Tag: Jacques LaMore

#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: lorenisrael@gmail.com.

-Jacques LaMore

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