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Weezer’s Red Album, I Don’t Like It, I Love It!

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If you haven’t noticed, I usually try to steer clear of writing album reviews on the Indie Ear Blog. Music is a very personal thing, so who am I to say if an album sucks or not? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to take a mic cord and wrap it around a critic’s neck for giving a bad review to an album I love. However, today I felt compelled to write a review for Weezer’s Red Album, which just came out last week.

I absolutely love it! I can’t stop listening to it–as soon as it’s finished I find myself going back to track one and starting all over again.

(above: I’d give it another thumbs up if I wasn’t afraid of dropping the jewel case on the floor.)

Here’s why I’m addicted to this damn thing–Weezer decided to flip the bird to music critics and throw any and all self consciousness out the window, all while creating the album they wanted to make, having a boat-load of fun in the process.

It’s no secret that Rivers Cuomo has been infatuated with hip-hop slang ever since penning the lyrics to “Buddy Holly” (“What’s with these homies dissin’ my girl?”), but it’s refreshing to see him finally embrace his rap jones on the Red Album, pulling out his rhyme pad for a majority of the tracks. Critics may call his rhyme flow elementary, but c’mon, after writing five albums’ worth of material, both loved and worshipped by mainstream and college radio kids alike (including an album that could go down in history as one of the most bizarrely honest rock albums of all-time), where do you go from there?

Well, you go back to why you started making music in the first place–for the fun of it. And what’s more fun than rhymes, power chords, and ticking off music critics? Here’s a blow-by-blow, track-by-track recap of Weezer’s latest offering:

1. Troublemaker
Cuomo rhymes “beyatch” with “kids”–eat your heart out Lil’ Wayne!
Lyrical Message to Critics:
“Doing things my own way.”

2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)
Who doesn’t love an epic rock song? Police sirens, rock-star falsettos, and anthemic choir-like sing-a-longs–eat your heart out Freddie Mercury!
Lyrical Message(s) to Critics:
“After the havoc that I’m going to wreak, no more words will critics have to speak.”
“If you don’t like it, you can shove it.”

3. Pork and Beans
This is the Red Album’s answer to the Blue Album’s “Buddy Holly.” Catchy as heck with a chorus that makes no sense at all!
Lyrical Message(s) to Critics:
“Imma do the things that I wanna do, I ain’t got a thing to prove to you.”
“Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts, maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art?”
“I don’t give a hoot about what you think.”
“I don’t care!” (6x)

4. Heart Songs
Reminds me of the Blue Album’s “In the Garage.” Cuomo lists of all the important songs and albums that lead to his musical upbringing. Anyone who started a band after listening to Nirvana in the early 90’s may even find themselves a little choked up when Cuomo explains the importance of Nevermind. This could also be the first time in recording history that Debbie Gibson, The Fresh Prince, Michael Jackson, and Slayer are given shout-outs in the same song.
Lyrical Message to Critics:
“These are my heart songs, they never feel wrong.”

5. Everybody Get Dangerous
I really should hate this song, because it almost sounds like a bad rap-rock song from a college band in the ’90’s. But then I remember that it’s a Weezer song with boasts about how dangerous they are by going cow-tipping and playing ice hockey without pads. If you don’t get slimed with the irony, maybe the “boo-yah” in the chorus will help you see the light.
Lyrical Message to Critics:
The mere fact that this song was included on the album is a big F-you to critics.

6. Dreamin’
A classic Weezer track, complete with barbershop quartet breakdown (ala, “Surf Wax America” and “Holiday”) and a swelling punk-rock-explosion of a finish.
Lyrical Message to Critics:
“I don’t want to get with your program.”

7. Thought I Knew
What?! Brian Bell singing on a track? Has the control freak known as Rivers Cuomo lost his mind? I love the fact that Cuomo is sharing the ball with the rest of the band. Bell channels the spirit of Matthew Sweet and crafts out a little album gem.

8. Cold Dark World
Scott Shriner’s turn to play with the ball (although it sounds like Cuomo rhyming). The line, “I will protect you, never disrespect you, but if you need love then I’ll be here to sex you” is so absurd it’s hilarious!
Lyrical Message to Critics:
Refer to track #5 “Everybody Get Dangerous” (above)

9. Automatic
Pat Wilson’s turn to play with the Weezer beach ball. This is definitely single-worthy, Billy Squier would be proud (and maybe even a little jealous of the catchy big-rock hook)!

10. The Angel and the One
Weezer ending an album in classic Weezer tradition–with a soft and gentle Rivers Cuomo ballad. Like the Blue Album’s “Only in Dreams,” this track takes it good time fading out, clocking in at over six minutes.
Lyrical Message to Critics:
“Peace, shalom.”

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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