Matt Sharp
American musician
Matt Sharp
Matthew Kelly Sharp is a founding member and former bassist for the band Weezer. In 1994, he started a band called The Rentals and released their debut album shortly after Weezer's first release, their second album in 1999, and an EP in 2007. In addition, he has released one full length album and one EP as a solo artist. During his time with Weezer he was known for his warm and fuzzy tone of his bass guitar and his falsetto background vocal abilities.
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The Diversity that Dare Not Speak Its Name
Practical Ethics - over 4 years
 This is a guest post by Dave Frame. Many thanks to him for contributing!   Over the last few years, researchers have pointed out a dimension along which there is an extraordinary lack of diversity in the academic social sciences and humanities.[1] And the response from social scientists has been striking. Usually, statistics like these trigger strident calls to reflect diversity and address systematic bias; in this case – political bias – everyone just smiles and winks. But on what basis should political diversity not matter, given how highly academics prize diversity in regards to gender, ethnicity, religion dis/ability and so on?   One obvious response[2] is that politics is chosen and ethnicity and gender are not. But ethnic, religion and cultural affiliations are at least partly chosen, and we insist on sensitivity towards these important forms of human diversity. The fact an aspect of identity is chosen is not, in itself, an argument against sensitivity to the resulting ...
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Comment on Is Darwinian Medicine Good for Us? by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - almost 5 years
I don’t doubt that toxic chemicals can cause cancer. And perhaps refined sugar has contributed to an increase in cancer, though the biggest contributing factor to the increase in cancer is the fact that people are living longer because of reduced mortality to other diseases. But as I said, processes of ‘self-healing’ are severely limited. If they weren’t, there would have been less need for medicine as people would be have been living into their 80s/90s and beyond anyway. But in previous centuries, most people died at a much younger age. Often in childhood. Nature has no reason to evolve a response to those diseases which are typically of old age, because they occur beyond the point of reproduction, meaning there is no selective pressure on older members of the species.
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'Girls'' Lena Dunham interned at Soft Skull, not at Melville House
LATimes - almost 5 years
In screenwriting, they call it the "inciting incident." That's the thing that happens that gets the plot rolling, and in the sensational HBO series "Girls," that incident is Hannah (actress and show creator Lena Dunham) getting fired from her internship at an independent publisher. "She was making the story work in a fictional context," said Richard Nash, who was the independent publisher Dunham interned for -- without getting fired. "It was autobiographical in the vaguest way." Bookish geeks who saw the show couldn't help but notice that the books lining the wall beside publisher Alistair (Chris Eigman) came from Melville House. That wasn't just a smart move by an art director -- the Brooklyn-based independent publisher has developed a unified, bold cover style for its books -- it was the filming location. Publishers Weekly reports Tuesday that "Girls" filmed in the office space and rented books to put on the background shelves. But while Publishers Weekly speculates that the us ...
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Comment on A Teeny-Weeny Baby Puzzle by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - almost 5 years
I’ve not looked at any of this research, but I was wondering if anyone else could tell me whether the same is true of (a)couples who adopt and (b)couples who undergo IVF. The thinking being that if parents have gone through years of effort/bureaucracy, they might be more appreciative than those who conceive easily… Also, is anyone aware of cross-cultural comparisons? Perhaps countries with more tightly-knit extended families are happier (e.g. because granny can look after the kids at the weekend). I would expect those countries who provide more social support for childcare to have relatively happier parents.
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Comment on What are ethical and unethical intentions to conceive a child? by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - almost 5 years
Hmmm. From a consequentialist/non-person affecting account, surely the addition of *any* child that experiences/creates more overall good than harm will be justified, even if any particular child who fits this criteria does not necessarily create the maximum good? Or are you saying that *not* creating the maximum good is equivalent to doing more harm than good??
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Comment on “Liberals Are Disgusting”: In Defence of the Publication of “After-Birth Abortion” by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - almost 5 years
I’m saying that if you think it’s not ok to harm human infants on the basis of their mental capacity, then it should not be ok to harm animals that have a similar mental capacity. " So why not allow eating babies as long as eating beef is allowed? Johnathan Swift proposed it as a solution to the Irish problem, it was meant satirically of course, but for you it will become a very well legitimated reality." I’ve not legitimated it: those who eat beef have legitimated it. I think we should not eat babies, and not eat beef (though there are certain exceptions when I think it would be ok to eat either/both).
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Comment on Surrendering to big brother might be the least bad option by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - almost 5 years
Your argument is that because of the ‘fear of crime’, politicians will need to implement a measure to completely eradicate crime? But why not simply implement measures to reduce the fear of crime? Politicians will only find it ‘extraordinarily difficult not to implement one of these measures’ if the desire of the electorate to reduce crime/the fear of crime is much greater than the desire not to suffer the consequences of such measures. Do you have any evidence that people would prefer to live in a crime-free state with 100% surveillance than one with low crime but lower levels of surveillance? Because it strikes me as highly unlikely that most people would.
