The Strokes - Is This It (2001) album cover.
Episode 35

The Strokes - Is This It (2001)

The boys are back together (in different time zones) to cover one of their favorite bands and albums of all time, The Strokes with their debut album from 2001, Is This It. One of many noteworthy bands to emerge out of NYC during the post-punk, garage rock revival of the early 2000s, The Strokes gave us one of the genres' best efforts from that time. With both croonish and harsh vocals, simple, yet succinct bass lines & drum beats, and guitar solos to boot, Is This It truly is one of rock n' rolls' last hurrahs! 

Episode Tracklist

  • The Strokes - "Take It Or Leave It"
  • The Strokes - "Is This It"
  • The Strokes - "Soma"
  • The Strokes - "Alone, Together"
  • The Strokes - "Trying Your Luck"
  • The Velvet Underground - "I'm Waiting For The Man"

Sidetrack: Balkans and the Post Punk Revival Revival

With the rock landscape already having moved past the post-punk revival of the early 2000s, Balkans proved that there was still some juice left in the lo-fi garage sound of their predecessors while still bringing something fresh to the table. Singer-guitar player Frankie Broyles' off-key and monotone vocals pays perfect homage to Casablancas atop often relentless percussion and angular punk guitar riffs. An excellent album for those longing for a fresh take on the post-punk 2000s, Balkans proved that the next generation of rockers were paying attention and gave hope that perhaps the movement wasn't completely troubled and done.


  • Balkans - "Edita V"
  • Balkans - "I Can't Compete"
  • Balkans - "Zebra Print"
  • Frankie Broyles - "L Bright"
  • Longwave - "Wake Me When It's Over"