That band starring the guy smart enough to quit Weezer is barreling ahead with its blog-punk project, Songs About Time. If you are one of those dudes that still care what bands you pretended to listen to in high school are doing but are just catching up over here, a refresher: The Rentals are putting 365 photos this year (don’t hurt yourselves!), 52 short films of the band recording their music (thrilling new media content!), and three digital mini-albums (2009, yeah!) on their Web site. OK, I’m being a total boner for no reason, because the Rentals films are actually look pretty cool–they’re like a hi-res, dorkier Don’t Look Back if you’re into watching bands make records. More »
When Matt Sharp started his cutesy little Weezer side project (ahem, excuse me: musical collective), The Rentals, back in 1994, I thought, “That’s nice. They’ve given the bassist his own little band to play with.” I said that in a baby talk voice. Now I look back fondly on the reliable pop charms of the Rentals, having watched Rivers Cuomo spend the last decade dismantling any goodwill I ever felt for Weezer. Did y’all listen to “Heart Songs”? That song alone has made me question why I ever liked that band.