Episodes

#203: 10 Songs for January 2022

Hey! Happy New Year! I know we are already several days into 2022 but it’s better late than never. I hope you’re staying safe and healthy.

Our monthly 10 songs episode are back here on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! In no particular order, here are 10 songs I think you should give a listen to this month:

1. “No One Does Homecoming Like Us” – All Systems Go

2. “Concrete Feet” – Splits

3. “Against The Odds” – The Story Unfolds

4. “I’ll Be Fine” – Sad Plant

5. “Oh, Wait” – BEEA

6. “Best of Me” – Protect Your Heart

7.  “Century” – Youth Fountain *

8. “Aftermath” – Loss Of Signal

9. “Horrorshow” – Raccoon Tour

10. “Small Talk” – Autumn Fires

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*Youth Fountain is the featured artist in this month’s Pop-Punk Takeout Box! Order your’s today by clicking HERE.

 

 

You can find all of these songs on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Spotify playlist! Be sure to vote for your favorite song in our Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on the playlist for another month!

Want your band to be possibly featured on a future 10 songs episode? Email an mp3 of the song you want to be considered, a bio, press photo, and logo to: 10songsepisodes@gmail.com

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

10 Most Listened to Episodes of 2021

Leanor Ortega Till of Five Iron Frenzy, Scooter Smith of Big Smile, Fat Mike of NOFX, and Alfie Roberts of Vampire Money.

10 Most Listened to Episodes of 2021

2021 has been another incredible year for Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast and I have YOU to thank for it. When I say you, I mean all of our sponsors, guests, managers, publicists, labels and most importantly, our listeners! I’m incredibly thankful for all of your love and support this past year.

Here’s a list of the 10 most listened to episodes of Pop-Punk & Pizza in 2021. Just to be clear, these are NOT episodes I hand picked as my favorites. These 10 episodes have had the highest download numbers this year. Some of them happen to be my favorites though!

10. Luc Gaffwood of Calling All Captains – #166

Photo by, Alex Bemis.

Coming in at number 10 is a great conversation I had with Luc Gaffwood of Calling All Captains about his First Nations heritage in Canada. It wasn’t long after this episode came out that Calling All Captains released their first full length album, Slowly Getting Better, through Equal Vision Records.

9. Alfie Roberts of Vampire Money – #163

Alfie Roberts of Vampire Money was the last episode we recorded in March of this year. Right before we started to livestream every episode. I remembered we dived into Alfie’s obsession with the Halloween season and the bands newest EP, Outcast Club.

8. 20 Years of Sugarcult’s “Start Static” with Marko DeSantis – #183

Having a guest who likes to talk a lot is usually a good thing for a podcast host. I was grateful that Marko DeSantis, lead guitarist of Sugarcult, was one of those people who isn’t shy to tell his story. We talked in length for two hours about Sugarcult’s debut album, Start Static, turning 20 years old and several other stories. I remember one of the memories he shared about the album was that some of the recording sessions were done in the nude! Doesn’t get more pop punk than that, Haha.

7. Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake along with Wring Out – #173

At this point in the year, I was squeezing two artists onto one episode. I did this because the demand was so high for guests being on the show that I wanted to get as many on as I could each week. So, I would give each guest about 2o to 30 minutes each. Sometimes it worked well, other times it didn’t. This was the second time Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake was on Pop-Punk & Pizza. I was grateful to have him as a guest again. Especially since he is now the voice you hear singing our theme each episode. The main reason Chris came back on the show as to talk about his first batch of solo songs that he had released along with this book, Blast From The Past, via SmartPunk Records. Wring Out is a heavy handed pop punk band from Virginia Beach. They had just released a new single called, “I Tap 2 and Cast Counterspell“.

6. Scooter & John of Big Smile – #146

Scooter Smith of Big Smile

I was really happy to see that episode 146 with Scooter and John of Big Smile made that top 1o. In my opinion, Big Smile is one of the hardest working bands in pop punk right now. When I think back on this conversation, I remember learning that Scooter and I had actually corresponded years ago with each other when we were in different bands. I was trying to book my band, The Projection, in Ohio, and he was trying to get his band, The Sweet Addiction, in Illinois. What a small world! Big Smile is also signed to Anchor Eighty Four Records, which has had some really killer bands on it in recent years.

