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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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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXV - Monday; Back to the Grind

Had a great weekend & enjoyed emceeing the 10th Annual Biker Bash at Helen's Hilltop benefiting the Northeast Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse! Great job by all the bands, including; BURNING TIDE, SEVENTH DAY, 10001, DEAD MAN'S HAND, THE LUCKY BASTARDS, 9 VOLT JUNKIE, RESTRAINT, FEDERATION OF HORSEPOWER, KINGSHIFTER, and then inside after the outdoors shut down A.J. GAITHER'S ONE MAN BAND! And if you were wondering, yes I did ride out on my bike!! Thanks for having me guys!

Every now and again I'll put on a little parody jam from PSYCHOSTICK, "Numbers: I Can Only Count to 4", before playing DROWNING POOL'S "Bodies"! Here's the official video.

Here's the extended version of today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy from PAUL RODRIGUEZ talking about nipples & getting old!

If you roll over to www.Disturbed1.com you'll notice a countdown. This is following a weekend where they updated their logo & showed a video of their mascot, GUY, sleeping in some sort of Sci-Fi chamber.
Does this mean we'll finally be hearing about a return from DISTURBED?
As of this post we've got a shade under 14 hours before we get an answer about it!

If you're not familiar with JIMMY TATRO and "LifeAccordingToJimmy" you are missing out! He's really put together some great sketch comedy skits!! THIS ONE, could top the cake!

'member FORT MINOR? LINKIN PARK'S MIKE SHINODA'S side project? Well today they dropped a new single & video. Peep it below!

KISS' GENE SIMMONS & ERIC SINGER elaborate more upon Gene's "Rock is Dead" comment from last year. Though I don't agree that there's no big band from the last 20 years, I do get where he's coming from in regards to the Record Label's not being able to sustain helping baby bands come up due to file sharing. What's your take on it?

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXIV - Tis F*ckin' Friday Folks!

Yes it is!! After last weekend's wild one float tripping and saving a drunk chaps life, I wonder what this weekend will bring?!?

DANE COOK was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy, talking about that ONE friend!
A little NSFW!

It's Friday, ya know what that means!!!
Your Weekly Rock Wind Up!!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXIII - One of the best 4:20 Smoke Breaks!

I do feel like GREG FITZSIMMONS stand up bit about being a dad & having kids is one of the best!
In fact, my favorite line is about the kid wearing a helmet to ride a bike!!
Absolutely, positively NSFW due to language!

As Heard On Air: BEASTIE BOYS "Fight for your Right to Party"
This band, this album, this video, HOT DAMN! So good!
Someone texted in, "Beastie Boys suck". You, my friend, suck... and probably swallow!

Wanna sign DAVE GROHL'S cast... digitally!?! Peep this website.
Top 300 will be delievered to the man himself!
Get well Dave & see you soon!!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXII - New 5FDP Action

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have rolled out their new jam, "Jekyll and Hyde", from their forthcoming disc, "Got Your Six". Curious as to what your thoughts are on it. You can pre-order the new album on iTunes & Amazon ahead of its August 28th release date! Then you'll be ready to rock out with them when they roll into the Independence Events Center on September 24th with PAPA ROACH & IN THIS MOMENT! Get You Tix Here.... (see what I did there ;)

Speaking of new action; EAGLES of DEATH METAL are back with a new jam & info on their forthcoming album, "Zipper Down", dropping in October on the 2nd!
In a press release JESSE "BOOTS ELECTRIC" HUGHES had this to say about the new work:
"The new album 'Zipper Down', really represents to me an attitude and philosophy of life. One should not zipper up, they should zipper down and let it all hang out."
JOSH HOMME (AKA "Baby Duck) says, "In an independent study, four out of three doctors say 'Zipper Down' is an eargasm trapped inside a crazerbeam. And I believe them."
Homme continued on, about the lead single, "'Complexity' is the musical equivalent of holding a lucky rabbit's foot with the unlucky rabbit still attached. 'Complexity' is sort of our way of saying 'Keep it simple, stupid'."

