Posts Tagged ‘New Wave’
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)
NO songs CANCON
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!
Amazing new 80’s x IRL visuals featuring all the shapes, patterns, floating body parts, and stop motion band members you can possibly ask for. Montreal’s Radiant Baby is the plug in this scenario. And the aesthetic was absolutely nailed by the new wave artist. Definitely to the get to know.
Posted by G. Poplopavich
I was thinking out loud to myself a few weeks ago, wondering if I Monster was planning on releasing new music any time soon. So I Googled ’em and found out that they do indeed have a new album — Swarf — and it’s availible to stream/download off Bandcamp. The best way I can describe I Monster, a duo from the UK comprised of producers Dean Honer and Jarrod Gosling, is if The Beatles and The Beach Boys made music in modern times on shrooms and/or acid. Or, you can allow the twosome to spell out their sound for your themselves — “left field psychedelic, new wave, electronic pop, sort of“. This is totally going to be my summer 2013 soundtrack:
Posted by @atlantictiger
Some songs are just destined to become memorable cinematic moments, as their words establish a landscape that goes far beyond the circumference of your headphones. And I have a feeling that up-and-coming indie band Sunshine will one day be featured in a Sofia Coppola movie and/or a quirky indie flick that features Chloe Sevigny.
Consisting of five notable Vancouver musicians, including DJ Trevor Risk (Come Friday & Ice Cream Social), Sunshine creates aggressive dream-pop that makes you lust after an early winter romance, preferably with a dude that isn’t still married.
Their debut LP isn’t out until February 26th, but you can check out a few songs via their bandcamp now.
posted by @clarkbs
“Five Seconds” is the first single off of Twin Shadow’s new album titled “Confess” which will be out on July 9th on 4AD. Frontman George Lewis Jr. continues down a similar path as his previous work, with the slick New Wave grooves still pulsing on this new single.
posted by @EstabanBelChere
I first came across COOLRUNNINGS a while back, when a dude with a hamburger tattoo told me to check out they’re recently released Babes Forever EP. I was immediately intrigued by the album artwork, which features a photograph from Hustler Magazine circa 1989.
After my initial intrigue for this photos awesomeness had passed, it didn’t take me long to fall for there unique sound. The four-piece band that originally hails from Knoxville, beautifully mixes together new wave and psychadelia with the right amount vulgarity.
Lucky for me, the band just dropped “Spirit of the High”. It’s four minutes of pure sunny enjoyment. And while you might not notice it at first, the cymbals were actually recorded using a handled steak knife as a drum stick. Pretty badass if you ask me. Check it out below.
posted by @clarkbs
From California. Circa 81′.
The lyrics of Janitor were derived from a real-life conversation between two band members conversing in a loud room when they first met.
“She asked me what I did for a living. I said “I’m a Janitor” and she thought I said “Oh my genitals”. Frank overheard this and wrote the song.”