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Julian Casablancas @ Metro Theatre
09/05/2010

There are no photos here. That's (kinda) explained in more detail here, but it'll make sense as you read on. Which I guess, if you're one of those people with a limited attention span and only interested in crappy iPhone photos, you won't get to.

Also, this isn't really a review of the show. I mean, it gets a mention, but so does Man Juice, 'shredding it' and The Strokes. Actually, 'The Strokes' gets a fairly high flogging on the word count. Just a warning.

Rewind to last week...

1. I found my old jeans. My comfortable, cum-stained, old jeans.

2. I saw a video of Julian Casablancas performing live - where he not only slayed some classic Strokes songs, but also brought the thunder on his own rendition of Dancing In The Dark.

3. I re-discovered my youthful lust of skateboarding. Simulatenously, I re-discovered how much fun it is to be a little bit shit scared of death/being paralyzed.

I inadvertedly stumbled onto the aforementioned video on Monday while searching for that hilarious "Bruce Springsteen tripping on a pair of panties thrown on stage" LOL-fiesta. Seeing Capt Casa-spank-it swing his hips, rip apart Da Boss' classic cut and then burn right into Hard To Explain, I immediately regretted passing on the opportunity to see him perform.

Luckily, after a few phone calls, emails and promises of unpublishable acts, I was in a dodgy back alley (on a break from attempting/pretending to do something that resembled 'skateboarding') handing over some hard earned dollars to a 'net buddy' in exchange for a ticket to the show.

But by the time Sunday rolled around the endorphins had well and truly worn off. I wasn't the excited fan-boy I'd been earlier in the week and, after a few days listened to Phrazes For The Young, I knew that the majority of the show was going to be spent waiting for either some Springsteen magical irony, a secret uninvited special guest appearance from Albert Slamdunk Junior and/or Room On Fire front-to-back and then back-to-front.

So I did what any logical eco-warrior/Man would do when faced with such an underwhelming night - I got shit-faced.

First stop was a local watering hole with zero bar lines (or more precisely - zero patrons), free games of pool and fine conversations about cobbling, the 'golden mile' and our incredible un-photogenic/nerdy/l0sery we all are. Then it was onto the main event where it was all about high fives, $15 cans of VB and sculling contests with Chicks.

As expected...

1. I got fairly drunk.

2. Casablancas' performance was a bit underwhelming. I think.

Actually, despite my best efforts, I wasn't that drunk (Man!). His lacklustre hour-long set is still a fairly clear memory in my brain. Of course, there were a few dizzy highs ("holy fuck ya'll it's Hard To Explain!!!"), but they were mostly ambushed by the lowpoints ("urgh.. this song?"). It was hardly an hour of my life I would beg to have back, but it was also hardly an awesome 'seventy clams' kinda show.

I know fans of JC will probably hate on me for saying this BUT when held side-by-side it's a fact that's impossible to ignore - The Strokes' music exists in a complete other dimension to Julian's solo work. Even when he fucked with the program/tempo, the handful of classic Strokesy jams still smashed the Phrazes songs out of the Metro - making them sound like watered down pop imitations (despite the best efforts of his enthusiastic six-piece band).

When it's all said and done, maybe it's best just for me to take this for what it was - the foreplay for The Strokes show in July. Countdown.

Related: a much better review of the show by Hellz Bellz.

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Rav

I'm probably gonna piss people off here too, but let's face it – The Strokes and Senor Julian White House are never ever going to top Is This It for an album, and will never be better live than when they first toured Oz (supporting You Am I – !??!) as the rich little pretty boy fuck you rock n rollers they were when they first made it big.

It's kind of a shame that they didn't just break up after the first album cos then they would have left this incredible legacy of "saving rock and roll" before vanishing again. (Which btw At The Drive-In totally did, before staining that legacy with seven too many Mars Volta albums).

Instead they just keep releasing both band and solo records that everyone pretends are really good but in reality are pretty shit compared to Is This It. Not to mention that album's CD sleeve has gotta be up there with Keith And The Gangs sick Sticky Fingers album cover as one of the best sleeves of all time! I'd go as far as to say it was a Wizard Sleeve...

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

Ravioli ... AGREE... but..

1. Room On Fire is pretty awesome.. totally underrated album

2. At The Drive-In are the best band of all time.

3. In/Casino/Out is the best album of all time

4. Acrobatic Tenement is a close second.

5. Sticky Fingers

1 decade ago

(nobody)

room on fire > is this it

case closed

1 decade ago

(nobody)

yup. room on fire. totally underrated.

1 decade ago

bella

this review sums up the night so much better than our slightly intoxicated, completely misspelt iPhone notes!

1 decade ago

Vacuus Animus

I wish he Didn't play Hard To Explain.

1 decade ago

bella

I don't think he should have played any strokes stuff. it just seemed wrong.

1 decade ago

Rav

Agreed, Room On Fire is a good record, but it was hardly a big step from Is this It. Neither album, however, compares to the last minute and a half of Invalid Litter Dept. Hearing that minute and a half was the single greatest experience in my life along with losing my virginity (and it lasted three times as long).

1 decade ago

kidalias

Shady back alley tequila fuelled dealings. I agree on wishing he didn't play Strokes tracks. I really missed his banter. I also miss drunk Julian and wonder if he'll ever come back. I wish he had used lasers or something. You can still be in the dark and have a good light show (Ladytron and Crystal Castles do this well) but he hates cameras and things so the lighting was shit and all I could see were the Sick Six.

Many people give Room On Fire shit for not being that different to Is This It, so they made changes for First Impressions and then they copped a bunch of shit for that too. They probably won't make another Is This It and they don't have to because it exists already. As a package, including the goings on at the time of release, Is This It is probably better but Room On Fire has Reptilia and that wins everything.

Also, as tedious as some of them got in the middle there, the 5 Mars Volta albums are a fuckload better than the 3 Sparta albums.

Is it time for Blue Album vs Pinkerton yet again?

/strokesfangirlend

1 decade ago

Rav

Blue album = Genius. But Pinkerton has El Scorcho. That's a tough debate. To be consistent, I'm going with the Blue album, just cos I love a debut album that rules my world – aka Is This It.

1 decade ago

Rav

Blue album = Genius. But Pinkerton has El Scorcho. That's a tough debate. To be consistent, I'm going with the Blue album, just cos I love a debut album that rules my world – aka Is This It.

1 decade ago

Rav

Oh yeah, and Sparta sucks. But considering Cedric and Omar decided to break up ATD-I because they didn't want to keep making the same music over and over again, they kind of lost that foresight with the Mars Volta. Again, they should've just made Deloused and Francis and moved on. It's like the The Office or Faulty Towers. You need to get out while you're on top of your game. Otherwise you end up like Scrubs.

1 decade ago

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