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New episode: Gonerfest 18 Preview with Eric Friedl (Goner Records, Oblivians)

Host J.D. Reager talks to Goner Records co-owner Eric Friedl  – A.K.A. Eric Oblivian – about the success of last year’s virtual Gonerfest and the many challenges of putting together this year’s festival. J.D. also spins recent music by five bands appearing at Gonerfest 18: Reigning Sound, The Archaeas, Big Clown, Optic Sink and The Exbats. Available via Spotify, Apple

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New episode: Solace with Bela Koe-Krompecher (Love, Death & Photosynthesis, Anyway Records)

Host J.D. Reager talks with author, social worker, record label owner, and record store legend Bela Koe-Krompecher. They dig into Bela’s time behind the counter (most notably at Used Kids Records in Columbus, OH), founding the Anyway Records label, finding sobriety and a new career in social work, and writing the autobiographical book Love, Death & Photosynthesis. J.D. also spins

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New episode: Hard Times with J.Robot (Blindcopy), Brian Balough (You Look Like A Comedy Show) and Joshua McLane (HEELS)

Host J.D. Reager digs in to the new Blindcopy song “Hard Times,” which he sang and co-wrote.  First, Blindcopy founder J.Robot discusses the song’s musical origins and J.D. shares his inspiration for the lyrics.  Then musician/comedian Joshua McLane (HEELS) performs a dramatic reading of Dusty Rhodes’ legendary “hard times” promo and Brian Balough (You Look Like A Comedy Show) chats

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New release: Blindcopy – “Permanent Collection”

Back to the Light Records is proud to announce yet another new release – the stunning new single “Permanent Collection” by the J.Robot-spearheaded supergroup Blindcopy. "Permanent Collection" single by Blindcopy The long-awaited follow up to “Blacklight,” “Permanent Collection” is a beautiful slice of dream pop-induced haze, with a sublime vocal by Chris Connelly of the legendary bands Pigface, Ministry, and

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New episode: The Inspiration Train with Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) LIVE at The Memphis Listening Lab

Host J.D. Reager chats with two close friends –  musician Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and fellow podcast host Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) – in front of a live audience at The Memphis Listening Lab.  J.D. also spins his new single, “Back Off.” Available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts and everywhere finer podcasts

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News roundup: Loose Opinions, listening party, & press!

Hey everybody! It’s been a busy week at Back to the Light HQ, and we have several cool things to share with you: First and foremost, the new Loose Opinions record Shadow of a Shadow is out today! Get it at looseopinions.com or on Spotify, Apple Music or here: Shadow of a Shadow by Loose Opinions Be sure and check

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New episode: Shadow of a Shadow with Graham Burks (Loose Opinions)

Host J.D. Reager talks to his friend, frequent collaborator and Loose Opinions bandleader Graham Burks about the night they met over 20 years ago, how Graham developed an interest in music early on, and his rich and eclectic musical history. J.D. also spins the extended version of the title track from the new Loose Opinions album Shadow of a Shadow,

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New episode: Spiritual Necessity with Hannah Sandoz

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, songwriter and visual artist Hannah Sandoz about their early life in Louisiana, the creative benefits of a formal education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, moving to Chicago, and finding the inspiration to release two records in one year.  J.D. also spins two tracks from Hannah’s new EP To Love and Loss!   Available via

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New release: J.D. Reager “Back Off” single

Once again, Back to the Light Records is pleased to announce a new release: J.D. Reager’s fantastic new single, “Back Off” b/w “My Failure.” Back Off by J.D. Reager These two songs were recorded at High/Low on Cleveland a few years back – recorded and mixed by Toby Vest, mastered by Jack Alberson – and feature a tremendous band behind

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