April 08, 2002

April is apparently National Weezer-related News Month at Musicrag

To affirm Jason's assumption, ex-Weezer, ex-Juliana Hatfield bassist Mikey Welsh is indeed out of The Special Goodness. His replacement? Sugar Ray's Murphy Karges. Slightly less shocking than when Buckethead joined Guns 'n' Roses, but still a surprise.

April 07, 2002

The Power of the Rock

Ever since I first heard "Undone: The Sweater Song" at the tender age of 14, I've been a devoted Weezer fan. Not only did I run out and buy the album, but I even joined the fan club (I was #51!!!) [see Karl's corner 6/7/2000] Flash forward six years, and I find myself at the Warped Tour, solely to see =W=, a band I had adored for years but sadly had never seen live. For the first time in my life I felt old (a sad thing to feel at age 20), surrounded by obnoxious pre-teen boys who just wanted to mosh, even when there was no music, and their parents who stood nearby with arms folded authoritatively. When I wasn't defending myself from the feisty crowd, I thought 'Was I getting too old for Weezer?'

Just when I thought I couldn't relate to Weezer anymore, I am reminded why I sent off $10 to join the fan club that summer of 1994. Eight years after the "blue album" and almost exactly one year to the date from the release of the "green album", Weezer are set to release their fourth record Maladroit on May 14.

More than just 'record #4', Maladroit marks an unprecedented historical victory for artists over record labels. The album consists of thirteen new tracks, recorded, financed, and even distributed by the band itself via MP3s on its official website, Weezer.com. After each recording session, fans could visit the site to fiercely download several unedited MP3s of future Maladroit tracks. The downloading continued for a few months until Weezer's label Interscope shut down the audio-visual page on the band's website. But Interscope couldn't stop the rock. Thanks to unauthorized radio play of the unofficial single "Dope Nose", the song made it into the official rotation with no promotion from Interscope. Radio success, as well as loyal fans bombarding Interscope with email and letters, forced Interscope not only to establish the May 14 release date, but most importantly, restore the audio-visual page on Weezer.com, allowing the band to once again distribute free MP3s.

Read about how Maladroit almost wasn't at Unreleased Weezer for the Masses.

April 02, 2002

Because making fun of O-town never gets old

Just released today, from the folks that brought you Punk Goes Metal, Fearless Records presents: Punk Goes Pop. Punk Goes Pop features punk and indie artists covering songs from their favorite pop artists. Covers of Madonna, O-Town, Pink, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys and more done by the likes of Rufio, Further Seems Forever, Thrice, Dynamite Boy, Yellowcard, Slick Shoes, Noise Ratchet and more. I'm personally looking forward to Further Seems Forever cover of Backstreet's 'Bye, Bye, Bye' hitting the local alt-rock station playlist. Let's hope they don't run it into the ground like that Dynamite Hack cover of 'Boyz In The hood'.

Mikey?

The Kickovers have announced their first ever U.S. tour dates opening for Local H. The band is lead by former Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist, Nate Albert along with former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh, Johnny Rioux and Bosstones drummer Joe Sirois. Their debut record "Osaka" will be released on Fenway Recordings April 23rd.

So if I understand things correctly, Mikey Welsh pulled a Jimmy Hoffa number from Weezer in early September leaving Weezites wondering what the hell happened only to reappear months later in this unknown band. Hmm. I'm going to assume he's out of Special Goodness as well until I hear otherwise.