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Julian Casablancas Covers “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”

A big part of what made Saturday Night Live's recurring yuletide classic "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" so perfect were the sight gags: Tracy Morgan's dead-eyed dance, Chris Kattan's head shake, even Jimmy Fallon's inability to keep a straight face through triggering the Casio presets. Horatio Sanz's blissfully silly vocal was just the ornament. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2009

Julian Casablancas Visits The Tonight Show

Performing complexly synthesized compositions on record is one thing... I like the way Julian Casablancas lays his voice out over Phrazes For The Young's electro backdrops, partially because it feels so insulated and obsessive, a man and his bed of keyboards, drum machines, guitars, etc., alone in the studio. Watching him do it live… More »

By: brandon / October 28, 2009

Premature Evaluation: Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young

Julian Casablancas' solo debut is an 8-song, 40-minute collection. On first glance the brevity makes the protracted promotional campaign -- its preview trailer, dramatically cut onscreen interview with its lofty claims of trying to harness "the power and seriousness of classical music" while "captur(ing) the catchiness of modern music," and sanctioned More »

By: brandon / October 26, 2009

New Julian Casablancas – “River Of Brakelights”

The release date for Phrazes For The Young has been pushed back into November, but Julian's solo stroke is still on course with its streaming bits, first via lead single "11th Dimension," most recently with a four-minute album preview. The next Casablancas-sanctioned listen is "River Of Brakelights," which is itself about a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 19, 2009

Sample Julian Casablancas’ Phrazes For The Young

The promotional campaign started with a preview trailer and classical music-dropping onscreen interview to whet folks' appetites. Now that you're plenty familiar with "11th Dimension," take a listen to some snippets of the seven other tracks on the Strokes man's solo debut ... to further whet your appetite. It's a bit difficult… More »

By: brandon / October 16, 2009

New Nickel Eye Video – “You And Everyone Else”

Once Julian releases his Phrazes For The Young, all the Strokes save Valensi will have a side-project release under their vintage belts. (If not two.) Nikolai Fraiture helms Nickel Eye; "You And Everyone Else" sees the bassist on lead vocals, mixing a bit of Julian's disaffected vocal delivery with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 15, 2009

New Julian Casablancas – “11th Dimension”

The trailer for the lead Stroke's solo debut Phrazes For The Young was soundtracked with widescreen, cinematic synth pop, his first on-camera interview in years boasted quotes about harnessing "the power and seriousness of classical music" while "captur(ing) the catchiness of modern music," and with last night's BBC debut of lead single "11th… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 17, 2009

Julian Casablancas Plays First Solo Show In Tokyo

You know how Julian released that Phrazes For The Young trailer teaser thing and everybody thought "whoa Strokes guy is going epic Ratatatty synth pop" with his solo thing? Maybe everybody should stop thinking that. Or at least put those expectations on pause. In his own words, Casablancas said he intended "to capture… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 31, 2009

Julian Casablancas’ “First On-Camera Interview In Three Years”

As mentioned, Julian Casablancas is releasing his debut 8-song solo full-length Phrazes For The Young this fall. To help get folks excited for it, he sat down for his first on-camera interview in three years to discuss the differences between recording solo and with a band (one is collaborative, one not so much), music… More »

By: brandon / August 10, 2009

Julian Casablancas Goes Solo With The Phrazes For The Young LP

Fab did it with Little Joy. Nickolai Fraiture did it with Nickel Eye. Albert Hammond Jr. did it with Albert Hammond Jr. And now after lending his voice to Homme and sneakers and authentic rappers, Strokes figurehead Julian Casablancas is officially and completely stepping out o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 14, 2009

New Nickel Eye (Feat. Wale) – “Brandy Of The Damned (Mark Ronson Remix)”

When we've spoken about the various Strokes side projects and Lonely Island appearances, Nikolai Fraiture's Nickel Eye has tended to get short shrift. It's not that we don't like the guy -- his vacant stare and bone structure is kinda Nico beguiling. Maybe he's just lower key than some of his band… More »

By: brandon / February 27, 2009

New Lonely Island (Feat. Julian Casablancas) – “Boombox”

In anticipation of INCREDIBAD, Lonely Island's send-ups are arriving rapid fire. This new track, which has the Strokes man lending his pipes, is less "Jizz In My Pants," more "I'm On A Boat," at least via its initial posh, old-money country club setting. The protagonist shows up to the stuffy, boiled-goose-and-sauerkraut-scented affair and… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2009

Strokes Start Work On New LP 2/11 @ 2 PM

Members of the Strokes have been busy with their Little Joys and Megapusses, but according to Coldplay collaborator Albert Hammond, Jr., after two years apart they're finally getting back to the band that made people care about all these side projects in the first place. They don't have any songs yet. I… More »

By: brandon / January 22, 2009

New Little Joy Video – “Next Time Around”

Little Joy might not be the most exciting band in the world, but this video for "Next Time Around" does have at least one thing going for it: It's not nearly as annoying as Fab, Devendra, and Greg Rogove's Megapuss (aka the strokes). It's the first single from Little Joy's self-titled debut. Thunderbird directed. More »

By: brandon / November 13, 2008

New Megapuss Video – “Adam & Steve”

When not brandishing his Little Joy, the Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti plays drums with the penis-skirted Devendra Banhart and cohort Greg Rogove in Megapuss. For the Amy Jo Diaz-directed "Adam & Steve" video we get the guys riffing on George Michael's "Faith" video, "I'm Too Sexy," catwalks, and etc., before shooting the clip. The results? More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2008

Stream Fab Moretti’s Little Joy

Instead of pointing out the multiple pun possibilities in the above, we'll point you toward Little Joy's MySpace, where you can hear Fab & Co's forthcoming self-titled debut (11/4 via Rough Trade). More »

By: brandon / October 31, 2008

New Coldplay – “Glass Of Water” (Live In Antwerp With Albert Hammond, Jr.)

We just acquainted ourselves with "Lost+," the Prospekt's March version of "Lost!" with a Jay-Z verse affixed, but less than 24 hours later, here's "Glass Of Water," in its live debut. Chris Martin & Co. are accompanied on the track by Stroke Albert Hammond, Jr., the band's current tour support. Musically, it basically… More »

By: brandon / October 17, 2008

Julian Casablancas

When the Strokes hit in 2001 with the scene-seeding, 35-minute, retrofitted LP Is This It, the music media gave NYC license to reclaim a long lost sense of cool. More »

By: jim / July 16, 2008

There Will Maybe Be A Strokes Album In Not Too Long

NME.com reports Hambone Jr. is on the record saying the Strokes are "definitely figuring out something to do for 2009," which gives us all about a year to continue stoking the not-actually-real-but-yay-blogs Albert vs. Julian rivalry. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 10, 2008

New Santogold, Julian Casablancas & Pharrell Video – “My Drive Thru”

When we first brought up the selling power trio of Santogold, Julian Casablancas, and Pharrell we played you their fast food-redolent jingle "My Drive Thru" and mentioned that there would eventually be a video ... or, well, Chuck Taylor commercial for the Three Artists, One Song campaign. The long-awaited clip resembles the billboard… More »

By: brandon / July 9, 2008
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