Julian Casablancas to Release Solo Album

Just when we thought, or were promised really, that a new album by The Strokes was on the way, it was recently released that frontman Julian Casablancas is releasing a solo album of his own. I guess the big question here is, ‘What took so long?’ since nearly all of the other members have been working on other projects. With all of that aside, I have a feeling that this  will possibly be the most popular of The Strokes’ side projects. The album will be titled ‘Phrazes For the Young’  and include songs such as ‘Brake Lights’  and ‘Ludlow’.  It was produced by Jason Lader with additional work by Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (who oddly just produced the new Pete Yorn album. Guess he is settling in since Bright Eyes is only making one more record together before Conor goes solo for good). Casablancas will hit the road this year with a series of special show dates and then a mini solo tour to follow at the end of 2009. I’m going to take a longshot and say he will probably appear at CMJ. Will we finally get that new Strokes record this year? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. They said they were working on it. Sigh. Quite frankily, I just miss The Strokes.

Get a taste of Julian solo at www.juliancasablancas.com


The Strokes: Alone, Together?


Everytime I hear ‘Strokes side project’ lately, I want to cringe. Though I do actually like their musical venturings outside of The Strokes, a part of me really wants them to make a new record together. Apparently they are supposed to start recording a new record by the end of this year, and it will be out next Spring. I hope so. Its been over 2 years since they released “First Impressions of Earth” and I’m going through a bit of Strokes withdrawal the past few weeks.

 Currently Albert Hammond Jr. is on tour supporting his new solo record. Nikolai is working on a film and has a folk side project called ‘Nickel Eye’ and now even Fab has a side band as well. But let’s not forget the recent collaboration between NERD, Santogold and Julian Casablancas. I must say that “My Drive Thru” is super catchy and I love Casablanca’s voice in it. Pharrell Williams is also supposed to be producing the new Strokes record. Oh what a sound that will be.

Download an MP3 of “My Drive Thru”
Check out The Strokes at www.myspace.com/thestrokes