Yesterday it was announced that Detour, the Fox sitcom based on Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo‘s Harvard studies during the height of the band’s fame, had found its leading man in an exceedingly hot British actor with abs. He has a name, obviously: Ben Aldridge. He sounds like a great guy and all, and he’s done some solid work for the BBC (Our Girl), but he’s no Cuomo. I mean… … Read More
Someone placed a particularly cruel hex on Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo: fan mail for Incubus singer Brandon Boyd is… Read More
Charli XCX’s sophomore album, Sucker, begins with a big, fat “fuck you” — literally. She holds nothing back on the opening title song, calling herself a killer and her detractors suckers, all over a merciless electronic rock track. It’s the sort of thing Shirley Manson might have offered up in Garbage’s late ’90s prime, after a particularly nasty disagreement with a major label. Under Charli’s watch, “Sucker” slyly shouts out Dr. Luke (“You joined my club/ Luke loves your stuff”) and sets the tone for an album full of sharp pop kiss-offs across love, laws, and lavish lifestyles. The 22-year-old singer and songwriter, born Charlotte Aitchison, then reveals the heart of her anger: “Oh dear god, do you get me now?” … Read More
Let us not forget that Rivers Cuomo, human receptacle for music fandom’s collective disappointment, once posed on the cover of Billboard Magazine with his arm around Jermaine Dupri. Even in today’s genre-agnostic musical landscape, that pairing — the Weezer frontman and the R&B songwriter/producer, best known for his work with Mariah Carey — wouldn’t be the most obvious one, but in 2009, the concept was a real head-scratcher.
Those were the years before The Black Keys finally broke through the mainstream with Danger Mouse-produced pop hits, before Usher’s presence was practically expected at Afghan Whigs shows, and before A$AP Ferg remixing Haim somehow made sense. Poptimism was not a concept given much consideration by those outside the music media, let alone controversial thinkpieces in the New York Times. But empowered by the success of mid-2000s singles like “Pork and Beans” and “Beverly Hills” at both pop and alternative radio, Weezer doubled down on pop music. After all, a lot had changed since “Buddy Holly” cracked the Top 20 in 1994. … Read More
Yesterday evening, Fox announced that it had given a put-pilot order to a sitcom called DeTour, from Psych creator Steve Franks. You may be wondering: what’s a put-pilot, and why should I care until this show actually gets a series order? Well, first off, a put-pilot is the kind most likely to reach your TV: a network must pay a hefty fee if they do not air the pilot. And secondly, you should care if you’re a music fan: Franks’ inspiration is the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, specifically the singer’s 11 years of on-and-off study at Harvard, and Cuomo himself is directly involved with the show. … Read More
I am not a sports fan, but I imagine my Weezer fandom is a lot like loving a Cleveland team: at one point they were good, so there’s always that small sliver of hope that they could be again. Weezer have not made a tolerable album in 12 years (2002’s Maladroit), which means they’ve made as many bad records as good ones. They’re currently recording a new album that reunites them with Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, the producer behind 1994’s Blue Album as well as their 2001 comeback, Green Album. And if teasers on social media are to be believed, this may be the return to form that reels old fans back in. Or it could be more false hope, another example of nostalgia as hype. Which is it? Let’s examine the evidence. … Read More
Time for another guessing game — this time we pit you against Spin Magazine’s list of musicians picking their favorite albums of the year. After the jump, we’ve picked 10 of our favorite artists from their list and it’s up to you to match them with their favorite albums. Don’t worry — we gave you a hint by including a quote from each artist about their pick. Highlight the blacked-out boxes to check your answers, and learn what everyone from Bradford Cox to Wayne Coyne was listening to this year. … Read More