Albert Hammond, Jr.
American musician
Albert Hammond, Jr.
Albert Louis Hammond, Jr. is an American musician and member of the garage rock band The Strokes, in which he plays the most of the riffs and other times the solos, and keyboards sometimes live. He is also a solo musician. His father, Albert Hammond, whose career was primarily in the 1960s and 1970s, had even greater success on the singles charts as a songwriter and occasional singer.
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Albert Hammond Jr. On World Cafe
NPR - over 1 year
Hear The Strokes' dapper guitarist perform songs from his new solo album, Momentary Masters. » EMail This
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Albert Hammond Jr. on new EP <i>AHJ</i>, 10th Anniversary of the Strokes' <i>Room on Fire</i>
Huffington Post - about 3 years
To know Albert Hammond Jr. is to know his appearance just as well as his anthems. You might remember the heels of the frizzy-haired rocker's white sneakers curling in as he unleashed a napalm nightmare of a guitar solo on "Take It Or Leave It" during the Strokes' Late Show With David Letterman set in 2002. Your humble journalist's memorable Albert Hammond Jr. image was ingrained during the Strokes' 2006 performance at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Fla., when a robin's-egg-blue Fender Stratocaster was held against his black vest, bound by a cherry-red strap with a white lightning bolt. Longtime fans and new ones caught Hammond on this year's feature story with NME, which showed a picture of him glancing soberly at the camera as he divulged his former heroin and cocaine habits in syringe-sharp detail. So when I spoke to Hammond over the phone -- as opposed to in person -- this past November, I knew I'd receive something beyond the bold attitude and telegenic charm of which I was accust ...
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Julian Casablancas Signs Cerebral Ballzy to Cult Records
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
New York punk rockers Cerebral Ballzy have signed to Cult Records the creative imprint label founded the Strokes' Julian Casablancas The band plans to release their second LP Jaded &amp; Faded on the label in early 2014 and joins a growing roster that inclues Albert Hammond Jr Har Mar Superstar...
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Conversations with William Shatner, Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Pink Martini and TuneCore, Plus Albert Hammond Jr. and Sandra Lilia Velasquez Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with William Shatner Mike Ragogna: William Shatner! May I call you Bill? William Shatner: Yeah, can I call you Mikey? MR: Uh... Bill! How are you doing, man? WS: I'm really good, thank you. Yourself? MR: Very well, thanks. So William Shatner's no stranger to making albums, but this album seems to be a very prog-rocky, introspective album. So, this was the musical backdrop that was able to bring out the introspection you needed within your lyrics. WS: Exactly, it's an extraordinary marriage between a music prodigy, Billy Sherwood and myself, who has been struggling to write something usable all my life. MR: What began the process? WS: The label, Cleopatra, for whom I did a previous album called Seeking Major Tom, asked me to do another album and I'm in love with making music like my puppies are in love with pillows, which they tear up. I just tear things up musically and wonder what I've done. I jumped at the chance to make another album and when he asked me what ...
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Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes: I Shot Heroin, Cocaine, Ketamine 20 Times a Day (Justin Ravitz/Us Weekly)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Justin Ravitz / Us Weekly: Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes: I Shot Heroin, Cocaine, Ketamine 20 Times a Day  —  The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. used to shoot cocaine, heroin, and special K 20 times a day  —  The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammmond, Jr. is lucky to be alive.  In a raw new interview with British music mag NME …
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Strokes star opens up about heroin, cocaine use
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
The Strokes rocker Albert Hammond, Jr. has opened up about his drug hell, confessing he spent years hooked on heroin and cocaine at the height of the band's success.
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Stereo IQ: Comedown Machine and the Chameleon Cool of The Strokes
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Alex Koenig Reviewing a Strokes album for a new generation of fans requires reminiscence so let me take you on a trip down memory lane: The four leather jacket-sporting suburban street dwellers embodied youth ennui in the early aughts. Their debut Is This It is arguably the Illmatic of indie rock-- a precocious, lightning-in-a-bottle moment that made The Strokes vanguards of their genre and poster boys for sweat free cool. It also guaranteed that subsequent releases would be harshly scrutinized in comparison. The record was equally an achievement as it was an albatross, and if its equally inspired follow-up Room On Fire wasn't as well received, it was due to sonic resemblances to their debut and ineffable critical expectations. From there, the wheels fell off-- or shifted into high gear, depending on your opinion of post-Room On Fire Strokes. Their 2006 record First Impressions of Earth was for better and for worse, a kiss-off to the assumption that their inspira ...
