Listen: Extended Version Of Julian Casablancas’ ‘I Like The Night’

by Eric Van Dril · 49 comments

Thanks to Alex for the link.

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1 Albert September 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm <<<strokes & interpol influenced band

2 Rick September 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

So far what I’ve heard sounds terrible. I hate this style, lacks melody and has repetitive vocals ( akin RiverOBL, You’re So Right).

3 Molly St Clair September 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Freaking Azzaro! Release the full song already!

This sounds great…and it definitely could have worked as a Strokes song, although I love Julian’s solo work too.

4 Futebollounge September 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm


you kidding right? the repetitive guitars are signature Strokes. The repetitive and monotone vocals are signature too. the song is obviously going for the cool factor, which I’m sure azzaro wants.

5 Bobby September 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Is Julian a better guitarist than Albert or Nick? I think as far writing riffs, he probably is. It has to be weird being in that band as a guitarist with Julian writing most of the music.

6 Impish Gnome September 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I definitely DON’T see this as ever being a Strokes song. It sounds cool, as was previously said, so I can dig it.

7 Dillon September 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm

im not gonna lie based on this clip it sounds pretty mediocre. the i like the night part is cool, but the verse is pretty lame. and the arrangment and everything doesnt sound fluid at all. it sounds like it was a strain to sing and to play. hopefully the whole song is better

8 mike! September 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Does it sound like julian is using that google guitar app in this song ?

9 Rick September 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

@Futebollounge : I never said anything about repetitive guitars. HtE and Reptilia are two of my favorite Strokes. It just that this sounds quite mediocre to what Julian usually puts out. I’m not it’s the end of the Strokes or anything, after all it is just music for a fragrance ad.

10 Brianstoorm September 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Thanks for posting this!
I like this song, don’t know why, it’s better than some of Angles!

11 the modern age September 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I absolutely love this. I hear some Strokes sounds in it, but I also hear new stuff (remember both Julian and Azzaro wanted something similar to TIOLI). Also, I love hearing new Julian music, especially when it’s different than his classic Strokes sound- it shows how many different things he can do. Classic Strokes will always be amazing and I’ll always love it, but who wants the the same style to be released forever and ever and ever?

12 KK September 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I think it’s brilliant

13 Skye September 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I think it sounds cool! I wish we had the full song, though!!

On an unrelated note, I just got a Strokes tattoo!! I totally stole the idea, but I got 12:51 on my wrist! I’m psyched and I thought I’d share it with people I know get it! Hahaha

14 CoulddaShoulddaWouldda September 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

This COULD have been a great song if it wasn’t for the AWFUL production.

15 the modern age September 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

@Skye, that’s really cool! Stealing is totally ok…. I might steal that idea from you now.

16 tyler September 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Eh. I thought this song has the potential to be another reptilia, but I’m not to impressed with what I hear so far.

17 Lewis September 25, 2011 at 2:39 am

If anyone other than JC released this song, you wouldn’t give it a second listen. Admit it guys – it’s mediocre at best.

18 the modern age September 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

Everyone bitches that they want more Strokes/Julian music, then when they release it, everyone bitches that it’s not good enough. Just quit bitching.

@Lewis, not trying to be rude, but speak for yourself.

19 Skye September 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

You know, listening to it again, I think I agree with @CoulddaShoulddaWouldda. The song itself sounds cool, but there is something about the production that sounds a bit off. I think that was my problem with some of Angles, too. Good songs, weird production.

20 Olivia September 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Well they did record the first album in a single room… Angles was made by combining the instruments together after playing it solo. So the sound is a little different, clearer and less scruffy. I like the scruffy! =)

21 Skye September 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm

@Olivia I totally agree about the scruffy! I get why Angles sounds the way it does, but it’s just sort of odd to my ears. I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone outside my head, though! hahaha

22 lulu September 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Yeah, to me it sounds like exactly what it is, a commercial. It’s cool

—-> F-O-R- A C-O-M-M-E-R-C-I-A-L.

History … next album, please.

23 H September 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I agree with @modernage. Some folks keep asking for a new song and when it comes out you guys thrash the hell out of it and whine and beg for the next one. Well if you guys keep reminiscing for the ‘old days’ then you may as well spend the rest of your lives looping the ‘Is This It’ album. Cos face it, future=changes because Julian’s taste in music evolves. So let’s just appreciate the new music for what it is and if you’re feeling a bit reminiscent go back and listen to their old records.

Sorry I’m ranting. But it’s not like the strokes are some music-making machines that can come up with new records every year. So when they come out with new stuff I’m grateful.

24 H September 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

On another note, does anyone know how long his contract with Azzarro is and whether he’ll be producing more songs or is this a one shot deal? How many songs did Enrique do for Azzarro?

