I wasn’t sure whether we would get a video for single “All The Time” seeing as the band are doing no promotion for Comedown Machine (at least for the time being). So it was a pleasant surprise to find out some kind of video has indeed been made. At first it seems like such a collection of the band performing throughout their 15 year career but there is some new footage in there of the guys messing around backstage and in the studio and generally having fun.
It is basically a lovely piece of nostalgia and also highlights the friendship within the band especially in light of recent years and the media’s portrayal of the band’s 5 year hiatus. Albert mentioned on Twitter that he was responsible for the video, nice one Albert.
Comedown Machine Reviews
Couple of more have been published, including the BBC Music review ”Brilliant pop songs – and sometimes that’s all that really matters”
Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of 5 stars but the review itself came over as quite harsh and the writer Rob Sheffield seems to have some kind of problem with Julian.
You can read it under the cut
Strokes fan Gabe (@arcticbuckley) is making a fan documentary about the band. He is looking for fellow fans to contribute to the film by talking about those five guys from NYC. If you are interested contact him via Twitter. Below is one of the trailers he made last year (view the other one here), with new ones planned soon.
• Nikolai now has a new Facebook page you should all check out. Nikolai recently played bass on two new projects, with Harper Simon (check out his new single Bonnie Brae). He also played with Adam Green and Binki Shapiro on a track that doesn’t appear on their rather excellent debut album. That song is Collage and can be heard here
New Single All The Time airing next week
As previously mentioned All The Time will be sent to radio stations next week. Zane Lowe will be playing it as one of his hottest records on Wednesday 13 February. Zane will also be conducting an interview with one of the guys. More info here.
The Strokes played their penultimate show of the year at Personal Festival in Argentina
Unfortunately the live stream for this show was appalling so I couldn’t watch or record it. However, I do have audio courtesy of Florenciaos
The guys brought back a few classics for the setlist including 12:51 and HIAC. I adore the beginning of 12:51 with the crowd going crazy.
Download : The Strokes at Personal Festival (Audio)
01 New York City Cops
02 Heart In a Cage
03 Machu Picchu
04 The Modern Age
05 You Only Live Once
06 Under Cover of Darkness
07 Is This It
08 What Ever Happened?
10 You’re So Right
13 Alone, Together
15 Automatic Stop
17 Last Nite
18 Hard To Explain
19 Take It Or Leave It
You Only Live Once
The second day of the Pearl Jam Festival provided yet more collaborations. I honestly love it when The Strokes perform with other people it always add in an extra element of fun and the guys clearly have a blast.
Julian joined QOTSA on stage during Sick Sick Sick – the song that he performed backing vocals and guitar for back in 2007. QOTSA singer Josh Homme returned the favour and came out for New York City Cops, as well as Eddie Vedder singing on Juicebox again.
Finally Julian (having a busy night) sang backing vocals on Pearl Jam’s Red Mosquito.
Overall sounds like another great night and I’m sure anyone at the concerts this weekend had a blast. I’m so jealous of anyone who went BTW ha
New York City Cops with Josh Homme
Pearl Jam’s Red Mosquito with Julian Casablancas
I haven’t found a video for Sick Sick Sick yet but will add it to this post if I do
Once again thanks to Jeff Ansari for a lot of coverage of the weekend
1.48 into this clip you can see Nick and Albert talk about Pearl Jam, Nick who I think along with Julian is the biggest fan of the band in The Strokes is clearly ecstatic to be playing at the festival
After last weekend’s epic performance with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker this weekend has given us yet another collaboration. The Strokes were part of the bill for Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.
If you’ve ever read any interviews with the guys you know how Pearl Jam and the Grunge movement was a massive influence on the band. Eddie Vedder previously joined The Strokes on stage during the Rolling Stone 1000th edition party back in 2006 and then the Pearl Jam singer along with QOTSA’s Josh Homme covered Mercy Mercy Me with The Strokes.
Now the love fest continues with Eddie joining The Strokes on stage once again for Juicebox
Julian then returned the favour and got on stage during Pearl Jam’s set helping with Not For You.