Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates on July 26, 2011

by Andrew Sacher


New album STROKED: A Tribute to Is This It, as the title hints, is a tribute to The Strokes' massively influential debut Is This It. The album was released for free on Stereogum today (7/26). They write:

Is This It was recorded in NYC at Transporterraum with Gordon Raphael. When it was finally released in the States in the Fall of 2001, a decade after Nevermind, it helped not only put contemporary New York City in the forefront of music lovers' minds, it offered an easy reference for people to dig backwards into the Big Apple's rock 'n' roll past. For certain younger fans, it was maybe the first time they carefully considered Television (the late '70s), the Velvet Underground (mid '60s to early '70s), and other lesser known garage and rock and whatever bands that inhabited a dirtier, grubbier Manhattan. The title's pure Richard Hell. The original sexy album cover a minimalist echo of New York Dolls (via Roxy Music). It's no coincidence that 2001 NYC -- eventually, especially Brooklyn -- ended up being known for its post-punk revival. (See, for instance, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Black Dice, Vice Records' No New York nodding collection Yes New York, etc.) Is This It was a history lesson, but one with enough new ideas to also offer a roadmap.
Chelsea Wolfe, Austra, Owen Pallet, The Morning Benders, Real Estate, Peter Bjorn & John and others offer their takes on album tracks as well. Full tracklist below.

Cities Aviv
Cities Aviv

Wise Blood contributed "Someday" to "Stroked". He and fellow weirdo rapper Cities Aviv share a bill on September 1 at Glasslands in Brooklyn. The show is one of many scheduled around the world for Wise Blood, but is Cities Aviv's only date we see scheduled at the moment. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.

Wise Blood's tour includes another NYC show two days later. He plays a Jelly RockBeach show on September 3 with Pictureplane and others TBA. More dates are listed below.

Cities Aviv, the self-proclaimed "Post-Death" rapper, is also on the Glasslands bill with Wise Blood. The Memphis native released his debut full length Digital Lows on May 2. The album's production credits go to a number of virtually unknown producers, Muted Drone, RPLD GHOSTS, Danny Dee, Upgrayde, and Royal'T. The beats are dreamy, reverb-soaked headknockers that sound about as woozy as that album art (below) looks. Cities Aviv takes the beats, which on their own would make up a pretty solid chillwave album, and spits biting lines with a classic southern drawl. Fille Catatonique provides sung vocals which blend quite nicely with the album's vibes. The final track, "Float On," features Cities Aviv rapping over chillwaver Blackbird Blackbird's cover of the Modest Mouse song, that he recorded for 2010's Happy High EP. It's a fun way to end the album, and is far better than Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Must Go On," which sampled the Modest Mouse song earlier this year.

Cities Aviv isn't exactly the only rapper crossing into lo-fi/indie-approved territory lately, but he's certainly approaching the crossover from a unique angle. Digital Lows isn't nearly as blown out as, say, Shabazz Palaces, but he's still got way more experimentation going on than guys like Wiz Khalifa or Theophilus London. Grab the album for free at his bandcamp and check out some songs below.

All tour dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...

Cities Aviv - 'Digital Lows'
Digital Lows

Cities Aviv - "Fuckeverybodyhere"

Cities Aviv - "Black Box" feat. Fille Catatonique

Cities Aviv - Float On


Stroked Tracklist:
1 Peter Bjorn and John: "Is This It"
2 Chelsea Wolfe: "The Modern Age"
3 Frankie Rose: "Soma"
4 Real Estate: "Barely Legal"
5 Wise Blood: "Someday"
6 Austra: "Alone, Together"
7 The Morning Benders: "Last Night"
8 Owen Pallett: "Hard to Explain"
9 Heems: "New York City Cops"
10 Deradoorian: "Trying Your Luck"
11 Computer Magic: "Take It or Leave It"

Wise Blood -- 2011 Tour Dates
Aug 31 DC9 Washington, DC
Sep 01 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn, NY w/ Cities Aviv
Sep 02 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
Sep 03 Aviator Sports Complex Brooklyn, NY w/ Pictureplane
Sep 07 St. Rollox Locomotive Works Glasgow, UK
Sep 09 Debaser Slussen Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 10 Beta Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 12 The Castle, Manchester Manchester, UK
Sep 13 Womanby House Cardiff, UK
Sep 14 The Social London, UK
Sep 15 Haze @ Shackwell Arms London, UK
Sep 16 The Lexington London, UK
Sep 17 Klub Radar Utrecht, Netherlands
Sep 18 Incubate Festival Tilburg, Netherlands
Sep 19 L'espace B Paris, France



Comments (60)

strokes, aka, most bland band ever

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 4:52 PM


I can see tributes to seminal albums and, hey, I like The Strokes. But, seriously guys....really? This album was NOT that influential. Anyone who thinks otherwise clearly does not understand how much of a fragmented culture we've lived in since the "Alternative Explosion" of the early 90's

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 4:52 PM

yes, I fail to see how the Strokes rank as deserving of a tribute album. but, at least the bands doing the covering are no names, that kind of makes it understandable. Kind of like when you go to a Jr. High talent show and they spend the first 20 minutes thanking all the teachers that helped out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 4:55 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:02 PM

Most of these covers suck. Surprisingly, the Real Estate cover works. The Owen Pallet one almost works. The rest are just more of the electro-pop bullshit that clogs the pages of this blog.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:04 PM

Let's complain about a free covers album on a website that no one is forcing you to download!

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:09 PM

You guys either don't get out much or are not in touch with today's youth. The Strokes "Is This It" was a monumental album for many people. Deal with it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:19 PM

I liked it a lot, but c'mon. It's like calling the fucking Blue Album monumental. There's a distinction between good and great that Stereogum apparently doesn't comprehend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:27 PM

People who say The Strokes weren't influential are either jaded or trolls.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:30 PM

5:19, can you please share your definition of "monumental" and "many"? I have a feeling it may differ from how many of us define it.

Perhaps it was "monumental" for those several "indie" rock bands that formed in the wake of it who made a very, very, very, very, VERY minor dent in the music scene. But, otherwise, that's not that appropriate adjective to use.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:34 PM

List the bands they influenced. Go. I dare you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 5:35 PM

How about this, what album released in 2001 is more deserving of a tribute album (other than Amnesiac)?

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 6:01 PM

5:35, they influenced the Drums asshole. the DRUMS.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 6:02 PM

5:30, the Strokes were not influential. They were influenCED. It's really sad if bands are influenced by the Strokes, when they can get easily their influences from the more superior bands they derived their sound from.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 6:45 PM

2001? Daft Punk - Discovery, White Stripes - White Blood Cells, Avalanches - Since I Met You. For Starters.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 6:54 PM

6:54, Good call.
The Strokes are just as influential as Nickelback.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 6:56 PM


In my personal opinion, I think "Is This It" is an "impressively large, sturdy, and enduring" album.

And as far as bands go, just to name a few: Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Like it or not, those bands have affected popular music, hence the Strokes being influential.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 6:57 PM

this album influenced me.

Posted by yes it's it | July 26, 2011 7:24 PM

yes, they affected music. the way hitler "affected" germany.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 7:53 PM

Wouldn't an album actually have to be good to warrant a tribute? What a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 8:14 PM

The Strokes' Under Control is one of the best songs by them, maybe one of the best songs from the indie rock scene...ever?

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 8:26 PM

You're either a fucking moron or a fucking moron if you think the Strokes are not influential.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 8:43 PM

The Strokes were championed as a return to garage-rock, and yes, they definitely had some success with this LP. With that being said, it's a fly-by-night LP from 2001 that was big for what - six months? Also Gordon Raphael couldn't produce his way out of a paper bag. The distorted vocals/sound of the LP gets old fast, not to mention their biggest flaw was not actually grabbing the bull by the horns and doing something past this LP of any remote vitality following it. It's a shame because they managed to get everyone's attention (not easy) but then totally blew it. They also wanted to be GBV SO badly, but they forgot you need to have prolific good songs behind it. If you have access to a trust fund and a bunch of lame people in NYC kissing your asses, it becomes harder to focus on that.

Posted by billy | July 26, 2011 8:49 PM

True, but a little over exaggerated. The fact remains that they made one of the best albums of the decade. Room On Fire was also pretty solid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 9:00 PM

Is anyone still listening to Angles?

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 9:01 PM

The Strokes were able to open the floodgates for guitar-based bands. Whether this was a good thing or a bad thing is debatable. There were a lot of flash in the pan rip-offs that started getting noticed right after, and because of The Strokes. They also did a lot for New York. Nearly every feature or review made mention of a "New York" sound. Is This It mattered then and still does.

Room On Fire is underrated. Not nearly as good as the debut, but a solid follow-up. These guys probably still have a good album in them. Angles wasn't it...

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 9:24 PM

This album IS a classic.

Suck it haters. This album influenced probably half the bands you listen to now, believe it.

And anyone saying that the strokes sound derivative, come back to reality.... they may have some elements from previous bands, but (a) so does every band, and (b) there's not THAT much they have in common with any previous bands; they're pretty unique. Seriously - name a band you think they're "ripping off" and let's see how similar they sound. Literally post a link, twats, let's see.

On a last note, Angles did sort of suck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 9:31 PM

This album is garbage, straight up.

Stop sucking off your boyfriend for a minute, 9:31, and pay attention.

Not a single band we listen to owes a thing to these twats. "Is This Shit" sucked then, and it sucks now.

You'll probably go on urinating all over the keyboard, go ahead you are just making an ass of yourself and giving us huge laughs at your expense. I for one had to call my buddy up and read him your post, I couldn't not share it with a friend. Truly classic high school drivel.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 9:51 PM

I don't know if they ripped off anyone else, but I do know this - it's shitty music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 9:56 PM

If you are over 20 years old and you listen to The Strokes, I really feel sorry for you. You should be on solid food by now.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 9:57 PM

9:51 -- this is 9:31.

I'm going to set aside the fact that music is subjective so I can continue this internet argument.

Wellllll fuck you too!

Its funny that you called your buddy on this. I'm glad you call your friends to uproariously discuss anonymous internet posts. I think I "get" the kind of fella you are. So no hard feelings, there, friendo.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 10:37 PM

"I for one had to call my buddy up and read him your post"

What? Who does that?

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 10:53 PM

Assholery at it's finest.
You leave no allusions what kind of person you are, dookie.
Keep up the posts, you're killing me! Really. It's like mental Mad Libs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 11:19 PM

Illusions ^

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 11:29 PM

stroked my rod

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 12:51 AM

1119 clearly doesnt have a good sense of comedy either...

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 1:36 AM

fuck anyone who says the strokes aren't influential. because you're mixing up the fact that YOU don't like them, because you're a stupid fucking hipster who can't listen to anything that sells, with the FACT (i.e. well selling bands LISTING THEM as being an influences). the strokes don't really RIP the velvet underground or television like everybody says, they just take components of each. remember lennon's quote about it's HOW you rip these bands off.

also, this covers thing fucking sucks. real estate? really? get one of the most passionless, boring, run of the mill bands to produce a cover with all of the aforementioned characteristics. final fantasy's is decent, though it sounds like his vocal track is far, far away, and with a garageband distortion filter on it to cheaply imitate julian's voice (not necessary bud, your cover was almost good).

ROOM ON FIRE IS GREAT YOU IDIOTS, AND THE ONLY REASON YOU SAY OTHERWISE IS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO GIVE THEM A SOPHOMORE SLUMP THEY NEVER HAD. give me an actual reason why room on fire isn't up to par with is this it, because every song is fucking great.

first impressions of earth and angles are both pretty bad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 1:50 AM

real estate cover is so good, damn

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 1:51 AM

Well, I think the one thing we can all finally agree on is that Angles was kinda sucky, now that the hype of the new record has fizzled.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 8:22 AM

And speaking of hype, that's what the Strokes are all about... hype. They're not a terrible band; This Is It was quite good. But in their case, I think the hype makes the band seem much better than they actually are.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 8:26 AM

strokes = return of garage rock? that's not really true...

wavves, on the other hand...ohhhh wavves.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 8:29 AM

In the immortal words of Julian Casablancas, "Take it or leave it!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 8:36 AM

Is This It seems a good time capsule, but influential?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 9:08 AM

Name one band of consequence that was in any way influenced by the Strokes. Go ahead, I dare you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 9:47 AM

return to Garage Rock?? the 00s were all about Laptops and mashups. The Strokes will be remembered for ushering in the Decade of HYPE..

The record had some good songs but like most stuff this decade, no sack.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 11:12 AM

still waiting for ONE band of any importance that was in any way influenced by the Stokes .....

gonna be a LOOOOOOOOONG wait

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 11:45 AM

"Is This It" isn't a bad album. It has some great songs. The guitar interplay is interesting. Derivative? Maybe, but what isn't.

Is it a highly influential album? No, not in my opinion as I can't think of any bands who came after that sounded like them. Some fool name Daft Punk, White Stripes and others. Really? Maybe you read that they were influenced by the Strokes in an interview, but if you hadn't you'd NEVER be able to tell.

That being said, this isn't an important record and the bands on this "tribute" should be embarrassed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 12:14 PM

12:14, I think the fool you are referencing was naming other artists that had albums in 2001 that were more deserving of a tribute.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 12:49 PM

Dick bumping over The Strokes is moronic. Fuck the Strokes, Titties for Cities! Flow is tighter than most of your girl pants and Taliban scarves.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 12:49 PM

I think that they should do an all-star tribute to TMBG "NO". According to John Flansburgh, "The new CD focuses on children's topics, including crossing the street safely and getting to bed. It seemed like a good thing to stick on the record, but the thing that made it sort of different was that it's one of the most raucous tracks on the record. It doesn't really make you want to go to bed."

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 12:50 PM

The Wise Blood / Cities Aviv show should be very good. Aviv's 7" release show for "Coastin'" was ... insanely good. NYC, be ready.

Posted by E.J. @ Loudersoft | July 27, 2011 1:04 PM

The Strokes influenced Jet. Isn't that enough??

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 1:05 PM

The did not influence Jet, idiot. Jet is from half the world away, have influences from about a dozen other bands including the Stooges, AC/DC, Detroit Cobras ... Strokes are losers, totally.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 1:12 PM

so the Stokes influence music used for TV commercials, is that your final answer? you are even more stupid than I thought before. Go crawl back under your rock and listen to your Stokes hahahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 1:14 PM

Jet is an important, relevant band? Wow, how's that electric typewriter working out for you, 1:05?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 1:49 PM

How bout I stroke my jet...


Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 3:19 PM

Cities Aviv is better than this argument over a Strokes tribute album. Stop debating banal minutia and go stuff your brain with "Digital Lows".

Posted by Nick P. | July 27, 2011 4:15 PM

Love the Real Estate cover

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 6:43 PM

That kid in the video is smoking pot!! That's illegal.

Posted by carport | August 2, 2011 12:10 PM

every album the strokes have made have been good. the 1st 2 classic. Angles is better than first impressions 1st albums 5 stars 2nd 4 1/2 3rd 3 1/2 4th 4 stars. cities aviv sounds vocally some what like the knux.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 1:15 AM

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