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A certain king of thieves has acquired a new throne. No, we haven't traveled into a fantasy world where a thieves' guild crowns its own king of their sector of the criminal underworld. This is the real world and in this real world, this thief acquired another type of throne. Though silver has been used in jewelry for more than 6,000 years, this piece of thievery involved its posterior superior; a solid 18-karat gold toilet.

Burglaries are unfortunately commonplace, with 2.5 million occurring every year. However, burglaries that involve golden toilets are few and far between. This is especially true when the golden toilet in question is a piece of art worth around $6 million. Only weeks prior, these were the words issued concerning its security.

"It's not going to be the easiest thing to nick. Firstly it's plumbed in, and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So no, I don't plan on guarding it," said Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, brother of the Duke of Marlborough.

It doesn't take a literary savant to see the foreshadowing in this scenario. The piece of art in question is titled America by an Italian artist named Maurizio Cattelan, a character oft referred to as the court jester of the art world. The installation is a piece of participatory art and -- sparing the details of the participation thereof -- it's a fully functional toilet made of solid 18-karat gold. Having been on display in the Blenheim Palace in the UK (pictured top), the Guggenheim Museum loan was recently burgled. On September 14th, the Blenheim Palace issued a tweet:

That unforeseen circumstance was, of course, the golden-toilet-art-installation being stolen from the Palace sometime in the night. While 35% of people wouldn't have discovered an establishment were it not for the sign, Winston Churchill's birthplace, complete with functional solid gold toilet, needed no advertising and could've benefited from better security.

"The piece of art that has been stolen is a high-value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace. The artwork has not been recovered at this time, but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice," said Jess Milne of the Thames Valley Police.

This was mid-September and the valuable piece has still not been recovered. However, a couple of arrests have been made in connection to the burglary but the toilet evades authorities still. The AC Cobra was famous for reaching 186 MPH on British roads in 1962, but the most famous (and sought after) vehicle right now is the VW Golf that CCTV caught the burglars loading the toilet into before escaping. Police believe there may be another vehicle involved yet, but it remains unconfirmed as the search continues.

North America is the largest market for art only second to Europe. This doesn't bode well for the art piece, especially as more time passes with it unaccounted for. Of course, any sale of such an item as a work of art would be easy to detect due to its uniqueness. But, solid gold is solid gold and worth a great deal whether it's toilet shaped or not. Thus, the insurance company for the Blenheim Palace issued a substantial reward attached to the toilet:

"The reward is up to 100,000 Pounds Sterling and terms are by approval of the insurance company, which includes the safe return leading to an arrest."

The hunt continues and the creator Cattelan is in disbelief. Significant buzz has surrounded his piece ever since it was offered to the White House when Donald Trump was elected President in 2016. But, despite the satirical nature of the installation and the artistic voice of the creator, he's saddened by its theft. Though, the attitude in his words might deceive you:

"When this morning I was informed about the robbery I thought it was a prank and it took me a while, after a few checks, to come to the conclusion that it was true and it wasn't a surreal movie where instead of the jewels of the crown, the thieves went away with a bloody toilet. I always liked heist movies and finally, I'm in one of them. Dear thieves, please, if you are reading this, let me know how much you like the piece and how it feels to pee on gold," Cattelan said in a statement after hearing his installation had truly been blagged.

The search is ongoing, but once the golden toilet is recovered, we're certain its security will no longer be number two on their list.

On Sept. 27, GRAMMY winner Sturgill Simpson will release Sound & Fury — a Netflix Original Anime Film — alongside a companion album. Set for release via Elektra Records, the new album features 10 new tracks, the first of which, "Sing Along," was released today. Check out the music video by Japanese anime legend Jumpei Mizusaki below...

Clutch covered Howlin' Wolf's "Evil" as the first single in a series of new studio recordings that will comprise the newly launched Weathermaker Vault Series. The new series marks the first new music from the band since the release of the recent Book Of Bad Decisions.

“Evil” was mixed by 6X Grammy Award winner and Clutch collaborator, Vance Powell (Wolfmother, The Raconteurs, Arctic Monkeys).  

"We’ve had a good amount of downtime since our last tour.  And since the devil finds work for idle hands, we kept ourselves busy by recording some tunes.  “Evil” is the first of them, a song we’ve loved for many, many years," says Clutch frontman Neil Fallon 

Later this week, Clutch will embark on a tour of European festivals and headline dates, followed by a July 12th-August 4th co-headline US tour with Killswitch Engage that also includes Clutch’s curated Earth Rocker Festival in Inwood WV. 

The Raconteurs — Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler — have unveiled “Bored and Razed,” the latest track from their long-awaited new album, HELP US STRANGER (Third Man Records). See the official lyric video for the track below...

