This combined with the Strokes' propensity to release very short albums got me thinking, and I did a bit of math, and I have concluded that both Is This It and Room On Fire can fit on one CD (1:08 total). They sound similar enough to be one CD, and when I bring Room On Fire back up from the car, they will be one CD, dammit.
The Strokes are a great band, but I don't get the mythology, and I don't get why it took three years and two discs to release one CD worth of material.
In related news, I also picked up Van Morrison's new album, What's Wrong With This Picture?. It's a good album if you like Van Morrison, although it's pretty obvious that both he and his fanbase have mellowed out a bit since Moondance. The interesting part is this: The Van Morrison album was copy-protected (although cdparanoia ripped it without any complaints at all), and the Strokes album was not. Something seems amiss here.