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Austin City Limits

""This festival is super-cool," said Strokes singer Julian Casablancas from the stage at Austin City Limits on Friday night. "Lotta stuff." It's true: The festival, now in its ninth year, packs 130 bands onto eight outdoor stages arranged around the 350-acre Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The lineup is a mix of huge rock acts (the Eagles headline Sunday) and big-name indie bands, plus DJs, country singers and the occasional rapper. With an expected attendance of around 70,000 a day, the festival similar in size, if not in spirit, to Lollapalooza. "Lollapalooza has that city energy. It's like the hot girl you want to take home," one organizer, Lisa Hickey, said. "ACL is more laid-back -- it's like your best friend." And unlike South By Southwest, the music and film showcase that takes over the Texas town every spring, ACL doesn't have much of a music-industry angle -- it's almost strictly for fans.

On Friday night, the packed lineup presented the crowd with a happy problem: Four big-name guitar bands -- Spoon, Sonic Youth, Vampire Weekend, and the Strokes -- all had sets starting within two hours of each other, and seeing each set in its entirety was impossible."
[Rolling Stone]

Of those big four, Tim managed to catch three, and a bit of Vampire Weekend's favorite band Phish from afar. Phish's set included a Velvet Underground and a Talking Heads cover. Full setlist at the end of this post.

Kings Go Forth pictures are HERE. The rest of the pictures from the first day of the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival (where Ezra Koenig joined Miike Snow on stage), continue, with a bunch of setlists (including Spoon's which points out that Eleanor Friedberger played a Fiery Furnaces song with Spoon) (video proof too), below...

Continue reading "ACL 2010 Day 1 in pics (Strokes, Phish, Black Keys, Spoon, Beach House, Vampire Weekend & more) "

photos courtesy of WireImage/Tommy

Julian Casablancas of The Strokes being stylish
The Strokes

Billed as "A Night To Get Drunk And Celebrate Tom Petty's 60th Birthday!!!", the annual Petty Fest takes place at Bowery Ballroom on 10/28, and it includes essentially the same big group of musicians that keep getting together for these tribute shows to Petty and Dylan. This next one promises appearances from numerous performers including Adam Green (who just showed up at the final Dufus show), Norah Jones (I wonder if she'll sing with Belle and Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront tonight), Will Forte & Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live, Nicole Atkins, Nikolai Fraiture, Catherine Pierce, Jesse Malin, Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects, Reeve & Zane Carney, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne, Sammy James of the Mooney Suzuki, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells & Longwave, Antony Ellis of Five O'Clock Heroes, Mikki James, and Hymns. They wanted to have this in the Varvatos Store but he was booked already that night. I kid. Tickets are on sale for the 18+ show.

Speaking of Nikolai Fraiture, his band The Strokes (whose singer is pictured above) still don't have a new album out and still haven't played a proper NYC show, though they did play one on 9/12 for Tommy Hilfiger during Fashion Week this year.

Scale appeared to be the theme of the entire party, which was equal parts industry corporate, swanky, and of course - this is Tommy we're talking about - preppy. Outside, nearly 40 khaki-clad male models lined the dramatic red carpet, backlit by the designer's bright initials in shifting hues of red, white, and blue set against green grass. Inside, we lost count of the number of rolled-up pants with loafers, kind of like our inability to count the number of celebrities sipping champagne and snacking on lobster rolls: Mark Ruffalo, Ed Westwick, Russel Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Osbourne, Jeremy Piven, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lopez.

...By the time The Strokes played their loud-as-hell set including hits "Last Night," "Someday," and "Reptilia," the crowd was ready to dance. Julian was in full form, sliding around in black stretch jeans and white shades, filling the atrium with powerhouse vocals.

A typically reserved crowd of A-list attendees broke out into a spontaneous dance party on the first-floor staircase, like a cross between The Stroke's best-looking fans and J.Crew's latest advertising campaign. After a supremely satisfying set of about eight songs, The Strokes walked off, thanking the crowd. -[Elle]

Some more picture from that fashion show, and the short setlist, below...

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The Strokes @ Lollapalooza 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
The Strokes

What: Tommy Hilfiger 25th Anniversary Party
Where: The Metropolitan Opera House
When: September 12, 9 p.m.
Why you'll wish you were there: Tommy Hilfiger celebrates his 25th year of unabashed preppiness with a special live guest performance by the Strokes.
As rumored, and now even confirmed by the NY Times who say "Some 1,200 invitations, which resembled a box of ivy, were sent out....the party's theme: "rock 'n' roll meets prepster," Mr. Hilfiger said.", The Strokes are playing a fashion week party.

