nothing in here is true

  1. Friday, September 23, 2016

    today is the 20th anniversary of Pinkerton 

    pinksnowmy favorite weezer album.

    one day i was at a party and Rivers was there.

    it was during the time when Rivers was in exile because he was so sad and ashamed that Pinkerton wasnt the commercial monster that their debut, the blue album was.

    he had a thick beard and he was as shy as everyone said he was gonna be and he sat in a comfy chair in the corner trying to hide behind his glasses. i think he was practicing to be invisible.

    after a beer i got the courage to walk over to him and say hi. he said hi and smiled but it felt like even that was torture and for sure i didnt wanna torture one of my favorite rock stars.

    i said, i just wanna tell you, i dont care what anyone says, i love Pinkerton and i am so grateful you made it. he smiled the most awkward smile like i had just complemented him on a messy poop.

    later i heard people playing music in the garage.

    the party was being held in the small house on Amherst Street in West LA where Weezer lived when they first moved to LA. The garage in question was the one Rivers wrote about in the song from the Blue Album.

    whoever was on drums was playing super badly. i thought to myself, im pretty bad at drums but im not as bad as That guy. so i went in, asked for the drumsticks and took over for the jam session.

    minutes later, shy Rivers came in with a notebook. turned out it was filled with Nirvana songs that he was learning. he had little notes with chord changes and lyrics. whoever was on guitar handed him the guitar and he turned to me and said, do you know Nirvana?

    sarcastically i said WHO?

    not catching the joke he said, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana?

    i was all, play a little and i’ll figure it out.

    (next to Weezer, Nirvana was my favorite band.)

    and we all played Nirvana songs until i realized what was happening and i ran out of the room because my heart was about to explode in a million pieces.

    even telling this very true story is making me feel that way.

    a few years ago Rivers and Weezer played Pinkerton all the way through at the Universal Ampitheater which was then called the Gibson which is now called Harry Potter World because they tore it down to make way for an amusement park.

    because life is super dooper weird and sometimes ridiculously magical.

  2. Monday, November 16, 2015
  3. Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    i had SUCH a good day yesterday 

    yum yum donuts

    it all started before donuts, which is what the army taught me.

    remember that crazy line “we get more done before you eat donuts than most people do all day?”

    yeah me neither. but i did have a great airport drive at 7am in hella traffic that got me $89.

    as i drove back to civilization i grabbed some donuts and they were all here have 16 for the price of 12.

    happy early birthday.

    then i had delicious sushi with patrick j patrick for lunch.

    then i was able to help someone at work and that made me feel useful, which i rarely feel

    katie and ali

    after work i remembered that ali had earlier in the day invited me to play the new Guitar Hero game

    and see a special secret show starring the one and only Weezer


    so i called my man chris and asked him if he wanted to come and he said


    so we drove out to the marshlands of playa and parked illegally

    then took a huge mercedes party van into the party

    and met up with katie, ali, and a beautiful young rock critic named Andrea who shared in my Weezer nerdom

    we all drank and the waitstaff offered us tiny burgers and hor d’oeuvres and we watched the opening band from outside

    i noted that the handsome guitarist of Weezer was sitting near us, alone, and i wanted to say hi

    brian bell

    but i was loving the convo that we were all having about rock criticism and badly behaving edm djs

    then the time came to go inside to see Weezer and mama mia was it great to be soooooo close

    and hear three fantastic tunes

    weezer set list -1

    yes three, ok! It was fun. shut up!






    and we were super close because it was in someones garage that fit like 55 people.


    afterwards we took a selfie



  4. Sunday, October 4, 2015
  5. Saturday, October 11, 2014
  6. Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    12 shows that i remember seeing at the universal amphitheater 

    weezer at the universal

    lisa lisa & cult jam, expose – 1987
    randy newman – 1990
    beastie boys, cypress hill, rollins band- 1992
    weezer, teenage fanclub, that dog – 1995
    marilyn manson – 2001
    kid rock, tenacious d – 2002
    beastie boys – 2004
    barack obama, goo goo dolls, ne-yo – 2007
    kathy griffin – 2009
    mariah carey – 2010
    weezer does pinkerton – 2010
    no doubt – 2012

    rest in peace universal / gibson, i will miss you so very much

  7. Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    KM asks: let’s say you’re having a rough day, what tunes turn that frown upside down? 

    park ranger

    dear katherine,

    im so sorry you’re feeling gloomy.

    i am very worried about gloomy feelings because i get nervous that they can snowball into gloomy days, gloomy weeks, and gloomy months.

