Seven 9s and 10s

Track:
Barcelona

Artist:
The Rentals

Album:
Seven More Minutes

The Rentals - Barcelona

Good morning Michele. Here is Matt Sharp’s love letter to Barcelona.

Ironically it was originally a song named California that was a love letter to your favorite state but then Matt quit weezer and fell in love with Barcelona and wrote an album over there and instead of writing a new song for the city he just rewrote the lyrics for this one.

(lyrics)

Track:
She Says It's Alright

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
40 in 40

The Rentals - She Says It’s Alright (steelopus cover)

I’m not gonna lie. I recorded this one on Sunday because I knew I wouldn’t get home from work on Wednesday anytime before 11pm.

It took two takes on Sunday and listening back now I’m pretty sure I could’ve just shat it out in 15 minutes on Wednesday night and it would’ve sounded the same.

Anyway. There haven’t been many 40 in 40 songs for which I recorded vocals and guitar simultaneously, but this is one of them and it certainly shows.

(29 down. 11 to go.)

Track:
Sweetness And Tenderness

Artist:
The Rentals

Album:
Return Of The Rentals

The Rentals - Sweetness and Tenderness

You know it’s just like Judas said:
"I been your right hand man all along. 
"My admiration for you hasn’t died.
"I haven’t forgotten how put down we are."

This song makes me feel ways about Moogs.

Editing to add: I fell asleep listening to Jesus Christ Superstar and woke up with this song in my head. You win this round, Matt Sharp. Well played.

Track:
The World Has Turned And Left Me Here

Artist:
weezer

Album:
weezer (1994)

weezer - The World has turned and left me here

File under: subtle production and mixing.

There is so much going on in this song, bubbling just beneath the surface.  Like so much of the blue album, it’s the barely-audible acoustic guitar that adds immeasurably to the final mix of the song.  It’s in there the whole time, but it’s not until it finally fades back to a noticeable level during the outro solo that you realize it.

Also note that this is one of Patrick Wilson’s best drum performances.  It’s the sort of slow and steady grooving that made Return of the Rentals so good.

Overall, the song manages to sound and feel huge and heavy while still being entirely weightless. That takes significant effort in both production and mixing.

I talked for hours to your wallet photograph
and you just listened.

Incredibly, it was removed completely from weezer’s setlists following the blue album tours in 1995 and it didn’t return until their first blue album Memories show on 11/26/2010.  That’s 15 years - and it’s longer than millions of their newest fans have even been alive.

Track:
Petra Acapella

Artist:
The Rentals

Album:
Little Russel Street

Petra Acapella - The Rentals (Petra Haden)

Happy birthday to Petra Haden. Here’s 72 seconds of her gorgeous voice, acapella.

I love when this track pops up on shuffle, it’s one of the most relaxing pieces of music in my entire 17,000+ song iTunes Library.

(This raw backing track from The Rentals’ song Jumping Around is from an album of b-sides and rarities that the band shared online several years ago titled Little Russel Street.)

Track:
She Says It's Alright

Artist:
The Rentals

Album:
Seven More Minutes

The Rentals - She Says It’s Alright

When I think of Spain, I think of The Rentals’ Seven More Minutes album - just as Matt Sharp intended; it’s a love affair with the country (as well as with an anonymous Spanish beauty).  Much of the music was written there, recorded there, and produced there.

No summer is complete without a evening drive, windows down, singing along to this song.  I’ll do the Petra parts; you can be Matt.

weselec:

merlin:

Weezer - “Pink Triangle”

Pinkerton is a special goddamned record.

Love this mix.

Dammit that’s good. You know, I never liked Matt Sharp. There was something about him that bugged me, and I think it was his face. Those eyebrows are a problem. But he had rock instinct in spades.

Weezer is such a strange band. They seem happy now, and good for them, but remember when they didn’t release an album for like five years, and somehow that just made sense? Rivers had that wicked beard going during Pinkerton, and somehow that just made sense? He handled fame very poorly, always looked high, and seemed on the edge of nervous breakdown in every vocal and somehow that just made sense?

Nobody can or should maintain that forever, I suppose. But Lord, how I do miss that Weezer. There was such passion in that record, by all of the players. Every performance on every track dripped with personality and heartache and it somehow managed to be so dynamic that none of the genius ever felt calculated. Gorgeous.

Ah, the Pink Triangle radio mix.  Among the rarest of weezer rarities, it was the abandoned 3rd single from pinkerton that never received much airplay or attention because by that point most radio stations had given up on pinkerton due to the overwhelmingly negative reviews from some major critics (all of whom have been eating their words for well over a decade).  It’s one of my most prized weezer posessions (of far too many).  The mix itself is superior to the album mix in many ways, but in particular the drums are a lot more punchy and in your face here - and that’s really saying something because one of the trademarks of the pinkerton mix is how wild, loud, and live the drums sound.

As for Shane’s analysis, it’s pretty much spot-on.  In terms of Matt Sharp, it doesn’t take a genius to listen to post-Sharp Weezer compared to with-Sharp Weezer and realize just how much a driving force he was to the band.  Just as McCartney made Lennon better, Sharp made Cuomo better.

This video was snipped from their 2004 DVD release “Video Capture Device.”  It’s chock full of amazing content, most of it from pre-2000.  I highly recommend it as a way to kill a day in front of the TV.