My review over Angles, published in the Monitor today.
After five years of releasing solo albums, beginning families, dating supermodels and taking trips to rehab (not necessarily in that order), The Strokes finally have made their comeback. One of rock music’s best bands, The Strokes released their fourth studio album, Angles, on Tuesday.
The Strokes has gathered something of a super-fan base (Facebook page “The Strokes, best band ever” has almost 4,000 fans), and these followers only have become more dedicated after a five year absence of music. Unlike self-respecting people who tend not to schedule their lives around a band, super-fans expect nothing less than perfection on the album Angles.
"Soma" is my favorite song by The Strokes - the lyrics (hint: read Brave New World), and the way that Jules belts it at the end (“They liiiked it, tried to hide it, says ‘I’ve been doin this twenty-five yeeears’”), gah. Just such a perfect song.
I posted this song to celebrate Angles, finally released today! Though the album is streaming online, I recommend that you buy it to support the boys. I’m currently writing a review of the album for our newspaper; I’ll let y’all read my thoughts when it’s published on Friday.
I wrote the editorial staff column a couple of weeks ago. Here’s an excerpt:
Unlike students surviving junior high school today, we vaguely can remember life before the Internet. We can remember even more vividly the evolution of the Internet, from the time when email was novelty (case in point: Britney Spears’ 1999 song “E-mail My Heart”), to today, when waiting for more than 15 seconds for a webpage to load necessitates an angry status update as soon as we get to Facebook (“William Jewell College: your Internet is the worst!”). For us, instant gratification has not always been available. Though it is difficult to imagine a world without Wikipedia, we encourage William Jewell students to set apart a time in their week to disconnect completely from technology. Whether your Saturday afternoons are reserved for a quiet walk through the park or your bedtime is preceded by half an hour of novel-reading, making a conscious effort to detach and concentrate can help only you. This way, you can not only improve your G.P.A., but work to enrich your relationships—without typing “LOL, TTYL.”
I am utterly incapable of practicing what I preach. I am beginning a blog - a real one, not a tumblog - that will document my time abroad beginning this summer. Though it’s essentially personal, I’ll also write in a much more professional manner, so that my college (and potential employers/grad schools…hmmm) can read it too. I’ll still keep up with this tumblog, adding the not-so-polite bits and pieces of my trip, though I’ll probably generally be posting photos and music on tumblr.
If you want to check out my new blog, which is still under design construction, it’s at www.kasiachronicles.wordpress.com. As soon as I straighten out the kinks, I’ll let err’body know.