Revisiting The Strokes and the 2000s Lower East Side Music Scene [VIDEO]
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Bose has a new integrated marketing campaign called Scene+Heard, basically a survey course in music appreciation. Its first installment spotlights the now-fabled Lower East Side rock scene in the early 2000s, but primarily focuses on the early career of The Strokes. The narrative is presented through the filter of current band the Gradients, which apparently idolizes the garage rock revivalists.
We hear some great stories from Albert Hammond, Jr. alongside archival images of the neighborhood venues. It’s quite apparent, however, that much of the footage was shot within the last couple months.
Our favorite vignette is about how CBGB cut short an early Strokes show just as they were about to launch into a new song. Modern Age.
By the end of the program, there is acknowledgement that Brooklyn has pretty much usurped the live music scene of downtown NYC. Yes, we still have awesome venues like Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, and Rockwood Music Hall; but the spark is gone.