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Weezer releasing another new album

Weezer are set to release a new album in November … two months after releasing their new album Hurley. But before we lambaste Mr. Cuomo for his lack of self control, we’ll quickly say that the new, new Weezer album, titled Death to False Metal, is actually a collection of B-sides and tracks that didn’t make the cut on previous records. If those previous records are more of the recent variety (sans Hurley), we can say that we’ll proceed with extreme caution.

Rivers is giving Ryan Adams a run for his “let’s release albums every few months” money. We’ll just stick to Hurley because that’s as much Weezer as we can take for now.

Track listing:
01. Turning Up The Radio
02. I Don’t Want Your Loving
03. Blowin’ My Stack
04. Losing My Mind
05. Everyone
06. I’m A Robot
07. Trampoline
08. Odd Couple
09. Auto-Pilot
10. Un-Break My Heart (oh God! It’s a Toni Braxton cover!)

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Weezer announces first dates of Blue Album/Pinkerton tour

The first few dates of the anticipated Weezer ‘Blue Album/Pinkerton’ Tour (or as known around these parts, “The Good Weezer Tour”) have been released. The tour’s itinerary is pretty thin at the moment with just a handful of dates announced so far, however, we expect more to be confirmed shortly.

A two-night stand in Los Angeles and San Francisco have been announced for the tail end of November. The band will play the Blue Album/Pinkerton show and will include a “greatest hits” set to go along with it (I suppose this is where you can hit the bathroom or get a beer or three).  Prior to the dates, Weezer are scheduled to perform at this year’s Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans. Tour dates below.

Weezer recently released the surprisingly decent Hurley.

Tour dates:
10/29 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
11/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories Tour)
11/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories Tour)
11/29 San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories Tour)
11/30 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories Tour)

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Review: Weezer – Hurley

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard Rivers Cuomo write songs because he wants to, not because he has to. The sentiment in Hurley is the most genuine we’ve seen from Weezer in almost a decade and is easily the closest they’ve been to emulating The Blue Album since Pinkerton. Yet it is clear that anyone who hopes that Weezer will someday release another Blue Album will most likely be waiting for a long time. Hurley is however, not without moments that sound as if they crystallized sometime in 1994. The riff heavy textures of “Ruling Me” are momentary to its throwback choruses and light synthesizer touches. Small in comparison to the song’s grandiose appeal, it comes across as falling somewhere in between “My Name is Jonas” and “No One Else”.

The delicate, more textured songwriting that has seemingly eluded Cuomo for some time resurfaces in the acoustic melodrama of “Unspoken” as it quietly unfolds to a very “Say It Ain’t So”-like crescendo. Having cornered the market of geeky rock humor, “Smart Girls” is a vibrant entry into the canon. With its plucky couplets (rhyming Tatiana with Donna for example) and synthesizer fuelled guitar melodies, it’s another showcase of simple authenticity done well.

It is frustrating however, that we get “Where’s My Sex?” Sounding painfully like a Make Believe cut, its cheesy disposition and woeful lyrical exercise is a quick reminder that when Weezer wants to be bad, they’re really bad. “Run Away” and “Hang On” are quick to remedy this malaise, once again employing more layered songwriting and a potency that leaves you wondering why it can’t be like this all the time.

The deluxe edition of the album gives you a pretty great cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, a reminder that Weezer’s tongue-in-cheek bravado is not lost amongst the volume of material they’ve written in the past 15 years. Hurley is such an improvement over Raditude that it’s an uneasy comfort. It isn’t without its flaws, and “Memories” is still a God-awful song, but it goes a long way in making us all forget the last five years. In “Trainwrecks”, Cuomo sings “someday we’ll cut our critics down to size” and you get the feeling that for the first time in years, he’s right. (Epitaph)

[xrr rating=3/5]

AUDIO STREAM:
Weezer – Ruling Me (from the album Hurley)

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Me and Rivers and Everything You Know

I had a dream about Weezer. It was a strange dream, probably the fourth of fifth of the night. I’m in the process of recovering from illness so these dreams come in an array of medicated madness streaming through my unconsciousness like a good Chris Nolan flick. Like all dreams, I don’t remember how it started or I how I got there, but I do remember being there. I was in a park that looked like every other park, wide and green and filled with the indistinct noises of chatter and moving people. I had just downloaded (illegally of course) the new Weezer album, Hurley, which in my dream had a new dark blue sheen to its artwork. In reality, I think if an image of Hurley had imposed itself into my brain during sleep, this is where my dream would have ended- instantly and abruptly.

In a parallel to reality, my subconscious seemingly spared me the relief of having to actually listen to the album in full. Instead, fast-forwarding to the moment where I had finally hit “stop” and was left with nothing but the feeling of disgust and disappointment. Next thing I know I’m in this park, and I come across Rivers Cuomo sitting on a bench. Still geekily bespectacled, he was now looking unshaven and slightly bedraggled- as if the diminished talent had finally taken it’s toll (like that Keanu meme). He soon told me, as I fumbled with the voice-recorder application on my iPhone (the app finally has a use!), that he was tired of being a rock star.

Some of the details here get a little hazy but I ask him why, among other things, he can’t write more music like he did for that first Blue Album. I tell him it’s still one of the greatest albums ever written (okay, so a slight exaggeration by my dream self- I apparently have no critical control of him) and it seems to bring a light to his face, a brief and recollective smile. Almost as if, he too remembers that one time long ago, he was a great songwriter. One that penned uniquely intelligent but accessible pop songs that were neither patronizing or self-absorbed, but that moment was fleeting, a flicker long gone. “My Name is Jonas”, “Undone- The Sweater Song”, “Say It Ain’t So”, all since replaced by an endless array of tripe like “Pork and Beans”, “The Girl Got Hot” and “Beverly Hills”. It has been one big joke at all of our expenses that only Rivers and the label were in on. How many more terrible videos can we be subjected to? How does the album cover just get worse and worse? No answer.

I ask him if there is any difference to being on Epitaph than it was to being on Geffen before he lets out a prompt, but ample sigh, “no” he says.

This is where the dream ends. As quickly as I had begun asking him all these questions, a pack of older, slightly overweight gypsy-looking women appear at our table with what I can only decipher as either a television or a karaoke machine and scare Rivers away.

So as I awake from this rather hazy slumber, I hastily jot down this bizarrely memorable dream. What was my subconscious telling me? Was it that the side effects of this medicine need to be studied further, or that Weezer have become so appalling that even a drug fueled dream can tell you so. I didn’t even need to listen to the new album to know this is true. And I’m sure that when I do, I will come to the same conclusion.

I am not surprised to hear rumblings are abound that a possible Blue Album/Pinkerton-only tour could happen. Imagine a Weezer performance where you wouldn’t have to listen to anything they wrote after 1996. Glorious. Think of it as ‘Good Time Weezer’ or ‘How Weezer Should Have Ended’.

In case you doubted my subconscious, Weezer have released the first single from their upcoming Epitaph debut streaming below. Safe to say gypsies singing karaoke are much preferred.

“Memories”
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fepitaph-records%2Fweezer-memories&secret_url=false
Hurley is out September 14th via Epitaph.

For the sake of reference, here is a small reminder of Rivers’ one time genius:

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