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Musician and music writer J.D. Reager talks to friends and fellow creatives about the artistic process, maintaining mental health, and silencing self-doubt.

Musician and music writer J.D. Reager talks to friends and fellow creatives about the artistic process, maintaining mental health, and silencing self-doubt.


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Musician and music writer J.D. Reager talks to friends and fellow creatives about the artistic process, maintaining mental health, and silencing self-doubt.






Live From Gonerfest 18 Part 1 with Alicja Trout (Alicja-Pop, Lost Sounds), Mike McCarthy (Guerrilla Monster Films), Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and Jared McStay (Shangri-La Records, So Gung Ho)

Host J.D. Reager presents the first of a three-part series of episodes recorded live at Gonerfest 18 in Memphis, TN. This installment features lively conversations with Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds, River City Tanlines, Sweet Knives, Alicja-Pop, Sharkteef), Mike McCarthy (Guerrilla Monster Films, Time Warp Drive-In, Teenage Tupelo), Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and Jared McStay (Shangri-La Records, The Simpletones, So Gung Ho).


Gonerfest 18 Preview with Eric Friedl (Goner Records, Oblivians)

Host J.D. Reager talks to Goner Records co-owner Eric Friedl - A.K.A. Eric Oblivian - about the success of last year's virtual Gonerfest and the many challenges of putting together this year's festival. J.D. also spins recent music by five bands appearing at Gonerfest 18: Reigning Sound, The Archaeas, Big Clown, Optic Sink and The Exbats.


Solace with Bela Koe-Krompecher (Love, Death & Photosynthesis, Anyway Records)

Host J.D. Reager talks with author, social worker, record label owner, and record store legend Bela Koe-Krompecher. They dig into Bela's time behind the counter (most notably at Used Kids Records in Columbus, OH), founding the Anyway Records label, finding sobriety and a new career in social work, and writing the autobiographical book Love, Death & Photosynthesis. J.D. also spins songs by two of the book's primary figures: Gaunt and Jenny Mae.


Hard Times with J.Robot (Blindcopy), Brian Balough (You Look Like A Comedy Show) and Joshua McLane (HEELS)

Host J.D. Reager digs in to the new Blindcopy song "Hard Times," which he sang and co-wrote. First, Blindcopy founder J.Robot discusses the song's musical origins and J.D. shares his inspiration for the lyrics. Then musician/comedian Joshua McLane performs a dramatic reading of Dusty Rhodes' legendary "hard times" promo and Brian Balough chats with J.D. about the promo's historical significance. J.D. also spins "Hard Times" and its A-side, "Permanent Collection."


The Inspiration Train with Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) LIVE at The Memphis Listening Lab

Host J.D. Reager chats with two close friends - musician Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and fellow podcast host Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) - in front of a live audience at The Memphis Listening Lab. J.D. also spins his new single, "Back Off."


Shadow of a Shadow with Graham Burks (Loose Opinions)

Host J.D. Reager talks to his friend, frequent collaborator and Loose Opinions bandleader Graham Burks about the night they met over 20 years ago, how Graham developed an interest in music early on, and his rich and eclectic musical history. J.D. also spins the extended version of the title track from the new Loose Opinions album Shadow of a Shadow, and Graham performs live from his home studio in Memphis.


Spiritual Necessity with Hannah Sandoz

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, songwriter and visual artist Hannah Sandoz about their early life in Louisiana, the creative benefits of a formal education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, moving to Chicago, and finding the inspiration to release two records in one year. J.D. also spins two tracks from Hannah's new EP To Love and Loss!


A Driving John Hughes Movie with Brian Venable (Lucero, The Venable Exploration Society)

Host J.D. Reager talks to Lucero guitarist Brian Venable about his early days in the Memphis punk scene, picking up guitar and co-founding Lucero, the highs and lows of life on the road, the decision to get sober, balancing fatherhood with being a working musician, and his many side pursuits. J.D. also spins two songs by Brian's new electronic/dance project, The Venable Exploration Society.


Three Good Songs with Jeff Powell (Take Out Vinyl, The Afghan Whigs/Alex Chilton engineer)

Host J.D. Reager talks to recording engineer and producer Jeff Powell about his early career at Ardent Studios, working with The Afghan Whigs and Alex Chilton (both solo and in Big Star), learning to cut music vinyl, the move from Ardent to Sam Phillips, and starting his own business, Take Out Vinyl.


Spray Them All with J.B. Horrell (Aquarian Blood, Ex-Cult)

Host J.D. Reager talks to Aquarian Blood singer and guitarist J.B. Horrell about their history together recording J.B.'s previous band Noise Choir, the time his band Reginald performed both for and with inmates at a Shelby County correction facility, finding unexpected success with Ex-Cult, the healing power of music in the midst of personal tragedy, collaborating with his wife Laurel, and Aquarian Blood's progression towards quieter music. J.D. also spins "Bolted and Embossed" from the new...