TREVOR NOAH was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy! He's taking over for JON STEWART on THE DAILY SHOW when Stewart's run comes to an end August 6th. Here's a great bit about how Sex is like Stand Up Comedy & Montreal in Canada!

Not too shabby a rendition of the "National Anthem" by James & Kirk of METALLICA before Game 5 of the NBA Championship series between the CLEVELAND CAVILERS & the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS! I'm sure 'Tallica is stoked since their boys from the Bay area won the whole shebang last night!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXXI - Say it ain't so Dave, say it ain't so!

Looks like the FOO FIGHTERS will have to cancel a handful of shows given frontman, and all around bad ass, DAVE GROHL broke his leg over the weekend. Doctors orders! Here's what was just posted on the Foo's Facebook page;

Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl's fall from the stage during Foo Fighters' June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band's dates in the UK and Europe.
After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave's full recuperation time is still to be determined.

It was previously announced that Foo Fighters' June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival and June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland were cancelled. The following dates have now been cancelled as well:

June 19 & 20 - London, UK - Wembley Stadium
June 23 - Edinburgh, UK - BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 25 - Werchter, Belgium - Festivalpark Werchter
June 26 - Glastonbury Festival 2015

No word on if this will affect the late summer run in the states and subsequently their stop in KC at the Sprint Center on Friday, August 21st!

SLASH with MYLES KENNEDY & the CONSPIRATORS have dropped a new live DVD, "Live at the Roxy". These guys are great in concert, so I suspect this will kick some serious ass!

Here's a list of what's coming down the pike in the coming months.

As always, what am I missin?!?

BREAKING BENJAMIN "Dark Before Dawn" June 23rd
COREY TAYLOR "You're Making Me Hate You" Book June 30th
ARANDA "Not the Same" June 30th
FRANK ZAPPA "Dance Me This" June (Final album #100)
LAMB OF GOD "VII: Sturm Und Drang" July
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
BUCKCHERRY "Rock 'N' Roll" August 21st
POP EVIL "Up" August 21st
P.O.D "The Awakening" 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)
DEATH ANGEL April 2016
DANZIG TBA Late 2015/Early '16
ZAKK WYLDE "Book of Shadows Vol II" Early 2016

Today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy was brought to us by MITCH BURROW, talking about Hunting!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXX - Sex Tape in Space!!

Irony sure isn't lost on this being volume XXX for my daily blogs given that a new crowd source funding is underway, by PornHub, to raise $3.4 million dollars in order to send JOHNNY SINS & EVA LOVIA into space to boink!!
Peep the video below!

As of this posting, in one day, over $10,000 has been raised! It may be a hard task but I have a feeling the folks at PornHub and their fans are UP for it! (All puns intended). If you wanna contribute to the IndieGoGo campaign, follow this Link Here!

ERIK RIVERA was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy addressing something all of us in relationships can relate to... our flatulence, passing gas, farting!!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXIX Tis another hot one!

But I suppose you already knew that... at least in Kansas City!

METALLICA performed on the 6th at the X GAMES in Austin. Inspired by this I give to thee, METALLIGOATS! 'Tallica mashed up with Goats for "Enter Sandman". Pure Internet Gold!

Will ya look at that? New MOTORHEAD "Thunder & Lightning" which sounds very like "R.A.M.O.N.E.S"
Hopefully Lemmy's health will hold out for one last tour run!!

This is great! SARAH TIANA, today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy, talking about #Dickpics! Just got posted a few hours ago, so you know it's fresh!

Today is also the day which HOWLIN WOLF was born in 1910. For those that are familiar with the Wolf you know how important of a musical influence he was and the power he commanded with that voice of his! This movie trailer, for a documentary in production, paints a rather clear picture of how he was, as KIRK HAMMETT says, "the father of hard rock & heavy metal!" Happy Birthday Wolf!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXVIII

I think it's natural for us as humans to bitch and moan about the weather! It's either too cold, too snowy, too wet or - like today - too hot!!! Glad we got us a sexy new wading pool! It's basically a giant 9 foot by 2 foot bathtub we keep outside on the deck overlooking the city! That's how we roll in the WESTSIDE!!!

