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Q&A: Gene Ween On His Billy Joel Tribute Band And Lifelong Love Of The Piano Man

Late last month Billy Joel played New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the 63rd time. Meanwhile, across the river, Aaron Freeman played many of the same tunes to a smaller crowd at Brooklyn’s most upscale bowling alley. It was the Ween co-founder’s fourth time belting out a set of these cover songs — “Pressure,”… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 17, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Chocolate And Cheese Turns 20

“A good part of Ween’s philosophy is ‘Fuck you,’ you know? Any good band, that should comprise a bit of the message.”

— Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween)

When opening the jewel case of the original Chocolate And Cheese disc, you were greeted by a sketch on the CD face: a… More »

By: Hank Shteamer / September 26, 2014 - 2:06 pm


Aaron Freeman said goodbye to Gene Ween last year and began 2014 with a solo project under his real name. So far from FREEMAN we’ve heard two songs that are still very much in the style of Ween: “(For A While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar” and “The English And Western Stallion.” Now you ca… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 15, 2014 - 4:21 pm

FREEMAN – “The English And Western Stallion”

Aaron Freeman will soon release his debut album as FREEMAN, his first new original material since the end of Ween. The first single, “(For A While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like A Man,” was a country-tinged slow burner with a guitar solo that reminded us how well he could play his guitar, and predictably… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 21, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Freeman – “(For A While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like A Man”

After releasing the demos EP Gener’s Gone late last year, Aaron Freeman has finally let go of his Ween alter-ego and begun moving forward into a solo career as Freeman. He and his band announced their self-titled debut out this summer and today share “(For A While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like A Man.”… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 22, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Aaron Freeman & Slash – “Wiggle Wiggle” (Bob Dylan Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

The 1980s were almost certainly Bob Dylan’s least fruitful decade artistically, but the cult of Dylan is such that you’ll find apologists for every album in his discography. Count producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, PAPA) among the key witnesses for Dylan’s dark decade; they’ve assembled a compilation called… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 21, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Check Out Gene Ween’s Final Demos

Since the breakup of Ween, Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman has delivered a Rod McKuen covers album, but not much original material. But now you can buy Gener’s Gone: The Final Demo Recordings Of Gene Ween, a 25 minute collection of music Freeman made between 2009 and 2011 that never culminated into full-on Ween recordings. A… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 15, 2013 - 12:17 pm

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2012

Each September, we recognize 40 new bands we look forward to listening to for years to come. And each December, we salute the veterans who’ve decided to pack up their knives and never ever get back together. This year’s class of quitters includes an anarcho-pop one-hit wonder, a multi-platinum Aussie rock band, and a New… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 26, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Ween Albums From Worst To Best

In March of 2011, when I published a book about Ween as part of the 33 1/3 series, it seemed as though the band would go on forever. At that point, core members Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo — Gene and Dean Ween, respectively — hadn’t put out a new record since 2007’s La Cucaracha,… More »

By: Hank Shteamer / November 14, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Aaron Freeman’s Statement On Officially Leaving Ween

In late May, Ween’s Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) told Rolling Stone that the band was breaking up; “It’s been a long time, 25 years,” Freeman said. “It was a good run.” Since then, we’ve been awaiting an official statement from Freeman or the band, and yesterday we got it. Via that statement:… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 21, 2012 - 10:05 am

Ween Break Up

It may be no surprise, as Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) has branched into solo territory, but Ween, one of rock’s most unusual success stories and most colorful live acts (with a cult fanbase indicative of those labels) is breaking up, according to Freeman himself. Freeman lays it out:… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 29, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Stream Aaron Freeman Marvelous Clouds

Aaron Freeman, who is best known as Gene Ween, will put out his tribute to poet/songwriter Rod McKuen in a few days, from which we’ve already heard “Love’s Been Good To Me” and “As I Love My Own.” Now, the whole thing is streaming below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 2, 2012 - 10:53 am

Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) – “Love’s Been Good To Me” (Stereogum Premiere)

Aaron Freeman, who is best known as Gene Ween, will soon release Marvelous Clouds, his 13-song tribute to the poet and songwriter Rod McKuen. Earlier this year, we heard “As I Love My Own” from that release, and today we have another new track, the cascading “Love’s Been Good To Me.” Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 5, 2012 - 9:17 am

Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) – “As I Love My Own”

Last year, Aaron Freeman (who is best known as Gene Ween) announced that he was putting together a solo record, a 13-song tribute to poet and musician Rod McKuen. Freeman talked to Slate recently about the record:

Slate: That’s something some critics seem to have missed — or maybe they would simply… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 2, 2012 - 9:36 am

Gene Ween Goes Solo

Aaron Freeman will step out from behind the Gene Ween moniker to release Marvelous Clouds , a 13-song tribute to the poet and songwriter Rod McKuen, under his own name later this spring. A prolific writer, McKuen wrote songs for the likes of Perry Como and Frank Sinatra while compiling volumes of poetry, some of… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 12, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Jesse Eisenberg <3s Chocolate & Cheese

In case you don’t own a subscription to People, Jesse Eisenberg is the guy nominated for an Oscar for his role as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Just like most red-blooded college kids who wander the streets in their bathrobe, it turns out Eisenberg really loves Ween. He’s said this previously, but in a… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Last Night’s Ween Concert Sounds Sad, Hilarious

According to Hidden Track, Ween co-frontman Gene Ween got out of control and out of sync with the rest of his band in Vancouver last night. Quoting a review for Vancouver website, Gene sang most of their songs in a cracked falsetto, and whenever he felt like it. The rest of the band got… More »

By: jessica / January 25, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Madonna Tries To Ruin Ween Concert

Madonna is currently directing a film called W.E., which has some scenes in Central Park. Unfortunately, some of the filming took place September 17, the same day as a Ween concert, and the director found their soundcheck distracting. According to Hidden Track via Gene Ween’s Facebook (where these photos were posted), Madonna herself ran u… More »

By: jessica / September 21, 2010 - 10:43 am

New Weezer, Ween Songs Target Cancer

The Right Track: Tunes To TargetCancer features pay-what-you-want downloads of new/rare tracks by Weezer (“The Rat Race”), Ween, and Dean & Britta, among others, to help “find better treatments for rare cancers.” Go to More »

By: brandon / February 3, 2010 - 5:52 pm
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