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Nivens Log, Vol. XXII

One Day Out & Waking UP!!!!!!
Crazy to think that we're already here again! 
Where does the time go?!

I was catching up with my buddy Wes the other night and caught this ad on the telly for a new BATMAN: Arkham Knight video game and couldn't help notice the music sounds awfully familiar

RAMMSTEIN may be taking a little break from TIL LINDEMANN from them is staying busy with his LINDEMANN project. Here's their first video, "Praise Abort". 


Jacoby, Tobin & Jerry along with producer Kevin Churko talk about the new PAPA ROACH track "Gravity" in this video clip. 

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXI

We Can't Stop Here... This Is Bat Country!!
Looks like AVENGED SEVENFOLD have plans in the works for a new DVD/Blu-Ray!
Here's the teaser trailer.


Today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy was JIM BREUER. Just found out Jim's working on a Metal album, produced by VOLBEAT's ROB CAGGIANO, with special guest appearance by AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON


There's been a lot of speculating on whether or not we'll see Ms. MARIA BRINK, from IN THIS MOMENT, get on stage with PAPA ROACH at ROCKFEST to perform their new jam "Gravity". My money is on YES we'll see it! Here she is doing it to it for the very first time!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XX

Who's ready to do it to it?! 
It's crazy to think that we're throwing it down this week!
Don't procrastinate on those tix yo, this will sell out!!

Today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy was Mr. GREG GIRALDO discussing love & marriage!


I'll be interviewing ALL THAT REMAINS on Saturday at ROCKFEST! Here's their latest single, "For You". Thoughts?

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Nivens Log, Vol. XIX

It's Friday Fools & a Memorial Day Weekend! Pool's open!!

The misses and I caught OF MICE & MEN last night at the Uptown and I gotta say, I was super impressed with the audience turn out! Don't get me wrong, some of OM&M's set I really enjoyed! When they went towards that New York Hardcore sound, coupled with that pseudo European rock where the room's pulsating up and down but when they veered into FALL OUT BOY territory they kinda lost me. Front man, Austin Carlile, is the real deal in his stage presence and ability to hold the crowd in the palm of his hand, I just wished he'd stop fucking with his hair! Leave it alone, dude! 
Here's their latest jam on the rock charts, "Never Giving Up". 

HARLAND WILLIAMS was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy! Here's the full performance that I pulled today's bit from. **NSFW**


FLAVOR FLAV is the lead story in this week's Weekly Rock Wind Up! PHIL ANSELMO's "Housecore Horrorfest" is coming back for it's 3rd year down in San Antonio in November. We've got a release date for CLUTCH's new disc "Psychic Warfare". And much, much more! 

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Nivens Log, Vol. XVIII

David Letterman said "Goodbye" to the world last night! 33 years, over 6000 episodes. He was truly a titan of his business. Anytime you can leave your flagship station (NBC)  and go elsewhere (CBS) and succeed means you're doing something right! And Dave did it right. In a previous blog I posted up Eddie Vedder's performance, I now give unto thee last night's final musical act; Foo Fighters with "Everlong". Letterman's favorite track by the them! It's complete with a career montage that's one of the most impressive ever seen.


Today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy was brought to you by Mr. Jim Norton discussing having a girlfriend! 

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Nivens Log, Vol. XVII


EDDIE VEDDER was one of DAVID LETTERMAN's final musical guests, this week. He does a stirring rendition of his PEARL JAM classic "Better Man" and gets a standing ovation from the audience. 


Speaking of Letterman, it was announced today that the FOO FIGHTERS will be his final musical act tonight. I personally thought TOM WAITS should have been the final act, but I wouldn't kick the Foo outta bed!

For today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy, sponsored by 816 Vapor, was the legendary RICHARD PRYOR talking about his time in the jungles of Africa. 


Here's what happens when a autobot calls into the studio. It's the little things, people!

Tons announced recently... ANTHRAX working on a 17 song album follow up to "Worship Music"... CLUTCH gives us a month for "Psychic Warfare" in September ... AUDIOTOPSY (featuring Matt McDonough & Greg Tribbet of MUDVAYNE) sign with NAPALM RECORDS ... FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH are gonna drop "Got Your Six" in August on the 28th ... GEORGE LYNCH's "Shadow Train" 2-CD set & "Shadow Nation" documentary will roll out in July on the 17th (a day before my birthday!) 
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Nivens Log, Vol. XVI - New Music Edition

Much excitement surrounds the new music out today, notably new FAITH NO MORE "Sol Invictus"!
Other releases today include THE CIRCLE featuring Sammy Hagar, Jason Bonham & Michael Anthony with "At Your Service". The QUIET RIOT documentary is out today, "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back". COAL CHAMBER is also back with a new jam "Rivals". Last & certainly not least, WHITESNAKE kick out their tribute to DEEP PURPLE album today, simply titled "Purple". 
Here's what's coming down the pike, as always what am I missing?

DIO Box Set End of May
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
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
FRANK ZAPPA “Dance Me This” June (Final album #100)
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Alive and Burning” DVD July 10th
TEENAGE TIME KILLERS “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” July 31st
MASTODON “The Hunter” Vinyl Reissue August 4th
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Got Your Six” August 28th
“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)
ROGER MIRET Memoir (Agnostic Front vox)
P.O.D TBA Summer
THE SWORD Late Summer
“Montage of Heck” KURT COBAIN Doc. DVD November
MEGADETH (with Chris Adler of Lamb of God on drums)
DEATH ANGEL April 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 

Kansas City's CHRIS PORTER talks about door holding etiquette in today's (#NSFW) 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy!

On Friday (the 15th) METALLICA front man JAMES HETFIELD teamed up with SAMMY HAGAR, CHAD SMITH (RHCP drummer), guitar legend JOE SATRIANI & ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL for the Acoustic for a Cure show benefiting the Pediatric Cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Here's Hetfield teaming up with his daughter for a cover of ADELE's "Crazy". 
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Nivens Log, Vol. XV

Back from the weekend & damn we did a lot!
A house party and friend's band, The MGD's (check 'em out), at the Riot Room Friday night.
Burlesque and a monsoon Saturday!
And then we Dressed to the 9's for the Royals game on Sunday where they worked over the Yankees 6 to Nada! Somehow we were "Reported" for our vocabulary... which is baffling since we had the little one with us, though she does speak like a sailor!
I digress....

Today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy was Mr. Louis CK. Peep the clip below & know it's #NSFW!

Over the weekend at, Rock on the Range, Saint Asonia made their debut! Some are calling it a super group as there's Adam Gontier on vocals, formerly of 3 Days Grace, Mike Mushok of Staind, Corey Lowrey formerly of Eye Empire & Dark New Day and former Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe

Loudwire just posted up a Top 10 video of child prodigies shredding away and homeboy Aidan Fisher, who's gonna open up the Monster Energy Stage at this year's Rockfest, is listed among the performers. See ya soon!

Bullet For My Valentine will drop a new album in August with "Venom". Here's the first sound in "No Way Out". Thoughts?

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Nivens Log, Vol. XIV

It was only a matter of time, given his health has been in decline for quite a bit, so it is with a heavy heart I state, "Rest in Peace BB King"! 

An incredible power, an incredible musician, a discoverer of talent far & wide, he was a one of a kind! 
This video, with U, captures the essence of how big BB was!

Another track has surface front he forthcoming album from Breaking Benjamin, "Dark Before Dawn", titled "Defeated". 


Tom Waits played a new jam last night on The Late Show with David Letterman. As everyone knows, Dave's about to retire!

And for your enjoyment, here's Tom's interview with Letterman!

Will ya look at that? Today's Weekly Rock Wind Up!! Tons of great news & info in here!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XIII

Chevy Metal shows up at a county fair in Cali!!
And if you don't know, Chevy Metal is the cover band to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and when they showed up at the fair they brought along Dave & Chris & Rami!! 

(Set list: Queen "Under Pressure," Van Halen "Panama," Bryan Adams "Summer of '69" and The Knack "My Sharona.")

Mr. Lewis Black was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy! 
If language is an issue at your work then it's NSFW!

Had an interesting conversation today on Facebook over this article here -----> HI!!! in regards to Punk Bands and where they get their band tee shirts from! The author makes a rather convincing argument about having them made in good ole U.S.A.!
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