NFL Week Four Wrap-Up

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by Ryan Meehan

A quarter of the NFL regular season is behind us (almost, prepares speech about how “In my day we didn’t have bye weeks…”) and the NFL is shaping up to have a killer 2014 amidst all of the off the field problems the league is currently suffering through.  A little bit of comic relief came in the form of the Comedy Central show “South Park”, where the season premiere featured Cartman and the gang forming their own start-up company which would end up being called the Washington Redskins.  As you can imagine, they let Daniel Snyder have it pretty good, and some of the other owners in the league got it just as well.  Roger Goddell was a broken robot and wasn’t really featured too much in the episode, seemingly a perfect fit for a guy who just always slips out the back door when the cops raid the place.  The next night, those Redskins would be humiliated again – this time on the football field…   Continue reading

7 Questions with Billy Wayne Davis

 

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By Ryan Meehan

Since getting his start in his hometown of Nashville, TN, Billy Wayne Davis has performed in virtually every corner of the United States. He has appeared on TruTV and written for NFL on FOX. His festival credits include the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, and Sketchfest in San Francisco. His self-titled Rooftop Records release was featured on Sirius XM and named one of Paste Magazine’s Top Ten comedy albums of 2012. Billy Wayne currently resides in Los Angeles, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with XELLE

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Photo by Vincent Vega

By Ryan Meehan

You’ve heard of XELLE. They’re that girl group that threw an illegal dance party on a moving NYC subway train for their debut video, Party Girl. They’re the indie band whose songs and videos are lighting up TV shows, radio stations and dance floors around the world. They’re those sexy girls with huge voices who rocked the stage at your favorite club last night. They are XELLE, and you’ve been waiting for them to come along.  Fronted by dance floor divas JC Cassis and Rony G and produced by international hitmaker Zach Adam, XELLE makes megapop music that the world can’t get enough of. With over 1.5 million views on YouTube, their incredible music videos have whipped the international press into a frenzy. CBS News called XELLE “anything but ordinary,” Perez Hilton proclaimed their videos “an effing good time,” and Edge Magazine says that “XELLE excels at delivering a pure dance floor confection.” Together with Zach Adam, XELLE creates and produces music video masterworks. With a fresh sound that mixes the fun of The Spice Girls, the swagger of Ke$ha and the gorgeous vocal harmonies of ABBA, XELLE is an exciting addition to the pop music landscape. The girls have brought their high energy live show to fans around the USA, and they’ve shared the stage with legends such as Joan Rivers, Lil’ Kim, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Mya, Dev, Mo’Nique, Aubrey O’Day, Blu Cantrell, C&C Music Factory and Deborah Cox.  XELLE’s songs have been featured on MTV, LOGO, Oxygen, Sirius XM and terrestrial radio around the globe, but the band is as much about personality as it is about music. The girls of XELLE have appeared on VH1’s hit reality show Big Ang and been featured guests on Oxygen’s outrageous Jersey Couture, where they celebrated their curves, showed that real bodies are beautiful, and inspired millions to love themselves just as they are.  XELLE promotes a strong message of self acceptance, empowerment and kindness to others. This message inspired the band to collaborate with the nonprofit Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which works to provide safe school environments free of bullying for students and teachers of all backgrounds. XELLE released the hit single, “Invincible,” and donated the proceeds of song sales to GLSEN.  To protest anti-LGBT crackdowns around the world, XELLE unleashed the powerful human rights anthem, Red Flag. In conjunction with this release, they also started the #iRaiseARedFlag online protest, which aims to inspire everyone who cares about equality to make their views known and raise their voice against oppression.  Most recently, XELLE released the smash music video for their sizzling single, Sweat, guest starring Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Stodden, Andrew W.K. and Sherry Vine. The video features over-the-top parodies of 80’s fitness fanaticism, as well as a fierce cast of full figured dancers who, alongside XELLE, remind viewers that you don’t have to have a “perfect” figure to be sexy.   Whether it be with catchy party songs or unforgettable, politically-inspired hooks, XELLE is taking over the world, one dance floor at a time and JC Cassis and Rony G of XELLE are our guests today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Christian Finnegan

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by Ryan Meehan

Christian Finnegan is perhaps best known as one of the original panelists on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and as Chad, the only white roommate in the infamous “Mad Real World” sketch of “Chappelle’s Show”. He can currently be seen on the TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet?” and in Spring 2014 he can be seen on VH1′s “I Love the 2000′s”. He’s also co-host of Zest TV’s travel show, “CustomNATION”. Over the past decade, Christian has been a fixture on Comedy Central, having starred in his own one hour stand up special “Au Contraire!”, as well as “Comedy Central Presents”, “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and countless network interstitials. He’s also appeared on “Conan”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “Good Afternoon America” and “The Today Show”. Christian’s latest comedy special, “The Fun Part” was released on Netflix in April 2014. It’s available on iTunes and Amazon, along with his first two albums, “Two for Flinching” and “Au Contraire!”. Christian also hosts a music geek podcast called “Audio Spackle” for Cave Comedy Radio. It can be found on iTunes. When he’s not on tour, Christian Finnegan lives in New York City with his wife, author Kambri Crews and their faithful pooch Griswold, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

Classic Albums: 20 Years of R.E.M.’s “Monster” – 09/26/1994‏‏

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by Ryan Meehan

It seems a little bit out of sorts to call a record that represents the peak before a decline in a band’s popularity a “classic album”, but R.E.M.’s “Monster” is a disc that I seem to keep going back to after all these years. It was released on September 26th, 1994, which would make everyone who will actually finish reading this column “very fucking old”.

The two previous records released by the once college-rock foursome from Athens, Georgia were a bit of a departure from the sound that we heard on tracks like “Finest Worksong” and “Orange Crush”. Both “Out of Time” and “Automatic For the People” were great offerings, but I could see why the fans that had grown to love the band were starting to feel alienated by their new sound. By the time I heard “Star Me Kitten”, I myself was wondering if the band would ever really return to form and embrace the electric guitar sound that forced MTV to construct a whole show (Alternative Nation) around college rock and everything that sounded close to it. Continue reading