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    Is This It

    Ranked 367/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Is This It is the debut studio album by American indie rock band The Strokes, recorded at Transporterraum in New York City with producer Gordon Raphael.


    For the album, The Strokes strived to capture a simple rock sound that was not significantly enhanced in the studio. Building on the work of their 2001 debut EP, The Modern Age, the band members molded compositions largely through live takes during the recording sessions, while songwriter Julian Casablancas continued to detail the lives and relationships of urban youth. Following the completion of Is This It, The Strokes embarked on a promotional world tour before its release. The album's cover photograph courted controversy for being too sexually explicit and was replaced for the U.S. market. The American track listing was also amended in light of the September 11 terrorist attacks.


    Promoted by the music press for a melodic pop-influenced sound, The Strokes garnered critical acclaim and commercial attention. Is This It was praised for its charisma and rhythm, which often referenced the works of 1970s garage rock bands. The record is considered crucial in the development of other alternative bands and of the post-millennial music industry. It has featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 2000s and of all time.

    1. Is This It
    2. The Modern Age
    3. Soma
    4. Barely Legal
    5. Someday
    6. Alone, Together
    7. Last Nite
    8. Hard to Explain
    9. New York City Cops
    10. Trying Your Luck
    11. Take It or Leave It
    Strokes, The
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    Is This It

    Ranked 367/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Import

    Remastered


    Is This It, the debut from the Strokes, kickstarted a garage-rock revolution that defined American music from 2001 through 2005. Featuring taut rhythms, frentic tempos, scruffy grooves, melodic hooks, cool-toned vocals, choppy riffs, backstreet attitude, and twitchy arrangements that equally reference Motown, American punk, new wave, and funk, the album is a watershed document that takes off on the influences of James Brown, Television, and the Yardbirds and creates something entirely fresh, new, and irresistible.

    1. Is This It
    2. The Modern Age
    3. Soma
    4. Barely Legal
    5. Someday
    6. Alone, Together
    7. Last Nite
    8. Hard to Explain
    9. New York City Cops
    10. Trying Your Luck
    11. Take It or Leave It
    Strokes, The
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    First Impressions Of Earth

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    3-Panel Insert

    The third album of The Strokes once again proved that their unique sound defined the '00s. A strong set of 14 tracks, each trimmed to the absolute core of The Strokes sound: staccato, Poppy, memorable hooks wrapped around Julian Casablancas's moaning voice.


    The opener You Only Live Once and the following Juicebox have become modern classics overnight.

    1. You Only Live Once
    2. Juicebox
    3. Heart In A Cage
    4. Razorblade
    5. On The Other Side
    6. Vision Of Division
    7. Ask Me Anything
    8. Electricityscape
    9. Killing Lies
    10. Fear Of Sleep
    11. 15 Minutes
    12. Ize Of The World
    13. Evening Sun
    14. Red Light
    Strokes, The
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  • Phrazes For The Young Phrazes For The Young Quick View

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    Phrazes For The Young

    Julian Casablancas' (The Strokes) debut solo album Phrazes For The Young spans eight songs, recorded over 12 months in Los Angeles, New York City and Nebraska. The album was produced by Jason Lader with additional production by Mike Mogis.
    1. Out of the Blue
    2. Rive of Brake Lights
    3. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse
    4. 11th Dimension
    5. Ludlow St.
    6. Glass
    7. Left & Right In The Dark
    8. Tourist
    Julian Casablancas
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    Little Joy