5. Ruthcrest and Virginity – #175

Ruthcrest

Virginity

Just like Big Smile, Ruthcrest is signed to Anchor Eighty Four Records. When Adam and Charlie were on this episode, they were promoting the acoustic version of their song, “If You Were Here”. It’s a very infectious song that name drops, Blink-182. It was either the day before or the day we recorded this episode that Mark Hoppus was diagnosed with cancer.

The second guests on this episode were Casey, Jim, and Jordan of Florida band, Virginity. I had lots of laughs with them talking about their latest single, “Nosferattitude (The Vampire Song)”. The band released their sophomore album this year via SmartPunk Records.

4. Mike Herrera & Kalie Wolf talk new MxPx single “Say Yes” Ft. RIVALS – #179

Mike Herrera

Kalie Wolfe

Every since I started Pop-Punk & Pizza in 2016, Mike Herrera, has been on my list of dream guests. My dream came true this year thanks for WTF Publicity. Getting to have Kalie Wolfe of RIVALS on the same episode was surely a pleasant bonus! MxPx and RIVALS put out a song together back in July of this year entitled, “Say Yes”. It was an honor to talk to both Kalie and Mike about it. The song surely didn’t disappoint. It still gets stuck in my head for hours on end.

3. Drives The Common Man – #167

Drives The Common Man. Photo by, Tom Hortiz.

This is yet another episode that I’m very happy made it into the top 10 this year. Drives The Common Man is one of the many talented artists that signed with Lost Music Collective this year. I really think he deserves all the success in the world. I truly believe he has the potential to become one of the new faces of pop punk in the mainstream one day.

2. Fat Mike of NOFX – #155

Mike Burkett “Fat Mike” of NOFX.

I never thought in a million years that Fat Mike would be a guest on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast. I have Melanie Kaye PR to thank for setting up this conversation up for me. Earlier this year, NOFX released their newest record, Single Album, and Mike came onto the show to talk about it. We also ended up talking about his sobriety and the Punk Rock Museum that’s opening soon in Las Vegans, Nevada. I still can’t believe this episode happen. I’ll always be extremely grateful to both Mike and Melanie for this moment.

1. Leanor Ortega Till of Five Iron Frenzy – #148

And now the number 1 most listened to episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast in 2021………Leanor Ortega Till of Five Iron Frenzy! Leanor hands down was one of my personal favorites to talk with this year on the podcast. When Mike Cubillos of Earshot Media sent me an email asking me if I’d be interested in having Five Iron Frenzy on the podcast, I was extremely flattered. I replied to Mike right away and requested Leanor for the interview. I knew she would be fun to talk with and we also needed more females on our roster of guests. The main purpose of the conversation was to talk about Five Iron Frenzy’s new album, Until This Shakes Apart. I do remember we somehow ended up talking about chickens though. I think Leanor had just bought some baby chicks or was about to. A huge thank you to Mike and Leanor for making this episode possible!

 

As we head into 2022, I’d like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Thank you for making 2021 an incredible year for Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast. I hope you know just how grateful I am for your love and support.

 

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#202: Merry Pop-Punkmas 2021

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Ho Ho Ho! Merry Pop-Punkmas 2021! I hope you know how grateful I am for all your love and support this past year. To celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day properly, I’ve compiled 14 Christmas songs I think you should give a listen to.

1. Christmas Spirits – TLB

2. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Endless Holiday

3. Xmas Wrapping – The Aquadolls

4. 78342 and You – Love Again

5. The Emo Night Before Christmas – Eightynine

6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Tsunami Bomb

7. A Carol Medley – Stop.Drop.Rewind

8. Little Saint Nick – Millington

9. Get Away (For X-Mas) – Oldie Hawn 

10. Glittery – BEEA Ft. Dimi from Two Left Trains

11. We Were Never Naughty or Nice – Cardboard Box Colony

12. This Christmas – The Taj Motel Trio

13. Are You Alone On Christmas Day? – Basement Gary

14. Father Christmas – The Great Heights Band

Thank you to all the bands who submitted their songs! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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Jacques LaMore Reads The Polar Express

I want to take this time to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast and LaMore Media L.L.C. in 2021. I’d like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Growing up, one of my favorite Christmas books to read was The Polar Express. Now, the tradition continues with my son who is even more obsessed with it than I was. I know several people who listen to LaMore Media podcasts also have children. So my gift to you and your family this Christmas is to read aloud The Polar Express to you. 

