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Jacques LaMore steps down from Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast

Noelle Matonis takes over as host and producer


Jacques LaMore

Jacques LaMore, the creator of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast and Kankakee Podcast, has decided to step down as host and pass the torch to Noelle Matonis, previously an intern at LaMore Media. 

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce I’m stepping down as the host and producer of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast. I’m not sure at the moment if this will be temporary or permanent. What I do know is that I currently, at this time, do not have the time and energy to give Pop-Punk & Pizza listeners and guests what they truly deserve. The truth is, Kankakee Podcast, the other podcast that I host and produce under LaMore Media L.L.C., has become front and center and demands more of my attention. I did not come to this decision lightly. I’ve spent the past several months thinking about it and the only conclusion I can come up with at this moment is to step aside. I can’t express how hard it is to make this decision,” says Jacques LaMore.

Jacques LaMore

“The good news is that Pop-Punk & Pizza will live on with a new host and producer, Noelle Matonis. When I first met Noelle back in September, I noticed right away just how passionate she was about not only the pop punk scene but the alternative scene as a whole. I could just feel her positivity and excitement when she became our intern. The first assignment for Noelle was helping us cover Riot Fest in Chicago and she did a tremendous job. When I expressed to her that I could no longer carry on being the host of Pop-Punk & Pizza, she quickly spoke up and said, ‘I can host the show for you!’ Noelle is a go-getter and that’s one of her best qualities. I didn’t hesitate with my response to her. I told her yes right away.”

Jacques LaMore

“While I’m sad I won’t be with you while talking with some of the best bands in the world over pizza, I feel comforted to know Pop-Punk & Pizza will be carried on into the next generation with Noelle as its guide. As of now, I will still be around in some fashion. I still own the rights to the podcast. Noelle has just become the new face of it and I’m excited to see what she will do with it.”

“No matter what the future holds, Pop-Punk & Pizza will always be my heart and soul. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities and chances it brought me. I’ve learned so much from hosting and producing this show. Thank you to all the bands, publicists, managers, venues, and most importantly to you, the listeners, for your neverending support. You will forever have a place in my heart. I’m now asking you to support Noelle as she becomes the new face behind Pop-Punk & Pizza. Please, give her a chance, just as you gave me a chance when I started six years ago.”

Jacques LaMore

About Noelle Matonis: Noelle has worked as a DJ and the Assistant Promotions Director at North Central College’s radio station, WONC FM 89.1 in Naperville, as well as created and hosted her own specialty show from the ground up, called Vocal Distortion, on which she played many different heavy genres with screaming vocals, such as heavy metal, screamo, and metalcore, had theme nights, and interviewed bands and artists with a few different co-hosts. She also ran the social media for this specialty show. 

Noelle stated, “I am very excited to be the new host of the Pop Punk & Pizza Podcast, and I’m looking forward to new experiences and connections! I am interested in many other subgenres of rock as well as pop punk, such as alternative, metal, screamo, and more, so I will be incorporating more of that into our content going forward.”

From this moment on, all Pop-Punk & Pizza inquiries can be directed to Noelle Matonis: [email protected]

Also feel free to follow her on social media: 

Instagram: @noelleturtlez16

Twitter: @noellewiththe_e


#127: Tara Hahn of Half Past Two

Every songwriter has their own story to tell and when a guest comes on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast to share their story, it always means a lot to me. Especially when that story is very personal. Tara Hahn, lead vocalist of California ska punk band, Half Past Two, does just that on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. On the band’s latest single, “Shine”, Tara dives deep into her feelings to sing about her daughter, Neely, who has, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). “Shine”, is a positive spin on a situation that isn’t the greatest. If you ask me, that’s what being in a ska-punk band is all about. Half Past Tw0 plans to release a full length album in 2021. I can’t wait to hear it!

Half Past Two Website

Follow Half Past Two on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @halfpasttwoska

Official music video for, “Shine”:

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#126: Hometruths

It’s always a special treat when I get to talk with bands from other countries. The United Kingdom’s pop-punk scene has been growing quite a bit in recent years. The band, Hometruths, of Newcastle are a testament to that statement. Lead vocalist/guitarist, James McLackland, and Bassist, Ross Gilroy, stayed up late to talk with me about their newest single, “Shimmers”, released via Lost Music Collective. James and Ross explain the song is about the negative impact social media can have on our mental health. Plenty of other cool stories in this conversation as well. Thanks for loosing some sleep for me guys!

Official Music Video for, “Shimmers”:

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore


#124: 10 Songs for November 2020

Glimmers. Photo by, Smiling Eyes Media.

I’m thankful to have survived Covid! So far, anyway. My son and I made it through quarantine without ANY positive results for the virus. Thank you for patiently waiting for new Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast episodes to arrive. I hope you, your family and friends are staying healthy!

With November starting up, it means it’s time to update the Pop-Punk & Pizza Spotify Playlist with ten new songs for you to check out!

In no particular order, “10 Songs for November 2020″: Plus, the Fan Favorite Song from October!

  1. “The First Thing” – Glimmers
  2. “September Sky” – The MSGs
  3. “(Turn Down The) Radio – Hiding From Humans
  4. “Save Me” – RODERIK
  5. “Playing House” – Maple Hill
  6. “Give It Up” – Frontside
  7. “Words That Rhyme with Liar” – Rematch
  8. “Liquor & High” – The Dumes
  9. “Ghost of Saturday Night” – Boy Blue Ft. Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup
  10. “Look What Happened” (Less Than Jake Cover) – Millington & Half Past Two

The Fan Favorite Song from October, “Happy”, by Goalkeeper.

VOTE for your favorite song of the month on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Community Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month. Just like, “Happy”, is staying on the list for the month of November.

In other news, I was invited to be a guest on the You Make The Scene Podcast! It was an honor to talk to Josh Custer about Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, music journalism, and more. Listen to the episode HERE. Please like, follow, and listen to You Make The Scene. Josh is a genuinely nice guy and a big supporter of the music scene. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his podcast!

With Love,

Jacques LaMore

New Episodes Delayed Until Nov. 10th

Hey! I hope you had a great Halloween. Due to unfortunate events, there will NOT be any new episodes of Pop-Punk & Pizza podcast this week. If it all goes planned, the “10 Songs for November 2020” episode will be released on Tuesday, November 10th. I apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience and understanding. Listen above for a more detailed explanation. I hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy. Unless something else comes up, I’ll talk to you next week!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

P.S. Thank you to everyone who bought limited edition Halloween merch! It should be shipped out soon.

#121: Loren Israel

One of my top ten favorite albums of all time is, “Bleed American”, by Jimmy Eat World. In my eyes, it’s a masterpiece. So when I learned that producer/A&R executive, Loren Israel, was apart of that album, I had to talk to him. Not only did Israel help develop Jimmy Eat World, he also worked with Less Than Jake, Plain White T’s, and Neon Trees. On this episode, Loren and I talk about his days at Capital Records, singles versus albums, songwriting, and more. I gained a new perspective on somethings after talking with, Loren. I learned some new things as well.

Loren still follows his passion of developing artists. If you’re interested in any of his consulting services, send him an email: [email protected].

-Jacques LaMore

P.S. LIMITED EDITION Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Halloween Merchandise is now on sale until 10/31! ORDER HERE

Use promo code: POPPUNK at checkout to receive $2.00 off your order.

Stay Spooky & Safe!