February 17, 2020
Guy Picciotto from Rites of Spring and Fugazi
February 3, 2020
Matt, Bill, and Krissy from The Hard Times!
December 16, 2019
Steve Pedersen from Criteria, The White Octave, and Cursive!
December 9, 2019
Jimmy LaValle from The Album Leaf
November 25, 2019
Matt Pryor talks about the 20th anniversary of "Something to Write Home About"
November 18, 2019
Scott Hobart from Giants Chair.
October 28, 2019
Tracy Wilson from Dahlia Seed is our guest!
October 1, 2019
Casey James Prestwood from Hot Rod Circuit and The Burning Angels.
September 28, 2019
Dan Didier speaks about the 20th anniversary of "Very Emergency"
September 10, 2019
Tim Kinsella is our guest!
August 13, 2019
Jamie Stillman from EarthQuaker Devices is our guest!
July 22, 2019
Jade Lilitri from Oso Oso!
June 24, 2019
Chris Crisci from The Appleseed Cast
June 10, 2019
Ian MacKaye is our guest live from the Dischord house in Arlington, Virginia.
May 20, 2019
Mitch Wilson from No Knife!
May 6, 2019
John Vanderslice is our guest!
April 22, 2019
This is what happens when you save everything from your band and live to show everyone.
April 1, 2019
Mike and Nate discuss LP3 track by track.
March 25, 2019
David Bazan is our guest.
March 18, 2019
Matt Traxler from Brandtson and Steadfast Records
February 25, 2019
Fredrik Brändström from Starmarket
February 11, 2019
Steve Schiltz from Longwave
January 28, 2019
Hutch Harris from The Thermals!
December 17, 2018
Erik Ratensperger from Jeromes Dream.
December 10, 2018
Lauren Mayberry from the band CHVRCHES
November 19, 2018
Anthony Fantano from The Needle Drop is our guest!
November 12, 2018
Justin Courtney Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack) is our guest.
November 5, 2018
Ian King, author of Appetite for Definition: An A to Z Guide to Rock Genres
September 18, 2018
The band is celebrating 20 years of The Moon My Saddle with a few select shows and it was time to get David on.
August 27, 2018
Dave Brown from Muddle, Holiday Matinee, Better Looking Records
August 13, 2018
Ryan Grisham from Mock Orange
July 27, 2018
Chris "Poppy" Popadak from Hawthorne Heights joins us on the podcast!
July 20, 2018
Nathan Hardy from Microwave joins us.
July 13, 2018
Tony Weinbender from Fest joins us on the podcast.
July 5, 2018
Anthony Green from Circa Survive joins us on the podcast.
June 4, 2018
Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids
May 28, 2018
Dave Diem from Twelve Hour Turn and LAPêCHE
May 14, 2018
Henderson Cole, entertainment lawyer and founder of The Alternative
May 7, 2018
Susie Ulrey from the band Pohgoh
April 30, 2018
Today we welcome Scott Vogel from the bands Despair, Buried Alive and Terror.
April 9, 2018
Tom talks to Matt Pond about his music and life.
March 13, 2018
Nathan Ellis from Coalesce, The Casket Lottery and Able Baker Fox is our guest!
February 26, 2018
Joseph Grillo from Garrison, God Fires Man, I Hate Our Freedom and Gay for Johnny Depp is our guest on the podcast this week!
February 5, 2018
Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail is our guest for episode 123!
January 29, 2018
Dylan Mattheisen from Tiny Moving Parts is our guest on the podcast.
January 22, 2018
Jessi Frick of Father/Daughter Records joins Tom on the podcast.
January 16, 2018
Charles filmed some of your favorite bands in the 90s, find out how and what he's doing today.
January 1, 2018
Arty Shepherd is our guest for episode 119 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast
December 25, 2017
An unheard Mineral interview from 1997 by John Frazier (Spartan Records)
December 18, 2017
Adam Marino from Saetia, Errotype: 11 and Instruction
December 4, 2017
Greg Bennick from Trial
November 27, 2017
Matt from Everyone Everywhere and Hurry chats with Tom.
November 20, 2017
Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive joins us for a chat about his career.
November 13, 2017
Aaron and Luke from the band Blis. join us on the podcast!
November 6, 2017
Jonah Matranga from Far, New End Original, Gratitude and onlinedrawing is our guest!
October 30, 2017
Our guest is Anthony Roman, bass and vocals for the band Garden Variety.