    so i try to nip even the slightest negative feelings in the bud.

    perhaps being a Cubs fan has helped me cope.

    since they’re terrible.

    and probably won’t win it all until 2014.

    weirdly i don’t find myself down too often, and “rough days” in journalism are just called “days”.

    but when things are extraordinarily difficult i usually go somewhere that has funny pictures or sweet things happening like Reddit and click real fast to see if theres anything inspiring or interesting.

    and look, today i spy a little note from a Yosemite Junior Ranger named Evie who sent something nice to the Park Rangers there.


    but you’re right, music does make the heart grow fonder though, so when i find the urge to turn on some music and take a little walk here are some songs and videos that would soothe this savage beast:

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  8. Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    saw weezer last night with the lovely ali miller of metromix. 

    the band played the forum where ive seen numerous shows: bob seger, tom petty, eric clapton, nirvana, duran duran + village people, hole + marilyn manson, ac/dc + yngvie malmsteen, the grateful dead, eminem, the cars, the cure, and several more.

    we had floor seats. not really seats. you got to stand on the same floor where magic faced off against bird, where wayne gretzky brought hockey to america, where marvin gaye sang the greatest version of the national anthem, where hendrix once played…

    and as i was standing there i thought how when they were building staples center i had thought “now why on earth would they do that? the forum has all the classy events, the sports arena has all the rest, we dont need no crappy ass new place just for the benefit of sky boxes for the rich.”

    but the forum is definately showing its age. its not just about the sky boxes, its an old arena without the benefit of being architectually classic. its not like its 100 years old, its only 40 years old, if that. its just old.

    the sound was good for being a barn, and rivers and company seemed to have a good time and the kids had a good time and ali and i had a good time, but it made me wonder how i will feel in 20-30 years when Staples is just another arena lacking in soul and filled only with memories of past events.

    sucks to feel that way about age, but it made me think that when we make new things, perhaps we should think about what they will look and feel like once the shininess of it wears off. does it have something that will hold up after decades?

    we have the wiltern and the el rey on wilshire that are so classy. theres the hollywood bowl and even the santa barbara bowl that have definately stood the test of time. but maybe those sports arenas of the 60s and 70s, the large and small ones, maybe it was right to tear them down for lacking anything redeeming except places where great crap once went down.

    before we ate at this soul food place which was soooooo damn good. we almost went to this other one, but it was 8pm and we were in the hood and nooooone was eating in there, so we kept driving and found this one with a line going outta the door. we went there. it was great.

    here are some other pics from last night.

    if all goes well i will have a real concert review today on our new music blog, Pop & Hiss which launched yesterday.

  9. Friday, April 21, 2006

    I got this off Binsk’s blog 

    weezerPut your music player on shuffle. Press forward for each question. Use the song title as the answer to the question. Post on your blog.

    Will I get far in life?
    In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

    How do my friends see me?
    Runaway – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

    Where will I get married?
    Freak Me Out – Weezer

    What is my best friend’s theme song?
    Crazy For You – Madonna (which i think is true)

    What is the story of my life?
    Down Home Girl – Rolling Stones

    What was high school like?
    Merry Go Round – Victoria Williams

    How can I get ahead in life?
    Pumpin Gas – Shawn White Band

    What is the best thing about me?
    Raw Power – Guns N Roses

    How is today going to be?
    Devil’s Daughter – Ozzy

    What is in store for this weekend?
    Go Down – AC/DC

    What song describes my parents?
    Good and Bad Food – Mitch Hedberg

    My grandparents?
    Truck Drivin Man – J. Geils Band

    How is my life going?
    18 & Life – Nina Gordon

    What song will they play at my funeral?
    Bandwagon – R.E.M.

    How does the world see me?
    Eyes Without a Face – Paul Anka

    Will I have a happy life?
    So Broken – Bjork

    What do my friends really think of me?
    One Of These Days, Neil Young

    Do people secretly lust after me?
    (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction – Devo

    How can I make myself happy?
    Under the Influence – Matthew Good Band

    What should I do with my life?
    Bad Boys Running Wild – Scorpions

    Will I ever have children?
    Bells Ring – Mazzy Star

    What is some good advice?
    Been A Son – Nirvana

    What is my signature dancing song?
    Mishto! – Gogol Bordello

    What do I think my current theme song is?
    Angel – Aerosmith

    What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
    Ask About Me – Ice Cube

    What type of men/women do you like?
    Goin Out West – Tom Waits

    What did you think of this meme?
    What Now? Dag Nasty

    binsk + welch has new corvids samples + hewhocannotbenamed