Wednesday August 17th, 2011 15:58

Album Stream: The Muppets (Various Artists)

The Muppets & Weezer

Weezer, Ok Go, My Morning Jacket, The Fray and Evanescence’s Amy Lee are just some of the rockers to have contributed covers to a new Muppets tribute LP. Naturally, it’s been dubbed ‘The Green Album’, and is now streaming online ahead of its grand release on August 23.

Viral video specialists OK Go get the Muppets jamboree started on a high note with a brilliantly dicey re-imagining of the ‘Muppet Show Theme Song’, while My Morning Jacket’s version of ‘Our Way’ charms with twinkling folk strings and just the right dose of misty-eyed optimism. Weezer, joined by Hayley Williams of Paramore, find the pinnacle of waltz-schmaltz in saccharine ditty ‘Rainbow Connection’, while Evanescence rockette Amy Lee tempers her operatic tenor in an ethereal rendition of ‘Halfway Down The Stairs’. It’s all so, so strange, but in a good way.

Stream ‘The Green Album’ in its entirety here via NPR, and check out a rather cinematic trailer for OK Go’s theme song below.

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Thursday August 11th, 2011 15:58

Live Cover: Weezer

Weezer

Veteran rock set Weezer whipped out a cover of Foster The People’s surefire song-of-the-summer candidate ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ during a show last week, spicing up their well-worn back catalogue with an on-the-button rendition of the electro-pop number.

As it turns out, Weezer and LA-based trio Foster The People are no strangers to swapping material, though this didn’t make the public acknowledgement any less special to head FTP honcho Mark Foster. “Nine years ago, I met [Weezer frontman] Rivers Cuomo at a party, and I had my acoustic guitar with me. He taught me how to play ‘Say It Ain’t So’”, Mark told Spin.com, referring to the classic single from Weezer’s 1994 debut LP. He went on: “So nine years later, to watch him play one of my songs – it was wild. I can’t wait to meet him and remind him of that story”.

There now, isn’t that a nice story. Check out Weezer’s surprisingly sharp (considering it’s totally live) stab at ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ below. And if you’re interested in seeing ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ played in the flesh, click here to wise up on Weezer’s remaining North American tour dates.

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Wednesday June 1st, 2011 14:00

New Cover: Weezer

Weezer

Weezer have thrown fans for a loop with their note-perfect rendition of Radiohead’s ‘Paranoid Android’, which was originally a hit in 1997. Both iconic rock bands from a similar era, the two groups have always occupied different ends of the musical spectrum, hence the online community’s mixed reactions to the new cover.

Weezer generally plump for a more immediate, hook-heavy sound, while Radiohead have always trodden an alternative path fraught with tricky, tangled arrangements and futuristic themes. So it’s an odd spectacle to see one group reworking the other’s material. Odd, and, in this case, surprisingly good.

Refer to the in-studio video below to watch the worlds of Weezer and Radiohead collide as Rivers Cuomo and co go from prep to prog with their full-length paraphrase of ‘Paranoid Android’.

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Thursday May 19th, 2011 15:15

Studio Clip: Weezer

Weezer

Irreverent ‘Buddy Holly’ rockers Weezer have been working on a cover of The Cars’ 1984 hit ‘You Might Think’, which will be the band’s contribution to the soundtrack of Disney Pixar’s new flick ‘Cars 2′.

Weezer’s resident axe-man Brian Bell was surprised to uncover so many complex parts to the track. “When we really dug deep into the song, we saw the genius of the arrangement and how all these relatively simplistic parts worked together to create this amazing fabric of sound”, he told Rock Daily.

The full ‘Cars 2′ soundtrack, which also includes new original songs by Brad Paisley, will be released on June 14, days before the movie hits theatres on June 24. Meanwhile, here’s a stopover in the form of a studio clip of Weezer recording their version of ‘You Might Think’. View it below.

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