It’s now time for Boner of the Day (Tuesday recap). 3 news stories -- examples of bad, stupid, or funny human behavior. You will decide with your vote who is the worst, most deserving, of the award no one wants to win: the Boner of the Day. Boner: it means mistake.
Boner Candidate #1 - You Will Take Me To A Jumbo Jack and A Barq's Root Beer, Now!
A Los Angeles teacher allegedly drunkenly pulled a knife on students in their car Saturday night and demanded they take him to the fast food chain Jack in the Box. Read More
Boner Candidate #2 - Congrats On Your Coveted Status As A Sexual Assault Victim
Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist George Will derided efforts on college campuses to combat the sexual assault epidemic as a ploy to "make victimhood a coveted status that confers privilege." Read More
Boner Candidate #3 - She Wasn't Gonna Need Those Groceries
Thieves stole groceries from the decimated SUV of a Houston woman who was killed in a car crash while driving her two young sons on Wednesday. Read More
It was another close race today, but boner candidate #3, "She Wasn't Gonna Need Those Groceries," won with only a handful of votes and was awarded the "coveted" award of Boner of the Day.
***This post is NFSW (Not safe for work)
Everyone loves a bike ride with your shirt off and the wind pushing past you as the scenery passes by at your own pace. How about a ride with your pants off, or without your bra or panties or boxers. Some people like it better when they can drop trouser and get a tan where the sun doesn't usually shine. Salt Lake might have been celebrating acceptance and showing a little more flesh than usual, but were certainly not the showiest city in the country.
While we celebrated Pride this weekend Portland was one-upping the freak flag flying. Thousands took part in the annual World Naked Bike Ride. While some people staked their claim for prime gawking privileges, others took to their bikes with private parts freed for all the world to lay eyes upon. However, like many naked activities people participate in, just because people are naked doesn't mean you'll want to look.
Why do they do this? According the official site, the ride, "highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It’s also a lot of fun and it’s free for all!"
(Note: the following link shows NAKED PEOPLE riding bicycles. If you are sensitive or offended by such material or you're at work don't click the link). That stated, for the voyeurs out there here's where you can go look at the bold, the sometimes beautiful and their bicycles protest naked at 10 MPH for you gas guzzling, world-hating, clothes-lovers via Bike Portland.org's Flickr account.
If you are visiting Seattle June 21st you can see the Freemont Solistice Parade where thousands more go naked, painted or au natural on their bicycles to welcome in warmer climates. For info on that click here.
By Todd Nuke'em / X96
Hundreds of thousands of same-sex friendships in Utah are now threatened by a plan put forth by Utah’s Capitol Hill. After winning a stay of recognition in same-sex marriages in the 10th Circuit Court, Utah lawmakers took the fight one step further.
“We believe that friendship, like marriage, should be between a man and a woman,” said state senator Carl Davidson, R-Spanish Fork. “Despite a recent trend of activist judges making a mockery of tradition, we plan to prevent society from embracing same-sex friendships.”
Other lawmakers chimed in, saying that same-sex friendships are a slippery slope that could lead to people bonding with their pets. “I rue the day when a human being could refer to his dog as man’s best friend,” said Senator Wendy Conners, R-Provo. Statewide, conservative activists have lobbied for years to keep friendship between a male and a female. One lawmaker, who requested to not be identified stated, “Same-sex friendships are the moral decay of society. It is our desire to protect family values. It is simply perverted that two males would want to spend time together fishing or going to a sporting event.”
“What’s next?” he asked, “A festival and a parade that celebrates same-sex friendships? That’s just sick.” While recent scientific studies show that there is nothing inherently wrong with those participating in same-sex friendships, opponents feel that their way of life is threatened by this lifestyle choice. Davidson said, “I would never let my son, who is 12, develop friendships with other boys his age. They’d be riding their bikes together, playing video games together, possibly playing sports together on a recreation soccer team. The list of debauchery is endless. My son is only friends with girls, where he participates in wholesome bonding, like playing with dolls, experimenting with makeup, giggling over which member of One Direction is cutest, things like that.”
The Utah Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to fight this legislation, saying in a written statement: “Will you people stop electing these clowns?!”
The Beatsie Boys have been busy this week. First they took on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie “Sabotage” by telling Ahnold that he would not be allowed to use their song of the same name to promote the box office flop’s upcoming Blu-Ray release. I'm sure Arnold was not pleased.
Arnold made this face
The Beastie Boys have a LONG tradition of no letting their work be used in ads. So people should know by now that unless you're doing a Star Trek movie, you're probably not going to get permission. Even so, Michael "Mike D" Diamond told a Manhattan Federal Court last week that they were offered "a lot of money" to lend their hit to the film, but they aren't "fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger's recent work," and added that the potential collaboration "felt like too much of an endorsement."
Can we do it??
Meanwhile Mike D and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovits wontheir copyright case against Monster Beverage Corp. On the eighth day of trial yesterday, a Manhattan jury found in favor of the Beasties, agreeing that the energy drink maker used the group's songs in a 2012 promotional video without permission. Monster argued unsuccessfully that an employee mistakenly believed the company had the okay to use some Beastie classics.
