Saturday, July 30, 2011

Interview with Josh Eppard (Weerd Science)

Josh Eppard talks music and horror in this Exclusive Interview w/ Mike Joy. 
Approx. 60 minutes long

Kingston, NY – After his eight-year daily battle with opiates, Josh Eppard has kicked his addiction and will be releasing his long awaited second full-length album SICK KIDS under his solo moniker WEERD SCIENCE on May 17, 2011. He will be telling his story throughout Spring on The British Invasion Tour and all Summer long on Vans Warped Tour (tour dates below). MC Lars will be releasing this collection of rhymes, raps, and beats on his independent label Horris Records, nearly six years after Weerd Science’s debut album Friends and Nervous Breakdowns. Sick Kids was co-produced by Eppard and Dave Parker (ex-Coheed and Cambria), tracked at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY and Dark World Studios in Kingston, NY, and mixed by Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, Bad Brains).

Sick Kids is a journey in the fragile mind of a drug addict – feelings of hurt, guilt, sadness, happiness, and twisted thoughts. During the making of Sick Kids, Eppard was back and forth with drugs - more back than forth. He explained, “Part of the guilt that haunted me daily was to look the people who were so excited to be making another Weerd Science record in the eyes and lie. I would convince them that I was sober and ready to work, but the truth is that I was shooting dope in the bathroom pretty much the entire session.” In no way does Sick Kids follow a specific theme, but the songs that have nothing to do with drugs were his way of running from the truth. Deep down inside, this album was his cry for help. Drugs didn’t necessarily enhance his creative mind, so he kept Sick Kids as-is. “It would’ve been vastly different if I was sober,” he continues. “It would also be an injustice to my struggle with addiction to gloss my performances.” Realizing when he was sober that the more good people he knew became distant during his addiction. “You open your eyes one day and ask yourself, 'Why am I in a car with two homeless guys and a hooker at 4am?' The people in your life who were honest and decent are gone,” he reflects. After two years of being clean, he no longer gets the urge like he used to, back when he had dreams of getting high and would have to wake up in the middle of the night to shake it off. “It’s such a great feeling to be beyond this… I know what it’s like to not want to live and literally hold a knife to your wrist and pray to God that this time you’ll have the courage to slice.”

SICK KIDS album art
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As a drummer, Eppard has seen the ups and downs of the music industry first hand, which was even the topic of his Weerd Science debut Friends and Nervous Breakdowns (Equal Vision). He began his career drumming in the band 3 (Universal) in 1992 prior to joining Coheed and Cambria (Columbia) in 2001. After parting ways with the band in 2006 and taking time to clean up, Eppard’s love of drumming drew him back to his current band Terrible Things (Universal Motown). Opting to release his debut on an independent label, Eppard confides, “In my opinion, a label in this day and age can’t offer me anything as an artist. Labels fail more than they succeed. Why should I sign a deal where they have their hands in my touring revenue, merch, and my everything when all they can offer me is a fancy building and some free lunch every few months?”

Eppard wanted his fans to be directly involved with this album, so he created a KickStarter campaign, and within five days, he reached his goal of $4,000 dollars. Currently, he's surpassed his goal by nearly $2,000 and there is still seven days left. “Weerd Science can be as big as the world wants it to be,” he surmises. “I’m tired of boring music and I’m not following a system designed to limit what’s available to us as consumers.”

Friday, July 29, 2011

“Shooting For The Wrestling Fan’s Attention”