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New Strokes Album Coming Soon
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Strokes fans, rejoice. As first reported by Seattle rock station 107.7 The End and confirmed by Billboard, The Strokes plan to release an album this year. The new record would be the band's first since "Angles" came out in 2011. "Previewing brand new Strokes [song] 'All the Time,'" wrote "Mike" on The End's Facebook page. "Thanks to RCA Records. We'll have to 'leak' this soon. You won't be disappointed." Rumors of a new Strokes album have been circulating since 2011. "We have songs that you can tell are gonna be good ones (that) we're all excited to play," guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. told Billboard in April of 2011. "I don't know if we're the kind of band that would ever play something new before it came out, just the way the Internet works and people recording it. I think even if we had the whole record done, we wouldn't play it 'til the album was out." Despite a killer lead single ("Under the Cover of Darkness"), many Strokes fans were disappointed in "Angles." Pi ...
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Albert Hammond Jr. Takes the Stage at $1.25 M. Loft Where Fiona Apple, Ryan McGuiness Once Parties
Fay Observer Blogs - over 4 years
Stokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. will never have to wear a onesie again to keep his feet warm in the winter. According to the Post, the rock-star just purchased a plush Nolita apartment from Victoria’s Secret model Maryna Linchuk, and for the handsome price of $1.25 million, Mr. Hammond gets two bathrooms with heated floors. The 1,015-square-foot apartment also includes an oversized master bedroom, though there will be no Victoria Secret Angels inside waiting for him, and a top-notch B&amp;W two-zone sound system. Party at his place tonight? So Mr. Hammond can get in touch with his sensitive side, his Chef Poppenpohl kitchen is completely tricked out with Sub-Zero and Miele appliances. We see a lot of cupcakes in his future. Mr. Hammond is not the only celeb to call 354 Broome Street his home. Musician Fiona Apple and artist Ryan McGinness have also enjoyed the apartment’s “spa-like” bathrooms in the past. The loft may be incredibly popular because it “encourages entertainment ...
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The Strokes Reportedly Working On Fifth Studio Album
MTV News - over 4 years
Billboard is reporting that The Strokes are in the studio working on their follow-up to 2011's Angels. Gus Oberg, who also worked on parts of Angles as well as guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s 2008 solo album Como Te Llama?, is reportedly producing the effort, with the band logging time recently at New York's Electric Lady Studios. Billboard notes that the album would likely be The Strokes' last under their current contract with longtime label home RCA Records. The band has been more active in recent years than they had been throughout much of their career. Angles was the band's first album since 2006's First Impressions of Earth and they toured heavily in support of the set, including several stops at major festivals like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival and headlining slots at Coachella in 2011 and Spain's Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, where Nikolai Fraiture revealed to NME that they never really stopped recording entirely after the Angels sessions. ...
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AGYNESS DEYN - AGYNESS DEYN DOESN'T WANT CONVENTIONAL BOYFRIEND
Contact Music - almost 5 years
Agyness Deyn is not seeking a ''conventional looking'' boyfriend.The 29-year-old model and actress - who has previously dated Strokes drummer Albert Hammond Jr. and Josh Hubbard - does not mind being single but would be happy to get with anyone...