For more fashion week rumors/confirmation, check the Fashion Week tag.

photos by Keith Marlowe

Iggy Pop & friends @ ATP NY Friday
Iggy & The Stooges

"Big brands seem determined to top last year's appearance by Courtney Love at Alexander Wang's gas station-housed Fashion Week after party, and Tommy Hilfiger has lured some big guns: The Strokes. We hear they'll appear at Hilfiger's bash following his 25th anniversary show at Lincoln Center, on Sunday, Sept. 12. Invitations haven't yet been dispatched, but the event already has a surefire guest: 17-year-old model Atlanta de Cadenet, the stepdaughter of Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, who makes her first Vogue appearance in the September 2010 issue.

Meanwhile, rumors have surfaced that Iggy Pop, who took the stage for [a sunglasses company] in May, will perform at John Varvatos's annual party in his Bowery boutique (the former site of legendary Manhattan punk club CBGB)."-[Fashionologie (actually post from NY Magazine?)]

We can't confirm an appearance by either The Strokes or the leathery one (and I think the entire article quoted above was a quoted NY Magazine article that was since removed), but the current rumor that Iggy Pop will perform at the Varvatos store doesn't seem that far-fetched since he has been in the area, Guns N' Roses performed in the store earlier this year. New York Fashion Week is underway (Blonde Redhead played a show at Tribeca Grand last night).

Iggy & The Stooges played ATP NY on Friday (9/3) along with the Scientists, Mudhoney, and Sleep. We posted a few pictures and commentary about that already. A second set of pictures from that show (our first of the Scientists who played Blood Red River in its entirety) continues below...

Continue reading "Iggy Pop (and The Strokes) playing Fashion Week?, played ATP w/ the Scientists, Mudhoney & Sleep (more pics) "

photos by Vincent Cornelli

The Strokes

"You ready for some Grateful Dead action after this?" asked singer Julian Casablancas early in the Stokes set, referring to Furthur, the band led by the Dead's Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, already in progress at the eastern edge of the polo field. The uncertain response suggested fans were staying put - just as others were for Furthur. The Strokes sounded exceptionally muscular in the park's expansive setting. Fabrizio Moretti contributed heavy beats to "Vision of Division" and "Reptilia," as Casablancas eased his vocals from deadpan to excited and back again. "This is It" slowly built to a sing-along as Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi created an intricate overlap of guitars. "I remember playing these songs in front of four people," Casablancas said, looking out on the tens of thousands of fans. "It's really surreal." Even, apparently, after all the year's of the band's success. -[Rolling Stone]
The Strokes and Furthur were two of many participants (including Bassnectar and My Morning Jacket and Al Green) at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on August 14th & 15th. In addition to sets from Gogol Bordello, Social Distortion, Phoenix, Kings of Leon, and many more (photo sets of all those bands are below), Outside Lands also featured an appearance from "one of the day's best acts" Chromeo ...
"...At about 5:50 PM, one of the day's best acts appeared at the Outside Lands Festival.

The music was thumping, adrenaline pumping, the sun shining, and many in the crowd -- tapping into a singular energy -- could hold back no longer. They put their inhibitions aside and let themselves be drawn to the beats blasting from the Twin Peaks Stage. Some ran, jumped and moved like they never had before, heading toward a common purpose.

Of course, I'm referring to the bum rush of fans that managed to scramble past the guards and bust down part of the fence along John F. Kennedy Drive, allowing scores of people to hustle in before the riot control guards on horsies and the rent-a-guard dudes in orange t-shirts could stop the inflow." - [San Francisco Chronicle]

Kings of Leon

Videos of the incident, with the rest of our pictures from the 2010 Outside Lands Festival, below...

