Posted in music | pictures on June 8, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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Such was not the case for the Strokes, the hometown boys who drew what looked like the biggest crowd of Governors Ball so far. (Childish Gambino, who was performing a set during the same time slot across Randall's Island Park, must have felt a little lonely, though his audience did include Andre 3000, with his son in tow.) I had completely forgotten that the Strokes had released a new album called Comedown Machine last year, right up until the moment they busted out "Welcome To Japan" early in their evening performance.

The big secret about the Strokes is that they've never been that good live, and there were moments that lacked focus during their 90 minutes on stage. But they seemed to feed off the energy of their neighbors, and by the set-closing one-two punch of "You Only Live Once" (from 2006's deeply underrated First Impressions of Earth) and the watershed single "Last Nite," they had discovered their inner rock gods. Props to them too for performing "New York City Cops" as their encore, as it is by far the best song in the band's entire catalog, and there's always self-conscious concern about playing that tune within the city limits.)
[Entertainment Weekly]

The Strokes, after a warm up show at Capitol Theater, returned the the big stage to co-headline Day 2 of Governors Ball on Saturday night (6/7). Some pictures from all of Saturday are HERE, but the Strokes photos are in this post. They continue along with some videos and their setlist, below...

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The Strokes at Governors Ball 2014

The Strokes at Governors Ball 2014

The Strokes at Governors Ball 2014

THE STROKES SETLIST (via)
Barely Legal
Welcome to Japan
Automatic Stop
Machu Picchu
Reptilia
Razorblade
Take It or Leave It
One Way Trigger
Under Control
Heart in a Cage
Hard to Explain
12:51
Someday
Happy Ending
The End Has No End
You Only Live Once
Last Nite

Encore:
New York City Cops

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Comments (72)

PEOPLE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 3:06 PM

I want to punch Julian Casablancas in the face. I hate this fucking hipsters so much that my head will explode. Especially the bassist who seems to be a massive douchebag

Posted by Mak | June 8, 2014 3:26 PM

get bent

Posted by blayne | June 8, 2014 3:59 PM

god, do people just go to shows these days to film it with their shitty phone?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:01 PM

Casablancas is God!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:04 PM

Julian Casablancas is just a rich kid with contacts. The musical genius in that band is Albert Hammond jr.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:30 PM

Saved us all from another decade with Nu Metal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:40 PM

That musical genius also has a rich dad.....Albert Hammond Sr.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:41 PM

Great show!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:44 PM

^ Ha. You, dear sir or madam, have the #COTD. They all come from extremely wealthy NYC money. And anyone who doesn't know that by now is certainly new to this game. That being said, David Byrne came from money too. The difference is that he tried to create something new. The Strokes decided to rip off something old.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:45 PM

@4:30PM

I'm genuinely curious as to why you feel Albert Hammond, Jr. is the hero of that band? And by "hero", do you mean the way Charlie and Keith are really the heroes of The Rolling Stones? AHJ is far from a prolific or inventive guitarist. Anyone with a set of ears can figure that our rather quickly. I'll look forward to your reasoning on this one. I'm super curious. While I've never been a huge fan, they've got some fun songs that are catchy. And being a New Yorker, I'm perfectly fine listening to them because I have fond memories of what was going on in the city when their albums were released. And the laughs I got out of P'fork's trashing of each one in a different way. But really, I don't think that band has an heroes. They simply exist.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 4:56 PM

What an awful review
Congrats I mean that, just awful

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 5:18 PM

Notorious club band makes it huge, but ya

Known to be shitty live

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 5:28 PM

Wait - Pay to play/tour Cerebral Ballzy didn't play GB?

Posted by D | June 8, 2014 5:43 PM

Saw these guys last weekend at the Capitol Theater. They were awesome. I dont like to admit it but they grew on me. Hate the hipster bullshit as much as everyone but these fuckers write great songs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 6:27 PM

Still offended at pissed off about the hipster skank in the headress from the other post about Gov Ball. Too pissed off to comment on this awful shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 6:29 PM

"The big secret about the Strokes is that they've never been that good live" Who is the idiot who wrote this? And why quote from Entertainment Weekly? I'm not that much of a fan of this band anymore but the times that I did see them live they were great.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 6:39 PM

326 How's your head? Hey wait a minute. Which head were you talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 6:41 PM

Hahaha the strokes!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 7:05 PM

Use your ears when you listen to music, not your fucking eyes. The Strokes kick ass live and it is totally unimportant what any of them look like. Julian writes most of the music and has an extremely good, very authentic voice. AHJ is obviously very talented, but to chalk all of The Stroke's "musical genius" up to him is laughable. Suck a dick ya'll.

