This week sees a run of light August releases (typical for this time of year) but not without two albums specifically that will bring the nostalgia-joy. Various artists, including Weezer, My Morning Jacket, and OK GO, have all recorded covers of some of the more popular Muppet songs from over the years. I’m convinced they either called it The Green Album because Weezer are on it or Weezer are only on it because it’s called The Green Album. The other album brings together two Alt icons from the 90s, Steven Malkmus (of Pavement) and Beck, who produced Malkmus’ new album Mirror Traffic.
Steven Malkmus and The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
The Game – The R.E.D. Album
Barbra Streisand – What Matters Most
Sunny Sweeney – Concrete
Various Artists – Muppets: The Green Album
Look, we get it. Weezer haven’t exactly been on their A-game lately. So what about more consistent bands having their songs given that admittedly-awesome Weezer-sound?
Works well with an example like the Pixies’ “Velouria,” completely wasted on songs like Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” and just weird (in a good way) on a track like their demo for “Better Off Alone” by Alice DeeJay.
It’s an interesting little mix and you can hear all 30 by heading on over to Stereogum and checking out their Listomania series.