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The Strokes are the last of a certain breed. They don’t make rock bands like them anymore: the larger-than-life, the mythic, the kinds that can fill an arena with screaming fans that span generations. You can argue this — you have Arcade Fire, or the National, or the Black Keys, maybe. There are still rock… More »

Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

Julian Casablancas is kind of the anti-Taylor Swift, isn’t he? She just moved to Tribeca — making her neighbors with, like, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Blue Ivy — and is so stoked on it that she’s Instagramming pictures of lattés and serving as NYC’s Global Welcome Ambassador for tourism. He just moved out of the… More »

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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 the catchine… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 31, 2009 - 9:25 am

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 he’… More »

By: brandon / August 10, 2009 - 9:57 am

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 on his own with a debut solo full-length. The set… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 14, 2009 - 1:44 pm

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 mates. Whatever the… More »

By: brandon / February 27, 2009 - 11:45 am

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 learns a… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2009 - 11:25 am

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. In fact, so far… More »

By: brandon / January 22, 2009 - 11:59 am

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. Thunderbird. More »

By: brandon / November 13, 2008 - 9:14 am

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? Just… More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2008 - 2:09 pm

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 - 10:32 am

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 sounds like… More »

By: brandon / October 17, 2008 - 10:14 am

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 - 6:23 am

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 - 10:30 am

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 adverts I… More »

By: brandon / July 9, 2008 - 2:00 pm

New Albert Hammond, Jr. Video – “GfC”

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. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 8, 2008 - 5:12 pm

Stream Albert Hammond Jr.’s ¿Cómo Te Llama?

We (ok, you guys) have established Hammond’s Spanish grammar is bad. Now you can listen to ¿Cómo Te Llama? at his MySpace and weigh in on the tunes, too. The album’s out 7/8 on Black Seal. More »

By: brandon / July 1, 2008 - 2:21 pm

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

It’s an unlikely trio of artist that are helping get Converse’s centennial celebration underway. Maybe not the pairing of Pharrell and Santogold — actually it’s somewhat surprising that this is their first project together — but Strokes lead man Julian Casablancas is a bit more leather jackets than colored prints, and besides he’s been mute… More »

By: amrit / June 9, 2008 - 8:50 am

New Albert Hammond, Jr. – “GfC”

Now that we have glimpsed Albert Hammond Jr.’s pretty vacant (apartment) album art, we can get to the more substantive business of hearing what the relatively prolific Stroke has in store for his second solo LP. “GfC,” which is the tune’s core chord progression (G-F minor-C, right guys?), is very promising, a quick cut or… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 22, 2008 - 3:13 pm

Santogold, Julian Casablancas And Pharrell Are Converse All Stars

What do you get when you combine the selling power of Bud Light’s Santogold with the laconic New York charm of the Stroke’s Casablancas and the non-laconic L.A. sizzle of N.E.R.D.-y Pharrell Williams (not featuring Lindsay Lohan)? Basically, a well-produced Neptunes-style sneaker jingle with the guy from the Strokes and Santi on it. Could be… More »

By: brandon / May 16, 2008 - 3:06 pm

Albert Hammond Jr.’s ¿Cómo Te Llama? Album Art

While you were waiting for the Strokes to get bored of looking cool with no place to go, Albert Hammond, Jr. has put together his second solo record. It was recorded in a studio you will never afford (Electric Lady) with friends more privileged than you will ever have (Sean Lennon) and if it’s anywhere… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 15, 2008 - 1:18 pm

The Strokes Are Working Out Kinks For LP4, Watching Gossip Girl

It’s been over two years since First Impressions Of Earth, but the Strokes are always fresh in our minds thanks to a neverending parade of covers (Rhymefest, Chris Thile, Howie Beck, Lightspeed Champion, etc.). Plus, Albert Hammond Jr. has recorded two solo albums (Como Te Llama is out this summer) in the hiatus. It’s next… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 25, 2008 - 1:32 pm
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