Earlier this week, a snippet of “Pork And Beans” surfaced. Now Weezer has a more filling portion streaming over at their site: Zone out on the spinning Weezer logo while you soak up the workout, Oakley, music biz, and Timbaland references and take a listen to the classic-sounding chorus and teeming “I don’t care”’s. Such a sweet, savory dose of self-referential, self-deprecating Weezer rock. Interesting that in the lyrics Rivers is so focused on giving himself a makeover — this stuff sounds very familiar in a good good way.

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  1. Ben  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    =w=

  2. Stephen B.  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    I’m not going to oversell this thing, even though I think it sounds really good, but at the very least this is a logical progression from the first two albums. This isn’t as good as anything on the first two albums maybe but it is what I would’ve expected from the green album instead of what we got. Maybe this one will help us forget that the last three even happened. Here’s hoping.

  3. Sundeep  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    Thank you god. Weezer might actually be back…pardon me, while I go dig out my huge stockpile of b-sides and rarities.

  4. The lyrics are dumb, but I’ve never expected anything really deep out of Weezer. Just some good singalong pop. The production reminds me of the Green Album.

    We already know that the Rubin produced portions of the album will be ass, let’s hope the self produced/Jacknife bits are good.

  5. horrible… but better than beverly hills natch…

  6. Aaron  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    The lyrics are just painful. A bit too self-analyzing?
    Musically, it’s less “rawk” than Weezer has been for the past few years.
    I dunno, I’m kind of indifferent about this.
    But how often do you hear “I don’t give a hoot about what you think” in a song these days?

  7. Jay  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    Complaining about dumb lyrics, Mark? Have you never heard a Weezer song before? I guess you must consider “Whats with these Homies dissin’ my girl? Why do they gotta front?” To be a lyrical masterpiece. This a a good song and a step in the right direction so stop hating.

  8. Stephen B  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    I was under the impression this was one of the Jacknife Lee produced tracks. I don’t hear any Green Album in this one at all. Green album had none of this varied instrumentation, and the guitars weren’t nearly as heavy. They’re both slick though, I guess. And these lyrics are a lot better than anything he wrote on the last album.

  9. hoppergrass  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    Nah, this is great. It’s dumb, it’s catchy and I feel like I’m in high school again. I really can’t wait for this, and if you disagree with me you like to shoot puppies.

  10. @ Jay, I didn’t say I hated the song; the lyrics are just as dumb as anything on the Blue album (which I am a fan of).

  11. Zayin_451  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    Sure, Rivers Cuomo can still write a halfway decent song that sounds like the Weezer we all love to remember. But I think we need to accept the facts that are right in front of us. Weezer will always be an empty shell without Matt Sharp. It’s like if the Beatles had lost Paul and tried to keep going. I’m sure John would have still written some very Beatles sounding good songs, but they never would have sounded quite right. I can enjoy some new Weezer, but only if I allow myself to hear them as a completely different band.

  12. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    What? This still sucks farts. How is this different from anything on the last three albums? Puppies be damned, but this is still incredibly uninteresting. Weezer died after Pinkerton. Accept it.

    • hoppergrass  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

      And a room full of puppies just got run over by a lawn mower because of that comment Sean Jean.

  13. Weezer did not die after Pinkerton, but the band has to be one of the most maddeningly inconsistent ones in current circulation. For every great album, there is one that is utterly disposable. “Pork and Beans” seems to portend that we’re in for another high point.
    http://blog.newsok.com/staticblog

  14. Grand  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    Acceptable track, says I. Holding out hope that Weezer may be good again?

  15. studly roberts  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    As a rabid Weezer fan who just recently broke the weezer message board addiction I had since 2001, it should go without saying that I hate everything they’ve ever done and never expected to listen to them ever again.

    The lyrics are dumb, sure. As others have pointed out, they’ve always been pretty dumb.
    But I’ve listened to this maybe 6 times this morning. I don’t even listen to Weezer’s good albums anymore, but I’m thinking about looking for my copy of the Blue Album. This song reminds me of what it was like to be 14, and that’s kind of neat.

  16. james  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    i like the chorus and bridge. those verses are a little sparse and awkward.

  17. Brian  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    Perfect Situtation was closer to old Weezer than this is, and that was awful. This is just unforgivable. At least, we’ll always have Blue and Pinkerton.

  18. Zachra  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    I have to agree with the Matt Sharp comment. They lost something special with his exit. And the fact that Matt and Rivers have written and played together as an acoustic act since then is really sad when you think about the possibilities.

  19. Silly Peeps  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    I think everyone should consider something before hacking Weezer and, specfically, Rivers apart. Pinkerton, arguably the band’s most experimental if not best album, was a commercial and critical flop. It barely sold, and critics tore it to shreds. Rivers, an astoundingly cerebral and private man, poured his heart out on Pinkerton and saw, upon its release, that fragile heart get trampled under the feet of viscious critics looking for another ‘Buddy Holly’ and ignorant pop music fans, most of whom likely cite Nickleback among their favorite bands on their myspace and facebook pages. They have not written a comparable record in twelve years, but it’s not because they can’t. It’s because Rivers won’t. He invested everything into Pinkerton. The level of self disclosure on that record is off the charts. But it was canned. He’ll never put himself through that again. Enjoy Weezer for what they are: a band who made two of the best records you’ve evr heard, and who have scattered a few other good songs along the trail of a career marred by critical battery and ignorant listeners.

  20. Papal Treats  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    I think everyone should consider something before hacking Weezer and, specfically, Rivers apart. Pinkerton, arguably the band’s most experimental if not best album, was a commercial and critical flop. It barely sold, and critics tore it to shreds. Rivers, an astoundingly cerebral and private man, poured his heart out on Pinkerton and saw, upon its release, that fragile heart get trampled under the feet of viscious critics looking for another ‘Buddy Holly’ and ignorant pop music fans, most of whom likely cite Nickleback among their favorite bands on their myspace and facebook pages. They have not written a comparable record in twelve years, but it’s not because they can’t. It’s because Rivers won’t. He invested everything into Pinkerton. The level of self disclosure on that record is off the charts. But it was canned. He’ll never put himself through that again. Enjoy Weezer for what they are: a band who made two of the best records you’ve evr heard, and who have scattered a few other good songs along the trail of a career marred by critical battery and ignorant listeners.

  21. capote  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    As much as I love Pinkerton, Weezer’s Blue Album is better and much more enjoyable for repeated listening. Pinkerton is a great album, and it’s no wonder that it was critically bashed and people didn’t respond to it – it was much different than the sunshine pop/rock of the Blue Album.
    But, to my point, Pinkerton marks the decline of Weezer because Cuomo took himself seriously. Matt Sharp saw this and did his thing with The Rentals and got the fuck out of there.
    Since then, Weezer sporadically came back because college kids dug on the great singles – My Name is Jonas, Buddy Holly, Tired of Sex, Say It Ain’t So…. etc, etc.
    But the Green Album blew, Maladroit was bleh even though it was better than the green album, Make Believe made jenna haze look bad, it sucked dick so well.

    Cuomo – stop taking yourself seriously and I’ll start listening. Pork and Beans is bleh. But what was I supposed to expect?

    • studly roberts  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

      To start, the Rentals are awful. And so is Matt Sharp’s solo album. And Matt Sharp hardly quit Weezer. He didn’t dodge a bullet by getting out before they got “too serious.” He got dumped. Rivers left his ass because he was too flaky about his solo stuff vs. the band. And I’m sure there’s not a day that goes by that Matt Sharp doesn’t wish he was back in one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
      So way to make up shit about the band’s backstory.

      “Cuomo – stop taking yourself seriously and I’ll start listening”
      This directed at the guy who sounds like he’s been goofing off for the better part of a decade. “Cheese smells so good on a burnt piece of lamb.” Yeah, dude, quit being so damn heavy!

      Conclusion: you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • kidacomputerok  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 0

        Whoa, fuck you, man, The Rentals’ first album is right up there with Weezer’s first two. Since you’re not down with P., you’re not down with me.

  22. Papal Treats  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    Capote…you’re missing Rivers’ point. The new song is a sort of “Eff You” to fans and critics and producers, etc, that have for so long now (12 years) chastised him. Also, Pinkerton is not the Blue Album for a reason…they took a chance. Is it sing-along gold like the Blue Album was? No. But it’s as good, if not better. Maladroit was awful for a reason, Make Believe was awful for a reason…Rivers was done with getting hurt. You can’t fault a guy for being sensitive to critics canning his true emotions. Also, I think the Green Album gets an unwarrantedly bad rap. It’s got some gems.

