SPIN magazine gave the CD a score of "0" and a one-word review: "Unlistenable." Rolling Stone gave it a one-star review and compared it to Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" (ouch). On the other hand, All Music Guide gave it a 90 out of 100, and called it "one of the most fascinating, confrontational albums of the 2000s." The NY Times compared the Liars to Merzbow and This Heat. And Pitchfork, well...nobody gives a crap what Pitchfork says. So download this disc and see for yourself.
I love this approach and I'll be really interessted to see what the sales figures end up like -- my hope is it will become a good case study for indie rock sales stimulation and sharing music.
I think this video shows an appropriate response to anyone singing a Madonna song, including Madonna herself. (You NEED to watch this video. It's good. Trust me.)
In March of 2002, Weezer went into the studio to work on the follow-up to "Maladroit," which would be their 5th CD. As the band worked on the songs, they posted the tracks on their official website, weezer.com
Weezer continued to post MP3s of the songs up until July 16th of 2002. After that, the updates mysteriously stopped. Shortly after that, all of the MP3s disappeared from the website. Then the band "took a break" for several months.
Fast-forward to 2004: Weezer returns to the studio to work on an entirely new batch of songs with producer Rick Rubin.
It appears as though all of the tracks originally planned for "Album 5" have now been scrapped completely. So...what would "Album 5" have sounded like?
Take a listen to some of these tracks and tell me what you think:
Which ones should have been on the album?
Which ones should have been scrapped?
What should have been the CD's opening track?
What should have been the CD's closing track?
What should have been the first single?
In March, 1987, Camper Van Beethoven retreated to a friend's house for a weekend songwriting getaway. Within hours, their drummer broke his arm on a makeshift sled. Then a massive snowstorm trapped the band in their house. With nothing better to do, the band started doing what every band does when they have some free time -- they started recording cover versions of songs from Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" album.
It was one of those days where it was too beautiful to go back indoors. My friend Lance and I met for breakfast and we couldn't justify going straight home so we went down to the area that's somewhere between Pacific Heights and the Marina. I had my camera with me.