Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
When Y2K arrived, MTV VJs and saccharine-pop enthusiasts told us rock ‘n’ roll was dead. But then, out of nowhere, came this back-to-basics guitar-driven record made by five leather-clad hipsters (before that was a thing). We’re not saying the album saved rock for millennials… Oh, wait, yes we are.
GQ places The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’ at #2 on the 21 Greatest Albums of the 21st Century x (via can-i-vhs-you)
So much of The Strokes’ music is about moments, and “Automatic Stop” is full of them. The moody, isolated intro; that massaging guitar melody 46 seconds in; the little arcade breakdown at 1:50, the way Casablancas sounds like he’s singing while slowly sliding into leather booth at 2:25, and how Valensi, Hammond, Jr., and Nikolai Fraiture do the ol’ boogey stop at the end there. The spacey reggae track comes early in Room on Fire – and after “Reptilia”, no less — which in hindsight is quite surprising since it’s such a comedown song. It’s like if The Replacements put “Sixteen Blue” after “Favorite Thing” and expected you to go with it. We rolled with “Automatic Stop” because we were already sold on the Strokes and this speaks like their anthem. Casablancas’ lyric of “That’s just a phase, it’s got to pass/ I was a train moving too fast” says pretty much everything about their gasp in the ’00s.
Michael Roffman on ‘Automatic Stop’ in Consequence of Sound’s article ‘The Strokes’ Top 10 Songs’. This song came in at #3 (via can-i-vhs-you)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Amazing new trio I just signed to Cult Records: “The Garbanzo Boys” - J.C (2011)
warytales said: What's the Julian birthday project?
basically you can send him a letter for his bday, read all about it here: http://eatsleepstrokesrepeat.tumblr.com/post/88639316306/as-you-may-already-be-aware-julians-playing-fyf