October 2, 2017
Writer Jason Heller speaks about the Denver scene in the 90s and his time with the late, Matt Bellinger of Planes Mistaken for Stars.
September 11, 2017
Dan Didier from The Promise Ring, Maritime, Vermont and currently Dramatic Lovers was a huge part of the recently released Jawbreaker documentary “Don’t Break Down.” To find out more about his experience helping make this film a reality and producing, we spoke on the phone while Dan was at the water park with his girls. Also, I recorded a portion of the Blake Schwarzenbach and Dan Didier’s Q&A at the end of a screening recently in Brooklyn. It’s a little hard to hear the questions but you can figure out by the answer what was asked. Apologies for my loud laughs or writing my question down on a piece of paper. Through all that, I thought it was worth hearing Blake’s answers to playing more shows, his favorite songs, etc. Hope you enjoy and go see the documentary if you can! Learn more at
September 5, 2017
Today we welcome Ian Metzger from Dear and the Headlights and The Gentle Hits. The Gentle Hits had an album come out late last year and Dear and the Headlights put out a couple records on Equal Vision Records in the mid 00s that were sorely overlooked by many. I recently connected with Ian again and we spoke about his time writing The Gentle Hits record.
August 8, 2017
I've known Adam longer than most people that I've interviewed but for some reason, we waited until year 6 to do this. I think it was because every time we hung out we ended up just talking about the NBA. Finally, a couple weeks ago, we hung out at his apartment in Brooklyn to talk about his musical career. Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening.
July 31, 2017
John Van Deusen's last band The Lonely Forest went on indefinite hiatus in 2014. I'd been waiting to see what one of my favorite vocalists was going to do. Patiently I wanted and thankfully in June, John released a new solo album.
July 10, 2017
Today we have Chris Leo. He was in Native Nod, a band referenced often as an originator of screamo. Then he went on to form The Van Pelt that is well loved and should be mentioned a lot more than they are when you talk about the history of emo. The Van Pelt have some reunion shows coming up and it was high time to have Chris on to chat. I even went to New Jersey for this!
July 3, 2017
Cory Castro from Free Throw is our guest for episode 104! Free Throw just released their best work to date on Triple Crown Records, “Bear Your Mind,” and it's very worthy of your time to spend some time with it. Part of the new era of bands from the independent scene, Free Throw would have fit just as good in the 90s as they do now.
June 19, 2017
Our guest for episode 103 is the amazing singer for Foxing and his new side project called Smidley. The self-titled album is one of my favorites of 2017. Conor was one of the most open book guests I've ever had on the podcast. A voice you need to hear and see live. Thanks for supporting!
May 15, 2017
Today we welcome Polyvinyl Records co-founder Matt Lunsford to talk about the last 20 years of the label. The label is responsible for some groundbreaking albums that still get mentioned to this day. Matt and I chat about some bands that helped start the label off on a good foot, when they realized that American Football was selling a lot of records in the 00s and the aesthetic of loving the music and doing good by the bands. It’s a damn good reason they’re still around. iqhy8xuk
May 8, 2017
Fitting for episode 101, we go back to school with one of the forefathers of emo and welcome Seth Nanaa from Indian Summer. Indian Summer were around less than a year in the early 90s but spawned many after them with their experimentation and not to be missed live show. Seth has gone on to live a very full life and still to this day, holding onto the ideals of music being something you do for love, not money. If you even have the slightest interest in where this genre began and why it’s where it is, this episode is a great start.
May 1, 2017
For episode 100, we're honored to have the founder of Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman.
April 24, 2017
Today we welcome Brett Detar from The Juliana Theory. The band recently announced a reunion tour so it was time to get Brett to talk with us on the podcast. Little did I know but Brett and I were both at a Sunny Day Real Estate show NYC back in 2000 and he noticed my Washed Up Emo shirt at SDRE’s reunion in 2009 as well. After my mind was blown with those two facts, Brett and I talked about his past including obsession with Fugazi, his history with Zao and what happened at The Juliana Theory’s first practice. Along the way and more than most guests, Brett was brutally honest with what went wrong with their career. It was really refreshing to have someone just lay out all their cards like that. In the end, the band followed their own muse and caught a ton of heat for it and in my opinion, just a little bit ahead of their time.
April 17, 2017
Matt Wilson from Set Your Goals took time to chat with the podcast!