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most photos by Josh Darr

Dodos w/ special guest Neko Case / The Antlers
The Dodos
The Antlers

"There were no special effects during Soundgarden's performance on the last night of Lollapalooza -- no lasers, no costume changes, no props or hydraulics. Even the video screens switched over to black and white. But the band didn't need any added visuals: Soundgarden delivered an explosive set of classic '90s songs in front of their biggest audience since their breakup 13 years ago. Chris Cornell underplayed the band's return, suggesting their decade-plus break was more like a few years. "It's good to be back!" said Cornell, who's grown his hair back out to its late-'80s length. "We just took a little break, but now we're back."" [Rolling Stone]
Soundgarden's Sunday night setlist (they played against Arcade Fire), a bunch of of videos and the rest of our 2010 Lollapalooza pictures, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2010 - Day 3 in pics, Soundgarden setlist, videos"

most of the photos by Josh Darr

The Strokes
The Strokes

Lady Gaga & Semi Precious Weapons (pic via Krista Davis)
Lollapalooza

Phoenix
Phoenix

"Lollapalooza wheeled out some big headliners in its sixth year on the Chicago lakefront, as a record 240,000 people poured into Grant Park over three days to see 130 performers, including Lady Gaga, Green Day and reunited grunge-era icons Soundgarden.

Size matters at Lollapalooza, as the festival expanded its reach westward by shutting down Columbus Avenue and spreading eight stages across 110 acres, up from 80 acres in previous years. Columbus Avenue was converted into a giant sidewalk lined with portable toilets, a simple but effective improvement that allowed fans to avoid the dreaded Buckingham Fountain bottleneck that had turned previous festivals into human traffic jams. The festival topped its previous three-day record of 225,000, reached the last two years.

Still, there was little room during some performances at the northernmost stages on Butler Field, where fans jostled shoulder-to-shoulder for space to see performances by Metric, Phoenix and Arcade Fire. Note to Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents: How about widening the southern entrance to Butler Field or moving one of the stages onto Columbus Drive to relieve what is becoming an annual problem? It's only going to get worse if the festival approaches its new capacity of 95,000 a day in future years." [Chicago Tribune]

The 2010 edition of Lollapalooza went down in Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A set of pictures from the first two of those days, continue below...

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Venison (via)
Venison

Appearing under the band name Venison, the [Strokes] played a greatest hits set to a crowd of less than 500 fans at Dingwalls.

Tickets for the gig, which sold out in seconds yesterday (June 8), were exchanging hands for up to £500 outside the venue before the gig. But despite plans to release a new album in 2011, the band witheld from playing any new material during the show.

Amid heightened expectation, The Strokes took to the stage shortly after 9.30pm and kicked off their set with 'New York City Cops'.

The track, from their 2001 debut album 'Is This It', prompted a huge crowd surge from the small crowd.

The band, who were clearly happy to be back together, exchanged smiles on stage before launching into 'The Modern Age'.[Gigwise]

The Strokes played their first show in four years last night (Wednesday, June 9th) at Dingwalls in the London neighborhood of Camden. They play their 2nd this weekend at the Isle of Wright Festival. Their first US show as of now is their competing slot with Lady Gaga at Lollapalooza.

Videos from the Venison show and the set list are below...

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Venison

The Strokes will play a secret gig in London tomorrow night (June 9), Gigwise can exclusively reveal.

The band will perform under the name Venison at Dingwalls in Camden.

The gig will serve as a warm-up for The Strokes' headlining performances at the Isle of Wight and Rockness festivals this weekend.

Tickets go on sale tonight (June 8) at 9pm. [gigwise]

So far the Strokes only have three US shows scheduled for this year - Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Outside Lands.

Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Outside Lands

San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival 2010 takes place in Golden Gate Park from August 14th-15th. Headlining acts for the fest include Kings of Leon, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Levon Helm and Al Green. Other acts include Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, The Budos Band, Dawes, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power Janelle Monáe and Tokyo Police Club. The full lineup (which will be added to) is below.

Two-day passes go on sale Tuesday, June 2nd at 1pm EST. Single day tickets go on sale Sunday, June 6th.

Check out pictures from all three days of Outside Lands 2009 (which as you may have figured out was one day longer than this year's).

A video trailer for this year's fest and the lineup is below...

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ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
ACL

October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TX

"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."

Tickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits announces 2010 festival lineup (Eagles, Muse, Phish, Strokes, MIA, LCD, Spoon, Gayngs, more) "

Lollapalooza

"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.

It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.

Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...

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Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza is teasing people with a Wheel of Fortune style lineup-announcement. They've only filled in the O's. As the Daily Swarm points out, Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix fit nicely into the top row. Tickets are on sale.

