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.

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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

NFL Week Twelve Preview

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by Ryan Meehan

New about on the field action that might take place in week twelve in the 2014 season was dwarfed by news that was released Tuesday which indicated the NFL will not let star running back and toddler penis mutilator Adrian Peterson play for the remainder of the season.  I realize I am only adding fuel to the fire by spreading the news, but I want to point out how little this should mean to NFL fans.  The Vikings are a bad team that has no idea who what their quarterback situation is and they weren’t going to make the playoffs even if he rushed for 2500 yards this year.  This story is no longer relevant, and as much as I hate the Ravens I admire how they’ve handled their situation comparatively.  Nobody should really care about all of this – There are a bunch of killer teams in the league this year, and I’d much rather spend time talking about them than discussing a guy who still pulls his corporal punishment artillery off of trees.  The Vikings are ridiculous, so let’s take a good hard look at the rest of the league and check out what I am predicting will go down in week twelve. Continue reading

7 Questions with Kyle Grooms

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By Ryan Meehan

With a long list of notable accomplishments as an actor, writer and comic, he’s proven to be one of the industry’s must-see comics on the scene. With a uniqueness all to himself, Grooms delivers an honest and intelligent view of the world, while giving an intimate look into his life experiences growing up in the American melting pot. Throughout his career, he has appeared in his own hysterical half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, while also making multiple appearances on VH1, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and famed sketch comedy show, “Chappelle’s Show.” Among his many accomplishments, his first comedy CD, “The Legend of the Jersey Devil,” was named one of iTunes’ Top 100 Comedy CD’s of 2009. A regular on the New York comedy scene, Grooms has performed at several top clubs, including Caroline’s, Comic Strip, Comedy Cellar and Gotham. He has been featured on several television, radio and internet broadcasts, such as P-Diddy’s “Bad Boys of Comedy,” Jamie Foxx’s “Laffapalooza,” “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” “The Byron Allen Show,” “BET Comic View,” and “Red Carpet Fashion.” Having even brought his act overseas, he performed at the “Le Grande Journal” in France and has made several appearances in national TV ad campaigns for companies including T-Mobile, Sears, Career Builders and Holiday Inn Express. Grooms continues to grow as a stand-up comedian, writer and actor, can currently be seen performing worldwide, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

NFL Week Eleven Wrap-Up

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Coming soon to a stadium near you…

by Ryan Meehan

It began snowing in the Midwest this week, a sure sign that for the next few months at any moment we could all slide into oncoming traffic because our local municipalities can’t figure out how to effectively plow the roads and use salt.  The good part about this otherwise dismal time of year is that the NFL playoff race is heating up, and while visibility outside might not be top-notch the visibility inside the FOH postseason crystal ball is getting much clearer.  That being said, I was wrong about a lot of this week’s games.  There were a couple of very puzzling upsets, and that’s precisely why this business isn’t an exact science.  Let’s take a look at how it all went down in week eleven of the 2014 NFL season.

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