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Episode 298: Matt Pond

Our friend Matt Pond returned to Going Off Track to lament winter angst over being an upstate New York exile.... Read on.
Our friend Matt Pond returned to Going Off Track to lament winter angst over being an upstate New York exile. He also brought up the horrors of K-Pop, Florida and proselytized on prosthetics. He was concerned over becoming a “cover band” of himself, but is excited about his latest musical project that’s inspired by your...  Read on.
Our friend Matt Pond returned to Going Off Track to lament winter angst over being an upstate New York exile. He also brought up the horrors of K-Pop, Florida and proselytized on prosthetics. He was concerned over becoming a “cover band” of himself, but is excited about his latest musical project that's inspired by your random thoughts, visions or dreams. Buy Matt's music Send Matt your random thoughts
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Episode 297: Arthur Smilios

Best known as the bassist for legendary hardcore acts like Gorilla Biscuits and CIV, Arthur Smilios came by Going Off... Read on.
Best known as the bassist for legendary hardcore acts like Gorilla Biscuits and CIV, Arthur Smilios came by Going Off Track to discuss seeing Agnostic Front as a teenager at CBGB, why he’s a proud socialist and the time CIV opened for KISS at Madison Square Garden. We also talk about his lifelong friendship/collaboration with...  Read on.
Best known as the bassist for legendary hardcore acts like Gorilla Biscuits and CIV, Arthur Smilios came by Going Off Track to discuss seeing Agnostic Front as a teenager at CBGB, why he's a proud socialist and the time CIV opened for KISS at Madison Square Garden. We also talk about his lifelong friendship/collaboration with Walter Schreifels, the inspiration of bass legend James Jamerson on his playing and Smilios' love of vintage Fender basses and Fred Perry clothing. (If you've met Arthur, you already know what we're talking about.) "The song that almost didn't make the album was 'New Direction,' it was the last song," Smilios says when reminiscing about the writing of one of the most influential hardcore albums of all-time, Gorilla Biscuits' "Start Today." "The interesting thing about that album is that initially the songs were a lot more melodic and we decided to rough it up a little and I was against it," he continues. "I got outvoted on that and that was fine because I didn't write the songs: In the end it's Walter and CIV because they're the ones writing the album... and I guess it turned out OK." Personally we think that Arthur should have his own podcast but until that happens this is the closest you're going to get into the mind of a truly gifted musician and amazing human. In fact, we can't wait one minute more to have him back on the podcast.
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Episode 296: Andrew W.K.

The enigmatic Andrew W.K. returned to Going Off Track to discuss why he never pictured himself as a professional musician... Read on.
The enigmatic Andrew W.K. returned to Going Off Track to discuss why he never pictured himself as a professional musician growing up, his philosophical views of partying and why his latest album “You’re Not Alone” took twelve years to complete. “With the creative process it doesn’t seem like you can set the conditions to receive...  Read on.
The enigmatic Andrew W.K. returned to Going Off Track to discuss why he never pictured himself as a professional musician growing up, his philosophical views of partying and why his latest album “You're Not Alone” took twelve years to complete. “With the creative process it doesn't seem like you can set the conditions to receive an idea and I don't even think that's something I've been able to do reliably,” he says when asked what inspired him to grind away at this inspirational album even when it wasn't easy. “But when [the idea] does happen you're obligation is to jump on it and to put down everything and go.” We also discuss interest in fashion, his first job in New York City at Comme des Garcons and how he got the members of the death metal band Obituary to back him by writing them a letter as a young fan. Finally we cover his 24-hour drummathon, the power of turning off your rational mind to realize your dreams and how he keeps his signature white T-shirt and jeans the perfect amount of grimy. As with most things Andrew W.K., there is a method to his madness... and his views of the transformative power of music run so deep that we barely scratched the surface here. Visit Andrew W.K. online photo: Nina Ottolino
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