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6160 Hollywood Blvd

Site of Rajis (RIP). The first Weezer show.

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A series of three records I released that include demos and previously unreleased material.

I currently have no plans to release a 4th Alone album.
I'm finding that old material is very useful for new songs.

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Alone IV

I currently have no plans to release a 4th Alone album.
I'm finding that old material is very useful for new songs.

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Bruce Reich


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 back to tell me he had died.

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My final project for my first coding class, CS50x. I got a 95 in the class.

I've since ported the program to google apps script and expanded it almost beyond belief. Nowadays it sits by mostly idle because I'm not traveling.

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Elliott Smith

I'm really starting to dig some of his songs.

My 90's "girlfriend", Jennifer Chiba, was his girlfriend at the time of his death. She left me a distraught voice message but I was in one of my first meditation courses.

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Expatriates In Paris

A song I wrote with the guys from Ozma. This one’s awesome.

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A band I formed in 1991 with Pat (Wilson) and Scottie Chapman. My first non-metal band. We were much more crunchy like Soundgarden, Nirvana and Mudhoney.

Scottie later became a cast member of Mythbusters, and now she’s a dental hygienist.

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I've Thrown It All Away

recently recorded with the band. I originally co-wrote it in the '90s with Pat and Jason. Eventually released on Van Weezer

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I practice stream of consciousness journaling for 25 minutes every morning. My journal entries sometimes end up being used as lyrics.

I wrote a program that each morning sends Kyoko nice entries I’ve written about her, along with a picture of us together.

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June 13, 1970

The day I was born. In a Cornell lying in hospital Manhattan hospital. We were living in Brooklyn at the time. Mom picked it because it was the only hospital in the area that had natural childbirth and allowed the baby to stay in the room with the mom. Drove home from the hospital with John Coltrane 'Love Supreme' playing in the background. Had prerecorded music for the hospital.

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Lila Cuomo

My step-mom. From Alabama. African-American. Worked at Macy's for many years. An amazing singer and lively host.

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OK Human

Beats 1 (@Beats1) January 24, 2019

"Our next album is not on a grid," I explained. "We just recorded the basic tracks, and there's no click, no grid."

When asked about a title, I said, "We don't have a real title, but the key word we have to inspire us at the moment is 'masterpiece.'"

Beats1 February 6, 2019

At the time I was listening to a lot of Nilsson Sings Newman and I said it was the biggest inspiration on our next album.

The song I chose to showcase this with was I'll Be Home:

LA TIMES. Feb 22, 2019

"Cuomo said the group is almost finished with another album, one he described as “piano-based, very eccentric, with strings already recorded at Abbey Road.” (Its working title is “OK Human,” after Radiohead’s “OK Computer,” though the singer identified his musical inspirations as George Gershwin and “Nilsson Sings Newman.”)"

KINK 1 year ago.

Brian Bell

-If he could play any album of Weezer's live he would pick OK Human. He didn't think he was supposed to talk about it but he was so excited about it.

-Played acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, and backing vocals.

-He was listening to it for a month at the time and it's all he wanted to listen to.

-His dream is to perform it with an orchestra and would like to play at places like the Hollywood Bowl.

-Management didn't hear it at the time and Brian said they were pushing for Van Weezer but he said they didn't know how powerful the album is.

-He didn't hear rough mixes at the time and had Pat's drums, Rivers vocals, and strings to work with.

-Jake didn't want the album rushed out.

-In their inner circle, they still called it "Masterpiece", and although Brian thought it was pretentious at first, he said that it was a "f*ing ... masterpiece".

Link to interview

July 17, 2019 Allthingsloud.com

Interviewer: You guys have got three albums in the pipeline whose releases are imminent, right?

Brian: There’s two. There is a third thing, but I can’t talk about it. One is more finished than the other. They’re both very interesting and I’m very excited for one of them.

Interviewer: Are these more high-concept albums?

Brian: Yeah, one of them is called OK Human which seems to be about technology and how it’s running our life.

Interviewer: Not just lyrically, but on the last few albums it feels as though you’re exploring specific musical themes, almost like an exploration into new genres.

Brian: Yeah. OK Human is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, unlike any other type of music and unlike any Weezer music. In the bass, if you really broke it down to its common denominator, it still goes one, four, five in a major key for the most part. That’s very Weezer, that’s very Sweater Song, but it does it in more sophisticated ways.

Link to interview

Aug 20, 2020

I posted potential lyrics to an OK Human song here on Riverchat.

Moby Dick trip on a whale. He’s kinda just like me. We’re thirsty for the deep.


I’ll be there to show support for Winston Smith in 1984. Because battling Big Brother feels more meaningful than binging zombie hordes.

I referred to that one as the “audio book song” and may have given the title as “Crankin Mrs. Dalloway.” (needs clarification)

Assorted Quotes

"we recorded strings at abbey road and you can tell."

In response to a comment about the Harry Nilsson and Gershwin influences: "Bach and Beethoven sprinkled in and you've got it."

Album Cover

The album cover was created by an illustrator whose work I discovered in a comic shop/book store. He was commissioned to do an original piece for the cover.

Song Titles

1. Everything Happens For A Reason

2. Dead Roses (contains the word oubliette in the chorus and is very Gothic)

3. La Brea Tar Pits

4. Here Comes The Rain (some people said Rivers mentioned this, needs clarification)

5. Rock My Audible

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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.

My stepdad actually lived with us when my brother and I were babies, along with about 10 other hippies / Zen students. I think Steve was known as the guy who made bread for the house. (Actual bread, not money.)

He is referenced in the bridge of "Say It Ain't So." "This bottle of Stephen's". (The bottle is the 'bottle of Heine' in the first verse.)

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Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori

My favorite White album song. Bridge was originally part of rest in peace as that song's verse. I gave an in-depth explanation of this sounds composition on the podcast song exploder. It's very cut and paste so I couldn't say it's about a particular person.

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Yoriko Ito

Kyoko's sister. She worked for a bank for most of her adult life. She recently retired. She is a master sensei of the Japanese tea ceremony. She is 3 years older than kyoko and just a few weeks younger than me. She is a bit more typically Japanese than Kyoko is. For example she didn't get into western music in the 90s like Kyoko did.

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