    Little Joy is Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos), Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) and Binki Shapiro, three friends who dropped their routine in their respective hometowns to make a record in Los Angeles, California. Through a chance encounter at a Portuguese festival in Lisbon, where both Amarante (Los Hermanos) and Moretti (The Strokes) had performed, the two talked about working together on some music that had no affiliation to their particular bands. A year later, Amarante traveled to the United States to record with Devendra Banhart on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. It was there that Amarante and Moretti were introduced to Bink Shapiro through mutual acquaintances and soon after started writing original music as a band. They all moved into a house in Echo Park to demo songs and soon after, with the help of producer Noah Georgeson who had recorded Banhart's music, finished their self titled debut Little Joy named after the bar on the corner.
    1. Next Time Around
    2. Shoulder to Shoulder
    3. Play the Part
    4. No Ones Better Sake
    5. Unattainable
    6. Brand New Start
    7. Evaporar
    8. How to Hang a Warhol
    9. With Strangers
    10. Don't Watch Me Dancing
    11. Keep Me in Mind
    Little Joy
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  • Room On Fire (Awaiting Repress) Room On Fire (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Room On Fire (Awaiting Repress)

    What Ever Happened?
    Reptilia
    Automatic Stop
    12:51
    You Talk Way Too Much
    Between Love & Hate
    Meet Me In The Bathroom
    Under Control
    The Way It Is
    The End Has No End
    I Cant Win

    The Strokes
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    Favourite Worst Nightmare

    The Arctic Monkeys surely showed potential on their debut Whatever People Say I Am, but their youthful vigor often camouflaged their debt to other bands. Here on their sophomore album Favourite Worst Nightmare, they're absorbing their influences, turning their liberal borrowings from the Libertines, the Strokes, and the Jam into something that's their own distinct identity. Unlike any of those three bands, however, the Arctic Monkeys haven't stumbled on their second album; they haven't choked on hubris, they haven't overthought their sophomore salvo, nor have they cranked it out too quickly. That constant year of work resulted in startling growth as the band is testing the limits of what they can do and where they can go.


    The remarkable thing about the Arctic Monkeys -- which Favourite Worst Nightmare brings into sharp relief -- is their genuine guilelessness, how they restructure classic rock clichÉs in a way that pays little mind to how things were done in the past, and that all goes back to their youth.

    -AllMusic.com

    1. Brianstorm
    2. Teddy Picker
    3. D is for Dangerous
    4. Balaclava
    5. Fluorescent Adolescent
    6. Only Ones Who Know
    7. Do Me A Favour
    8. This House Is A Circus
    9. If You Were There, Beware
    10. The Bad Thing
    11. Old Yellow Bricks
    12. 505
    Arctic Monkeys
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    Angles

    Angles is The Strokes' first new release since 2006's First Impressions of Earth and the album combines the ambition of its predecessor with the immediacy of the band's earlier full lengths Is This It (2001) and Room On Fire (2003).


    In 2010, the band returned to the road, playing and headlining major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits.


    Time Out Chicago hailed The Strokes Lollapalooza performance as the best set they've seen since covering Lollapalooza. Better than Radiohead in 2008. The crowd was euphoric.

    1. Machu Picchu
    2. Under Cover of Darkness
    3. Two Kinds of Happiness
    4. You're So Right
    5. Taken For A Fool
    6. Games
    7. Call Me Back
    8. Gratisfaction
    9. Metabolism
    10. Life Is Simple In The Moonlight
    The Strokes
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    Begin To Hope

    Regina Spektor's last album, 2004's Soviet Kitsch, garnered praise from Time, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and many others. But this Russian-born, Bronx-bred singer-songwriter-pianist, who emerged from the NYC cafÉ circuit, continues to expand her vision. On Begin To Hope, produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Sublime, Sugar Ray), she broadens here palette with electric guitar, drum machines and seductive electronic loops, finding new canvases for her provocative vocal style. Hope for pop has arrived with Regina Spektor.
    1. Fidelity
    2. Better
    3. Samson
    4. On the Radio
    5. Field Below
    6. Hotel Song
    7. Apres Moi
    8. 20 Years Of Snow
    9. That Time
    10. Edit
    11. Summer In The CIty
    Regina Spektor
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    Comedown Machine

    Comedown Machine, The Strokes' highly anticipated fth studio album, is preceded by the rst single, "All The Time. The band has released four previous studio albums, Is This it, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth and Angles which have sold over 5 million albums worldwide. They have headlined major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits as well as sold out New York City's Madison Square Garden.
    1. Tap Out
    2. All The Time
    3. One Way Trigger
    4. Welcome To Japan
    5. 80's Comedown Machine
    6. 50/50
    7. Slow Animals
    8. Partners In Crime
    9. Chances
    10. Happy Ending
    11. Call It Fate, Call It Karma
    The Strokes
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  • First Impressions Of Earth First Impressions Of Earth Quick View

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    First Impressions Of Earth

    1. You Only Live Once
    2. Juicebox
    3. Heart In A Cage
    4. Razorblade
    5. On The Other Side
    6. Vision Of Division
    7. Ask Me Anything
    8. Electricityscape
    9. Killing Lies
    10. Fear Of Sleep
    11. 15 Minutes
    12. Ize Of The World
    13. Evening Sun
    14. Red Light
    The Strokes
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    Big Talk

    Recorded at The Killers Battle Born studios in Las Vegas with producer Joe Chicharelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket), and mixed in London by star mixer Alan Moulder (U2, The Killers, Foo Fighters), Big Talk sees the Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci step out from behind the kit. As a member of one of the biggest bands of the past ten years, Vannucci has collaborated on many Killers songs, so it will come as no surprise to find that Vannucci has a way with a genius hook of his own. But Vannucci is more: a true multi-instrumentalist, superb vocalist, who has produced what is sure to be the rock soundtrack to the summer.

    1. Katzenjammer

    2. Getaways
    3. Under Water
    4. The Next One Living
    5. Replica
    6. No Whiskey
    7. Girl At Sunrise
    8. White Dove
    9. Living In Pictures
    10. Hunting Season
    11. A Fine Time To Need Me
    12. Big Eye

    Big Talk
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  • Surfing Surfing Quick View

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    Surfing

    Megapuss is Devendra Banhart, Greg Rogove (Priestbird), Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes, Little Joy), Noah Georgeson (member of Banhart's band and producer), and Aziz Ansari (actor/comedian). A legitimate band of talented musicians, capable of effortlessly tossing off the finest in California-style tambourine jams - Fader. Please know this: they play pop songs. Deluxe LP version on 180-gram vinyl, gatefold jacket with booklet.
    1. Crop Circle Jerk '94
    2. Duck People Duck Man
    3. To The Love Within
    4. Adam & Steve
    5. Theme From Hollywood
    6. Surfing
    7. Lavender Blimp
    8. Mister Meat (Hot Rejection)
    9. Hamman
    10. Chicken Titz
    11. Sayulita
    12. Older Lives
    13. Another Mother
    Megapuss
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  • Green And Yellow Green And Yellow Quick View

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    Green And Yellow

    First Ever Reissue


    Green and Yellow is the collected recordings of
    legendary lost 1970s Deep South freaksters, THE
    STROKE BAND. Seen and heard, until now, by only a
    few South Georgia pot heads, rednecks, sheriffs,
    strippers, and intoxicated U.S. Marines. Fronted by
    Bruce Joyner - a swamp rat synthesis of Buddy Holly,
    Bryan Ferry and Jerry Lee Lewis - The Stroke Band were
    an art-punk aberration to anything else happening in
    South Georgia in 1978 - 79. This Anthology Recordings
    re-release of the Green and Yellow album is the first in
    any form since the private press LP came out in 1978.

