At last week’s Spotify press conference – the one where Lars Ulrich revealed that Metallica’s full discography would be made available on the streaming service — Frank Ocean took the stage for a brief performance.
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Margaret Cho's 'Baby I'm With the Band' video -- spot cameos from Conan O'Brien, Weezer, Wayne Coyne and more
The video for talking comedian turned sometimes-singing comedian Margaret Cho’s latest single from Cho Dependent – her first official foray into music, with assistance from Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, and Tegan & Sarah — is essentially a backstage pass to last year’s Bonnaroo.
Watch as Cho cuddles with Conan and Wayne Coyne, gets down with Gwar, fans out on Weezer, does ugly yoga with featured guest Brendan Benson, disappears into a dressing room with OK Go, steals Andy Richter’s hat, and sits on Christmas Tree Mom‘s face: READ FULL STORY »
Mikey Welsh, former bassist for the alternative rock band Weezer, has died. Welsh, who was 40, was found in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death is still undetermined pending autopsy results, but according to the Chicago Tribune, authorities suspect narcotics were involved.
It seems Welsh predicted the date and place of his death on Twitter two weeks ago. He tweeted on Sept. 26: “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today.” He then added: “correction – the weekend after next.”
The Vermont-born Welsh performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001 and played on the album Weezer (a.k.a., the Green Album), which contained the hit “Hash Pipe.” In 2001, Welsh left the band after suffering a nervous breakdown. (”I took some time to get some help for something and they basically took off on me, abandoned me,” Welsh told EW in 2002. ”The way it went down was pretty lame.”) After leaving Weezer, Welsh began a second career as a painter.
A statement posted on the official Weezer web site lauded Welsh as “a unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist,” calling his time in the band “vital, essential, wild, and amazing.” “Mikey was never one to shy away from the absurd, dangerous or strange, and he did so with a gusto few others had,” the post reads. “No one had quite the stage presence of Mikey, nor have there been many who pulled the types of shenanigans he did at shows.” According to the band’s site, Welsh had been planning to attend Weezer’s show on Sunday at Chicago’s RIOTfest. Current Weezer bassist Scott Shriner posted on Twitter, “Really bummed about Mikey. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Such a talent… He made a mark on the world with his art.”
Even with a newborn on the way, Mariah Carey is pressing on. Sixteen years after making one of the most popular holiday albums ever, Carey returns with a sequel to Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas II You, re-recording several tunes from the original and introducing a few more. Fresh off of Halloween, the record is timed perfectly. As we make plans for turkey day, we know Christmas bells will be ringing in no time.
Weezer also released a two-CD deluxe reissue of their 1996 second album, Pinkerton. Rivers Cuomo once considered the album a “hugely painful mistake.” But now he and Weezer fans alike know it to be a classic. And we agree. N.E.R.D.‘s new album, Nothing, is out today as well. Title aside, know that this trippy album has plenty to offer. Check out the review we gave it here. Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley’s new set delivers more cuts for rocking festivals and introspective cuts to reflect with.
Those are this week’s big releases. What records will you be buying this week? Let us know.
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Weezer's 'Pinkerton' reissue: Read the 2001 EW story where Rivers Cuomo called the now-classic album a 'hugely painful mistake'
Today a two-CD deluxe reissue of Weezer‘s 1996 second album, Pinkerton, hit stores. That’s good news: it’s one of the great albums of the 1990s, an alt-rock masterpiece that embeds almost unbearably raw emotion inside singalong tunes that still sound thrilling 14 years later. At the time, however, it was a big flop, with most fans and critics recoiling at its unpolished sound and over-share lyrics. In recent interviews, Cuomo seems proud of the album, but at the time its critical and commercial rejection was a huge blow. EW talked to him when the band’s third album came out in 2001, and the singer essentially disowned Pinkerton as a “hideous record.” “It was such a hugely painful mistake that happened in front of hundreds of thousands of people and continues to happen on a grander and grander scale and just won’t go away,” he told us. “It’s like getting really drunk at a party and spilling your guts in front of everyone and feeling incredibly great and cathartic about it, and then waking up the next morning and realizing what a complete fool you made of yourself.”
In the story, Cuomo also talked about the dark, scary period after Pinkerton when he retreated from the outside world and the band nearly fell apart. Read an excerpt after the jump, or check out the whole story here. READ FULL STORY »
Weezer that he is willing to put $10 million (mostly other people’s, in $12 increments) on it.James Burns so wants to see the permanent end of
The Seattle resident has mounted a pledge on DIY fundraising website thepoint.com, calling for the end of the band who, he tells local weekly The Stranger,”are everywhere 15 years after they’ve been musically relevant, whether you try to avoid them or not.”
“If I’m going to be really real,” he continues, “this is a roundabout effort to figure out why the media is still interested in this band despite them not releasing a decent album in over a decade (or I would say, ever.) … Even my girlfriend, the world’s biggest Weezer apologist, concedes that they should have packed it in after side one of The Green Album.“
Burns has promised that if he fails to reach the full $10 million goal, he will refund all contributions, minus thepoint.com’s 5 percent fee; as of this post, he had raised approximately $194, or less than 0.002 percent of his total.
Click after the jump to read Burns’ full mission statement. READ FULL STORY »
Nothing brings legends of stadium and small screen together quite like a spicy aerosol body spray.
In the two videos posted after the jump, Garcia first introduces the band’s 2001 single “Hash Pipe” (bonus points to the girl in the balcony working it like she’s in the wings on the Crüe’s Theatre of Pain tour circa ’85); but he actually joins them on “Perfect Situation,” sharing vocal duties with Rivers Cuomo.
Smells like a new co-frontman! (and of course, man-musk): READ FULL STORY »
There’s no cameo from the erstwhile cover star of Weezer’s upcoming album Hurley in the band’s new video—just a bunch of jackasses.
Watch them all harm themselves in the name of good fun, after the jump: