Video: The Rentals – “Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad” From the Rentals’ fourth album (title, TBA), due sometime in 2018. It’s rarely healthy to compare yourself to extremely successful people. Unless you wanna feel terrible about yourself. I remember when I found out Mary Shelley was only like 20 when she wrote Frankenstein; that … Continue reading New Rentals video: Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad
Video: The Rentals – “It’s Time To Come Home”
I love the Rentals. I still think Return of the Rentals is an underrated 90s classic. Maybe “Friends of P” had “one hit wonder” written all over it (one minor hit, of course: it peaked at No. 82 on the Hot 100), but it works great in the context of a perfectly conceptualized and executed album. Neither Return of the Rentals nor its 1999 follow-up Seven More Minutes charted on the Billboard 200 but they both rank pretty high on my personal all-time Top 200 Albums chart.
This site’s first real interview was with Cherielynn Westrich back in 2001, and we caught up with Matt Sharp himself in 2003 while he was doing his solo project. The Rentals released an EP in 2007 and some kind of multimedia project in 2009, but just last year they released their first full-length album since 1999: Lost in Alphavile on Polyvinyl. I pre-ordered it on Coke bottle colored vinyl.
And it’s good. None of the people from the first two albums other than Matt Sharp have anything to do with it, but the guy from the Black Keys plays the drums on it, so that’s kind of a big deal, right? It came out last August, but they finally got around to making a video for it, and it looks like a bunch of semi-futuristic, quasi-scientific mumbo jumbo, so it’s pretty much perfect!
Matt Sharp and the Rentals have a new multimedia project they’re calling Songs About Time, billed as “one year in photography, film and music.” According to the site, the band will record and release three new digital mini-albums over 2009 with the first appearing in April, and the next two in July and October. Each … Continue reading New project from the Rentals: Songs About Time
The Rentals recently visited AOL’s “Interface” studio: The Interface with the Rentals on Spinner. Their new EP, Last Little Life, is out now. MP3: The Rentals on the Interface with videos after the jump. Previously: Glorious Noise Interview with Matt Sharp (2003); Ain’t Got No Girls, Ain’t Got No Moogs (2002); Glorious Noise Interview with … Continue reading The Rentals on AOL
Matt Sharp talk to ChartAttack: “I went to see The Shins in concert a while back, and I totally didn’t enjoy myself because the bass player was being totally obnoxious, and I suddenly became very sympathetic for Rivers at that moment, because I was that bassist when I was in Weezer.”
Return of the Rentals 2005. Matt Sharp is putting the band back together.
Matt Sharp – “Just Like Movie Stars” via In Music We Trust. Order it now.
Let’s get up and leave this town I just want to go right now… We’ll find some new place nice Some other city or the countryside… —”Move On” by the Rentals, 1995 It’s been almost a decade since the world first got to know Matt Sharp. He was the goofy bass player in Weezer, jumping … Continue reading Glorious Noise Interview with Matt Sharp
Matt Sharp – Goodbye West Coast via In Music We Trust
Matt Sharp at Schubas Chicago, 11/24/2002 I’m a big fan of Matt Sharp and the Rentals. I have been since I heard “Friends of P.” on the radio back in 1995. It amazes me today to think that a song that quirky and great got played on commercial radio, and actually spent three weeks on … Continue reading Ain’t Got No Girls, Ain’t Got No Moogs