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Weezer Launches 'Love is the Answer' Remix ContestAustin King Salem-News.com
Indaba Music's community and Weezer are partnering to launch a global contest, inviting fans to remix "Love Is the Answer" from their most recent LP, "Raditude".
(Salem, Ore.) - Weezer fans around the world might have to catch their breath when they hear about the "Love Is the Answer Remix Contest" that launches today, offering one Grand Prize winner a chance to participate in a one-on-one collaboration with fromtman Rivers Cuomo.
Winners will be hand-selected from semi-finalists by Weezer, Interscope/Geffen and Indaba Music. These will be featured on the band's next official release, as well as weezer.com and myspace.com/weezer. Winners will earn royalties for their contributions.
Fans and musicians are encouraged to visit www.indabamusic.com/remixweezer, where they can download unmixed audio tracks from the song "Love Is the Answer". A public vote will determine the semi-finalists to be considered.
The submission period will be four weeks long, followed by a two-week voting period. Further details will be unveiled on "Radio Weezer" by the band's Pat Wilson. According to Weezer's marketing, "'Love Is the Answer' embodies a collaborative spirit that has already seen multiple versions and an international spin. It was written and recorded by Weezer for Raditude, but before the song was finished, the band and their friends Anada and Amrita Sen did a different version of the song. The band liked the resulting Hindi version so much that they put it on the album."
More on Raditude
With a title that defies your newest dictionary, Raditude has achieved top-ten success from its first single, "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To", and is rising up the alternative charts with its second, "I'm Your Daddy". According to the band, the seventh formal release contains varied elements from "The Green Album", and the lesser-played "Pinkerton".
Debuting at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200, it has received mixed reviews, sometimes denounced as a "Pop" album by critics that ear it with distaste.
According to Pitchfork.com's Rob Mitchum, "Cuomo is damned good at getting inside the frightening mind of a teenage boy. '(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To' is a perfect title for a song about awkward courtship, and the fact that the narrator takes his date to Best Buy (teenage Mecca) before a home viewing of Titanic is pinpoint detail. .... Elsewhere on Raditude, Cuomo whines about going to work, pressures girls into third base, parrots hip-hop slang, escapes into ridiculous fantasy, and on bonus track 'Get Me Some' portrays the teenage experience in four words: 'Right now / Everything sucks.'"
Reviews for Raditude aren't all demeaning though. In November of 2009, Rolling Stone Magazine's Rob Sheffield decrypted it in fairly neutral terms. "He (Cuomo) veers into dance-pop production with (collaborator) Dr. Luke for 'I'm Your Daddy,' wowing the ladies with his moonwalk moves and cheese fondue. His willingness to make fun of his psychosexual damage only makes it more poignant. The not-quite-ironic melancholy of 'Can't Stop Partying' may reflect a uniquely twisted relationship with his twisted audience. But from the sound of Raditude, Cuomo savors every minute of it."
More on Weezer
Grammy Award winning artist Weezer has been a band since 1994; they have sold over 11 million records, toured to sold out crowds all over the world and are the only band on the planet to release their own version of the Snuggie.
Rivers Cuomo has used the Indaba Music platform for several collaborative sessions, including most recently to finish demos while recovering from a bus accident that left him laid up for several weeks. According to the band's marketing, "Rivers Cuomo has recovered well and Weezer will be back on tour this spring and summer with stops at music festivals like Bonnaroo and Bamboozle. 'I'm Your Daddy' is racing up the charts and is on a path to be as successful as the lead track '(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.'"
More links related to Weezer: indabamusic.com/featured_programs
Austin King writes Salem-News.com reports that delve into music and technology. An active music follower and musician, Austin stays up to date on new developments in the various genres, as well as the latest technologies. A bonus for Salem-News.com is Austin's acquired ability to resolve and remedy computer problems ranging from virus eradication to total meltdown.
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