Video: Weezer covers Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android.” Yup…

Video: Weezer covers Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android.” Yup… (photo)

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Last year, a friend who I hadn’t seen in some time sent me a barrage of texts throughout an afternoon asking me to have a drink with him that night. He had some pals playing some covers that evening at a local muscle-shirt/short-skirts bar, and he didn’t wanted to be the stranded bro pretending to listen to ’90s radio hits he didn’t really care to hear. I obliged, and I’ve always been glad I did: I didn’t really love the atmosphere or the band, but watching them run through a well-rehearsed decoupage of hits from my teenage years was revealing. In the eyes of that band and the gaggle of casual listeners who drunkenly shouted along to each chorus, Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” and Eve 6’s “Inside Out” sat alongside Weezer’s “Undone–Sweater Song” and Radiohead’s “Creep” just fine. For alternative rock, those songs could barely be more different thematically (one is pure self-loathing, while at least one is a completely inane break-up tune) or musically (Third Eye Blind’s includes, sort of, a rap verse). But for the cover band playing for tips, they were all uniform, unified symbols for the generation stuffing dollar bills into a water pitcher; they could care less what the songs meant.

Today, Weezer becomes that cover band in the corner playing for the greenbacks dropped in the plastic. Their cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” is inarguably tight, each part delivered with the precision and zeal of the original. Frontman Rivers Cuomo strains his voice outside of his comfort range, mining Thom Yorke’s anxiety with every snarl and fade. When he leans into the microphone, hand close to throat, near the 2:27 mark, you know that he means this entirely. This isn’t a joke or a prank; Weezer, a band with songs called “Hash Pipe” and “Island in the Sun,” is tackling one of the best and darkest moments in pop culture with gusto and rehearsal but adding nothing to it except the affirmation that, given a decade or two, we come to think of songs as generic artifacts, not representations of real feelings of time and place. It’s the sort of moment that suggests, in 20 years, some once-lighthearted geezers in need of a new image might cover “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” Just like Weezer, when it’s over, they’ll likely laugh and say, “That was so cool.” It won’t be.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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