Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops


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UXÅ HXC I: Birch and Ashes (Johannes Persson/Cult of Luna)
January 14, 2021

In September 1994, 16 year old Johannes Persson, a vegan, straight edge, member of the hardcore music scene found himself at the center of a socio-political movement at its inflection point. Umeå – located 8 hours drive north from Sweden’s capital Stoc...

HH 027: A Dive Into Lux (Grant Netzorg/In The Company of Serpents)
January 07, 2021

Grant Netzorg, frontman of the Denver based doom trio In The Company of Serpents joins us for our first conversation of 2021.  The bands recent release, Lux, landed on multiple 2020 year end lists, including our own.

HH 026: Top North American Albums of 2020 (Luca Cimarusti & Gregg Elzinga)
December 31, 2020

Joining us for our final episode of 2020 are Luca Cimarusti (Luggage, Annihilus music critic for the Chicago Reader) and Gregg Elzinga of Metal Vinyl Weekend. We reveal our top five North American heavy albums for 2020 and discuss how we keep up with r...

HH 025: Top International Albums of 2020 (Mikael Stanne/Dark Tranquillity/Grand Cadaver)
December 24, 2020

Mikael Stanne, vocalist for the melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity joins us for an epic episode! Dark Tranquillity recently released its 12th album Moment on Century Media Records. We dig into the album,

HH 024: A Dive Into Brewing Education (Christian von der Heide/Siebel Institute)
December 17, 2020

Christian Von der Heide, President and CEO of Siebel Institute – the oldest Brewing School in the Americas – joins us for a dive into brewing education.  How has it changed over time?  How and which technological innovations have impacted the industry ...

HH 023: Legal World Of Beer (Ashley Brandt/Tucker Ellis)
December 10, 2020

Our guest this week Ashley Brandt – a partner at the law firm Tucker Ellis – counsels alcoholic beverage clients across the tiers including breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants. He also represents dispensaries and growers in...

HH 022: A Printmakers Journey (Bryn Gleason)
December 03, 2020

Bryn Gleason is a Chicago-based visual artist and printmaker specializing in Intaglio. Her work has been featured in galleries, art shows and festivals in Minneapolis, New York, Denver, and her adopted hometown Chicago.

HH 021: Me(n)tal Health (Jonny Boucher/Hope For The Day)
November 26, 2020

This week we are joined by Jonny Boucher, Founder and CEO of Hope For The Day (HFTD), a Chicago-based non profit movement that empowers conversation on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.

HH 020: Into The Hops (Magnus Tannergren/Into The Void)
November 19, 2020

Magnus Tannergren is the founder and editor of Sweden’s Into The Void Podcast. It’s a sonic fanzine covering the heavy underground that has been active since 2014 featuring interviews with underground bands and living legends of heavy rock.

HH 019: Paid In Soup (Karl Neurauter/Chicago Music Exchange)
November 12, 2020

The pandemic has put no stop to the world of music retail. Demand is through the roof and COVID has heavily impacted instrument manufacturing, creating challenges for retailers to keep up with demand. Karl Neurauter who runs the acoustic room at Chicag...