Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I have been obsessed with The Strokes for a decade. As I type that, I feel like it can't be true, but alas my calendar tells me it's so. This July 30th marks the 10 year anniversary of The Strokes' debut album, Is This It. An album that not only redefined indie rock, but my relationship with music. See, I grew up listening to my brother's music, which ranged from Metallica and Dream Theater, to MxPx and Hot Water Music. But The Strokes were one of the first bands that were mine. I felt like they were my band. (Meanwhile they were blowing up across the country.) But in my household, The Strokes felt like my personal super cool rock band. Before that, cool music was not exactly my forte. A 10-year-old girl listening to Pearl Jam and wearing her brother's t-shirts that were 2 sizes too big (by choice)? Kind of weird. But then came along blink-182, I discovered Nirvana, and eventually The Strokes. Then I was officially COOL.

Stereogum has put together a rad tribute to the legendary Strokes album. Stroked: A Tribute to Is This It is a collection of covers/reinterpretations of each song on the album by the indie-est of the indie bands out there, most of which you probably haven't heard of. (I haven't either.) (Shhh! Don't tell!) Stereogum found an artistic way to acknowledge this seminal album through contemporary musicians who, for the most part, grew up on The Strokes.

My fave is definitely Owen Pallett's reinterpretation of "Hard To Explain." I love how he took an originally chaotic song and turned it into a clasical piece. It's so interesting to me how a song can be so perfect already, and someone has the talent to take it and turn it into something completely different and beautiful in its own right. I'm in awe.


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