Washed Up Emo

By Tom Mullen

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Join Tom Mullen for a look back at when emo was an unknown word, its relevance now and speaks to those deeply involved with the emo/punk/hardcore/post-hardcore scene.

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#196 - Mike Kinsella
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An absolute honor to have Mike on again to chat about what he's up to right now. He's been on so many times, we get right to the life updates and he gives me shit about my sports teams. Plus, we went track by track through his latest Owen record "The Avalanche." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
#195 - Jim Ward (At the Drive-In, Sparta, Sleepercar)
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Today we welcome musician Jim Ward. You may know him from At the Drive-In, Sparta, or Sleepercar. He has a new solo record called “Daggers” out June 11th. If you’re listening to this in the future, I’m sure it’s on whatever streaming service or implant we all have to enjoy our favorite tunes. Jim was an absolute blast to talk to and someone I’ve been wanting on the podcast since I started this back in 2011. We spoke a lot  about his life weaving in music, touring, and what he’s learned over the years. Jim pulled zero punches and was hopeful in his words that resonated deeply with me listening back. If you’re a fan of him or not, you’ll dig this chat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
#194 - Johnathon Ford (Unwed Sailor, Roadside Monument)
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Today, we welcome Johnathon Ford from Unwed Sailor and Roadside Monument. Johnathon and I have been trying to make this happen for years as we’d connect via mutual friends or at a show. Most recently in Brooklyn back before the pandemic we ended up talking for a long time after an Unwed Sailor show and it went places where you don’t expect a conversation to go and all the sudden you get a text or the bartender goes, “yea it’s closing time.” I wanted to do that again so I got Johnathon to come back on to talk about his music career from his early bands to Roadside Monument and his latest album “Truth or Consequences” that is out now on Spartan Records. As with any guests that got to take in the 80s, I was smitten with his stories of Seattle, Tulsa, and what laid the groundwork for his musical taste, ideals, but also where he is today. If you’ve never heard of either band, they are bedrocks for this scene and worth your time to dive into. If you have and looking to hear Johnathon speak at length about his life, you’re going to love this too.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
#193 - Brian Fallon
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Today we welcome singer/songwriter Brian Fallon. You may also know him from The Gaslight Anthem or The Horrible Crowes and many other bands. Brian and I caught up to chat about finding music, his love of emo and influences that many may not realize. From The Gloria Record, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, I Hate Myself… these all shaped his writing from his time in a band and solo career. It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Brian about his life in music so far and there’s plenty more ahead that will always include some influences from our scene both old and new.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
#192 - Brian Sokel (Franklin, AM/FM)
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Today we welcome Brian Sokel from Franklin and AM/FM. Franklin were a Philly area band from 1992-2000 that had releases and played with many of your favorite bands during that time. Brian was the guitarist of Franklin and put out a bunch of great music that runs the gamut from post to dub to low-fi indie. With releases on Tree, Workshop, File 13, etc and then with Polyvinyl, for his days with the project AM/FM, Brian has spent time putting together photos and audio online for whoever may stumble upon this. It’s how we met today. We also get to spend time talking about his neighbor Atom from Atom and his Package fame. Let’s hear it for “E is for Enya.” Here’s how to learn more. Check out the website GoKidGo.org and GoKidgo.Bandcamp.com. That’s the way to check out all the music and find more stories about this era and scene around Philly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
#191 - Mario Rubalcaba (Clikatat Ikatowi, Earthless, Rocket from the Crypt)
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Today, we welcome Mario Rubalcaba from Clikatat Ikatowi! Mario has been in many bands from Earthless, Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, and Off!. As with the podcast, we spoke a lot about his time skating, the formation of Clikatat Ikatowi and the surrounding scene of San Diego that shaped him. A lot of great stories from Mario about his time in music. An absolute legendary drummer and so happy he took some time to chat about his time in music with me. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
#190 - Sara Lund (Unwound)
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Today, we welcome Sara Lund from Unwound. Unwound were around from 1991 to 2002 and Sara joined soon after they started in 1992. Their influences on music and culture run vast from Botch, Garden Variety, Blonde Redhead, Modest Mouse, Pg. 99, and many more. In 2013, The Numero Group released the band’s entire studio output, so it’s out there for you to dive into. Jason Heller from the AV Club and past guest on the podcast was quoted saying “Unwound was the best band of the 90s.” Quite the compliment. Sara has been in many bands since and well worth your time to dig those out. She’s also a drum teacher which you can book an online drum lesson if you want. Learn more at http://www.saralundrum.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
#189 - Brianna Collins (Tigers Jaw)
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Today we welcome Brianna Collins from Tigers Jaw. The band just released a new album on Hopeless Records called "I Won’t Care How You Remember Me" and it is fantastic. I had Ben from the band on allll the way for episode 77 so it was time for another episode and why not time it around the new album. Brianna and I talk about the band’s evolution, the new record, and her thoughts on the scene from the revival up to today. It was an absolute honor to have time with Brianna to hear her perspective on the scene and music.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
#188 - Ryan Ferguson (No Knife)
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Today, we welcome guitarist and singer from Ryan Ferguson from the band No Knife. I had Mitch Wilson (the other half of the guitar vocals of No Knife) on episode 153 and today, we welcome in Ryan. We talk a lot about his music both solo and No Knife, the scene, and I sorta didn’t realize but I read a super low Pitchfork review of one of his solo albums that Ryan never knew they reviewed or read it. So I read the review and you’ll hear how that turned out. If you haven’t heard No Knife or Ryan’s solo stuff, give it a try. An absolute unique sound and their records never sound old to me whenever they come on… No Knife were one of the best bands ever to come out of San Diego and I’m so happy Ryan spent some time to chat about it EDIT: 3/1/21: Not Ken Griffey, Jr. it was Barry Larkin. Ken Griffey Jr. played for the Mariner’s farm system which was a few years later.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
#187 - Alex Stoitsiadis (Dogleg)
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Today, we welcome Alex Stoitsiadis from Dogleg. They’re an amazing band and recently for the 7th annual Washed Up Emo Awards, which is only voted on by fans, won multiple awards and we found some time together to chat about the band and their history up to this point. If you’re not familiar with the band, they’re from Detroit, Michigan and released a record called “Melee” last year on Triple Crown. One of the best new bands out there right now, Dogleg and Alex’s words are worthy of your time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
#186 - Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional)
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Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional stops by to chat about his accident recovery and favorite songs from his catalog.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2021
#185 - Jim Adkins (Track by Track of Jimmy Eat World's "Clarity")
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Today, we welcome Jim Adkins again on the podcast to discuss a classic, their 3rd album "Clarity" in detail. He and I go deep into every single song, the album overall, and the upcoming livestream where they’re playing this front to back for us on February 12th. If you’re in the future, maybe this is on streaming services, vinyl or some futuristic platform. Learn more about these livestreams, buy a ticket or some merch too, at jimmy eat world live dot com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
#184 - Zach Lind (Track by Track of Jimmy Eat World's "Futures")
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Today we have a special episode with Zach Lind from Jimmy Eat World. He and I spoke recently talking about each song off of their 2004 release "Futures" for WUER, Washed Up Emo Radio that’s on Spotify right now. During the track by track we got into more about the band’s relationship with the fans now during this epidemic and what it’s been like re-learning and playing songs from past albums. I realized I had a ton from the cutting room floor that was worth for ya'll to hear in full. So this episode was quite fun to put together and hope you dig it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
#183 - Brian Carley (Penfold)
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Today we welcome singer and guitarist Brian Carley from the New Jersey emo/indie/post-hardcore band Penfold. If you’re a fan of the 90s emo like The Promise Ring and Mineral, you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t heard of them, meet your new favorite band.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
#182 - Steven's Untitled Rock Show (Steven Smith, Jonah Bayer)
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Today’s guests Steven Smith and Jonah Bayer you may know if you owned a television and loved music in the mid 2000s. Around that time, there was one TV show dedicated to the scene so to speak and championed many bands you know and love today. The show was Steven’s Untitled Rock Show on Fuse TV. A show I had the pleasure of working with during my day job at Equal Vision Records. To have their videos played and even interviewed was a huge deal at the time. Host Steven Smith and one of the writers for the show, Jonah Bayer are amazing in their candor about the time and place of the rock show and what is keeping that spirit alive today. A true time in a bottle experience for those that were there and worth taking a dive into again.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
#181 - Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray)
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Azure Ray is an American dream pop duo, consisting of musicians Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor. Formed in Athens, Georgia in 2001, they later moved to Omaha, Nebraska and became part of the Saddle Creek Records music scene, which also included Bright Eyes, The Faint, and Cursive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
#180 - Mike Reed (Small Brown Bike)
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Like two friends who haven’t spoken in a bit. Mike and I start talking about a show i saw of theirs at the beginning of the pod. Mike was absolutely a joy to speak with albeit with some audio issues thanks to cell phones and not being able to do this in person. Also you may hear some beeps, not sure if the NSA was listening but if they are, I hope they enjoyed the trip down memory lane with Mike about the band, his life and what music has meant to him. I also seem to have had a crazy cold but still did this interview so I sound a little stuffed up. Also, it’s worth noting, please check out Travis Dopp’s GoFundMe for his fight against cancer. Look for those links on Washed Up Emo dot com if you’re looking to help out.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
#179 - Mike Parsell (Frail)
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Today, we have someone on the podcast that changed my life. Mike Parsell, guitarist from the band Frail. Frail were from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and when they played a local teen center near me in high school, I was absolutely hooked. Only around from 1993-1996, they influenced countless bands we love today when the worlds of emo and hardcore collided without dollar signs. Mike was very nice at the beginning of this podcast, letting me nerd out a bit about the first time I saw them and was very open about the band, his thoughts now about the music, and what it means to him.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
#178 - Tonie Joy (Moss Icon)
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Today we welcome Tonie Joy from Moss Icon. Moss Icon were around for only four years but impacted two genres and countless bands after their short time together. They are an icon in this scene and it was absolutely fascinating to hear Tonie’s perspective on DIY and the music scene from his vantage point of being in this band from 1987-1991. We talk about how he met Jonathan Vance, finding punk and hardcore in the suburbs of DC, and the first time he heard the word emo. We also go deep into his relationship with the word and what he thinks now. Tonie was honest and someone I wish I could listen to for hours. Lucky for us, we got an hour and a half of a legend speaking about a time and place where many of the bands we love today bore some lineage to the bands Tonie was in. If you have no idea who these guys are, take a listen online. If you do know, you’re going to hear some stories told only on this podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
#177 - Conor Oberst
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Today, we welcome a legend, Conor Mullen Oberst to the podcast. No, I didn’t just add my last name to his name, that’s his actual middle name and we talk about it and no, we discussed it. We are not related.  Mr Oberst was very gracious with his time while having some work done on his house, which you’ll hear at times during the podcast. It was an honor to discuss such life changing events as seeing Fugazi when he was 11 and the first time he heard the word emo at 16. We also chat about his feelings on the word emo and his association with it when his sound was traveling the opposite way. What I loved most about this interview was Conor’s openness. He was willing to discuss at length his history and what he’s trying to pass on as not just as a musician but as a human. We then spent time on Bright Eye’s legacy as the band turns 25 this year and what he thinks about himself and what the future holds.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
#176 - Gared O'Donnell (Planes Mistaken for Stars)
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Today on the podcast is Gared O’Donnell from Planes Mistaken for Stars. Gared and I recently connected after he heard an earlier podcast, episode 110 to be exact, with writer Jason Heller about the impact of Planes Mistaken for Stars and the untimely death of band member Matt Bellinger. Gared hadn’t heard this episode until recently and reached out to me after he listened. We ended up talking a bit and he agreed to come on the podcast.  This episode now takes on a little extra weight. The interview, done in May of this year was before Gared was diagnosed in late August with stage 3 Esophagus cancer. As a favor, it’d be great while you’re listening to Gared’s interview to check out the link to his GoFundMe on Washed Up Emo. They’re still researching the best options for care but any words of support or some donation will go a long way for a legend.  If you don’t know much about Planes Mistaken for Stars or a super fan, this episode is for you. Gared pulls no punches talking the band’s association with emo saying, “I think we wanted to lean into the dark side of things because it made more sense to us.” On their rowdy days, he admits. “It was a circus act, it wasn’t a magic show.” He talks fondly on his time with bandmate Matt saying, “Matt walks on stage with me, every time I do.” Lastly, he’s one of the most aware of his faults and dreams I’ve ever interviewed saying, “Sometimes life is just crushing, just to walk outside the door… if one our tunes can get you to roll up your sleeves and brave through it, then that’s all I want. Then stating eloquently “I’m hoping that on my deathbed, I’ll just remember that, I did it my way.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
#175 - Thomas Barnett (Strike Anywhere, Inquisition)
