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Pop-Punk & Pizza is a weekly podcast featuring guests ranging from bands in your local scene to nationally well known artists such as Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Justin Courtney Pierre and more! A lot of times, the interviews will take place while eating pizza. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #145: Hangtime & Dental Records

Hangtime.

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsored by, Gomez: A Charity Compilation. Featuring songs from Tim Rogner of Allister, Guardrail, Til Morning, and several others. All proceeds from the comp will go to Chicago pop punk scene veteran, Dave Gomez, who is currently battling cancer. Preorder the comp today at davegomezbenefitcomp.bandcamp.com.  

#144: Hangtime & Dental Records

Hey! I hope the world has been treating you well. I guess you could say today’s episode is a double header. We have, Warren Gregson, who is the vocalist and guitarist of melodic punk band, Hangtime, and also, John Martin, from Dental Records. Gregson also happens to be c0-owner of Dental Records. I’m very grateful to both Warren and John because they sponsored quite a few episodes of Pop-Punk & Pizza in December and January. It was great sitting down with both of them and getting to know them a little!

Hangtime’s new vinyl LP is out now via Dental Records in Canada. If you’re in the US, buy yours through Say-10 Records.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #144: The Discarded

The Discarded. Photo by, Rick McGinnis.

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsored by, Gomez: A Charity Compilation. Featuring songs from Tim Rogner of Allister, Guardrail, Til Morning, and several others. All proceeds from the comp will go to Chicago pop punk scene veteran, Dave Gomez, who is currently battling cancer. Preorder the comp today at davegomezcharitycomp.bandcamp.com.  

#144: The Discarded

If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time I’ve ever talked to a band where the members are all related. The Discarded is made up of a father and his two sons. I had the chance to talk with the dad, Joel, and son, Caden, a few weeks ago. It was really interesting to hear what it’s like being in a punk band with your close family members. Thanks for being on the podcast guys! You can learn more about The Discarded at thedicarded.ca.

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Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #143: Cody Jones of Anchor Eighty Four Records

Cody Jones, owner of Anchor Eighty Four Records.

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsored by indie rock band, Unsound Sunday. Their new EP, “Blue Component”, is now available everywhere online. For fans of Cage The Elephant, Pink Floyd, The Cure, and Silversun Pickups.

#143: Cody Jones of Anchor Eighty Four

I’ve had a handful of opportunities to speak with record label owners as of late and the most recent one was with Cody Jones of Anchor Eighty Four. Cody has a pretty cool story I think. We talk about how his love for punk rock began, how he ended up working at the legendary Epitaph Records, and eventually started Anchor Eighty Four. Thanks for your time, Cody!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #142: Weatherworn

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsored by, Cheer Up Dusty, and their new single, “Shirtless and Afraid”. The song is now available on all streaming services. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Twitch: @cheerupdusty.

#142: Weatherworn

Weatherworn’s single, “Head in Hands”, was voted Fan Favorite Song of The Month in December 2020 by Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast listeners! So, I thought that made for a good reason to talk with them on the podcast. Besides that, their music is killer! I absolutely love the Something Corporate influence in the band’s music. Joey, Steven, and Adam join me on this episode. Enjoy!

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Facebook & Instagram: @weatherwornva

Twitter: @weatherwornband

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #141: Jay Sinclair of The Fizzgigs

The Fizzgigs

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is sponsored by melodic punk band, Hangtime! The band’s two most recent EPs, DESTROY! And INVASION, have been pressed onto one vinyl LP, available NOW via Say-10 Records (United States) and Dental Records (Canada). 

#141: Jay Sinclair of The Fizzgigs

I always enjoy a good laugh. We all do, right? Well, frontman Jay Sinclair of The Fizzgigs made me laugh SO hard on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. However, we also talk about some serious topics as well. For instance, how The Fizzgigs are donating all the profits from their latest EP, “Hit & Miss”, t0 Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support to young people. This was an all around great conversation. Thanks for being on, Jay! 

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Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #140: Darren Vorel of TLB

Darren Vorel, lead vocalist and guitarist of TLB.

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is sponsored by melodic punk band, Hangtime! The band’s two most recent EPs, DESTROY! And INVASION, are being pressed onto one vinyl LP, which you can pre-order now via Say-10 Records (United States) and Dental Records (Canada). 

#140: Darren Vorel of TLB

Darren Vorel is one of the coolest and nicest guys in the Chicago punk rock scene that you’ll ever meet. At least, that was my experience with him when we recorded this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza together. When I was doing research on Darren, I not only discovered he was the lead vocalist of the band TLB, but also of a band called, The Scissors. On top of that, Darren is also an accomplished artist in painting, graphic design, photography, and even has a podcast of his own called, Remainders. Darren and I talk about all those subjects and more. Hope you enjoy this one. Thanks for your time, Darren!

TLB’s latest album, “Blood and Sand”, is available now via Humans Were Here Records.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #139: 10 Songs for January 2021

Charles Iwuc of Last Letters

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is sponsored by melodic punk band, Hangtime! The band’s two most recent EPs, DESTROY! And INVASION, are being pressed onto one vinyl LP, which you can pre-order now via Say-10 Records (United States) and Dental Records (Canada). 

You can follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp, @hangtimeband. Their music is available on all streaming platforms.

Hey, welcome to the first Pop-Punk & Pizza episode of 2021! I hope you’ve been having a great new year so far.

Once a month, I update the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Spotify Playlist with 10 songs I think you should give a listen to.

In no particular order, “10 Songs for January 2021″: Plus, the Fan Favorite Song from December!

  1. “I Love You, Amy Smart” – Last Letters
  2. “Exhausted” – A Tiger Made of Lighting
  3. “A Little Bit” – Devon Kay and The Solutions
  4. “Haunt” – Two Eyes Open
  5. “A Wake” – Good Things
  6. “We Don’t Make The Rules – Midgar
  7. “Warmer Weather” – Old Neon
  8. “I Won’t Back Down” – Alone I Walk
  9. “Growing Up” – Lo(u)ser
  10. “Nothing Serious” – Oakrest

The Fan Favorite Song from December: “Head In Hands” – Weatherworn. 

You’ll find all of these songs on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Spotify Playlist.

VOTE for your favorite song of the month on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Club Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month. Just like, “Head In Hands”, is staying on the list for the month of January.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #138: Top 10 Episodes of 2020

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is sponsored by melodic punk band, Hangtime! The band’s two most recent EPs, DESTROY! And INVASION, are being pressed onto one vinyl LP, which you can pre-order now via Say-10 Records (United States) and Dental Records (Canada). 

You can follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp, @hangtimeband. Their music is available on all streaming platforms.

The 10 Most Listened to Episodes of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast in 2020:

I thought it would be fun to ring in the New Year by counting down the ten most listened to episodes of Pop-Punk & Pizza in 2020. The 10 episodes listed below had the most downloads this past year. Ranked from lowest to highest: 

10. #101: Songs & Stories with Kev Wright

9. #96: James VanOsdol

8. #91: Dev & Pat Parker of Til Morning

7. #88: Johnny Hamlin of Lights Over Bridgeport

6. #94: Andrew Zamora of Weigh The Anchor

5. #90: Matty & Courtney of Take The Reins

4. #97: Franky & Jevin of Much The Same

3. #99: Tahlena Chikami of Bite Me Bambi

2. #120: Stubhy Pandav of Lucky Boys Confusion

1. #93: Jake Marquis of Sleep On It

I would like to thank everyone involved in Pop-Punk & Pizza for making 2020 such an amazing year for the podcast. I’d like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all the guests, listeners, publicists, managers, sponsors, supporters, and my closest family and friends. THANK YOU! From my family to yours, Happy New Year!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #137: Merry Pop-Punkmas 2020

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is sponsored by melodic punk band, Hangtime! The band’s two most recent EPs, DESTROY! And INVASION, are being pressed onto one vinyl LP, which you can pre-order now via Say-10 Records (United States) and Dental Records (Canada). 

You can follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp, @hangtimeband. Their music is available on all streaming platforms.

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Pop-Punkmas everyone! Welcome to the very first Pop-Punkmas here on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast. I’ve been super excited to share this episode with all of you! If you were looking for some of the best Independent punk rock Christmas music to listen to while you’re unwrapping gifts, you’ve come to the right place! This episode is jam packed with twenty songs total to keep the mood merry, or not so merry. There are some emo Christmas songs in here, let’s face it. There’s a little something for everyone! 

Merry Pop-Punkmas 2020 Track List:

  1. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – THE MYRRHDERERS
  2. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Lights Over Bridgeport
  3. “Holiday” – Half Past Two
  4. “Emo Christmas” – Ronx 
  5. “December Night” – Winona Avenue
  6. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” – Planet Mercury
  7. “Stop Drop Rewind Saves Christmas” – Stop.Drop.Rewind
  8. “Quarantine Christmas” – Backyard Superheroes
  9. “Black Christmas” – TLB
  10. “Feliz Navid” – Mento Buru
  11. “The Egg Nog Chronicles” – Always Grounded
  12. June In December” – Goldenboy
  13. “Miracle” – Million Miler
  14. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – Andy B and The World
  15. “Nuttin” – The Taj Motel Trio
  16. “Yule Shoot Your Eyes Out” – Morning In May
  17. “Chip” – Roberts
  18. “Merry Christmas Mrs. Claus” – Crisis In Hollywood
  19. “Warm Holidays” – College Radio
  20. “Fit For A King” – FRND CRCL

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #136: Bluprint

It’s always great catching up with old friends, isn’t it? Tyler, Josh, Taylor and I grew up in the Kankakee, IL music scene together in the late 2000s. When they got older, the guys all moved to Denver, Colorado together and eventually started a band called, Bluprint. It was really great talking with them after all these years! Bluprint is releasing new music in 2021, produced by, Mark Rose and engineered by, Sean O’Keefe.

