7 Questions with Orion of Vesania

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by Ryan Meehan

Vesania (Latin for insanity) is a Polish symphonic black metal/blackened death metal band. They were formed in 1997 by Orion, Daray, and Heinrich. Later members were Annahvahr and Hatrah, who left the band in 1999 and was replaced by Siegmar. Their first album, “Moonastray”, was a split with Black Altar, released in 2002 by Odium Records, exclusively in Poland. The release was limited to 666 copies and each album was signed with blood. 2003 saw the release across Europe of their first full length album “Firefrost Arcanum” on Empire Records. This was followed by the departure of band member Annahvahr. Their second album “God the Lux” was released in April, 2005, and shortly thereafter Valeo (Sammath Naur, Mortis Dei) joined the band as lead guitarist. Their third album “Distractive Killusions” was released in 2007 on Napalm Records, from which came their first single “Rage of Reason”.  Their new album “Deus Ex Machina” is now available on Metal Blade Records, and Orion of Vesania as my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

NFL Week Fifteen Wrap-Up

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by Ryan Meehan

My favorite story from week fifteen would have to be when FOX Sports reported on Friday that former New York Giants backup and chili cheese fries enthusiast Jared Lorenzen sent out some Tweets tagging the Arizona Cardinals and informing them that he could get down to playing weight.  When I told my father this, his first response was “Define ‘playing weight'” and I thought that was a really good point.  Look, I know this won’t materialize but it’s a great story and I so want for it to be true.  It’s not totally out of the question, as some of the other names being tossed around to show up in Glendale and save the day are pretty unlikely choices as well.  I’m sorry, but 43 year old Kurt Warner is not leaving his cushy job at the NFL Network to come out of retirement only to become paralyzed three plays in.  Thankfully there was a lot that did happen between the stripes, and this is what went down in week fifteen in the 2014 NFL season.

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7 Questions with Dave Thomason


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by Ryan Meehan

Dave Thomason is a stand-up comedian living in Los Angeles. He has appeared on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central, and was a finalist in the Comedy Central UP NEXT Competition.  He performs at festivals across the country, including the SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival.  Dave’s stand-up has also been featured on NPR’s “Snap Judgment”.   Continue reading

Hear Me Out:  Why the NFC South’s Collective Tank Job May Actually be a Good Thing for the Future of the NFL Playoffs

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by Ryan Meehan

If you’re over the age of twenty, at some point in your life you’ve probably heard the phrase “Things have to get worse before they can get better”.  It’s a theory that although completely contradictory in nature, makes a lot of sense when it comes to developing long-term solutions to short-term problems.  When George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004, I tried to remain positive and tell myself that maybe it would seriously take another four years of this maniacal idiocy to finally bring our troops back home and set the new guy up for a slam dunk.

Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.  But what happens when an alcoholic or a heroin addict finally makes the right decision to clean up his or her life and get sober?  They do it because they hit rock bottom.  When somebody has a gambling problem or the like, they have to go broke before they finally realize they can’t make the mortgage payment on a house because of the result of a Nashville Predators game.  In other words, sometimes a given situation has to reach crisis point in order for it to be corrected. Continue reading

7 Questions with Giulia Rozzi

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by Ryan Meehan

Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, actress and writer that was raised in Boston by two adorable Italian immigrants. Her very personal, blunt, and animated humor has earned her the honor of being a Moth GrandSLAM champion, a Boston Comedy Festival finalist, and a two-time ECNY Best Female Stand Up nominee. She is regularly seen on Vh1’s The Greatest and has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Playboy TV’s Foursome: Walk Of Shame, MTV, TLC, The Artie Lange Show, Italio MTV, and starred in the independent film Party Like It’s A Verb. Recently she taped an episode of Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening, that will air this winter. She is an alum of both Improv Olympic West and the Upright Citizens Brigade improv programs and written and performed two solo shows: Stupid Foreigners and Bad Bride (which is currently touring the US and UK). Giulia also co-hosts the long running sex and relationship themed storytelling show Stripped Stories with Margot Leitman in venues all over the US.  As a writer, Giulia worked on the MTV series Girl Code and Silent Library. She has also written for Playgirl, Esquire.com, BUST, NY Press, Glamour, XOJane, AOL, Lifetimetv, Hello Giggles, Gawker, Huffington Post, and more. Her essays appear in the books Mortified: Real Words Real People Real Pathetic (of which she was also an associate editor) and My Parents Were Awesome.  Check out her bi-weekly show Dive Comedy with Brooke Van Poppelen at Freddy’s Backroom in Brooklyn and their web series Seeing Other People debuting in the fall of 2014.  We are honored to have Giulia Rozzi as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading