Weezer: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Premessa. Adoro i Weezer.

Seconda premessa. La bravura di una band è direttamente proporzionale a quanto è tecnicamente capace di esibirsi live. Il coefficiente aumenta nel momento in cui è in grado di esibirsi in acustica.

NPR, organizzazione indipendente no-profit comprendente oltre 900 stazioni radio statunitensi, ha creato questo format molto carino dove alcuni artisti si esibiscono in uno spazio minuscolo e sprizzano figaggine da tutti i pori.

Che bello vedere i Weezer prendervi parte.

Buon giovedì!

This is probably the loosest you'll ever see Weezer. Known for meticulously produced — and electric — live shows, frontman Rivers Cuomo and the rest of the band settled in behind the Tiny Desk for an entirely acoustic set without the in-ear monitors, click track or vocal separation they usually employ to stay locked-in and tight for bigger performances.

The result is surprisingly intimate, with songs that feel lived-in and rumpled, like an old flannel shirt from the '90s.

Weezer opened with one of the band's rarer songs: "Longtime Sunshine," a 1994 track that's only appeared as a Rivers Cuomo home recording on bootlegs and compilations, and on the deluxe edition of Pinkerton.

Then the band performed a stripped-down version of its electro-pop song "Living in L.A.," from Weezer's new self-titled "Black Album," followed by another deep cut, "Across the Sea." It's a song Cuomo originally wrote in his early 20s, inspired by a fan letter he'd received from a young woman in Japan.

While beloved by many Gen-Xers who'd first heard it on 1996's Pinkerton, the song's lyrics haven't aged terribly well.

Weezer returned to its newest material to close the set with "High as a Kite," from the new album. A song of innocence and escapism, Cuomo sings about daydreaming and how he wants to disappear — which is exactly what the band did once the song was over, but not before Cuomo told the crowd, "We are Weezer, from the planet Earth. Have a nice life!"

MusicAndrea Contino