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Episode 171: Shane McRae

You may recognize Shane McRae as one of the stars of Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” alongside Giovanni Ribisi but he’s had... Read on.
You may recognize Shane McRae as one of the stars of Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” alongside Giovanni Ribisi but he’s had a long career in television that includes appearances on Chicago FireĀ and Law & Order. He’s also an accomplished theater performer who has played key roles in acclaimed renditions of “Richard III” and the Tony-Award winning...  Read on.
You may recognize Shane McRae as one of the stars of Amazon's "Sneaky Pete" alongside Giovanni Ribisi but he's had a long career in television that includes appearances on Chicago FireĀ and Law & Order. He's also an accomplished theater performer who has played key roles in acclaimed renditions of "Richard III" and the Tony-Award winning play "Take Me Out." Jonah met Shane at a David Bazan show and on this episode we discuss our mutual love of the singer-songwriter, how easy it is to lose your own identity when you're immersed in a character and what it's like playing an alcoholic rapist onstage. "You find that in acting, people view you as some sort of success when you often are struggling more financially than they are," McRae admits when we discuss the myriad parallels between musicians and actors. "You know that people from your high school [who see you on TV] think you're doing so well, little do they know I'm filling out the unemployment card." We've got a feeling McRae won't be filling out those cards much longer. Sneaky Pete on Amazon Shane McRae on Twitter
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Episode 170: Kevin Devine

Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine stopped by Going Off Track to discuss how he’s able to play arenas with Brand New one... Read on.
Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine stopped by Going Off Track to discuss how he’s able to play arenas with Brand New one week and headline intimate shows the next, what it’s been like bouncing between Brooklyn, Staten Island & Manhattan for his entire life and what it’s like being both a musician and a critic. “If you’re...  Read on.
Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine stopped by Going Off Track to discuss how he's able to play arenas with Brand New one week and headline intimate shows the next, what it's been like bouncing between Brooklyn, Staten Island & Manhattan for his entire life and what it's like being both a musician and a critic. "If you're trying to get press, you then can't get pissed off about people not liking it," Devine says at one point. "It's not that it's not personal but if someone says they don't like our music, well, you're not going to please everyone." That said, if you don't like Kevin's music you might want to get your head checked. Kevin Devine
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Episode 169: Tim Kasher

Cursive and the Good Life frontman Tim Kasher stopped by Going Off Track during The Ugly Organ tenth anniversary tour... Read on.
Cursive and the Good Life frontman Tim Kasher stopped by Going Off Track during The Ugly Organ tenth anniversary tour to discuss his prodigious musical output, what it’s like being on tour when your lung collapses and the consequences of writing overly personal lyrics. Kasher also talks about his relatively recent move to Chicago and...  Read on.
Cursive and the Good Life frontman Tim Kasher stopped by Going Off Track during The Ugly Organ tenth anniversary tour to discuss his prodigious musical output, what it's like being on tour when your lung collapses and the consequences of writing overly personal lyrics. Kasher also talks about his relatively recent move to Chicago and his latest artistic endeavor, a movie that he wrote and is in the process of making as you read this. "I think with albums, I've done enough of them now that there's certain responses that I have to get from myself... but even if it's all there it still leaves you unsure," he explains at one point still sounding a little bewildered by why his audience seems to gravitate to certain releases. "Every single album, you don't know." The Good Life's new album Everybody's Coming Down comes out on Friday. Check it out. Tim Kasher The Good Life Cursive
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Episode 168: Live at Union Hall #5

We took it to Brooklyn for our 5th live podcast taping at Union Hall. Guests were Vanessa Bayer (SNL, Trainwreck),... Read on.
We took it to Brooklyn for our 5th live podcast taping at Union Hall. Guests were Vanessa Bayer (SNL, Trainwreck), Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets To Brazil), Christopher Norris a.k.a. Steak Mountain & yoga guru Eddie Stern. We talk about everything from punk to politics to porn and a bunch of other stuff that we were...  Read on.
We took it to Brooklyn for our 5th live podcast taping at Union Hall. Guests were Vanessa Bayer (SNL, Trainwreck), Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets To Brazil), Christopher Norris a.k.a. Steak Mountain & yoga guru Eddie Stern. We talk about everything from punk to politics to porn and a bunch of other stuff that we were too drunk to remember. We also learned that one of our guests was briefly in White Zombie. Hint: It wasn't Jonah's sister. Thanks in advance to everyone who helped make this episode a sell-out affair, we couldn't have done it without your support. BONUS: Blake does a live performance at the end and you won't want to miss it.
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