Note to self: Send Rivers a Crock Pot

For various reasons, I’m not a fan of the “New York” Times.

The paper that claims to get behind the news has turned out a feature story on Rivers Cuomo that really doesn’t go anywhere. I suppose it may be interesting for the masses, but there are only four interesting bits (to me) in the whole article:

-Rivers is into Jane Austen. Great! So is the Civee! Maybe they can form a book club.

-It doesn’t really sound like it’s the end for weezer:

Remarking on rumors that his enrollment at Harvard means the end of Weezer, he said, “After graduation, I’ll be able to make a better commitment to the band.”

-Rivers just ended the interview:

With that, he politely asked to be excused and left to find out if the dining hall was still serving lunch.

-And finally, this is the first time I’ve seen it official that Rivers is getting married. Even though I don’t see him getting into the wedding planning, good for him! Congratulations Riv-Dog!

Everyone knows what today is

photoshop fun with the weez

I’d like to wish everyone out there a happy international Weezer day!

Legend has it, that fourteen years ago today, Elisha Cuthbert taught the band to play. After dumping some Kool-Aid on Scott Shriner’s head, the former motorcycle-rock band kicked her out and replaced her with roadie Rivers Cuomo. The band returned to it’s Kenosha, Wisconsin roots and played several dance contests while Matt Sharp wrote and composed many of the band’s later hits.

Matt then left to be bigger than Elvis, while Rivers locked himself into a closet bouncing a rubber ball against the wall and burning his master tapes. Brian lost several shirts and sweaters he would later lament. It was around this time that Rivers’ marriage to Lisa Loeb fell apart and the band found itself playing at several Mexican weddings. This period was promptly erased from the annals of band history.

All that I’m sure of now is that Miss Piggy fell in love with Pat, Rivers became Yoda and a lot of other stuff happened. I think.

Put down your chainsaw and listen to me

Weird Al Yankovic is now eligible for the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

I should sign the petition, but it actually requires you to print it out and send it in. That must be why they only have three people on it so far. At least if I were to sign it, my name wouldn’t be joined by the likes of I.P. Freely, Mike Rotch and Homer Sexual.

I consider myself a fan- I do own more than a few of his albums/tapes/CDs (okay, no albums) and I know the words to some of his parodies better than the songs they’re based off of, and I think that UHF is one of the funniest movies ever made. But I never realized Al has been around this long. I don’t know why, but this makes me feel old.

But I figure he deserves it as much as that Elvis guy.

Things we said today

At today’s weekly lunch at Tommy’s Diner, the gang and I were talking about the rash of pop radio stations given one-syllable male names. The Ted in Columbus, the Bob in Cincinnati, and I’m sure there are more of them in other cities.

Anyway, these stations play a mix of pop music ranging from the 70s to today, but they have zero personality, hence the Ted/Bob/whatever naming scheme. Sometimes I do listen to the Ted in Columbus, and during the discussion, I said something to the effect of the following:

“Hey, if I’m flipping around and I hear the Safety Dance and Can’t Touch This back-to-back, I’m going to stop flipping.”

I didn’t think it was that weird a statement, but apparently everyone else did.

For those of you out there in Internet land- are there other stations similar to these in your area? With the naming scheme?

News and Views with the King

Hey gang. A few things:

-I can’t shop at Kroger anymore. They have this woman, Connie Cayhill-something or other come over the PA every few minutes talking about ice cream. Her voice is not what I want to hear when I’m trying to figure out what to cook this week.

-In the past few days, four different people e-mailed me about Rivers making the news. Interesting story, but it’s nothing new. Someone as headstrong as him would decide to extend his two-year vow of poverty. If he was simple to figure out, then life wouldn’t be as fun. The best thing about the whole story is from the Blender interview that kicked off all the ruckus. The last question is whether he’s a breast man or an ass man. His answer: “I forgot.” Rivers is awesome.

-I might need to rescind that last comment momentarily while looking at Rivers’ picks for the top songs of aught-five. His choices are b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Interesting thing about that article- Rivers beat out the other contributors, including Harvard’s president for top billing. I’ll never got the ivy league.

-Finally, I don’t know what to think about this: Kamala the Ugandan Giant Sings. It’s right up there with “Hulkster in Heaven” and Randy Savage’s rap album. Just make sure you have your speakers up loud. Bonus points if you check it while at work.

She wore Lemon

So I went with the Civee last night to see U2 up in Cleveland.

They put on a great show- I’m not the world’s biggest U2 fan, but I knew most of the songs on the set list.

The stage set was pretty impressive. There was this oval walkway circling half of the floor, and these big screens of light-beads which would come down during certain songs.

Institute, the band led by former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, opened for U2. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed by them. They really didn’t sound all that different from Bush, and Gavin did this weird skipping-around to get around the oval walkway. The one good part of their set was Machinehead. They played one other Bush song, but I wasn’t that familiar with it.

U2’s set was solid, for the most part. Bono is an energetic frontman- and he made his way around the oval many times, avoiding the skipping motions that made Gavin look ridiculous. Like I said earlier, I knew most of the songs on the set list- and they only played two songs from their most recent album.

They played three covers-all Lennon compositions- Norwegian Wood, Help and Instant Karma. My only problem with these was they only played half of Norwegian Wood- ignoring the part where he burns her apartment down.

My disappointment with the show- they didn’t play Lemon. There was at least one voice in the audience shouting for the song. Why they left this gem off the setlist is beyond me.

Man in video

The drummer in the glass cage of emotion

So Weezer’s performance on AOL sessions is finally online.

I think it’s a really good performance- they did Buddy Holly, Beverly Hills, Perfect Situation, Island in the Sun and Don’t Let Go. And the attached interviews are interesting too.

The best track of the sessions is easily Don’t Let Go. I was a fan of the Green version, but they’ve been playing it differently- changing the key of the song and adding a synth line. It was already an energy-packed song, but they’re just great on the Sessions version. It’s also nice to have an “officially recorded” new version of the song.

Something else: Last week, I saw Pride and Prejudice. Wrote about it for the Morning Toast.

Best Album Ever…well, if it happened

From a Ben Folds interview in NME about Bill Shatner’s Has Been:

Q: Is it true you were close to working with Bill Clinton?

A: Oh yeah! Shatner called him on the phone and he called right back and then Shatner calls me and he said ‘Benny, I just talked to the president!’ He was so excited! Clinton said he was interested in doing it but said, ‘Just don’t make me sound like shit!’ But we took longer to get into production by about six months and then the election season was coming up, so we couldn’t make it happen. I wanted Weezer to come in and play the track and then I wanted Clinton in a booth with Shatner and have it go down all at once.

As it is, Has Been is a solid album that I can get behind. But if the Weez (not to mention the other guest mentioned) had been on board, well that would have just been super cres.

Also, I just finished an article (more like a rant, but oh well) for B. Vaughn’s the Morning Toast. Check it out here.