Independent Minded

Independent Minded

The Independent Minded podcast features conversations with indie artists in the music and entertainment business. Pop culture legends “Weird Al” Yankovic and Henry Rollins, indie icons CAKE, Gogol Bordello and Mike Doughty, and up-and-coming indie artists Lucky Chops, The Districts and Vagabon talk about their experiences in the business, their inspirations and passions, and their recent projects. The podcast is hosted by Ron Scalzo, an indie musician and radio producer with 9 self-released albums and an independent record label of his own, Bald Freak Music.... Show More

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April 8, 2020 33 min

Episode 113 - Ron interviews Marika Partridge, Steve Hoffman, and The Night Nurse about their contributions to a community radio station, WOWD Takoma Radio in Takoma Park, Maryland.

/ Also, did Ron have the coronavirus?

/ Songs featured on the podcast include Bill Withers 'Who Is He (And What Is He To You)?' and John Prine 'When I Get To Heaven'.

/ Find out more about Takoma Radio at takomaradio.org

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February 7, 2020 42 min

Episode 112 - Ron interviews Philadelphia indie music icon G. Love about The Juice, power naps, politics, Brooklyn accents, beards, Brushfire Records, being hazed by Keb' Mo'.

/ Ron also rants about The Grammys.

/ Songs by G. Love and Special Sauce featured on the podcast include 'Soul-B-Que' and 'Fix Your Face'.

/ Find out more about G. Love at philadelphonic.com

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January 22, 2020 33 min

Episode 111 - Ron interviews Josh Hoffman, bass player in Washington DC indie rock band Mock Identity, about Rhizome DC, Iowa punk rock, being a musical ambassador, playing the euphonium.

/ Ron also rants about 'Best Of' Lists, Taron Egerton, and Whitney Houston in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

/ Songs by Mock Identity featured on the podcast include 'Where You Live' and 'Scam Likely'.

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January 1, 2020 34 min

Episode 110 features Greg Attonito, vocalist in New Jersey punk rock band The Bouncing Souls. Greg talks about fatherhood, going vegetarian, the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen, and 30 years of The Bouncing Souls.

/ Songs by The Bouncing Souls featured on the podcast include 'Lamar Vannoy' and 'Crucial Moments'.

/ Find out more about The Bouncing Souls at bouncingsouls.com

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December 17, 2019 45 min

Episode 109 features Washington DC pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd. Eric talks about performing 'A Charlie Brown Christmas', leading a jazz trio, Rage Against The Machine, and why I'm better at piano than I think I am.

/ Songs by Eric Byrd Trio featured on the podcast include 'Christmas Is Coming/Peppermint Patty' and 'Christmas Time Is Here'.

/ Find out more about Eric Byrd at ericbyrdtrio.com

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November 27, 2019 39 min

Episode 108 features Mat Santos, bass player in New York indie rock band Ra Ra Riot. Mat talks about poor tour packing, bonding over U2, making 'Superbloom,' and his bass guitar heroes.

/ Songs by Ra Ra Riot featured on the podcast include 'Flowers' and 'Belladonna'.

/ Find out more about Ra Ra Riot at rarariot.com

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November 15, 2019 35 min

Episode 107 features Scotland indie rock band The Trashcan Sinatras. Paul and John talk about revisiting old songs, shredding, working within limitations, overlooking Radiohead.

/ Songs from The Trashcan Sinatras featured on the podcast include 'How Can I Apply...?' and 'Weightlifting'.

/ Find out more about The Trashcan Sinatras at trashcansinatras.com

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October 16, 2019 30 min

Episode 106 features Eric Astor, founder and CEO of Furnace Record Pressing in Alexandria, Virginia. Eric talks about pressing vinyl, connecting with people, making sense of all the record manufacturing madness.

/ Find out more about Eric and Furnace Record Pressing at furnacemfg.com

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October 1, 2019 31 min

Episode 105 features Ken Stringfellow, singer/songwriter and guitarist in Bellingham, Washington indie rock band The Posies. Ken talks about the Pacific Northwest, love at first sight, why he wants to play in your living room, releasing an album on 9/11.

