Lots of Strokes-related news this past week:
1. According to Rolling Stone Magazine’s The Smoking Section, Julian, Fab, Nick, Nikolai, and Albert are all in New York City, hard at work on their fourth album. Julian reveals the band has already created three new songs after three weeks into their rehearsal, and that the band’s new method of dealing with conflicts is paying off. . “We didn’t used to be honest — there would always be mini-feuds over stupid shit,” says Julian. “Now, if Nick and Fab or anyone are saying they like it fast or slow, we’ll talk about it, as opposed to saying, ‘Well, I never liked you sister.'”
What about the sound of the new work? Julian cites the ‘70s, Thin Lizzy, and Elvis Costello as influences.
2. More news, this year’s Dylan Fest (coincidentally sponsored by RS’s The Smoking Section) features some Strokes band members and close friends. Expect to see Fabrizio Moretti and Nikolai Fraiture to do their takes on some classics, as well as their buddies Adam Green, The Pierces, Matt Romano (of Albert Hammond Jr. Band and Little Joy), and the Mooney Suzuki. Tickets are $10 and are now on sale. [Brooklyn Vegan]
3. According to the NME, promotional posters for the new collaborative album between Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (called Dark Night of the Soul) reveal that at least one song will feature a contribution from Julian Casablancas. Other artists featured on the disc include James Mercer of The Shins, Iggy Pop, Suzanne Vega, and The Flaming Lips.
4. And in the gossip column, Fab was recently spotted by the New York Press at the new speakeasy bar on Avenue A with a pizza shop entrance, Cabin Down Below (owned by Johnny T, Jesse Malin and Matt Romano, and named after the Tom Petty song) with pals Devendra Banhart and Kirsten Dunst.