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Episode 251: Jeff Rosenstock

Frequent guest host and friend of the podcast Jeff Rosenstock returned to Going Off Track to discuss his then-recent show... Read on.
Frequent guest host and friend of the podcast Jeff Rosenstock returned to Going Off Track to discuss his then-recent show in Tijuana, street tacos and why there is no escape from advertising (except on this podcast). We also discuss the time that Benny almost got arrested at Denny’s for NOT dine-and-dashing, the making of Jeff’s...  Read on.
Frequent guest host and friend of the podcast Jeff Rosenstock returned to Going Off Track to discuss his then-recent show in Tijuana, street tacos and why there is no escape from advertising (except on this podcast). We also discuss the time that Benny almost got arrested at Denny's for NOT dine-and-dashing, the making of Jeff's latest hit album "Worry" and a lot of stuff about fantasy sports. "It's certainly evolution: In 100 years we'll be communicating globally probably, we already are," Rosenstock says of the way that technology is affecting our reality. This leads us into an impassioned conversation on the origins of the language of Esperanto, why Jonah's dad is the original Todd and how Jeff has managed to stick to his DIY roots as his popularity increases. "I think what informs my records more than anything else is how incredibly self-critical I am with every single note being important and I can't see myself ever not being that way," he explains. If you aren't familiar with Jeff's solo work, his old band Bomb The Music Industry! or his current project with Benny and Chris Farren, Antarctigo Vespucci, it's time for you to get acquainted. You've got a lot of catching up to do. Jeff Rosenstock Antarctigo Vespucci Follow Jeff on Twitter Photo by Erica Lauren
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Episode 250: Harley Flanagan

Cro-Mags founding member Harley Flanagan came by Going Off Track with guest host Emil Amos (Om, Grails) to discuss the... Read on.
Cro-Mags founding member Harley Flanagan came by Going Off Track with guest host Emil Amos (Om, Grails) to discuss the genesis of his memoir “Hard-Core: Life Of My Own” and why he wanted to do it before someone else did posthumously. He also discusses what it was like growing up in the Lower East Side...  Read on.
Cro-Mags founding member Harley Flanagan came by Going Off Track with guest host Emil Amos (Om, Grails) to discuss the genesis of his memoir "Hard-Core: Life Of My Own" and why he wanted to do it before someone else did posthumously. He also discusses what it was like growing up in the Lower East Side and hanging out with icons like Andy Warhol and The Clash before as a preteen, how seeing Bad Brains changed his life and what happened when he met Renzo Gracie and became involved in the Jiu-Jitsu community. "I loved growing up in the Lower East Side in the old days, it was a special neighborhood: In my building Allen Ginsberg lived on the fifth floor, Richard Hell lived on the sixth floor and Luc Sante lived next door to me," Flanagan says, reminiscing about a childhood that often borders on surreal. "The whole building was a lot of influential, creative people... it was a crazy experience with a lot of crime and a lot of drugs and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy but I wouldn't trade it in for anything." Flanagan also discusses the Cro-Mags classic album "The Age Of Quarrel," why he doesn't let gentrification get him down and what it was like recently recording a song for the New York Rangers. Harley Flanagan Follow Harley on Twitter
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Episode 249: Buddy Nielsen

Senses Fail frontman Buddy Nielsen returned to Going Off Track to explain why he loves making an impact positive or... Read on.
Senses Fail frontman Buddy Nielsen returned to Going Off Track to explain why he loves making an impact positive or negative on his audience, the joy he receives from ¬†occasionally playing a bad guy onstage and the politics of the Warped Tour. We also discuss how Nielsen was able to mellow out and become less...  Read on.
Senses Fail frontman Buddy Nielsen returned to Going Off Track to explain why he loves making an impact positive or negative on his audience, the joy he receives from  occasionally playing a bad guy onstage and the politics of the Warped Tour. We also discuss how Nielsen was able to mellow out and become less judgmental about himself, what inspired him to publicly open up about his sexuality and mental illness and why he felted warranted into calling out the singer of Atilla on Warped Tour for insulting the LGBT community. "A lot of younger bands are like. 'We really like you guys but we wish you would stop talking shit about us' but this is what has to be done," he recounts at one point. "I've had run-ins in the past where people have called us out for doing stupid shit and we learned our lessons but nowadays it doesn't work like that. There's not this level of people policing anymore." If nothing else, Nielsen's message strives for inclusion whether it's at a summer festival or one of the band's sold out anniversary shows supporting their 2006 album "Still Searching"... and as a punk fan, that's a pretty difficult sentiment to argue against. Follow Senses Fail on Twitter
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Episode 248: Jared Scharff

Saturday Night Live house guitarist Jared Scharff came by Going Off Track to discuss how he got late night music’s... Read on.
Saturday Night Live house guitarist Jared Scharff came by Going Off Track to discuss how he got late night music’s most sought after gig, his own musical project Pearl Lion and the joys of discovering Jeff Beck later in life. We also discuss why the music business is even worse than dating in the modern...  Read on.
Saturday Night Live house guitarist Jared Scharff came by Going Off Track to discuss how he got late night music's most sought after gig, his own musical project Pearl Lion and the joys of discovering Jeff Beck later in life. We also discuss why the music business is even worse than dating in the modern era, the time he made a half a million dollar major-label album with his band Carbondale when he was 22 years old and how he's managed to unite his love of music and hockey via his Web series "Unnecessary Shredding." "I like to think that I make non-guitar music with guitar," Scharff says at one point. "I want to make music that affects everybody not just guitar guys. I never cared about that kind of stuff because the goal for me is to create something that can appeal all different types of people." You can catch Jared politely smiling behind the SNL host every weekend but if you really want to dig deep into the world of Scharff, definitely check out his own musical projects where he's free to express himself and his display virtuosic playing in a pure and unfiltered way. Follow Jared on Twitter Listen to Pearl Lion Watch Unnecessary Shredding
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