  23. brian  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    i really like the acoustic intro with so much background noise…kinda feels like they aren’t trying to make everything so slick. which, as far as i am concerned, has proved to be the approach that has produced the most enjoyable weezer songs.

  24. i like that they are going back to sounding like a glorified garage band. that was the charm of the blue album. so thank you rich costey for referencing blue when you mixed this.

    i’m pretty sure this song is a fuck you song he wrote after the record company rejected the initial album. rivers just needed to feel pissed off an alienated again to write a true =w= song. there was a part of me that really wanted them to release the pat wilson sung track as the first single, but i think they’ve made a smart choice here.

  25. i won’t say it’s perfect or anything, but i *am* digging this song pretty hard. this has got me optimistic for the red album.

  26. Bradattax  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    You’re wrong. I used to think Matt Sharp’s departure from the band affected their post-Pinkerton output until I actually looked into Weezer’s recording history. Sharp barely had anything to do with the song-writing process and thus they would have been the same with or without him. The only thing Sharp added to the band was his showboating antics.

    Furthermore, I would say Rivers is the Paul of the group. Paul was the one who wrote the most genius melodies for the Beatles whereas John was just a drugged out asshole in touch with his lyrical self.

    • ive been a devoted fan of weezer since i was 8 years old. i’m now 18. weezer has remained in my top 5 favorite bands, and i have a lot of respect for Rivers- but you can’t compare them to the Beatles.
      and how dare you say john was just a “drugged out asshole.” that may be one of the most thoughtless comments i have ever seen.

    • J. Kool  |   Posted on May 28th, 2008 0

      Brattax, you need to look up the lyrics before you comment on a song. Papal Treats is right. Weezer is saying that they don’t give a crap (or hoot) about what you critics think. They have fun making music, and if people like it, then that makes the whole thing even better.

  27. Stephen B.  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    “Perfect Situation” sounded like the Green Album with more lead guitar. I heard no blue album in that one. This song doesn’t sound like old Weezer, but dare I say, it has a similar spirit to old Weezer.

  28. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    I don’t care if this song is an “eff you” to critics or what the story is behind it, it’s the same boring formulaic crap as the last three albums they have put out. Maybe a band like Weezer had a ceiling, and they reached it. Entirely possible. It’s hard to think that when you hear all the b-sides and demos from the first two albums and realize how many cool tunes they had. This still blows. So does the Green Album. Hash Pipe was good, the rest was awful.

  29. soul brother franks  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    heck yes! i knew rivers had it in him! this song is great, although it would be a little strange to eat candy with pork and beans…

  30. A. J. Henderson  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    So the good news with this new single is that I am not disappointed. I am not amazed either. Really I’m just ok with its existence. To me its this weird cross between El Scorcho and Keep Fishing. As far as logical next steps go this song certainly is it for this band. So here’s hoping this new album will be mediocre instead of terrible like Make Believe.

  31. Oscar  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    I love it, very sarcastic, the sarcasm is a lot more obvious than on Beverly HIlls which I think a lot of people didn’t get. The story of this song is that the record company had a meeting with Rivers and asked he write more “commercial” songs for this album. This song is very much a response to that. Its like the original posting focuses on the verse and forgets the chorus that lays it out plain and simple, Rivers does whatever the hell he wants, good or bad, he’s not thinking about remaking himself at all.

    As for Matt, they definately lost something when he left/kicked out, but he himself has said that if people think Weezer sucked without him, those same people would think the last 3 albums would have sucked with him as well. Plus, he was invited to rejoin that band recently as a 5th member, but he instead decided to reform the Rentals.

  32. morjan  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    i don’t really care for all of your critical nonsense.

    weezer’s had its ups and downs, but each of their albums has something valuable.

    i like this song. it’s refreshing to finally hear something new. rivers has told us he plans on making some changes in his style, i.e. vocal counterpoint and rapping, and that sounds interesting to me.

    this was a little more classic weezer sounding to me though. i’m excited to hear how his new ideas take shape, but i’m relieved to know that it’s still sortof the same old weezer – not completely overhauled – after all this time.

