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POD Exclusive: Check Out Our Interview with Har Mar Superstar

posted by Oscar August 30, 2017

Hey yo! We got another exclusive Pursuit Of Dopeness interview for you guys, this time with the one-of-a-kind singer Har Mar Superstar. Coming days after the release of his latest EP, Personal Boy, Har Mar Superstar hopped on a call with me to discuss that project, wishing he could retroactively make onto the Titanic soundtrack, his cool new merch, and more.

Check it out below. Continue Reading

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Exhibition feat. Julian Casablancas – “No One There”

posted by Oscar April 6, 2017

Hammarsing Kharhmar’s new song under the name of Exhibition is titled “No One There” and it features none other than Julian Casablancas. Kharhmar will be releasing his first solo EP, Last Dance,  which will be released on April 14 via Casablancas’ Cult Records.

The bass-centric track also has some bright synths, which help Kharmar and Casablancas deliver the pained chorus. Hear it below. Continue Reading

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Video: See a Mini Doc on the Making of The Growlers’ ‘City Club’

posted by Oscar December 19, 2016

Cult Records have released a mini documentary of sorts that follows the making of The Growlers’ 2016 album on their label, City Club. The video was shot by Jack Sample & Eric Colonna as Bob Maynard interviews guitarist Matt Taylor and singer Brooks Nielsen, who talk about the making of City Club including the influence of producer Julian Casablancas, their approach to the music, how they’ve changed since the last album, and more.

Studio footage was shot by Taylor Bonin, and additional in-studio footage comes courtesy of Casablancas. Check it out above.

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Album Review: Our Top 5 Songs on ‘City Club’ by The Growlers

posted by Oscar October 8, 2016

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The Growlers released their new album City Club at the end of September, unleashing to the world their first project under Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label. The band recruited Casablancas as a producer, but the lead singer of The Strokes was also called upon to lay some vocals on a couple of tracks on the album, and fans will be quick to point out that his influence is quite evident throughout City Club, for better or worse in the eyes of many listeners. The other big difference in the making of this new Growlers album came in a one-two punch including a personnel change that saw the departure of drummer Scott Montoya, and the album was, for the first time, credited to Brooks Nielsen and Matt Taylor as opposed to the whole band/The Growlers. These dynamic changes are definitely a factor in the direction taken with this album, though I will gladly place myself on the side that sees it favorably.

The Growlers are best known for their “Beach Goth” sound, spearheaded by lead singer Nielsen’s monotone vocals weaved into dark, psychedelic surf Rock compositions. For those expecting to hear a continuation of that sound, this album will not deliver on that so it’s understandable why there may be some detractors. But if you truly listen to this album and appreciate it for what it is and what it’s attempting to accomplish, as opposed to how it came about or what previous Growlers albums sound like, you’d find the new direction is hardly a faulty one. The Growlers went New Wave with a touch of Disco, and it’s fucking cool. So after a week of listening to the record in a variety of settings and under different circumstances, I’ve picked out the 5 songs that stand out the most to make City Club a must-hear album for Fall 2016. This wasn’t an easy task and if I had to write this post again tomorrow, my list could be totally different. Look below to find our picks and hit the comments section to list yours. Continue Reading

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The Growlers Release ‘City Club’

posted by Oscar September 30, 2016

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The Growlers have released their new album, City Club. The California band, pioneers of Beach Goth, worked on the album with The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas, who produced the album and is releasing it on his label Cult Records.

Casablancas didn’t just provide production on the album, also lending his vocals for a verse on glittery “Too Many Times.” City Club is made up of 13 tracks, including the previously released “I’ll Be Around,” “Night Ride,” and the titular song.

We were able to see the Growlers perform a lot of these new songs at their Chicago show last week at Thalia Hall. Check out our recap here.

Stream the album in full below. Continue Reading

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The Growlers – “I’ll Be Around” (Prod. Julian Casablancas)

posted by Oscar September 9, 2016

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The Growlers’ new album City Club is soon to arrive and today they have released a new cut from that record. The latest track is titled “I’ll Be Around” and this funky joint is another one from the project that was produced by The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. The bass line in this one will make you groove right from the start, and the big drums sound like they were inspired by JC’s Tyranny

Call me crazy, but this sounds a bit like Cumbia! When you combine those previously mentioned elements with the synths, you get mad Latin vibes that I’ll make you want to dance out of this one. I’m a DF dude, and I know Cumbia when I hear it… and because I’m a DF dude, I love me some Cumbia!

City Club is out 9/30 on Cult Records. Hear “I’ll Be Around” below. Continue Reading

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The Growlers Announce New Album ‘City Club’ with Cult Records; Release Title Track

posted by Oscar August 26, 2016

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The Growlers have revealed that they will be releasing a new album titled City Club and they will be doing so on Cult Records. The label founded by frontman of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas is also credited as a co-producer on the forthcoming LP.

With the announcement, Casablancas added:

The Growlers may be the most interesting band in the world, certainly one of the coolest” and we’re super-stoked and honored to release their latest studio album City Club.

City Club is out September 30, 2016! Pre-order your digital copy here and get advance singles! Check out the title track and lead single from the leaders of the Beach Goth movement below. Continue Reading

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Julian Casablancas – “Venus in Furs” (The Velvet Underground Cover)

posted by Oscar April 15, 2016

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As the first season of HBO’s Vinyl wraps up this weekend, today we get the release of its full soundtrack. Among the standouts is Julian Casablancas’s latest take on a Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song. The Strokes lead singer took on VU’s “Venus In Furs” for the soundtrack, which follows up previous covers of tracks like “White Light White Heat” and “Run Run Run.”

Hear JC’s take on “Venus In Furs” below. Continue Reading

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Hear Covers by Julian Casablancas, The Arcs, Iggy Pop for HBO’s ‘Vinyl’

posted by Oscar March 11, 2016

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The latest batch of mini-soundtrack releases for HBO’s Vinyl is packed with some of the coolest jams so far, including covers from Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas, The Arcs (Dan Auerbach), and the Kills’/the Dead Weather’s Alison Mosshart.

Volume 1.5 boasts songs like “Watch Your Step,” “I Dig Your Mind,” and Casablancas doing another Velvet Underground track with “White Light White Heat.” Check out the new tracks below. Continue Reading

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Julian Casablancas – “Run Run Run” (The Velvet Underground Cover)

posted by Oscar February 19, 2016

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Julian Casablancas’ cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run” for the soundtrack of HBO’s new series Vinyl has surfaced online. The track is actually pretty similar to the original, with a notable difference in the increased liveliness of the bass line on this new JC version.

The cover is a fitting one for two ways, as it is the perfect song for the series from Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger about New York’s music scene in the 70s, and it’s song from one of Casablancas’ personal heroes, Lou Reed.

Check it out, along with the original, below. Continue Reading

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Jehnny Beth + Julian Casablancas – “Boy/Girl”

posted by Oscar December 4, 2015

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Savages’ Jehnny Beth and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas have shared their collaborative cover of Sort Sol and Lydia Lunch’s “BOY-GIRL.”

Casablancas said in a statement:

I had never heard the song before and still have no idea what the hell the words are talking about… It sounds like a Danish dude trying sound like he’s saying English sounding words.

Check out the dirty, dirty cover below. Continue Reading

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Video: Rey Pila – “Fire Away”

posted by Oscar December 2, 2015

Mexico City outfit Rey Pila today unleashed onto the world their pixellated, 8-bit arcade game quality music video for “Fire Away.” The entire clip looks like it was created to remind you of the sort of games at movie theaters way, way back in the day that would have made you beg your parents to give their spare change so you could throw down before your flick started.

Check it out above.