happy 10th anniversary to the strokes 'is this it'

To this day, one of my favorite albums of the last 20 years is The Strokes‘ debut Is This It. Sure, it was over hyped and overplayed ā€” and they’ve had their struggles living up to its legacy, but it was a seminal record at a pivotal time in ‘alternative’ music.

Released 10 years ago this week, the album is being celebrated over at Stereogum with a free tribute album. Every track has been covered, or reimagined, by the likes of Owen Pallett, Peter Bjorn & John, and former Dum Dum and Vivian Girl Frankie Rose.

Download a zip file of the whole thing here, or peruse some of the highlights below. We’ll start with the aforementioned PB&J, who do a faithful rendition of the album opener and title track:

Peter Bjorn & John – Is This It

New Jersey psych-rockers Real Estate chose “Barley Legal,” giving it a half-time beat and lazy vocal harmonies:

Real Estate – Barely Legal

Classicly trained synthpop songstress Austra turns “Alone Together” into something beautiful, yet hardly recognizable:

Austra – Alone Together

Perhaps the most fun is the mach 2 version of The Morning Benders with an autotuned summertime jam version of “Last Night”:

The Morning Benders – Last Night

Good job, everyone.


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