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Riverpedia archive - 08/20/2020

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This page collates all entries as of August 20, 2020, before the wiki was opened to edits by other users. All entries are therefore known to have been written by Rivers Cuomo.

60 Wrong Sausages

A band with me, Jason, Pat Finn, Winky Smiles. We only played one show--in Petaluma, California in 1990.

I wrote and sang some of the songs. "Tennis Ball", "Numerous Druids", "Ben Gay".

464 Warrenville Rd.

Where I lived in 6th grade. White house.

469 South Eagleville Rd.

Where I lived from end of 6th through 12th grades.

2914 Urban Avenue

The guest room I moved into in Santa Monica.

There were chocolate labs there.

It was a loft.

Ableton

The DAW I've used since 2010. I love how easy it is to change keys and tempos. I change keys and tempos a lot when I'm writing.

Avant Garde

My metal band in senior year of high school and for a few years after.

Bach

fugues

preludes

and more!

Probably my all time favorite composer.

I play the Well Tempered Clavier every other day.

Beethoven

The myth, the man, the master.

Billy Joel answered 'Beethoven sonatas' when asked which composer songwriters should study.

I play the sonatas every other day.

I'm still playing way under tempo.

Betsy

Betsy was the name of our first tour van. Karl and Pat found it. It broke down a lot.

Beverly Shoenberger

My mom. Born May 8, 1947. Grew up in South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.

Bobby Schneck

My guitar tech from like 2001 to 2005.

Brian Cuomo

My older half-brother

California Vipassana Center

Cherokee Avenue

The first place I lived in in California. I arrived there on March 5, 1989. Right off of Hollywood Boulevard, just above Yucca Avenue.

5 guys in a one-room apartment.

Coffee

I drink 2 cups a day from January to August. Then I wean off for the rest of the year. Caffeine free by January 1.

I use a milligram scale to weigh quantity of Starbucks Via.

And a google sheet to calculate each day's allowance.

cs50w

The web programming class I'm taking right now. Online through EdX.

Dell

I use Dell computers.

DeTour

A 2015 TV show pilot that was inspired by my life, about a rockstar who decides to go back to college. The fictitious band name was originally "Modern Dukes" (from a song of the same name that I'd released to fans in 2001 and that I'd considered for Make Believe); but had to be changed to "Crimson Dukes" due to some copyright issue.

I filmed a cameo in it, playing a "Professor Kitts".

The show didn't get picked up. That whole chapter is still so weird to me; in music, if you make an album and your label decides not to put it out, you can bring it to another label to release it. I learned that was not the case with TV, so we ended up with a completely finished pilot that we couldn't show anyone. What a waste of time, money, and effort on everyone's part.

Dustin Addis

Weezer's day to day manager at Crush. Since 2015. Also FOB. Cool guy. He's starting to join me for golf.

E.O. Smith

A high school in Storrs, Connecticut. I went there.

Fury

My Kiss cover band.

Justin Fisher: bass (Gene)

Gabe Cuomo

My half-brother. Grew up in Germany.

Garp

The Ito's French bulldog. He died some years ago.

Gina Cuomo

My half-sister. Grew up in Germany.

Goat Punishment

A pseudonym for Weezer when I wanted to do secret shows in 2000.

We did an all Oasis set and an all Nirvana set.

Mikey came up with the name when a cab driver asked him what the name of his band was.

Gus

Our tour manager in 2001. Now with the Foos and Blink

Guitar Picks

I use a Jim Dunlop .88mm guitar pic

Harutoshi Ito

Kyoko's dad. A really cool guy.

He helped me carry in my luggage when I first arrived at their house in 2005.

He volunteers as a teacher of ma jong to other seniors.

Harvard

I got my first computer when I went to Harvard in 1995. It was a PC. And I've used PC ever since. Am I the only musician who uses a PC?

Hearing

Seems to be ok.

In The Garage

Actually written in the garage of our house at Amherst Ave..

Jennifer Chiba

My "girlfriend" in the 90's

Jodi

My first love. She lived in South Windsor. She was 2 years younger. She is 2 years younger, presumably.

She was super into her volleyball team.

I used to get m&m's at the gas station on the way home from her house to console myself. I was so sad.

Her dad hated me.

John Stamos

I met John in 1995 while touring the Blue album. He was a big Beach Boys fan and we bonded over Pet Sounds. One of the nicest people I have ever met. We still meet up for coffee and a smoke every now and then.

June 13, 1970

The day I was born. In a Manhattan hospital. We were living in Brooklyn at the time. Why was I born in Manhattan if we were living in Brooklyn?

Jump

A button to go to Riverchat's older version last posted message.

Justin Fisher

Best friend since the 7th grade.

Kids

I have two.

Kimiko Ito

Kyoko's mom. Sings in a chorus.

Kumamoto

The city where Kyoko is from.

Kyoko

Kyoko Ito. My wife. Met her at TT & The Bears in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October, 1997.

She's from Kumamoto, Japan. About a 2 hour flight from Tokyo.

Kyokushin

A style of karate. I studied it when I was in my early twenties.

It's pretty hardcore.

Kyushu

The prefecture where Kyoko is from.

Leaves Cuomo

My brother.

Lisa

My second love. I met her at Goodie's in Orange County. I was passing out flyers for a Zoom show.

