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The Strokes Return To Recording

Well this is exciting.  With the protracted recording of their fourth album quickly turning into be the indie rock Chinese Democracy, The Strokes are finally returning to work — while making time for scrabble of course — with hopes of completing the project soon.  Drummer, Fab Moretti, noted in an interview with the BBC that the band hopes to have the album out this September.  We’re not holding our breath.


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Julian Casablancas Q&A

Here’s some more from the enigmatic Strokes front man on his debut solo record and the under-construction 4th Strokes album.  There are a few more pieces of music to preview in this short video and they don’t do anything to dispel the speculation that this record will be more electronic than his Strokes work.

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Julian Casablancas + Phrazes for the Young

For those of you betting whether Nick Valensi or Julian Casablancas would be the next Strokes member to line up their own album, here’s your answer.  And even though the band has supposedly returned to the studio a new album from them is still probably at least a year off so the Julian Casablancas solo debut will have to suffice in the meantime.  After taking in the preview clip, I have to admit that the music does sound intriguing and the visuals remind me of the retro-futuristic aesthetic that’s typical of Casablancas’ other gig.  Which leads me to further speculate that this record will play like an electronic version of The Strokes.  Boom.  Internet rumor.

Phrazes for the Young comes out this fall.

Julian Casablancas Official Site

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Little Joy Download Guide + MP3


As we continue to wait for America’s sweethearts of 2001, The Strokes, to get back into the studio we can at least take some small bit of refuge in the fact that there are — at last count — anywhere from 2.5 to 13 different side projects currently underway from the guys in the band.  The latest one on our radar comes courtesy of their irrepressible skins man, Fab Moretti, and his band Little Joy.

Little Joy retains much of the shaggy guitar pop that marked the first two Strokes albums but is infused with a breezy tropicalia sound that makes us wish this album had come out over the summer.  Sometimes you can just tell that a band had fun recording an album and there’s an overwhelming sense of that on this record.  Say what you want about it but Little Joy’s debut is full of heart if nothing else.

Full rundown and mp3s after the jump!

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Top 11 Fake British Accents in Rock

It’s the Fourth of July.  And if you’re not out exploding fireworks or debating if Hancock looks any good (it doesn’t, don’t fool yourself) then we’re glad you’re spending it here with us.  So, without any further ado and in honor of our liberation from the British, we give you the top 11 fake British accents in rock.  Please note, Madonna will not be on here.

11. Julian Casablancas, The Strokes – “Is This It” sounded like the culminating sound of four generations worth of rock and one thing that Mr. Casablancas was shrewd enough not to overlook was the importance of the fake British accent.  However, he really made it his own by avoiding the cliche cockney-inflected voice and going for a more affected, spoiled-boarding-school-brat-on-holiday voice.  Oh, wait, that wasn’t an act?

10. Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo – If de-evolution required that we start talking like squeaky, English robots (C3PO anyone?) then Mark Mothersbaugh deserves credit for turning that concept into musical gold.

9. Brandon Flowers, The Killers – He’s a self-professed New Order/Joy Division fanatic and his angst in this video almost reaches French levels.  You can almost taste how badly he wishes he was born and raised in Manchester instead of Las Vegas.  He’ll always have that fake accent though to keep him warm at night.

8. Adam Cox, The Exploding Hearts – Although little known, this band packed a wallop in the faux British accent department.  The video on these guys is shoddy at best so we thought we’d give you a song to sample instead.  We can only imagine how huge these guys would be if tragedy hadn’t struck.  Such great songs.
Exploding Hearts – Busy Signals

7. Billy Joe Armstrong, Green Day – Green Day?  More like Greenwich Meantime Day!!! <hi fiving friends in room>  Billy Joe Armstrong’s fake accent is so thick that it sounds like his mouth is stuffed with spotted dick.

6. Steve Bays, Hot Hot Heat – We actually don’t know a whole lot about this band except that they’re Canadian.  But one thing we can all agree on is that front man Steve Bays channels Elvis Costello through his sinuses every time he gets behind the mic.

5. Andre 3000, Outkast – I think this video tells you all you need to know.

4. Jay Reatard – Although still an up and comer, this Memphis new waver can hang a fake British accent with the best of the legends on our list.  The only thing keeping him from jumping to number one is the fact that he’s so young.  He’s like the LeBron James of fake British accents: destined for greatness, he’s almost at the top of the mountain, but not quite there yet.  Don’t worry Jay, maybe when we re-do this list in ten years you’ll be number one.

3. Jack White, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs – If you ask him, he’ll probably insist that he’s more a world-weary-90-year-old-black bluesman from the Mississippi delta than English dandy.  This doesn’t change the fact that he sings about frou frou British topics like the hardest buttons to button and prominently featured bag pipes on Icky Thump.  The verdict from our white wigged judges?  Anglophile!

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Albert Hammond Jr., GfC mp3

Albert Hammond Jr.’s first solo record, In Transit, was a delightful surprise that no one really expected to be as likable as it was (I mean that backhanded compliment in the best way possible).  With its scratchy guitars and 60s hooks it made great summer driving music.

Now the guy’s gone and made another record, Como Te Llama, while The Strokes take an extended break to recover and reflect from their latest extended break.  First single, GfC, contains pretty, bubbly guitars and sounds (slightly) more modern than his last record but is no less enjoyable.

Como Te Llama by Albert Hammond, Jr will be out July 8th on RCA Records

GfC – Albert Hammond Jr.

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