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Episode #83: Mo Troper

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What's up and welcome to a brand new episode of Rocket



On this one, we have 14 brand new and diverse tracks

from bands like Minus The Bear, Cloak/Dagger, White

Reaper, The Orwells and many more.


This episode also features my candid conversation with

Mo Troper, the singer/songwriter and earworm engineer.

We talk about his new "greatest hits" collection Goldm which

is out now. We also talk about his fantastic 2016 debut album

Beloved, what it was like growing up and playing shows in

Portland, Orgeon and...Britney Spears?


Check it out!



Playlist for Episode #83:

Cloak/Dagger "Ruin Theory"

White Reaper "Judy French"

The Orwells "They Put a Body in the Bayou"

Minus The Bear "Invisible"

The Obsessives "It's Not Fair"

Mo Troper "New Korea"

Great Cynics "Let Me Go Home"

Hiccup "Lady MacBeth & Miss Havisham"

Angus "I Don't Sleep"

Mo Troper "Hadley"

Odd Robot "Summer's Old"

Benchmarks "Frames"

Golden Lights "Eventually"

Orations "Iron"

Episode #82: Nothington




Welcome to the first episode of the podcast in 2017!


On this episode, we play new music from Japandroids, Less

Than Jake, The Menzingers, Meat Wave and many more.


This episode also features a great conversation with Jay

from the San Francisco punk band Nothington. We talk

about the bands excellent new record "In The End", the

delays that occurred in the release of the record, their

current tour in Europe and waking up next to a wild

chicken and much more.


Check it out!



Playlist for Episode #82:

Japandroids "Near To The Wild Heart of Life"

The Menzingers "Black Mass"

Beachheads "Reverberations"

Less Than Jake "Good Sign"

Higley "That's Not Me"

Nothington "Cobblestones"

Cloud Nothings "Internal World"

Oso Oso "Shoes (The Sneaker Song)"

Nothington "Burn After Reading"

The Chinchees "Hey Boy"

No Thank You "The Unbearble Purposeless of Being"

Meat Wave "Bad Man"

Top 50 Albums of 2016

There has already been a lot said on how much of a no

good, dirty rotten year 2016 was. There is nothing that

I can say that will contribute anything positive to that

conversation, expect for this: 2016 was a pretty great year

in music. That shouldn't be lost in the swirl of celebrity deaths,

electrion results and personal challenges that have come with

the last 12 months.


With that said, I present my top 50 albums of 2016 list. An

important aspect of this year for me musically was it was the

year that I discovered and fell in love with modern Soul music,

so that love is reflected throughout this list. Not to worry, as

any listener of the podcast knows, I still firmly have my feet

planted in the worlds of punk and alternative (?) rock.


I hope that as you look at this list, you find a new band or two

to check out and hopefully fall in love with. That is why I do this

list and frankly, do the podcast. I have a personal mission of

connecting you, as a fan of music, to new tunes that will put a

smile on your face. So enjoy this list! Please feel free to email

me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss your favorites

of the year. Best wishes in the New Year!


1. Empty Houses - Daydream

2. Wintersleep - The Great Detachment

3. Face To Face - Protection

4. Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate

5. Bob Mould - Patch the Sky

6. Plow United - Three

7. Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are

8. The Superweaks - Better Heavens

9. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake

10. Great Apes - California Heart

11. PUP - The Dream Is Over

12. Mrs. Magician - Bermuds

13. Freinds of Cesar Romero - Octatonic Exile

14. Mikey Erg- Tentative Decisions

15. Bleached - Bleached

16. American Football - LP2

17. The Dirty Nil - Higher Power

18. St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Sea of Noise

19. Pkew Pkew Pkew - Pkew Pkew Pkew

20. Mo Troper - Beloved

21. Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

22. The Suffers - The Suffers

23. Dentist - Ceilings

24. Butch Walker - Stay Gold

25. Culture Abuse - Peach

26. California - California

27. The Thermals - We Disappear

28. Weezer - The White Album

29. Big Jesus - Oneric

30. Sam Means - 10 Songs

31. Doe - Some Things Last Longer Than You

32. Crying - Beyond the Fleeing Gales

33. Sun Days - Album

34. Anakin - Radio Transmission Failure

35. Look Mexico - Uniola

36. Arliss Nancy - Greater Divides

37. The Record Company - Give It Back to You

38. Wrong -Wrong

39. Ship Thieves - No Anchor

40. Flowers - Everybody's Dying To Meet You

41. Milk Teeth - Vile Child

42. Kindling - Everywhere Else

43. Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes - Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes

44. Title Tracks - Long Dream

45. Jimmy Eat World - Intergrity Blues

46. Jeff Rosenstock - Worry

47. Matt Hires - American Wilderness

48. St. Lenox - Ten Hymns From My American Gothic

49. Carpenter - Lifelines

50. Jr. Juggernaut - Witch's Hand

Episode #81: Fest 15 Preview



Welcome to a special Fest 15 preview episode of the show!


On this episode, we play music from just a small fraction of

the bands playing the Fest punk rock music festival, which

occurs this weekend (October 28-30) in Gainesville, FL.

That includes tracks from Samiam, The Ergs!, The Flatliners,

Latterman and many, many more.


This episode also features an in-depth conversation with the

Fest's founder Tony Weinbender about doing this DIY punk

festival for 15 years now, what Fest attendees can expect this

year, the growth of Fest Wrestling, and much more.


Check it out and I hope to see you in Gainesville!



Playlist for Episode #81:


Latterman "Water Mane's at the Block's End"

Almost People "Day One"

Gunmoll "Say Goodbye"

The Ergs! "Extra Medium"

Wet Nurse "Underground"

Creepoid "American Smile"

The Flatliners "Count Your Bruises"

We Are The Union "I'm Like John Cusack"

Tenement "Under The Storm Clouds"

Samiam "Sunshine"

Lemuria "Buzz"

Slingshot Dakota "You"

Jeff Rosenstock "Festival Song"

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