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Episode #73: Sam Means (ex The Format)



Welcome to a new episode of Rocket Fuel!

It's the first episode of 2016 and I couldn't

be happier for you to give it a listen.


On the episode, I play new music from The

Ship Thieves, Basement and The I Don't Cares

as well as the world premiere of a track from the

Los Angeles-based rock band Jr. Juggernaut.


I am also pleased to have Sam Means on the show.

He recently released his debut full length 10 Songs,

his first solo record since his former band The

Format split in 2008.  We talk about his new record,

his process of getting back into writing music, his thriving

merch company Hello Merch and much, much more.

I also play a couple of tracks from his new album and a

classic The Format song.


Check it out!



Playlist for Episode #73:

The Ship Thieves "Middle Man"

Basement "Brothers Keeper"

Sam Means "The Other Side of You"

The I Don't Cares "Wear Me Out Loud"

Jr. Juggernaut "Melody"

Sam Means "How To Sing"

The Format "The First Single (You Know Me)"


Episode #72: Fest 14!

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Welcome to a special episode of Rocket Fuel!

With the Fest 14 being just weeks away, it is our

annual Fest preview episode where we play

only bands playing Fest, including new music from

Night Birds, Meat Wave and Have/Hold and

classic tracks from Andrew W. K., Bigwig and

The Gamits. I hope that you'll hear some tunes

you already know and love and possibly discover

a new band or two while listening to the episode.


I also have an in-depth interview with Fest creator

and leader Tony Weinbender about what

is new for this year's Fest, what it's like to book

and schedule all of the over 400 bands playing

this year and much, much more.


Check it out!



Playlist for Episode #72:

Andrew W.K. "Party Hard"

Pet Symmetry "Give Thanks (Get Lost"

Woahnows "Watching Accidents"

Night Birds "Left in the Middle"

Bigwig "Sink or Swim"

Bandit "Brain"

Prawn "First As Tragedy, Second As Farce"

Have/Hold "King Salt"

Meat Wave "Reunion"

The Gamits "Golden Sometimes"

***Stay tuned for our second Fest 14 episode

coming soon!***

Episode #71: The Weaks Interview


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The hiatus is over and a new episode of Rocket

Fuel is here! On this episode of the show, I talk

with Chris from the Philadelphia band The Weaks,

review the new Millencolin album, and play great

new tunes from Superheaven, Great Cynics, The Sonics

and many many more.


Check it out!



Playlist for Episode #71:

Millencolin "Egocentric Man"

Jernigan "Disorderly"

Isaac "Sweetheart"

The Midwestern Charm "Can't Stand It"

Great Cynics "I Went Swimming"

The Weaks "Nevermind"

Superheaven "I've Been Bored"

All Eyes West "West Thirteenth"

Local H "City of Knives"

Sweet John Bloom "Moving Target"

Personal Best "If You Meet Someone in

Love (Wish Them Well)"

Science Club "Bad at Parties"

The Weaks "Bad Year"

Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt

"Trash Talk"

The Sonics "Sugaree"


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


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