Julian Casablancas (Probably) Not Working on 2nd Solo Album, Strokes IV Release Date Has Not Been Set

by Eric Van Dril · 8 comments

Is that really a Busta Bust shirt?

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.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claire September 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Am I the only one that suspects that they’re all on vacation until Fab finishes up with Little Joy?

2 Jordan September 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I don’t know, maybe that Julian blurb was removed because it was supposed to be saved for a big announcement?

Most unlikely but it seems like they had a big campaign set for Phrazes for the Young that died right after the album came out, (save the 11th Dimension video). Maybe they want to try again?

3 Ibrahim September 13, 2010 at 4:23 am

When I saw this picture I thought they were gonna add some double bass lines to their songs, wich seemed at first sight, er… weird. But it ain’t a recent pic, right?

4 Ilya September 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

Kudos on the fact checking this weekend…I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds it insulting how uncommitted the press is to factual reporting for Strokes pieces. Did you see SPIN’s review of outside lands talked about the band playing “new tunes” (i assume in reference to the FIOE songs which, while SPIN shat on them in 06, seems to love them now).

That kind of shit shouldn’t pass for journalism, so keep pressing on reporting of questionable Strokes “facts”…

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