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Toadies

There’s no feeling in the world better than when you first find out your favorite band is coming to town.

Except the feeling when you learn that one of your favorite bands is back together, releasing a new album, and touring. Can you see me jumping up and down?!?!

The new Toadies album, No Deliverance, comes out August 19. Stream the title track at their MySpace.

An article/interview at Spin ends by quoting lead singer Todd Lewis on “what the Toadies, especially after all these years, can offer fans and the music industry that no other rock band can:

‘Balls. A ton of balls.'”

And they’ve got lots of tour dates in which to teabag us with their incredible charisma and raucous stage presence.

The Toadies broke up seven years ago while I was living in Dallas, just a couple of years after Tripping Daisy called it quits. It was a one-two punch to my rock-show loving soul. Two of my favorite frontmen, first Tim DeLaughter (a long post of mine) and then (real first name Vaden) Todd Lewis, gone away. Each quickly moved on to another great project, The Polyphonic Spree and The Burden Brothers, respectively. But I always missed l’original.

Before I rhapsodize about The Toadies, I do want to briefly plug The Burden Brothers’ discs Buried in Your Black Heart (buy it) and Mercy (buy it and listen to some of it). I can’t do much better than this Village Voice description: “BB are a kick ass hard rock combo who riff off Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age’s neo metal blues and Weezer /Pixies power chord sing-alongs.” It’s more in your face than you’re expecting, and who doesn’t want that? When I saw them, they hadn’t released a proper album yet, just a homemade EP, and for a 15-minute song they thrash-jammed while Todd was repeating (screeching) the phrase Dirty Sanchez, which whipped the crowd into an absolute frenzy.

The Burden Brothers were/are something of a local supergroup, with Todd joined by Taz Bentley, the former drummer for Reverend Horton Heat. BB is shuffling other personnel right now but haven’t “broken up.” [It is hard to do … ]

Now, on to The Toadies!

In 1994 the album Rubberneck broke. Yeah, it’s the one with Possum Kingdom, which you know you crank on your radio every time it plays on “’90s at noon.” You also know you’re unsure what it’s about … you’re hoping you’re not getting too excited about date rape while you sing along from the drivers’ seat.

Here are some more YouTubed music videos for songs from Rubberneck: Tyler, Backslider, and Mister Love.

It wasn’t until 2001 when the band struggled through record company problems to get Hell Below/Stars Above released. The title track is perfect in so many ways, pushing the band into a dynamic range they had not previously revealed.

Both albums are amazing. So, so solid. I can’t wait for the new one in August!

In the meantime, grab these rare tracks from a die-hard fan:

Toadies’ I Hope You Die

Toadies’ Possum Kingdom (Live)

Toadies’ cover of Talking Heads’ Not in Love

And also download the mp3 of this cover of (you guessed it!) The Pixies’ Where is My Mind.

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Weezer

The new Weezer single, Pork and Beans, is available for download today via your digital point-of-purchase of choice or on their site here.

Amazon lets you play a clip of the song as a tasty preview.

The single is the first glimpse of Weezer’s forthcoming June 17 self-titled album. It may be named Weezer, but according to rumor and geeky message boards, it’s purportedly going to be called the red album. Sweet. Dance with who brung you to the dance, Rivers.

Rick Rubin produced approximately a third of the new album, which is exciting. Rivers Cuomo claims the 2008 release will be “dark and deep and beautiful,” and “definitely more sophisticated and adventurous. You’ll hear very long songs … and non-traditional structures.” I don’t get that vibe from the Pork and Beans clip, but I won’t be dissapointed either way.

Buy Weezer’s discs here.

Did anyone pick up Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo? I got excited about in in January but never spent the money …

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Nerf Herder

Nerf Herder IV, the newest release from the fun nerd-rock band, has been delayed until April 29, but I couldn’t wait to love on ’em a little bit because I heard the song Jenna Bush Army on college radio recently.

Nerf Herder is named for a Star Wars throw-away line Princess Leia jabs Han Solo with when they’re stuck in the trash compactor: “Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!” Listen closer next time. Oh, and Mark Hamill cameos in the video for Sorry.