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Celebrity Birthdays
Hollywood Dame - almost 5 years
Here are your celebrity birthdays for April 9th… Elle Fanning (14) Kristen Stewart (22) Jesse McCartney (25) Jazmine Sullivan (25) Leighton Meester (26) Jay Baruchel (30) Albert Hammond, Jr. (32) Charlie Hunnam (32) Yoanna House (32) Keisha Knight Pulliam (33) Rachel Stevens (34) Gerard Way (35) Jenna Jameson (38) Austin Peck (41) Cynthia Nixon (46) Paulina Porizkova (47) Joe Scarborough (49) Marc Jacobs (49) Martin Margiela (55) Dennis Quaid (58) Michael Learned (73) Hugh Hefner (86)
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The Pierces at the Hotel Cafe
LATimes - about 5 years
 “You may know this next one if you’re a fan of teenage murder dramas,” Allison Pierce said Tuesday night at the Hotel Cafe. The darker-haired half of the Pierces was introducing her and her sister’s song “Secret,” and though she was likely alluding to its use as the theme music for ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” Pierce’s comment reminded you that “Secret” has been featured too in “Gossip Girl.” That’s the teen-TV series the Pierces most conjured Tuesday, as this comely New York City twosome took the stage like a real-life incarnation of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf: One blond and one brunet skewering (if also embodying) the social mores of the young and the restless. Their smart outfits hardly diminished the impression. Beyond the obvious parallels, the Pierces had a practical reason to invoke the small screen, as television is where their music has found the safest hold of late. (“Dexter” fans might remember “Secret” from an especially bloody commerci ...
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RCSHS Viking big man signs with Alice Lloyd - Morehead News
Google News - over 5 years
Surrounded by his parents, Richard and Margie Hunter, his brother, Cody Hunter, Vikings coach Shawn Thacker, and, from Alice Lloyd College, head coach JR Hammond and assistant Nicholas Adams, Corey placed his signature on his letter of intent,
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Downtown Hammond hosts summer kick-off celebration - WBXH
Google News - almost 6 years
All of the season&#39;s finalists will compete for the Hammond&#39;s Hottest Talent or Jr. Hammond&#39;s Hottest Talent title on Friday, August 5 during the “Take It to the Tracks” block party. Hammond&#39;s Hottest Talent is sponsored by First Guaranty Bank of
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Ex-wife sues mediator who assisted with divorce - The Tennessean
Google News - almost 6 years
“Keep copies of all the emails you receive as you may need them as proof at some point,” Marshall said in her response to JR Hammond, Waters&#39; ex-husband. “Perhaps you could forward all of them to her father or anyone that may be the least bit
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Tyler Ailshie Signs Basketball Tender With Alice Lloyd - TricitiesSports.com
Google News - almost 6 years
KINGSPORT -- Alice Lloyd head basketball coach JR Hammond&#39;s recent trip to the Tri-Cities was a busy one. Hammond brought with him scholarship papers for two signees, one of which was signed by Indian standout Tyler Ailshie
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Volunteer's Devin Forgety Inks With Alice Lloyd College - TricitiesSports.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Eagle head coach JR Hammond said he has been impressed with Forgety, not only as a player but his character as well and is looking forward to working him into his rebuilding program. &quot;This is my third year and we&#39;re trying to get back to where we were
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Paid Notice: Deaths HAMMOND, CALEB DEAN JR.
NYTimes - over 10 years
HAMMOND--Caleb Dean Jr. On Monday, June 5, 2006 of Maplewood. Beloved husband of Patricia Ehrgott Hammond. Devoted father of Beth Lynn Steele and her husband Ronald, Wendie Masterson and her husband Robert, C. Dean Hammond III and his wife Susan. Also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral Private. For more information
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Albert Hammond, Jr.
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 34
    His third solo album, Momentary Masters is set to be released through Vagrant Records on July 31, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Frank Black, Guided By Voices, John Lennon, Matthew Sweet and The Velvet Underground are often cited as his major influences. Hammond was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of British-Gibraltarian singer/songwriter/musician Albert Hammond and Argentine former model and beauty pageant winner Claudia Fernández. Hammond, Jr. was sent to the elite boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland at the age of 13. While there, he met Julian Casablancas, who would go on to be a fellow band member. In 1998, Hammond met up with Casablancas in New York City and joined The Strokes as the last member with Casablancas' former schoolmates Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, and Fabrizio Moretti.
    On May 12, 2015, Hammond, Jr. announced via his social media networks that his third LP, Momentary Masters, would be available from July 31, 2015 in the US, via Vagrant Records.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Born Slippy", was also made instantly available for streaming and download via YouTube and iTunes respectively. Main article: The Strokes discography
  • 2014
    Age 33
    On June 22, 2014, a photo was posted to Hammond's official Facebook page of himself in a room with other musicians and the caption, "the start of something new; LP 3," suggesting that he is working on a third full-length album.
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  • 2013
    Age 32
    Hammond Jr said in an interview about his new EP on December 5, 2013, that he would be interested in playing solo as an opening act, if The Strokes announced another tour: "I would definitely ask the guys if I could open for them, that’d be amazing."
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    He previously dated British supermodel Agyness Deyn as well as Catherine Pierce, of the band, The Pierces. On December 23, 2013, Hammond married Polish restauranteur Justyna Sroka.
    More Details Hide Details Albert's main guitar is a Fender Stratocaster Arctic White 1985 Reissue of a 1972. He owns three white Stratocasters, a Gibson Les Paul special single cutaway, a Rickenbacker 325, and a Gretsch hollowbody. His amplifier is a Fender Hot Rod DeVille 2x12. His pedal board is made up of an old version of the MXR Micro Amp, a V1 Jekyll and Hyde Ultimate Overdrive and Distortion, and a BOSS TU-2 tuner. In later shows he adds another Micro Amp, and Jekyll and Hyde, and a Boss Digital Delay. He now uses a Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay pedal instead of the Boss Digital Delay.
    In an interview with Har Mar Superstar in July 2013, Hammond revealed that he had recorded a five-song EP on Julian Casablancas' Record Label, Cult Records.
    More Details Hide Details Titled AHJ, it was released on October 8, 2013.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 27
    On 23 August 2008, Hammond's website officially announced that Hammond would be the support act of the British band Coldplay during their European Tour, which kicked off on September 1 in Strasbourg, France.
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    On 11 July 2008, Hammond began his worldwide tour in support of ¿Cómo Te Llama? with a sold-out show at the landmark venue Spaceland in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA with a capacity of only 260 people.
    More Details Hide Details This was his only west coast appearance.
    On 8 July 2008, Hammond played a small show at the Virgin Megastore, Union Square, in New York City to celebrate the release of his new album.
    More Details Hide Details A noted absence from Hammond's band was recording bassist Josh Latzanni. Steve Schiltz of the band Longwave, who toured with Hammond on his first album was also missing. Although Hammond was supposed to play only 2 or 3 songs, he ended up playing almost 10, with a selection that included both new and old tracks.
    On 29 May 2008, Hammond was Myspace's featured artist and exclusively premiered his new album ¿Cómo Te Llama? uploading all the tracks of the album on his official Myspace page.
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    On 27 May 2008, Hammond released "GfC", the first single off ¿Cómo Te Llama?, on iTunes in the US.
    More Details Hide Details The song has already been played extensively live on his 2007 tour. A non-album song entitled "& So it Goes" was released as a B-side along with the single.
    He also said he hoped to be touring with the new album until the end of 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released on July 7, 2008. Albert has also produced the new track "123 Stop" by New York band The Postelles.
    On 20 March 2008, Hammond posted a blog entry on MySpace in which he revealed the title of his second album, ¿Cómo Te Llama?
    More Details Hide Details Furthermore, he wrote that it contained 13 songs with a total length of 46 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    On 29 August 2007, Hammond announced on MySpace that he was going back into the studio to record his second album in October 2007 for five weeks.
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    The Yours To Keep album was released in North America on March 6, 2007; he also supported Bloc Party on their world tour before making stops at Montreal's Metropolis and Toronto's Kool Haus.
    More Details Hide Details After this, Hammond headlined two North American tours along with a European tour. The North American tour featured his friends, The Mooney Suzuki. Hammond announced that "In Transit" would be his next solo single, featuring a cover of Frank Black's "Old Black Dawning" as the b-side. It was recorded live from the Bowery Ballroom.
