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Holy crap this looks so fly. Hanna takes props for the hook-up. No doubts, it’s gonna be amazing.

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Finding new and innovative ways to define ‘cool’ has always been something The Strokes seemed to do with ease. Whatever they did was effortlessly labeled as such because… it was. Their latest piece of cool mastery came as they performed You’re So Right in black and white on Jimmy Fallon this week. The song sounds great live and is yet another arrow in the bow of ‘fucking awesomeness’ known as The Strokes.

They really are the poster children for society’s hip.

Seriously, who doesn’t love the NY rockers? Anybody?

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Payin’ homage to Vashtie Kola & the NCAA ballers who’ve been going at it through the month of March. Too bad my ‘Cuse got eliminated early. – Final Four this week whaddup!

1. Big K.R.I.T. – Hometown Hero

2. The Strokes – Machu Picchu

3. Lupe Fiasco – I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now (feat. MDMA)

4. Crystal Fighters – At Home

5. Tim & Jean – I Can Show You

6. Lykke Li – I Know Places

7. Skipping Girl Vinegar – Here She Comes

8. The Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar

*photo courtesy of vashtie*

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Melodramatic Mixtape

In lieu of the Knicks trading for ‘Melo to finally end months of speculation I’m throwin’ together my, what was at one point monthly, mixtape. I think it’s become more of an ‘unspecified period of time’ mix these days, so what better reason than seeing Carmelo in the blue and orange of NY is there?

IX. Cut Copy – Alisa

IIX. Parades – Hunters

VII. The Naked & Famous – Girls Like You

VI. Mogwai – George Square Thatcher Death Party

V. The National – Conversation 16

IV. Warpaint – Shadows

IIV. Cut Copy – Pharaohs & Pyramids

II. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

I. The XX – Crystalised

Note 1: How sweet is the Photoshop job on the jersey above. Choice!

Note 2: I am aware that they are not the correct roman numerals. The symmetry just seemed comforting and right though…

Meh.

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How it’s even possible to have anything else on my mind when The Strokes are releasing new album art, free downloads and everything else my little ‘NY alt-rock loving’ heart could desire is beyond me.

I guess it’s appropriate I have nothing else to add then…

Get on board below.

> The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness

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Man do these LA based disco-punk lads know how to write a catchy tune. That’s probably the biggest criticism I have of their debut album to be honest. Well, aside from the fact that they do sound a hell of a lot like so many bands that you almost find yourself naming each and every one of them as the songs progress. But all in all, it is a really catchy, really enjoyable record.

Opening track ‘New York City moves to the sound of LA’ gets the album off on the best possible foot and it really is the highlight of the LP. I have no problem with an album opening with its most stellar track and setting the mood, whereas others find it an utter necessity for an album to build to its climax. It’s quite obvious how much these guys idolize The Strokes too, with many a riff taking you instantly back to a J.Cas and co. record but that’s probably a good thing, right?

As the album progresses the punk vibe of it does too, drawing further away from the likes of The Strokes, Stereophonics and The Rapture and becoming slightly reminiscent of bands like Taking Back Sunday and [at times] dare I say it,  The Used.

So I know this doesn’t sound like I’m too amped on the record but I guess that’s just one of the hindrance’s of (unsuccessfully?) using the electronic medium to convey my thoughts, because I do enjoy the record. A lot. I just think it’s basically what British India would sound like… You know, if they weren’t shit.

download/ listen as always:

Funeral Party – New York City Moves To The Sound Of L.A

Funeral Party – Just Because

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Angles

New York alt-rock gods The Strokes have announced that their new album titled ‘Angles’ will be arriving late March, with the 22nd currently laid down as the LP’s official date of release. The first single from album no.4 will be titled ‘Under Cover of Darkness’ and is due to drop in February some time. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long before basking in what is sure to be one of the albums of 2011.

They also announced the tracklist for the new album:

01 – Machu Picchu
02 – Under Cover of Darkness
03 – Two Kinds of Happiness
04 – You’re So Right
05 – Taken for a Fool
06 – Games
07 – Call Me Back
08 – Gratisfaction
09 – Metabolism
10 – Life Is Simple in the Moonlight

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