5/10/94 - 25 years ago, weezer's debut album, later to be known as "The Blue Album" was released, to virtually no fanfare. DGC records planned on sending “Undone" to radio, but that plan hadn't really geared up yet, and plus they already had many bigger fish to fry, so there was no radio, definitely no video (that would depend on its reaction at radio), and no tour to speak of. We laughed when we heard about the 20,000 print run. Who would buy all those CDs? Until that point, it had been a struggle to get more than 10-15 people to show up at a weezer show. And that continued well after the Blue Album was released. Every week, the "Soundscan" numbers were released to management offices, showing the secret info: how many copies were physically scanned at record stores as sales. Rivers, Pat, Matt @_mattsharp, Brian and myself (Karl) decided to play a game when it came time to learn the results for the release week for The Blue Album. We counted up everyone we knew, friends and family, who we thought would likely buy the album in its first week as a show of support. Moms, brothers, etc. The number of solid sales we could count on came to... 45. So we expected the first week Soundscan number to be 45. Why would anyone else buy the thing? It wasn't on radio, and there was no video, so who would buy it unless they knew the band? The numbers came in, and the national Soundscan showed... 90. 90 sales! 90?!? "Who the hell are these OTHER 45 people?" we asked in disbelief. That meant across the country, 45 people just saw the Blue Album sitting there, and apropos of nothing, just bought it. 90. It was a start. Whoever you 45 mystery people were, thanks. When that album was released, it was literally half a lifetime ago for me. My life has been neatly divided into "pre Blue and post Blue". And while i will always cherish the first half of my life so far on earth, I cant deny that the subsequent half has been a little more exciting. See you out there! -karl @karlophone (since '91; weezer's: friend, roomate, gear schlepper, guitar tech, artist, designer, roadie, van driver, tour 'manager', archivist, photographer, videographer, fan club president, web guy, etc...
Chillin’ with Chilli, 4/13/19. #karlscorner
#RideOrDie in Times Square 🤘 Thanks NYC
Unplugged for a #TinyDesk sesh with @nprmusic (ft. a few of your fave deep cuts) - link in the story to watch.
Sailing the seas of Madison, 3/31/19. #karlscorner
Des Moines coming through with that midwestern spirit #karlscorner
Good times were had by all in Tulsa! #karlscorner
Kansas City globe of chaos! #karlscorner
Join the Weezer Fan Club - New and Improved for 2019! Folks, the Weezer Fan Club has reopened and new membership bundles are available now! Download The Weezer Fan Club App for free from the Apple or Google Play app stores. The app is a handy free all in one Weezer portal for news, tour info, and online Weezer merch shopping. With the app you can sign up for a Weezer Fan Club membership, which for your annual renewable membership fee includes: * Exclusive Fan Club T-Shirt * Fan Club Only Lanyard * Fan Club Only 7" record with exclusive song * Fan Club Only Enamel Pin * Access to exclusive Fan Club presales * Access to an exclusive club-only merchandise store * In-app Members Only Karl's Corner exclusive feed posts * Regular push notifications, so you don’t miss out on Weezer news and presales * Your own unique membership number, with membership numbering continuing from the original club numbering back in the 1990's * Access to members-only Facebook group, where you can hang out and share with your fellow Club members, plus Karl and Lisa (the Fan Club crew), and even band members from time to time! * (When available) Surprises from Karl and Lisa, including random drawings for special prizes, opportunities to get photos with the band (only when possible, cannot guarantee), and more! (offer details subject to change) (The app is just getting started and will be adding more features with future updates) A note to those who are already Weezer Fan Club members (signed up 2014-2018) - you, the pioneers, are lifetime members, and do not need to renew your membership, you only need to log in for all the perks. The 'new membership' merch bundle is available to you too of course, at a discounted cost. You will receive an email with the details.
=w=, St. Louis #karlscorner
All was well on the S.S. Weezer in St. Louis
Hustle disco in Grand Rapids
Back in Ohio!
