I can remember where I was the first time I heard The Strokes’ debut, Is This It. It was the summer of 2001, and I’d just procured a fake ID in Times Square. I felt hugely relieved when I handed it to the bouncer at a graffiti-covered Lower East Side bar and he didn’t rip it in half. The energy of the album perfectly encapsulated the moment—pure, effervescent, gritty fun undercut with just a dose of disillusionment. I don’t know if The Strokes will ever be able to recapture the magic of that album, but I will give them a chance every time they release a new one. With Angles—their first album in five years—the boys have returned to their original sound. Or at least to the extent you can when you’re older and presumably wiser.
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I heart The Strokes, so I’m pretty excited that they have given us a little taste of their new album, Angles, which drops in March. After the jump, the band’s first single in five years, “Under the Cover of Darkness.” I am kind of loving it, especially once the other guys jump in on backup vocals to help out Julian Casablancas. I say: yes! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
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Albert Hammond Jr. releases his second record sans the Strokes — Como Te Llama?, or, “What’s Your Name?” in Spanish. If you didn’t already know the guitar hero’s name, you won’t forget him and his sonic lovin’ after this record. Softer, sweeter, and joyous (especially for a hipster), Hammond has laid down beautiful tracks with his band, which features a member of another popular NYU group, Marc Phillipe from the defunct Sexy Magazines. While we are all waiting for the Strokes’ record #4, if Hammond is going to go off and make songs on his own like this, at least the hold music rocks.
The Frisky asked the sister duo behind The Pierces for their picks for “The Top Ten Songs For Getting Down and Dirty”, the first list in our series of music playlists with a sexy twist. Allison and Catherine, who originally hail from Arkansas and recently performed on Gossip Girl, came up with some super climactic tunes to shimmy to. Buy these tracks, not to mention The Pierces amazing third album Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge, on Amazon — or be among the first ten people to comment and you’ll score them for free. Playlist after the jump…