Daft Punk

Estimated Value: Priceless
Item Number 128
Item Description
These are very rare, limited edition Daft Punk toy robots called "Daft Punk 1000% Kubricks" made by the legendary Japanese toy manufacturer Medicom in collaboration with the legendary Hong Kong based toy manufacturers, Silly Thing.
They have both been signed and decorated by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Momem-Christo, of Daft Punk
They sell new for $2000 for the pair.
They are 25" tall.
... and the bidding is currently at $1900. Other items for sale at "Crafts for a Cause" include a Chan Marshall (Cat Power) "I Love You" painting, an Aziz Ansari caricature, Natalie Portman's worn shoes, an Adam Green t-shirt, a Kimya Dawson tote bag, a Feist shirt, a Devendra Banhart painting, plus stuff by Regina Spektor, Mars Volta, Fleet Foxes, Tegan & Sara, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Sia, Norah Jones, and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear's childhood guitar....

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The Strokes

"Just got off the phone with Julian Casablancas and he confirms that the Strokes will indeed be headlining Lollapalooza this summer as first reported here a few weeks ago.

He says he's pretty stoked about the band's string of festival dates this summer. "We're getting the biggest offers of our career," he says. "It feels great, because I remember people writing things like 'We'll see if they're still around in 10 years' when we first came out."

...Casablancas says the Strokes are wrapping up their fourth studio album, and first since 2006. "I think it'll be out in September," he says. "I've written a lot of melodies for it, but the other guys have also contributed a lot more: melodies, choruses, parts. It's way more collaborative. So it'll have a different feel than our other albums." [Chicago Tribune]

The Tribune lists other probable headliners for Lollapalooza, happening Aug. 6-8 in Grant Park, as Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire,Soundgarden, Green Day and Phoenix. Some of those were listed by The Daily Swarm in February. Early Bird tickets to the fest are sold out - regular advance tickets are on the way.

The show in Chicago can be added to the Strokes' upcoming gig at Isle of Wight Fest in England this June.

Julian's upcoming tour dates include a show at Irving Plaza in NYC and a March 30th show at Sayreville, NJ's Starland Ballroom.

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Julian Casablancas @ Terminal 5 in January (more by Natasha Ryan)
Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas already has a run of pre-Coachella shows planned that includes a gig at NJ's Starland Ballroom on March 30th (still tickets available). He's added a date in NYC proper for March 24th at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday. The show is also 101.9 WRXP's 2nd anniversary celebration, and there's a presale through the station that runs from Tuesday at 10am to Thursday at 10am.

He's added more shows across the country as well. Updated tour dates are below...

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Julian Casablancas @ Terminal 5 on January 14th (more by Chris La Putt)
Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas has added new dates to his Phrazes for the Young-supporting tour. One of those will be March 30th at Sayreville, NJ's Starland Ballroom. Ticket info TBA.

The shows lead up to his Coachella appearance on April 18th. With a new Strokes album on the way, they might be the last Julian solo dates for a while...

The Strokes' drummer Fab Moretti has said his band's forthcoming fourth album will be released "hopefully around September" 2010.

Working on the follow-up to 2006's First Impressions Of Earth, the fivesome are currently recording new material back home in New York.

Speaking to Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Morretti said: "We've been recording a bunch - basic tracks are done. Now we're just running around like kids in a candy shop."[BBC]

The Strokes already have UK shows booked for the summer including the Isle of White Festival in June.

All Julian Casablancas tour dates are below...

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photos by Natasha Ryan

Julian Casablancas

Everything in Casablancas's long, hard year as a soloist has carried a steep learning curve, from touring by himself to getting the album into stores. For example, RCA is co-releasing his solo album, yet, he says, "they're not the label I signed with. The people change all the time. They're nice, they're cool, but honestly they don't do shit." So he did most of the work through Cult Records, the label he started for Phrazes and financed himself, and it didn't turn out much better. "You have all these dreams. I still like the plan, but it was executed terribly."

And then there's the Strokes. Theoretically, they are putting out a fourth album. "It's coming!" he says. [NY Mag]

Julian Casablancas, Telepathe & Tanlines played their second show together in a row at Terminal 5 on Friday night (1/15). Pictures from the first night, HERE. Pictures from Friday continue below...

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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 @ 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...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas playing T5 in NYC (and covered SNL holiday song), Strokes playing Isle of Wight (and top NME albums of the decade list)"

Panda Bear

He actually published this list in August, but in case you missed it...