/ Songs from Ken Stringfellow featured on the podcast include 'Find Yourself Alone' and 'Sparrow'.

/ Find out more about Ken at kenstringfellow.com

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September 13, 2019 43 min

Episode 104 features John Baizley of Savannah, Georgia heavy metal band Baroness. John talks about cutoff t-shirts, critical acclaim, giving the fans their money's worth, why he's not comfortable with having his signature on your arm.

/ Songs from Baroness featured on the podcast include 'Throw Me An Anchor' and 'I'd Do Anything'.

/ Find out more about Baroness at yourbaroness.com

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August 29, 2019 34 min

Episode 103 features Canadian indie rocker JJ Wilde. JJ talks about why rock isn't dead, tour lessons, leaving the working world behind, and the best burger she ever ate.

/ Songs from JJ Wilde featured on the podcast include 'State of Mind' and 'Gave It All'.

/ Find out more about JJ at jjwilde.com

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August 14, 2019 46 min

Episode 102 features Jonathan Nunez, guitarist in Miami hard rock band Torche. Jon talks about producing Torche's albums, moving air, making his own amps, chasing a feeling, the strum that ruined his life.

/ Songs from Torche featured on the podcast include 'Admission' and 'Slide'.

/ Find out more about Torche at torchemusic.com

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July 30, 2019 33 min

Episode 101 features Eric D. Johnson, singer and guitarist in indie folk band Fruit Bats. Eric talks about his middle initial, his lost solo album, and the humor in Fruit Bats' music videos.

/ Songs from Fruit Bats featured on the podcast include 'Gold Past Life' and 'A Lingering Love'.

/ Find out more about Fruit Bats at fruitbatsmusic.com

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July 15, 2019 50 min

Episode 100 features Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk concerts, and musician in experimental rock act Danger Painters. Bob talks about the DC music scene, thunderstorms, tiny desks, concert photography, the power of his hat, running away screaming from rock n' roll.

/ Songs from Danger Painters featured on the podcast include 'Wonder' and 'Time Spent'.

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June 28, 2019 33 min

Episode 99 features Jeremy Stith, vocalist in Orange County, California hardcore band Fury. Jeremy talks about failed entertainment, Weird Al, not being on social media, being a better boyfriend, and getting duped into singing for Fury.

/ Songs from Fury featured on the podcast include 'Angels Over Berlin' and 'Crazy Horses Run Free'.

/ Find out more about Fury at runforcoverrecords.com/artists/fury

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June 17, 2019 34 min

Episode 98 features Sudanese-American indie musician Sinkane. Ahmed talks about getting sober, taking center stage, fancy hats, and the quest for delicious food.

/ Songs from Sinkane featured on the podcast include 'Everybody' and 'Dépaysé'.

/ Find out more about Sinkane at sinkane.com

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May 21, 2019 26 min

Episode 97 features Brooklyn dub rock heavyweights Dub Trio. Stu, Joe and Dave talk about reuniting, vintage drums, being 66.66% Canadian, and The Shape Of Dub To Come.

/ Songs from Dub Trio featured on the podcast include 'Bad Comrade' and 'World Of Inconvenience'.

/ Find out more about Dub Trio at dubtrio.com

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April 29, 2019 29 min

Episode 96 features Christina Cone of Nashville-based indie pop band Frances Cone. Christina talks about sound checks, patience, Brooklyn, marrying her band mate, and being called Frances.

/ Songs from Frances Cone featured on the podcast include 'Wide Awake' and 'Arizona'.

/ Find out more about Frances Cone at francesconemusic.com

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April 15, 2019 33 min

Episode 95 features Ken Andrews of Los Angeles alternative rock band Failure. Ken talks about comebacks, The Cure, college radio, frogs, Nirvana, hating on hair metal.

/ Songs from Failure featured on the podcast include 'No One Left' and 'Dark Speed'.

/ Find out more about Failure at failureband.com

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March 28, 2019 42 min

Episode 94 features Greek songwriter and composer Theodore. Theodore talks about getting lost, taking risks, Buster Keaton, The Doors, multiple orgasms.

/ Songs from Theodore featured on the podcast include 'Disorientation' and 'Towards'.

/ Find out more about Theodore at theodore-music.com

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