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Track:
Only In Dreams

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
steelopus

weezer - Only in dreams (steelopus version) - arranged for Mallet Percussion Ensemble

I couldn’t let today pass without acknowledging the blue album. Happy 20th birthday to the album that had the most dramatic affect on my young life. If you care about anything else I’ve said about weezer in the past, there are currently 132 tagged posts for you to dig through.

I arranged this 8 years ago, just as I was finishing up my undergrad Music Education degree.  It is essentially a note-for-note transcription of this classic song.

My experience as a percussion minor introduced me to many a varied new technique, including my favorite which was bowed vibraphone.  When you bow the bars of a vibe, they emit a pure pitch that fades in and out (youtube example).  The first time I heard the technique, I immediately thought it sounded a lot like electric guitar feedback, and decided I would find a way to use it in that sense.  That spawned this project.

Unfortunately this recording is just a somewhat flawed MIDI version (there was no way to actually fake bowed vibes when I made this back in 2001), but it gets the point across. I’d still like to find a real ensemble to perform it.

Track:
My Name Is Jonas [Live]

Artist:
weezer

Album:
Buddy Holly CD single

weezer - My Name Is Jonas (live)

Recorded on 11/27/1994 in Rochester, NY. Immortalized on the original Buddy Holly single.

I’m amazed that anyone is ever amazed that this band has become one of the most successful bands of my generation. Just listen to this. It’s a perfect song performed by a young band that was riding its first wave of success… and you can hear it in every note.

merlin:

Weezer - “In the Garage” (Live; MTV All Access; 2001)

Speaking of 1994.

First off: killer guitar tone, Rivers.

Second, my daughter really likes the part where he mentions Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler. Because she is awesome.

Third? I really miss this Weezer just so much.


[Thanks for the date correction, decodedfromspace and Waxy. I wondered why RC had short hair and Matt wasn’t there.]

Funny thing about that tone… it came from a Line 6 POD. No amps or cabinets were used on the Hooptie tour. In fact, you could dial-in nearly that exact tone if you wanted to by referencing Karl’s incredible Equipment History page. I studied the content of those frames more than most of my Music Ed coursework back at the turn of the century. It was time well spent.

Just in case any of you were wondering, I’m of the opinion that Maladroit is the best post-pinkerton weezer album, particularly because it’s the last on which the band rocks without reserve.
Sadly, Pat Wilson’s balls have been missing since the recording of this album; rumor has it they were eaten by Rivers’ ego sometime in 2002. Thankfully they were able to showcase themselves with such grand fervor on these 13 songs before vanishing.

Just in case any of you were wondering, I’m of the opinion that Maladroit is the best post-pinkerton weezer album, particularly because it’s the last on which the band rocks without reserve.

Sadly, Pat Wilson’s balls have been missing since the recording of this album; rumor has it they were eaten by Rivers’ ego sometime in 2002. Thankfully they were able to showcase themselves with such grand fervor on these 13 songs before vanishing.