Video: Julian Casablancas appears in his 2nd SNL Digital Short

by Eric Van Dril · 85 comments

Jules pops up at the 1:10 second mark.

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1 Matt May 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

You beat me to the explanation of laser cats, but yeah, after a lot of trying to figure out things Julian says, you get used to his “Julian-Speak”.

2 Annie 1251 May 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

You are right that some of those tumblrs do have crazy stuff!
Choco is always finding pictures and GIFs that have me laughing. but that Julian website seems to be just tons of good pictures – I haven’t seen anything too outrageous there (yet!)

I Googled the lyrics for UCoD because I couldn’t understand his “Julian-Speak”. And for a year I sang “Get up in the morning, give it your all” – incorrectly- (it’s supposed to be “Get up in the morning, yelling no more”).
When Dillon told me the correct version -I felt so stupid! I was like “Julian!! wtf!!” lol!

3 Choco May 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm
4 Choco May 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I love that Julian tumblr thing! I don’t think I can get off it lol

I don’t think I can get over Julian’s hair here. Juliet looks beautiful, but then you see Julian…

5 LillySu May 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm

But, with that smile he can pull of everything, even that hair. Love to see him so happy.

6 Don't Be A Coconut May 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

Guys guys guys!!! You’re never gonna believe what I found! I found Barely Legal and Take It or Leave It from the MTV 2$ Bill Concert in crystal clear DVD quality!!
Barely Legal:
Take It or Leave It:
Its amazing!!

7 LillySu May 16, 2012 at 2:52 am

@Don’t Be A Coconut
It’s beautiful!!! Than you thank you thank you!

8 Dillon May 16, 2012 at 5:51 am

that video is so cool, obviously i like everyone else here has seen all the 2 $ bill songs but never quite like that

and something about that performance of barely legal in particular. The way he sings “oh mama running out of luck” during the second verse, he changes the melody and i love it so much. I really wish he did that on the recorded version.

9 Nicki May 16, 2012 at 6:28 am

@ don’t be a coconut thank you!!! I’ve only been able to find TMA and NYCC in high quality from that show! Maybe one day someone will upload the whole set in high quality that would be great! Although the not great quality of those vids makes it look like they were shot like 30 years ago which is kind of cool.

10 Annie 1251 May 16, 2012 at 10:33 am


I was looking at Albert’s Twitter – he has a Del Shannon video up -“Hats off to Larry”
and Albert tweeted: “Over and over and over again”…..

And someone tweeted back to Albert:

@alberthammondjr you know what i’d like to listen to over and over and over again? The new Strokes album. thanks

lol! way to start getting the message out to our guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

11 LillySu May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

@Annie 1251
I noticed Albert was getting those kind of messages lately. This is not the first one. But, he didn’t feel the urge to respond to them- ๐Ÿ™

12 LillySu May 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

I have noticed that melody variation too. And I liked it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

13 LillySu May 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

@Don’t Be A Coconut
Don’t be a coconut! ๐Ÿ™‚
Sorry, but could’t resist!

14 Annie 1251 May 16, 2012 at 10:54 am


I just thought the person was so witty! And said it in such a nice way…but I’m sure she feels just like we do..wondering what this band is doing with themselves.
So – You say Albert’s been getting other Tweets like this? I haven’t seen any sent to Julian.
People just know Jules isn’t going to ever say anything concrete – he doesn’t even make sense on most tweets! lol!

Hey – while I was looking at Tweets – this came up from Julian:

โ€ @Casablancas_J
@_secretdoor Still not going to be out for a few months-mixing, etc, but JUST finally finished it yesterday actually!?

I FREAKED out!! and then I saw the date:

6:15 PM – 16 Nov 10 via web โ€ข Embed this Tweet


15 Annie 1251 May 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

@Don’t Be a Coconut
OH MY GOD!! those videos are so crazy awesome!! They are honestly the best recordings out there on Youtube – really. And they were posted today! Good job and thanks for putting them here for us right away!
I do love that Barely Legal performance – such a great song.

But, Take It or Leave it was so amazing!! For a lot of reasons:

1) Albert & Nick jamming together briefly like that – I love that. I wish they would do that more together – two awesome guitarists jamming next to each other – so powerful!!

2) Julian literally climbing up and over people in the audience.

3) The crazy dude in the Russian hat doing some 60’s dance in his seat.

4) Julian trying to grab that guy’s video camera.

5) Fab WAILING away on those drums.

6) Nikolai really looked like he was into it – and we could tell!

7) The whole performance was AMAZING!!

Thank you!

16 Annie 1251 May 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

And I forgot to mention Julian sounding at his 100% best!!

17 Annie 1251 May 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

A painting of Julian at the YMCA:!/ZachSelwyn/status/202822122710634499/photo/1

What do you guys think? Does it look like him?

