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Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff has launched a new conversation series, in which he will explore his native state of New Jersey. The first episode is out now and features fellow Jersey-ite, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

“I’m from a strange place. I want to understand it and why I sound like it,” Antonoff said in a press release. “Why all the hope and pain that New Jersey carries is so present with me. The way we hug the city. How we are so close but light years away. Living in that big shadow. A punch line to some, Zion to others.”

New installments featuring “other New Jersey notables” will be released periodically, according to the press release.

Antonoff recently shared a new video for Bleachers’ track “chinatown,” featuring none other than New Jersey’s favorite son Bruce Springsteen. Watch that video here.

To listen to the first installment, click here