Albert Hammond Jr.’s Third Solo Album Momentary Masters Available Now
Albert Hammond Jr.’s first solo record in five years, Momentary Masters, is available today! Momentary Masters serves as a follow up to 2006's Yours To Keep and 2008's ¿Cómo Te Llama?
Albert Hammond Jr. - Momentary Masters: iTunes | Amazon | Vagrant Store | Spotify
Recorded in Hammond Jr.'s home in upstate New York in a converted barn he calls One Way Studios, Albert created Momentary Masters alongside guitarist Hammarsing Kharhmar (Mon Khmer), guitarist Mikey Hart (Bleachers), bassist Jordan Brooks, and drummer Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve, Marc Ribot).
Momentary Masters is a record that reflects on missed opportunities, choices made, wasted time, and paths not chosen. He calls it "a love letter to my past self." The music might be largely buoyant-spry, breezy guitar lines locking together and dancing apart - but melancholy frequently seeps into even the sunniest of toplines. It's a record of acceptance, too. Tucked in the songs is an exploration of the reconciliation of two halves: the best self that you present to others, and the self that slips through and lies exposed when your guard drops.
Hammond Jr. will embark on a worldwide tour in support of Momentary Masters this fall. Click HERE for a full list of tour dates.
Albert Hammond Jr. Chats With Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Andy Greenwald at Grantland
This morning, Albert Hammond Jr. stopped by Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show this morning to talk about his new album, Momentary Masters, which is out tomorrow. If you missed it live, click HERE to stream their conversation.
Hammond Jr. was also the guest on the latest episode of Grantland’s The Andy Greenwald podcast. Andy and Albert sit down to talk The Strokes, Albert’s new album and more. Head HERE to listen to the podcast or jump down to watch the full interview.
Albert Hammond Jr.’s Momentary Masters Now Streaming at Pitchfork
We’re one week away from the release of Albert Hammond Jr.’s highly anticipated album, Momentary Masters, but today you can stream the record in its entirety over at Pitchfork.
Momentary Masters is Hammond Jr.’s third solo album, a record which he explains “feels like a brand new chapter” in his musical career. Head HERE to hear the album now and to watch the official videos for “Born Slippy” and “Losing Touch” if you missed them.
There’s still time to pre-order! Grab the album on iTunes or the Vagrant webstore.
Blitzen Trapper To Release Eighth Studio Album, 'All Across This Land', On October 2nd
Acclaimed Portland, Oregon rock quintet Blitzen Trapper is set to release All Across This Land on October 2 via Vagrant Records. Blitzen Trapper has built a solid reputation as a band unafraid to take chances. By incorporating a vast array of influences, they have released albums that touch on indie folk/rock, roots, art rock, alt country, psychedelia and pop, while maintaining a sound that is distinctly Blitzen Trapper. On their new studio effort, the group’s years of experimentation and experience have come full circle, culminating in their strongest, most cohesive work to date with the career milestone, All Across This Land.
Blitzen Trapper may have experimented successfully with a multitude of styles; however, the band has been built on a strong foundation as, above all else, a ROCK band. Their live shows consistently reinforce that fact, and those who have experienced their performance would agree.
All Across This Land once again confirms that Blitzen Trapper possess the unique ability to create thoughtful, melodic, finely crafted songs on one hand, and deliver full throttle, infectious rock on the other. From the opening riff of the title track and first single, this is quite evident as it unfolds into a flurry of guitars, bass and drums. The band eases back as well by featuring some of lead singer and songwriter Eric Earley’s strongest writing yet, particularly on the semi-autobiographical “Mystery and Wonder”. The track’s reflective and nostalgic tone was inspired by the band’s beginnings, the chemistry that develops over time and the music they have created though the years. Another album highlight is “Lonesome Angel” with its easy ‘70’s AM radio feel.
While All Across This Land features some of Earley’s finest songs to date, the rest of his bandmate’s performances – Erik Menteer (guitar), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Marty Marquis (guitar/keys), Brian Adrian Koch (drums) – elevate each track thus taking Blitzen Trapper to their highest artistic peak yet.
Blitzen Trapper has announced a fall tour in support of All Across This Land, starting on September 19 in Richmond, VA. See full list of tour dates below.
