It’s always a shame having to post about a band calling it quits, but it feels all the worse when it’s an act as brazenly unique and bizarre as Ween. Considering the band hadn’t released any new material since 2007’s La Cucaracha, it doesn’t come of as much of a surprise, but it’s a considerable loss nonetheless.
The band parted ways amiably, Aaron Freeman (better known as Gene Ween) explaining, “For me it’s a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open. There’s no, ‘Goddamn that such and such!’ For me, I’d like to think it’s a door I can close finally.”
It’s high time for some spins of The Mollusk.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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