Episode 30: Johnny Bentonamo

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Episode Johnny Bentonamo aka “The Queer Demon” is a musician who currently resides in NJ.  If you have yet to see him play live, you are highly missing out on an entertaining and unique live performance.

In this episode we talk about Johnny’s history as a musician and what he tries to channel through his music and live shows.  We also talk for a while about our shared condition of Crohn’s disease.  Shitting pants stories are shared, as well as hospital visits, meds, day-to-day life and much more.  

Check out Johnny’s music on bandcamp

Episode 29: Children's Books

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The band “Children’s Books” from Philadelphia stop by to talk about the creation of the music video for their new single Take Me under which will be released next week.

For some reason, during this podcast my computer glitches and the software just closed without saving, so this is our second attempt at a podcast.  I spend the first couple of minutes of this one being pissed off about that!

We talk about their new music video and the themes that they helped build around their release online, their meticulous demo-ing process, Underoath reuniting, getting old, how the band views promotion online, and much more.

You can follow the band on facebook to see the drop of their music video next week!

Episode 28: Fero Lux

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Fero Lux is a 4 piece post-hardcore band from Broward County, FL.  I got a chance to talk to them about on their recent tour with NY based band Dead Empires.  In 2014, we helped press their debut full length “Some Divine Ashtray” to vinyl.

We talk about the weird-transience of FL, the Parkland FL shooting and the effect it had on the band, their last full US tour linking up with The Number Twelve Looks Like You, future album plans, finding the few and far between reaffirming moments in life, taking care of your body on the road, Dave’s experience driving for Dillinger Escape Plan & touring w/Soundgarden and NIN, and more.

 

Episode 27: Mem Pahl, Skylar Sarkis, Ben Kotin

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This week Mem Pahl (Teenage Halloween, Jeffrey Lewis, Cat Tatt), Skylar Sarkis (Taking Meds), and Ben Kotin (Taking Meds/Such Gold) come by to chat after a show in New Brunswick. 

We talk about our past experiences playing/starring in musicals, the start of Taking Meds spawning from Such Gold, the general lack of bass players, rock music losing it’s edge, “the weezer challenge/clown hour”, our first mixtapes/burned CDs, the death of limewire, the ethics of downloading music, glorified rock stars with abusive tendencies, what it means to be punk in 2018, inspiration for lyrics, and more.

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Episode 26: The Planet You

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Max, Pete, and Rob from THE PLANET YOU stop by to talk about their band and their new self titled record coming out this Friday.  

We also talk about the band’s formation at MSU as music majors, Johnny B (the most important musical act in NJ), the importance of breaking down the 4th wall in performances, tracking an album live vs recording instruments separately, the benefits of releasing an album DIY, our issues with “math-rock”, the process of creating accessible music that still challenges listeners, and more.

 There is a premiere of a new TPY track called “Posilutely” at the end of this pod! (1:05:55). 

Episode 25: Champagne Colored Cars

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Champagne Colored Cars are a DIY punky/math rock band based out of Atlanta, Georgia.  They stopped in New Brunswick for a show at Chateau d’If..we did a podcast <3.

We talk about the band’s quick formation, post-tour depression, derivative music becoming homogenous, the perks of touring as a 3 piece band, our lives committed to the cajon, the band’s writing style, Donald Glover - the pride of Atlanta, the spottiness of the Atlanta scene, bio-diesel (veggie oil) vans, craigslist vans, and more.

Episode 24: Curious Volume

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This week I reunited with my boys in Curious Volume, to talk about their reunion show on Staten Island this Friday, March 16th.  CV was a punk/ska band who reigned supreme on Staten Island from 2006 - 2010.  Jay and Cheech joined me as well.

We talk about the band’s history & the challenges they faced in retrospect, Staten Island’s music scene, Dock St.- an all-ages venue they grew up in, the bands formation in 2001, their very first gig at an elementary school, how Green Day and Blink 182 influenced us to all start bands, Cheech’s missing identity, getting old in your hometown, and more.

 

Episode 23: Decoration

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The guys from Decoration come through to hang on the couch and chat for an hour!

We talk about First Fest (an inclusive workshop/show that took place in 2016), State Champion Records - a DIY label based out of NJ, the inception of Flemington DIY - a 100% non-profit and volunteer run community space on Main Street in Flemington, the Blue Lives Matter discussion that happened there, the art of the “dance splat”, jamming in a room vs bringing prepared riffs to practice, the current state of Bam Margera, some of the bands’ influences, sandwich craft mastery, public access television aspirations, and more.