Matt Sharp on The Rentals’ Future and the Weezer That Could Have Been

“My choices often have gone against probably what people have most wanted to hear out of me.” Matt Sharp tells me this towards the end of our hour-long conversation, which he conducted entirely from the parking lot of a Los Angeles Starbucks. Sometimes, as we spoke, it seemed as though Sharp’s mouth couldn’t keep up with his brain. Whatever the opposite of burnout is, Sharp’s there. He’s happy to be invited to the party, even if he’s the pessimist in the corner.

For the uninitiated, Sharp’s life in music is a long one that begins, at least publicly, in the alternative boom of the mid-’90. He was the original bassist in Weezer, playing on the band’s first two seminal albums, 1994’s The Blue Album and 1996’s Pinkerton. Between those two records, he formed The Rentals, a power-pop project for Moog enthusiasts and those with a strong sense of irony (their debut was called Return of The Rentals, after all). … Read More

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20 Old Songs Wes Anderson Gave New Life: A Playlist

Just as Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel finally hits theaters, there comes the news that the exquisite soundtracks for all of his films will be released as a fancy box set by ABCKO Records later this year. This feels like the perfect moment to revisit Anderson’s soundtracks, helmed by his longtime music supervisor Randall Poster and often highlighting gems from the ’60s and ’70s. … Read More

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Remembering Devo’s Bob Casale: Punk-Rock Guitar God

My first guitar was a piece of garbage that cost me 50 bucks. It was ugly, it was nicked up, it sounded terrible, and it represented the height of my career as a guitar player. I could hardly play it, but I was operating under the assumption that that was the entire point, that punk was supposed to be by and for people who couldn’t play their instruments just as much as it was for the ones who could. … Read More

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Comic Book Covers Featuring ’80s Post-Punk/New Wave Singers as Superheroes

If you’re a regular-ish reader, you might remember that Flavorwire has featured the work of a pop culture and Smiths-obsessed Brazilian artist by the name of Butcher Billy a couple of times over the last few years. Well, he’s back, and this time he’s designed a series of faux comic-book covers featuring ’80s post punk/new wave singers (including Morrissey, of course) as superheroes. They’re amazing. Obviously. … Read More

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10 Great Anti-Consumerist Anthems for Buy Nothing Day

As we noted on Wednesday when we discussed Black Friday and its associated Record Store Day releases, we’re not such big fans of the whole getting-up-early-to-battle-other-shoppers-for-discounted-flat-screen-TVs idea that comes with the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, we’re much more in favor of the inverse Buy Nothing Day concept, and not just because we loathe shopping at the best of times and thus buying nothing isn’t exactly a stretch for us. As such, we thought we’d get into the non-spirit of the day with some of our favorite anti-consumerist anthems. … Read More

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Listen to “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro,” Devo’s Song About Mitt Romney’s Dog

Remember “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed),” that Devo song about the cruel, stupid thing Mitt Romney did to his family dog in 1983 we told you about earlier this month? It’s here! The track is streaming in advance of its iTunes release this coming Sunday, scheduled to coincide with National Dog Day. Written by frontman (and animal lover) Gerald Casale, it’s got that same boing-y, geeky New Wave feel Devo have spent so many years cultivating, with the kind of arena anthem shout-along chorus that, as far as we’re concerned, should earn it a spot on the Obama campaign trail playlist. Listen to “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro” after the jump — and visit Casale’s website to buy merch that will partially benefit no-kill animal shelters. … Read More

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Devo Record Song for Mitt Romney’s Dog: “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro!”

What do Mitt Romney and the Griswold family from National Lampoon’s Vacation have in common? An incredibly stupid road-trip story involving a dog, that’s what. In case you somehow haven’t heard about it yet, back in 1983, Romney and his family drove 12 hours from their home in Massachusetts to Ontario with their dog, Seamus,… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we discovered the American towns that have the most unfortunate names. We found out that Guantanamo Bay detainees are obsessively watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We remembered Devo at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and then we visited the London Olympics in 1908. We spotted a pulsating … Read More

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The Top 10 Record Store Day Releases to Snap Up

Record Store Day, which is coming up on Saturday, has grown into quite an industry over the last few years, which is certainly great news as far as promoting awareness of independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores goes — but it does also make it rather difficult to keep track of the wealth of exclusive releases on offer. But never fear, we’re here to help — we’ve trawled the extensive list of RSD-only releases and come up with the ten we’d definitely be investing in if we could only wake up early enough to get hold of them. Let us know what’s on your shopping list! … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Harriet the Spy

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: the eponymous character from Louise Fitzhugh’s ’60s classic, Harriet the Spy. … Read More

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