7 Questions with Dan St. Germain

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by Ryan Meehan

Dan St Germain was chosen as a featured comic in Variety’s annual prestigious “10 Comics To Watch” list, was listed as one of Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Great Underrated Comedians, named Time Out NY’s “Comedy Break Out” of 2013, and he’s currently developing a show with FOX. He’s got a Half Hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Best Week Ever, @Midnight, We Love the 2000′s, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Electric Company, Guy Code, and will be on Friends of the People this fall. He’s the creator and star of the web series Kicking Dan Out featured on My Damn Channel, In Security on Comedy Central Studios, and has collaborated with Above Average. Dan’s been a guest on WTF with Marc Maron, Carolla, You Made it Weird, Ron and Fez, Bob and Tom, Fitzdog Radio, and The Artie Lange Show. He’s starred in a Super Bowl commercial with Howard Stern, Jack Links promos for Comedy Central, and was selected by Time Out New York as having one of the best jokes about New York City, a list that included Woody Allen. Check out My Dumb Friends, his podcast on the All Things Comedy Network and his album Bad at the Good Times on AST Records which was listed as one of 2014′s best in Paste Magazine. To top it all off, he’s also our guest today in 7 questions.   Continue reading

10 Questions with Iggor Cavalera

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By Ryan Meehan

Drummer Iggor Cavalera has been a staple of the metal community since he founded legendary metal band Sepultura with his brother Max back in 1984.  He’s one of the most intense percussionists in the world, and has remained true to his roots while the world of heavy metal has seen its share of radical changes during that time period.  Now he’s an integral part of Cavalera Conspiracy, a band that will be releasing their new album “Pandemonium” on November 3rd.  We are very excited to have Iggor Cavalera as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Keith Bergman

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by Ryan Meehan

Keith Bergman has spent four decades of life wanting to do ridiculous things. He’s been an actor, a music critic, an author, a reviewer of dirty movies for an adult film industry trade magazine, a drummer in rock and roll bands, and somewhere in there, a would-be comedian. Several years ago, his realization that carrying drums around sucked led him to pursue standup above all else. His material is R-rated but smart, clever and absurd, or as he likes to call it, “highbrow stupid.” He has shared the stage with The Amazing Johnathan, April Macie, Dean Edwards, Dave Landau, Vince Morris, BT, Brooks Wheelan, and many others, and has performed from the upper peninsula of Michigan all the way down to the deep South. He has just released his debut CD, “Disheveled,” 55 minutes of material recorded at The Blarney in downtown Toledo, Ohio, in March 2014 and we are delighted to have him as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

NFL Week Seven Preview

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by Ryan Meehan

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost two months into the NFL season. One minute we’re sweating our asses off in the summer sun, and the next minute we’re freezing our asses off in the middle of Winter which now starts in late October.  Such is life in the Midwest, but at least we have football to on those cold Sundays that used to be something called “autumn”.  So let’s take a look at some of the things I expect to go down in week seven. Continue reading

7 Questions with Scott Hedrick of Skeletonwitch

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by Ryan Meehan

In 2003, when American teenagers were raiding the makeup sections of their local Halloween shops to paint up like their favorite black metal bands… there was Skeletonwitch. In 2005, when every burnout who sold enough weed bought an Orange amp and tuned their guitar down to “C”… there was Skeletonwitch. In 2007, when kids with pricey haircuts and freshly inked full-sleeves learned two At The Gates riffs and simplified them with breakdowns… there was Skeletonwitch. In 2010, when sweep-picking Guitar Center employees decided to eschew songwriting and showcase their “chops” in soulless robotic fashion… there was Skeletonwitch. Today, in a landscape that finds them surrounded by a) bands begging their own fans for money, b) vest-wearing, by-the-numbers “retro” rock nostalgia and c) heavy labels blindly signing bands based on breast implants… there, still, is Skeletonwitch, a band that has successfully carved its own left-hand path with an unwavering quality of metal and old-fashioned hard work. This organic approach has garnered legions of fans and an undeniable level of respect in the worldwide metal community from both sides of the stage.

Since signing with Prosthetic seven years ago, a new SKELETONWITCH album has materialized like clockwork every other October. First, there was the group’s sophomore breakthrough, “Beyond The Permafrost.” Produced by late GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot and featuring iconic artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), the album – and subsequent tours with the likes of Danzig, Dimmu Borgir and Amon Amarth – told the world what the rest of Ohio already knew: that SKELETONWITCH was a metal force to be reckoned with. That album’s “Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery”would eventually be featured in the video game “Brutal Legend,”placing the band in excellent company with digitized versions of Rob Halford, Ozzy and Lemmy. Then came 2009’s “Breathing The Fire,” produced by the legendary Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, 3 Inches of Blood). Supported by tours with Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom and Ozzfest, the album – the band’s first featuring bassist Evan Linger, and also their first to crack the Billboard Top 200 – caught the attention of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, who invited the group to film a zombie-themed video for the song “Bringers of Death” that the band members still haven’t stopped hearing about. In 2011, “Forever Abomination” –produced by Grammy-winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones) – saw the arrival of drummer Dustin Boltjes (ex-Demiricous), as well as a return visit to the Billboard Top 200. On the road, the group toured alongside Arch Enemy, Kvelertak, The Black Dahlia Murder and Nile before embarking on their most ambitious trek to date: a 63-shows-in-65-days test of endurance that they passed with flying colors. 2013 brought us to “Serpents Unleashed,” the group’s fifth and latest release. Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Isis) in Salem, Mass. (insert bad “witch” joke here), the album is another blistering helping of two-and-a-half minute blasts of blackened metal amalgamation. This time around, the band also shows off a few new tricks – note the Scandinavian doom-vibe in the opening of “Unending, Everliving” and the devil’s swing of “This Evil Embrace” – but does so without compromising the frosty/fiery/abominable metal spirit or blue-collar humility that has endeared them to so many over the past decade. Ultimately, it’s both a fitting testament to what they’ve accomplished to date, and an exciting nod toward what the future has in store. As for that future, in 2020, when pedal-steel rasta-metal will be all the rage, there will beSKELETONWITCH, still doing what they – and, most importantly, their fans – love, trends be damned. Guitarist Scott Hedrick is part of this metal assault, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading