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Riverpedia archive - 01/29/2021

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Interviews

Here’s a list of media interviews I’ve done.

Print & Online Media

Rivers' End: The Director's Cut, The Harvard Crimson, April 2006

Rivers Cuomo The Tweet Life, Huck Magazine, May 2011

Rivers Cuomo Is Trying to Be All Right, Rolling Stone, September 2014

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo explains 'Thank God For Girls', Upset Magazine, October 2015

The Enduring Adolescence of Rivers Cuomo, New York Times Magazine, February 2016

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo on Reviving the Spirit of the Nineties, Joining Tinder, Rolling Stone, February 2016

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer Taps His Inner Beach Boy, New York Times, March 2016

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is getting ‘comeback’ fatigue, Los Angeles Times, March 2016

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo on How Meditation Helped Him Find Music Inspiration, ABC News, March 2016

The Brilliant Anxiety of Weezer’s White Album, The Atlantic, April 2016

The Dream Life of Rivers Cuomo, Rolling Stone, April 2016

All Songs Considered, Guest DJ Rivers Cuomo, NPR, May 2016

Rivers of Dreams, The Improper Bostonian, May 2017

How Weezer Trades Power Chords for Pop: A Conversation with Rivers Cuomo, NPR, All Songs Considered, October 2017

Rivers Cuomo on dark thoughts, Post Malone & being prolific, Dazed Digital, October 2017

Why Rivers Cuomo wanted to make ‘the most different-sounding Weezer record ever’, Los Angeles Times, October 2017

Rivers Cuomo Is Still Lonely, But he’s really into lifehacks, Vulture Magazine, November 2017

Only in Memes: How Rivers Cuomo Became King of the Internet, Kerrang!, July 2018

Rivers Cuomo digs deep into Weezer songbook at August Hall, Riff Magazine, September 2018

Being Rivers Cuomo: Why Weezer’s frontman put his life into a spreadsheet, Los Angeles Times, February 2019

Rivers Cuomo Prepackages His Internet Presence, New York Times Magazine, February 2019

Rivers Cuomo on His Data-Driven Approach to Weezer, Billboard, March 2019

At Home with Everyone: Rivers Cuomo, Q Magazine, April 2020

Unchained, Guitar Player Magazine, June 2020

Rockstar programmer: Rivers Cuomo finds meaning in coding TechCrunch, November 2020

Weezer: ‘Our fans don’t seem to age out. We must be doing something right’ January 21, 2021 i News UK, January 21, 2021

Weezer: “This album is about feeling isolated, alienated and secluded – it’s perfect for now” January 26, 2021 NME, January 2021

It’s not ‘Pinkerton.’ But Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo gets pretty emo on ‘OK Human’ LA Times, January 26, 2021

Weezer Wrote a Song About Audible, and We'll Never Be the Same Audible Blog, January 29, 2021

Rivers Cuomo On Weezer's Latest, 'OK Human,' And The Need To Riff (Or Not), NPR, January 29, 2021

Podcasts

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Tries Reinvention, NPR, June 2008

Fresh Air Home Recordings From Weezer Frontman, NPR, January 2009

Sound Opinions Episode 221, February 2010

WTF with Mark Maron Podcast, Episode 537, October 2014

Rolling Stone Music Now Podcast, Episode 5, March 2016

Song Exploder: Weezer -“Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori", Episode 70, April 2016

All Songs Considered, Guest DJ Rivers Cuomo, NPR, May 2016

You Made it Weird Podcast, Nerdist, Episode 389, October 2017

How Weezer Trades Power Chords for Pop: A Conversation with Rivers Cuomo, NPR, All Songs Considered, October 2017


( Last edited by Tiffany at January 29, 2021 11:46 PM )

Mr. Rivers' Neighborhood

Here is the first URL for the site for the development of MRN 2.0 . This should turn into an android/ios/web app. Crazy I just long pressed on my phone screen while viewing the app and it gave me the option to download to my phone's homepage. Pretty cool. Try it out.

Programming this website has been unbelievably fun for me, since day 1. That being said, I want to limit my time working here to 4-6 hours a day, so I still have time to work on new music. That means I can't add new features as quickly as I'd like.

Thanks to all the HTML/CSS heroes who are helping with everyone's account pages. The pages are beautiful and interesting.

Here is my to-do list. Feel free to add to it.

Right now I mostly need help with rating the demos, which can be done here. Thank you to Gracz for allowing me to use his site until my ratings system is up and running.

There are some common features I don't plan to implement, such as likes, followers, visit counters, private messages, and friends.