“Shooting For The Wrestling Fan’s Attention”
by Michael Parisi
In the early days of professional wrestling there was always a shroud of mystery blocking fans from the truth behind the industry. Wrestlers kept their craft as a closely guarded secret and if you dared to call wrestling fake, you just might end up like John Stossel. In the 1980’s that all changed when Vince McMahon Jr. decided to lift that shroud and reveal to the world that wrestling was predetermined. It was the beginning of athletes becoming superstars and wrestling becoming sports entertainment. In recent years, most fans will agree that wrestling has become a bit stale and very predictable. I’m one old school wrestling fan who longs for the days of watching Bob Backlund, Don Muraco, Ric Flair, and Dusty Rhodes. Pro Wrestling used to be filled with adventure and suspense, it had riveting storylines. Does anyone remember when Andy Kaufman through a mug of water in The King, Jerry Lawler’s face on Late Nite with David Letterman? Andy Kaufman was a genius at not only working the crowd but also working the boys. Andy Kaufman became a master of staying in character both on and off camera. He took his love for professional wrestling to great extremes, and he was so good at it that he had his closest friends concerned for his well being.
Since the days of Andy Kaufman’s antics there has only been a few wrestlers to really pull off a “worked shoot” superbly. Brian Pillman lived his “loose cannon” character and had an entire dressing room full of wrestlers buying what he was selling. Pillman worked them all, from WCW to ECW, and finally over to the WWF. There seems to be a “worked shoot” trend subtlety sweeping the wrestling community. CM Punk is the most notable example as he has single handedly set the WWE on fire again. There hasn’t been this type of water cooler talk since the days of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Now, as mainstream as the CM Punk contract controversy was, there are a few interesting heated situations taking place under the radar in the independent scene. Apparently there has been some trash talk between Ricky Morton and Kevin Nash recently, and in a few short months those two individuals will meet on opposite sides of the squared circle. There are some people talking that this meeting could turn into an all out shoot. In the world of wrestling, you are learned to question everything. While I’m sure the heat is real between them, there is also the theatrics of this business at hand and to coin a term from Eric Bischoff, “controversy creates cash”! This is true even at the independent level.
There’s another interesting situation that’s been brewing on the world wide web. You know the name of “The Universal Heartthrob” Austin Idol as he’s known as one of the best promo men of all time. Here’s a name that you’ve never heard of before, Michael Joy. He’s a horror journalist who works for the website, Michael Joy made an outrageous claim in a recent interview with Austin Idol, saying that Idol could have saved the life of fellow wrestler and plane crash victim, Bobby Shane. Austin Idol snapped, calling the claim baseless and hung up on Michael Joy. I’ve read a lot of comments that it’s a simple case of Michael Joy going into business for himself, but I believe there’s more going on here than meets the eye. Here’s a few things that you need to take into consideration. The day after the interview, Austin Idol posted it on his own website. If I were Austin Idol, I think the best way to deal with this jerk would be to simply ignore him and not give him the satisfaction of getting this so-called interview published. It didn’t stop there, as Michael Joy responded via video blog to Austin Idol and Austin Idol again retaliated on his own website, Austin Idol Live! I’m curious to see who makes the next move here and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this entire fantasy wasn’t concocted by Austin Idol himself. Think about it.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Twiggy Ramierez vs Damien Wayne

For long time New Jersey indy fans, the name Twiggy Ramirez is a name know all to well.. Starting off first as a tag team wrestler Twiggy then made a name for him self in the Junior Heavyweight Ranks in the NWA.. He even was the #1 contender for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.. Back then Twiggy was reckless, impulsive & a pleasure to see in the squared circle... Since then Mr Ramirez has matured not only as an adult but as a wrestler.. He takes a few less risks but he makes up for it with veteran guile & a sharp mind that was forged in the fired of many tough battles in pro wrestling.. No Longer a Junior Heavyweight Twiggy mixes his superb wrestling skill with a masochistic ability to deliver pain & violence when needed.. He recently used his skill set to win many regional championship though out the state of New Jersey & has impressed the management of the Outlaws of Wrestling promotion.. They booked him to appear on their return show on August 27th & put him against the one wrestler in the company who may be his equal in both talent & proficiency for violence...
That wrestler is NWA DAWG Champion Damien Wayne.. Damien may very well be the offspring of Satan him self.. He is one of the most talented wrestlers to ever grace the squared circle & is looking to not only defend his coveted NWA DAWG Championship but to further his quest for pro wrestling dominance.. Imagine a wrestler who is part "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Part Jeff Hardy & Part Tully Blanchard & you have the gladiator know as Damien Wayne...He hopes to use Twiggy's hard earned reputation to future his own but for those who know Twiggy that may be easier said then done...
This match will be one for the ages & if you call your self a TRUE wrestling fan then there is no excuse to miss it.. So make sure you come to theJackson Moose Lodge located at 1240 E. Veterans Highway (Rte. 528) in Jackson, NJ on August 27th & not only see an epic wrestling match but also help a good cause because portions of the proceeds go to Autism Speaks
You can get your tickets now at
I hope to see you at the Show - Jaden