Follow Bluprint on Facebook and Instagram: @bluprint.band

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #135: Erick Droegmoeller & Vinnie Fiorello of Lost Music Collective

You may have read, heard, or seen the name, Lost Music Collective, floating around in the pop-punk scene the last year or so. What is it? I had the same question when I first saw the name. I eventually learned that it’s a new record label run by, Erick Droegmoeller and Vinnie Fiorello. Erick is known for his management company, Word Is Bond.  Vinnie, famous for being a co-founding member of Less Than Jake, left the band in 2018. However, he still runs Paper + Plastick Records and has a new band called, The Inevitables. Both Erick and Vinnie sat down with me just after Thanksgiving via Zoom to talk about how they came together to form Lost Music Collective and what their overall mission is for the label. So far, they have recruited some impressive young bands to their roster including, Goalkeeper, Rival Town, Rematch, and Yearbooks.

Lost Music Collective’s first vinyl release is available for pre-order now:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracklist:

Goalkeeper – “Graveyard”
Yearbooks – “I Don’t Think You’re Okay Anymore”
Who Saves The Hero? – “Days”
Rival Town – “The One Who Pushed”
Rematch – “Words That Rhyme With Liar”
When the Sun Sets – “Sunflower”
Hometruths – “ Shimmers”
FRND CRCL – “Joyride 2.0”

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Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #134: Alex Magnan of Young Culture

Photo by, Danny DeRusso.

On today’s episode, I talk with Alex Magnan, the lead vocalist of, Young Culture. We talk about the band’s new self titled album, how he ditched drums to pick up the guitar and more. Thanks for being on Pop-Punk & Pizza, Alex! 

Young Culture’s Self Titled Album is out now via Equal Vision Records.

Buy/stream the album at youngcultureny.com.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #133: Drew Conte of I Call Fives

It’s been awhile since I Call Fives have played a show or even released new music. The band was all set to celebrate ten years of their popular sophomore release, “Bad Advice”, then Covid-19 shut those plans down. Just like most everything else this year. The shutdown led the band into the studio to record new material. I don’t think anyone is upset by that considering I Call Fives hasn’t released new music since 2012’s Self Titled LP. Bassist, Drew Conte, joins me on this episode to talk about why it’s been so long since we’ve heard from the group, ten years of “Bad Advice”, and more. Thanks for talking with me even while you were under the weather, Drew!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #132: Brenton Harris of Catholic Guilt

I miss live music. You miss live music. We ALL miss live music, right? Brenton Harris of Australian band, Catholic Guilt, tells me just how much live music means to him on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Brenton also talks about what it was like growing up in Australia and more. It was truly a pleasure talking with you, Brenton. Thanks for being on the podcast and all the kind words!

Catholic Guilt’s new music video for “Life In Three Part Harmony” is out now via Wiretap Records.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #131: Jason Lancaster

It’s been six years since Jason Lancaster (Go Radio/Ex-Mayday Parade) released his first solo album, “As You Are”. It’s a great album, but it was more on the serious side. I often hear fans tell me they miss hearing Jason in Mayday Parade. If you’re one of those fans, you’re going to LOVE Lancaster’s second solo EP, Say I’m What You Want”, dropping December 11th via We Are Triumphant. The EP is very reminiscent of the mid to late 2000’s pop punk/pop rock sound. Jason was kind enough to join me on a Zoom call while he was waiting in line for a new computer at Best Buy. No joke! Thanks for being on, Jason.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #130: 10 Songs for December 2020

The Middle Room

Before we start, I’d like to thank, Here For A Reason, for sponsoring this episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Their new single, “Ghost”, is now available on all streaming platforms. The song is about, “Ghosting”.

If your band, business, or event would like to sponsor an episode of the podcast, email me at bangarangradio@gmail.com. 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. I know the holidays are strange this year and that they’re not the same. However, there’s still several things to be thankful for. I for one am thankful to have so many incredible to share with you this month!

In no particular order, “10 Songs for December 2020″: Plus, the Fan Favorite Song from November!

  1. “Hold That Thought” – The Middle Room
  2. “Someday” – A Few Too Many
  3. “Run Away” – Westwood
  4. “Indie Girls” – Picture Us Tiny
  5. “Head In Hands” – Weatherworn
  6. “Hurts Like Hell” – Innocent Tyler
  7. “Knuckles” – Riverview
  8. “Bridge To Breakdown” – Picture The Scene
  9. “Mud” – Attic Salt
  10. “Late Reply” – Keep Flying

The Fan Favorite Song from November: “Look What Happened” – Millington & Half Past Two. 

You’ll find all the songs on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Spotify Playlist.

VOTE for your favorite song of the month on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Club Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month. Just like, “Look What Happened”, is staying on the list for the month of December.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #129: FRND CRCL

You know how you always want to go back in time and rewrite your past? Well, the cool thing about music is that you can do that! FRND CRCL of New Jersey did just that with their latest single, “Joyride 2.0”. It’s a reimagined version of “Joyride” from their debut album, “Immuniversity”, released in 2017. Dom, Adam, Zac, and Aaron tell me about the significance behind the song and how they plan to keep developing their sound into 2021.

FRND CRCL plan to drop a Christmas song called, “Fit For a King”, via Lost Music Collective on December 18th. Pre-save the song here!

Today’s Sponsor: American Thrills

I’d like to thank punk rock band, American Thrills, for sponsoring this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Their debut single, “Regular Blokes”, is out now via New School Records. American Thrills will release their self titled EP on December 18th.

If you would like to sponsor an episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza, email me: bangarangradio@gmail.com

Have a safe, healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #128: Makena

2020 has been an extremely tough year on all of us. With there being such a big focus on Covid-19, other important issues haven’t seen the spotlight as much. One of those issues is the Opioid Overdose Crisis in the United States. Makena of Chicago are shedding some light on the subject with their latest single, “Habitual”. Band members, Dominic Cuzzo, Andrei Milosevic, and Steven Schmitz, join me on this episode to explain what inspired them to write about such a heavy topic.

“Habitual” is out now via Famined Records. Listen here:

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #127: Tara Hahn of Half Past Two

Every songwriter has their own story to tell and when a guest comes on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast to share their story, it always means a lot to me. Especially when that story is very personal. Tara Hahn, lead vocalist of California ska punk band, Half Past Two, does just that on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. On the band’s latest single, “Shine”, Tara dives deep into her feelings to sing about her daughter, Neely, who has, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). “Shine”, is a positive spin on a situation that isn’t the greatest. If you ask me, that’s what being in a ska-punk band is all about. Half Past Tw0 plans to release a full length album in 2021. I can’t wait to hear it!

Half Past Two Website

Follow Half Past Two on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @halfpasttwoska

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Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #126: Hometruths

It’s always a special treat when I get to talk with bands from other countries. The United Kingdom’s pop-punk scene has been growing quite a bit in recent years. The band, Hometruths, of Newcastle are a testament to that statement. Lead vocalist/guitarist, James McLackland, and Bassist, Ross Gilroy, stayed up late to talk with me about their newest single, “Shimmers”, released via Lost Music Collective. James and Ross explain the song is about the negative impact social media can have on our mental health. Plenty of other cool stories in this conversation as well. Thanks for loosing some sleep for me guys!

Official Music Video for, “Shimmers”:

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #125: Marc Juliano of Goalkeeper

“Happy”, by Goalkeeper, is easily one of the best pop punk songs of 2020. At least, in my opinion it is. A majority of you thought so too! It was voted, “Favorite Song of The Month”, from October’s Pop-Punk & Pizza Spotify playlist. It’s a monthly poll we conduct in the Pop-Punk & Pizza Community Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on the playlist for another month. Since, Goalkeeper, won the title, I thought it was only fitting to have them on the podcast. Guitarist, Marc Juliano and I had a great conversation about growing up in Philadelphia, and how, “Happy”, was crafted. I don’t want to spoil the story completely, but it does have something to do with the band, Hit The Lights. Marc, thanks so much for being on the podcast! You’re a great dude and I’m grateful for your time and talents.

Goalkeeper’s debut EP, “Life In Slow Motion”, is out now and available everywhere via Lost Music Collective.

Stream it on Spotify HERE.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #124: 10 Songs for November 2020

Glimmers. Photo by, Smiling Eyes Media.

I’m thankful to have survived Covid! So far, anyway. My son and I made it through quarantine without ANY positive results for the virus. Thank you for patiently waiting for new Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast episodes to arrive. I hope you, your family and friends are staying healthy!

With November starting up, it means it’s time to update the Pop-Punk & Pizza Spotify Playlist with ten new songs for you to check out!

In no particular order, “10 Songs for November 2020″: Plus, the Fan Favorite Song from October!

  1. “The First Thing” – Glimmers
  2. “September Sky” – The MSGs
  3. “(Turn Down The) Radio – Hiding From Humans
  4. “Save Me” – RODERIK
  5. “Playing House” – Maple Hill
  6. “Give It Up” – Frontside
  7. “Words That Rhyme with Liar” – Rematch
  8. “Liquor & High” – The Dumes
  9. “Ghost of Saturday Night” – Boy Blue Ft. Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup
  10. “Look What Happened” (Less Than Jake Cover) – Millington & Half Past Two

The Fan Favorite Song from October, “Happy”, by Goalkeeper.

VOTE for your favorite song of the month on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Community Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month. Just like, “Happy”, is staying on the list for the month of November.

In other news, I was invited to be a guest on the You Make The Scene Podcast! It was an honor to talk to Josh Custer about Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, music journalism, and more. Listen to the episode HERE. Please like, follow, and listen to You Make The Scene. Josh is a genuinely nice guy and a big supporter of the music scene. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his podcast!

With Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza Episodes Delayed Until Nov. 10th

Hey! I hope you had a great Halloween. Due to unfortunate events, there will NOT be any new episodes of Pop-Punk & Pizza podcast this week. If it all goes planned, the “10 Songs for November 2020” episode will be released on Tuesday, November 10th. I apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience and understanding. Listen above for a more detailed explanation. I hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy. Unless something else comes up, I’ll talk to you next week!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

P.S. Thank you to everyone who bought limited edition Halloween merch! It should be shipped out soon.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #123: High Wire

We’re getting spooky one last time on Pop-Punk & Pizza before Halloween hits! Joe, Cameron, and Chris of Chicago band, High Wire, join me on the podcast to talk about their new single, “Some Kind of Miracle”, dropping tomorrow, October 30th. The song itself isn’t eerie, but the music video for it is! The guys told me how they filmed the video in an old church in Peotone, IL, paranormal experiences, Halloween movies, and more.

Pre-save High Wire’s new single, “Some Kind of Miracle”, here: biglink.to/highwire

Follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @highwireIL

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Stay Spooky & Safe!

Pop-Punk & Pizza #122: Stephen Krypel of World War Me

World War Me is a band that I had heard of, but didn’t know any of their music. Then, about a month ago, I received an email from World War Me lead vocalist, Stephen Krypel, that said he wanted to be on the podcast. I loved what I heard, so I thought, let’s do it! Their latest single, “Stunner”, was featured on the, “10 Songs for October 2020”, episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Stephen and I talk about what it’s like shooting a music video while taking an ice bath and much more. Thanks for being on, Stephen!

World War Me Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldWarMe

Instagram: @worldwarme_

Twitter: @worldwarme_

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #121: Loren Israel

One of my top ten favorite albums of all time is, “Bleed American”, by Jimmy Eat World. In my eyes, it’s a masterpiece. So when I learned that producer/A&R executive, Loren Israel, was apart of that album, I had to talk to him. Not only did Israel help develop Jimmy Eat World, he also worked with Less Than Jake, Plain White T’s, and Neon Trees. On this episode, Loren and I talk about his days at Capital Records, singles versus albums, songwriting, and more. I gained a new perspective on somethings after talking with, Loren. I learned some new things as well.

Loren still follows his passion of developing artists. If you’re interested in any of his consulting services, send him an email: lorenisrael@gmail.com.

-Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #120: Stubhy Pandav

It’s always interesting to hear what an artist truly thinks of their work. You and I rank our favorite albums by a certain band or artist all the time. How do THEY rank their OWN releases though? On this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza, Chicago singer-songwriter, Stubhy Pandav, tells us what his top ten releases are that he has been a part of. Currently, Pandav is the frontman of Lucky Boys Confusion as well as The Hoodie Life. However, some may not realize Stubhy has had several other musical projects over the years including Super Happy Fun Club, Shock Stars, The Insecurities, and others. So, what are Stubhy Pandav’s Top Ten Favorite Releases? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Lucky Boys Confusion: Facebook

The Hoodie Life: Website

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #119: Magnolia Park

It’s that time of the year where we are all getting in the spooky spirit! Magnolia Park out of Orland, Florida plans to inject some magic into our Halloween with their upcoming single, “Houdini”. The whole band joined me for a pizza party via Zoom to explain the creepy story behind the song.

“Houdini” by Magnolia Park is available everywhere on Friday, October 16th.

Click Here to visit the official Magnolia Park website.

With Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #118: Dennis Jagard of Ten Foot Pole

Skate punk rockers, Ten Foot Pole, have gone acoustic! I had the pleasure of talking with their lead vocalist and guitarist, Dennis Jagard, about their newest release, “Simmer Down”. We also dive into his professional audio engineer career and how he became the lead vocalist of Ten Foot Pole. Dennis also told me he’d like to play more acoustic backyard shows around the United States and Canada! Should we host a Pop-Punk & Pizza event featuring a special acoustic set from Dennis in the future? I think we should!

“Simmer Down” is out now via People of Punk Rock Records and available everywhere!

Visit the official Ten Foot Pole website for more information: http://tenfootpole.com/

With Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #117: 10 Songs for October 2020

Goalkeeper. Photo by, Jesse Joseph.

At the beginning of each month, I change up the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast playlist on Spotify with 10 new songs. This past month, I received SO many incredible submissions from bands. Thank you all for sending them in! It was tough narrowing it down to just 10 songs. If you ever have a song you want to submit, shoot me an email at bangarangradio@gmail.com.

In no particular order, “10 Songs for October 2020”: 

  1. “Happy” – Goalkeeper
  2. “Faded Photographs” – Goldenboy
  3. “Husky Fight” – Outatime
  4. “Goals” – Roberts
  5. “Tell Him” – Kat Victoria
  6. “Heroes” – Back On Earth
  7. “For Now” – We Outspoken
  8. “Annie” – Drew Neely & The Heroes
  9. “Stunner” – World War Me
  10. “Doctor Afterlife” – Vampire Money

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #116: Demi The Daredevil

Now that October is here, spooky season is in full swing! The best way I could think of to celebrate was to introduce you to some new creepy awesome music. Demi The Daredevil is an innovative one man band compromised of a guy named, Jeff Azar. When I first listened to his upcoming single, “Paranoia on Main Street”, my ears were pleasantly surprised by the eerie theatrical sounds in the song. Jeff and I had a great conversation about where these dark thoughts come from in his mind. Overall, I would say, Demi The Daredevil’s music is a perfect combination of alternative rock mixed with haunting elements.

“Paranoia on Main Street”, will be available this Thursday, October 8th.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #115: Lou & Pete Koller – Sick Of It All

When it comes to American hardcore punk rock, Sick Of It All, are considered legends of the genre. The new book, “The Blood and The Sweat”, tells the story of founding members and brothers, Lou and Pete Koller. I’ve really enjoyed reading this book so far. It’s fascinating to learn what it was like growing up in the 1980s hardcore scene in New York. The Koller brothers are genuinely entertaining storytellers. It was an honor to be able to talk to them on, Pop-Punk & Pizza!

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In other news, this Thursday, October 1st, I will be the guest on the Emo Social Club Podcast! Please join us live on Twitch at 7:30PM CST. https://www.twitch.tv/emosocialclub

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #114: Fluorescents

Photo by, Brandy Leigh.

Covid-19 has pretty much stopped live music dead in it’s tracks for the most part. However, it hasn’t stopped most bands from releasing new music. Thank God for that, right? In my opinion, Chicago has one of the best pop-punk scenes in the country, maybe even the world. One of the newer bands in the Windy City scene is, Fluorscents, calling themselves, “Post Pop-Punk”. Their song, “Not Another Pop-Punk Song”, is on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Spotify playlist this month. Three out of the four members join me on this episode. Please welcome, Tyler Milka, Bobby Guidi, and Sasquel Roby Exum! We had a lot of fun talking about the band’s new EP, “Dead End Conversations”, Green Day, ska music, and more.

Fluorescent’s newest EP, “Dead End Conversations”, is available everywhere online.

Visit their website for links to streaming and more:

https://fluorescentschicago.com/

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #113: Mike Henneberger

Back in May of this year, I received an Instagram message from a guy with the username, “mikeyleerock”. He said he wanted to send me a copy of his book about his struggle with mental health. I’m also a person who struggles with mental health. Who doesn’t, right? So, I’m told him yes and sent him my address. Three to Five days go by and I received the book in the mail. I open the book and found a hand written message inside. The simple note meant a lot to me and I decided to give the book a read. I found it to be very interesting and somewhat relatable to some of my depression problems. Also what was cool about it was the fact that almost every chapter showcased an emo/pop punk song from a well known band. I had never seen that in a memoir before. It was unique. Now, it’s September and I’m finally getting around to talking to the author, Mike Henneberger. The Book? “Rock Bottom at the Renaissance: An Emo Kid’s Journey Through Falling In and Out of Love In and With New York City.”  

If you’re a fan of Bayside, The Dangerous Summer, Dashboard Confessional, and Alkaline Trio, you’ll love this book. The book mirrors perfectly with songs by those bands and several others in the pop punk/emo scene.

To get a copy of, “Rock Bottom at the Renaissance”, go here: www.rockbottombook.com

You can follow author, Mike Henneberger, on Facebook and Instagram: @abergerjoint

Thanks for opening up to me about your mental health struggles, Mike. It means more than you know. You’re doing great things to spread awareness about the subject and I fully support it!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #112: stop.drop.rewind

Left to Right: Andy, DJ, and Kris of stop.drop.rewind.

When I was in, The Projection, we played at lot of shows with a band from Northwest Indiana called, stop.drop.rewind. I haven’t seen them since we last played together in 2013 at a house party in the Westville, Indiana area. So it was great catching up with the guitarist, DJ Crenson , and bassist, Kris Lohn, after all this time! We talked about their latest pop punk fueled single, “Space Force”, which is packed with fun and satire. Yes, the song pokes fun at President Trump’s Space Force and it’s hilarious. Thanks for being on, DJ and Kris!

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Jacques LaMore

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #111: Guardrail

Guardrail from Chicago, IL. Photo by, Out of The Dark Graphic Design and Photography.

My “Diet Punk” friends, Guardrail, return to, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Except this time, they have the most exciting news to date: they signed to a label! Guardrail inked a deal with Open Your Ears Records to release their third EP entitled, “Yikes”, produced & engineered by Nick Diener at Oneder Studios. Yes, Nick from, The Swellers. You’ll find Guardrail’s infectious new single, “Til We’re Dead”, on our Spotify playlist this month. Congratulations, guys! I couldn’t be happier for you all. Pop punk fans are going to love this EP!

Pre-order, “Yikes”, here: https://oyerecs.com/store/

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #110: 10 Songs for September 2020

Catholic Guilt

Hey there! I hope September has greeted you with nothing but warm positive feelings. Yes, there’s a lot of crazy things happening in the world, but that’s nothing new, right? September is a special month because as of the 20th, Pop-Punk & Pizza will be four years old! What an amazing four years it has been. My heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for all the love and support the podcast has received from you this past four years. I can’t express enough how thankful I am for you. Every year, the podcast has continued to improve and grow with your help. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to all the guests, bands, publicists, managers, and listeners of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Here’s to many more years together!Here’s 10 songs to jam out to for September 2020:

  1. “Til We’re Dead” – Guardrail
  2. “Bad Guy” – Of Brighter Skies (Not a Billie Eilish cover.)
  3. “Not Another Pop-Punk Song” – Fluorescents
  4. “Japanese” – Worry Club
  5. “We Remain” – Don’t Sleep
  6. “Intergalactic Reptilian Shedders” – Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs!
  7. “Ft. Lauderdale” – The Inevitables
  8. “Cockatiel Boy” – The Lousekateers
  9. “Partition (Party’s Over)” – All The Time Everywhere
  10. “A Boutique Affair” – Catholic Guilt

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2JGb0FO6muAi6iRpVfsXgy?si=My9s0dedTiS_uvrjK6ttdQ

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Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #109: Bonnie Fraser of Stand Atlantic

One of my favorite bands to come out of the pop punk scene in the last five years is, Stand Atlantic. Nothing quite beats their crunchy guitar hooks, catchy honest lyrics, and Bonnie Fraser’s incredibly versatile vocals. On this episode, Bonnie and I discuss their latest album, “Pink Elephant”, and she answers a few fan questions. Thanks for being on the podcast, Bonnie! It was truly a privilege.

Stand Atlantic’s official website: https://www.standatlantic.com/

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Jacques LaMore

 

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #108: Chachy Englund of Round Eye

One of the coolest parts about hosting this podcast is meeting people from all over the world. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a punk rock band in communist China? Whether you have before or not, you will find out on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! I had the pleasure of talking to, Chachy Englund, who is one of the guitarist and vocalists in Shanghai’s, Round Eye. Englund was born in Chicago, not too far from me, then grew up in Florida. He has now lived in Shanghai for ten years and does not plan to return to the United States. I learned a lot from my chat with, Chachy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Round Eye’s latest album, “Culture Shock Treatment”, released via Paper + Plastick Records, is available to stream everywhere online. Physical copies will be available October 2020.

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Much Love,

Jacques LaMore 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #107: Vinnie Fiorello

I’ve been a fan of Less Than Jake since I was about eight or nine years old. Like many of us, they were one of the first ska punk bands that I ever heard. As I got older, I learned that not only was Vinnie Fiorello the drummer of the band, he was the main lyricist as well. When I began writing songs as a teenager, I often found inspiration from Less Than Jake’s songs. In fact, I wrote a song called, “Punk Rawk Girl”, that was modeled from the LTJ’s , “She’s Gonna Break Soon”.

Vinnie has always been someone I admired for his many artistic talents. When he left Less Than Jake in 2018, I was very curious to see what he would do next. He has continued to operate his indie label, Paper + Plastick, published a book of short stories called, “6/19”, and now has a new artistic ska punk project called, The Inevitables. Vinnie goes in depth on how The Inevitables came to life and much more on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza.

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Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #106: The Midnight Echo

I find that most song titles are self-explanatory.  Many song titles come from the hook of the chorus. For example, “Dirty Little Secret” by All-American Rejects or “Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low. When I heard, “Paris in 39”, by Canadian alternative rock band, The Midnight Echo, not once did I hear Paris mentioned in the song. I found out the story behind the song title when I talked to band members Joel Lalonde and Tyler Rayman. I found the answer to be pretty fascinating!

The Midnight Echo’s latest EP, “Dichotomy”, is out now.

Visit their website for links: http://themidnightecho.com/

Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #105: The Fallaways

It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten pizza with a band. Before the pandemic, I used to do it almost every single episode. I decided to start bringing it back, except this time, it’s a virtual pizza party! The Fallaways of Vancouver, BC, ordered two Papa Johns pizzas. One, Hawaiian, and the other was a supreme pizza. What did I have on my pizza? Don’t judge me for what I’m about to tell you. I ordered Canadian Bacon because The Fallaways are from Canada! (I know. I’ll go wait in the car. It was nice knowing you!)

The Fallaways latest EP, “Sunset Ave“, is available everywhere online.

Visit their official website: www.thefallaways.com

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Jacques LaMore

 

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #104: Jake Newling of Joyful

I can’t imagine what it must be like to start up a brand new band right before a pandemic hits. I’m sure joyful. of Chicago is not the only band that is experiencing this right now. At least it hasn’t stopped the new pop rock trio from releasing new music. Joyful’s latest single, “Pilot Light”, continues to showcase the band’s strong songwriting skills. Drummer, Jake Newling, tells me how the band and song came to be! Plus, we talk about his funny TikTok videos and his other band, Tiny Kingdoms. Great to catch up with you, Jake!

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Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #103: Adrian & Duane of D20

You just never know what you’re going to learn on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast. Today, I learned a lot about Albuquerque, New Mexico! Albuquerque is home to punk band, D20. Their lead vocalist, Adrian Phoenix, and lead guitarist, Duane Hoskie, schooled me about their hometown, and much more. We also shared our views about Machine Gun Kelly’s version of pop punk. MGK is quite the hot topic in the scene right now after the release of his latest single, “concert for aliens”, on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020.

Listen to D20’s latest EP, “Time To Relax”, on their official website: https://www.d20officialband.com/

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Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #102: 10 Songs for August 2020

Give Me A Reason. Photo by, Jan Lerch.

I can’t believe it’s August already! The summer is going by way too quickly. I hope you’ve been able to enjoy it regardless of the ongoing pandemic.

Our “10 Songs for August 2020” episode is chuck full of variety from all over the world. From the United States to Switzerland. Here’s ten songs I think you should give a listen to this month:

  1. “Adderall” – Wilmette
  2. “Hero Insomniac” – Knockout Kid
  3. “Sad” – Give Me A Reason
  4. “What You Call A Dream” – KID DAD
  5. “O’Rileys” – Cats That Bark
  6. “I Will” – Half Past Two (Beatles cover)
  7. “Look Alive” – CHASER
  8. “We Broke The World” – Fast Friends
  9. “Should’ve Known Better” – Releaser (Richard Marx cover)
  10. “Blackout” – BAD YEAR

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

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Thank you for your support!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #101: Songs & Stories w/Kev Wright

Singer/Songwriter, Kev Wright. Photo by, Shell G Photography.

Hello! Welcome to the first of many episodes in a new series on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast I’m calling, “Songs & Stories”. This new series will feature a different singer/songwriter each episode, performing and discussing their most heartfelt songs. The inaugural episode is with my dear friend and mentor, Kev Wright, who I’ve known for half of my life now. Kev taught me early on in my music career that kindness and compassion will take you farther than anything else. Not just in music but in life as well. Kev’s last public performance was four years ago. We find out why it’s been so long and also hear new songs he’s worked on during quarantine.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #100: Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast has officially made it to one-hundred episodes! I’m still in disbelief that we have finally reached this milestone. I say that because at the beginning of January 2020, I announced my hiatus from the podcast. My mental health had reached an all time low and it was hard to function through my day to day life, let alone recording new episodes of the podcast. I had told you I didn’t know when I would be back. In the back of my mind, I thought it was going to be at least a year before I returned. Right after I made the hiatus announcement, I began focusing more on my mental health. The psychologist I had been seeing for several months said it was time that I gave medication a try. I’ve struggled with depression and other forms of mental illness most of my life. I always told myself my problems were in my surroundings, not my mind. It wasn’t a chemical imbalance in my head, it was the hardships that I was going through. I convinced myself that medication wasn’t going to solve or help my problems one bit, so why take them? Well, I decided to give it a try. After a few months, I was starting to feel a lot better. Day to day life was becoming easier and I felt more stable. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic shut everything down. In March, I decided it was time to say, “Fuck it”, and come back to the podcast. I wanted to help keep music alive during these crazy times. It’s because of you that I’m here today. I didn’t reach one-hundred episodes. We reached one hundred episodes. That includes guests, listeners, family, and friends.

I can’t thank you enough for the support.

With Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #99: Tahlena Chikami of Bite Me Bambi

Tahlena Chikami of Bite Me Bambi. Photo by, Red Def Photography.

Hey, I hope you’re having a great week! So, last week on the Pop-Punk & Pizza social media pages I made a post saying I needed to have more female guests on the podcast. One of the first women I thought of was, Tahlena Chikami, lead vocalist, of ska punk band, Bite Me Bambi. I’ve been hooked on their single, “Hot Lava”, ever since it was introduced to me earlier this year. After reading up on Tahlena a little, I thought to myself, “She would be fun to talk to!”, and she was. Thank you for your time, Tahlena!

Love

Jacques LaMore

Bite Me Bambi’s official website: www.bitemebambi.com

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #98: 10 Songs for July 2020

Kailynn West of Tiny Stills.

Hi, all! I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day and Fourth of July. My three year old son watched fireworks for the very first time in person and it was a beautiful thing to witness.

It’s the beginning of the month so, it’s time to revamp our Spotify playlist! I must say, I think this is my favorite, “10 Songs”, episode that I’ve done so far. I’m always blown by how much amazing independent music there is in the world. Also, for the very first time, a cover song is included on this month’s list. Enjoy!

10 Songs for July 2020: 

  1. “Paper Roses” – Honey Creek
  2. “Let Go” – The Fallaways
  3. “True Love Is Not Just A Pizza Tattoo” – Cleveland Avenue
  4. “Confession Obsession” – Kill Lincoln
  5. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” – Miss Fortune
  6. “Paris in 39” – The Midnight Echo
  7. “Craigslist Bed” – Tiny Stills
  8. “Masterpiece” – Winona Avenue
  9. “Teacher’s Pet” – Melody
  10. “The Grind” – Panic Problem

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

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Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #97: Franky Tsoukalas & Jevin Kaye of Much The Same

It was just last August when I discovered Chicago skate punkers, Much The Same, at 350 Fest in Tinley Park, IL. They were the perfect band to warm the crowd up for, The Mengziners, who would play later that evening. Most everyone in the crowd seemed to know who Much The Same was and sang along to the quick paced anthems. I was standing in front of the stage, to the right side, near the bassist, Franky Tsoukalas. I enjoyed the energy he brought to the band’s set that day. He seemed like he would be a cool guy to talk to. After their set, I made a mental note to add, Much The Same, to my list of possible podcasts guests. Now, almost a year later, here we are! Talking to Franky, joined by drummer, Jevin Kaye. On this episode, we talk about the band’s return after hanging it up in 2007 plus, the vinyl release of their debut album, “Quitters Never Win“.

To purchase your vinyl copy of Much The Same’s debut album, “Quitters Never Win”, visit: https://muchthesame.com/

On another note, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, will be celebrating the release of it’s 100th episode next month. I’m asking avid listeners and previous guests to share their favorite memories of the podcast or questions for me via voicemail at 312.529.0335. If you prefer to record a voice memo on your phone, you can do that to! Just e-mail it to: bangarangradio@gmail.com. I will comb through all the recordings and play them back on a special episode of the podcast. Thank you for all the love and support!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #96: James VanOsdol

If you’re involved in the alternative rock scene in Chicago, there is a good chance you already know who James VanOsdol is or, have at least heard his name. Some know him as the host of the wonderful food and entertainment podcast, Car Con Carne. Others know James for being the host of local music radio show, Demo 312 on 101 WKQX Chicago. Regardless of if you know who James VanOsdol is or not (JVO for short), I think you will find this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza entertaining. Today, we learn how he became, “The Voice”, of local rock music in Chicago and what some of his favorite pop punk albums are. James is a genuinely talented person. We are very lucky to have him in Chicago and in the podcasting world.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

JVO Links: 

Car Con Carne – http://carconcarne.com/

Demo312  on 101 WKQX – https://www.101wkqx.com/demo312/

Pop-Punk & Pizza #95: 10 Songs for June 2020

Weigh The Anchor. Photo by, Quade Beltran.

Hey there! Time once again for another “10 Songs” episode. I really enjoy doing these episodes because it gives me a chance to promote awesome DIY music from around the world. Share this episode and playlist with your friends. You never know when you’re going to find your next, “Favorite band”. It could very well be from this episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast!

10 Songs for June 2020: (In no particular order.)

1. “Dead Friends” – Honestly, Anywhere

2. “Forget About It” – Go For Gold

3. “Daydream” – Tiny Kingdoms

4. “What You Burn” – Call Me Malcolm

5. “Southside Serenade” – Lights Over Bridgeport

6. “Last Shot” – Kowloon Bay

7. “Light” – Commonwealth Choir

8. “Cold Again” – Right On, Kid

9. “Head Rush” – Ivypaint

10. “Abrasive” – Weigh The Anchor

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #94: Andrew Zamora of Weigh The Anchor

Photo by, Quade Beltran.

What do you do when times get extremely tough? You write emotionally powerful songs about those terrible life experiences. That’s exactly what, Andrew Zamora, and the rest of the gang in Ontario, Canada’s energetic pop punk band, Weigh The Anchor, have done with their latest single, “Medicate”.  I was grateful to have talked with Zamora about what the song means to him and about how making wrong turns in life can still lead you in the right direction. This is only the second time I’ve chatted with a band from another country. It made me realize I need to do that more often on the podcast. Enjoy!

“Medicate” – Weigh The Anchor (Official Video): Produced by, Andrew Zamora.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #93: Jake Marquis of Sleep On It

Photo by, Haley Mewborn, HNM Creative.

Chicago’s Sleep On It was about 10 dates into their, “Pride & Disaster Tour”, when the whole country began locking down because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Guitarist and vocalist, Jake Marquis, explains what that was like for the band at the time and also what they’ve been up to since the lockdown began in mid-March. I’ve always thought Jake was a genuinely cool guy and he proves that in our conversation. We touch on lighter topics as well including movies, fitness, food and of course, music. Jake also explains what the writing and recording process was like for their most recent album, “Pride & Disaster.” By the way, Sleep On It’s lead vocalist, Zech Pluister, chimes in on the conversation a little too!

Sleep On It’s latest single, “Stay At Home”. They will be donating money from streaming to The World Health Organization.

Stay up to date on everything Sleep On It related here: https://www.sleeponitband.com/

Also on this episode, I’m very excited to share a rejuvenated version of the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast theme song, re-recorded by, Chris DeMakes, of Less Than Jake! LTJ is one of my biggest influences of all time and I’m very grateful that Chris was down to re-record the theme song for me. If you want a custom song recorded by Chris, you can reach him at his social media links below:

Photo by, Sabrina Leviton.

instagram.com/lessthanchrisd

twitter.com/lessthanchris

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #92: 10 Songs for May 2020

Devin Parker of Til Morning. Photo by, Bryan Buchelt.

10 Songs for May 2020: (In no particular order.)

  1. “Okay” – Til Morning
  2. “Redcard” – High Wire
  3.  “Ceiling” – When The Sun Sets
  4.  “Dragged Across The Finish Line” – Sincere Engineer
  5.  “Crazy” – Una Jensen
  6. “86” – Love Again
  7.  “See You Soon” – Hangtime
  8.  “Sweathogg” – Head Honcho
  9.  “Old School Blues” – Desk Job
  10.  “Belly-Up” & “We Made It To A Minute” – Guardrail

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #91: Dev & Pat Parker of Til Morning

The first time I met Devin and Patrick Parker was when they performed a few acoustic songs on the podcast under the name, Parker, in December of 2018. I was quickly roped in with their simple, but emotionally powerful songwriting methods. It’s a style you can instantly connect with in a heartfelt way. Their latest single, “Okay”, under new band name, Til Morning, proves they are taking their songwriting skills to new heights. It’s an anthemic, life-affirming sing-along custom-made for the sunnier days ahead. On this episode, we get a peak into the new era of The Parker Brothers and what lies ahead for Til Morning. I thoroughly believe in this band and their music. They are true to the core. You will not regret supporting them.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Directed, Filmed and Edited by, Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios.

Official Website: www.tilmorning.net

Pop-Punk & Pizza #90: Matty & Courtney of TAKE THE REINS

Photo by, Alex Zarek.

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve interviewed a couple on the podcast. This actually marks our first married punk rock couple to be on the podcast. So let’s welcome Matty Benson and Courtney Boyers of suburban Chicago punk band, TAKE THE REINS, to the Pop-Punk & Pizza Party! We discuss their latest single, “Camo Jacket”, what it’s like being in a band as a married couple, and more. Thank you again for the kind words about the podcast, Matty & Courtney.  Enjoy!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

TAKE THE REINS – “Camo Jacket” (Official Music Video)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/takethereinschicago/

Instagram & Twitter: @takethereins312

Pop-Punk & Pizza #89: 10 Songs for April 2020

FRND CRCL from New Jersey.

Starting this month, I’m going to put out an episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza, once per month, that is completely devoted to sharing ten of my favorite songs with you. I tried to spread the love and even stepped outside of the pop punk genre a little as well. Let me know if you enjoy this episode!

Featured on this month’s list, in no particular order:

  1. “Dissociate” – Lightweights
  2. “Leeches” – 18th & Addison
  3. “Coming Home (Tell The Saints)” – Good Luck, Ugly
  4. “Hot Lava” – Bite Me Bambi
  5. “Sleep” – El Famous (Ft. Dan Marsala of Story of The Year)
  6. “Judy” – Capgun Heroes
  7. “Prayaway” – Dungeon Days
  8. “Bombs Away” – The Run Around
  9. “Coping Machine” – City Mouth
  10. “Loose Cannon” – FRND CRCL

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #88: Johnny Hamlin of Lights Over Bridgeport

Photo by, Ed Kost.

Since the Covid-19 Pandemic reached the United States, several artists have rescheduled tour dates or release dates for new music. However, Chicago punk rock band, Lights Over Bridgeport, decided to push through with the release of their new single, “Morning in Chicago”, and new album, “Better This Way”, dropping May 22nd. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Johnny Hamlin, talked to me last week during a live Facebook stream. Johnny is by far one of the nicest guys you’ll meet in the Chicago punk rock scene and I was thrilled to have him on the podcast!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pre-Order, “Better This Way”, by Lights Over Bridgeport: lightsoverbridgeport.com

Music video for latest single, “Morning In Chicago”: 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #87: Best Quarantine Songs

Artwork from Green Day’s, “21st Century Breakdown”.

In January of 2020, I announced I would be taking a hiatus from the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast due to mental health reasons. I never gave a return date. In fact, I said it would most likely be a long time. With everything going on in the world right now, I decided to end my hiatus much sooner and come back to the podcast. I’m not feeling 100 percent quite yet, but I do feel much better. I want to thank each and everyone of you who have supported me through these rough times recently. I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life and I’m very grateful for you!

This episode is from Sunday, March 24th, 2020. It was recorded during a live stream on Facebook where we talked about the best songs to listen to during the Covid-19 pandemic. Also featured in the podcast are phone calls from Eddy Larson of Eddy and The Arsons, Jake Vaughn, and music producer/engineer, Enoch Jensen.

Thank you again for your continued support of the podcast. I’m so happy to be back with you all. Hope and hygiene are going to get us through this pandemic together. We got this!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #86: Alex Zarek

Photo by, Alex Zarek.

People who have tremendous amounts of creative thoughts and energy flowing freely through their minds always amaze me. One of those people happens to be Chicago based cinematographer and photographer, Alex Zarek. His portfolio includes videos for Real Friends, Belmont, Wilmette, Lucky Boys Confusion, and even world renowned DJ, Marshmello.

Alex Zarek Links:

Webite: www.alexzarek.com

Facebook: @alexzarekart

Instagram & Twitter: @alexzarek

Music On This Episode:

“Gravity” – The Mizzerableshttps://themizzerables.com/

“May” – For The Legionhttp://forthelegion.com/

Pop-Punk & Pizza #85: The Last Scene Documentary

Was the punk and emo wave in the late 1990s and early 2000s really, “The Last Scene”? There are many who consider it to be the last new thing given to us in rock music. On this episode director, Kyle Kilday, explains why his new documentary about that massive underground music movement is called, “The Last Scene”.

Support The Last Scene Kickstarter (Ends Oct. 15th): shorturl.at/lpJ08

Follow The Last Scene Documentary:

Facebook & Instagram: @thelastscenedoc

Pop-Punk & Pizza #84: AJ Khah & Kyle Dee of Makeout

Left to Right: AJ Khah, Jacques LaMore, and Kyle Dee.

Last month pop-punk phenoms, Makeout, announced two new members of the band. Oddly enough, both of them are from Chicago and have strong ties to the local scene. New lead vocalist/guitarist, Kyle Dee, is known for previous bands, The Frantic, and The Fall Four. AJ Khah, the new bassist, just left, Sleep On It, earlier this year. Kyle and AJ were kind enough to sit down with me a few weeks ago, have a few slices of Lou Malnati’s, and talk about the exciting future of Makeout.

Upcoming Makeout Shows:

12/12 – Reggies – Chicago, IL – Tickets: http://tiny.cc/a7yrdz

12/14 – Alchemy – Providence, RI – Tickets: https://cutt.ly/0eyxFZF

Music On This Episode:

“Empty Secrets” – False Report – https://youtu.be/xPq49MVYrzU

“Screaming Bloody Mary” – Guardrailhttps://youtu.be/4RontaBePpw

Pop-Punk & Pizza #83: Craig Miller of Zombie Schoolboy

 

Photo: Alex Zarek

Craig Miller, frontman of Chicagoland pop punk band, Zombie Schoolboy, had several ear catching stories to share on this episode. Including stories from his years in, Danger Is My Middle Name. 

Listen to Zombie Schoolboy’s latest single, “Hey California”, here: https://zombieschoolboy.bandcamp.com/track/hey-california

Produced and recorded by, Rian Dawnson, of All Time Low.

Artwork By: Alduane Mano.

Also on this episode, an exclusive premiere of, “Seasons”, by, Fluorescents. The song hits streaming platforms this Friday, September 27th. Pre-save here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/fluorescents/seasons

Pop-Punk & Pizza #82: Punk The Burbs Fest 3

Photo: Mer Kat Gold-Starck

Now that we punk’d our hearts out in the city at Riot Fest, it’s time to Punk The Burbs! Punk The Burbs Fest 3 is this Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, at Basecamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. I had the chance to talk to the fest organizers, Caitlin Edwards (Bumsy & The Moochers) and Jason Fein (The Run Around), a few weeks ago. We dive into the Chicago music scene and more!

Music Featured On This Episode: 

“Alien” – The Studshttps://thestuds.bandcamp.com/

“Walls” – Bumsy & The Moochershttps://bumsyandthemoochers.bandcamp.com/

“Chicago” – The Run Aroundhttps://therunaroundband.bandcamp.com/releases

Buy Tickets for Punk The Burbs Fest 3: https://cutt.ly/kwJw8Zn

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #81: Reed Wolcott of We Are The Union

Photo by: Vin Crescenzo

Not only is Reed Wolcott the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for We Are The Union, he also works for the legendary ska/punk bands, Goldfinger, Five Iron Frenzy, and more. Reed had some great stories to tell. I hope you enjoy them!

Music featured on this episode:

“Stability” Lightweights: https://lightweightschi.bandcamp.com

“Daydreams” Television Supervision: https://youtu.be/ubFa2ltK9Ws

“Traffic” Green Knuckle Material: https://greenknucklematerial.weebly.com

Sincerely,

Jacques LaMore

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #80: Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! Part 1

When I think of bands who have successfully blended multiple styles of music into their songs, Ballyhoo!, is one of the first bands that come to my mind. In my opinion, Ballyhoo, is the perfect mix of punk, pop punk, ska, and reggae. It was an honor to have an in depth conversation with their frontman, Howi Spangler, on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Part 1 of Part 2.

Official Ballyhoo Website: ballyhoorocks.com

Howi Spangler’s Podcast: https://anchor.fm/talesfromthegreenroom

Music on this episode from:

Bury Me In Lights: http://www.burymeinlights.com

When Autumn calls: www.WhenAutumnCalls.BandCamp.com

Hangtime: https://hangtimeband.bandcamp.com

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #79: PJ Heckinger of Head Honcho

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is all about catching up with an old music friend from the “Myspace” era of the scene. We originally met around 2005 when he was in a band called, The Moment, from Rockford, IL. Now, PJ Heckinger, is the lead vocalist of Northwest Pacific punk band, Head Honcho!

MUSIC LINKS:

Head Honcho: https://headhonchomusic.bandcamp.com/

The Moment: https://myspace.com/soundofthemoment/

-Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #78: Josh Burke of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Josh Burke, the lead guitarist of alternative rock band, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, joins us on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Does Josh and the rest of RJA approve of eating pineapple on pizza? The answer to this burning question is revealed on this podcast!

Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #77: Jon Pebsworth of Buck-O-Nine

After twelve long years, southern California ska punk legends, Buck-O-Nine, have released a new album! “FunDayMental” is now available everywhere via Cleopatra Records. Lead vocalist, Jon Pebsworth, comes onto the podcast to talk about how the album took shape.

Visit buckonine.com to listen to the new album, view their upcoming shows, and more!

Pop-Punk & Pizza #76: Andrew Robert Palmer

My friend, Andrew Robert Palmer, returns to discuss what our favorite band’s side projects are. Also, a live performance from, Andy! He’s performing at the International Pop Overthrow Fest in Chicago on Wednesday, April 17th at LiveWire Lounge.

Visit: www.arprock.com for more info!

Pop-Punk & Pizza #75: Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup

Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup joins Jacques LaMore on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Topics include: Rob Felicetti joining Bowling For Soup, Jaret’s newest music project, Jaret & Kelly, and much more!

Also, we hear new songs from Never Better, Drew Neely and the Heroes, DeadBeat at Dawn, and The Backseat Pandas.

