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My personal favorite band of all time, Foo Fighters are taking to the roads of North America for yet another tour. In the clip (which is mildly NSFW, as there are four bare asses featured), Queen’s “Body Language” plays as four-fifths of Foo Fighters rub soap on their bodies. It’s, um, funny.

Tour openers include Cage the Elephant, Social Distortion, the Joy Formidable and Mariachi el Bronx on various dates. For full details, visit tour.foofighters.com.

Catch Foo Fighters on their North American tour:

09/14 ST. PAUL, MN, XCEL CENTER
09/16 KANSAS CITY, MO, SPRINT CENTER
09/17 ST. LOUIS, MO, SCOTTRADE CENTER
09/19 DETROIT, MI, PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS
09/20 CLEVELAND, OH, QUICKEN LOANS ARENA
09/22 COLUMBUS, OH, NATIONWIDE ARENA
09/23 PITTSBURGH, PA, CONSOL ENERGY CENTER
09/25 BUFFALO, NY, FIRST NIAGARA CENTER (FORMERLY HSBC ARENA)
09/26 EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, IZOD CENTER
10/09 DENVER, CO, PEPSI CENTER
10/11 SALT LAKE CITY, UT, MAVERIK CENTER
10/13 LOS ANGELES, CA, THE FORUM
10/14 LOS ANGELES, CA, THE FORUM
10/16 PHOENIX, AZ, US AIRWAYS CENTER
10/17 SAN DIEGO, CA, VIEJAS ARENA
10/19 OAKLAND, CA, ORACLE ARENA
10/20 SACRAMENTO, CA, POWER BALANCE PAVILLION
10/25 VANCOUVER, BC, ROGERS ARENA
10/27 CALGARY, AB, SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME
10/28 EDMONTON, AB, REXALL PLACE
11/07 DULUTH, GA, THE ARENA AT GWINNETT CENTER
11/08 CHARLOTTE, NC, TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA
11/10 PHILADELPHIA, PA, WELLS FARGO CENTER
11/11 WASHINGTON, DC, VERIZON CENTER
11/13 NEW YORK, NY, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
11/14 NEWARK, NJ, PRUDENTIAL CENTER
11/16 BOSTON, MA, TD GARDEN

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Givers “Meantime” [VIDEO]

I’m loving this band’s debut full-length, In Light, available on Amazon and iTunes. Givers, from Lafayette, Louisiana, are a ridiculously catchy indie pop group that features a mildly unconventional lineup that includes a second percussionist in Tiffany Lamson (also sings), as well as a keyboardist/flautist in Nick Stephan. The band is getting some radio love with their single “Up Up Up” on alternative stations.

Catch them on tour this fall:

09/02 Summer Camp ’11, Marymoor Park, Seattle, WA
09/03 Sugar Nightclub, Victoria, BC
09/05 Media Club, Vancouver, BC
09/07 Rickshaw Stop, San Fransisco, CA
09/09 MusicFest Northwest, Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
09/10 Wente Family Vineyards, Livermore, CA
09/11 The Casbah, San Diego, CA
09/12 Toubadour, West Hollywood, CA
10/13 Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA
10/15 The Lyric Oxford, Oxford, MS
10/18 Black Cat, D.C.
10/20 Terminal 5, New York, NY

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The August 30 picture was taken on August 26. Ft. Steilacoom park is right near my place and I took Sadie for a walk around Waughop Lake on a warm, sunny afternoon. Sadie thoroughly enjoyed all the smells, and attempted more than once to get a hold of a duck. Rather unsuccessfully.

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The August 29 picture was taken on August 26, when south Tacoma was blanketed in a thick fog. I took my grandmother to a optometrist appointment that morning, and my route took me right passed where the Narrows Bridge(s) are, but they were completely enveloped in the fog and couldn’t be seen. It was pretty crazy. This is a shot of the park near my mother’s house.

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On August 28 with my family having a BBQ at my dad’s townhouse in Old Town Tacoma, we took the little kids down to the beach for the sunset. (They all played in the sand, rolled down the grassy knoll, and generally ignored the beautiful sunset.)

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I went to the Mariners game on August 27 for Larry Bernandez bobble head night. Larry is the alter ego of Felix Hernandez, and a fan favorite. This pic was taken as I was approaching Safeco Field on the East side of the ballpark.

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The August 26 pic is of a piece my mother did. She does all sorts of crafts including stamping and scrapbooking. This is a little birdhouse she made that hangs in the foyer of her house.

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The August 25 pic is of the latest hat added to my small collection. I picked up this Tacoma Rainiers hat, the team is the AAA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and 2010 Pacific Coast League Champions, at a game I attended with much of my family a couple weeks ago. Always good times at Cheney Stadium, which was recently remodeled and looks awesome.

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The interwebs recently blew up with Red Hot Chili Peppers fever. Their new album, I’m With You, recently leaked and seemingly every music blog, music magazine, etc had their take on the album, which sees its official release on August 29 in the US. Well, I’m not one to buck a trend, so here’s my take on the album:

It’s a mild return to Blood Sugar Sex Magik form, if only briefly. The first half of this collection is surprisingly good, but the second half is the same sugar-pop garbage they’ve been shelling to the public since Californication. Rick Rubin is back for his sixth collaboration with the LA group, which recorded for the first time with Josh Klinghoffer, who joined the band in the wake of John Frusciante‘s departure. There are some surprising elements included here and there: the disco bass line on opening track “Monarchy of Roses,” the overt (and mostly successful) attempt at a slick pop song in “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and a few head-scratching moments.

The problem is that I’m With You is the story of two albums; the first seven tracks, and the final seven tracks. The album is nearly perfectly split into a schizophrenic dual album. Where Stadium Arcadium was unfortunate for its lack of differentiation from one disc to the other, I’m With You would seem to work better if the two parts were quarantined from one another. They aren’t, and the end result is that the complete work suffers.

Perhaps the highlight of the album is that Klinghoffer is a better fit for the band than Dave Navarro was in the mid-90s. One Hot Minute, in my opinion, was (and is) a great album, but Navarro clearly didn’t fit with the aesthetic of the band before and especially after that album. Klinghoffer, on the other hand, seems to fit in quite well with the elder statesmen who now surround him. I don’t know how much Klinghoffer affected the songwriting for this collection, but it’s a good sign that their first album with the new guy is at least half solid. Unlike their three previous albums.

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Male Bonding will be releasing their full length Endless Now on Monday, August 29 via SubPop Records. In advance of the album release, the band performed the entire album live at Buffalo Bar in London, and SubPop had the forethought to video the event. They are releasing a video a day over the next few days leading up to the release of the album. “Tame the Sun” is the first of the series.

If you’re not familiar with Male Bonding, they are a punk-infused, shoegazey, lo-fi rock band based in London. Endless Now is the band’s second full-length (Nothing Hurts, 2010). I’ve been digging these guys for only a few weeks, and it looks like SubPop is putting their weight behind the project, which is good to see as they all too often leave good music behind as far as promotion is concerned.

You can catch Male Bonding on tour this fall:

08/27, Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
08/28, Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA
08/29, Mercury Lounge, New York City NY
08/31, Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
09/01, Il Motore, Montreal QC
09/02, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto Canada
09/03, Magic Stick, Detroit MI
09/06, Varsity, Minneapolis MN
09/08, Subterranean, Chicago IL
09/09, Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights OH
09/10, Red Palace, Washington DC
09/24, Cavern (UK), Exter United Kingdom
09/25, Globe (UK), Cardiff United Kingdom
09/26, Shipping Forecast, Liverpool United Kingdom
09/27, Victoria Pub, Birmingham United Kingdom
09/28, Ruby Lounge, Manchester United Kingdom
09/29, Admiral (UK), Glasgow United Kingdom
09/30, Other Rooms, Newcastle United Kingdom
10/01, Brudenell Social, Leeds United Kingdom
10/04, Botanique, Brussels Belgium
10/05, OT301 , Amsterdam n/a
10/06, Incubate Festival, Tilburg Netherlands
10/07, Fleche D’Or, Paris France
10/08, FESTSAAL, Berlin Germany
10/10, 59:1 , Munich Germany
10/13, ISC Club, Bern Switzerland
10/14, Aeronef, Lille France
10/17, Garage (UK), London United Kingdom
10/22, Chop Suey, Seattle WA (City Arts Festival!)

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