Posted by jade | June 8, 2014 7:45 PM

I love how no one paid any regard to fake D's comment. Don't feed the troll and he goes back under the bridge. Fuck this clown. Oh, and The Strokes have always sucked, some of you just grew up and realize what always was now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 8:09 PM

Non-fans and critics will always say "The first album was the only good one" with this band, when really, if you were a fan of the songwriting on that first album you should love the next two just as much. First three albums are great, catchy songwriting. It is not anything that you need to pontificate on; and there are no "geniuses" in the band. It's just good music.

Angles, however, is horseshit, save for three songs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 8:17 PM

"The first album was the only good one" Yup, that is true.

745 Suck a dick ya'll? You are a moron!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 8:47 PM

Snuck into govball, then snuck into VIP for Gambinos set where I met Andre 3000, not a bad festival for the price I guess.

Posted by Anon | June 8, 2014 8:59 PM

Hey, 7:45PM.

If you're going to throw off such a terse comment as, "Suck a dick ya'll." ... you might want to learn that y'all is a contraction of the words "you" and "all". I have no idea what the fuck you wrote means.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 9:12 PM

Wow
Bassist looks like a massive tool. Try hard much?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 9:21 PM

^ sure you do or you wouldn't have corrected his grammar, friend

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 9:21 PM

Suck a dick ya'll

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 9:26 PM

"Non-fans and critics will always say "The first album was the only good one" "

Non-fans = ADOY! If they liked more then, welp, I guess they'd be fans now, wouldn't they?

Critics = If you've put out a bunch of records and most of the critics agree that only your first album was any good, well then maybe they're right.

Of course these apply for most bands. The Strokes just plain suck, and I don't need no critic to tell me that. I've seen them.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 9:27 PM

Next up: a festival of BV commenter bands that think they can do it better than the strokes. So psyched

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 9:48 PM

The Strokes had a moment in time many years ago with their first album. Since then they are just another mediocre rock band with zero originality. Their last 2 albums were downright embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 10:47 PM

Andre 3000 LOL what's with that name? He a computer or something? Overrated ass.

Posted by D | June 8, 2014 10:52 PM

The Strokes were the best band of the last decade, deal with it. And yeah, they're probably massive assholes, but they're very talented musicians. And they could be the biggest band of the world at the moment if they gave a shit a about it. Keep dealing with it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 10:55 PM

9:27

You're trying too hard brother, you should learn from Julian and be more chill. bro

Posted by Devo | June 8, 2014 10:58 PM

928 I'm sure that you can show us all how it's done.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 11:01 PM

Room on Fire is an underrated album.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 11:09 PM

"the strokes are overrated" "they just made one good record" that's something that a p4k reader/fan would say

i mean, you take seriously a music site that rates music using decimal points? what the fuck is wrong with you alienated moron?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 11:21 PM

Ha! The White Stripes were the best rock band of the past decade. Anyone who believes that the Strokes were anything but a puff of musical semen called This Is It orgasming out of the turn of the century garage scene is just sitting there with their d*ck in hand wishing that Casablancas wasn't growing increasingly narcissistic, irrelevant, and fat.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 11:22 PM

Awwww weirdos saying The White Stripes are waaaaaaaay better than the strokes, so 2003.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 11:24 PM

4:45 "The Strokes decided to rip off something old."

that's true, but I think there's nothing bad about it as long as it's well done. And some of the strokes songs are now as classics (or more) as the ones they ripped off.

Posted by prince | June 8, 2014 11:34 PM

it's called is this it you stupid troll

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 11:38 PM

11:34PM,

"And some of the strokes songs are now as classics (or more) as the ones they ripped off."

That statement is some fine-grain, pure, un-cut idiocy. I can start and finish with one example: "American Girl". You're telling me Julian & Co.'s full-on rip of that song is more classic than Petty's original?

Get the fuck out of my blog, you cunt.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 12:22 AM

"The White Stripes are better than The Strokes" = virgin until 30

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 1:13 AM

i'd go gay for Nick Valensi

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 1:33 AM

What time did The Vines play?

