The Strokes‘ debut album Is This It was first released on 7/30/01. To help celebrate this 10th Anniversary, Stereogum asked some of our favorite indie bands to cover each track. The resulting collection, STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It, is a free tribute album!
The Strokes maybe never topped Is This It, but you can’t blame them for that. Part of the record’s appeal is also the youthfulness of it, something you can’t replicate even a year later. That said, they definitely found a way to bottle it on the album itself: If you listen to it now, 10 years later, it sounds as fresh (and vintage) as ever. Which is maybe why its sound continues to surface in 2011 among both shaggy rock groups, yeah, but also kids with keyboards in their bedrooms and folks wearing sunglasses behind their laptops.(Download via Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It - Stereogum)