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Comment on Vegetarians Have Moral Obligation to Eat “Frankenmeat” by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - almost 5 years
Presumably you would eat fewer grains and other crops if you have in vitro meat as source of protein and fats etc.
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Comment on ‘No right not to be offended’?: Part Two by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - about 5 years
"I offered such an instance: a person who spends hours each day fantasizing about causing violent harm to children, without ever acting upon or communicating these fantasies. I take it that this behaviour would be regarded as deplorable by anyone with normal moral sensitivites, and yet it seems like a mistake to assert that there is a right involved here." If such a person never acts upon or communicates those fantasies, how can such fantasies be an act of ‘deliberately causing offence’?
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Comment on Giving isn’t demanding* by Matt Sharp
Practical Ethics - about 5 years
"Second, the latest psychological research suggests that, despite what you may think, income level really doesn’t make much of a difference to your overall happiness." Really, Will? "When plotted against log income, life evaluation rises steadily. Emotional well-being also rises with log income, but there is no further progress beyond an annual income of ~$75,000. Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health, and being alone." http://www.pnas.org/content/107/38/16489.full Though as you say "Desiring money because of this pleasure it gives us is often mistaken – there are better ways of getting pleasure. " Still, I fully support greater redistribution of wealth; as well as greater creation of wealth. The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative website that you link to supports the latter, given the effects of the disease on schooling and cognitive development. And it’s also a very cost-effective treatment.
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County to save money on jail - Times-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
"The term of the payment is the same," County Administrator Matt Sharp said. "We will have a savings on our payments, plus receive the $310000." Sharp said the commission decided to act while interest rates were at a low. "This makes extreme financial
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County budget talks begin - Times-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
According to County Administrator Matt Sharp, no COLA has been given since 2008. "Some employees that have topped out [in pay] have not received a raise of any kind since 2008," Sharp said. "I proposed a 28 cents-per-hour raise to step one of each pay
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"Inspirational" British triathletes achieve ideal warm-up for London 2012 - Insidethegames.biz
Google News - over 5 years
Brown described the performances of the GE Great Britain Triathlon Team in Beijing – where Alistair Brownlee took gold, one place ahead of his brother Jonathan, Helen Jenkins won the women's overall event and Matt Sharp led a British clean sweep in the
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Sharp takes gold as Team GB dominate World U23 Triathlon - More Than The Games
Google News - over 5 years
By Sportsbeat staff MATT Sharp bounced back from a year of injury hell to top an all-British podium at the World U23 Triathlon in Beijing. The 22-year-old crossed the line five seconds ahead of compatriot David McNamee who edged out Tom Bishop in a
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Rochester floods still hitting home - Bendigo Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service chief executive officer Matt Sharp said in the past few months two to three new people were presenting each week, but that number had skyrocketed in recent days. “Since the floods we've actively supported
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TELEVISION REVIEW; If You Build It, Then the Real Work Starts
NYTimes - over 5 years
That's the thing about ideas: They're so cheap that anyone can have them. They're ubiquitous sparks. They're democratic. Funny, though, that ''Quirky'' -- a TV show about a Web site that helps turn musings into actual products -- ends up being a rebuke to DIYers by arguing that in fact, no, you can't do it alone. ''Quirky,'' which has its premiere
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Sharp
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 40
    In November 2010, Cuomo mentioned in an interview with Spin Magazine that "the idea came up" of having Sharp rejoin the band for their "Memories Tour," in which they play The Blue Album and Pinkerton.
    More Details Hide Details Cuomo stated "I think we left that idea behind pretty early on. I don't remember. I wasn't involved in the discussion so I don't know what the issues were." http://www.spin.com/articles/rivers-cuomo-theres-so-much-pain-my-voice
    In October 2010, Matt Sharp sold most of his equipment from his Weezer and The Rentals days on eBay.
    More Details Hide Details His famously used Orange Matamp Lead 200 was purchased by Greg Veerman, Bass player of Canadian rock band San Sebastian.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 35
    After a slow period in 2005, Sharp contemplated what to do next, considering either a new solo album or starting a new collaborative partnership (although he didn't state with whom).
    More Details Hide Details The possibility of him rejoining Weezer was also an option. Thus he decided to re-form The Rentals after a six-year absence. Work has begun on a third LP and they released an EP entitled The Last Little Life EP on August 14, 2007. The lineup of the reformed band is different from the original, including original backup vocalist Rachel Haden on bass/vocals, Sara Radle on vocals/multiple instruments, Ben Pringle of Nerf Herder on synths, Lauren Chipman on viola/synth/vocals and Dan Joeright on drums. Sara Radle tells the story of when she first became aware of Matt Sharp's idea to reform The Rentals on her Myspace profile in her blog. The Rentals toured in North America in the summers of 2006 and 2007; these tours were notable for featuring a version of "I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams," a Weezer b-side that Haden sang lead on and Sharp played bass on, the latter still being in the band at that time.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    In 2004, Sharp recorded synthesizer on So Jealous by Canadian indie pop band Tegan and Sara.