    1. Don't Get Angry
    2. Fiction Non-Fiction
    3. Green and Yellow
    4. Gun Fighting Man
    5. Janie's Living in a Cell
    6. Latin Melody
    7. Rat Race
    8. Son of Sam
    9. Spaced
    10. The Waves Rush In
    The Stroke Band
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  • Momentary Masters Momentary Masters Quick View

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    Momentary Masters

    Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has announced his third solo album, Momentary Masters. News of the album was originally posted on fan site The Strokes News via the label's website. Hammond Jr. has also shared Born Slippy, a track from the forthcoming album (no, it's not an Underworld cover). As with his most recent record, the ten-track LP was produced by frequent Strokes collaborator Gus Oberg. For the AHJ sessions, Hammond played all of the instruments with the exception of drums; this time around, he's recruited his live lineup, which comprises guitarists Hammarsing Kharhmar (Mon Khmer) and Mikey Hart (Bleachers), bassist Jordan Brooks, and drummer Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve, Marc Ribot).
    1. Born Slippy
    2. Power Hungry
    3. Caught By My Shadow
    4. Coming to Getcha
    5. Losing Touch
    6. Don't Think Twice
    7. Razors Edge
    8. TouchÉ
    9. Drunched In Crumbs
    10. Side Boob
    Albert Hammond Jr
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  • Young Chasers Young Chasers Quick View

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    Young Chasers

    The first US single "T-Shirt Weather" has over 6M streams. The New York Times compares them to the "relentless rhythm-guitar drive of the Strokes." They were given the 2015 Best New Band Award by NME and fan voted #1 Glastonbury act in NME.
    1. Get Away
    2. T-Shirt Weather
    3. Fossils
    4. Lost It
    5. My Love
    6. 100 Strangers
    7. Deserve This
    8. Young Chasers
    9. Good For Me
    10. Stuck In My Teeth
    11. Best Years
    12. The Luck Has Gone
    13. So Long
    14. Talking Out Loud
    Circa Waves
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  • My Love, I'd Do Anything for You / Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (Live) My Love, I'd Do Anything for You / Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (Live) Quick View

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    My Love, I'd Do Anything for You / Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (Live)

    Pressed On Clear Vinyl


    My Love, I'd Do Anything for You / Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (Live) is the third 7 release from Morrissey's album 'Low In High School'. Low in High School is Morrissey's first studio album since 2014 and was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few). Morrissey's talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever on Low in High-School, capturing the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world.

    1. My Love, I'd Do Anything for You
    2. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (Live)
    Morrissey
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    The Panic Sequence EP

    Mixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Gus Oberg (The Strokes, The Virgins, Drowners, Albert Hammond Jr.) and produced by Nightbox themselves,
    with co-production from Al-P of MSTRKRFT and co-writing from Sebastien Grainger of DFA 1979 on the lead single "Burning," The Panic Sequence EP is
    the next progression for a rising band rooted in charmingly humble beginnings.


    With their self-titled debut EP on Last Gang Records, Nightbox caught the ears of the BBC, which ranked their performance in the top-10 of that year's
    Electric Picnic Festival. Over the next couple years, support slots on both sides of the Atlantic for Ellie Goulding, Cults and DFA 1979 followed, along with
    international tours with LIGHTS, Dragonette, and most recently Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. As did critical praise from UK press NME, Dazed &
    Confused, BBC Radio 1, Canadian media and a slew of top blogs like Neon Gold and Kick Kick Snare.


    Now with The Panic Sequence, Nightbox are ready to step out from the shadow of their influences and leave their own musical imprint on Toronto and the
    wider world. The EP will be released April 22 via Toronto-based label Rare Beef.

    1. Burning
    2. The Panic Sequence
    3. In The Rural
    4. Wonderworlds
    5. Wash

    Nightbox
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  • Don't Say No Don't Say No Quick View

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    Don't Say No

    Artist-Approved Edition


    100% Analog Mastering From The Original Master Tapes!


