7 Questions with Cash Levy

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by Ryan Meehan

Cash Levy has appeared numerous times on Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Comics Unleashed, Comedy.TV and is a regular at the Hollywood Improv. He can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio, and has been heard on The Bob and Tom Show. With fifteen years of stand-up comedy expertise and national exposure, Cash has entertained to sold out comedy clubs throughout the country.  Internationally, Cash has performed for U.S. troops all over the world, from Afghanistan to Singapore.  Cash is known as one of the finest improvisers in the country. He uses this skill to interact with the audience, whether in a club or in front of a corporate crowd – spontaneously creating jokes specific to any event. Cash has a rare ability to play off the crowd, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

NFL Week Twelve Wrap-Up

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by Ryan Meehan
Now that week twelve of the NFL season is over, I can’t help but think about a series of events that took place during the week which resulted in the Bills/Jets game being moved to Ford Field in Detroit.  I find it fitting that this game likely won’t affect any sort of playoff seeding, because the situation was very serious and made me think about the way the NFL view its supposed invincibility.  On Wednesday the Bills posted a want ad of sorts on their Twitter account, offering anybody who was willing to shovel some of the seven feet of snow that fell on the Buffalo area in the forty-eight hours leading up to the game ten dollars and hour and game tickets to get all of that white stuff out of the seating areas.  The next day, finally the game was said to be called during the early afternoon hours.  Then on Thursday afternoon, the NFL released a statement saying that the game would officially be played at Ford Field in Detroit.
By Wednesday morning, there should not have been any question that this game was to be moved.  We discussed this on KUGR Friday Night, and although Neil pointed out that you can never quite prepare for a once-in-a-century disaster – I still don’t think that the Bills or the NFL should have ever attempted to tackle this snowstorm head on.  I think it speaks to the arrogance of Roger Goddell, the owners, and the rest of the NFL that they would think they are invincible like this.  They aren’t bigger than weather.  And what was the Bills franchise thinking putting the citizens of that city at a safety risk by asking them to shovel out their stadium when the fucking mayor was telling everybody to stay home?  Hopefully the people of Buffalo will be safe and the city will return to its day to day business shortly.  The NFL was very busy elsewhere this weekend, so let’s take a look at what really happened during a very busy week twelve.

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7 Questions with Shane McCarthy of Wayfarer

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by Ryan Meehan

Wayfarer is a four piece band hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Denver, Colorado. Through a storm of riffing and unrelenting atmosphere, the band creates a sound that feels at once archaic and elemental, and ultimately human. Wayfarer came together in 2012, after recording an instrumental demo the previous year. With the lineup complete, the band then cut its teeth playing out in the burgeoning Denver underground, and began work on their debut album “Children of the Iron Age”; a lengthy epic of blackened atmospherics interwoven with entrancing acoustic passages and driving, powerful post-metal soundscapes. The album was recorded in early 2014 at Flatline Audio in Westminster, Colorado with Shane Howard (Martriden) and mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation). The debut album was followed by subsequent touring of the Western United States with Denver cohorts Dreadnought over the summer. The band was signed to Prosthetic Records in August of 2014, and will be embarking on a West Coast tour in early Winter in support of the release of “Children Of The Iron Age” on Gatefold 2xLP and Digipak CD on November 24, 2014. Guitarist Shane McCarthy is our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

Ragged Records Playlist – Video Edition

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by Ryan Meehan

I want to take a minute to apologize for slacking on yet another one of the seemingly countless projects that I have wanted to do but just haven’t gotten around to taking care of.  Ben Crabb runs this awesome records store called Ragged Records at the foot of the Government Bridge in Davenport.  You should definitely check it out, and also check out the vintage Clothing store Trash Can Annie which is located in the same building.

I’m not exactly what you would call tech-savvy.  I don’t own and iPod, don’t have an iTunes account, and all truth be told it would take me decades to figure out Soundcloud before I slowly stabbed myself to death with a butter knife.  So this version of the playlist is going to be a little bit different, and I am going to rely on YouTube and my professionally trained copying and pasting skills in order to get you the videos of the audio files that appear on my playlist.  Now not all of these are official clips:  Some of them are fan videos, and that’s cool because it exposes listeners to songs other than the typical 3 YouTube Clips that show up off of every album nowadays.

So here’s my playlist, and check out Ragged Records to order any of the items that you see below.   Continue reading

7 Questions with Yura Makarychev of On the Go

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by Ryan Meehan

On-The-Go is an indie-pop band originated in Togliatti back in 2008, now based in Moscow since 2010. On-The-Go belongs to the set of new Russian musicians, who make the western-influenced music – western not by content, but by the performance and record quality.  Content of the On-The-Go music is a mesmerizing combination of local background, quest for the new sound and Russian authentic melodies backed by refined arrangements, thought-out sound and distinctive lyrics written by band leader Yura Makarychev.  On-the-Go started in 2009 with a self-titled LP which secured band position on top of russian music market. Since then they played with Keane, She Wants Revenge, Patrick Wolf, Autokratz, The Horrors and many others. In 2011 On-The-Go supported Hurts on their tour after releasing now famous “In the Wind” music video and “Gym Session” Live Video which marked the new era for the band.  At the end of 2012 the band released its long-awaited LP «November» first since their debut in 2009. Songs on the verge of winter, melodies covered by the wind, tenderness and warm sadness has made the mission of comparing On-The-Go to other bands a very complicated one. There are many names coming to mind – from Wild Beasts to various Swedes and Danes but even though On-The-Go music has no pronounced ethnic identity, it has melodies, feelings and charms of something that has come from very different and alluring part of our planet.  Yura Makarychev of On The Go is our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading