THE STROKES - SAN FRANCISCO 2021

December 20, 2021 – 6:32 am

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THE STROKES
San Francisco 2021 [no label, 1CD]

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Lands End Stage, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; October 29, 2021. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to calypso21 for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

calypso21 noted:

Normally indykid would bring you such awesome sets as this. Haven’t seen him around today, so this is in his honour. Hope he’s doing well!

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bobbydjr, Dime:

Sorry to say, but according to Indykid: “I am dying. I’m under home hospice care, so I won’t be here next year” and “I won’t be doing this much longer. How much I upload is controlled by my pain level each day.”

Our prayers and well wishes to Indykid, “an absolute legend on Dime”.

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Mariecar Mendoza, sfchronicle.com:

The Strokes closed out the first night of Outside Lands in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on a weird note, starting their set 20 minutes late and ending it 10 minutes early after frontman Julian Casablancas complained about the sound and the city’s strict Covid-19 protocols.

But first, Casablancas sardonically embraced the return of the long-awaited festival on Friday, Oct 29, as the band took the fog-shrouded main Lands End stage on the Polo Field a little after 8:30 pm. “It’s a beautiful day… where we were a thousand years ago, just like old times,” he said, in one of his many nonsensical rants of the evening.

Only three songs into the set, however, the freshly mulletted Casablancas seemed frustrated by the sound from the pyramid-shaped set on the stage. “Am I deaf? Is it crazy low, or is it just low?” he asked during another audio check, which prompted the crowd to chant “Turn it up!” Pacing the stage he asked, “Is the PA working?”

After performing “Someday,” the band’s third hit single from its seminal 2001 album “Is This it,” Casablancas continued to appear annoyed… Then the New York band - which includes guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti - went into “You Only Live Once,” where at one point the singer began meowing instead of singing the lyrics.

The next day, the band’s guitarist Albert Hammond Jr confirmed with The Chronicle that the Strokes sound issues were because of the city’s noise ordinance. “Julian’s voice was already at 100 without the band, and I think the limit is like 98 or something,” Hammond said. “I don’t think he was so much frustrated as he was confused. When you’re confused and there’s a lot of people you have to play to, it compounds itself.”

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In 2020, The Strokes released their first studio album in seven years, The New Abnormal, produced by Rick Rubin and released through Cult and RCA. Critics considered the album a return to form. It went on to win Best Rock Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. - wikipedia

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Back cover picture by Gabrielle Lurie, posted at sfchronicle.com.

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Track 01. Call It Fate, Call It Karma 3:53
Track 02. The End Has No End 3:15
Track 03. Bad Decisions* 6:26
Track 04. Juicebox 3:29
Track 05. Someday 4:32
Track 06. You Only Live Once 3:28
Track 07. Take It or Leave It 3:41
Track 08. Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus* 4:01
Track 09. Is This It 2:33
Track 10. Hard To Explain 4:02
Track 11. Reptilia 4:50
Track 12. Ode to the Mets* 5:49
Track 13. Last Nite 3:4
Track 14. The Adults Are Talking*/New York City Cops 11:24
65 mins

* Tracks from The New Abnormal.

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  1. 4 Responses to “THE STROKES - SAN FRANCISCO 2021”

  2. WGAF?

    By carolyn thing on Dec 20, 2021

  3. Rumor has it this is a band of Big Uns

    By U L E on Dec 20, 2021

  4. I stroke mine with tweezers.

    By Derrick on Dec 20, 2021

  5. The Strokes are H O T hot.

    By Ping Pong Bob on Dec 20, 2021

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