Saturday, 8 November 2008

Alone We Stand, Together We Fall Apart?

The amount of Strokes' side-projects out there now is insane - combine the side-projects and you have more albums than the band itself have made so far - but at least they're finally confirmed to get working again in February. And, at least the side-projects are fantastic. Perhaps the most well-known is guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., whose catchy two solo albums [buy HERE] have been widely praised; then there's drummer Fab Moretti's group, Little Joy, with Binki Shapiro and Rodrigo Amarante, whose new album [buy HERE] is full of delightfully mellow and summery tunes, not to mention bassist Nikolai's promising upcoming album, 'The Time of Assassins', which offers clean, fluid guitars and drawling vocals, with the help of Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Regina Spektor, under the amusing name Nickel Eye [album released early 2009]. And as if all of that weren't enough, there is also jazz/pop combo Megapuss, consisting of Devendra Banhart and Greg Rogove who utilise Fab Moretti for his mad drumming skills.
Their music varies from very floaty, serene and atmospheric, to upbeat, kooky and jazzy, the massive jumps in variety not too dissimilar from Devendra's own songs. Their new video for track, 'Adam and Steve' (from the "upbeat, kooky and jazzy" half of the Megapuss style) is a self-professed mix of Right Said Fred's, 'I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt' and George Michael's, 'Faith': in other words, the video is incredible. Watch out for a cameo from Strokes' guitarist Nick Valensi. Is it just me, or is the riff stolen from 'Careless Whisper'? Megapuss - 'Adam and Steve': Their album, 'Surfing', will be released on Nov 10th and you can pre-order it HERE. I recommend you get your hands on all of the music mentionned in this post, seriously awesome.
Meanwhile, Nick Valensi is raising his kids (awww) and Julian Casablancas is spending quality time with the wife (awww) and...umm...co-founding a Korean barbecue restaurant with Steve Aoki and various actors from 'That 70's Show'. Good times.

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