X96's Jon Smith chats up Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz when the band was in town for the Monumentuor with Paramore and New Politics on August 13, 2014. They discuss weird Utah airport welcomes, mobile gaming and how the tour is going.
Radio From Hell Interviews the Director Jeremy Seifert of the documentary OMG GMO. Jeremy Seifert explains crossbreeding and modification of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms.)
Director Seifert addresses the issues of agriculture and the negative effects of Round-Up on crops.“You have giant chemical companies now feeding us, and you have a chemical company like Monsanto trying to sell more chemicals: Round-Up is the most prevalent herbicide in the world.” Round-Up (a chemical pesticide) has been linked to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, various forms of cancer, and Celiac Disease. “The GMOs have been quote ‘proven-safe’ from 3 month industry studies or industry-affiliated studies, and yet longer term studies are indicating that there might be serious health implications from GMOs.”
“We need to be awake to this issue, GMOs are not labeled in this country and most people don’t know what they are.”
OMG GMO is now out on DVD.
Kelcey, Ryan, and Nik of L.A.-based band Local Natives visited Salt Lake last week for the Twilight Concert Series. They sat down with Richie on a big inflatable couch backstage and recounted their failure of a first show in Utah back in 2006, why they treat Nik "The New Guy" like a second-class citizen in their band (they're joking, don't worry), and how they came to be the hardest working band of 2013 (according to a study by SongKick).
Kelcey, Ryan, Nik
--- First Show in Utah ---
Kelcey: The first time we ever played in Utah was in Provo at some tiny, tiny club and the promoter forgot we were playing. Somehow we show up, there’s nobody there.
Ryan: Doors are locked.
Kelcey: We get somebody’s number and he’s like, “Oh $%*#!” He’s calling his friends trying to figure out how to make the show happen…I think that was 2006.
--- Band Formation ---
Ryan: Taylor and I met in junior high and then we met Kelcey in high school and so we kinda started the band then…and really started getting serious about it in college and that’s about the time we met Matt. And a few years ago we actually met Nik, and he’s the newest member. He’s the new guy.
Nik: I still don’t fit in.
Ryan: He’s still being hazed.
Kelcey: We definitely make him feel like a second-class citizen.
Ryan: He’s sitting the farthest away from you.
Kelcey: Yeah he wasn’t there, he’s just gotta deal with that, you know? This is what he signed up for and he’s gonna get it.
Nik: I think I have four more years before they’ll call me by my first name.
Kelcey: I’ll never accept you.
--- Hardest Working Band of 2013 ---
Nik: We sadly know that statistic.
Ryan: We thought that’s what everyone did. We thought everyone was just like, you say yes to everything. You just play as many shows as you can before you fall down. It’s nice to realize that that was an insane amount of shows.
Kelcey: It kind of justifies us feeling tired.
Ryan: Yeah, we were all falling apart.
Nik: Granted also, the album came out in January. If someone’s album came out in March, we already had a 2-month head start on them.
Ryan: Getting all technical with it.
Kelcey: Don’t sugarcoat it man!
--- Writing for Album 3 ---
Kelcey: We’re transition in to that [writing]. So we’re doing a bunch of festivals and in between we’re trying to get a new practice space set up in L.A. and trying to make the hard transition in to saying no to shows and actually start writing and stuff. We’re obviously very bad at saying no. That’s our issue that’s holding us back.
--- Living and Writing Together ---
Kelcey: With this last album, Hummingbird, we ended up living together for a couple months, just kinda working out the end of the record, and that was nice. I think we got to rediscover an energy where, like Ryan said – being in the same house, living and breathing and sleeping. This music – I think it really benefits our process. I think maybe at one point we may be together in one place.
Lou Ferrigno talks to Richie T about being Michael Jackson's personal trainer, coming to this year's Salt Lake Comic Con, and much more!
Being Michael Jackson’s Personal Trainer
Well it was different because he [Michael Jackson] was so involved in music that he never really weight trained or exercised as much before. So when I was with him, I would give him a live regiment, like a routine so he could do it to retain his flexibility and stamina.
Going to Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Well, I do a panel at the Con also, and I tell the fans to stay away from drugs, sex, and violence. That’s important because the fact that they come to a comic con that’s so positive, and you meet people, and make connections to celebrities, and there’s a Q&A. It’s always about walking away with a smile on your face instead of being depressed and doing the wrong things to yourself.
After learning of Robin Williams' passing on Monday I was shocked and disappointed and curious about what happened, much like I expected most people were. I logged on Facebook and posted something short like, "Jesus, Robin Williams is dead" and left it at that.
I deleted the post later because I saw the tsunami of personal tributes take over the news feed and felt whatever I had to say wasn't adding anything constructive. Then news came out about how Mr. Williams died and the shock went away, but my curiosity and disappointment didn't.
I volunteered as an usher at The Sundance Film Festival the year Robin Williams' film "One Hour Photo" made its world premiere. I was able to watch the film because the volunteers are rotated into different positions so everyone can see some of the films. It was a very different picture than anything I had seem Mr. Williams in before. For those who haven't seen it, it's an edgy film that focuses on obsession and how loneliness can lead to mental malfunction.
After the film was over Robin hopped up on stage for a Q&A and lightened the mood of the heavy-hearted audience who had just sat though something they obviously weren't prepared for. He turned the Eccles Theatre into the best open mic night I have ever been witness to. He joked about Utah culture and his "Mormon Posse." He went on for about 45 minutes. The audience: in stitches. Then he took time to shake hands and say hello to everyone he could before heading backstage to the volunteer area where I had snuck off to since I preparing for the next screening and grabbing a snack.
I clumsily said, "hello." I was a bit surprised. He asked me how I liked the festival and where I was from. When I told him I was a local he asked me about good places to go biking in Utah. I can't remember my response, but we talked a little about snowboarding as it was something I actually knew a bit about. It was a brief chat and odd in how casual it was since I was talking to THE Robin Williams.
I'm not relating this story to name drop, but with Mr. William's death this chance meeting came to mind. I was in the right place at the right time and got to meet a movie star who just seemed really nice and comfortable with people. He didn't have a security detail with him or a crew - not even his Mormon Posse.
I mention this story because when I think about those 45 minutes Robin Williams was performing impromptu and the amount of enjoyment he brought an auditorium of people with his presence and humor, immediately after a dark drama no less, a well of sadness invites itself into the front of my consciousness. Knowing some people pay for highs with extreme and dangerous lows is a heavy and confusing train of thought.
I have seen those lows with people very close to me - very low. I don't want to go into detail, but I have sat in emergency rooms. I've seen havoc and worry wreaked. I have been through it as a witness and it sucks. It's shit. And it's debilitating and can be distancing at time when distance is not what someone really needs.
So I thought I would post a link to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with the idea that there might be someone around you having a hard time or perhaps they have been for a while, that there may be a discussion to be had there. Maybe you've felt off for a while yourself and think, "That's just how I am." Why bother taking a chance? Maybe ask a few questions. Here is a link. Click if you need it.
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