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Nivens Log, Vol 2, 2.3.16 - DISTURBED "Sound of Silence"

We just started spinning the new DISTURBED song, "Sound of Silence". It's a cover, initially done by SIMON & GARFUNKEL. So far it seems you all are digging this jam! My first spin of it, about 80-85% of you liked it. 2nd spin, 100% and today, being the 3rd spin from me, about 98% of you dug it!

So what's your take?

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Nivens Log, Vol I, 1.29.16 - New Music Friday - Racism in Metal?

Hello Blog-O-Sphere & Happy New Year's! 

I know, I know it's been 2016 for almost a whole month but I've yet to post anything this year so it's like New Year's Day all over again... or something! 

Some notable new music comes out today, let us jump right in!!
  • Canadian exports THE VEER UNION return to the world of rock with their latest album "Decade". First single has shown up here "Defying Gravity" 
Here's a list of what's coming down the pike:

DROWNING POOL “Hellelujah” Feb. 5th
THE CULT “Hidden City” Feb. 5th
ANTHRAX “For All Kings” Feb. 26th
DEVILDRIVER “Trust No One” May 13th
SIXX AM (Shooting for double disc)
RAMONES meet ARCHIE Comic Book
HELLYEAH (Crowdfunding Here)  
ROGER WATERS (Pink Floyd) Autobio
ZAKK WYLDE “Book of Shadows Vol II” Early
SULLY ERNA (Godsmack frontman) 

ROBB FLYNN of MACHINE HEAD is not too happy with PHIL ANSELMO'S antics last week at DIMEBASH

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Nivens Log, Vol. CXXIII - Mary Weiland's Open Letter About Scott

December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others. The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago.

What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.

We don't want to downplay Scott's amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity. So many people have been gracious enough to praise his gift. The music is here to stay. But at some point, someone needs to step up and point out that yes, this will happen again – because as a society we almost encourage it. We read awful show reviews, watch videos of artists falling down, unable to recall their lyrics streaming on a teleprompter just a few feet away. And then we click "add to cart" because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art.

Many of these artists have children. Children with tears in their eyes, experiencing panic because their cries go unheard. You might ask, "How were we to know? We read that he loved spending time with his children and that he'd been drug-free for years!" In reality, what you didn't want to acknowledge was a paranoid man who couldn't remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood. I've always wanted to share more than anyone was comfortable with. When writing a book years ago, it pained me to sometimes gloss over so much grief and struggle, but I did what I thought was best for Noah and Lucy. I knew they would one day see and feel everything that I'd been trying to shield them from, and that they'd eventually be brave enough to say, "That mess was our father. We loved him, but a deep-rooted mix of love and disappointment made up the majority of our relationship with him."

Even after Scott and I split up, I spent countless hours trying to calm his paranoid fits, pushing him into the shower and filling him with coffee, just so that I could drop him into the audience at Noah's talent show, or Lucy's musical. Those short encounters were my attempts at giving the kids a feeling of normalcy with their dad. But anything longer would often turn into something scary and uncomfortable for them. Spending so many years immersed in Scott's multiple illnesses led to my own depression; at one point, I was misdiagnosed as bipolar. I feared the same would happen to the children. There were times that Child Protective Services did not allow him to to be alone with them.

When Scott did move on to another relationship, I hoped it would inspire him to grow. I had often encouraged him to date a "normal" girl, a woman who was also a mother, someone who had the energy that I no longer had to love him. Instead, when he remarried, the children were replaced. They were not invited to his wedding; child support checks often never arrived. Our once sweet Catholic boy refused to watch the kids participate in Christmas Eve plays because he was now an atheist. They have never set foot into his house, and they can't remember the last time they saw him on a Father's Day. I don't share this with you to cast judgment, I do so because you most likely know at least one child in the same shoes. If you do, please acknowledge them and their experience. Offer to accompany them to the father-daughter dance, or teach them to throw a football. Even the bravest girl or boy will refrain from asking for something like that; they may be ashamed, or not want to inconvenience you. Just offer – or even insist if you have to.

This is the final step in our long goodbye to Scott. Even though I felt we had no other choice, maybe we never should have let him go. Or maybe these last few years of separation were his parting gift to us – the only way he could think to soften what he knew would one day crush us deep into our souls. Over the last few years, I could hear his sadness and confusion when he'd call me late into the night, often crying about his inability to separate himself from negative people and bad choices. I won't say he can rest now, or that he's in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up.

Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you're a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don't give up. Progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for. Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let's choose to make this the first time we don't glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don't have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it – use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.
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Nivens Log, Vol. CXXII * Joss Stone Temple Pilots *

One day after CHESTER BENNINGTON and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS announced an amicable split betwixt the two JOSS STONE teamed up with STP on JIMMY KIMMEL for his "Mash Up Monday" segment; appropriately called JOSS STONE TEMPLE PILOTS! No word on who the new frontman or woman will be. As more details emerge I'll fill you in. 

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Nivens Log, Vol. CXXI * Dave Chappelle's Sesame Street * State of the Fart *

You'll never look at Sesame Street the same again! DAVE CHAPPELLE knocks it out of the park!

Have to give credit where credit is due, Metal Sucks posted up about these guys today and digging around their catalog has been nothing short of amazing... though Moose disagrees with me! STATE OF THE FART is brilliant! 

And here's the dude, GUY FIRST, making BEHEMOTH lose it! 

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Nivens Log, Vol. CXIX * Jim Breuer * Weekly Rock Wind Up * New Music Friday

I can't say for certain I'd have as much class as comedian JIM BREUER. He's an ardent METS fan and has been super classy in his post season videos he's been posting. Here's the most recent from Game 2!

Met game recap!

Posted by Jim Breuer on Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Given how cool he's been, I went back to him today for the 4:20 Smoke Break. Simply titled, "Alcohol Party". This is a great bit!!

Some notable new music out today!! 
  • PUSCIFER with "Money Shot". Catch them next month at the Midland! 
  • ESCAPE THE FATE - Rockfest alums put out "Hate Me"
  • DEF LEPPARD put out a new self-titled disc
  • SKINDRED and "Volume" drops today as well!
ANNND the WEEKLY ROCK WIND UP!! Lots of good stuff to cover from the FOO FIGHTERS to HUNTRESS! RECORD STORE DAY'S BLACK FRIDAY list!! RIP JACK BRUCE & then some! 

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Nivens Log, Vol. CXVIII * Mourning Son * Jim Breuer *

DAVE NAVARRO is opening up about the murder of his mother back in the 80's in a new documentary "Mourning Son". The trailer is pretty intense!


Comedian JIM BREUER was a class act after watching his beloved METS lose to the ROYALS last night. Here's what he had to say...

Met fan recap!

Posted by Jim Breuer on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

And given Breuer's classiness I figured he'd be a sure bet for today's 4:20 Smoke Break!
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Nivens Log, Vol. CXVII * Nick Youssef * Go Royals * WRWU * Foo News

We made it!! FRIDAY!! As of this blog the Royals have yet to play the Blue Jays to advance to the World Series against the Mets of New York. So to the #BoysinBlue; let's button this sh!t up tonight! #TaketheCrown

NICK YOUSSEF was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy with a bit simply titled, "LOL". 
NSFW - language. Enjoy!


#AsHeardOnAir - 1000 musicians in Italy get together to shoot a video and convince the FOO FIGHTERS to come to their town and put on a show!! It's happening!! November 3rd in Carisport, Cesena! How kick ass. Peep the video if you haven't seen it!

And here's today's WEELY ROCK WIND UP!! I'm really all over the place on this one! HUSKER DU, EDDIE SPAGHETTI, GLENN DANZIG, SULLY ERNA, SUPERJOINT and more!! 

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Nivens Log, CXVI * Brooks Wheelan * Sully in Black Files *

Here's the full NSFW video of BROOKS WHEELAN from today's 4:20 Smoke Break! 

I mentioned how GODSMACK'S SULLY ERNA is set to start in a new flick called, "Black Files". From their Facebook page it states, "The family of the US Ambassador in an East-European country is slaughtered. The world’s media attention is now pointed at Sofia, Bulgaria. Top CIA agent is assigned to find out who is responsible for the assault. He recruits a local rookie cop and they dig deeper into world of corruption, terrorism and international crime. The deeper they go, the more they realize that the truth is hidden behind “non-existing” powerful organization, named Black Files." Looks like the crowdfunding begins November 1st via Indiegogo! 
Here's the trailer they've put together thus far. 


The following can only be best described as the Caller of the Day! Next time I'll keep the audio. G'night er'rybody!

Me: "The Rock!" 
Caller: "The Rock?"
Me? "Yes." 
Caller: "What caller am I?" 
Me: (Perplexed) "For what?"
Caller: "Stevie Wonder tickets!"
Me: "You know you called The Rock, right?"
Caller: "Yeah!"
Me: "And you think that WE would be giving away tickets for Stevie Wonder?"
Caller: "Well I was listening to the Rock and they said to call in!"
Me: "For Stevie Wonder?!? You really think we'd give away tickets to Stevie Wonder?"
Caller: "WELL, that's who I was supposed to call in to!"
Me: "For Stevie Wonder?! I mean... 
Caller: "So yeah, what caller am I?
Me: "You have a hard time admitting when you're wrong, don't you?"
Caller: "Well you never know! Right!?!"
Me: "Sigh"
And scene
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Nivens Log, Vol. CXV * Iliza * HBD Snoop * Puscifer Monday Shot Vid *

Ms. ILIZA SCHLESINGER (which when said angrily & fast sounds like something you'd find on some old Nazi propaganda audio) was today's 4:20 Smoke Break. She's got a new performance coming to NETFLIX in January! @iliza on the Twitter! 
Here's her full NSFW bit from today.


Happy Birthday SNOOP DOGG (though I thought it was SNOOP LION) with this little gem from THE GOURDS


New - wildly entertaining - video from PUSCIFER "Money Shot" came out a few days ago. This precedes the release of their new album that bears the same name. Catch Puscifer when they come to KC next month! Try & Win Tix Here! 

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