Video: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at Lollapalooza Argentina

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1 squirrel April 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

@SAS, Thanks. =) Effy & Cassie (+ Cook) will forever be some of my fave tv characters, no shame.

2 LillySu April 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I watched the show and I think this one is the best in this series. Sound fixed, distortion in Julian’s mic almost completely gone, the band playing beautifully, Julian’s voice amazing, his mood so good, great chemistry between them. They made magic this time. But, I’m sure not all of you will agree.

3 Mel April 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

@Kristine-not in their music they don’t at least. Sales don’t lie.

4 Oh Shit Bacon April 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

@LillySu
Fully agree, it was their best show. Step by step the Voidz are improving and Julian is full of energy. I’m more and more excited about these new songs

5 SAS April 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm

@squirrel – LOL no shame at all – me too, series 1 & 2 classic Brit TV..

6 Ze Stroker April 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

@LillySu

I actually prefer that show from Lollapalooza Argentina, maybe it’s just because that awesome Reptillia performance.

7 ___ April 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omP_GrOgcC8
Such a good version of I’ll Try Anything Once

Does anyone have a link for a recording of the Brazil performance?

8 Next Dimension April 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Man do you guys remember this? It was fantastic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ0qSSRN9uU

9 Conroy April 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm

So glad I decided to watch Winter Soldier instead of this. Winter Soldier> Julian’s performances, but literally anything else would at this point. :(

Just to clarify, I’m not knocking Winter Soldier down, that film is amazing.

10 Television April 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm

@Conroy – The Argentina and Chile shows were fairly good. Last night’s show in Bogota blew both of those away in terms of quality. I’m waiting on someone to post a video of the stream

11 Matt April 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Julian should definitely play ITAO one of these days.

12 E319 April 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Just saw the video that Next Dimension posted (killer performance btw) …. I could be wrong but I think the keyboardist on the right is the same keyboardist in the Voidz.

13 WesThunder April 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm

IMHO Julian’s new songs aren’t living up to any of his past work with the strokes or even on phrazes. It just seems like he’s trying too hard to be different, and in doing so he is placing the atmosphere of the song before the actual melody of the song (priority-wise). Of course the melodies are still there, and each song emits a specific feeling, but they are somewhat lackluster when comparing to his previous songs. Even in live performances where Julian’s singing is off, the good songwriting saved the performance and in these new songs with his 50/50 singing the songwriting isn’t covering his behind like it should be doing. A lot of artists get wrapped up stylistically like the Arctic Monkeys, when they should be focusing on the melodies,chord progressions, and rhythms instead of how synthy,weird, or 1960’s sounding they can make it. Julez will come around. Doubt anyone will read this, oh well just my 2 cents.

14 Television April 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

@Wes

I agree with most of what you say, but I think the fact that AM was so stylistic is the only reason the Arctic Monkeys were able to create a relevant album again. However, style shouldn’t be the foundation of your work; it should be something that sits on a foundation of melodies, talent, technical abilities, etc. It’s not enough to just be melodic. What separates the Strokes from most bands is that their stylistic concept stands out and has now been copied by so many. Good melodies are generally a minimum requirements in this era.

As far as Julian’s new stuff, the concept is great, but I too worry that he’s forcing too much concept and technicalities into his songs. I’ts hard to tell what the album will sound like based simply off live shows, but all of the songs seem catchy enough in their own right. I just wish that instead of thinking outside the box, he would do what the Strokes did by just reshaping the box. It would be awesome to see what Julian (or The Strokes) could do with just focusing on stretching out the pace of their songs; shifting the timing and strumming. Not sure I’m painting a good picture of the sound, but I have a specific style playing in my head that has high praise value.

Does anyone else fantasize about advising the Strokes on new sounds? Julian has the ability to collaborate with anyone. Imagine an album where he has Win Butler, Alex Turner, Daft Punk, etc. featuring. I know it’s not his style, but fuck it, he should just go stadium status with it at this point. The Strokes have held off from selling out for so long that I don’t think anyone will judge them if they start now.

15 Bauzá April 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I cant believe what Rolling Stone Argentina wrote… thats just not right (http://www.rollingstone.com.ar/1677434-lollapalooza-dia-1-arcade-fire-pone-a-una-multitud-en-trance)

“JULIAN CASABLANCAS

Crecido, el cantante de The Strokes sonó en el MainStage 2 como alguien que ha vuelto a consumir drogas duras. Su nuevo show (una especie de adelanto del que será su segundo disco solista), presenta a un grupo de death-metal que no tiene intenciones de simpatizar. ”

JULIAN CASABLANCAS

Grown, the lead singer of The Strokes played in the MainStage 2 like someone who has returned to take hard drugs. His new show (kind of a snippet of what his second solo album will sound like) shows a group of death metal that has no intentions of sympathize.

WHAT THE FUCK?

16 yeah April 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm
17 WesThunder April 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

@yeah in that vid @ 42:35 you can definitely tell Julian needs vocal lessons. He sings way too throaty and nasally without much diaphragm support.

18 ten April 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

‘more vocal on julian’, thank you! another naughty adlib on arabic. luv the new keyboard part on biz dog and jules improv on 11th d. they’re still reworking on the songs.

19 Matheus April 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm

I’ve just come from Lollapalooza Brazil … man, that show was weird. Nobody here (most people went to see Muse) understand a fucking thing. The sound was bad, poorly mixed and distorted. And it was only the Julian’s that was so! Phoenix, Capital Cities and Muse (the band’s main stage) sounded perfectly.

PS: the band had a decent soundcheck … they were more than 1 hour checking and checking the sound (the guitar only Beardo, about 5 times)

Another bad thing … the area of ​​the main stage was huge, could fit 80,000 people to give you an idea. And Julian did not use the screens, only those ‘noise-screen “… the people who were behind others complained that they could not hear or see the show decently.

20 andrea April 6, 2014 at 5:46 am

So much nonsense in these gigs, i wouldn’t be surprised if they will quit soon.

21 Derek April 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I just noticed it said Julian Casablanca” no “S” in the bottom corner throughout the entire performance…whoops

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