Independent Minded

Independent Minded

Pop culture icons 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Henry Rollins, DIY music veterans Fantastic Negrito and G.Love, indie artists JJ Wilde and Vagabon -- and many more -- talk about their experiences in the business, their origin stories, and their inspiration on Independent Minded. The podcast is hosted by Ron Scalzo, an indie musician and radio producer with ten self-released albums and an independent record label of his own, Bald Freak Music.


August 31, 2022 27 min

Ron talks with Nashville-based indie band The Love-In about being roommates, mourning the death of a bandmate, opening for Bleachers, and having sex with the sun.

/ Music by The Love-In "Never Be Happy", "Spotlight Starlet", "Want You For Your Body", "Elio"

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Ron talks with Nothing More singer Jonny Hawkins about conquering fear with help from his mother, meeting Pantera, responding to record label rejection, and launching into the air.

/ Music by Nothing More "Turn It Up Like (Stand In The Fire)", "This Is The Time (Ballast)", "Tired Of Winning", "Spirits"

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June 6, 2022 37 min

Ron talks with Nashville singer/songwriter Alicia Blue about leaving L.A., destiny, poetry, and seizing the day.

Plus, Rob Grote of The Districts talks about romantic self-delusion, rolling with the punches, and doing acid with a 74 year-old Vietnam vet.

/ Music by Alicia Blue "Dog Days In L.A.", "Magma", "Saline Waters"

/ Music by The Districts "Outlaw Love", "I Want To Feel It All", "No Bl...

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Ron talks with Stabbing Westward keyboardist Walter Flakus about the Chicago industrial band's commercial success, his 'other' career in radio, and reuniting to make SW's first album in two decades.

Also -- Ron visits Los Angeles record label Kitten Robot Records and talks with musicians Paul Roessler and Josie Cotton about resilience and running a studio and a label together.

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March 22, 2022 29 min

Ron talks with Los Angeles producer, songwriter and composer Jess Furman about the social impact of her music, writing songs for My Little Pony, how an encounter with Bette Midler got her back on her career path, and reuniting on the beach ten years later.

/ Songs by Jess Furman featured on the podcast include 'Pink Lemonade' and 'Pony Life'.

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February 28, 2022 41 min

Ron talks with Los Angeles indie pop artist Caroline Kingsbury about coming out as queer, breakup songs, synthesizers, dealing with grief, The Killers, and Katz’s Delicatessen.

/ Songs by Caroline Kingsbury featured on the podcast include 'Kissing Someone Else' and 'Strawberry Sheets'.

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January 27, 2022 38 min

Ron interviews Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran of indie rock duo Illiterate Light about their unique live setup, playful music videos, Jake’s interesting fashion choices, and stretching musical boundaries.

/ Songs by Illiterate Light featured on the podcast include 'Better Than I Used To' and 'Caroline Lorelei'.

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December 30, 2021 38 min

Ron interviews indie pop country artist Hope Blanchard and her producer/husband Mitch about their love story, balancing their marriage and Hope’s music career, and living in a van together.

/ Songs by Hope Blanchard featured on the podcast include 'Young and on Fire' and 'Daddy's Issues'.

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November 18, 2021 29 min

Ron interviews Hannah Joy of Sydney, Australia indie rock band Middle Kids about motherhood, classical piano, marrying a bandmate, and Waffle House.

/ Also -- Ron welcomes a new sponsor and sells out.

/ Songs by Middle Kids featured on the podcast include 'Questions' and 'Stacking Chairs'.

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October 25, 2021 40 min

Ron interviews Dylan Nash of Los Angeles alternative rock band Liily about mental health, missing teeth, signing a record deal, and the career arc of Sylvester Stallone.

/ Also -- after 18 months apart -- Ron and the podcast get back together.

/ Songs by Liily featured on the podcast include 'Early Bopper' and 'Anvil'.

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April 8, 2020 33 min

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'.

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February 7, 2020 42 min

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'.

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January 22, 2020 33 min

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

Ron interviews Greg Attonito from New Jersey punk rock band The Bouncing Souls 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'.

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December 17, 2019 45 min

Ron talks with Washington DC pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd 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'.

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November 27, 2019 39 min

Ron talks with Mat Santos from New York indie rock band Ra Ra Riot 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'.

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November 15, 2019 35 min

Ron talks with Paul and John from Scotland indie rock band The Trashcan Sinatras 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'.

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October 16, 2019 30 min

Ron talks with Eric Astor, founder and CEO of Furnace Record Pressing, about pressing vinyl, connecting with people, making sense of all the record manufacturing madness.

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October 1, 2019 31 min

Ron talks with Ken Stringfellow, singer/songwriter and guitarist in Washington indie rock band The Posies, 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'.

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September 13, 2019 43 min

Ron talks with John Dyer Baizley of Savannah, Georgia heavy metal band Baroness 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'.

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