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    Ultra-Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI


    Beautiful Old-Style Tip-On Gatefold Printed By Stoughton


    Intervention Records is thrilled to present Billy Squier's 1981 rock anthem, Don't Say No in a brilliantly remastered Artist-Approved Edition. The classic rock staple catapulted Squier's career to new heights. His live shows became arena rock sensations and four tracks from this album became classic rock radio staples in heavy rotation today: In the Dark, The Stroke, My Kind of Lover and Lonely is the Night. The original LP art has been restored by IR's Tom Vadakan to a beautiful single-pocket gatefold and the Old-Style, Tip-On LP jacket is film-laminated and printed by Stoughton.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. In The Dark
    2. The Stroke
    3. My Kinda Lover
    4. You Know What I like
    5. Too Daze Gone
    6. Lonely Is The Night
    7. Whadda You Want From Me
    8. Nobody Knows
    9. I Need You
    10. Don't Say No
    Billy Squier
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    Flux Outside

    Comprised of frontman Ryan Schaefer, drummer Chris Rusk and guitarist Sam Stratton, Royal Bangs combine catchy hooks with heavy synths to create a sound that SPIN Magazine describes as a mix of LCD Soundsystem's pulsing eletro-punk and the new Wave-y shimmer of the Strokes.


    Hailing from Knoxville, TN, Royal Bangs received some local buzz from their self-recorded album We Breed Champions, catching the attention of Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) who then re-released the progressive album on his own record label. The band followed up that effort with Let It Bleep which was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.


    In September of 2010, Royal Bangs signed with Glassnote Records. Their newest release, Flux Outside was mixed by Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips/MGMT). Gatefold double LP with MP3 download card.

    1. Grass Helmet

    2. Fireball

    3. Back Then It Was Different

    4. Triccs

    5. Bull Elk

    6. Bad News, Strange Luck

    7. Loosely Truthing
    8. Faint Obelisk Two

    9. Silver Steps
    10. TV Tree
    11. Dim Chamber

    12. Slow Cathedral Melt
    Royal Bangs
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    Apocalipstick

    Society would deem that a prodigious girl can't be in a progressive rock band while also being in complete control of its creative vision, business plan and social messaging. Society is wrong. Clem Creevy, a 19-year-old teen Queen dreamed up Cherry Glazerr in her LA bedroom alone and is perhaps more capable of figuring a music career out than anyone who attempts this treacherous life path.


    Back in 2014, much-loved Cali imprint Burger Records released their intoxicating debut Haxel Princess and Suicide Squeeze released the Had Ten Dollaz 7-inch.


    On Apocalipstick, the band worked with "rock'n'roll wizard" Joe Chicarelli [White Stripes, The Shins, The Strokes] and Carlos de la Garza [Bleached, M83, Tegan and Sara]. With their help and the band's newfound self-discipline and motivation, Cherry Glazerr has evolved into a wildly complex, hugely guitar heavy, and unapologetically loud machine.

    1. Told You I'd Be With The Guys
    2. Trash People
    3. Moon Dust
    4. Humble Pro
    5. Nuclear Bomb
    6. Only Kid On The Block
    7. Lucid Dreams
    8. Sip O' Poison
    9. Nurse Ratched
    10. Instagratification
    11. Apocalipstick
    Cherry Glazerr
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    New Again

    Three studio albums, three gold awards, three Modern Rock hits. Now three years after its biggest-selling album to date - the #2 charting Louder Now - Taking Back Sunday returns with a new energy, a new guitarist and a new fearlessness on New Again, produced by David Kahne (Sublime, The Strokes, Paul McCartney). Having toured with Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution, opened for My Chemical Romance at Madison Square Garden, co-headlined Warped, and played Live Earth, Taking Back Sunday fulfills the expectations of a growing fan base and yet expands its musical boundaries with an album that ranges from anthemic rock to engaging pop, the relentless to the infectious. Taking Back Sunday is truly New Again! This vinyl edition is a one-LP set, regular-weight vinyl produced and pressed at Pirates Press.
    1. New Again
    2. Sink Into Me
    3. Lonely, Lonely
    4. Summer, Man
    5. Swing
    6. Where My Mouth Is
    7. Cut Me Up Jenny
    8. Catholic Knees
    9. Capital M-E
    10. Carpathia
    11. Everything Must Go
    Taking Back Sunday
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    Division Street (Discontinued)

    Division Street is Harper Simon's follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album. It is a departure for Simon: it features a sound that's much more driven by electric guitars than his alt country-flavored debut. The mission was to make the kind of Rock 'n' Roll record I would want to listen to myself, he says. Which sounds simple but is, in fact, incredibly difficult.


