7 Questions with Dez Fafara of Devildriver

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By Ryan Meehan and Garret Bivens

In his long tenure on the frontline of heavy metal—first as frontman for respected ’90s nü-metal unit Coal Chamber—Dez Fafara has seen and heard it all. But while he doesn’t appear to be on some kind of invented crusade to “save” metal, he’s quite forthcoming with the respect he has for both his bandmates and the artistry they bring blasting through the speakers of the tiniest earbuds to a PA system the size of a Congressional voting district. “There’s a lot of follow-the-leader going on, for sure,” says Fafara.“But I can’t do it all. What I’ve learned about us is that through all of the differences in the things we like, we’ve become a cohesive unit. Everybody can bring their distinct styles, but it still makes it Devildriver.” The band will be playing the now-world-famous Knotfest this upcoming October, and vocalist Dez Fafara is our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

NFL Week Two Preview

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by Ryan Meehan

Now that week one is in the books, we have had the opportunity to see for the most part what all thirty-two teams are made of. Obviously the big story this past week was Ray Rice getting suspended indefinitely by the NFL after having his contract terminated by the Ravens. Not that this would come as a shock to anybody, but Roger Goddell really screwed this one up. Basically what he was telling everyone by doing this is that you can essentially beat your wife, and as long as there’s no video you’ll get a light punishment. But the second that video comes out, you’re history. I want to hear the explanation as to why the video from inside of the elevator wasn’t released when the first tape came out, and why it all of a sudden became available Monday morning.

But since I’d rather not dwell on that story (you’ve heard plenty on it by this point anyway, I’m sure…) I’ve chosen to really focus on the football that’s going on. It’s not fair to those of us who didn’t kick the shit out of our significant others to have to hear about it, so after the preview for the Thursday Night game you’re probably not going to read any more on that topic here unless something else transpires in that mess. We’ve got some good games on deck, and this is what I expect to go down in week two of the 2014 NFL season. Continue reading

7 Questions with Julian McCollough‏

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by Ryan Meehan

Julian McCullough is a very funny young man who has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR’s This American Life, and starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can catch him every Saturday as host of TBS’ “Very Funny News” and on MTV2’s hit series Guy Code. He has contributed to countless pop culture talking head shows and has hosted three stand alone specials for VH1. He also has a 2 bedroom apartment, really nice sheets, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions.  Continue reading

NFL Week One Wrapup: Breaking Chalk

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by Ryan Meehan

When I was a kid, my sister and I loved to draw with street chalk.  It wasn’t until years later I realized that “chalk” is also a sports term used to describe a pick that went precisely as planned.   This week (aside from a few exceptions) someone left the chalk out in the street.  The garbage truck ran over it, as evidenced by some of the predictability-busting results.  So let’s take a look at what happened in week one of the 2014 NFL season, and which games caused you to take out a second mortgage on your house. Continue reading

7 Questions with JT Habersaat

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by Ryan Meehan

A native New Yorker currently calling Austin, Texas home, JT Habersaat has headlined and curated the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour since its inception in 2008. Since then, JT has acted as direct support for comedic powerhouses such as Doug Stanhope, Brian Posehn, Andy Dick, Kyle Kinane, Joe Sib, Jeanine Garofalo and many more, and remains one of a handful of comics ever invited to share the stage with Black Flag’s Henry Rollins. Habersaat is also a consistent performer alongside many of Stanhope’s Unbookables crew, including Kristine Levine, Andy Andrist, Henry Phillips and Norm Wilkerson. In addition, JT remains a requested support act for many bands, recently performing with such notable peers as Teenage Bottlerocket, Sloppy Seconds, The Murder Junkies, Krum Bums, The Adolescents, Lower Class Brats, Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, M.O.D., Riverboat Gamblers, Dead To Me, Off With Their Heads and D.C. hardcore legends Scream. JT has performed at just about every major festival, including Fun Fun Fun Fest, Hell Yes! Comedy Fest New Orleans, Akumal Comedy Festival Mexico and The Fest Gainesville. He is also one of six comics ever invited to perform on the nation-spanning Vans Warped Tour. JT has appeared on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade as well as acted opposite Ron Jeremy in Troma Films’ Toxic Avenger 4: Citizen Toxie. JT is currently signed to Grammy-winning label Stand Up! Records. His debut album Hostile Corporate Takeover was released in 2013 to much critical acclaim, boasting tri-colored vinyl and cover art courtesy of legendary Black Flag / Sonic Youth artist Raymond Pettibon. Habersaat released his first book The Altercation Archives in May 2012, and also contributed a chapter to Chuck Ragan’s (Hot Water Music) new literary collection The Road Most Traveled. JT’s first authored stage play ‘Starting From Scratch’ was performed at the 2013 Short Short Fringe Festival. Most recently, JT appeared in the zombie apocalypse short 17 Minutes in Texas (winner of the ‘Best Comedy Short’ at the 2014 Houston Comedy Film Festival), co-headlined the ‘Inflammable Material’ comedy showcase at the 2014 Punk Rock Bowling Fest Las Vegas, and was tapped to headline Doug Stanhope’s ‘2014 Super Bowl Comedy Kickoff’ in Bisbee, Arizona. He loves bourbon, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading