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101.9 The EndThere has been a lot of speculation over the last several days as to what happened to 101.9 The End, the radio station that I worked at until Tuesday morning. I would like to set the record straight, in my own words, here.

As was first reported by AllAccess.com (the original item has since been removed), and later reported by City Weekly and Deseret News, the End is no more. The long standing station has been replaced by Generation X, a format heavy on 90s music including hair metal, rock and hip hop, that has no live DJs.

Prior to the change on Wednesday, I was let go and no longer work for KENZ or its owner, Citadel Broadcasting. As of now, there is no plan in place for me to be back on the airwaves in Salt Lake City. However, I have a few solid job leads and many of my friends in the industry have been very helpful in my search for new employment.

If you have any questions about the switch from the End to Gen X, feel free to post them here, and I will answer them as best I can. But keep in mind, I do not work there, and as such I have no inside information on the goings on of the new 101.9 FM.

Thank you to everyone who has shown their support on Facebook and elsewhere. Your kind words are very appreciated.

**update: I have been made aware of a story that ran on sltrib.com about this, too. Find it here.**

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Yet again, watching Idol so you don’t have to. This week was the Top 7, after two weeks of Top 9 (the judges saved Michael). Here you go. You can thank me later.

Ok, gonna watch Idol now. Alicia Keys is the guest this week. Inspirational songs the theme. God, I hate this show.

Casey 1st w the same Huey Lewis sounding drivel. Why do these contestants keep doing the SAME THING every week?

Lee makes me want to jab knives into my ears and nvr listen to music again. He’s that bad, yes.

And Tim makes me want to punch a baby. Jesus they all suck so bad! Tim, plz TRY to b on key. Just TRY. One time. Plz.

Aaron is as vanilla as it comes. This wk was no different. He wasn’t even French vanilla. Just shitty store brand vanilla.

Shiobhan needs to go straight to Broadway and be a life long understudy or something. She won’t ever b a star on any level.

Sorry, Idol, but there’s nothing Inspirational about Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott. Big Mike, I expect better from u.

Michael was kind of boring with “Hero”. Sadly, still 1 of the better performances of the night.

I make no secret of my disdain for Crystal, but she broke thru this wk. Even cried at the end! Head & shoulders above the competition.

Best 2 this wk: Crystal & Mike. Worst 2: Tim & Lee.

It was a gnarly week (again). Be glad you didn’t have to watch it! Follow my tweets in real time at twitter.com/grantruby.

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After two days, and as we begin day three, I thought I would quickly post that Coachella has been pretty ridiculous. So many good bands have been seen (Muse, Jay-Z, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Pssion Pit, just to name a few), and at least as many have been missed. There have been many good times, and very few downer moments. (The start on Friday was one HUGE downer moment that turned out just fine in the long run.)

Before we head in today, we’ll hit the pool again. My day of musical mayhem will begin with Florence + the Machine, who had the number one spot in my top Albums of 2009.

I’ll do a full recap of Best and Worst moments, because everyone likes reading those. Right?

Enjoy your day, as I’m sure to enjoy mine.

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Vatican Forgives the Beatles

In 1966, John Lennon claimed that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” a statement that enraged many Catholics.  However, this week, the Vatican has made peace with the Fab Four.  According to the Associated Press, The Vatican newspaper paid tribute to the group to mark the 40th anniversary of the band’s break-up.  The paper printed an article that reads, “It’s true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives…But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless.”  The article goes on, “Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels.” (MTV News)

Weezer Joins Record Store Day Fun

Weezer is getting in on all the Record Store Day fun.  The band will support local music retailers by releasing a special limited-edition CD featuring five tracks. The collection features live versions of “I’m Your Daddy,” “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” “Why Bother,” “Brain Stew” and “Buddy Holly.” Record Store Day takes place on Saturday and music lovers can learn all about it now at RecordStoreDay.com. (MTV News)

For more news on Bono and Green Day…

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So, last week Michael was booted. Then the judges pulled out the ole save and kept him. Then he performs a song that I’m guessing less than 30% of the Idol audience has ever heard. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him booted again this week. Which is really too bad, because he one of the best performers this season (which isn’t really saying much, because it’s THAT bad).

Here’s what I had to say about last nights Top 9 v. 2.0

Crystal sounding very Ndegeocello tonight. Surprised? Not a damn bit. She’s ok, but I find her to be very meh.

Andrew turning “Hound Dog” into a shitty lounge song. And his voice is weak and off, to boot. Lame.

Tim w “Falling In Love,” which is 1 of my fave Elvis songs. Don’t fuck it up, Tim. Srsly. I already think u suck.

Unlike @jnuhlane, I did not like Tim. Over dramatic, imo. Plus, I want to punch him in his Beiber-esque face.

Oh no, Lee doing “A Little Less Conversation”? Someone grab me a pan, I think I’m gonna puke!

I see what Lee was going for there, but wow did it not work out. A for effort? C- for execution.

No, but srsly, why is Ellen on Idol? She adds far less than Paula Abdul did. And that is REALLY saying something.

Aaron’s up. Time for a nap. This kid is a snooze fest every week. Was that really all u could do w “Blue Suede Shoes”? Go away. Plz!

I can’t stand to look at Siobhan any more. She’s more awkward than Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter!

You know those late night old-skool country infomercials? THAT’S SIOBHAN!!!

Micheal better come big this wk after being saved last wk. “In the Ghetto” is a brilliant song choice for him.

I can see Michael getting the boot again. That was great, but the song isn’t recognizable to the younger half of the Idol audience.

Katie is that little sister I’m glad I don’t have. 1 of the better voices of the season, but far from 1 of the better performers.

If Katie could show me that she can be even the slightest bit current & relevant, then I’d say she has a real chance of winning this.

Casey has “it,” but just doesn’t know what do w it. Talent and looks that don’t come together as a whole package.

Bottom 2: Andrew & Tim. Vulnerable 2: Andrew & Michael.

Follow my Idol tweets in real time at twitter.com/grantruby.

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Green Day Announce RockBand Details

On June 8th, Green Day: Rock Band will be released to the world. The track listing for the highly anticipated videogame includes 47 tracks including hits from Dookie, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. The game depicts the band playing three separate venues, Milton Keynes in England, a fictional venue called The Warehouse and The Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. Green Day: Rock Band features the likenesses of Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool and hits shelves on June 8th. (MTV News)

Hayley Williams In New Weezer Video

Hayley Williams is a big Weezer fan and recently got to sing their classic track, “Say It Aint So,” onstage with the band. The Paramore singer has teamed up with the group once again and appears in their new video for “I’m Your Daddy.” Fans should be sure to look for the flame-haired singer at about the one minute and 30 seconds mark. Check it out now at Weezer.com. (MTV News)

More news on Kings of Leon and Amy Winehouse after the jump.

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Heeeeeeeee’s baaaaaaack!

Conan O’Brien will make his return to Late Night TV this fall when he joins TBS for an 11pm show.

Get all the details from Billboard.

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Blur To Release New Music For Record Store Day

Blur is back! The British band is set to release two new songs as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single for Record Store Day on Saturday. The tracks were reportedly recorded two weeks ago. The band explained they decided to make new music for the event because “music is a simple way for Blur to show our support and we hope people like it.” Blur’s last album, Think Tank, came out in 2003. (MTV News)

For full details on all Record Store Day releases, visit recordstoreday.com.

Pete Wentz Direct’s Video For Train

He’s no longer a Fall Out Boy, but Pete Wentz is keeping busy. The famous bassist is directing a video for Train for the song “If It’s Love?” MTV News reports that Wentz taught himself how to direct a video by reading a book titled The Film Director’s Institution.  Wentz says that he and Train frontman Pat Monahan are “kindred spirits” and revealed that the clip draws from classic videos like Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone” and Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady.” (MTV News)

More news on Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Heath Ledger…

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MGMT Announce World Tour

MGMT has announced the details of their world tour in support of their second album, Congratulations. The band’s record comes out on Tuesday, but they’ll begin the celebrations with a show on Monday night at The Filmore in San Francisco. The duo will then play a full tour with stops at Coachella, Sasquatch and elsewhere. Fans of MGMT can hear the entire Congratulations album, which is streaming now on WhoIsMGMT.com. (MTV News)

The tour will make its way to Salt Lake City on June 4th.

Beatles Re-release For Record Store Day

When the Beatles released their iconic music, it was all bought by fans at record stores, so it makes sense that the group will take part in next week’s Record Store Day.  To help celebrate independent record stores, a single from the Fab Four will come out on Record Store Day – April 17th.  It’s a limited-edition seven-inch with “Paperback Writer” backed with “Rain.”  Spinner.com reports that the single was originally released in May of 1966.  Learn more about Record Store Day at RecordStoreDay.com. (MTV News)

The Rolling Stones will also release a limited edition 7″ for Record Store Day.

More news on Green Day and Sheryl Crow.

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Former Sex Pistols Manager Dies

Malcolm McLaren, the former Sex Pistols manager who is credited with helping form the legendary U.K. punk band, has died at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer. “He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated,” McLaren’s spokesman Les Molloy told The Independent. Molloy confirmed McLaren died in New York this morning; his body will be moved to London for burial in Highgate Cemetery. John Lydon said in a statement, “For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you.” (Rolling Stone)

For the full story, visit RollingStone.com.

Re-release Of Nine Inch Nails’ Debut?

Billboard.Biz reports that Bicycle Music has gotten 700 masters from TVT Records, including Nine Inch Nails’ classic 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine. According to reports, the company is planning on re-releasing the album in the near future. As for Trent Reznor, he recently tweeted saying, “Something very cool is coming out of the speakers! Had to tell somebody.” Always mysterious! (MTV News)

More news on Travis Barker, Thom Yorke and Everclear.

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