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Racket Radio EP 07 with Shred Flintstone and Smock

Shred Flintstone and Smock have already arrived in Austin, Texas for SXSW, but before they left, Dan Barrecchia, Zach Inkley, and Jesse Benicaso sat down to talk about the festival and their plans to rep the Jersey indie scene.  Besides the upcoming tour and festival, we get into some interesting topics of conversation like sending heartfelt DM’s to celebrities on Instagram, chasing tornadoes in Nebraska, Miller High Life sponsorships, Jesse’s future as a magician, why they all hate John Cozz, why they all love Max Rauch, why they all love John Cozz, and living life as an interstellar nobody.

Thank you to everyone that’s been tuning in for the past couple months.  The response we’ve gotten to Racket Radio has surpassed everything we had hoped for and we truly appreciate that anyone at all gives a shit.  This episode marks the end of Season 1, but we will be back soon with another round of episodes from some more great artists, so stay tuned in and keep an ear out for that.

Racket Radio EP 06 with Well Wisher and Ragged Lines

For episode 6, Racket Radio heads to a land down under – Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Joined this week by Natalie Newbold of Well Wisher, Carter Henry of Ragged Lines, and Lucas Dalakian of both Well Wisher and Ragged Lines, we dive into some good tunes from some of the area’s best bands and talk about recording music with Erik Romero, where’s the boundary between central and south Jersey, how incredibly talented Erik Romero is, why shows need to start earlier, how much great music was produced by Erik Romero in the past year, why you should roast your friends, what makes Erik Romero the best engineer in the state, and how to Airbnb a recording studio (hint: it involves Erik Romero).  As always, thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy the episode.

Racket Radio EP 05 with American Lions

Mainstays of the New Brunswick DIY scene, James Bauman and Josh Claps of  American Lions join us for Episode 5 of Racket Radio.  The crew’s been keeping themselves busy as of late with the release of their debut full length album Serf Rock while also running Mount Moon, one of the most active show houses in Hub City.  I was lucky enough to be able to hang out at Mount Moon for the recording of this episode and see what the space when it’s not overflowing with punks.  Not to spoil the episode, but it’s still pretty wild.

Racket Radio EP 04 with Neil Sabatino and Adam Bird

Joining us for Episode 4 of Racket Radio are Neil Sabatino and Adam Bird to try to justify their terrible opinions on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and also chat a bit about some local indie music, their opinions on which I have much more respect for.  For those that don’t already know, Neil is the owner of Mint 400 Records as well as the singer and guitarist of the band Fairmont and Adam is the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/a bunch of other things in his new project A Bird.

Racket Radio EP 03 with Paul Brushaber and Joey Papa

Racket Radio is back again with more sweet rockin’ riffs and nonsensical babbling from some of your favorite local artists.  This week, our guests are Jean Pool bassist Paul Brushaber and Electric Sensei drummer Joey Papa, and I know what you’re thinking, “a bassist and drummer?  It’s only episode 3!”  But Paul and Joey not only happen to be two of the most creative people in the scene, but also are two of the most fun and chill people you could have the fortune of speaking with.  And as an extra special treat, you can come out to Stosh’s in Fairlawn on Friday, February 16 and see Electric Sensei perform with Paul filling in on bass.

In our episode today I talk with Paul and Joey about Paul’s first time crowd surfing, the advantages of having multiple Instagram accounts, why having only one ear plug is useless, and why you should never bring a samurai sword out on a boat in October.  

Racket Radio EP 02 with John Cozz & Max Rauch

Hey everyone, welcome back for another episode of N.J. Racket’s Racket Radio Podcast.  Joining us for Episode #2 are  two are very popular artists and personalities in the New Jersey DIY scene.  Max Rauch of LKFFCT and NGHTCRWLRS is not only a great artist and performer in his own right, but is a well respected engineer who has worked with some of the best artists New Jersey has to offer, and John Cozz of John Cozz and the Squirts is everybody’s favorite anti-folk turned pop-punk, amateur filmmaker, crab leg enthusiast.  In our episode, Max and Cozz talk about some of their other favorite artists in the scene, irony and sincerity in their songwriting, what their grandmothers think of their music, and how none of us have read Infinite Jest.