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Top 25 Albums of 2014



As I reflect on 2014 as it winds to a close, it is

easy to say that it was a good year for underground

music. There were a lot of bands who put out

amazing debut albums and bands who have been

around for a while continuing to craft excellent



This year was particularly hard for the podcast,

as I have was not able to put out nearly as many

episodes as I would have liked. Between working

a full time job and being a husband and father to two

young boys, I struggle to find enough hours in the day

to create. My sincere hope and resolution is that

this will change in 2015, as I genuinely love making

each episode and sharing great tunes and interviews

with you.


Anyway, without any further adieu, here are my top

25 albums of 2014. Happy New Year!


#25 Modern Baseball-You're Gonna Miss It All

#24 Crow Bait-Sliding Through The Halls of Fate

#23 The Muffs-Whoop Dee Doo

#22 Muscle & Bone-Peace and Light

#21 The Hotelier-Home, Like No Place Is There

#20 Counting Crows-Somewhere Under Wonderland

#19 Afghan Whigs-Do The Beast

#18 New Found Glory-Resurrection

#17 The Rentals-Lost in Alphaville

#16 Gameface-Now Is What Matters Now

#15 Chumped-Teenage Retirement

#14 J Mascis-Tied to a Star

#13 Kittyhawk-Hello, Again

#12 Cheap Girls-Famous Graves

#11 Lagwagon-Hang

#10 Bob Mould-Beauty & Ruin

#9 The Hold Steady-Teeth Dreams

#8 Cheatahs-Cheatahs

#7 Floor-Oblation

#6 Cayetana-Nervous Like Me

#5 Rozwell Kid-Too Shabby


#3 Hard Girls-A Thousand Surfaces

#2 Restorations-LP3

#1 Somos-Temple of Plenty


Episode #70: FEST 13!

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Welcome to a special episode of Rocket Fuel!

With the Fest 13 being just weeks away, it is our

annual Fest preview episode where we play

only bands playing Fest, including bands that

you have come to know and love like Descendents

and Hot Water Music, as well as bands you

may not have heard of yet and definitely need

to check out.


I also have an in-depth interview with Fest creator

and head honcho Tony Weinbender about what

is new for this year's Fest, what the future of

Fest may look like and of course, music.


Check it out!



Playlist for Episode #70:

Descendents "Suburban Home"

The Copyrights "Telescope"

Hard Girls "The Quark"

Mineral "Gloria"

And We Danced "Goodnight Toronto"

Somos "Familiar Theme"

The Marked Men "Fix My Brain"

Chixdiggit! "Where's Your Mom?"

Beach Slang "Filthy Luck"

Cayetana "Scott Get the Van, I'm Moving"

The Weaks "Nietzche's Harvest Song"

New Year's Revolution "Kate Jones"

Big Shoals "12 Steps"

Pup "Reservoir"

Hot Water Music "Trusty Chords"

Episode #69: Less Than Jake Interview



Welcome to the latest Rocket Fuel!

On this episode we've got new music

from Polar Bear Club, A Wilhelm Scream,

Iron Chic and many more.


I also talk with Vinnie Fiorello, the drummer

and lyricist for the legendary Gainesville, FL

ska-punk band Less Than Jake.  During our

interview, we talk about the band's new album

See The Light, why the band worked with

Fat Wreck Chords on the album, how becoming

a father has affected Vinnie's songwriting and



Tune in to the episode to hear all of these great tunes

and the interview!



Playlist for Episode #69:

A Wilhelm Scream "Boat Builders"

Iron Chic "Bogus Journey"

Heartsounds "Internal Eyes"

Polar Bear Club "Graph Paper Glory Days"

The Swellers "Big Hearts"

Less Than Jake "Jump"

The Last "Unreal Love"

Radioactivity "Get Straight"

Bars of Gold "Coffee With Pele"

Less Than Jake "American Idle"

And We Danced "Goodnight Toronto"

The Brother Kite "Secrets"

Yuck "Middle Sea"

Episode #68: Live at Fest 12

fest 12


Welcome to a special episode of Rocket Fuel!

Now that Fest 12 is several weeks behind us

and everyone has recovered from their

hangovers and illnesses, let's take a look back

at the best party to happen each and every year.


While in Gainesville for Fest 12, I was able to

record a few interviews as well as an acoustic song.

I chatted with Sergie from Samiam, Knapsack and

Grievers and Matt from Old Flings, who did a joint

interview.  Afterwards, Matt picked up his guitar

and played the Old Flings tune "Funeral Mixtape".


After that, I talked with the awesome New Jersey

band Banquets.  During this team we talked about

the challenges of travelling to Fest, a "secret Torche

set", stealing pizza while in Gainesville and wrestling,

among other hilarious topics.


And lastly, I talk with the one and only John Reis

of Night Marchers, Rocket From The Crypt and

Hot Snakes, to name of few of his amazing bands.

We talk about what his band Night Marcers had

planned while in Florida (it turns out he doesn't

hate Florida!), the conventions of Rock n' Roll

and much more.


Check out this very special and fun episode!


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