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Today on the podcast we welcome Thomas Barnett from Strike Anywhere. A legend in the punk scene and someone that I’ve been following since 1999 when I first heard Strike Anywhere and their brand of political punk from Richmond, VA.  When Thomas from Strike Anywhere first jumped on the phone with me said he was shy and not really a good talker. Well, he was completely wrong and I just sat back for most of this interview and listened to the master who has been going to shows since the 80s. he talked about learning how to put on shows at a barn on the outskirts of Richmond Virginia, and spoke passionately about what first bands he saw that shaped his life and his previous band Inquisition. I did a lot of editing myself out, yes, even the giggles. It was funny thought listening back to this interview and going, “yea don’t need to hear me talk there.”  I was absolutely honored to have someone like Thomas take time to chat about the history of the “scene” in quotes and what shapes the scene and yourself. We of course talk about emo, don’t worry, but as you know, my love of hardcore runs deep so to hear him talk about the Richmond, Virginia scene, his life now and the band Strike Anywhere is still around! Their most recent album is out on Pure Noise Records now called “Nightmares of the West.” Definitely go check that out and as we all know and you’ve heard me preach, emo has many tentacles and a long history. A big part of the history that isn’t talked about enough is hardcore and punk. Hardcore intersects with emo so much that having Thomas on to school me on the history was amazing to experience.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
#174 - Jon Marburger (I Hate Myself)
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Today we welcome Jon Marburger from I Hate Myself. I Hate Myself were a three piece emo band from Gainesville, Florida and were around for only a short time from 1997-1998 and then reunited in 2003 and 2005. Not the longest career but to me, a cornerstone and trailblazer for the music we all love that followed. If you have any interest in the history of this genre and I Hate Myself hasn’t come into your life yet, I ask you to stick around and hear Jon’s words. We talk about his thoughts on his history in the scene, I Hate Myself, emo, the music Jon created after I Hate Myself, and we nerd out about Coheed and Cambria.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
#173 - Alex Dunham (Hoover)
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Alex Dunham, singer and guitarist for the band and I connected in NYC right before the pandemic took hold in early March. It's crazy to hear our conversation have zero of the weight of conversations happening with our friends and family today. A time capsule for what was before this insanity we’re all in now. It’s also the last time I did an interview in my apartment in NYC. I insanely miss doing interviews in person because there’s time to gauge an answer, a pause, the eye contact, and the laughs. I’m happy someone captured the moment of us at my shitty Ikea kitchen table.  If there’s one thing to do during this podcast, its take a minute. I let Alex contemplate and take a breath a lot of the podcast. There’s so much to get to from Alex’s beginnings in Arizona, learning about punk, getting the fuck out of Arizona and heading to Washington DC, getting signed to Dischord, and a story about Fugazi staying at his grandmother’s house. We also talk about what he’s doing now with his custom furniture company Brokenpress Design. Hoover should be mentioned daily when talking about post hardcore and the early 90s. Absolute icons and I couldn’t be happier to have Alex on to tell his story.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
#172 - Chris Simpson (Mineral, The Gloria Record, and Mountain Time)
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So great to have Chris Simpson back on the podcast. Since we last spoke all the back for episode 15 of this podcast, Mineral wasn’t even reunited yet. We had a lot to catch up on. We talked about the Mineral 25th anniversary and how it was different from the reunion in 2014, the two new songs they wrote for the 25th anniversary book, and The Gloria Record’s reissue of A Lull in Traffic. I also continue to grill Chris about the unheard Gloria Record album I want him to finish and discuss the amazing new Mountain Time album at length which is out now on Spartan Records. At the end, if you stick around, Chris tells an amazing Antioch Arrow story. Lastly, the next volume of the Anthology of Emo book series was announced. Learn more at AnthologyofEmo.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2020
#171 - Danny Pound (Vitreous Humor, The Regrets)
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Today, we welcome Danny Pound from Vitreous Humor and The Regrets. In this podcast, I’ve tried to go back and find the origin, the meaning, and the stories behind this genre. In this episode, we go back to the start with Danny Pound. Danny’s band Vitreous Humor in the late 80s was the first band signed to Crank! Records and also their first release in 1994. Along with Boys Life, they were some of the first bands from this label out of the gate for a time that was hugely influential to me. The band broke up before I had a chance to see them and along with The Regrets, bucked the trend of what was supposed to be emo, thoughts around it and one of the true pioneers in this scene. They aren’t talked about enough and the best part, Danny is still making music today. Learn more at DannyPound.Bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
#170 - A Tribute to Jeff Hanson (Singer, Songwriter, M.I.J)
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When I look back on my life and what albums had an immediate impact on me from the 90s, one jumps out that I felt never got their due. The band was M.I.J and the singer of that band, Jeff Hanson. Jeff tragically died in 2009 and left a wealth of material from three solo albums on Kill Rock Stars to an album and EP on the legendary Caulfield Records. I wanted to find a couple of folks to talk about Jeff and his life, stories, and legacy. Speaking about Jeff in this episode is Bob Nanna from Braid, Hey Mercedes, and many other bands, plus Bernie McGinn who put out the full length, “The Radio Goodnight” and an EP. They speak eloquently about Jeff and you’ll find out more about music but also his humor.  If this perks your interest, I’ve linked a bunch of articles and content on Washed Up Emo to continue your dive into Jeff’s music. You can also go to JeffHanson.net. This is by no means a complete history and I urge you to dig into Jeff and his life to learn more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2020
#169 - Whitmer Thomas (Comedian, Musician, The Golden One HBO Special)
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Today, we welcome Whitmer Thomas. You’re saying, who is Whitmer? Whitmer is a comedian that recently had a 1-hour comedy special on HBO called The Golden One.  It’s also an album of music with the same name that you can listen to on our favorite DSP. Whit was a musician before a comedian and has quite the extensive knowledge of punk, hardcore, and emo from his days playing in emo and screamo bands. To that, Whitmer jokes throughout his HBO special about bands we all know and love. You should search it out, as there isn’t a more specific comedy special for our crowd. Whitmer was a joy to talk to and we had a blast talking about his inspirations, his late mom’s band, and being creative in both music and comedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
#168 - Guy Picciotto (Rites of Spring, Fugazi)
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Today, we welcome a legend. Guy Picciotto from Rites of Spring and Fugazi. You may also know him from Happy Go Licky or One Last Wish. Insert another obscure band to tweet at me later.  In my years of doing this podcast, I never expected to have such legends of the genre. I’m glad I waited because Guy speaks about his feelings about the word emo and how it’s changed over the years. Really eye opening and wasn’t expecting him to expound on that as much as he did. Definitely stick around for that.  Rites of Spring were only around for a couple years but still are mentioned when referring to this genre. As the word morphs and changes, Rites of Spring are the big bang of emo worth mentioning to this day.  Guy was so eloquent and thoughtful in his responses and since we did the interview at my day job, Atlantic Records. We start the podcast discussing Fugazi’s experience back in the day when they were being courted by Atlantic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2020
#167 - The Hard Times (Matt Saincome, Bill Conway, Krissy Howard)
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Today we welcome Matt Saincome, Bill Conway and Krissy Howard from The Hard Times! The world famous satirical site stopped by Washed Up Emo on their recent book tour to talk about how the site started, how they come up with all the funny headlines, some regrets they’ve had, and I challenge them to come up with some emo headlines on the spot. A truly inspiring tale of finding something you love and making it your job.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
#166 - William Goldsmith (Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, Foo Fighters, Assertion)
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Today we welcome drummer, William Goldsmith from Sunny Day Real Estate. You may also know him from The Fire Theft, Foo Fighters or his new band called Assertion.  William and I had an amazing discussion about how he got into music, meeting Jeremy Enigk, the formation of Sunny Day Real Estate, and the lasting impact of the band. We also talk about how he met his close friend and bandmate in Assertion, Justin Tamminga, who you’ll hear speak up at times during the podcast.  William’s story is one of perseverance, admitting when you need to fix yourself and when everything is stacked against you, you keep picking yourself back up.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2020
#165 - Steve Pedersen (Criteria, The White Octave, Cursive)
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Today we welcome Steve Pedersen from such bands as Cursive, The White Octave, Slowdown Virginia, and Criteria. The boys in Criteria, after 15 years, have a new album entitled “Years,” coming out on 15 Passenger Records next month and Steve was kind enough to spend some time with Washed Up to talk about it. If you’re listening to this in the future, it’s out now on streaming services. In this episode, we dive into how Steve met Tim and Matt from Cursive, what was the glue and luck behind the Omaha scene, and how that led to Saddle Creek Records starting up. We also discuss how he divides up work and play and how that was achieved while attending law school at Duke. We try and touch on every part of his career and most of all talk about the new Criteria record. Fun fact: It’s Steve’s first 3rd album as a musician. That’s reason enough to celebrate and you’ll learn why later on in the podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
#164 - Jimmy LaValle (The Album Leaf)
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Today we welcome Jimmy LaValle from The Album Leaf. Jimmy and I met up in Los Angeles to talk about his early days from the 90s in San Diego being exposed to DIY and screamo to touring with bands like The Get Up Kids, Piebald, and Jimmy Eat World. We also dive into The Album Leaf project, how he met Sigur Rós, the Sub Pop Records days, and how he’s now busy with film scoring. It all makes sense and how each one happened all started with putting yourself out there and being involved. Jimmy’s story is one of constant creativity and making connections.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
#163 - Matt Pryor (20th Anniversary of "Something to Write Home About")
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We welcome again on the podcast for a 3rd time, Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids. In this episode we discuss at length, the 20th anniversary of their album "Something to Write Home About." Matt and I discuss the making of the record, we go track by track on stories and lyrics behind the songs and the release of the record on Vagrant. We also dive into the aftermath after it’s release and boom of emo that followed.  We spend time reflecting the album’s lasting impact with fans and the band that continues to this day.  When an album comes out during a time that connects, yet today, there are kids now that still reference it shows the staying power of this album. From that opening drum beat of 'Ten Minutes' to the guitar pick scrape on 'Holiday' it all floods back for you and someone out there feels the same hearing it for first today today. That’s pretty amazing. Here’s to 20 more The Get Up Kids and happy anniversary to an absolute classic, "Something to Write Home About." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
#162 - Scott Hobart (Giants Chair)
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Today we welcome singer, guitarist and lyricist, Scott Hobart from Giants Chair. Giants Chair are a midwest band that in the early 90s influenced many in the scene we know today. Starting out on the legendary Caulfield Records, Giants Chair have been off and on over the years and continued to be talked about when this genre and era is mentioned. Now they’re about to release their new album “Prefabylon” out December 6th on Spartan Records. If this is the future, it’s out now on streaming services. I think I giggled or laughed more than most episodes as Scott and I talk about the band’s history, his kids, his day job, and “Prefabylon.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
#161 - Tracy Wilson (Dahlia Seed, Positive No)
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Today we welcome Tracy Wilson from Dahlia Seed. You may also know her from her other bands Souvenir, Ringfinger or Positive No. If it is a no, let me explain. Tracy is an icon in the emo scene because she made her own path and her own rules on how to make it in the scene. Tracy and I talk about her many bands, jobs and stories over the years that intertwine the icons of the scene and little known ones that deserve a second look. A free flowing interview done in my apartment in NYC that was really enjoyable to listen to back to. We need more Tracy Wilsons in the world.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
#160 - Casey James Prestwood (Hot Rod Circuit, The Burning Angels)
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Today we welcome Casey James Prestwood from Hot Rod Circuit. Casey and I talk through the history of Hot Rod Circuit and his current endeavors with country music and his band The Burning Angels. Casey recently released a 7” out with fellow friend Josh Berwanger on Lost Broadcast Records that’s worth checking out. If you ever wanted to know the ins and outs of what went down in the early 2000s, Hot Rod Circuit was right there. Casey weaves such a beautiful story through the eras, labels, and both hits and misses. I mostly sit back in this episode and let the master storyteller weave his tale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2019
#159 - Dan Didier (20th Anniversary of "Very Emergency")
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We welcome back Dan Didier from The Promise Ring to talk about the album “Very Emergency.” Why do you ask? Because today, September 28th, 2019 is the 20th anniversary of this album’s release on Jade Tree Records!  To that, I wanted to find a fun way to celebrate and talk about the album. So Dan and I connected earlier this week to discuss many things including the inspiration of the album artwork, the backlash at the time, the one video they did for the album, Kim Colleta’s honest opinion of the album and also her prowess for taping NBA games on VHS, and finally we read some reviews on the album from AV Club, MTV, and Pitchfork.  If you haven’t, you should listen to this album now, get a feel for it and take an hour as Dan and I discuss, laugh, and then laugh some more about this album, time, and how many times we had to go to the internet to remember something.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2019
#158 - Tim Kinsella
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Today we welcome Tim Kinsella. You may know Tim from such bands as Cap’n Jazz, Owls, Make Believe, and Joan of Arc. He’s currently playing music with his wife in Good Fuck. Tim and I spent time talking about his work ethic, the word emo, and the podcast interview starts with us discussing the recent Joan of Arc documentary and where they got the footage and stuff for it and Tim’s thoughts on saving things…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2019
#157 - Jamie Stillman (EarthQuaker Devices, Harriet the Spy)
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Today we welcome Jamie Stillman from EarthQuaker Devices, an effects pedal company out of Akron, Ohio. Jamie was also in bands you may have heard of like The Party of Helicopters, Fringe Candidate, Relaxer (his current band,) and my favorite, Harriet the Spy. Harriet the Spy was a band out of Kent, Ohio that was around from 1993-1998 and was an actual screamo band. They were one of the first screamo bands I ever heard when I started getting into all of this stuff. Also from 1993 to 2002, Jamie ran Donut Friends Records and put out a ton of punk, metal, and shoegaze acts. What’s even more fascinating than his band/label stories, or his time as a tour manager that you’ll hear about, is how Jamie started an effects pedal company. It’s a testament to pursuing what you love leads to your work.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2019
#156 - Jade Lilitri (Oso Oso)
