Weezer is an all time Infatuation favorite. For all you young folk who need some proper music education and dig the current crop of “indie-pop,” go take a listen to Pinkerton, Weezer’s near perfect second record, and one of the most influential rock records of the last two decades. It still holds up, nearly 20 years later. Speaking of longevity, it’s incredible that Weezer remains relevant, on the radio, and continuing to put out new music worth listening to while pretty much every single one of their alternative music peers from the same generation plummeted into obscurity.
Today, we’re honored to have LA restaurant (and mini golf!) picks from Weezer guitarist Brian Bell, and some pretty hilarious selections from lead singer Rivers Cuomo who does not go out of his way too often for food.
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brian's "perfect for" picks
It was my grand plan one year ago to get a rowdy group of friends together for lunch and day drinking at Susan Feniger’s now defunct Street on Highland Ave (it’s now called Mudhen and I’m told it’s even better). Once everyone was sufficiently sloshed, we headed to Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater. My birthday is in December, and evidently Baker’s Christmas show is very popular. I thought we’d easily be able to walk up and buy tickets, but swiftly found out that the show had already sold out for the night. My fine group of friends made the suggestion of doing mini golf instead at Castle Park in Sherman Oaks. It was a blast.”
“If you want to step back in time and have a night of old school Hollywood, I highly suggest dinner and martinis at Musso and Franks on Hollywood Blvd. Follow this up by a small Uber jaunt over to The Dresden Room on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz and catch Marty and Elayne play old jazz standards and classic disco hits. If you’re on a first date, but you just haven’t made a move yet, Marty might help you out and take your arm to place it around your date for you.”
“Do not confuse it with the restaurant across the street with almost the same name! You’ll know you’re at the right place by the ivy covering the wall. Be sure to order the Tsukemen in pork broth. Fair warning, this place is cash only and there is always a wait – but it’s well worth it. I like the traditional music they play here and I’m not sure if it’s some form of Gamelan, but it is absolutely bonkers and will make you eat faster.”
“Assuming you consider Halloween a special occasion and you’re in town in October, I would also put this suggestion under “First Dates” and “Impressing Out of Towners.” What’s cool about The Queen Mary Dark Harbor in Long Beach (yes it’s worth the drive) is that the ship is actually haunted. What better place to get the crap scared out of you? And… if you go with cute enough girls, let them go first and the monsters will give them all the attention.”
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite restaurant in LA, Iroha on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. It’s not only home to the best sushi in town (plus a whole lot more), the prices are fair and it has the best atmosphere. It’s reminiscent of 19th Century Japan decor (or at least what I imagine that to be), and houses a small espresso shop in the parking lot, which at one time was a closet-sized independent cassette tape shop. Once, the girl that worked at the cassette shop told me that her favorite place to hang out in LA were the sewers. I didn’t even know that was possible. Anyway back to Iroha — they are always putting new and delicious items on their menu, and I have a saying with a friend of mine also has been frequenting Iroha for years which goes… “Just when you thought Iroha couldn’t get any better…””
river's "perfect for" picks (yes, these are real)
“It’s perfect because it’s a nice walk through the park every morning to get there.”
“It’s very romantic and you can walk along the beach after dinner. And there’s a small live jazz ensemble that plays not too loudly in the bar.
“Amazing antique art collection set in an exact recreation of Julius Caesar’s father-in-law’s villa that was buried by Vesuvius.”
“But you have to put up with all the street performers (of varying quality).”
“Or as I call it, “Veggie Gorilla”. Super fast and convenient, tasty and healthy—even carnivores love it.”