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Julian Casablancas covers Buddy Holly

Strokes front man - Julian Casablancas - promoting his solo debut at Luna Music, where community and music live. Photographed by Duncan Alney.

New solo material from Strokes front man Julian Casabalancas. He’s covering Buddy Holly’s “Rave On”.

Julian Casablancas Photo Credit

Duncan Alney is equally inspired by Wyclef Jean, Brian Eno, and Kieslowski. He’s living the American Dream with his wife Angela and their cats Boogie, Pookie and Zooie.


Julian Casablancas: A portrait. No, really.

Known as the often drunk, interesting, Strokes man, Julian Casablancas has shed this mantle. He’s 31. He’s married. He’s got a kid. He’s got two dogs. And he’s got a new solo debut album, Phrazes for the Young, that he wrote and financed himself. It’s not what you might expect — complex and keyboard-heavy. And it’s catchy.

It will resonate in your head, long after you take the needle off the record. It’s been critically acclaimed (for good reason) and he’s been touring to support it. Standing inside the back office at Luna Music, last week, chatting on his phone, Julian looked uneffected by the line that curved around the block.

Clad in skin tight red leather pants, white high tops, black T, and an almost bomber looking brown jacket with his trade mark shaggy ’70s hairstyle, Casablancas is a lot of things. Johnny Depp could play him in a movie, or could have played him in a movie 15 years ago. All these people waiting for a glimpse, a signature, a smile and maybe a photo with the man. And let me tell you, Julian dispensed all of the above as if they were going out of style. “A picture with each of you?” he says to a group of shiny-eyed girls. There was no interview for Passionati, but 2 minutes for a photo before the crowds came in. I shot two frames. Here’s the one that I like.

Strokes front man - Julian Casablancas - promoting his solo debut at Luna Music, where community and music live. Photographed by Duncan Alney.

If you don’t know his music – this is tequila on the rocks. Don’t skimp. Buy the best you can. And do listen to “out of the blue”. Then you’ll know that Julian Casablancas has stolen your song, my song, our songs. And I’m not sure how he did it. But it’s a story I’ve lived, and know. Drink up baby. The song plays on.

– Duncan Alney

For our international Friends who can’t listen to Lala (bad Apple!)

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Valentine’s Day: In Rotation Mix 2/13/10

Albatros by Besnard Lakes

Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody! Here’s this week’s In Rotation Playlist. There’s some cool new stuff and as usual a couple of gems from the past. This week my friend Justin Keller welcomed me to my new favorite album, and it just might be that, The Beach House’s “Teen Dream” is just gorgeous. There are so many great tracks on here. I’ve been listening to the new Sade album. How does that woman stay looking so young and beautiful? Thanks for Keenan for recommending the Julian Casablancas album (he’s also in the Strokes). Love love love the AM track. You’ll notice a Patsy Cline number in here – and although Jim Reeves has billing – where is he? There’s the reappearance of Spice 1 and a remixed Luniz track. Not to mention two songs from the Valentine’s Day soundtrack. Of course, there’s the Broken Bell track – uber-talented Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz’s “Demon Days” and Beck’s “Modern Guilt”) collaborating with The Shins frontman James Mercer – its a soft-rock electronica milk shake!

Lastly, the video for “We are the world” part 2 – it will move you! I love to see talented people coming together for a greater cause. Download the song. Support the people of Haiti!

Enough of this, listen to the mix. Kiss someone you love. Hug someone you like. Call someone that loves you forever. Be sweet to yourself.

– Duncan

To order any of this music, please go to Luna Music! Click this link below.