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New Rentals video: Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad

Video: The Rentals – “Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad”

The Rentals – Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad [OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO]

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 made me feel like a loser. You gotta let that stuff go. We’re all on our own path, and we all end up in the same spot. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

The Rentals’ Matt Sharp descended into this kind of head game when he realized he’s pretty much the same age as Elon Musk, the inventor and investor behind Tesla and SpaceX. They both grew up around the same time, in similar circumstances, and they even received similar gifts as kids:

In nineteen eighty-two, on Christmas day
Santa gave us each a brand-new Commodore
I used mine to make fake IDs and buy beer in junior high
While my foe studied every bit of that 8-bit whore

We all know what happened next. Musk became one of the word’s most powerful people, and Sharp played bass for Weezer for a couple of albums and then left to start his own band.

But for a second, there’s no question I had the lead in ninety-five
But the small ambitions of a musician, I could not keep my eye on the prize

It ends up being a song of hope, not bitterness, with Sharp volunteering to help Musk in his plan to colonize Mars:

Make me the first one out of that door
First boots out on the Martian floor to proclaim…
Oh, that Elon sent me all the way, son,
A hundred thirty-nine million miles away!

“Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad” is a collaboration between Sharp, Nick Zinner, and Dave Fridmann. It doesn’t appear that anybody who’s ever been a Rental before is involved. So no Cherielynn Westrich, Rod Cervera, Petra Haden, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Haden, et al. But it retains the melancholy, synthy vibe of all the best Rentals material.

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New Rentals video: It’s Time To Come Home

Video: The Rentals – “It’s Time To Come Home”

The Rentals – It's Time To Come Home [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

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!

New project from the Rentals: Songs About Time

The Rentals - Songs About TimeMatt 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 mini-album will sell for “around ten dollars” exclusively from the band’s music store (driven by Topspin, by the way, who are cool people).

The project also includes a daily photo diary and weekly short films about the writing and recording of the music.

There will be a limited edition deluxe box set for sale “that encompasses the film, music and photography that we have created over the year.” The set will be individually numbered and signed by the Rentals and includes 180 gram vinyl, original artwork, compact discs featuring all the music as well as the complete original score from the film soundtrack, and other goodies to be revealed in April. The first 365 people to purchase the limited edition deluxe box set will receive extras including backstage passes to upcoming Rentals shows.

Give them your email address and they will send you a link to download a new MP3 “within a day or two.” Haven’t gotten ours yet but we’ll be sure to let you know how it is when we do.

The Rentals on AOL

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 Cherielynn Westrich (2001).

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New Matt Sharp Interview

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.”

Glorious Noise Interview with Matt Sharp

Matt Sharp

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 around like a maniac and singing those falsetto harmonies. Within the Cult of the Weez, it’s understood that Sharp gave that band its soul, and things were just never the same after he left to focus his attention on his own band, the Rentals. Although his “side-project” was initially laughed off as a one-joke novelty act, their 1995 debut album Return of the Rentals has held up great since its release; it sounds better today than it did back then.

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Ain’t Got No Girls, Ain’t Got No Moogs

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 the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts. Much to the disappointment of Maverick Records, this did not cement “new wave” as the next big thing, post-grunge. Nevertheless, Return of the Rentals has earned a place in my personal Top Ten Albums of the 1990s. I really liked the long-overdue follow-up as well: 1999’s Seven More Minutes, but it was completely overlooked by everybody, and for a while there it seemed like Matt Sharp had fallen off the face of the earth. Web sites started popping up that were dedicated to Searching for Sharp, and we even hosted one here on GLONO for a while.

When Sharp’s old band, Weezer, released its lousy follow-up to their brilliantly raw and damaged Pinkerton, many disappointed fans blamed the boringness on the departure of Sharp. What else could explain the almost complete lack of risk and excitement on 2001’s green album? So where do we find Matt Sharp at the end of 2002, but on his way back from Leipers Fork, Tennessee, where he recorded a new album of stripped-down material, which he intends to release in 2003 even though he currently doesn’t have a label. But that didn’t stop him from playing a great show on Sunday night at Schubas.

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