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 7:03 AM

Fabrizio Moretti is the real musical genius behind this band

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 8:19 AM

Man all this ripping off songs stuff is brand new to me! I had no idea that Led Zeppelin and David Bowie made a career out of it! Now Jack White gets a handjob from every pseudo hipster who is too lazy to listen to old records. Hell, I love Lou Reed, but his 2nd best solo album sounds like a Bowie tribute record!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 8:26 AM

Y'all can debate their output, all I know is that was a great performance from them on Saturday - while Casablancas may have been a little bit wasted, he still got the words out and was happy, but really the rest of the band was really on point and tight.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 8:29 AM

I met the Strokes once back in 2001 when they played Philly. Couldn't have been nicer dudes. Their was some kid outside the venue (Theater of Living Arts), maybe 12 or 13 years old. They all signed his guitar and took a picture of him with his grandmother. Real talk.

Just sayin', they didn't strike me as entitled hipster assholes or anything.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 8:57 AM

Better than the Beatles!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 9:01 AM

Though the Strokes have had their moments, they were always an overrated band and pretty sure most of the guys in the group even realize this. Albert Hammond really isn't that good of a guitar player. The rhythm section were never so hot either. They had the money to nurture that image which is what their manager ultimately used to sell them. There were a few other NY acts doing a similar thing much better than these guys circa 2001 or so. The Strokes would be just another band had they popped up on the scene a few years later.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 10:24 AM

nick valensi is clearly the most talented of them all, and naturally he seems to care the least

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 10:39 AM

PS this show was amazing but i have bruises everywhere from the crowd and i still can't hear properly

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 10:40 AM

meh

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 10:43 AM

I did not know that Julian Casablancas had contacts. I have never even seen him in glasses!

Posted by Literal Reader | June 9, 2014 11:19 AM

Strokes, sweet Strokes.

Nothing post city about The Strokes. Dessert rules the Big Town now.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 9, 2014 11:27 AM

I just had a stroke

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 11:29 AM

10:24 doesn't rock

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 11:59 AM

2004, NY, I was in a bar selecting music in the jukebox when i felt my leg was getting wet.

Yep, you guessed. That was julian casablancas totally drunk peeing on my leg and looking directly at my eyes

That guy is the ultimate douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 12:12 PM

They did an ok job ripping off Television, it's not a big deal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 12:12 PM

These guys had a few decent tunes, but nothing that should have had the press dub them the second coming of the Rolling Stones, which is essentially what happened. 10:47 was right: their last couple of records were totally embarrassing.

Looking at these pictures, I foresee a sad middle-aged, Brooklyn oldies hipster circuit, and the Strokes - now balding, pudgy, alcoholic dads - being one of the kings of the scene. (Sort of like the never ending doo wop revival in New Jersey, Bushburg and it's surrounding environs will never stop loving the music they listened to when they were skinny.)

It looks like Julian Casablancas sees this same future, and is already starting to look the part.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 12:41 PM

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 12:41 PM is post city.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 9, 2014 1:09 PM

Casablancas will make the best record of the year and you fucking haters will have to suck his giant and wealthy dick

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 1:16 PM

The Strokes will always be better than all of you. Julian will always write better songs than you. Get over it.

Also fat Jules = sexy Jules. You wish you could get fat and still look that good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 2:55 PM

Fake D flapping those yams, whomp whomp whomp like Charlie Brown's teache

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 3:30 PM

Julian's girlfriend is defending him on BV, that's cute city girl stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 3:31 PM

Why has no one pointed out the fact that they would "rather be cummin' than strokin'"?

MOPAR 4 Life!

Posted by E.L. Fudge | June 9, 2014 3:34 PM

If people want to pay to hear tepid, mediocre music... well, more power to them.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 3:40 PM

"musical genius"

easy now...

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 4:59 PM

What's up with this comments section? Everything I read is criticism and insults. I thought the strokes were awesome, they're a great band.

Posted by ?? | July 5, 2014 9:55 PM

12:12 that's hilarious hahaha

Posted by ?? | July 5, 2014 9:57 PM

Comedown Machine is an extremely underrate album. I rate it as their second best.

Posted by ComeDown | August 14, 2014 1:01 PM

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