Julian Casablancas has launched a new website featuring a politics section and introductory mixtapes to classic artists.
The singer, who’s currently writing music with The Strokes, updated his website with a ‘Politics’ section featuring videos and excerpts of texts by thinkers and activists including Martin Luther King Jr and Noam Chomsky. The “Master Mixtapes” section features “truly essential” song sets by “universally cool super-champs” Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley.
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Introducing the politics section, Casablancas writes: “recently, some folks have asked us what we think is worth checking out, historically or politically… regardless of your leanings, we find this information helpful in understanding our current world better. if it’s not consistent with your opinions that’s fine, just sharing what we think is relevant and perhaps out of mainstream sight.”
See the new site here.
Meanwhile, Casablancas recently shared a new video for his track with The Voidz, ‘Human Sadness’ .
Casablancas released his most recent album ‘Tyranny’ with The Voidz in autumn 2014. The ‘Human Sadness’ clip was premiered at screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Washington DC, Boston, Miami, Nashville, and Montreal from May 20-26.
The clip for ‘Human Sadness’, evoking the style of classic rock videos, is interspersed with war footage and scenes from modern urban life. It stretches to an epic 13 minutes in length. Watch in full below.
The Strokes made their live return earlier this month (May 8) at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival. See photos of the gig here. They are also set to play their first UK gig in five years when they headline the British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park on June 18.
The Strokes released their last album ‘Comedown Machine’ in 2013, with frontman Casablancas recently revealing that the band are working on new music.
Meanwhile, Casablancas’ Strokes bandmate Albert Hammond Jr has confirmed details of a new solo LP. Titled ‘Momentary Masters’, the album follows on from 2013’s ‘AHJ’ EP, as well as 2006 debut ‘Yours to Keep’ and 2008’s ‘¿Cómo Te Llama?’.
The 10-track record will be released on July 31 via Vagrant. Hear opening track ‘Born Slippy’ now.