25 Trooper September 26, 2011 at 9:20 am
26 Julie September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

I’m with H and themodernage that their tastes in music evolve, and it shows they can do more than just one thing. in another 5 or 10 years, people would say “oh all their music sounds the same blah blah blah blah”. Good for all of them for playing and writing in many different styles. They are prob under a lot of pressure too. people are begging for more albums, more tours, another solo album from Julian, etc, and then for fans to say it’s not good enough and call them sell-outs? If you don’t like it, you don’t like it and that’s OK, but calling it crap and saying it sucks is not cool. Especially if you call yourself a fan.

@H, I don’t know about the Azzaro contract thing but my guess is that this is a one time deal

27 tank September 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm
New Nikolai interview from PJ20

28 Bernardo R. September 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thanks alot! That’s one of the best interviews in quite some time now.

29 lulu September 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Whoa, I had no idea being a fan of The Strokes meant you had to appreciate every song with gratitude and check your preferences at the door.

Count me out of that level of fandom!

30 heather September 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I just ran across this interview with Julian on tumblr for those of you who didn’t see it:

Julian Casabalancas Decibel Azzaro Interview *An interview with Julian, in which he talks about music and his work with Azzaro (translated from French, found in Market, a Swiss business magazine)*

To form a rock band like the Strokes, was it a childhood dream?

Julian: This may sound a bit silly from a musician but my dream was to be more of a modern composer than playing in a rock and roll band…I was a fan of many rock bands, so I think it’s great to have created my own group! But I’m probably more interested in the composition itself; that is to say not just “play a few chords and write the melody.” I was really interested in rendering the drums, the accompaniment, that each instrument could do its part to create a nice piece.

What was your first instrument?

Julian: A guitar that I still have but I no longer use. It was cool fifteen years ago but I confess that I think it’s sound is atrocious now.

What groups did you listening to when you were younger?

Julian: I had several phases. I loved Bob Marley, Velvet Underground also…Brian Wilson, John Lennon, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Doors, and many more…Everything from Bob Dylan to Guided by Voices, Beethoven, Tom Petty, Benny Goodman, Bruce Springsteen, Mozart, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, etc…

You cite Velvet Underground as the greatest rock band of all time. Why?

Julian: I think they are superior in many areas. I even feel that they probably were not recognized at fair value. They are immense and continue to inspire me.

What is the most memorable rock moment of your career?

Julian: The reaction of fans to our music. It would be unfair to distinguish one concert from another.

As the main composer of songs, you are known to be meticulous. Perfectionism is rock?

Julian: It’s complicated, I think we can not do something good without a lot of work and intense involvement. Saying that we work a lot is boring, however it is reality. Sometimes the songs come naturally but sometimes require a lot of heart to be put into it. I try not to be too much of a perfectionist but that’s inevitable…you just know when to stop.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Julian: The creative process is mysterious. It’s hard to explain how it works, really. To me, the harder you work, the less inspiration matters.

Why did you want to be a rock star?

Julian: The most important thing is to find your way. For me, music was obvious.

What is your definition of rock?

Julian: The up-tempo of the 1950s, R&B…? But it’s a personal definition that differs depending on each person. My definition corresponds to me. I guess we can give the usual clichés, such as energy, rebellion, youth, recklessness and self-destruction…etc. and also the idea of ​​being bold enough to speak freely?

Do you think the message of a rocker is primarily contained in his music or in the mood he displays openly?

Julian: In his music, of course. However, nowadays, they shape each other, as long as they both come from a sincere approach.

You’ve settled down, you’re married. In your opinion, is it not antithetical to the life of a rocker anymore?

Julian: I found stability in the construction of my personal life. And it does not stop me from expressing myself musically, on the contrary.

Do you think rock music has evolved?

Julian: Of course. The music evolves with the times, the rock also, no matter what it means to people.

Some say rock is dead…

Julian: People say that “everything has been done” since forever, probably because part of their imagination is dead.

Do you think there is a strong link between the ability to keep one’s child’s soul and that of cultivating one’s image?

Julian: Not quite, the idea of ​​cultivating one’s image involves some thought, which strikes me as the opposite of childhood.

Were you familiar with the brand Azzaro?

Julian: I had seen Enrique’s ads, so I knew they had very good taste in men.

Why have you agreed to become the image of Decibel, the new fragrance for men from Azzaro?

Julian: The brand is changing…it changes and grows…it is a concept that suits me a lot now, just like we were in sync. I also think the collaboration with Azzaro gives me the opportunity to reach people I would not have reached within the traditional framework of my work.

What message do you want to convey?