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Jade and I connected early on during the first album, "Real Stories Of True People Who Looked Kind Of Like Monsters." I was a huge fan and supporter. Following that debut, it was great to see the mainstream press take a liking to him after the amazing follow-up, "The Yunahon Mixtape." Now the album coming out August 16th, "Basking in the Glow," should propel him to another level. It’s that good. On the podcast, Jade and I discuss his early music life getting heckled, the new album, and there’s a good portion about the NBA, which we’re both huge fans of.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2019
#155 - Chris Crisci (The Appleseed Cast)
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Today, we welcome Chris Crisci from The Appleseed Cast. Chris has been on my list for the entire 8 years of this podcast’s existence. I am honored to finally have him on the podcast. I loved Chris’ appreciation for the scene, constantly challenging himself, and not resting while making the band work alongside his day job, family and life. The band’s discography is one of my favorites in all of my music and to finally hear some of the questions I’ve had over the years was a true treat. Last, to note, there is a new album by the band entitled “The Fleeting Light of Impermanence” out of Graveface Records that we discuss. You can start listening to this on Friday, or if you’re listening to this in the future, it’s on your favorite streaming service. Chris was honest, sweet, and thoughtful throughout this beautiful conversation and I hope you enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2019
#154 - Ian MacKaye
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A few months ago, I asked a couple of prior podcast guests Brian Lowit from Lovitt Records and now Dischord Records and John Davis from Q and Not U, if they thought an in-person interview could happen. Through their help and a little timing of a personal wedding in DC set this plan in motion.  As this podcast gets into its 8th year with no signs of slowing down, I thought it was time to have the person partly responsible for why I first got into straightedge, punk, hardcore, and the DIY ethos I continue to carry through during my day job in the music industry at large.  Ian couldn’t have been more gracious and after some back and forth and a nice Delta airlines agent, I was there with enough time to do the interview and make the wedding later that day.  I never expected to have the opportunity to talk to one of my heroes in this setting and for Ian to spent a couple of hours showing me around the Dischord house, the archives and then an interview will be remembered forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2019
#153 - Mitch Wilson (No Knife)
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Today we welcome Mitch Wilson from No Knife! Mitch and I have spoken to each other over the years and finally got some time to chat. We got deep into the San Diego scene, meeting Rocket from the Crypt and Drive like Jehu and early days of being on a label associated with a major. How No Knife met The Get Up Kids, their deep relationship with Lazycain and Jimmy Eat World. We find out that we both utilize a set of jokes that we use relentlessly to our friends and family. Finally, chat about his life as a dad and you’ll hear his son a couple of times in the podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2019
#152 - John Vanderslice (Tiny Telephone Recording)
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Today we welcome John Vanderslice. I found out about John through his album in 2000 called, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, on Barsuk Records. It stuck with me and I’ve followed him since. Last month, he released his latest album “The Cedars” on Native Cat Recordings. He’s on tour with Pedro the Lion and worth a listen if you’ve never dived into the mind of Vanderslice.  We talk about how he started late in music, how creating music takes some narcissism to survive, about the loss of life, and the depression that he’s been dealing with, including how this album saved his life. Plus, we dive into a discussion about having fame and critical acclaim early on in your career and what that does to you during and after. This is probably one of the more emotional as John opened up about his struggles with dependency on drugs and the battle he has every day with life, creating art, and keeping his recording studios, Tiny Telephone, afloat. Many of your favorite albums have been recorded there like ones from Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, Deerhoof, The Mountain Goats, The Magnetic Fields, and Spoon.  A man not afraid to say what he feels and talk it out, I think you’ll enjoy this discussion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2019
#151 - Adam Pfahler (Jawbreaker)
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A documentary was released a few years ago called "Don’t Break Down," about Jawbreaker. Fun fact: Dan Didier, drummer for the Promise Ring, Maritime and Vermont was the producer of the film!  After seeing a screening of the film, I was fascinated at how much footage they had of Jawbreaker. I found out later from Dan that Adam was the one that has been saving everything. When I approached Adam to do the podcast a couple of years ago, Adam said we would need to wait as they were just about to announce all of the reunion shows.  Recently in Brooklyn, Adam and I finally sat down to talk. We discuss where these archival/documentation thoughts started in his life and how the video store that he owned for years was feeding that same itch.  We also discuss what it’s like being in Jawbreaker now and not being as neurotic about taking photos or saving the flyers. In the same light, Adam is fully realizing how important these things are later and the love for his band is how everyone should think about their own band’s legacy, big or small.  Bonus, we talk about emo and how Adam didn’t hear them being called emo until after they broke up. Finally, a couple of rad Nirvana stories about Adam seeing them for the first time and knowing the first single was going to be “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2019
#150 - Mike and Nate Kinsella (American Football)
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Wow, we made it to 150 episodes. Crazy to think about all the folks that have come on to share their story with you and I. To that, a big part of this is agreeing to be open and talk about their music. American Football gets the gold star.  Before the reunions, in January 2014, Mike was on the podcast for the first time chatting about his career.  For LP2, I had everyone in American Football individually to discuss reuniting and what it was like to write together again. So for LP3 I wanted to do something different… This time, I got Mike and Nate together in a room in NYC to discuss every single song in detail on LP3. We go from beginning to end on the writing process, the disagreements, sequencing, and why they made certain decisions for every song.  Mike also recommends some bands I’ve never heard before and Nate reads an email he sent to the band passionately discussing why he feels his track listing order is the way it should go.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2019
#149 - David Bazan (Pedro the Lion)
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David Bazan has always been on my list to be on the podcast, it just took almost 8 years. I always sorta thought he’d want nothing to do with me or the podcast. As with this stuff, I got over it and just asked. It worked and fittingly, David has also resurrected Pedro the Lion, with the first album under that name in 15 years. The album “Phoenix” out on Polyvinyl Records, is an amazing return. David and I speak about his religious upbringing, lots of Fugazi and we talk a lot about what music does to us when we close our eyes. Specifically that journey that music takes us on and what story you end up telling in the end. I think you’ll enjoy and I was nervous for a lot of this. I don’t know why, just meant a lot I guess.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2019
#148 - Matt Traxler (Brandtson, Steadfast Records)
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Today we welcome Matt Traxler, guitarist from Brandtson. The band, out of Cleveland was on Deep Elm and The Militia Group back in the day and they recently reissued some lost demos through Matt’s label Steadfast Records. Super fun talking to Matt and a band that if you didn’t realize was around then or now, it’s worth going back and listening to their records.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2019
#147 - Fredrik Brändström (Starmarket)
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I first heard Starmarket on the 3rd Emo Diaries compilation in 1999 and soon after they released their third album “Four Hours Light.” I was instantly blown away with the post-hardcore sound and the next level indie rock/emo sensibility. I never met these guys back in the day and with some reunion shows recently in Japan and their home country of Sweden, I slide into the DMs on Instagram to see if they’d be up to chatting about their band. Fredrik, the lead singer and guitar player, was more than happy to chat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2019
#146 - Steve Schiltz (Longwave)
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Today we welcome Steve Schiltz from Longwave. Steve is also an accomplished music producer and composer for film, TV and advertising. If you’re wondering why Steve is on. I have three reasons. First, when I moved to NYC, the Brooklyn thing was about to blow up and I was working at a label nearby a lot of these venues in the city where bands like the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others cut their teeth. Longwave were active around the same time as well and I loved them. Second, I was and still am, obsessed with shoe gaze. The similarities to the long droning emo songs that I also can’t stop emulating is directly related to my love of shoe gaze. I’d happily quit my job and join a shoe gaze band tomorrow. Hit me up. Third, I find out a half hour in that a past band Steve was in, Scout, toured with Sunny Day Real Estate! He waited 30 minutes to tell me that. Steve has a very funny story about Jeremy Enigk you’ll want to listen for. To be honest, this one is sorta for me. Over the years, Steve and I have crossed paths through friends and music here in NYC. I knowwww… It’s not emo, it’s not hardcore but Steve’s music is fucking beautiful and Longwave’s shoe gaze is what I’d want to sound like if I ever picked up my guitar again. Why should you listen? Steve weaves a rad story about early NYC, the boom of 2000s Brooklyn and the lasting effects of that era that still resonates today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2019
#145 - Hutch Harris (The Thermals)
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We’re back and stoked to have episode 145 of the podcast with Hutch Harris, most widely know from the band, The Thermals. Hutch and I have been conversing back and forth on Twitter for years. I’d always loved his take on music, especially the punk and hardcore references. As a fan of his band, The Thermals, I was bummed when not long ago they called it quits. In addition to Hutch being a songwriter, I had also enjoyed his writing he’s done with various outlets, especially a recent piece on Pete Shelley from the Buzzcocks. On top of all that, he recently released a solo album entitled “Only Water” that’s absolutely beautiful! So the stars aligned and we caught up late last year to talk music.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2019
#144 - Erik Ratensperger (Jeromes Dream)
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Today welcome Erik Ratensperger from the legendary screamo band Jeromes Dream. Jeromes Dream were around for a very short time from 1997 to 2001 born out of the Connecticut hardcore scene. They had a unique way of playing by way of the singer Jeff Smith refusing to use a microphone for shows. Also, the band was known for playing very short sets, usually no longer than 10 minutes. Pretty unique. These guys are right along side Pg.99, Orchid, Saetia in the early screamo era. If you’re unaware, it’s well worth a dive into their career. Head on over to their site jeromesdreamforever.com and you can learn more about them and be ready for new music next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2018
#143 - Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES)
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Lauren and I connected a few years ago and I found out she listened to the podcast! The stars aligned and we finally caught up recently to chat.  Lauren is a massive emo fan and we chat deeply about her early days playing drums in bands around Glasgow, Scotland that helped shape who she is today. She was in a couple killer bands before this including Boyfriend/Girlfriend and Blue Sky Archives. Both are mathy, epic and remind me of the mid 90s. Find those on Bandcamp. You should also know the other two members in CHVRCHES, Martin and Iain, were in a great post rock band called Aerogramme. Their first release, A Story in White, is epic and worth a listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2018
#142 - Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop)
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If you aren’t aware, Anthony’s YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, is insanely popular and influential for reviewing music. How he ended up with this title of Internet’s busiest music nerd, is quite a story Recently, Anthony and I connected over the phone to discuss how he got into doing this for a living and what he enjoys most out of reviewing music. Don’t worry, we got nerdy on some real screamo too.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2018
#141 - Justin Courtney Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack)
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Today we welcome Justin Courtney Pierre, who you may know from Motion City Soundtrack, Farewell Continental or The Rapture Twins.  He recently released his first solo album entitled “In The Drink” that we discuss extensively in this episode and what it took to make it happen. We also chat about his upbringing with friends and family that helped him get into music, his years in speech therapy and the label of pop punk and emo with the band. Plus we talk about his struggles with dependence on drugs and alcohol and what he feels like looking back at those years. Finally, there is a cameo from his daughter that is absolutely hilarious that you don’t want to miss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2018
#140 - Ian King (Author)
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Today we welcome Ian King, author of Appetite for Definition: The A to Z Guide to Rock Genres.  This book contains 100s of genres explained and as we will discuss, there’s a way to jump around and learn about other genres by way of like minded artist, genres that connect and specific songs. I had the honor of being interviewed for the book and you can guess which genres I was a part of. We talk a lot about genres in general, his take on emo, upbringing in Seattle, finding out about punk and his amazing homemade emo shirt he was wearing during the interview.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2018
#139 - David Moore (Chamberlain/Split Lip)
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The band is celebrating 20 years of The Moon My Saddle with a few select shows and it was time to get David on. This podcast episode is a lot about redemption and letting things go as times pass. One of those is an amazing quote on The Moon My Saddle when it first came out in Alternative Press. It says “David Moore on this record makes Huey Lewis sound like the king of the Delta Blues.” Then, 10 years later, Alternative Press does a big feature/interview on the band. Some things are ahead of their time. David’s father drove his motorcycle across the United States to Los Angeles, California to try and make it as an actor. It never materialized and he came back to Indiana to raise his family. David also made that same decision after Chamberlain broke up, deciding to hang up the music and stop chasing the dream and get on with his life. It wasn’t entirely that simple as you’ll hear. We talk about David’s approach to music, the initial response to “The Moon My Saddle,” the band’s downfall and what David did after that. Also how he’s looking at the upcoming 20 year anniversary shows from that album as an adult versus the boy that first toured those songs. “If this was just about nostalgia, we are self-aware enough to know that we wouldn’t want to do it.” Not a bad way to think about it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2018
#138 - Eric Melin (Ultimate Fakebook, Air Guitar World Champion, Film Critic)
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Today we welcome Eric Melin from Ultimate Fakebook. Ultimate Fakebook are from Kansas and were on the amazing independent label, Initial Records. They toured with bands from the era including The Get Up Kids, At the Drive In and Motion City Soundtrack. Eric also was in a couple bands before that called Truck Stop Love and The Dead Girls. He’s also a film critic alongside his day job doing marketing/social media and he’s also a world champion in air guitar, which we start talking about as the podcast starts up.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2018
#137 - Dave Brown (Muddle, Holiday Matinee, Better Looking Records)
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Today we welcome Dave Brown. Dave helped start a zine called Muddle, co-founded Better Looking Records, did some marketing and PR under the name Holiday Matinee for your favorite bands and now lives in Seattle and works with Microsoft. Not a bad ride and for someone that was there in the moment and took advantage of what was around him. A truly great chat with someone deeply connected to the inner workings of the scene.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2018
#136 - Ryan Grisham (Mock Orange)
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Today we welcome Ryan Grisham from Mock Orange! They’re back in the news a bit as they recently announced a 20th-anniversary tour for their very much loved “Nines and Sixes” album. Ryan and I talked about the band’s changes, their high profile producers they’ve worked with, how they were a midwest band but never really toured in the Midwest and their life in Japan that kept them going. Mock Orange should be your favorite band, I hope it is after this episode. Finally, we’ve named the episode The Unknown Blur. You’ll figure it out by the end. It’s pretty beautiful.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2018
#135 - Chris "Poppy" Popadak (Hawthorne Heights)
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Today we welcome Chris Popadak from Hawthorne Heights. Chris has been drumming with the band as a touring and session member since 2014 and joined fully last year. We connected because we’ve definitely used Hawthorne Heights as an example of when emo goes wrong and Chris wanted to set the story straight…. When we spoke over email he mentioned that he was into a bunch of the older stuff, the band knew they weren’t emo and to let me know they are still a band! Plus they haven’t stopped being a band, releasing a bunch of music independently, since the emo boom in the mid-00s. Their latest is on Pure Noise Records. Chris or “Poppy” as many call him that know him well, was a great guest and spoke honestly about being a musician with a band with one big song and how far that can take you and what doors it can open. He’s living the dream. Coincidentally, he is from Ohio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2018
#134 - Nathan Hardy (Microwave)
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Today we welcome Nathan Hardy from the band Microwave. Microwave just finished up a little run with Jimmy Eat World and The Hotelier and it was high time to get Nathan to chat. We talk a lot about being labeled emo, his struggle and acceptance of growing out of the mormon church, being homeless for a time and feeling like a big kid when everyone else moves on and “grows up.” I remind him that Microwave is a horrible band name for SEO and Nathan searches his band name on Google for the first time. He also goes in depth on what the next album will be about. The DIY spirit is alive and well with Nathan and Microwave. If you aren’t familiar, check em out then dive into this interview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2018
#133 - Tony Weinbender (Fest)
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Today we welcome Tony Weinbender from Fest! Tony has curated an amazing festival in Florida started in 2002 with 60 bands has grown into the premiere independent festival with this year having 400+ bands performing across 3 days this fall. It’s simple, make something awesome and stick at it, people will support. Tony like myself started in college radio and booked bands at MacRock, the festival put on by WXJM at James Madison University. He then went on to work at No Idea Records in Florida and toured with bands like Less Than Jake. Fest 17 is this October and if you want to be a part of a community and a festival that keeps its DIY roots, Fest is it. Tony was amazing to spend time talking about his life and what’s next for the festival. If you want to support the podcast, head over to patreon.com/washedupemo and if you do, I’ll be able to make more of these! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2018
#132 - Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin, The Sound of Animals Fighting)
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Today we welcome Anthony Green from Circa Survive, Saosin and the Sound of Animals Fighting. My history with Anthony goes back to the early days of Circa Survive and working alongside him at Equal Vision Records for the Juturna and On Letting Go album releases. As the years passed, we stayed in touch and would see each other as you do when a band rolls through town. Anthony was always super into what I was doing with Washed Up Emo and check in when I’d post something about The Promise Ring or Braid. Anthony came along at an amazing time for punk rock and rode the wave with Circa Survive to heights not afforded many and still can play anywhere in the world for his solo material or with Circa Survive. In the hour we chatted, we got to catch up in thoughts on emo, sneaking up on stage to ask Thursday, who he didn’t know, about joining a certain band. Plus, how I forced Circa Survive to do a Fuse TV event for a girl that really just wanted Panic! at the Disco and where he is now and what he would have said to himself 10 years ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2018
#131 - Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids)
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Today we welcome back Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids. Matt and the boys have a new EP, Kicker, on Polyvinyl Records, out this week and it was time to get Matt back on to chat. We discuss how The Get Up Kids have stayed together all these years, their knack for writing EPs, I get caught saying I liked Jim’s songs better and you’ll hear why I owe Matt $25 for doing the podcast. Finally, we hear about more recordings happening and what that means about a full album.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2018
#130 - Dave Diem (Twelve Hour Turn, LAPêCHE)
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Today we welcome Dave Diem from Twelve Hour Turn and LAPêCHE. Twelve Hour Turn were an amazing post-hardcore band from Florida from 1997-2002. You may know them from their LP with I Hate Myself or 7" with Engine Down. My personal favorite is their LP The Victory of Flight. Dave and I chat about his time in Twelve Hour Turn, how independent music shaped him, why the band broke up and what led to LAPêCHE and the feeling of making music after a 10 year absence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2018
#129 - Henderson Cole (Entertainment lawyer and founder of The Alternative)
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When Henderson read about bands getting screwed by Victory Records in the news, he thought he could do something about it. So he actually went to law school. In this episode you’ll learn about how Henderson got into law, where his DIY roots started, and why he founded The Alternative. This is also a crash course about what things bands should think about when it comes to a lawyer. I learned a ton on this episode and I think you will too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2018
#128 - Susie Ulrey (Pohgoh)
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Today we welcome Susie Ulrey from the band Pohgoh. I first heard about the band on the first volume of the Emo Diaries compilation. They were everything I wanted in a band when I was playing music back in the day. Susie and I met up in New York City recently to chat and we discussed her upbringing in Florida, getting into the scene, her crush on Brent with a bowl cut and why a community is so important. We also chat about her living with MS and the many challenges of daily life and trying to continue to make music.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2018
#127 - Scott Vogel (Terror, Buried Alive, Despair)
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Today we welcome Scott Vogel from the band's Despair, Buried Alive and Terror. You’re probably confused right now, hear me out. Scott is a huge emo fan and professed his love for Texas is the Reason, Split Lip and Chris Higdon from Elliott multiple times including a dream scenario for Chris you need to hear in its entirety. Scott also mentions the time he kept singing the chorus of Jimmy Eat World’s "Sweetness" for a whole tour annoying his band. We talk at length about the hardcore scene and how time off from the band both saved the band and the members itself from imploding. I had a blast talking to him and hope you enjoy too.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2018
#126 - Matt Pond
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Late last year Matt Pond PA played it’s last show, after almost 20 years of music. I had always loved Matt Pond PA and wanted to find out more about him, his life and where he sees the next phase of his music. To learn more go to InDreams.Space  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2018
#125 - Nathan Ellis (Coalesce, The Casket Lottery, Able Baker Fox)
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Today we welcome Nathan Ellis from Coalesce, The Casket Lottery and Able Baker Fox. The Casket Lottery has re-released some records via Run for Cover and got back in the van again to play live. Nathan spoke with me prior to the tour about growing up in Kansas City, seeing shows at the age of 14 and how we’d both be outed if we tried to hang with the kids today. Nathan’s love of music shines through this entire episode.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2018
#124 - Joseph Grillo (Garrison, God Fires Man, I Hate Our Freedom)
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Joseph Grillo from Garrison, God Fires Man, I Hate Our Freedom and Gay for Johnny Depp is our guest on the podcast this week!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2018
#123 - Buddy Nielsen (Senses Fail)
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We talk about Senses Fail's new album "If There Is Light, It Will Find You" and how the band got their start, the crazy time in the mid-00s when everyone was getting signed. Buddy speaks candidly about what bands were thinking as the emo boom took hold in NJ and in other parts of the country and world. A fun chat and one where he didn’t hold back. I loved hearing his take on emo and the shape it took when Senses Fail were gaining popularity. Thanks for listening! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2018
#122 - Dylan Mattheisen (Tiny Moving Parts)
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Dylan and I talked about the latest record "Swell," his horrible predictions for the Vikings, growing up in Minnesota, learnings from the last 10 years as a band and how long did it take before they started nerding out with J Robbins.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2018
#121 - Jessi Frick (Father/Daughter Records)
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Jessi has built an amazing label and has been in the scene for years! She started working with Amy Fiddler of Fiddler Records in Florida and has done just about everything running a label of her own which she started with her dad in 2010. Hence the name Father/Daughter. As you’ll learn this hour, Jessi is a wealth of knowledge and has a keen ear to what’s going on in the independent music scene today. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2018
#120 - Charles Cardello (BiFocal Media)
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If you were around in the 90s and had a live video of a band like Braid or Michigan Fest or picked up a VHS of Actuality of Thought, BiFocal were the ones that did it. Charles has gone on to do a lot of amazing things from those early days of filming some of the best bands in the mid to late 90s.   I bought their VHS tape of Actuality of Thought, which was live songs from amazing bands like Braid, Sleepytime Trio, Jejune, The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring to name a few. Look it up on YouTube if you want to understand what we’ll be talking about. We also talk about filming an entire Krazy Fest and how it may never see the light of day.   In the early days, those that had cameras documented a lot of beautiful things that we take for granted with our smartphones. Charles and BiFocal Media did an amazing job of documenting a time period and understanding that this was something needed by bands and the scene.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2018
#119 - Arty Shepherd (Saint Vitus Bar, Errortype:11, Mind Over Matter)
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Arty was in bands like Bad Trip, Mind Over Matter, World’s Fastest Car, Errortype: 11, Gay for Johnny Depp, Instruction, God Fires Man and Unwed. He’s been running a metal bar/venue called Saint Vitus, in Greenpoint Brooklyn that’s held some legendary shows since opening in 2011. He’s still playing music with a band called Primitive Weapons because obviously, he’s not giving up on the dream. Arty has seen a lot in music and with no punches pulled, tells it how it is. I loved talking to Artie about music and probably laughed more through this one than any other I’ve ever done.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 01, 2018
#118 - Unheard Mineral Interview from 1997
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I met John Frazier in college when he was working at Tooth and Nail/Solid State Records. We’d nerd out about bands and stayed in touch over the years. Now, he runs an amazing label called Spartan Records. Go support, listen, buy something from the label if you get a chance. Great person and a great friend. Just a few weeks ago, he sends me this Mineral interview out of the blue. I am blown away by it. He told me in a subsequent email that it was a Mineral interview he did 20 years ago while they were on tour with Jimmy Eat World and Sense Field at Twisters in Richmond, Virginia on March 1st, 1997. John was street teaming for Crank! Records at the time and was program director for James Madison University’s radio station WXJM. He was doing the interview for a zine he made for the radio station. The street team participation John did led him to the job at Crank! which started him on his career. The interview is with Chris and Gabe in their van. While John was doing it, Jimmy Eat World was in the middle of their set. Fun things to note for timing, the band had released “The Power of Failing” as was at work on “EndSerending” with the producer Mark Trombino. It’s candid, so I left everything in there.  At around 5:35 into the interview, they’re approached by a parking enforcement guy who claims they didn’t pay to park and they go back and forth over the $3 parking fee. Later on in the interview, they recount the whole story to someone else.  If there’s any charm or insight into the BS of touring life, that’s it. Hope you enjoy this piece of history and thanks to John for sharing it with Washed Up Emo. Go check out Spartan Records and support John. Remember, this was 1997 so the sound quality, i’ve EQ’d a lot but also it’s 1997, so bear with it and enjoy the sounds of analog for 15 minutes. Complaints can be send to the emo council. admin@washedupemo.com  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 25, 2017
#117 - Adam Marino (Saetia, Errortype: 11, Instruction)
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Today we welcome Adam Marino from the bands Saetia, Errortype:11 and Instruction. We chat about his time in all three bands and his upbringing in NYC. The shows Adam got to see that he lists off during the podcast is insane. One where Green Day opened….Crazy! Finally we discuss his life after music full time running a barber shop. Errortype: 11 has a few reunion shows coming up on the west coast, go check them out. Finally, thank you to the Patreon supporters!!!!!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2017
#116 - Greg Bennick (Trial, Between Earth & Sky)
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Today we welcome Greg Bennick from the hardcore band Trial. You’re probably wondering, what does this have to do with emo? Fortunately for you, Greg is an amazing motivational speaker and storyteller. His take on the 90s, music scenes and how we are dealing with the things that are around us was enlightening and highly entertaining. I hope you enjoy.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2017
#115 - Matt Scottoline (Everyone Everywhere, Hurry)
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Matt and I talked about the Philly scene’s connection to the emo revival, Everyone Everywhere’s history and his current band Hurry. Matt also realizes I came up with IsThisBandEmo.com and we have some fun with that site to finish out the episode. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2017
#114 - Colin Frangicetto (Circa Survive, This Day Forward)
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I’ve been wanting to get this one done for awhile and happy it finally happened. I was honored to work with Colin and Circa Survive on their first two albums at Equal Vision Records and continue to follow their career. We spoke about how Colin found out about independent music because of an Eddie Vedder DJ set, how basketball got Circa Survive signed to EVR and his escape route from the music by way of drawing and painting.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2017
#113 - Aaron Gossett and Luke Jones (Blis.)