Super stoked to see a new video out from AGNOSTIC FRONT for "Old New York" from their latest album, "The American Dream Died"! Pay close attention to the intro, you may recognize a familiar voice, with a familiar quote, from a familiar movie!!

Today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy comes from Ryan Singer discussing one of my favorite topics...

Happy Birthday Les Paul. The man, myth & legend was born on this date 100 years ago!
Here's a great video from his 90th birthday at the Iridium in NYC.

And here's a ICON video from CNN following the year anniversary of his death, at 94, in 2009!

I'd be remised if I didn't mention all the new jams out today since it is #NewMusicTuesday... or something!
Word on the street is there's a tour planned in support of TREMONTI'S new disc "Cauterize". Caught these guys when they came through KC at the now-defunct Beaumont Club. It was definitely straight-forward-rock-n-roll, which I suspect we'll get with the new album!
The 80's seem to have come alive again today with not one but two new bodies of work from those hair bands of yore! We've got BULLETBOYS with "Elefante" and TRIXTER with "Human Era"!
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Nivens Log, Vol. XXVII

I went full "Guy-Stuff" this weekend. On top of the necessary upkeep of yard work & garage organization I dug a whole, planted a post, filled it with quick concrete and put up a hammock! That, naturally, leads to a wonderful payoff from the little lady. Plus we hit the Slavic-Fest in Sugar Creek, Old Shawnee Days and got a pool! Granted, it's only 9 feet wide and a couple feet deep but it's gonna hit the spot this summer on the front deck over looking the city!

So back into the grind we go on this Monday! Undoubtedly you've heard about the Harley Giveaway & Trip to Sturgis!! Keep listening for your chance to win a key & get qualified!!

Of all the new bands that rolled through town last weekend for #RockfestKC I'm probably jamming WE ARE HARLOT the most! They've just got that righteous blend of swagger & cheese that makes for some good-goddamn-rock-n-fucking-roll!!
Don't tell me your foot's not tapping to this number, "The One".

Here's today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy from NICHOLAS ANTHONY discussing "Driving"!
There's some colorful language here so let's just list this one under NSFW!

MATT DAMON as an astronaut in a new RIDLEY SCOTT flick, "The Martian".
Believable or No?

LOOK KIDS! NEW LAMB OF GOD!! "512" off the new disc "Strum Und Drang" coming in July!

And speaking of new music videos, here's SLIPKNOT with "Killpop"!

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXVI - FRIDAY BIATCHES!!!

And the sun's out, WHAAAAA?!?
Speaking of WHAAAAA?!?! Last night as I was dozing off to bed, and flipping through some videos on YouTube I couldn't help but stumble upon the promo video for the 16th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos. It's a campy-catchy commercial about a group of future Juggalos, attempting to travel back in time to 2015 to witness a Gathering of epic proportions!
As they rattled off the names, I realized I recognized a few; fresh from #RockfestKC TECH N9NE & IN THIS MOMENT, plus MACHINE GUN KELLY, KING 810, MUSHROOMHEAD and PUDDLE OF MUDD. (Insert Record Scratch Here)
Did I see that correct??? Puddle of Mudd... Good luck Wes, this will go really, really good or really, really bad!

Ladies & Gentleman... HAYSEED DIXIE with their rendition of AC/DC'S "TNT"!!

Over the years I've had the opportunity to interview POP EVIL and they've always been great guys. There's no doubt they know how to rock a crowd but, truth-be-told, their music's never really done that much for me... except now. First time I heard MOOSE spin their new jam "Footsteps" I have to say I was impressed. It's defiantly catchy... maybe even poppy (pun intended) and I suspect it'll hit #1 on the charts!

