109 min
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 a…
Carve a small X in your back - Billy Hamilton from Silverstein
Jun 1, 2011 • 95 min
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.
I lived with my Grandma - Scott Crouse from Earth Crisis
May 23, 2011 • 93 min
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 “Tot…
First World Problems Episode #13
May 14, 2011 • 93 min
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 p…
First World Problems Episode #12
May 2, 2011 • 99 min
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…
First World Problems Episode #11
Apr 6, 2011 • 125 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #10
Mar 22, 2011 • 114 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #9
Mar 4, 2011 • 99 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #8
Feb 16, 2011 • 89 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #7
Feb 2, 2011 • 91 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #6
Jan 19, 2011 • 80 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #5
Dec 31, 2010 • 80 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #4
Dec 21, 2010 • 84 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #3
Nov 26, 2010 • 68 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #2
Nov 14, 2010 • 66 min
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.
First World Problems Episode #1
Sep 23, 2010 • 69 min
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.