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Today we welcome Aaron Gossett and Luke Jones from the band Blis. Go check out their new album “No One Loves You” on Sargent House. It’s one of my favorites of the year.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2017
#112 - Jonah Matranga (Far, New End Original, Gratitude, onelinedrawing)
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Today we welcome Jonah Matranga on the podcast. You may know him from bands like Far, New End Original or Gratitude. Or as solo under his own name and onelinedrawing. He recently released a book entitled "Alone Rewinding, 23 Years of Fatherhood and Music." We talk extensively about the book, his musical life and what's next.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2017
#111 - Anthony Roman (Garden Variety, Radio 4)
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Anthony Roman, bass and vocals for the band Garden Variety is our guest for episode 111 of the podcast! This episode is supported by Mack Weldon. For the best basics a guy can get that actually last, MackWeldon.com. Support the Washed Up Emo Podcast with the code DEFENDEMO for 20% off your order at MackWeldon.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2017
#110 - Jason Heller (Writer) - Remembering Matt Bellinger (Planes Mistaken for Stars)
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Today we welcome Jason Heller, writer for NPR, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. He’s also been a longtime Denver resident who was there at the beginning of the 90s emo era. Little known fact, he was a band called The Blue Ontario with members of Christie Front Drive around then too. He was also very good friends with Matt Bellinger, a member of Planes Mistaken for Stars who recently lost his life. Jason wrote a beautiful piece for the local paper Westword and I thought it would be great to have him on to talk about Denver in the 90s and his memories of Matt. Even if you didn’t know Matt, it’s worth hearing Jason talk about the time period. He speaks with great detail and I found the information so fascinating, I cut myself heavily from the episode. It was that good.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2017
#109 - Jawbreaker Documentary (Dan Didier, Blake Schwarzenbach)
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Dan Didier from The Promise Ring, Maritime, Vermont and currently Dramatic Lovers was a huge part of the recently released Jawbreaker documentary “Don’t Break Down.” To find out more about his experience helping make this film a reality and producing, we spoke on the phone while Dan was at the water park with his girls. Also, I recorded a portion of the Blake Schwarzenbach and Dan Didier’s Q&A at the end of a screening recently in Brooklyn. It’s a little hard to hear the questions but you can figure out by the answer what was asked. Apologies for my loud laughs or writing my question down on a piece of paper. Through all that, I thought it was worth hearing Blake’s answers to playing more shows, his favorite songs, etc. Hope you enjoy and go see the documentary if you can! Learn more at www.dontbreakdown.com  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2017
#108 - Ian Metzger (Dear and the Headlights, The Gentle Hits)
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Today we welcome Ian Metzger from Dear and the Headlights and The Gentle Hits. The Gentle Hits had an album come out late last year and Dear and the Headlights put out a couple records on Equal Vision Records in the mid 00s that were sorely overlooked by many. I recently connected with Ian again and we spoke about his time writing The Gentle Hits record.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2017
#107 - Adam Rubenstein (Chamberlain/Split Lip)
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I've known Adam longer than most people that I've interviewed but for some reason, we waited until year 6 to do this. I think it was because every time we hung out we ended up just talking about the NBA. Finally, a couple weeks ago, we hung out at his apartment in Brooklyn to talk about his musical career.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2017
#106 - John Van Deusen (The Lonely Forest)
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John Van Deusen's last band The Lonely Forest went on indefinite hiatus in 2014. I'd been waiting to see what one of my favorite vocalists was going to do. Patiently I wanted and thankfully in June, John released a new solo album.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2017
#105 - Chris Leo (Native Nod, The Van Pelt)
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Today we have Chris Leo. He was in Native Nod, a band referenced often as an originator of screamo. Then he went on to form The Van Pelt that is well loved and should be mentioned a lot more than they are when you talk about the history of emo. The Van Pelt have some reunion shows coming up and it was high time to have Chris on to chat. I even went to New Jersey for this!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2017
#104 - Cory Castro (Free Throw)
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Cory Castro from Free Throw is our guest for episode 104! Free Throw just released their best work to date on Triple Crown Records, “Bear Your Mind,” and it's very worthy of your time to spend some time with it. Part of the new era of bands from the independent scene, Free Throw would have fit just as good in the 90s as they do now.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2017
#103 - Conor Murphy (Foxing, Smidley)
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Our guest for episode 103 is the amazing singer for Foxing and his new side project called Smidley. The self-titled album is one of my favorites of 2017. Conor was one of the most open book guests I've ever had on the podcast. A voice you need to hear and see live.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2017
#102 - Matt Lunsford (Polyvinyl Records)
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Today we welcome Polyvinyl Records co-founder Matt Lunsford to talk about the last 20 years of the label. The label is responsible for some groundbreaking albums that still get mentioned to this day. Matt and I chat about some bands that helped start the label off on a good foot, when they realized that American Football was selling a lot of records in the 00s and the aesthetic of loving the music and doing good by the bands. It’s a damn good reason they’re still around.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2017
#101 - Seth Nanaa (Indian Summer)
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Fitting for episode 101, we go back to school with one of the forefathers of emo and welcome Seth Nanaa from Indian Summer. Indian Summer were around less than a year in the early 90s but spawned many after them with their experimentation and not to be missed live show. Seth has gone on to live a very full life and still to this day, holding onto the ideals of music being something you do for love, not money. If you even have the slightest interest in where this genre began and why it’s where it is, this episode is a great start.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2017
#100 - Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour)
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For episode 100, we're honored to have the founder of Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2017
#99 - Brett Detar (The Juliana Theory)
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Today we welcome Brett Detar from The Juliana Theory. The band recently announced a reunion tour so it was time to get Brett to talk with us on the podcast. Little did I know but Brett and I were both at a Sunny Day Real Estate show NYC back in 2000 and he noticed my Washed Up Emo shirt at SDRE’s reunion in 2009 as well. After my mind was blown with those two facts, Brett and I talked about his past including obsession with Fugazi, his history with Zao and what happened at The Juliana Theory’s first practice. Along the way and more than most guests, Brett was brutally honest with what went wrong with their career. It was really refreshing to have someone just lay out all their cards like that. In the end, the band followed their own muse and caught a ton of heat for it and in my opinion, just a little bit ahead of their time.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2017
#98 - Matt Wilson (Set Your Goals)
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Matt Wilson from Set Your Goals took time to chat with the podcast!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2017
#97 - Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life)
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On episode 97 we welcome Tim Kasher from Cursive, The Good Life and a very successful solo career to boot with a just released album entitled “No Resolution” on 15 Passenger Records. Tim and I chat about his early bands, one that opened up for 311 in high school, his desperation to be on Caulfield Records, the influence of Fugazi on him and what he’d love to be doing in the future and at 70 years old. I couldn’t be happier to check Cursive off the list of bands for the podcast and after speaking with Tim, it was worth the wait.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2017
#96 - Cameron Boucher (Sorority Noise)
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Sorority Noise, wrote to me, the album of the year. It’s called “You're Not As _____ As You Think” and it’s out March 17th on Triple Crown Records. If you’re listening to this in future, it’s out now. In this episode, lead singer and guitarist Cameron Boucher and I go through the new album track by track, what he can’t sleep without and discuss a band’s place in today’s political climate. Finally we chat about what he’s dreaming about next. Photo of Cameron Boucher by Christopher Leaman, as seen on TheFader.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2017
#95 - Jay Adelberg (El 'N' Gee Club, Hot Topic)
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Who is Jay Adelberg? Jay booked the El 'N' Gee club in Connecticut from 1991-2001 and was one of the first to jump on the emo boom by booking The Get Up Kids, Saves the Day early on and even Brand New’s first show in CT. Jay then transitioned to Hot Topic in 2001 as the music buyer. Simply, if you bought music in Hot Topic from 01 to 2012, he was responsible. Jay talks about the changes Hot Topic had to make over the years, how he learned from his own mistakes and when he knew it was time to leave the company. This episode is really about going with your passions wherever they take you right.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2017
#94 - A Tribute to Jon Bunch
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Episode 94, A Tribute to Jon Bunch. To give some context, last year at this time, episode 57 of the podcast with Jon Bunch was to my knowledge the last interview Jon did. It was incredibly sad but also a place for people to learn about Jon forever. I was so honored to have spoken to him and be able to share his story. Last March there was a benefit show in Santa Ana California for Jon’s son Jack. It had an amazing line up of bands and people traveled from all over the world for the show. I had the pleasure of being in southern California for the event and saw first hand the community that came out for Jon. Seizing the moment, a friend of Washed Up Emo, Ed Curley, took it upon himself to interview people in the crowd. From fans, bands and those involved in the event, Ed took time to ask about Jon, the event and what it meant. You’ll hear many common themes and many kind words said about Jon. All walks of life and those that knew him for 30 years or none at all. It was truly a celebration of music, friends and family.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2017
#93 - Eric Tobin (Hopeless Records)
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Today we welcome Eric Tobin from Hopeless Records. Tobin and I met during my days at Equal Vision and since crossed paths many times over the years. It was high time to have a chat. Recently on the roof of my work during lunch, Tobin and I talked about his history in the business. What was really great about this episode was that It touches on many things young and old bands ask about. A truly deep look into the thoughts and actions of an independent label that’s doing some big things. It’s our little version of This Could Be Your Life.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2017
#92 - Mark Trombino (Donut Friend, Producer, Musician)
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Episode 92 is with producer, musician and Donut Friend owner Mark Trombino. Mark has had a huge impact on the independent scene not just drumming for Drive Like Jehu but for being a producer, mixer or engineer on some of the most important records of emo. From Boilermaker, Garden Variety, Knapsack, No Knife, Rocket from the Crypt, Mineral, The Jealous Sound, Finch, The Starting Line, Weston, Motion City Soundtrack, Pinback, All Time Low just to name a few… and of course can’t forget his work with Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World. We discuss growing up in Orange County, CA, his time in college learning how to record plus insight into many of the albums he was a part of and how his talents had to evolve as emo hit the boom in the mid 2000s. I also ask extensively about working with Jimmy Eat World and learn why “Goodbye Sky Harbor” was sixteen minutes. Finally, we spend time talking about his most recent success, Donut Friend. Mark explains how he started the store, the donut puns and the time Ian from Fugazi came into the shop.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2017
#91 - Leslie Simon (Writer)
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Episode 91 we welcome writer Leslie Simon. Leslie worked at Alternative Press for years and you probably know her for the books “Everybody Hurts” and “Wish You Were Here.” She also has a book called “Geek Girls Unite.” A veteran of the scene, knows everything about emo and hung with every band we know and love, Leslie essentially talks me off the ledge for the episode, what a great therapist.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2017