Blitzen Trapper On Tour:
September 19 – Richmond, VA – Know Good Beer Festival
September 30 – Bozeman, MT – Faultline North
October 1 – Billings, MT – Carlin Events Center
October 3 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
October 4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
October 6 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
October 7 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
October 8 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
October 9 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
October 10 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
October 11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
October 13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
October 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
October 15 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
October 16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
October 17 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
October 19 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
October 21 – Austin, TX – The Parish
October 22 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
October 23 – Norman, OK – The Opolis
October 24 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
October 26 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater
October 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
November 9 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall
November 11 – Santa Barbara, CA – SOHO Restaurant & Music Club
November 12 – San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre
November 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
November 14 – Felton, CA – Don Quixote’s International Music
November 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
November 16 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
November 17 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
November 19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
November 20 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
November 28 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Albert Hammond Jr. Premieres “Side Boob” On Stereogum
Albert Hammond Jr.’s third single off his upcoming album, Momentary Masters, has premiered today via Stereogum! Head HERE to stream the track and to check out an awesome interview with Hammond Jr. at the American Museum of Natural History.
Momentary Masters is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. Pre-order the physical album from the Vagrant webstore and get a signed print!
CRUISR Debuts New Single, ‘Throw Shade’
CRUISR’s new two track single ‘Throw Shade’ is out today! Jump below to listen to their two latest tunes – “Throw Shade” and “Moving To Neptune.” Both tracks are currently available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon!
CRUISR is currently on the road and touring the East Coast. Head HERE to check when they’re coming to a city near you.
WATERS Featured In New PlayStation x Spotify Ad
WATERS and their track “What’s Real” is featured in Sony’s latest “PlayStation, Meet Spotify” commercial! Worlds collide as WATERS and several PlayStation video game characters join together for one ultimate backstage adventure. Click HERE or jump down to check out the spot.
“What’s Real” is the title track off the band's Vagrant debut which garnered much praise from the press with Billboard hailing it “heartfelt and nostalgic,” while Stereogum claimed it to be ”one of the most electrifying pieces of power pop heard in a while.” What’s Real is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and the Vagrant Webstore.
Maudlin Strangers Announce Fall Tour Dates
Maudlin Strangers are hitting the road this fall! The band will make their way through the East Coast on a string of solo shows in addition to a few dates alongside The Colorist and Cold War Kids. Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday at 10AM local time.
Maudlin Strangers on Tour:
Jul 22 The Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA #
Jul 23 Harlow's - Sacramento, CA #
Jul 25 SLO Brewing Company - San Luis Obispo, CA #
Jul 30 Strummer's - Fresno, CA #
Jul 31 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA #
Aug 01 Soho Restaurant & Music Club - Santa Barbara, CA #
Oct 13 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 14 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
Oct 16 Subterranean - Chicago, IL
Oct 18 Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
Oct 23 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT ^
Oct 24 Terminal 5 - New York, NY ^
Oct 25 9:30 Club - Washington, DC ^
Oct 27 Spirit - Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 28 The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA ^
Oct 29 House of Blues - Boston, MA ^
Nov 04 Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 05 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
Nov 11 Red 7 - Austin, TX
Nov 12 Dada - Dallas, TX
Nov 15 Pub Rock - Phoenix, AZ
# with The Colorist
^ with Cold War Kids
Albert Hammond Jr. Shares New Video For "Losing Touch"
Albert Hammond Jr.’s official video for his latest single, “Losing Touch,” is here! Director Laurent Briet (The Strokes' "Taken For a Fool") says this about the video:
“Albert and I happened to be in close proximity to one another right at the time he needed new videos to promote his new album. Personally, I am always feeling that we’re all living on borrowed time and that every opportunity should be grabbed and made the most out of. With this in mind we took off to Morocco to explore this notion on a two day road trip extravaganza. 'Losing Touch' is the first part of what came out of this journey.”
“Losing Touch” appears on Momentary Masters which will release on July 31. Preorder the digital album on iTunes now and get “Born Slippy” and “Losing Touch”, or snag the physical record through the Vagrant webstore.
WATERS Performs "I Feel Everything" Live In Cleveland
Fender recently caught up with WATERS on their current tour and captured footage from their set in Cleveland. Click HERE or watch below to experience WATERS' live performance of "I Feel Everything."
The band is currently on tour in support of their latest album, What's Real.
WATERS On Tour:
7/19 Chicago IL @ Taste of River North
8/08 San Francisco CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
9/23 Pittsburgh PA @ Stage AE^
9/24 Toronto ON @ Mod Club^
9/29 Norfolk VA @ NorVa^
10/01 Atlanta GA @ Buckhead Theater^
10/06 Orlando FL @ House of Blue^
10/07 St. Petersburg FL @ State Theater^
10/13 Phoenix AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom^
10/14 Los Angeles CA @ Belasco^
10/16 San Diego CA @ North Park Theater
10/17 Santa Ana CA @ Observatory^
10/22 Salt Lake City UT @ Complex^
10/23 Englewood CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/25 Kansas City MO @ Midland Theater
11/3 Columbus OH @ LC Pavillion^
11/4 Philadelphia PA @ The Fillmore^
11/6 New York NY @ Terminal 5^
11/8 Washington DC @ 930 Club^
^ w/ MisterWives