Stereogum Decomposed

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Rivers Cuomo Decomposed performance
Date [date?]
Medium Online
Website Stereogum
Venue [clarification needed]
Aired December 22, 2008

Rivers Cuomo performed three songs for the internet publication Stereogum in December 2008 to promote the album Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. Videos of the session were released as part of the website's Decomposed series on December 22, 2008.


Rivers Cuomo put out a request on his YouTube channel in December of 2008, looking for an a capella group to accompany him on the song "Don't Worry Baby" for a forthcoming performance for the website Stereogum.[1] A few days later, he put out a second request for a professional pianist to accompany him on the song "I Was Scared."[2]

Jose Galvez (of the band Ozma) was one of the accompanying guitarists on "Can't Stop Partying."


Usually the vibe in Decomposed is low key and fairly serious. That is, unless a Rivers runs through it. And after a year full of hootenannies, incongruous collaborations, and breaking world records, this is surprising absolutely nobody. A few weeks ago he put out a call for a pianist and an a cappella group to help decompose some tunes for us. Along with those folks, he brought a pretty enthusiastic up-and-comer named Jermaine Dupri (!). Throw in a cowboy flutist and three tunes from Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo (including a Beach Boys cover) and you have a Rivers-sized holiday spectacle.

The session unfolds in three parts: first there's "I Was Scared," on which Cuomo's joined by his hand-selected pianist Sonya Lee and five members of the Dartmouth Aires, an a cappella group from Dartmouth College. For the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby," Rivers goes sans piano and full-on a cappella with the Dartmouth quintet on backing harmonies. And then there's the grand jam of "Can't Stop Partying," which features five acoustic guitarists and three percussionists (from bands Crash Kings, Alkaline Trio, Yellowcard, Melee, Reeve Oliver and Ozma), big-hatted flutist Greg Vail, and Mr. Dupri. Fresh for '08.
- Article: "Rivers Cuomo - "Don't Worry Baby"", Stereogum[3]


"I Was Scared"


"Don't Worry Baby"


"Can't Stop Partying"


See also

  1. Rivers Cuomo. "2008-12-04 Important Announcement:" YouTube. 4 December 2008.
  2. Rivers Cuomo. "2008-12-08 Looking For a Pianist" YouTube. 8 December 2008.
  3. "Rivers Cuomo - "Don't Worry Baby"" Stereogum. 22 December 2008. Archived by Wayback Machine: