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It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s show, I talk to Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren of the band Antarctigo Vespucci. Both Jeff and Chris have been part of popular punk and indie rock bands for years - Jeff Playing in ASOB (Arrogant Sons of Bitches), Bomb the Music Industry! and even Mustard Plug for a bit, and Chris playing with the Naples, FL group Fake Problems - and between the two of them, they’ve put out north of twenty albums. Their first together as Antarctigo Vespucci is called Soulmate Stuff, and mixes Blue Album-era Weezer with late-90s Superchunk to make one of the best albums of the year. It’s out now on Rosenstock’s DIY label Quote Unquote Records.
Back in April, Jeff and Chris came over to the Harlem studio at separate times to talk about 7-11s, iced tea, tragedy, Long Island, the stretch spectrum, vegetarianism, punk, depression and anxiety, consumerism, first person shooters and the military, avuncular dads, being homeschooled, the thickness of boredom, being raised super-Catholic, personae in rock, The Ghost of the Mayor, fear, and being sober. Both dudes are awesome, and I can’t say enough good things about their music!