#90 - Fred Feldman (Triple Crown Records)
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Today we welcome Triple Crown Records owner Fred Feldman! We chat about his start in the music industry, the hardcore beginnings of the label, Brand New, how the label has survived all these years, Triple Crown’s recent signings and what’s in store in the future. I really enjoyed chatting with Fred excepttttttt when it deviated to ska, that was horrible. Love you Fred.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2017
#89 - Rainer Maria
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You’re in for a treat for episode 89! Caithlin, Kaia, and William from Rainer Maria joined me in Brooklyn for a chat about what else, the past, then we touched on their upcoming shows for the end of this year and in between, lots of laughs.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2016
#88 - Pup
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Today we welcome Stefan and Steve from the band Pup! We hung out in the van before their recent sold out NYC show and chatted about the Canadian scene, their amazing and inventive videos, hockey, because it’s required by Canadian law, and their first true music loves. A true road dog of the punk scene that shows no signs of stopping playing 250 shows a year. Don’t miss em the next time they come into your town.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2016
#87 - Jason Diamond (Author, Rolling Stone Sports Editor)
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Welcome to episode 87, today we welcome Rolling Stone sports editor Jason Diamond. His book Searching for John Hughes came out recently and you should read it. Why is he on you might say? Well Jason has some amazing punk/hardcore references in the book and he’s an old hardcore kid! Nuff said. We talk about his sports writing, musical beginnings, struggles in life with abuse, his parents divorce and how the book ties it together beautifully with John Hughes references. Cheesy as it sounds, life is a journey and Jason’s book shows you can come out happy even after messing up along the way.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2016
#86 - Hopesfall
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Today we welcome Josh Brigham and Adam Morgan from Hopesfall. I got to see this band when they first started and been friends with them ever since. I was so happy to hear about their recent news of reissuing vinyl and new music. Josh, Adam and I discuss the reasons behind the return, what’s in store for the future, embarrassing stories and the eras Hopesfall went through and what they learned. Plenty of inside jokes and laughs in this one for everyone to enjoy. If you haven’t heard the band and want a starting point, check out Magnetic North or No Wings to Speak Of EP. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2016
#85 - Tom May (The Menzingers)
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Today we welcome Tom May from The Menzingers. Tom and I discuss his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, advice for bands getting courted (hint: free dinners) and The Menzingers connection to the emo and hardcore scenes. Plus we discuss the upcoming new album “After the Party.” You’ll notice some beautiful birds chirping in the background while Tom talks. That’s called nature and something I don’t get a lot of in NYC so I kept it in.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2016
#84 - John Davis (Q and Not U, Title Tracks)
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Today we welcome John Davis from Q and Not U and Title Tracks. John and I talk about his new Title Tracks album, discuss the Washington DC scene and some of his favorite bands from the late 90s. Also, I find out about the amazing job John has at University Maryland as an archivist. One amazing project we talk about is archiving Ian MacKaye’s enormous fanzine collection. John has a wealth of knowledge and insight into favorite time from the emo era and he was generous enough to share it.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2016
#83 - Anthony Raneri (Bayside)
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Today we welcome lead singer and guitar player Anthony Raneri from Bayside. Anthony and I talk about the new album “Vacancy,” we discuss when emo/screamo went downhill and what word is worse and a bit about the most recent Where’s the band? tour. Anthony couldn’t have been more gracious with his time.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2016
#82 - Steve Holmes (American Football)
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Welcome to Episode 82 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. Last but not least in the American Football series is guitar player Steve Holmes. Steve and I chat about his guitar playing in American Football, Steve turns the tables on the podcast and starts asking about emo and we debate a bit. Finally he goes through his amazing personal 7” collection.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2016
#81 - Nate Kinsella (American Football)
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Welcome to Episode 81 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. Next up on the American Football series is Nate Kinsella. Nate although wasn’t part of the original recording, he played bass for the reunion shows and was a big part of the new record. Previously, Nate and Mike Kinsella worked together on an Owen album. As you say, it’s in the family. Nate is also starting a family with his wife and we talk about what advice the other dads in American Football gave him, laundromat etiquette and if his baby is a boy or a girl. Audio wise, there was a helicopter circling me the entire recording so I did my best to cut that out.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2016
#80 - Mike Kinsella (American Football)
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Welcome to Episode 80 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. As far as bands go associated with emo, there isn’t one as revered as American Football. I’ve had the esteemed pleasure to have every member of the band on the podcast to talk about this new album and of course, the past. Next up is American Football’s Mike Kinsella.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2016
#79 - Steve Lamos (American Football)
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Welcome to Episode 79 of the Washed Up Emo podcast. As far as bands go associated with emo, there isn’t one as revered as American Football. I’ve had the esteemed pleasure to have every member of the band on the podcast to talk about the new album and of course, the past. First up is American Football’s drummer Steve Lamos.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2016
#78 - Jeff Rosenstock
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Today we welcome Jeff Rosenstock for episode 78. I biked out to Greenpoint for this one at Jeff’s apartment and had a blast talking about his new album, "Worry" (Side One Dummy), out right this moment, his fall tour with Hard Girls / Katie Ellen and we also discuss his upbringing on Long Island, and the three Ps…. producing albums, punk ethics and pizza. I learned a lot from Jeff and was happy to be corrected, challenged and most of all laughed a lot. Jeff’s a beautiful person and wrote one of my favorite albums of the year.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2016
#77 - Ben Walsh (Tigers Jaw)
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Welcome to episode 77 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. Today we welcome Ben Walsh from the band Tigers Jaw who are one of my favorites from the current scene today. Ben and I discuss how the band started in Pennsylvania, traversing through the genres and the current independent scene. We also chat about some bands that Ben thinks we should check out and what’s next for the band.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2016
#76 - Tanner Jones (You Blew It)
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For this episode we welcome Tanner Jones of You Blew It. You Blew It have been around since 2009 and released albums on Topshelf, Jade Tree and soon, Triple Crown Records will be releasing “Abendrot” on November 11th of this year. I’ve had a chance to listen to the full album it doesn’t sound like anything they’ve done and that’s a good thing. This is a giant leap for not only the band but the independent scene itself. One of my favorite bands from the scene and one you should take a second look at if you haven’t.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2016
#75 - John Gaviglio (Bear Vs Shark)
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Welcome to Episode 75 of the Washed Up Emo podcast, today we welcome John Gaviglio from Bear Vs Shark. Bear Vs Shark are a very personal band to me. I was lucky enough to work with them at Equal Vision Records for their final album “Terrorhawk” in 2005. They were ahead of their time and thankfully as I’ve said countless times, good music will win out. Recently, the dudes in Bear Vs Shark reunited for some shows and to their surprise the response was overwhelming positive. If you know nothing about this band, you might be interested in them after this chat. Note: I did this in a public space so you might hear voices or people working. It shouldn’t be too bad. Actually used some new gear so it should sound pretty good.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2016
#74 - Jake Ewald (Modern Baseball/Slaughter Beach, Dog)
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Slaughter Beach, Dog is Jake Ewald from Modern Baseball’s side project. His solo album was a way to figure out his bout of writer’s block. What came out was a beautiful album worth your time. Jake took time recently to talk with me about his upbringing, learning about music and how he had no idea what 90s emo was. Absolutely brilliant conversation with one of the bright stars of the independent scene.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2016
#73 - The Story of Tom DeLonge's Fake Review of Blink-182's "California"
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Welcome to episode 73 of the podcast. Today we’re talking about the story of Tom DeLonge’s fake review of Blink 182’s new album California. Right after the record came out, a friend posted this review from Reddit on Facebook and I couldn’t stop laughing. The references were amazing and I jokingly said, “hey whoever wrote this I wanna talk to you.” Low and behold, Mike Jones who wrote the fake review, followed me on Facebook and we connected to chat about the review. We also chatted about how long he’s been doing these type of reviews, and if he hope Tom reads this review. If you’d like to read the fake review beforehand, head to WashedUpEmo.com and I’ve linked it on the podcast episode page.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2016
#72 - Milemarker
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Welcome to episode 72 of the Washed Up Emo podcast. This episode we speak to Dave and Al from Milemarker. Lovitt Records is releasing their new album “Overseas” on August 26th, Milemarker’s first new music in over a decade. If they’re coming to town, go see them. A true original from the late 90s. Al and Dave chatted all the way from Germany for this one so there may be a few audio issues. Hey, it’s free.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2016
#71 - Part 2 of 2 - The History of Vagrant Records with co-founder Rich Egan
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Part 2 of 2 of a special two part series on the history of Vagrant Records with co-founder Rich Egan.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2016
#70 - Part 1 of 2 - The History of Vagrant Records with co-founder Rich Egan
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Part 1 of 2 of a special two part series on the history of Vagrant Records with co-founder Rich Egan.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2016
#69 - Michael Fiorentino (Somos)
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Today we welcome singer and bass player Michael Fiorentino from the band Somos. Somos have a new album called First Day Back on Hopeless Records and are one of my favorite bands from this new era of independent punk. Michael and I chatted about growing up the scene and his struggles with mental illness. If you know about Somos or not, I am sure you’ll enjoy this episode.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2016
#68 - Andrew (KSDB 91.9) interviews Washed Up Emo
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Recently I had the pleasure of getting a very nice email and request for an interview from Andrew who has a radio show called Emo Rock/Emo Talk on 91.9 KSDB, the college station of Kansas State University. Andrew really knew his history and I was honored to share the airwaves with his selections of tunes, which also included an interview with Modern Baseball. Andrew was kind enough to record this recent airing of Emo Rock/Emo Talk for you to hear as well. We discuss DIY culture, college radio, being positive and what else, emo music.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2016
#67 - Erik Hunter Czaja (Dowsing)
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Today we welcome Erik from Dowsing. Soon after the boom of the term emo revival, I found Dowsing through the fantastic label Count Your Lucky Stars. More recently they’ve released a new album on Asian Man entitled “Okay.” Erik, while on tour supporting “Okay” had time to chat with us about his upbringing in the New Brunswick NJ, the independent scene and what’s next for Dowsing. Erik gives a fantastic look into the next generation of independent punk.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2016
#66 - Evan Weiss and Josh Sparks (Into It. Over It.)
