8 August 2021
Band: TOUCHÉ AMORÉ
Who: Post hardcore gang from Los Angeles
Active: Since 2007 / 5 studio albums so far.
Cover: HARD TO EXPLAIN
Touché Amoré don’t really change the song much, except
turning up the decibels way high and screaming their lungs
to pieces. That’s cool with me. What about you?
The original stroke…
Touché Amouré: Twitter
30 July 2021
Band: THE STROKES (New York City)
Active: Since 1998 / 6 studio albums (so far)
Album: IS THIS IT – debut LP
Released: 30 July 2001 – 20 years ago today
Came out first in Australia, later in the UK, and US
Score: #2 in the UK, #5 in Australia, #33 in the US
Pitchfork: “The Strokes have struck an incredible balance between
the two extremes of rock music: sentimentality and listlessness. Any
sentimentality in these songs’ lyrics is countered by Casablancas’ self-
reliant indifference, and his listless delivery is offset by the band’s fervid
attack. Beyond that, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly it is about the
Strokes that keeps me listening. All I know is that it’s not easy to come
by, and I like it. A lot.” Full review here. Score: 9/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Along with The White Stripes these New York
darlings – the champions of jingle-jangle rock – dominated the first
years of the new Millenium. The Strokes looked cool, acted cool, and
made a tremendously cool debut album. This was it.
Singles: Hard To Explain / Last Nite / Someday
– HARD TO EXPLAIN –
– LAST NITE –
– SOMEDAY –
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
The Strokes about fake news…
Full NME interview here.
Back in time…
8 January 2021
Band: THE STROKES (New York)
Album: FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EARTH – third LP
Released: 30 December 2005
Score: On 8 Jan 2006, 15 years ago today,
the longplayer topped the US charts.
Turn Up The Volume: The critics didn’t like it. Who cares? I guess they had to much
end-of-the-year pie in their ears when they listened to it. For me, it’s one of the best
works of the New York darlings. Solid gold songwriting with a series of jangly killer
strokes including that brilliant paranoia knockout Fear Of Sleep.
– FEAR OF SLEEP –
– YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE –
– JUICEBOX –
THE STROKES: Facebook
Party time, folks…
1. ‘Get Ur Freak On’ by MISSY ELLIOTT
Released: 13 March 2001
Album: Miss E… So Addictive
TUTV: Shake your booty! Sweaty Missy stuff!
Make your move here..
2. ‘Hard To Explain’ by THE STROKES
Released: 25 June 2001
Album: Is This It?
TUTV: Steamy New York rich boys ripper.
Best track of their debut LP.
Roll it, guys…
3. ‘Hotel Yorba’ by THE WHITE STRIPES
Released: November 2001
Album: White Blood Cells
TUTV: I love you Meg, I always love you.
I repeat, I love you, Meg…
4. ‘Good Souls’ by STARSAILOR
Released: 23 April 2001
Album: Love Is Here – debut LP
TUTV: One word: epic!
5. ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ by KYLIE MINOGUE
Released: 8 September 2001
Album: Fever – 8th LP
TUTV: If you think you’re too cool to like this, then
you’re not cool at all … and you need other meds.