After two records with legendary rock band Weezer, Matt Sharp quit as Weezer‘s bassist. He wanted his next project to be less a traditional rock band and more a chance to collaborate with all the musicians he admired, so he formed The Rentals. Even if he couldn’t get his collaborators to leave his or her band permanently, Matt could rent them for enough time to make some music together.
As you can imagine, after three full length albums, Matt Sharp has ended up being the only constant in The Rentals project. He assembles a new set of collaborators each time he records an album or goes on tour. Fun fact: actor Maya Rudolph, of Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids fame, also handled keyboard and backing vocals for the group’s first tours in support of the debut album, Return of the Rentals. (Check out The Rentals 1996 video for “Waiting” to see Maya in action.)
I hung out with Matt Sharp one nice afternoon in the alley behind Vancouver’s now closed Electric Owl. Matt was in town to promote the newest Rentals record, Lost in Alphaville. The new record includes collaborations with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.
Listen to this episode! You’ll discover the answers to all these questions: Which Hollywood film director did Matt nearly get to make a video for The Rentals? How would Matt compare The Rentals with his old band Weezer? Which public figure would Matt want to work with–but he’s too scared to send the email? Which Matt Sharp record does one of Matt‘s friends use to get his kids to sleep? Press play.
Tracks played on the radio edit episode…
1) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “1000 Seasons” (mp3)
2) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “Thought of Sound”
3) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “The Future” (background)
4) The Rentals, Seven More Minutes (1999) “The Man With Two Brains”
5) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “It’s Time to Come Home” (mp3)
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It was so great to spend some time with someone who has been a part of so much indie rock history. Matt Sharp and I chatted for so long that I couldn’t fit everything into my typical episode length, so I’ve released a radio edit and an extended cut of our conversation. In the extended cut, I ask Matt what his favorite Weezer song is and why and I find out who he started The Rentals project for!
Vancouver rocker and WinnieCooper pal Jake Touzel has decided to give away his latest EP Bad Faith for free on his bandcamp page. Jake makes the kind of toe-stomping rock and roll that would drive the locals wild in Thunder Bay.
I asked Jake why he decided to give away his record. He said, “Giving away “BAD FAITH” means making it accessible to everybody. I want to show that this EP is a big part of me, but it’s not the only part, and that you must clear a path to make way for new things.” Sounds like more is to come from Jake Touzel very soon.
Play the Jake Touzel track “Reservations” and then head to his bandcamp www.jaketouzel.bandcamp.com to download the entire EP–for FREE.
Vancouver producer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Wazonek aka SOLITAIRE signed to future funk tastemakers Keats//Collective (Saint Pepsi, Flamingosis) in march of 2015 for his well received EP, Delayed Pleasure.
Taking a short sabbatical from creating infectiously danceable disco, he switched to focus on his Lo-Fi side project ‘Wazonek’, releasing a cassette, ‘Simple Life’. Now, he’s back with a full length SOLITAIRE album entitled ‘Double Life’, due out in the fall. While September is upon us, prepare for an Indian summer with his follow up to his first single ‘I Just Know That Love Is Gonna Find You Someday’. ‘Summer Friend’ will keep the sunshine rolling in all autumn long.
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HUMANS have a brand new short film Winnie has the premiere of.
Check out their latest puppet short film masterpiece and try out your remixing skills on the free app for the track they also released here.
The #dudes play tonight in Vancouver at the Imperial and are on the road.
September 4th – San Bernardino, CA – Nocturnal Wonderland Festival
September 9th – Vancouver, BC – Imperial Theatre
September 19th – Guelph – The Palace
September 21st – Kingston – Stages Nightclub
September 22nd – Ottawa – Liquor Store
October 8th – Edmonton, AB – The Chvrch of John
October 22nd – Silverado, CA – Beach Goth Festival
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We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Daniel Caesar at the Biltmore Cabaret on Friday, September 16th. Head over to our Facebook page to get all the info!
Wmnstudies is coming back to N*M to celebrate class being back in session. RSVP for complimentary cover before 11:30pm at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get there early for resident DJ’s CAN I LIVE, Harvey Harvey and Trizzy.
LA producer RNDYSVGE returns with quite the electronic R&B vibes on his latest “frailty”, take note of him playing guitar, doing vocals and producing which is quite impressive. Excited to hear what he has in store, stream or download below.