The Deep Six: Six Summer Songs That Make Me Long for Winter

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by Ryan Meehan

Summer is on its way, and soon everyone who was complaining about the cold weather will be bitching about how the Midwest heat is simply too overbearing for their fragile egos.  Such is the life of a resident in this unfortunate bend in the jet stream, and likewise the nature of every American to complain about things that really aren’t that big of a deal within the grand scheme of things.  I am no exception, as complaining about things seems to be one of my more enlightening personal characteristics.  Before we go any further, I should probably share something:  Sometimes while composing these pieces, they grow an extra head.  This is actually the dark side of what eventually became the Ragged Records Playlist Five:  Summer Songs Edition.  That piece will be posted on Thursday, and will give you an idea of what you can listen to while soaking up the warm Quad-City sun-rays.  What had happened was that I began listing all sorts of songs that shouldn’t ever be on any summer playlist ever, and before I knew it that tiny blurb became way too long to fit into an intro.  The result is what you will see below, in traditional Deep Six format.  Consider yourself warned.   Continue reading

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The Deep Six:  The Icarus Syndrome – Metal Edition

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by guest contributor Blade Mancano with Ryan Meehan

The Icarus Syndrome is defined as “a terrible virus that infects music, tainting it to the point of being unlistenable”. Icarus is a fitting metaphor in that the music comes close to passable, similar to the winged demigod’s fruitless voyage to the sun.  I can’t stand a bad album as much as the next guy.  I hate actually buying something – Yes, I do buy most of my music – be it a pre-order or a “long awaited return-to-form” comeback album that sucks the living shit right through your ears while you find yourself praying to locate the stop button.  However, this sad and brief moment in time has an easy fix:  Throw it away or sell it, get it out of here – problem solved.  Unfortunately there is a far worse fate for music fans: listening to a release that is almost good, hence torturing the listener who is simultaneously “kinda” enjoying it. Similar to putting on a fresh pair of wet socks to go with your dry-cleaned suit for a day at the office, it drives the listener to a crazy level of auditory irritation. A shady, shaky grey limbo of notes accompanied by either word salads or sub-par productions, the results are the same.  Purgatory…On…Earth.  The world of heavy metal is littered with such releases but here is my personal list of disdain, complete with Meehan’s snarky commentary to boot.  This is The Deep Six:  The Icarus Syndrome – Metal Edition.   Continue reading

The Deep Six: Why ESPN And Other Sports Networks Need To Move Past “Deflategate”‏ So We Can Get On With This “Super Bowl” Thing

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by Ryan Meehan

By now, we’ve already become familiar with the NFL’s latest manufactured scandal involving the New England Patriots, which has affectionately been dubbed “Deflategate” by several media sources who probably have no business discussing professional football matters.  Although I do respect certain camps of opinion with regards to different moments in sports history, I’m not buying anybody who is throwing a hissy fit about this situation.  On an overall scale, this is merely a blip on the radar of sports “scandals” that have taken place over the years.  Hell, it’s barely number three this year when you consider the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson incident…so what’s the big fuss all about?

I get that a lot of people will revert back to the ethics argument here and say that any form of cheating is wrong.  I would strongly suggest that although I’d love for this article to be read from start to finish, you might at least want to check out the header of point three before we get started.  For the rest of you who think I may have a valid point, let’s go Deep Six on Deflategate and find out why the New England Patriots Ball Deflation Scandal is nothing that the league or anybody who watches it should be seriously concerned with.    Continue reading

The Deep Six: Why Getting Weird Al Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show might not be such a weird idea at‏ all‏

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by Ryan Meehan

As die hard sports fans, we’d all like to think that we have no real opinion on the Super Bowl Halftime Show. This is the time that we use to relieve ourselves from all of the Busch Heavy that we drank in the first thirty minutes of the contest, and perhaps type up a few first half wrap-ups. But in reality, like it or not it is part of the experience. Over the past couple of weeks, a petition started by Ed Ball of Washington over at change.org has been getting a lot of attention.  Ball supposedly drafted the petition while intoxicated, but the purpose of this petition is clear as day:  He wants the National Football League to get Weird Al Yankovic to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX this February in Glendale, Arizona.

I used to listen to Weird Al a lot when I was younger.  We used to get the tapes and copy them for each other, and Al was a seemingly never-ending source of entertainment.  “Dare to be Stupid” was one of my favorite albums.  Eventually my tastes progressed towards much darker subject matter, and there was a certain passage of maturity that came with saying “I don’t listen to that stuff anymore”.  Nevertheless, I still respected the guy and the career he was able to put together with an accordion and wire-rimmed glasses.    Continue reading

The Deep Six: Why the 2014-2015 NFL Season Can’t Get Here Fast Enough‏‏‏

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by Ryan Meehan
We’re just a little over seven weeks away from the beginning of the 2014-2015 NFL season, and I sincerely hope those seven weeks fly by. Let’s face it, this is the down time for the sports world. While the remainder of February and the entirety of March seem like they drag on forever, believe it or not July and the first half of August are even worse for sportswriters. So we’re going to go Deep Six on this one and explain why every one of these factors make the time leading up to the NFL season seem absolutely torturous.

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