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Nivens Log, Vol. IV

Hello Friday!!!

Just plugged the new Breaking Benjamin jam, "Failure". New disc, "Dark Before Dawn", drops in June.



Speaking of new jams, I'm super excited for new Faith No More!! They've already played a couple of new tracks live and put one out, "Mother F*cker", as a Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive. Be on the lookout May 19th.



Today's 4:20 Smoke Break was Chris D'Elia. Here's his entire performance that today's bit about "Drunk Girls" came from!



Weekly Rock Wind Up is ready to roll! News stories about Stone Temple Pilots, former STP front man Scott Weiland (sounds horrible), GWAR, Alice in Chains, Lemmy & much - much more!



What I was just talking about on air, "Dear Rockfest Gods! Please let Tech N9ne play the Public Enemy part with Antrax in four weeks!"

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Nivens Log, Vol. III

MAN, can today be anymore perfect outside! Tis gorgeous! 

Still dealing with my dick of a neighbor, Bob the Bitch! HOWEVER, I've got an Ace up my sleeve! 
#SeeYouInCourtDick ;) 

Super stoked to sweet talk Fritz into looking at this little gem from Body Count, "Pray for Death". Why we don't have more or any BC in The Pit is beyond me, but it's gonna change!! 



Another day another report of Scott Weiland seemingly losing his sh!t!
There's really no words to describe this train wreck....

 

Word on the street is a couple of Alice in Chains fans have started a petition to get AIC into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. While we're at it, it'd be nice to se
*Motorhead
*Iron Maiden
*Judas Priest
*Pearl Jam
*Soundgarden
*The Melvins
*Jello Biafra
*Tom Waits
*Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
*Pixies
*Deep Purple
*Def Leppard
*Motley Crue
The list goes on and on and on and on and....
 
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Nivens Log, Vol II

Happy 82nd Birthday to the one and only Willie Nelson!
Man, I'd love to smoke with him at least once!
 

I did stand up comedy last night, here's my bit: I once had a pet rock named Skippy.
That's my time, you guys have been great, have a good evening!

Top shelf sh!t right there people!

 

Props to Ty James for showing me this new jam from Tech N9ne featuring Corey Taylor! 

Here's the full clip from today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy from Jay Larson!



I keep reading articles about Shona Banda from Garden City, Kansas. She's been using cannabis for five year's to help her combat Crohn's disease. Her 11 year old son spoke up about the benefits of Medical Marijuana at school during a drug prevention class. The school called the police, the state took him away and the cops then raided her house. She's now fighting to get her son back and pissing off many, many pro-pot fans and even those that don't smoke. 
Follow this link for more info and to sign the petition, 
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/955/134/362/?cid=fb_LG_AdsShona&z00m=22893407
Stop acting a fool Kansas! 

With all the hoopla around the forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary, "Montage of Heck", there's been all sorts of Kurt this and Kurt that so today isn't surprising at all that there's a late interview with Cobain from MTV back in '94. Enjoy!

 
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Nivens Log, Vol. I

Tuesday afternoon, life in the studio, April 28th - about a month out from Rockfest!
Who's ready?!

Since it seems I'm viewed as a "Public Nuisance" I figured I'd contribute a little more to society today. So this morning after doing Crossfit, heading to Wheeler Audio to record some additional voice work for the video I filmed in St. Louis a couple weeks back for Anheuser Busch, I did an immense amount of yard work. Even though I live in the city I still gotta keep the shrubs trimmed and you never wanna let the weeds grow higher than the garden. And in doing so I was listening to some Tech N9ne, most notably this jam, "I.L.L'! I really, really, REALLY hope Mr. N9ne plays this one at Rockfest! 

 

Sadly another festival will not have the musical sytlings of Lemmy or the rest of the Motorhead's. It's a bum deal, with Lem aka GOD, as his health has been in a serious decline for years now. Lemmy released a video message apologizing to fans in Sao Paulo, Brazil for nixing the bands appearance at the Monsters of Rock festival. 
Here's a great tune from Motorhead... that isn't "Ace of Spades" ;) 

 

Thoughts on new Seether I just played, "Nobody Praying For Me"?

 

Just played "Sober" by Tool however whilst working on my yard and doing my best to no be a public nuisance I found myself listening to this little gem from them off their debut EP of the same name, "Opiate". 

 

Bill Burr was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy. Here's his bit about "Dog Vibes". 
Definitely NSFW! 

 

The new song by Hell Yeah, "Hush", deals with something that vocalist Chad Gray witnessed - repeatedly - while growing up, Domestic Violence. If you or someone you know is in need of help PLEASE call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE

 

Haha! I guess Kurt Cobain had a decent sense of humor. Here's how he dealt with hatemail. 
(Though I think some may agree with the writers disdain for Ms. Love) 

 

Here's a great video to educate you about New York Hard Core! 
NYHC! F*ck Yeah!! 

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New Video: Papa Roach "Gravity" w/ Maria Brink

Catch both Papa Roach & In This Moment at Rockfest 2015!

 
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It's been a minute, so let's talk new music!

Few notable new albums out today and there's some serious action coming down the pike!
  • 10 YEARS are still hard at it and have put out a new disc today on the PALEHORSE label titled, "From Birth to Burial". 
  • APOCALYPTICA, who were just in KC opening for SIXX AM drop "Shadowmaker" on the BETTER NOISE/ELEVEN SEVEN label!
  • DANKO JONES, who are incredibly underrated, have put out their latest work "Fire Music" on the BAD TASTE/MRI label. 
  • GWAR, still in the throws of a lawsuit from Dave Brockie's father, are putting out their 1992 project onto DVD "Phallus in Wonderland". 


And here's what we're looking at soon; JELLO BIAFRA's 2nd album recorded in New Orleans, "A Walk on Jindal's Splinter's" will be out on May the 12th via ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES RECORDS. His first work from NOLA, "Banned from Record Store Day" dropped last week ### Even though SERJ TANKIAN just penned a new song for the Armenian Genocide there's currently no timetable for new SYSTEM OF A DOWN ### I mentioned this in a Weekly Rock Wind Up but FRANK ZAPPA's final album, "Dance Me This" will drop in June. This is Zappa's final album and will be his 100th official release ### BABYMETAL, the Japanese pop-metal group, have signed with RAL/SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and will be releasing, stateside, their self-titled debut album digitally on May 12th and physically on June 16th ### SLAYER have wrapped work on their 11th studio album AND have set aside six songs for the follow-up effort ### Last but certainly not least TEENAGE TIME KILLERS have announced a date for their debut disc, "Greatest Hits Vol. 1", which we'll see on July 31st via RISE RECORDS! Every single bad mohamba jamba in rock/metal/punk/thrash/hard core show up here: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's REED MULLIN with bandmates MIKE DEAN & WOODY WEATHERMAN, aforementioned JELLO BIAFRA, RANDY BLYTHE (Lamb of God), DAVE GROHL & PAT SMEAR (Foo Fighters), NICK OLIVERI, MATT SKIBA (Alkaline Trio), COREY TAYLOR, TOMMY VICTOR (Prong & Danzig), LEE VING (Fear), MIKE "IX" WILLIAMS (Eyehategod), KARL AGELL and from the press release "many, many more". Jesus man, this thing's gonna be bananas! 

As Always, What Am I Missing Down Below?


DANZIG Covers Album Late Spring
“To Hale & Back” HALESTORM Book May
MONTAGE OF HECK Kurt Cobain Doc. HBO May 4th  
NASHVILLE PUSSY “Ten Years of Pussy” compilation album May 12th
FAITH NO MORE “Sol Invictus” May 19th
THE CIRCLE (Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham) “At Your Service” May 19th
DUFF McKAGAN “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)” Book May
DIO Box Set End of May

QUIET RIOT Documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” May 19th
MASTODON “Crack the Skye” Vinyl Reissue June 2nd
FRANK ZAPPA "Dance Me This" (Final album, #100) June
ART OF ANARCHY (Weiland, Bumblefoot, John Moyer) Self-titled June 9th

TREMONTI “Cauterize” June 9th
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Dark Before Dawn” June 23rd
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION Deluxe DVD Box Set June 30th
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA “Space” EP Summer
TEENAGE TIME KILLERS "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" July 31st 
MASTODON “The Hunter” Vinyl Reissue August 4th

“CLOCKWORK LIVES” Rush’s Neil Peart + Kevin J. Anderson Book September 15th
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)
WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Solo
SEVENDUST TBA
P.O.D TBA Summer
THE SWORD Late Summer
CHRIS CORNELL Solo
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Late Summer
“Montage of Heck” KURT COBAIN Doc. DVD November
DEFTONES TBA Fall
MEGADETH (with Chris Adler of Lamb of God on drums)
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE DVD End of 2015
SHINEDOWN 
BUCKCHERRY Spring

SOUNDGARDEN 2016
DANZIG TBA Late 2015/Early ‘16
STEVEN TYLER (AEROSMITH frontman) solo Country album (late 2015/early ’16)
ZAKK WYLDE “Book of Shadows Vol II” Early 2016 
 

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Before Nirvana, Kurt though these names might work

Personally I woulda chosen THE REAGANITES! 

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Feast Thy Eyes Upon This!!

Well look at you New Spankin Music!! Let’s jump right into it with what’s out today!!

Rockfest artist WE ARE HARLOT drops their self-titled debut today! After reading about this band in this month’s REVOLVER MAGAZINE and their antics for partying & having a good time I’m super stoked to catch them in action this year on the Worth Harley-Davidson Stage at 3:15! You can stream the new jams here --- > http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6509440/we-are-harlots-debut-album-exclusive

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD returns with “Day of the Dead”. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen these guys in action. Would like to correct that sooner than later!  

Metallers CROWBAR are re-releasing “Equilibrium”  

SCOTT WEILAND (fmr STP frontman) & the WILDABOUTS “Blaster”  

PRONG’s kicking out a covers album with “Songs from the Black Hole”. Super stoked to check this out! FRITZ has already loaded in track one, “Doomsday” by DISCHARGE!  

Even though they’re rolling with a new frontman, and have been for a minute, THREE DAYS GRACE are kicking out a new disc today with “Human”.  

VAN HALEN release their live album today, “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. Catch them live in action this summer at Sandstone in July!  

AC/DC “FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s True Rock n’ Roll Band” book!  

Been a ton of developments in new album/book/movie announcements since my last blog!
 
See: New HALESTORM book! THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION getting deluxe box set treatment! BREAKING BENJAMIN’s 5th studio album coming! CHRIS CORNELL (SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIO SLAVE, TEMPLE OF THE DOG) solo album! SEVENDUST finishes recording their 10th studio album! KILLSWITCH ENGAGE live DVD & then some!
 
Peep below & as always, What Am I Missing?!?
AGNOSTIC FRONT “The American Dream Died” April 4th
HALESTORM “Into the Wild Life” April 7th
FOO FIGHTERS: Sonic Highways DVD/Blu-Ray/iTunes April 7th
LOCAL H “Hey Killer” April 14th
RECORD STORE DAY April 18th
DANZIG Covers Album Late Spring
“To Hale & Back” HALESTORM Book May
MONTAGE OF HECK Kurt Cobain Doc. HBO May 4th  
NASHVILLE PUSSY “Ten Years of Pussy” compilation album May 12th
FAITH NO MORE “Sol Invictus” May 19th
THE CIRCLE (Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham) “At Your Service” May 19th
DUFF McKAGAN “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)” Book May
QUIET RIOT Documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” May 19th
MASTODON “Crack the Skye” Vinyl Reissue June 2nd
ART OF ANARCHY (Weiland, Bumblefoot, John Moyer) Self-titled June 9th
TREMONTI “Cauterize” June 9th
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Dark Before Dawn” June 23rd
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION Deluxe DVD Box Set June 30th
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA “Space” EP Summer
MASTODON “The Hunter” Vinyl Reissue August 4th
“CLOCKWORK LIVES” Rush’s Neil Peart + Kevin J. Anderson Book September 15th
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)
WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Solo
SEVENDUST TBA
P.O.D TBA Summer
THE SWORD Late Summer
CHRIS CORNELL Solo
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Late Summer
“Montage of Heck” KURT COBAIN Doc. DVD November
DEFTONES TBA Fall
MEGADETH (with Chris Adler of Lamb of God on drums)
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE DVD End of 2015
BUCKCHERRY Spring
SOUNDGARDEN 2016
DANZIG TBA Late 2015/Early ‘16
STEVEN TYLER (AEROSMITH frontman) solo Country album (late 2015/early ’16)
ZAKK WYLDE “Book of Shadows Vol II” Early 2016
 
In Development
 
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
ANTHRAX
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
BIOHAZARD
BLACK SABBATH
CLUTCH
D.R.I.
 “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
FEAR FACTORY
FLEA RHCP Memoir
GOJIRA
IRON MAIDEN
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open
MESHUGGAH
METALLICA
PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
REV THEORY
RED LINE CHEMISTRY “Chemical High & a Hand Grenade” Reissue
ROB ZOMBIE
SMASHING PUMPKINS  “Day for Night”
SEVENDUST Live DVD
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
TESTAMENT
THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES FILM (2016)
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
VOLBEAT
VISION OF DISORDER

 
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AIC parody of "Man in the Box"!

Click on the video and go "Like" it on YouTube so these guys will make another parody!!
So fuggin good!

 
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Thoughts & Deets On New TREMONTI!

CREED & ALTER BRIDGE shredder is back with a new single, "Another Heart" from his sophomore album "Cauterize" due out June 9th!

What's your take on it?
Ya dig?
Nah?
It's so-so?
Let thy voice be heard!

 
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