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Weezer's Teal Album

Week 68.0 — 11th February '19

Searching through my iTunes library, I have never owned a Weezer song, let alone an album. While I'd heard of them I couldn't tell you the name of an album or song. That seems pretty insane for a band that's been around since 1992 and right through my teenage years.

In May 2018, Weezer released a cover of Toto's Africa after a back and forth with a fan with the handle @WeezerAfrica. I don't think I heard it until much later in the year and didn't take much note until "Weird Al" Yankovic discussed his cameo on his episode of Hot Ones. It was a really good cover and to follow it's success (their first Billboard number 1 in 10 years, they've released the Teal album with 10 covers songs.

You can preview the songs below and I highly recommend giving the album a listen with fantastic covers of Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears, Take on Me by a-ha, No Scrubs by TLC, Billie Jean by Michael Jackson and Stand By Me by Ben E. King. It's a really well put together album.

I'd love to see them cover Hall & Oats' I Can't Go for That, something by the Jackson 5 and either Don't Stop Me Now or Somebody to Love by Queen. It seems like the kind of formula that could serve them well and deliver a few more albums in the future.

You can find Weezer's Teal album on iTunes and on Amazon.

Update

In addition to an official video for Africa with a cameo from Weird Al, Weezer put out a video for their cover of Take On Me featuring Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things:

Update

This past week, Weezer appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform a track from their Black album. The Tonight Show just released an video of Weezer, Jimmy and The Roots performing Take On Me with classroom instruments.

Sadly, the video has been removed from YouTube.

Update

Weezer performed 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week with help from Tears for Fears.

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Notable

Quick links and commentary on interesting articles, videos and more throughout the week.

  1. 68.1 – Monday
    1. Facebook's whack-a-mole markup battle against ad blokers daringfireball.net
    2. Invisible Formatting xkcd.com
    3. Before and after dgml14 on reddit.com
    4. The Captain Marvel website is awful marvel.com
    5. Why water is STILL NOT wet Chaz Smith on youtube.com
  2. 68.2 – Tuesday
    1. Spotting a racist is easy – what to do next is the hard part independent.co.uk
    2. Laser cut moving engine art   $25+ Don Morris on kickstarter.com
    3. Buy the cheap thing first kottke.org
    4. Casio's touch screen calculator watch is almost as old as me kottke.org
    5. I Am Richard Pryor trailer Paramount Network on youtube.com
  3. 68.4 – Thursday
    1. Nike AF1 inspired tyres by Lexus & John Elliott freshnessmag on instagram.com
    2. Making gourmet Ferrero Rocher Bon Appétit on youtube.com
    3. 1969 in photos theatlantic.com
    4. Facebook's constitutional moment axios.com
    5. Mechanical spider Bluetooth speaker   $40 coolmaterial.com
    6. Yesterday trailer Universal Pictures on youtube.com
  4. 68.5 – Friday
    1. Goodbye Opportunity, the little Mars rover that could Goodbye Opportunity, the little Mars rover that could
    2. The FTC and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company's privacy lapses daringfireball.net
    3. Antarctica in photos theatlantic.com
    4. Ken Jeong on Hot Ones First We Feast on youtube.com
    5. LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS trailer Netflix on youtube.com
  5. 68.6 – Saturday
    1. Cookie Monster hosted an AMA reddit.com
    2. Apollo: Missions to the Moon trailer National Geographic on youtube.com
    3. Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good design digg.com
    4. The British-Irish dialect quiz nytimes.com
  6. 68.7 – Sunday
    1. Sculpture bench created from sand and powdered glass iamfm on instagram.com
    2. Scrabble tile light   $39 theawesomer.com
    3. Repairing buildings without a single nail in Japan Great Big Story on youtube.com

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