Riverpedia archive - 10/15/2022

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60 Wrong Sausages

A band with me, Jason, Pat Finn, Winky Smiles. We only played one show, at the Phoenix in Petaluma, California in 1991.

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

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Alone

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.

*I've since decided to name my demo bundles in the market as Alone IV-XIII.

listen to Alone on Spotify

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Blue Album Artwork

When I was 7, my family built a house. My parents said I could paint my room any color I wanted. I painted it my favorite color, a specific shade of blue. When I was thinking about a cover for the first Weezer album, I wanted it to be that same shade of blue. This mode of nostalgia for the lost innocence of childhood was the same source of my "look" in the Blue album era--the glasses frames, bowl cut, dickies, blue t-shirt, and windbreaker from my childhood photos.

...when the Blue Album was being recorded, there was a lot of brainstorming going on as to what this record would look like. I kept coming up with what I can say in retrospect were some rather kooky ideas, and Rivers kept pushing for something simpler. Finally one day Rivers dug out a cassette (remember those?) he had bought around that time, a cheapo Best of Beach Boys collection called "Do It Again". "Do It Again" was never issued on vinyl or cd as far as i know, and is most likely to be found in those handy truck stop stores out in the boondocks. However, the cover was really cool in its own rather hokey way, featuring the Beach Boys smiling for the camera, standing in a line of sorts, with a soothing blue background. Rivers said we have to achieve this effect on our cover, and so the idea of lining the guys up in striped shirts in front of a blue background took form. The guys actually went out and found 4 matching striped button down shirts, and in fact in late 1993 played at least one show wearing them, much to the contempt of the LA scenesters of the era. Noted 60's fashion photographer Peter Gowland was contacted to do the shoot, as his mellow pastel colored shots of girls in bikinis and guys out golfing had the exact "anti-90's" feeling we needed. To Peters sprawling Lloyd Wright-esqe 50's house we went, which was complete with a near-clone of 'Alice' from Brady Bunch manning the kitchen. The guys started the shoot in the striped shirts, but everyone later concluded that the photos looked better with everyone wearing regular clothes. Next spring, when the cover started becoming known to the local LA scene, the band met with immediate flak for ripping off the Feelies' 1980 album cover for "Crazy Rhythms". This was baffling to the band, who had never even heard of the Feelies before that point! But sure enough, the resemblance was unmistakable. It just goes to show how difficult it is to do something new by doing something old.

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More info about the Blue Album

listen to the Blue Album on Spotify

Further Reading:
Rivers Cuomo

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Coach Cuomo

An irreverent, fictional take on me from Riverchatters. They like to make up stories about me being a depraved high school gym teacher and coach. Think Bad Santa meets Coach Carter with a splash of Napoleon Dynamite's Uncle Rico.

This running gag happened after chatters saw my long hair, headband, clipboard, and mustache during a Tiktok live. Some other alleged attributes of my alter ego include a whistle, extra short gym shorts, knee high tube socks, and a penchant for stretching. Groovy. As chatter Evangeline coined, "Squad's out, quads out."

The chatters claim I like to make them run laps and always talk about how I could've gone pro, instead of playing at Bennigan's on the weekends. Reportedly fired from last school due to inappropriate conduct. Can be found during my breaks smoking and/or drinking in the school parking lot outside my van with a "Van Weezer" spray painted design on the side.

Here's some examples of what my alter ego looks like:

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I brought him to life on the 2021 Hella Mega Tour:

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https://youtu.be/8NyParAaNos

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E.O. Smith

A high school in Storrs, Connecticut. I went there. I was in a production of Grease as Johnny Casino. Also I was in a barbershop "quartet".

google maps view here

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Foo Fighters

Our rival band. We're friends and rivals. Friendly bitter rivals. There's no beef between us though.

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In The Garage

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

listen to In The Garage on Spotify

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Mansfield Middle School

I went there from 6 through 8th grade.

I was de-shorted twice. (When somebody suddenly pulls your shorts down .)

I met my best friend Justin there.

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Pig

A bonus track from the Red Album. I had previously shared the demo online in the Spring of 2007.

Some of the baby pigs mentioned in the lyrics share names with some of my siblings (Gina, Shannon, Gabe).

I wrote it in the basement jam room at Cabot house. That was my dorm at Harvard.

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Poinsettia Place

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

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Pomfret Community School

In Pomfret, CT. I went there in second grade.


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Rivers Cuomo

From 1976-1981 My name was Rama. Given to me by Swami Satchidananda. From 1982-1988 My name was Peter. I picked it.

The name on my birth certificate is "Rivers Cuomo".

Listen to me on Spotify

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Satchidananda Ashram

In Pomfret, Connecticut in the 1970's. For some reason the buildings were painted pink. I also went to school there from 3rd through 5th grade. I have a good memories of Swami Satchidananda. He felt like a kinder, gentler, slower Gandalf. Also, he had all of us kids doing yoga and meditation and cooking and cleaning every day. For a while I took care of the ponies.

My 1977 class picture at Integral Yoga School on the Ashram. I’m the one in the green shirt on the second row.

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S.N. Goenka

My meditation teacher. I met him in 2005.
He was Indian but he grew up in Myanmar. He was a millionaire businessman before Burmese independence. His company made textiles.

I visited him at his house in 2005 in Mumbai. I brought Kyoko with me. That was before we were married. His teacher was Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

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S.N. Goenka, New York Times

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Swami Satchidananda

That's me in the glasses and Leaves next to me with Swami Satchidananda.

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I have good memories of Swami Satchidananda. He felt like a kinder, gentler, slower Gandalf. Also, he had all of us kids doing yoga and meditation and cooking and cleaning every day. For a while I took care of the ponies.

I definitely remember feeling that Swamiji (as we called him then) was unlike any other person I had ever met. Being in the presence of an enlightened being was special. I always felt safe and peaceful whenever he was around.

Integral Yoga Magazine interview

Further Reading:
Satchidananda Ashram

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Vision

I'm farsighted. I had laser surgery in 1999? with Matt's guy, Paul First. Mostly corrected my problem at the time. But I've lost some of the correction and now I have presbyopia pretty severely. My low-light vision is bad.

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WAIG

Lina: Rivers, what is waig?

Rivers: Lina, waig.

Tiffany: Lina, it stands for “what am I, google?”

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