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jive = jibe. Sorry, I am not a “commenter copyeditor” normally, but that one really bugs me.
Ah yes, the old “if you are at all critical of something I like, you should listen to Nickleback” defense. Second only to the “if you don’t like it, why don’t you make your own album/movie/book/blog?!” defense. Internet, don’t ever change.
I kinda wish this band would go one way or the other. Either commit to a stoner rock thing or go more for a Blues Explosion type sound. This song sounds like a rejected Vanilla Fudge demo fronted by the singer of a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Like the bass part though.
Beulah’s Miles Kurosky solo album due in March.
My thoughts exactly. This performance of this song is even better than the album version, and honestly, it makes it one of the best songs they’ve ever done (despite the lyrics). But the rest of the album isn’t a fraction as good.
How about “No One Else”? Rivers wants a girl who won’t leave the house or talk to anyone or put on make up for anyone but him? That’s nearly as creepy as “Across the Sea.” From what I understand “Buddy Holly” was written for a girl Rivers didn’t know very well, much like the songs on Pinkerton. “Surf Wax” is about Rivers hating the whole macho surfing scene (and again, drinking). I’ll give you that lyrically, Blue is more steeped in metaphor–at least more than Pinkerton is–but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as personal, it’s just not as blatantly confessional no every song. And any song on that record is still far more personal than anything since Pinkerton.
Ever listened to the lyrics on Blue? “Say It Ain’t So” is as personal as anything on Pinkerton. But I don’t even care if the band goes back to that sound, I’d be fine if they just went back to the Green album sound–just straight forward power-pop. And actually, this single isn’t so bad–it’s the rest of the album that’s horrific. Whatever teen-mall pop they’re doing on this album is made way more disturbing simply because they are 40 year old men. Rivers’ demo albums have been fine, but when he gets in the studio with Weezer, he becomes obsessed with making everything a Top 10 Billboard hit, and at this point it’s just embarrassing.
Josh Freese. One of the most in demand touring/session drummers in the industry.
Album cover is pretty hilarious. The content on the album will most likely be hilariously bad. Jermaine Dupri co-writing credits FTW
No More Mister Nice Guy.
Ben Lee married Ione Skye? I did not know that. Might have to give this a listen although I don’t remember any Noise Addict songs outside of “I Wish I Was Him.”
Let’s say twenties and thirties for the sake of argument. I’m 25, Blue Album was the first CD I bought with my own money. But we have to remember they gained a ton of young fans in the 00s with Beverly Hills, Hash Pipe, Island in the Sun, Pork & Beans, etc.
I hope Rivers raised his hand.
“It IS Me, Babe”
Good post. I think some of his stuff is on emusic if people want to get a taste. The Adventures of Pete & Pete soundtrack is actually an excellent place to start.
Isn’t it “I’m Waiting for THE Man”?
Yeah, what? There were a few Merritt songs used for sure, but the theme song, closing credits song, “Pete’s Song” (Summerbabe), and a good 10+ other songs were Polaris/Miracle Legion.
One of the most overlooked singers/songwriters of our time. This is gonna be great.
Washington Post is posting it too, using TMZ as a source.
Jimmy Vivino, not Labamba
Belleville isn’t even close to being a hick town
Give it another listen. The first two songs are immediately accessible, the others are growers. This is probably my favorite album of the year thus far.
Just to be a nitpicker…”I Am the Cosmos” is actually a Chris Bell (former Big Star) solo song, not a Big Star song.
He looks like the Cure Girl from Wet Hot American Summer in that picture.
“What do we do at the barbecue if we’re vegan?”
“WHAT. DO WE DO. AT THE BARBECUE. IF WE ARE VEGAN?”
“Smelly ass”? Does her ass smell like roses?