The High Five Episode 23 – More Weezer With Matt Bond Part 2

Hello and welcome to the second half of my chat with longtime friend Matt Bond about our favorite band, Weezer! In this one, we dig into the greatness of Van Weezer, physical media and Tales From The Black Hole! For links to the podcasts and interviews we talk about, check out last week’s post!

In the last episode we talked about how awesome “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” is. Here’s a clip of Weezer performing it live — with a CHOIR! — at the Spike Video Game Awards. It’s…wild.

Also, Matt mentioned a new Weezer song in a video game, it’s called “Tell Me What You Want,” it’s from the game Wave Break, features a “Weezy Mode” and I absolutely want to play it. Here’s a clip:

You can follow Matt on Twitter. I’m on there too. Dig me on Instagram too if you like. You can also leave a comment here, review the show on Apple Podcasts or email me at high5tj at gmail dot com. Have a good one!

The High Five Podcast Episode 22 – More Weezer With Matt Bond Part 1

Today we welcome my pal Matt Bond back to the show to talk about not only the two latest Weezer albums — OK Human and Van Weezer — but also Rivers Cuomo solo outings Alone, Alone II and Not Alone! This will be a two-parter! If you want to hear our initial talk, which covered the band’s other 13 records, check them out here and here.

We reference a lot of interviews, podcasts and videos in this one, so here are the links! Matt mentions Rivers on a podcast, which is an episode of Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird from 2017. He also mentioned his brother-in-law’s podcast which is called Are You Ready For Another…?

I mention bits and pieces of info gleaned from this OK Human NPR piece, an LA Times interview from the same time plus this awkward Forbes Van Weezer interview with Scott, Brian and Pat and the interview with Suzy Shinn from Slate. You can also watch the recent Rivers interview on the Zach Sang Show here:

In the episodes we also talk about the wild theory that Kurt Cobain and Rivers Cuomo are the same person. The website is called RiversCobain if you want to check it out. It’s nuts. I really didn’t realize the live version of OK Human I watched was a ripped off pay-per-view livestream. If you search for A Night With Weezer, you’ll find it. I do want to officially plug TheGuitarNotebook for posting all those great Weezer Blue Album bass tab lesson videos.

You can follow Matt on Twitter. I’m on there too. Dig me on Instagram too if you like. You can also leave a comment here, review the show on Apple Podcasts or email me at high5tj at gmail dot com. Have a good one!

The High Five Podcast Episode 14 – Weezer With Matt Bond Part 2

On this week’s episode, Matt Bond and I finish up our talk about our decades-long relationship with Weezer and how we’ve both decided to embrace them, Ride Or Die, though we each got there in different ways. If you missed out on part one, you can listen to it here.

Also, if you’re curious, these are the custom made CDs Bond mentioned:

The High Five Episode 13 – Weezer Deep Dive With Matt Bond Part 1

For this week’s episode, my longtime friend Matt Bond and I talk about our shared love of Weezer. This first part will cover the band’s first five records: The Blue Album, Pinkerton, The Green Album, Maladroit and Make Believe. For what it’s worth, we recorded this interview just about a year ago. Come on back next week to here us talk about most of the rest of their albums!

If you’re curious, here’s a post I wrote over a decade ago that covers some of the same ground as this episode, but also includes the shot I mentioned from Weezer.com. Or you can scroll down and just look at it here.

Finally, we talk about the Matt Damon/Leslie Jones Weezer SNL sketch here and there, so why not give it another watch here.

Songs Of Summer “Magic” by B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo

A few weeks ago, the missus asked me if Rivers Cuomo from Weezer had been doing some songs with hip hop guys. She had a heard a song on the radio with Cuomo and a rapper she couldn’t remember the name of, but said she heard it on the radio. I said I know he’s recorded with some hip hop guys in the past, but I hadn’t heard of anything. This is a testament to how old I am. In the late 90s/early 00s you would be hard pressed to stump me on a Weezer factoid. But after the crappiness of Make Believe, a record I listened to exactly twice and couldn’t stomach anymore, I left Weezer as a current band behind and only listened to their old stuff. They’ve since come out with two albums I haven’t listened to and are apparently working on another one soon. But the song the missus was referring to isn’t a Weezer song, as we discovered tonight on the way home from Despicable Me (good flick, check it out). It’s him singing with hip hopper B.o.B who seems to be exploding all over the place this summer (his Airplanes songs was already an SOS entry this year). The track is called “Magic” and it doesn’t seem to have an official video yet, so you’ll have to settle for the above clip of the king geek up on stage at a hip hop show doing his thing and this video of a spaceship but with a better recording of the song.

I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a song involving Cuomo this much in quite a while. It actually makes me want to give Make Believe another listen (sappy pap doesn’t seem to bother me as much as it used to) and maybe even their other two CDs which I haven’t heard great things about, but not terrible things either.