Here's today's Weekly Rock Wind Up!! I have to say, it's one of my favorite I've ever done... know why?!?

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXV #TBT Edition

WOW!! The internet is truly an amazing place!! Whilst talking to a listener about how this year's Rockfest was not only their 1st one but it was also their very first concert ever I went Googling for my first show I went to; The Jacksons Victory Tour, at Arrowhead Stadium, on July 6th 1984 - 12 days out from my 7th birthday and lo & behold, it's on YouTube in its entirety!!
I definitely saved this & can - vaguely - recall the opening as seen in the video.

It seems the estrangement betwixt MARILYN MANSON & JONATHAN DAVIS of KORN has come to an end. In a recent METAL HAMMER interview Manson stated, "Jonathan and I used to be really close. We hadn't seen each other in quite some time. Now he and I are talking about doing something completely unexpected together."
Shortly after it was published Davis when to social media and concurred, "Yes this is happening #ogshit"
If you recall Davis worked on a song for the 2002 movie "Queen of the Damned", as writer, with Manson on "Redeemer".

Perhaps SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY is speaking from experience, with JOHN LENNON, when he suggested NOEL GALLAGHER & brother LIAM GALLAGHER of OASIS should, "... Just get together and make some good music... Like many brothers, they are crazy. But it would be nice if they got together." Upon hearing this Noel responded with, "... Tell him if he writes our comeback single, it's on. Tell him to write an Oasis track and then we'll talk. I'll just put that out there." The Gallagher brothers have been separated since 2009 after a dust up backstage in France at a Festival. Since then Liam's band, BEADY EYE, split up & Noel's been solo as NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS. Not gonna lie, I'd go out of my mind if we got to see a full show, complete with their "Fucking in the Bushes" opener!

CRAZY to think that METALLICA'S "Load" turns 19 today! Happy Birthday Load! From 'Tallica TV on YouTube some behind the scenes footage.

As I've told you before ( On this blog right here in fact ) when THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN recently ended its run the final musical guest was the FOO FIGHTERS doing "Everlong". A special tune for Letterman dating all the way back to 2000 when he had quintuple bypass heart surgery. The Foo's were David's first band back, after going under the knife, of which he introduced them saying, "My favorite band, playing my favorite song!"

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXIV

Short. Sweet. To the Point, Punk! TEENAGE TIME KILLERS (a wicked monster of a super group) has floated out another single for their forthcoming debut album, "Greatest Hits Vol. 1", with JELLO BIAFRA titled "Ode to Sean Hannity".

Not gonna lie, I'd love to see a cage match betwixt Jello & Sean!

Nothing like the enjoyment of a drunk calling into my show!
Stay thirsty my friends!

Today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy was from RODMAN talking about.... BOOBS!

There's a rumor swirling that HUNTER S. THOMPSON's widow, Anita, will be allowing the public into their home OWL FARM as there's intentions of turning it into a museum. Here's a BBC production from 1978.

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Nivens Log, Vol. XXIII

Holy Hell, Batman! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who came out and rocked out at Rockfest! What an amazing day & night! It's truly an honor to be part of something so special!!
Now it's back to the grind!!

Big news this AM is FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH & IN THIS MOMENT are coming to the Independence Event Center in September! Rockaholic pre-sale goes down on Thursday at 10 AM!

Last night the misses and I caught a documentary about one of the wildest - roughest - possibly the inspiration for ANIMAL of the MUPPETS - drummers on the planet, GINGER BAKER! Most notably with CREAM but his body of work is insane & impressive!


Here's a new trailer for the film "Soaked in Bleach" about the murder conspiracy of KURT COBAIN, late frontman of NIRVANA!

This is most certainly a gnarly music video from FUTURE USER (which features RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE'S TIM COMMERFORD) "Voodoo Juju". You may recognize a couple faces working away on Tim!

JIM CARREY was today's 4:20 Smoke Break of Stand Up Comedy! "Forgetting problems through an orgasm!"

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