Strokes' Julian Casablancas reveals solo album artwork
The Strokes' Julian Casablancas has revealed the cover artwork for his debut solo album 'Phrazes For The Young'.
The sleeve, pictured on the right, features the frontman mixing old music equipment with new. On Casablancas' left is an antique guitar with a modern fretboard, while a digital gramophone is to his right.
A dog appears to be pulling at Casablancas' velvet coat as he sits in the centre of the image, which you can also view at his official website, Juliancasablancas.com.
Speaking in a world exclusive interview with NME.COM in August, Casablancas confirmed he is planning to play gigs in the UK soon. "It will probably be October, roughly," he said.
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas Sets Release Date for Solo Debut
9/4/2009 By Josiah Hughes
Strokes front-man Julian Casablancas has barely dropped any info about his upcoming solo LP, Phrazes for the Young. When we first told you about Casablancas’s release, other than a pretty amazing viral video (viewable below), few details were known about the record. Now though, a release date has been confirmed.
Announced via Stereogum’s Twitter, all that is known is that the album will be out on October 20, and will be dropping via Cult/RCA Records. A tracklisting has yet to be released but the above image is the album art.
On top of the solo album, Casablancas has confirmed that the Strokes are not done and are actually at work on their fourth LP. However, no release date has been set yet.
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas Performs Solo Set in Tokyo
9/3/09, 3:03 pm EST
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas and a six-piece live band performed a solo concert on September 1st at Tokyo, Japan’s Duo Music Exchange, giving fans an eight-song preview of what they’ll hear on his upcoming debut solo album Phrazes for the Young. Whereas the Strokes are known for their stripped-down throwback rock & roll, Casablancas’ solo venture finds the singer experimenting with drum machines, synths and violins. “Introducing new instruments into the Strokes would be like adding new characters to a sitcom,” Casablancas tells Rolling Stone. “With this CD, I wanted to do everything.”
The Tokyo concert opened with a performance of “Out of the Blue,” a standout track that Rolling Stone’s Austin Scaggs described as a raucous love song after Casablancas played it for him for a recent In the Studio story. “I’m going to hell in a leather jacket, at least I’ll be in another world while you’re pissing on my casket,” Casablancas sings on the tune. All eight of Phrazes‘ songs were performed in Tokyo, including “River of Brake Lights,” “Glass” and “Ludlow St.” that the Smoking Section mentioned back in July. (We’d embed a song or two from the Tokyo show, but RCA is smacking them off YouTube at a startling rate.)
For Phrazes for the Young — a nod to Oscar Wilde’s “Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young,” which was the album’s greatest inspiration — Casablancas teamed with engineer Jason Leder and Bright Eyes/Monsters of Folk multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis, as well as Jenny Lewis’ touring guitarist Blake Mills on a few tracks. When Casablancas embarks on a tour in support of Phrazes, he expects to have Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi in tow.
“[The Strokes] seem very excited for me, which makes me happy,” Casablancas tells Rolling Stone. “So far, so good.” Since the release of First Impressions of Earth, almost all the Strokes have gone the side project/solo route: Albert Hammonds Jr. has released a pair of solo discs, bassist Nikolai Fraiture became Nickel Eye and drummer Fabrizio Moretti aligned with Little Joy. However, the Strokes have penciled in March 2010 for their next album, with Casablancas telling RS the band has a “boatload” of songs.
Track Listing from Amazon.com
1. Out of the Blue
2. River of Brake Lights
3. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse
4. 11th Dimension
5. Ludlow St.
7. Left & Right In The Dark
I think most of this is old news, but it hasn't been posted yet. So although the videos of his performance was taken off, I think some users have uploaded them onto YouTube under different titles/names/subjects.