23 August 2023
JULIAN FERNANDO CASABLANCAS was born on 23 August 1978 in New York City.
Happy 45 to the voice/face/songwriter of rock idols THE STROKES who started making arousing hullabaloo back in 2001 with their debut LP Is This It? proving that manic songs with manic guitars still make you millions of fans. Of course, a cute-charismatic frontman helps.
I picked these 2 stellar strokes to
celebrate Casablancas‘ birthday.
– HARD TO EXPLAIN –
From that ace debut album.
Striking live version.
– ODE TO THE MEDS –
One of the best power ballads ever.
Already played this diamond 1 million times.
From their most recent LP The New Abnormal (2020).
Casablancas vocal performance is superb.
THE STROKES: Bio – Discography – Instagram
(Group photo: back cover of their ‘Room On Fire’ LP)
13 March 2021
ODE TO THE METS is the closing beauty on the brilliant 2020 longplayer
THE NEW ABNORMAL by New York City darlings THE STROKES. A truly
stupendous ballad that makes the hair in the back of my neck stand up
every single time I heard/hear this phenomenal pearl with a breathtaking
vocal exploit by JULIAN CASABLANCAS.
He started writing the lyrics after the 2016 National League Wild Card Game (baseball)
lost by his favorite team New York Mets. Over the years the title remained unchanged
but is not actually about the baseball team. It’s a reverie you can relate to the way you want yourself.
It’s melancholia at its magical best. I heard Ode To The Mets about a million times
so far and will listen to it about a million times more. It’s one of those rare genial
songs you just can’t get tired of.
The lines of the final part…
“Gone now are the old times
Forgotten, time to hold on the railing
The Rubik’s Cube isn’t solving for us
Old friends, long forgotten
They all wait at the bottom of
The ocean now has swallowed
The only thing that’s left is us
So pardon the silence that you’re hearing
Is turnin’ into a deafening
Painful, shameful roar”
THE STROKES: Facebook
The New Abnormal
Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…
Baseball team The New York Mets play their first game of the pandemic-shortened
2020 Major League Baseball season, today. To celebrate the moment vivid fans THE STROKES have shared a new, animated clip for their moody tribute ballad ‘ODE TO
THE METS’ from their superb The New Abnormal album.
The video is directed by the band’s collaborator Warren Fu.
THE STROKES: Facebook