Julian Casablancas
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Julian Casablancas
Julian Casablancas is an American musician, singer-songwriter and frontman of The Strokes. Casablancas pursued a solo career during The Strokes' hiatus, releasing the album Phrazes for the Young on November 3, 2009.
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15 Albums We're Ridiculously Excited About In 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In 2016, David Bowie released his last album ever, professional hit-maker Sia stopped dropping individual tracks to put out her whole album, someone named Zayn announced some new something and, after teasing fans for months upon months, Rihanna finally got around to giving us "ANTI-."  And it's only Feb. 1.  We're not sure what to exactly expect from our artists in the 11 remaining months of the year. Managers and producers tend to keep those cards pretty close to the chest. But there are some records that have us awfully excited. Fifteen, to be exact:   Lady Gaga, TBD Why we're excited: Elton John is on board for this one After releasing the underwhelming "Artpop" in 2013 and then taking a hard left into Tony Bennett territory with 2014's "Cheek to Cheek," nobody knows what direction Gaga will go in 2016. Here’s what we have nailed down: She's reuniting with RedOne, her co-writer responsible for early career hits like "Poker Face," and Elton John is also on bo ...
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Room On Fire
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A rare seven-alarm fire burned through a block in New York City's East Village on March 26, 2015, killing two people, injuring at least 19 and reducing three buildings to complete rubble. The two deaths were almost immediate, as the initial gas explosion inside Japanese restaurant Sushi Park -- which caused the eventual fire -- emitted a blast that was in killing proximity to an employee and a customer who happened to be on a date.   The fire down the block was first detectable in The Huffington Post office by the scent of smoke. Minutes later, staffers realized it was possible to see a seemingly dozen-story tall tower of flame from a window on the other side of the building. Texts to parents with presumably shaky handles on Manhattan geography began with assurances that our office wasn't physically affected by the fire.  At the same time, across the country in California, John Eatherly watched his 123 2nd Avenue apartment burn on a friend's laptop. His band, Public Access TV, ...
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Natalie Imbruglia Unveils The Dark And Dreamy Cover Of Comeback LP ‘Male’
Idolator - about 2 years
Natalie Returns With A Daft Punk Cover And she's (almost) back! Natalie Imbruglia's comeback single is a Daft Punk cover. MORE >> One of the most exciting (and unexpected) pop comebacks of 2015 is the long-overdue return of Natalie Imbruglia. While the singer/songwriter’s output has been infrequent since the release of 1997 debut LP Left Of The Middle, the quality has been consistently high. (For a crash course in all things Imbruglia, start with 2005’s gorgeous “Shiver” and receive pure life from 2009’s twisted “Want”). The 40-year-old’s first album in six years is a collection of covers originally recorded by men — hence the title Male — and she unveiled the arresting, somewhat ominous cover today ...
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Albert Hammond Jr. on new EP <i>AHJ</i>, 10th Anniversary of the Strokes' <i>Room on Fire</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
To know Albert Hammond Jr. is to know his appearance just as well as his anthems. You might remember the heels of the frizzy-haired rocker's white sneakers curling in as he unleashed a napalm nightmare of a guitar solo on "Take It Or Leave It" during the Strokes' Late Show With David Letterman set in 2002. Your humble journalist's memorable Albert Hammond Jr. image was ingrained during the Strokes' 2006 performance at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Fla., when a robin's-egg-blue Fender Stratocaster was held against his black vest, bound by a cherry-red strap with a white lightning bolt. Longtime fans and new ones caught Hammond on this year's feature story with NME, which showed a picture of him glancing soberly at the camera as he divulged his former heroin and cocaine habits in syringe-sharp detail. So when I spoke to Hammond over the phone -- as opposed to in person -- this past November, I knew I'd receive something beyond the bold attitude and telegenic charm of which I was accust ...
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Jon Chattman: A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Have a "Brightest Darkest Day" with PYYRAMIDS and OK Go's Tim Nordwind
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On paper, the teaming of Tim Nordwind and Drea Smith would provide you with a "WTF?" moment. He's the bassist for indie rockers OK Go, while she's the electro-pop goddess singer/songwriter for He Say/She Say. But, like all weird pairings like peanut butter and Fluff and Bing Crosby and David Bowie (I doubt anyone tried all four of those things together but I digress), the duo PYYRAMIDS go together like peas and carrots. (Hat tip to the young Jenny from Forrest Gump.) Yes, since their 2011 debut EP Human Beings, the OK Go bassist Nordwind and He Say/She Say singer/songwriter Smith have been making killer music that could best be described - by me anyway - as new, new wave indie electro-psych rock. Their debut album Brightest Darkest Day dropped a few months back, and it's among the year's best thus far. I caught up with Nordwind fittingly over email to discuss the side project that's not really a side project at all. You guys essentially formed via email...is that ...
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HAIM Launches Summer Music Festival Circuit, Heading On Tour With Rihanna
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
HAIM was born to rock. Ever since they could hold their heads up on their own, the trio of sisters, Este, 27, Danielle, 24, and Alana, 21, have been strumming, drumming and crooning their hearts out. The kind of effortlessness and full-throttle passion with which the girls perform could only stem from having played a rotunda of instruments, including the tabalas, keys, guitar and bass, for most of their lives. “Before I could really hold anything on my own my dad put drumsticks in my hands and sat me down at a set of drums,” eldest sister, Este says, sitting in the shade on the golf course tucked away from the muddy Governors Ball crowd. “There’s a picture of me when I’m four barely reaching over a set of tabalas just banging away at them. Not much has changed,” added youngest sister Alana. Despite coming fresh off the first leg of Rihanna’s European tour as the opening act and performing back to back shows at Brooklyn Bowl, Governors Ball and Monday night’s D ...
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Random Access Memories
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
French duo Daft Punk helped create our current stadium-shaking Coachella-dominating dance-music moment and their new album is by far the year's most anticipated EDM set The only issue is that it sounds almost nothing like EDM Random Access Memories is full of WTF moments Julian Casablancas delivering maybe the most emotive...
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Daft Punk Gets Some Help From Big Name Friends
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Daft Punk is using the kickoff of this year's Coachella Music Festival to tease details about its upcoming album. Called "Random Access Memories," the fourth studio album from the French duo was previewed in a trailer played at the California music festival on Friday night. In the video (shown above), Daft Punk teases new music and gives a glimpse of some of the major names that contributed to the upcoming album. Daft Punk, made up of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, worked with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Panda Bear, and Julian Casablancas, among others. The electronic duo was originally rumored to play Coachella, but a rep for Daft Punk quickly shot the rumors down. "Random Access Memories" hits stores on May 21.
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Julie Kocsis: The Strokes' New Album, Comedown Machine
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Julian, we need to have a talk about your band's new album. I just don't understand what you're doing. The synths and new waviness, the extreme falsetto, the lack of guitar, and that bizarre, old timey song at the end of the record -- what's going on here? What happened to the Strokes? When Is This It, The Strokes' debut album, was released in the fall of 2001, rock fans were blessed with an album full of true rock and roll gems. The album has a distinct point of view and featured instant classics like "Last Nite" and "Someday," which had sharp, catchy, stuck-in-your-head guitar riffs, punked-out drums and Julian Casablancas' twisted croon. He was the '00s answer to a Jim Morrison figure with a hit of Iggy Pop and a lot of wonderful grit. With the help of bands like The White Stripes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Hives, The Strokes launched a much-needed garage rock revival. Though not quite as excellent, The Strokes released two solid follow-ups to their debut album, whi ...
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Stereo IQ: Comedown Machine and the Chameleon Cool of The Strokes
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By Alex Koenig Reviewing a Strokes album for a new generation of fans requires reminiscence so let me take you on a trip down memory lane: The four leather jacket-sporting suburban street dwellers embodied youth ennui in the early aughts. Their debut Is This It is arguably the Illmatic of indie rock-- a precocious, lightning-in-a-bottle moment that made The Strokes vanguards of their genre and poster boys for sweat free cool. It also guaranteed that subsequent releases would be harshly scrutinized in comparison. The record was equally an achievement as it was an albatross, and if its equally inspired follow-up Room On Fire wasn't as well received, it was due to sonic resemblances to their debut and ineffable critical expectations. From there, the wheels fell off-- or shifted into high gear, depending on your opinion of post-Room On Fire Strokes. Their 2006 record First Impressions of Earth was for better and for worse, a kiss-off to the assumption that their inspira ...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Regrets & Resolution, Part III
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Guy Lombardo Song: Auld Lang Syne Album: Enjoy Yourself--The Hits of Guy Lombardo Genre: Pop Buy: iTunes.com Frank Sinatra Song: Drinking Again Album: Nothing But the Best--The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered) Genre: Vocal Buy: iTunes.com Muddy Waters Song: Champagne &amp; Reefer (Live) Album: Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live (Legacy Edition) Genre: Blues Buy: iTunes.com Radiohead Song: High and Dry Album: The Bends Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Julian Casablancas Song: 4 Chords of the Apocalypse Album: Phrazes for the Young Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Carla Thomas &amp; Otis Redding Song: New Year's Resolution Album: R&amp;B Christmas, Vol. 1--EP Genre: R&amp;B Buy: iTunes.com Terry Reid Song: Marking Time Album: Superlungs Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Aerosmith Song: Back in the Saddle Album: Rocks Genre: Rock Bu ...
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Tonight in Music: Pictorials
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Learning EP by Pictorials. PICTORIALS, LOS CHICHARONES, A HAPPY DEATH (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Like sunny fall days that grow dark too soon, Pictorials' debut EP, Learning, is glorious and then it's done. At just four songs long, it's the best possible advertisement for the album they damn well better be hard at work making right now. The songwriting is beautiful and the lyrics sound as if they really mean something, but Pictorials are a rock band, and the guitar is the most important part. Guitarist/vocalist Morgan Nicholson sounds a little something like Julian Casablancas, but that may just be a coincidence, because as new as this band is, Pictorials seem to have a fully developed sense of themselves. Pictorials come at the head of a surprising lineup, which features those upbeat multinational rappers the Chicharones and A Happy Death, whose dark, psychedelic stories have cemented them in place as one of my favorite Portland bands. REBECCA WILSON ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of September 27-October 3. THURSDAY 9/27 GARBAGE, SCREAMING FEMALES (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) See My, What a Busy Week! FOGHORN STRINGBAND, CAROLINE OAKLEY (Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd) Read our article on Foghorn Stringband. COLLEEN GREEN, PLATEAUS, STILL CAVES (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Colleen Green wants you to know that if it weren't for early American punk rock, she may never have started making music. Her debut LP, Milo Goes to Compton, is a less-than-subtle reference to the Descendents' first album, and the first song is a cover of their "Good Good Things." But lest you think her punkophilia is limited to the West Coast, "I Wanna Be Degraded" extols the Ramones and S&amp;M. I like Green because she doesn't sound like she lives in LA (which she does), and because I suspect that she is so much more than the pastiche she has made herself out to be. To me, her psychedelic girl-group inter ...
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The Ultimate Guide To The Week In Music - NME.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
yells Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas from the main stage. Right on cue, bona-fide national treasure Jarvis Cocker of Pulp saunters on, trousers bulging with pride, two indie heavyweights coming together to make this year&#39;s Reading &amp; Leeds one of
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The Strokes & Jarvis Cocker Cover The Cars at Reading Festival: Watch - Billboard
Google News - over 5 years
As if The Strokes covering The Cars was not enough NME cred for one stage, Julian Casablancas and company were joined by &#39;90s Britpop star and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker at the Reading Festival this past ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julian Casablancas
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    In 2016, Casablancas contributed three specially recorded The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed covers – Venus in Furs, Run Run Run and White Light/White Heat, under the title White Light White Heat (rock n roll animal live era version) – to the HBO television series, Vinyl.
    More Details Hide Details The songs were subsequently released on various soundtracks to the series released by Atlantic Records. Casablancas has played a casio guitar and provided backing vocals on "Sick, Sick, Sick" by Queens of the Stone Age, bass guitar and backing vocals on Albert Hammond, Jr.'s "Scared", and the second set of drums on the Strokes' "Evening Sun". Casablancas, along with the Strokes, provided vocals on a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" with Joshua Homme on drums and Eddie Vedder on backup vocals. The cover was released in 2006 as the B-side to "You Only Live Once".
  • 2015
    Age 36
    In April 2015, it was revealed that Casablancas had worked on a song with Savages' Jehnny Beth.
    More Details Hide Details The collaboration was later announced to be a cover of "Boy/Girl", a 1983 duet by Danish punk band Sort Sol and Lydia Lunch. The music video, directed by Warren Fu, was released on December 4, 2015. The 7" will be released through both Cult Records and Pop Noire Records on December 18, 2015. In August 2016, Cult Records a new album with The Growlers, a Southern California based band. It was also announced that Casablancas himself was producing the album. Julian Casablancas) Julian Casablancas)
  • 2014
    Age 35
    On September 23, 2014, Casablancas and his band Julian Casablancas + the Voidz released their debut album titled Tyranny.
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    In 2014, Casablancas composed a song for the soundtrack of The Unseen Beauty, a short documentary film which profiled artist Sam Adoquei.
    More Details Hide Details This song would later be expanded into the 11-minute single "Human Sadness" from the album "Tyranny" by Julian Casablancas+The Voidz.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    The album won the 2013 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, effectively making Casablancas a recipient of the award as well.
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    In 2013, Casablancas collaborated with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories by contributing lyrics, vocals, and a guitar solo to their song "Instant Crush".
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    Casablancas also composed an original song, "I Like The Night", as part of his endorsement deal to represent Azzaro's new men's fragrance, Decibel, dB. The Azzaro Decibel television commercial featuring Julian aired in France on September 1, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He has also served as inspiration for several other musicians and the painter Elizabeth Peyton. Courtney Love's song "But Julian, I'm a Little Bit Older Than You", from her debut solo album America's Sweetheart (2004), was written about Julian Casablancas. In 2009, Casablancas founded Cult Records, the creative imprint for his solo album Phrazes for the Young. Cult currently represents The Virgins, Har Mar Superstar, C O L O R, Exclamation Pony, Reputante, Rey Pila, Karen O, Albert Hammond, Jr., and Cerebral Ballzy.
    Aside from vocal collaborations, he also contributed to a song, "Forrest Gump", on Digitalism's sophomore album I Love You, Dude in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The electronica duo initiated a collaboration with Casablancas through his manager, and Casablancas contributed 'a 30-second recording with him on guitar' via email. Casablancas has also contributed musically to several advertising campaigns. In 2008, he recorded a song with Santigold (then known as Santogold) and Pharrell of N*E*R*D called "My Drive Thru" for Converse.
    Casablancas also lent his vocals to the title track, "Rave On", on a 2011 tribute album to Buddy Holly, Rave On Buddy Holly.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    He also collaborated with Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse on the song "Little Girl" on the 2010 album, Dark Night of the Soul, contributing the lyrics, lead and backing vocals, and guitar solo.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    His first solo album, Phrazes for the Young (inspired by the Oscar Wilde book "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young"), was released on November 2 in the UK and November 3, 2009, in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, and Casablancas' home city New York, the album was produced by Jason Lader, with additional production from Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis. The album was strongly influenced by new wave and electronica, with Casablancas utilizing synthesizers for many songs. He discussed his new influences by saying "I would've gone weirder with the music, but I wanted to be smart. I didn't want people to say, 'Okay, this is his weird abstract thing,' and dismiss the album. I worked too hard on it for that to happen I wanted to be crazy original and bridge the gap between traditional music and modern music."
    Over the years, Casablancas has also collaborated with several other artists on their work, examples being The Lonely Island's 2009 album Incredibad and Daft Punk's 2013 album Random Access Memories.
    More Details Hide Details Casablancas was born in New York City to business mogul John Casablancas, the founder of Elite Model Management, and Jeanette Christiansen, a Danish former model and onetime Miss Denmark in 1965. When Casablancas was eight, his parents divorced. He once stated that he wanted to be closer to his father, and this, "translated into teenage rebelliousness." His paternal grandfather, Fernando Casablancas, was a well-known textile businessman in Sabadell, Spain. After his parents divorced, his mother subsequently married painter Sam Adoquei. Adoquei helped shape Casablancas' early musical taste by exposing him to music such as The Doors, which was markedly different from the mostly Phil Collins-influenced music he listened to as a child.
    In addition to his work with The Strokes, Casablancas has led a solo career during the band's hiatus, releasing the album Phrazes for the Young on November 3, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, he formed the alternative rock project Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. They released their first album, Tyranny, in 2014. His own label, Cult Records, distributed the album, which earned the 50th place in NMEs Top 50 Albums Of 2014 list.
    Casablancas performed the song live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on December 21, 2009, together with The Roots, Horatio Sanz and Jimmy Fallon.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the 100th Digital Short, which aired on May 12, 2012.
    In 2009, during his solo phase, he recorded "Boombox" with Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island for their debut album Incredibad, and was featured in an SNL Digital Short for the same song.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he also recorded "I Wish It Was Christmas Today", a festive song based on a Saturday Night Live skit made popular by Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan.
    Casablancas then toured with The Sick Six in Europe, United States, Australia and Japan from November 2009 until July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2014 Casablancas announced he would be releasing an album, Tyranny with his backing band, 'Voidz'. The album would be released on his own label, Cult Records and coincided with his move to Upstate New York.
    Julian Casablancas made his live solo debut for a private party for fashion brand Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. To celebrate the release of the EP, Casablancas performed a series of shows in October 2009 at The Downtown Palace Theatre in Los Angeles with his live show band, The Sick Six.
    More Details Hide Details Other members of The Sick Six include Jeff Kite (keyboard), Nelson London (synthesizer), JP Bowersock (guitar), Danielle Haim (percussion) and Alex Carapetis (drums).
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 26
    In 2005, Julian married Juliet Joslin, who was the assistant manager of The Strokes at the time.They have two children.
    More Details Hide Details Their first child, Cal Casablancas, was born January 21, 2010. Not much information has been released to the public regarding their second child. Julian's father died of cancer in July 2013. Casablancas met the first member of The Strokes, Nikolai Fraiture, while both were attending Lycée Français de New York (Fraiture graduated in 1997, Casablancas in 1996). When he was 14, Casablancas' father sent him to Institut Le Rosey, an elite boarding school in Switzerland. There, he met future Strokes member Albert Hammond, Jr. Casablancas attended The Dwight School with two other future Strokes, Nick Valensi and Fabrizio Moretti. Casablancas never finished school, but continued to take music classes, where he says he first enjoyed himself in class. Julian Casablancas has said that Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" is his favorite song of all time. In addition, he has also cited Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground as a major influence on his lyrics and singing style. "The way Lou Reed wrote and sang about drugs and sex, about the people around him — it was so matter-of-fact," Casablancas stated in a Rolling Stone interview. "Reed could be romantic in the way he portrayed these crazy situations, but he was also intensely real. It was poetry and journalism." Additionally, he has stated that Bob Marley, Nirvana and Pearl Jam are major influences on his work, the latter, being the reason he started making music after hearing the song "Yellow Ledbetter".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on August 23, 1978.
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