The High Five Podcast Episode 46 – Favorite Records & Podcasts Of 2021

I’m wrapping up my Best of 2021 posts today with one going through my sonic journeys this year both musical and podcast…ical?

Want to give a listen to six and a half hours of my favorite late 90s/early 00s pop punk songs? Now, you can! I called it Four Minutes In Heaven because it made me giggle. I totally forgot that I also made a Weezer playlist called Throw Up The W.

You can still check out my old Angelfire page here. Sadly the Blue Note banner ad isn’t still around.

If you like music and/or comedy, you definitely need to watch this drum battle between Buddy Rich and Animal from The Muppet Show.

And you know you want to see some Prince

While you’re at it, here’s the 60 Minutes piece about Welcome 2 America and the Vault.

I did a search and found this 2012 post I did about discovering How Did This Get Made?!

If you’re curious about some of the previous episodes I mentioned in this one, here are some handy dandy links!

As always, you can email me at high5tj at or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

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 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.

My Favorite New Albums Of 2010

I actually had a pretty good time compiling last year’s list of my favorite albums of the year and figured now’s as good a time as any to get around to this year’s. The funny thing about this year is that, while I probably acquired more CDs than I have in quite a while thanks to flea markets, garage sales and sales, I didn’t actually buy a lot of new music. New to me of course, but not new new. So, with that in mind, I’ll probably do another post about my favorite new-to-me discs of the year next week. Anyway, my favorite records of the year are a mix of smokey rockers, soul sisters, pop rock stalwarts, metal dudes, collaborators, introspective song writers and more. Hit the jump for the full list! Continue reading My Favorite New Albums Of 2010

Music Mondays: My Weezer Fandom

For whatever reason, Weezer had nothing to do with my formative music-liking years in 7th or 8th grade when it was taking my future high school friends by storm. I’m sure I’d heard “Buddy Holly,” but the name Weezer meant nothing to me. Being kind of an asshole in high school I would constantly make fun of my new friends for liking Weezer even though I was basing that on absolutely nothing. It’s a wonder we’re still friends, though I think part of that’s because, at some point either sophomore or junior year, I asked my buddy Chad if I could borrow their records. At the time Weezer–consisting of lead singer and guitar player Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, guitar player Brian Bell and bass player Matt Sharp–only had their 1994 self-titled debut (dubbed “The Blue Album”) and 1996’s follow up Pinkerton out. Unfortunately, Pinkerton didn’t do so well, Cuomo went crazy and the band went on hiatus for a few years. I listened to the two records and did a complete 180, becoming a huge fan of the band, even checking on a regular basis, though never getting involved in the message boards (I hate those things). Luckily for me, I got into the band towards the end of their hiatus which meant that 2001’s self-titled album (this one dubbed “The Green Album” for obvious reasons) wasn’t too far off. During their off-time, Sharp left the band to be replaced by Mikey Welsh on bass and Rivers started writing poppier, less personal songs because he was devastated by Pinkerton‘s failure (an album that featured lots of personal feelings from the singer). I remember going to my beloved local record store Boogie Records with my friend Matt during our free period senior year and buying the record the day it came out. The album wasn’t great–not as good as the previous two at least–but it was new Weezer, which meant new tours would be on the horizon. At the time, the band pretty much played the exact same set list every show, but my friends and I hoped to see them soon.

Also around this time, Rivers started doing a lot of interviews that lead to lots of angriness from fans, especially the ones where he practically disowned Pinkerton (an album everyone I know loved and, from what I read in an article in Guitar World about the then-new emo scene, influenced that entire scene thanks to this new thing called the internet) and said that his fans were assholes. I can’t tell you exactly where this happened, but it did. I was pissed. That’s when I realized that Weezer was one of the hardest bands to be a fan of, but I was hooked. Soon, I would go off to college and purchase the poster version of the Green Album cover which hung proudly in my room. On September 22, 2001, my freshman year of college, my parents came down to Delaware, Ohio, my friends Matt and Charlie who were going to Ohio State at the time came up and then my parents took us back to Toledo, which got us closer to Detroit where the show was. A band called The Start opened up and–this is the best part–I got to shake hands with new bass player Scott Shriner who also happened to be from Toledo! In fact, I worked with his cousin at the bagel shop. For whatever reason, Scott was running up the aisle near us and one of my friends notice and shot his hand out into the aisle. Scott very nicely stopped and shook all our hands before moving on to his destination. I don’t remember many specifics of the show, but I do remember singing like crazy along with all the songs. Good times. As I mentioned in a previous post, I actually drove up from Delaware, Ohio to Toledo to hit up the midnight release of Weezer’s next record Maladroit. Someone snapped a picture of Scott Shriner’s dad buying it at Boogie Records and it made its way onto Weezer’s website. That’s me in the gray sweatshirt and the missus in blue (she was nice enough to let me use her car for the voyage). I really didn’t like Maladroit when I first listened to it. I wanted to hear more Pinkerton-like music, but it was poppy like “Green.” But it eventually grew on me and I wound up digging the record. That was in 2002. I was a sophomore in college at the time. That summer my friends from Toledo and I went to see Weezer again in concert, this time they were doing shows with two stages, had five bands playing along with them (including Sparta and Dashboard Confessional who I realized I hate) and a side stage with smaller bands. Another good time was had by all. Then Make Believe came out and broke my heart. I know it sounds dumb to say something like that about a band filled with people you’ve never met (hand shake aside), but with that album’s string of poppy pap crap, I was done with the band…for a while at least. How many times did I need to get kicked in the ribs before I walked away? The record came out in 2005, I was still in college and I don’t think I’ve listened to it since then, though I do still own it (I’ve never even ripped it into iTunes). Soon, I’d graduate college and go on to work for Wizard in New York with a bunch of dudes who were also, at this point, former Weezer fans. Many of them felt the same way I did and some were even angrier about it. I kind of mellowed out after a while, but I still didn’t buy or even listen to their next two records “the Red Album” from 2008 and 2009’s Raditude. So, it’s been a good five years since my heart broke. By now it’s mended back together and was ticking better than ever (thanks to realizing a band isn’t really worth getting too upset about). Plus, recently I’d been seeing a few things that made me curious about their latest record Hurley: Rivers’ appearance on that B.o.B song “Magic” and their first single off the record called “Memories” which I really really dug. There’s finally an official video for “Magic” now, by the way. Watching Rivers doing his MC thing on stage is always funny.

So, last week, I found myself in Best Buy doing something I hadn’t done in half a decade: buying a Weezer CD. I went with the deluxe edition because it was the same price as the regular. My friends and I used to joke that you can expect one thing from any Weezer CD: ten songs. Well, that rule had been broken in the past, but it made me chuckle that the regular version of the disc had that magical number of tracks. And, you know what? I really like this record. I don’t know if it’s just me being sentimental (like seeing a girl you used to like and thinking you’ve got a thing for her again, but really it’s just a fond memory) or if it’s legit. I’ve only listened to it once all the way through, but I wasn’t depressed after the first listen, so that’s much better than my first Make Believe listen.

You might be thinking to yourself “Oh, TJ, don’t go back to that band, they don’t know how to treat you right and will only wind up hurting you again.” But to that I would respond “Yo, I got this.” Now that I’m less emotional about the whole thing, I’ll probably even go back and listen to Make Believe again and keep my eyes peeled for “Red” and Raditude at flea markets, garage sales and used places.

Weezer’s New Video Featuring The Dudes From Jackass

I saw this video for Weezer’s “Memories” featuring the dudes from Jackass before heading off for a long weekend in Massachusetts with the missus, in-laws and some other family members, but couldn’t find it, which is why it took me so long to post. Anyway, I’ve never been a huge fan of Jackass and Weezer hasn’t been wowing me too much lately, but I really dug this video. First up, it feels like an older school Weezer song. Second, the whole idea of memories and wanting to go back to good times has been on my mind. The lyrics made me think first of a magical time at Wizard when all my boys were not only living in the same state, but also in a nearby area allowing us to hang out together. Then, I was thinking about my buddies from T-Town who I miss every day and then my friends from college who I also miss all the time (no offense on the order guys). I try not to get too sentimental because, well, it kind of sucks missing nearly everyone you know.

Anyway, good song, good feeling and even though I’m not a huge fan of Jackass, I really admire those dudes for being able to not only get famous together, but also stay friends over all these years (the show premiered on MTV 10 YEARS AGO, the skating videos well before that). Good on them!