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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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Episode 223: Bobby Moynihan

“Saturday Night Live” veteran cast member Bobby Moynihan stopped by Going Off Track alongside guest host Jeff Rosenstock to discuss... Read on.
“Saturday Night Live” veteran cast member Bobby Moynihan stopped by Going Off Track alongside guest host Jeff Rosenstock to discuss what it’s like to get paid to fulfill his childhood fantasies. We also discuss how someone who is naturally reclusive deals with overzealous fans, the insanely long process behind doing the voices for cartoons like...  Read on.
"Saturday Night Live" veteran cast member Bobby Moynihan stopped by Going Off Track alongside guest host Jeff Rosenstock to discuss what it's like to get paid to fulfill his childhood fantasies. We also discuss how someone who is naturally reclusive deals with overzealous fans, the insanely long process behind doing the voices for cartoons like "We Bare Bears" and "Nature Cat" and some of Moynihan's career highlights over the years, many of which unsurprisingly have to do with "Star Wars." We have an insanely long discussion about Bobby's experiences as a bartender at Pizzeria Uno in Yonkers, New York, prior to joining the cast of SNL that you won't want to miss. From comics to podcasts to music, this episode of Going Off Track truly has something for everyone and we couldn't be more thankful to Bobby for making time during his summer hiatus to swing by the studio. Follow Bobby on Twitter
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