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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

The Rivers Cuomo interview

Rivers Cuomo cannot stress this enough: He’s not trying to piss anybody off. Of all the criticism leveled at the Weezer frontman for the band’s new album, Raditude, it’s that suggestion that bothers him the most. “I get particularly frustrated when—and this has happened quite a lot—the press insinuates that I am intentionally trying to piss off our audience, that Weezer is creating music that it knows is bad and is putting it out there to make people angry,” Cuomo vents...
08.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Say what you will about Weezer's divisive red album; though it might have been bad, it was at least memorably, ambitiously bad. But unsurprisingly, Weezer's trash-culture opus didn't placate the old guard that's hoping for a true follow-up to Pinkerton, and after the leak of two miserable, meatheaded new Weezer songs earlier this summer�"The Girl Got Hot" and (shudder) "I'm Your Daddy"�eve...
09.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
From the New York Times' colorful review of Weezer's New York concert Wednesday night: Mr. Cuomo both led the show and observed it from different angles. He let all his band members take multiple turns singing. He played drums on a decent cover of Oasis�s �(What�s the Story) Morning Glory?� Ultimately he supervised an invasion of his own show, leading a ragtag amateur troupe of 30 or so ...
06.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Since Weezer died a decade ago, fans have had a difficult time reconciling themselves with the parasitic monster that assumed the band’s corpse. At times this new, faux Weezer made a convincing case that they were the same, power-pop-loving lads as always. Faux Weezer’s 2001 green album certainly sounded like the work of the vintage band. But when held to a mirror that album gave no reflectio...
12.21.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I've been enjoying the hell out of Alone, the just-released Rivers Cuomo demos collection. In addition to priceless (and often painfully honest) linear notes, the disc compiles of wealth of prime '90s-era material, including a healthy chunk of the scrapped concept album Songs from the Black Hole, a goofy project that nonetheless spurned a couple of great tracks, particularly the quirky, would-ha...