Your future's so bright, so you're going to need a good pair of shades. Pick up a pair of Weezer x @Knockaround sunglasses today @ 11am ET (only 1,000 available). Each order comes w/ a bright yellow cassette of The Black Album available only in this package - don’t poke your eyes out! knockaround.com/weezer
Quite the colorful night in Connecticut
A night out in Albany
Its been a while, man, lifes so rad. A while, that is, since we were awarded with a gold record! Thanks to everyone - Mary the @weezerafrica twitter girl, our fans, terrestrial and satellite stations, streaming services, and Crush management - for supporting this crazy single! #theystillmakeplaquesitturnsout #karlscorner
That big, beautiful =w= shining in Montreal
“Selling out Madison Square Garden” is a rock dream that finally came true last night for this little gang. First played there at the Z-100 xmas show in ‘94, watched Bon Jovi bring the house down. The house came down again! Thanks to all who are coming to our shows on this tour! #karlscorner 📸: JD
Sparks flying for the first night of tour in Louisville
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Dazed for days 📸 Katherine Tyler
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Having a ball 📸 Katherine Tyler
All your wants, desires, hopes, dreams & fears are in the Black Metal Hub blackmetalhub.com p.s. we’re going to send one lucky person who orders something from the hub a lifetime supply of Weezer @Sharpie Markers. **We can’t actually guarantee a lifetime supply. You’ll definitely get at least 10 (more like 500).
A glimpse behind Mister Rivers Neighborhood
1. Can’t Knock The Hustle 2. Zombie Bastards 3. High As A Kite 4. Living In L.A. 5. Piece Of Cake 6. I’m Just Being Honest 7. Too Many Thoughts In My Head 8. The Prince Who Wanted Everything 9. Byzantine 10. California Snow // 📸 by @murphyphoto
It’s time to get high... High As A Kite. New song drops tomorrow. Keep an eye (and an ear) out everywhere for even more surprises tomorrow.
makin the 🍩
Some down time between landing airwalks and jamming in the living room.
Going full on @MarieKondo + getting rid of the things that don't spark joy for us anymore, but maybe will for you? Gonna sneak one of these items into 5 random Teal album pre-order bundles weezer.com
A new twist on an old classic, invented this morning when the wallets sold out too fast! These are limited to 500, so get one before they’re gone on weezer.com. Also throwing in a signed dollar bill to the first 100 orders with this bundle too, so technically it’s $1 off for some of you!
Having trouble being patient until The Black Album? We got you covered (literally). The Teal Album is out now - the ultimate cover song collection with TOTO, @tearsforfearsmusic, @eurythmicsmusic, @officialaha, The Turtles, @blacksabbath, @jefflynneselo, @officialtlc, @michaeljackson & Ben E. King The first place to buy the Teal CD (if that’s your thing) at Weezer.com. 500 ultra limited teal velcro wallets avail now for pre-order - first 100 orders come with real signed dollar bills! More fun to come between now and Black Friday (3/1).
If you haven’t seen Rivers presenting his final project for his CS50x coding class, check it out now on his YouTube channel. “Drivetimes” is the app he created, and this video (assembled by karl) you need to see, as it also features the rest of weezer, a bit of live music, plus Rivers getting stressed out by his tour manager! #karlscorner
This just may be the largest TV in the world.
Interrupting your feed to show you these sweet @Reddit Secret Santa gifts we got from u/KatsMeyow. Another year dodging the coal...
So, this is happening...
#Repost @reddit ・・・ On a scale of 1 to 10, getting @Weezer for #RedditSecretSanta has to be an 11, right? 🎁🤘 "Welp, I won the Secret Santa lottery. Santa brought me a guitar signed by Weezer, the Blue album on vinyl, and the iconic lightning bolt strap. HAIL RIVERS!!!"
So you’re a Weezer fan? This shirt is for you. Get the Ride or Die shirt now on weezerwebstore.com