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On this episode we welcome Evan Weiss and Josh Sparks from Into It. Over it. Recently Evan and Josh were in NYC and we had some time to catch up before their show. We touched on recording in Vermont, the independent scene, the last time we all head walked and what’s next for the band. It was fantastic to spend time with Evan and Josh. Be sure to check out all of his music and without fail they’re out on the road in a town near you. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2016
#65 - Geoff Garlock (Orchid)
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This episode we welcome Geoff from Orchid. Who is Orchid you might be asking? A pioneering screamo band from Massachusetts. Friends of Washed Up Emo connected us to Geoff who works at UCB Theatre here in NYC teaching sketch comedy. Lesson? Being a hugely influential screamo band doesn’t pay the bills.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2016
#64 - Steven Hyden (Author, Music Critic)
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Today we welcome Steven Hyden, a music critic you may know previously from AV Club and Grantland. He also hosts a podcast, called Celebration Rock. Finally, Steven is an author and has a book coming out May 17th called Your Favorite Band is Killing Me, where he explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life. Steven is a big fan of punk and independent music and was nice enough to spend an hour with us talking about his life, and giving us a sneak peak into some of the themes in the book.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2016
#63 - Matthew Daniels (poly-graph.co/The Pudding)
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I tend to protect the word emo online to a fault. A few months back a site called Polygraph run by Matthew Daniels released a data visualization of what punk bands were considered punk, post, screamo, etc. Based on Spotify playlists. The emo category consisted of mostly mid 00s era stuff with some alt rock, etc. Just way off. It went like this. I tweeted at him angrily. He wrote back nicely. We talked on the phone, then he came to my apt to talk me off the ledge. While you’re listening check out Polygraph (poly-graph.co). This was an insanely interesting conversation about data. I promise you’re learn something about music and habits we all have now with access to everything at any moment.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2016
#62 - Bernie McGinn (Caulfield Records)
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This episode we welcome Bernie McGinn. Who is Bernie McGinn you might ask? Well Bernie started Caulfield Records back in 1988 to release a record by the band Sideshow. After that Caulfield Records went on to release music by Mercy Rule, Christie Front Drive, Mineral, Giants Chair, Broken Hearts are Blue, Opium Taylor, Germbox and many more. A true originator in the scene.   Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2016
#61 - Barry Lott (Camber)
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For episode 61, we welcome Barry Lott from the band Camber. You may know that band name from the First Deep Elm Emo Diaries compilation. They were track 2, right after Jimmy Eat World. Camber have a very special place in my heart. Their debut album was the first record I was ever sent at the college radio station and helped kickstart my journey into emo itself. Barry and I talk about Camber’s history, the NYC scene in the 90s and what everyone is up to now. Hope you enjoy.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2016
#60 - Brian Lowit (Lovitt Records, Dischord Records)
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Episode 60 we welcome Brian Lowit. Brian started Lovitt Records and works at Dischord Records. Lovitt Records since 1995 has put out some amazing bands and a big part of my college years going to school in the south. Bands like Engine Down, Four Hundred Years, Milemarker and Sleepytime Trio. Brian also shed light on working at Dischord and we spent a good chunk on a festival called MacRock that we both attended. Search out this label, search out these bands and keep digging. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2016
#59 - Christian Holden (The Hotelier)
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Episode 59 we welcome Christian Holden from The Hotelier. Their last album “Home, Like Noplace Is There” was a huge record for me and many who listen to this podcast. Late last year Christian was in NYC on tour and had some time to hang out in the van to chat. You may hear some doors opening/closing, cell phone beeps, sirens. out of our control. It’s NYC… In this episode, we discuss many things including The Hotelier’s start in Massachusetts, DIY culture and the upcoming album “Goodness” out on Tiny Engines in May.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 29, 2016
#58 - Kenny Vasoli (The Starting Line)
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You can thank Cloud Nothings and Desaparecidos for The Starting Line’s most recent 7” entitled “Anyways.” Kenny spoke highly of those two bands and how it got him excited to write in the style of The Starting Line again. It’s only fitting that Kenny is the next podcast after Jon Bunch spoke so highly of him in episode 57. Kenny straddles that line of being old enough to know the past but be involved in the mid 00 emo wave and has some amazing perspective on it. I learned a lot and have a great respect for his music.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2016
#57 - Jon Bunch (Sense Field, Further Seems Forever, Lucky Scars, War Generation, Reason to Believe)
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I will never forget that the first thing Jon did when he picked up the phone for the podcast. He asked about my life and took the time to find out more about Washed Up Emo before the interview even started. I was blown away at how humble he was but also so proud of his life's work. It’s an honor to be able to present a small slice of Jon that many of his friends and family know so well. I count myself included. This podcast is supposed to be evergreen. You can listen in 5 years or in 10 years and know a good chunk of that band or era and some context to the scene and a way to look back but also look ahead. Jon was that last point to a T. He was so happy talking about the history but also his new music and what was next. Sadly, this was the last interview Jon did. I can only hope those close or those who have no idea who Jon Bunch was take and learn something from one of the most important voices in not only the independent scene but music in general. I am eternally grateful Jon took the time to talk with me about his life that will thankfully live on in aural form so someone can stumble upon Jon's music forever. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2016
#56 - Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano (Co-creators of animated HBO show Animals)
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Episode 56 is with co-creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano of the new HBO animated series Animals. It premieres February 5th, today or depending when you listen to this, it’s on demand. Phil and Mike happen to be huge fans of punk/hardcore/emo and took time out of their day in NYC to hang with me at the HBO offices and chat about the show and music.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2016
#55 - John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday, Straylight Run)
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Welcome to Episode 55 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. Today we welcome John Nolan from Taking Back Sunday and Straylight Run. We spoke about the bands formation, his upbringing on Long Island and what’s next for himself and Taking Back Sunday.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2016
#54 - Nic Newsham (Gatsby's American Dream, The Money Pit)
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Episode 54 we welcome Nic Newsham, best know from Gatsby’s American Dream! He has a new project The Money Pit with Bobby Darling, also from Gatsby’s American Dream. We spoke recently with Nic about Gatsby’s musical life, Warped Tour, which label told them to put on eyeliner and my favorite topic, crab core. If there are any edits in this episode, it’s me laughing. We had a blast. Hope you enjoy!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2016
#53 - Garrett Klahn (Texas is the Reason)
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This episode we welcome Garrett Klahn. Garrett has been in a ton of bands including Texas is the Reason, New Rising Sons, Solea, Atlantic/Pacific and a successful solo run along the way. His FIRST solo album just came out and to speak about that, Garrett trekked over to my apartment in Manhattan to chat. Hope you enjoy.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2016
#52 - Jonah Bayer (Writer, Musician)
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Welcome to Episode 52 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast, this podcast is part of the Jabberjaw Media Podcast network. You can find out about all the shows on JabberjawMedia.com. This episode I talk to writer/musician Jonah Bayer. You’ve possibly read his work in Law of Inertia, most certainly his work at Alternative Press or quite possibly a joke said by Steven on Steven’s Untitled Rock Show. If not, his popular podcast Going Off Track or you've probably seen him in the band United Nations playing guitar… Now that I think of it, you can’t get away from him. That aside… If you’ve ever thought about writing about your favorite music and living to tell about it and keep your friends, well most of them, you’ll certainly enjoy this episode.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 25, 2015
#51 - Jason Gnewikow (The Promise Ring)
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Episode 51 we welcome Jason Gnewikow from The Promise Ring! We talk about his professional career, designed for his own band and friends, plus his drive to create and how he started in graphic design. This podcast is part of the Jabberjaw Media Podcast Network (JabberJawMedia.com)  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2015
#50 - James Alex (Beach Slang, Weston)
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Do you want to be inspired as a musician or music fan? Spend the next 45 minutes with James Alex from Beach Slang. The band recently released "The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us" and it's my record of the year, hands down.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2015
#49 - Josh Fiedler (The Juliana Theory)
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We welcome Josh Fiedler from The Juliana Theory. We talk about everything you’ve been wondering about the band. A must listen for any fan of this band or era.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2015
#48 - Mike O'Brien (Writer, Comedian, SNL)
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Mike O’Brien, writer and comedian, is down with hardcore. We talk about stage divers at every show, his love for Rainer Maria, Avail and his band no one will hear ever. Mike’s new sketch comedy album called “Tasty Radio” is available October 30th.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2015
#47 - Frank Turner (Nü Metal)
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I saw a tweet from Frank Turner not long ago about nu metal. It struck a chord, albeit one in Drop C tuning. When Frank arrived in NYC promoting his recent “Positive Songs for Negative People” album we sat down for a few minutes chatting about a music past we both share.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2015
#46 - The Story of 100 Words or Less
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A conversation between Ray Harkins (100 Words or Less Podcast) and myself about our respective podcasts and friendship. Most importantly the "true history" of screamo is discussed once and for all.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2015
#45 - John Rejba (Boys Life)
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Boys Life are back for a reunion and reissue of “Departures and Landfalls.” John Rejba joined us recently to talk about the reunion, skateboarding with James Dewees and joining up with Topshelf Records. A true pioneering band that should be welcomed back with open arms.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2015
#44 - Todd Bell (Braid, Hey Mercedes)
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Todd Bell joined us in Bushwick, Brooklyn while on tour with Braid for a chat about the old days, his record collection and thoughts about the scene happening today.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2015
#43 - Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes, Alkaline Trio, The Bigger Empty)
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Mike Felumlee from Smoking Popes joins us for a chat about the 80s and 90s in Chicago, movie soundtracks, playing with Alkaline Trio and his new band The Bigger Empty. The Washed Up Emo Podcast is sponsored by Epitaph Records.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2015
#42 - Refused
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Refused left us in 1998 to never return, though in 2012 they came back for a victory lap. Thankfully the band wanted to continue making music. A new album is here in 2015 and the world is better for it. Recently the band stopped in NYC and I had the chance to sit with Dennis and David to talk about their hardcore roots and new album “Freedom.”  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2015
#41 - Zach and Holly Lind (The Wretched Desert, Jimmy Eat World)
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Jimmy Eat World are taking off the better part of a year. What does the drummer do with that down time after 20+ years on the road? Zach Lind spends as much time as he can with his wife Holly and in time, they started making music together. I talk to both of them about their side project The Wretched Desert, faith, thoughts on emo and how they kept in touch in those early days of Jimmy Eat World. I also found out from our chat that Zach probably served me popcorn at minor league baseball games I attended 30 years ago. Jimmy Eat small World.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2015
#40 - Joseph Marro (The Early November)
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Joseph and I discuss how the band met in high school, remembering to wait for things in the mail and the actual feeling of emo. I give in a little to the swoop era and Joseph explains his learnings from his rocker days that he takes to managing bands today. Finally, we discus The Early November's latest album "Imbue."  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2015
#39 - Andrew Sacher - Brooklyn Vegan / Ian Cohen - Writer
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I sat down with writers Andrew Sacher and Ian Cohen separately to talk about covering emo for their publications. Both of them provided fantastic insight into why we're in this so-called "emo revival," how polarizing this genre can be for many and what if the emo bubble of the 2000s never happened?!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2015
#38 - Norman Brannon, Jason Gnewikow, Steve Pedulla - Live Podcast Taping from Brooklyn
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An absolutely beautiful discussion with Norman Brannon (Texas is the Reason), Jason Gnewikow (The Promise Ring) and Steve Pedulla (Thursday) on how they met, their lives and how they're stayed close to this day. Hope you enjoy this special episode taped live at Union Hall in Brooklyn.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2015
#37 - Lars Gotrich (NPR Music)
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Lars Gotrich from NPR Music has hands down written and supported some of the best up and coming bands from the independent scene today. A fan his writing already, his recommendations on music were always a required listen. Halfway through the recording of the podcast I realized, some of our musical upbringing overlapped. It became clear then why I connected so well to his writing. Lars is a true independent voice on music among a quickly crowded scene of clickbait opinions. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2015
#36 - David Anthony (Writer)
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One of my favorite writers on today's scene is David Anthony. We sad down not long ago to discuss the state of music, his upbringing and thoughts on the scene moving forward. I learned a ton from this chat and I hope you do too. Fun fact: David was one of the first to check out the podcast and support it. Happy to have him on!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2015
#35 - CMJ Emo Revival Panel
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What happens when you put five people in a room to discuss the emo revival? Lots and lots of laughs. Late last year, CMJ asked Washed Up Emo to moderate a panel to discuss the revival and we were up the task. For the panel we had a great group of young and old perspectives with Norman Brannon (Texas is the Reason, Collect Records), Kevin Duquette (Topshelf Records), Sean Moran (No Sleep Records) and Brian Pacris (The Syndicate, co-host of #EmoNightNYC). See? Emo ain't all about sadness. (Note: We only had three microphones so it may be hard to hear some questions from the audience.)  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2015
#34 - Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional)
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When you have a musical career as long as Chris Carrabba, there's bound to be some reflection. I sat down with Chris face to face in New York City to discuss his musical life. This was largely unedited with many pauses and air left between question and answer. We dive into his upbringing, the Florida scene and Fiddler Records, the mid 2000s emo boom and what he wants most from his music. An absolutely beautiful soul that’s worthy of his own revival.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2014
#33 - Geoff Farina (Karate, Exit Verse)
