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Featured article: Alone II Hootenanny

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The Alone II hootenanny (also known as the Alone II jam session or Jam Session with Rivers) was the album release concert for Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. In place of a traditional concert, Rivers Cuomo invited fans to learn any song from his and Weezer's catalogue, then created a setlist from crowd suggestions at the beginning of the night. Fans played instruments of all kinds along with Cuomo. The show took place on November 25, 2008 at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach, California, with roughly 150 guests in attendance. Many of them were Weezerpedia users and Albumsix boardies.

The hootenanny was first announced in an October 2008 interview with Pitchfork, with Cuomo explaining how the evening would go:

"I want to do a really cool event to promote Alone II on the day of release. It's basically another Hootenanny, but it's a little different. Anyone can come, you don't have to bring an instrument, but if you want to, you can bring an instrument, and you the audience will pick the songs we play, and it can be anything.

Notable performances at the show included the freshly released "Can't Stop Partying," a banjo-led rendition of "Butterfly," and "Getting Up and Leaving," which had only been released to fans via sheet music at the time.

A CD and DVD of this event was released on May 5, 2009.

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Featured song: "Cygnus X-1" Icon - YouTube.png

"Cygnus X-1" (originally known as "Smiths Jamb") is an instrumental Weezer demo in early consideration for the album that would eventually become Maladroit.

The song was originally written, according to the Catalog O' Riffs, in early October of 2001. It is first known to have been recorded during the sessions at Cello Studios in early November of that year, though it was not finished at that time. The song was later recorded at Glenn Sound Studios on November 14 for the radio station 107.7 The End, along with the songs "Slave" and "Space Rock". The songs were never aired, and the band subsequently released them as free MP3s on their official website.

The basis for the song's title has never been commented on, but Cygnus X-1 is also the name of a galactic X-ray source in the constellation Cygnus discovered in 1964, and the first such source widely accepted to be a black hole. It is also the title of a two-part song by the band Rush from their 1977 album A Farewell to Kings.

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Flyer advertising Weezer's show in the Tower Records parking lot to promote Pinkerton.
Scan by: Austin Welch
C. summer 1996

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Featured list: List of Jason Cropper concerts

This page attempts to document all concerts by Jason Cropper, including as a solo artist as well as other projects, such as Chopper One or Fliptop. This list excludes the shows Cropper played with Weezer while still a band member.

Date Country City Venue Concert
June 21, 1997 usausa Santa Monica, CA Alligator Lounge Ozma concert: 06/21/1997
January 3, 1998 usausa Jackie+kristy's get together Chopper One concert: 01/03/1998
March 11, 2000 usausa Irvine, CA The Ska Parade Radio Show Fliptop concert: 03/11/2000
April 21, 2000 usausa Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction Fliptop concert: 04/21/2000
June 27, 2021 usausa San Francisco, CA Double Rainbow Ice Cream Jason Cropper concert: 06/27/2021
October 7, 2021 usausa Oakland, CA The Golden Hour (virtual concert) Jason Cropper concert: 10/07/2021

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