Let March Madness Begin: 31 Days of Reminicing about the Strokes

Ladies and gentlemen, for the next 31 days I’ll be posting something from my Strokes archives to honor the band’s return to the New York City stage on April 1, 2011 at Madison Square Garden.

Join me on this walk down memory lane…

Here’s a keeper from the New York Post, June 29, 2003. In an article explaining why Friendster.com is so cool, it name-checks Albert Hammond Jr. as a member of the social network (sadly with only six friends).

Albert Hammond Jr. Slept Here–and You Can Too!

If you ever tried imagining where Albert Hammond, Jr. rests his pretty little head at night, wonder no more. Today you have a chance to get a first-hand look at the private quarters of The Strokes guitarist. Albert’s two-bedroom East Village apartment has newly re-emerged on the real estate market, on sale for the low low asking price of $899,000.

The co-op pad at 141 East 3rd Street was originally listed for $1.199 million last August, but the buyer dropped out. The apartment was listed again at $999,000, but vanished from real estate sites by January. According to the NY Post, Albert bought the place in 2005 for $770,000.


With the lone exception of three strategically placed guitars in the foyer, living room, and bedroom as well as a stack of records in the living area, nothing in the photos of the apartment screams “rock musician living quarters.” In fact, the pictures reveal that the 1,200 square foot abode to be nearly obsessive compulsively clean. It’s partly due to some minor restaging by someone… looks as though Albert’s makeshift recording studio has appropriately been converted into a bedroom scene for the opening:


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Albert Hammond Jr. and Agyness Deyn Call It Quits

Ok, ladies. So we lost newly married Ryan Adams, but it looks like the dating world has gained back another New York-based musician.

According to New York Magazine‘s Jada Yuan, the romance between Albert Hammond Jr. and model Agyness Deyn has officially ended.

The couple in happier, more photoshoot-y times.

Yuan reports that it was soon after posing for a Valentine’s Day Vogue pictorial that they started drifting apart.

According to the article the two remain friends.


Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond Jr. Pose for Vogue

In honor of Valentine’s Day (tomorrow), I present you a story that has been out for a little bit, but will perhaps inspire some romanticism in your life… Recently Albert Hammond Jr. and his lady love, model Agyness Deyn, posed for a fashion spread in Vogue magazine (you know, like you do).

Check out some of the glamorous pictures below:




For those that are a little less inclined to appreciate the gooey nature of the spread, a bit of conflicting news. Although it is stated in the Vogue piece that Al and Aggy are engaged, a more recent NY Magazine interview with Agyness reveals something a bit different.
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Albert Hammond Jr. to Launch Men’s Clothing Line

Reports NY Magazine, Strokes guitarist/solo artist Albert Hammond Jr. will launch a menswear line with fashion stylist Ilaria Urbinati this fall. The focus? Men’s suits.

“They’re for the person who needs his one suit for a wedding,” Hammond told NY Magazine. “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.”

And seeing as how Urbinati has styled a slew of diminutive male stars like James McAvoy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Michael Angarano, I wonder if men of slimmer (and smaller) statures will easily be able to slip into the brand.

The clothes will be sold at Urbinati’s LA store, Confederacy, which is scheduled to open on September 16th…and rumored to be hosted by, you guessed it, Albert and Agyness Deyn.

Thanks to D for the head’s.

Leaked “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children” Footage Reveals…Nothing

So long-time White Stripes fans who attended the 4-night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in 2002 may remember sketchy peeps in white lab coats running around the building, filming something. As it was revealed later, it was footage being shot for a documentary entitled “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children” shot/directed/edited by one George Roca.

A still of Meg and Jack from “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children”

The film only saw one public screening, at the 2004 Seattle Film Festival–despite the fact that the White Stripes did not give their approval to screen or distribute the film. A June 23, 2004 post on the White Stripes’ official site, the band made it known that they were extremely unhappy with the film, and that they had a signed contract from Roca that gave the band all rights to the footage.

According to an MTV News interview with Roca, after the band saw a rough cut of the footage, they extended positive words about the documentary–but only a short time later, the band released a live concert music video for “Black Math,” (below) which mirrored the style of the footage Roca had shown them, and the band cut off all communication.

“Black Math” (live) music video in black, white, and red.

I kinda forgot about the documentary, only hearing about it in passing–almost as it if never existed, gathering a myth of its own. I heard about a friend of a friend who had seen it, maybe, and said it was pretty cool, etc.

But it seems as though a few months ago someone had managed to get a copy of the documentary and upload some clips of it to the internet, and only recently did I become aware of it.
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Albert Hammond Jr. Drives the BBS Gurlz Crazy

Oh, I also have to state how the Strokes Message board has gone shit ass crazy ever since Albert started posting on Friday. Simma everyone. Simma.

Need I mention how cool it was that Albert wore a Yeah Yeah Yeahs pin on SNL? Rock on, my man!

Also, Left-side people and Euro-trash: The Vue go on tour with BRMC and team up w/ some regional acts (including the Detroit Cobras).

On the Golden Globes, is it just me, or does everyone look insanely skinny in the pictures? Flockhart and Parker looked like they came straight out of grade school. It’s like everyone stopped eating because Portia de Rossi ate their food. Kate looked normal.. but I don’t know what Cate was wearing. Kate Hudson showed off her minus A-cup and MacDowell showed of her new plastic knockers. Thora looks good from a distance, but upclose she looked sorta lumpy.

German tennis boy Tommy Haas. No comment.

Ronan gives Boyzone the cold shoulder… the lame-os carry on without their star blond boy.

The WS down under.