How a fourteen-year-old Weezer holy grail leaked last week

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Monica McGivern

Weezer is the official band of AOL Instant Messenger. The years between 1996 and 2001, in which they went from well-reviewed one-hit-wonder to (briefly) unimpeachable generational touchstone, were peak-Buddy-List; in 2002 they demoed a song called "Private Message," which is exactly what it sounds like. At some point every word in the Blue Album and Pinkerton liner notes was used in an angst-ridden away message.

Even Rivers Cuomo spent an inordinate amount of time chatting with people on AIM--Which is exactly how a long-lost Weezer song fans have been waiting for for fourteen years leaked a little more than a week ago.

See also: The really, really early interview with Rivers Cuomo

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The latest This Ain't No Cowtown compilation is out next week -- it will benefit 7th Circle

Cover art for This Ain't No Cowtown Volume 6 by Jaremia Green.
Now rolling out the sixth edition of its local music and comedy compilation, ZetaKaye House's This Ain't No Cowtown is more than just a labor of love -- it's like a second job. Sorting through hundreds of submissions for the 2014 edition of the compilation, ZetaKaye House's John Baxter says he listens to each submission blindly, often several times, before deciding what makes the final cut. "I make a playlist so that I can listen to everything -- this time around there was over ten hours worth of music," he says with a laugh. "I sort of second guessed myself and what I had gotten into."

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Listen + Download: In the Whale's kickass cover of "Add It Up" by the Violent Femmes

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Happy Thursday! And, oh, what a happy Thursday it is indeed, friend. We've got a freshly recorded tune to bless you with today from the In the Whale dudes, an iconic tune by the Violent Femmes called "Add It Up," a gritty little ditty you probably know better by its naughty refrain, "Why can't I get just one fuck?" This is just a taste to entice you in advance of the band's forthcoming record, Eric, which is slated for release next month. Vocalist Nate Valdez chose the track, which was recorded at UI Studios up in Boulder; keep reading to find out why he chose that particular tune.

See also: In the Whale on how the seedier side of society inspires their songwriting

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TRVE Brewing and Dave Otero of Flatline Audio join forces for a free download series

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Music and beer... seriously, can you think of better bedfellows? Yeah, neither can we, especially since we hail from a place that's a veritable hotbed for both. In the latest example of what's quickly becoming a welcome trend of musicians collaborating with brewers (most recently, Leftover Salmon teaming up with Breckenridge Brewery), TRVE Brewing has joined forces with Dave Otero's Flatline Audio and worked out a deal in which select local bands head over to the lauded producers studio to record a couple of gratis tracks -- an enviable prospect for any band. The first in the series comes from Black Sleep of Kali, who recorded two tunes. Keep reading to give them a listen and then download.

See also: Leftover Salmon releasing new music exclusively via Breckenridge Brewery twelve-pack samplers

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The Hate changes its name to Wiredogs: Listen to an unreleased song from The Resistance EP

Courtesy of Chris Dodge

The Hate has changed its name to Wiredogs. Since we last heard from the band, the guys have been hard at work on a new EP, which is slated for release sometime this fall. The Resistance, which was recorded at Black in Bluhm by Chris Fogal, is even more aggressive than Authors, its predecessor, according to frontman Dan Aid.

"We're homing in on a sound right now. It's really exciting. You still get a mix of the sort of rock and punk that lives on Authors, but it's going somewhere now," declares Aid. "I think listeners are just going to have a really good fucking time listening to this record. We put more of ourselves into this record than any artistic project I've ever been a part of in my life."

See also:
- Despite losing part of his arm, Dan Aid found a way to keep on playing guitar
- Review: The Hate - Authors
- Black In Bluhm marks first anniversary by posting a free thirteen-track compilation

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Listen to Young Doe's "No Homies," featuring Young Doe, Jadakiss, j.Stalin and Taj Mahal

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Young Doe dropped a big track this week with Jadakiss, Taj Mahal and J. Stalin. Landing a song with the most prominent member of the L.O.X. is big enough, but the high production value of the track, coupled with the fact that Doe is working with two other rising stars gives the Montbello MC's shine an even sharper glare.

See also:
- A Broncos anthem, plus new cuts from Billy Lipz, Young Doe and more
- A first look at Young Doe's "Droptop" video
- Buying fake jewelry in the mall? Uh-uh. Young Doe don't do that

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Listen to The Weatherman, Gregory Alan Isakov's new album, due out this Tuesday

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Erin Preston

Gregory Alan Isakov's new album, The Weatherman, comes out this Tuesday, July 9, on Isakov's own Suitcase Town Music imprint. If you haven't read our review in this week's issue, spoiler alert: We love it. "Bob Dylan once sang, 'You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,' and you don't need to be a singer-songwriter to realize that Isakov has created something truly stunning here," writes Jon Solomon. The entire album is streaming right now in its entirety on the New York Times website if you'd like to listen for yourself.

See also:
- Gregory Alan Isakov has a commanding intensity that often leaves listeners stunned
- Review: Gregory Alan Isakov - This Empty Northern Hemisphere
- Photos: Gregory Alan Isakov release show at the Fox Theatre, 5/31/07

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Listen to No Place Like Utopia from Zach Tipton of Young Coyotes and I Am the Dot

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Oh, my, I've been so preoccupied with the Westword Music Showcase this weekend, I completely forgot to tell you about some cool news I got recently from Zach Tipton. You remember him, right? The marvelous maestro behind Young Coyotes and I Am the Dot? Yeah, him. He's moving back to Denver later this year to once again bless us with bewitching sounds! December's what he tells me. In the meantime, he's recorded a lovely new set of songs to tide us over. Continue on to check out No Place Like Utopia from Mister Zach. I'm not being cute here, btw: That's the name he's going by now. Dig it.

See also:
- Westword Tip Sheet: Meet Young Coyotes
- Best of Denver 2009: Best New Band - Young Coyotes
- Introducing I Am the Dot, Zach Tipton's solo project

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Download "Bradley Manning" from Flobots

Ah, yes, good to see our friends in Flobots are still doing their thing -- and by doing their thing, we mean dependably raging against the machine by being unapologetically outspoken on a variety of incendiary topics. The latest: Bradley Manning, a Private First Class in the United States Army, who is currently being court-martialed on charges of aiding the enemy, among other things, and is facing life in prison if convicted.

See also:
- Jonny 5's track-by-track breakdown of The Circle In the Square
- Jonny 5 reflects on the Occupy Movement and the new album, 11/11
- Flobots ink deal with Shanachie Entertainment, 4/12

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Mike Marchant releases new six-song EP

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Andrew Segreti

Just after the first of the year in the midst of his cancer treatment, Mike Marchant recorded a bunch of songs. According to Mike, he wasn't in the best shape, physically or mentally, but since making music is what he does, he naturally turned to the tunes to help him cope.

See also:
- The scene rallies around Mike Marchant, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma
- Mike Marchant is kicking cancer's ass with the help of the Denver scene
- Profile: Creative memories of Widowers

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