Primus is back together and bringing us more of that "is that funny?" style of wackiness! I know we've seen Les Claypool doing his side projects in recent years and I think there was even a Primus album or two that we all ignored in there somewhere. But THIS time it's the original lineup! The Primus we all know and love has not been in studio together since 1995. That's when I bought tales from the punch bowl at Fred Meyer in Taylorsville. Ok, my Mom bought it for me. :)
Then she and my Dad made this face while listening to it on the drive home.
It turns out that Les was a big fan of the 1970's version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", (Who wasn't?) so Claypool, along Larry LaLonde, and Tim Alexander have announced plans to pay tribute to with an album called "Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble." Claypool tells "Rolling Stone" he was obsessed with the film as a kid, explaining that for a few years in the early '70s "it was everything Wonka." "Primus and the Chocolate Factory" is due out October 21st. Primus also plans to keep with the "Willy Wonka" tradition by putting five golden tickets in random copies of the special chocolate-colored vinyl edition of the new record.
Photo courtesy of Primus
Drummer Tim Alexander is also currently recovering after suffering a heart attack and undergoing open-heart surgery earlier this month, but he's expected to be back to his usual self in time for Primus to bring the "Chocolate Factory" album on the road starting October 22nd.Right now it doesnt look like there are any plans to stop through Utah.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE
Salt Lake Comic Con CEO Dan Farr stopped by Radio From Hell today to talk about the current controversy surround Comic Con. Last weekend news broke that San Diego Comic Con had issued Salt Lake Comic Con a cease-and-desist from using the pharse"Comic Con" in their name. Dan explains how this cease and desist would not only affect Salt Lake, but every Comic Con around the world.
Many fans thought the cease-and-desist was related to the Salt Lake Comic Con Audi that was brought to San Diego Comic Con. Dan quickly squashed those rumors and stated that the cease-and-desist was issued while the car was in transit to San Diego.
Dan also discussed many of the upcoming Salt Lake Comic Con guests, as well as shared some stories from his recent visit to San Diego Comic Con that feature Matt Smith and Manu Bennett taking the Salt Lake Comic Con Audi out for a drive.
Check out full videos of the interview below as well as the Salt Lake Comic Con Audi
Salt Lake Comic Con returns to the Salt Palace September 4-6.
For more information visit saltlakecomiccon.com
The Salt Lake Comic Con Audi
Dan Farr on Radio From Hell (Part 1)
Dan Farr on Radio From Hell (Part 2)
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE
Well, seems even in Zion people like to let loose and enjoy their libation. This should not be a surprise considering all the worry over our nearly lost Oktoberfest due to some uppity political grandstanding (a cause for true social panic).
Whether at home or at one of a handful of Utah's bars we all (I mean those of us who drink) have our favorite cocktail, shot, draught or designated driver beverage, but when it comes to the number's at Utah's State Liquor Stores a very specific story is told about the liquor we buy.
It turns out Utah likes it cheap and sugary, but has a better taste in beer than the X96 staff expected. Fox 13 decided it would be a good idea to pull the number on what you buy at the liquor store. If the X96 staff were gambling folks we would have lost - turns out we just had too many Hop's Rising due to the proximity of our new studio to Squatter's.
Our guesses for Utah's favorite bottles of hooch would have been:
1. Everclear (or Fireball)
2. Five Wives' Vodka (or Fireball)
3. Jameson (or Fireball)
4. Fernet Branca (or Fireball)
5. Pimm's No. 5 (or 2 bottles of Fireball)
And for beer:
1. St. Ides
2. Dead Guy
3. "What's on sale?"
4. St. Ides
5. "Anything larger than 12oz."
We are glad we didn't have a pony in this race...since pony kegs are illegal here.
Check out Fox 13 report here or click here to read the complete list...if you haven't had too many glasses of Pimm's...
Word has been spreading about Duran Duran suing their fan club. I don't know what I'm more suprised about. The fact that Duran Duran still has a fan club, or how they still have time to sue their fan club. What with all the time they spend hanging out on Todd Nuke 'Em's iPod.
But yeah, Duran Duran has officially taken issue with their fan club, and are heading to court. Please, God. Let this one end up on Judge Joe Brown.
I ASK YOU FOR SO LITTLE
But Todd (and other fans) can rest easy. Duran Duran is reassuring their audience that their lawsuit isn't aimed at them. The band has posted a statement to their website saying they "value and respect their many fans around the world." The group explains that the lawsuit is to protect their rights against the company that had been hired to manage their fan club --- not the fans themselves. Duran Duran adds that they're no longer working with WorldWide Fan Club Inc, but has "brought their official fan community in-house." They add that they will "continue to make every effort to provide the highest level of service" to their followers. Which makes me ask the question:
What the HELL does a Duran Duran fan club do?
I mean, there were only so many Duran Duran songs, and the true fans already have them. How many times can you hear about Rio dancing in the sand before you move on to some Midnight Oil or Information Society.
Bet you didn't know that song was about a camel.
In an Ordinary World, this would be handled in a friendly manner. But This is Planet Earth, and they are Notorious for being Wild Boys. Perhaps it was a Reflex, but Duran Duran got Hungry Like The Wolf and filed a breach of contract suit against WorldWide in a Chicago area court last Friday. However, many headlines in the U.S. and Britain this week stated that the group was suing their "own fan club." Which is a Big Thing ...Girls On Film.. I could't figure out a way to work that one in, but I like that song.
The Vans' Warped Tour is coming to Salt Lake City this Saturday, August 2nd! If you’ve never been to a music festival before, Warped Tour is great training. Maybe one day you may want to move up to Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. The Vans' Warped Tour is a one-day festival with a ticket price around $30, so you can afford it. Everyone should experience at least one music festival. We have also sprinkled bands we are excited to see at the fest through this blog.
If you are attending Warped Tour for the first time here is some wisdom from your friends at X96. It's Vans' Warped Tour 101:
Tickets: You can buy tickets by clicking here. Don’t wait until the day of to buy tickets because it will cost about five dollars more. Also, don't buy tickets in the parking lot or from scalpers. You never know what you are getting there.
You can bring your parents: If you are under 18 and your parents are worrisome, then they can come with you for free. Most likely they will have a great experience as well as long as you keep them fed and watered. Warped offers one complimentary parent admission per ticket to any minors. If you are under 18 and need to convince your parents to let you go, then this should help. There is a “parents only” booth at Warped Tour, which is basically a daycare for adults. NOTE: Guardians accompanying minors to the show must be legal guardians over the age of 28.
Times & stages: Bands will find out when they are playing the morning of that day’s show, which means the schedule will not be posted anywhere on the Warped Tour website or any band’s social media accounts prior to that day. X96 recommends showing up early so you don't miss your favorite bands. Near the entrance, there will be a huge inflatable “billboard” with the bands, the stages, and the times of their performances posted. There are eight stages spread throughout the fairgrounds. The bands listed above are subject to change. Take a picture of the lineup and the map in case you forget or the loose the map.
Avoid the long line: Bring three cans of food, a $5 donation, or a used cell phone to the Feed Our Children NOW! Tent located near the “skip the line” flag. They will let you skip to the front of the line for your donations.
Food & Water: X96 are Warped Tour veterans. To save money bring a CamelBak or the like with you or an empty water bottle you can refill throughout the day. Plan to grab a slice of pizza so something mid-day and meet with your friends (or that special someone you may meet at the show) after.
BRING CASH: Tents aren't going to accept plastic. Make sure to pull cash before you enter the fairgrounds, so you don't have to pay a bunch of ATM service fees.
What you can and can’t bring: You CAN bring a small lightweight backpack (or CamelBak), sunscreen, snacks, a point-and-shoot style camera (no professional cameras unless you have the right credentials), sharpie, cell phone, comfortable sneakers, and a hat. You CANNOT bring chains (like wallet chains), professional cameras, alcohol, recording devices, weapons, firearms, or any illegal drug substance (just a reminder in case you forget your common sense).
Band signings: Bands will have their signing times posted at their merchandise booths. So, in your spare time, check out all the booths for possible meet and greet times. Also, a lot of merch + sponsor booths give out free stuff like wristbands, sunglasses, posters, etc. If you’re looking for free stuff: any movie booth will be giving out free stuff, Trojan gives out free things (yes, condoms), Alternative Press has some limited freebies, Monster Energy usually gives out drinks, and the X96 booth will have some stuff too.
Medical Assistance: If you need medical care, look for the first aid flag at the medical booths. There will be plenty of other fun things to do Warped Tour other than watch bands. There will be slip n’ slides set up around the fairgrounds, some movie tents will show exclusive trailers, and of course you can hang out at your band's signings.
The Vans' Warped Tour is there for you to have fun, go nuts! Wear light and breathable clothing, bring plenty of water, cash, & sunscreen. Come with a good attitude and have a good time.
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