Please buy their albums … if for no other reason than to keep them in embroidered golf shirts. They’re like Weezer-light with the garage door open on a sunny day; they’re like Bloodhound Gang on suburbanized helium; they’re like what you wanted to listen to when you were 16 and forgot to be angsty. Choice lyrics:

“She’s got lips… lips just like Cherry Coke” (Annalee)

“You bared your soul / You showed us your hole / Courtney Love don’t throw it all away / Courtney Love don’t you go changin'” (Courtney Love)

“I was listening to Rush and trying to feather my hair back / When all that stuff went down / I’m not the one who was in a high school hardcore band / I sat in my room scoring with Ms. Pac-Man” (Golfshirt)

“And she was the kind of girl who you would give up eating meat for / No more salami / No more steak or potatoes / Yeah you would walk on down to the health food store / And buy hummus and tabouli and babaganoush and ricecakes ricecakes ricecakes / Nosering girl I love you” (Nosering Girl (video))

“I bleached my hair just like Vince Neil / Then you made me cut it like James Hetfield / We’re gonna put an end to alternative rock / We’ll find a way to make the Cranberries stop / We went to Sears for pictures at Christmastime / But they wouldn’t let us make the metal sign” (Pantera Fans In Love)

And perhaps the best, the very personal song Van Halen (video here):

“I bought Van Halen I / It was the best damn record I ever owned / TG&Y 1978 / Two hand tapping guitar technique really got me off / Eruption yeah, ain’t talkin’ ’bout love, I’m on fire

Tomorrow may come / Tomorrow may never come again / Can’t you hear Jamie cryin? / She’s runnin’ with the devil

I bought Women and Children First / Fair Warning and Van Halen II / Dance the night away / 1984 my favorite record yeah I wore it down / Might as well jump …

Is this what you wanted, Sammy Hagar? / Sammy Hagar, is this what you wanted, man? / Dave lost his hairline but you lost your cool buddy / Can’t drive 55 / I’ll never buy your lousy records again / Again, again, again, never again…”

And if you’re already this deep in the post (bless you), the lead man for NH wrote some Weird Al-ish jingles while the band was broken up for a while. Look inside Parry Grip’s head by checking his solo album For Those About to Shop, We Salute You here.

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Top-Shelf Jukebox Songs

So I’m chalking my pool cue at the pub this loverly St. Patrick’s Day, and I says to my friend, I says, “List of the best jukebox tunes? …”

Billie Jean
– Michael Jackson
Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
Roxanne – The Police
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Fishing in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Gloria – Van Morrison
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Amie – Pure Prairie League
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
Melissa – The Allman Brothers Band
The Weight – The Band
Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival (sorry Tina)
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
War – Edwin Starr
After Midnight – Eric Clapton
Come Together – The Beatles
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
American Pie – Don McLean
Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ – The Velvet Underground

1990s:
No Rain – Blind Melon
Self Esteem – The Offspring
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
Say It Isn’t So – Weezer
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Heaven Beside You – Alice in Chains
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Bound for the Floor – Local H
In the Meantime – Spacehog
Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog
Santa Monica – Everclear
Creep – Radiohead
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Lightning Crashes – Live
Super Bon Bon – Soul Coughing
Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
Time Bomb – Rancid
What I Got – Sublime
If You Could Only See – Tonic
Closing Time – Semisonic
Hey Man, Nice Shot – Filter
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
Pepper – Butthole Surfers
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart – Stone Temple Pilots
Machinehead – Bush
Devil’s Haircut – Beck
When I Come Around – Greenday

Bonus:
Hurt – Johnny Cash

Such lists are necessarily, perpetually, horrendously incomplete. Make things right in the comments section!

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Rivers Cuomo and Weezer

After joyously rocking My Name Is Jonas on Guitar Hero, I feel the need to post about the January release Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. You can stream it on the Weezer site.

We all know Weezer sounds too polished, pop-y, and put-together these days; they packed up their vulnerability and dressed in grown-up top-40 finery in the twenty-first century. Luckily, frontman Rivers released this salve for our undying Blue Album/Pinkerton nostalgia.

The 18 demos on this new disc span 15 years. They include five tracks that were supposed to make it onto one of history’s great Sasquatch albums, the never-materialized post-Blue Album space rock opera Songs from the Black Hole.

The word around the hall lockers was always that Rivers had boxes full of penned songs stashed in cobwebby corners, wasting away, never to reach my eager ears. Thus, I have considered Rivers to be a malicious and miserly man for more than a decade. Though the rumors were true, according to a Pitchfork interview, the Alone album is everything I could wish for, so (as The Pixies wail) “I now repent.” Particularly because Rivers says he’d like to put together another such album for our listening pleasure. Thanks, dude.

Also, Weezer is releasing their sixth album on April 22. No details yet. I’m probably more psyched about a second Rivers-only demos album at this point, but I’m willing to be happily surprised.

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