Review: Weezer – Weezer (The White Album)

Weezer - The White Album

This is not Pinkerton.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s examine where this 10th LP (fourth self-titled) fits within The Curious Case of Weezer.

To many, Weezer are hacks; they’re notorious for “selling out” (whatever that means), a band who’s switched not only styles but a frontman who famously experimented with hundreds of songwriting methods just to reach the heights of the band’s classic debut, Weezer (The Blue Album). But it’s what’s happened between the time of The Blue Album and now that makes the band (and their enigmatic frontman, Rivers Cuomo) so endearing. There was critical success followed by critical failure; addiction followed by isolation, all in the name of goofy songs like “Hash Pipe” and “Island in the Sun.” There was celibacy, meditation, marriage, divorce, a Lil Wayne feature, and a “return to form” all in the past two decades.

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“It’s not, like, ‘announced’ or anything, and none of us really knew it was coming, but it’s happening,” assured Wargo, who also spends his time as a woodworker and illustrator. “Possibly unofficially at this stage, but it’s definitely a thing.”

Kanye West’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’ May Hit #1 With Virtually Zero Sales

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The Aquabats Bat Commander Issues Apology

The Aquabatsʼ Bat Commander has issued an apology on Facebook for an insensitive post last week.

Friday, I reposted a photo of the marquee at a local shop in our area. Every couple of weeks they come up with some kind of silly messaging on their marquee for the people driving by the store to read. I’ve posted a few of these in the past…but Friday’s post was a mistake. Initially, I read it as a silly topical way to say that the shop has wetsuits that can fit anyone and everyone. I realize that it was actually in poor taste and insensitive to the transgender community. I honestly didn’t mean any offense and unfortunately, I didn’t think too much of it at the time of my repost. I realize now that many people were hurt by this and I feel bad. This was my poor judgment to post it.