  33. I like it. It’s not as overwhelming as the preview made me think it would be, but it’s still a good return to better days. It’s almost like placing a Blue/Pinkerton filter over their Make Believe output — modern-day Rivers channeling the quirk and rock of mid-’90s Rivers. Not perfect, but still pretty darn good.

    The verses are less impressive, but they do seem reminiscent of something he’d right towards the end of the Pinkerton era, perhaps from his “solo” days. Though, I do detest pop culture references in songs, as a rule. So, boo on Timbaland.

  34. Hasief  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 0

    According to Rolling Stone, this song came into existence because the record label told Rivers to write something more “commercial-sounding,” so it’s pretty surreal that the first single is basically Rivers lashing out at the record label for telling him to write a hit (see also Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song”). I like this track, it’s definitely Weezer, but with enough new elements thrown in to make it not seem like a retread. Having said that, if this is the most commercial-sounding song on the album, it makes me even more optimistic about the rest of it, which apparently is much more experimental – at least for their standards. I’ve been a fan since the Blue Album, so I’d say it’s about time.

  35. dona  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 0

    I actually liked all their albums. Blue = Pinkerton > Green> Make Believe>Maladroit. Weezer is just FUN. That’s all it is. Lyrically you’re not gonna get something that Conor Oberst would write you know? So I think we should all back off ’cause this sounds pretty old school Weezer. Someone said it made them feel 14 again, it does…and it is neat!

    And everyone likes to dance to a happy song
    with a catchy chorus and beat so they can sing along =)

  36. matt  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 0

    wow, i haven’t commented on a weezer related topic online in 6 years! the new single sounds fun. i didn’t know everyone hated make believe, i thought it was pretty good. most weezer is pretty good. every album has its moments. people hated green at first but seem to like it know. maladroit probably was the worste–it probably should have been a four/five song ep or something but there is no point in discussing which album is best. they are all good.

  37. Porkins  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 0

    Jesus Christ. When I heard that chorus, I immediately turned it off. How many fucking times can bands recycle that four chord progression. I don’t give a shit what key you put it in. It’s the most overused fucking chord progression in pop music. I guess we can trace it back to “Let It Be.” Lazy, lazy songwriting.

    • Man, I wish I was pretentious enough to get sick of chord progressions.

      • Your an idiot. Calling someone pretentious because they’re tired of hearing one of the most over used musical cliches? Why exactly is the poster pretentious? Because he listens to music with a critical ear and can recognize rehashed chord progressions or melodies? Oh wait, I know what it is:

        *YOU’RE* the pretentious asshole who seems to think that his naive, unrefined, and unadventurous taste in music is somehow “better” than someone else’s because “it’s simple” and “I don’t think about it too much, because that would be pretentious!”

        • studly roberts  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 0

          Not to pick nits, but ‘simple’ (and naive and unrefined, etc) is sort of the opposite of ‘pretentious.’ It would likely help you if, in the future, you kept in mind that “pretentious” doesn’t mean “jerk.”

          I’m not saying I think The Other Matthew is right; I’m just saying I know “your” wrong.

          As for getting sick of certain chord progressions… Um, this isn’t a fucking free-jazz blog. Lighten up, maybe?

          MAN, WEEZER’S SO LAZY THEY ONLY USE POWER CHORDS NOW THEY USED TO BE AWESOME BUT WHERES THE POLYRHYTHM AND DISCORD THEY SHOULD SOUND LIKE FRANK ZAPPA BY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Cliches aren’t always a bad thing, if they’re done well. It’s arguable whether Rivers does them well, but I think he at least manages to input some charm into them. I’ve certainly gotten sick of certain bands’ “sounds” before, but to narrow it down to specific chord progressions seems really nitpicky. If Rivers wanted to reuse music from the Blue Album, for example, at least he’d be using good source material. And it would be better than Maladroit.

          Also, I’m about as critical and picky as they come. I’m always (over)analyzing music and lyrics, and I’m very particular about what I like and don’t like, but there are times when simple works. For example, for all its complexities, Pinkerton’s finest moments are its simplest ones.