Really, they said it was cool. Trust me.
That verdict brought home one-point-seven-million-dollars in damages. DAAYYYUUUMM. The group had originally sought up to two-point-five-million-dollars for copyright infringement and false endorsement. During his testimony, Diamond also said there most likely won't be any upcoming Beastie Boys releases. For those of us who are fans this needs no explanation, but he told that he and Horovitz "can't make new music" after bandmate Adam "MCA" Yauch's 2012 death from cancer.
If you haven’t heard of the Rooftop Concert Series that's going on in Provo, then what are you doing with your life??! Watching cheese melt? It's a FREE concert series the first Friday of every month, May through October, featuring upcoming bands from Utah. This is a grand opportunity to check out the latest artists from the Utah music scene before they hit Imagine Dragons or Neon Trees status. They got their start doing shows just like this. Here are 7 local bands X96 has ears on:
1. VanLadyLove (Similar to NEEDTOBREATHE, The American Authors, and Mumford & Sons) Strange name, we know. But these guys will be HUGE. VanLadyLove have had several TV appearances. They performed on the season finale of Sister Wives, They have been touring like crazy all through the US and they have hit spot #3 on NMS’ Top 100 Artists On the Verge. They released their new EP, “LoveMatter” back in February. Ironically, on Valentine’s Day. They will be performing at the Rooftop Concert Series June 6th with We Are The Strike & Cory Mon. They'll also perform a Beatles Tribute Show June 27th at the Covey Arts Center in Provo. Here's the new single from LoveMatter called “Neverland.”
Facebook / Twitter: @vanladylove / Instagram: @vanladylove
2. The Young Electric (Similar to Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday, and Anberlin) Formerly known as The Trademark, The Young Electric guys have been performing around Utah for over ten years. Adding new guitarist, Mat Deason, promted them to leave their old monikers behind and become The Young Electric. Recently, they signed with Tragic Hero Records and hit the road with Hawthorne Heights, Forever Came Calling, and The Animal In Me. The Young Electric just released their new EP, Crows in December. Here’s their latest song from that EP, “Bleed It Dry.”
Facebook / Twitter: @tyeband / Instagram: @tyeband 3. The Moth & The Flame (Similar to Imagine Dragons, Radiohead, and Sparkle Horse) Even though The Moth & The Flame recently relocated to Los Angeles, Their roots are deep in Utah. They started playing shows in Provo, Salt Lake, and Logan, but have moved on to festivals such as SXSW and touring Europe with Imagine Dragons. Not bad. Like all bands these days it goes EP then album, which is due by summer's end. The Moth & The Flame are playing at the rooftop concert series September 5 w/ The Brocks and Coral Bones. Listen to our favorite, “Sorry.”
Facebook / Twitter: @TheMothTheFlame
4. Coral Bones (Similar to Coldplay, Radiohead, and Foster The People) Another band playing the rooftop concert series on September 5 is Coral Bones. This Provo-born, indie-pop outfit has crafted a bunch of piano-driven, pop-rock songs on their latest album, “Youthemism” and is currently working on a new album, including this new song, “Queensway.”
Facebook / Twitter: @icechrisb
5. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (Similar to The Beastie Boys, Wu Tang Clan, and Macklemore) Let's change things up to keep it funky fresh. Can't Stop Won't Stop is a Hip-Hop duo bound to make you get off your lounger and Dougie around the room. They are Provo-based, but relocated to Los Angeles (where dreams are made, right?). They'll be performing at the rooftop concert series August 1st. The new album Wildebeest is out now. Check out “Scrape The Sky.”
Facebook Twitter: @CSWSmusic / Instagram: @CSWSmusic
6. Westward The Tide (Similar to The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, and Mumford & Sons) Winners and supreme champions of City Weekly's Music Awards Band of the Year Showcase, Westward The Tide will be opening up for Local Natives at the Twilight Concert Series. Their sound is something very similar to the folk-rock that's been trending lately by the likes Of Monsters & Men, Twin Forks, Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, etc. However, you'll appreciate less banjo and more melodic vocals from Westward the Tide. You can catch their latest album “Sorry Soul” with this calming piece, “This Heart I Know.”
Facebook / Twitter: @westwardthetide / Instagram: @westwardthetide
7. Better Taste Bureau (Similar to Schoolboy Q, Macklemore, and Ab-Soul) Masters of City Weekly’s Music Awards Rapper of the year showcase, Better Taste Bureau are loved by those who know for their energetic rap melodies and aggressively hip live performances. A must see if you're interested, but always complaining, that Utah doesn't represent when it comes to hip-hop. Better Taste Bureau makes it their mission to help bring Utah’s music scene out of obscurity. Their new album Outliers is out now. Makes it loud and bother your neighbors with “Out West.”
Facebook / Twitter: @btbslc / Instagram: @btbslc
Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern; twitter: @McEntireZach)
Edited by: Richie T
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