83 minutes | Apr 23, 2018
Episode #88: Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience
Welcome to a new episode of Rocket Fuel! It is great to be back in the swing of things after a bit of a hiatus. On this episode, we have awesome new music from many different genres and from bands that span the globe incuding Hot Snakes, Press Club, Dan P. & The Bricks and many more. We even have a classic track from the East Bay punk legends The Mr. T Experience (also known as MTX). Speaking of MTX, this episode also features my conversation with Dr. Frank, singer, guitarist and driving force behind the band, about their latest album King Dork Approxiamately, The Album, and how the record ties into his most recent novel, King Dork Approximately. We also talk about the difference between creating a song/record compared to a novel, his time in the heyday of the East Bay punk scene and revered venue 924 Gilman St. in the 80s and 90s, and much, much more. Enjoy! Playlist for Episode #88: Hot Snakes "Jericho Sirens" Funeral Shakes "Over You" This Obsession "Punk Ass Kid" Harker "300 Cigarettes" The Mr. T Experience "I Wanna Ramone You" High Up "Two Weeks" Dan P. & The Bricks "Shirley" The Mr. T Experience "Baa Baa Baa Baa Baa" Bedford Falls "Everything Ends" Press Club "Suburbia"
101 minutes | Oct 5, 2017
Episode #87: Fest 16 Preview
Welcome to a new special Fest 16 preview episode of Rocket Fuel! The Fest is the punk rock party/family reunion/festival that is happening October 27-29 in Gainesville, Florida. For more details on it and Pre Fest 5, which is happening in Ybor City, Florida on October 25 & 26, head over to thefestfl.com. On the episode, we play banger after banger from band playing Fest, including new jams from Hot Water Music, Iron Chic, the Lillingtons and many more. We also include classic tunes from Hum, Smoking Popes and Cadillac Blindside. This episode also features my conversation with Fest founder and organizer Tony Weinbender, where we talk about how Hurricane Irma impacted his planning process, how the stellar linup of bands playing this year came into place, what new and different things are occuring this year and what the future holds for Fest. Enjoy and I hope to see you at Fest 16! Playlist for Episode #87: Hot Water Music "Bury Your Idols" Able Baker Fox "Purple Mountains" The Apology Tour "I Was Hoping We Were Good" Teen Agers "Fake Reality" Smoking Popes "Need You Around" Decent Criminal "Neurotic" The Lillingtons "They Live" The Dopamines "The King of Swilling Powers (Part I, II, III)" Iron Chic "Planes, Chest Pains, and Automobiles" Rainer Maria "Suicides and Lazy Eyes" Save Ends "Bad News" Cadillac Blindside "Tonight's Starting Lineup" The Movielife "Mercy is Asleep at the Wheel" Hum "Stars"
77 minutes | Sep 24, 2017
Episode #86: The Dull Blue Lights
Welcome to a new episode of Rocket Fuel! On the episode, we are stuffed to the brim with goodness, featuring new tunes from smaller, indpendent bands like Gold Class, Amanda X, Dollys and many more. One of the tunes featured on this episode is one that you can't hear anywhere else. Mo Troper was kind enough to give the track "Jumbotron" from him excellent new album Exposure & Response, which comes out on November 7th on Good Cheer Records. This episode also features my conversation with Todd Fausnacht of the Philly Soul/Rock n Roll band Dull Blue Lights. We talk about the band's transition from the Rocksteady band The Snails into the band they are today, traveling to Nashville to record their album with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker), the "Soul Revival" and much more. As if that wasn't enough, this episode also features a contest to sweet some rad vinyl, courtesy of Good Land Records. Check out the photo below of the LPs and 7" up for grabs and learn how to enter during this episode! The records are: The Obleeks - The Obleeks LP Bottomfeeders - Bottemfeeders LP Easy Habit - Easy Habits 7" All three come with download codes, too! Enjoy! Playlist for Episode #86: The Fatal Flaw "Stray" Dollys "Another Thing Coming" Mo Troper "Jumbotron" The Obleeks "After The Sunshine" The Dull Blue Lights "Basement" Spring Heeled Jack, USA "MCMXCVI (1996)" The Siren Six! "No Compromise" Engines "Envy" Gold Class "Get Yours" Amanda X "Dear Marie" The Dull Blue Lights "Press Play" The Guestlist "Back to the Dream" Bottomfeeders "Jungle Juis"
73 minutes | Jul 13, 2017
Episode #85: Rozwell Kid
Welcome to the latest episode of Rocket Fuel! On the episode, we have new tunes from Matthew Sweet, Mutoid Man, Cayetana, Sheer Mag and many more. This episode also features my fun and candid conversation with Jordan Hudkins, singer and guitarist Rozwell Kid! I talk with him about their fantastic new new record, Previous Art, his self-depricating lyrics, what it's like being a rock band from the unlikely place of West Virginia and his aspirations to film himself reviewing records as he...paints. We also bond over our mutual love and respect for The Beatles. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #85: Matthew Sweet "Trick" Lost Balloons "Losing Time" Caves "Need It Most" Zapiain "Promises, Promises" Cayetana "Too Old for This" Rozwell Kid "Wendy's Trash Can" Mutoid Man "Micro Agression" Brutus "March" Sheer Mag "Just Can't Get Enough" Rozwell Kid "Boomerang" Gnarwolves "Straitjacket" Great Grandpa "Fade"
66 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
Episode #84: The Feelies
Rocket Fuel is back! And do we have a great episode for you. On the episode, we have the latest tunes from The Flatliners, Diet Cig, The Afghan Whigs, The Jesus and Mary Chain and many more. This episode also features my conversation with Glenn Mercer, singer and guitarist of the college rock pioneers The Feelies. Rolling Stone ranked their debut album Crazy Rhythms #49 of the top 100 albums of the 80s. Well the band put out their latest effort earlier this year and it's called In Between. I talk with Glenn about this new record, the recording process of it, as well as the history and present of the band. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #84: The Flatliners "Nicotine Lips" Supergenius "Watch the Water" Charly Bliss "Percolator" The Afghan Whigs "Arabian Heights" Screamfeeder "Half Lies" The Feelies "Gone, Gone, Gone" Diet Cig "Blob Zombie" The Addisons "You'll See" The New Lows "Foreign Land" The Feelies "Been Replaced" British Sea Power "Bad Bohemian" The Jesus and Mary Chain "Amputation" TV Haze "Under the Couch"
75 minutes | Apr 9, 2017
Episode #83: Mo Troper
What's up and welcome to a brand new episode of Rocket Fuel? On this one, we have 14 brand new and diverse tracks from bands like Minus The Bear, Cloak/Dagger, White Reaper, The Orwells and many more. This episode also features my candid conversation with Mo Troper, the singer/songwriter and earworm engineer. We talk about his new "greatest hits" collection Goldm which is out now. We also talk about his fantastic 2016 debut album Beloved, what it was like growing up and playing shows in Portland, Orgeon and...Britney Spears? Check it out! Playlist for Episode #83: Cloak/Dagger "Ruin Theory" White Reaper "Judy French" The Orwells "They Put a Body in the Bayou" Minus The Bear "Invisible" The Obsessives "It's Not Fair" Mo Troper "New Korea" Great Cynics "Let Me Go Home" Hiccup "Lady MacBeth & Miss Havisham" Angus "I Don't Sleep" Mo Troper "Hadley" Odd Robot "Summer's Old" Benchmarks "Frames" Golden Lights "Eventually" Orations "Iron"
73 minutes | Feb 27, 2017
Episode #82: Nothington
Welcome to the first episode of the podcast in 2017! On this episode, we play new music from Japandroids, Less Than Jake, The Menzingers, Meat Wave and many more. This episode also features a great conversation with Jay from the San Francisco punk band Nothington. We talk about the bands excellent new record "In The End", the delays that occurred in the release of the record, their current tour in Europe and waking up next to a wild chicken and much more. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #82: Japandroids "Near To The Wild Heart of Life" The Menzingers "Black Mass" Beachheads "Reverberations" Less Than Jake "Good Sign" Higley "That's Not Me" Nothington "Cobblestones" Cloud Nothings "Internal World" Oso Oso "Shoes (The Sneaker Song)" Nothington "Burn After Reading" The Chinchees "Hey Boy" No Thank You "The Unbearble Purposeless of Being" Meat Wave "Bad Man"
95 minutes | Oct 24, 2016
Episode #81: Fest 15 Preview
Welcome to a special Fest 15 preview episode of the show! On this episode, we play music from just a small fraction of the bands playing the Fest punk rock music festival, which occurs this weekend (October 28-30) in Gainesville, FL. That includes tracks from Samiam, The Ergs!, The Flatliners, Latterman and many, many more. This episode also features an in-depth conversation with the Fest's founder Tony Weinbender about doing this DIY punk festival for 15 years now, what Fest attendees can expect this year, the growth of Fest Wrestling, and much more. Check it out and I hope to see you in Gainesville! Playlist for Episode #81: Latterman "Water Mane's at the Block's End" Almost People "Day One" Gunmoll "Say Goodbye" The Ergs! "Extra Medium" Wet Nurse "Underground" Creepoid "American Smile" The Flatliners "Count Your Bruises" We Are The Union "I'm Like John Cusack" Tenement "Under The Storm Clouds" Samiam "Sunshine" Lemuria "Buzz" Slingshot Dakota "You" Jeff Rosenstock "Festival Song"
82 minutes | Oct 4, 2016
Episode #80: Great Apes
On this new episode, we play new music from Restorations, Beach Slang and many more! This episode also features a candid interview with Brian Moss, singer and lyricist for the San Francisco Bay punk band Great Apes about the band's new album California Heart, mental health, the high school experience and much more. Check it out and discover your new favorite band! Playlist for Episode #80: Beach Slang "Spin The Dial" Arms Aloft "The Voyage of the Dawndreaders" Carpenter "Lost & Found" Caskitt "Old Fires New Frontier" Low Culture "Evil" Great Apes "California Heart" Doe "Anywhere" Cool American "Next Cut" Friends of Cesar Romero "Everything In My Life Is Burning" Coeds "Push" Great Apes "Saint Brasher" Restorations "Sea" Big Jesus "SP"
94 minutes | Sep 19, 2016
Episode #79: Cheap Girls
On this new episode, we play new music from Descendents, The Bouncing Souls, Smoking Popes, Signals Midwest and much more! Ian Graham from the awesome rock band Cheap Girls stops by to talk about their great new B-Sides and rarities collection God's Ex-Wife, their move from a three-piece to a four-piece, and his continuing appreciation of Green Day. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #79: Descendents "Without Love" Smoke Break "Talk Baseball To Me" Bouncing Souls "Bees" Cheap Girls "Better Thoughts Instead" The Conquerors "Turned Me To Stone" Textbook "Only When I'm Breathing" Kindling "Blinding Wave" Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes "Turning Gears" Signals Midwest "Alchemy Hour" Smoking Popes "Someday I'll Smile Again" Cheap Girls "Cored to Empty (Full Band Version)" Butch Walker "Stay Gold" BJ Barham "Unfortunate Kind" St. Paul & The Broken Bones "All I Ever Wonder"
65 minutes | Aug 30, 2016
Episode #78: Empty Houses
On this new episode, we play new music from Mikey Erg, Look Mexico, Anakin and many more, on what might be the most diverse playlist on an episode of the show ever! The awesome new Michigan band Empty Houses also stop by to talk about their new record Daydream, how they started playing their refreshing style of music, touring for the first time as band and much more. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #78: Mikey Erg "Comme Si About Me" The Pride of Erie PA "Betty Draper" Empty Houses "Daydream" Sass Dragons "Downers Grove" Pkew Pkew Pkew "Glory Days" Tens "Chicago Hope" Empty Houses "Falling Away" The Suffers "Make Some Room" Look Mexico "Well, Kansas Ain't What It Used To Be" Anakin "Ultrasonic" Kicking Spit "Just Don't Care" Shallow Cuts "Empty Beach Town"
66 minutes | Jun 7, 2016
Episode #77: Wintersleep
On this new episode, we play new music from PUP, Modern Baseball, Nothing, Arliss Nancy and many more. The excellent Canadian rock band Wintersleep also stops by to talk about their new record The Great Detachment, Geddy Lee of Rush and much more. We are also featuring a contest where two lucky listeners will win a vinyl copy of the new album Ceilings from the great Asbury Park, NJ indie/surf band Dentist, courtesy of Little Dickman Records. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #77: PUP "Familiar Patterns" Culture Abuse "Don't Worry" Wintersleep "Amerika" Nothing "Curse The Sun" Secret Space "I've Come Around" Dentist "Meet Me There (In Delaware)" Gates "Empty Canvas" Wintersleep "Territory" Modern Baseball "Apple Cider, I Don't Mind" Half Hearted Hero "Invisible City" Luca Brasi "Aeroplane" Andy Thomas' Dust Heart "Mad to Live" Arliss Nancy "Don't You Forget"
68 minutes | May 12, 2016
Episode #76: Brian McGee (Plow United)
Welcome to the latest episode of Rocket Fuel! On this episode, we play new music from Greys, Mean Jeans, California and much more. You'll also get to hear Jeff's candid conversation with Brian McGee, singer and guitarist of the well-known Philadelphia punk band, Plow United. We talk about the band's excellent new album Three, their process of writing songs as a band and a whole lot more. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #76: Mean Jeans "Croozin'" American Television "Better Living Through Chemistry" Plow United "Everything" California "Bad Directions" Hurry "Fascination" Mo Troper "At The Movies" Greys "Blown Out" Close Talker "ASAP" Plow United "Momma I'm Not Doing Well" Wrong "Fake Brain"
81 minutes | Apr 20, 2016
Episode #75: Eric Grubbs
Welcome to the latest episode of Rocket Fuel! On this episode, I play new music from Nada Surf, The Thermals, and more, and a classic track from Sunny Day Real Estate. You'll also get to hear my conversation with Eric Grubbs, author of POST: A Look at the Influence of Post Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were The Kids, as well as the host of the Do You Know Who You Are? podcast. We talk about both of this books, including many of the bands covered in POST, as well as how he turned tragedy into something inspiring with the creation of his podcast. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #75: The Thermals "My Heart Went Cold" The Sun Days "Don't Need To Be Them" Bent Shapes "New Starts in Old Dominion" Wintersleep "Amerika" Magnet School "We Were Golden" Nada Surf "New Bird" Teen Agers "Young Gods" Sunny Day Real Estate "Seven"
72 minutes | Mar 30, 2016
Episode #74: Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music, Ship Thieves)
Welcome to a new episode of Rocket Fuel! On the episode, I play new music from Bob Mould, Face To Face, Violent Soho and more. You'll also get to hear my great conversation with Chris Wollard of Hot Water Music, The Draft, and most recently, Ship Thieves. We talk about the Ship Thieves new record No Anchor, how Hot Water Music ended up in Gainesville, his relationship with No Idea Records over the years and much more. He was a blast to talk with and he was very candid during the interview. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #74: Face To Face "Double Crossed" The Dirty Nil "No Weaknesses" Ship Thieves "No Anchor" Bob Mould "The End of Things" Textbook "Outside" Ship Thieves "Ruts" Violent Soho "Blanket"
71 minutes | Feb 14, 2016
Episode #73: Sam Means (ex The Format)
Welcome to a new episode of Rocket Fuel! It's the first episode of 2016 and I couldn't be happier for you to give it a listen. On the episode, I play new music from The Ship Thieves, Basement and The I Don't Cares as well as the world premiere of a track from the Los Angeles-based rock band Jr. Juggernaut. I am also pleased to have Sam Means on the show. He recently released his debut full length 10 Songs, his first solo record since his former band The Format split in 2008.Â We talk about his new record, his process of getting back into writing music, his thriving merch company Hello Merch and much, much more. I also play a couple of tracks from his new album and a classic The Format song. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #73: The Ship Thieves "Middle Man" Basement "Brothers Keeper" Sam Means "The Other Side of You" The I Don't Cares "Wear Me Out Loud" Jr. Juggernaut "Melody" Sam Means "How To Sing" The Format "The First Single (You Know Me)"
72 minutes | Sep 23, 2015
Episode #72: Fest 14!
Welcome to a special episode of Rocket Fuel! With the Fest 14 being just weeks away, it is our annual Fest preview episode where we play only bands playing Fest, including new music from Night Birds, Meat Wave and Have/Hold and classic tracks from Andrew W. K., Bigwig and The Gamits. I hope that you'll hear some tunes you already know and love and possibly discover a new band or two while listening to the episode. I also have an in-depth interview with Fest creator and leader Tony Weinbender about what is new for this year's Fest, what it's like to book and schedule all of the over 400 bands playing this year and much, much more. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #72: Andrew W.K. "Party Hard" Pet Symmetry "Give Thanks (Get Lost" Woahnows "Watching Accidents" Night Birds "Left in the Middle" Bigwig "Sink or Swim" Bandit "Brain" Prawn "First As Tragedy, Second As Farce" Have/Hold "King Salt" Meat Wave "Reunion" The Gamits "Golden Sometimes" ***Stay tuned for our second Fest 14 episode coming soon!***
73 minutes | May 13, 2015
Episode #71: The Weaks Interview
The hiatus is over and a new episode of Rocket Fuel is here! On this episode of the show, I talk with Chris from the Philadelphia band The Weaks, review the new Millencolin album, and play great new tunes from Superheaven, Great Cynics, The Sonics and many many more. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #71: Millencolin "Egocentric Man" Jernigan "Disorderly" Isaac "Sweetheart" The Midwestern Charm "Can't Stand It" Great Cynics "I Went Swimming" The Weaks "Nevermind" Superheaven "I've Been Bored" All Eyes West "West Thirteenth" Local H "City of Knives" Sweet John Bloom "Moving Target" Personal Best "If You Meet Someone in Love (Wish Them Well)" Science Club "Bad at Parties" The Weaks "Bad Year" Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt "Trash Talk" The Sonics "Sugaree"
93 minutes | Sep 28, 2014
Episode #70: FEST 13!
Welcome to a special episode of Rocket Fuel! With the Fest 13 being just weeks away, it is our annual Fest preview episode where we play only bands playing Fest, including bands that you have come to know and love like Descendents and Hot Water Music, as well as bands you may not have heard of yet and definitely need to check out. I also have an in-depth interview with Fest creator and head honcho Tony Weinbender about what is new for this year's Fest, what the future of Fest may look like and of course, music. Check it out! Playlist for Episode #70: Descendents "Suburban Home" The Copyrights "Telescope" Hard Girls "The Quark" Mineral "Gloria" And We Danced "Goodnight Toronto" Somos "Familiar Theme" The Marked Men "Fix My Brain" Chixdiggit! "Where's Your Mom?" Beach Slang "Filthy Luck" Cayetana "Scott Get the Van, I'm Moving" The Weaks "Nietzche's Harvest Song" New Year's Revolution "Kate Jones" Big Shoals "12 Steps" Pup "Reservoir" Hot Water Music "Trusty Chords"
79 minutes | Dec 10, 2013
Episode #69: Less Than Jake Interview
Welcome to the latest Rocket Fuel! On this episode we've got new music from Polar Bear Club, A Wilhelm Scream, Iron Chic and many more. I also talk with Vinnie Fiorello, the drummer and lyricist for the legendary Gainesville, FL ska-punk band Less Than Jake.Â During our interview, we talk about the band's new album See The Light, why the band worked with Fat Wreck Chords on the album, how becoming a father has affected Vinnie's songwriting and more. Tune in to the episode to hear all of these great tunes and the interview! Playlist for Episode #69: A Wilhelm Scream "Boat Builders" Iron Chic "Bogus Journey" Heartsounds "Internal Eyes" Polar Bear Club "Graph Paper Glory Days" The Swellers "Big Hearts" Less Than Jake "Jump" The Last "Unreal Love" Radioactivity "Get Straight" Bars of Gold "Coffee With Pele" Less Than Jake "American Idle" And We Danced "Goodnight Toronto" The Brother Kite "Secrets" Yuck "Middle Sea"