  38. chris  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 0

    There is no old school Weezer in this song. It sounds like a b-side from Make Believe. Although it is better than any song on that album. Yeah the chorus is a catchy Weezer chorus, but I am just not buying any of this garbage. The lyrics are THE worst, the piano is tacky and the verses make me want the chorus immediately. Timabland? Come on. Every album I hope they will create something their talents are capable of, but I am constantly let down.

  39. chris  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 0

    I agree that some of the older songs had cheese lyrics, but they made the cheese work in a cool way. It just sounded better to hear rivers singing about peter criss than timbaland. the lyrics to pork and beans are just so stupid. part of me thinks its on purpose, kind of like that ben folds tune rockin the suburbs, because i can’t imagine anyone honestly writing that crap seriously.

  40. Hasief  |   Posted on Apr 19th, 2008 0

    The song’s SUPPOSED to be goofy. It’s about being told by the record label to write a hit, hence the makeover and Timbaland references, and it wouldn’t exist if they hadn’t told him to write it. You can practically visualize the video they’re gonna make of it.

    Having said that, Rivers seems to be a pretty goofy guy in general. Hence his “Let’s Write a Sawng” vids on YouTube.

  41. This makes me want to get the white out and draw =w= all over my trapper keeper again. Oh the good days.

  42. yuck yuck yuck  |   Posted on Apr 21st, 2008 0

    this sounds like cake… i can’t stand cake.

  43. bubba paris  |   Posted on Apr 21st, 2008 0

    man, this is like the Rebel Weezer Alliance all over again.

  44. 30 second clip sounded better than the full song. Maybe Rivers should stick to 30 second songs. This song is bullshit really.

  45. Greg  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 0

    All I know is I’ve been walking around all day with a Weezer song in my head – a phenomenon that hasn’t occured in years.

  46. Gary T.  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2008 0

    If anything makes a Weezer album less enjoyable, it’s when people get pissed at Cuomo for not doing what they want. Yes, we are all still sad about Matt leaving, but it was over 10 years ago people, it’s time to get over it. I love Matt’s bass and high-pitched vocals, but look how well Scott has settled into form. It took him two albums, but both of those albums had amazing moments. Pork and Beans may be missing Matt’s voice, but it feels like a traditional Weezer song none the less. Bluetonians suck sometimes. They take all the fun out anything Weezer puts out. Don’t get pissed because it’s not what you want, the band likes it, it sounds good, deal with it.

    Bluetonian – (Blue-tone-e-n) A person who can’t stop harping on how good Blue and Pinkerton sounded.

  47. Goatpunishment  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2008 0

    Matt Sharp is a freaking tool. I saw The Rentals with Ozma a little over a year ago and it was by far the worst stage performance I have ever seen. Matt Sharp is an arrogant bastard and his music is moog induced madness. Pat Wilson and Brian Bell are ten time more talented than Matt Sharp.

  48. Can people not be happy that Weezer has come out with a new album? Why do you need to feel like you know the meaning of it? We haven’t heard but one song. Get an f”n grip. Yea when Matt left the band Weezer was different. If you were a true Weezer fan you would appreciate the lyrics and the sound that they have produced and know that they have evolved. I had every other album BUT Pinkerton until five days ago. I love Pinkerton as much as the others. In fact I have almost played it out just because it is an album that I have not heard. I have been listening to Weezer since Undone came out on single. I was 13 and knew that this band was destined for awesomeness. Is everyone out there a music critic? Do you have the credentials to tell me that this album will suck? If you do and you have listened to it then hats off to you. I wish I was in your position. I wish I could be a professional critic. For you others that want to voice how bad Weezer sucks I beg you to listen with an open mind and be grateful that they have come back. How many bands do you know from the 90′s that have had this success? I can think of one and Weezer toured with them in 2005 (BEST SHOW EVER). We are in the day of emo rock and people only speaking of the once great bands. I think they deserve an award for being around this long when so many other bands turn to the commercial industry. They are thinking outside the box. Can you do that? Do you have at least 5 records that have sold and made a living out of it? I think not. For all of you that are true WEEZ fans keep on fishin’. For those that are jealous or just dont understand please keep your comments to yourself. I can’t wait for another generation to understand what true music is all about.

  49. Nancy  |   Posted on May 20th, 2008 0

    Dear God,
    Please make Weezer rad again.
    -Nancy

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