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LAist Interviews Albert Hammond Jr.

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Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and now solo artist, released his first solo album, Yours To Keep in March to rave reviews. LAist caught up with him and got the skinny on his girlfriend's breathing, his dad's penis and his love for bagels and lox....

How did Yours To Keep come about? How long has this been in the works or
in your mind?

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Well I’ve been writing songs since I started playing music. I guess I just reached a point where I had found the right people and the right songs to leave my house and see what they would sound like. We did a song at a time. There wasn't an idea of an album in mind; we were just living in the moment. And before we knew it we had a record and that my friend is how it happened.

How did you find your band mates- who are they?

Friends I guess. People who have similar interest come together for one cause.

You worked with some amazing musicians on this record, how did you get such
an eclectic group together?

Well when we wanted to do an acoustic version of 101 we just called our friends. When I needed someone to come do something I just called the day of. There was never any planning. The biggest thing we planned was studio time and dinner. And my friends loved coming because I always bring bagels and lox. MMMMmmmmmm so fucking good.

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Read more with AHJ after the jump...