Continue reading "Gorilla Vs Bear's favorite 'songs of the decade'"

photos by Darren Kim

Julian Casablancas

"In his stage show, which [began] Friday at the Downtown Palace Theater in Los Angeles -- a New York residency is planned for January -- this song will be represented by a multimedia landscape of videos and sets depicting the neighborhood, which Mr. Casablancas will stroll through. It is over the top by design -- he compared it to the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" or a Disney show -- so he can charge higher ticket prices, he said, to offset a series of free concerts he hopes to do." [NY Times]
Julian played his first LA residency show on Friday (11/6).
"The relatively short set was broken up with an intermission, which the band used for a costume change, slipping into some '70s-style white suits and unveiling an all-white set makeover that could have been ripped from "American Bandstand." The visuals impressed, more so because the giant sliding screens allowed for the underground water shots, cartoon-ish cityscapes and kaleidoscope-like prisms that mirrored Casablancas' intricately weird arrangements. No wonder such a short performance carries a relatively high admission price, with tickets starting at $35." [LA Times]
More pictures from the show below...

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Julian Casablancas

Strokes frontman gone solo Julian Casablancas, not to be confused with Interpol frontman gone solo Julian Plenti, kicks off a five-show residency at Los Angeles' Downtown Palace Theatre tonight (11/6). He also has shows scheduled in San Francisco, Seattle and some other places, though still no NY...

These confirmed tour dates support Casablancas' solo debut, Phrazes for the Young, which [was] released November 3 on Cult Records/RCA (Rough Trade in the U.K.). As part of the release, Casablancas is offering a Luxury Edition Deluxe Set of the record. A full description and pre-order are now available at www.juliancasablancas.com.

Casablancas wrote and orchestrated every musical detail on the album from poly-rhythmic drum beats to harmonizing guitar solos. Highlights include the first single, "11th Dimension" (available now on iTunes)...

Julian performed on Conan O'Brien on October 27th. The video of that performance with the new album track listing, and all dates and stuff, below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas kicks off LA residency tonight ------- 2009 Tour Dates & new album info"

Daft Punk

Daft Punk's first album had helped refresh house music in the mid 1990s; the second went further, rewriting electronic pop's pleasure principles to such a degree that when it came out a lot of people thought Discovery must be a put-on. They took the joy in the record for irony. Rather, the band had simply plunged into the raw popstuff of their 70s childhoods, from AOR to disco, Buggles to Manilow, rock to robotics. They wanted their listeners to get the rush of context-free delight they had hearing music as kids, and on "Aerodynamic" and "Digital Love" they succeeded wildly, dissolving a decade-plus of dance music good taste. And not all of Discovery looked back. The middle of the album is house music as string theory, with the duo finding dimensions of pleasure coiled within the tiniest loops: "Crescendolls" releases an awesome, gleeful energy by repeatedly triggering one five-second sample.

Discovery was simply the decade's best good-times record, with Daft Punk as pyramid-toting party wizards and the chipmunk Kraftwerk of "Harder Better Faster Stronger" their anthem. But this most celebratory of records has a bittersweet streak, too: Daft Punk know that a rush always carries the risk of exhaustion. Perhaps the album's most underappreciated track is the sad but gorgeous "Short Circuit", a three-minute robot graveyard of crumbled transistors and dying LEDs. But from Romanthony's first blissful, vocoded shout of "one more time!" the dominant emotion on Discovery is joy. A joy that wasn't afraid to be sentimental and funny as well as hard and futuristic, and is all the better for that. When a generation looks back and tries to catch a fuzzy hold of the music that made them happy this decade, Daft Punk's will be top of the list. --Tom Ewing [Pitchfork]

Daft Punk grabbed the #3 spot on Pitchfork's list of the Top 200 albums of the 2000s (now fully announced) (yesterday they were only up to #21). The top 20 are also listed below...

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"Little Joy is a Brazilian/American rock band formed in 2007 by Los Hermanos singer/guitarist Rodrigo Amarante and The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Amarante and Moretti met in 2006, at a festival in Lisbon where both their bands were performing, and the idea came up to start a new musical project unrelated to their respective bands. In 2007, with Los Hermanos on hiatus "for an undetermined amount of time", Amarante travelled to Los Angeles to collaborate with Devendra Banhart on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon album. He and Moretti met during recording breaks and talked about "anything but music."" [Wikipedia]
Little Joy's upcoming October 2nd show at Webster Hall in NYC will be the band's only upcoming, confirmed appearance with sometimes-member Fabrizio Moretti. Opening the show will be the band's good friend Swami Shave-us Jr., who, is neither Regina Spektor, nor a member of The Strokes. Tickets are still on sale.