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Episode 227: Emil Amos

One of our favorite guests Emil Amos (Holy Sons, Om) returned to Going Off Track as part of his whirlwind... Read on.
One of our favorite guests Emil Amos (Holy Sons, Om) returned to Going Off Track as part of his whirlwind press tour to promote his new podcast with Jonah, “Drifter’s Sympathy.” Along the way we discuss how the idea for this storytelling podcast came about, the meaning of life and other existential questions that are...  Read on.
One of our favorite guests Emil Amos (Holy Sons, Om) returned to Going Off Track as part of his whirlwind press tour to promote his new podcast with Jonah, "Drifter's Sympathy." Along the way we discuss how the idea for this storytelling podcast came about, the meaning of life and other existential questions that are way too lofty for a group of overcaffeinated musicians to discuss. We also flash forward 76 years to when Emil is on a hospital bed fading out of earthly existence and learn why he'll hear Jonah in his head saying, "just live your life, man." Finally we converse about our relative consciousness, how your art can actually inhabit you and include lots of depressing asides about death along thte way. "Sure it's gratifying but your hands are bleeding and it fucking hurts," Emil says of the sacrifice he inherently brings all of his varied musical projects. Part of the beauty is in these battle scars. Holy Sons Check out Drifter's Sympathy via Feral Audio Emil Amos on Twitter
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Episode 226: David Bazan

Going Off Track favorite David Bazan returned once again to Going Off Track to discusses how alcohol and weed affect... Read on.
Going Off Track favorite David Bazan returned once again to Going Off Track to discusses how alcohol and weed affect his creativity, why it’s beneficial to question our own hardwired opinions and if there’s any hope for a world that seems teeming with eroding personal values. We also talk about his latest album “Blanco” and...  Read on.
Going Off Track favorite David Bazan returned once again to Going Off Track to discusses how alcohol and weed affect his creativity, why it's beneficial to question our own hardwired opinions and if there's any hope for a world that seems teeming with eroding personal values. We also talk about his latest album "Blanco" and how two decades into his career he's crafted his most personal collection of songs to date. Of course it wouldn't be a Bazan interview without discussing religion but these days he's a little less vehement about believers and thinks that Christianity and progressive politics don't have to be mutually exclusive. "The pendulum has swung back where I'm not a Christian, not even close, but I care and I love Christians and I can have a  conversation that's not all anger and destructiveness, " he says at one point. "I want the world to be a better place and I'm trying." While it's easy to default to being dismissive or judgmental, we could all benefit from being more empathetic alongside Bazan and understanding how our own actions can have a truly global impact.
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Episode 225: Vinnie Caruana

The Movielife frontman Vinnie Caruana talks with Jonah and guest host Benny Horowitz (The Gaslight Anthem) about moving to Brooklyn,... Read on.
The Movielife frontman Vinnie Caruana talks with Jonah and guest host Benny Horowitz (The Gaslight Anthem) about moving to Brooklyn, the nature of individuality and reunion culture. Along the way we also discuss his excellent new solo album “Survivor’s Guilt”, the perils of supporting yourself as a full-time musician well into adulthood and his secret...  Read on.
The Movielife frontman Vinnie Caruana talks with Jonah and guest host Benny Horowitz (The Gaslight Anthem) about moving to Brooklyn, the nature of individuality and reunion culture. Along the way we also discuss his excellent new solo album "Survivor's Guilt”, the perils of supporting yourself as a full-time musician well into adulthood and his secret to getting tattooed without feeling any pain. "As the years go on I become less qualified to do anything [besides music] and that is a little bit scary but I'm constantly thinking about the future and what I want to do,” Caruana explains at one point. "I may have painted myself in a corner but let's hope there's a happy ending to that." Judging by Caruana's musical output over the past two decades with the Movielife, Peace'd Out, I Am The Avalanche and his solo material, we've got a feeling that he's going to be just fine... as long as we aren't all priced out of Brooklyn by the time this episode is released. Photo: Shervin Lainez
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Episode 224: Dave Pirner

Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner came by Going Off Track to find somebody to shove and in the process we... Read on.
Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner came by Going Off Track to find somebody to shove and in the process we ended up discussing the genesis of the band’s triple-platinum 1992 album “Grave Dancer’s Union”, how he dealt with the band’s surprise success and the influence of the Replacements on Soul Asylum’s sound. He also discusses...  Read on.
Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner came by Going Off Track to find somebody to shove and in the process we ended up discussing the genesis of the band's triple-platinum 1992 album "Grave Dancer's Union”, how he dealt with the band's surprise success and the influence of the Replacements on Soul Asylum's sound. He also discusses his recording sessions with Prince at his Paisley Park studio, playing in the supergroup Golden Smog alongside members of Wilco and The Jayhawks and what it's like for Pirner to run his own recording studio in New Orleans. "I was in the darkest place and was experiencing what I think they call clinical depression for the first time," he responds when asked about the crushing lyrics to the band's ubiquitous hit "Runaway Train". "I had convinced myself that I was losing my hearing and losing my mind and was going through sort of a spiral-and you wouldn't necessarily think that people were going to identify with that but there's something to it, I guess." Soul Asylum's eleventh full-length album "Change Of Fortune" is available now. Visit Soul Asylum online
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