March 20, 2017
On episode 97 we welcome Tim Kasher from Cursive, The Good Life and a very successful solo career to boot with a just released album entitled “No Resolution” on 15 Passenger Records. Tim and I chat about his early bands, one that opened up for 311 in high school, his desperation to be on Caulfield Records, the influence of Fugazi on him and what he’d love to be doing in the future and at 70 years old. I couldn’t be happier to check Cursive off the list of bands for the podcast and after speaking with Tim, it was worth the wait.
March 13, 2017
Sorority Noise, wrote to me, the album of the year. It’s called “You're Not As _____ As You Think” and it’s out March 17th on Triple Crown Records. If you’re listening to this in future, it’s out now. In this episode, lead singer and guitarist Cameron Boucher and I go through the new album track by track, what he can’t sleep without and discuss a band’s place in today’s political climate. Finally we chat about what he’s dreaming about next. Photo of Cameron Boucher by Christopher Leaman, as seen on
February 20, 2017
Who is Jay Adelberg? Jay booked the El 'N' Gee club in Connecticut from 1991-2001 and was one of the first to jump on the emo boom by booking The Get Up Kids, Saves the Day early on and even Brand New’s first show in CT. Jay then transitioned to Hot Topic in 2001 as the music buyer. Simply, if you bought music in Hot Topic from 01 to 2012, he was responsible. Jay talks about the changes Hot Topic had to make over the years, how he learned from his own mistakes and when he knew it was time to leave the company. This episode is really about going with your passions wherever they take you right.
February 13, 2017
Episode 94, A Tribute to Jon Bunch. To give some context, last year at this time, episode 57 of the podcast with Jon Bunch was to my knowledge the last interview Jon did. It was incredibly sad but also a place for people to learn about Jon forever. I was so honored to have spoken to him and be able to share his story. Last March there was a benefit show in Santa Ana California for Jon’s son Jack. It had an amazing line up of bands and people traveled from all over the world for the show. I had the pleasure of being in southern California for the event and saw first hand the community that came out for Jon. Seizing the moment, a friend of Washed Up Emo, Ed Curley, took it upon himself to interview people in the crowd. From fans, bands and those involved in the event, Ed took time to ask about Jon, the event and what it meant. You’ll hear many common themes and many kind words said about Jon. All walks of life and those that knew him for 30 years or none at all. It was truly a celebration of music, friends and family.
February 6, 2017
Today we welcome Eric Tobin from Hopeless Records. Tobin and I met during my days at Equal Vision and since crossed paths many times over the years. It was high time to have a chat. Recently on the roof of my work during lunch, Tobin and I talked about his history in the business. What was really great about this episode was that It touches on many things young and old bands ask about. A truly deep look into the thoughts and actions of an independent label that’s doing some big things. It’s our little version of This Could Be Your Life.
January 30, 2017
Episode 92 is with producer, musician and Donut Friend owner Mark Trombino. Mark has had a huge impact on the independent scene not just drumming for Drive Like Jehu but for being a producer, mixer or engineer on some of the most important records of emo. From Boilermaker, Garden Variety, Knapsack, No Knife, Rocket from the Crypt, Mineral, The Jealous Sound, Finch, The Starting Line, Weston, Motion City Soundtrack, Pinback, All Time Low just to name a few… and of course can’t forget his work with Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World. We discuss growing up in Orange County, CA, his time in college learning how to record plus insight into many of the albums he was a part of and how his talents had to evolve as emo hit the boom in the mid 2000s. I also ask extensively about working with Jimmy Eat World and learn why “Goodbye Sky Harbor” was sixteen minutes. Finally, we spend time talking about his most recent success, Donut Friend. Mark explains how he started the store, the donut puns and the time Ian from Fugazi came into the shop.
January 24, 2017
Episode 91 we welcome writer Leslie Simon. Leslie worked at Alternative Press for years and you probably know her for the books “Everybody Hurts” and “Wish You Were Here.” She also has a book called “Geek Girls Unite.” A veteran of the scene, knows everything about emo and hung with every band we know and love, Leslie essentially talks me off the ledge for the episode, what a great therapist.
January 2, 2017
Today we welcome Triple Crown Records owner Fred Feldman! We chat about his start in the music industry, the hardcore beginnings of the label, Brand New, how the label has survived all these years, Triple Crown’s recent signings and what’s in store in the future. I really enjoyed chatting with Fred excepttttttt when it deviated to ska, that was horrible. Love you Fred.
December 19, 2016
You’re in for a treat for episode 89! Caithlin, Kaia and William from Rainer Maria joined me in Brooklyn for a chat about what else, the past, then we touched on their upcoming shows for the end of this year and in between, lots of laughs.
