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  1. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album The Menzingers - Hello Exile (October 4, 2019).

    The new version of this is absolutely perfect. I love the original, but this is immediately better. Also, to go back to an old conversation, Rented World isn’t just my favorite album by them, it’s maybe top 10 albums, period, for me. I just couldn’t love it more.

    Sep 24, 2020 at 10:34 PM
  2. AshlandATeam liked clockwise's post in the thread Album The Menzingers - Hello Exile (October 4, 2019).

    Rented World is my favorite album from them.

    Sep 24, 2020 at 10:32 PM
  3. AshlandATeam liked Allpwrtoslaves's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    One of the greatest shows I’ve ever been to was the NYC Pinkerton Memories show. All of Pink, Only in Dreams, Susanne, You Gave Your Love to me Softly, Jamie, TGMTEL, plus a few hits. It was fucking magic.

    Sep 23, 2020 at 9:23 PM
  4. AshlandATeam liked Rowan5215's post in the thread Band Manchester Orchestra.

    got my METN anniversary vinyl today! can't wait to spin

    Sep 23, 2020 at 8:10 PM
  5. AshlandATeam liked Surfwax's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    That tour was absolutely insane. Going into it they were notorious for very little setlist changes and playing almost no Pinkerton then all of a sudden for that one they put every album song in a random number generator and let that make the setlist every night. Wild stuff.

    Sep 23, 2020 at 8:09 PM
  6. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Yeah I remember thinking they wouldn’t play anything off Pinkerton and sure enough they played like five songs. It was so cool.

    Sep 23, 2020 at 8:09 PM
  7. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Weezer is my original favorite band and the reason I like the kind of music I do - I was in middle school when I discovered Blue, and then I discovered Pinkerton when I was 15, and then Green and Maladroit came out when I was in high school. Anyway, it was the summer after I graduated high school when I saw Weezer live the only time I did. The main opener was supposed to be the Strokes, but their drummer broke his arm or something, so some band I’d never heard of called Dashboard Confessional played extra long to make up for it, and Weezer played for about 90 minutes. 90 minutes of Weezer in 2002, when Blue, Pinkerton, Green and Maladroit were the only records in existence. When they played Only in Dreams, it might have been the best moment of my life up to that point. If I had a time machine, that night might be the only night of my teenage years I’d want to relive.

    Sep 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM
  8. AshlandATeam liked manoverboard365's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Yeah it's funny how despite Make Believe being universally panned, I'm pretty sure that album cycle was the peak of their career.

    Sep 23, 2020 at 2:17 PM
  9. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    So a weird thing about Perfect Situation - I like it a lot. It’s a great song on a great album. But I don’t think of it as one of Weezer’s most successful songs. And yet, here’s the list of Weezer songs that hit #1 on Alternative radio: Beverly Hills Perfect Situation Pork and Beans Africa Hero That’s a weird list. No Buddy Holly. No Sweater Song. No Hash Pipe or Island in the Sun. No Say it Ain’t So, which is played on enough radio stations still that I swear it could chart today. I would have guessed all of those were bigger charting than Perfect Situation. But nope. I don’t know what to do with that list. Maybe nothing. But it’s weird.

    Sep 22, 2020 at 10:00 PM
  10. AshlandATeam liked JRGComedy's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Who else here loves Weekend Woman?

    Sep 22, 2020 at 9:55 PM
  11. AshlandATeam liked Aaron Mook's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    God, if I could have a conversation with any living songwriter, I think it would be Rivers. There's just so much mythology behind this band. His brain fascinates me.

    Sep 22, 2020 at 9:54 PM
  12. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    The only thing with Make Believe for me is that two singles seem almost tacked into a somewhat serious, introspective record. Hold Me, Peace, The Damage in Your Heart, Pardon Me - those are all songs that came from Rivers working through his emotional turmoil through meditation and spirituality. Even Freak Me Out is a song about a spider he saw in his house and then considered that its life had value and he shouldn’t kill it even though he was scared of it. For a guy who writes like Rivers usually does, these are really personal songs with lyrics he cares about. And then there’s Beverly Hills and We Are All on Drugs. Which definitely just don’t fit at all with the rest of what he’s doing, but also, we’re both hits. I really love that album, but it does seems jarring to go back and forth between meditative-zen songs and weird Rivers pseudo rapping about being famous and doing drugs.

