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 — 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:
New Jersey psych-rockers Real Estate chose “Barley Legal,” giving it a half-time beat and lazy vocal harmonies:
Classicly trained synthpop songstress Austra turns “Alone Together” into something beautiful, yet hardly recognizable:
Perhaps the most fun is the mach 2 version of The Morning Benders with an autotuned summertime jam version of “Last Night”:
Good job, everyone.