December 12, 2016
Today we welcome Stefan and Steve from the band Pup! We hung out in the van before their recent sold out NYC show and chatted about the Canadian scene, their amazing and inventive videos, hockey, because it’s required by Canadian law, and their first true music loves. A true road dog of the punk scene that shows no signs of stopping playing 250 shows a year. Don’t miss em the next time they come into your town.
December 6, 2016
Welcome to episode 87, today we welcome Rolling Stone sports editor Jason Diamond. His book Searching for John Hughes came out recently and you should read it. Why is he on you might say? Well Jason has some amazing punk/hardcore references in the book and he’s an old hardcore kid! Nuff said. We talk about his sports writing, musical beginnings, struggles in life with abuse, his parents divorce and how the book ties it together beautifully with John Hughes references. Cheesy as it sounds, life is a journey and Jason’s book shows you can come out happy even after messing up along the way.
November 28, 2016
Today we welcome Josh Brigham and Adam Morgan from Hopesfall. I got to see this band when they first started and been friends with them ever since. I was so happy to hear about their recent news of reissuing vinyl and new music. Josh, Adam and I discuss the reasons behind the return, what’s in store for the future, embarrassing stories and the eras Hopesfall went through and what they learned. Plenty of inside jokes and laughs in this one for everyone to enjoy. If you haven’t heard the band and want a starting point, check out Magnetic North or No Wings to Speak Of EP.
November 14, 2016
Today we welcome Tom May from The Menzingers. Tom and I discuss his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, advice for bands getting courted (hint: free dinners) and The Menzingers connection to the emo and hardcore scenes. Plus we discuss the upcoming new album “After the Party.” You’ll notice some beautiful birds chirping in the background while Tom talks. That’s called nature and something I don’t get a lot of in NYC so I kept it in.
November 7, 2016
Today we welcome John Davis from Q and Not U and Title Tracks. John and I talk about his new Title Tracks album, discuss the Washington DC scene and some of his favorite bands from the late 90s. Also, I find out about the amazing job John has at University Maryland as an archivist. One amazing project we talk about is archiving Ian MacKaye’s enormous fanzine collection. John has a wealth of knowledge and insight into favorite time from the emo era and he was generous enough to share it. This episode is sponsored by the upcoming You Blew It album “Abendrot” out November 11th on Triple Crown Records and was produced by Evan Weiss of Into It Over It. “Abendrot" doesn’t sound like anything You Blew It have done and that’s a good thing. This is a giant leap forward for not only the band but the independent scene itself.
October 31, 2016
Today we welcome lead singer and guitar player Anthony Raneri from Bayside. Anthony and I talk about the new album “Vacancy,” we discuss when emo/screamo went downhill and what word is worse and a bit about the most recent Where’s the band? tour. Anthony couldn’t have been more gracious with his time. This episode is sponsored by the upcoming You Blew It album “Abendrot” out November 11th on Triple Crown Records and was produced by Evan Weiss of Into It Over It. “Abendrot" doesn’t sound like anything You Blew It have done and that’s a good thing. This is a giant leap forward for not only the band but the independent scene itself.
October 20, 2016
Welcome to Episode 82 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. Last but not least in the American Football series is guitar player Steve Holmes. Steve and I chat about his guitar playing in American Football, Steve turns the tables on the podcast and starts asking about emo and we debate a bit. Finally he goes through his amazing personal 7” collection.
October 19, 2016
Welcome to Episode 81 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. Next up on the American Football series is Nate Kinsella. Nate although wasn’t part of the original recording, he played bass for the reunion shows and was a big part of the new record. Previously, Nate and Mike Kinsella worked together on an Owen album. As you say, it’s in the family. Nate is also starting a family with his wife and we talk about what advice the other dads in American Football gave him, laundromat etiquette and if his baby is a boy or a girl. Audio wise, there was a helicopter circling me the entire recording so I did my best to cut that out.
October 18, 2016
Welcome to Episode 80 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. As far as bands go associated with emo, there isn’t one as revered as American Football. I’ve had the esteemed pleasure to have every member of the band on the podcast to talk about this new album and of course, the past. Next up is American Football’s Mike Kinsella.
October 17, 2016
Welcome to Episode 79 of the Washed Up Emo podcast. As far as bands go associated with emo, there isn’t one as revered as American Football. I’ve had the esteemed pleasure to have every member of the band on the podcast to talk about the new album and of course, the past. First up is American Football’s drummer Steve Lamos.
