If you're one of those Weezer fans who thinks it doesn't get any better than their "Blue Album," then say hello to one of the reasons that record is so flawless: founding bassist/backup vocalist Matt Sharp. After being fired from the band with no warning in the wake of Pinkerton — disagreements over the direction of Rivers Cuomo's songwriting maybe? — Sharp formed The Rentals, proving his own power-pop prowess with instant college radio classics like "Friends of P." But then something happened at the tail end of the '90s: The Rentals disbanded, making this month's Lost in Alphaville LP their first effort in 15 years. And Sharp's recruited quite the crew to mark the occasion, including members of The Black Keys, Ozma, Lucius, and The Section Quartet. All in service of one thing: The Almighty Hook.