    On 16 March 2007 at the South by Southwest festival, Hammond performed a twelve song set including covers of Frank Black's "Old Black Dawning" and Guided By Voices' "Postal Blowfish".
    More Details Hide Details Hammond also regularly covered The Cars' "Don't Cha Stop" in live performances.
    The music video debuted online in March 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It was going to be available in general music stores, unlike "Everyone Gets A Star" which was only available through UK iTunes Music Store. It was released on November 27, 2006.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    In November 2006, Hammond was announced to be joining Incubus on tour during their North American tour for their new album Light Grenades.
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    Hammond released a solo album entitled Yours To Keep in the U.K. through Rough Trade Records on October 9, 2006 and in North America through New Line Records/Scratchie Records on March 6, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Produced by Thin Lizard Dawn vocalist Lattimer and recorded at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the album features several musical guests, such as Sean Lennon, Ben Kweller, The Strokes' manager Ryan Gentles, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Chris Feinstein, Mikki James, Sammy James, Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki) and The Strokes' lead singer, Casablancas. Bassist Josh Lattanzi and drummer Matt Romano serve as the backing band, with Hammond on guitar and vocals. The first single taken from the album, "101", was released exclusively through iTunes on September 4, 2006. The music video to "In Transit" was directed by Joaquin Phoenix. Hammond has said to have been "waiting to make a record like this for years". Early support from his bandmates in the Strokes was only evident after Casablancas' role playing bass and back-up vocals on the track "Scared", though all of the members (with the exclusion of Nick Valensi, who was busy taking care of his newborn children) attended his shows in and around New York.
    Hammond, Jr. released his debut album Yours To Keep in 2006 and followed up with ¿Cómo Te Llama? in 2008 and his EP, AHJ in 2013.
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  • 2005
    Age 24
    In October 2005, Hammond and Ben Kweller released a version of "Wait" on This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul.
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  • 2001
    Age 20
    Though vocalist Julian Casablancas is the primary songwriter in The Strokes, Hammond co-wrote the track "Automatic Stop" with Casablancas for the group's second album, Room on Fire. He has also been credited with writing three mostly instrumental songs ("Swiss Beats", "Holland", and "By The Way") for the band's 2001 tour video entitled In Transit.
    More Details Hide Details These songs were reworked for his later solo album and have different titles ("Everyone Gets A Star", "Bright Young Thing", "In Transit"). He wrote "Elephant Song" when he was required to record a song for his Sound 101 class during his freshman year and used the school's recording equipment. The song was played at a few shows before the release of The Strokes' album. They later re-recorded the song as a special giveaway for fan club members.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 4
    His trademark is wearing formal three-piece suits, and has been said by bandmate Julian Casablancas to be the most influential on the band's style. Hammond is usually seen playing a 1985 '70s reissue Olympic White Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul Jr. that is sometimes used by bandmate Nick Valensi.
    More Details Hide Details On the majority of The Strokes' songs he plays rhythm guitar, and solos are played by Valensi. The songs in which Hammond does play solos are "Last Nite", "Trying Your Luck", "Take It or Leave It", "Under Control", "The End Has No End", "Ize of the World", and "Vision of Division". His solos tend to focus largely on more emotional, "bluesy"-type melodical work, and the guitar tends to have a cleaner, softer tone in comparison to Valensi's (with a notable exception found in "Vision of Division"). He often holds his guitar in a high horizontal position, similar to Buddy Holly, which he says is so that he can dance better. Hammond was set to release his own line of men's suits which he will co-design along with stylist Ilaria Urbinati. The suits were at first only be available at the soon-to-open Confederacy store in Los Angeles which Urbinati co-owns with actor/DJ Danny Masterson. Speaking about the designing endeavor Hammond, Jr. told New York magazine, "I want to make suits that I'm going to have for myself. They're for the person who needs his one suit for a wedding. He'd rather get something like this than go to Men's Wearhouse, pay the same amount, and look like an out-of-date parent." Prices for his line start at $1,250 for the Urbinati-designed trench coat and the $2,000+ price range for his suits.
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on April 9, 1980.
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