by Epitaph

To coincide with their new record on Epitaph Records, Weezer have launched a "Weezer-ization of YouTube:"

To facilitate this free-form taping, they set aside two days in a Los Angeles studio with instructions that read, "We're up for just about anything that can be filmed in the studio. The finished clip will be yours to release and distribute on Sept. 14, 2010. Acting, performance, interview, make-up, comedy -- you let us know what you want to do and how much time you think it might take to film." It was then up to the YouTubers-whose channels have millions of subscribers and aggregated well over a billion total video views-to write and produce the segments with the band.

Participants included AutoTune The News, Cyr1216, DaveDays, Fred, Hot For Words, MagicHugs, Mystery Guitar Man, Onision, Ray William Johnson, Real Annoying Orange, StSanders aka Kiss Shreds, Tay Zonday, The Key of Awesome, UsofAnderson and KeepTheHeat.

Check out the videos here.

The band has also confirmed the "Blinkerton Tour" set for November/December where Weezer will launch a multi-city U.S. tour and perform Pinkerton and The Blue Album on separate nights.