Posted in music | pictures on January 15, 2010

photos by Chris La Putt

Julian Casablancas

"Ok, so in talking about the show with some old Strokes fan friends, people have express surprise at the fact that I enjoyed the show so much because...well, it's just not the same without all the other Strokes. To that point I say this: No, it's not The Strokes, but in my opinion, Julian is pretty much one of the best things about the band in the first place, so going to see a Julian Casablancas show is kinda like a Strokes show, but without all the other distractions.

That said, Julian's music is much different than the regular Strokes fare. I like to think his solo work is more pop-based, and a little bit more carefree than Strokes songs. I also think his lyrics are more playful, the song structure more complicated and interesting, and the imagery more vivid. Perhaps that's more of a reflection of his maturation as a songwriter than anything else, but any way you slice it, the solo stuff is great and you should be so lucky to see him perform it live.

The show last night wasn't as elaborate as the ones he did in his LA residency (you know, the one that he felt were a fiasco) which included set pieces, costume changes, and an intermission, but it was polished, smooth, and successful. He truly seemed like he was having fun, and the crowd was enjoying it.

He seemed relaxed and at ease with himself and the songs -- a very different energy than the one I remember when he plays with The Strokes. At Strokes shows, so much of the show is propelled by each of the band member's energy bouncing off and pushing one another forward. At a Julian Casablancas show it seems much more like Julian is puttering along, guiding his backup band, and the pace of the show with the slow and steady push of his own internal performance propeller." [The Modern Age]

As I was saying (and the videos previously proved), Julian Casablancas headlined his first of two nights in a row at Terminal 5 last night (1/14). He, and his two openers (Brooklyn's Tanlines & Telepathe), do it again tonight (1/15). More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...

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Julian Casablancas - Terminal 5 setlist
1. Ludlow St.
2. River of Brakelights
3. 11th Dimension
4. 30 Minute Boyfriend
5. Out of the Blue
6. new song
7. Glass
8. Left & Right in the Dark
Encore:
9. I'll Try Anything Once (The Strokes cover)
10. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse
11. Tourist

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Comments (54)

what year is this?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 1:37 PM

The band sounded great last nite. Much better than i expected, especially the live percussions.
Nice setlist... but did anybody else think that the KOL "velvet snow" cover was a little out of place?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 1:39 PM

so fucking good. its fucking 2010 asshole. julian is a natural and its so great to see him back on the stage. it only gives us hope that the strokes will be back. haters no need to apply. this guy has the goods.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 1:40 PM

will Julian play a show anywhere other than T5 while he's in NYC? i was hoping he'd show up somewhere else...

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 1:42 PM

yeah he also did velvet snow, after glass...

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 1:45 PM

haha telephathe

telepathetic

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 1:48 PM

11 songs? How much did people pay for this?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 2:02 PM

rock on, bro

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 2:03 PM

Kinda looks like Julian's huffing nitrous in that pic.

Posted by Tumbleweed | January 15, 2010 2:18 PM

how bad were telepathe? they sure are hot, but not very listenable

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 2:49 PM

what time did he go on?

Posted by yo | January 15, 2010 2:53 PM

9:40

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 2:54 PM

julian came on at 10:40

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 2:55 PM

^^^ i meant to say 10:40

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 2:55 PM

telepathe... they are coming dangerously close to creating music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 3:00 PM

Questions/Comments:

-Why the hell he has to wear "stage-costumes" and share the same band members with Santana?

-Ludlow St. is probably the worst song of the year - the mix of country and "the pogues" plus lyrics like "yuppies are invading ludlow street" is beyond horrible....

-Having said this - I don't hate the album - "11th dimension" sounds like a good Human League B-side and "out of the blue" and "river of brake lights" would fit ok on the third Strokes album...but the problem is none of these are "epic" songs that deserve the whole prog-spaceship-stage costume treatment. If he had just recorded this and kept it in the DL -...maybe the whole songs could be seen and perceived in a different way.... as the small pop gems that they are.

-If this is the "real" Julian Casablancas and the prog-keyboard,leather costumes and "messages for the youth of today" is what he's really into...it means that he needs the Strokes as much as the Strokes need him....

- My last appeal to him: Dude, seriously you don't have to do everything your PR or the Haus of Casablanca tells you to do....drop the fucking leather costumes, the Air-Supply keyboards and get back to reality...

love,

Liberace

Posted by Liberace | January 15, 2010 3:02 PM

he was the weak link in the Strokes-I liked that band but solo it's like Mike Reno without the rest of Loverboy.

and that outfit is Beyond Thunderdome. sad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 3:14 PM

Weak link in the strokes? 'Is this it?' was all him bro.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 3:34 PM

Julian videos from Thursday's show. 1 is audio only of I'LL TRY ANYTHING ONCE

http://tl.gd/3r0pm

Posted by Matt Honovic | January 15, 2010 3:35 PM

show could have been better--he was high as a kite and flubbed his lyrics. Also, his stuff is nowhere near as tight as the Strokes--songs went on way too long.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 4:20 PM

man i really can't stand telepathe. why does that band keep getting booked?

