You’ve heard the song, you’ve streamed the album, and now you can simulate dropping acid while having the audio-visual realization that Hambone Jr. is making a case for Top Stroke. Quoth Goldenfiddle: “…now he’s starting to make you look bad, Casablancas.” Pretty much, yeah.


Happy trails:

¿Cómo Te Llama? is out as of today (7/8) via Black Seal. Albert played a show at Mercury Lounge the other week for his favorite friends, hangers on, models, and (a + b + c =) Agyness Deyn. We weren’t there, but FADER was:

“Everyone Gets A Star”
“In My Room”
“GfC”

Comments (23)
  1. Except of course that Albert Hammond Jr has never written anything close to:
    Last Night
    You Only Live Once
    Barely Legal
    Under Control
    Hard To Explain
    Someday
    Ask Me Anything

    Other than that though, yeah–top Stroke.

    • richard  |   Posted on Jul 8th, 2008 0

      you also forgot:
      Reptilia, Meet Me In the Bathroom, New York City Cops, The Modern Age, Razorblade, and Trying Your Luck.

      • fair points, all. i was feeling hyperbolic in the name of baiting julian. point is hambone’s stepping up, and the next strokes album doesn’t even seem to be an idea yet. they more than impressed when i saw them live in support of First Impressions; i have hope.

    • Mark  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

      yeah… but how about recently?

  2. The new album on first listen seems to have lost the first album’s certain something.

  3. tagtag  |   Posted on Jul 8th, 2008 0

    i like the new album better than the first one. the next strokes album is definitely happening.

  4. I agree, the uptempo miracle pop of the first one is certainly absent on go around numero uno, i’m a patient man though and listen one very rarely gets the job done

  5. Evan  |   Posted on Jul 8th, 2008 0

    all I know is that First Impressions of Earth was one of the worst albums ever.

  6. jesse  |   Posted on Jul 8th, 2008 0

    Albert Hammond is as every bit as good as Julian.

  7. Kyle  |   Posted on Jul 8th, 2008 0

    Good! Someone brought up that aural abortion: First Impressions of Earth. After that, and these two records Mr. Hammond Jr. has put out, I’m not so disappointed about The Strokes ceasing to be. I totally stand by the author on this one; Casablancas is being given a good run for his money.

  8. johnnydaydream  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    julian wrote the words to those killer strokes songs.
    yes.
    but did he write the music, melodies, come up with the chords.
    doubtful.

    hammond does it all.

    • you are wrong  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

      From Wikipedia about Julian Casablancas:
      “As The Strokes’ principal songwriter, he has the greatest impact on their sound and has been known to be extremely meticulous with it.”

    • next time you can check wikipedia, allmusic, actual liner notes, etc. to see where songwriting credit is given.

    • Julia  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

      Yeah, I believe I saw that Casablancas wrote like every part on most of the Strokes’ first 2 records. I’m not sure about the third, but then I don’t care – it sucks.

  9. jordan  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    is it just me or does the mixing of the drums get really bad around :37 and 1:38. hope it’s just a weird thing on the video otherwise those sections would be really annoying to listen to.

  10. daman  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    Why don’t we all just take Albert’s music for what it is and stop comparing him to the strokes…jeez

  11. kate  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    has anyone noticed the similarities between the bass line his song Victory at Monterey and that of The Breeders’ Cannonball?

  12. Eh, Fabrizio’s got ‘em both beat.

  13. Andrew  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

    Nick Valensi would be just as good if he weren’t so cool and would not party and have sex with supermodels every night.

  14. I’m sure he has shitloads of time to party with supermodels every night in spite of the fact that her has a young set of TWINS at home. Sheesh.

  15. If you will excuse me, Vision Of Division is the best song ever. I saw them at a small venue in Memphis and he was screaming so loud on that song and Reptilia that the venue had to cancel a show that was supposed to take place the next night bc he blew the speaker system out.

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