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Karl's Corner - 06/06/2002

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06/06/02 a mother, a lover, and a friend

...a very hip restaurant in Battle Creek MI, photo courtesy Elise...

"...I just got back to Kalamazoo from Battle Creek( or Battle Crick if yer a local) after enjoying a "Weezer Burger" from Weezer's bar and grille. The Weezburger comes with sauteed onions, mushrooms, bacon, swiss, cheddar, mozarella and green olives topped with lettuce, tomato ketchup and mustard served with fries and a pickle. A fine burger. There was also a section on the menu called "Weezer's Favorites". I don't know if I would recommend the open face prime rib sandwich, my friend Aaron Wright of the Kalamazoo rock act Slow Drag, "sauced" his pants a tad bit mid-sandwich. This could have been from the evening of brown bottle mayhem the night before or maybe dining at Weezers was just a little too exiting for the poor sap. They changed the sign it now say's "Flash the clown Tues. nights"?? Tried to steal a menu but they were hip to my scheme, better luck next time." -Atom

...well the spark that is the new "Keep Fishin'" continues to ignite! I've gotten numerous reports from LA area fans that they have heard it on 106.7 KROQ-FM on many occasions in the last 3 days, some folks hearing it twice in a one hour span. The DJ's have had "nothing but good things to say" about the song, with DJ Jed the Fish thanking Rivers for "naming a track for him." (heh.) Some reports from other stations have come in from around the country too. Not sure if all of these stations are playing the new or original version of the song...

  • 97X/WOXY Cincinnati is playing Keep Fishin', it was added in "heavy rotation" last week!
  • on COOL 94.3 in Los Angeles/Orange County, during the Fresh Lunch segment, "Keep Fishin'" has gotten play, along with Dope Nose and Take Control.
  • 102.1 The Edge, in Toronto Canada played "definitely the new" Keep Fishin' last night!
  • Chicago's 94.7 The Zone has started playing "Keep Fishin" [as well as "American Gigalo" in recent days]. Currently this station is in the midst of a "weezer week", wherein they are giving away tickets to the Chicago July 11th show, with the grand prize being a trip for two to go see weezer in Irvine, California on august 9th.

...meanwhile "Dope Nose" still is getting respectable play in lots of cities, and countries, with heavy play reported on Triple J Australia, a #21 slot on Much Music's video countdown, #8 on 104.9 XFM vancouver, and plenty of appearences in Stanley Cup playoff games! Also it was heard used on a recent episode of "The Regis and Kelly Show"! the "out of left field and very cool" dep't, The Toronto Sun named "Private Message" [album 5 demo currently available in mp3 form in the a-v page] one of the "10 coolest tunes of the week": "Barely two weeks since Maladroit hit the stores, the band that (more than any other) has figured out how to use the Web, is already posting demos for its next album. This one's so obscenely catchy, you'll be singing along halfway through the second chorus." Maladroit album chart addendum:

  • Netherlands: maladroit debuted at a dissapointing #95. However, on "The Sharp Edge" [the national alternative chart], it debuted at #1! So I guess its just a matter of perspective (and wordplay).
  • Meanwhile in France, Maladroit slipped to #60 on the natrional chart in its second week, but on the "Indie" chart its in at #4! Pascal writes: ", in terms of popularity it's just cool!!! also never forget that here we're overwhelmed by commercial craps !!"
  • over in Norway, maladroit went from #4 to #11 in it's second week, while "Burndt Jamb" is becoming a suprise radio hit there! thing #1: a group of fans is trying to make a homemade fans' weezer Tribute album (covers compilation). Their plans are still getting organized at this time, more info is available on this website. thing #2: a fan has set up a new website to host a weezer fans' chat room, which is handy as the official one we've been trying to make happen here on still isn't ready yet (we're told). The idea here is to organize the weezer fan community and keep people in touch regarding street teams, "concert teams", and such. Check it out here. thing #3 over on fan site, they just launched an interactive section for fans that should provide some pretty cool tools for fans to get in touch with each other and trade info. thing #4: weezerfest action! There are a bunch of new weezerfests (fan organized weez-related parties) coming up. Please visit for the new info. Ive also gotten some separate info on some other upcoming weezerfests: August 8th, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. contact Katie here. This one is still in the rough stage and suggestions are welcome. July 26th: UK [London], Hyde Park. Awaiting further info.