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Single Serving: Stroked (Various Artists Tribute to The Strokes – Is This It)

Tribute albums can be tricky.  After all, the source material is often considered sacred by many fans – and it can be quite difficult to compile a collection of songs by different artists that will satisfy even hard core fans of the original artist.  And despite these challenges, Stereogum previously managed to curate the best Radiohead tribute album (perhaps the hardest band to successfully cover) I’ve heard to date with their OK X tribute that featured Vampire Weekend, My Brightest Diamond, and John Vanderslice (amongst others).  They even followed it up with excellent tribute albums for R.E.M. and Bjork that featured scores of great bands/artists.  Well, it seems they are swinging for the fences again, this time pulling together some of indie rocks finest new stars for a tribute marking the 10 year anniversary of the Strokes’ Is This It.  Amongst others, the collection includes tracks by Peter, Bjorn & John; Chelsea Wolf; Owen Pallett; Real Estate; Wise Blood; the Morning Benders; Heems from Das Racist; and more.  However you feel about the source material (which is still pretty epic in my mind – although not on par with OK Computer) the quality of the individual contributions by the covering artists cannot be denied.  You can download the tribute in its entirety with liner-notes penned by the artists from Stereogum.  Below you can check out two of the finest cuts from the collection.

Real Estate – Barely Legal
The Morning Benders – Last Night

Go to Stereogum to download the collection.

Posted by Matthew Hickey

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Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • http://veryarbitrary.blogspot.com Brian

    Just now getting a chance to listen to tracks that I’ve snagged from you and others over the last few week or so. Some great shiznit man!

    I like the Stereogum tributes. It’s great when young artists and music fans are asked to acknowledge and reconsider recent classics.

    Lost in the debates, backlash, and hyperbole that surrounds artists like the Strokes is often the music itself. Is This It features some of the most captivating and uncanny pop arrangements of our time. The lowfi, Velvet Underground by way of Television aesthetic was merely packaging for great songs as this tribute reveals.

    Indie music needs more artists that secretly dream of writing “hits”.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Matthew

    I agree – indie could use a few good artists who are dreaming of writing a big hit. And they are there. I think Chris Chu of the Morning Benders, for example, has more than a few big hits in him.

  • http://veryarbitrary.blogspot.com Brian

    Yeah, a couple of the tracks from the Morning Benders last full length definitely show evidence of that.

  • http://veryarbitrary.blogspot.com Brian

    To be fair, if the music industry wasn’t zombified by greed there would be a lot of artists that would be household names by now.

    I think Teen Dream by Beach House is overflowing with “hits”, which as I’ve said before, should not be a bad word.

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