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Featured video: "Holiday" performed by Toronto-area vocal ensemble Choir! Choir! Choir!, December 10, 2013

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Featured article: Christmas with Weezer


Christmas with Weezer is a six-song EP of Christmas carol covers performed by Weezer. The songs were originally released as part of an IOS application of the same name developed by Tapulous, the creators of Tap Tap Revenge. The EP was released on digital music platforms on December 16, 2008, and received a CD release in Japan on November 2, 2022.

All songs on Christmas with Weezer were recorded by Pat Wilson with the exception of bass guitar provided by Scott Shriner. Lead vocals were recorded by Rivers Cuomo separately.

The Tapulous application was released on December 5, 2008, and featured gameplay similar to other rhythm games (such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band). The songs were originally intended to be available exclusively through the phone game, however fan outcry led to them being partially remixed and released as an official EP on digital music services shortly after the app's release. The EP's cover artwork is the same as the game's logo.

The EP received a limited physical CD release in Japan in 2022. It was released alongside 25 other Christmas-themed albums and EPs on the Universal Music label, as part of a set of CDs dubbed the "Christmas Album Masterpiece Collection".

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Featured song: "Lover in the Snow" Play on spotify.png

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"Lover in the Snow" is a song written by Rivers Cuomo in 1997. It is the thirteenth track from the compilation Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, released in 2007.

Cuomo wrote and recorded "Lover in the Snow" sometime in 1997 or 1998, while living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He envisioned the song as part of the unrealized project "Lovely," which he has described as "a reaction to the reaction to Pinkerton." "Lover in the Snow" embodies the songwriting approach he was using, which was in part an effort to write in a "more minimalistic, less personal style."

The song was first leaked on the Rivers Correspondence Board by Cuomo himself in 2002. It saw official release in 2007 in a shortened form on the compilation Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, but the full unedited demo was included in 2020 the digital demo bundle Alone VI: The Black Room.

On March 19, 2008, a music video for "Lover in the Snow" was released via Cuomo's MySpace page. The video features a foreword in which Cuomo explains his history with the sport of soccer, and includes footage of himself training for and participating in Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge in January 2008. The video was directed by Karl Koch.

The song was performed by Cuomo with fans at Fingerprints record store in Long Beach, California on November 25, 2008. This performance was featured on the DVD release of Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints in 2009.

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Kambara yoru no yuki ("Night Snow at Kambara"), the original woodblock print artwork that was adapted for the Pinkerton album cover.
Artwork credit: Hiroshige
c. 1832

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Featured quote - Rivers Cuomo on the writing of "Longtime Sunshine," in 2008

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In the midst of struggling to make it as a rock star in Los Angeles, I started longing for the safety, peace, quiet, simplicity, and family structure of my New England childhood. I thought back to one of my favorite memories, lying in the bottom bunk, my brother in the top, in our bedroom in our farmhouse in Eastford, Connecticut, in the hot, hot, summer, 7, 8 p.m., sun still up, but having to go to sleep because it's our bedtime, one of those big box fans blowing, and my parents, Ma and Steve, sitting at our bedside, singing an old hippie song to us, to calm us down and ease us into sleep, "May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon You."

I borrowed the hook phrase from this song and set about writing my own song to capture my feelings of loss and longing. I wrote it on my mom's piano when I was back in Connecticut at Christmas. My mom had a piano because I told her that the house seemed too quiet and I was worried about her living in silence, all alone after my step-dad left. So that is how "Longtime Sunshine" came to exist.

When I recorded this track, I had just bought a clarinet and figured out how to play a few notes. Because of my poor embouchure it sounds very much like a kazoo.

-Rivers Cuomo, Alone I liner notes

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