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 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
237@104_taking_me_for_granted_2015_3_3_
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 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

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
113Untitled9
114June Bride   10
1151. 7.  mixo aku 2012-03-13_09-
116Expatriates in Paris – 2012-9-12 piano
117Autopilot (sped up)
118Softies
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 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.