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Geoff Farina of Karate’s first response to my request to be on the podcast wasn’t the best. Truth be told, he’s not a fan of his music from the late 90s. Ha, what a place to start. Years ago I had done Karate’s first interview ever for my high school zine and had completely ridiculous questions then for a 16 year old so at 36 I’d hope to be a bit better. Geoff couldn’t have been more pleasant and comfortable with himself, his music and life. Maybe it’s age or wisdom or just something someone have in themselves but I felt each moment I was learning something from the discussion. Through Geoff’s days in DC, his thoughts on emo, conserving music for future generations with his uncle and his new band Exit Verse, it was a pleasure to chat with Geoff. I hope you learn something too.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2014
#32 - Kevin Devine
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Kevin Devine is one of the most genuine individuals I’ve ever met. He always gave me the time of day when I was performing in NYC many moons ago. To this day I’m impressed with his boundless energy and giving his heart and thoughts to anyone. It’s certainly paid off with a successful career touring the world. We discuss his involvement with the Emo Diaries compilation, the Staten Island scene and Honda Civic’s fantastic reliability. Our chat centers on what internal and external factors shape your life and how fucking up along the way isn’t such a bad thing.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2014
#31 - Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam)
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Growing up a punk and metal fan in San Francisco doesn't seem like a fit for the podcast. But Sergie cut a different line through music to be a part of Samiam, one of the most revered bands on the west coast. I caught up with Sergie after the Knapsack reunion tour where we spoke about the 80s thrash scene happening in LA, his time with Solea and touring with Texas is the Reason plus what it meant to tour with Knapsack to such great audiences. Sergie also reads the worst review ever for Knapsack that I couldn't stop laughing about, what he really wants to do other than music and what two wishes he would ask a genie. Hope you enjoy.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2014
#30 - Travis Shettel (Piebald)
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Hey, we are now part of it. One of the most requested guests, Travis Shettel from Piebald, sat down with me a few months back to chat about the band's history. We spoke about the Boston scene, their first name Dork Knob and some of the reasons for Piebald's break up. We also get an update on Travis' latest music endeavor with the Past Haunts. A true original in a scene full of copy cats, Piebald stood out for good reason, people are still talking about them to this day.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2014
#29 - Frank Turner
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Frank Turner couldn’t wait to talk as he bounded to the back of the tour bus before his New York City gig at Terminal 5 late last year. When settled, he proclaimed that he never gets to talk about emo in any interview. Good start to say the least. After a full tour and pushing his latest album “Tape Deck Heart,” he relaxed instantly and in turn we had a great conversation. We spoke about his time with Kneejerk and Million Dead, his upbringing in the UK and how he found out about emo and hardcore plus Mineral’s influence and his favorite emo band I Hate Myself. Needless to say, we got along.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2014
#28 - Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owen)
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Recently, I got together with Mike Kinsella for the podcast who in these circles needs no introduction. Alas, for those unaware, he has been a part of some of the most revered bands in the scene from the last 90s through today. His work with Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owls, Owen and Their / They're / There and Joan of Arc has influenced countless individuals and bands to pursue music. We talk about his upbringing, using maps while touring Europe, an upcoming American Football release, renaming "Never Meant" so it's funnier when someone yells it out at an Owen show and of course, the future. One thing is for sure, there is plenty of music left in Mr. Kinsella.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2014
#27 - Jim Adkins & Eric Richter (Jimmy Eat World, Christie Front Drive)
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After meeting Eric Richter from Christie Front Drive through a friend in the early 2000s, I got to ask all the questions I had pent up since high school about the early days of Christie Front Drive touring and connecting with the likes of Mineral, Boys Life and Jimmy Eat World. I was always intrigued about that connection with Jimmy Eat World and after interviewing Jim Adkins for the podcast, I couldn't wait to get them both in a room. Schedules aligned this year and almost instinctively I stepped out of the way on this one. No need for questions when two friends get in the room. In this episode, you will hear Eric and Jim discuss how they did their first 7" together, the Capitol Records years for Jimmy Eat World and plenty of stories from the road. To be able to put this together and hear Eric and Jim wax poetic on the early days of their bands was a dream come true and a first for the podcast.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2013
#26 - Colby Mancasola (Knapsack)
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On this episode, I chat with Knapsack drummer Colby Mancasola about the origins of the band, working with Mark Trombino, never having a website and hearing the “next big thing” thrown around in a post-Nirvana world. Plus, find out what the famous record executive Jimmy Iovine said to Knapsack after a showcase in Los Angeles. It’s exactly what you think he would say. It was great to hear their story told and to learn how many bands that we know and love all intersected at one point on tour or in conversation with Knapsack. A true connector in the scene before social media and a 4 inch screen took over our lives.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2013
#25 - Chris Conley (Saves the Day)
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Saves the Day, at it since 1997, has had their share of ups and downs but through it all they struck a chord with fans and still do to this day. I had the pleasure of having Saves the Day be my one and only band I ever booked. Sold out pizza restaurant in the middle of North Carolina after only booking one boysetsfire show. Take that Facebook Events. Also, vivid memories of worn out cassette tapes of "Can't Slow Down" and "Through Being Cool" that are still so near and dear to my heart. Chris was gracious enough to sit down with WashedUpEmo.com prior to their latest headlining tour in support of the new self-titled album. We spoke about Saves the Day's first show, the term "Emo Rock Stars," meanings behind the song "Shoulder to The Wheel," who designed one of their classic album covers and Chris' favorite Sean McGrath memory. Listening back, it's great to see how happy Chris is at this point in his life and how much he is enjoying the ride. I couldn't be happier, I hope you are too after listening to this one. Enjoy.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2013
#24 - Ben Jorgensen (Armor for Sleep)
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Ben from Armor for Sleep and I go back to his days on EVR and the "What To Do When You Are Dead" album, that I spent two years of my life working on. I was learning so much about the music industry and completely naive that a small indie label could compete with the majors in radio and video. What a fun ride and it was great to spend a little time with Ben talking about his life, music and what he is up to now. Hope you enjoy. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2013
#23 - Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.)
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Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It. took time out from his shows in the NYC area recently to sit down with me to chat about the old days. We literally were on a bed chatting with the rain falling in Brooklyn. Can't script a better time for an emo podcast. Thanks for listening! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2013
#22 - Tucker Rule (Thursday)
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Honored to have Tucker Rule from Thursday to be a part of the podcast. We chatted about his upbringing, early musical influences and his time in Thursday through the ups and down. Tucker also mentioned his love for breakdowns and spoke about his new projects Get Involved and I Hate Our Freedom. We should have had Thursday on well before this so I'm glad we finally got to speak. Thanks for listening!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2013
#21 - Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World)
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Twenty one episodes in and I'm finally legal. What better way to celebrate adulthood of the podcast than by having one of my favorite musicians Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World to chat with me. Jim and I discussed his first time singing live and what it accomplished to the audience of one, the first goal of the band and his take on how the band has had such longevity in the scene. There is so much in this episode that I think every fan new and old will find something interesting. From Jim's love for Guided by Voices, back story on the new album and a couple outtakes at the end you will surely not want to miss. I am beyond grateful for those that helped make this happen and Jim for taking the time to chat.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2013
#20 - Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids)
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It was an absolute honor to have Mr. Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids be a part of the podcast. I just noticed after listening back to this episode that the only person left to interview from my opening musical montage is Jeremy Enigk. What a trip it's been. Matt was great to chat with and even had to scold his kids who you can hear at times during the interview. We dove into the first time Matt sang live in front of someone, Kansas City, Boy's Life, ripping off "Static Prevails" and why bands do 10 year anniversaries. Matt also mentioned his opinion on the word "emo" and throughout the podcast you can hear his voice ring with truth that also transcends to the bands he was in and his way of life. And you have to hear what song The Get Up Kids never have to practice that you love. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2013
#19 - Bryan Gassler (The Jazz June)
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I chat with Bryan Gassler from The Jazz June. We discuss Bryan's influences, how Quicksand's "Slip" album almost got someone kicked out the band, their hardcore backgrounds and meaningful last reunion show. Hope you enjoy. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2013
#18 - Norman Brannon (Texas is the Reason)
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On the latest episode, I chat with Norman Brannon from Texas is the Reason. Fresh off the Revelation 25 shows, we discuss the NYC hardcore scene, shows with Mineral and Christie Front Drive and how a Warzone tattoo connected bands before the days of cell phones. We also looked to Norman's future endeavors and the band into 2013. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2012
#17 - Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche)
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On this episode, I chat with a staple of the Long Island scene, Vinnie Caruana from The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche. Vinnie had some great insight in his early days with music, touring and the LI/NYC scene. We finished up the podcast with what is next for Vinnie and even included some sports chat about his favorite football club, Liverpool.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2012
#16 - Jeff Caudill (Gameface)
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Hello friends, another month, another podcast! This month in celebration of the upcoming Revelations 25 shows at Irving Plaza in NYC, we welcome Jeff Caudill from Gameface. We define the emo mid life crisis, what the equivalent of Maximum Rock n' Roll is today and the future of Jeff's solo music and Gameface. Also as a special treat, you can hear the 2nd unreleased Zookeeper song from Chris Simpson at the end of the podcast entitled "Universe Song".  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2012
#15 - Chris Simpson (Mineral, The Gloria Record, Zookeeper)
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The first day I started this podcast, a goal was to have Chris Simpson on. Through a great network of friends, it went down earlier this month and I couldn't have been happier. We had a few technical difficulties but we got to catch up on a bunch of things including the new crop of labels like Count Your Lucky Stars, The Gloria Record possibly reuniting and the amount of unreleased music that could see the light of day. Case in point, Chris has sent WashedUpEmo.com exclusively three unreleased/unheard songs. One entitled "Conclusions" is featured within the podcast.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2012
#14 - Chris Broach (Braid, The Firebird Band)
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Part 2 of our Braid reunion podcast returns with Chris Broach! We discuss who owns an "Emocore" license plate, Twilight, his 6 cats, a June of 44 sailboat tattoo and what is next for not only The Firebird Band but Braid.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2012
#13 - Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes)
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We return from our summer vacation with an episode featuring Mr. Bob Nanna of Braid. Bob and I discuss his influences growing up and why Braid is back at it again to rock us all. I hope you enjoy and share with your friends.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2012
#12 - Ed Reyes and Ian Moreno (Sunday's Best, The Little Ones)
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Joining us for episode 12 is Ed Reyes and Ian Moreno from the band Sunday's Best and The Little Ones. Ed and Ian had some great stories from back in the day. Hope you enjoy!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2012
#11 - Buried Treasure (Bands you may have missed)
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Episode 11 for the podcast is a departure from the usual band interview but I think you will enjoy. This episode Ray Harkins and I dig into our collective music collections to play some bands you may or may not have heard before in the emo/post-hardcore scene. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2012
#10 - Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary)
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Wow, we made it to 10 episodes! For this special occasion, we welcome Josh Berwanger from The Anniversary. We chat about the origins and downfall of the band plus Josh's new passion, coaching high school basketball. We had a blast with this one, hope you enjoy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2012
#9 - Amy Fleisher Madden (Fiddler Records)
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Amy Fleisher Madden from Fiddler Records is the guest for the 9th episode of the Washed Up Emo Podcast! We discuss growing up in the south Florida scene, wearing tons of XL t-shirts, signing Dashboard Confessional and A New Found Glory plus her days with Saves the Day on the road! Amy was a pioneer in the scene and it was an honor to have her be a part of the podcast. Hope you enjoy this episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2012
#8 - Eric Richter (Christie Front Drive)
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Eric Richter from Christie Front Drive joins Tom Mullen and Ray Harkins at the Washed Up Emo Podcast to discuss the history and future of arguably one of the most influential bands and person from this era. It was truly an honor to speak to Eric and hear his thoughts and ideals. I hope you enjoy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2012
#7 - The Promise Ring (Davey von Bohlen and Dan Didier)
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Davey Von Bohlen and Dan Didier from The Promise Ring join Tom Mullen at the Washed Up Emo podcast to discuss the beginnings of their musical careers, being introduced to Jimmy Eat World, the music always accepted in the van and what sports venue you can still hear The Promise Ring!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2012
#6 - Blair Shehan (Knapsack, The Jealous Sound)
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Blair Shehan from Knapsack and The Jealous Sound joins Tom Mullen and guest host, journalist Jonah Bayer, for a chat about his life as a musician and the new album from The Jealous Sound entitled "A Gentle Reminder." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2012
#5 - Trevor Kelley (Journalist, Author, and Entertainment Industry Executive)
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Joining us in this episode is Trevor Kelley, a former music journalist at SPIN and Alternative Press. Also he was a co-writer for one of the definitive emo books of the 2000s, "Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture". Let's also point out he is a proud fan of WashedUpEmo.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2011
#4 - Troy Farmer (Speedwell)
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Troy Farmer from the band Speedwell joins Tom for a trip down memory lane.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2011
#3 - Paul Fischer (Crank! / Better Looking Records)
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Paul Fischer joins for a trip down memory lane with his time working at Crank! and Better Looking Records. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/washedupemo) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2011
#2 - Zach Gehring (Mae)
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I have known Mae since their beginning. Zach has been with the band almost as long and chats about his life and playing music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2011
#1 - Chuck Daley (Deep Elm, Bear Trap PR, Tiny Engines Records)
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One of the first people I met in the industry while at my college radio station. Chuck sent me a Camber CD and the rest is history. Learn about his life, working at a label and doing independent PR. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2011