Additional Links:

Bowling For Soup Tour Dates

Jaret and Kelly

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast #74: Tim Rogner of Allister

On this month’s episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, we celebrate 20 years of Allister with vocalist and guitarist, Tim Rogner. Featuring music from Blood People, Mallrat Poolboy, Parker, and Dave Gomez. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #73: Alex & Xack of The Linden Method

Alex & Xack of skate punk revivalist band, The Linden Method, have returned to, Pop-Punk & Pizza! It’s been almost two years since their first visit. The band teases they have some special cover songs to be released March 1st. Sign up for The Linden Method e-mail list at tlmband.com to hear the songs before they’re released!

Pop-Punk & Pizza #72: Snuzfest 2019

Kevin Andrew of Guardrail joins the podcast to discuss each band that is playing Snuzfest 2019 at Schubas in Chicago, this Sunday, January 13th! Lineup includes: Guardrail, The Blamed, Makena, Tiny Kingdoms, The Linden Method, The Flips, A Better Hand, Erabella, Butchered, and Action/Adventure. Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is proud to be hosting once again this year! BUY TICKETS HERE

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #71: Parker

Parker is a Chicago band rooted in the energy and spirit of punk and rock and roll, while embracing the melodic side of modern music. This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza not only includes an interview with the group but features a special acoustic performance of their songs, “Forever You and Me” and “Never Growing Old” from their debut EP. Visit parkerband.net for more info.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #70: Green Day – New Songs In The Works!

On this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza, exciting news from Green Day’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong and a sneak peek into Goldfinger’s upcoming Christmas EP! Speaking of Christmas music, we also take a listen to, “December”, a new holiday track by, MxPx. Plus, music from Action/Adventure, Arcane Ghosts, Backseat Pandas, and Parker! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Snuz Fest 2019 Announced!

Unfortunately, there will NOT be a new episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast this week due to being sick this past weekend. However, I did want to share some exciting news with you this week. I’m proud to announce I’ve been asked to host Snuz Fest (like Snooze) once again this January in Chicago! Thank you to my friends in Guardrail for inviting me back to be apart of the best punk rock pajama party in the Windy City.  I’ll be talking about each one of these talented bands on the podcast and filling you in on more details up until the week of the fest. For now, listen to this short podcast for more info on Snuz Fest 2019. Also, BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #69: Chris & Erik of Invictus

If The Offspring and Rise Against formed a band together, it would probably sound like, Invictus, from Chicago. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Chris Pawl, and drummer, Erik Enberg, of Invictus are our special guests on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #68: Nick & Dustin of The Flips

Chicago’s, The Flips, are known for diving deep into their personal experiences with mental health in their songs. Their new EP, “Exactly Where I should Be”, being released Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018, continue’s to share real life experiences with mental health issues that some of the members have gone through. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Nick Sintos, and lead guitarist, Dustin Martin, dropped by to tell me all about. I’m very grateful to these guys for sharing a little bit of their personal stories on such a delicate subject.  –Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #67: When The Sun Sets

When The Sun Sets, based out of Elgin, IL, stops by to talk about how they’re writing songs to raise awareness about suicide prevention and give us a special acoustic performance. Also, we spin First and Forever’s debut single, “Chicago”. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #66: Gary Mastriano of Backyard Superheroes

Gary Mastriano, the saxiest saxophone player of New Jersey based ska band, Backyard Superheroes, makes his triumphant return to Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Backyard Superheroes’s new album, “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.”, is out now and available on all major digital platforms. Also on this episode, music from Chicagoland based pop-punk band, When The Sun Sets. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #65: Darren Young of Brigades

In case you haven’t heard, South Carolina’s beloved post-punk band, Brigades, are back! Things are little different this time around though, as lead vocalist, Darren Young, explains to Jacques in this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Brigades new EP, “True Blue”, is now available everywhere and have a short 9-day US tour starting Nov. 9th. See dates here. Also featured on this episode is a new single from Worcester, MA based band, Louder, Louder, entitled, “True Friends”.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #64: Eddy Larson of Eddy & The Arsons

Eddy Larson of Eddy & The Arsons tells us what it was like growing up on the south side of Chicago in the 80’s and 90s, his run in with the law, and more! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #63: Johnny Christmas & Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish

On this episode, Johnny Christmas (Trumpet/Vocals) and Aaron Barrett (Lead vocals/Guitar) of legendary southern California ska band, Reel Big Fish, join the podcast! You’ll hear about everything from RBF’s new single, “You Can’t Have All of Me”, from their upcoming album, “Life Sucks….Let’s Dance!”, to Aaron’s wedding, their dog Walter, and many other topics. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #62: Nick Klock of Never Home

Nick Klock, lead vocalist of North Carolina based band, Never Home, joins the podcast! Nick tells us about the band’s connection to Taking Back Sunday, engagement stories, vocal warm ups, and more. Never Home’s self titled debut EP is available everywhere online. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #61: Justin Courtney Pierre

Photo: Dan Monick

In September of 2016, Motion City Soundtrack, came to an end (for now at least), leaving frontman, Justin Courtney Pierre, up to his own devices. Those devices transformed into his first solo album entitled, ‘In The Drink’, being released October 12th, 2018 via Epitaph Records. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to chat with Justin about his upcoming debut album and he also answers a few fan questions towards the end of our conversation. Thank you for being on the show, Justin! You’re welcome back anytime.

Pop Punk & Pizza #60: Matt Pow of City Mouth

Matt Pow, frontman of Chicago’s, City Mouth, joins the podcast to talk egg quesadillas, religion, Coldplay, his songwriting process, and more! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop Punk & Pizza #59: Jake & Nick of Tiny Kingdoms

Drummer, Jake Newling, and bassist, Nick Collis, of Chicago alternative rock band, Tiny Kingdoms, come down to the Bangarang Radio studio to eat pizza, talk classic cartoons, glockenspiels, and their latest EP ‘Realms’. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #58: Boston Manor – Welcome to the Neighbourhood

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, It’s a crossover episode! David of, Music To My Peers Podcast, invited Jacques to review Boston Manor’s latest album, “Welcome to the Neighbourhood”, on his show. Plus, brand new music from Australia’s, Stand Atlantic!

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Pop Punk & Pizza #57: 2018 Fall Tours

Only a few weeks of summer left and it will officially be fall! Time to find out which of your favorite bands are hitting the road this fall in the U.S. Plus, new music from two bands out of Columbia, SC. Brigades and Fraud! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #56: Chuck Staton of Senior Discount

On this episode, Jacques talks with, Chuck Staton, lead vocalist of Providence, Road Island punk band, Senior Discount, and co-host of the Chuck and Brad Podcast. Plus, music from Chicago’s, Eddy and the Arsons!

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Pop Punk & Pizza #55: Steve Creaturo – We Were Sharks

Steve Creaturo, bassist of Canadian pop punk band, We Were Sharks, is our special guest on today’s show! Plus, music from Night Surf out of Brooklyn, NY. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore and joined by our music review writer, James Volz.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #54: ‘Saves The Day’ Announce New Album

‘Saves The Day’, have announced first album in five years. I also talk about a late night tv talk show will no longer book musical guests. Plus, music from Post Season and Stellar West. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #53: Scott Klopfenstein

Scott Klopfenstein of The Littlest Man Band, formerly of Reel Big Fish, joins the podcast to talk about what he’s been up to since retiring from RBF in 2011. Is he planning on releasing new music in the future? Listen to find out! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop Punk & Pizza #52: Debut ‘Belmont’ LP

This Monday edition of Pop Punk & Pizza is all about new music coming out this week. New EP from Australia’s, The Shorts, this Thursday, August 16th, and Chicago’s, Belmont, debut LP this Friday, August 17th. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #51: Aug. 10th, 2018

Alkaline Trio released the title track from their upcoming album, “Is This Thing Cursed?”, this past week. Listen to this episode to learn more about the upcoming album and hear the track as well! Also, music from Church Key out of St. Louis, MO. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #50: August 8th, 2018

Robert Biskoski, lead vocalist and guitarist of Chicago based, Bury Me In Lights, joins the podcast! Plus, music from other Windy City natives, Detour North. Hosted By, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #49: August 7th, 2018

Vincent Tyler of northwest Arkansas pop punk trio, Innocent Tyler, joins the podcast! Their first EP, Make A Scene, was produced by Luis Cabezas (of The Dollyrots) and mixed by John Fields (Pink, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.), with a music video for the single “Bree” directed by Jaret Reddick (of Bowling For Soup). Also, music from Shift-D out of Ontario, Canada. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #48: August 6th, 2018

The final cross country version of the Vans Warped Tour just finished up yesterday, August 5th, 2018. This episode is a look back at some of the Warped Memories we’ve shared on the podcast. Featuring, Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake, and members of Felicity, and The Projection. Also, music from Invade The Arcade (UK). Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #47: August 2nd, 2018

The band who coined, “Defend Pop-Punk”, Man Overboard, is back! Also, Detroit punk rock band, The Painted Dogs. Hosted By, Jacques LaMore

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Pop Punk & Pizza #46: August 1st, 2018

Joshua Long, vocalist/guitarist of Chicago pop-punk band, Lightweights, returns to the podcast to promote their latest EP, “Members Only”! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #45: July 31st, 2018

