Rank #1: #34 - Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional)
Rank #2: #132 - Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin, The Sound of Animals Fighting)
If you’d like to support the podcast, go to patreon.com/washedupemo and the more ya do, the more podcasting I can do!
Rank #3: #123 - Buddy Nielsen (Senses Fail)
Rank #4: #73 - The Story of Tom DeLonge's Fake Review of Blink-182's "California"
If you’d like to read the fake review beforehand, head to WashedUpEmo.com and I’ve linked it on the podcast episode page.
Rank #5: #7 - The Promise Ring (Davey and Dan)
Davey Von Bohlen and Dan Didier from The Promise Ring join Tom Mullen at the Washed Up Emo podcast to discuss the beginnings of their musical careers, being introduced to Jimmy Eat World, the music always accepted in the van and what sports venue you can still hear The Promise Ring!
Rank #6: #21 - Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World)
Rank #7: #2 - Zach Gehring (Mae)
Rank #8: #154 - Ian MacKaye
A few months ago, I asked a couple of prior podcast guests Brian Lowit from Lovitt Records and now Dischord Records and John Davis from Q and Not U, if they thought an in-person interview could happen. Through their help and a little timing of a personal wedding in DC set this plan in motion.
As this podcast gets into its 8th year with no signs of slowing down, I thought it was time to have the person partly responsible for why I first got into straightedge, punk, hardcore, and the DIY ethos I continue to carry through during my day job in the music industry at large.
Ian couldn’t have been more gracious and after some back and forth and a nice Delta airlines agent, I was there with enough time to do the interview and make the wedding later that day.
I never expected to have the opportunity to talk to one of my heroes in this setting and for Ian to spent a couple of hours showing me around the Dischord house, the archives and then an interview will be remembered forever.
Rank #9: #44 - Todd Bell (Braid, Hey Mercedes)
Thanks to our sponsor Epitaph Records
Rank #10: #131 - Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids)
We discuss how The Get Up Kids have stayed together all these years, their knack for writing EPs, I get caught saying I liked Jim’s songs better and you’ll hear why I owe Matt $25 for doing the podcast. Finally, we hear about more recordings happening and what that means about a full album.
Rank #11: #25 - Chris Conley (Saves the Day)
Rank #12: #122 - Dylan Mattheisen (Tiny Moving Parts)
Rank #13: #47 - Frank Turner (Nü Metal)
Rank #14: #142 - Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop)
If you aren’t aware, Anthony’s YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, is insanely popular and influential for reviewing music. How he ended up with this title of Internet’s busiest music nerd, is quite a story
Recently, Anthony and I connected over the phone to discuss how he got into doing this for a living and what he enjoys most out of reviewing music. Don’t worry, we got nerdy on some real screamo too.
Rank #15: #50 - James Alex (Beach Slang, Weston)
Rank #16: #97 - Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life)
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.
Rank #17: #80 - Mike Kinsella (American Football)
Rank #18: #156 - Jade Lilitri (Oso Oso)
Jade and I connected early on during the first album, "Real Stories Of True People Who Looked Kind Of Like Monsters." I was a huge fan and supporter. Following that debut, it was great to see the mainstream press take a liking to him after the amazing follow-up, "The Yunahon Mixtape." Now the album coming out August 16th, "Basking in the Glow," should propel him to another level. It’s that good. On the podcast, Jade and I discuss his early music life getting heckled, the new album, and there’s a good portion about the NBA, which we’re both huge fans of.
Rank #19: #141 - Justin Courtney Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack)
Today we welcome Justin Courtney Pierre, who you may know from Motion City Soundtrack, Farewell Continental or The Rapture Twins.
He recently released his first solo album entitled “In The Drink” that we discuss extensively in this episode and what it took to make it happen. We also chat about his upbringing with friends and family that helped him get into music, his years in speech therapy and the label of pop punk and emo with the band. Plus we talk about his struggles with dependence on drugs and alcohol and what he feels like looking back at those years. Finally, there is a cameo from his daughter that is absolutely hilarious that you don’t want to miss.