    Sep 22, 2020 at 6:55 AM
  13. AshlandATeam liked ncarrab's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    I’ve never understood the hate for Make Believe. I loved it since the day it came out and placed it probably in my top 3 Weezer albums behind Pinkerton/Blue. That said, I think White is no. 3 for me now. Make Believe and Green round out my Top 5.

    Sep 22, 2020 at 6:49 AM
  14. AshlandATeam liked Aaron Mook's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    I still love Make Believe. It was my first Weezer record but even beyond the nostalgia, I think it's misunderstood. And there's a bunch of non-singles that rule ("This is Such a Pity," "Hold Me," "Haunt You Every Day" to name a few)

    Sep 22, 2020 at 6:48 AM
  15. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    And while we’re here: I think that Weezer’s career, through Make Believe, makes sense. Blue, Pinkerton, Green, Maladroit, MB - every record has its own feel, but is a cohesively written angle on what Rivers was trying to do musically and lyrically. Through five albums, Weezer isn’t really bizarre (the way they are now). But then, it seems like they just have no idea what should be next. Red is so all over the place it sounds like several different bands; Raditude has crazy co-writers and songs that you couldn’t convince a Weezer fan from 1998 weren’t joke outtakes; Hurley is a record that is the definition of rudderless. There are good tracks on each album, but things really start going off the rails. I think since then they’ve at least had a direction and stuck to it. Whether you’re a fan of that direction or not (and I am), they definitely seem to have one in a way they didn’t in the late 2000s.

    Sep 21, 2020
  16. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Green is, IMO, the world’s most perfect pop-with-guitars album. It’s a functionally perfect almost 30 minutes of shiny, shimmery music that’s a beautiful counter to the harshness of Pinkerton. On its own, I love it so much, and in context with where they were in their career, it’s a flawless move. To me, when people talk about the ‘classic’ Weezer albums of Blue and Pinkerton, Green is right there with them - it’s the third part of a classic trilogy.

    Sep 21, 2020
  17. AshlandATeam liked Aaron Mook's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    "O Girlfriend" is a great closer, y'all are freaks

    Sep 21, 2020
  18. AshlandATeam liked bd007h's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Simple Pages disagrees.

    Sep 21, 2020
  19. AshlandATeam liked bd007h's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Simple Pages says you're wrong ;)

    Sep 21, 2020
  20. AshlandATeam liked OhTheWater's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    It is wild that Green was ever panned

    Sep 21, 2020
  21. AshlandATeam liked bradsonemanband's post in the thread Band Blink-182.

    Godddd I still love this album so much. I feel like I gush about it in this thread at least once every couple weeks. I can't name favorites because I love just about all of them. But "Happy Days" is still my least favorite, for sure, haha.

    Sep 21, 2020
  22. AshlandATeam replied to the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    I don’t expect Weezer fans to ever agree or appreciate their entire catalog, but I don’t know what to do, on an emotional or spiritual level, when I read negative words about ‘Miss Sweeney.’

    Sep 21, 2020
  23. AshlandATeam liked irthesteve's post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    is there an "ok boomer" equivalent for the other way around?

    Sep 21, 2020
  24. AshlandATeam liked Anthony_'s post in the thread Album Weezer - Van Weezer (May 7, 2021).

    Raditude feels like the most inauthentic thing they've done so far ever tbh. Not saying Hurley feels authentic but idk how anyone could think something like "In the Mall" or "I'm Your Daddy" or "The Girl Got Hot" is authentic.

    Sep 21, 2020
  25. AshlandATeam liked HelloThisIsDog's post in the thread Album The Menzingers - Hello Exile (October 4, 2019).

    I think Menz is a perfect rock n roll band

    Sep 21, 2020