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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!
Sunny Day Real Estate have just re-released thier debut album “Diary”. To me they are one of the godfathers of emo before it became Jimmy Eat World / post 00′, then further deteriorated into My Chemical Romance and Angels and (H)Airw(e)aves. I had forgotten how good Diary is, it has aged well.
Sunny day Real Estate’s original lineup have reuinted and they are heading off on tour. they are here in Van-schmitten September 17th. Check their website for more dates.
While were on the topic of emo…. A lot of my emo cds aren’t playing anymore, I was a napster whiz kid and a lot of them were burnt discs as hard drives were only 6gb back then so you had to burn everything to disc to free up space. Ive been doing a lil emo revisiting.
I remember trying to get in to see The Promise Ring at the Starfish Room and being super wasted as only an 18 year can be. I showed the bouncer my library card as ID and was told to never come back. I went and passed out in my friends car, he had fake id and got in. super bummer. never got to see them play.
This was my friday song
the acoustic version of this is even more emo.
I just posted some David Bazan, this is his first group. It was released on Jade Tree Records which was like the ultimate Emo / awesome label.
Is this emo? You can’t really mention emo with out talking about old school weezer IMHO. This is a blue album b-side that Rivers wrote about two girls that ended up running the Weezer fan club through their early interest in the band. They were the first members of the club. They died tragically in a car crash in 97′ and are said to be one of the reasons for the downtime post pinkerton.
Some Canadian emo.
I love how they look so sad on this cover. Come on cheer up, Kurt did it to himself. It will all be ok, just look forward to the rave era. Happy pills, kids.
Sloan – Coax Me (94)
Is this emo? Does it have to have more of a punk element to be emo? Feel free to dispute any of these claims or suggests others I missed.
Hayden – Summer (95)
Ok I’ll leave it on this as im getting way to weepy and feel like cutting myself.
Weezer and Born Ruffians were in town last Friday.
I am the biggest Weezer fan, well at least of their early material otherwise known as their first two albums. If I had to pick five albums to be stuck on a desert island, their self titled debut would be one of them.
I was pretty disappointed a couple of years ago when Rivers announced the band was breaking up, that I had never seen them, when I heard that they were back together and coming through town I knew this was my opportunity.
One of the first things I noticed upon entering GM Place was how hideous Weezer fans are, yes douchebag central which I fit perfectly in with.
One thing worth mentioning about GM place, if the ticket says doors at 7 it means the first band will be on at say 7:15 (right around the time I wake up) and that no matter how good your delicious pre concert spirits are you should be at the venue if you plan on seeing the opening band. I was very disappointed to discover I had missed the Tokyo Police Club and that Angels and (H)Airw(e)aves were on.
WTF is up with Tom DeLong’s of Blink 182 fame and his side project, Angels and Airwaves?? I knew I wouldn’t enjoy this band but holy fuck fuckity fuck, (ignorant people use swear words to express frustration when their vocabulary fails them) I now have a new least favorite band. Sure Travis is all burnt and all, but why so angst’y grey skies? You’re a 32 year old, rich aging rocker not a confused 13 year old.
Sure Weezer may be the original emo band but why do they have to be paired with the current champs of, “nobody wants to touch my wien” rock? A lot of milk has gone sour along the way.
The moment where I threw up in my mouth the most came when Tom, holding his hand out in front of him (see above but minus any hint of irony), as if reaching out to his audience emoted how much he apparently loves Vancouver and that, “when the summer fades into winter, he wants us to look up over to the mountains and sing this song” and then started off into something worthy of self castration.
Rivers and Weezer arrived on stage in the nick of time opening with My name is Jonas and continuing into a fan pleasing early set of old school weezy which I along with my new bff’s sang along to. The group went through a number of costume changes from painter outifts to track suits and managed to trade instruments and singing duties quite a bit and managed to fit in a cover of Pink Floyds, Time. The second half of their set featured more of their newer material which a lot of the other people there seemed to really dig. I managed to catch a bit of their encore where they brought on what looked like 50 or so highschool music students to play “Island in The Sun” with the group to great effect and missed thier cover of Nirvana’s Sliver as I had to make it to Richard’s for Born Ruffians.
All in all i’m glad I went and have removed any piecings I once had.
Now, not enough people know of the Born Ruffians as you could still get tickets at the door, although the place was quite full. Here’s a picture of them, now you know them. They are from the small 2,300 person town of Georgian Bay just North of Toronto. They are signed to Warp who you may of also heard of? They deserve just as much hype as MGMT or Vampire Weekend.
I’m going to keep this short as I’ve rambled way too long for most people’s attention span and probably lost most people at the douchebag bit. Born Ruffians are amazing live as their formula of barn funk indie rock lends it self quite nicely to loosing yourself on the floor and the crowd ate it up. The group did three encores as the mob refused to leave even after the lights and music came on and everyone had lost it by the end. Not having a third encore planned they improvised with their cover of Grizzly Bear’s, The Knife with members of the opening act Plants and Animals on the stage.
If you made it to here, good on ya, I would of just copped the mp3z and ran.
Weezer – Suzanne from the Mallrats OST