Tracking the Flood, Part 13

301Paisley mixolydian C4
302I Don’t Wanna Bust My Heart – C.O.R. TXX-12
303I Did A Bad Thing
304Ideas 6-11-2013 10h1m39s
305El Presidente      5
306I Won’t Let You Down – v7
307Cleopatra – v11
308pantsu nugu
309the_center_of_the_universe
31002 Stupid Times
311I’m so happy I’m in santa monica
312Pachelbel Strum
313Tired Of Sex – Don Slacks
314Hulk   2 verse melody @ 120
315I V piano
316What I Want – 2013-7-28-13 sketch
317Cleopatra – v17
318The New Girl
319Bill Withers Jamb
320Work 11-17-2012 19h33m35s
321You And Me Together    2013
322Love Canopy – v2
323Cloudy day    391 
32414 I’m gonna sing a little pentatoni
325dictadroid5_2017_8_15_7_40_31

Tracking the Flood, Part 12

276Ever Again 2004-02-12 – 2004-02-13
277The Rules Of Life – v18
278You Could Take Me Anywhere   10
279I Want you To Notice me    2
280The Rules Of Life – v3
281Butterfly
282dictadroid6_2015_2_8_8_50_56
283Sing My Blues Away – v12
284Thanks To The Postman
285cyclone solo 20170412_1224
286Heavy Let It Be Piano Chords
287Anonymous – v11
288Funky Lil Line
289Happy Trails
290I Needed You Now
291soundcheck riffage
292Let’s Go To The 33rd Dimension – v 10
293Lydian Song – acoustic sketch
294The Spider
295Kind Support
296Friday Feeling   15 verse two @104
297My Folks
298Codependent – v12
299troublemaker melody shifted
300Sunday Morning Came (2)
30196._a12_2015_2_26_11_37_11

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
258Follow
259Running Man
260Always, Forever – 2004-02-20
26102 Till There Is Nothing Left
262@108_2015_3_3_10_42_9
263dictadroid9_2015_2_10_14_42_10
264Untitled7_2014_2_6_12_24_31
265Let’s Go to the 33rd Dimension – v8
266something’s missing
267Wagamama – v1
268Jodi
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 9

20133 I Really Wanna Take You Home
202slow Shuffle Chord Riff
203Sunday Afternoon
204Socialite
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
218dictadroid1_2015_1_8_15_38_48
21909 Let Me Wash at Your Sink
220Empty Inside – v7
221Ask Anything 059
222dictadroid1_2015_4_1_10_17_32
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
184dictadroid12_2014_10_10_10_2_39
18508 Anything 4 You (Take 2)
186-2
187Hybrid
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
2011-04-29ideas01
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 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
70wild_animals_5_verse
71Shangri-La
72Don’t Mess With My Girl – v29
73sappy piano 8-27-2012 9h47m25s
74Quick Picture    9
75Creepers

Tracking the Flood, Part 2

The next 25 are in the books. Or on the Twitter.

26Ain’t Got Nobody – v18
27Adio
2896 Why Can’t You Live Under Me
29Daydreamer
30Mo Beats
3106 I Don’t Want No Woman-acoustic
3207 Phone Call Interruption
3308 I Don’t Want No Woman-Continued
34Ballad Of The Briny – Rough 4 Jan
3506 Undone
36New Girl – 2012-11-14 acoustic sketch 1
37The Dawn
38Down on My Knee
3911 Piece of the Pie 2
40crazy pulloff riff  Ideas 1-27-2013
41You’re the One – 2004-07-20
4201 Homer Pig News intro to Strange S
43I Can’t Stop I’m 0 For The Day – v1
44Too Good For Me  – Monterey Jack
45Work 10-26-2012 14h19m1s
46Second Best Hugger In The World    11
47Memphis – 2
48Take It Easy (With Rock Intro) – 2004-06-04
49Weekend Girl – v2
50No Way

Tracking the Flood

Shortly after my last post, I started a new project on Twitter – #RiversDemoFlood. Each day I’ll post at least one ‘review’ of a random song from one of Rivers’ bundles, to give some context to the song and explain why I rated it the way I did.

I started this project on the fly and have some rules:

  1. I have the rated songs in an Excel file. I use a random number generator to determine which song gets tweeted about.
  2. If a song is a sketch and I have the time, I’ll do a second entry sometime that day.
  3. I’m going to try and do all the files. So there will eventually be more than 40 takes on Rules of Life. I hope I have interesting things to say after 20 or so.
  4. If possible, I’ll include images or videos relating to the song. While there are some of these demos on YouTube, Rivers asked that we not do that when he started bundling them (although he didn’t make that request when he sold the first batch individually), so I’ll link to other, sometimes full-band takes of final songs.
  5. Sentimentality, nostalgia and potential have no place in the ratings. I’m evaluating each of these files as if they’re their own songs. How would they sound on a mixtape? Or on the radio? How these sound as songs is one thing. What types of songs they could be, that’s another story.
  6. Above all, I’m trying to have fun with this. Which I am.