The Idea and the Energy with Sherman Willmott (Memphis Listening Lab, Shangri-La Projects)

Host J.D. Reager talks to Sherman Willmott about the newly opened Memphis Listening Lab and the vast collection of music it houses, the journey from selling Stax bricks at Shangri-La Records to the creation of the Stax Museum, making the professional wrestling documentary Memphis Heat, and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives him. J.D. also makes a big announcement about a Back to the Light event at the Memphis Listening Lab in August.


Spreadsheet Freaks with Mike Fox (Arthhur)

Host J.D. Reager talks to Chicago musician Mike Fox about the origin of the two-H spelling of "Arthhur," migrating from Ohio to Chicago, the evolution of Arthhur from an indie solo project to a disco-punk trio, the band's love of Microsoft Excel, making the new album Occult Fractures, returning to live performance, and more. J.D. also spins "Ripped and Dumb" from Occult Fractures, and Arthhur performs "Choc Electronique" (the opening theme to the podcast) live.


New Beats, New Rhythms with Howard Grimes (Hi Rhythm, Al Green, Ann Peebles)

Host J.D. Reager talks to legendary Memphis soul musician Howard Grimes about coming up as a drummer in the '50s, working with fellow legends such as Rufus & Carla Thomas, William Bell, Al Green, Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright and Willie Mitchell, writing his new autobiography Timekeeper, and how Memphis music has evolved over the years. J.D. also spins two songs featuring Mr. Grimes on drums: Don Bryant's "A Nickel and a Nail," and Hi Rhythm's "Superstar."


Memphis Trip: Week Two with Graham Burks and Neil Bartlett (Loose Opinions), Arthhur

Host J.D. Reager gives a quick update on his first week in Memphis and upcoming shows at B-Side and Black Lodge before turning over the podcast to Graham Burks and Neil Bartlett from the band Loose Opinions. Then J.D. plays a cover song that he recorded during the pandemic and makes an exciting announcement about the Chicago band Arthhur.


Memphis Trip: Week One with Ross Johnson, Harry Koniditsiotis (901 Comics) and Brian McCabe (The Hi-Tone)

Host J.D. Reager previews part one of a two-week, action-packed trip to Memphis. First he talks to musician and purveyor of fine collectibles Harry Koniditsiotis about the 5th anniversary celebration for 901 Comics, which J.D. will be a part of on June 5th. Then J.D. presents the world premiere of a new song called "Philanderer," which features guest lead vocals by the Baron of Love himself, Ross Johnson. After that, Ross gives his best sales pitch for their show together at the Hi-Tone,...


Recovery with Joshua C. Travis

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and Back to the Light Records recording artist Joshua C. Travis about their shared history in the Memphis/Jonesboro band Sal Si Puedes, Josh's various experimental music projects in Jonesboro, how drug addiction derailed and nearly ended his life, and why his path to recovery and return to creativity are intertwined. J.D. also spins two new songs by Joshua C. Travis: "Paper Airplane" and "Ameriswan."


On the Level with Frankie Siragusa (The Posies, theLAB)

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and producer Frankie Siragusa about his upbringing and education in music, founding theLAB studio in Los Angeles, joining and touring with The Posies, collaborating with The Lickerish Quartet, the inspiration behind his new Beatles tribute album Goodbye My Love, living with social anxiety, and more. J.D. also spins two solo tunes of Frankie's: "Amuse" and "Everybody's Scared."


The Road with Aaron Robinson (Imaginary Baseball League, Pale Houses, My So-Called Band)

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Aaron Robinson about the Murfreesboro music scene, the rise, fall and return of his band Imaginary Baseball League, his later work both as a solo artist and with Pale Houses, the Memphis-Nashville rivalry, and the importance of proper wig maintenance. J.D. also spins "The Road" by Imaginary Baseball League and "The Ocean Bed" by Pale Houses.


Heart and Earnestness with Christian Walker (Pezz, Bury The Living, Best Revenge Pictures)

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, filmmaker and podcast host Christian Walker about his wide range of experience in the film industry, why death is a recurring theme in his work, how their tenures in Pezz were wildly different, and what it was like to tour with the legendary Wesley Willis. J.D. also spins the recent Pezz single "We're Not Alone."


Space, Place and Time with Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think)

Host J.D. Reager talks to one of his all-time favorite musicians and people: Craig Wedren. They have a lengthy discussion about Craig's early forays into music, the rise and fall of his legendary post-punk band Shudder To Think, how friendships with members of the comedy troupe The State lead to a career in TV and film scoring, and Craig's future release plans. J.D. also spins two new singles by Craig Wedren, "On My Tongue," and "Going Sane."