It’s about that time, Strokes fans. It’s been 10 years since they released their classic album that kicked off their career. So to celebrate this momentous occasion for the band, Stereogum have compiled a free mixtape called ‘STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It’, featuring 11 covers of the songs featured on ‘Is This It’.
If you swing by Stereogum, you can read short blurbs from each act involved about what the song they covered means to them. The mixtape features Peter Bjorn And John, Chelea Wolfe, Frankie Rose, Real Estate, Wise Blood, Austra, The Morning Benders, Owen Pallett, Heems, Deradoorian and Computer Magic.
I’m really enjoying The Morning Benders’ version of ‘Last Nite’, of which band member Chris Chu refers to as “a Beatles song…It’s classic early-Beatles Lennon, and an approach to pop structure that still hasn’t really been tapped into. There’s no clear verse or chorus, just one main hook and melody.”
And Computer Magic’s take on ‘Take It Or Leave It’ – a song which Danielle Johnson says “has a pretty level headed obvious message to it, it’s one of my favorites.”
What do you think of this mixtape? Which track is your favourite?