10 Questions with Anna M’Queen of Five Knives

Five Knives @ Barton Hall, 10/18/2014. Photo by Cameron Pollack, Sun Staff Photographer.

by Ryan Meehan

Evictions, hooded masks, secret passwords, basement bootleg tiki bars, fire axes, superstar rappers…These spectacles—some planned, some not—were all part of the live shows that Nashville’s Five Knives played throughout their hometown upon forming in 2012. “Our second show we played a rooftop and set off the smoke alarms. When the fire department turned up with axes during the set everyone thought they were part of the show,” says programmer Nathan Barlowe. “We had our masks on; they had their masks on, they had their axes and people thought they were part of some kind of weird rave. It wasn’t hard for us to book shows after that”. Even though there are two resident programmers and producers in Five Knives, the band sought an outsider’s guidance and opted for producer Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons)  for their new album “Savages”. As the songs were nearly complete by the time they got to Needham’s studio, his experienced hand proved the perfect finishing touch. “He let us do our thing, and made it sound bigger and better,” says multi-instrumentalist Nathan Barlowe. “Mark’s a sound sculptor, and we were able to collaborate together to breathe even more life into the music.” The result is 13 tracks of bombastic, heart-skipping density, raw power, and laser-honed electric bursts. We are delighted to have vocalist Anna M’Queen as our guest today in 10 questions.  Continue reading

10 Questions with Dan White


by Ryan Meehan

Daniel White Kamihira – Star of  “The Magician” at the Nomad Hotel in NYC and Discovery Channel’s “The Supernaturalist”, the HP Envy X2 Television Commercial, and Travel Channel’s “White Magic” has been performing magic since the age of ten. Creator, performer, teacher, consultant, and producer, Daniel has excelled in all fields of his art.  As a performing magician and magic consultant, Dan White has mystified audiences across the globe. A native of Philadelphia, he has created and starred in two of his own TV shows as well as creating and producing magic on television, in the movies, and on stage for the world’s most famous magicians and entertainers.  Dan has also been the featured entertainment at many of the world’s premier events.  A few of which include: Diddy’s White party, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Fountainbleu, The Hamptons Social, The I HEART RADIO music festival, The Kardashian Christmas Party, The Sundance Film Festival, HP’s 2012 Discover Event, The Yeezus Tour, and a plethora of other celebrity events. Dan has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, and Vanity Fair, and most recently paid a visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to showcase his amazing abilities. We are very excited to have Dan as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

NFL Week Four Preview


by Eight Thirty Seven with assistance from Dubsism and Jason from Indiana


The fourth week of the NFL season is here, and although it’s still early on we are starting to see the true colors of a lot of the teams in the league. Some are perennial early bloomers that will fade out as the season moves closer to the new year, and some are legitimate and here to stay. Some teams that are 1-2 are still in great shape, either because they play in awful divisions or because they simply haven’t played up to their own capabilities. And in some cases such as the AFC South, we really have no idea what’s truly going on. But we sure as hell can speculate, and isn’t that what makes this so much fun? This is what we think will take place in the last week of the first full month of the NFL schedule.

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If Week 2 was the “Pay For Knowledge” weekend, then Week Three is when those dividends started rolling in.  Week Three saw the J-Dub bankroll get back to positive territory by a pretty wide margin.  For the week, the bankroll took those dividends to show a net profit of $841.50, which brings the season’s bankroll total to $3,116.50.
While that sounds all well and good, the problem is that Week 4 is looking like it could be the “Week of the Landmine.”  Just look at some of these lines, and you’ll see why the J-Dub Gambling Challenge is going on “Operation Lightfoot” this week.  I don’t mean Gordon Lightfoot, either, even though I have a bad feeling betting this week could be less like “Carefree Highway” and more “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
Since I can’t make all of these Dogs of the Week…

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10 Questions with Sarah Tollemache


by Ryan Meehan

Sarah Tollemache started her comedy career in middle school by winning Most Humorous in her 8th Grade Class. Seven years later decided to take the stage at a local open mic in Houston, TX and has been doing comedy ever since. After developing a voice in Houston, Sarah decided to take it to the next level and moved to New York City where she’s been working on her craft ever since and is slowly becoming a name on the New York comedy scene. As well as a stand up comic Sarah is a sketch writer and has been on several sketch house teams at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She’s also a part of an independent sketch group called Bullshit Women that currently has a run at the theater, and I am delighted to have Sarah Tollemache as my guest today in 10 Questions. Continue reading

Radio J-Dub, Volume 20 – The “Victim of Love” Episode

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Today’s installment of the audio incarnation of the most interesting independent sports blog has a little something for everybody.  J-Dub does a ripping monologue about what it’s like to be a low-level stand-up comedian, then explores the “Victim of Love” philosophy…otherwise known as what happens when all the teams you support suck.

Finally, J-Dub reverses his field on Liverpool head Brendan Rodgers, and even admits he has a bit of a man-crush on the little Northern Irishman.

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You can listen, subscribe, or download the podcast here, and it can also be found on most I-phone, Android, and Windows Phone podcast apps simply by searching “Radio JDub.”

NOTE: We are on the lookout for podcast contributors and guest columnists.  All reasonable ideas will be considered, but we are really interested in people who would like to participate in our Tales of Depression and Sorrow  series. Contact us at dubsism@yahoo.com…

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