NME Celebrates The Strokes 10 Year Anniversary

Sure they haven’t released an album since 2005. Sure they all seem to be busy with various musical solo projects (Albert Hammond Jr.), side projects (Nicholas Fraiture’s Nickel Eye, and Fabrizio Moretti’s Megapuss and Little Joy), babies (Nick and Niko), Converse ads (Julian), and er…Hollywood restaurants (Julian’s Korean BBQ joint, Shin), but hell or high water NME is determined on bringing back rabid reporting on one of their favorite bands…

In honor of the 10th year anniversary (uh… is that POSSIBLE?) of The Greatest Band to Ever Exist–AKA “The Strokes“–NME has put out a very special issue commemorating the little New York band that could. It goes on sale TOMORROW, Wednesday November 19, 2008.

As much as I love being sarcastic and bitter about everything, I’m looking forward to reading this issue–after all, The Strokes, along with the White Stripes, are among my most favorite bands in the entire world. (And if you look closely, I may or may not be quoted somewhere in the piece.) Complain and deny all you want, but The Strokes really put New York back on the musical map in the early 2000s and helped revitalize interest in real rock music.

Right now NME.com is having a poll about your favorite Strokes track of all time. May I suggest you rate a little song called “The Modern Age” as one of your top picks?

And if you needed any more reasons to gush over The Strokes after all this time, just watch the video below… I’m guessing you’ve got a lot of fond memories around this track:


The Strokes – Last Nite from Geraldine Mora on Vimeo.

After all these years, and the long sabbatical, are you still as excited about The Strokes as you once were?

Some More CMJ Photos and Video: Nickel Eye and The Musilms

More pix and vid:

Nickel Eye (aka Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes plus South):

The Muslims:

Video of “Parasites”:

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Nickel Eye’s First US Show @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, CMJ 2008

Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture performed tonight with his new pet project/band, Nickel Eye. They played a number of songs, including “Back from Exile”:

and “Brandy of the Damned”:

Unless I missed something, no other Strokes appeared at the Music Hall tonight.

The first song the band played was my favorite… airy, with beautiful harmonies sung by Joel Cadbury and Jamie McDonald of South. (They flew over from England in order to play the show!)

The crowd was far from packed, but there were a good number of people there—surprisingly the crowd looked pretty young (were all the older-timers out in Manhattan?) with a disproportionate amount of Asian girls up in the front.

One blonde girl, who I think likened herself to being the Brooklyn version of Miley Cyrus was hooting and hollering at Nikolai the whole time, shouting out things like “I LUUUUVVV YOUUUU NIIIKOOOOLAAAIIII!” and “YOU HAVE A GREAT A** NIKOLAIIIIII!” Charming, as you can imagine.
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