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New Albert Hammond Jr video: Set To Attack

Video: Albert Hammond Jr – “Set To Attack”

Albert Hammond Jr - Set To Attack (Official Video)

Directed by Carley Solether. From Francis Trouble, out now on Red Bull Records.

While bandmate Julian Casablancas is off making goofy artzy noiz with his biker gang the Voidz, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is sticking closer to the sound that put them both on the map. There’s no way to deny that this new song sounds like the Strokes. And that’s not a bad thing, right? We all love the Strokes!

I stood there like some dumb kid
The music played and the boys would take you far from where I was
I was still hoping that you were the victory to what felt like love

Albert Hammond Jr: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

Lollapalooza 2010, Day 1: This Is It

Lady GagaSo this was my final Lollapalooza as a Chicago resident. From now on it will be a destination festival that requires me to actually travel to a destination. Which might be fun. But will it be worth it? Is a three day music festival worth the hassle if you can’t take the el back to your own comfy bed? I don’t know…I’ve never had to do it.

Of the past six Lollapaloozas, this was by far my most ADHD experience. I only watched three complete sets. The average time I spent with any band was 20 minutes. This might be normal for journalists who feel a professional obligation to “cover” as much as possible, but that’s never been my attitude. I like to take it easy and have a good time. Carefully select what I want to see and blissfully ignore the rest.

But not this year.

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Julian Casablancas on the Tonight Show

Video: Julian Casablancas on Conan

Anybody catch Julian Casablancas on the Conan the other night? It wasn’t as “far out” as I expected it to be from reading a couple interviews with him. Sounds like the Strokes with some bloopy bits and programmed drums. Not bad, but not super interesting either. I turned it off and went to sleep before the song was over, but now we can watch all the way through via Hulu.

So I haven’t heard the album all the way through, but I like the song he’s giving away on his website. What do you think? Is this just changing the saddle on a one-trick pony, or is he creating something fresh here?

MP3: Julian Casablancas – “River of Brakelights” from Phrazes for the Young, out November 3 on RCA.

Julian Casablancas: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

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Danger Mouse-Sparklehorse-David Lynch Album Scrapped

Video: Dark Night Of The Soul

Despite the fact that you can stream the album in its entirety right now at NPR, it looks like Dark Night of the Soul, the collaboration between Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and David Lynch with vocals by James Mercer, Wayne Coyne, Gruff Rhys, Jason Lytle, Julian Casablancas, Frank Black, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson, Suzanne Vega, and Vic Chesnutt, is being scrapped due to a legal dispute with EMI.

Perhaps out of spite or maybe just acknowledging the fact that people who want to hear this music already know how to download it, Danger Mouse is releasing a blank CDR along with the 100-page book of David Lynch’s photos for $50.

This whole thing just seems preposterous. EMI couldn’t work out an arrangement to get this officially released? Or did Danger Mouse just forget to read the fine print on a contract? Either way, it’s a shame. The stream sounds really good: more Sparklehorse than Gnarls Barklay, if you know what I mean.

Dark Night of the Soul: web, wiki, rapidshare.

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The Strokes – You Only Live Once

The Strokes are taking a break, having recently wrapped touring in support of First Impressions of Earth, produced by the guy who dumped Wilco. They leave their fans with a “cinematic interpretation” of the album’s lead track, “You Only Live Once,” directed by Star Wars prequel concept artist, Warren Fu, who also helped redesign the official Strokes site.

The Strokes – “You Only Live Once” (imeem)

MP3: The Strokes – “Juicebox”

Albert Hammond, Jr. – In Transit

http://www.ampcamp.com/images//albums/sounds/mp3_of_day/A/Albert%20Hammond%20JR%20-%20In%20Transit.mp3“>”In Transit” by Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. from Yours to Keep (Rough Trade).

Courtesy of AmpCamp.

Updated 8/18/2008: New link courtesy of the Web Archive.

New Strokes Album Produced by Guy Who Dumped Wilco

The Strokes are currently recording their third album, and they’re working with a new producer: David Kahne. Kahne is the guy at Warner Music who told Wilco that Yankee Hotel Foxtrot would kill their career and refused to release it. Strokes manager, Ryan Gentles is “confident that [the Strokes album] will come out sometime this year.”

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Underground Garage Rock Festival, Take 2

Iggy StoogeIggy Pop was fucking the camera. Lithe like a Romanian gymnast, his lifelines disappearing craggy into low rise jeans, the punk father writhed onstage like a human snake razor blade, and the camera beamed it into outer space. A veteran sex simulator and the energy source of his reconstituted Stooges, Pop’s completely unfakeable yowls, tumbles and cabinet climbs were typical of a show that delighted in refreshing the stale rock festival concept. There were a few flecks of grey in this 21st century version, and the occasional mohawk’d toddler waddled on by. It also took place in the shadows of a giant orange mocha frappucino. But with his Underground Garage Festival, Little Steven Van Zandt made his vibrant music id a touchable thing, and the jabberwocky prattlecock of today’s industry faraway for at least a day. And New York City rocked like a hurricane.

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