Monday, November 02, 2009
Music Monday: Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes)
In 2001, The Strokes released their first full length album, which asked "Is This It?". I wondered the same thing. It was my first semester of college, away from everyone I knew and loved. We were also living in the aftermath of 9/11. Things were new and strange, and so were the sounds of The Strokes. [Mark Krotov wrote a poignant piece for Paste about the band at this point in time which I'll direct you to].
The band released two other albums over the next five years, followed by a solo effort by guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.
Tomorrow, we'll hear from The Strokes once again, when frontman Julian Casablancas releases his first solo album, Phrazes for the Young (a title inspired by Oscar Wilde). The album sounds different than I expected... as if Martians curiously stumbled into a honky-tonk bar in the Lower East Side and inspired some new mixes for the jukebox.
Buy it on iTunes or Amazon tomorrow.
If you can't wait until then you can hear clips on Casablancas' website. In the meantime, sample the single via imeem:
11th Dimension - Julian Casablancas