Friday, July 22, 2011

My email from Jim Cornette

Hi, thanks for sending me this, I had never heard of you before, but now I know you're a delusional, fumblemouthed prick who shoots videos in your garage trying to be someone by knocking people who were involved in things that happened before you were born. Why do you assume I give a fuck about you and why is this tragic plane crash any of your business? Please fuck off and rot....
Jim Cornette

CM Punk invades Comic Con

Monday, July 11, 2011

You The Man Now Dog, Austin Idol

If you missed it, here's a NEW link up with the controversial interview where Austin Idol snaps!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011



YouTube - Mike Joy Responds To Austin Idol‏
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Breaking The Fourth Wall

Vince McMahan got Punk’ed? If there was ever a polar opposite to Charlie Sheen’s internet assault fueled by drugs and prostitution, it’s CM Punk’s straight edge assault on the WWE and Vince McMahan fueled by backstage politics. Is it fare to say that Vince McMahan got punk’ed or is it all just an elaborate worked shoot? I’ve been following professional wrestling all of my life and I think what we are witnessing is a brilliantly mixed reality and storyline cocktail. If you don’t know what on talking about, on the June 27th edition of Monday Night Raw, CM Punk ended the live telecast by “breaking the fourth wall” and directing some very personal and hurtful comments at the owner of World Wrestling Enterprises, Vince McMahan.

I think it’s safe to say that wrestling hasn’t been this real since the Shawn Michaels / Bret Hart situation and it just so happens that the WWE is working on a Michaels/Hart DVD with heavy focus on the Montreal Screwjob. It is a coincidence? I don’t know but you can’t help to connect the facts, Hart got screwed in his home town of Montreal back in 1997 and on July 17th 2011 Punk wrestles for the title in his home town of Chicago, IL. The difference is Bret Hart walked into Montreal as champion with McMahan needing to get the belt off of him, and now Punk walks into Chicago as challenger threatening to leave the WWE with the belt. It’s different but it’s the same.

It’s the first time a long time that people are talking about pro wrestling instead of mix martial arts. Fans have been waiting for the creative pendulum to swing in this direction for years. It’s been more than a decade since Steve Austin and The Rock were generating that water cooler talk at the office. Fans (marks and smarks alike) have been begging for a savior. The critics seems to all agree that this “single interview” might have enough weight to turn the tide. The feeling that I’m getting is that CM Punk is on the verge of being the new poster boy for the WWE. I’m getting another feeling that my first feeling will never ever happen. It all comes down to how much of that interview was work and how much of that interview is shoot and who was in on it. What makes it so exciting right now is the fact that you can have 100 theories of what’s going to happen but nobody really knows. The end result is anyone’s guess.

Spoiler: The July 4th RAW is pre-taped and John Cena appearently confronts Vince McMahan about the CM Punk incident. Cena tells McMahan that he still wants Punk, even though he’s suspended. McMahan admits that he suspended Punk because he doesn’t want Punk to leave with the belt if he beats Cena. Cena convinced McMahan to let Punk wrestle on July 17th but McMahan adds the stipulation that if Cena doesn’t win, he fired.

My prediction: I think it can go a few different directions, but I’m putting down my official prediction for John Cena vs CM Punk. I think it’s possible that we see Vince McMahan at ringside towards the end of th match, just to add to the drama. I’m going to say the impossible happens, and CM Punk becomes the WWE champion. Vince McMahon keeps his promise and fires John Cena. At this point, everything is set in motion for the WWE to really break new ground. I think John Cena does a final interview the next night on RAW and tells McMahon and the fans that he’s going to follow CM Punk to whereever he goes and he’s going to beat Punk for the title and bring it back to the WWE. Could you imagine a WWE Title match at a Ring of Honor show? I know it’s a little far fetched but if it goes down like I said, the sky is the limit.

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