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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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It would appear that the wait is about over for Disturbed fans!!

Fans of Disturbed will be happy to know that the hiatus is coming to an end and new music is coming......TOMORROW!!!  Check out this article from Blabbermouth.net:

DISTURBED has launched a countdown clock online at the band's official web site that is scheduled to hit zero tomorrow (Tuesday, June 23) at 8:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 a.m. PDT). The group has dropped a couple of hints over the weekend that it is preparing to to end its four-year hiatus. First was the unveiling online of a new band logo, but far more telling was the arrival of three separate videos at the act's social media pages which seem to show the DISTURBED mascot, called "The Guy", seemingly emerging from a deep sleep.

Tomorrow's announcement is expected to include the unveiling of DISTURBED's first new music since 2010 as well as the initial details of the band's upcoming CD.


DISTURBED has been on hiatus since the fall of 2011, since completing the touring cycle for "Asylum" and issuing a rarities collection called "The Lost Children".

DISTURBED singer David Draiman launched a new band called DEVICE in 2013 and toured behind it for a few months, while scoring a No. 1 rock single with the song "Vilify".

Draiman has also been spending time with his wife, model/wrestler Lena Yada, and their son, Samuel, who was born in September 2013.

Guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren premiered a new project called FIGHT OR FLIGHT.

Back on April 22, BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported the rumor that DISTURBED was recording its first album since 2010's "Asylum".

Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, there are rumblings that the band has been working with producer Kevin Churko, who has helmed the latest efforts from a number of popular hard rock and heavy metal acts, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCHIN THIS MOMENTPAPA ROACH and HELLYEAH.

If the rumor mill is correct, at least some of the recording sessions took place at Churko's The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas.


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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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