18 Arctic Douche May 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

@Annie, it looks like someone took Julian and threw in some Sylvester Stallone hahaha

And were you joking when you said Nikolai was into that performance? Cause he was just chilling like a boss like he always does hahaha I like to imagine that his body stays relatively still while his mind is transported into the rythym of the songs, and that it would look like the light sequence from the end of 2001 lol

19 Annie 1251 May 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Yes! Sylvester Stallone mixed in! and maybe a little Mick Jagger around the mouth, too.

In TIOLI, it LOOKED like Nikolai was going to start rocking out – right before they cut to Julian’s climbing antics. But now that I watched it again, I guess you’re right – he was still kind of stationary. I would love to see him just go crazy one time!

Of all the funny pictures I’ve seen of the Strokes – my absolute favorite is that Julian vs. the Llama picture that you showed us. Just something about it makes me laugh!
I need to print that out so it can make me smile everyday!! ๐Ÿ™‚

20 LillySu May 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

@Annie 1251
I would say there is a little of Johnny Depp in that painting too. And that background guy is just awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚
And about Nikolai rocking out… I am eating myself for not remembering where did I see it, but there is some video from some concert where he raised his bass up while playing, like in a trans. It was like a few seconds, but it was so weird seeing him to do that. I cannot remember where it was. I think it is some live Reptilia, but not sure.

21 LillySu May 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

O yeah, lama picture, lol! Same black shades, same sensual lips! Mmmmmmm!

22 Annie 1251 May 17, 2012 at 4:31 am

Yes, I agree – a little bit of Johnny Depp in that painting. But I haven’t yet seen a drawing or painting (from fans) that REALLY captures Julian’s look, though….have you?

I would love to see Nikolai rock out! I’m sure he MUST feel like doing that sometimes! A lot of times Nick and Albert are going crazy – playing their guitars with so much passion and Fab is beating those drums like a wild man. And Julian is doing God only knows what – smacking microphones, kicking and throwing microphone stands, climbing into the audience, (hurling himself into the audience), harassing Albert – all kinds of fun stuff!
Doesn’t Nikolai just want to join in? Are bass players typically more stationary? I don’t know.

Arctic made me wonder – what is Nikolai thinking about while he stays so still?
Maybe “Did I forget to turn the coffee pot off at home?” lol!

23 Annie 1251 May 17, 2012 at 6:39 am

In case anyone has 3:12 for a quick YOLO break ๐Ÿ™‚

24 LillySu May 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

@Annie 1251
YOLO break was taken. Nice.

Now about this picture…
Had she stolen those shades from him and he is waiting politely to get them back, or he is begging her to give him her shades b/c he needs them for his collection?

25 Annie 1251 May 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hahaha! Your comment was the best!! and I LOVE that picture!

WHO is this girl that is sitting right next to him?
And who is he looking at with that “Oh come on now….” face? Someone that just told him not to go in and get any Pastries? lol!
Based on his haircut – I’m thinking your picture looks pretty current, what do you think?

26 LillySu May 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

Julian was wearing this olive-green shirt last summer/autumn. And the comment under the picture was “Iโ€™m just gonna bring this back since he looks perfect as usual โคโ—กโค”. Also, his hmm… “body frame” on this picture is still pretty large, don’t you think.

27 Annie 1251 May 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

You are so good at dating these pictures! I think he was definitely starting to look better here than earlier last year during those festivals. Remember that interview with that “Rum Lady?” It hardly looked like him. ๐Ÿ™ I felt bad for him. So since we know now that he’s out and walking all around NYC – that should help him stay on the thinner side.
Keep on walking Jules! ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Arctic Douche May 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Hey at least Nikolai sways a good bit. Have you ever seen John Hassal from The Libertines? The other three will will be jamming out to the max and he is a statue! I don’t know how they do it.

29 Annie 1251 May 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

@Arctic & @LillySu

Look at this H2E performance from MSG last year. Go to 3:13-3:19 – Nikolai doing his version of Head Banging!! Yaaaayyyyy – movement!!!

30 LillySu May 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

@Annie 1251
Niko swayed his bangs really hard! Cool!

31 Melissa May 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Ok, so I know this has NOTHING to do with this video (it’s awesome, and Julian looks great) but I’m just so very excited!!!
I was watching ‘The Wedding Singer’ with Adam Sandler this evening. So Adam Sandler was about to fight with some dude and this is when the excitement happened! The guy knocks down Adam Sandler and then he laughs and says something like: “Why don’t you write a song about it, you can call it ‘I GOT PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH FOR STICKING MY NOSE IN OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS’??”

What if The Strokes have made all their lyrics from cheesy movie lines? Ha! Does anyone know who wrote Gratisfaction? Was it Julian? I find this quite amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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