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Weezer Album Cover Memory Test

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As you may know from recent episodes of Lunchbox or glowing album reviews, I’m a big fan of Weezer. Even though they may have shed their college-rock charm years ago, I still can’t help to not obsess about them. I almost feel obliged to apologize, but I won’t give you the satisfaction.

On their most recent album, and for the fourth time in the history of the band, Weezer appears on their album cover. Because I’m a fan (did I mention that?) I tried to look at all four album covers more closely to see if there was some type of Di Vinci code contained within. After about five minutes I came to the decision that there wasn’t. Because Weezer almost didn’t use the image they did for the Red Album, I assume each cover is just a random shot, with no pattern, no reason, no rhyme.

Still–that doesn’t mean I can’t throw a good old-fashioned brain buster your way. In the same way a sudoku puzzle heats up your brain, I want to warm your noggin up with a little Weezer Album Cover Memory Test.

If you want to play along, here are the rules:

Study the four album covers for exactly four minutes. Once you are done, scroll down the blog so you can’t see the image at all (make sure you don’t cheat). Finally, see how many questions you can answer correctly.

Using the Blue Album as a reference tool, questions about band members will always be from left-to-right in a 1-2-3-4 sequence (i.e., left to right (1) Pat Wilson, (2) Rivers Cuomo, (3) Matt Sharp, (4.) Brian Bell)

Ready to play? Let’s go:

1.) Going from left to right, in what two album covers are Pat Wilson, Rivers Cuomo, and Brian Bell in the same position (hint: Weezer’s bassists are also in the same position)?

2.) Out of the four album covers, how many hats are worn by band members?

3.) On Weezer’s Blue Album and Make Believe album covers, Matt Sharp and Pat Wilson are standing in the same position. What are they doing?

4.) On all four album covers–not including sunglasses–how many pairs of black-rimmed eyeglasses are being worn by band members?

5.) There’s only one album cover where Rivers Cuomo is not standing in the second-from-the-left position (the #2 slot). Which one is it?

6.) How many total instruments are pictured in the four album covers?

7.) Looking at each album cover respectively, how many covers feature band members with facial hair (stubble does not count)?

8.) What is the only album cover to have the “weezer” moniker in a black font?

9.) Looking at the four album covers (left to right), has any member of Weezer occupied all four positions?

10.) On what album cover is Rivers Cuomo crossing his arms?

Bonus (worth 5 points): Currently, where is the retro blue shirt that Brian Bell is wearing on the cover of Weezer’s Blue Album?

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ANSWERS:

1.) Blue Album & Make Believe
2.) 2
3.) Holding their hands (at waist level)
4.) 6
5.) Red Album
6.) 1
7.) 1, Red Album
8.) Blue Album
9.) No, although Pat Wilson and Brian Bell are only one position away from accomplishing this feat.
10.) Make Believe
Bonus: In the garbage. After pulling it out of his closet a few years back, Bell noticed the shirt was considerably damaged by some hungry moths. Instead of saving the remnants of the shirt, Bell decided to just throw it away.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.