Friends, I present to you my first new music since Let’s Rock. It’s called Century City, Part 1 and I feel like its my best material yet. Feel free to download to your ipods, by downloading here. It was a lot of fun to make and I hope you enjoy it – make sure to crank it loud and share with a friend.
Below, I offer a little optional backstory on each song for your perusal.
1. “Malibou” – The first time I went to California I was looking for something- something special to me. I knew it was out there somewhere and this song tracks my hopefulness, joy, and ultimate frustration with the adventure. I thought about this song for 9 months until it realized itself one night over a Crystals sample.
2. “Rivers Cuomo” – A lot of people have no idea that the Weezer frontman spent the entire year of 1999 in literal solitary confinement in an apartment with the walls painted black while he wrote a ton of songs and figured out what to do with his life after the apparent failure of 1996’s Pinkerton. This has always fascinated me, and I can identify with wanting to shut down sometimes and escape from everything, and everyone. Maybe Rivers will hear it and like it-its my ode to him. I actually tried to write a song called “Rivers Cuomo” for ten years but they all sucked until now.
3. “Cabin” – This song was originally about looking for a cabin in the woods, but along the way it turned into something else. The original version sounded like something that could have been on Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam album, but this one fits the mood of the project.
4. “Frank Booth” – I was reading David Lynch’s Catching the Big Fish a couple of years ago and one of the chapters talked about how Dennis Hopper begged David Lynch for the role of Frank Booth in Blue Velvet by saying “you have to let me play Frank because I AM Frank!”. I thought to myself, you know, sometimes I feel like Frank too…I tried to perform this song at an open mic once but after teaching the crowd their part, the host pulled the plug on me.
5. “The Great Went” – This song started out as an ode to the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique and was actually the first song I ever built entirely out of samples. I wanted to capture the spirit of a scum bag party animal who never could quite get out of town, or a high school mentality. Some know him as “that guy”. I’d like to dedicate the song to Walter Olkewicz.
Thanks again, it’s an honor to share this with you.