On this Tuesday, we found out exciting new about Tre Cool of Green Day and Justin Courtney Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack. Listen to this episode to find out! Also, new music from, Night Terrors, out of Chicago. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore on bangarangradio.com.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #44: July 30th, 2018

Jacques LaMore is back hosting your favorite pop-punk oriented podcast! New episodes will now be posted five days a week, Monday through Friday on bangarangradio.com. Today, music from Zombie Schoolboy, The Linden Method, Midway Down and more! Plus, exciting news from Green Day.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #43: Andrew Robert Palmer

Singer/Songwriter, Andrew Robert Palmer, stops by the podcast with Aurelio’s Pizza for Jacques, plays a few of his songs, and talks about pop-punk songs that could easily double as country tunes. Enjoy because this will be the last episode for a little while. Thank you for listening! -Love, Jacques.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #42: Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake

Chris Demakes of legendary ska/punk band, Less Than Jake, joins the podcast to answer fan questions, talk Vans Warped Tour memories, and more. It was an honor to have you on the podcast, Chris. LTJ has always been one of my biggest musical inspirations! Photo of Chris is by, Sabrina Leviton. –Jacques LaMore

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Pop Punk & Pizza #41: Kevin Singleton

Kevin Singleton of El Famous/The Cold Mourning and manager of Chicago music venue, Bottom Lounge, joins the podcast! We share our stories of when we toured together in his old band, The Action Blast. I sold merchandise for them on two different tours. One with, Trapt, the other with, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, in the winter of 2013. Hope you enjoy! –Jacques LaMore

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Pop Punk & Pizza #40 Valentine’s Day 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Here’s an episode with my friend, Sara Davis and I sharing some of our favorite pop punk Valentine’s Day songs and stories. Don’t worry, we threw in some break up songs incase you’re going through a rough time!

Jacques’s Songs:

Heartbreak

“Become What You Hate” – Midtown

“I Miss You” – Blink-182

“Floorboards” – Real Friends

“I Don’t Love You” –  My Chemical Romance

Love

“Dear Bobbie” – Yellowcard

“Quit Your Life” – MxPx

“Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching” – Simple Plan

“Last Night On Earth” – Green Day

Sara’s Songs:

Heartbreak

“Jaked On Green Beers” – Alkaline Trio

“Good Fucking Bye” – Matt Skiba

“Do You Miss Me?” – Lucky Boys Confusion

“How Does It Feel?” – Sugarcult

“Where Have You Been?” – Reel Big Fish

“Twenty Times 7” – Brand New

Love

“Nove Over Tail” – Alkaline Trio

“Summertime” – Mae

“Stay” – Suicide Machines

“I Don’t Wanna Know” – New Found Glory

“Nothing With You” – Descendents

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Pop Punk & Pizza #39: 5 Bands That Should Reunite

Jacques shares with you 5 bands that he would like to see reunite!

In no particular order:

  1. Sugarcult“Stuck In America”
  2. Midtown“Like A Movie”
  3. Something Corporate“I Woke Up In A Car”
  4. Jeffries Fan Club“One More Time”
  5. My Chemical Romance“Famous Last Words”

(Other bands I almost put on the list are Yellowcard and Motion City Soundtrack. I didn’t put them in this list because I know they just recently broke up in the last few years.)

Also music from:

The Projection“Late Night in Logan Square”

Came Out Swingin’“Hometown”

The Follow Ups“The Half of It”

Idleminds“Brick By Brick”

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #38 Innocent Elaine

Jay Norton, lead vocalist and guitarist of Phoenix, Arizona pop punk band, Innocent Elaine, joins the podcast! We talk about their Alice Cooper experience, dream Warped Tour line-up, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and more. Check out Innocent Elaine’s song called, “Freedom”.

Thanks for listening!

Jacques LaMore

Music Submissions This Week: 

“Broken Kid”Almost Made The Mixtape

“Rite To Hate” –  The Alements

Picks of the Week:

“Walk” – Pantera

“Happy Judgement Day” – Neck Deep

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #37 Warped Memories #2: Felicity

FELICITY, out of Orlando, Florida, joins the podcast to be a part of the second edition of, “Warped Memories”, as we count down the days til the final cross country version of The Vans Warped Tour starts. Check out FELICITY’s latest single, “Circles”.

Music Submissions this Week:

“2049”Wicked Bears (SLC, Utah)

“Rainy Days”New Deadline (Finland).

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Pop Punk & Pizza #36: From The Start

Alternative rock band, From The Start, joins the podcast for the first new episode of 2018! Check out their song called, “Colder”.

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Love,

Jacques LaMore

Music Submission This Week:

Innocent Elaine“Point of View”

Picks of The Week:

Fruit Bats – “Humbug Mountain Song”

Peter Schilling“Major Tom”

Eddie Murphy – “Party All The Time” 

Pavement“Black Out”

City Mouth“Curse My Name”

St. Jimmy Dates: (Green Day Tribute Band I play guitar in.)

Friday, January 19th, 2017 – Black Sheep in Orland Park, IL: More Info Here

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Pop Punk & Pizza #35: Best of 2017

2017 was an amazing year! Let’s listen back to some of the best acoustic performances of the year on Pop-Punk & Pizza. Featuring: Get By, Guardrail, Carrying Torches, The Linden Method, Rebuild and Rebound, Night Terrors, and Talk To You Never. Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for listening and supporting the podcast. May 2018 treat you well!

Love,

Jacques

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Pop Punk & Pizza #34: Gallery-81

Gallery-81, out of Chicago, joins the podcast to promote their latest single, “For Granted”.

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Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk Pick of The Week:

“Silhouettes” – Set The Trend

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Friday, January 19th, 2017 – Black Sheep Orland Park, IL: More Info Here

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Pop Punk & Pizza #33: St. Jimmy

St. Jimmy, The Green Day tribute band that Jacques plays guitar in, joins the podcast! Also, we are proud to announce Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsoring Snuzfest 2018 at The Wire in Berwyn, IL., Saturday, January 13th. Super honored to be the MC for this show! For tickets and more info, click here.

Christmas Song of The Week:

“Carol of The Bells” – August Burns Red

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“Come Over” – The Frantic

“Main Attraction” – Sincerely, Me

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Friday, January 19th, 2017 – Black Sheep Orland Park, IL: More Info Here

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Pop Punk & Pizza Podcast #32: Warped Memories #1: Brett Buttle

The first installment of “Warped Memories” on Pop-Punk and Pizza! Your host, Jacques LaMore and former bandmate, Brett Buttle, talk about their experience playing Vans Warped Tour 2008 in their band, The Projection.

Pop-Punk Pick of The Week:

“Swisher Sweetheart” – Old Sol

St. Jimmy Dates (Green Day tribute band Jacques plays in.):

Tuesday, Dec. 26th, 2017 – House of Blues Chicago: Buy Tickets Here

Friday, January 19th, 2017 – Black Sheep Orland Park, IL

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #31 Part 2: Joshua Long of Lightweights

Joshua Long, Lead vocalist/guitarist of Chicago’s, Lightweights, joins the podcast! Jacques and Joshua had such a great conversation that there’s two parts to this episode. This is part two!

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Christmas song:

“Christmas Day” – MxPx

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“Role Playing” – Heavy Hitters

“Sidewinder” – Stand Atlantic

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #31 Part 1: Joshua Long of Lightweights

Joshua Long, Lead vocalist/guitarist of Chicago’s, Lightweights, joins the podcast! Jacques and Joshua had such a great conversation that there’s two parts to this episode. This is part one!

You’ll find part two here: http://bangarangradio.com/Epxiv

Check out: “Absolutely, Yes” – Lightweights.

Christmas Song:

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” – The Ramones

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Pop Punk & Pizza Ep. 30: Farewell Warped Tour

Jacques talks about the cross country version of the Vans Warped Tour coming to an end, Knuckle Puck Tour troubles, Christmas song of the week and more! Plus, new music from Green Day and Real Friends.

Pop-Punk Pick of The Week:

“Through A Glass” – Loyal Panic. (Pop-punk from Israel. Awesome, right?)

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Pop Punk & Pizza Ep. 29: Fastest Kid Alive

Gary Weissmann of The Fastest Kid Alive and Loudernow joins the podcast! The Fastest Kid Alive is playing a show for the first time in five years at the end of this month in Tinley Park, IL. Click here for show info.

Jacques also announced the Green Day tribute band he plays in, St. Jimmy, is performing 90’s Palooza at House of Blues Chicago, Tuesday, December 26th! Buy your tickets here. Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 28: Night Terrors

Dave Gomez and Evan Lewis of Night Terrors join the podcast!

Jacques also announces the Green Day tribute band he plays in called, St. Jimmy, has an all ages show coming up this Sunday, August 20th, at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. Buy tickets HERE

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“Blackbox” – Lightweights

“Get What I need” – Goldfinger

“LOTL” – 7 Minutes In Heaven

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 27: Talk To You Never

Talk To You Never joins the podcast to introduce the world to their new line-up and play a brand new song for us!

Jacques also announces the Green Day tribute band he plays in called, St. Jimmy, has an all ages show coming up Sunday, August 20th, at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. Buy tickets HERE

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“There’s Something About Mary Jane” – The Skategoats

“D2” – Allister

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