On the day that the incredibly unfortunate news of Joey Ramone's untimely passing hit
the streets, I suppose it's only fitting that a band that owes much to his band's sound is about to
get signed. New York City's The Strokes are rumored to be heading to RCA, in one of
the biggest US A&R feeding frenzies seen in recent years. The Strokes released only
one single, "The Modern Age" for Rough Trade in the UK, then managed to attach themselves
to the recent Doves US tour, and that was that. Virtually every major label was involved,
trying to get a piece of this Television meets Velvet Underground meets
The Ramones flavored act. The band is late 1970s NYC through and through and if you are a fan
of any of the previous bands, these kids are for you.
South London dance act Basement Jaxx have returned to the fray, having now finished
their sophomore album. Rooty, the follow up to 1999's Remedy, will be released
on June 26 and will include "Romeo," the first single, with Kele Le Roc on vocals.
While their debut album resided mainly in the realm of house, their new work incorporates
aspects of R&B, two-step and soul into the Jaxx formula. Could this be the album that
breaks Basement Jaxx out of the realm of Coke commercials and into the collective
consciousness? We shall see soon enough...
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