New Book Details the Strokes and Ryan Adams Rocky Relationship

On May 23rd, journalist Lizzy Goodman will share her book Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011, an oral history which will delve into New York City’s rock scene at the beginning of the 21st century. In anticipation of this, Vulture has published an excerpt from the book focusing directly on The Strokes, generally considered one of the coolest bands to emerge from the scene. The entire read is captivating, particularly in its exploration of the band’s relationship with musician Ryan Adams, whom some credit as the reason for The Strokes ultimate demise.

The article considers the band’s ambivalence over their immediate success and impending fame after the release of their phenomenal debut album Is This It, as well as issues with drugs, with lead singer Julian Casablancas supposedly threatening to beat up Ryan Adams if he were to see Albert Hammond Jr. (the Strokes’ guitarist) again. “He’d heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, ‘If you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your ass.’ I hadn’t really been doing it in baggie form until Ryan showed up. He was definitely a bad influence.”

Aside from these sordid details, the article also explores the group’s relationship with Courtney Love, as well as their professional jealousy of The Killers. It’s well worth the read.

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Broken Social Scene Team Up with Feist for New Single ‘Hug of Thunder’

The last time we listened to a new album from Broken Social Scene was all the way back in 2010 with Forgiveness Rock Record. On July 7th the band will release their first full-length album since then, Hug of Thunder, which was first introduced in March with the single ‘Halfway Home’. Now, the record’s second single and title track have been released for your listening pleasure, and a melancholy pleasure it is, with Feist lending her lovely voice to the song. Hug of Thunder will also feature contributions from the band’s fifteen original members.

Broken Social Scene will be touring through the summer and are scheduled to stop at the Field Trip Music and Arts Festival at Fort York in Toronto on June 3rd.


Beach House Release New Track ‘Chariot’, Detail New B-Sides and Rarities Album

After having hinted at an upcoming album of B-sides and previously unreleased tracks earlier in the year, a new Beach House album has made its way onto iTunes. The album is appropriately called B-Sides and Rarities and features two previously unreleased tracks ‘Chariot’, and ‘Baseball Diamond’, the former of which can be listened to below. Also among the track list is a cover of Queen’s ‘Play the Game’.

The band will be touring during the summer but unfortunately, have no Canadian stops scheduled yet.

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Listen to Courtney Barnett’s New Song ‘How to Boil an Egg’

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has unveiled a new upbeat stand-alone track titled ‘How to Boil an Egg’, a song replete with the self-conscious and darkly clever lyrics fans have come to expect from the offbeat artist. The twangy, yet gritty guitar driven number is an old one from Barnett’s catalog, which she has reworked and recorded playing every instrument as part of a studio experiment.

“I used to perform this song at all the open mics when I was 21,” Barnett said of “How to Boil an Egg.” “It never got recorded, so for personal posterity, I updated it and made this version recently when I was bunkered up in the bush doing some demos for my next album”.

Barnett’s fantastic Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit was released in 2015.

 

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