 

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#201: Benjamin Harper talks 20 Years of Yellowcard‘s ”One For The Kids”

The big wave of Yellowcard’s mainstream debut album Ocean Avenue all started with their previous album, One For The Kids. Recorded and released in 2001 through Lobster Records, One For The Kids quickly helped Yellowcard land a major label contract with Capital Records in 2002. Ocean Avenue would take the world by storm just one year later in 2003. Founding member, Benjamin Harper, joins us on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast to talk about how Lobster Records has remixed and remastered One For The Kids to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary. It’s available on all streaming platforms this Friday, December 17th, 2021. You can pre-order a vinyl copy here.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is presented by, Pop-Punk Takeout. A monthly subscription box filled with merchandise from pop punk artists from all over the world! Learn more and sign up at poppunktakeout.com. Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and TikTok.Copy_of_PPTO_colorlogo-019p4t4.png

#200: Dave Gomez of Summer Curse

My friend, Dave Gomez, has not been on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast since episode 28 in 2017 when he was in a band called, Night Terrors. A lot has happened with Dave since then. He’s won his battle with cancer and started a new band named, Summer Curse. We also get a special acoustic performance from Dave on this episode!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is presented by, Pop-Punk Takeout. A monthly subscription box filled with merchandise from pop punk artists from all over the world! Learn more and sign up at poppunktakeout.com. Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and TikTok.Copy_of_PPTO_colorlogo-019p4t4.png

#199: Oakrest

Oakrest is a pop punk band hailing from Newmarket Ontario, Canada. You may remember their song, “Nothing Serious”, being played on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast last year. Jacob, Jacob, and Chris, join us straight from day one in the studio on this episode! Oakrest is currently working on their first full length album to be released sometime in 2022. How exciting!

Thanks so much for talking with me guys.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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#198: Caitlin Edwards of Bumsy and The Moochers

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to trade in that turkey leg for a slice of pizza. I’m excited to welcome back Caitlin Edwards of Chicago ska punk band, Bumsy and The Moochers. A lot has changed since the first time she was on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast back in September 2019. Including Bumsy and The Moochers getting signed to Sell The Heart Records! Caitlin and I talk about the band’s latest single, “Cathy Ann”, which is a fun song about her mother.

I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you know how thankful I am to have your love and support!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is presented by, Pop-Punk Takeout. A monthly subscription box filled with merchandise from pop punk artists from all over the world! Learn more and sign up at poppunktakeout.com. Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and TikTok.Copy_of_PPTO_colorlogo-019p4t4.png

#197: Bad Planning with Andy Pohl of Sell The Heart Records & Tsunami Bomb

Chicago’s Bad Planning have announced plans to release a new album Et Fortes this Spring 2022 via Jump Start Records. Members Alex and Jack joins me on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast to talk about the new record and signing!

Also joining us on this episode is Tsunami Bomb guitarist and owner of Sell The Heart Records, Andy Pohl! We ended up getting into a big conversation about social media. Particularly Facebook and TikTok.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is presented by, Pop-Punk Takeout. A monthly subscription box filled with merchandise from pop punk artists from all over the world! Learn more and sign up at poppunktakeout.com. Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and TikTok.Copy_of_PPTO_colorlogo-019p4t4.png

#196: Veronika & Scott of Pop-Punk Takeout

Veronika Potylitsina & Scott Stone of Pop-Punk Takeout

 

For the past several months before every single single episode of the podcast, you’ve heard me say, “Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is presented by, Pop-Punk Takeout”. I think it’s finally time you met the masterminds behind this fun and creative brand. Say hello to Veronika Potylitsnina and Scott Stone. Every month, Pop-Punk Takeout offers a pizza box or Chinese food takeout box to have delivered directly to your door. However, it’s not food inside those boxes. They’re filled with merchandise from pop punk artists from all over the world!

I want to personally thank both of you for being such big supporters of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast. I hope you know how grateful I am!

Learn more at poppunktakeout.com. Follow them on social media @poppunktakeout.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore