A New Song & Shows From Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond Jr. is giving fans a preview of his upcoming album with today’s release of the track “Born Slippy.” The Strokes guitarist has a bunch of solo U.S. dates booked in support of the LP, starting with a Sept. 9 gig in Pittsburgh.

Momentary Masters, which marks Hammond’s third studio album, is due out July 31 via Vagrant/BMG.

The album takes its title from a phrase in astronomer Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.”

Photo: Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com
Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Mich.

“I feel like the best songs I’ve written, as soon as I was done, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I did it!’ But in that split second that it comes, that feeling goes,” Hammond Jr. says. “It’s the same thing when you find complete happiness, you find this complete low. I feel like that’s what being creative is: It’s you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.”  

Hammond describes the album is “a love letter to my past self” while Vagrant says Momentary Masters “reflects on missed opportunities, choices made, wasted time and paths not chosen.”

Check out “Born Slippy,” the first track on the LP, below.

Hammond’s fall tour follows a May 27 appearance at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. Here are the North American dates:

Sept. 9 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Brillobox   
Sept. 10 – Cleveland Heights, Ohio Grog Shop        
Sept. 12 – St. Louis, Mo., Central Field @ Forest Park (LouFest)
Sept. 13 – Lawrence, Kan., The Bottleneck  
Sept. 15 – Chicago, Ill., Bottom Lounge       
Sept. 16 – Detroit, Mich., Shelter      
Sept. 17 – Toronto, Ontario, Opera House Concert Venue   
Sept. 19 – Montreal, Quebec, La Sala Rossa
Sept. 20 – Cambridge, Mass., The Sinclair    
Sept. 21 – New York, N.Y., The Bowery Ballroom
Sept. 29 – Atlanta, Ga., The EARL  
Sept. 30 – Nashville, Tenn., Exit / In
Oct. 2 – New Orleans, La., One Eyed Jacks
Oct. 5 – Houston, Texas, Bronze Peacock At House Of Blues        
Oct. 6 – Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues        
Oct. 7 – Norman, Okla., Opolis         
Oct. 8 – Little Rock, Ark., Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom        
Oct. 12 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom     
Oct. 13 – Santa Ana, Calf., The Observatory
Oct. 14 – Los Angeles, Calif., Teragram Ballroom   
Oct. 16 – San Francisco, Calif., The Independent    
Oct. 25 – Seattle, Wash., The Crocodile       
Oct. 26 –Vancouver, British Columbia, Venue         
Oct. 27 – Portland, Ore., Doug Fir Lounge   
Oct. 29 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Urban Lounge         
Oct. 30 – Aspen, Colo., Belly Up Aspen      
Oct. 31 – Denver, Colo., Lost Lake  
Nov. 2 – Des Moines, Iowa, Vaudeville Mews         
Nov. 3 – Saint Paul, Minn., Turf Club           
Nov. 4 – Madison, Wis., High Noon Saloon
Nov. 6 – Columbus, Ohio, The Basement     
Nov. 7 – Philadelphia, Pa., First Unitarian Church

Hammond will also appear at Landmark Festival in Washington, D.C., and Austin City Limits Festival. These events have not announced their daily schedules yet.

A presale is going on now for the new headline dates via Hammond’s website. Additional presales – including Live Nation, Citi & American Express – are scheduled this week. The general public onsale begins May 15. Visit AlbertHammondJr.com for more information.