I was in Champaign, Illinois yesterday and I’m just sitting down to write about this weekend’s reports of a Strokes IV release date set and Danielle Haim traveling to New York City to help Julian Casablancas with his second solo album.
As I wrote on the TSN Twitter account yesterday, under the consultation of my Strokes bestie, the NME mistake was probably just another example of a small mistake by NME in their reporting. Instead of writing that Strokes IV’s tentative release date is March 2011, NME wrote “Frontman Julian Casablancas has scheduled a release date for March 11 for their fourth studio LP,” while linking to this story where Julian predicts the album’s release date.
Simply, March 11, 2011 doesn’t make sense for the album’s release because it’s a Friday and albums are released on Mondays and Tuesday in the UK and US, respectively.
Sorry people, but Strokes IV still doesn’t have a release date.
The second piece of news that made me do a double take this weekend was a report that Danielle Haim had traveled to New York City to help Julian work on the follow-up record to Phrazes For The Young. The tiny blurb was found at this link (as you can see in the URL, which lists Julian’s name), but has since been removed.
I don’t know why it was removed, but my best guess would be because it’s untrue.
What started as a humongous weekend in Strokes news has ended as nothing more than a bunch of wasted tweets and false excitement.