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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton spin new music from emerging bands and musical icons.

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Guest DJ: Weezer Frontman Rivers Cuomo

May 10th, 2016

Episode 675 of 731 episodes

It's hard to imagine an artist who works harder or cares more about what their fans think than Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. For the past 20-plus years he's been a tireless and meticulous songwriter who maintains incredibly detailed spreadsheets with hundreds of titles for songs that don't yet exist, and lyric fragments organized by word and syllable count. He obsessively studies the intricacies of other well-loved pop songs, cataloging every element, trying to understand why they work and how he can make his own songs better.With every note Cuomo agonizes over, he's thinking about the complicated relationship he's had with Weezer's fans. For some, the band has never lived up to its 1994 debut release, the self-titled "Blue" album, and that weighs heavily on Cuomo. And even though plenty of critics and fans think Weezer's latest record, the self-titled "White" album is as good as anything the band has done, that hasn't kept Cuomo from fretting over every review.On this week's show, Rivers Cuomo joins us to share some of the stories behind the band's new record and to play some of the songs by other artists he's loving now. He also talks about what it's like to reach middle age, have kids and how he stays inspired to write songs that still resonate with young people.

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