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Fresh X: Weezer "Back to the Shack" Corey O'Brien |
07/21/2014 | Filed In: Weezer | Everything Will Be Alright in the End | Fresh X | New Music | Back to the Shack

Fresh X: Weezer

Daymnnnnn, Weezer will be dropping their 10th studio album on September 30th called, "Everything Will Be Alright."  We have been the victims of teasing the third time Rick Ocasek from The Cars has entered the studio with the boys from Weezer and it has always produced some of the finest Weezer - The Green and Blue albums.

Today they released, "Back to the Shack." Riff heavy and a slight anthemy, it's great sing along Weezer and a self-proclaimed throwback. I am not sure this is a good thing, though.  What 90s band has really mad a huge splash recently by pointing out how good things used to be. The crop has not been on fire as of late. Coldplay's album is a dullard's delight. Jane's Addiction gives it a shot once in a while to no one's amusement. NIN's last one tanked though most people really wanted to like it (NIN is probably just a great live band at this point). Les Claypool's stuff falls into the same category. Scott Weiland, well, he put out that Christmas album - something more akin to a Vegas act than Rock N' Roller.

Weezer, aside from Pinkerton, has always been somewhat light and fun and you know a Weezer song when you hear it, but declaring self-awareness ane reminiscing of days gone by may not be the way to put your best foot forward.

I am going to reserve judgment until I hear the entire album. I always want Weezer to be champions.

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The Radio From Hell Show is MOVING, Finally!! Richie T |
07/11/2014 | Filed In: Radio From Hell | Salt Lake City | The Big Move | Interns

The Radio From Hell Show is MOVING, Finally!!

Hey, Organized Intern here. Just wanted to remind you all, in case we haven't discussed it enough, that we're moving today! Which means that for the next week or two, things might go wrong... so it should be exactly what you're used to!!

But seriously, folks, the podcasts might not be up in a timely manner; if you call in - the interns might accidentally hang up on you; the live video feed may go in and out; the possibilities of what could go wrong are endless. So, please, be patient with us as we transition to the new (and hopefully MUCH MUCH BETTER) studio located at:

50 W Broadway (300 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84101

If you have any thoughts on how our magical new station can make your ear holes happy, you be sure to email Richie T richie@x96.com and let him know how.

And thanks for listening!

X Organized Intern 

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X96 at Fantasy Con Richie T |
07/10/2014 | Filed In: Fantasy Con | Tim Drake | X96 | Sean Astin | Mark Sheppard | The Hobbit | Lord of the Rings | Simon Pegg

X96 at Fantasy Con

Fantasy Con took place last week July 3-5 at the Salt Palace and Radio From Hell sent their intern Hollywood Tim to experience the fantasy! Take it away, Tim!

Fantasy Con was packed with excitement from the start. The long line of fans dressed as various fantasy characters eagerly waited to get in and live out their fantasies. Packed with fantastic celebrity guests and a plethora of exhibits and interactive events, Fantasy Con had something for everybody.

The Fantasy Con Dragon

Welcome to Fantasy Con!

I started my day by checking out all of the booths in the Hall of Heroes. One of the best booths for kids was the “Fairy Tailored” booth where kids could get dressed up like their favorite princess. Every member of their staff was dressed as a Princess or Fairy Godmother making every kid excited to see their favorite princess.

For the adults there were so many great booths with collectibles, DVD’s, large walking monsters and more. One stop that everybody loved was our BFOP’s at Creature Encounters. Lucky visitors got to hold the snakes, bearded dragons, spiders and many other crawly creatures they had to see.

BFOP's from Creature Encounters

Fear Factory brought some of their creatures to wander arounds Fantasy Con that gave the unsuspecting fan quite the scare when they turned the corner to find the monster waiting for them.

The Free Archery Range was a very popular attraction with a continual line all weekend long for fans wanting to channel their inner Legolas and Katniss. 

Throughout the main hall, there were plenty of props for fan photo ops. The most popular seemed to be the Jabba and Ewok props. Fans were able to take pictures with the beloved Star Wars characters while waiting to get in line for autographs with celebrity guests.

Jabba!

Ewoks!

The panels during Fantasy Con were excellent. The cast of the hit SyFy show, ‘Lost Girl’ kicked things off Thursday morning with a hilarious and entertaining panel.

The cast of 'Lost Girl'

Sean Astin’s panel was definitely one to remember. The actor recounted many great stories from The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings, and even the locally filmed movie, The Freemason. Two of the highlights of his panel were hearing Sean recite the speech his gave to Froto as Sam Wise in Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, as well as shouting “Goonies never say die!”

Sean Astin

Following Sean Astin’s panel was The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway, featuring members of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings cast. Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, Ken Stott, John Callen, William Kircher, and Adam Brown entertained the crowd with stories on and off the set of both of the herald films, and insight about a special calendar that they had made for Director Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway

The much-anticipated arrival of the hilarious filmmaker Simon Pegg left everybody in attendance more than satisfied. Simon Pegg’s panel was hilarious as fans asked questions about his classic films from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Simon gave the crowd an in depth discussion into the psyche of his well-written and beloved characters. For the film geeks in the audience, this was a great opportunity to learn from a great filmmaker about the lengths he goes to for great character development.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

The last panel I attended was Mark Sheppard from Supernatural, Doctor Who, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Mark’s main discussion was geared towards playing the character of Crowley in Supernatural. I must say, for being known as the King of Hell, Mark Sheppard was an incredibly nice guy. Mark didn’t have a moderator for his panel and spent the entire panel at the front of the stage with the crowd, where he would continually climb off the stage and hug members of the crowd and even talk to a little girl waiting for her mom to ask as question.

Mark Sheppard

Overall, my entire Fantasy Con experience was excellent. If you weren’t able to make it out this year you truly missed out on a great party. I couldn’t have asked for a better time and can’t wait for next year’s event.

The Fantasy Con Rock Montster

    

The amazing Fantasy Con fountain

Thanks for having us Fantasy Con!

Follow Tim on Twitter @timdrake  

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Fresh X: Interpol Drop New Track, Listen Here Corey O'Brien |
07/09/2014 | Filed In: Interpol | Fresh X | El Pintor | All The Rage

Fresh X: Interpol Drop New Track, Listen Here

Interpol have been missing in my musical mind for some time now.  What I always thought was stiff dance music, much like their obvious influence of Joy Division, they have been missed in my music consciousness. Though they released an album in 2010 it feels like a decade since we have heard something great from this band. 

They have lost their longtime bass player and have added a new keyboardist, but that is all behind the curtain stuff.  Paul Banks is still taking the reins and even playing bass here and for it we are left with the first Interpol song I have wanted to dance to since "Evil."

They have announced their new album in a statement on June 5th.  It will be called, "El Pintor" and released on September 9th. Here's the statement from the band:

"Hello Friends,

It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally ready to share some new album news. We’d like to announce the release of our upcoming new album, El Pintor. We wrote & recorded the bulk of the album in 2013 in NYC and finished mixing it in London during the early part of this year. We’re very excited to share the album with all of you. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios & Atomic Sound by Mr James Brown and mixed by Mr Alan Moulder at Assault & Battery studios. We had a lot of fun making this record and can’t wait for you to hear it.

The album will be released on September 9th on Matador (North, South and Central America) and September 8th in all other territories by [PIAS]/CO-OP. You can pre-order the album here.

We also took the opportunity to capture some background film footage of the recording of the album. A first in our history. You can view a clip here.

All the best, Interpol "

You can pre-order the album here.

Welcome back, Interpol. 

Here is the first track from "El Pintor", "All The Rage."

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Weezer Tease New Song and Announce Album Release Date Corey O'Brien |
07/09/2014 | Filed In: Weezer | New album | Everything Will Be Alright In The End |

Weezer Tease New Song and Announce Album Release Date

Nearly four years since "Hurly" was release to an arguable "thud!"  We have our fingers crossed for the upcoming album, "Everything Will Be Alright In The End."  Last week the band release the cover art to a surprise that this wouldn't be their Purple album or Beige album.  This week Weezer announced the album would be released on September 30th and have provided, as it is Weezer Wednesday, another teaser clip the internet has gone ga-ga over from a song called, "Return to Ithaca."

Rick Ocasek, who produced their Blue and Green albums has returned to whip the band into shape for this album so we could be in for some memorable songs on this album. Even though, you could argue those albums are the band's best (outside of Pinkerton), Weezer admitted Ocasek wasn't their first choice. We are glad they had a change of heart.

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