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Rivers Cuomo just released a treasure trove of unheard demos – 2,655 of them, in fact

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer performs at Ak-Chin Pavilion on August 2, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.
(Image credit: Michael Chang/Getty Images)

2020 has altered the course of just about everyone's life, and Rivers Cuomo is no exception.

He was originally supposed to spend the year touring with his Weezer bandmates on the back of the band's shred-tastic, hard-rocking Van Weezer album. Then COVID hit, taking with it all the year's touring plans, and even the band's plans for Van Weezer, which remains unreleased (we'll have to wait until May 2021, pending any further delays). 

With newfound time on his hands, Cuomo has apparently taken the time to enroll in a "web programming class” via online non-profit learning platform edX.

Now, as part of his final class project, he has created a web market page (opens in new tab) containing an incredible 2,655 previously unheard demos. 

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Spanning decades, and both Cuomo and Weezer's discographies, the demos are separated into chronologically ordered bundles that are each available for the flat rate of $9. Cuomo even provides short previews and explanations of some of the demo packages, which can be listened to before any purchase is made.

It should be noted however, that the collections vary wildly in length. The shortest – a master session of Gravity Will Bring You Down – is just over 15 minutes, while Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years – features a whopping 1113 demos and runs at over 38 hours and 25 minutes.

Cuomo warns buyers on the site that some demos may have “silence," be “wildly inappropriate” or might just be “me rambling, talking, making sounds."

He also added that, remarkably, he may yet uncover more demos in his archives in the future, and that buyers will receive additional content should more demos be discovered.

“On the bright side, I realized I can add files to the dropbox folders after they’ve gone on sale,” Cuomo said.

“That means you can re-download the bundle, or the specific files, and get additional content as I discover it. Very cool.”

To check out Cuomo's demos, stop by Riverscuomo.com (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.