    Simon co-produced Division Street with Tom Rothrock, who produced three albums for Elliot Smith (Either/Or, XO and Figure 8) and Beck's first album Mellow Gold, among others. As the team worked, the album's sound grew rougher around the edges. I felt challenged and inspired by the idea of making a modern psychedelic folk-rock album, a Tom Rothrock production like XO, but then the Velvet Underground and the Stones kept entering in, says Simon. Elliot Smith was very influenced by the Beatles but my guitar playing is more influenced by Keith Richards. And I kept wanting to emphasize more lo-fi elements.


    Division Street was recorded with a small coterie of guest musicians, including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello's Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, vocals by Inara George, Feist's musical director Brian LeBarton playing synths, as well as Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen. I'm very lucky, says Simon. Everybody that we asked to come and guest on the record showed up.

    1. Veteran's Parade
    2. Bonnie Brae
    3. Division Street
    4. Dixie Cleopatra
    5. Nothing Gets Through
    6. Eternal Questions
    7. Chinese Jade
    8. Just Like St. Teresa
    9. 99
    10. Breathe Out Love
    11. Leaves of Golden Brown
    Harper Simon
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    New Skin

    New Skin is the debut album of CRX a new project for STROKES lead guitarist Nick Valensi. The urge to begin a new project came from a primal place for Valensi, he just wanted to play. I was at a place where I got really hungry to perform in front of audiences, and do things a little more simply, Valensi says. The Strokes don't play that often anymore, and when we do it's awesome, but it got to the point where I needed to balance that out with a project I could take on tour whenever I wanted to. And the idea of playing clubs again was really exciting to me. But Valensi couldn't start playing until he'd written some songs, and he realized he'd have to finally embrace an aspect of performing he'd resisted up until that point -- singing. Last summer, he just dug in, grabbing whatever spare time he had to record demos on his laptop at home. It was a learning process, says Valensi. It took me some time to figure out how my voice sounds most natural, and to think about what I wanted to say.


    As the songs progressed, Valensi invited a few trusted musician friends to join him and to contribute as songwriters. In addition to Valensi on guitar and vocals, CRX includes bassist Jon Safley, keyboardist/vocalist Richie Follin, drummer Ralph Alexander, and guitarist Darian Zahedi. Once we were all in a room together, it got collaborative pretty quickly, Valensi says, noting that about half of New Skin s ten tracks are co-writes with the band.


    After demoing several songs, Valensi reached out to Queens of the Stone-Age's Josh Homme, for feedback on the tracks and advice regarding producers who might be right for the band. It quickly became apparent that there was no better person for the job than Homme himself. He was really enthusiastic about the demos, says Valensi. There were even specific things he loved from the demos so much that we ended up including them on the album, which was very much a Josh decision.


    New Skin was recorded at Homme's Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, with work wrapping up in early 2016. And even as this year marks the fifteenth anniversary of The Strokes first LP, it represents the beginning of a promising new chapter for Valensi. One of the coolest things for me is that I began making this record as a vehicle to get onstage, he says, but along the way, it started to feel like we were working on something more special than that. I'm excited to be singing and having a lot of fun with it, and I'm really enjoying the feeling of having to work hard to win people over. It's like being a kid again - like everything is new and kind of scary but irresistibly fun, too.

    1. Ways to Fake It
    2. Broken Bones
    3. Give It Up
    4. Anything
    5. Walls
    6. Slow Down
    7. On Edge
    8. Unnatural
    9. One Track Mind
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