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Nivens Log, Vol. XLV - Corey Taylor has a message for Kanye & New Music Tuesday!

SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman COREY TAYLOR has a new book dropping today - it is New Music Tuesday of course - and in making the rounds to promote "You're Making Me Hate You" he had some choice words for KANYE'S declaration of being "the greatest living rockstar on the planet". Peep the video below!

FUNNY OR DIE'S ODDBALL Comedy & Curiosity Festival is coming to Kansas City in August at the Starlight Theater (tix on sale Friday) starring AZIZ ANSARI with very special guest star AMY SCHUMER and featuring ANTHONY JESELNIK, JEFF ROSS, NICK KROLL, and TJ MILLER just to name a few. Here's the promo video for it and Aziz's video from today's 4:20 Smoke Break!

Hahahaha... this is great and was sent in by a listener. VOLBEAT as MUPPETS!!

For those that have asked about it, here's the BEASTIE BOYS clue for "Sabotage" on JEOPARDY! Fast forward to about the :45 mark!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XLIV - Monday: Back to tha Grind!

Here we go, back to the grind, after a long 3-Day Weekend celebrating America's Birthday!!

If you haven't caught the video for HALESTORM'S latest jam, "Amen" peep it below and make sure you score tix for their upcoming show at The Midland before it sells out!!

ROD MAN was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy, taken from the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

Holy Great Poseidon's Trident!!
Man the sky got crazy out there!
Here's a picture I took out the studio window this afternoon!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XLIII - Early 4th of July Edition!

Given most everyone's got Friday off for the 4th on Saturday, I figured we'd knock out a bunch of what's going on in the next couple of days!! First, let's make certain we heed the words of the teacher from DAZED & CONFUSED!!

EDDIE IZZARD was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy comparing American movies with British flicks! Here's the bit, in LEGO form!

Thanks to @DavidANelson on Twitter for sharing this with me! NIRVANA'S "Lithium" covered in a most peculiar way!

Fellas, and ladies I suppose, when looking for the perfect tune to have your gal dance for you look no further than GODSMACK'S "Voodoo"!! I've enjoyed watching my baby do-it-to-it sexy & proper!!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XLII - You Can Now Legally Enjoy 4:20 in Oregon!!

And think, once Kansas adopts the same... ha.... ha... HAHAHAHAHAHA... sorry guys, thought I'd be able to type that with a straight face. Sadly KS will probably be the last of the dominos to fall. Oh well.... We'll touch on this more in a minute.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have put out a new video for their latest jam, "Jekyll & Hyde", off the forthcoming album "Got Your Six". From the looks of it their intention the for this video was one of tomfoolery& utter lampooning!

After successfully marketing the ironic "Indians" bourbon ANTHRAX are offering up a new batch of sweet-sweet nectar from the gods, "The Devil You Know".
I'll take two bottles, please!

Hey, congrats to BREAKING BENJAMIN who scored a recent #1 landing on the Billboard 200 Album Chart! It's the first time for the Benj who just released their first album since 2009 with "Dark Before Dawn".

Today's 4:20 Smoke Break, in honor of Oregon as mentioned above, was CHEECH & CHONG and their classic, "Dave's Not Here".

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Nivens Log, Vol. XLI - New Music Tuesday & Seether's New Video

Rather video's. Follow the link for www.nobodyprayingforme.com 
Here's front man SHAUN MORGAN's message,

Our goal in creating this video is for people to educate themselves and make an informed decision on their own, rather than being told by any media outlet saying, this is what you should be thinking, this is what is right, explains Morgan. The whole point is to try and shift the way we look at things and to not always leap to our pre-conceived conclusions, which is mostly racially and profile-based, because that’s what we get fed all the time. I’ve been guilty of it too. Its very unfortunate, and it’s getting worse instead of better.

New Music Tuesday!! 

The ARANDA brothers out of Oklahoma drop a new disc today, "Not The Same". We've been spinning the new track, "Don't Wake Me". The massive complete box set for "The Decline of Western Civilization" from PENELOPE SPHEERIS has finally dropped. Looking forward to this one!! Finally, the 100th album from iconic music-man FRANK ZAPPA is out today "Dance me This". Wild to think, 100 albums! Wow! 

Most of what else is out today I'm familiar with, in name only, so do some investigating to see what all you may be in to. 
  • AUGUST BURNS RED "Found in Far Away Places"
  • FAILURE "The Heart is a Monster"
  • JUNGLE ROT "Order Shall Prevail" 
  • MUTOID MAN "Bleeder" 
  • REFUSED "Freedom" 
  • SENSES FAIL "Pull the Thorns From Your Heart"
  • STRAIGHT LINE STITCH "Transparency EP"
  • THY ART IS MURDER "Holy War" 
  • WILSON "Right to Rise"
Here's what's coming down the pike... 
FRANK ZAPPA “Dance Me This” June (Final album #100)
COREY TAYLOR "You're Making Me Hate You" July 7th 
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Alive and Burning” DVD July 10th
RED LINE CHEMISTRY “Chemical High and a Hand Grenade” July 10th
LAMB OF GOD “VII: Sturm Und Drang” July 24th 
TEENAGE TIME KILLERS “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” July 31st