After Zoom got evicted from our apartment on Cherokee, I lived with her for a few months at her apartment in Fullerton.

Lisa Cuomo

My older half-sister. I didn't know about her until I was grown up.

Los Angeles City College

My first college. I went there for one semester in the Spring of 1991. I took Psych 101 and English 101.

I was working at Tower Sunset at the time.

I would ride my bike to school from our apartment on Genessee. One time I got hit by a car.

Los Angeles Valley College

After making the Blue Album, I went to community college for a semester, taking all music classes.

Notable events: the Northridge earthquake, Kurt Cobain's suicide, and the release of the Blue album.

Spring semester 1994.

I lived there with Karl and Kevin.

Little Martin

I use a Little Martin Ed Sheeran ÷ Edition Guitar when I play in my home studio.

Mansfield

Mansfield, Connecticut. How is it different from Storrs, CT. I was never quite sure. But I lived there from age 11 to age 18. That is 1982 to 1988. Sixth grade to graduation from high school.

Mansfield Middle School

I went there from 6 through 8th grade.

Nerd Nights

These were a series of events I did between 2011-2015 in and around Santa Monica, where I invited local fans to hang out with me. It started as private movie screenings (the first two were The Neverending Story and Time Bandits) where I rented out the entire small theatre both times.

Subsequent Nerd Nights were all Shakespeare-related - either screenings of live performances; or an actual performance put on by a couple of different, local Shakespeare troupes that I supported.

On the eleventh Nerd Night, Brian joined me, and after watching a screening of Antony & Cleopatra, we played an acoustic version of "Cleopatra" for everyone.

There was also a related daytime event that I called Dork Day, where I invited fans to bring their children out to watch a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

No One Else

Written about Petra.

Norman Richey

Is my current step-dad. He's a cool guy. From Malone, NY. Still coaching as a retiree but worked most of his life as a marriage/family counselor. Good guy to have on the team.

One Night Stand

A band Justin and I formed with some guys from Turners Falls, Massachussetts.

We actually wrote a couple songs. One of them was called "One Night Stand" and it's actually pretty good.

Greg -- vocals

Andy Jackman -- Keyboards

Pets

I do not currently own any pet. I love dogs, though. I had a cat named Calvin when I was a senior in high school. I did not train him properly.

My grandparents owned a black lab, and one time it cut its nose by getting it stuck in a can of pork and beans.

Piano

At home I use Yamaha upright pianos. I feel like I don't deserve a grand or baby grand.

I took my first few lessons in 1987, as a senior in high school. I didn't get very far.

I love this instrument so much.

Poinsettia Place

Just below Sunset Boulevard and Rock and Roll Ralph's. I lived there with Kevin Ridel and for a long time, Roger Marinelli. I worked at Tower Sunset.

Pomfret, CT

Lived there a few times in the 70's.

Professor at UCLA

Taught me classic Fuchs species counterpoint while I was living on Homewood. My final project turned into the chorale section of The Greatest Man.

When I emailed him to tell him about the song (and his role in it), his wife emailed me back to tell me he had died.

Putnam, CT

Lived there a few times in the 1970's.

Python

Python is a programming language that can be used both for writing command-line scripts or building web applications.

I like it a lot.

Ric Ocasek

Main songwriter in The Cars. Produced several of our albums.

Rochester, N.Y.

We lived there when I was about 1 to 5 years old.

Roger Marinelli

Rivers's partner in the Vegeterrorists. Generally thought to be the better rapper of the two.

Santa Monica

The city where Rivers's lives.

Santa Monica College

I went there in the early 90's, first as an English major, then as a music major.

Sarah Kim

My assistant from 2001 to 2018. Now she works for Melanie Martinez.

She emailed weezer.com in 2001 offering to send her resume.

Satchidananda Ashram

In Pomfret, Connecticut in the 1970's.

Shannon Cuomo

My step-brother. Lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Sheeny Bang

My first assistant.

I actually met her at a party in the fall of 1997 after one of my solo shows in Cambridge, MA. Then she emiled weezer.com around the time the Green Album came out (in 2001) looking for a job.

S.N. Goenka

My meditation teacher. I met him in 2005.

He was Indian but he grew up in Myanmar.

Southern California Vipassana Center

Steve Kitts

Was my step-dad from 1976 to 1989. Age 5 to 18, so he basically raised me. Cool guy. Still lives in Connecticut.

He played goalie for his soccer team in high school.

Temescal Canyon

One of our favorite hikes.

The 3rd Street Promenade

I'm not crazy about all the street performers.

The Amherst House

2226 Amherst Avenue, West LA. Right on the border with Santa Monica. Close to Taco Bell, Chevron.

The Leafy Green Street Sweeping Machine

One of the band names from our brainstorming session.

The Truth

A short-lived band for which I played bass. Kevin Ridel was the singer and songwriter. They were all Christian pop-rock songs. We played 1 show at the Whiskey.

UCONN

I took 2 music classes there in my senior year of high school.

Vipassana

The technique of meditation I practice. 2 hours a day.

My teacher's website is [www.dhamma.org].

Vipassana Meditation Center

Shelburne Falls, MA

Vision

I'm farsighted.

Vivaldi

Warlock

My metal cover band.

Will Rogers State Park

One of our favorite hikes. There's poison oak.

Yoriko Ito

Kyoko's sister.