Julian: Musically I’d love to do something more fiery, different, but which is, nevertheless, known. I wish all good things were apparent, but unfortunately, most are pretty underground and remain unknown to the general public.

What do you think of [the cologne’s] name?

Julian: I quite like…if you want a name that makes people think about music, it makes sense.

What do you think are the smells of everyday life that are most associated with rock?

Julian: The smell of bars, smoke, gas, and leather.

Do you think that perfume is an object of seduction?

Julian: A certain smell automatically brings you back to a special memory…and the smell is an important factor in the attraction.

31 Julie September 27, 2011 at 6:30 am

@heather, thanks for that interview

@lulu, it’s not about checking preferences at the door- you can certainly be a fan and not like everything they write. everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but no need for people to be obnoxious about it just b/c it’s not their favorite.

i like what you said ILTN being a commerical and then moving on and being excited about the next album- that’s stating a preference, not just someone talking shit

32 Julie September 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

oh and @H , I appreciate it for what it is too, and I like it on top of that just b/c I do- we’re all glad he (and TS) is back doing his thing after being in freakin hiding forever

33 the modern age September 27, 2011 at 6:57 am

Do people know about this site? I could not stop reading all the past posts. If you know about it, sorry. If not, it’s hilarious and pretty- enjoy!

34 the modern age September 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

Uh, me again. We were talking about lyrics in a previous post. Read below, quoted from an interview with Julian from 2003- interesting to hear his thoughts (or refusal to give away his thoughts). Hope this hasn’t been posted already, but sorry if this is old news or boring. I thought it was cool- and I’m not surprised that he doesn’t give a lot away. He (maybe inadvertently, who knows) let’s the listener interpret it as they please.

(begin quote)
Julian refuses to talk about the lyrics on ‘Room On Fire’, which are as downbeat as the music is euphoric. Though his sometimes ragged, sometimes pleading voice is often low in the mix most of the songs seem to deal with failing relationship. To pick two examples among many, ‘You Talk Way Too Much”s title is self-explanatory, while ‘The Way It Is’ goes “I’m sick of you/And that’s just the way it is.” Though it sounds like the people being sung about Julian has met in the past two years, he says the lyrics aren’t specific. “Sometimes it’s just random people you got to know and your imagination ran about them and others were situations.”

If that’s the case, situations have included depressing one night stands (‘The End Has No End’), relationship break-ups (‘Reptilia’), a dysfunctional love triangle (“She wanted him/He wanted me” — ‘Automatic Stop’) and moments of romantic bliss (‘Under Control’). However, if you press Julian for particulars — like why he changed the title of ‘Ze Newie’ to ‘Thin Love Between Love And Hate’, then to ‘Between Love And Hate’, neither of which phrases appear in the lyrics — he clams up. “I don’t want to talk about it,” he murmurs. “It’s personal stuff.”

35 champlin September 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

wtf these guys sound so strokey 🙂

36 champlin September 28, 2011 at 12:07 am shit man check these guys out.

37 H September 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

@Lulu sorry if you interpreted my earlier message that way, but I certainly didn’t mean we all become mindless fanbots. A certain degree of criticism is always welcome [we all have different tastes, but one thing we have in common is we love Strokes music (even then, realistically not ALL songs). And if you don’t, remind me why you are here? 😉 ]. I prefer civilised discussions instead of mindless, generalised, purely-intended-to-create-chaos-and-hurt-people comments such as: ‘Sellout! / This sucks! / He’ll never be successful again! / It doesn’t sound like Is This It so I hate it’ etc

38 H September 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm

@ the modern age I vaguely recall reading that interview before. Isn’t it curious that most song titles mentioned in that para actually don’t appear in Strokes songs. Maybe it’s another one of those artistic licenses.

@julie oh yes they’ve been in hiding too long for my taste, but so far this has been a good year! Hope they win EMA for a change– it’s something that would show their music is still appreciated even in today’s Top 40 pop atmosphere.

39 the modern age September 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

@H, I love how he titles the songs 🙂 classic Julian.

40 joe September 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm

@ champlin. fuck your band. stop spamming.

41 joe September 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

no full song yet?

42 wolfman September 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

wheres the nooz??

43 Julie September 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

@joe, LOL

44 Giorgi T September 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

When can we expect the full song?

45 tank October 2, 2011 at 2:35 am

i need some new news or music! why cant they release some bsides or ANYTHING!

46 Gabs December 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

cm´on ! I WANT FUC”#NG FULL SONG! is sound so great i love the guitar , i didnt know about jilian casablancas until he appear in this commercial with this song so cool ! the guitar awesome , and his voice sound good with the guitar is a good fusion.

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