10 Questions with April Richardson

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by Ryan Meehan

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, April Richardson moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college (later than most people do). Growing up, she was always obsessed with comedy and was always, as the expression goes, the “class clown.” She never realized you could get paid for being obnoxious and disruptive until she moved to L.A. and got a job on E!’s hit show Chelsea Lately — Hollywood dreams, they do come true!  Since Chelsea Lately ended, she has toured with Dana Gould and Chris Hardwick, and have appeared several times on Comedy Central’s hit show @midnight. She’s published her own photocopied zine since the age of 14, and has been a blogger since way back in 1997.  April created and hosted the popular Go Bayside Podcast for nearly two years, and has seen Morrissey live in concert over a hundred times.  She even made Lord of the Underworld Glenn Danzig laugh once, which was the deciding factor in qualifying April Richardson as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Alexandra Paul

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By Ryan Meehan

The star of over 75 feature films and television programs and internationally recognized for her five year starring role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the TV series Baywatch, Alexandra Paul began her acting career at age 18 starring in the highly rated telefilm Paper Dolls.  She then starred in dozens of films, several television series and  more movies for Lifetime Television than any other actress.  Alexandra is a vegan and an environmentalist who has been recognized by the United Nations for her work on the human overpopulation issue.  She has registered voters in South Africa, delivered medical supplies to war torn Nicaragua, volunteered for a population nonprofit in Sierra Leone and been arrested over 16 times in the United States for civil disobedience actions on peace, gay rights and environmental issues.  Alexandra has been driving electric cars for 25 years, and was featured in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?  Alexandra is also an athlete who competed in the Boston Marathon, the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon and who participates ocean swim races as long as 13.7 miles.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, triathlon coach Ian Murray.  We are grateful to have the extremely talented Alexandra Paul as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Liz Hill of Starling Glow

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by Ryan Meehan

Liz Anne Hill took about 15 years and a few busted romances to create the songs that make up her band Starling Glow’s self-titled debut album, a blend of modern pop musical styles that ranges from pop/rock to dance and indie.  A multi-instrumentalist, Hill grew up in Orange County surrounded by music—her mom played piano, her dad guitar and older sister piano, pipe organ and drums, while they all sang. “They told me early on, if I don’t pick up an instrument, they would kick me out of the family,” she laughs. “I was handed a bass at 10 years old and told, ‘It’s easy to play and you’re not very coordinated.” Growing up, Liz was a member of a variety of bands when she wasn’t horseback riding, the other passion in her life. “All I’ve known is being in rock groups, because I enjoy that collaborative thing,” she explains. “A lot of the bands that I grew up listening to were on small indie labels and played good music – I was into that. For me, playing in a band is all about building that energy and engaging people.” Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and musician Billy Mohler—one-time member of L.A. band The Calling, who has also played or worked with Smashing Pumpkins, Macy Gray, Liz Phair, Kelly Clarkson, AWOLNation and skateboard pro Tony Hawk—was hired to produce the record and immediately recognized the fellow Orange County native’s talent.  The record is being released through newly formed Indie Label Trailblaze Music Group, where Mohler is General Manger.  The album, despite some of its modern EDM touches, is rooted in the rock ‘n’ roll of her youth. “I know my father would’ve killed me if I didn’t have guitars on there,” she admits. “Being able to perform these songs, get them into people’s hands and, hopefully, have them enjoy them for as long as possible would just be more than I could ever wish for.”  Liz Hill and Starling Glow are primed and ready to share their music with you, and we are proud to have her as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Pat Kilbane

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by Ryan Meehan

Best known for his three year run on Fox’s MadTV, Pat Kilbane made his mark on the show with outrageous physical comedy and uncanny celebrity impressions.  Among his more memorable characters were “Stan the Java Man”, the shady Spishak spokesman, and the floppy superhero “Rubberman”.  Kilbane’s impressions are too numerous to list, but notable his mimicry of Howard Stern and Lyle Lovett fooled some viewers into believing that the stars actually appeared on the show.  After MadTV Kilbane was signed to a two-year deal with Dreamworks, during which he appeared in the movies Evolution and Eurotrip, and on ABC’s hit show Spin City.  He later added to his eclectic menagerie of characters with appearances on My Name is Earl and in the films Day of the Dead, Semi-Pro, and Meet Dave.  Raised in Dayton, Ohio Kilbane earned his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College before beginning his career as a stand-up comedian.  He headlined clubs throughout the United States and was featured on Showtime’s Full Frontal Comedy as well as A&E’s Evening at the Improv and Comedy On the Road.  After moving to Los Angeles he appeared in over a dozen national commercials, made guest appearances on The Single Guy and Arli$$, and played the role of the Anti-Kramer in the Emmy nominated Seinfeld episode “The Bizzaro Jerry”.  Now a writer and producer of science-fiction, Kilbane recently penned The Brain Eater’s Bible, a zombie book published by St. Martin’s Press.   That’s why I’m currently wearing a helmet, but am still delighted to have Pat Kilbane as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

Ragged Records Playlist Four:  The Dirtnap Edition

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by Ryan Meehan

The miracle of life is a wonderful thing.  The feeling of holding something living in your hands reminds us that indeed our existence is a very lucky one indeed.  But at some point everybody is going to count worms, even those who have made the music that we’ve grown up to love over the years.  With the exception of Tupac Shakur, we’re not going to be seeing any new releases from the artists who have handed in their dinner pail.  While ProTools may give you the opportunity to pick apart material compiled during an individual’s life and set it to a beat, it’s fair to say that when it comes to songwriting once you’ve bought it the world isn’t going to be blessed with what you have to give in that department from that point forward.  That’s why life is so precious, and why some of this is going to hurt a bit.  Before we get started, we need to set some ground rules for this piece.

  1.  First off, we’re going to toss out any artist who had a majority of their success before 1968.  It’s safe to say that anyone who was cashing huge checks before the RFK assassination is probably lucky to be alive.  I’m sad that Robert Johnson is dead too, but if he weren’t he’d be 103 years old and probably not the world’s most exciting touring musician.
  1.  None of the artists on this list are going to be obvious choices.  Anybody can make a playlist comprised of John Lennon songs, but that’s already been done millions of times.  Same thing goes for George Harrison, Frank Sinatra, and Robbin Crosby from Ratt.  Those guys are complete legends, and we all know enough about them that they don’t effectively need to be discussed in further detail.
  1.  I am not a fan of Jimi Hendrix.  Yes, the guy was a great guitar player.  Yes, I am aware that he performed a few blocks away from the store at the legendary Col Ballroom.  And no, I don’t own a single Jimi Hendrix album, CD, or MP3.  Let’s not make a huge issue of this.  Everybody has their own personal preferences, and one of mine is that I’m not big on the founding fro of the fretboard.
  1.  Iggy Azalea, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, and all of the members of Nickelback are all still alive.  While I’ve read all of your emails and I completely understand the sentiment, I can’t order out any more hits until I’m off probation.  There are plenty of people in Nevada who can make this happen, I suggest you contact them for further information as I can be of no immediate assistance.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to business and sharpen our shovels.   Welcome to the fourth installment of the Ragged Record Playlist series:  This is Ragged Records Playlist Four:  The Dirtnap Edition.    Continue reading