The songs so far:

1I Want You 001
2The Rules Of Life – v28 – vTo Par
3Beverly Hills – 2004-07-20
4Rock And Roll Cockroach – Rough 3
5I Want To Know
616 Two to Tango
7Pretty Great Piano Melody 2-7-2013 8
8You Stupid Piece of Shit – 168
9Since You Came Around – v15
1088 piano and melody
1117 Beautiful Demons
12No One Else – Monterey Jack
13He’s My Sweetheart – Monterey Jack
1410 Crazy Rock n Rollers
15Ballsy
1617 clean jam
17Keep Your Pants On      3
18Take Back The Love
19The Ivory Telephone – v10
20Going Bald – 2012-7-13 acoustic sketch 1
2132 Downtown
22Until You’Re Blue – v2
23Lullaby For Wayne
24American Girls – Spanky McNally
2585 I’m Sick, I’m Tired
List of songs I’ve Tweeted about so far.

Too Many Songs in My Playlist

Eighteen years ago, I met Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo during a post-show meet and greet. I was on a message board with Rivers and he invited some of us from the board to hang out with him and the band after shows on the 2002 Enlightenment Tour.

Near the end of the meet and greet, a small group of us talked with Rivers for a while. One thing I remember to this day was him saying that he wanted to share all the songs he ever wrote and recorded with all of us. Rivers had already shared a few demos with the board and other fans. And in the years after that, Rivers released three Alone CDs featuring his home demos. Rivers liked interacting with fans (on his terms) and writing/sharing music with them. And while I was a huge fan of all three Alone CDs, I didn’t expect much more.

Last year, Rivers launched (or re-launched) his personal website, RiversCuomo.com. Rivers took a coding class (because that’s what rock stars do) and started the site with a chatroom, adding other functions over the summer.

Rivers Cuomo home page

And then in October, he started putting together the building blocks of his final project- an online store to sell a bunch of old demos. After going back and forth on what to sell and how, Rivers settled on bundles, based on time periods in his life. Buy a bundle and you get access to a dropbox folder. And inside those bundles was a lot of music, but not everything. Music with co-writers or co-performers was out. Rivers set songs and ideas intended for future projects. And some songs/files he just couldn’t find.

First row of bundles from RiversCuomo.com.

Since launching the store right before Thanksgiving, Rivers added three additional bundles, two with co-writers and a greatest hits sampler. And he’s also added a number of files that he’s found. Currently, the bundles include more than 100 hours of files.

I’ll be the first to say that the files are a mixed bag. There are some files that are Rivers with a guitar and handheld recorder. Or Rivers humming/beatboxing ideas for tunes. Or 30-second long sketches for songs. Or songs where you can tell something is there, but the quality is questionable. Or songs with upwards of 40 versions. But there are a bunch of good, quality, full band (or one-man band) songs. And some of these songs are right up there with Weezer’s greatest songs.

There are enough songs to make alternate albums. Or earlier ideas for Weezer albums. Or Weezer albums that we never got. I’ve been listening to these song and I’m not even close to being all the way through.

Having these songs has gotten me back into music. A specific kind of music, granted, but still. And it’s given me ideas of things to write. It might be fun to write something about the evolution of Make Believe. And I would love to update one of my most favorite articles I’ve ever written. But I’m not doing either just yet because there are still more songs out there that might be added.

And there’s something else that’s happened with all of this. Rivers hangs out in the chatroom regularly and has asked for fan help for a few different things, like cataloging these files. Considering how daunting the concept of 100 hours of files is, some of us suggested putting together a Greatest Hits style bundle. Another site visitor (or neighbor) had been working on compiling the best songs from each bundle (at least when they were first released) and I had been working on that with him. But as we were talking about this with Rivers, he was receptive to the idea. I don’t remember exactly what spurred it, but he asked if I wanted to rate the songs on the spreadsheet. Of course I said yes.

You see that King Tom Column right there?

A week or two later, Rivers started selling the Greatest Hits bundle, a combination of the other neighbor’s compilation and the songs that I rated at five stars. Gotta admit that was pretty cool.

So I’ve been keeping busy listening to a lot of these songs. On top of everything else I’m up to these days. I had an idea for something Twitter-related I may try, which will get the writing juices flowing.

After all these years, it’s great to have new (old) songs to get into all over again. And that’s not counting the Weezer album out (maybe) later this month. Or the other one coming out later this year. Or any of the other projects Rivers has planned.