The GRAMMY Award-winning rock band’s third studio LP and first new album in more than a decade, HELP US STRANGER arrives everywhere on Friday, June 21. All digital album pre-orders will be joined by instant downloads of the previously released tracks “Sunday Driver,” “Now That You’re Gone,” “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness),” and “Help Me Stranger,” along with new track “Bored and Razed.”

The Raconteurs are celebrating HELP US STRANGER with an epic world tour – North American dates get underway July 4 and 5 with a two-night-stand at Aspen, CO’s Belly Up Tavern. Due to popular demand, additional dates have been added in a number of major markets, including Detroit, Vancouver, Boston, Oakland, New York, and Nashville.

Monday, June 10 2019 21:47

4 Hobbies To Beat Summer Boredom

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Summer is finally here, with weather perfect for getting outside and trying something new. If you've been itching for a new project or hobby to fill your time with, now is the best time of year to get started. You'll be able to explore outdoor hobbies that require warmer weather, as well as learn about options that you can entertain yourself with year round. Here are a few awesome new hobbies for you to check out this summer while the weather's still beautiful.

Creative Construction

Have you been putting off on your home repairs and general to-do list? Instead of looking at it like a chore, consider it the start of your new DIY or woodworking hobby. Being able to handle your own home repairs can help you save money while putting all the personal touches you want into your home. Just make sure you've got the right tools for the job. Among contractors, 84% say their most commonly used cordless power tool is the power drill.

Classic Cars

Whether you're looking to get into racing or just like the feel of a classic car, learning about auto repair can get you started on a variety of hobbies this summer. For a real challenge, try fixing up an older, classic car that you buy used. Between private-party and dealership sales, nearly 40 million used cars exchange hands each year, and there's a good chance you'll be able to buy a used car in need of repair for a reasonable price.

Engaging Exercise

With the summer comes warm weather, so now's the perfect time to try out a new sport or exercise routine to keep you active. There's a sport out there for everyone, whether you settle on something more relaxing like golf or high-intensity like parkour or rock-climbing. It doesn't take much activity to impact your lifestyle for the better. In fact, engaging in just 10 minutes of physical activity every day can help you improve mobility and live longer. Look for sports that you can use either as a chance to get away and take some time for yourself or alternatively get the family involved for an extra bit of motivation.

Get Out The Grill

For a hobby that your family is sure to love just as much as you, it's time to break out the grill and get to work. Grilling and cooking can be great summer activities, and even if you don't want to grill during the colder seasons of the year, you'll be able to take your skills and turn them into an appreciation for finer foods and barbecue. Just make sure you're cleaning and preparing your grill properly, or you'll have a hard time setting it up come next summer.

Get out there and try something out of the norm! Fishing, for instance, may seem to be more popular with older generations, but more than 60% of participants in 2017 were under the age of 45. Why not give it a go? Summer is the perfect time for you to discover your new favorite hobby or pick up an old one that you've put on the back burner for a while. How do you plan to make the most of the warmer season for your favorite hobbies?

On May 10, Jasmine Cain will drop her long-awaited new record, SEVEN — her first album in four years, and seventh overall. This Saturday, May the 4th, Cain and her band will celebrate the album with an out-of-this-world Cantina-themed Nashville throwdown that happens to fall on the globally-celebrated Star Wars Day. Ahead of the festivities, The Rock Father™ Magazine caught up with Cain to get the full details on the new record, and the southern-flavored space shindig that's about to go down.

The Rock Father Magazine: Other than being your 7th album, the number 7 is viewed as lucky in some cultures and mystical in the spiritual world. How has the journey been to create this latest chapter and what are your reasons for the title?

Jasmine Cain (JC): We are super excited about this new album! We did our last studio album, White Noise, in 2015 and then our Live album in 2017, but SEVEN has been in the works for 2 years now! We took our time and did everything the way we WANTED to do it instead of what time allowed for. When determining the name for this album, I just kept being drawn to the number SEVEN. Usually I find a title I like on the record and name the album after that, or find a common thread in the writing that brings me to the title. But this time, it was much different. This title came as a feeling, and energy if you will. I tried some new things on the record that I've never done before and never considered doing in previous records and it was a freeing move. I let go of the death grip I usually have over the direction and let it take it's natural course and that pattern of higher thinking brought me to the name. SEVEN is harmony. SEVEN is completion. SEVEN is lucky. How can you go wrong with that? Now watch...those SEVEN's will be popping up on you all day tomorrow. Just wait!

The first single is “Be Brave,” a mid-tempo rocker that recalls the best of Heart, Halestorm and Whitesnake. What was the inspiration for this song and how has the early reaction been?

I couldn't be more thrilled with the initial reaction to Be Brave. I just had someone send me a photo of her new tattoo with those words after hearing the song. It is her new mantra. Radio has been more than responsive with it and it seems to be the perfect bridge between the gap of the extremes that we actually are. I love what the lyrics say. I love the way it puts you in a mindset to take on whatever comes. I love the message it sends to anyone out there that may be struggling with something. The song was written with and inspired by my longtime friend and co-writer, Paige Logan, who has walked through fire more times than I can count and always walked out the other side out of the ashes better than she was before. We all need someone to look to when trying to decide what kind of person we want to become. She has been a teacher to me for many years. She is really amazing. 

Other key tracks include “Ghost,” "Real World,” Burnout,” “Money” and “Are You Ready.” Is there an overarching theme that threads the record? Which track(s) is your favorite?

JC: I write what I know or what I'm experiencing at the time. Most songs came to me because of something I was dealing with at the time. I can't really find my favorite track because I really love them all. I'll leave finding those favorites up to you guys! 

Tell us a little bit about your “Cainiacs,” your supercharged superfans, and the Patreon campaign you’re offering?

JC: Let me just start by saying, we have the most incredible fans in the world. They are our family. They bring us home cooked meals and give us space, time, and silence when we need it most. They offer us their homes to rest and hide out in when we are out on the road. They share their lives and life stories with us and inspire us when we need it most. They are truly the reason I keep moving every day. Now that we've established that....

Patreon is ahhhhmazing! I love the fact that we can interact on a more personal level withe our superfans. We do live web chats and play songs they request and design custom artwork...you know...all the things artists are supposed to be doing instead of figuring out how this new song we just recorded is going to pay rent. This platform takes all middle men out of the equation and puts us exactly where we want to be...which is with our fans and friends making music, creating art, writing songs that change the world and resonate with people's lives.   

Jasmine Cain Kramer Guitar

On your last album, 2015’s, White Noise, you had cameos from Michael Starr of Steel Panther and Jeff LeBar of Cinderella. Who’s in the mix on this one? Any special guests on board?

JC: This album was such a strain on me for who to use musically. I always like to include my band because I want them to feel a part of everything we do! But I just couldn't turn down the chance to bring in Christopher Williams (Accept) on drums for this album. He gets it. He's always gotten it. He was a member of this band for 2 years and was always a ridiculous talent, but he's grown as a person and a drummer more than I could've ever imagine. He was perfect for this project and we did not edit one single drum hit. It was perfect. Every. Single. Hit.

Our guitarist, Jordan Roepke, was fairly new to the band when we started this record and we didn't really have any idea what he was really capable of. He is a progressive metal junkie and we were making a pop/rock record, so I didn't think he was going to be interested in contributing, but once I gave him the reins...he took it and ran! The solos he was coming up with were well-thought out and perfectly executed. Once we let him loose on these songs, we decided it wasn't worth it to have anyone else take a stab at it. He was the one the entire time. 

In your music, we hear a lot of the classics but also a fresh modern rock sound. Who are some of your influences and which is the one band you would love to tour with the most?

JC: I don't think it's a secret that I grew up with Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, and Heart as a kid. I internalized what made those songs great. As a kid, you're just a sponge soaking everything up and it stays with you always. The real trick is staying current. I listen to all kinds of music, but we get the most out of progressive metal and pop to keep it modern. I gotta give Caleb Sherman a lot of credit on this record for bringing some really fresh and current sounds to these songs. He and Monique Staffile (HER) really brought that New York rock 'n roll attitude to our Southern Rock and Progressive Metal party. It was a very unorthodox and interesting collaboration. But in the end, it totally worked. I really hope we get the chance to work together again. 

Jasmine Cain - Star Wars Party

On Saturday, you’re hosting a “May the 4th Be With You” Cantina Party in your hometown of Nashville to celebrate the album release. Tying into Star Wars, you’ll have prop replicas, live lightsaber duel demonstrations, and a full-bore rock show. Plus, Hip Hop Trooper (who we just saw at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago) and Femi Taylor (Oola from Return of the Jedi) will be on hand, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This sounds like a blast. Death Star beware! Give us the full details.

JC: This show is going to be DOPE!!! I wanted to give Nashville an opportunity to get the new album before we hit the road and stay gone all Summer. This seemed like the PERFECT opportunity for us to host a real EVENT in Nashville. The (death) stars were aligning and we just had to make this happen. We had the hardest time finding a venue. Why doesn't anyone have to have a party to celebrate not only The Force but it's also Free Comic Book Day? This was a no-brainer. We finally got Little Harpeth Brewing Co. to come onboard as a venue and we started slamming this together immediately! Our first call was to Jeremy Miller, who is the head of Epoch Entertainment to make this come to fruition. He contacted Femi Taylor and she agreed instantly to make this happen. Jeremy also had connections in the 501st Legion, which is a non-profit organization who donates all proceeds they earn to Make- A-Wish Foundation. That was something we really wanted to include, and The Midsouth Garrison came on board. We also were able to secure Hip Hop Trooper in his red Stormtrooper costume and his oversized boombox. He will be doing his street routine and then hosting the dance party after the show. Additional entertainment includes a Shannon Million & The Space Force Burlesque show, and a light saber duel with The Saber Legion of Nashville. Life size replicas of C-3PO and other props will be on display and we will have a cash payout costume contest. General Admission has early bird tickets for $12 and after the first 100 are sold, tickets are $15. We also offer VIP for meet & greet with Femi Taylor, a swag bag from our sponsors, catering, and the first keg from Little Harpeth is on us! You can get tickets on Eventbrite.

Jasmine Cain SEVEN

You typically do about 150 shows per year and have opened for the likes of Skid Row, Great White, Heart, Powerman 5000, Finger 11 and Three Days Grace. Where will you be visiting in 2019 and what can fans expect at this year’s edition?

JC: People can always expect to see me at most major motorcycle rallies across the country, but this year we are taking this show out West! It's been 8 years since we visited the Southwest/Southern California area. I just can't stay away any longer. I've devoted the entire month of April to the Southwest. We kick it off in Scottsdale, Arizona during Arizona Bike Week at Dirty Dogg Saloon and then bounce around between San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix before landing in Las Vegas on the last weekend at the Golden Nugget during Laughlin River Run. I'm so pumped to come back. I've always loved it out West. Los Angeles was my destination originally and I ended up taking a wrong turn and landing in Nashville. Don't get me wrong, I love Nashville and I'm glad I'm here...but I'll always have love in my heart for LA.  \

A lot of your touring hits the motorcycle circuit, playing at rallies and massive bike weeks in Sturgis, Myrtle Beach, Daytona Beach and Arizona. Which one is your favorite? Give us an inside scoop on what these events are like.

JC: Who doesn't love being on the beach? I mean, I get to experience all of the beaches throughout the year and it is so different and so beautiful at each one. But if you're asking me about a favorite, I have to give it to my hometown of Sturgis, South Dakota. Nothing fills my soul more than going home and seeing my family and long time friends and exploring the lands I grew up in. I know it like the back of my hand and yet it's like the first time every time I go back. There is so much history there and it will always be the place I belong. I have such a connection with the Black Hills.  

In addition to a full assortment of apparel and limited edition glassware, you also have your own line of coffees under the names, Suicide Blonde and Coffin and you’ll soon be offering a special reserve blend, a line of wine and a craft brew. Now, we’re thirsty. Give us the full rundown.

C: Coffee is what keeps me going! I have partnered with Sturgis Coffee Company to bring you guys the best coffee out there. We take this shit seriously...I mean...really seriously. We have a dark roast 3-bean blend called Coffin Coffee that is full bodied and what I love about it is that you don't get that burnt bean bitter taste at the end. It's smooth. It's kind. I love it. If you need a little more kick, the Suicide Blonde is a lighter roast. Another three-bean blend with a hint of blueberry for you breakfast blend lovers. The lighter you roast a bean, the more caffeinated it is, so you're getting more bang for your buck here. Most of the time, this was the only two blends we offered, but this past year we got a little creative and decided to combine my South Dakota roots with my Tennessee home! We worked together with Jack Daniel's to get several barrels to the facility and let those coffin coffee beans age in those barrels for two months...rotating the barrel a 1/4 turn every week. That labor of love cranked out our Whiskey Kiss coffee and we are #SorryNotSorry. It's so delicious we decided to keep it on small batches and so it's only available for a limited time. We definitely plan to do this again later this year and we've been kicking around doing a wine cask/coffee combo with a chocolatey concoction next year. I'm hoping to bring some Nashville based (Kix Brooks owned) Arrington Wine Casks to the party next year if all goes well. 

In addition to the Make A Wish Foundation, are there any other non-profits or charities you support?

JC: Oh yes. I'm one of those that sees every Go Fund Me come through and it just breaks my heart to see people struggle. I know what it's like to struggle so hard it makes you hurt. I donate quite often to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ASPCA, Humane Society, and spend some time serving the homeless meals on holidays. I actually love that. In my opinion, everyone should do that at some point of their lives. If you ever forget what the holidays are about...that is a great reminder. 

Bonus Round: Top 5 Desert Island Discs

  1. Karnivool - Sound Awake
  2. Ghost - Meliora
  3. Taylor Swift - 1989
  4. Mastadon - Once More 'Round The Sun
  5. Ed Sheeran - Divide

I don't have an ego. I love all music. 

Connect with Jasmine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasminecainrocks/

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