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The Rentals were the new wave-influenced project of singer/songwriter Matt Sharp, former bassist for power pop favorites Weezer. Born in Arlington, Virginia, on September 22, 1969, Sharp co-founded Weezer in 1992, and in the months to follow, the band emerged as one of the most popular up-and-coming acts on the Los Angeles club scene; their self-titled debut LP appeared on Geffen two years later, becoming a major hit thanks their smash single and video "Buddy Holly." During the spring of 1994, Sharp mounted the first Rentals studio session. Assembling a roster including Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, that dog. violinist Petra Haden, vocalist/keyboardist Cherielynn Westrich, and guitarist Rod Cervera, subsequent dates yielded the group's 1995 debut, Return of the Rentals, which notched a hit with the infectious "Friends of P." Sharp returned to Weezer to record the band's acclaimed 1996 follow-up, Pinkerton, but announced his exit from the lineup in February 1998; the second Rentals album, Seven More Minutes, followed a year later. After a six-year hiatus, Sharp brought back the Rentals in 2005. After touring with Ozma in the summer of 2006, Sharp's group released the EP The Last Little Life in 2007. In December of the same year, the Rentals announced that they would begin recording a new album in 2008. The resulting Songs About Time, a 2009 multimedia project consisting of photographs, short films, and three mini-albums, was made available in a limited-edition deluxe box set in 2010. In April of 2011, the band released Present Resilience: A Benefit Album for the Japanese Relief. For the band's next album, Sharp chose ten songs from Songs About Time and re-recorded them with violinist Lauren Chipman, Ozma guitarist Ryen Slegr, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the group Lucius. Sharp recorded the basic tracks in L.A., then worked with Carney in Nashville and the Lucius vocalists in N.Y.C. After Sharp arranged the tracks, using some parts of the Songs About Time sessions as well, he turned the songs over to D. Sardy to mix. The resulting album, Lost in Alphaville, was released in late summer of 2014 by Polyvinyl. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  2.   Friends of P.
  3.   Waiting
  4.   The Love I'm Searching For
  5.   Seven Years
  6.   My Summer Girl
  7.   Naive
  8.   Song of Remembering
  9.   Thought of Sound
  10.   Sweetness and Tenderness
  11.   Little Bit of You in Everything
  12.   It's Alright (Reprise)
  13.   Please Let That Be You
  14.   Stardust
  15.   It's Time to Come Home
  16.   Life Without a Brain
  17.   Keep Sleeping
  18.   Overlee
  19.   Barcelona
  20.   Traces of Our Tears
  21.   May Twelve
  22.   Must Be Wrong
  23.   The Cruise
  24.   Irrational Things
  25.   Say Goodbye Forever
  26.   Getting By
  27.   Big Daddy C.
  28.   The Future
  29.   Insomnia
  30.   Jumping Around
  31.   Brilliant Boy
  32.   Hello, Hello
  33.   December Thirty One
  34.   March Ten, Pt. 1
  35.   June Two
  36.   January Twenty
  37.   October Thirteen
  38.   Last Romantic Day
  39.   February Twenty Four
  40.   The Man With Two Brains
  41.   February Ten
  42.   November Twenty Four
  43.   November Ten
  44.   Move On
  45.   March Three
  46.   September Eight
  47.   July Twenty Eight
  48.   March Ten, Pt. 2
  49.   December One
  50.   My Head Is In The Sun
  51.   February Three
  52.   July Twenty One
  53.   October Twenty Seven
  54.   She Says It's Alright
  55.   These Days
  56.   Damaris
  57.   1000 Seasons

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