MASTODON “The Hunter” Vinyl Reissue August 4th
BUCKCHERRY “Rock ‘N’ Roll” August 21st
POP EVIL “Up” August 21st
P.O.D “The Awakening” August 21st
DISTURBED “Immortalized” August 21st
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Got Your Six” August 28th
“CLOCKWORK LIVES” Rush’s Neil Peart + Kevin J. Anderson Book September 15th
CLUTCH “Psychic Warfare” September
SLAYER “Repentless” September 11th
CHRIS CORNELL “Higher Truth” September 18th
MASTODON “Once More ‘Round the Sun” Vinyl Reissue October 5th
VINNIE PAUL “Drumming Up an Appetite with Vinnie Paul” Book around Christmas
UGLY KID JOE “Uglier Than They Used Ta Be” TBA crowdsourcing
RICHARDS/CRANE “World Stands Still” Whit Crane UKJ + LEE RICHARDS (Godsmack/Another Animal)
 “Montage of Heck” KURT COBAIN Doc. DVD November
MEGADETH (with Chris Adler of Lamb of God on drums)
ANTHRAX End of 2015/Early 2016
DEATH ANGEL April 2016
DANZIG TBA Late 2015/Early ‘16
ZAKK WYLDE “Book of Shadows Vol II” Early 2016
Speaking of "New Sh!t" Mr. ROB ZOMBIE is putting his brand on a Pinball Machine made by SPOOKY PINBALL. As of now 300 will be shipped in January of 2016. Peep the promo video below!

And in keeping with the "New" theme I'd be remised if I didn't mention the new video from LAMB OF GOD, "Overlord". After I heard it for the first time I felt it had a very strong bastard-child to ALICE IN CHAINS & METALLICA vibe. What do you think? 

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Nivens Log, Vol. XL - Yelling Masturbate in a Comedy Show

This is great!! DAN AHDOOT asks an audience member what he does, he replies with "Masturbate" and then all hell breaks loose!


SHINEDOWN is back with a new jam, "Cut the Chord", from their forthcoming album due out this fall!

I am beyond stoked for this new documentary, "I Am Chris Farley"!! Trailer just dropped. Such an immense talent. 

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXIX - Welcome to the Club!

Of course the news and chatter all over the internet and social media is the Supreme Court's ruling that all marriage is equal. That same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples. In short, gays are now - legally - able to be miserable in all 50 states just like their straight counterparts. Congrats, welcome to the club! 

LOUIS C.K. was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy addressing this very issue and it's great!!
Course it's also NSFW!!


Stop me if you're heard this one...
A drummer farts at a gig and the venue gets fined $500!!!
Check out the Weekly Rock Wind Up for the info! Lead story!!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXVIII - My Lady's Birthday!

Hap - Hap - Happy F*ckin Birthday to this little vixen, DANGERALEX
She's another year older, she's gonna be my wife (some day) and she's pretty bad ass!! 
(Photo Credit: Mandy Runske Photography

JIM JEFFRIES was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy! Talking about Muslims & Drinking!

Best opening for a movie EVER! And it involves the mighty METALLICA!!
Another NSFW!


Last night I watched the documentary about MORTON DOWNEY JR. "Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie". I vividly recall watching his show when I was a kid and man was it entertaining!! So many of today's "controversial" hacks ripped off Mort! There was even a scene where his show was filmed in KC, in 1989, and I'm wondering where???
Peep this film trailer!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXVII - The Hump Day Edition

Halfway through the week and a day before my little lady's birthday!! If you know my gal, make sure you wish her a happy one tomorrow!! 

Today was the first day of a new campaign by NOS ENERGY DRINK! They took over the 4 o'clock hour! Make sure you follow them on twitter @nosenergydrink and use the hashtag #WithThisNOSIWill when letting us know what you're up to this summer!! 

NICK GUERRA is today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy talking 'bout Horror Movies!


I'll let you in on a little secret about yours truly, I'm a fan of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and have been since 2008's "Scream, Aim, Fire". They dropped a new single today, "You Want a Battle, Here's a War", off their forthcoming album "Venom" which drops in August!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXVI - Welcome Back Disturbed & New Music Tuesday!

Surprise! Surprise! DISTURBED is back!! Literally out of nowhere! Even those of us "in the know" didn't know! First single off the forthcoming album, "Immortalized" out August 21st, is "The Vengeful One". Take a listen, let me know what you think!!

Our boys from here in KC, RED LINE CHEMISTRY, are back at it again! They re-teamed up with producer WES WEST for a special 2015 release of "Chemical High & a Hand Grenade". As of this posting the new disc will drop in 17 days and pre-orders are happening at this link here!! But that's not all!! First single, has always been one of my favorites, "Meds for the Hypocrite". Enjoy!! 

Speaking of new stuff, and considering you already know this, BREAKING BENJAMIN drop their long waited album "Dark Before Dawn" today! Be on the lookout for a follow up single to their latest, still at #1 on the charts, "Failure"

Other new music of note:
  • VISION OF DISORDER will enter the studio in July
  • COREY TAYLOR is saying he'll get back to working on new STONE SOUR in 2016
  • SLASH (with MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS) is also saying he'll be back into the studio in 2016, presumably in the spring
  • Because I'm not sure if I've mentioned it or not but ANTHRAX is looking at late 2015/early 2016 for their next offering
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