10 Questions with Megan Heyn

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by Ryan Meehan

Megan was born in northern California, but her time there was brief. Her family ventured to several states during her youth, including:  Nevada, Maryland, Arizona, and Colorado.  The youngest of three kids, her flare for drama surfaced by age three when she told her parents she wanted to be an actress and refused to appear in public without her pink tutu.  Growing up she was fascinated and inspired by classic films and their actors, especially MGM musicals.  She was probably the only twelve year old who scouted the TV Guide every Sunday to see which movies from AMC she wanted to record and delight in throughout the week.  She even asked for TCM for Christmas because she felt that they had a better choice of Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and Doris Day films. These movies motivated her to get serious about tap dancing and singing, and most of her after school hours were dedicated to lessons and practicing.  Developing her talents turned her into a bonafide “Theatre Geek,” and she graced her high school stage with pride and excitement!  After high-school she left her family in Colorado and moved to Southern California to pursue her life-long love of acting. She attended University of CA, Irvine where she studied acting and musical theatre.  Within 3 years she graduated and headed up to LA to start a TV/Film career. Once in LA, she began to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB), mainly in there musical shows, specifically Matt Besser’s show “The Freak Dance.” “Freak Dance” has since become an indie feature film.  She also wrote/produced her own web series “Hollywood Taffy.” Once she became more seasoned she began appearing on TV in several Guest Starring roles.  She is still performing at UCB and grateful to be living her dreams in the city of Angels, and she’s also my guest today in 10 questions.  Continue reading

7 Questions with Brett Netson of Built To Spill

Photo by Alex Hecht

Photo by Alex Hecht

By Ryan Meehan

If you had the pleasure of checking out Built to Spill at Daytrotter’s Moeller Mondays back in the beginning of June, you know that the band hasn’t lost touch with the signature guitar-driven alternative rock sound that we all came to know and love in the nineties.  One of the key elements to that audio assault of sonic delight is guitarist Brett Netson, who is additionally involved with several other musical endeavors.  He played guitar on the most recent Earth album “Primitive and Deadly”, and while I wouldn’t exactly call it primitive it most certainly is the latter of the two respective terms.  He’s also the mastermind behind Brett Netson and Snakes, the aptly named band whose most recent EP “Scavenger Cult” is – as the kids would say – pretty fucking sick.  Make sure to check out Built to Spill on tour everywhere this summer supporting their new record “Untethered Moon”, which makes a stop at the Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa on September 12th.  We are absolutely honored to have guitarist Brett Netson as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Lisa Landry

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by Ryan Meehan

Lisa Landry came up through the famed New York City comedy circuit to become an audience favorite at clubs, colleges and theaters across the country.  Landry has appeared on ABC’s “Comics Unleashed”, CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” & “The Bonnie Hunt Show” on NBC. She starred in her own half hour Special, “Comedy Central Presents Lisa Landry.” And a nationwide vote catapulted her special to third place out of 100 top comedians in Comedy Central’s annual “Standup Showdown”. She’s the first woman to ever place in the top three.  Landry’s CD Put Your Keys in the Key Bowl was selected by iTunes as one of the “Top 10 Best Comedy CDs” of 2008. She is one of a handful of comedians chosen by TBS for their “We Know Funny” series of stand-up style commercials. She’s also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and co-starred on NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU.”  The Louisiana native was featured on “Brett Butler’s Southern Belles of Comedy” DVD. She did commentary for E!’s “Forbes Top 100 Celebrities” and CMT’s “20 Greatest Redneck Moments,” where Landry was chosen as a “Top Pick” by TV Guide. Her guest appearances include Fox’s “Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” the “Bob and Tom Show,” Fox News’ “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld” and the “Hollyweird” segment on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country”. For four years, Landry was a comedy writer for US Weekly MagazinePunchline Magazine describes Landry best: “She’s an incredibly skilled comedian, a controlling presence onstage and a master of pacing and delivery.”  I am very excited to have Lisa Landry as my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Kelly Johnston-Gibson from Ides of Gemini

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By Ryan Meehan

In May of 2012, Ides of Gemini unveiled their debut full-length, Constantinople. Its mere existence was a triumph for the three band members — Sera Timms (vocals/bass), Kelly Johnston-Gibson (drums/backing vocals), and Jason Bennett (guitar/backing vocals) — but other folks had some nice things to say about it as well.  Following the release of their debut, Ides of Gemini spent much time touring. They performed a pair of shows with Old Man Gloom in the autumn of 2012, before embarking upon a European/UK tour that kicked off at Germany’s South Of Mainstream Festival and saw the band play direct support to Saturday night headliners, The Obsessed, and later to a full house at Holland’s Incubate Festival.  In January of 2013, Ides of Gemini had the honor of opening for their labelmates (and label bosses), Neurosis,  at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. A month-long North American tour as sole support for the anonymous Swedes of Ghost B.C. followed in the Spring. This successful journey coincided with two new Ides of Gemini songs on Hexagram 45, a special Record Store Day 7-inch released via Magic Bullet Records that had to be repressed before it even came out due to overwhelming record shop demand. Upon their return to Los Angeles, Ides of Gemini shared stages with Boris, Deafheaven, and True Widow before hibernating to finish writing and rehearsing new material. That new record is ready to see the light of day.  Listed among Alternative Press’ Most Anticipated Albums Of The Rest Of 2014 as well as The Obelisk’s Records Not To Miss Before The New Year Hits, the follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinople debut, Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the striking hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson. “The foundation for Old World New Wave was laid before Constantinople even came out,” Bennett reveals. “We had the title, most of the guitar tracks and basic arrangements in place at that point. We’ve been planning this record for a long time, so it’s incredibly rewarding — and a total relief — to finally have it out.”  We are very excited to have Kelly Johnston-Gibson from Ides of Gemini as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Mark Normand

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by Ryan Meehan

Mark Normand is a fun-loving New York comedian. He has done a Comedy Central HALF HOUR special, has appeared on TBS’s Conan twice, Showtime’s “Live at SXSW”, Inside Amy Schumer, TruTv, Best Week Ever, Last Comic Standing, @Midnight and released an album with Comedy Central Records titled “Still Got It” (It’s not bad). In 2013 he won Caroline’s March Madness competition, beating out 63 other comedians. And this is a real shocker for all of us but he was also voted Village Voice’s “Best Comedian of 2013″ (I know right?) In 2012, Mark appeared on “John Oliver’s New York Standup Show” on Comedy Central, and in 2011 was picked as one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.”  Mark was born and raised in New Orleans, LA surprisingly to two normal parents. Mark started doing comedy right after college and quickly moved to New York. Mark now does comedy clubs and colleges across the country and has been involved in many festivals including Portland, Seattle, DC, Boston, and was featured as a New Face at the Montreal Comedy Festival.  More annoying accolades that no one really cares about: Mark was named one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch for the 2011 New York Comedy Festival. Mark was also named Esquire’s “Best New Comedians 2012”, Splitsider’s “Top 10 Up and Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, and Time Out New York’s “21 New York Comedy Scene Linchpins”. We are delighted to have him as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading