Tracking the Flood, Part 11

250Peace, Love, And Understanding – 2003 Demos
251Meet Up With Our Maker – v6
252I’m Just Being Honest – 2012-12-14 early piano sketch 3
253Trippin’ Down The Freeway. no voc
254Everyday The Lights
25511 is there anything left to say_
256Superfan     20
257Work 10-25-2013 12h47m38s
259Running Man
260Always, Forever – 2004-02-20
26102 Till There Is Nothing Left
265Let’s Go to the 33rd Dimension – v8
266something’s missing
267Wagamama – v1
269Let’s Get Married INST NO BASS NO PE
27004 More Fuzzy Riffage
271Do You Really Want Me Down? (My Brain) – 2004-04-23
27243 Sing a Melody
273East Coast Or West Coast – v4 No
274Hippies – 2013-2-13 sketch 4
275Jungle – rough 0906 2

Tracking the Flood, Part 10

226Rave Up – v3 pro sketch
227Ideas 3-28-2013 17h14m50s
2282004-07-11  Piano Lick
229Anything But Love
230Up In A Cloud – v23 Demo For Guys
231Ghost   2 @125 melody
23217 Friends Romans, and Countrymens_
233Longtime Sunshine Reprise – SFTBH
234There Is No Try – 2012-11-13 1
235The Damage In Your Heart – 2004-01-09
236The Rules Of Life – v12
238Speed Wax America
239Cleopatra – v12
24007 It Wouldn’t Be Life
241I Don’t Know What You Want To Be fri
242soundcheck riff techno
243Pinned With the Blame (track for Rivers)
244I Want To Take You Home Tonight – Edi
245Freaky Flag – v4
246Holiday – Don Slacks
247Get Me Mine – acoustic demo
248424 aku
249Up In A Cloud – v24 Instrumental F

Tracking The Flood, Part 9

20133 I Really Wanna Take You Home
202slow Shuffle Chord Riff
203Sunday Afternoon
20519 I’m on Fire, You’re a Liar
20605 I’m Watchin You-acoustic
207All I Need To Know – 2004-02-20
208This is the Way
209You Don’t Love Me
210Hole in Time – 208
211Hole in Time 208
212VI iv VII  v  i  aku pluck
213Turn Me Round (punk)
214My Best Friends Are Gone
215I Did a Bad Thing (2)
216Let’s Get Married – v3
217The Tower Of Babel – v6
21909 Let Me Wash at Your Sink
220Empty Inside – v7
221Ask Anything 059
223Turn Your Love Away 027
224Pacific Sunset  6 show me
225Girl We Got A Good Thing – v16

Tracking the Flood, Part 8

176Collaborate (Acoustic Sketch 1)
177Shining Star           11
178Hold My Mind 024
179Bad Girl (2008 edit)
180Elaine – v9 fighters sketch
181Good Times   4
182Booby Trap
18314 The Pppp And The Bppp
18508 Anything 4 You (Take 2)
1886_8 piano
18909 One more time for the children ar
19014 I Can’t Forget the Way
191The Rules Of Life 4
192332.2 song
193Greyhound – 2
194I Was Scared – Cbmix3
19524 Defeat on the Hill
196Work 5-22-2013 15h7m51s
197El Presidente – 2012-8-23 sketch 2
198Inspired     8
199Bone On Bone    3
200Gravity Will Bring You Down – v8

Tracking the Flood, Part 7

Living Without You
04 Clean Riff I III IV
The Ivory Telephone – v6
sports team    8 riff
Magical Fairies
Saturday Night Another City Dream
Point Blank Range    8
toby gad idea 6
I Was Made For You – 2004-06-04
Simple Fisherman (No Bgv In B) – 2004-04-23
Simplest Guitar v1
02 Sing a Melody (Prechorus)
Empty Inside – v10
shiver  riff
The Rules Of Life – v15
i love the usa alt melody
You’re Beautiful To me   11
18 clean jam
Get What You Want
23 My Mind’s on You
Work 6-27-2013 16h17m40s
I Can’t Live
We Are Fighters      5
Since You Came Around – v10

Tracking the Flood, Part 6

The Bottle Of Wine Song
Work 7-3-2012 10h48m29s
modern dukes riff
Fair Weather Friend – 2015-1-27 sketch
07 Leader of the Pack
Anonymous – v26
The British Are Coming – v4
Sleeping All The Night – 2004-05-18
Sheila Can Do It
You’re Beautiful To me   8
When Situations Piss You Off
Pacific Sunset  5 extendo
15 Crunchy Fun
409  short verse long chorus
Waiting On You – Don Slacks
I’m Scared
Good News Channel – 2013-2-21 sketch 3
toby gad idea 2
Wool Cap 364
Four Leaf Clover    9
01 Hello Men And Boys
C’mon Bitch
Work 7-3-2012 11h44m47s
James o james  2012-08-05_17-06

Reflections on the Greenest of Days

Twenty years ago today, I was in line at a music store for the midnight release of Weezer’s 2001 release, the Green Album.

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That I was there was, at the time, a miracle, because a few years earlier, it looked like Weezer was done for good. But Weezer was the hot thing in music that spring and summer of 2001, and Green catapulted the band to new heights and is responsible for the success they have today.

The thing is, while Green is special to me, as an album, I’d rank it in the lower tier of Weezer albums. In an effort to make the perfect pop album, Rivers Cuomo made his songs a little too perfect. Instrumentally and structurally, they’re all the same. The songs themselves have little room to breathe, with no development in the choruses throughout the songs and solos that just mimic the song’s chorus lines.

Thankfully, Rivers learned from Green and changed not only his habits in composing future songs (2014’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End very much sounds like if Green had been done right), but also the Green songs themselves. By the end of 2001, Weezer was changing up the keys, solos and structures of the Green songs in live shows. As an example, for me, the 2005 AOL Sessions version of Don’t Let Go is the definitive version of the song.

And while we’re talking about 2005 versions of Don’t Let Go, this version from a show in Japan has the band’s best energy ever:

Despite my issues with the production and songs, I’m very glad we have Green. There is a generation of Weezer fans who consider Green their favorite album and I admire that.

Mikey Welsh, during the recording of Green.

Green is also the only Weezer album featuring Mikey Welsh on bass. Mikey joined Weezer in the spring of 1998 and left due to personal issues in the summer of 2001. Mikey passed away ten years ago, but I’ll always remember the fresh vibe he brought to the band. And his Rolling Stone video interview with Pat.

Looking back at that wait in line for the midnight release of Green, I remember having fun with my friends who were there with me. But I also remember this incredible feeling of relief and victory. That my favorite band was putting out another album. That they survived a dark, weird time. And that they were back, rocking just as much as better. I knew great times would be ahead for Weezer. And I was right.

Tracking the Flood, Part 5

101She Has A Way With Words – v6 ABA
102The Best Thing In Life   13
103I’m Such A Little Bitch – v2
104Haunt You Every Day – 2004-04-23
105El Presidente – 2012-8-23 sketch 5
10605 Kick Back
107She Makes Me Laugh – v4 @134 OG verse
108393 I don’t Believe the Children Cam
10929 Beautiful Demons
110All I Wanna’ Do – 2004-4-23
111The Best Of Me – v2
112Work 10-26-2012 14h19m1s
114June Bride   10
1151. 7.  mixo aku 2012-03-13_09-
116Expatriates in Paris – 2012-9-12 piano
117Autopilot (sped up)
119I Don’t Need You
120Ain’t Got No Time for Messing Around
12104 Just A White Boy
12231 The Ivory Telephone
123Everybody Get Dangerous – monochord
124Open Your Arms 023
125Until You Love Me (Miss Sweeney)

Tracking the Flood, Part 4

76Greyhound – 2
77Hippies – v6
78Higgs Boson – v5
79Ask Anything 059
80Wagamama – v5
82The Rules Of Life – v25
83Charlie Brown
84Rosemary (With Farfisa)
8523 wan and wistful silvertone riff
8611 I Can’t Sing Mama Slow-Fast
87I’ll Be With Someone Else – v2 2
88145 INST
89Where to Start – 2004-07-05
90Getchoo – Don Slacks
91Let’s Go To The 33rd Dimension – v7
9216 open your eyes
93Aku – G minor over A 2012-6-6
9417 Spider Bitch
95Shut Your Mouth (revised 2007)
96Ideas 10-15-2013 16h33m26s
97Do You Want To Get High – v4
98Stand Up (Minor Outstanding) – 2004-06-04
99Hey Nonbeliever     3
100If You Only Knew 8 @128

Tracking the Flood, Part 3

51I Don’t Need You – 2004-02-20
52Ideas 10-3-2013 15h40m31s
5308 when somebody asks you what the n
54The Band We Loved The Most      6
5504 The Answer Man
56Bonfire 005
57Sing My Blues Away – v10
5847 punk chorus
59East Coast Or West Coast – v3
60Show Me Who You Are (Triplet Melody) – 2004-04-23
61Sunshine Alt Chorus Melody
6277 disco queen chorus
63I Need You   2 @129
6401 Hit The Jungle
65Stand By My Side – v3
66Work 1-19-2013 0h15m22s
67Pacific Sunset  – v12 cleaned solo @124 to 185 +1 to -3
68Up Yours
6909 I Got So Many Problems
72Don’t Mess With My Girl – v29
73sappy piano 8-27-2012 9h47m25s
74Quick Picture    9