10 Questions with Paul Di’Anno

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by Ryan Meehan

Iron Maiden’s second album “Killers” changed the way that the world looked at heavy metal music from the second it was released in February of 1981. What followed was a one-hundred-and-eighteen date world tour which featured US slots in which the band opened up for Judas Priest, and was a raucous display of rock n’ roll debauchery which would end up being the band’s final tour with original lead vocalist Paul Di’Anno. The first two Iron Maiden albums were seminal in continuing what Priest had initially established with what would come to be known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Upon his departure from the band, Di’Anno continued to pursue music as his life’s work over the next thirty five years with projects like Nomad, Killers, and Praying Mantis. He lived the lifestyle of excess with every bit of the intensity displayed by his metal peers, and that’s just one of the reasons we are honored to have the rock n’ roll legend that is Paul Di’Anno as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Shane Mauss

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By Ryan Meehan

Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special ‘Mating Season’, and most recently released an album inspired by breaking both of his feet in a hiking mishap called ‘My Big Break’ which spent time at #1 on the comedy iTunes charts. Shane has also been getting a lot of attention as a popular guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Bertcast, WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, TOFOP, Crabfeast, Never Not Funny, Keith and The Girl and last year he started traveling around the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast “Here We Are” which has a 5 star rating on iTunes. I am very excited to have Shane Mauss as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

Point-Counterpoint: Whose Fans Have Suffered More – The Chicago Cubs or the Philadelphia Eagles?

This might seem an odd comparison; but this isn’t about the teams or the games themselves…this is about the torment to which those teams have subjected their fans.

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7 Questions with Devin Townsend

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by Ryan Meehan

Industrial metal singer/guitarist Devin Townsend was born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, British Columbia; after picking up the banjo at age five, he moved to guitar at 12, and within a few years was leading the band Grey Skies, later known as Noisescapes. Sending the group’s demo to the Relativity label, Townsend was not only offered a solo deal but was also tapped to sing on Steve Vai’s 1993 LP Sex & Religion, a collaboration which further extended to the guitar god’s 1996 effort Fire Garden. In between, Townsend worked on a series of projects with Front Line Assembly, and in 1995 issued the solo Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing under the alias Strapping Young Lad. A stint with the satiric punk band Punky Bruster yielded the Cooked on Phonics LP before Townsend began work on the second Strapping Young Lad album, 1997’s City. In a move away from the industrial and death metal of previous recordings, he next formed Ocean Machine — with J.R. Harder and Marty Chapman — for the accessible Biomech, which was issued later that year. Townsend’s first solo album to be released under his own name was 1998’s Infinity and 2000 saw a mentally stronger Townsend release, the sharp, focused, and melodic speed metal album Physicist, while 2001’s Terria channeled an ambient pop sound. Next, February 2003 brought an eponymous Strapping Young Lad record which returned to a traditional death metal template. Sessions for this release took place during the same period as those for the acclaimed first album under the Devin Townsend Band moniker, Accelerated Evolution. This record was issued just a month after the SYL release, and Townsend received praise for creating a modern metal album that wasn’t afraid to nod to 70s and 80s arena rock in a post-grunge world. While 2006’s Synchestra didn’t quite reach the same high standard, Townsend continued to keep things fresh by following a straight-up ambient record — The Hummer — with Ziltoid the Omniscient, a rock opera about an alien who travels to Earth in search of the ultimate cup of coffee.  In the immediate years that followed Ziltoid, Townsend took a break from the music industry to rest, recharge, and rediscover the cathartic aspect of composition. In March 2009, a shaven-headed Townsend announced an intended four-album sequence from the Devin Townsend Project, billed as an opportunity to show that he could create new music without the assistance of drugs. The strongest of these four releases was November 2009’s Addicted, on which he collaborated with former Gathering vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. Giersbergen returned for a central role on an unexpected, fifth Devin Townsend Project album in 2012, the pop-infused Epicloud. In 2014, Townsend released the ambitious Z², a double album that featured a Devin Townsend Project album, Sky Blue, and a conceptual album, Dark Matters, the latter of which was a sequel to 2007’s Ziltoid the Omniscient.  We are honored to have the legendary Devin Townsend as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

Nobody’s Going Anywhere

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Like it or not, Donald Trump is going to be the Republican candidate when we all head to the voting booth on Tuesday, November 8th. Having risen from a sea of half-hearted conservative hacks that would lose a debate to a post office box, he’s captivated the nation’s attention with his quoteworthy one-liners and his tendency to put his foot in his mouth repeatedly while his numbers rise with each idiotic statement.

Before we go any further, let me state that I do not identify as a liberal. If Hillary Clinton ends up being president, this country could very well end up in a very confused continuance of the problems our current political structure seems to have perfected cranking out. It’s a very bad field of dim-witted shitheads to select from, and in our case it’s very unfortunate that whoever ends up being disliked the least will end up being the 45th president of the United States of America. In short, no matter what happens…we’re fucked.

That’s one of the many reasons why I’ve never really put too much effort into analyzing politics. No matter who ends up sleeping in the White House, none of these morons can take away my work ethic. And for the record, I don’t really give a floating fuck how “red state” that sounds because I’m great at what I do and no politician can or will ever take that away from me. I don’t spend my time online posting memes with unverified statistics, because I’m too busy being far and away the best at what I do.

However, Hollywood and other fragments of the entertainment industry are a little bit different. Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, it’s hard to deny that folks who dress up in prom clothing and hand each other golden statues every three weeks won’t even come close to understanding the plight of a guy who lays concrete in Northern Missouri fifty five hours a week to pay his ex-wife’s divorce attorneys. The latest example of this craze is actors, musicians, and comedians who are threatening to leave the country if Donald Trump gets elected.   Continue reading