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Tradition with Michaela Forrest and Will Forrest (Rosey)
October 20, 2021

Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Michaela and Will Forrest about falling in love and founding Rosey (in that order), their individual musical pasts, and the band's imminent emergence from pandemic hibernation. Then J.D. spins the song "Tradition" from

Live From Gonerfest 18 Part 3 with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound) and Ross Johnson (Panther Burns)
October 10, 2021

Host J.D. Reager presents the third of a three-part series of episodes recorded live at Gonerfest 18 in Memphis, TN. This installment features conversations with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound, Rolling Head Orchestra, Memphis Flyer) and Ross Johnson (Panther

Live From Gonerfest 18 Part 2 with Wreckless Eric, Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound) and Cameron Mann (Young Avenue Sound)
October 04, 2021

Host J.D. Reager presents the second of a three-part series of episodes recorded live at Gonerfest 18 in Memphis, TN.  This installment features conversations with the legendary Wreckless Eric, returning guest Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound, Toy Trucks

Live From Gonerfest 18 Part 1 with Alicja Trout (Alicja-Pop, Lost Sounds), Mike McCarthy (Guerrilla Monster Films), Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and Jared McStay (Shangri-La Records, So Gung Ho)
September 29, 2021

Host J.D. Reager presents the first of a three-part series of episodes recorded live at Gonerfest 18 in Memphis, TN.  This installment features lively conversations with Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds, River City Tanlines, Sweet Knives, Alicja-Pop, Sharkt

Gonerfest 18 Preview with Eric Friedl (Goner Records, Oblivians)
September 20, 2021

Host J.D. Reager talks to Goner Records co-owner Eric Friedl  - A.K.A. Eric Oblivian - about the success of last year's virtual Gonerfest and the many challenges of putting together this year's festival. J.D. also spins recent music by five bands app

Solace with Bela Koe-Krompecher (Love, Death & Photosynthesis, Anyway Records)
September 14, 2021

Host J.D. Reager talks with author, social worker, record label owner, and record store legend Bela Koe-Krompecher. They dig into Bela's time behind the counter (most notably at Used Kids Records in Columbus, OH), founding the Anyway Records label, findin

Hard Times with J.Robot (Blindcopy), Brian Balough (You Look Like A Comedy Show) and Joshua McLane (HEELS)
September 06, 2021

Host J.D. Reager digs in to the new Blindcopy song "Hard Times," which he sang and co-wrote.  First, Blindcopy founder J.Robot discusses the song's musical origins and J.D. shares his inspiration for the lyrics.  Then musician/comedian Joshua Mc

The Inspiration Train with Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) LIVE at The Memphis Listening Lab
August 30, 2021

Host J.D. Reager chats with two close friends -  musician Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and fellow podcast host Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) - in front of a live audience at The Memphis Listening Lab.  J.D. also spins his new

Shadow of a Shadow with Graham Burks (Loose Opinions)
August 16, 2021

Host J.D. Reager talks to his friend, frequent collaborator and Loose Opinions bandleader Graham Burks about the night they met over 20 years ago, how Graham developed an interest in music early on, and his rich and eclectic musical history. J.D. also spi

Spiritual Necessity with Hannah Sandoz
August 09, 2021

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, songwriter and visual artist Hannah Sandoz about their early life in Louisiana, the creative benefits of a formal education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, moving to Chicago, and finding the inspiration to release t