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Julian Casablancas @ Downtown Palace Theater in L.A. (more by Darren Kim)
Julian Casablancas

CNN: What was your reaction when NME called "Is This It" the album of the decade?

Casablancas: Unbelievable. I hadn't thought about it, but it's really weird. I like it, though.

CNN: What stood out for you in this life-changing decade?

Casablancas: Probably that: having people or magazines say that your album is the best of the decade. That's not something I ever thought in my wildest dreams.

Julian Casablancas played a five-show run at L.A.'s Downtown Palace Theatre in November. Back then it was reported (by Julian in the NY Times) that he'd be doing a "New York residency" in January, but it looks like he changed his mind. It's been announced that he'll play Terminal 5 on Thursday, January 14th. There's a pre-sale for tickets happening now. Tickets go on general sale Friday, December 11th at noon. More shows TBA?

What about the band with NME's album of the decade?

Julian Casablancas, the front man of the Strokes, told Billboard that the group would headline the Isle of Wight festival in Britain on June 12, alongside Jay-Z; the performance will probably be followed by other summer concert appearances in Europe and North America. "When we meet with the band and talk and play music, it's just a different level of ease and comfort," Mr. Casablancas told Billboard. "Everyone's more easygoing and everyone feels more confident and just trusts each other a little bit." [NY Times]
Hopefully Julian doesn't change his mind about that too.

One of the bonus tracks on Julian's Phrazes For The Young is a cover of the SNL song "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" (it's also a limited 7"). Both versions of the track (videos) and all tour dates (he has a string of Europe/UK shows this December) are below...

I Wish It Was Christmas Today

Julian Casablancas - 2009/10 Tour Dates
Dec 08 Le Bataclan Paris
Dec 10 Metropolitan University Leeds, UK
Dec 11 Manchester Ritz Manchester
Dec 12 ABC Glasgow
Dec 14 The Academy Dublin
Dec 15 Forum London, UK
Dec 16 Forum London
Jan 14 Terminal 5 New York, New York

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Comments (42)

i am STROKEing myself right now.

Posted by rosey palm | December 8, 2009 1:31 PM

i like the strokes so fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 1:44 PM

not a bright boy

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 1:45 PM

This is a very bad album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 1:47 PM

This is a very good album

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 1:48 PM

give me a break with that list

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 1:52 PM

apparently Green Day's "American idiot" was the 58th best album of the decade. I must have missed the boat on that one.

by the way i've found you can automatically tell a person's taste in music and well basically everything else is absolutely awful if they enjoy the band Brand New.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 1:57 PM

"It's was the best of albums, it was the worst of albums, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness."

Posted by Chuck Dickens | December 8, 2009 1:58 PM

NME doesn't like Animal Collective.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:01 PM

any idea who is opening?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:02 PM

talentless waste!

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:03 PM

Must've been a pretty slow decade.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:04 PM

the strokes songs give me flash backs of my 2001 coke binges with hot bar floozies.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:11 PM

NME = god

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:20 PM

Julian's solo album was a huge huge disappointment. Two great songs, the rest zzzzzzzzzz.......

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:26 PM

trustfund hipster trash.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:26 PM

c'mon! it's the strokes.

sure, their image is pretty gross, and the hype was beyond annoying. but their music is so great. i just can't resist it.

how can you not like "hard to explain"? brings me back to high school or some shit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:28 PM

If Julian Plenti can't sell out Bowery how is Julian Casablancas going to sell out T5?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:29 PM

8 songs?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:32 PM

"Is This it"? I think Julian at T5 is "Hard to Explain"! Will he be "Alone,Together"? This might be the "Last Night". I know those "Barly Legal" will try to get in but I say "Take it or Leave It". "Someday" my young friends after all this is "When it Started" in "The Modern Age". I suggest "Trying Your Luck" and hopefully you want see any "NYC Cops".."So ma" can I go?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:49 PM

a win for 2:49^

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:54 PM

Julian Plenti and Julien Lennon and Julien casablanca are gonna tour with all those crystal bands?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 2:57 PM

because no one knows who the fuck julian plenti is

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 3:03 PM

Seriously. How is this guy going to play t5? This show will be moved.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 3:23 PM

terminal 5 has a way of selling out concerts that have no business selling out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 3:33 PM

julian's solo album = epic fail

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 3:40 PM

there's no denying they deserved it.

Posted by bob | December 8, 2009 3:47 PM


@1:57... that was a weird, apropos-of-nothing call-out. are you in taking back sunday? or maybe just a long island punk contrarian, y'know just to be cool? i like brand new. and green day. and wilco. and spoon. and the beatles. but i guess you can automatically tell i suck.

Posted by mm | December 8, 2009 4:12 PM

Man.
The pre sale Terminal 5 tickets are sold out already!!! D:
Dang...and I thought that I actually had a chance of scoring one.
I won't be surprised if he sells out the concert.

I love you Julian, but the SNL original of I Wish It Were Christmas Today is wayyy better.. ;D
There's some things you just can't cover.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 5:11 PM

Wait wait. You doubt that he can sell out T5? I think the most-known Stroke's New York homecoming will do just fine. I'm actually a little nervous about getting a pair of tickets.
And yeah, the album was uncohesive and disappointing, but I love The Strokes enough to go see him play.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 9:45 PM

the t5 will sell out and then there will be lots of free tickets available out front night of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 10:19 PM

Calling it now. Strokes will be one of the APW headliners in 2010.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 12:36 AM

Calling it now. There will be no APW in 2010.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 1:25 AM

calling it now... APW will be scheduled and then cancelled.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 2:00 AM

It will drizzle and APW will be canceled.

Posted by Mark | December 9, 2009 7:27 AM

Two great songs, the rest lala

Posted by karibel | December 9, 2009 7:28 AM

I kinda like Brand New too. Or at least I used to back in the day. Sorry!

The Strokes really need to play NYC again. I feel like the last time was Hammerstein, yes yes?

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Posted by MARYANNDavis20 | March 12, 2010 9:56 AM

nda like Brand New too. Or at least I used to back in the day. Sorry!

The Strokes really need to play NYC again.

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Casablanca and the album of the decade. Sigh. He's done a good job.

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