After last, Big Ass Show, Saturday one thing is clear: Summer is over. It's gone, baby. We are now in the season of reverence, thoughtfulness, self-reflection, warm beverages and too-soon festive decorations lining store shelves.
So, in the spirit of the changing leaves and chilly air I have assembled 25 songs that I think fit the season. It's probably not the cheeriest of playlists, but there is some great stuff here. Some of it you may know and some not so much. Some of the songs are new and some old. And yes, the list leans a little hipster - tis the season of scarfs, after all.
Feel free to leave some of your own suggestions in the comments.
(Note: This is a playlist, so hit play and let it roll).
1. Radiohead "How to Disappear Completely"
2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Skeletons"
3. Julian Casablancas of The Strokes "I'll Try Anything Once"
4. Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah"
5. Alt-J "Warm Foothills"
6. Arcade Fire "Rococo"
7. Mando Diao "How We Walk"
8. Foo Fighters "Walking After You"
9. Death Cab For Cutie "Cath"
10. Fleet Foxes "White Winter Hymnal"
11. Perfume Genius "Queen"
12. Interpol "My Blue Supreme"
13. Phantogram "The Day You Died"
14. Stars "In Our Bedroom After the War"
15. Beck "Waking Light"
16. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins "Melt Your Heart"
17. Smashing Pumpkins "To Shelia"
18. Young the Giant "Mind Over Matter"
19. Incubus "Stellar"
20. Blood Orange "It Is What It Is"
21. Reptile Youth "Shooting Up Sunshine"
22. Spoon "Let Me Be Mine"
23. Nine Inch Nails "The Great Below"
24. Alkaline Trio "Help Me"
25. Joey Cape and Tony Sly "International You Day"
Julian Casablancas is 36 today, so X96 thought we would look back at our 6 favorite songs from The Strokes and his solo career.
Rumor has it The Strokes have a new album in the works and Mr. Casablancas' side project, Julian and The Voidz will have something in the future as well.
In no random order here are the six songs featuring Julian any that playlist should include:
1. "Last Night" - The build up, the beat, the pinnacle: "Laaaaaasssst Niiiightttt..." I can't count how many amazing night have started or ended with this song.
2. "Between Love and Hate" - From 2003's "Room On Fire" this song provides apathy to either traditional gender roles or the end of a relationship. I am not sure which, maybe both, but you can sing your voice out to it.
3. "On the Otherside" - Again, not so much a ray of sunshine of here, but then again if you wanted that you would listen to Pat Boone. Now sing that damn hook out loud!
4. "Taken For A Fool" - Knocking on the door of Rick Ocasek and The Cars, this would the poppier side of The Strokes. One of my personal favorites. How this song was not a massive hit is a cultural mystery.
5. "Out of the Blue" - This song has the swing of a 70's TV show theme. That isn't an insult. It's a moving, traveling, outliner of a song. Perhaps it has something to do that it's from Mr. Casablancas' first solo album, "Phrazes for the Young."
6. "Red Light" - "Get yourself a lawyer and a gun." That line hits my head a bloated-headed hammer. What else can you say? It leaves one at the end of culture, society, a relationship and perhaps wits. Grim advice has never been so well-placed.
Let me make a small suggestion for your weekend. Go down to your favorite watering hole, put $5 in the digital machine that used to be a jukebox and set up a playlist of your favorite songs from The Strokes. All will be fine in the world.
The Strokes, oh the times I've had listening to you. There's that one time 6 friends and myself put $40 into the jukebox at Dick N' Dixies and proceeded to close the bar down singing every song in your catalogue. The patrons hated us. We didn't care. Or the time we invented that holiday, "Strokesgiving" - for those of you who want to know it takes place the Saturday proceeding Thanksgiving. It's basically getting friends together and taking over a jukebox and singing for hours...you get the idea.
There was that time I met a really cute girl in Vegas and we talked about our favorite songs from The Strokes. We totally made out and I got her phone number, but she was from Australia.
So many good times have come to my life from this band's music.
Anyway, they posted the picture today on Facebook today. I can't wait! Give me this now...oh, and you can follow them on Facebook here.
Also, Julian Casablancas is getting ready to launch his second solo album with his new backing band, The Voidz.