    More Details Hide Details Sharp continued to work with the band on their next album, The Con, later appearing at a Tegan and Sara concert in 2008 to play bass in a cover of Weezer's "Tired of Sex."
  • 2003
    Age 33
    Sharp released a solo EP in 2003, a solo full-length in 2004 and continued to tour in 2004–2005 with the band Goldenboy.
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  • 2002
    Age 32
    Sharp filed a five-count federal lawsuit against Weezer on April 19, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He alleged he was owed money for co-writing Weezer's first hit song, "Undone – The Sweater Song," and that he owned a 25% interest in the first nine tracks of Pinkerton (which had been credited solely to Rivers Cuomo). Sharp also claimed he had handled most of Weezer's business affairs during their early success, such as hiring accountants and attorneys, and also had helped the band land their record deal. According to the Weezer biography Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story by John D. Luerssen the lawsuit also stated that Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo was going to ask him to appear in the music video for the song "Island in the Sun." Finally, Sharp charged his former bandmates with breach of fiduciary duty, legal malpractice, dissolution of partnership, and declaratory relief. The lawsuit was later settled out of court. As a follow-up of sorts, when Sharp was asked about his future with Weezer, he brought up the fact that he hadn't heard any of their music since he left and that "if they (the albums) were bad, they'd probably be just as bad if I was there."
    Sharp also went on an acoustic tour in the fall of 2002, touring with former Cake guitarist Greg Brown.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 28
    He left Weezer in February 1998 two years after the release of the band's second album, Pinkerton.
    More Details Hide Details The Rentals released their second album, Seven More Minutes, in 1999. Among the record's more notable contributors were Damon Albarn (of Blur), Donna Matthews (of Elastica), Miki Berenyi (of Lush), and Tim Wheeler (of Ash). Maya Rudolph (later of Saturday Night Live fame) was a member of the touring version of the band during this time. The track "My Head is in the Sun" was co-written with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. The album sold considerably less than Return of the Rentals, and the band eventually went on hiatus in 1999. Sharp moved to the small town of Leiper's Fork, Tennessee, about an hour outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and began recording while living there. In an interview with MTV News, Sharp told the reporter he was trying to disconnect and cut all ties to the music world.
  • 1994
    Age 24
    After the success of Weezer's first album The Blue Album, he founded The Rentals in the spring of 1994, who released their debut Return of the Rentals the following year, which featured the radio hit "Friends of P" and "Please Let That Be You".
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    In 1994, he started a band called The Rentals, who released their debut album shortly after Weezer's first release, their second album in 1999, and an EP in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he has released one full-length album and one EP as a solo artist. During his time with Weezer he was known for his warm and fuzzy tone of his bass guitar and his falsetto background vocal abilities. During live performances he was the one that usually moved around on the stage the most, performing jumps, dances and slides. Sharp is left handed but plays bass right handed.
  • 1992
    Age 22
    Sharp was a founding member of Weezer, which was formed on Valentine's Day in 1992.
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    In January 1992, Sharp reconnected with his former bandmates; Cuomo, Wilson and Cropper, when Wilson showed him material from his and Cuomo's "50 song project."
    More Details Hide Details Sharp was pleased with the material and returned to Los Angeles to join the band, consisting of Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson and Jason Cropper, now under the name Weezer.
  • 1991
    Age 21
    In the summer of 1991, Sharp moved north to Berkeley to pursue what Karl Koch called, "some sorta symphonic keyboard sequencing music."
    More Details Hide Details Other members of the band moved to separate apartments during this time.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 19
    In 1989, Sharp started fronting a goth band called the Clique.
    More Details Hide Details This band lasted less than one year. About six months later, he befriended future Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson. They created the band, 60 Wrong Sausages, later acquiring future Weezer guitarist Jason Cropper to join the band. Wilson was also in a band with future Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo called Fuzz. In need of an 8-track player, Wilson convinced Cuomo to move into the same apartment that Wilson and Sharp were sharing. During this time, Sharp was also working as a telemarketer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Matt Sharp was born in Bangkok, Thailand to American parents on September 22, 1969.
    More Details Hide Details When he was one year old, he and his family moved to Arlington, Virginia. At the age of nine, he made his first musical purchase, which was a 45 rpm single of the song "Le Freak" by Chic. When he was fourteen, he found himself being drawn to thrash bands such as Suicidal Tendencies and D.R.I. Becoming tired of the classic rock radio format in Arlington, Sharp moved to California at age sixteen, ending up in San Diego.
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