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'Fight Club' Author to Visit Utah for the First Time Corey O'Brien |
08/24/2014 | Filed In: Chuck Palahniuk | Fight Club | King's English | Books | Novels | Beautiful You | University of Utah

'Fight Club' Author to Visit Utah for the First Time

Author of fine novels like "Fight Club", "Choke", "Diary" and many more is visiting Salt Lake on a tour for his new book "Beautiful You." The new novel has to do more with women...well, women's pleasure to be specific. You get the idea.

What the hell! Here's the synopsis from the publisher, Doubleday:

From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?

Anyway, he'll be visiting the University of Utah's Union Ballroom on October 29th for his first time ever in Salt Lake, so if you are a fan you won't want to miss this. You will have to purchase a ticket for the event, but included with your ticket you will get an autographed copy of the new book and general admission seating for the event.

Click here to purchase tickets.

You can also pre-order the book from Amazon here.

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Foo's Unveil HBO Series Corey O'Brien |
08/24/2014 | Filed In: Foo Fighters | HBO | Sonic Highways | Willie Nelson | Barack Obama | TV

Foo's Unveil HBO Series

It's all coming up Foo at the tail end of 2014. The guys will be dropping their new album, "Sonic Highways" in November, but before that HBO will be airing and 8-part series also called "Sonic Highways."

The album and series focus on the recording of the new music as it was recorded in studios all over the country in some iconic cities such as Washington D.C., New Orleans, Seattle and more made apparent by the album artwork.

Whether the band will unleash a tour in support of the album has not been announced yet, but you can almost guarantee the tour would roll out in cities the album was recorded in, which could mean no show for the SLC. At least not on the first leg. 

Anyway, check out the look at the HBO series below. It looks pretty intriguing. 

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Happy Birthday to Mr. Casablancas Corey O'Brien |
08/23/2014 | Filed In: Julian Casablancas | Birthday | The Strokes

Happy Birthday to Mr. Casablancas

Julian Casablancas is 36 today, so X96 thought we would look back at our 6 favorite songs from The Strokes and his solo career.

Rumor has it The Strokes have a new album in the works and Mr. Casablancas' side project, Julian and The Voidz will have something in the future as well.

In no random order here are the six songs featuring Julian any that playlist should include:

1. "Last Night" - The build up, the beat, the pinnacle: "Laaaaaasssst Niiiightttt..." I can't count how many amazing night have started or ended with this song.

2. "Between Love and Hate" - From 2003's "Room On Fire" this song provides apathy to either traditional gender roles or the end of a relationship. I am not sure which, maybe both, but you can sing your voice out to it.

3. "On the Otherside" - Again, not so much a ray of sunshine of here, but then again if you wanted that you would listen to Pat Boone. Now sing that damn hook out loud!

4. "Taken For A Fool" - Knocking on the door of Rick Ocasek and The Cars, this would the poppier side of The Strokes. One of my personal favorites. How this song was not a massive hit is a cultural mystery.

5. "Out of the Blue" - This song has the swing of a 70's TV show theme. That isn't an insult. It's a moving, traveling, outliner of a song. Perhaps it has something to do that it's from Mr. Casablancas' first solo album, "Phrazes for the Young."

6. "Red Light" - "Get yourself a lawyer and a gun." That line hits my head a bloated-headed hammer. What else can you say? It leaves one at the end of culture, society, a relationship and perhaps wits. Grim advice has never been so well-placed.

Let me make a small suggestion for your weekend. Go down to your favorite watering hole, put $5 in the digital machine that used to be a jukebox and set up a playlist of your favorite songs from The Strokes. All will be fine in the world.

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The Onion Is Helping Salt Lake City with Tourism Corey O'Brien |
08/21/2014 | Filed In: The Onion | Salt Lake City | Tourism |

The Onion Is Helping Salt Lake City with Tourism

The Onion has taken up the task of helping our fair capital city market our tourism and show off our valley has to offer. Reminding visitors they can, "experience the city on your terms" along with reminding anyone they can leave "anytime." 

The kindly folks at The Onion have even produced this well-shot and thoughtful video that may very well start running on local network affiliates some time this Fall.

What do you think of the new campaign?

Check out the video and enjoy the full story here.

To be honest, we are rather surprised that they didn't pull this song for the soundtrack. Hell, it even features Dexter Holland from The Offspring who just happen to be coming to town later this month.

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Meet The Bands: Priory Richie T |
08/21/2014 | Filed In: Meet The Bands | Priory | Richie T | BASH | Interview | Big Ass Show 2014 |

Meet The Bands: Priory

How they met:

Kyle: Brandon and I met at a show years ago and then randomly ended up moving in together at this crazy old flop house with nine other guys and just started playing music together there. We had no car, we had nothing but a ton of equipment.

Brandon: I'd been living in this, I mean literally like a flop house. It was the nastiest bachelor pad, the kitchen was unusable, the bathroom was completely unusable because they were so filthy. I was sitting out front having a beer one day when Kyle pulled up and I was like “what the hell is going on bro?”. We started playing music I think that first week after he moved in and immediately we just clicked and it was kind of just a done deal.

The Flop House now:

It's been condemned, they tore it down, we drove by the other day and it's gone and they're building something where human beings can live.

Star-crossed band mates:

Kyle: We both went our separate ways, Brandon became a ferrier, he shoed horses and I went and worked at a non-profit… and came back together about five years ago and started this band. Brandon: It was like three years. I went to Oklahoma, I went to horse shoeing school in Oklahoma and then came back to Northwestern, trying to set up a business.

Writing Process:  

Kyle: It's changed over this album. We had toured on a record before for about a year and a half and on the way back from one of the last tours Brandon and I looked at each other were like we've gotta do this thing our way. We built the studio ourselves and started recording this record. We quit every other day job and every other interest and basically clocked regular hours, 50 hours a week plus, and just wrote music every day. We just kind of held each other accountable that way and basically learned how to create in that environment.  

Brandon: We've completely outgrown our old record, we made it really, really fast. Honestly, we didn't know what we were doing. We cranked out a collection of songs and immediately got ourselves a vehicle and got out on the road. And after about a year being out on the road and doing whatever, playing shows, we just realized this is not what we wanted to do. And Kyle and I, when we first started playing music together we spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted our sound to be. The infusion of electronic beats and really nasty synthesizers, but then with a really strong contrast of acoustic instrumentation and well thought out harmonies and melodies. We at that time, when we started, we didn't know how to execute, but after spending enough time, three or four years together, we figured out a system.

Check out Priory at the 2014 X96 Big Ass Show! Buy tickets HERE or at any Graywhale location  

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