New stuff today! Let’s face it, so far this year the new music front has been somewhat light. Things are starting to pick up though! Last month we saw some new Coldplay stuff and a new Black Keys album which I loved. So you can imagine how stoked I was when I woke up yesterday to a new Rise Against song in my email. I was quite the happy camper. . Actually scratch that. I hate that phrase as I have never seen someone who is both happy, and a camper.
We're about to be eaten by bears.
Back on topic, the new Rise Against album does not come out for another few weeks, but the new track titled “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” was 100% kick ass. Of course, you can catch the song on X96, or you can use the world wide web and watch the video here.
The other track I’m excited about is a new song from Spoon. If you’re a fan you saw the cryptic teaser titled “R.I.P.” (oooh scary!). Turns out that actually stands for “Rent I Pay” which is the first single from the upcoming album “The Want My Soul”. They debuted the song yesterday on NPR.
I liked NPR when they were just a garage band.
The studio version of “Rent I Pay” is available now, and the album is penciled in for August 5th. Enjoy!
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.
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