Posted by jack | January 15, 2010 4:37 PM

The show was fucking incredible.
Here is my two cents =]
http://wewereyoungdarlin.wordpress.com/

Posted by Yulissa | January 15, 2010 4:39 PM

The show was absolutely amazing. All you haters, why do you feel the need to express your negativity? The true fans were there and felt the energy in the room. He was so appreciative of the support and kicked ass for the duration of the show. The band was on point and his voice was clear and distinct. He is the mastermind of the Strokes!!!

Liberace...your insipid comments have no place here.

Posted by Christian | January 15, 2010 4:42 PM

Christian, you may not like it but I've gotta say Liberace does bring up some pretty valid points.
The setlist is incorrect and is also missing "Empire State of Mind." Pander often my sweet Jules?

Sensually yours,
Siegfried

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 6:15 PM

1:40-of course you hope the strokes would come back you fucking douche. the strokes fucking blow and this mother fucker is a fucking hipster bitch!

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 6:17 PM

the show last nigth was sad and very very very bad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 6:32 PM

Tanlines were alright.
I hate telepathe. ugh. saw them open for VW in dec 08 and they're still suck the same

Julian's set was unreal. T5 is a shit venue for sound but he was great..except for the Velvet Snow cover. he seemed genuinely thrilled by the reception the whole time. after all, last night was his new york homecoming.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 6:50 PM

*they still suck the same.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 6:51 PM

Great images. Love the first one especially..

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 6:55 PM

You Strokes/Julian haters could have your boring ass bands. The show was great and you know what?
Julian is a superb entertainer. He gave everyone eye contact was humble despite his fame and TRIED to do something new.


Face it, you losers will never be happy and putting down an artist who makes something new to share is the only way for you to feel good about yourself.

Also, most of you aren't native new yorkers like him, so you will never ever understand why he's the real deal.

Posted by Strokes Fan | January 15, 2010 7:01 PM

the show as amazing... he was really happy, the crowd was really happy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 7:39 PM

Face it, you losers will never be happy and putting down an artist who makes something new to share is the only way for you to feel good about yourself.

Also, most of you aren't native new yorkers like him, so you will never ever understand why he's the real deal.

Posted by Strokes Fan | January 15, 2010 7:01 PM


Hes a real deal NYC thing hes a "real New Yorker"
than thats sad because this reminds me of some phony music executives trying to produce some template of a indie legend when it reaks american apparel crossed with bad glam rock.
Wish I "understood" this rock star?

Theres tons of better music out there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 7:54 PM

if you think this guy has a good voice you need some serious help.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 8:28 PM

I thought the show was a good time, stop taking things so seriously! My little review:

http://popisms.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-finally-have-venue-for-this-outfit.html

Posted by popisms | January 15, 2010 8:32 PM

i like to STROKE my rod

Posted by small one | January 15, 2010 9:46 PM

did someone say "ice cold fattie"

Posted by nitrous mafia | January 15, 2010 9:47 PM

the show tonight kicked ass well, but

FUCK TERMINAL 5.

i am usually not one of those people who complains about venues--i scoff at the remarks about webster's sound, etc. in bv's usual comments

but seriously, the amount of bros and stupid little kids at this place is fucking mindboggling. i mean todd p puts on all ages shows and the audience at least manages to stay civil, but these fucking people talking through the quiet songs and unnecessarily pushing the shit out of everyone. fuck that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 1:24 AM

"he was the weak link in the Strokes"

he wrote everything you moron

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 1:27 AM

the strokes were all weak.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 9:53 AM

Thanks for this article !

Posted by Jeux | January 16, 2010 10:43 AM

echoing the sentiments of "FUCK TERMINAL 5." Hope the place burns to the ground.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 12:11 PM

Really enjoyed Julian's performance... my only criticism is that I felt it wasn't very loud??? I was on the side under the 2nd balcony, makes a difference, who knows?

Posted by KDarby | January 16, 2010 12:17 PM

^^ terminal 5 is never loud.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 12:32 PM

the sound at terminal 5 is terrible if you are under a balcony... there is an incredible difference when you stand in the open floor. That is the proibelm with this place. The sell tickets as if people were going to fill in the balcony levels. Unless you are on the railing you are going to stand downstairs. The need to either put bleacher all along the balcony to justify the space or just sell less tickets to these shows.

I don't know if this set list is correct: He definitely played "Velvet Snow" by Kings of Leon.

Posted by john | January 16, 2010 1:15 PM

Did anyone go to the second show?

Posted by Yulissa | January 16, 2010 1:28 PM

Fuck Terminal 5. Fuck Bowery Presents. The bar refuses cups of water. And the hired security team is a bunch of pansies. All Bowery Presents venues should burn to the ground.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 4:16 PM

4:16-amen!

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 5:26 PM

"he was the weak link in the Strokes"

"he wrote everything you moron"

EXACTLY. excellent rhythm section, excellent guitarists, no songs. if only they let Drew sing

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 5:53 PM

^^^ he wrote all the strokes songs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 6:17 PM

so if you take the bands that perform at terminal 5 and put them at hammerstein or roseland, you'd end up with a vastly different audience? thoughts like those only make sense if people go for the venue and not the artist. Which doesn't make sense.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2010 7:55 PM

For all you haters: why are you looking at his pictures of you hate him/The Strokes so much? It does not make sense.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 10:36 AM

^^^^
i agreee.
btw,jules is the most brilliant person on earth.

WORDDDDDD.

Posted by annavoegg | January 21, 2010 2:39 PM

very nice images, the show is wonderful.

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