Albert Hammond Jr. Breaks Out the “Como Te Llama?” at Private Show

In preparation for his tour to promote his second album, “Como Te Llama?,” Albert Hammond Jr. performed at an invite-only concert at the Mercury Lounge last night (July 1).

Luckily, the event was not overrun by media hounds.

As a supportive crowd of friends, family, and devoted fans cheered on, Albert and his new band played around thirteen tracks–a mix of old (“In Transit,” “101,” an acoustic version of “Blue Skies” played while standing on the right-hand side row of seats at the beginning of the set) and new (the album’s first single, “GfC,” “Rocket,” “Miss Myrtle”), playing live for the first time in almost a year. The set had it’s problems like consistent feedback from the microphones–which Albert stated, “you’ll be hearing a lot of that” at the top of the set”–and the wrong note (or two) strummed out on a guitar, but overall a fine showing.

My favorite song of the evening was a track of the new album, which drops July 8th, entitled “Victory at Monterey.” I love the chorus–it’s slightly dancey, but in a good way. Check out the video:

Famous faces sprinkling the crowd included actress Kirsten Dunst, AH Jr possible main squeeze Agyness Deyn, Adam Green, James Iha, and Nick Zinner. Surprisingly unseen–any members of the Strokes!

Setlist: Blue Skies, EGAS, In My Room, Lisa, Holiday, GfC, Rocket, VAM, In Transit, Miss Myrtle, G Up, 101, Borrowed Time, Postal Blowfish

Couldn’t make it to the show tonight? Have no fear–Albert will be performing for FREE at Virgin Megastore Union Square on it’s release day, July 8th at 8pm.

Published by Laura

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11 replies on “Albert Hammond Jr. Breaks Out the “Como Te Llama?” at Private Show”

  1. the bass player is reno bo, the other new guitar player looked a bit out of place the whole show, i miss steve!!!!!
    has he gone back to longwave?

  2. Steve is back with Longwave. They just finished their new record and are playing a very intimate show at Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg on July 16th w/ Pale Nimbus.

  3. surprising how Albert with a Latin/Hispanic family background doesn’t know that the correct spelling should be “Come Te Llamas?” with the “s” at the end.

  4. Arshavin: Albert does know that the correct spelling is “llamas” but he said on his myspace that he liked “Como te llama?” better…he’s not stupid…

  5. lol at the set ending with postal blowfish. guided by voices is the best!

  6. that’s cool he closed with postal blowfish! guided by voices is the best!!

  7. It’s good to see Matt Romano get some after years of playing water boy for the strokes/ryan gentles. Going to suck to go back to tuning those drums. Where does Albert find these other dweebs that keep rotating on bass/gtr? They all look they same and have zero personality. Isn’t the leather jacket/same hair cut thing getting old? Try something new already.

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