MP3s: Stroked: A Tribute To Is This It
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

  • Posted by: Elana Ehrenberg

With the reissue of Nirvana's Nevermind to commemorate the impact it made when it was released 20 years ago, it only makes sense that we should also commemorate the revival of the indie scene in New York ten years ago with the release of Is This It by The Strokes. To do this, Stereogum has unveiled STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It. The album is a collection of covers of each of the tracks from the original album done by current indie artists such as Peter Bjorn and John, Real Estate, Austra, the morning benders, and Heems.

When The Strokes released Is This It, back on July 30th 2001, it put New York City back on the map musically, and forced a resurgence and revival of the city's rock and roll roots. 2001 New York became the epicenter of the post-punk revival with bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Dice, etc. creating new ideas that branched off the base of the legacies before them. Is This It was both old and new at the same time.

This album of covers just shows the progression of indie music ten years later. Things have slowed down a bit and the sounds are vintage once again, yet still possess some sort of newness and youthfulness to them. The Strokes, and more specifically the album, Is This It, have influenced each of these artists in a very unique way.

You can download the full album for free here. And check out the track list below. To read what each artist had to say about their track, check out Stereogum's full article here.

Track List:
01 Peter Bjorn and John - "Is This It"
02 Chelsea Wolfe - "The Modern Age"
03 Frankie Rose - "Soma"
04 Real Estate - "Barely Legal"
05 Wise Blood - "Someday"
06 Austra - "Alone, Together"
07 the morning benders - "Last Night"
08 Owen Pallett - "Hard To Explain"
09 Heems - "New York City Cops"
10 Deradoorian - "Trying Your Luck"
11 Computer Magic - "Take It Or Leave It"

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