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Rad Music // STROKED – A Tribute to “Is This It” and The Strokes

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design: Seldon Hunt

If you’re a Strokes fan like me, you struggled during the 4 year hiatus that led up to the release of “Angles”, The Strokes‘ most recent album. You probably filled the void by listening to live sets, remixes, covers, and side projects – all of which never satisfied your true desire; or at least not mine. Well, I’m happy to say that the good folks of Stereogum have put together a tribute to The Strokes, or more specifically, their debut album, Is This It, that features covers I would have appreciated years ago when all I could ever ask for was more Strokes material. Seriously Stereogum, even though this is a timely celebration of Is This It‘s 10th anniversary on July 30, I really, really, wanted this a while ago. Oh, listen to me, what am I complaining about…

Anyway, for the tribute album, STROKED, Stereogum asked specific artists like Computer Magic, The Morning Benders, and Peter Bjorn & John, to cover specific songs. Most interesting though is the fact that some of the artists had never even listened to The Strokes before given the chance to cover them. I think the mystery on their part adds to the fun and beauty of this tribute album. From what I’ve listened to thus far, the album is all over the place and I’m loving it! So what are you waiting for?!?!

Head over to Stereogum and grab the tribute album. You won’t be disappointed. Or maybe you will. This isn’t an album by The Strokes and it doesn’t sound like them either. It’s almost better though.

Grab STROKED – A Tribute To Is This It at Stereogum – RIGHT HERE.

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Written by theberad

July 26, 2011 at 8:11 am

The Strokes are officially back

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via Rough Trade

Over on the Rough Trade website you will find the above picture along with the tracklist for The Strokes fourth official LP, Angles (not angels with halos, but rather angles with degrees). Angles drops on March 21 in Europe and March 22 here in the USA. I don’t know about you kiddos, but I sure am excited. I don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this, or wait, actually, I know exactly. It’s been 5 years! Anyway, here’s the tracklist:

1. Machu Picchu
2. Under Cover of Darkness
3. Two Kinds of Happiness
4. You’re So Right
5. Taken For A Fool
6. Games
7. Call Me Back
8. Gratisfaction
9. Metabolism
10. Life Is Simple In The Moonlight

Lookin’ good right?! As stated on Rough Trade, “Under Cover Of Darkness” will be the first single bestowed upon us, but no word was given on when that single will drop. Hopefully very very soon. Oh, geez. So excited. Cue Le Tigre!

(UPDATE: No more than a minute after I posted this, The Strokes put up a new mini-site for information regarding Angles. To sum it up, “Under Cover Of Darkness” will be heard on the radio starting February (that’s only a few days away!) and more Spring tour dates will also soon be announced. Check out the mini-site, here.) Still cue Le Tigre, cause I’m so excited!

download: Le Tigre – I’m So Excited


I’m sure everyone – or at least the core Strokes fans – dusted off the demos and rarities in the dry spell of Strokes material: “In Her Prime” is such a nice little gem.

download: The Strokes – In Her Prime

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Written by theberad

January 25, 2011 at 9:54 am