New Weezer Coming April 1 (yay?)

Ah Weezer, just when I think I’m out (that dreadful Thank God for Girls song recently released) you bring me back in. They have announced a new album coming out April 1, 2016 and released this new song:

Weezer holds a special place in my heart. I can still listen to their first two albums front start to finish without skipping a single track. I can’t think of any other music that can boast this feat. And certainly not any of their new stuff, which can be good but not as good as it once was.

So, a tentative yay for a new upcoming album from Weezer.

Some Music Of A Certain Style

Some music I’ve for you that I’ve stumbled across this week. Unrelated, I’ve shipped off my Chapter 12 of my novel in progress and am excited to hear what my critique partners have to say about it on Monday night.

Also, I’m reading Go Dog Go! to my daughter’s third grade class this afternoon and I’m actually a little nervous about it.

Viva La Vida

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemies eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

I know I’m the last one to the party, and I feel so lame posting this. However, I just wanted to say I’m becoming a huge Coldplay fan, specifically their song Viva La Vida.

I just love the lyrics of that song so much as well as the string section. Anyhow, here’s Viva La Vida along with the lyrics:

Last to the party is better than never to the party, I suppose.

What I’m Listening To

I recently purchased two CDs and am enjoying both very much.  Why did I buy CDs?  For one, because I’m old.  Secondly, I listen to music mostly in the car and it sounds better in the car’s stereo than in the ear buds and I’m too cheap to buy anything to interface the iPod with the car.

Anyhow, the two CDs I bought were the new Weezer albmu, The Red Album, and the newest Nerf Herder CD.  You can listen the the Nerf Herder online for free, as they have it streaming there.  I highly recommend that.

The Weezer album is good too.  I particularly like The Greatest Man in the World (based on the Shaker Hymn), Heart Song, and Pork and Beans.

Peace, and get off my lawn you darn kids 🙂

Glasses and Music and Waterstones


Had a busy day yesterday. The borough took care of the plumbing problem, so no cost to me there. Yay!

I got new contact lenses and glasses yesterday, something that was MUCH needed. The glasses I chose are super cool, thanks to help from my lovely wife. I’ll share some pictures when I get them (in about a week).

Yep, still have the beard. The Penguins have made the Stanley Cup Finals (yay) so they have anywhere to four to seven games remaining in their season. That translates to a few more weeks of the beard.

I’ve been getting into a site called lately. Just a cool music site. Basically, it’s a music site that you can search for you favorite artists on and play many of their songs for free. It’s like radio, except you’re the DJ. It’s all free too! If you get really into the site you can create an account and create a playlist. Here’s a link to my playlist:

I’ve found some pretty cool music there from artists I hadn’t previous been aware of. I particularly like Regina Spektor. Particularly the song On the Radio. You can hear that on my playlist.

I found out via Neil Gaiman’s blog that Waterstones is having a writing contest to celebrate the National Year of Reading. Several published authors such as J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Lauren Child have already submitted stories which will be viewable in June on the website. In the meantime, us “other” authors are invited to go there and tell our short stories.

The idea is to write a story that will fit on one of their cards. They have a neat web application that lets you write your story online on one of their “cards”. Anyhow, I think it’s a pretty cool writing opportunity.

Brett Dennen – You Need to Hear This Guy

I was listening to Starbucks XM Cafe (XM Radio) at work yesterday and came across this excellent artist named Brett Dennen and the song “Darlin’ Do Not Fear”. Very folksy and upbeat. I’m gonna have to download that on iTunes. It’s amazing how much good music there is out there outside the mainstream, if you just listen. Anyhow, here’s the song. Let me know what you think:

Live Earth and the Weekend

I had a pretty crazy weekend again this past weekend. On Saturday we spent roughly six hours outside in the 90 degree heat painting my back porch and doing all the trim and railing on my front porch. The front porch work was the most difficult because there was just so much white to paint. It was pretty exhausting work, but I’m happy with how it turned out. After we got everything cleaned up, I did a little grilling with my Dad which was cool because he said he learned a few tricks from me.

Did any of you have a chance to check out any of the coverage of Live Earth? I was able to check out a little bit of it Saturday night as we were winding down in the air conditioning (we have a in-window AC unit in our room). We saw some pretty good performances by The Police and The Smashing Pumpkins. One of the best things about the times we live in is that people have already posted clips on YouTube. Here is one I didn’t get to see on TV but found this morning: Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.

Let me know in the comments what you enjoyed about Live Earth.