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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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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

Twitter:

@jdreager

Language:

English


Episodes

Friend of the Show with James Enck (Turnt, The Long Mynd, A World Away)

5/17/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and radio host James Enck about his personal story of recovery, the intertwined nature of the music and alcohol industries, his predilection for musical "torture," doing a show for WYXR, and more. J.D. also spins "So Disappointing" by James' former band The Long Mynd.

Duration:00:37:44

A Pretty Lucky Guy with Jody Stephens (Big Star, Those Pretty Wrongs)

5/10/2022
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Big Star's #1 Record, host J.D. Reager talks to surviving member Jody Stephens about the making of that album and how joining the band changed his life. They also discuss his work with Those Pretty Wrongs, Golden Smog, Matthew Sweet, The Lemon Twigs and more, and J.D. spins "It's About Love" by Those Pretty Wrongs.

Duration:00:50:18

The Lord's Chords with Chris Milam

5/2/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, songwriter and fellow podcast host Chris Milam about his life and career, having mixed feelings about Memphis, overcoming issues with mental health and substance abuse, collaborating with the great William Bell, and more. J.D. also spins "In The Blood" from Chris' most recent album Meanwhile.

Duration:00:53:35

LIVE from Midtown Con with Joshua McLane (HEELS, South Point Grocery) and Harry Koniditsiotis (The Switchblade Kid, 5 & Dime Recording)

4/25/2022
Host J.D. Reager chats with returning guests Joshua McLane (HEELS, South Point Grocery) and Harry Koniditsiotis (The Switchblade Kid, 5 & Dime Recording) live on the scene of the inaugural Midtown Con! This episode was recorded on April 9, 2022 at Black Lodge in Memphis, TN.

Duration:00:25:08

Songs & Stories Part 3 LIVE from The Green Room with Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and HEELS

4/18/2022
Host J.D. Reager shares an on-stage moment with guests Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and HEELS. This episode was recorded live on March 17, 2022 in Memphis, TN at The Green Room in Crosstown Arts.

Duration:00:50:21

Songs & Stories Part 2 LIVE from The Green Room with Cory Branan and Alicja Trout (Alicja-Pop, River City Tanlines)

4/11/2022
Host J.D. Reager shares an on-stage moment with guests Cory Branan and Alicja Trout (Alicja-Pop, River City Tanlines). This episode was recorded live on March 17, 2022 in Memphis, TN at The Green Room in Crosstown Arts.

Duration:00:45:21

Songs & Stories Part 1 LIVE from The Green Room with Jeff Hulett (Snowglobe) and Michaela & Will Forrest (Rosey)

4/4/2022
Host J.D. Reager shares an on-stage moment with guests Jeff Hulett (Snowglobe) and Michaela & Will Forrest (Rosey). This episode was recorded live on March 17, 2022 in Memphis, TN at The Green Room in Crosstown Arts.

Duration:00:36:14

Everything with Jeff Jarrett (My World, WWE Hall of Fame) and Brian Balough (You Look Like A Comedy Show)

3/28/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to professional wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett about his hardcore feud with The Moondogs in Memphis, transitioning from babyface to heel in WWE, his new persona "The Last Outlaw," the expansion of WrestleMania weekend, and the power of sobriety. Then wrestling expert Brian Balough returns to discuss Jarrett's legacy, WrestleMania, All Elite Wrestling, and more.

Duration:00:33:56

Fishing In Heaven with Mark Edgar Stuart

3/1/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Mark Edgar Stuart about his journey from Arkansas to Memphis, the rise and fall of his band The Pawtuckets, playing bass behind Alvin Youngblood Hart, John Paul Keith and The Secret Service, finding solo success with Blues For Lou, the pitfalls of writing highly personal songs, making his new record Until We Meet Again with Reba Russell and Dawn Hopkins, producing for Bailey Bigger, and more. J.D. also spins "What's Louder Than Love?" and "Coffin Half Full"...

Duration:00:55:19

Living My Dream Life with Andy Fleming (30 Characters, Character Assassination Roasts)

2/15/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to comedian Andy Fleming about appearing in TV commercials for his family's furniture business as a child, coming up as a comedian in Memphis, leaving Memphis behind, adjusting to life as a Chicagoan, inhabiting characters on his podcast (30 Characters) and on stage at The Laugh Factory (Character Assassination Roasts), their shared love of Colt Cabana, and more.

Duration:01:02:42

Future Scumbag with Harry Koniditsiotis (The Switchblade Kid, The Angel Sluts)

2/8/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, filmmaker and comic book aficionado Harry Koniditsiotis about the recent reunion of his band The Angel Sluts, working on a new Switchblade Kid record, various 5 & Dime Recording projects, the making of Harry's film Who The Hell Is Alfred Medley?, the continued success of 901 Comics, and J.D.'s sordid past as a high school troublemaker. J.D. also spins "Designer Heat" from The Angel Sluts' new LP Live at the Buccaneer.

Duration:01:19:37

Bear Grease with Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound) and Graham Burks (Loose Opinions)

1/23/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Jeremy Scott and Graham Burks about their upcoming release show for Jeremy's solo album Bear Grease, disappointing news for the Reigning Sound, collaborating with Alicja Trout and Harlan T. Bobo, working together in the studio, and more. J.D. also spins "What Am I Talking About" from Bear Grease, and Jeremy and Graham perform "Fred Neil Armstrong" live.

Duration:00:47:40

What Could Be with John Michael (96X)

1/18/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to alternative rock radio DJ John Michael about his early days in broadcasting, the original run of 96X in Memphis on terrestrial radio, the station's demise, his journey to KROQ in Los Angeles and beyond, meeting big-time rock stars, the revival of 96X as a streaming entity, and more.

Duration:01:07:33

Memphis Luck with Stephen Deusner (Where the Devil Don't Stay)

1/11/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to music writer and author Stephen Deusner about his upbringing in Selmer, TN, moving on to Memphis and beyond, becoming a contributor to Pitchfork, Uncut, etc., writing his new book Where the Devil Don't Stay: Traveling the South With the Drive-By Truckers, their shared love of Centro-matic, and more.

Duration:00:45:54

Thundering Foamy Motion with Mark Akin and Jay Hines (The Subteens)

1/4/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Mark Akin and Jay Hines about their longstanding friendship and creative partnership, the nearly 30-year history of their band The Subteens, how addiction almost destroyed the group, working together on a new full-length album, and more. J.D. also plays a clip of the new Subteens song "I Don't Think It's Worth It."

Duration:00:57:02

The Rebirth of Vinyl Records: Side 2 with Jeff Powell (Take Out Vinyl) LIVE at The Memphis Listening Lab

12/14/2021
Host J.D. Reager resumes his conversation with producer, engineer and vinyl cutter Jeff Powell in front of a live crowd at the Memphis Listening Lab. They dig into the vinyl mastering process, the current vinyl manufacturing "crisis," and take questions from the audience.

Duration:01:11:53

Never Gonna Happen with Jay Hines (The Subteens), Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes, Pezz) and Tyler Ransom (In The Shed)

11/28/2021
Host J.D. Reager gears up for an imminent trip to Memphis by checking in with old friends Jay Hines (The Subteens) and Marvin Stockwell (Pezz, Champions of the Lost Causes). He also chats with musician, author, martial artist and the subject of the recent documentary In The Shed, Tyler Ransom, and spins the song "Never Gonna Happen" by The Subteens.

Duration:00:34:21

RELIVE IT: Just Wait with Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)

11/17/2021
Host J.D. Reager revisits his conversation from 2020 with one of his all-time favorite musicians and guests, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. Included is a Back to the Light-exclusive solo performance of the Nada Surf song "Just Wait."

Duration:01:13:01

Howlin' with Alicja Trout (Alicja-Pop, Sweet Knives, Lost Sounds, River City Tanlines)

11/9/2021
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Alicja Trout about her love of analog synthesizers, collaborating with her husband Severin in the new band Sharkteef, the volatility of the Lost Sounds, continuing the Lost Sounds legacy in Sweet Knives, touring Europe with River City Tanlines, her brief collaboration with Love's Arthur Lee, and the new Alicja-Pop album Howlin'. J.D. also spins two songs from Howlin' courtesy of Black & Wyatt Records.

Duration:00:58:28

Live From The Tambourine Bash with Bailey Bigger, Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady), Elizabeth Cawein (Music Export Memphis), Andrew Geraci (Alicja-Pop) and Chris Davenport (San Salida)

11/1/2021
Host J.D. Reager chats with guests Bailey Bigger, Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Bash & Pop), Elizabeth Cawein (Music Export Memphis), Andrew Geraci (Alicja-Pop, San Salida) and Chris Davenport (San Salida) on location at the Levitt Shell during The Tambourine Bash, an annual fundraiser for Music Export Memphis. J.D. also shares a live performance from the evening - Selvidge's "Lazarus" featuring Amy LaVere and Jody Stephens (Big Star) - courtesy of Memphis Magnetic Recording.

Duration:00:44:51