Posts Tagged ‘The Strokes’

Today my new (albeit year-old) Strokes CD arrived in the post, yippee! I gleefully scooped the package from off the floor of my porch in my pyjamas, noting the pair of Alistair Brownlee stamps. I don’t think even Britain’s gold medal-winning triathlete could have beaten me to the door this morning.

Tearing into the parcel I glimpsed an accompanying letter from the sender. ‘Careful – massive crack on cover’. Cheers Amazon Seller DVDs & Games 2008! Quibbles aside, Angles is a more-than decent comeback from King Casablancas and co. Machu Picchu is a brilliant opener, Undercover of Darkness and Taken for a Fool are classic Strokes, whilst the controversial Two Kinds of Happiness adds a melodious new dimension.

My favourite though, Gratisfaction, owes to the ringtone of a good friend whom I recently reacquainted with in Paris. I love how the song bursts into life tout de suite with such gusto.

Released in March last year, you may wonder why it’s taken me so long to get my mitts on a copy. Well – I’ll be brutally honest, I’ve been ignorant of The Strokes as a whole until recently. This might seem a shock to (the few) readers of this blog, considering the main genre of my articles is indie rock. And especially given that The Strokes are arguably the greatest ever indie rock band!

My defence is weak, hinging mainly on their blurry sound quality, inaudible lyrics, and even more pathetically – the constant playing of Last Nite in nightclubs. It sickens me! Too much ‘turning round’ perhaps? People go through phases though and mature musically. Thus I am frantically playing catch-up, listening to Is This It, Room on Fire and First Impressions of Earth. Finally folks, I am into The Strokes. Hurrah!

PS – another close friend would kill me if I didn’t mention that his namesake Julian attended the same school as him in Geneva.

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Water-absorbant tents, clodhopper wellies, obscure flags and mudbaths galore. Yes, the summer festival season is in full swing and the crappy British weather cannot even begin to dampen our enthusiasm. Glastonbury’s Pyramid has already enchanted and T in the Park was again served in true alfresco style. Here are some festival highlights so far:

Chase & Status – Blind Faith………… (West Holts, Glastonbury; King Tuts, T)

The Strokes – New York City Cops………. (NME Stage, T)

Friendly Fires – Kiss of Life (Other Stage, Glastonbury; NME Stage, T)

The Vaccines – If You Wanna………… (John Peel & Other Stage, Glastonbury; King Tuts, T)

Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows……….. (Other Stage, Glastonbury)

Mumford & Sons – The Cave……….. (Other Stage, Glasonbury)

Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual………… (Main Stage, T)