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Weezer Tangles With ‘The Lion And The Witch’
Weezer is preparing a 7-song EP, titled “The Lion and the Witch,” for limited U.S. release this summer. The disc, for which a release date has not been finalized, is a special promotion from the group’s label Geffen, and will only be available in a limited pressing of 25,000 at select independent retail outlets.
According to Weezer’s official Web site, the tracks for “The Lion and the Witch” were recorded live during the group’s recent Japanese tour. The EP will also include a newly recorded studio version of the group’s latest single, “Keep Fishin’.” While a finalized track list has not been announced, the set will also feature at least one unreleased track which has been known as “Polynesia” on recent set lists, and will appear here as a “hidden” unlisted song.
Weezer art director Francesca Restrepo commissioned artwork and put together special packaging for the EP, which comes on the heels of the group’s fourth album, “Maladroit.” The set debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 last month and has sold 363,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Keep Fishin'” is No. 27 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart this week.
The group’s Enlightenment tour with Sparta and Dashboard Confessional hits Holmdel, N.J., tomorrow (July 23) and wraps Aug. 10 in Concord, Calif. Afterward, Weezer will on Aug. 23-24 play the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds festivals.