The Strokes (fan) @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. has opened up about the drug rehab treatment he received while the band recorded their new album 'Angles'. Hammond Jr didn't name the specific type of drug he was being treated for, but called his ordeal "hardcore"..."I wasn't on any chemicals," he said. "It was hard - you have two good years of post-acute withdrawal. I was nervous and couldn't remember things. It's like having a stroke, no pun intended. You always do the crazy rock star thing, of course, but I'd rather be left with music from someone I admire than their funny stories of all the fucked-up shit they did." [NME]Angles is out now. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart ("sold over 88,000 copies in its first week") (same chart the Decemberists got #1 on).
Devendra Banhart & The Grogs were added at some point as an opener for the sold out Strokes show at Madison Square Garden happening this Friday night, April 1st (one night before LCD Soundsystem play the same venue).
Devendra is also featured in a new documentary called The Family Jams which documents his 2004 US tour with Joanna Newsom (who James Blake said he would not want to produce for) and Vetiver (In 2005 Devendra was quoted as saying that he preferred the term "The Family" to "freak folk"). The film will be screening at reRun in Brooklyn from April 8 through April 14. The film was directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and musician Kevin Barker, who has also performed with Devendra, Joanna, and Vetiver, among others. The film also features appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased, and Linda Perhacs. Watch the trailer below.
The Strokes, who recently performed on SNL and Letterman, are continuing their late night television trend tonight on Jimmy Fallon (3/30).
UPDATE: Fallon video also below,,,
Watch a video from the Letterman performance below...
The Strokes - "Taken For A Fool" [Late Show with David Letterman]
The Strokes - "You're So Right" 3/30 Fallon
The Family Jams Official Trailer
The Strokes - 2011 Tour Dates
Fri 04/01/11 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Sun 04/17/11 Indio, CA Empire Polo Club "Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival"
Sat 04/30/11 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion "Sweetlife Festival"
Sat 05/07/11 New Orleans, LA Fairgrounds Racecourse "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival"
Sun 07/10/11 Naas, Ireland Punchestown Racecourse "Oxegen"
Sat 07/16/11 Sesimbra, Portugal Praia Do Meco "Super Bock Super Rock Festival"
Sat 08/27/11 Reading, United Kingdom Richfield Avenue "Reading Festival"
Sun 08/28/11 Leeds, United Kingdom Bramham Park "Leeds Festival"