October 14, 2016
Today we welcome Jeff Rosenstock for episode 78. I biked out to Greenpoint for this one at Jeff’s apartment and had a blast talking about his new album, "Worry" (Side One Dummy), out right this moment, his fall tour with Hard Girls / Katie Ellen and we also discuss his upbringing on Long Island, and the three Ps…. producing albums, punk ethics and pizza. I learned a lot from Jeff and was happy to be corrected, challenged and most of all laughed a lot. Jeff’s a beautiful person and wrote one of my favorite albums of the year.
October 11, 2016
Welcome to episode 77 of the Washed Up Emo Podcast. Today we welcome Ben Walsh from the band Tigers Jaw who are one of my favorites from the current scene today. Ben and I discuss how the band started in Pennsylvania, traversing through the genres and the current independent scene. We also chat about some bands that Ben thinks we should check out and what’s next for the band. If you’re up for supporting WUE, you can head to and click on the Patreon link, or buy some emo related merchandise at including mens, women’s, kids and even artwork. Finally, leaving a nice review on iTunes always helps the cause.
October 7, 2016
For this episode we welcome Tanner Jones of You Blew It. You Blew It have been around since 2009 and released albums on Topshelf, Jade Tree and soon, Triple Crown Records will be releasing “Abendrot” on November 11th of this year. I’ve had a chance to listen to the full album it doesn’t sound like anything they’ve done and that’s a good thing. This is a giant leap for not only the band but the independent scene itself. Evan Weiss of Into it Over It produced the album and you can hear his fingerprints all over it. One of my favorite bands from the scene and one you should take a second look at if you haven’t. Support Washed Up Emo by going to and clicking on the Patreon link, buy some make emo great again shirts at or just leave a nice review on iTunes.
October 3, 2016
Welcome to Episode 75 of the Washed Up Emo podcast, today we welcome John Gaviglio from Bear Vs Shark. Bear Vs Shark are a very personal band to me. I was lucky enough to work with them at Equal Vision Records for their final album “Terrorhawk” in 2005. They were ahead of their time and thankfully as I’ve said countless times, good music will win out. Recently, the dudes in Bear Vs Shark reunited for some shows and to their surprise the response was overwhelming positive. If you know nothing about this band, you might be interested in them after this chat. Note: I did this in a public space so you might hear voices or people working. It shouldn’t be too bad. Actually used some new gear so it should sound pretty good. If you want to support the podcast, please head on over to and support via Patreon, our merchandise store at or leave a nice review on iTunes. as always if you wanna talk about emo.
September 27, 2016
Slaughter Beach, Dog is Jake Ewald from Modern Baseball’s side project. His solo album was a way to figure out his bout of writer’s block. What came out was a beautiful album worth your time. Jake took time recently to talk with me about his upbringing, learning about music and how he had no idea what 90s emo was. Absolutely brilliant conversation with one of the bright stars of the independent scene.
August 3, 2016
Welcome to episode 73 of the podcast. Today we’re talking about the story of Tom DeLonge’s fake review of Blink 182’s new album California. Right after the record came out, a friend posted this review from Reddit on Facebook and I couldn’t stop laughing. The references were amazing and I jokingly said, “hey whoever wrote this I wanna talk to you.” Low and behold, Mike Jones who wrote the fake review, followed me on Facebook and we connected to chat about the review. We also chatted about how long he’s been doing these type of reviews, and if he hope Tom reads this review. If you’d like to read the fake review beforehand, head to and I’ve linked it on the podcast episode page.
July 30, 2016
Welcome to episode 72 of the Washed Up Emo podcast. This episode we speak to Dave and Al from Milemarker. Lovitt Records is releasing their new album “Overseas” on August 26th, Milemarker’s first new music in over a decade. If they’re coming to town, go see them. A true original from the late 90s. Al and Dave chatted all the way from Germany for this one so there may be a few audio issues. Hey, it’s free.
July 17, 2016
Part 2 of 2 of the history of Vagrant Records with co-founder Rich Egan
July 16, 2016
Part 2 of 2 of a special two part series on the history of Vagrant Records with co-founder Rich Egan.
June 20, 2016
Today we welcome singer and bass player Michael Fiorentino from the band Somos. Somos have a new album called First Day Back on Hopeless Records and are one of my favorite bands from this new era of independent punk. Michael and I chatted about growing up the scene and his struggles with mental illness. If you know about Somos or not, I am sure you’ll enjoy this episode.
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