Also, there's a great song on ok human about the destructiveness of number watching. (It's called 'Numbers') It will probably clarify my emotions about this issue.

Further info:
The Social Dilemma
Humane Tech

this is all debatable by the way.

See also:
FAQ
Profile Pages
Riverpedia, aka The Library
The Market
Roles
Song List, a list of all songs in The Market.

( Last edited by Rivers at January 29, 2021 5:42 PM )

OK Human

Tracklist

  1. All My Faorite Songs
  2. Aloo Gobi
  3. Grapes Of Wrath
  4. Numbers
  5. Playing My Piano
  6. Mirror Image
  7. Screens
  8. Bird With A Broken Wing
  9. Dead Roses
  10. Everything Happens For A Reason
  11. Here Comes the Rain
  12. La Brea Tar Pits

All My Favorite Songs was released on January 21st. The full album was released on January 29th and shot to #2 on the all-genre chart shortly after its midnight release. Later Friday morning, it ascended to #1 in the listing. It remains in the pinnacle position as of press time at 1:11PM ET.

Promotional websites:

okhumanfriends.com, okhuman.space

Details posted by me in Riverchat

Album Cover: the album cover was created by an illustrator whose work I discovered in a comic shop/book store. He was commissioned to do an original piece for the cover.
Cutting Room Floor: Spell It Out, Instrumental #1, Pacific Sunset?
Completion date: On Nov 16, 2020, I said that OK Human is done, but noted we are still tinkering with the radio mix of the first single though.
Potential lyrics:
Moby Dick trip on a whale. He’s kinda just like me. We’re thirsty for the deep (Posted August 20, 2020)
I’ll be there to show support for Winston Smith in 1984. Because battling Big Brother feels more meaningful than binging zombie hordes.* (I referred to that one as the “audio book song” and may have given the title as “Crankin Mrs. Dalloway.”

Interviews

Weezer Almost Finished with New Album, Called 'Ok, Human', KINK

Highlights

- If he could play any album of Weezer's live he would pick OK Human. He didn't think he was supposed to talk about it but he was so excited about it.
- Played acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, and backing vocals.
- He was listening to it for a month at the time and it's all he wanted to listen to.
- His dream is to perform it with an orchestra and would like to play at places like the Hollywood Bowl.
- Management didn't hear it at the time and Brian said they were pushing for Van Weezer but he said they didn't know how powerful the album is.
- He didn't hear rough mixes at the time and had Pat's drums, Rivers vocals, and strings to work with.
- Jake didn't want the album rushed out.
- In their inner circle, they still called it "Masterpiece", and although Brian thought it was pretentious at first, he said that it was a "f***ing ... masterpiece".

The Life of Brian - All Things Loud Meets Weezer, All Things Loud, July 17, 2019

Highlights
Interviewer: You guys have got three albums in the pipeline whose releases are imminent, right?
Brian: There’s two. There is a third thing, but I can’t talk about it. One is more finished than the other. They’re both very interesting and I’m very excited for one of them.
Interviewer: Are these more high-concept albums?
Brian: Yeah, one of them is called OK Human which seems to be about technology and how it’s running our life.
Interviewer: Not just lyrically, but on the last few albums it feels as though you’re exploring specific musical themes, almost like an exploration into new genres.
Brian: Yeah. OK Human is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, unlike any other type of music and unlike any Weezer music. In the bass, if you really broke it down to its common denominator, it still goes one, four, five in a major key for the most part. That’s very Weezer, that’s very Sweater Song, but it does it in more sophisticated ways.

Beats 1 (@Beats1) January 24, 2019

Highlights
"Our next album is not on a grid," I explained. "We just recorded the basic tracks, and there's no click, no grid."
When asked about a title, I said, "We don't have a real title, but the key word we have to inspire us at the moment is 'masterpiece.'"

Being Rivers Cuomo: Why Weezer's Frontman Put His Life Into a Spreadsheet, L.A. Times, Feb 22, 2019

Highlights
"Cuomo said the group is almost finished with another album, one he described as “piano-based, very eccentric, with strings already recorded at Abbey Road.” (Its working title is “OK Human,” after Radiohead’s “OK Computer,” though the singer identified his musical inspirations as George Gershwin and “Nilsson Sings Newman.”)"

Beats1 February 6, 2019

At the time I was listening to a lot of Nilsson Sings Newman and I said it was the biggest inspiration on our next album.

The song I chose to showcase this with was I'll Be Home:

( Last edited by Tiffany at January 29, 2021 6:11 PM )